OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 20, 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.


OSU Main Campus Closure: Oregon State University’s main campus will be closed today due to continued flooding, road closures, and possible additional dangerous conditions as some rivers and creeks crest during the next 12 to 24 hours. Information regarding the OSU – Cascades Campus in Bend is available viahttp://www.osucascades.edu/, and regarding the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport athttp://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/. For updated information as it becomes available, phone 541-737-8000 or visit alert.oregonstate.edu, the university’s emergency information portal.

Well water may be contaminated after flooding (Lebanon Express)

The catastrophic flooding unleashed on western Oregon and Washington in the past few days raises an additional, serious and immediate concern for many, if not most people who get their water from private wells – contamination that makes the water unsafe to drink, according to a press release from the Oregon State University Extension.

Willamette Valley flooding turns deadly, leads to evacuations (KOIN)

Kathie Dello with the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University said many streams in western Oregon were classified as high or above the 90th percentile. (see also KGW, Gazette-Times)

OSU to close campus Friday amid flooding concerns (Oregonian)

University President Ed Ray announced the decision to cancel classes and activities about 10 p.m. Thursday. A release from the university cited “continued flooding, road closures and possible additional dangerous conditions as rivers and creeks crest during the next 12 to 24 hours.”

Killer whales targeting sea lion pups, alarming scientists (Live Science)

“The transmitters are amazing recorders of the life history of the animals, and can tell us in most cases how they died,” study researcher Markus Horning, a marine mammal expert at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore., said in a statement. (see also MSN Money, The Republic)

Marys River at record levels (Statesman Journal)

The Marys River already is a record stage, according to Kathie Dello of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

Maxing out our take (Science)

OSU’s Carmel Finley’s latest book, “All the Fish in the Sea,” reviewed by Carl Safina.

 The results are in: OSU contributes billions to the economy (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University contributes $2.06 billion to the state’s economy through jobs, research, spin-off businesses and alumni activity, the university announced Wednesday.

Boaters on watch for tagged gray whale from Russia (Outdoors, Action and Adventure)

Her position is relayed to scientists at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. Her odyssey follows that of Flex, who was fitted with a satellite tag a year earlier. Flex, a male Western Pacific gray whale, surprised scientists when he crossed from the western Pacific to this side, and joined with Eastern Pacific grays during their migration.

Artist raises awareness about capital punishment (Gateway)

Julie Green is an associate professor who teaches painting, drawing and contemporary issues in art at Oregon State University. Green has spent over a decade studying the final meals requested by inmates before dying.

Designing wildlife corridors in the digital age (Inside Science)

Schwartz started working with Claire Montgomery, a forest economist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who had been developing methods to address both animal populations and timber management strategies.


Campus is closed: To find out if your event is taking place, contact the event organizer.

Interfaith Community Service Conference: Jan. 20, Starts at 8 a.m., Memorial Union. IFCS@OSU aspires to initiate dialogue between religious and non-religious individuals, bringing together students under the umbrella of community service. This conference provides a forum for students to engage with one another and share how their beliefs and values influence their decisions in life. Registration: atrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9NChmWONDMewimE

Photo exhibit: A new exhibit of landscape photographs by Clinton Shock, professor and superintendent of the OSU Malheur Experiment Station, will open the weekend of Jan. 20 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Ore. The exhibit is called “Landscapes: Exploring The Back Country Of Malheur and Owyhee County.” It opens Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m., with a presentation by Shock at 6. The exhibit runs through March 20.

Poetry: Two Oregon poets will read from their recent collections as part of the Literary Northwest Reading Series on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Journey Room of OSU’s Memorial Union. Geri Doran will read from her second collection of poems, “Sanderlings” and will be joined by Maxine Scates who will read from her recent book “Undone.”


China Night: The OSU Chinese Association is holding China Night, Jan. 22 to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Dinner and Performance beginning at 5:30 pm at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $8 and are available at Snell Hall or online at bit.ly/caosu2012 or at the door

Upcoming Events

NEW! Lunch and Learn: Healthy Campus Initiatives presents a Lunch and Learn session “It’s All About Food Choices”  Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. in MU 109B. This introduction to healthy eating will allow you to evaluate your daily food choices and develop goals to make healthier decisions, one choice at a time.

NEW! Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentation by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position. The candidate presentation will be by Kent Kuo is rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

NEW! Light & Ground: A painting exhibit of Oregon landscapes by Doug Russell, curator of the Fairbanks Gallery, Clint Brown, OSU Art emeritus, and Sandy Ryan, former instructor of art at OSU, continues through Feb. 4 at the Benton Country Museum in Philomath. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

Christianity in Latin America: The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive?” on Monday, Jan. 23. The free, public debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. The speakers are Joseph Orosco and Nicole von Germeten.

