OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

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.

Oregon State’s new Energy Center makes a platinum statement (Oregonian)

Les Walton can barely contain his laughter as he walks the floor of Oregon State University’s brand-spankin’ new power facility. No ear protection for the supervisor of energy operations, all the better to catch the giant turbine’s every ping and sigh. With delight, he pats the machine’s metal housing as if it were a cow just home from the pasture.

Judge may free up funds for NuScale (Gazette-Times)

NuScale Power got a little more breathing room in its struggle to stay afloat Wednesday when a judge freed up $1.1 million of previously frozen assets in a federal lawsuit against the company’s largest investor. Although welcome, the additional money won’t be enough to bring back any of the 30 workers furloughed early this week by NuScale or reverse any of the other austerity measures the company has taken to weather its financial crisis.

Scientists urge new research priorities in wake of Gulf Coast oil spill (Phys Org)

“It is impossible to diagnose whether a species is recovering or floundering if you don’t have good data on their status and trends,” said Selina Heppell, an Oregon State University fisheries biologist and one of the authors of the article.

Automation by the numbers (InTech)

Members of the engineering faculty at Oregon State University invented a new type of radiation detection and measurement device that will be useful for cleanup of sites with radioactive contamination.

Why keeping little girls squeaky clean could make them sick (NPR)

In an article in the peer-reviewed journal Social Science and Medicine, Sharyn Clough, a philosopher of science at Oregon State University who studies research bias, says young girls are held to a higher standard of cleanliness than young boys, a discrepancy that could help explain later health differences.

Oregon researchers to study Antarctic core (Oregonian)

Oregon State University researchers who helped drill one of the longest ice cores ever extracted from Antarctica say it should give them some new clues about past climate changes.

Wild rainbows critical to health of steelhead (Democrat-Herald)

Steelhead and rainbow trout look different, grow differently, and one heads off to sea while the other never leaves home. But the life histories and reproductive health of wild trout and steelhead are tightly linked and interdependent, more so than has been appreciated, a new Oregon State University study concludes.

Talk about a bad day at work (Entertainer)

Playwright David Mamet’s — and the OSU cast’s — unapologetic exploration of mankind’s most vile social and professional behavior that makes “Glengarry Glen Ross” one of the most revered American plays of the past 30 years.

Savor Oregon spotlight’s OSU’s acclaimed food, wine and beer (TMRZoo)

Oregon State University’s wide-ranging role in developing acclaimed food, wine and beer will be in the spotlight at a special evening event featuring food and drink from 20 companies related to OSU on Friday, Feb. 11.


Today is First Friday and the OSU Motor Pool’s kickoff event for the annual food drive. Lunch is bigger this month with food, seating and hospitality for 200 people. They are serving creamy potato soup, a tossed green salad, and dinner rolls. Your support of $3 will add 15 pounds of food toward their goal of raising 1,500 pounds in one day. Drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The University Motor Pool will accept food and cash donations from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout the month on behalf of OSU departments. Real time results and program information will be available at http://motorpool.oregonstate.edu/fooddrive.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues at noon with the OSU Brass Ensembles, directed by Jay Chen and Lawrence Johnson. The OSU Trumpet Choir, Low Brass Choir and Brass Ensemble will perform. Admission is free.

DIY Series: Knitting and Crocheting,  1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Does the idea of turning a skein of yarn into a coaster sound terribly intimidating? Want some tips and tricks to crotchet or knit your own coaster! The skills will translate well to scarves or hats too. We’ll provide the yarn and hooks or needles, just bring a willingness to learn. There will be tea, coffee and cookies.

Professional Development Event – Strengthsquest Evaluation Training,  4 to 6 p.m., the Women’s Center. Come and learn how to use the skills you are strongest in to your advantage academically and professionally. Link to SisterScholars

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “The Expendables,” starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Professionals from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) will present information and tips for addressing issues of self-esteem and self-worth, specifically geared toward the challenges faced by women in graduate school during the GWN Identity Development Series—Confidence and Mental Health, on Feb. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. The series is focused on providing support for practical skill-building in the areas of assertiveness, confidence, and positive self-promotion.

