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Monday, March 5, 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 aims for $1 billion by 2014 in fundraising (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has increased the goal of its first comprehensive capital campaign to $1 billion, university officials announced Friday.

Oregon State Board of Higher Ed resorts to policy to ban guns on campus (Oregonian)

Oregon’s higher education board unanimously adopted a policy that will ban guns from most corners of campus life at the state’s seven universities. (see also Register-Guard)

OSU leadership advises campus on new firearms policy governing state university system (Oregon State University)

Oregon State University leadership is distributing information to students, faculty and staff regarding implementation of a new policy on firearms passed Friday by the Oregon Board of Higher Education.

US Navy welcomes two ships into research fleet (Nature)

Beyond these three potential vessels, there are no plans for additional new ships, says Clare Reimers, a chemical oceanographer at Oregon State University in Corvallis and chairwoman of the UNOLS Fleet Improvement Committee, who is concerned about the long-term implications as it can take more than a decade to plan, fund and build a ship.

Remcho named interim science dean at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has appointed Vincent Remcho as the interim dean of its College of Science.

OSU neuroscientist receives NSF award (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University neuropsychologist Sarina Saturn has received a National Science Foundation Career Award designed to support emerging influential scholars and educators.

Destino Educate: Robotico (Univision)

These Oregon 4-H Tech Wizards talk about their participation in the OSU Extension program.

OSU to screen film on its formula racing team (Gazette-Times)

A documentary film that follows Oregon State University’s successful Global Formula Racing team is scheduled to be screened Friday.

Certain foods merit the label ‘super’ (Times News Online)

One of these most recent studies compared the benefits of the best stuff found in broccoli when eaten or taken in pill form. The Oregon State University research first published online by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, for instance, found that the body absorbs five times as much sulforaphane, the phytochemical known to have cancer-killing qualities, when it’s ingested in raw or lightly cooked broccoli as opposed to pill form.

A Beaver Believer (Statesman Journal)

State Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, had his own way of protesting the passage of a bill that sets up a task force to look at how separate boards might be set up for governance of Oregon’s universities. It was late in the day Wednesday when House Bill 4061 came up. When it came his turn to speak, Clem asked to declare a potential conflict of interest — facetiously — and to use a visual aid in his comments. Clem is a 1994 graduate of Oregon State University, where he was student body president. He acknowledged that the University of Oregon might like to set up such a board.


TAC Workshop: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Monday March 5, 1 to 2 p.m., Kidder 202. Effective use of presentation tools workshop designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops to register and learn more about our workshops.

Depression speaker: Chamique Holdsclaw, athlete, mental health advocate, and author, will speak on “Overcoming Depression and Finding the Strength to Succeed,” 
March 5, 1:45-2:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room as part of the “What’s On Your Mind” speaker series: conversations about mental health and well-being” series.

Plant Sciences Seminar Series: March 5, 4 p.m. Speaker: Kendra Smith, Director, Willamette Model Watershed Program/ Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Topic: Riparian Revegetation in the Willamette Valley: A Practitioner’s Guide, ALS 4000

Upcoming Events

NEW! Expressions of Love: The six Cultural Resource Centers and MUPC are expressing love to the OSU community by handing out some gifts to everyone that passes by. Our gifts say a little something about how we express love in our own community. March 6, 2-3.30 p.m., corner of 26th and Jefferson, outside the Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Electronics Recycling Collection: Bring broken and unwanted electronics for free recycling and help OSU compete nationally in the new RecycleMania electronics category! OSU-owned and personal items welcome. Bring to the recycling warehouse (644 SW 13th St.) on Wednesday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

NEW! Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store: Our public sale is Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We will also collect your electronics for free recycling during the sale. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases must be made during public sales. For more information, visit our website at http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused .

NEW! LGBTQ coordinator presentation: R. Ellen Semran; University of New Hampshire will speak March 7, 2:30-3:15 p.m., MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

NEW! Nuclear history lecture: Linda Richards will give the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Special Collections Resident Scholar Lecture on March 7, 3 p.m. in the East/West Willamette Room, third floor, Valley Library. She will speak on “Starfish, Fallout Suits and Human Rights.” Her focus is on how nuclear history is told.

