OSU Today

Sept. 7-10, 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.

OSU’s Moore edits book on climate change (Gazette-Times)

More than 80 global leaders, writing on the moral obligation to act to mitigate climate change, have contributed to “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.” The new collection of essays is edited by Kathleen Dean Moore, an Oregon State University distinguished professor of philosophy, and Michael P. Nelson of Michigan State University. It will be released Tuesday.

Students check into OSU biz courses on hospitality (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus is about to make Oregon more hospitable for those in the hospitality industry, thanks to two new programs.

Researchers study shrinking Oregon glaciers (KPTV)

Cody Beedlow, a 28-year-old native of Corvallis and a graduate student at Oregon State University, has been making the 8- to 9-mile trek up to Collier Glacier, nestled between North Sister and South Sister, nearly every month for the last two years as part of an extended project to find out more about why the glacier is shrinking.

OSU-Cascades installing solar panels (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus is going green. The branch campus is preparing to place solar arrays on the Cascades Hall roof and potentially on a parking garage as part of its effort to reduce its energy demand and educate students as part of its new energy engineering management degree.

OSU experts work to juice solar power (KTVZ)

Researchers from three institutions, including the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, are uniting under a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost the juice of solar cells.

City dwellers dig urban farming (Horizon Air Magazine)

“This is a considerable movement nationwide, and Portland is a hotbed for it,” says Oregon State University Extension Agent Weston Miller. (See page 11)

Beavers unveil Pro Combat uniforms (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State was among 10 teams represented in New York City this week to have their Nike Pro Combat uniforms unveiled.

Co-conspirator cells could hold the key to melanoma prediction, prevention (PhysOrg)

Changes in the body’s pigment-producing cells, where melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – takes hold are only part of the story, according to a new study by researchers from Oregon State University. (See also Sify)

Climate change conference to focus on oceans (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University oceanographer Jack Barth will moderate the morning panel that will outline some of the oceans’ responses to climate change. Other panels on community impacts and policy issues will follow in the afternoon.

Ocean dead zones increasing in USA (AOL News)

Francis Chan of Oregon State University drops a device to measure how much oxygen is in the water of the Pacific Ocean off Newport, Ore.

Agricultural state of emergency declared (Curry County Reporter)

Linda White, Oregon State University commercial horticulturist for Coos and Curry County prepared a loss assessment report for Curry County in which she estimated a loss of 33.3 percent of the cranberry crop and 35 percent of hay. White estimated that some 50 farms were impacted. The full extent of the damage to perennial grasses will not be known for a year or more, according to White’s report.

Corvallis makes top 20 list of brainiest metro areas (Oregonian)

Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, made the cut at 19 on the list.

Students join forces in support of biodiesel (Biodiesel Magazine)

A new crop of leaders is emerging in the biodiesel industry through the newly-launched campaign called the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel. The program has four co-chairs: Lucas Ellis, Dartmouth University; Bernardo del Camp, Iowa State University; Mikkel Leslie, Oregon State University; and Jason Strull, University of Nevada.

Bike commute challenge has begun (LIFE@OSU)

The 2010 Bike Commute Challenge is underway! From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, you can ride your bicycle to work and reap some sweet rewards.

Stripe rust a major factor in Northwest wheat variety trials (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension Cereals Specialist Mike Flowers said stripe rust impacted many of the trial areas throughout his state, particularly those in Umatilla County and LaGrande and on the west side of the state.

Microproducts Breakthrough Institute holds open house (LIFE@OSU)

The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a partnership between Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, held an open house Aug. 27 on the Hewlett-Packard campus in Corvallis to showcase their work in the development of micro- and nano-technologies for sustainable energy, healthy environments and improved lives.

You can do it (Bend Bulletin)

Ripe tomatoes, sweet peaches and crisp green beans come to mind. Maybe it’s time to think about extending the bounty of summer with food preservation.
“It’s a great hobby,” said Glenda Hyde, an instructor with the Oregon State Extension Service’s Deschutes County office, who has been a master food preserver for 21 years.

