OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

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.

Fukushima nuclear cleanup could create its own natural disaster (The Guardian)

“Decontamination can be really effective, [but] what you have is a tradeoff between dose reduction and environmental impact,” says Kathryn Higley, a radioecologist at Oregon State University who has studied several decontamination sites in the United States

State looks at logging rules protecting salmon streams (Register-Guard)

The study by the state Department of Forestry and Oregon State University found that state logging standards on private lands were inadequate to meet the state cold water quality standard. (see also Oregonian, Seattle-Post Intelligencer, KATU)

Low-enriched nuclear fuels topic of two-day meeting at Oregon State (Gazette-Times)

A group of national experts on an initiative to use fuel that is less highly enriched in nuclear research and test reactors is scheduled to meet today and Wednesday at Oregon State University, to assess progress toward this goal.

Local youth organization directly benefits from OSU support (LIFE@OSU)

Dollars donated by Oregon State University staff and faculty during the annual Charitable Fund Drive directly impact local non-profits in major ways. Each year, the campus community donates more than $100,000 through the fund drive, benefiting organizations focused on art, the environment, children, health and other causes with personal significance for donors.

Teach-In takes on free speech ruling (Gazette-Times)

Critics of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling are planning a teach-in to mark its two-year anniversary.

Stripe rust less this year but still severe, experts predict (Capital Press)

Mike Flowers, extension cereal specialist for Oregon State University, said he’s already seeing stripe rust on his test plots.

Thomas, Mannion earn frosh honors (Register-Guard)

University of Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas and Oregon State University quarterback Sean Mannion have been selected to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman all-America team


Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House meetings will be held on Jan. 10 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322. The next 13-week session begins Jan. 17. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Present that confirmation code at the first meeting. For more information, call 541-737-3106.

Staff art exhibit: The OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit is on display in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria through Feb. 7. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria, as we celebrate the talent of the staff at Oregon State. The event is sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals and the Professional Faculty Leadership Association.

Upcoming Events

NEW! March/rally: A march to mark the arrival of the first War on Terror detainees at Guantanamo will take place starting at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 11, at the corner of 12th and Monroe. Marchers will then proceed to the MU Quad, where at noon OSU professor Joseph Orosco will speak. The event is co-sponsored by the OSU Peace Studies program.

NEW! Teach-In: The OSU Peace Studies Program is co-sponsoring a teach-in on “Move to Amend: End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy,” on Jan. 11, 7 p.m. in Owen Hall Room 102. It features presentations by Susan Smith, Law Professor, Willamette University, and David Cobb, lawyer and 2004 Green Party Presidential candidate.

NEW! Triad Club: Justin Fleming sees OSU from an unusual perspective. The head of OSU’s Motor Pool hears what faculty and staff encounter during their trips across the state. At the Jan. 12 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Fleming will talk about some of their road trips. MU 109 from noon to 1. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch.

NEW! Faculty senate: Out of respect for the memorial service for student Fred Thompson which is scheduled from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium, and to allow faculty an opportunity to attend the memorial, the Faculty Senate meeting will begin at 3:30 PM on  Jan. 12. The agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120112.html.

NEW! New senator orientation: The Faculty Senate New Senator Orientation will occur Jan. 12 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Agricultural Production Room. All new faculty senators, and any continuing senators who have not previously attended the orientation, are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

Random Review:
Cristina Eisenberg, OSU College of Forestry, will be reviewing “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold, on Jan. 11 at noon, as part of the Random Reviews series at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. Cristina Eisenberg is an Aldo Leopold scholar who was mentored by Nina Leopold, Aldo’s daughter. She will be showing some archival photos of Leopold and images she took at his property.

Tips to declutter: Start your year off in an organized and de-cluttered way! Kristen Bertilson from Queen B Organizing will be presenting tips on de-cluttering your home and life. The event is held in room 211 of the Memorial Union from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 11. Bring a sack lunch and come learn more about this valuable topic. All OSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, familyresources@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4906.

Welcome Back Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our first public sale of 2012 on Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Celebrate with complimentary coffee, cocoa and cider while you shop. While departments may shop all weekdays except Wednesday mornings, personal purchases must be made during public sales. For more information, visit our website  .

Food Drive Kick-off Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. We will be meet at the home of OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry – International Forum Room, southwest corner of Snell Hall/MU East. We would like start updating our coordinator list. Visit the food drive website to view last year’s list. We will be updating this list for the 2012 drive. Notify Kate Sanders (541-737-6522, kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu) if you have any updates or additions.

