OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Oregon’s 2009 Agricultural sales post biggest percentage fall in at least 33 years (Cattle Network)

Oregon’s farmers and ranchers grossed $4.1 billion in sales last year, a 14.8 percent plunge from the prior year as prices weakened in key commodities, according to estimates in an Oregon State University report. (See also KGW, Register-Guard and Portland Business Journal)

New discovery about how water moves through soil (Geology.com)

A new study by scientists from Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency showed – much to the surprise of the researchers – that soil clings tenaciously to the first precipitation after a dry summer, and holds it so tightly that it almost never mixes with other water.

BPA expects $6M revenue loss from dry weather (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Oregon State University oceanographer Jack Barth said the current El Nino cycle is rated as moderate overall but some of its effects locally have been stronger.

Project monitors OSU energy use (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Students at OSU this month will take on the difficult question of how energy is consumed in existing buildings with a project to monitor energy consumption at several Corvallis campus buildings.

Prodigal dogs: Have gray wolves found a home in Colorado? (High Country)

Last April, in a narrow mountain valley in northwestern Colorado, Cristina Eisenberg was searching for scat. The diminutive, dark-haired biologist and two members of her field crew had set up a kilometer-long transect through elk habitat, and the trio was walking slowly along the line. In 2006, Eisenberg began her Ph.D. research with William Ripple, an Oregon State University professor who studies trophic cascades in Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere.

Film focuses on effects of climate change on seas (Statesman Journal)

A panel discussion afterward will involve two professors at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University: Burke Hales and George Waldbusser.

Which came first, dinosaurs or birds? (KCBY)

The research is well done and consistent with a string of studies in recent years that pose increasing challenge to the birds-from-dinosaurs theory, said John Ruben, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University who authored a commentary in PNAS on the new research. (See also KVAL)

West coast waves getting bigger (Vancouver Sun)

Scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries found coastal waves have been increasing by about 2.5 centimetres a year and storm waves by 10 centimetres a year.

OSU student from Afghanistan will speak to retired educators (Democrat-Herald)

An exchange student from Afghanistan currently studying at Oregon State University will be the featured speaker this month for the Oregon Retired Educators Association.

Education forum set for Thursday (Statesman Journal)

National experts and local educators will discuss methods of improving children’s school performance as part of a lecture and panel discussion Thursday at Oregon State University.

Family course in marine science offered at coast (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program is sponsoring a series of marine science programs for families, from 4 to 6 p.m. each Friday through March 12, at the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive, in Newport.

Today

Bake Sale, 2011 ALS Building, all day, to raise money for the campus food drive.

Upcoming events

NEW! The February 11 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20100211.html. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! National experts, along with local teachers and agencies, will discuss successful methods of improving children’s school performance and preventing risky behavior as part of a lecture and panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 11. The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 206 and is free and open to the public.

NEW! February is  Food Drive month! Campus community, join us for one of the events this week to raise money and food for the Linn-Benton Food Share (and OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry):
Feb. 10 – Soup Lunch (WSE), College of Forestry, contact Terralyn.Vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 10 – Bake Sale 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  3029 Cordley Hall
Feb. 12 – Valentine’s Day Silent Auction (FES & ADMIN), College of Forestry, contact Terralyn.Vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 12 – Silent Dessert Auction, Property Services building break room, 9 am. – 3 p.m. Contact Susan Tharp 737-3102 with questions.
Feb. 12 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5.  ALS room 3096 noon. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Arts Center and OSU Music Department present: Between the Cracks Forum 2010, from Vienna: Marco Eneidi (saxophone) & Tim DuRoche (drums). Feb. 13, 7 p.m. at The Art Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. $5-10 sliding scale. OSU and High School Students free with ID.