Oregon provides beef forage analysis for Oregon’s cattle ranchers (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Beef ranchers in Oregon can get a nutritional analysis of what their cattle are  eating in a new service provided by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU Extension Service in Lane County closes (KEZI)

Thursday marked the last day of Lane County’s OSU Extension Service.  Its offices closed at 5 p.m.

Wednesday

The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Sept. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. The store offers many items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), bicycles, vehicles, sporting goods, household items, and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon p.m. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! The 2010 Bike Commute Challenge is underway! From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, you can ride your bicycle to work and reap some sweet rewards. From Septe. 1 to Sept. 30, when you ride your bike to work, you’ll be getting a work out, decreasing your stress levels, improving air quality AND helping OSU rise to the top in a friendly competition -workplace against workplace – to amass the highest percentage of trips by bike during the month. More than 1,000 workplaces across the region are taking the Challenge! What’s in it for you as a biker? Everyone who rides at least seven days during the month is eligible to receive 10% discounts on bike gear and parts from participating bike dealers, four of them in Corvallis: Bike-n-Hike, Corvallis Cyclery, Cyclotopia and Peak Sports. Find out how it works at www.bikecommutechallenge.com – and read more about discounts, tips for bikers, and more. To sign up for the Challenge, press “Register,” and follow the directions. The Captain for the OSU team is Rainier Farmer, 541-737-7080, rainier.farmer@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Through a generous arrangement with Yamaha  Corporation of America and its affiliate, Lawson’s Keyboard Center of  Eugene, the OSU music department has been provided  with new Yamaha pianos for the past school year. These studio and upright pianos will be sold  at a fraction of the retail value on a first come, first serve  basis. The sale takes place Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sept. 12, noon to 4 p.m., in Benton Hall on the OSU campus. For best service, we suggest  calling for an appointment, 1-877-988-5397.

NEW! Student lots are open no permit required thru Friday, Oct 8. Car in the Jar! Stop by TAPS and guess how cars are in the jar for your chance to win an annual parking permit for the 2010-2011 year! The 2010-2011 parking permits are now available for purchase.  For easy access to obtain a  staff application and payroll deduction please access our website at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/staff_pkg.html

NEW! On Oct.1, the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m.  All currently recognized student organizations and OSU departments and programs can register now for free.  Registration is available through the Corvallis Benton Chamber website at http://tinyurl.com/BvrCmtFair Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at student.orgs@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Graduate Admissions – International Student Recruitment survey. The goal of this survey is to better understand the needs and preferences of OSU’s graduate programs of study with respect to international student recruitment.  Based on the results, we hope to more accurately project and facilitate growth (if desired) and more accurately convey to prospective international students and other interested parties the competitiveness or capacity issues that exist within each of OSU’s graduate programs.  Questions: Julie Walkin, 541.737.2697. Deadline for submission: Fri., Sept. 17.

NEW! Synergies, the magazine from the College of Health and Human Sciences, has released their latest edition. Find it at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

Your family is invited to the Eighth Annual Kids Day for Conservation Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena in Corvallis. Kids Day for Conservation is free and open to the public. Numerous organizations and businesses will conduct a wide variety of natural resource activities suitable for children of all ages. KDC is designed to educate and help kids make a difference for conservation in their community. Build a bird house to take home, do a nature art project, explore a soil tunnel, or visit with the Sheriff’s rescue dogs. Families will learn how to conserve energy and water, see how wildfires spread, and how to protect your family from them. Kids will have the opportunity to explore alternative energy sources including wind turbines and solar cells. This is only a sample of all you can see and do at this annual family event. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) 2010 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/adbcr.html Complete NSF – ADBC guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10603/nsf10603.htm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Oct.11, 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.

