OSU Today

Wednesday, March 17, 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.

New OSU solar research center set to open in May (Portland Business Journal)

The center — which has received $2.7 million in funding, mostly from a three-year U.S. Department of Energy grant — will include a collaboration among more than 20 researchers from OSU, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

While Chile faired better than Haiti (Nature)

The Haiti earthquake was relatively shallow, whereas the Chilean one was deep. Just as damage reduces with horizontal distance from the fault, it also attenuates with vertical distance, says Scott Ashford, head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Willamette Forest No. 1 in carbon storage (KATU)

The Pacific Northwest climate offers plentiful rain and moderate temperatures that encourage tree growth, and the Willamette National Forest, at nearly 1.7 million acres, is a colossal forest. Only two of the other forests on the list are bigger. So 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.

Eight more inexpensive public universities (My College Guide)

Oregon State University –   Clean energy using treadmills? OSU students are all about “going green” – check out the Powered by Orange video series.  We’re talking renewable energy, local food, and innovation.  The 400 acre Oregon State University is one of only two universities in the country to hold land, sea, space, and sun grant titles (which means lots of research funding dollars flow in).

Dollars and sense (South Lincoln County News)

In addition to state president, Anne Marie Sketch has also served as the statewide publicity director during her four years in DECA. For the past three summers, she’s attended a young entrepreneur business week at Oregon State University.

Students’ Louisiana trip is no break (Gazette-Times)

Many students head south in search of sun and surf over spring break. Oregon State University students Bridget Chipman and Lisa Gitelman are heading to the swamps south of New Orleans.

OSU to begin building green residence hall (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will begin construction in May on a new five-story living center that will be a combination residence hall and education center intended to be a model of sustainability.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Mercedes Bates, a 1936 graduate of Oregon State College, is credited with creating the American advertising icon “Betty Crocker” for General Mills. As the first female Vice President of General Mills, Inc., she worked in product development, nutrition education, and consumer education and was director of the Betty Crocker Food and Nutrition Center.  Bates Hall, home of the Bates Family Study Center, is named in recognition of Bates’ generosity to Oregon State University. 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! Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees: Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website listed below for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2010. An employee recognition committee selects, from your nominations, two recipients to be honored at the University Day ceremonies with the presentation of plaques and a cash award of $500.00 each. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, 122 Kerr, by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

NEW! Lace up your athletic shoes and help support the fight against cancer during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, held Friday, May 14-15 in the MU quad.  The OSU Colleges Against Cancer club is partnering with the American Cancer Society to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Teams of up to 15 participants will take turns walking or running the track during the event.  Recruit a team from your department, organization, or neighborhood and join the excitement of raising money to fight cancer and save lives. Entertainment, games, great prizes and team building experiences are all a part of the fun.  Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or log on to www.osurelay.com to register your team.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held March 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. The next 13-week session begins on March 30. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Providence you may call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. If you have Kaiser you may call 866-301-3866 to get a WW access code. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106. Come to the Open House on March 23 with any questions you have.

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 today

Faculty/Staff Fitness(FSF) spring term registration began 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.


Accountant 2: The Arts and Science Business Center is seeking applicants for an Accountant 2.  This is a full time, 12 month position with a projected start date of April 15 or sooner. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0005395 . Closing date is March 23. 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 (external candidates may 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

Bates Hall south parking lot: Due to the construction of the new Hallie Ford Center this parking lot will be permanently closed as of March 22.

Ballard Hall west parking lot: Due to the Construction of the new Hallie Ford Center the parking lot west of Ballard Extension Hall will be temporarily closed. The lot will be shut from March 22 through March 31.

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. today 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: The pot of gold at the end of today’s rainbow is made of sunshine. Today’s high will be a balmy 60 degrees, with an overnight low of 33. Sunshine is expected to stay with us until Sunday, with highs nearing 65 later in the week.

Central Oregon: Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Hope you aren’t cooped up all day in the office because it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful St. Paddy’s Day with more sun and a high around 55 degrees. Daylight savings will make the holiday sunshine last a little longer but get ready again because our overnight low is expected to come in near 25 degrees.  It’s supposed to keep getting warmer the rest of the week so make your plans for Spring Break if you haven’t already!

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