NEW! The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Rogers Hall, room 230, to discuss with all ranks of faculty and staff (tenured and non-tenured, librarians, researchers) the legal issues surrounding furloughs. This will be a facilitated (by Christian Matheis), interactive forum on furloughs with labor attorney Michael Tedesco – you do not need to be a member of AAUP to attend or to participate in the forum. For more information, see http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its January workshop, “Getting to Know Our LGBT Professional Community” Feb. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Albany Public Library. This workshop will feature a panel of LGBT professionals from the Linn and Benton County areas discussing their individual experiences in the workplace and providing the audience with an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about our LGBT colleagues. OSU employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

In 1990, Corvallis mayor Charles Vars led the city’s first delegation to Uzhgorod, Ukraine. At the Feb. 11 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Alice Rampton of the Corvallis Sister Cities Association will describe recent highlights in this enduring friendship. Guests can reserve a seat by contacting Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

It is Lunch and Learn time! Come and learn some quick and easy kid-friendly recipes! Also, learn tips on how to get your kids involved in the kitchen, eating healthy and much more. Janice Gregg from OSU Extension will be the presenter and we have heard there will be some taste testing! The event takes place at noon Feb. 10, in the Women’s Center Kitchen. This event is sponsored by the Child Care and Family Resources Office and is open to all OSU parents.

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual OSU performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 11 and 12, at LaSells Stewart Center. Advance tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Plageman Student Health Center Room 310 and at the Women’s Center. Advance tickets are $8 for OSU students with ID, and $10 for general public. Tickets are also available at the door for $10. Accepted methods of payment: cash, check or charge your OSU student account. More info: studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/vaginamonologues

The Plan of Happiness: Why Did God Create Us and What is Our Purpose in Life? Public lecture by Dr. Bobette Bushnell, Dept. of Speech & Communications. Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

News for Employees

NEW! The OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Fee Board has created a new financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus.  The Fee Board is now accepting applications for the Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan Fund, for projects that reduce campus buildings’ reliance on non-renewable energy.  The loan rate is 2.55% as of January 29 and applications are due 5:00 PM Wednesday, Feb.24.  Minimum loan amount is $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 is available for all applicants.  To apply and for more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/funding or contact Brandon Trelstad.  Not planning to submit a project, but still want to be involved?  Non-students are invited to donate $25  to match the annual per student contribution.

NEW! The Student Employee of the Year is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. A student must meet all of the following to be considered for the award: Must meet eligibility requirements and be employed by an OSU college/unit/department; Must have completed or expect to complete a minimum of either three (3) months full time employment or six (6) months part-time employment during this academic year, June 1 to May 31; A student employed on an academic appointment (Graduate Assistantship) or any other manner not paid through the Student Employment payroll process is not eligible for nomination. The nomination form is online at http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/seoty_nomination_form_osu_12-30-09.doc Email the form to Mike Mays at mike.mays@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

OSU has moved ahead in the Recyclemania Civil War and is now tied with UO! Help us take the lead over the next week by getting those recyclables (cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, etc) in the bin. Don’t forget to remind your co-workers to do the same! OSU is competing against UO and other universities across the US to see who can recycle the most during winter term; more info at recycle.oregonstate.edu

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (NSF-GK-12) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/gradstem.htm. NSF – GK-12 program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09549/nsf09549.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, February 22, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Provost invites you to submit nominations of faculty-authored books with a copy right date in 2009. Nominations can be submitted to the Dean of your college for an initial screening. The deadline for submission by the Deans is March 12.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urm.htm. NSF – URM program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10531/nsf10531.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb. 22, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu . For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/cteam.htm. NSF – CI-TEAM program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10532/nsf10532.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb 22 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.
March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.
April 26, 10: to 11 a.m.
May 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

Jobs

Grants/Contracts Tech: OSU’s Botany and Plant Pathology Dept. F/T, $2293/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005193. Closing date Feb. 18. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The Department of OUS International Programs invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant position. This is a full-time 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, got to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting 0005070. Closes Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Office Specialist 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Then go to Posting #0005222.Closing Date: Feb. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a position open for an Administrative Assistant in Development. This position provides general clerical and administrative assistance and support to an assigned team of Development Officers. To review a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment

Library Technician I – Circulation, Instruction & User Services, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, mornings and weekend hours, $1854-2484/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005229 Closing Date: Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Traffic and maintenance

Environmental Health & Safety will be holding a joint emergency response training exercise with the Oregon National Guard Civil Support Team at the western edge of the OSU campus near 53rd St. on Thursday, Feb. 11. This exercise may involve increased vehicular traffic on the Campus Way hike-and-bike path.

Weather

This morning began with a serious nip in the air, as if winter was pinching us into a reminder that it’s still around for another month or so. But after the fog clears today, we may even see a bit of sunshine as things warm up to around 53. Tonight the lows will reach 36, and rain returns tomorrow.

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