OSU Today

Wednesday, March 14, 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.

Fukushima’s Food Fallout: Testing groceries for radiation in Japan (PBS News Hour)

Radio ecologist Kathy Higley is reading Fukushima tea leaves at Oregon State University. She studies how radionuclides move through the environment.

Foraging Oregon truffles is dirty work, but the payoff is delicious (Oregonian)

It wasn’t the most auspicious beginning to a day of truffle foraging during the recent Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene. Dr. Daniel Luoma of Oregon State University began his introduction to Oregon truffles with the words, “There are 350 different kinds of truffles in the Northwest and most of them are really good squirrel food.”

Work groups announced for Corvallis-OSU collaboration (LIFE@OSU)

Approximately 30 community members have agreed to serve on one of three initial work groups formed to address issues related to traffic and parking, neighborhood planning and neighborhood livability as part of a three-year collaboration effort involving the City of Corvallis and Oregon State University.

Q&A with Patrick Emerson (Oregon Live)

Meet Patrick Emerson, an associate professor of economics at Oregon State University who blogs at The Oregon Economics Blog.

What’s in a name? For B-schools, millions (Business Week)

We took our top 30 full-time B-schools that have a “name” on them, found the year and amount of each naming gift, and then turned to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics to find each gift’s value in terms of today’s dollar. In two instances where the gift predated Labor Statistics data, we used numbers calculated by Oregon State University.

Southern link offers hope for critically endangered Maui’s dolphins (Phys Org)

“Despite low abundance the population has maintained an equal balance of females and males and retained a surprising, albeit low, level of genetic diversity over the years,” says Professor Scott Baker from The University of Auckland and Oregon State University who led the research with colleague Rebecca M. Hamner. (see also The Nation, Independent Online)

AL Focus (American Libraries)

The Valley Library dismantled its reference stacks in 2009, making room for collaborative workspaces on the main floor adjacent to the learning commons.

Two-county jobless rate dips slightly (Democrat-Herald)

“Both counties continue to struggle adding jobs,” regional labor economist Pat O’Connor wrote in his report. He said Benton County had benefited from record enrollment levels at Oregon State University, which have  boosted employment in the public and private sector.

Obama to appoint Ramaswamy as NIFA director (Western Farm Press)

President Obama announced recently his intent to appoint Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy as director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Dr. Ramaswamy is currently Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

Archaea as food source adds new twist to understanding greenhouse gas cycles (Science 2.0)

“It could be that many other animals are consuming Archaea but we haven’t been able to detect it,” said Andrew Thurber, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. (see also The Scientist)

Humane Society does pet surgeries by lantern light (KVAL)

Kathy Dockery, an Oregon State University, 4th year veterinary medical student, preps a cat for surgery Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Oregon Humane Society, in Portland, Ore.

Clash of the robots (Gazette-Times)

Who said a foot-tall robot can’t be intimidating? That’s what Oregon State University freshmen Cameron Furrow, Samantha Runa and Josh Kuras thought as they prepared for Monday evening’s Robolab competition.


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 Monday-Wednesday, March 12-14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

Recycling Fundraiser: Bring redeemable cans and plastic bottles to the MU Quad on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fundraise for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry, in this sororities versus fraternities philanthropy challenge! Only plastic and metal (NO glass) containers that have a deposit value, please. For more information, contact Andrea Norris of Campus Recycling at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu.

Lucky Day Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come to our public sale Wednesday, March 14, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. where we’ll have a drawing for two $50 gift certificates to our store! We will also collect your electronics for recycling during the sale. For more information, visit our website.

Book review: “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson will be reviewed by OSU’s Marisa Chappell, March 14, Noon, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

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 on March 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

TAC Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Wednesday March 14, noon to 1 p.m. Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Pride Center work space: Procrastinators Unite! Come study for finals or work on that end of term project at the Pride Center. We have plenty of work space and comfy couches! Yogurt parfaits will be provided. March 13-15, 7-10 p.m. the Pride Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Printing and Mailing Closure: Printing and Mailing Services will be closed Thursday, March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a department meeting.  During the closure, questions and printing orders may be sent via e-mail to digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.  Hard-copy printing orders may be left in the drop box on the south side of the building.

NEW! OSU’s Information Commons: At the March 15 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Lois Brooks, vice provost for Information Services, will discuss websites, wi-fi, email, mobile apps and more. 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, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu to reserve a lunch.

SEUI event: Classified staff, our union General Membership meeting is this coming Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the MU, in room 213. Come hear the candidates running for leadership positions and decide on who you would like to represent you. Also hear about the “Civil War” membership drive challenge between OSU and the U of O. Lunch provided.

TAC Webinar: “Beyond the Basics with Blackboard,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC). March 15, noon to 1 p.m. This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, March 16, 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 wrap up the term with the final installment of the Multimedia and PowerPoint.series . Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

TAC Webinar: “Blackboard Grade Center.” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC). March 16, 2 to 3 p.m. This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Community Costs of Corporate Power: March 16, 7 p.m., Corvallis Library. Advisory Question on 11/12 ballot, Mad as Hell Doctors, Richard Harisay on Constitution. Refreshments. Cosponsored by OSU Peace Studies.

