OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 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 researcher wins grants for HIV research (Gazette-Times)
An Oregon State University researcher has been awarded more than $2 million in grants to conduct HIV and STD-prevention research.

Whale-song recording goes deep

Acoustic tests have been linked to whale strandings or deaths, but when observers try to monitor whales by sight during the studies, “they miss about 85% of the whales present,” says whale-acoustics expert Dave Mellinger of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, who works on the glider project.

Iran accuses detained U.S. travelers of espionage (Register-Guard)
It’s unclear what level of negotiation may be occurring regarding the two countries, or whether Iran is seeking something in return for the hikers’ release. Jonathan Katz, a professor of Middle East and Islamic history at Oregon State University, said Iran tends to be hard on its nationals who have dual citizenship elsewhere and do something the government doesn’t like.

Water-rights law rewrite needed (Water Tech)
A groundwater expert from Oregon State University, noting parallels between the planet’s dwindling oil supplies and groundwater depletion, has suggested a rewrite of water law that follows the oil industry’s lead and allows for all property owners over an aquifer to control the resource.

Life lesson: Put time aside for your health (Gazette-Times)
Rochelle Schwab burns an estimated 14,000 calories every day on the job, teaching 30 hours of fitness classes each week at Oregon State University.

OSU, HP recognized (Democrat-Herald)
The licensing and use of transparent transistors developed at Oregon State University and Hewlett-Packard have been recognized nationally with a “Deals of Distinction” award from the Licensing Executives Society.

Sewing industry leader Palmer to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)
Pati Palmer, founder of the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, will discuss how she turned her fashion dreams into a multimillion-dollar international industry during a lecture Thursday at Oregon State University.


The Department of Zoology is organizing a special seminar today at 4 p.m. with Wayne Maddison from the University of British Columbia. Maddison will be giving a public lecture in Gilfillan Auditorium entitled “In search of new species: Spiders in the jungles of Papua New Guinea”.  This seminar is open to the public.

Is bigger, better?  The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum today, (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/

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. tonight 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. 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

Upcoming events

NEW! Training Days Keynote Speaker is OSU’s own Bruce McGough, from the Department of Economics.  His presentation will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at LaSells Stewart Center.  He will speak on “Economics, Politics and the Great Recession:  An Academic Perspective”

NEW! The Oregon State University Seed Laboratory will celebrate 100 years of continuous service to Oregon agriculture with an open house Nov.18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A short centennial recognition ceremony will be held at noon. The seed laboratory is located on Campus Way, across from the motor pool between 30th and 35th streets.

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on Nov. 11 with “The World in OSU.” With the influx of international students at OSU, it becomes more important to understand the experiences of our students from around the globe. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in MU 213 (this is a different room than usual). Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know each other better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4381.

How Much Should I Save for Retirement, presented by Oregon Savings Growth Plan: OSU Training Days:  Nov. 11, LaSells Stewart, Two Session: 11 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is designed to help individuals calculate a savings goal based upon current income, estimates of pension benefits, other retirement savings and social security income.  Register at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

Investing for Life’s Goals, presented by TIAA-CREF: OSU Training Days:  Nov. 11, LaSells Stewart, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions. Register at http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

Max Rameau, a Haitian-born Pan-African theorist and organizer will give a talk Nov. 12, 7 p.m. in 305 Pharmacy. He founded Take Back the Land in 2006 and in October of that year, the organization seized control of a vacant lot in the Liberty City section of Miami. They built Umoja Village, a full urban shantytown to house part of the massive homeless population in Miami. For more information contact Lani Roberts at lroberts@oregonstate.edu.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its next workshop, “Welcoming our Returning Veterans” Nov. 12 at the Greater Albany Public Schools district office from 3 to 5 p.m. Approximately 1200 Oregon National Guard soldiers are scheduled to return from Iraq in the summer of 2010. Come and hear from the reintegration team on how best to support these veterans as they transition back into employment and school, their families and the community. OSU employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Want to know how one woman turns her fashion dreams into a multi-million dollar international business? Then join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s guest speaker, Pati Palmer, 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. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

Former Governor John Kitzhaber will give a free public lecture at Oregon State from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in Gilfillan Auditorium. The topic is Health Care Reform for the 21st Century. His lecture is part of a seminar course on health care policy and is not an endorsement of his candidacy for governor.

News for Employees

NEW! Help “Strike Out Hunger” now through Nov. 20. Peer Health Advocates are sponsoring a food drive for the OSU Campus Food Pantry. Look for collection bins throughout campus and contribute non-perishable food items. Collection bin locations include Weniger Hall, the Memorial Union, Java II at the Valley Library, Student Health Services lobby, Student Health Services @ Dixon, and Cordley Hall. For more information, contact Peer Health Advocates at 541-737-3927.

NEW! The School of Electrical Engineering is sponsoring a mural contest in celebration of the new degrees tracks in Sustainability and Renewable Energy for Engineering and Software Systems.  Anyone can enter the contest, and the final piece will be displayed in the Kelley Engineering Center.  The winner will receive materials to make the mural, and $1000.  (Entries must be received by Dec. 31.)  More information about the contest can be found at http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/mural/

The 2009 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive has begun, and OSU employees should have received the blue envelope with packet 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. State of Oregon public employee goal is to raise $1.2 million.  With over 4,500 employees at OSU, if each one of us donated just $5 per month, we could more than double the amount of contributions made last year from $118,000 to $270,000. Although the CFD has moved to a web-based process, employees also have the option of using the enclosed form in the packet to participate in giving. Online giving site – www.givingnexus.org/_cfduniversities  OSU information online at – http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ If you have not received the information in the packet, or need additional information, please contact Courtney Pedersen, 2009 CFD-OSU Assistant, OSU Conference Services (Email: conference.assistants@oregonstate.edu or by phone at 541-737-6441

From now until Nov. 21, UO and OSU fans, friends, students, parents and alumni will roll up their sleeves at blood drives around the state to give for a good cause.  The top team will be announced at the Civil War football game and the winning alumni association will receive the coveted civil war trophy. The OSU campus drive is taking place November 9-12 at the Memorial Union Ballroom from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.  Appointments can be made online at www.givelife.org sponsor code OSU or by calling 1-800-Give-Lif

Take advantage of the online resource the Multicultural Resource Calendar by going here: oregonstate.edu/diversity/2009divcal/index.htm


The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Business Center Human Resources Manager.  Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0004946.  Closing Date: Nov. 24.

Fiscal Coordinator I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, F/T, $3250-4742/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Closing Date: Nov. 22. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accountant I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Nov. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Specialist, OSU Extended Campus is seeking applicants for the position of Summer Session Specialist. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55797. Position closes Nov. 20.

The College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office is seeking a LSAMP/Undergrad Programs Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. See posting details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu Posting #0004932. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Closing date is Nov. 22.

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.

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 today.  Posting #0004912.

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 today.  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 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.


Blue skies and a colorful sunrise made this morning a nice surprise for us on campus as we enjoy the last of the fall color, but we could see a few showers before the afternoon is over. We’ll see a high of 55 today and an overnight low of 39, and Veterans Day will be rainy and cool.

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