Flu Mystery Solved? Why It Flourishes in Winter (National Geographic)
Studies of seasonal influenza have long found indications that flu spreads better in dry air. Now, new research being published Tuesday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, indicates that the key is the absolute humidity — which measures the amount of water present in the air, regardless of temperature — not the more commonly reported relative humidity. “The correlations were surprisingly strong. When absolute humidity is low, influenza virus survival is prolonged and transmission rates go up,” said Jeffrey Shaman, an Oregon State University atmospheric scientist who specializes in ties between climate and disease transmission.
Pine Bark Beetles (OPB)
OSU’s Stephen Fitzgerald is featured in this Oregon Field Guide video.
OSU gets new Trysting Tree (Gazette-Times)
For many decades, college lovers in Corvallis met under the spreading branches of a Canadian poplar southeast of Benton Hall. The old tree was a cherished Oregon State University landmark for generations of students.
OSU tracks hummingbirds to research ‘pollination crisis’ (KVAL)
To find out the cause of what’s being called a global “pollination crisis,” researchers at Oregon State University have successfully attached an electronic tracking device to a hummingbird for the first time – and the darting travels of the tiny bird may be pointing the way to at least part of the problem.
A Blackboard 8 Grade Center Workshop takes place from 11 to 11:50 a.m. today in Waldo Hall 115A. This 50 minute session is an in depth and participatory look at the Grade Center. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac
Annual Soup & Bread Buffet, sponsored by the statistics department, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 128 Kidder Hall. The cost is $5 for all you can eat. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.
An open forum on drafting OSU’s climate action plan will occur from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Union room 208. During the session, OSU’s sustainability coordinator, Brandon Trelstad, will update participants on action to date and present a draft conceptual framework for moving forward. Smaller group meetings will be arranged at a later date to focus on topics in the draft framework found at: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/energy/climateplan.html
The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is sponsoring a free Web seminar, “Creative Utilization of Technology in Academic Advising”, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Wenigar 201. At the conclusion of the webinar Brett McFarlane from the College of Engineering will discuss an intervention project being piloted jointly by his College, the College of Forestry, UESP, and the Academic Success Center. He will provide an overview of the project and specifically address how they are using web resources as a means to deliver success strategies to students who find themselves in academic difficulty. For more information and to print the handout, visit http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/onDisk.htm – 20. This “webinar” is presented by the National Academic Advising Association.
The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate Change” presents “Polar Warmth, Ice Sheet Stability and Sea-level Rise: Past Perspectives” by Bette Otto-Bleisner, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, at 4 p.m. in Cordley 1109.
NEW! The Feb. 12 Faculty Senate Agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/02.html. The meeting will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall beginning at 3 p.m.
NEW! Prints, an installation of woodcuts by Karen Kunc is now open in Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall. Kunc will be presenting a lecture as part of the Visiting Artist & Scholars Program sponsored by the OSU Department of Art. The lecture will take place in the Memorial Union room 109 at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. There will be a reception for the artist in the same location at 6 p.m. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
NEW! From Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, campus will be abuzz with wellness activities. Campus Wellness Week will provide programs across the spectrum of wellness. Plan for retirement, learn relaxation techniques, play games you haven’t played since elementary school, go for a walk, attend a diversity summit and more. Check out the full schedule here at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/cww. Win prizes by attending CWW activities or by engaging in the Life Challenge. Prizes include a Flip Video Camera, one hour massage, free fitness classes, food gift certificates and more.
NEW! Individuals interested in serving as an Affirmative Action Search Advocate are invited to attend a two-part seminar addressing the specific affirmative action concerns that arise at each stage of the search process. Both Part I and Part II must be completed in order to serve as an AASA on a university committee. Part I of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program introduces potential biases and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process. Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Feb. 19. 1 to 4 p.m. Registration for Part I can be completed at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program further explores potential biases and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process. Feb. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. or Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration for Part II can be completed at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143 For more information call 541-737-3556.
NEW! An OSU Parking Forum focused on proposed increases to OSU parking fees and a look at regulations takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 in Memorial Union 213.
NEW! The OSU Archives is hosting an open house celebration to showcase their new Flickr Commons project on Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m in the Autzen classroom on the second floor of The Valley Library. Staff will be present to answer questions about The Commons and the Archives, show off our images, and learn from you.
Support the OSU Food Drive and take part in the “What A Crock” lunch event at The Valley Library Staff Lounge on the 3rd floor behind the Willamette classrooms: Feb. 12 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Fill up on various crock pots full of delicious, savory items for only $5.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues being performed at OSU. Part of OSU’s V-Week events, performances are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 in LaSells Stewart Center (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Tickets are $8 for students with ID and $10 for faculty, staff and community, and at the door. Tickets are available at MUPC, OSU Women’s Center, Peer Health Advocates (SHS 337) or Grass Roots Books in Corvallis. This performance is produced by the Peer Health Advocates and sponsored by Student Health Services, Health Promotion Department. Go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/peer-health-advocates/vagina-monologues for more information on all V-Week events.
