Scientists dismiss tsunami trash radiation worries for Alaskans (Alaska Dispatch)
Now a group of nuclear radiation health experts from Oregon State University are assuaging some of the public’s fears with a dismissal of any residual radioactivity among the debris. (see also KTVZ, Science Codex)
Preventing pharmacy errors (Think Out Loud)
About 75 percent of pharmacists working for chain stores said they felt working conditions did not promote patient safety. About 25 percent of those working in independent pharmacies said the same. Board member Ann Zweber, instructor of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, told the Oregonian that the results concerned her greatly.
A recent Oregon State University graduate is now in the top 24 contestants on the singing competition American Idol. Beaverton native Haley Johnsen, 23, learned her fate during the show broadcast Wednesday night on FOX 12. (see also KVAL)
Forest education bill clears panel (Capital Press)
Ray Wilkeson, president of the council, said the bill is aimed at ensuring Oregon State University’s College of Forestry continues to focus curriculum on professional forestry education.
Oregon State University President Ed Ray also testified in favor of SB 1585. By cutting funding to education, “we are literally dumbing down our workforce here in Oregon,” Ray said.
OSU receives full accreditation from international animal association (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University has been awarded full accreditation for the care and facilities of its animal research and teaching programs by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.
Keeping cool with your baby helps kids in the long run (Psych Central)
“This is an age where children are prone to test limits and boundaries,” said lead author Shannon Lipscomb, Ph.D., of Oregon State University. (see also Health.com)
Misplaced mussels (Isla Earth)
We’re talking about zebra and quagga mussels, natives of Eurasia. Discovered in the Great Lakes during the eighties, they quickly spread throughout the East. Now, Oregon State University scientists say they’re ready to invade the Great Plains and Southwest.
OSU Ecampus ranked ninth for distance ed (Gazette-Times)
The Ecampus distance education program at Oregon State University this month was ranked ninth in the nation by SuperScholar.org for the quality and strength of its program.
Healthy choices are the right choices, and a new, student-created campaign on campus will drive that message home starting this week.
“For those of us who really care about the heritage of Portland and care about the roses, this is a great way for us to give back to the city,” said Volunteer Ann Gardner with Oregon State University’s Gardener Program.
Red Cross Blood Drive: Appointments still available for this week’s blood drive at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Join us through Feb. 23 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). Drop-in on the day of the drive or schedule in advance at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code OSU.
Engineering Career Fair: Feb. 23 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. Admission is free and all OSU students and alumni are encouraged to attend. To learn more visit http://oregonstate.edu/career.
Update on Wave Energy: At the Feb. 23 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Belinda Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, will discuss new developments in wave energy for Oregon. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve a lunch.
Nuclear experts: Four nuclear and environmental experts from agencies in Oregon and Washington will come to Oregon State University on Feb. 23 to discuss the status and legacy of Hanford, site of the largest environmental remediation and nuclear cleanup attempt in American history. The free public lecture will take place at Gilfillan Auditorium from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Pieces of the Community: Contribute to a collage resembling the AIDs quilt. From Feb. 20-24 all day, the Pride Center will have supplies to make pieces that celebrate those who have struggled with the AIDs virus, or that represents you as a supporter of the community. The pieces will be assembled at the end of the week and displayed.
Library workshops: Discover the “Nuts, Bolts & Power Tools” in the Web of Science database along with the capabilities of Zotero and EndNote for capturing citation data, organizing your sources and easily creating bibliographies. Feb.20-23. Save your seat today. Questions? Contact email@example.com
NEW! TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, Feb. 24, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll continue the Multimedia and PowerPoint.series with “Optimizing images for Powerpoint.” Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.
NEW! Blackboard Webinar Series: Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) invites instructors and TA’s to attend a 6-part webinar series called The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. The first webinar is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m: Wikis, Blogs, Forums, Journals – Which One Do I Use and Why? Find out more about this series and how to register on the TAC home page. Contact Jon Dorbolo or Lynn Greenough if you have questions.
