OSU Today

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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.

Oscar-winning filmmakers say sushi bar served them whale meat (San Francisco Chronicle)

The samples were sent to Scott Baker, a whale expert who is the associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. Baker said DNA testing there revealed that the samples sent to him were from a Sei whale, which are found worldwide and are endangered but are sometimes hunted in the north Pacific Ocean under a controversial Japanese scientific program. (See also the New York Times and Globe and Mail)

Five metro areas on the real estate mend (Smart Money)

Corvallis — the smallest by population of the five metros — is defined, too, by the fact that it’s a true university town.

Technology could keep GM and non-GM crops separated (ABC Rural)

Weed scientist Professor Carol Mallory Smith, from Oregon State University, has been researching gene flows for several years and says there have been several instances of genetic material being transferred through pollen and seed movement.

Corvallis’ immigrant population lives in the shadows (Gazette-Times)

Mario Magana now works with OSU Extension, specifically to bring young Latinos into the state’s 4-H programs. He said there’s a distinct lack of non-white children in extracurricular and sports programs in Corvallis, but not because they don’t have talent. “The thing we don’t realize is that most of the Latino families don’t have the resources to pay the fees to get involved,” Magana said.

Whales may round up squid for dinner (ScienceNews)

“We expected their dives to be similar, but often one of the three whales went deeper than the other two,” Bruce Mate told a group of scientists and reporters at a scientific meeting in February. Mate is the director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, which is in Newport.

OSU engineer designing new-generation reactor (WJTV)

An Oregon State University engineer is in the forefront of the search for a new and safer nuclear reactor design.

Powered by oranges (LIFE@OSU)

Students use oranges to make giant MS sculpture in the MU Quad.

Sleep may be fountain of youth (UPI)

Researchers at the Oregon State University in Corvallis linked poorer health and earlier deaths to the absence of a key gene controlling the biological clock regulating the sleep cycle.


The 4th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference will be held on campus from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Two hundred African American youth from Benton, Linn, Lincoln, Lane, and Marion Counties are expected to attend.

Key congressional staff from the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will be on campus today to provide OSU students with information about internships in both Washington DC and Oregon: 2:30-3:30 p.m., 303 Gilkey Hall. The forum will include Jeffrey Levensaler Washington, DC-based Deputy Chief of Staff and Maribeth Healey, Deputy State Director. The OSU Alumni Association will also be on hand to provide information about available scholarship opportunities. Sponsored by OSU’s Office of Government Relations.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Alice Biddle (Moreland), the first woman graduate of Oregon State in 1870, completed her degree in just over three years with perfect grades and perfect attendance. She graduated at age 16 and was known as Corvallis’ most intelligent young woman.   She organized the first alumni reunion in school history in 1875. Her statue sits today just to the east of the Memorial Union. JoAnne Trow will speak about the history of women at OSU on March 30, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., in La Raza Room, 208 Memorial Union. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/wage/celebrating-history-women-osu-dr-jo-anne-trow

Upcoming events

NEW! A release party for Kathleen Dean Moore’s new book “Wild Comfort,” will take place March 10 at 7 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! The March 11 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20100311.html. The Promotion and Tenure Guideline Revisions will again be discussed. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

NEW! The College of Business, Austin Entrepreneurship Program, and Students in Free Enterprise are partnering with the Corvallis School District to present the second annual Benton County Career Convention on March 10 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and LaSells Stewart Center. More than 900 high school juniors will learn vital skills in the area of career development.

NEW! The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and the Oregon State University Beavers have scheduled the fifth annual free OSU Youth Football Clinic to enable interested young people to learn football from some of their Beaver gridiron icons. Boys and girls in grades three through eight are eligible. The event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 13 at the Truax Indoor Center, located northwest of Reser Stadium. OSU head football coach Mike Riley, his coaching staff and players will be there to teach football skills and running drills. Registration is not required, but a $5 donation to help support the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis athletic scholarship fund is suggested. All participants should wear warm indoor/outdoor clothes and football or gym shoes.

NEW! Stress Free Zone takes place from 11 am. to 2 p.m., March 11, in Dixon Recreation Center. Sit back and relax and enjoy free snacks and beverages during dead week along with good stress busting information. The stress free zone is the third event for the Power Up Challenge.

NEW! Oregon State graduate students in Mechanical Engineering will present their beta prototype of products they’ve created for Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center clients on March 18, 6 p.m., at the Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1853 Airway Rd., Lebanon. To RSVP call 541-258-8121.

It is Lunch and Learn time again! Come and learn valuable information about finding and keeping quality childcare. The discussion takes place from noon to 1 p.m., March 10 in MU 109A. This event is sponsored by the Child Care and Family Resources Office and is open to all OSU parents.

