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Thursday, March 15, 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.

Valenti leaves mark at Oregon State (NCAA)

Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum is named for Paul Valenti’s coach, Amory T. “Slats” Gill. The coliseum’s court is named for Ralph Miller, the equally legendary coach who succeeded Valenti. But the program, literally for most of its 111 seasons, has in one way or another been associated with Valenti.

 OSU ag college plans to stay on course (Capital Press)

Oregon State University officials said it will be business as usual at the College of Agricultural Sciences as they prepare for the departure of Dean Sonny Ramaswamy.

OSU study looks at yellow-light ‘dilemma zone’ (KTVZ)

New research at Oregon State University will help to more precisely identify that danger zone. Traffic engineers can then use than information, along with advanced technology that can monitor the speed and location of oncoming traffic, to improve yellow-light timing and help address this problem. (see also Science Business, WTOP)

Environment: Toxic effects (Nature)

“The people who are going to be successful are people who have that deep expertise in their own field yet have the professional capabilities to collaborate, and to open their mind and to really listen,” says Dave Stone, director of the US National Pesticide Information Center, a cooperative between the Oregon State University and the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC.

Diet supplements don’t work, so what does? (Oregonian)

Melinda Manore, an Oregon State University professor of nutrition and exercise sciences, reviewed a couple hundred studies investigating hundreds of weight-loss supplements and found no evidence that using any product results in significant weight loss.

OSU, city compile collaboration work groups (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Manager’s office announced Tuesday that 27 people have joined the Oregon State University-city of Corvallis collaboration project’s three work groups.

A battle of the vampires, 20 million years ago (Science Blog)

“Bat flies are a remarkable case of specific evolution, animals that have co-evolved with bats and are found nowhere else,” said George Poinar, Jr., an OSU professor of zoology and one of the world’s leading experts on the study of ancient ecosystems through plants and animals preserved in amber.

Rent-a-tree operation blossoms for Cove Organic cherry growers (The Observer)

The two professors say they are committed to both organic and locally grown food. And they say they delight in sharing not only the fruit of their orchard but also their commitment to those ideals with others. “We’re not commercial,” said McIver, an entomologist and senior research associate professor for Oregon State University.

In downtown Portland, farmer’s market set to open Saturday (Oregonian)

Benner noted that Multnomah County and the Oregon State University Extension Service, for example, have a partnership to bring in beginning farmers. The nonprofit Friends of Family Farmers matches up new farmers with those who are leaving agriculture.

Ejemplo Hispano de Marzo (Univision)

Univision calls OSU alum, 4-H educator Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, a ‘Hispanic example.’ (Interview is in Spanish)


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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! NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – SNM program. The program seeks collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/scalable-nanomanufacturing-snm-2010. Deadline to the Research Office: April 23. Information: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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 .

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/

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.


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: “Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty.”-  William Shakespeare. Hard rain and gusty wind are keeping us indoors today, with up to 3/4 of an inch of rainfall expected. High will be 56 with a low of 40. Rain continues through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Rain likely, mainly after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a south wind between 23 and 29 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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