OSU SACNAS Chapter Revival Meeting: The campus community is invited to hear Dana Sanchez and Wanda Crannell discuss the possibility of starting a SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter at OSU, Jan. 11, 2012, 4:30-6 p.m. in Kearney 212. Contact: Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or Dana.Sanchez@oregonstate.edu

 Teach-In on Amending the US Constitution: Should corporations have constitutional rights? Report from David Cobb of MoveToAmend.org; legal questions answered by Law Professor, Susan Smith. Info on local actions, planned 
protests in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of landmark Citizens United
 Supreme Court decision. Wednesday, Jan. 11; Owen Hall 102 at 7 p.m., cosponsored by the OSU Peace Studies program.

MLK speech: On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Thompson, professor of Ethnic Studies, will speak about poverty as part of the annual Corvallis event to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Highland Gospel Choir and Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir also will perform.

Thompson memorial: A “Celebration of Life” honoring the late Fred Thompson of the Oregon State University football team will be held Thurs., Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. The celebration is open to the public. Thompson, a freshman from Richmond, Calif., passed away from natural causes Dec. 7 on the OSU campus.

Matzke retirement: Mary Ann Matzke, Head Advisor for the College of Science, is retiring after over 26 years at OSU. Join us for appetizers and cake at a reception in her honor on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in MU 109A. Please stop by to congratulate her.

SEIU contract changes training: The Office of Human Resources is providing training for classified employees and supervisors on the 2011-13 SEIU contract. Sessions take place Jan. 12, 10:30 to noon, MU Journey Room; Jan. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., MU 206, and Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon, MU Journey Room. For more information: jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu

Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position. The first candidate presentation will be by Kent Kuo on Jan. 18 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202. The second candidate presentation will be by Dennis Wells on Jan. 20 from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. in Kidder 202.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife seminar: Selina Heppell, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, OSU, will speak on “Subverting the establishment with ecology: the evolution of ecosystem based fisheries management,” on Jan. 11, 4 p.m. in Nash 032.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Senate elections have concluded and the following were elected to office: President-Elect Kevin Gable; Executive Committee members: Donna Champeau, Jon Dorbolo, Peg Herring and Janet Nishihara; and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator, Karen Hooker. Newly elected and continuing Faculty Senators can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/membership/2012.html. The above, along with Faculty Senate President Kate Hunter-Zaworski, will be installed at the Jan. 12 Faculty Senate meeting. All Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

NEW! Exhibit your art: The OSU Women’s Center invites you to submit your art work for an art show at the MU Concourse Gallery during Winter term. Any female-identified, OSU affiliate may submit their art to this show. This year’s theme is “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul!” and the exhibit will be on display from Feb. 3 – March 16.  Contact Ann.McLaughlin@oregonstate.edu by Jan. 18 if you are interested in participating.

NEW! Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): Start program for Winter/Spring Term(s) 2011-12. This program is open to first year students, sophomores, and students who have recently transferred to OSU from other institutions. (This is separate from the regular URISC program.) Deadline: Monday, Jan. 30. View guidelines. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer and YOU: Protecting intellectual property is a key factor enabling any researcher to translate research to a marketable product.  Join our expert panel in a Webinar exploring the roles of students, postdocs, faculty, and Tech Transfer in the protection process.  Thursday, Feb. 2, noon to 1 p.m., cosponsored by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. Register early to save a space. Event is free.

NEW! General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. View guidelines and application. Deadline for submission: Feb. 13. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

NEW! FY2013 RFP for Technology Resources Fund (TRF) Grants: Through the TRF, more than $7.4 million will be available for FY2013 projects that improve student learning at the University through better access to information technology and technology services. Past grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1.2M. Faculty, staff and sponsored student organizations are invited to submit proposals by Feb. 21. For more details, see the TRF website: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/trf

Want to teach an Honors Course: This is the annual University Honors College Call for Coursework for the 2012-2013 academic year. The UHC seeks course proposals from OSU tenure/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course; or you can propose something new. Submit a proposal on-line at  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/current/courses/proposals   or email Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu for further information.  Deadline for proposal submission is Jan. 27.

Professional development award: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) recognizes classified, professional, or faculty member who excels in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities. Deadline for nomination: Jan. 31. Criteria and forms at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/profdevelop/

Safe Space training: OSU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Advocacy Team invite students, faculty, and staff to attend Safe Space Training Jan. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Snell Hall fifth floor. Safe Space Training is for those who are interested in becoming allies to the LGBT community. The training will focus on basic LGBT concepts & theories; strategies on how to create a safe and inclusive environment; and skills on how to confront homophobia. This training is not a forum for debating LGBT issues. RSVP Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu. Dinner is provided.

