OSU Today

Thursday, March 18,2010

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 ag school changes to cut cost (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences is proposing to merge some departments and change its name as part a university-wide strategic alignment initiated last year by Provost Sabah Randhawa.

OSU food drive nets record haul (Gazette-Times)

With furloughs, budget cuts and layoffs, Oregon State University has seen the effects of the economic downturn. Yet that did not prevent OSU employees from making a record donation to the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive this year.

Supply chain managers have difficult job (Reliable Plant)

In the world of a supply manager, navigating the territory between their internal customers, the suppliers and the buyers is tricky. A new study by an Oregon State University supply chain researcher shows this balancing act between keeping costs under control and keeping suppliers happy is even more difficult than previously thought due to tough economic conditions.

OSU builds sustainable residence hall (KEZI)

Corvallis was recently named one of the most energy smart cities, now OSU is following suit by building a green residence hall with a host of sustainable features.

OSU leads the way for others in state food drive (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University has a history of dominating the field when it comes to the state’s annual food drive. This year, in fact, OSU’s donation total was nearly three times higher than any competing state university.

Hillsboro High senior’s project wins him $10,000 OSU scholarship (OregonLive)

Jayson Hoffman, a Hillsboro High School senior, received a $10,000 scholarship to Oregon State University for his science project about urea fertilizer and compost tea on the growth of wheat. Hoffman will go on to state competition.

Fungi can change quickly, pass along infectious ability (Science Daily)

“Prior to this we’ve believed that fungi were generally confined to vertical gene transfer or conventional inheritance, a slower type of genetic change based on the interplay of DNA mutation, recombination and the effects of selection,” said Michael Freitag, an assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University.

Today

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

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: In March 2009, Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, was confirmed as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Lubchenco earned a Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University in 1975 and joined the OSU faculty in 1977.  She served as president of the International Council for Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America.   One of the most highly cited ecologists in the world, Lubchenco received a MacArthur Fellowship (more commonly known as a “genius grant”) in 1993, the first Oregonian to receive one of the prestigious awards. 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

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

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

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.

Jobs

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. today 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.

Weather

Corvallis: The pot of gold may have disappeared but another gem of a day was left behind. Turquoise skies, emerald fields and ruby blossoms will keep stressed out students a bit distracted as they head for final exams. Today will be sunny with a high of 63 and an overnight low of 30. Tomorrow might reach 67. Feel free to squeal quietly at your desk for a minute.

Central Oregon: “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens. That pretty much says it all for this week in Central Oregon. Expect another sunny day with a high around 56 and an overnight low near 29 with more of the same to come.

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