NEW! Locavore’s Winter Table: Feb. 25, 1 – 5 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd. Discover the abundance of food available in winter and how to use it. Event includes a panel discussion, workshops, and a food tasting and community fair. This event is brought to you by First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op and is sponsored in part by OSU’s SSI. To learn more visit, http://firstalt.coop/locavores-winter-table/
NEW! Equity and Inclusion candidates: Candidates for the position of Equity Specialist will be giving open forums during the next two weeks. They will speak on “Conflict Resolution as an Aspect of Community Building.” Richard Fields presents on Feb. 27, 1:15-2:15 p.m. in Memorial Union 213. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears: Bill Husband, professor of History, will host a free public showing of the Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy about three Russian women struggling to make it in 1960s and 1970s Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.
NEW! Academic Success Center candidate: The Academic Success Center search committee is holding open forum presentations for candidates for Supplemental Instruction Coordinator. Candidates will present on the topic, “What makes Supplemental Instruction work?” Racheal Aragon will present on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 to 5 p.m., in MU 207. Contact email@example.com for more information.
OSU Anthropology’s Tan Sack Lecture: Friday Feb. 24, noon, Waldo 201A – Jonathan Lipman (Mount Holyoke College), “Frontier Heterodoxies: Ma Zhu and Qing Dominion in Yunnan”
Clothing Swap: Messy closet? Too Many clothes? Donate your unwanted items to the OSU Women’s Center, anytime Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Then come back Feb. 23 and 24 to look through all the donated items and pick out your new wardrobe at NO COST! *In collaboration with Recyclemania.
Seminar, Geriatric Pet Care: Dr. Mary Gardner, co-owner of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice will present a seminar on Caring for Pets in the Final Stages of Life. Dr. Gardner will speak in the Magruder Hall auditorium from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24.
CTL candidates: The search committee for the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting open forums for two candidates who are interviewing for the Director position. Kay Sagmiller will present Feb. 24, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Milam 215. Hong Lin will present Feb. 27, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Milam 215. For more information, please contact Sara Eklund at firstname.lastname@example.org or search committee chair, Milo Koretsky at email@example.com.
The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Presentation: John Russell, the History Librarian at UO, will give a talk about the ODNP’s history, demonstrate the features of the Historic Oregon Newspapers site, and talk about where the program is headed. Day and Time: Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette rooms in the Valley Library. Please contact Natalia Fernández for more information.
Gail Achterman memorial: Please join the Institute for Natural Resources, Gail’s friends, and colleagues as we celebrate this life well lived. A forum for sharing your thoughts, poetry, prayers, stories, inspirations: Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. Contact Julie Bain (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or need additional information.
Wind symphony: The Premiere of “Currents” by composer and OSU faculty member Dana Reason, performed by Oregon State Wind Symphony and conducted by Dr. Chris Chapman, takes place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Brown bag talk on mental illness: “Shattering Mental Health-isms: Continuing the Conversation.” Come and explore how mental illness interfaces with the cycle of oppression. March 1, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206. Small group work will provide a platform for participants to share their voice and help build inclusive communities that shatter mental health-ISMs.
OSU Food Drive
NEW! Hair Dyeing for the food drive: The Memorial Union is looking for $300 in donations by the end of the month. If they reach their goal, Deb Mott and Parcella Provence have agreed to change their hair to a bright neon color at the beginning of March. Food Drive cash donations will be accepted at the MU Info Desk through closing time on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
NEW! Soup Bar: Linn County Extension Office is having a soup lunch from 11:30 – 1 p.m., March 2, 104 Fourth St. SW, Albany.
Lunch fundraiser: Baked potato & Salad Bar Lunch, Wednesday, Feb 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Cordley 2035. A $5 donation is suggested.
