OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

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 tech transfer nudge powered NuScale’s beginnings (Sustainable Business Oregon)

NuScale began life as a spinoff company based on research conducted by OSU professor Jose Reyes, who’s since become “one of the international leaders in the creation of small modular nuclear reactors. Those are the items, designed for more-measure uses than larger reactors, that NuScale’s developing. (see also OPBPortland Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Oregonian)

Business leaders say Portland recovering, rest of state lags (Portland Tribune)

The study was commissioned by the council, the Technology Association of Oregon, and Oregon State University. “High-tech companies have led Oregon out of the Great Recession,” said Keith Larson, Intel Capital vice president.

OSU-Cascades reveals design for Bend campus (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus on Thursday offered its first take on how to transform an old pumice mine and groves of ponderosa pines into a campus.

Beavers’ Didion leaves legacy (Statesman Journal)

Former Oregon State alum John Didion passed away on Tuesday. He was 66 years old. Didion was an all-American for the Beavers. He played center for the team in 1966-68 and was a member of the ‘Giant Killers’. (see also Oregonian)

The 19 superbugs that rule the Earth’s hidden depths (New Scientist)

“There seems to be a core group of microbes that appears again and again in all these environments,” says Rick Colwell of Oregon State University in Corvallis, who presented Grim’s results at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco this week.

OSU Senate backs foundation divestment in fossil fuel firms (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Faculty Senate voted 38-30 Thursday to encourage the university foundation to divest from fossil fuel companies. The resolution is nonbinding, but organizers of the OSU Divest campaign hope the move will send a signal to other universities and organizations about the problem of climate change.

Zia Mian to receive 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award (Albany Tribune)

Zia Mian, a physicist with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, will receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award, sponsored by the Oregon State University Libraries and Press.

Detection of chronic inflammation (Nurse Practicioners and Physicians Assistants)

“Unlike acute inflammation, chronic inflammation is abnormal and does not benefit the body,” explained Victoria J. Drake, PhD, manager of the micronutrient information center at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute. “In fact, chronic inflammation is involved in a number of disease states.”

OSU ag enrollment grows (Oregon Business)

The college’s fledgling fermentation programs and Wine Research Institute are attracting students and industry support. It was OSU researchers who first identified the genetically engineered wheat found growing in eastern Oregon. An international university ranking service said OSU has the eighth best ag program in the world.


OSU Beaver Store End of Term Sale: The usual “Ballroom Sale” is going on now at the OSU Beaver Store across from Gill Coliseum.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear.  Sale goes through Saturday, Dec. 14.

Diversity workshop: “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” registration is open. Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MU 206. This interactive day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Facilitated and sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders, Division of Student Affairs. Details and pre-registration (required) at  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85402/.

Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Amanda Whitmire, Data Management Specialist at OSULP, will present “Research Data Services at OSU Libraries and Press: What’s the Story?” on Dec. 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 13 in the Willamette Rooms (Third Floor) Valley Library.  This seminar is intended to be a “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” about research data services for audiences including faculty and staff within OSULP and the wider campus community.

Poinsettia plant sale: Now through Dec. 13, the OSU horticulture club is offering poinsettias for sale in the East greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Plants are $12 each or three for $30.

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159

Scheuermann retirement: Tom Scheuermann is retiring as Director of University Housing & Dining Services after 20 years as leader of the department and 23 years of service to Oregon State. Scheuermann plans to continue to be part of the OSU community through teaching in the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) graduate program. UHDS invites friends and colleagues to join in honoring and thanking Tom at a reception from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 13, in the Memorial Union Lounge.

 Meat center: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m..  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

Gregory retirement: Stan Gregory, Distinguished Professor, is retiring after 32 years on the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Due to weather and OSU closure, the informal reception honoring Stan’s many years at OSU is being rescheduled for Friday, Dec 13, from 2-4 p.m. in Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Room 20. (3200 SW Jefferson Way, just west of Richardson Hall)

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Enrollment Management Information Technology Manager forums: Open forums to meet the candidates for Enrollment Management Information Technology Manage will take place Dec. 16, 17, and 18 at 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. in MU 208.  The candidates are:  Dec. 16 – Derek Whiteside, Dec. 17 – Max Ahmad, and Dec. 18 – Andy Roberts.  Resumes and candidate evaluation forms will be available.

Winter Break Workshops: Give yourself the gift of time to learn a new skill or research tool this Winter Break, Dec. 16-17, at the Valley Library. Check out Zotero, EndNote and Mendeley. Learn how to use Qualtrics survey software. Dive into data management or digital humanities. But wait…there’s more! Check out the full schedule of workshop offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Science Communicators group Twitter discussion: Three OSU Tweeters will share their knowledge, expertise, and advice. Dec. 17, noon to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC) seminar room 402. For more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/2013/12/03/gain-knowledge-twitter/

News for Employees

NEW! Honors College course proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/course-proposals.  For more information: tara.williams@oregonstate.edu  or 541-737-6412.  Deadline is Jan. 27, 2014.