Griesmeyer retirement: Debbie Griesmeyer, Director of Events at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, is retiring after 14 years of service to the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Join us for a reception in her honor on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Tea and Topics: Join us at the OSU Pride Center for the first of a Bimonthly discussion group, meeting every other Tuesday starting on Jan. 24, focused on LGBTQ issues and topics. Tea will be provided. 3.30 to 4.30 p.m

Weighty Issues: The Problems and Pitfalls of Weight-Based Models of Health: Patti Watkins, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychological Science will discuss the issues surrounding weight bias in the Health Engagement Model, which encourages those with medical coverage through the Public Employees’ Benefit Board to adopt and maintain more healthy behavior. This is part of the Medical Humanties Table Talk series and takes place Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m., Hovland Hall 104

Woman Citizen Film Series, One Woman, One Vote: Kim Jensen, Western Oregon University professor of History and Gender Studies, will host a free public showing of One Woman, One Vote, a documentary about the dramatic seventy-year battle for woman suffrage in the U.S., Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Beaver Strides: Winter term Beaver Strides online registration is happening now. Join us at the Beaver Strides Kickoff party Open House on Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plageman Building, SHS, 322. Register a head of time and pick up a free pedometers, tracking booklets and be entered to win prizes. http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides. It is free to faculty and staff.

Lectures and seminars

Lecture on circadian clock genes: Speaker: Sergi A. Filichkin, Assistant Professor, OSU Botany and Plant Pathology, Jan. 23, 4 p.m. Topic: Environmentally Regulated Unproductive Alternative Splicing: A Widespread Phenomenon among Plant Circadian Clock Genes.

News for Employees

NEW! Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshops continue with sessions on Basic and Advanced EndNote and Basic and Advanced Zotero (two useful and powerful reference management tools). Register for these sessions, and check out the slate of upcoming workshops at:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty  Questions?  Contact Hannah Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Seeking study participants: The Information Visualization research group at OSU seeks participants for an exciting research project aimed at understanding how to better support electricity consumption awareness in the home. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please send an email to us at heal-osu@engr.orst.edu with your name, size of household, phone number, and preferred contact times.

Workshop: Building Skills to Effectively Interrupt Prejudicial Behaviors, Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon, MU Journey Room. This interactive session will expand on the learning and skill building portion of the NCBI one-day workshop. Participants will begin to build personal capacity through the development of empowering language; approaching interactions in a way that empowers one to help resist freezing in the moment; and practicing skills to effectively address prejudicial remarks, and slurs, and other real life scenarios. Pre-requisite: Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us workshop within the past two years. Pre-registration required (space limited to 30): https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2884&cmd=survey

Attention all public employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

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.

Recreational Sports Private & Group Safety Classes: Receive or renew certification in First Aid, CPR, Basic Life Support, or Lifeguard Training. Classes can be taken in a group or private setting. Register at Recreation Services, 541-737-3736 or send an e-mail .

Recreational Sports Wilderness First Aid: Receive certification in outdoor safety rescue on the weekend of Jan. 28-29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Dixon Upper Classroom. Contact ALI, 541-737-3630 for more information about signing up.

Recreational Sports Snow Shuttle: Snow Shuttles to Mt. Bachelor will be available on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. Sign-up in advance for a ride & lift ticket through the Outdoor Rec Center in Dixon, 541-737-3630. Prices vary according to membership.

Research Development – How best to do it: Vice President Rick Spinrad would appreciate your thoughts about strategic support for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

Supporting educational development: 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/

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.

Faculty development:
The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The closing date is Feb. 10. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funds up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. In addition, the Center may consider applications up to $4,400 (two awards of $2,200) for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.
For information: jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU will end on Jan. 31. To date 184 OSU employees have donated a total of $98,742 – still 16 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total of $118,400. 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

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.


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

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.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for three full-time, Academic Year (10-month) Cook1 positions. Posting #0008518. Closes Jan. 25.

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

Fiscal Coordinator 1, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008541. Closes Jan. 30.

Analyst Programmer – Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008521. Closes Jan. 31.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a director of events for the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Find information regarding how to apply and view the position description at: www.osualum.com/jobs


Corvallis: A flood warning remains in effect for the Willamette Valley today, as portions of the Willamette River are expected to crest today and other tributaries, including the Marys, are also high. Rain continues through the weekend with a high of 50 and a low of 40. Remember to check alert.oregonstate.edu for updates on closures.

Central Oregon:  Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 49. Breezy, with a south wind 11 to 14 mph increasing to between 20 and 23 mph. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.



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