Campus Mailing Retraction: On Wednesday, Dec. 28, Printing and Mailing sent out an inter campus mailing in regards to choral scholarships. The contents of the mailing were two choral posters and a letter regarding the scholarships. This material was not intended to be sent to personnel on campus. You are welcome to keep the posters, recycle them, or send them back to the Music Department via campus mail.

Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships: The Graduate School has announced the continuation of fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding students for graduate study at OSU. The target population is newly admitted doctoral students and newly admitted master’s students in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist at OSU. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to actively recruit students and submit up to three nominations for fellowships per graduate major to the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and no more than one nomination per graduate major for the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program. Both domestic and international applicants will be considered. Submission deadline is Feb. 6. http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/ProvostDistinguishedGradAward_Form.pdf.

Significant Policy Changes Affecting Travel: Several broad-reaching fiscal policies have been updated which can affect individuals who travel or purchase on behalf of OSU as part of their work. These changes 1) clarify personal reimbursements to generally $100 or less; 2) establish a maximum 60 day submittal period to the appropriate Business Center for personal reimbursements (FIS 407) and travel (FIS 411-07); and establish mandatory procedures regarding the use of non-contracted vendors for airfare travel (failure to follow the policy could result in loss of a future reimbursement (FIS 411-01)). If these changes affect your OSU business, be sure to review the complete policy as noted in brackets.

Women in Higher Ed conference: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women [PCOSW] encourages OSU faculty, staff and students to attend this year’s annual conference of Oregon Women in Higher Education, Jan. 27 at Portland State University. Registration deadline Jan. 13. This year’s topic is Leading Change: Personal Perspectives & Collective Growth See http://www.owhenet.jigsy.com/annual-conference

Professional training: Looking for a training course or refresher to start your new year off right? Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/training to view and register online for winter term courses posted in the “Professional and Organizational Effectiveness” category. These courses are sponsored by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, are FREE to OSU employees, and include Principles of Moving from Good to Great, Stretch Goals: Taking Your Performance to the Next Level, Road Trip: The Art of Managing Expectations, Dejunking Your Life, and Running Effective Meetings.

Girls After-School Science & Engineering Clubs: High School Girls Science & Engineering Club: Saturday Academy at OSU, AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) program. For 9-12th grades. High school club will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 29, from 4:30-6 p.m. Please contact Saturday Academy (541-737-8139) or visit the Saturday Academy website (http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu) for more information.

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU will end on Jan. 30. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6 percent decrease compared to the previous year. To date 176 OSU employees have donated a total of $93,382 – still 21 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total. Meanwhile, at UO 736 employees have donated $233,411. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form or checks to 2011 CFD,100 LaSells Stewart Center. If you need an additional form, please send a request to Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Peavy Hall: Due to necessary repairs, the building water system in Peavy Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however, this shutdown is necessary to test and repair the back flow device for the main water supply to Peavy Hall. The shutdown will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 10 and service should be restored by 3 p.m.

Campus wide: Facilities Services in collaboration with the Office of Disability Access Services and Network Services, will survey wireless access points to create a virtual map of campus building. Facilities Services employees will be accessing various rooms throughout the buildings to calibrate the virtual maps with the access points. For information contact Lisa Nemes at 541-737-6269 or Lisa.Nemes@oregonstate.edu.

Free parking: Student/visitor lots open, no permit required, through Jan 13.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Research Associate (Post Doc). The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Posting # 0008193. Closes Jan. 15.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services is seeking an LGBT Services & Outreach Coordinator. Posting #0008465. Closes Jan. 16.

Operating Systems Network Analyst – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating systems Network Analyst position. Posting #0008500. Closes Jan. 16.

Accountant I, Payroll: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Central Payroll Office. Posting #0008516. Closes Jan. 22

Accountant I, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008515. Closes Jan. 22.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 23 (new closing date).

Academic Advisor – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month in the PHHS academic advising office.  Posting # 0008520.  Closes Jan. 23.

Office Specialist II: F/T at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. Posting #0008502. Closes Jan. 27.


Corvallis: “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.”-  Jean-Paul Sartre. What’s that strange, glowing orb in the sky? Get used it it, the sun may be around for several days, once the fog clears, that is. That will bring temperatures down at night, so today’s high of 44 will be followed by a chilly 28 tonight.


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