OSU Today

Monday, March 22, 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 rescues entangled sea lion at Sea Lion Caves (Oregonian)

An entangled but aggressive sea lion stuck on rocks at the Sea Lion Caves was saved on Thursday by an Oregon State University team. (See also Northwest Cable News, KGW, Gazette-Times and KMTR)

Another big marine facility for Newport? (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal and Marine Genomics Building got a boost from the Oregon Legislature, which dedicated $9 million in state money to the $25 million project. Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed House Bill 3643 into law last week.

Bug lady gets down and dirty with invading Asian flies (Oregonian)

Entomology has taken Amy Dreves around the world. She spent four years in the West Indies, two of them with the Peace Corps. She’s worked in Mali, Nepal, Alaska, South America, Morocco and other parts of Africa with government agencies and private companies. She holds a master’s and doctorate from Oregon State, where she now works for the university’s Extension Service.

Scientists race against crop-destroying fruit flies (Bend Bulletin)

It’s research in a rush, carried out in sophisticated fly-rearing cabinets with light and temperature controls and outdoors with traps jury-rigged from plastic soda containers, a slosh of apple cider vinegar and sticky fly paper. The team, drawn from Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is trying to determine how well spotted wing Drosophila survived the winter, predict when it will emerge this spring and learn about its food preference, reproduction rates and life cycles. (See also the Oregonian)

OSU students can soon rent hybrid cars (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will begin a car-sharing initiative on campus March 29 to provide OSU students who are at least 18 years old – as well as faculty and staff who sign up for the program – access to a pair of hybrid vehicles to rent.

There’s gold in them hills, only this time it’s trees (Oregonian Editoral Board)

Now we find, although researchers at Oregon State University have known for some time, that while trees everywhere hold value, ours hold pure gold.

Noted wheat breeder joins French co-op (Capital Press)

A leader in Pacific Northwest wheat breeding is leaving Oregon State University. OSU wheat breeder Jim Peterson in May will become vice president of research for France-based farmer cooperative Limagrain Cereal Seeds. (See also AgInfo.net)

Verifying Greenhouse gas emissions (Terra)

OSU forestry scientist Beverly Law was a member of the NRC committee that released a report March 19, “Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements.”

Sushi restaurant closes after serving endangered whale meat (Fox News)

The New York Times has reported that the team of activists behind the “The Cove,” a film about dolphin hunting that won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Film earlier this month, coordinated with federal officials on the sting operation. The paper said that an associate producer on “The Cove” created a tiny camera that two activists wore into the restaurant, where they were served the whale meat. The activists sent samples to the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, which confirmed that they were from an endangered Sei whale, the Times said.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: A Salem-area native, Oregon Agricultural College alum and mother of four, Ava Helen Pauling is perhaps best known for her fifty-nine year marriage to one of the germinal figures in the history of science, double Nobel laureate Linus Pauling.  Less well-known is the major impact that Ava Helen herself made on the twentieth century peace movement.  An energetic, high-level member of groups including the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Women Strike for Peace and American Civil Liberties Union, Ava Helen spoke out forcefully and often on issues of civil liberties, women’s rights and international relations.  Importantly, Ava Helen was also the major motivating factor behind Linus Pauling’s famed peace activism.  A relatively apolitical individual in the pre-nuclear era, Pauling was eventually convinced by his wife that “if the world were destroyed, then the [scientific] work would not be of any value.”  Thus began a relentless campaign of speaking, writing and petitioning for which Dr. Pauling would receive the 1962 Nobel Prize for Peace – an honor that many believe should have been shared with his influential wife. 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

NEW! This week is the final week of Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities. Help OSU in the final stretch by recycling all those old term papers and doing a little spring cleaning before March 27th. Help us keep the lead in the Northwest and against UO! More info at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania

NEW! The Retention and Graduation Rate Report for Fall Term 1994 – Fall Term 2008 Cohort Classes is now available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page: This report includes summary tables of OSU’s retention rates, graduation rates, dropout rates, retention and graduation rates by gender, race/ethnicity, and residency, and retention and graduation rates by academic unit. The Migration Report for Fall Term 2003 Cohort Class is also available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page. The study provides detailed information on enrollment, graduation, retention, attrition, and migration of the cohort class over a 1-year to 6-year time span.  With this study, each college can track the migration patterns of their students and determine the graduation, retention, and attrition rates of students in their college cohort from 2003-2009.

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)
Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
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
Opportunity.

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 pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.

Jobs

Assistant Director for Residential Education, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University, F/T, external search. To review posting P0005413 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is April 15.

Part-time Lab Technicians: The Ice Core Lab in the Department of Geosciences is looking for part time help analyzing gases in ice.  We are looking for people with good quantitative skills, excellent attention to detail, and reliability.  We also need people who can maintain a very regular schedule.  We have one position that requires work most or all mornings, and another that requires work most or all afternoons (starting at about noon).  We also are looking for people who might be here in the summer. No previous lab experience is needed, but some knowledge of Windows and spreadsheets is needed, and other technical ability welcome. To apply the positions, email Edward Brook (brooke@geo.oregonstate.edu) and Jinho Ahn(jinhoahn@gmail.com).

OSU Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Professional Faculty position as Diving Safety Officer (DSO). This is a part-time, 12 month fixed term position (20 hours a week) salary is commensurate with education and experience. The DSO is responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and conduct of OSU academic and research diving operations and will provide diving instruction to faculty, staff, and graduate students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005374. Closes April 9. OSU is AA/EOE.

Fiscal Coordinator 2, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, internal search. To review posting 0005430 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is March 30.

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 25, through April 2. The south bound lane will be closed from March 25 to March 26 The north bound lane will remain closed through April 2. 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 26 and the south bound lane should reopen on 26th street by 5 p.m. on March 26; the north bound lane will be reopened by 5 p.m. on April 2.

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. today 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. today and should reopen by 5 p.m. on March 26.

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 parking lot: Due to the Construction of the new Hallie Ford Center the parking lot by Ballard Extension Hall will be temporarily closed. The lot will be shut from today 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. today, 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. today, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 24.

Weather

Corvallis: Spring came in with a gloriously sunny bang, quickly followed by quite a bit of rain, reminding us that Oregon springs are beautiful but unpredictable. Today showers will continue as the high reaches 57, and tonight’s low dips to 35. The sun returns tomorrow and the high should reach 63.

Central Oregon: After some erratic weather weekend (did you roast on Saturday, then get a chill on Sunday like we did?), your spring break week is going to be stable by comparison with mild temps and partly sunny skies through Friday.  The sun will struggle to come out from behind the clouds though at first, as highs today reach 48 degrees and the overnight low sinks to 24 degrees.  The good news for all you spring break skiers –that cloud cover means snow’s falling on Mt. Bachelor.

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