OSU Today

Wednesday, March 21, 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.

INCLEMENT WEATHER ALERT: A small amount of snow accumulation has made driving conditions challenging in some areas in and around the OSU main campus this morning. Travelers are encouraged to allow extra time for their commute and take extra care on roads where snow or ice make conditions difficult. The university will be open under normal operating conditions and hours today. No delay or closure is in effect.

Mystery of slick Martian slopes gets less slippery (Nature)

Joe Levy, of Oregon State University in Corvallis, agrees. He performed a study showing just how analogous the streaks are to ones in Antarctica that are certainly caused by water moving through pores in the subsurface material.

New Cornell program to start (Bend Bulletin)

As part of its partnership with Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Oregon State University-Cascades Campus will offer new executive education classes starting in May.

Rare Russian Whale Tracked to Mexico, a First for Science (Our Amazing Planet)

It’s possible Varvara was breeding with eastern gray whales in the Mexican lagoons, said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. (See also: MSNBC)

Are Weight Loss Supplements Effective? (Health Central)

A study out of Oregon State University reviewed the evidence surrounding the effectiveness of weight loss supplements. The conclusion – they don’t work.

OSU’s graduate employee union takes steps to represent research assistants (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s local Coalition of Graduate Employees chapter recently collected pledge cards from a majority of unrepresented graduate employees.


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.

News for Employees

NEW! Open parking: Open parking no permit required in student/visitor lots March 26-April 6.

NEW! Diversity essay contest: Last days to vote for your favorite essay: Join us, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, in selecting the winner of the 2011 This is My OSU Campus Ethos Diversity essay contest.  Voting closes March 23. To cast your vote, go to http://oregonstate.edu/oei/essay

NEW! Employee Award Nominations: The call for 2012 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended to Friday, April 20. Click on the following link for nomination instructions: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html. For clarification or questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Jeri Hemmer, Associate Director for Employee and Labor Relations, at 541-737-0547; or jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Men’s Basketball: The Beavs will host Pac-12 rival Washington State at 7 p.m. tonight in Gill Coliseum in the CBI Final Four. 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.

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

Retirement: Tammy Barr, Director of Technology Support Services, will be retiring from OSU on April 1, 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

Benefits Consultant – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting #0008762. Closes March 30.

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: In the immortal words of the great Mary J. Blige, just try to keep smiling until the sun shines again. Snow should pile up until about 11 a.m. today, and then is expected to melt off and turn to heavy rain. High should be a chilly 42. Snow/rain mix expected tomorrow morning, but not expected to accumulate.

Central Oregon: With all the rain, spring is definitely here. Rain, mainly before 11 a.m. High near 50. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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