OSU’s Anna Harding warns of the high levels of lead found in some second-hand products.
The cost — running about $2 million a year in recent years — is high, but, according to an Oregon State University study, better than the alternatives. In the study, OSU researchers gauged the costs of three options: One involved doing nothing, or letting the disease spread on its own accord. A second involved containing the disease, essentially what the state is doing today. A third involved eradicating it.
After the Oregon Duck victory in the Dec. 4 Civil War football game, thousands of fans ran onto the field at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. At the Oregon State University logo near 35 yard line, a large group gathered around an unidentified man wearing a white No. 9 UO football jersey. After the crowd cleared off the field, officials discovered that an unknown burning material landed on the artificial turf and burned a small section, causing a minimum of $1,500 damage. (See also Register-Guard and Statesman Journal)
More Oregon college students studying foreign languages; more choose non-European tongues (Oregonian)
More students are also learning languages to get an edge in the job market. More than half the 300 students with minors in Spanish at OSU are business majors, said Guy H. Wood, professor of Spanish.
Best bet for eco-friendly toys? Wood (Bend Bulletin)
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 banned chemicals such as lead and phthalates in children’s toys, above a certain amount. But if people buy used toys, made before the rule took effect, they should keep in mind that the older items could still contain lead, said Anna Harding, a professor of public health at Oregon State University. She worked on a study released this month that tested the amount of lead in a number of items, including antique toys. “It was pretty surprising to see the lead levels in some of these things,” she said.
Changing climate is factor for fire plans (Mail Tribune)
The first Oregon Climate Assessment Report released this week by Oregon State University examined the potential social, physical and biological responses to an Oregon climate predicted to increase in average temperature by up to 1 degree Fahrenheit per decade through this century.
The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University is one of the top oceanographic research institutions in the United States because of the impact of the scientific contributions and leadership roles of its faculty in ocean- and climate-related programs. Their high-demand network environment warrants new technologies that increase network performance and density, while improving energy efficiency.
Tree farmers see massive excess (Statesman Journal)
The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. Desks and TVs are still on special this week, as well as AV carts – all 50 percent off during public sale hours. We have many other items for personal or departmental use – furniture (file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), vehicles, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon., whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu
Larry Roper will be presenting a book review of “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis at noon at the Corvallis Library, as part of the Random Reviews series.
OSU’s Africa Initiative will host Aprovecho directors Fred Colgan and Damon Ogle from noon to 1 p.m. in 448 Snell Hall. Aprovecho is a non-profit research and education center that focuses on appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, permaculture and organic agriculture. Colgan and Ogle have recently returned from Nigeria and Uganda, where they have been working to introduce efficient wood cook stoves. See their website at http://www.aprovecho.net/ . A light lunch is provided, so an RSVP is appreciated but not required. For more information, contact Marion McNamara (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Office of Admissions will be hosting a farewell reception to celebrate the 15 years that Michele Sandlin has worked at Oregon State University. Michele will be missed around the OSU Community. The reception will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Office of Admissions 104 Kerr Administration Building.
Polly Jeneva, the longest tenured advisor at Oregon State University, is retiring at the end of this year. A reception in Jeneva’s honor will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Jeneva has been at OSU since 1985 and with the College of Liberal Arts since 1993. She was appointed head advisor of CLA in 1997. In honor of Jeneva’s years of service to OSU, a memorial scholarship which honors Jeneva’s mother, the Genevieve A. Pershke Scholarship Fund, has been set up through the OSU Foundation.
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the OSU Bookstore. There will be discounts in every department. Free giftwrap is available.
NEW! Open forums for candidates for Transitional Director of the Center for Research in Lifelong STEM Learning. Corrine Manogue, Thursday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11 a.m., Weniger 212. John Falk, Friday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to noon, Weniger 212.
NEW! Give yourself the gift of new skills and a little laughter this holiday season! Check out the OSU Libraries Graduate Student & Faculty Winter Academy running from Dec. 13 – 17. As you look ahead to classes being done and grades turned in, think about treating yourself to a little time to learn how to use Web of Science to its full advantage, or how to preserve your rights to the article you just submitted for publication, or how to use EndNote or Zotero to make formatting the references for your next article much easier. Want to just have fun and learn a bit about OSU’s History? Then “Unexpected Stories & Histories University Archives Can Tell” may be the session for you. For registration and complete session descriptions, visit: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656. Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel, email@example.com
The Search Committee for a Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC)/Campus Attending Veterinarian has invited candidates to the campus to interview. 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 Weick on Dec. 9 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Powell Leadership Center/Journey (Memorial Union first floor).
“Enchanted Evening with Michael Allen Harrison,” concert hosted by the OSU Alumni Association on Thursday, Dec. 9. Social/Heavy appetizers begin at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Along with pianist Harrison will be violinist Aaron Meyer, and vocals by Julianne Johnson. Tickets: OSU Alumni Assoc. members – $50, non-members – $55. Call the OSU Alumni Association at 541-737-7844, or register online at osualum.com (click on events) by Dec. 5.