Call for New Student Welcome/Move-in Volunteers. Please join UHDS in welcoming new students and their families as they arrive on campus Sunday, Sept. 19! This is a once-in-a lifetime event for students and a unique chance to connect with them and share the experience that is Oregon State University. Students often bring along their whole family so there are multiple chances to interact on many different levels with our growing student body.
UHDS will provide you an event t-shirt and a meal for 4 hours of your volunteer time. We have morning and afternoon shifts in a variety of roles with a new traffic management plan this year to encourage a smooth flow of vehicles to and from campus. Signup and details online at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/openingvolunteers or contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-5622 with any questions.

OSU Campus Recycling has created a new brochure to help you recycle on campus and take advantage of our services. The brochure can be downloaded from our website, along with educational signage, at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/resources.cfm

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 6; an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Full description and application instructions of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/introduction.aspx. Deadline is Nov. 2. Questions: Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held on Sept. 14 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. The meetings are not limited to OSU employees. The next 13-week session begins on September 28th. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Providence you may call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. If you have Kaiser you may call 866-301-3866 to get a WW access code. You will need your ID number from your Providence or Kaiser ID card. Next you need to call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Sept. 28. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

Promote your program in the Portland OSU Rally at Pioneer Square, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a booth at a first of its kind OSU event in Portland. It’s your chance to reach out to new students, alumni and their families. Informational booths are available for rent at $100. You provide signage, hand outs or giveaways of your choice. This is a chance to reach out to new and current students, alumni and their families. Speakers for the event include Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi and Coach Mike Riley. If you’re interested in reserving a spot contact Cathy Marshall at the Portland office of the OSU Alumni Association, 503-553-3431.

Central Web Services is hosting Drupal Boot Camps Sept. 20- 22. Drupal Boot Camps is a three-day intensive workshop incorporating all existing core Drupal 6 workshops. In addition, two topics about using the OSU Brand Guidelines on the web, presented by staff from University Advancement’s Web Communications has been added. Register. Priority registration will be given to persons registering to attend the entire three-day camp. If you are requesting to attend for less than three days, please make your request via the help ticket system http://oregonstate.edu/cws/contact.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2011. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Complete Pew Scholars program description may be found at: www.pewscholars.org Nomination submission deadline to the Research Office is Sept. 13 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.

Jobs

NEW! Event Coordinator-MECOP/CECOP, College of Engineering, Oregon State University, this is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006196, full consideration date Sept. 17, closing date Sept. 24.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! The Office of Business Affairs is seeking  applicants for a full-time limited duration Project Coordinator position.   The University is embarking on a series of projects implementing a  workflow management system (SCT Banner Workflow).  The Project  Coordinator will be responsible for planning, organizing, facilitating, and  monitoring process improvement initiatives identified by central  administrative departments. To view the  full job announcement and qualifications, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006141. Application  deadline Sept. 13. OSU is AA/EOE.

NEW! INTO Oregon State University has an immediate need for an International Admissions Assistant. The purpose of this position is to manage the student admissions and enrollment processes in an effective and efficient manner. The employee in this position will answer the phone, direct inquiries as appropriate, and also greet students, applicants and others that come to the INTO OSU Admissions office. The Assistant will also process applications from initial inquiry through to enrollment within the agreed timescales and admissions procedures. Two or more years of academic or administrative support are preferred. Experience at an institution of higher education, an interest in other nationalities and cultures, understanding of international student needs, and use of a Student Information System, preferably BANNER is a plus. This is a full-time, six month position with the potential of continued employment. Please send resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu

The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Interim Director. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment (AD-CTLA) holds primary responsibility for developing and implementing core workshops and consulting services in support of OSU instructors. Closing date is Sept. 6. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 006154.

Academic Services for Student Athletes at Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term Academic Couselor for Athletes. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. The purpose of this entry level position is to advise student-athletes regarding their transition from high school or junior college to Oregon State University. Closing date is Sept. 12. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006160.

The OUS Study Abroad Program is seeking a full time Administrative Program Assistant for Oregon University System (OUS) International Programs at Oregon State University (OSU). The Administrative Assistant will join the Corvallis based team and will be responsible for the day-to-day support of Commonwealth, Ireland, and Tunisia programs and support for central activities to the OUS IP Director. Closing date is Sept. 13. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006140.

