OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 5, 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.

Concussions and Congress and the Future Game (New York Times)
Former N.F.L. player Michael Oriard, a professor of English and associate dean at Oregon State, wrote, “Will it one day make as much sense to keep your son away from football as it does to strap your toddler into a car seat?” (See also Deadspin and the Oregonian)

10,000 genomes to come (Nature)

Results are just beginning to arrive for the 1000 Genomes Project, a genomic study of human diversity. However, an international group is already planning something even more ambitious — a 10,000 genomes project. David Maddison, who studies beetle phylogeny at Oregon State University in Corvallis, points out that, so far, only one beetle species has had its genome sequenced, despite there being about six times as many beetle species as there are vertebrates. (see also the Oregonian)

How did the elephant get its trunk? (Daily Telegraph)
Dr Scott Baker, from Oregon State University in the US, who edits the Journal of Heredity, is coordinating efforts to assemble DNA samples from all known species of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Will Beets Be Roundup Ready?
(OPB)

Beet farmers around Oregon, and the nation, say they feel like they are in limbo right now. They are awaiting a judge’s decision about whether it is legal to plant genetically-modified sugar beet seeds this year – or not. OSU Extension crop scientist Rich Affeldt talks to OPB.

Fairbanks hosts mixed media collaboration ‘seem/seam’ (Gazette-Times)
“seem/seam,” an installation by Susie Nielsen and Christine Gallagher, will be on display Nov. 9 to Dec. 2 in Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall, at Oregon State University.

Jenna Mendenhall takes passion for nature to job at wildlife refuge in Sherwood (Beaverton Valley Times)
Jenna Mendenhall, a recent graduate of Oregon State University, is a Northwest Service Academy AmeriCorps member who is currently working as the environmental education coordinator at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

A swing and a salute to the music of America (Gazette-Times)
In a bold, last-ditch effort in the bottom of the ninth inning, the “Mudville 9″ baseball team managed to force one more game during its 2009 season. Guest announcer Marion Rossi will give a play-by-play as the final game of the season unfolds.

Today

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 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.

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 in the MU Journey/Talisman Leadership Center.

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. 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/

A reception honoring Aumsville artist, Jennifer Gimzewski, and her exhibit entitled “Approach” will be held at the OSU Women’s Center from 3 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain at the Women’s Center through the end of January, 2010. Gimzewski is currently a fine arts student at Western Oregon University and has a degree in education from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. More information about the artist and her work can be found at www.jennygimzewski.com.

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 at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room on campus.

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., in the MU Ballroom.

Upcoming events

NEW! The bright green Road Trip Nation bus will pull onto the Oregon State campus on Nov. 9, and students interested in learning more about the student-driven adventure series on PBS should stop in and find out how they can participate in their own road trip. Last year, three College of Engineering students from OSU took a sponsored Road Trip to the Bay Area to interview folks from Nvidia, Wired Magazine and Google, and blogged about their trip on the Road Trip Nation web site. Footage from that team’s trip will be debuted during the bus’s visit to OSU, and pizza and live music will be provided. The bus will be parked in the Memorial Union Quad between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. The video debut will take place between 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

NEW! The Idea Challenge, sponsored by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, is an opportunity for students to pitch their business idea or come to hear other students pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. It takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003. Find out if your idea has what it takes to go forward. This is a great preparation for the 2010 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition, where the prize money totals $17,500. Winners of the Idea Challenge will receive $50 and be paired with a mentor to prepare for The Enterprise Challenge to be held on April 16, 2010. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. For more information email Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s guest speaker, Pati Palmer, CEO of Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, who will talk about Dreams on Paper, noon to 1:20 p.m., Nov. 12, in LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. She will discuss creativity, timing, promotion, and partnering in an inspiring and sometimes humorous presentation. She established the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, and in 2008 she was inducted into The American Sewing Guild’s Sewers Hall of Fame. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu Faculty are also invited for a luncheon meeting with Pati Palmer from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu by Nov. 9 and note the name of event. Seating is limited.

“Make a Joyful Noise,” a choral celebration featuring choirs and ensembles from mid-valley United Methodist Churches, will take place Nov, 8, 3 p.m. and First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe. A freewill offering will support the United Campus Ministry of OSU.

Is bigger, better?  The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum for Nov.10, (Weniger 116) from 4 to 6 p.m. to hear from all ranks of faculty and staff regarding potential changes and directions of the University.  This will be a facilitated democratic forum to express issues of concern, identify unanswered questions, and explore solutions – you do not need to be a member of AAUP to attend or to participate in the forum.  Additional information can be found at: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

On Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a kick-off reception for students interested in both the SisterScholars mentoring program and the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the OSU Women’s Center. SisterScholars is a student peer to peer mentoring program that provides training, events, speakers and networking activities leading to personal/academic growth and connection  to resources on campus and in the community. The Women’s Leadership Initiative likewise provides events and speakers as well as classroom and service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Beth Rietveld at 541-737-1330.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The College of Agricultural Sciences is presenting the first edition of their new e-newsletter, The Source.  It will be published every other month. Check it out at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2009/november

NEW! KBVR TV offers a service for messages to be broadcast on our TV channel and website. This service is available for all non-profit and student organizations. To submit an announcement request, simply go to Kbvrtv.com and click the tab on the upper left corner that reads Forms, which will direct you to a page of links, one being the Community Announcement Form, Select that and fill out the information. After the form is submitted your message will be broadcast on CH. 26 and streaming on our website for the whole community to see.

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. 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 Dec. 4. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/awards.html

Jobs

The Washington County Extension Office of OSU invites applications for an Office Manager position. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. See posting details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu Posting #0004849. Closing date is Nov. 13.

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 today. 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. today.

Weather

The morning started off with a cheerful yellow and orange glow, but black skies were already fast approaching. Rain will roll in during the afternoon and will continue throughout the week. Today’s high will be 59 with an overnight low of 47.

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