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.
Steve LeBoeuf has worked for OSU in the Environmental Health & Safety department for twenty years. He’s leaving us at the end of the year. Please join his friends and colleagues from Facilities Services, Environmental Health and Safety for light refreshments as we wish Steve good luck on his new endeavors. The reception takes place Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. in MU 212.
The Dec. 10 OSU Libraries Faculty Association Seminar Series will feature speakers who have won the OSU Libraries Robert Lundeen Library Faculty Development Award for 2009/2010. It takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library. Persons wishing to attend who need accommodations for a disability may contact Margaret Mellinger 541-737-9642); firstname.lastname@example.org
The Search Committee for the Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Partnership and Innovation Leader has invited two candidates to the campus to interview. Lenore Tedesco will interview Monday, Dec. 13. Julien Lartigue will interview Thursday, Dec. 16. The campus community is invited to attend the seminar/interview Kidder Hall Room 278 or participate remotely from 1:30 to 2:30 pm online at: http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-2 . Online viewers have a chat dialogue box to ask questions. It will also be recorded for later viewing. For more information call 541-737-6200, email@example.com
News for Employees
Want to teach an Honors Course? This is the annual University Honors College Call for Coursework for the 2011-2012 academic year. The UHC seeks course proposals from OSU tenure/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members. The Honors experience features interactions with OSU’s most accomplished and dedicated group of undergraduates. Designation as a member of the University Honors College Faculty awaits those who teach UHC courses or serve as a faculty mentor for an Honors thesis. Submit a proposal on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/online-course-proposal or email Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu for further information. The deadline for course proposal submission for the 2011-12 school year is Jan. 14, 2011.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Oregon State University funding for a doctoral training program in Aging Sciences. This IGERT program (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship ) will be attractive to Ph.D. students from diverse fields including biology, computer science, human development, bioengineering, sociology, psychology, public health, and other social and behavioral sciences. Oregon State’s IGERT in Aging Sciences will provide trainees a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years of their doctoral program, along with tuition remission and support for research costs. Doctoral departments will determine funding levels for remaining years in the program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-2012 academic year. Information on the IGERT program and participating Ph.D. departments is available at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/igert/. If you have questions, please contact: Anne.Hatley@oreonstate.edu
We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by Thursday Dec. 11. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award go to http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html
The Dec. 9 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20101209.html. Agenda items include: President-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate election results, election of three Executive Committee members, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Report, OSU Accreditation Report
Young adults interested in participating in a garden-based Oregon State University research project that pays a summer stipend can sign up now for limited placements in Corvallis and Sweet Home. Participants will earn a $1,200 stipend for completing the program, which runs from January 2011 through December 2011, and will spend up to 12 hours per week learning basic research skills, working in the gardens and handling produce sales. Low-income young adults ages 18-22 are invited to apply. Recruitment meetings will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Westside Community Church, 4000 S.W. Western Blvd., Corvallis, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Sweet Home United Methodist Church, 845 6th Ave., Sweet Home. To qualify, youth must earn less than one-and-a-half times the poverty level. For a single person, this means earning less than $16,245, or for a family of four, less than $33,075. Adults of all ages and income levels can participate as non-paid volunteers in either the Corvallis or Sweet Home garden. For information, contact Leslie Richards, (888) 478-3011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) 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/urm.htm NSF – URM program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10531/nsf10531.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, January 17, 2011 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to email@example.com. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.
RecSports facilities shift to special break hours Dec. 10- Jan. 2. http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/20101211/list/recsports-hours/
During breaks, students and members are allowed to sponsor multiple guests and youth access is extended to all hours. (See youth access guidelines at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/youth-policy .)
Call to artists! All classified employees, professional faculty and OSU affiliates are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the first OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit. Get the submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit and share your talent by Jan. 10. The exhibit will run March 7 – 30 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on March 18. Dust off your skills over the breaks and share your creativity with campus.
The Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is collecting gift donations for 6-8 year olds for the CARDV Holiday Gift Drive. If you’d like to contribute gifts, please review the ‘CARDV toy donations’ link from http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/ to determine what types of toys are and are not appropriate. Unwrapped donations must be received by Vickie Nunnemaker, 107 Gilkey Hall, by noon on Dec. 10; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Classified staff and Faculty, you have the opportunity to help make the season brighter for a couple of families that serve our campus. SEIU Classified Members are holding an Electronic Giving Tree. We are putting out a call for the items on our Electronic Giving Tree. This is a chance for us to help out some of our co-workers/families who are in need during the holiday season. Please check out our Web Site for a gift tag and information. http://local083.seiu503.org .
