Focus is a trait that improves with age (Pacific Standard)
In an innovative experiment rigged by members industrial engineering faculty at Oregon State University and the general surgery faculty at the Oregon Health and Science University, 18 second-, third- and research-year surgical residents were asked to remove a gall bladder using a minimally invasive technique known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy. (see also Doctors Lounge)
UO, OSU pitch business accelerator (Democrat-Herald)
Looking to rev up the pace of startup companies coming out of research at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, area business and academic leaders are seeking support for the idea of a South Willamette Valley Technology Business Accelerator.
Interview with author John Paul Jaramillo (La Bloga)
A native of Southern Colorado, John Paul Jaramillo now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He has an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, and presently holds the position of Associate Professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College.
Learning about aromas helps bartenders smell success (Kansas City Star)
“If you’ve got a better idea of how those aromatics function, you have a whole lot better theoretical basis for pairing ingredients,” says Conatser, who recently moved to Corvallis, Ore., to pursue graduate degrees in biological and ecological engineering and soil science at Oregon State University. He’ll also be bartending at Terminus, one of the town’s best-known craft cocktail bars.
Local authors worthy of your Christmas list (The Daily News)
“The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion,” by Robert Michael Pyle. Oregon State University Press. 198 pages. $18.95.
Gatekeeper Suicide Awareness Training: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young Americans between 16 and 24. Come learn how to understand the warning signs and interventions available to students dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts. Two sessions available: Dec. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. (KEC 1001) and Dec. 6 from 1:30-3 p.m. (HFC 115).
Rethinking Library Resources: Rick Lugg of Sustainable Collection Services will visit the OSU Libraries & Press on Wednesday, Dec. 5, to present a workshop entitled “Rethinking Library Resources”, Willamette Seminar Rooms, 3rd floor of The Valley Library, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to all interested faculty, students, and staff. The session may also be viewed online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/workshop.
“Peeking at Peak Oil:” A presentation by Kjell Aleklett, professor of physics at Uppsala University, Sweden. Aleklett is a skeptic about recent reports of the United States’ energy independence and has recently published a book under the same title that examines oil supplies, past, present, and future. Free and open to the public. 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Oregon State University’s Radiation Center, Room C-104. http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/76559/
Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. More information on our website.
NEW! The Red Room at Interzone Cafe presents: Dave Trenkel (electronics/keyboard) and JD Monroe, drums and turntables. Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 .p.m all ages. $5 at the door.1563 NW Monroe Ave.
Faculty senate: The Dec. 6 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/1206/. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.
INTO OSU Bake sale: Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., International Living Learning Center. Whether you are donating a baked treat to sell and raise funds, or buying a fresh-baked goodie made by your colleagues, you are helping local families in need. All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to Vina Moses. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.
Intercultural conflict workshop: Sue Theiss, OSU Ombuds, will be presenting “Managing Intercultural Conflict: Understanding Oppression and Adapting to Difference.” along with Roni Sue. Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Fireside Room at Linn Benton Community College’s Calapooia Center, Albany. The session will address how intercultural development affects the way we manage conflict, concepts of oppression, conflict dynamics including active listening and managing anger, and a model to use for conflict assessment and difficult discussions. Free to OSU employees. To register: 541-766-6081.
Rescheduled Qualtrics training session: The Qualtrics survey tool is now available to OSU faculty, staff, and students. Please join us for a training webinar on Friday, Dec 7, 11 a.m. – noon. The Nov 30 webinar could not be completed due to technical difficulties. Participants can attend the session in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or view it in their offices. To watch from your home/office, register at: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cPhuk1p1UiQfw21. OSU Qualtrics link – http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics.
OSU Libraries Winter Break Workshop Series: Wondering what to do with all that downtime the first week of Winter Break? Stop in at the Valley Library for one or more of the Winter Break Workshops, including citation manager software skills and data management plans. Dec. 11-12. Sign up now to save your seat: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451 Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu with any questions.