OSU Night at the Symphony: Join OSU president Edward J. Ray for OSU Night at the Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.The Emerald Isle comes alive with beautiful ballads, sung by great Irish tenor John McDermott and accompanied by Portland’s own Molly Malone Irish Dancers. Premium seating is available at a 50 percent discount to the OSU community. Order tickets in the OSU section by calling Tom Wente at 503-416-6380 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and referencing OSU Night at the Symphony. Tickets start at $26 a piece.

News for Employees

NEW! Electronic evaluation:  EvalS, the new electronically-driven performance evaluation system has arrived. Are you ready? Be prepared…visit  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/performance-evaluation/ for details about the system including a link to register for classroom presentations. Classroom presentations will also provide you an opportunity for Q&A. If you are not able to attend, you will find guides, reference materials and online training at the website to help you understand and navigate this new system.

NEW! Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): Start This program is limited to OSU freshman, sophomores and recent transfer students. Applications are being accepted for Summer term 2012. Deadline: April 16. Guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc-start. (This is separate from the regular URISC program). Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu .

NEW! Jobs workshop: OSU Career Services is sponsoring “How to Apply to State & Federal Jobs” workshop on April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kidder Hall Room 278 (Note: New Location).  Presenter:  Greg Ivers from the Oregon Employment Department/Linn Benton County Employer Council.  Please see the attached link for more details http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/65801/

aOSU App For Android now available: Information Services and Web Communications announce the release of aOSU, the free OSU app for Android™ that lets you access Oregon State University when you’re on the go. Navigate campus, search the directory, watch videos, and more. Read more about the app on the Information Services website, or simply download aOSU on Google Play or from the Android Market.

Lab preparedness: In case of an earthquake, fire or other emergency, is your unit or lab prepared to keep people safe? What about your equipment, data, and all other elements of your research? Get help to get prepared with the Spin on Research.

Vote for your favorite essay: Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion in selecting the winner of the 2011 This is My OSU Campus Ethos Diversity essay contest. This contest was initiated by the Office of Community and Diversity, and in the interest of completing the process and honoring those who entered, we would like to ask for your help in the final selection round. To cast your vote, go to oregonstate.edu/oei/essay.

Thrift shop scholarship: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from older-than-average women students who are U.S. citizens and residents of Benton County, age 30 or older who will be attending OSU full time in 2012-2013, while pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree ( PhD and EdD candidates are not eligible). The Committee also is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall and are graduating from Benton County High Schools or live in Benton County. Applications are available at the Thrift Shop, 144 NW 2nd Street; at the OSU Financial Aid Office; the OSU Women’s Center; and OSU College Advisors’ offices. The applications are also available online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/osufolk. Deadline is March 19. For information, 541-752-1096.

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Deadline for submission: March 19. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

Student mediation skills: The Mediators Beyond Borders chapter at Oregon State University (MBB-OSU) is seeking applications from students who wish to participate in a free 32-hour basic mediation training, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14, 15, 21 and 22 on the OSU campus. Applications can be found on our blog at http://mbbosu.wordpress.com/. Submit your application by email to mediators@oregonstate.edu by March 19 to be considered for this great opportunity. For more information, find us on facebook (www.facebook.com/MBBOSU ) or send an email to mediators@oregonstate.edu to be added to the list-serve.

Extended Deadline for URISC: The Research Office has extended the deadline for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. Proposal submissions are due Wednesday, March 14. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu


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

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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking a University’s Veterinary Technician 2. Posting #0007434. Closes March 19. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

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.

Office Specialist 2: The Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0008713. Closes March 20.

Fiscal Coordinator 1: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008714. Closes March 23.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications from current OSU employees for the part-time position of Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program. See posting #0008679. Closes March 26.

Graphic Artist 2 – University Relations and Marketing-Web Communications invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Graphic Artist 2 position. Posting #0008690. Closes March 26.

International Degree and Education Abroad Director – International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, International Degree and Education Abroad Director position. Posting # 0008701. Closes March 27.

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.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Custodian for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This is a part-time, 12-month, classified position. Posting # 0008707. Closes March 31.

Traffic and maintenance

Cascade Hall: Six flowering pear trees located on the north and east side of Cascade Hall will be removed due to poor structural health and building clearance issues. The trees are scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break).This will allow for removal equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Multi Use pathway on the north side of the building along the railroad tracks will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26, and end by 5 p.m. March 30. The area will be replanted with smaller stature trees.

Memorial Union quad: A Red oak tree (Quercus rubra) on the Memorial Union quad north of the bookstore is in decline due to root decay disease and will need to be removed. The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break).To ensure safety of pedestrians the north sidewalks east of the main entrance and the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the east side of the building 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.

Fire alarm testing: During the week of March 25-31, Honeywell will be on site performing Quarterly Fire Alarm Testing in below listed buildings: Book Storage, Parking Structure, Reser Stadium, Benton Hall, Burt 3, Burt 4, Cascade Hall, Child Care Center, Sports Performance Center, Gladys Valley, Merrit Truax, Milne Computer Center, Valley Football Center, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This will be a live test. This testing is necessary to ensure all the building fire systems are up to standards and for the safety of the OSU community.

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: Well, the good news is there’s no snow this morning. The bad news is the rain isn’t going anywhere. Rain today with wind gusts and a high of 51 and a low tonight of 43. Rain again tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  A slight chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain. Snow level rising to 4300 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 47 low around 36. South wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

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