OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 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.

Qatar and Oregon partner to develop sustainable practices (America.gov)

The U.S. state of Oregon and the Middle East nation of Qatar are working together to find sustainable solutions to shared problems faced in arid climates. Participants include global engineering company CH2M Hill, Oregon-based private organizations working on sustainable building and technology, and universities including Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Noxious weeds spreading (KEZI)

In Oregon, noxious weeds are invading public and private properties so quickly that the Oregon Department of Agriculture is declaring it a menace to public welfare.  “There have been a number of pretty difficult ones that have moved over in here. You can think of Himalayan blackberry,” said Steve Renquist, OSU Extension Horticulture Agent.

Weather network gets grant to improve monitoring (The Coloradoan)

CoCoRaHS will work with a research group from Oregon State University that will help analyze and display precipitation data in both geographical and historical contexts for the entire country.

A Life with Plants (Gazette-Times)

Richard Halse is the curator of the Oregon State University herbarium, home to nearly half a million plant specimens.

Free screening of award-winning film at OSU (Gazette-Times)

The Return of the Navaho Boy” was screened at OSU Monday night.

Oregon State offers Harry Potter class (KABC Los Angeles)

Harry Potter fanatics at Oregon State University can now get college credit by studying the Potter books and films.


Richard Sniezko, with the USDA Forest Service, Dorena Genetic Resource Center, will speak on “Developing Phytophthora lateralis Resistance in Port Orford cedar (Lawson’s cypress),” as part of the Fall 2010 Horticulture departmental seminars. The seminars take place in the Ag & Life Sciences Building Room 4000 at 4 p.m.

A reception for Jan Strombeck will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in Kearney Hall Atrium. Jan has worked for OSU in the Construction Engineering Management program for over 27 years. She’s leaving us at the end of the year. Please join her friends and colleagues from Civil & Construction Engineering for light refreshments as we wish Jan good luck on her new endeavors. 

“Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Sources and Uses of Capital,” by Nick Fowler, Orion Ventures LLC, 6-7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1003. Of the necessary ingredients for starting a successful new business venture, raising capital is often the most vexing and nerve wracking for the entrepreneur. Nick Fowler will de-mystify the sources of capital and discuss the differences between angel investors and venture capital. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop or call 541-713-8044. For more information on the series, click here: http://faculty.bus.oregonstate.edu/aep

Upcoming Events

NEW! An ODOT Project Update on projects related to downtown Corvallis and Peoria Road will take place Dec. 9, noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. The projects include one designed to improve safety at the Peoria Road intersection on Hwy. 34, a south bypass on Groves Lane on Hwy. 34, and a signal timing project for downtown Corvallis. There will be a short discussion and a question and answer period. For more information call 541-757-4164.

NEW! The 30th Annual Holiday Marketplace takes place Dec. 3 -4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  The event features handcrafted items, fine art and specialty foods made by Oregon artisans. Live Entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

NEW! A reception for Jean Moule will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Waldo Hall, Room 400.  Jean has worked for OSU in Teacher and Counselor Education for more than 10 years.  She will be leaving us at the end of the year.  Please join her friends and colleagues from the College of Education for light refreshments as we wish Jean good luck in her post-retirement activities.

NEW! The Search Committee for a Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC)/Campus Attending Veterinarian has invited two candidates to the campus to interview. Dr. James Wilkerson will interview on Dec. 6-7. Dr. Wilkerson is the Acting Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Barton Weick will interview on Dec. 9-10. Dr. Weick is the Animal Program Director for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health.   The campus research community can meet the candidates at Open Forums to be held on Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Powell Leadership Center/Journey (Memorial Union first floor).

NEW! Richard Reeb, candidate for the Collections and Resource Sharing Department head position in the OSU Libraries, will discuss the economic, cultural and practical challenges of building library collections and providing timely access to information resources needed for learning, teaching and research.  This will take place at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 29 in Willamette East/West, the Valley Library with a reception following.

Winter Coffee, Nov. 30, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. OSU Faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray in celebration and conversation. Featuring Beth Rietveld at the piano. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share.

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) 2010-11 release for Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Dec.6. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards.  Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets.  Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card Orange Rewards account.

Missed the flu clinics? Student Health Services still has flu vaccine available. Drop in at SHS if you want to receive it. In addition, OSU’s Infectious Diseases Response Team asks for your help to prevent the spread of illnesses, including influenza, norovirus, and pertussis. Download, print and post illness-prevention posters, available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectiousdiseases. Remember: Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water; cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve; and stay home when you are ill.

The Nov. 2010 issue of the HHMI Bulletin, the magazine of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, features a story about OSU biochemist Kevin Ahern’s “metabolic melodies.” The story is online at http://www.hhmi.org/bulletin/nov2010/centrifuge/metabolic_science_melodies.html

The latest edition of the College of Health and Human Sciences’ blog Synergies is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

Faculty Senate elections have begun. The slate of candidates for president-elect, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator and Executive Committee were approved by the Faculty Senate on Nov. 11 and can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/elections/2010/slate.html. Eligible voters will receive two separate electronic ballots: 1) president-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate ballot (due Dec.7) and 2) Senator nomination ballots (due Nov. 29). Please contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu if you have questions about these elections or to determine your eligibility if you did not receive the first ballot yesterday and began working prior to Oct. 10.

All RecSports Facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26. Wednesday, Nov. 25 open hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 open hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, open hours will be 10 a.m. to midnight.


The College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service invites applications (internal to OSU Employees only) for a fixed-term, limited-duration, Interim Superintendent and Staff Chair position. This is an opportunity for an existing OSU employee during the OSU Extension Service organizational transformation and the NWREC strategic planning process. OSU faculty who have a tenure/tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor are encouraged to apply; the successful applicant’s current academic position will be put on hold while working in the interim leadership position. This interim position will provide supervision of research and extension faculty at the NWREC and off-station activities in the Northern Willamette Valley and is estimated to be 50-75% of the position; the remainder will be existing program delivery. The NWREC serves the ornamental nursery, Christmas tree, small fruit and vegetable crops that comprise Oregon’s largest agricultural industries. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0006603. Closing date: Dec. 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The USGS – Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, housed within the OSU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, invites applications for a Research Wildlife Biologist/Assistant Unit Leader position. This is a GS-12, full-time, permanent position with advancement potential to GS-15. For more detail and application instructions, go to: www.usajobs.gov, Announcement #ATL-2011-0071. Closing date is Dec. 30.

Accountant II, Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC), Oregon State University, 12-month, full-time position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0006600. Closing date Dec. 2. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006461. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position. To apply and for more details and application instructions, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0006568. Closing date Dec 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Systems Biology. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006512. For full consideration, please apply by Jan. 15, 2011. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Manager – The Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics invites applications for 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 #0006540, full consideration date Saturday, closing date Nov. 30. OSU is an AA/EOE.


Corvallis: Looks like we’ve had a visit from the Snow Miser this morning. There’s no more moisture expected until Thursday night, but temperatures are going to be seriously chilly, so make sure to keep pets inside, make sure your outside water bowls don’t freeze up, and be careful on slick roads and sidewalks. Today’s high will be 31 with a low of 20.

Central Oregon: 

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” After a long night of snow flurries, we are looking at daylong frosty temperatures reaching only as high as 16 degrees.  Upon nightfall, expect it to get even colder with a low dropping all the way below zero to -5 with a wind chill that will make it feel even icier. Although the snow is expected to back off for the rest of the week, temperatures will stay chilly.

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