OSU Today

Friday, March 26, 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.

Librarians answer reference questions with text messages (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Librarians at Oregon State University are giving students and faculty the option of contacting them via text message. (See also Oregonian and Resource Shelf)

The hidden life of truffles (Scientific American)

James Trappe, a professor with the department of forest science at OSU, co-wrote this article. He has discovered more than 200 new truffle species on five continents.

Lost’s storm wave is no tsunami (Popular Mechanics)

Researchers at Oregon State University’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Lab use their Hurricane Wavemaker to test the effects of surges on structures built to full scale within the facility’s wave flume; a typical bore from a tsunami wave hits structures with as much as 8000 pounds of force. And that’s not even accounting for debris, which causes an incredible amount of damage during tsunamis and hurricanes.

Life, illustrated (Gazette-Times)

Santiago Uceda is now a senior graphic designer for Oregon State University, where he works on print, Web and motion graphics projects and where he has spent a large portion of his time during the last four years designing Terra magazine.

Farmers, ranchers worry about irrigation as winter snowpack disappears (Oregonian)

“Generally, the situation is pretty dire if you rely on snowpack for your irrigation water,” said Don Horneck with Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Emergency drosophila meeting set for Saturday (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The Portland meeting will be hosted by Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Washington State University, the University of California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

US to fund scientific Jersey dairy cattle investigations (AFN)

Current recommendations for achieving passive transfer of immunity through colostrum intake are based upon studies with Holstein calves. The team of Dr. Aurora Villarroel, Oregon State University, and Dr. Gabriel Calderon, practicing veterinarian in Boardman, Ore., will undertake a field study with more than 1,200 calves to determine if that standard is correct for Jersey calves.

Agriculture boot camp grows in popularity (Ashland Daily Tidings)

A growing wave of people moving to Southern Oregon to start small, mostly organic family farms are finding help in a farmer boot camp organized by Thrive and the Oregon State University Small Farms program.


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.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: The Women’s Building was completed in 1926 as a physical education facility for 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

NEW! Home births are common in much of the world, less so in the U.S. Melissa Cheyney of OSU’s Reproductive Health Lab will talk about the birth “divide” at the April 1 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! Jane Hirshfield , a nationally renowned American poet known for her evocations of everyday illuminations, will read and discuss her work on  April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library at Oregon State University.

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.

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

NEW! Starting March 27, OSU is partnering with WeCar to offer car sharing on campus. Available by the hour or by the day, WeCar gives you the convenience of car ownership without the hassle and expense. The hourly, overnight and weekend rates (which vary for students and faculty/staff) include up to 200 free miles, gas and basic insurance protection.  Two Prius hybrids, available 24/7, will be stationed near the Memorial Union and Weatherford Hall on the corner of 26th and Jefferson Way. For more information or to sign up visit http://wecar.com/ or contact wecar@wecar.com

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Instrumentation for Materials Research – Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program.
Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/imr-mip.html
NSF – IMR-MIP program site:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10552/nsf10552.htm
Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, April 19, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent for the Research Office may be accessed at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/brc.html. NSF – BRC program site: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5448 .  Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, April 26, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

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

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


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.

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 today. 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

Campus Way at 30th St: Due to construction related to the LPSC project, a portion of the east bound lane on Campus way at 30th Street, will be intermittently shutdown. This work will begin at 7:30 a.m. on April 12 and should end by 6 p.m. April 16.

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 should conclude by 5 p.m., April 2.

Motor Pool: The parking lot should be reopened by 5 p.m. today.

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: The lot should reopen by 5 p.m. today.

Magruder Hall parking lot: The lot should reopen by 5 p.m. today.

Ballard Hall parking lot: 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. Parking in the North parking lot will be limited to spaces against the building. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. today.

Langton Hall: Due to necessary repairs to the pools filtration system, all pool services will be shut until 3:30 p.m. today.


Corvallis: What is it about rain against the window that makes it feel imperative you stay in bed? We’ll be hunkered down under spring showers today as highs reach 56, but tomorrow should clear up and warm up, if only for the day. Rain returns Sunday.

Central Oregon: We might be six days into spring, but winter can still give a lashing.  Grey skies and snow or rain are expected most of today, as temps hit 47 degrees.  Look westward this evening though, and you should see a  sunset as the clouds make way for a gloriously sunny  Saturday.

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