Scientists identify gene that influences quality of person’s empathy (Times of London)
Scientists in the United States have discovered that people who inherit a particular version of a gene called the oxytocin receptor score significantly better on an empathy test, while reacting less strongly to stressful stimuli. The findings, from a team led by Sarina Rodrigues, assistant professor with Oregon State University, suggest a mechanism by which individuals’ genetic profiles may affect how well they recognise and respond to others’ emotions. (See also LA Times, Daily Telegraph and ScienceNOW)
Oregon’s Recession Means Many In State Go Hungry (OPB)
Over the past three years, more than 6 percent of Oregonians reported that they ate less for financial reasons. And Oregon State University research says the real number is actually worse.
Penguin DNA May Reset the Molecular Clock (Science)
In this new study, the researchers succeeded in calculating the rate of mutation within almost the entire mitochondrial genome, providing “more conclusive evidence,” for a rapidly ticking clock, says Dee Denver, an evolutionary biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis and one of the paper’s co-authors.
Educators seek ways to keep students in college (Oregonian)
Hundreds of high school and university educators will gather at Portland State University on Thursday to discuss ways to better prepare students for college and to keep them there once they arrive. The percentage of full-time freshmen coming back to Oregon universities as sophomores this fall ranged from 73 percent at Portland State University to 86 percent at the University of Oregon. Rates for the other five campuses were: 74 percent at Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon universities, 76 percent at Western Oregon University, 77 percent at the Oregon Institute of Technology and 85 percent at Oregon State University.
Rural trailer park residents stuck in untenable homes (Minnesota Public Radio)
Kate MacTavish, an Oregon State University professor who’s done research on mobile home parks, said the perception that it’s better to live in rundown conditions than to be homeless shows the low standards society has for affordable housing.
Power Up Challenge calls students, staff and faculty to participate (Barometer)
Getting to a state of physical and mental well-being can be challenging for any OSU community member, but the Power Up Challenge will give two teams of students, faculty and staff the resources and opportunity to do so.
Undersea Gliders May Help Oceanographers Understand “Dead Zones” (Science Nation)
The mystery began in 2002. That’s when west coast fishermen contacted Oregon State University (OSU), reporting that nearly 100 percent of the crabs that they were pulling up in their pots were dead.
A New Blue (C&EN)
By swapping a few indium atoms with manganese, chemists have created a new blue chromophore. “We were not looking for a blue pigment,” confesses Oregon State University professor Mas A. Subramanian, who led the research effort. “In fact, we were actually looking for a multiferroic material” (See also KEZI and Gazette-Times)
Date-rape dynamics focus of Every 1 (Gazette-Times)
Robin Klein and Christina Audino are part of Every 1, an organization of sexual violence awareness peer educators at Oregon State University.
4-H youth leadership program will continue at OSU (Gazette-Times)
A pilot youth leadership program begun during Oregon’s sesquicentennial celebration will continue under the direction of the 4-H Youth Development program at Oregon State University.
OSU hosts culinary celebration (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s department of University Housing & Dining Services will host “Taste of the Mediterranean,” a celebration of Mediterranean regional culture, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Marketplace West Dining Center.
It’s time to look to the future, Bend (Bend Bulletin guest column)
Ruth Williamson, chairwoman of Bend 2030, talks about some of the highlights, including OSU’s commitment to the Bend campus.
Getting life under control (Gazette-Times)
OSU student recovers from firefighting injury.
November 16-20, Education Abroad Photo Contest. Vote for your favorite photos taken by OSU students abroad. Photos will be on display all week outside Java II in the Valley Library as part of the International Education Week celebration.
A Personal Defense Class takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall (StAg) room 107. The event is free. This event is presented by OSU Women’s Network (OWN)
Study in Iceland: Sustainability and Civilization: Brownbag for faculty and staff, noon to 1 p.m., Snell Room 448. Learn more about opportunities for your students to study in Iceland and conduct independent research on a summer study abroad program. Meet the faculty leading the program in 2010 and learn how to get students from your department involved.
The Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting its monthly Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. This month’s presentation is From OSU to Precision Plant Systems – Is There Life After Licensing? Larry Plotkin, CEO and president of Precision Plant Systems, will talk about the process of ‘opportunity discovery’ by an entrepreneur looking for commercializable university technologies and the process of going from what you started out thinking you’d market, to what you actually sell. This is a brown bag lunch. Beverages are provided. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu
INTO OSU International Fair, 5 to 6:30 p.m. In celebration of International Education Week, INTO OSU invites you to meet students from around the world and take a self-guided tour of Heckart Lodge.
Jay Casbon of OSU-Cascades will speak on “Defining a 21st Century Education” at the Bend McMenamins as part of Science Pub Bend. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.
Building Your Business Plan Series, 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Profit and Loss Statements and Cash Flows,” Kelley Engineering Center 1003. This week’s guest speaker is Dan Whitaker. Mr. Whitaker a serial entrepreneur who has led over a dozen start ups including Rogue Wave Software. He is also an active angel investor. This is open to all students. Faculty and staff who are interested in the topic are also welcome. For more information contact Mary McKillop at email@example.com or go to www.bus.oregonstate.edu and click on calendar of events.
Film Screening: Délice Paloma. To celebrate International Education Week, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents a series of recent award-winning films from Germany, France and Spain. The film screenings take place 7-9 p.m. in 101 Owen Hall during International Education Week. Admission is free.
NEW! Faculty Senate elections will commence this week. The slate of candidates for president-elect, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate and Executive Committee were approved by the Faculty Senate on Nov. 12 and can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/elections/2009/slate.html. Eligible voters will receive two separate electronic ballots: 1) president-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate ballot, due Dec. 8, and 2) Senator nomination ballots (due Nov. 30). Please contact the Faculty Senate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about these elections.