NEW! XPress Stop in Memorial Union Rm. 109: Printing and Mailing’s new XPress Stop in the MU provides an array of mailing services, including FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Quick print/copy services are also offered, giving customers the option of waiting while their job is produced or dropping it off and picking it up later that day. Bindery, notary, US passport photos, faxing, scanning, and a Kodak Kiosk photo printer services too. For more information, contact ari.grossman-naples@oregonstate.edu.

Foundation creates advisory committee for public input on investments: The OSU Foundation Board of Trustees is establishing an Advisory Committee for Public Input on Investments comprised of foundation trustees and staff who will hear presentations from stakeholder groups. To learn more: http://bit.ly/18nUdLV

OSU Today reminder: Starting next week, OSU Today switches to a holiday schedule. There will be editions of OSU Today on Dec. 16 and Dec. 30, with daily issues resuming Jan. 7, the first day of Winter Term. There will be no OSU Today the week of Dec. 23-27. Deadline for the Dec. 16 issue is Friday at 4 p.m.

Animal Connection: Animal stories from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in the latest edition of Animal Connection online newsletter: ‘Sweetie’ Goat Encourages Breast Cancer Awareness, Team Effort Saves Dog and Ten Puppies, Laser Therapy May Alleviate Pet Pain, A Wooly Ordnance Disposal Team.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 23 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2013-2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Traffic and Maintenance

Elm removal: Facilities Services will be removing a large Elm Tree near northwest side of the Valley Library due to significant and unexpected storm damage/loss in the tree earlier this fall.  The temporary shutdown of Waldo Place and adjacent walks will begin at approx. 6 a.m., Dec. 17 through 5 p.m., Dec. 18. Also on Dec. 17, Strand Ag Hall will have limited access to the east central entry/exit while tree take-down work is progressing. Traffic control and flaggers will be in place to guide traffic during the work.

Jefferson Street Closure: Due to utility work for the Memorial Union, Jefferson street from Waldo to 26th will be closed Dec. 16-27 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Yamhill County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .20 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in McMinnville. Posting # 0011667. Closes Dec. 13.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Douglas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .45 FTE, Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0011669. Closes Dec 13.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Union County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .15 FTE, Intermittent, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande. Posting # 0011636. Closes Dec 13.

Financial Aid Advisor – Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting #0011634. Closes Dec. 15.

Office Specialist 1-Insurance-Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month OS1 in Insurance/Billing/Patient Accounts.  Posting #0011674   Closing Date:  Dec. 16.

E-Learning Game Designer – Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  E-Learning Game Designer position. Posting #0011655. Closes Dec. 18.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking applicants to the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool.  Posting #0011033. Closes Dec. 19.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Program Representative 1 –Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Program Representative 1 position. Posting #0011692. Closes Dec. 22.

Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator –Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator position. Posting #0011651. Closes Dec. 22.

Corporate Business Manager –Professional and Noncredit Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Corporate Business Manager position. Posting #0011673. Closes Dec. 25.

Assistant Director of Operations and Communications –Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0011691. Closes Dec. 29.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  Grant County Extension office invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor (Practice) position located in John Day. Posting # 0011670. Closes Jan. 1, 2014.

Executive Assistant – The College of Science Dean’s Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Posting # 0011689.  Closes Jan. 2.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month grants/contracts coordinator position. Posting #0011476. Closes Jan. 3.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  Coos County Extension office invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor (Practice) position located in Myrtle Point. Posting # 0011693. Closes Jan. 5, 2014.

Office Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Office Coordinator position.  Posting # 0011677. Closes for full consideration apply by Jan 5.

Assistant Director – The Office of Institutional Research is recruiting for a full-time, 12 month, fixed term Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Requires at least 4 years of experience as a senior analyst in an institutional research office. Posting # 0011576. Closes Jan. 31, 2014.

Director of the School of Arts & Communications – College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of the School of Arts & Communications.  Posting #0011676.  For full consideration, apply by Feb. 7, 2014.


Corvallis: We’re saying a happy goodbye to Frosty the Snowman today as the rain returns. Showers, mostly before 10 a.m., with a high of 44 and a low tonight of 30. Areas of fog tomorrow, otherwise cloudy. Slight chance of rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Partly to mostly sunny all weekend. High today of 43, low tonight of 23.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 50, low of 39. Patchy fog tomorrow and chance of rain Saturday night into Sunday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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