OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 19, 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.

On the Crest of Wave Energy (NSF)
A team of aerospace engineers is applying the principles that keep airplanes aloft to create a new wave-energy system that is durable, extremely efficient, and can be placed anywhere in the ocean, regardless of depth. A larger version of the system will be tested next year at NSF’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) tsunami wave basin at Oregon State University, an important experiment for proving the efficacy of the design.

Seeding a legacy (Gazette-Times)
Tyler Going, 23, peered into the powerful Leica microscope and watched ryegrass seeds bounce rapidly in and out of his view along a vibrating tray. “Did you watch Sesame Street?” asked Gary Girdler, a Purity Analyst 1 at the Oregon State University Seed Lab. “One of these things is not like the others.”

Frohnmayer: Make universities corporations (Portland Business Journal)

Former University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer is floating a plan that would make the state’s three largest universities public corporations. By making the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University into public corporations, the schools would find it easier to raise money, among other advantages, Frohnmayer said. (See also MSN Money)

H1N1-infected cat dies in Oregon (Veterinary News)
Laboratory results from Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the cat was infected with pandemic H1N1. (See also Gazette-Times)

Hermiston farmer continues efforts to promote agriculture (East Oregonian)
Bob Levy came out of Oregon State University in 1973 with a master’s degree in agricultural economics. He worked briefly on the family farm, Cunningham Sheep Co. in Pendleton, worked for Lamb Weston for a year and spent a year at Eastern Oregon Farming Co. By 1976, he was in the business of turning barren ground into farms.

Eugene sisters bake a successful relationship and future at Sweet Life Patisserie (Oregonian)

A century ago, most Oregonians worked with their siblings in pioneer families. An estimated 90 percent of the state’s businesses still qualify as family-run — with two or more family members in control of strategic decisions — according to Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program.

Today

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.

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,” noon to 1 p.m. in Richardson Hall 115. This is an International Education Week event presented by the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Today’s Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/11_2.html. Because this is a continuation of the Nov. 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. 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.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! The first Vice President for Research candidate will be on campus next week. Richard Spinrad will give a presentation followed by an open forum session for questions and answers.  His presentation and forum is open to all students, staff, and faculty. His open forum takes place from 10 to 11 a.m., Nov. 24 in the MU Journey Room. Please contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu, if you need additional information.

NEW! Holiday Science Crafts classes take place Dec. 14-16 at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students in grades 6th – 12th will make some creative gifts for all of their science-loving friends and family during the holiday season. Make Glow-in-the-dark slime, Chemical equation snow globes, and Candy concoctions! You can chose to join us for one day for $25, two days for $35, or come all three days for $45 and take home more crafts with you. Reserve your spot online now at http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/ For more information call 541-737-8139 or email saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu or visit  http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/

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.

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.

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.

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

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: Today. 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

Reed Lodge: Due to the installation of new electrical services to Reed Lodge all electrical power to Heckart and Reed Lodge will be temporarily shutdown from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 21.

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. 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

John Ruskin said there is no such thing as bad weather, only different types of good weather. He apparently never spent January in Oregon. But this week, we’re seeing all different types of weather, some of it downright pleasant given the season. Today we may see some rain but it should taper off before noon, and the rain should stay away until late this evening. Today’s high will be 58 and tonight’s low, 48. Showers are likely tomorrow with a high of 52.

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