OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 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.

Innovative programs offer increased opportunities for student outreach and engagement (Oregonian)

iberal arts students have no reason to feel overshadowed by Oregon State University’s stellar research reputation. In fact, one of the many benefits to those in the liberal arts is the opportunity to gain a competitive edge with innovative programs that have a strong multidisciplinary research focus.

It’s an early winter (Gazette-Times)

Although it is rare for snow to fall on the Willamette Valley, it is not unheard of, according to Kathy Dello of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

OSU study finds good news for dolphin survival (Gazette-Times)

The more plentiful Hector’s dolphins are found off the South Island of New Zealand but individuals are thought to remain within a limited home range for most of their lifetime. However, genetic analysis of 26 “Maui’s dolphins” by scientists at the University of Auckland and Oregon State University found that two of these individuals were actually Hector’s dolphins, likely originating from the west coast of the South Island.

OSU grad finds success in Oregon’s high desert (KATU)

Agricultural Research Service rangeland scientist Kirk Davies is at home in the sagebrush steppe of southeastern Oregon. Other than the years he spent at Oregon State University in Corvallis, the 32-year-old adjunct professor has spent his entire life in the remote desert.

Upcoming Events

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 a.m., Nov. 29 in Willamette East/West, the Valley Library with a reception following.

NEW! A retirement reception for Robin Keen will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Radiation Center, room C104. Robin has worked for OSU Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics for more than 30 years — she was just a baby when she started! Please join Robin’s friends and colleagues for cake and punch as we wish Robin all the best in her new adventure. Questions? Contact lyn.smith-gloria@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Salary Negotiation, A Graduate Women’s Network Brown Bag Lunch Event, Tuesday, Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Donna Champeau from the Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity office will help women learn effective salary negotiation techniques. Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Graduate Women’s Network. http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/gwn

NEW! Relaxation: Stress Less in No Time! Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Are you stressed about finals? Come to the OSU Women’s Center for a guided meditation and relaxation techniques. You can even make yourself a relaxation kit! You can be stressing less in no time!

NEW! PFLA Winter Gala, Thursday, Dec. 2, 11:30  a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Building Lobby. Lunch Buffet of new and favorite menu items prepared by OSU Catering – $10  Must RSVP by Nov. 29 to donetta.sheffold@oregonstate.edu

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.

A reception for Jean Moule will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 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.

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.

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).

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.

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

NEW! The Horticulture Club is selling poinsettias on Nov. 29-Dec. 3 as a fundraiser for the club. The plants are $14 each and come in red, white or ‘shimmer surprise.’ They are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the OSU greenhouses on Monday and Tuesday, at Kelley Engineering on Wednesday and in the lobby of Kerr Admin on Thursday and Friday.

NEW! Looking for tools to help you become a better supervisor or manager? Join us for the upcoming OSU Core Curriculum Program for Supervisors and Managers facilitated by Training and Organizational Effectiveness. Understand your responsibilities as a supervisor, and develop your skills in areas such as performance management, employee and labor relations, ethical foundations for public employees, workers’ compensation and more. The classroom program is scheduled for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2011 (three full days) with prerequisite online programs available by Dec. 1. Prerequisite online programs will provide a basic foundation for topics that will be further explored in the classroom. Register today. (No cost to OSU employees)

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 Western Regional Sun Grant Center, managed by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month administrative position that could be hired with tenure, depending on qualifications.  For detailed position description and application procedures, see posting number 0006539 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing date is Dec. 20.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Dean of the Graduate School – The Provost and Executive Vice President seeks an outstanding academic leader from within Oregon State University to shape our strategic directions in graduate education. The Dean of the Graduate School provides leadership for and is the principal architect of the University’s graduate agenda. The Dean position requires vigorous collaboration with a wide range of constituents, including fellow Deans, OSU faculty, administrators, and others. The Dean is a member of the Provost’s Council.  This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month position. For more information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ (posting number 0006611) – materials should be submitted by Dec. 31, 2010 to receive full consideration.

Assistant/Associate Professor — College of Education, Oregon State University, F/T, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership with specific emphasis in the Community College Leadership Program. The Community College Leadership Program prepares individuals for administrative leadership roles in community and technical college settings. To review posting & apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0005366. Closing date: Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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: Yesterday the snow was falling like a scene from a holiday movie, but today we’re just left to deal with the cold.  All university weather-related closures are posted on the university website home page (www.oregonstate.edu) and included on the OSU Emergency Status Information Phone message at 541-737-8000.

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