OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 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.

Flooded farmlands are boost to native fish and healthy habitat, study says (Oregonian)
Heavy seasonal flooding of farm fields creates a sanctuary for fish and access to high-energy foods and places to breed, a study by researchers at Oregon State University has found.

Biologists rally to sequence ‘neglected’ microbes (Nature)
The GenBank sequence database, the central repository of all publicly available DNA sequences, counted its thousandth complete microbial genome this month. “The broad brush strokes of microbial diversity are not adequately represented in that first thousand,” says Stephen Giovannoni, a microbiologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “It’s absolutely important that we sequence more.”

Author/Activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to Deliver Keynote at Oregon State (Just Out)
Author/artist/bastion of fabulosity Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will deliver the keynote address for Oregon State University’s Trans Awareness Week on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Found by Chance, New Blue Pigment Is to Dye For (Tonic)
It was a total surprise discovery, we learn from PhysOrg. Several Oregon State University (OSU) chemists were investigating the electronic properties of magnesium oxide. What they discovered was that they had created a new type of pigment. (See also Science 360 and UPI)

Penguins Evolving Faster Than Thought (Wired Science)

Using the ancient DNA allowed the researchers to track all of the changes in the mitochondrial genome, a process that is normally invisible when scientists compare DNA between two modern species, says Dee Denver, an evolutionary geneticist at Oregon State University in Corvallis and a coauthor of the study. (see also US News & World Report)

Levels of Compassion and Stress Related to Genetics (Psych Central)
New research suggests a particular genetic profile may contribute to how empathetic a human is, and how that person reacts to stress. Investigators discovered a variation in the genetic receptor of the hormone/neurotransmitter oxytocin was linked to a person’s ability to infer the mental state of others. Sarina Rodrigues, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University, and Laura Saslow, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, published their findings in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (See also Health Jockey)

Today

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.

The Oregon State University Seed Laboratory will celebrate 100 years of continuous service to Oregon agriculture with an open house 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

The OSUsed Day Store is open today, offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices. Vehicles, bicycles, computers, cabinets, scientific equipment, furniture and more will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis.

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, noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder 238 and 1 to 2 p.m. in Strand Agriculture Hall 222.

OPAA will be hosting a Retirement Party today for Donna and Coral in the Business Affairs Conference Room (B100) from 1 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.

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. 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)

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 tonight from 7-9 p.m. in 101 Owen Hall during International Education Week. Admission is free.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Nov. 19 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/11_2.html. Because this is a continuation of the November 12 meeting, the same agenda will be used. The motion regarding the temporary pay reduction is still on the floor and discussion will be continued. A rough draft recap of the temporary pay reduction discussion is linked from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/Budget/index.html. Since the Nov. 12 Faculty Senate meeting, an FAQ has been developed to hopefully clarify key questions associated with the discussion surrounding potential pay reductions. Please note that after careful consultation, it appears that a furlough approach provides the institution the most flexibility in dealing with the budget concerns noted at the Senate meeting. The FAQ is linked from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/Budget/index.html The Faculty Senate meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall beginning at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19. Because the session will be internally streamed to another area of the LaSells Stewart Center to accommodate overflow seating, Senators are asked to be seated in the auditorium to facilitate any votes that may be taken. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public. This session will be taped and posted online as soon as possible.

NEW! Nick Fowler, a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 on “Sources and Uses of Capital, as part of the Building Your Business Plan series. His talk takes place in Kelley Engineering Center 1003. He is owner/principal of Orion Ventures, LLC., his personal angel investment fund; CEO of Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc., a developer of renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors; CEO of Advanced Material Recovery, LLC., an innovator in recycling and efficiencies for energy production; Executive Chairman of ZAPS Technologies, Inc., maker of high precision optical instrumentation for the monitoring of fluids; and fund manager for two angel investment groups. 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.

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 faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu if you have questions about these elections.

“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.

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.

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.

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 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.

“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.

News for Employees

NEW! H1N1 Flu Shots Available at Student Health Center – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for OSU students, faculty and staff who fall into one of the following high risk categories: Pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, all people through 24 years of age, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza. Those eligible to receive the injectable H1N1 vaccine can come to Plageman Student Health Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is necessary. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (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/swineflu.

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.

Jobs

Veterinary Technician 3, Lab Animal Resources. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004965.  Closing Date: Nov. 29.

OSU’s Memorial Union is seeking a F/T Custodial Services Coordinator, starting at $1988/monthly + benefits. Major duties include leading and training Student Custodial Assistants, coordinating shift work of three Custodians, and personally performing general institutional custodial duties. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004942. Closing date: Nov. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 2 – Production Assistant – University Marketing. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004970.  Closing Date: 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 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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way: Due to storm sewer repair, the southbound lane of 30th Street as well as portions of the sidewalk on the west side of the street will be temporarily detoured at the Campus Way intersection.  Please expect traffic delays.  Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow.  The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should be done by noon.

Nash Hall: Due to repairs associated with the Nash Hall Project the building exhaust system will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all fume hoods in all rooms, on all floors.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is necessary while the building exhaust system is repaired. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Nov. 28 and should end by 3 p.m., and will take place again at the same time on Dec. 5.

Weather

Biking past a tissue-strewn fraternity this morning, we began to wonder what young person (we suspect it was a youth) first looked at a roll of toilet tissue and was inspired to free their sense of artistic expression on a neighbor’s house. Regardless, the papery decoration won’t last long once the rain begins again today. The high will be 49 with a low tonight of 41, and tomorrow rain is likely with a high of 53.

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