OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 20, 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.

Women Giving Birth at Home Without Midwives (ABC)
Nationwide, 90 percent of births still take place in hospitals with doctors attending, said Oregon State University medical anthropologist and midwife Melissa Cheney. (See also Baltimore Sun)

Money to support HIV studies (Bay Area Reporter)
Peggy Dolcini, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at Oregon State University, has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to conduct HIV and STD prevention research among inner-city African American teens in San Francisco and Chicago.

Hyperlens sharpens sight with sound (ABC Science)

Unlike an electromagnetic wave, which doesn’t need a medium to propagate through, sound waves need some physical material such as air or water. “These are really different phenomena,” says Viktor Podolskiy, a physics professor at Oregon State University studying metamaterials. “But the equations that govern both their actions are very similar.”

Can a Genetic Variation Boost Empathy and Reduce Stress? (Discover)
Study coauthor Sarina Rodrigues of OSU provides the usual caveat that genes alone don’t determine our behavior and cautioned against reading too much into their discovery. Lots of people without the gene variation are able to understand and care about other people’s emotions, Rodrigues said.

OSU faculty face mandatory furloughs (Gazette-Times)

OSU President Ed Ray stood in the middle of the crowd and asked for trust. At Thursday’s special meeting of the Faculty Senate, Ray’s appeal carried – and so did the motion to accept a proposal for furloughs for all faculty, with grant-supported salaries excepted.

Climate not really what doomed large North American mammals (Science News)
The team’s findings are “incredibly exciting … and are a major step forward in understanding how large herbivores shape the landscape,” says Diana J. Raper, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Get ready to Power Up! (LIFE@OSU)

OSU’s Power Up Challenge will feature two eight-member teams who will select individual health goals, and then will have winter and spring term to meet those goals, with the help of health coaches, nutritionists, personal trainers and a panel of experts who will provide them information and support.

Symphony presents ‘Russian Power’ (Democrat-Herald)

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents “Russian Power,” featuring Shostakovitch’s 10th Symphony and other works by Russian composers, Sunday, Nov. 22.

Students learn about forestry career options

Benton County timber manager Marvin Rowley, a 1950 Oregon State University forestry graduate and 2003 Outstanding Alumnus Award recipient, told the young people, “We live in the best timber growing area in the world. There’s still a good future in forestry. We will be in the driver’s seat when the economy turns around.”


“Solid Ground”, a conversational session on balance with Linda Howard, will be happening 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 from 7 to 9 p.m. in 101 Owen Hall during International Education Week. Admission is free.


An exploration of Russia’s powerful history through music is the theme of the next concert by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Marlan Carlson will conduct. Tickets are $12, $25, and $30 (reserved seating) and are available at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, and Beard’s Framing in Corvallis; and at Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany. OSU students are admitted for free with ID to all Corvallis-OSU Symphony concerts while seats last, as are up to three children for each paid ticket holder. Tickets are also available at the LaSells Stewart Center box office one hour before the concert.

Upcoming events

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 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.

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.

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/

News for Employees

NEW! The Association of Office Professionals has adopted the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) as their service organization and is collecting gifts to donate for children ages 6-8 years. A list of gifts suggested by CARDV is online at  http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/CARDV_0911.pdf All gifts must be collected by Dec. 10. If you’d like to donate either toys or wrapping paper and bows, please contact : Lois Lessert, lois.lessert@oregonstate.edu; Steve Shaw, Steve.Shaw@oregonstate.edu; and Vickie Nunnemaker, vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

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.


Office Specialist 2: OSU Extended Campus is seeking applicants for the position of Testing Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details can be found at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55839. Closing date is Dec. 1.

Professional Faculty, Grants and Contracts Officer: (Internal to OSU Employees Only). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004979.  Closing Date: Dec. 6.

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 Dec.4.

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.

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: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0004932. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Closing date is Sunday.

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 and Heckart 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.


Ecologist and author Rachel Carson said that a rainy day was a perfect time to walk in the woods. If you agree, you’ll have plenty of opportunities this weekend. We’re ending the week with wet weather, and Saturday looks just as soggy. Things look up a bit by Sunday, but rain returns full force by Monday. Today’s high will be 51 with a low of 38. Tomorrow won’t get above 50.

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