OSU Today

Monday, March 29, 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.

Oregon State celebrates spring with Powered by Orange food (LIFE@OSU)

As students and faculty return to campus for the beginning of Spring Term, Oregon State’s University Housing and Dining Services will be celebrating by featuring healthy orange items on their menu that both demonstrate the university’s academic strengths in healthy living and show that OSU is “Powered by Orange.” (See also Gazette-Times)

Health care reform: What’s all the fuss about? (Oregonian)

An opinion piece by Stephanie Bernell, a professor of health economics in the Department of Public Health at Oregon State.  

Fish-spawning prototype feeds into hatchery (San Francisco Chronicle)

A recent Oregon State University study found that hatchery-raised steelhead pass on genetic defects that hamper survival of their offspring.

Have a question? Text a librarian (Huffington Post)

Oregon State University and Yale both encourage a convenient, tech-savvy and library-friendly method for students to ask librarians reference questions: The text message.

Oregon cowboys face a tough new adversary: unemployment (Oregonian)

“There is a general problem with succession in American agriculture,” said Bart Eleveld, an economist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. The older generation of ranchers — with an average age of 57 — had to hold onto ranches for the income, and their kids couldn’t wait until their 40s to take over.

Students use tours to judge OSU’s ‘fit’ (Gazette-Times)

Friday was the second of four planned spring campus visit programs at OSU. “We’re probably pushing just over 1,000 (parents and students). That’s normal,” said Carl Thomas, associate director of campus visits and programs.

Keeping time (Science News)

Fruit flies that don’t have functioning circadian clocks seem to do just as well when raised in a laboratory as flies with fully functioning clocks, says Natraj Krishnan, a physiologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Nancy’s Yogurt has the Grateful Dead, Haight-Ashbury, Oregon and those Keseys in the mix (Oregonian)

The stuff fascinated Chuck Kesey. It had ever since he studied live cultures as a dairy science student at Oregon State University in the 1950s. Sue Kesey, a secretarial science major in OSU’s business administration school, remembers typing his term papers extolling the virtues of Lactobacillus acidophilus, one of those good microorganisms that lives naturally in the human gut, and the bacteria commonly used to ferment yogurt.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Carol Menken-Schaudt was a Kodak All-American in basketball for Oregon State University.  In 1981, she led the nation in scoring and in field goal shooting percentage (.750).  At 6-5, she was the first player in school history in either men’s or women’s basketball to score 2,000 points in a career.  Menken led the 1981 team to a 21-6 record and won the Olympic gold medal with the United States team in 1984.  She graduated from Oregon State in 1983 and played professional basketball in Italy before returning to Corvallis.

Upcoming events

NEW! Powered by Orange fans can celebrate at the Memorial Union Quad on March 31 with the “Spring into Orange” event. OSU students can visit the Powered by Orange booth in the quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to participate in a campus poster project. Participants will have their pictures taken, get to share in video interviews how they’re Powered by Orange and get a free t-shirt, while supplies last. One lucky participant will be chosen to be featured on a campus banner this fall. Free orange snacks and Powered by Orange products will be available. The booth will be set up inside the Trysting Tree Lounge in the MU if the weather turns bad.

NEW! OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: The Ins and Outs of Interviewing. April 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willamette Industries Seminar rooms, 3rd floor-Valley Library. When was the last time you interviewed for a job?  Come to this workshop to learn how you can best present yourself in an interview situation—whether you’re new to the process or a seasoned pro.  You can always use more practice, so join Career Services as they walk you through the interview process.  They’ll teach you how to navigate tough questions, market your unique skills and background…and make a stellar first impression. This event is free and open to all. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Starker Lecture Series contines April 6 with “Markets for Ecosystems Services” by Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management, Inc. She will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 107. This year’s series focuses on Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms.

NEW! Ron Reuter, associate professor of natural resources at OSU Cascades Campus, will speak on “Canada: It’s NOT part of the US,” from noon to 1 p.m. April 7 at Cascades Campus as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118. Reuter recently explored the Province of Alberta as a fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute. Come learn of his discoveries in the Great White North and why Canadians like to say, “we’re just like the US, except we’re not”.

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

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.

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  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

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

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.

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 today 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.

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


Accountant I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005474. Closing Date: April 11. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Vice President for Research invites applications for a Faculty Liaison for the Research Office.  This is a part-time (.50 FTE), professional faculty position and limited to tenured faculty with full or associate professor rank.   Appointment will be through Sept. 15, 2010. The Faculty Liaison position is intended to give faculty members an opportunity to observe, participate in, and take responsibility for a variety of functions performed by the OSU Research Office staff. This individual will report to the Vice President for Research and work with the Directors of the Offices of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity, and Technology Transfer. Faculty Liaison, Research Office —  Internal to OSU Only, Part-time. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0005451. Closing Date: April 17.

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: 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.

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 through April 2. The north bound lane will remain closed through April 2.  Parking will remain open on 26th Street between Jefferson Way and Campus Way. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. The north bound lane will be reopened by 5 p.m. on April 2.

Ballard Hall parking lot: The lot will be shut through March 31.


Corvallis: March has decided to leave like a lion, with a big wet roar on his way out. Today’s high will be 54 with an overnight low of 42. Thunderstorms will be added to the mix tomorrow, and the week looks pretty blustery as a whole.

Central Oregon: Is this really spring term?!  Rain showers are nearly certain with a high around 50 degrees and wind gusts expected to blow as fast as 60 miles per hour so hold onto your umbrellas tight.  Look out for possible snow showers late tonight with an overnight low near 31 and more rain and snow to follow for tomorrow.

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