OSU Today

Tuesday, March 16, 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.

OSU veterinarian uses human heart surgery techniques and human pacemakers on dogs (Oregonian)

David Sisson, who turns 60 in April, was brought in to start the small-animal program at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine five years ago.

Trendy restaurant apologizes for serving whale meat (CNN International)

Armed with a hidden camera, the two women captured the waitress serving them whale and horse meat and identifying them as such, a federal criminal complaint said. A receipt from the restaurant at the end of the meal identified their selection as “whale” and “horse” with the cost — $85 — written next to them. The women snuck pieces of the meat into a napkin and later sent them for examination to a researcher at Oregon State University. He identified the whale sample to be that of sei whale, prosecutors said.

A great state of carbon caches (Register-Guard)

In an analysis of data collected by the U.S. Forest Service, The Wilderness Society found that among the federally owned national forests, the top 10 for carbon storage are all in the Pacific Northwest, six of them in Oregon. The Wilderness Society report is no big surprise to Mark Harmon, an Oregon State University professor of forest ecology, who has been studying carbon storage in forests for decades.

Siuslaw Forest sees healthy roots (Gazette-Times)

One of the major projects on Jerry Ingersoll’s agenda over the next two years will be moving the forest’s offices, from its current site at 4077 S.W. Research Way, into quarters it will share with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station on the Oregon State University campus, 3200 S.W. Jefferson Way.

OSU to build new international residence hall (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Oregon State University this May will break ground on a new residence hall and education center at 17th Street and Western Boulevard, in Corvallis.

NWIC Chair Jim Peterson to leave OSU for Limagrain (Wheat World)

Oregon State University announced Friday that it’s wheat breeder and the head of the National Wheat Improvement Committee (NWIC), Dr. Jim Peterson, has accepted a position in the private sector as the vice president of research with Limagrain Cereal Seeds. (See also Agrimarketing)


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

Today the Women’s Center is having a program called “Joy Jars” at noon in the Women’s Center. This event is part of the Women’s Mental Health Series. Participants will be making a special jar full of pick me ups and affirmations.

A second March Science Pub Central Oregon takes place tonight at the Bend McMenamins. Frank Bernieri, associate professor in the OSU Department of Psychology, will speak about “First Impressions.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Hope Chamberlin graduated from Oregon State College (OSC) in 1938 with a degree in Home Economics. She was actively involved in the campus newspaper during her student years and worked as copy editor, feature editor, and a member of the editorial board.  She wrote a regular column, College Capers, about student life at OSC that was published in the Portland Oregonian and Salem’s Capitol Journal.  In 1973, she wrote A Minority of Members, a lively account of the personal and political lives of the 85 women senators and representatives who served in the U.S. Congress from 1917 to 1973.  The OSU Journalism Department established the Hope Chamberlin Award for outstanding communication achievements, which was awarded to Mercedes Bates in 1980. 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

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.

The annual Joint Service Review (JSR) is held by the four branches of the military that are represented in OSU’s three ROTC programs on campus. This year the Navy ROTC Unit is hosting and the Commander, Naval Region NorthWest, Rear Admiral Symonds will give the keynote address. OSU faculty, students and community guests are invited to attend this free and “feel good” event. JSR will be held this year on April 30 at 10 a.m. on the OSU Memorial Union Quad.

Seminars and symposiums

Research in Tribal Communities Mini-symposium, April 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program and Environmental Health Sciences Center are pleased to present this mini-symposium on important issues related to working with tribal communities. Anyone currently or planning to partner with tribal communities is welcome to participate. You must register to attend. Registration is free, and lunch is included, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2qymms1eab86e27

News for Employees

NEW! Seasonal Flu Shots Available – The threat of seasonal flu can linger well into spring. If you were unable to get a seasonal flu shot in the fall, Student Health Services has a limited amount of injectable seasonal flu vaccine for OSU students, faculty and staff. Come to Plageman Student Health Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (9 to 11:30 a.m. during Spring Break). No appointment is necessary; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $15 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $30 (If covered by PEBB Statewide Plan, the fee will be billed directly to Providence. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) Shots for H1N1 (swine) flu are also available. More information: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State University is taking applications for 54 Oregon middle school students to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer at OSU. All selected campers will be funded by scholarship. Application deadline is Friday, April 16. The application includes a student essay and recommendations from science and math teachers. More information is available online at http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/summer-science-camp. Interested persons may request a printed copy from camp coordinator Andy Hoffmann by calling 541-737-4081 or by e-mail at fourhscicamp@proaxis.com.