Stuff the Van: We only have one week left to reach our goals in supporting Linn-Benton Food Share! Please join the University Motor Pool in the Quad on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help them “Stuff the Van”. We will also have a photo booth available provided by S.I.F.E. (Students In Free Enterprise) so stop by, drop off your food donations and get your picture taken. Currently, the Motor Pool’s drop off location has collected slightly over 36,000 pounds of food. Please help us reach our goal of 50,000 pounds.
WEB Auction – OSU Information Services, Library and E-Campus Food Drive Fundraising online silent auction is now taking place. To bid on items go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/computing/FoodDrive/Auction/index.htm. Bid now, bid again, and keep bidding. Then view the auction items in person and make your final bid on Feb. 29 Willamette Room 3rd floor Library, 11a.m.. to 3 p.m. – Cookies, coffee and Tea provided.
Cash raffle: College of Vet Med is holding a cash raffle. The winner will receive 50 percent of all the money raised with the remaining 50 percent to go to the Linn Benton Food Share. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Magruder Hall lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 through March 1. The drawing is March 2.
Rummage Sale: The Research Office is holding a Food Drive Rummage sale in the lobby of the third floor of the Kerr Administration building from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 20 – 24. Items for sale include books, movies, household décor and more! All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.
Buck-A-Book! Visit the CEOAS Admin Lounge and pick up a book for only $1! If you would like to donate a book, simply add it to the inventory.
Prettiest Pet contest: Does your pet have what it takes to be the prettiest? Enter the Grad School’s Prettiest Pet contest to benefit the OSU Food Drive. Our deadline is extended! Entries will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 24! Submit a photo (up to 8.5×11) along with a $1 entry fee to us at 300 Kerr Admin Bldg. Vote for the prettiest pet by donating funds. The pet with the most donations will win a $50 gift certificate to Animal Crackers & bragging rights; runner up will receive a $25 gift certificate. Questions? E-mail email@example.com
Faculty, staff, and family service project: Please join us Feb 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Linn Benton Food Share. Participants will pack non-perishable foods to be distributed to local food banks. Register here: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4819&cmd=survey. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation. Children are welcome as long as they are closely supervised by their parent /guardian. Space is limited to 50 participants.
Chocolate lover alert: Come to the Chemistry office in Gilbert 153 and see the GIANT flask full of chocolate that you could win! For only $1, you can guess how many pieces are in the flask; the person who is closest without going over will win both the flask and the candy. Proceeds go to the Linn Benton Food Share.
Quilt raffle: This week is the final full week to purchase your tickets! The Academic Success Center is selling tickets for a beautiful queen-sized (84” x 100 “) scrap quilt in shades of blue, green, and turquoise for only $1 a ticket as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. Purchase tickets at Waldo 102 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For photos and more information see: http://success.oregonstate.edu/asc-quilt-raffle-osu-food-drive-fundraiser.
Gift cards: The College of Education is holding a raffle to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Prizes include an antique silver ring from Alta’s Antiques, as well as gift cards or certificates to local businesses, including: American Dream, Block 15, Darkside Cinema, Del Alma, First Alternative Co-op, Garland Nursery, Laughing Planet Café, New Morning Bakery, Peak Sports, The Retreat, Sibling Revelry, Stargazer Premier Florist, and Vertebrata Chiropractic. Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Drawing will be held Feb. 29.
Book Resale: Information Services has collected used books, CD’s, VHS, etc for resale. “You pick your price!” Take a look, read, and decide how much you want to pay. Located in Milne room 224. For more information contact Carla Cogburn, 7-2671.
Lectures and seminars
NEW! Alcohol to Zebrafish: Current Work at OSU’s Skeletal Biology Lab. Associate Professor Urszula Iwaniec, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, will speak on bone health across a lifespan. Tuesday, Feb. 28, noon to 1 p.m., Magruder Hall 102. Sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences.