The International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Associate Provost. It is anticipated that this will be a two year appointment, with the possibility of a longer term appointment. The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) plays a key role in developing and implementing programs that further the university’s internationalization efforts and advance international education programs across the campus. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date is Sept. 30. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006147.

International Degree and Education Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Study Abroad Advisor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. The position is located in the International Degree and Education Abroad unit of International Programs and provides leadership for the promotion and administration of study abroad/exchange programs at Oregon State University. Closing date is Sept. 15. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006113.

Oregon State University Extended Campus is seeking to fill the position of Enrollment Analyst (Research Analyst 4). The primary focus of this position is to develop qualitative and quantitative research designs to analyze data and trends in enrollment and student academic performance, and communicate results of analyses. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining information systems that provide accurate and reliable information to fulfill internal information needs, effectively manage growth, and develop student success strategies for Extended Campus programs. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57106

OSU Extended Campus is seeking an Instructional Design Specialist to join our Course Development and Training team. This position provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of courses; hands-on instructional design support for faculty developing courses and interactive learning modules; and consulting support to maintain a future-oriented vision for development. For full position announcement or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57056 Closing date: Sept. 9.

Regional Network Director. The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks for the Oregon State Alumni Association. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director of Programs. See position description at www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation, with offices in Corvallis, Oregon and Portland, Oregon, has a position opening for Assistant/Associate Director of Development for Oregon State University’s College of Business. The position location could be in Portland or Corvallis, depending on qualifications of the finalist. Job title and compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the finalist. For more information see http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Research Analyst to join the Advancement Services team. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research, Discovery and Relationship Management, this position provides support to major gift fundraising activities of the Foundation and the University by compiling and analyzing comprehensive background information on individuals and organizations for use in advancing prospective donors’ relationships with the institution. For a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an administrative assistant to manage office and administrative functions for the associate director for operations and board relations. For position description, please see www.osualum.com/jobs. Position open until filled.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way: Due to ADA improvements, 26th St. and the sidewalk between Campus Way and Orchard Ave will be temporarily closed.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.  Congestion can be expected in this area. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 and the street and sidewalk should be reopened by 5 p.m. Sept. 8.

Cascades Hall and Adams Hall: Due to the testing of the Dept of Public Safety’s Central Station, Cascade Hall and Adams Hall will experience a brief loss of power.  This will affect all power and lights in all rooms on all floors. If you’re operating a computer without UPS, save your work often. This shutdown is necessary to test the central station when the Cascade Hall generator is put online. The shutdown will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 and should end by 11 a.m.

Linus Pauling Science Center: Due to continued roofing construction on the Linus Pauling Science Center, a tar odor may be detected throughout the area due to shifting winds. This work will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 7 and should end by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Gilfillan Auditorium: Due to the removal of the ADA ramp and stairs, the east ADA entrance (from 26th St.) will be temporarily restricted to emergency egress only. All personnel are asked to use alternate entries and exits on the west, south and north sides of Gilfillan Auditorium. This shutdown should end by 7 p.m. Sept. 15.

Washington Way: Due to the construction of two new parking lots between 11th St. and 13th St. at Washington Way, sidewalks, street parking and existing parking lots will be temporarily closed. Expect traffic delays and detours in that vicinity. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 24.

Weather

Corvallis: We had some perfect late summer weather this weekend, but showers have returned to damped our spirits a little. However, sunshine returns by the end of the week. Fall term may be right around the corner but you can still enjoy the last few weeks of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows before reality sets in.

Central Oregon: This Labor Day, we thanked everyone who has worked so hard, including ourselves, by taking a Monday to enjoy the beautiful weather. A high around 70 degrees begins the week with some sprinkles in the middle and cooler temps in the mid 60’s towards the end.  Let us remember, in the words of Sophocles, “Without labor, nothing prospers” and quoting Aristotle, “The end of labor is to gain leisure.”

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