OSU Today

March 26-March 30, 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.

Cooperative innovation key to breakthroughs (Sustainable Business Oregon)

It was 2007, and Oregon State University chemistry professor Doug Keszler was on the links with University of Oregon chemistry professor Darren Johnson. Instead of hooks and slices, they were talking cluster compounds and the fabrication of thin films for electronic devices.

Women are gaining investing confidence (San Francisco Chronicle)

The 2011 study from Oregon State University published in the July 2011 issue of the journal Entrepreneurship, Theory And Practice says that the proportion of women investors is directly related to the number of investments made by the group of angel investors.

Evidence for Flowing Water on Mars Grows Stronger (Scientific American)

In another talk at the conference, Joe Levy of Oregon State University compared RSL to similar-looking features caused by saline groundwater seeping downhill through the soil in Taylor Valley in Antarctica.

Green chemistry center grows up and reaches out (Portland Business Journal)

Technology developed by a network of researchers at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and others promises to cut the waste resulting from one step in the chip-making process.

Bringing wellness into the classroom (LIFE@OSU)

When two dozen Oregon State University students showed up on the track at Adams Elementary School in mid-October, they were quickly swarmed by elementary school kids out for recess. Soon, a huge crowd was making its way around the track.

Japan Tsunami Holds Lessons for Pacific Northwest (Our Amazing Planet)

Still, some 90 percent the coastal region’s residents and visitors evacuated effectively, said Patrick Corcoran, an Oregon State University education and outreach specialist, who just returned from a disaster symposium at United Nations University in Japan.

Are all hazelnuts susceptible to Eastern filbert blight? (Statesman Journal)

A breeding effort at Oregon State University has produced resistant cultivars, which include a contorted, red-leaved cultivar called ‘Red Dragon.’


Memorial service: A “Celebration of Life” service will be held for Steve Edwards on Monday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at The Vue, 517 S.W. Second St, Corvallis. Steve, senior analyst in the Office of Institutional Research, passed away on March 19 after a two-year battle with cancer.


March Science Pub Central Oregon: Tuesday, March 27 at Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes in Sisters, 6-8 p.m. Subject is “Bees on the Brink” by Ramesh Sagili of Horticulture and OSU Extension Service. Science Pubs are free, but Reservations required and limited to 100. To make a reservation, call 541-322-3100 or email info@osucascades.edu

Blackboard Webinar: Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) invites instructors and TA’s to attend a free webinar hosted by Blackboard on Tuesday, March 27, 10-11 a.m.:  “Real Examples for Using Adaptive Release.” Register for this webinar and find out more about the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series on the TAC home page. Contact Jon Dorbolo or Lynn Greenough if you have questions.


Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. 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.


Memorial service: A memorial service will be held for Timothy Goman, who was a senior in computer science, on Saturday, March 31 at 3 p.m. at the OSU CH2MHill Alumni Center. All who knew Tim or the Goman family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tim Goman can be sent to the OSU Foundation.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Documentary screening: German filmmaker and artist Stefan Roloff will visit OSU on Tuesday, April 3, for a workshop on his documentary film from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in Owen Hall Room 103. Then at 6 and 6 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, he will screen the documentary, “The Red Orchestra,” which chronicles a resistance group of ordinary citizens who fought the Nazis, and paid the price. All events are free and open to the public.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Landscape art: Art historian Kirsten Swenson will discuss images of landscape, photography, and new forms of technology in a lecture entitled “From Industrial Parks to the Industrial Sublime: Restaging ‘New Topographics.’” Her lecture will take place in the Joyce Powell Leadership Center in the Memorial Union at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4.

NEW! Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: Tuesday, April 3, 4 p.m. Speaker: Matt Slaughter, “Earthfort: Using Microbes in Farming Systems,” ALS 4000.

News for Employees

NEW! TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations on April 4 and 5. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To reserve a time to meet with Shane, please call 1-866-928-4221, ext 472601. Room locations and times will be provided at the time your reservation is made.

NEW! Cope Retirement: Julie Cope, Administrative Specialist for Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, is retiring after over 30 years of service at OSU. Julie has served in OSU organizations including the Office of Sponsored Programs, NSF IGERT, and served for 20 years in various positions for the English Language Institute. A retirement reception will be held Friday, April 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the CEOAS Administration building on the corner of 26th and Monroe Ave.

NEW! Gates Foundation grant: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 9, an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Deadline: May 15, 2012. Full description: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/introduction.aspx. Questions: Martha Coleman, Director of OSU Foundation Relations, Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6961.

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

Faculty Honors and Recognitions: The Research Office maintains a list of prestigious honors and recognitions, as a resource for all. Please see oregonstate.edu/research/faculty-honors. If you have additions, contact Jana.Zvibleman@oregonstate.edu

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

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.

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.

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.

Recreational Sports Spring Break Hours: Spring Break hours officially occur from Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 1.

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:

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.

Office Specialist 2 – College of Business – invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position of Office Specialist 2. Posting # 0008748 – Closes March 27.

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.

Fiscal Coordinator 1:  The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. To review posting and apply, go to posting #0008714. Closes March 30.

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.

Office Specialist I – The Department of History  invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Office Specialist 1 position. Interested parties should apply in the University’s Office Specialist 1 pool #0008498. 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 March 31.

INTO Oregon State University is currently recruiting for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. For additional information and/or immediate consideration, please email salary requirements, cover letter, resume, and 2 references to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Closes April 1.

Information Technology Consultant – Information Services – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0008775. Closes April 4.

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.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time 1.0, 12-month, Associate Dean. The Associate Dean contributes to the academic and administrative responsibilities that are both central and supplemental to the mission of the Graduate School. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting #0008769. Closes April 13.

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 April 16.

Traffic and maintenance

Parking spaces closure: Due to the installation of new ADA parking spaces, 10 parking spaces along Jefferson Way, west of 26th Street and the Jefferson Way intersection, will be closed from March 26 through April 16. The southern half of the parking lot at Moreland Hall will also be closed.

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: Highs are expected to be in the low 50s throughout this Spring Break week. Rain is expected pretty much every single day. In honor of our rainy week ahead, check out one of the greatest films ever made in all its soggy Northwest glory. Enjoy.

Central Oregon: Temperatures should be in the mid-to-high 50s all week, with some strong breezy conditions later in the week. Partly cloudy, with lows around 32.

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