NEW! Plant Sciences Seminar Series: Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Speaker: Jeff Miller, Professor, OSU Horticulture. Topic: Exotic Insects and Exotic Travels: Pest Threats and Threatened Species. ALS 4000
NEW! Speech Communication Colloquium: “Finding Authority in a Non-Authoritarian Community” presented by Natalie Dollar, Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., has been changed to meet in Owen 101.
NEW! GEM Geospatial Intelligence and Planning Seminar: Brian Shaw, Dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence, National Intelligence University, will speak on “The National Intelligence Enterprise and Geosciences” at 4 p.m., Feb. 28, in Wilkinson 108.
Oregon Forests and Water Symposium: Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., OSU CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This all day symposium will provide updates on current issues, including paired watershed studies, herbicides, and point source vs. non-point source pollution. For more information: http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
News for Employees
NEW! Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Monday, March 5. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com or (541) 737-8390.
Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012: March 1, LaSells Stewart Center. This one-day conference and continuing education event is designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees. The conference is for those interested in Oregon forests, particularly foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, and woodland owners. Cost: $85. Graduate students can attend free. Registration website: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/foresthealth2012
HEM (Health Engagement Model) Computer Lab Sessions: PEBB benefit eligible employees that elected to participate in the HEM plan, must complete the health survey by March 15. OHR Employee Benefits is offering computer lab sessions to allow employee to complete the HEM requirements. Dates: Feb. 24, March 1, 7, and 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time and Attendance Project: OSU is working on the early stages of implementing a new electronic system to collect and report employees’ working hours and leave used, which will replace our current paper-based timesheets. OSU has purchased WorkForce’s “EmpCenter” product and the project team is working to implement it during 2012. The beta-versions of the configured product will be tested starting mid-Spring. OSU is developing a training and support program for EmpCenter. Implementation of EmpCenter is expected to begin in late Summer or Fall. View the project website at http://oregonstate.edu/fa/time-attendance/
NSF – IGERT Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-education-and-research-traineeship-nsf-igert-program. Research Office submission deadline: March 5. Information: Debbie Delmore email@example.com
College savings workshop: College Savings/Funding workshop sponsored by the State of Oregon. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Corvallis. To register visit the Oregon College Savings Program (529 Plan) website at: https://www.oregoncollegesavings.com/news/seminar.shtml
Equity and Inclusion Forums: Your participation is needed! President Ray has charged a self-study team to engage the OSU community in conversations about the direction of the university with regard to equity and inclusion. The self-study team has organized forums that will take place between Feb. 20 and March 9 and community participation is crucial to their success. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/study/forums
Traffic and maintenance
Goss Stadium parking: Due to parking lot maintenance, 20 parking spaces in the southwest corner of the Goss Stadium Parking Lot will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to repaint the lot. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Feb. 23.
Gilkey Hall: Due to repairs, the building water system will be shutdown to Gilkey Hall. This will affect all rooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 and should end by 12:30 p.m.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
The Registrar’s Office at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008602. Posting closes Feb. 24.
Office Specialist 2, University Honors College at Oregon State University. F/T, starting at $2170/monthly + benefits.Posting # 0008643. Closes March 1.
OSU is looking for an Accounting Technician in the Office of Student Accounts, Office of Business Affairs. This is a full-time position with a salary range of $2170-3004/mthly +benefits. Posting # 0008640. Closes March 5.
LaSells Stewart Center invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008660. Closes March 6.
The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Advisor-Student Success Specialist. Posting # 0008646. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 16.
Director of International Graduate Admissions – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #0008630. Closes March 16.
Corvallis: Patchy fog in parts of the valley will give way to sunny skies by this afternoon. While it won’t be as nice as a tropical vacation, it will be a nice break from the sogginess. Today’s high will be 51 with a low tonight of 34. Rain returns Friday and we will have a showery weekend.
Central Oregon: The wind has died down, making life a little calmer today. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47 low around 24. North wind around 7 mph.