OSU Today

Thursday, March 25, 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.

How a hurricane wave maker works (Popular Mechanics)

To engineer better buildings, researchers at Oregon State University’s Wave Research Laboratory bust walls with waves generated by this artificial tsunami machine.

Internet rumor about OSU Coach Craig Robinson is bogus (Oregonian)

The latest rumor claims that Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson — President Obama’s brother-in-law — was on the brink of getting fired after the Beavers got off to a slow start, but was bailed out when the U.S. government provided the university with $17 million in specially designated stimulus money. BOGUS, says the Gazette-Times of Corvallis. (See also KVAL, KEZIKATU, KPTV, Democrat-Herald and Fact Check)

OSU librarians now texting answers (Gazette-Times)

Responding to the popularity of text messaging, librarians at Oregon State University now are answering faculty and student questions by text messaging.

Pioneering OSU administrator will speak (Gazette-Times)

For nearly five decades, Jo Anne Trow has been considered a leader in student affairs – from the time when women college administrators were rare and the title “Dean of Women” still existed at most universities.

The bedbug crisis (KDRV)

“The bed bug is what we call a true bug. It’s a sucking insect, feeds on blood, it has five molts and it needs a blood meal before each molt,” OSU Extension Entomologist Rick Hilton said.

Dramatic installation goes up at Fairbanks (LIFE@OSU)

Shawn Bitters transforms the gallery with stone-like installation.

Top Oregon wheat breeder to leave OSU (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University’s wheat variety development program leader is leaving to work for Limagrain Cereal Seeds, a new subsidiary of the French cooperative Limagrain group. Breeder Jim Peterson announced his resignation from OSU to become vice president of Limagrain’s research vice president on May 1.


The OSU Horticulture Club will be having a plant sale from noon to 3 p.m. in the east greenhouses immediately adjacent to Cordley Hall (sandwich-board sign will be out in front of the door). Available plants include spider plants, variegated pothos, a wide variety of coleus, different colors of gerber daisies, Christmas cacti, and a diverse selection of flowering maples. This is a blow-out sale. All plants will be priced to move. Prices will range from 3-for-$5 to $15, with some plants being sold for as little as $1 each.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Women have been students at OSU since its establishment in 1868.  Of the 336 students enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College during the 1897-98 academic year, almost half (151) were women.  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

Evelyn Reynolds (now Riat) is retiring after 30 years of service to OSU. The Center for Teaching & Learning will be holding a retirement party for her in Milam 215 on Thursday, April 1, 11:30-1:30. Please drop by and wish Evelyn best wishes as she begins a new chapter in her life. Light food, dessert, and drinks will be provided.

Oregon State will sponsor a variety of sustainability seminars, 10-minute gardening discussions and a CO2 laser demonstration during the Energy Trust Better Living Show, March 26-28 at the Portland Expo Center. The University and its Extension Service are gathering a host of experts to discuss cutting-edge sustainable technologies, green living strategies, natural resource preservation and more. On March 26, OSU’s Food Innovation Center will demonstrate their new CO2 laser, which creates marks on surfaces by burning the materials with a high focused laser energy beam. On Saturday and Sunday, instead of the laser, attendees will be able to stop by the OSU booth every half-hour, from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 3:30p.m. on Sunday, for a 10-Minute University session.

The 34th annual OSU Gerontology Conference takes place April 8- 9 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This two-day conference is open to the public and features 40 workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information for health and human services professionals and others interested in learning more about aging. In addition, 11 top rated videos will be shown and more than 25 exhibitors will offer information and products. To register and see the complete schedule of activities visit http://www.osugero.org Cost is $190 two days ($220 after 4/5), $100 one day ($125 after 4/5), students $50 for two days, those 55 and over $50 per day.

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

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

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 27. Help us keep the lead in the Northwest and against UO! More info at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania

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

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 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

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.


Research Fishery Biologist/Assistant Unit Leader, Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University, F/T, open to U.S. citizens. To review posting WR-2010-0260 and apply, go to http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=86985317&JobTitle=Research+Fishery+Biologist%2c+GS-0482-12+%28KP-DEU%29&q=&where=97331&x=0&y=0&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&pg=1&re=3&AVSDM=2010-03-22+00%3a03%3a00. Closing date is April 19.

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.

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: Today. 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.

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

Free parking: Student lots are now open, no permits required through April 2. Spring permits for staff and students are now available for purchase at the Transit & Parking Services office.

Waldo Hall: Due to the removal and replacement of the flooring in the first floor hallway, access to all spaces on the first floor will be restricted. Construction crews will be working with large equipment to remove and replace the existing flooring. As a result, there will be increased building traffic and loud noise associated with this construction. The construction will begin at 5 p.m. on March 26 and should conclude by 5 p.m., April 2.

Motor Pool: Due to maintenance and repairs on the West Motor Pool lot south of campus way, this lot will be temporarily closed. The parking lot 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 should end 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.
The lot should reopen by 5 p.m. on March 26.

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 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 should end by 3:30 p.m. March 26.


Corvallis: Robin Williams says that Spring is Nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!” It will be a damp celebration today, as rain returns. The high will reach 54 today with an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow there’s a chance of showers which should dissipate by afternoon.

Central Oregon: “I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.” John Steinbeck would have experienced weather in Central Oregon, particularly this week.  After two days of warm weather to almost convince us winter is over, we’ll be jolted back to reality with clouds and rain and a high of only 46 degrees today, then snow this evening.  The chilly temps will continue on Friday, too, with a good chance of snow.  Don’t put your skis away yet.

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