University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), in collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center http://mu.oregonstate.edu/blackcc/, will be hosting Soul Food Café on Feb. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. in McNary Dining Center. Cost is $7. The event is a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as a continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. Entrée menu items will include: Cajun Catfish, Shrimp Creole, Tofu Creole, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Virginian Glazed Pit Ham, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Collard and Mustard Greens, and other regional culinary favorites. The event will feature live soul and R&B music from SolStarr and an interactive rhythm jam with Common Pulse.
The OSU Admissions Office is holding a bake sale to raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share. The sale takes place from Feb. 18-20 in the Kerr Lobby in front of Admissions from 10 to 2 or until the food runs out.
What Planet Are You From?!” – a seminar to learn to lighten up to communicate more effectively. Professional Faculty Leadership Association is proud to present Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant on March 10 in the Alumni Center Ballroom from 1 to 5 p.m. Leigh Anne, who has a masters in public health, is a talented motivational speaker and expert in stress management. The cost is $15 for PFLA members and $40 for non-PFLA members, please RSVP to Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu. You may pay with an index or personal check.
The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its February workshop Feb. 12. This month’s topic is the new face of poverty. Take a closer look at what the impacts of poverty in general and the recent economic events in particular have had on Linn and Benton Counties. Panel presenters from Corvallis 509-J, Community Services Consortium and Community Outreach will talk about what their agencies are experiencing and what they do to help the community. Part of the discussion will be about organizational strategies to support employees during the current economic down turn. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Accommodations and registration: email@example.com
Piers Hale, Assistant Professor of the History of Modern Science in the Department of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver a lecture titled “The Post-Darwinian Natural Theologies of Asa Gray and Charles Kingsley” on 4 p.m., Feb. 20, in the Memorial Union, Room 208 (La Raza Room). This is the second lecture in the Horning Endowment–sponsored “Darwin 1809–2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.
PERS Workshops will be held on campus Feb 17, in the Memorial Union, room 208. The Early Career Workshop for OPSRP employees takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., and the One-Year to Retirement takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. To register, please go to the OSU Professional Development website at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 737.2805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The winter term diversity book club discussion of The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley will be held Feb. 11 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Willamette Room. Don’t miss this absorbing personal story of the most dynamic leader of the Black Revolution. It is a testament of great emotional power from which every American can learn much. Read the book or watch the movie, bring your lunch and join the conversation. For more information or to request accommodation, call 541-737-4381.
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php
News for Employees
NEW! Business Services is seeking applicants for an Accountant 1. For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003852 . This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 16.
The Women’s Center at Oregon State University is seeking nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 6. The awards will be presented April 24. For a nomination form, contact Beth Rietveld at email@example.com
The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by March 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and one original paper copy delivered to the Research Office, A312 Kerr Admin. Bldg. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm
To better serve OSU’s international students, the International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) section of International Programs will divide its office. Staff concerned with international student immigration and advising and the Conditional Admissions Program will relocate to the main floor of Kerr Administration Building (A110). This move will occur during the week of Feb. 9, and normal operations will resume Feb. 16. Telephone and fax for international student services in Kerr will be—phone: 541-737-6310; fax: 541-737-6226. Staff concerned with international faculty and scholar support, Crossroads International, and the International Cultural Service Program will remain in Snell Hall, 4th floor. Contact information for international faculty and scholar services remains unchanged—phone: 541-737-3006; fax: 541-737-6482. Additional information can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/international/atosu .
The Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center is showcasing a new exhibit, Sustaining the Spirit of Oregon’s Bounty: Our Fish Story. It features art from more than 30 Northwest artists. The exhibit runs through March 10. An accompanying exhibit, Striking Renderings of Oregon’s Rivers, Mountains and Valleys by Susan Rudisill, will be displayed in the Murdock Gallery. For information call 541-737-2402 or see http://oregonstate.edu/lasells
Wait! Don’t throw that away! OSU is currently ranked #1 among Pacific Northwest universities but only 53rd nationally in Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities. We need your help moving us up the ranks by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/.
Lambing visits have begun, and continue through March 13. The public can view the ewes and lambs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and weekends. Small groups may go on self-guided tours. Groups of more than 12 visitors should first arrange an appointment by sending an e-mail to Lambing.Barn@oregonstate.edu, an out-of-office reply will be returned to you with further instructions. For additional questions call Tom Nichols at 541-737-2903. The barn is located at 7565 N.W. Oak Creek Dr.
Career Services is seeking applicants for the position of Employer Relations Coordinator. The position is responsible for all phases of building and maintaining relationships with state, regional, national and international employers for recruitment of the university’s students. This is a fulltime, 12-month fixed-term position. To review complete posting including list of required and preferred qualifications and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0003819.
Today’s snow will turn to rain and wind, with a high of 42 and a low of 34. Tomorrow showers will stay in place, with a high of 46 and the low dropping to 30 degrees.
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