1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams will be at OSU April 23, 24 &25. Her weekend will be devoted to working with 14-19 year olds from around the northwest helping them become leaders for positive change in their communities and the world. If you know a teenager who could benefit from the unique opportunity, contact the child’s school office or PeaceJam@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-3172 or help sponsor a child. Registration deadline April 3. Cost $75.00/child. Need based scholarships available. http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/peacejam/

The Graduate School has announced that the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund is available to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Departments and programs may submit nominations to the Graduate School on behalf of graduate students who are facing a critical financial emergency that could impede degree completion. For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html. Deadline for submission of nominations is March 17.

Faculty/Staff Fitness(FSF) spring term registration begins Monday, March 15. All faculty, staff, GTAs/GRAs, spouses/partners, retirees, and affiliates of the university qualify. Online schedule of classes can be found at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/fsf-activity-classes-spring-2010-schedule . Have a question? email pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.

L.L. Stewart Faculty Scholars Program Nominations are due no later than March 29, to the Office of Academic Affairs, 628 Kerr Administration Building. Additional information regarding the nomination and evaluation process can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/documents/Stewart Scholars.doc

Approval has been received for the OSU Outreach and Engagement Award which replaces the OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award. This award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The criteria and nomination form is available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/outreach/; the deadline for nominations is April 5.


The College of Science Information Network department (COSINe) is recruiting for a Oper Systems-Network Analyst/ Web developer/Linux/Unix Administrator (external candidates can apply), 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 25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Technician, Health Sciences Business Center, Oregon State University. (Internal to OSU Employees Only) This is a 12-month, fixed-term, part-time (0.50 FTE), benefits eligible professional faculty position. To review the required and preferred qualifications please review the posting. To apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005408. Closing Date: March 29. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Assistant to the Director for the Office of Community and Diversity. F/T Office Specialist 2, $2138 – $2960/monthly + benefits. Responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative support to the Director, clerical, administrative and business activities of the office. Sensitivity to cultural differences and needs is paramount to the effectiveness of the office. To apply and for a complete position announcement see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005376. Closing date: March 23. 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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Waldo Hall: Due to a new fire panel inspectors test, fire system horn/strobes will ring and the elevator will go into bypass.  This will also affect door holders.  The testing will begin at 7 a.m. March 18 and should end by 11 a.m.

Oak Creek: Due to the installation of new electrical services, all electrical services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect the power, and possibly the building heating system and domestic hot water. Power to the west wing will be restored after a brief outage, and remain on for the duration of the project. Backup power will be provided for the remainder of the building for computers and other necessary devices. Parking in the North parking lot will be limited to spaces against the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 17 and should end by 5 p.m. March 26.

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.


Corvallis: After yesterday’s lovely weather, it might be hard to endure the rain that as we speak is rolling in from the west. But fear not, for after today, there’s nothing but blue skies and increasingly warm temperatures for the rest of finals week. So whether you’re studying for an exam or facing a tall stack of essays to grade, you’ll be able to do so in the back yard starting tomorrow, and preferably with a nice glass of lemonade at your side. Today’s high will be 61 with an overnight low of 34.

Central Oregon: Wow, what a beautiful week so far in Central Oregon! Although we are in for some cool breezes today, the rain is expected to stay away until late in the evening. Enjoy the rays during the day with a high around 59 degrees but keep warm at night as temperatures are expected to be near 29. Mostly sunny skies are anticipated for the rest of the week.

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