Lectures and seminars
OSU Libraries Seminar: In 2011 four OSU library faculty members began a year-long qualitative investigation into eReader adoption by 30 of their OSU Libraries & Press colleagues. In “Studying ourselves: eReaders and Adoption at OSU Libraries & Press,” the investigators will present what they learned. Dec. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (VL 3622). Information: Uta Hussong-Christian, email@example.com.
News for Employees
Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2012 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31, 2013. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2012 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.
Attention all DAS Shuttle Users: Due to changes in SB242 and the new distribution model that was adopted, a form is being instituted to better enable OSU Printing and Mailing Services to keep this valuable service operating under optimal conditions. This form will be available on the Printing and Mailing Web site and at Printing and Mailing Services. As of Jan. 1 all packages being sent via DAS Shuttle will require the form be attached to them. Information: Judy Bankson, 737‐3979.
Blanket and pillow drive: OSU Extended Campus and The Valley Library have teamed up to collect blankets and pillows to donate to Community Outreach, Inc. Bring your new blankets and pillows of all types to the 4th floor reception desk in the Valley Library from Nov. 26 – Dec. 11 during office hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check donations made out to Community Outreach will also be accepted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Cascadia Market Giving Tree: Donations due by Dec. 9. The giving tree is up and lit in Cascadia Market at the International Living Learning Center. Take a tag and donate a gift. Each tag has the gender and age of a child who needs a gift this holiday. Take a tag off the tree and attached it to an unwrapped gift to donate.
OSU Today deadlines for winter break: OSU Today will be going to a weekly, Monday-only edition starting Dec. 10. Any information needing to get into OSU Today must be received the previous week before 5 p.m. Friday. There will be NO OSU Today the weeks of Dec. 24-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 4 due to the holidays, so any events/information happening during those weeks must run during the week of Dec. 17-21. Send submissions to email@example.com.
Alamo Bowl tickets: OSU has accepted an invitation to play in the 20th Annual Valero Alamo Bowl, Sat., Dec. 29 in San Antonio, Texas at 3:45 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPN. Season ticket holders and Beaver Athletic Student Fund donors have until Fri., Dec. 7 to request tickets to the game. Tickets are priced at $95 and $65 and can be requested online or by calling the Beaver Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS. The Ticket Office will be open for extended hours on Mon., Dec. 3 and Tues., Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the remainder of the week (Dec. 5-7), the Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Non-season ticket holders/non-donors requests will be accepted starting Dec. 5. OSU students (valid student ID) can purchase tickets for $65 starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday; student tickets will be distributed on-site in San Antonio.
Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club’s Annual Poinsettia sale will be held in the East Green House, outside of Cordley hall, and at Kerr Admin. Building Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until the end of the term. If you have a pre-order, please pick them up at the East Green House.
Recreational Sports Winter Break: Winter Break hours will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 7 until Sunday, Jan. 6. All RecSports facilities will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, and Jan. 1 for the holidays. The guest limit will be suspended, so bring a few friends to work out with! Family access will be extended to all operating hours during the break. For more information, view our hours page.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
The Lane County Extension Office is recruiting to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, limited duration (1 year) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 for the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program in Lane County. This position requires travel. Posting #0009967. Closes Dec. 7.
Training Associate -The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. Posting #0009951. Closes Dec. 7.
Office Specialist 2 – The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0009974. Closing date is Dec. 11.
Director of Technology Support Services – The Office of Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director of Technology Support Services. Posting #0009946. Closes Dec. 12.
OSU Printing and Mailing is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE) Marketing and Customer Service Manager. Posting #0009959. Closes Dec. 14.
Benefits Consultant – Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #0009992. Closes Dec 14.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator position. The Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator provides mental health case management, coordination and support for OSU students. Posting # 0009960. Closes Dec. 14.
Public Information Representative 1 – Web Communications is recruiting to fill one full-time position(1.0 FTE). The Public Info Representative 1: Web Editor position in the Web Communications office edits, curates and creates content for OSU’s home page and top tier websites. Posting #0009947. Closes Dec. 15.
Faculty Research Assistant Position Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. Salmon research. Required qualifications include B.S. and 1 year work experience or an advanced degree. Posting # 0009983. Closes Dec. 17.