NEW! “Solid Ground”, a conversational session on balance with Linda Howard, will be happening on Nov. 20 at noon in the Women’s center. Conversations will take place around the true nature of balance and elements of uncertainty and insecurity which are common among college students. Linda is a trained Performance Coach at OSU, providing coaching services to faculty and staff. Along with coaching individuals, Linda also works facilitating small groups, including the Women’s Group at OSU, a forum for female students to discuss life matters. She is currently pursuing professional certification as a coach for individuals and small groups through the International Coach Academy of Sydney, Australia.
NEW! The forests and the trees take center stage at this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club. Barbara Bond, College of Forestry, will present an overview of research at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to be a guest at Triad in MU 109, noon Nov. 19.
NEW! The annual OSU Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night will take place Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be big discounts, free gift wrap, door prizes, music and more. Just bring your OSU ID, or the postcard invitation if you received one via campus mail.
In collaboration with ISOSU, International Programs, and INTO-OSU, the UHDS Dining Services Staff and members of the UHDS Diversity Initiative would like to invite you to attend Taste of the Mediterranean: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate International Education Week and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. It takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 in Marketplace West Dining Center. The event will feature live music and dance from Portland Flamenco. Cost: $8 at the door (tickets also available in advance at any UHDS dining center, residents can use their UHDS Dining Dollars or OSU Card Cash)
In conjunction with the International Education Week Film Festival, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents “Twenty Years after the Fall of the Wall—Personal Stories,” a talk by Arndt Peltner of Radio Goethe San Francisco. Herr Peltner will speak about the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 through personal stories, including the experience of the German heavy metal band Rammstein. Nov. 18, noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder 238 and 1 to 2 p.m. in Strand Agriculture Hall 222.
Film Screening: Ein Freund von mir (A Friend of Mine). To celebrate International Education Week, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents a series of recent award-winning films from Germany, France and Spain. The film screenings take place Nov. 18, 7-9 p.m. in 101 Owen Hall during International Education Week. Admission is free.
Dr. Yu-jen Lin, of the Taiwan Forest Research Institute and a World Forest Institute International Fellow, will speak on “The Forests of Taiwan: New Opportunities for Biomass Utilization” Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m. in Richardson Hall 115. An International Education Week event presented by the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.
Film Screening: Las trece rosas (The 13 Roses).To celebrate International Education Week, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents a series of recent award-winning films from Germany, France and Spain. The film screenings take place Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m. in 101 Owen Hall during International Education Week. Admission is free.
Film Screening: Le dernier des fous (The Last of the Crazy People).To celebrate International Education Week, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents a series of recent award-winning films from Germany, France and Spain. The film screenings take place Nov. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. in 101 Owen Hall during International Education Week. Admission is free.
“Biking and Quilting for Joe the Plumber.” Kreg Lindberg, associate professor at OSU-Cascades, will speak on the economic impact of Central Oregon’s special events. His talk takes place from noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 2, in the Cascades Hall Room 118 on the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend.
On Nov. 18, OPAA will be hosting a Retirement Party for Donna and Coral in the Business Affairs Conference Room (B100) from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Donna Stoneberg has worked for OUS and OSU for 36 years. Coral Zoeller has given OSU 31 years of service.
The Department of Crop and Soil Science is having a “Thank You Reception” for three of our staff who are leaving OSU – Elaine Holmes — Grants and Contracts Technician; Peggy Mullett — Academic Advising Secretary; and Joan Sandeno — Instructor/Senior Faculty Research Assistant. It will be held on Nov. 23 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 138 of the Crop Science Building.
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. For more information go to http://seedlab.oregonstate.edu
News for Employees
NEW! Update on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine – Student Health Services has a small amount of FluMist nasal spray seasonal flu vaccine available for healthy, non-pregnant people up to age 49. OSU students, faculty and staff can receive the vaccine by coming to Plageman Student Health Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is necessary. Students: $15 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $30 (If covered by PEBB Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the fee will be billed directly to Regence. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/influenza.
A new site for the OSU community provides a comprehensive look at the latest budget information, a detailed description of the implementation plan designed by the Strategic Alignment/Budget Reduction Review Committee, a timeline of decisions leading up to the current budget and key deadlines for the future. You can access the State of the Budget site on the OSU Homepage in the left-hand column, or by going to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/
Homestay Hosts Wanted! University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is recruiting interested faculty, staff, and community members to host international students through the OSU Homestay Program. Hosts are compensated at a rate of $20 per day with homestays ranging from four weeks to fifty-two. If you’re interested in this great opportunity please send an email to email@example.com or call UHDS at 541-737-4771. For more information about the program checkout the Homestay webpage at: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay
Power Up! Improve your health and wellness. Set your own goals. Track healthy behaviors. Discover your power to pursue your goal! Want to be a Power Up team member and lead the way toward a healthier future? We’re looking for students, staff and faculty to join this health challenge. Learn more and apply to be featured at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/powerup/ Deadline is Nov. 25.
Accounting Technician: Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences. Full time position. This is an internal search open to regular OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004968. Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information. Closing date is Nov. 23.
The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Human Resources Officer. The purpose of this position is to coordinate and administer OSU’s position allocation and classification system for SEIU represented staff. This position is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0004902. Closing Date: Nov. 25.
Fiscal Coordinator 1, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $3,250-4,742/monthly + benefits. Internal search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0004956. Closing date is Nov. 30.
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 Specialis — 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.
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.
This morning’s soggy skies meant lots of umbrellas and rain gear in evidence, and you’ll want to keep those hand for the rest of the week as rain, and even some afternoon thunderstorms, keep most folks indoors. Today’s high will be 50 and the temperature will dip to 41 tonight. Tomorrow will be showery with a high of 49.
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