OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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.

Well water can be unsafe after major floods (Oregonian)

Due to the extent of flooding, Extension Service well water experts at Oregon State University say residents with wells in this area should be very cautious about water that may have been contaminated by surface pollutants.

 Joyce Carol Oates will receive $20,000 prize from OSU (Oregonian)

Joyce Carol Oates is the first recipient of the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, given by Oregon State University to “a major American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and who has – in the tradition of creative writing at OSU – been a dedicated mentor to young writers.”

Top places to retire — and work (Forbes)

Corvallis, Oregon: At $211,000, average home prices are above the national average. But low unemployment (5.4%) and solid economic growth makes this college town (Oregon State) a winner. Added pluses: a lot of doctors and a low violent crime rate. And there’s no state sales tax.

OSU track plan on track (Statesman Journal)

The new track and field facility at Oregon State University is beginning to take shape.

OSU impact on Portland economy large and varied (KOIN)

According to a new study by the ECONorthwest consulting firm, the Corvallis university had a statewide economic impact of nearly $2 billion in 2011 — and much of that was in the Portland area.

Rare gray whale mixes into the crowd off San Diego (UT San Diego)

She is being tracked using a satellite tag by the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, which located her in local waters late last week, along with counterparts in Russia.

Siuslaw Forest headquarters going collegiate (Statesman Journal)

Beginning Friday, the headquarters for the Siuslaw National Forest will be moving on campus at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Waves of activity help the tide rise in Newport (Oregon Business)

Not only does Bike Newport do a decent amount of business with employees of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, but several of those employees also make up the shop’s racing team. And since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration moved its Pacific Marine Operations Center to Newport from Seattle in 2011, the Crowders have been servicing many NOAA employees, many of whom bike as their main mode of on-land transportation.

Today

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, Jan. 24, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

Candidate forum: The Risk Management Office (RMO) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the final candidate for the position of Chief Risk Officer on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., in Memorial Union Journey Room. The Chief Risk Officer position is vital to the OSU community and interacts with all organizations on campus.  The passing of Senate Bill 242 and its impact to the RMO and OSU will be realized in 2012 making the hiring of this position important. 

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.

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.

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.

Seminar on dwarf mistletoes: Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series. Jan. 24, 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001, Dave Shaw, Forest Engineering Resources & Management, College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Ecology and ecological interactions of dwarf mistletoes. http://EcoEvo.oregonstate.edu

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 Humanities Table Talk series and takes place Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m., Hovland Hall 104.

Winter water film series: Jan. 24, 4 p.m., – Red Gold – Travis Rummel–The Kvichak and The Nushagak Rivers are the two largest remaining sockeye salmon runs on the planet. Mining companies have proposed to extract the richest possible deposit of gold and copper in the world. Sponsor: IWW – La Raza Room 208

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Chinese poetry slideshow: Bill Porter, a noted translator of ancient Chinese poetry and texts, will give a reading and slide show about his travels in China on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. The free public event begins at 7 p.m.

NEW! Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position.  Dennis Wells will give his presentation on Jan. 27 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202. This was originally scheduled for Jan. 20 but cancelled due to the campus closure.

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.

Steve Clark at Triad: At the Jan. 26 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Steve Clark will discuss his new role as the university’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing. Triad meets in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 402, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, to reserve a lunch.

Equity and Inclusion visit: The OSU community is invited to take an afternoon break at the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Meet the staff and bring any questions you may have about their services, programs, and current efforts. Join them anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in Snell 330. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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.

Lecture-Recital on Debussy: Paul Roberts, English author, speaker, concert pianist, and specialist on French Impressionism, will present “1862 to 2012: Debussy 150 Years On” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. Roberts is the author of “Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy,” published by Amadeus Press. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students are free.

News for Employees

NEW! Child care scholarships: The OSU Child Care Friend Raisers (CCFR) help OSU families afford high-quality child care. With your help, a CCFR scholarship can ease the burden for a few of these families.  Scholarships are funded each year from the proceeds of an Endowment established to help OSU faculty and staff with a financial need. Contact the OSU Foundation at 541-737-4218 to make a donation (payroll deduction is available).

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT 2011-12 Spring (2012-12 Fall, Winter OR Spring release) program. View guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. Deadline for submission: Feb. 20. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

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.

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

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.

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/

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.

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

Valley Football Center: Due to scheduled maintenance, the parking lot located south of the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center will be temporarily closed.  This will only affect the west end parking along 30th street. The shutdown takes place starting at 6 a.m., Jan. 26 and should end by 4:30 p.m., Jan. 27.

Jobs

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

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 College of Science invites applications for an Advisor-Academic/Pre-Health position. This is a 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  Posting #0008549.  Closes Feb. 10.

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

Weather

Corvallis: Yesterday’s forecast sunshine never appeared, but the rain certainly has. Heavy rain and snow melt are expected tonight, and the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our area. We could see between two to four inches of rain by Thursday. Today’s high will be 52 with a low tonight of 44.

Central Oregon: Looks like another windy, wet day but warm with temperatures in the high 40s. A chance of snow before 10 a.m., then rain. Snow level rising to 5600 feet. High near 47 low around 40. Breezy, with a south wind between 18 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


 

 

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