Call it sisterly love: First lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address June 17 at Oregon State University, where brother Craig Robinson coaches the men’s basketball team, her aides said Wednesday. (See also: OPB, White House)
Is herpes killing coral? (Toronto Sun)
The scientists at Oregon State University say coral abundance has decreased about 80% in the Caribbean Sea in the past 30-40 years. (See also: Discovery News)
Shay steps down as wine institute head (Capital Press)
The first director of Oregon State University’s Wine Research Institute will step down this summer to return to full-time research and teaching.
Oregon liberal arts graduates create own careers (Oregonian)
Lee Perry-Gibbens, 34, took a long path to self-employment while attending college in Bend, where he grew up. As he worked on his humanities degree from Oregon State University’s Bend campus, he took a job at a company that planned community events.
Pink Slime or Lean Finely Textured Beef (OPB Think Out Loud)
Guests include John Killifer, head of the Animal Sciences department at Oregon State University.
During spring break, 20 students from around the nation gave up their holiday to participate in a novel, one-week class at OSU on artificial intelligence.
With university governing boards, Oregon must protect the values of its higher education system (Oregonian editorial)
We’d draw the committee’s attention to the advice of one college leader, Oregon State President Ed Ray, who has experience operating with a local board at Ohio State University.
Gazelle beetles are latest European import to Oregon — a worrisome, adaptable, fast-moving insect (Oregonian)
That’s when a lone beetle turned up in samples collected in Corvallis by Oregon State University students.
League honors bike-friendly universities (Bicycle Retailer and Industry News)
Five universities made the top silver award: Boise State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Northern Arizona State University, Oregon State University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
NEW! Wild/domestic animal presentation: Ceiridwen Terrill, author of “Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs,” will give two presentations in Corvallis on Wednesday, April 4. She will speak and give a show slide at OSU in Richardson Hall 313 at 4 p.m., and read at Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 S.W. 2nd St., at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
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 8 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! Climate Change series: The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department and the Conservation Biology Institute presents a seminar series on climate change. Dominique Bachelet will present “Vegetation, carbon and fire: translating MC1 simulations of future conditions for managers” on April 3, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000. Seminars will be held each Tuesday of spring term, from 2-3 p.m. in ALS 4000, and are free and open to the public.
NEW! Starker Lecture: Forest Watershed Research: Management Under the Microscope by George Brown/George Ice, Dean and Director Emeritus/Fellow OSU College of Forestry and Oregon Forest Research Laboratory/National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall.
Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: Tuesday, April 3, 4 p.m. Speaker: Matt Slaughter, “Earthfort: Using Microbes in Farming Systems,” ALS 4000.
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.
News for Employees
NEW! Recycling Tip of the Week: Paper. These paper products are recyclable at OSU: computer paper, newspapers, magazines, envelopes, folders, paperboard (non-corrugated boxes), books, notebooks, paper bags and more. Staples and small amounts of tape are acceptable, as are bound books and notebooks. Not accepted in paper bins are cups, napkins, towels, plates and cartons. Confidential materials are handled specially for a fee. See images and full details on Campus Recycling’s blog or online recycle guide.
NEW! Equity and Inclusion: At the April 5 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Angelo Gomez, Interim Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, will discuss why they matter. 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, email@example.com , to reserve a lunch.
NEW! Office Makeover: OSU Women’s Network is sponsoring a workshop on office makeovers by interior design specialist Marilyn Read from noon to 1 p.m. April 19 in Willamette East/West in the Valley Library. Get tips on creating a welcoming, restorative, and positive work environment. If you would like to receive suggestions on a makeover for your office, please send a picture of your office/cubicle with a brief description of what you would like to accomplish to Adry.firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Spring workshops: Training and Organizational Effectiveness has scheduled Spring term workshops for OSU faculty and staff. These workshops are designed to improve your professional and organizational effectiveness around topics such as handling conflict, change management and more. Workshops are offered at no cost to OSU employees. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 to view all courses and to register.
NEW! Using Social Media to Get a Job: Lea McLeod will be presenting on the how social media is becoming an essential aspect in the job search. She will present on April 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder Hall Room 278. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.
NEW! How to Search and Secure an Internship in 4 Steps: Marian Moore will present on strategies to use in gaining a targeted internship. She will present on April 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Kerr Administration Building room B008. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.
NEW! Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House meetings will be held on April 17 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322. The next 13-week session begins April 24. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Present that confirmation code at the first meeting. For more information, call 541-737-3106.
NEW! Conversational Skills: Conversational Skills workshops return to OSU April 23-May 3. These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU employees, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. For course descriptions and to register, visit the OSU Professional Development Central Registration Site at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23. For questions, contact Leigh Larkin in Training and Organizational Effectiveness at email@example.com.
NEW! Sea Grant scholars: Applications due April 17, 2012 for the Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar program for undergraduates. The program will place students in a natural resource management agency and is designed to help prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. Information: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/fellowships/summer-scholars
NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.email@example.com, 541-737-6961.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
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.
Analyst Programmer – Information Services – Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008789. Closes April 6.
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.
Accounting Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008767. Closes April 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 Division of Finance and Administration invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Center Manager. Preference may be given to OUS employees.Posting #0008818. Closes April 10.
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.
Corvallis: Don’t be surprised that April is starting off with a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy today with rain expected the rest of the week, along with thunderstorms. A high near 60 today.
Central Oregon: After the snow this weekend some sun would be nice. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55 low near 39. South wind between 10 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.