NEW! OSU Music presents Cracked Across the Brow: New Music for Saxophone and Electronics. Featuring Texas saxophone artist Woody Witt and OSU’s Kevin Patton. Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admission is free.

Graduate Women’s Network March Social: This month we will be welcoming Marian Moore from the OSU Career Center to talk about writing your CV and Resume, marketing yourself in the interview process, and getting that job. See you March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Women’s Center. GWN is open to any female graduate student looking to connect with other graduate students and learn from each other’s experiences.

Winter water film series:March 6, 4 p.m., – Water Life Pt. #2 – Sponsor: OCCRI – La Raza Room 208

Woman Citizen Film Series, Autumn Gem: A Documentary on China’s First Feminist: Shiao-ling Yu, professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will host a free public showing of Autumn Gem, a documentary about Qui Jin, champion of women’s rights and first female martyr of China’s 1911 Revolution, Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU: The OSU IT Coordination Committee (ITCC) invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on March 7 (10-11 a.m.) to learn about the high level research survey capabilities of Qualtrics. Due to existing relationships with several OSU units, a university-wide license for Qualtrics is being considered. Reserve your seat at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/198104810

Retention of African American College Students: Equity and Inclusion and University Housing and Dining Services invite interested employees to attend a webinar presented by Martino Harmon. The webinar will present steps to gain the institutional commitment needed to develop a comprehensive, data-driven, strategic, and campus-wide approach in order to increase retention and graduation rates of African American students. March 8, noon to 2 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please direct questions and requests for accommodation to 541-737-3556.

Art exhibit: The 2nd Annual Cultural show: Ancient Americas exhibit runs in Giustina Gallery in LaSells Stewart Center through March 26. An artist’s reception takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8.

Fred Thompson benefit concert: A March 9 featuring hip-hop artist “Too $hort,” will go toward a youth center being created in Oakland, Calif., in memory of Fred Thompson. The concert will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketsoregon.com or at thINKit, a local business located on 25th and Monroe between Dominoes and Subway. Regular tickets will be $15 before the day of the concert and $20 at the door.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Imaging the coastal ocean from space: OSU Professor Curtiss O. Davis is giving a presentation March 8, 7 p.m., at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. He will describe the unique process for building and flying the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean on the International Space Station and show examples of how data from the Imager are being used to study and evaluate the impacts of coastal processes.

Starker Lecture: The Clean Water Act: Fundamentals and Effects on Forestry by Jay O’Laughlin, Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences and Director, Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho. March 8, 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall. For more information about this and other events, visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/. A livestream will be available at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream.

News for Employees

NEW! Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: Nominations are being sought for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. It recognizes an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. Nominations must be received by March 12. To nominate:

NEW! Women of Achievement: The OSU Women’s Center is seeking nominations for the 2012 OSU Women of Achievement awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of passionate and dedicated OSU women whose work has touched the lives of their students, communities, and colleagues. The deadline for nominations is March 30. The awards will be presented at the Memorial Union Lounge on May 9, along with the 2012 Herstory awards, given to outstanding OSU graduate and undergraduate women students. Criteria, application process and other important details at: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/

TEDxOSU applications being sought: On April 17, OSU will host a TEDxOSU event highlighting innovations that address the needs of our planet in the future, specifically with the intent to feature OSU faculty and the research being done at OSU and by alumni and is currently accepting applications for presenters. For more information, contact: Jennifer Villalobos.

Help choose new Oregon license plate: OSU-Cascades students are asking for help from OSU faculty, staff and students in choosing a license plate design that will fund proven child abuse prevention programs. To participate in selecting the new design, go to http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2iazhWb43ep1qFm and complete a five minute survey. Sales from the license plate will benefit all Oregon counties.

Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU: The OSU IT Coordination Committee (ITCC) invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on March 7 (10-11 a.m.) to learn about the high level research survey capabilities of Qualtrics. Due to existing relationships with several OSU units, a university-wide license for Qualtrics is being considered. Reserve your seat at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/198104810

University awards: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through April 6; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty member or unit: Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award; International Service Award ; D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award; OSU Academic Advising Award; OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award; OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award; OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship; OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award; Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award; Promising Scholar Award; Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award; Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award; Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award.

Spin on Research: VP Rick Spinrad previews his hosting of this month’s Science Pub, and reveals his musical debut at the Old World Deli

Wilderness First Responder Class: Receive certification in emergency medical techniques. This week-long course occurs on Mar. 24 –Mar. 31 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. in Dixon Upper Classroom. Sign-up at the Outdoor Recreation Center in Dixon, 541-737-3630. The cost is $550 Students/Members, $600 OSU Community, $650 General Public.

Gates Foundation – Global Health: Development of a Rapid Immunity Assessment Tool – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry from organizations to develop a prototype and detailed commercialization plan for an immunity assessment tool that can more accurately measure vaccination coverage in the developing world. Deadline: March 27. Full description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/vaccines/Pages/rfp-immunity-assessment-tool.aspx. If you have questions contact: Martha Coleman, Director of OSU Foundation Relations at martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu


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

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 newly established Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites applications for two, part-time (.50 FTE), fixed-term positions: Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Associate Director of Research. Posting # 0008651 & 0008639. Closes March 12.

INTO OSU is seeking to fill a role of Finance Assistant.  This is a dual role, working as a finance assistant, and supporting INTO OSU students with communication and advising relating to their student accounts.  Employee will utilize communication skills to provide quality advice and support for students, staff, agents and parents. Position closes on March 9. For immediate consideration, email cover letter, resume, and 3 references to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Web Communications Specialist/Writer (Public Info Representative 2) – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position. Posting # 0008667. Closes March 16

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.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 position. Posting # 0008681. Closes March 19.

The University Ombuds Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position: Assistant Ombuds. Posting number# 0008680. Closes March 31.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Academic Support Coordinator. The ASC provides advanced service and coordination support for academic staff and students. The ASC works closely with the Academic Support Manager to help coordinate administrative assignments in support of academic operations. Starting wage is $14.42 per hour plus full benefit package. For additional details, please email rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references for immediate consideration.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Extension Family & Community Health program welcomes applications for 3 new positions working with the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities childhood obesity prevention project. A background or interest in education delivery, health promotion, and gardening are preferred. Positions are located in Klamath Falls, St. Helens, and Oregon City. Posting numbers: 0008625, 0008633, 0008636. All 3 positions close on March 12.

Traffic and maintenance

Lorenz Soccer Field: In conjunction with the Lorenz Soccer Field renovation the athletic department will remove 20 trees adjacent to the east side of the field. New evergreen shrubs and small tree buffer plantings will be installed along the east side of the fence. This will take place March 10-11.

Withycombe Hall: Due to necessary testing, the building water system in Withycombe will be intermittently shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. This shutdown is necessary to test and repair the back flow device for the main water supply. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 6 and should end by 2:30 p.m.

Owen Hall: Due to necessary repairs associated with the building supply air fans (ventilation), the building air to Owen Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to replace motor bearings on a building supply air fan unit. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on March 7 and should end by 3 p.m.

Memorial Place Brick Mall: A large Sequoia on the OSU campus west of Strand Agriculture hall has been in accelerating decline due to Redwood Canker disease and will need to be removed.The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break). This will allow for cranes, log hauling trucks and other heavy equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the west side of the building and the West entrances will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26 and should end by 5 p.m., March 30.


Corvallis: The daffodils may be blooming but we’re not out of the winter woods yet. After a rainy Monday, forecasters are expecting another cold and snowy front to move into the area, dropping snow levels to near the valley floor overnight. It’s possible we’ll see another snowy commute on Tuesday, but quickly warming temperatures should take care of things by late morning, if any snow does appear. Today’s high will be 45 with a low tonight of 30.

Central Oregon:  Looks like rain in central Oregon today, turning to snow by tonight. But sunshine is on tap the rest of the week. Today’s high will reach 55 with a chilly low of 20 tonight.


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