OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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.

OSU names four ‘executive deans’ (Oregonian)
Oregon State University named four “executive deans” on Monday to oversee four new academic divisions approved earlier this fall to provide a new organizational framework for OSU’s existing 11 colleges. (See also Gazette-Times)

OSU students prep for trek across Africa (Gazette-Times)
Keegan Warrington and Tate Koenig have a fundamental personal strategy for making it across 10,000 miles – mainly through western African deserts and hotly contested territory: Smile. The two Oregon State University sophomores plan to start a drive on Dec. 13 that will take them from London to Cameroon on the adventure of a lifetime.

Symposium set on ‘State of Black Oregon’ (Democrat -Herald)
A symposium on the “State of Black Oregon: A Call to Action” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Oregon State University Memorial Union ballroom, 26th and Jefferson Way.

Quirks and quarks (CBC.Canada)
OSU’s George Poinar is interviewed about his unicorn fly discovery.

Visiting UCLA prof to speak on languages, lit (Gazette-Times)
Michael Henry Heim, a professor of Slavic languages, will give the second free lecture in Oregon State University’s 2009-10 Horning Lecture Series. “Translation: Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures.” It is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Union Journey Room at OSU.

Incisive Introduced as Valley Inception`s Newest Venture (Reuters)
The technology behind Incisive products was conceived and incubated at Oregon
State University in Corvallis.

A way forward for Northwest forests (Oregonian)

A guest column co-written by Norm Johnson, a professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Today

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. tonight, 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.

Today, in the first lecture of the season, Dan Koeppel, the author of “Banana: the Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World,” will explore the banana’s history, cultural significance, and endangered future.  He’ll speak at 7 p.m. at LaSells Engineering Auditorium. For more information see http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/

Upcoming events

NEW! H1N1 (Swine) Flu Shot Clinic: Student Health Services has received a limited supply of injectable H1N1 flu vaccine, which will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shots will be given on a priority basis to the following groups: Pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical personnel, anyone from 6 months through 24 years of age, or anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system. Shots will be “first come, first served” until the vaccine supply is gone. When more vaccine becomes available, other individuals not in these priority groups may be vaccinated. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for faculty and staff. If you are covered by PEBB Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the fee will be billed directly to Regence. Otherwise, faculty and staff may pay on site by cash or check and students may elect to bill their OSU student accounts. Please bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.

NEW! OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is getting new neighbors. Be a guest at this week’s meeting of Triad, open to all OSU faculty, and hear center director George Boehlert tell us what to expect. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat for lunch at noon Thursday, Nov. 5 in the MU Journey/Talisman Leadership Center.

NEW! The second lecture in Oregon State University’s 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures,” will be given by Michael Henry Heim, on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room on campus.

NEW! Interested in sustainability and reducing waste at OSU? “Talkin’ Trash,” a gathering for all those interested in reducing waste at OSU, is scheduled for Nov. 9, 4 – 6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St). Hour one will focus on recycling training and Q & A and hour two on involvement and brainstorming projects. Newcomers are welcome, as are people who can only attend part of the meeting. Sponsored by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 737-5398.

OPSRP members, how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

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/

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! To reduce exposure to flu viruses, Samaritan Health Services has implemented visitor restrictions at all their hospitals. The following visitor restrictions will remain in place until further notice: Visitors under the age of 12 will not be allowed in the hospitals. Visitors under the age of 18 will not be allowed in hospital birthing centers. Other visitor restrictions recently implemented for the hospital birthing centers will remain in place. Each new mom will be allowed a total of two support people during her hospital stay. This means two designated support people throughout the entire hospital stay, not simply two at a time.  Any visitor with influenza like illness or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed in the hospitals. Those coming to the hospitals for tests, lab work, etc. who exhibit any respiratory or influenza like symptoms will be required to wear masks. All visitors will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry.

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

Jobs

Grants and Contracts Technician: The Oregon Sea Grant program is recruiting for one full-time Grant and Contracts Technician. Located on OSU campus, this is a rare opportunity to work with a fun team of dedicated individuals. Must already be an OSU employee. See the minimum education and experience qualifications and how to apply at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004872.  Closing Date is midnight on Nov. 8.

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

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. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 and the road should reopen by 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Weather

Students stumbled out of the fog toward the library today like zombies heading for a farmhouse full of trapped tourists. We’re all still a little bleary eyed from the weekend, but a few more days of sunshine should have us fixed up soon. Today’s high will be 62 with an overnight low of 35. Tomorrow will start out foggy again but will clear up as temperatures rise to 63.

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