NEW! PostSecret blog creator and author Frank Warren will share his own secrets of success on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Oregon State University. His presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, is free and open to the public, though tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available to OSU students, faculty and staff starting Feb. 2 at the Student Leadership & Involvement desk (MU East 149). If there are tickets remaining, they will be available to the public starting Feb. 9 via postsecret@oregonstate.edu.

Center for the Humanities Winter Lectures continues with “Freedom on the Fence,” a film screening by Andrea Marks, Former Center Research Fellow, Art Department, OSU. Feb. 7, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

Snow Shuttle to Mt. Bachelor – Sign up by Feb, 8 at the Outdoor Recreation Center in Dixon for the February 12 trip. Questions? Call 737-3630. More details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/snow-shuttle-mt-bachelor-jan-15-jan-29-amp-feb-12

News for Employees

NEW! University faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the future of marine education at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center – and be part of a a beautiful glass quilt, filled with images of Oregon’s marine life, on display in the Visitor Center lobby. The quilt is a series of 160 interlocking glass tiles symbolizing the great web of marine life – and the web of support the Visitor Center relies on to conduct its K-12 and public education programs. Sponsor a square, imprinted with your name or a tribute to a loved one, for a tax-deductible donation of $250 or more, through the OSU Foundation’s secure Campaign for OSU Web site. Read more at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/glassquilt

NEW INFORMATION! Throughout February, the Academic Success Center will be selling tickets to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. Items include quilts by Dana Cramer and Yvonne Thomas, a “quillow” in school colors (comfy blanket that folds down into a pillow), and two beautiful fabric bags with matching coin purses. Only $1 per ticket—great gifts for yourself or others! Tickets available for purchase at Waldo 102. ATTENTION! If you bought five tickets on Feb. 2 and forgot to put your name on them, please come to Waldo 102 to make sure you’re entered in the drawing. Questions: elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu

Rick Spinrad, VP for Research, invites input about the Research Agenda Phase I Draft . He and the advisory board appreciate the comments already received and are reviewing them carefully. They look forward to additional perspectives at this time and as they continue to develop the Agenda.

Faculty and Staff Luau Performance: Hui O Hawaii is hosting the 56th Annual Luau on April 23, and would like to invite faculty and staff to learn a hula and perform during dinner at the luau. The practices are every Sunday at 3 p.m. (or possible alternatives) on the 3rd floor of the Valley Football Center. Please contact kilaj@onid.orst.edu or osuluau2011@gmail.com .

Saturday Academy is having a fundraiser. Pastini’s in Corvallis will be having a PASTA-THON all day on Feb. 15-16 and 50 percent of the net proceeds will go directly to Saturday Academy at OSU. You do not need to show a flyer with you when you go to Pastini’s, but you do need to mention “Saturday Academy” when you order. This will work for both dine-in and take-out orders. For more information or flyer see: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu

Celebrate Black History Month with the University Archives! In celebration of Black History Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the Black Student Union Walkout of 1969. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Dates: Feb. 1 – Feb. 24. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives. The OSU Libraries’ Oregon Multicultural Archives mission is to acquire, preserve and make available collections that document the lives of African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American communities of Oregon.

The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2011-12 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2011-12 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. Nominations may be submitted by the student’s graduate program director, department chair or head, or by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. Deadline for both Fellowship competitions: Today. For complete details see: Graduate School Fellowship Programs.

Opportunity for Undergraduates! URISC: START program for Spring Term 2011. This program is open to first-year students and sophomores who at the beginning of the academic year (Fall 2010) had less than 80 OSU credits and transfer students within their first three quarters of matriculation at OSU. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. (This is a different than the regular URISC program.) Applications are due in the Research Office by Friday, Feb. 18. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Collection barrels and office gathering activities are just two of the signs that the OSU Food Drive has begun. Running now through Feb. 28 you can help support the Linn Benton Food Share (or your local area food bank for those in Bend or one of the extension offices around the state), the funds raised during last year’s drive represent 25 percent of LBFS’s food purchase dollars for the year. Look for opportunities within your unit, or visit http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/food-drive for ways to donate.