The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – International Science and Education (ISE) Grants 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/ise.html. USDA – NIFA – ISE program site: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/educationinternationalscience.cfm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Friday, Dec. 17, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to email@example.com. 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 – Census Research Network (CRN) 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/crn.html NSF – CRN program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10621/nsf10621.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.
The submission deadline for the 2011 Distinguished Professor nominations has been extended to Friday, Dec. 10. The deadline is extended due to the technological challenges and delays experienced by departments due to the fire damage incurred in buildings last Wednesday. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization.The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Hence, emeritus professors are not eligible. Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU. They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 10. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards
The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. Last year, 247 OSU employees donated $126,700 – an 8 percent increase over the previous year. To date, 207 OSU employees have donated a total of $64,446. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form to 2010 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center. Donate to a cause that’s nearest to your heart – you have so many to choose from. You have until Jan. 31, 2011.
Student Employment Position, Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center – Human Resources Consultant 1. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Professional Faculty position. This position is responsible for performing a broad range of professional human resources management and administration responsibilities and serves as advisor to supervisors and administrators regarding state, federal, OUS and University rules, policies, collective bargaining agreements, and procedures in areas assigned. The HRC1 works independently under general guidance from the Human Resources Consultant (HRC2). The HRC1, Student Employment position serves over 2,200 student employees and their supervisors. The ability to process, track, and audit a high volume of work is essential to the position as well as, customer service orientation and relationship building skills. To review posting and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006648 Closing date Dec. 18.
Oregon State University’s Office of Admissions is accepting applications for the position of Associate Director, Campus Visit Center and On-Campus Recruitment Programming. The Associate Director is a 1. FTE 12-month position and is a member of the Admissions Senior Leadership Management team. This position manages the Campus Visitor’s Center and all on-campus recruitment programs. To see the full position announcement, review complete posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006473. OSU is an AA/EOE. Applications must be received by Dec. 31 for consideration.
Customer Service Representative, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University Office Specialist 2. F/T. Major duties include working in a fast paced, high volume environment responding to requests for admissions and general university information. This position answers a high volume of phones calls and emails. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills both verbal and written. To review posting and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006626 Closing date Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.
Oregon State University’s Division of Earth Systems Science invites applications for an Assistant Professor. This is a 0.75 FTE, 12-month or 1.0 FTE, 9-month tenure-track position (at the discretion of the Department Head). Though this tenure track position will be offered at 0.75 FTE, the incumbent is authorized and encouraged to increase his/her working FTE up to 1.0 by securing other sources of funding for the additional 0.25 FTE. The Division seeks an individual to develop vigorous research, teaching, and outreach programs focused on earth systems modeling, specifically terrestrial biophysics-biogeochemistry modeling at multiple scales that incorporates spatial and in situ observations. To view posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Jan. 31, 2011. Posting #0006556
Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. This position provides programming, database management, and data analysis services in support of a project that investigates trends in vegetation biomass over time in relation to field-recorded and remote sensing-detected disturbances in western forests. For review of the full position announcement, or to apply: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006619. For additional information on the position, contact Andrew Gray (541-750-7252 or email@example.com) or Vicente Monleon (541-750-7299 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Applications are invited for six full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the College of Science integrative life science disciplines of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Microbiology and Zoology. All appointees are expected to participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching and establish an extramurally funded research program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and (except ecosystem ecology and stress or aging biology positions) a minimum of 2 years relevant postdoctoral experience. Ecosystem Ecology (posting 0006371); Enzymology/Protein Biochemistry & Biophysics (posting 0006402); Environmental Microbiology (posting 0006377); Prokaryotic Systems Biology (posting 0006375); Stress or Aging Biology (posting 0006370); Biochemistry of Aging (Asst/Assoc Professor) (posting 0006383). For details of each position and to apply visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . OSU is an AA/EOE.
The College of Health and Human Sciences is building on existing strengths in the core disciplines of public health and human sciences by hiring 10 – 17 new tenure track faculty (assistant or associate professor rank, full-time, 9-month) to establish an accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS). To see specific position announcements, job descriptions, and requirements, and to apply, go to:
Assistant/Associate Professors – Health Policy: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57400
Assistant/Associate Professors – Environmental & Occupational Health/Safety: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57402
Assistant/Associate Professors – Epidemiology: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57416
Corvallis: “The winds, like anthems, roll.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. If the rain wasn’t enough to contend with, unexpected gusts of wind are ready to jump out and knock you over today. The high will be 51 with a low tonight of 43. Tomorrow showers continue.
Bend: More tempestuous weather is expected for today with a high hovering around 46 degrees, probable heavy rain showers, and gusts of wind as high as 28 miles per hour. Again, overnight temperatures are expected to stay above freezing dropping to 34 degrees with more pestering precipitation to follow. “A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.” E.E. Cummings