OSU Today

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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.

NOAA Chief Believes in Science as Social Contract (New York Times)
The marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco has long urged scientists to abandon the habitual reticence of the research community and spend more time engaging the public and public officials about scientific and technical issues.

The Future of Retirement (OPB Think Out Loud)
Raymond Brooks, professor of finance at Oregon State University, talks about the viability of imminent retirements and the prospect of retirement in general.

Big green party at Portland Expo Center starts Friday (Oregonian)
Oregon State University will present a seminar series covering a range of topics, from understanding federal tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements to creating a rain garden, to all you need to know about composting toilets.

Introducing the 3rd “Programmer-Journalist” (PBS Idea Lab)
As an undergraduate, Nick Allen studied computer science at Oregon State University. He is currently enrolled at the Medill School through the Knight News Challenge scholarship program.

Oregon State reduces greenhouse gases 30% (Associated Press)
Oregon State University reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by about 30 percent last year by using renewable energy purchased with a student fee.

Climate change comes to your backyard (The Daily Climate)
A new climate map is being developed by Oregon State University’s PRISM Group, a team of modelers that also produces climate maps for other state and federal agencies.

An American original (Boston Globe)
Tracy Daugherty, a former student of Barthelme’s and now Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University, has written “Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme.”

From microbes to hydrogen fuel (Register-Guard)
Searching for an environmentally friendly way to produce cheap hydrogen as a fuel, researchers at Oregon State University are turning to microbes that have been doing the job for billions of years.

Upcoming Events

2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Ebadi’s tireless efforts to promote the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran made her the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ebadi currently works and lives in Iran as a lawyer and defender of human rights. Her talk kicks off the 2009 PeaceJam N.W. Youth Conference, held in OSU’s Memorial Union April 25-26. The conference web site and registration forms can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

5 Survival Skills for Instructors, 10 a.m. to noon, March 31, Milam 215.
This session will be of particular interest to instructors new to teaching, but serves as an excellent review of some of the best practices used in classrooms today. Issues such as establishing the teaching/learning environment, discipline in the classroom, effective teaching behaviors and motivation will be addressed. Resources to support teaching at OSU will be reviewed. The Center for Teaching and Learning handbook will be provided to attendees. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

Become a trained Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA).  Two-part workshop series next month examines unconscious/unintentional bias, inclusive/affirmative search practices, and roles of AASA, hiring official, search chair, and search committees from PD development through new hire integration. Part I: overview; potential biases/opportunities to promote diversity in the search process, 9 a.m. to noon April 21 or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142. Part II : more potential biases/opportunities; effective participation as an AASA, 9 a.m. to noon April 28 or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 29. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
ONID username and password required to register–call 541-737-3556 with questions

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php

News for Employees

NEW! Show your Beaver Pride by cleaning your office? That’s right! We are in the final week of Recyclemania, the nationwide, 10-week competition between universities to see who can recycle the most. What better motivation to clean out all your old papers from previous terms, helping OSU bring in extra material before the competition ends? To learn what can be recycled on campus, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. To view competition results, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/index.cfm

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program will be offered again this year to recognize and encourage scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and potential societal contributions by among students purusing graduate education in Oregon.  Nomination will be accepted up until April 13th, 2009.  For this and any other information regarding Fellowships, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

The Admissions Office is recruiting for an Assistant to the Director. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work creatively in a high volume detail oriented environment and will demonstrate strong administrative support skills and supervisory skills.  To review full posting description and to apply, go to http//oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0003997. Closing date: March 29.

Counselor, part-time (.40 FTE), 12-month fixed-term position in the Oregon State University Counseling Center.  Provide direct clinical and counseling services, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of student clients, as well as consultation, programming, workshops and outreach, and training of pre-doctoral interns.  Anticipated start date is May 1.  Required qualifications include Earned Masters of Social Worker (MSW) from an accredited institution or doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited program and internship or equivalent are required. Eligible for licensure as a Psychologist or Social worker in the state of Oregon within one year of employment.   Advanced knowledge of current counseling and psychological practices and methods.  Ability to maintain an appropriate counseling/therapy relationship. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. For full position description and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003988.  Closing Date: 04/03/09. OSU is an AA/EEO.

The Office of Academic Affairs & International Programs and the Center for Teaching and Learning wish to support faculty and instructors in their innovative teaching and learning projects and scholarship. A limited number of $2000 grants will be awarded this term to projects supporting and improving teaching and student learning. The goal of this program is to recognize and reward teaching excellence and encourage instructors to engage in the creation of innovative learning experiences for their students and scholarship focused on teaching and learning. All board appointed, tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as professional faculty, full time instructors and staff with teaching responsibilities may participate in this program.  Applications must be submitted by May 15 to the Center for Teaching and Learning, 116 Waldo Hall. Application and instructions are available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl.

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to a steam leak, all steam services in Kerr Administration will be temporarily shutdown.  Building heating will be affected, as well as domestic hot water.  This will affect all floors and all rooms. The shutdown is necessary to repair a leaking steam valve. The shutdown will begin at noon today and should be completed by 3:30 p.m.

NEW! Transit & Parking Services will be closed March 25 from noon to 5 p.m. for staff training.  Student lots are now open from March 23-April 3, no permits required.

Due to repairs to the building hot water system, all domestic hot water services in Nash hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all restrooms and break-rooms on all floors throughout the building. This shutdown is necessary to repair several leaks on the domestic hot water line. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. today and should end by 2:30.

Due to re-grading work, the gravel parking lot west of the Motor Pool building will be temporarily shutdown.  All parking will be shut down, and access to the Clark Meat Lab will be disrupted. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 23 and should conclude by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to sewer line repairs, the Graff Hall parking lot off Monroe will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all staff, student and handicapped parking spaces. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on March 23 and should be completed by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to parking lot maintenance, the gravel parking lot at 12th and Washington Way will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all parking in this lot. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on March 23 and we anticipate reopening the parking spaces by 5 p.m. on March 27.

Weather

Today should be showery with a high of 51 and a low of 42. Tomorrow looks rainy.

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