Humble weed could feed the world (Discovery News)
A humble weed native to the Mediterranean and Middle East and viewed by gardeners in some countries as an invasive pest could hold the secret to boosting yields of cereals and biofuels, scientists hope. “It has one of the smallest known genomes among grasses, it’s easy to work with and is physically small,” said one of the investigators, Todd Mockler, an assistant professor of botany at Oregon State University. (See also Edmonton Journal and Science Blog)
Weight scale for atoms could map ‘island of stability’ (New Scientist)
Measuring the mass of other elements could help theorists begin to differentiate between competing models for the structure of super-heavy nuclei. “It will [give us] important experimental evidence that can be used to confront nuclear structure theories,” says Walter Loveland of Oregon State University in Corvallis, who was not associated with the study.
New test more effectively detects sheep parasites (Hobby Farms)
Sheep herds can be tested for barber pole worms with a new test developed by Oregon State University and the University of Georgia.
Better than just ‘Ideal’ (Gazette-Times)
“It is not the perfect, but the imperfect who are in need of love,” observes the anguished Sir Robert Chiltern, who is caught in the central dilemma of Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband.”
The Drummer hits on powerful themes (Gazette-Times)
The Drummer is one of seven featured in this year’s Crossroads International Film Festival that explore various rites of passage and transformation.
Career Fair Workshops (Kerr B008 – Classroom 8A): 10-11 a.m., Effective Job Search; noon to 1 p.m., Resume Writing; 2 to 3 p.m., Interviewing. Also the Annual Career Wardrobe Makeover takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Come build your professional wardrobe without breaking the bank.
In 1990, Corvallis mayor Charles Vars led the city’s first delegation to Uzhgorod, Ukraine. At today’s 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.
Today’s 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.
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. The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 206 and is free and open to the public.
The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its January workshop, “Getting to Know Our LGBT Professional Community” 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: email@example.com
The 11th annual OSU performances of “The Vagina Monologues” take place today and tomorrow at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are available at the door for $10. These performances benefit both the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence and the V-Day 2010 Spotlight Campaign: Women and Children Experiencing Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More info: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/vaginamonologues
Oregon State University Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s 1895 romantic comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” today through Feb. 13 and Feb. 18-20 at beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre
“Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” Workshop. A limited number of openings are available for the 2010-11 sessions on Feb. 15 and March 12. Workshop details and pre-registration information is available on the OSU Campus Coalition Builders website at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/ccb/ccbcalendar.html. Participation in will serve as a pre-requisite for the “Skill Building to Effectively Interrupt Prejudicial Behaviors” scheduled for April.
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. 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
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.
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/
Join the Austin Entrepreneurship for the 2nd Annual Weatherford Awards , honoring lifelong Entrepreneurs and Innovators. The Weatherford Awards will be held Feb. 17 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. This year’s honorees are: Frank Cloutier, leader of the HP team that developed the Ink Jet Printer, Douglas Engelbart, Ph.D., inventor of the computer mouse, Doc and Connie Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef, Cory Schreiber, pioneer of the NW Natural Food Movement, James Peterson, Ph.D., world-leading wheat breeder, Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.
News for Employees
NEW! Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2010. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html
The Graduate School encourages your nomination of qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, including eligible students at OSU Cascades Campus, under the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship program. Total funding available for these awards will be distributed equally on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Nominations must be received by the Graduate School by Feb. 15. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/.
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% and applications are due 5 p.m. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.
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 Feb. 22 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to email@example.com. 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 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.
The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State
University seeks to hire a full-time Office Specialist 2. To review position description, qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005275. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE
Office Specialist 2 – Admissions, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005268 Closing Date: Feb. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.
Management Analyst 1– Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2484-3566/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb.25. OSU is an AA/EOE.
Saturday Academy is looking for a dynamic, organized, self-motivated educator/administrator committed to enriching K-12 education and enhancing the pipeline to higher education to serve as the director of Saturday Academy. The director is responsible for managing all aspects of Saturday Academy including supervising workers; developing and maintaining relationships with education stakeholders; managing finances; and undertaking new initiatives to plan for sustainability. A B.S. or B.A. degree is required. Teaching experience and/or K-12 program coordination and/or an advanced degree are strongly preferred. To review this posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005263. Closing Date: Feb. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.
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.
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
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
Park Terrace, West Lot: Due to excavation in the west parking lot on Park Terrace, the motorcycle spaces and three parking spaces to the east of the 26th St. substation will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Feb. 12 and should end by noon.
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. today. This exercise may involve increased vehicular traffic on the Campus Way hike-and-bike path.
They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good, and today’s breezes will at least be blowing some warmer air our way, along with a few showers. Today’s high will reach 53 and it will only drop to 40 tonight.