OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

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.

Wave Power (Oregon Field Guide)
An update on an Oregon State University project to use ocean waves off the Oregon coast to generate power.

OSU Extension gets $839K in grants (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University received two grants, for $522,108 and $317,182.

Crowd of zombies brings ‘Thriller’ to Reser (Gazette-Times)
Unofficially, 638 dancers gathered at Reser Stadium at 6 p.m. Friday to recreate the iconic “Thriller” dance by Jackson, breaking the college record of 242 dancers held by William and Mary College in Virginia.

Lessons from oil industry may help address groundwater crisis (Science Centric)
Aquifers are being depleted much faster than they are being replenished in many places, wells are drying up, massive lawsuits are already erupting and the problems have barely begun. A new analysis by researchers at Oregon State University outlines the scope of this problem, but also points out that some tools may be available to help address it, in part by borrowing heavily from lessons learned the hard way by the oil industry.

Caught in the web (Willamette Live)
While people may speculate about the spider population, and have tales of close encounters to prove it, entomologists at Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Agriculture said this is just a normal year and that area arachnophobes need not fear an imminent invasion.

Lining up for the game (Gazette-Times)
The 2009 Homecoming Parade started Saturday morning at Central Park, with the Oregon State University Marching Band playing the Beaver Fight Song.

On stage with the ‘King of Pop’ (Gazette-Times)

Edited from raw video of rehearsals for what was supposed to be Jackson’s final concert tour this summer, the film shares intimate behind the scenes moments with one of the most widely beloved, controversial and influential artists of all-time – all captured on film thanks to the steady hands of Tim Patterson, a Corvallis native and Oregon State University graduate who worked as a cameraman and later as an editor on the film.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Willamette Valley Innovators Night takes place from 3 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5 in the CH2MHill Alumni Center and LaSells Stewart Center. The event brings together the Willamette Valley’s most innovative companies and organizations to share, learn, and connect. It is open to the public and focuses on innovators, influencers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and inventors. For more information see http://www.willametteinnovators.com/

Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Business Plan Series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing your ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition to be held April 16, 2010. This is open to all students. Faculty and staff who are interested in the topic are also welcome. Christopher Klemm, Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003 on the topic of competition. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or go to www.bus.oregonstate.edu and click on calendar of events.

The OSU ethnic studies department and the Urban League of Portland present a symposium on the State of Black Oregon: A Call to Action, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5, in the MU Ballroom.

News for Employees

NEW! Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Professor honor. 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, December 4th. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/awards.html

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a request for proposals under the 2010-11 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program. The University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program is an annual, competitive process designed to provide graduate programs increased flexibility to incorporate and effectively manage University Graduate Laurels Scholarships within their own graduate student financial support strategies. Approximately 10 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant proposals will be funded under the FY11 competition. For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/faculty/UnivGradLaurelsBlockGrantProgram.html

The 2009 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive has begun, and OSU employees will soon be receiving a letter explaining how they can help support more than 850 individual charities. The campaign allows every state employee to be a philanthropist by deciding how much to give and where your money goes. This year’s goal is to raise $1.2 million. Starting in 2009 CFD has moved to an online system. Please read the instructions enclosed in your packet on how to give online. If you prefer to use the paper method, please use the enclosed form in your packet. Look for your Charitable Fund Drive packets in the mail this week.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 2. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

Jobs

Facilities Services is seeking an Accounting Technician.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Nov.10.  Posting #0004912.

Office Specialist 2: The Office of Admissions invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 – Admissions Evaluator.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004899.  Closing date Nov 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Consultant 1: The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Human Resources Consultant 1 (Internal to OSU Employees Only). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004909.  Closing date is Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) is seeking applicants for a Head Academic Advisor.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Head for Undergraduate Education in the School of MIME.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Position closes Nov. 10.  Posting #0004898

Grants and Contracts Technician:
The Oregon Sea Grant Extension program is recruiting for one Grant and Contracts Technician position. Must already be an OSU employee. See the minimum education and experience qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004872.  Closing Date is Nov. 2.

OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is seeking a F/T Custodian, starting at $1854/monthly + benefits. Major duties include general institutional custodial duties. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004900. Closing date: Nov. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 2: The department of Chemistry is recruiting for one Office Specialist 2.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004884.  Closing date Nov 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant- The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant for the Family Planning Project.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004901.  Closing on this position is Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 1, located at OSU’s Benton County Extension Office on Ninth Street. Full-time, $1923/monthly + benefits. Must already be an OSU employee. Req. skills: Reception, web maintenance, data entry, word processing and desktop publishing. For complete announcement and application go to https://jobs.oregonsate.edu/hr and view posting # 004753. Closing date is Nov. 13.

Office Specialist 2- The department of Geosciences is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004880.  For consideration apply by Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street: Due construction associated with the Linus Pauling Institute Project, 30th Street North, between Jefferson Way and Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown.  The North bound lane on 30th street and the corner of Campus Way will be included in the roadway shutdown.  Traffic congestion will increase in this area due to construction, traffic control devices will be in place. The road should reopen by 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Weather

What with Halloween, Homecoming and Daylight Savings Time, we’re all having trouble getting back into the work week. But just try not to overdose on all the leftover candy floating around the office today and you should survive. Meanwhile, we’ve put the rain behind us for now. The mornings will be foggy and then dissolve into sunny skies this week. Today’s high is 58 with an overnight low of 36. Tomorrow is almost a carbon copy.

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