Safety issues linger as nuclear reactors shrink in size (New York Times)
In America, companies with designs include Westinghouse, the maker of traditional reactors; Babcock & Wilcox, a maker of submarine reactors for the Navy; and NuScale, a start-up that spun out of an Oregon State University research project.
OSU restores cleaning contract level (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University custodians and their families gathered at a local pizza restaurant Thursday night to celebrate the news that some of them soon might be returning to work.
Invasive cane a possible energy source (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Portland General Electric has hired researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Washington and Washington State University to explore the possibility of using biomass, such as Giant Cane, to supplement its coal-powered electricity plants.
NASA proposes new air traffic control system (EE Times)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored engineers at the Oregon State University to design a more efficient air-traffic control system for commercial aircraft. The new system uses smart computer agents to make recommendations to air traffic controllers on how to reduce congestion and avoid bottlenecks, but leaves it up to human experts whether to implement the suggestions.
Urban innovation center looks ahead (Capital Press)
The Food Innovation Center, Oregon’s only urban experiment station, is “well poised” to survive the current budget crisis, said station superintendent Michael Morrissey.
Crystal Fisher’s hard work as a student employee earned her the coveted “OSU Student Employee of the Year,” title this year, and this week, Fisher learned that she has also been named Student Employee of the Year for the State of Oregon.
Charles Allan “Chuck“ Boice, long-time editor of OSU’s alumni publication, the Oregon Stater, passed away Sunday morning, March 14. He was 89. (See also Gazette-Times)
Women’s History Month
Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: During World War II, members of the Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for sophomore women students organized war bond drives and farm labor drives to assist area farmers with their crops. Women worked on seed farms and hop yards and in harvesting carrots and beets. 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
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! PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Become an Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA). Complete this two-part program to serve as an AASA, helping search committees recognize and counteract the effects of unconscious bias and promote diversity through the use of inclusive search and selection practices. OSU’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, in conjunction with Outreach and Engagement, has added a second Affirmative Action Search Advocate Program series at the OSUEA Spring Conference in mid-April. Both Part 1 and Part 2 of the program are required, and should be completed in order. All sessions open!
Part I: Introduces the role of AASA and explores potential biases and opportunities to promote diversity in early stages of the
search process. Dates: Wednesday, April 14, 8:30-11:45 a.m. (114 Alumni Center) OR Tuesday, April 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (019 Milam Hall)
Part II: Explores potential bias risks/diversity opportunities later in the search; examines AASA interaction with committee/chair/hiring official. Prereq: Part 1 of AASA Program. Dates: Thursday, April 15, 1:00-4:30 p.m. (114B Alumni Center) OR Tuesday, April 27, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (019 Milam Hall). Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Almquist (541.737.0866) or Anne Gillies (541.737.0865) in the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.
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
Motor Pool: Due to maintenance and repairs on the West Motor Pool lot south of campus way, this lot will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22 and it should be reopened by 5 p.m. on March 26.
26th Street: Due to roadway repair work, the north and south bound lanes of 26th Street, north of the Jefferson Way intersection, will be temporarily closed beginning March 22, through March 29. The south bound lane will be closed from March 22 to March 23. The north bound lane will remain closed through March 29. Please expect traffic delays and increased traffic congestion while traveling in this area of campus. Drivers are encouraged to use the detour available, routing traffic west on Jefferson Way at the intersection. Parking will remain open on 26th Street between Jefferson Way and Campus Way. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22 and the south bound lane should reopen on 26th street by 5 p.m. on March 23; the north bound lane will be reopened by 5 p.m. on March 29.
Wilson Hall parking lot: Due to maintenance and repairs on the lot south of Wilson Hall, this lot will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22 and should reopen by 5 p.m. on March 26.
Magruder Hall parking lot: Due to maintenance and repairs to the gravel lot south of Magruder Hall, all parking will be temporarily closed.
This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22 and should reopen by 5 p.m. on March 26.
Waldo Hall: Due to the removal of the flooring in the 2nd floor hallway, access to all spaces on the 2nd floor will be restricted. Construction crews will be working with large equipment to remove and replace the existing flooring. The construction will begin at 5 a.m. on March 19 and should end by 5 p.m. on March 21.
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.
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 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: There is a Chinese proverb that says Spring is sooner recognized by plants than men, and surely our outdoor world has been celebrating Spring for weeks before the official start, which is tomorrow. Today will be sunny with a high of 66 and an overnight low of 35. Saturday temperatures may reach 68, but showers and a 10 degree drop in temperature are likely by Sunday, so make your outdoor plans for tomorrow.
Central Oregon: “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” ~ Sitting Bull. Happy Spring Break everyone, high of 55 and overnight low near 29 with temperatures expected to reach as high as 65 degrees over the weekend.