Inch-long fleas tormented dinosaurs (Science-A-Go Go)
“These were insects much larger than modern fleas and from the size of their proboscis we can tell they would have been mean,” said George Poinar, professor emeritus of zoology at Oregon State University. (See also: New York Daily News, Daily Mail)
OSU campus will be lively May 4-6 weekend (LIFE@OSU)
Entertainment, athletic events, food and other activities are on tap this May 4-6 when hundreds of mothers of OSU students will visit campus for the annual Moms Weekend celebration.
Ignoble Rot in California (Wines & Vines)
Tannin additions have worked, says Dr. James Osborne, head of the enology extension program at Oregon State University, but “the mechanism isn’t well understood. Particularly in red wines, it’s hard to pull out a simple answer.”
Coos Art Museum will be featuring a one-person exhibition by the artist, curator and juror for Expressions West, Douglas Russell. He is Director of the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis and a painter of colorful abstract landscapes and scenes from nature.
At Oregon State University, a group marched across campus, asking for equal union representation for both graduate teaching and research assistants.
Speaker: Conditions improving, but women still face barriers in science, engineering academic careers (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
During her talk at Oregon State University on Monday afternoon, educator Sue Rosser compared career barriers facing women in academic science and engineering disciplines as “old wine in new bottles.”
NEW! Webinar: Mediaspace, OSU’s Media Streaming Server with Mark Dinsmore. Wednesday, May 2, 11 a.m.-11:50 a.m. MediaSpace is a cloud-based service allowing the ability to upload, convert, store and distribute their video without consuming large quantities of local resources. Learn more at: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars
Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Beth Sullivan, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, will present a seminar “Epigenomic Mechanisms of Human Centromere Assembly and Genome Stability” on Wednesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.
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.
Orange Rewards: Join the Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 30 campus restaurants, coffee shops and markets. From April 30 to May 13, the one-time minimum deposit will be reduced from $100 to $25. Future deposits into your Orange Rewards account must be at least $25.
Tweetfest: OSU Superfund Research Program has initiated an Air Quality Tweetfest from April 30 – May 4 for World Asthma Day (May 1) and EPA’s “Be Air Aware” – Air Quality Awareness Week. This an opportunity for OSU to share research, stories, facts, and resources related to air quality on Twitter. We will build community and network while promoting our programs. Use the hashtag #HealthyAir. Info: Naomi Hirsch, email@example.com
NEW! Shakespeare Auditions: Open auditions will be held for OSU’s Bard in the Quad production of “The Taming of the Shrew. The auditions will be held in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 6 and 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7. Tryouts open to all. For additional information, call 541-737-2853 or George Caldwell, 541-737-4627.
NEW! International Reporting: Monday, May 7, 4–6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 213, Kevin Drew, editor & correspondent for The New York Times Hong Kong Bureau, will be speaking on the topic of “International Reporting: A View from Hong Kong.”
NEW! Debate: The Socratic Club at Oregon State University will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is Christianity anti-Science?” on Monday, May 7, in LaSells Stewart Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.
Stress, Aging, and Mortality: The Medical Humanities “Table Talk” series continues with Carolyn Aldwin, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences and Director of the Gerontology Program. She will discuss how psychosocial factors and stress affect health, especially in later life. Join us on Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m. in Hovland Hall, Room 104.
Spies, Mad Men, and Propaganda: For over two decades, the CIA worked secretly with the best “mad men” in American advertising creating a propaganda campaign that fueled a climate of fear and suspicion at home and mobilized a distrust of government itself that would have long-lasting implications for American society. Join us on Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m. in the MU La Raza Room.
Graphic Design Talk: Graphic designer and educator Thomas Ockerse will be speaking as part of the Visiting Artist and Scholars Lecture series on Thursday, May 3 at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.
2012 Joint Service Review: OSU’s Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC and Navy ROTC units will be conducting their annual Joint Service Review in the Memorial Union Quad, Friday, May 4, from 10-11 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Major General Roger A. Binder, OSU and AFROTC alumnus. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Spring Festival: ISOSU is hosting the annual Spring Festival. Come taste international cuisine, engage in cultural booths, live entertainment by students and professional, and more! Free event open to all. Sunday, May 6 in the MU Quad from noon to 4 p.m.
Lectures and Seminars
OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Lisa Price will be giving a talk titled “The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women and Orphan Children’s Food and Livelihood in Rural Africa,” on Friday May 4 at noon in Waldo Hall, room 201A.
News for Employees
NEW! The Oregon Community Foundation Community Grants program: The Research Office is requesting letters of intent for the OCF – Community Grants program. The program is seeking proposals that engage communities in addressing local issues. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/community-grants. Information: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com. Research Office deadline: May 24.