International Women’s Lunch Bunch, March 10 at noon, Women’s Center. International Women’s Lunch Bunch is in celebration of Women’s HerStory Month and International Women’s Day. Participants can bring their own lunches and eat at the Women’s Center while listening to International women share the status of women in their countries. The March 10 event features Tawalin Opastrakoon of Thailand.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its March workshop, “Navigating the Dynamics of Power and Privilege” March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Corvallis – Benton County Public Library. This workshop will feature OSU’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs Larry Roper, speaking on exploring the dynamics such as power, privilege, marginality and mattering as we seek to make sense out of organizational relationships. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu .

Three Fingered Jack performs March 11 during OSU Music a la Carte, noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. A student health nurse practitioner gone wild on cello and pennywhistle! A Research Office staffer strumming Irish bouzouki and guitar. In addition, a local bodhran (Irish drum) player/vocalist and a fiddler/vocalist. Get a head start on St. Patrick’s season with some of the finest Irish traditional music in the mid-valley!

Classified staff are invited to a conversational meeting with President Ray and Provost Randhawa from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 16, in MU 208 La Raza.


IWW Special Seminar: High-frequency field-deployable isotope analyzer for hydrological applications, March 12, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson 107. Speaker: Manish Gupta, OSU Department of Chemistry. This seminar will be presented live at OSU and as a cyberseminar to the CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science) network. Gupta is an analytical and environmental chemist who works on the development of innovative, laser-based techniques and their application to environmental issues. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Water and Watersheds.

News for Employees

NEW! Campus Works Newsletter!  Facilities Services now has the spring issue of their Campus Works newsletter posted on the main page of the Facilities Services website.  Campus Works can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/index.html.

NEW! The latest issue of Synergies, the monthly news update from the College of Health and Human Science, is now online at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for a weeklong writing residency at Mount St. Helens. The Mount St. Helens Field Residencies will take place July 18-24, and will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Mount St. Helens Science Pulse, a gathering of ecologists and research scientists who are engaged in field work on Mount St. Helens. The residencies are sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University; the US Forest Service; and the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research group. Deadline for applications is May 1. For more information see http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

Do you know a business that is Powered by Orange? One owned by an Oregon State alum, or that has lots of OSU alums working there or are just friends of OSU. PBO businesses drive innovation, support economic growth and serve the community. Starting in April, one business a month will be selected for the Orange Spotlight including a feature story, promotion on OSU’s social networks, and more.
To nominate a business, go to poweredbyorange.com/2010/03/01/orange-spotlight/.

Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.
March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.
April 26, 10: to 11 a.m.
May 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

There is still room in the small group sessions with Dr. Ray on April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. and May 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. These sessions are open to academic, research and professional faculty. If you’d like to visit with Dr. Ray regarding a topic of your choice, please indicate for which session you’re available and provide the following to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu: name, email, unit and faculty category (i.e., professor, professional).


Grants and Contracts Technician: The Arts and Sciences Business Center invites applications for  a Grants and Contracts Technician. This is a Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month position.  For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005350 .  Closing date is March 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The College of Science Deans Office invites applications for an Administrative Program Assist. This is a full-time, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005080. For full consideration apply by March 17, closing date is March 26. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accounting Technician, College of Forestry Business Office at OSU. F/T, $2,138 -$2,960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005341. Closing Date: March 12. OSU is an AA/EOE

Director – Extension Family and Community Health Nutrition Education Program, Oregon State University, Full-Time. To review posting and apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56025 Closing Date April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: March 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 1-Department of Chemistry, F/T, $1923-2595/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0005325 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date March 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant-Department of Chemistry, F/T, $2293-3250/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0005241 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date March 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The College of Science Information Network department (COSINe) is recruiting for a Oper Systems-Network Analyst/ Web developer/Linux/Unix Administrator (Internal to OSU Employees Only), competency level 2. This is a full-time position, pay range $3428-$6073. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting # 0005334 Closing date: March 9. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning, for the Finance and Administration Division of Oregon State University. Position is full-time, 12-month, fixed term. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: administration of and facilitating the accountability of University budget; administration and development of support systems and reports for university-wide academic and financial analytical and decision-making needs; direct the operation of the unit. Advise senior administration regarding budget matters. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, with benefits. Position funded by education and general funds. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at Posting #0005329. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Hall: Due to necessary repairs to the pools filtration system, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all classes or events scheduled. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 26.

Gilbert Addition: Due to necessary repairs on the building water supply system, all industrial and domestic hot & cold water services to Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. march 24.

Wilkinson Hall: Due to emergency repairs to the building air supply fan, the building air services (ventilation) to Wilkinson Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all room on all floors. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. March 11.


Corvallis: Tiny white crystals that looked suspiciously like snowflakes were stuck to the frosty windshield this morning, but we won’t speak of them again. Today should be cold and dry until around 4 p.m., when rain arrives. Tonight will be showery with a low of 36. And whatever that white stuff was, it’s not expected to come back this week.

Central Oregon: It looks like we are in for another chilly day in March in Central Oregon. Temperatures won’t get any higher than 40 degrees during the day and an overnight low near 23 and snow showers are expected. Can you say, “Fresh powder?”  Don’t expect much to change for Wednesday because skies aren’t projected to clear up until later in the week.

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