OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 23, 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.

Are we hardwired for empathy? (Futurity)
Published in the journal Proceedings in the National Academy of Sciences, the findings by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, support other research showing that oxytocin plays a major role in countering stress. Previous studies have also linked this genetic variation with autism and parenting styles, says study coauthor Sarina Rodrigues, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University.

Volunteers deliver holiday meals (Gazette-Times)

It was the third stop of the day for Oregon State University students Lena Roth and Kyle McDonald, who, along with fellow OSU student Beth Koch and Linn-Benton Community College student Erin Riley, delivered Thanksgiving food baskets to area families.

OSU faculty to take unpaid furlough days (Oregonian)
Faculty at Oregon State University and its statewide programs have agreed to take two to six unpaid furlough days from January through June to help close a $11.3 million budget shortfall this school year. (See also KEZI)

OSU updates food resources database (East Oregonian)
A partnership between the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Food Bank, Food for Oregon aims to increase Oregonians’ access to local, sustainable food resources and to build connections between community food, education and advocacy resources, according to Sharon Thornberry, community resource developer for the Oregon Food Bank.

“Can my pet get the SWINE FLU?” (Bend Bulletin)

The first case of a companion animal with H1N1 in Oregon was discovered in early October. A Portland veterinarian consulted with DeBess about a pet ferret who was weak, had an elevated temperature, and was sneezing and coughing. The owner also reported her family having influenza-like symptoms prior to the animal getting sick. A sample of the ferret’s nasal secretions was sent to the Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed a diagnosis of H1N1.

Oh, Christmas tree (Statesman Journal)
Wilbur Bluhm, a professor emeritus of horticulture at Oregon State University, had some simple advice for tree hunters. “Go to the ranger station, and for a couple of reasons,” he said. One is that the ranger station probably has a better idea of where to make such cuts, “and also there may be places that are off-limits.”

Flood of wheat predicted in Willamette Valley (AG Week)
With Willamette Valley growers planting nearly 10 times more wheat than normal, the question presents a sizable problem, said Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers.

Uncovering a 120-year-old massacre (Bend Bulletin)
Before retiring, R. Gregory Nokes, of West Linn, planned carefully: After working for more than 40 years as a journalist at The Associated Press and The Oregonian, he knew he’d want to keep busy and be productive. The fruit of his labor is the 208-page book “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon,” recently published by Oregon State University Press, which he’ll read from next week at events in Redmond and Sunriver

OSU food film series benefits hungry students (Gazette-Times)
A series of feature and documentary films related to food – with a special focus on food, health and the sustainability of food systems – will be screened at Oregon State University Nov. 23 through June 3 to benefit the OSU Emergency Food Pantry.

Today

Beaver Strides, a weekly walking group, meets at noon in front of the Plageman Building (Student Health Services) for a 45 minute walk.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science is having a “Thank You Reception” for three 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 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 138 of the Crop Science Building.

Upcoming events

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 university’s State of the Budget Web site, available from the OSU home page, now includes a blog, where readers can post comment, respond to calls for input and dialogue with each other on matters related to the university’s ongoing budget and strategic realignment processes. Visit the blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/stateofthebudget/

NEW! The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the USDA – NIFA – International Science and Education (ISE) Competitive Grants Program. Guidelines for letters are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nifa.html
OSU is seeking two proposals. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Dec. 14 and should be submitted as a MS Word or PDF document to: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

NEW! One of Corvallis Transit System’s cherished annual holiday traditions is about to begin!  The free Holiday Trolley will operate from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, 28, 29, Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, and Dec. 19-24.  For more information go to www.corvallistransit.com Watch for The Holiday Trolley in the 25th Annual Corvallis Christmas Parade Friday, Nov., 27, starting at 7 p.m.

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.

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

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.

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: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

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

The morning started out as crisp and effervescent as sparkling cider, but the visible remains of the weekend’s stormy weather are a reminder that we’re heading toward winter at a fast clip. Today should be cloudy and cool with a high of 51, and an overnight low of 40. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy.

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