NEW! OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities: The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities is accepting nominations for the 2012 award which recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who promote their participation on campus. Deadline: May 15. Review the award criteria and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Music: At the May 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Kevin Patton, OSU Music Department, will present his work in experimental music and multi-media theater. 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 to reserve a lunch.
Pre-Retirement Workshop: May 4 from 3-5 p.m., Memorial Union room 213, OSU faculty and staff who plan to retire within the next few years are encouraged to participate in this workshop. The workshop, facilitated by Clara Pratt, will be an engaging exploration of the physical, psychological, and social aspects of retirement. The event is sponsored by the OSU Retirement Association.
Host Students: The OSU Homestay Program is looking for community members to host students from Bunkyo University for a weekend homestay program May 4-6 and/or May 18-20. If you are interested in giving an international student an American cultural weekend, please fill out a Homestay Program Host application at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program: Wed., May 9, noon–1 p.m. in Furman 101. Pizza lunch workshop featuring Patti Watkins speaking on “Fat Studies: Teaching About Weights as a Social Justice Issue.” Reservations by noon Friday, May 4 at: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4952
AOP Spring 2012 Conference: “Spring Into Mental Wellness” May 10, 9 a.m. to noon, Willamette Room East, Library. Cost: $10 for members, $25 for non-members (includes 2012-2013 Membership Fee). Send registration to Ross Jefferys, 118 Ballard Extension Hall. Registration deadline: Monday, May 7.
Freak Lab Accidents: The media is peeking through your lab windows? See The Spin on Research: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2012/04/30/freak-lab-mishaps
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship: The Research Office is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – IGERT-CIF21 program. This is a new targeted opportunity for research communities to apply for a new track in NSF’s IGERT program as a mechanism to address the training and education needs in computational and data enabled science and engineering and cyberinfrastructure research. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-edcuation-and-research-traineeship-program-cif21. Information: Debbie Delmore firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: May 15.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a Residential Conferences and Building Services Coordinator, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0008944. Closes May 2.
University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a Food Service Worker 3 position. Posting # 0008945. Closes May 2.
Extension Administration invites applications for a full-time, 12-month classified Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #0008715. This is an internal search and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closes May 4.
Survey Research Center, Department of Statistics invites applications for a part-time, 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0008858. Closes May 5.
Accounting Technician: Business and Engineering Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008955. Closes: May 7.
Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Coordinator-Web and Interactive Media position. We seek creative initiative with a passion for wellness. Posting #0008971. Closes: May 9.
The Department of Public Safety at OSU is seeking applicants for two Public Safety Officers. These are full time positions. Posting #0008923. Full consideration: April 25. Closes May 9.
The University Library is accepting applications for a full-time Library Technician 1. Posting #0008956. Closes May 10.
University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0008983. Closes May 11.
The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment. Posting #0008844. Closes May 13.
Operating Systems-Network Analyst – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency level 3 position. Posting #0008968. Closes May 18.
Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking applicants for a Cultural Programs Coordinator position in the Student Events and Activities Center, full-time, posting #0008974. Closes May 18.
The Academic Success Center is hiring ALS course instructors for four sessions of the summer bridge programs. Complete position descriptions, session dates and application instructions are at http://success.oregonstate.edu/employment-opportunities. Closes May 18.
Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society is hiring two Research Associate Post Doc positions in tree floral biology/biotechnology and outreach. Posting #0008912 & #0008910. Full consideration: May 14. Closes June 4.
College of Business is recruiting for a full-time Finance instructor to teach 2012/2013 academic year. Posting # 0007284. Closes June 15.
Information Services – Media Services Central Web Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Project Manager-Business Analyst position. Posting # 0008908. Closes June 30.
Advancement Records Specialist: This position is responsible for accurately entering and maintaining a large range of corporate contact and biographical information. Go to the Foundation’s website to see minimum requirements and a full job descriptions. Apply to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, OSU Foundation.
Graphic Designer: This position is responsible for creating a variety of printed and electronic communication materials to convey the key messages of the OSU and the Foundation. Go to the Foundation’s website to see minimum requirements and a full job descriptions. Apply to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, OSU Foundation.
Traffic and Maintenance
NEW! Washington Way: The westbound lane of Washington Way between 26th and 17th streets will be closed from 9-1 on May 2.
Harrison Boulevard: The City of Corvallis Public Works Department will replace aging parts of the storm water system on NW Harrison Boulevard, between NW 30th and NW 34th Streets. This project will have occasional and temporary impacts on traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 1 through May 25. Info: 541-766-6916.
Cordley Hall: On May 5, all electrical services to the southeast corner of Cordley Hall will be temporarily shut down.
Annual Steam Shutdown: Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut down all steam services to campus from June 18-21. This will affect all hot water and heating services.
Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, with a high near 60. Rain returns tonight and continues through the rest of the week.
Central Oregon: Increasing clouds, with a high near 55. West wind between 6 and 9 mph.