OSU Today

Tuesday, March 20, 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.

Rare Whale Swims up West Coast to Russian Home (ABC News)

She is expected to turn left to head back to feeding grounds off Russia’s Sakhalin Island, said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. (See also: Associated Press, Washington Post)

Climate: Predictions versus what we see (Albany Democrat-Herald)

Just as western Oregon got hit with an unusual March snowstorm, Oregon State University published a special issue of Terra, its magazine on research, with the theme: “Facing Climate Change; Oregon confronts the human and ecological risks.”

Thousands Of Researchers Boycott Elsevier, Demand Open Access Journals (International Business Times)

“As a student, most of my classes are more often taught from papers rather than textbooks,” Sean Akins, a biology student from Oregon State University, wrote on the petition.

Green building engineer loves OSU’s collaborative spirit (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is a leader in green building engineering, and Arijit Sinha is one of the latest researchers to join that effort as part of the faculty of Wood Science and Engineering. Sinha, who has a degree in civil engineering from Delhi University, completed his graduate work at OSU.

Are Weight-Loss Supplements Effective? Study Says Most Aren’t (Shape)

Dr. Melinda Manore, professor of nutrition at Oregon State University, has been doing energy-balance research for 25 years in active and sedentary individuals. The one questions she always gets? “What supplements can I buy for weight loss?” (See also: Jonny Bowden blog)

Fatigue Fighters (Allure Magazine)

In other research, people who did at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise) per week felt more awake and focused than less-active people who got a similar amount of sleep, says Bradley J. Cardinal, a professor of social psychology of physical activity at Oregon State University.

Fortified foods can be overdone (Statesman Journal)

However, research institutes such as Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute continue to make sound recommendations regarding appropriate supplements for at-risk populations.

Massaging away finals week stress (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

More than 150 Oregon State University students took Student Health Service’s health promotion department up on their offer of free 10-minute massages as part of their Stress-Free Zone program, held Wednesday at Dixon Recreation Center.

News for Employees

NEW! Baby Boomer Series: Estate planning: Wills vs. Trusts, by David B. Beckham, attorney. Thursday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m., MU 207.

NEW! Tammy Barr, Director of Technology Support Services, will be retiring from OSU on April 1st, ending a 30 year career of service and achievement at the University.  In honor of her retirement, we invite you to sign her “virtual retirement blog,” located at http://tammysretirement.blogspot.com.

NEW! Women’s Basketball: The Beavs will host Pac-12 rival University of Washington at 7 p.m. tonight in Gill Coliseum in the Sweet 16 round of the WNIT. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at www.osubeavers.com, or by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, or purchased directly from the ticket office on campus.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


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

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.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst – Information Services – Network Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency level 3 position. Posting #0008 759. Closes Mar 31.

Senior Institutional Research Analyst – The Office of Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Senior Institutional Research Analyst position. Posting # 0008 744. Closes Apr 8.

Academic Advisers – College of Business – School of Design & Human Environment invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Adviser positions. Posting # 0008752. Closes April 8.

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: It may not feel like it, but spring has arrived. Up to a quarter of an inch of rain expected today, with periods of gusty wind and high of about 50.

Central Oregon: Very wet, rainy, and windy for the first day of spring. A high near 48 and low of 33. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 22 and 29 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph.

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