Information Services is holding a number of events and activities as part of the OSU Food Drive. They include: Diving for Disks – There is a 10 gallon phish tank filled with CD’s, DVD’s and Disks – Guess how many and win a Flip UltraHD Video Camera – Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) newest model – 25 cents per guess or five guess for $1.00 The Phish tank will have a home in the 4th floor IS Administration lobby of the Library. Book Resale – IS has collected used books, CD’s, VHS, etc. for resale. “Make an Offer” is a great price – take a look and a read. Book cart located in Milne 224. BINGO – Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m (ticket sales start at 5 p.m.), University Motor Pool – 3400 Campus Way, $10 for 10 rounds of BINGO, six games per round, for every food item donated get an additional three games, Prizes include – $200 Gift Card for Home Depot, portable scanner, IBM shirts, OSU Athletic event tickets, and so much more. Must be 18 or older to play unless accompanied by legal guardian.


Academic Advisor, Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program and Department of Geosciences. Responsibilities include advising undergraduate students through Ecampus and on campus.  Position is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. To review full posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006879. Closing date: Feb,. 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accounting Technician: Oregon State University, Facilities Services Department, is seeking an experienced Accounting Technician to join our creative, energetic and fun team of professionals. FT, starts at $2,138/monthly + benefits. For complete announcement including minimum qualifications and application process, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Job posting #0006858. Closing date: Feb. 11. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Information Technology Manager position. Closing date: Feb. 18. Posting number: 0006842.

Public Records, Rules and Policy Coordinator. The Office of the VP for Finance and Administration invites applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term professional faculty position. Closing date is Feb. 14. To see full position announcement and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006746. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accounting Technician, Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center supporting the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), Oregon State University. FT, monthly salary range $2,138-$2,960 + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for Posting 0006843. Closing date: Feb. 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Admissions Coordinator for International Undergrads: The INTO OSU Program invites applications for an Admissions Coordinator for International Undergrads. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006840. Closing date Feb 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Consultant 1: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, fixed term Human Resource Consultant 1 (HRC1) position. To review posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006794. Closing date Feb 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The University Honors College invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) limited duration Advisor position to assist with advising from March 15 – June 10. The selected applicant will work with current personnel to advise undergraduates in the University Honors College. You must hold a bachelor’s degree to be minimally qualified. The preferred candidate will have previous experience as an Advisor at Oregon State University, knowledge and understanding of the UHC, and/or significant advising experience. Please send a current resume, cover letter describing experience relevant to advising undergraduate students, and contact details for three professional references to Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu For more details go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/uhc-advisor-job-opportunity. Closing date Feb. 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. To review posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number: 0006811

The Oregon Sea Grant Program welcomes applications to fill one full time Sea Grant Marine Program Specialist (closes Jan. 30), and one full time Sea Grant Research Program Specialist (closes Feb. 2) position. These are both 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty positions located on the Corvallis campus. Required qualifications include a Master’s degree (minimum) with emphasis and experiences in the marine sciences. To review postings and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #s 0006789 and 0006786.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking candidates for Resident Director positions. The people in these positions encourage and support students in their academic, social, and personal growth. This position is a year-round (12-month) 1.0 FTE unclassified position. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0006760. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Feb. 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Licensing Associate. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks a dynamic individual to identify business opportunities, evaluate, and license disclosures from Oregon State University researchers, primarily from the College of Engineering’s Microproduct Breakthrough Institute. The appointment is a at 0.5 FTE. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006764. Closing date is Feb. 11.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Assistant Director for Operations and Facilities. The person in this position will oversee the comprehensive housing operations function for UHDS including assignments & room management; occupancy, contract sales, and billing management; service desk operations; residential conferences; the OSU Homestay Program, central office operations; and departmental customer service. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006781. Closing date is Feb. 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Black Cultural Center: For safety reasons the parking lot east of the BCC, the very northeast corner of Park Terr E lot, will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles to allow access to the field for geotechnical work. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should end by noon.


Corvallis: “Wan February with weeping cheer, Whose cold hand guides the youngling year” — Algernon Charles Swinburne. Today is expected to be rather gray and cloudy, with the possibility of a few showers in the evening. A slight chance of showers will linger through the weekend and into early next week, with highs in the mid 50s and lows around 41 all weekend.

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