International Student Advisor – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Student Advisor position. Qualified applicants must have a minimum of 6 months experience advising F-1 international students in a higher education setting or English Language School and meet federal requirements for access to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Posting # 0009963. Closes Dec. 21.
Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty position. The individual in this position will develop and lead a hospitality management program to be offered at OSU-Cascades. Posting #0009798. Full consideration Nov. 30. Closes Feb. 15, 2013.
INTO OSU has an immediate need for a System Integration Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU, and to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. Salary $75k to $85K per year, plus full benefit package. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and successful fundraiser to work in partnership with the OSUAA as Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of OSUAA Annual Giving Programs. This position will be based in the OSU Foundation’s Corvallis, Oregon office. Submit a cover letter, resume, and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources at email@example.com.
Traffic and Maintenance
Free parking on campus: Open parking no permit required in student lots only, Dec. 10-Jan. 11.
County road closures: As winter flood watches and warnings continue, turn to http://www.co.benton.or.us/pw/ for information on road closures.
Tree removal: 24 Trees along the north side of Jefferson Way between Fairbanks and Sackett Halls will be removed to accommodate the construction of two new buildings: Austin Hall and Asian Pacific Cultural Center. This area will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 17-28.
Tree removal: Due to structural root issues resulting in the potential for failure the Deodar cedar tree on the southeast side of Gilkey Hall will need to be removed. A replacement tree will be planted in 2013. The walkways along the south & east sides of Gilkey Hall will be closed to all pedestrian traffic for the duration on the removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 17-21.
Tree removal: Advancing structural root disease and significant root loss indicate a potential for failure which requires a maple tree on Park Terrace to be removed. Park Terrace and the associated sidewalks as well as the south sidewalk along Monroe Street will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic tor the duration of this removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 18-21.
Jefferson Way: Parking space closure. Jefferson Way and 30th Street (3 spaces) – Jefferson Way and Sacket Place (all spaces from Sacket Place to the Sackett Loading Dock entrance) – Jefferson Way near 26th Street (all spaces from the Fairbanks Parking Lot entrance west to the fire hydrant) beginning Dec. 5 at 7 a.m., and ending by Dec. 6, 5 p.m.
Electrical shutdown, west campus: Pharmacy Bldg, Furman Hall, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Snell Hall, Kerr Admin Bldg, McNary, Callahan & Wilson Halls – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. OSU’s electrical utility provider, Pacific Power & Light, is scheduling the repair of the equipment that failed on Nov. 11. This repair is expected to require 8-10 hours and will impact the eight bldgs. listed above. Pharmacy, Furman and Gladys Valley will be without power the duration of the outage, the remaining five bldgs. will lose power for about an hour at the beginning and end of the repair.
Electrical outage: Peavy Hall, West Dinning, Buxton, Hawley, Cauthorn Halls and Heckert & Reed Lodges – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Pacific Power & Light, is scheduling the repair of the equipment that failed on Nov. 28. This repair is expected to require 8-10 hours and will impact the seven bldgs. listed above. Peavy Hall will be without power the duration of the outage, the remaining six bldgs. will lose power for about an hour at the beginning and end of the repair.
Jefferson Way: Due to the tree removal associated with the Austin Hall Project all parking spaces along the north side of Jefferson Way from Sackett Place east to the Fairbanks parking lot will be closed. This will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 17 and end at 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 2013.
Cordley Hall: Due to an elevator replacement, the west elevator in Cordley hall will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3 and reopening on March 18, 2013.
Wilkinson Hall: The women’s restroom in room 244 will be closed for renovations from 8 a.m., Nov. 21 through 5 p.m., Dec. 21.
Corvallis: It’s mid-way through finals week and students are shuffling, zombie-like, through campus, as are some professors. Today started out cool and clear, and there’s only a 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Steadier showers are likely for tomorrow. Today’s high will be 49 with a low tonight of 37.
Central Oregon: There’s a chance of showers today but it should be mostly sunny with a high of 45 and a low of 26. Snow could be in the works for tomorrow and through the weekend when clearing is expected.
Newport: There’s a chance of showers today with a stronger chance tomorrow. Today’s high will be 50 with a low of 37.