OSU Today

Monday, March 19, 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.

Sonny Ramaswamy, Oregon State’s agricultural dean, chosen to head federal research institute (Oregon Live)

Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen by the Obama administration to head a key research agency. See also: Feedstuffs

The Quest for Safer Intersections (The Atlantic)

Researchers at Oregon State University are now trying to identify exactly what the size of the dilemma zone actually is, how it differs from street to street and how roads and stoplights can be improved to reduce the dangerous impacts it can have. (See also: Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Just 55 Alive: World’s Rarest Dolphin Faces Extinction (Scientific American)

The population of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins has dropped by half in the past seven years to an estimated 55 individuals, according to research released March 13 by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), the University of Auckland and Oregon State University.

Back in the race (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

NuScale Power was formed in 2007 to commercialize a small modular reactor design based on technology developed at Oregon State University.

Rare whale migrating up West Coast (KPTV)

Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says there are only about 130 western gray whales in the world and Varvara’s behavior has significant ecological and management implications.

University of Oregon faculty and Oregon State University graduate employees seek union representation (Oregon Live)

Graduate students, primarily research assistants, have asked the employment board to confirm their representation at Oregon State University in Corvallis by Local 6069 of the Coalition of Graduate Employees, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers–Oregon.

It’s a comeback story: Bald eagles rebound from near extinction (Oregonian)

Oregon biologists waited until they’d finished analyzing a 30-year study of eagles by Oregon State University. (See also: Statesman Journal, Democrat-Herald)

Rural Ore. counties fear timber payment loss (KGW)

Oregon State University researchers estimated that without the timber payments, the state could lose between 3,800 and 4,400 direct jobs, costing the Oregon economy hundreds of millions of dollars. (See also: KATU)

News for Employees

NEW! Free Departmental Confidential Shredding: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online Monday through Friday, March 19-23 will be processed free of charge. Don’t miss this cost-saving opportunity! More info on our calendar or call 541-737-2856.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, March 21, noon 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.

NEW! RecSports Spring Memberships & Locker Sales: Sales will begin on Monday, March 19 at the Recreational Services Desk, (541-737-3736). More information on Membership prices and types can be found on our website. Winter Memberships and Locker Rentals will expire on Friday, April  6.

NEW! DPD Program Lunch: Pizza with discussion. “Teaching Social Justice Content In Online and Hybrid Courses,” Tuesday, April 3, noon- p.m., Milam 215. Reservations:  https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4878

NEW! Faculty Seminar: Applications for The Summer 2012 DPD Faculty Seminar are now available.  The seminar will run from June 18-July 6, 2012 from 9 am to 1 pm.  Applications are due on April 15, 2012. Information and the application for the DPD seminar are available here: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/dpd/dpd-faculty-seminar

Recreational Sports Spring Break Hours: Spring Break hours officially occur from Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 1 . Dixon Recreation Center will close early at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

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.


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

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.

Office Specialist 2: The Department of Student Media invites applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified position of Office Specialist 2. Posting #0008716. Closes March 23.

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 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. 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.

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 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: Rain is predicted for the entire week of finals, so keep your head down and try to have a little fun with all this wet weather. High of about 48 today, with similar soggy conditions expected tomorrow.

Central Oregon: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40 low near 26. West wind between 8 and 11 mph.

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