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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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.

Health risk seen as low in Japan nuke scare (Associated Press)

Even a meltdown would not necessarily mean medical doom. It depends on how well the containment vessels hold the melted fuel, and how much and what types of radioactive materials get released, radiation experts say. “Right now the data that we’re getting shows that they’re small releases coming from the plant” and that they pose minimal health risk, said Kathryn Higley, a health physicist at Oregon State University. “This is not Chernobyl.” (See also Washington Post, Register-Guard, Oregonian, KPTV, Seattle Times, Gazette-Times, San Francisco Chronicle)

Q&A: Radiation risks (Oregonian)

Q: What if emergency crews are unable to prevent a catastrophic meltdown at the reactor?
A: Even then, it’s questionable whether dangerous levels of radiation would reach the West Coast because of the long distance and dilution that takes place in the atmosphere, said Kathryn Higley, a professor and head of department of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University.

Best prepare today for tomorrow’s quake (Gazette-Times editorial)

We can also take steps now to prepare ourselves for a big quake just off the Pacific Northwest. As OSU’s Patrick Corcoran said last week, the first lesson for coastal residents and visitors is to know – beforehand – where you’ll go to reach higher ground (100 feet is best, but 50 will do in a pinch) in the very few minutes before a tsunami strikes.

Oregon officials say no public risk to state from Japan nuclear emergency (Oregonian)

Saturday’s hydrogen explosion ripped through a concrete shell around the reactor, but didn’t tear the primary steel container that housed the nuclear reactor. That means the plant’s radioactive materials remain largely contained, said Brian Woods, an Oregon State nuclear engineering professor who studies reactor safety. (See also Portland Business Journal, Science Daily)

Discipline is key to survival in case of disaster (The World)

When an earthquake like the one in Japan hits the Pacific Northwest, we won’t have the luxury of many hours of warning, said Patrick Corcoran, an Oregon State University education and outreach specialist who has been working with coastal communities for several years on earthquake and tsunami preparation.

Q&A: Comparing Oregon’s coastline to northeast Japan (OPB)

By now, you may have seen the pictures of the tsunami that crashed into Japan’s northeast coast after the earthquake on Friday. Harry Yeh was watching closely. In fact, he was watching Japanese television in his Oregon home early Friday morning when the earthquake and resulting tsunami waves hit. He’s a Professor of Coastal and Ocean Engineering at Oregon State University.

Voluntary euthanasia: Is there a slippery slope? (Sydney Morning Herald)

Courtney Campbell is Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. He has studied the act in practice, and says this refutes some major concerns that were expressed at the time it came into effect. There is no evidence the act has put pressure on patients, especially the poor, to end their lives prematurely to save money.

How Japan can improve its earthquake, tsunami defenses (Live Science)

“There are so many kinds of tsunami shelters in Japan,” said Harry Yeh, a civil engineer at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “There is no standard design at all for evacuation buildings. That’s the reason we cannot follow [for U.S. building shelters].”

New potato varieties packed with potential (Western Farm Press)

Two new potato varieties just released by Oregon State University are likely to catch the eye of Oregon’s potato processing industry and the gourmet market.

Nuclear 2.0: Japan shouldn’t stop us from embracing it (The Atlantic)

One of the most promising and practical designs is from Corvallis, Oregon-based NuScale. They’ve got the safest reactor design the industry has ever seen, one that’s drawing a scrum of serious shoppers as the company prepares to file for Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval next year.

Wu’s mental health and the public’s right to know (KATU)

Oregon State University political science professor Bill Lunch said the poll’s findings didn’t really surprise him. “In a situation like this, essentially, the response is going to be partisan – not entirely – but very largely,” he said.

Oregon State develops new barley resisting stripe rust fungus (Western Farmer-Stockman)

After a decade of research, Oregon State University announces development of the first winter hooded barley that produces high yields of forage, thrives in the Pacific Northwest, and resists a crop-damaging fungus known as stripe rust.


As a follow-up to Dr. Gary Namie’s sessions on Workplace Bullying, we are hosting an open forum in order to discuss what bullying means to us at OSU and what can be done to support targets of bullying. Please join us for a forum and discussion facilitated by Donna Champeau and Angelo Gomez entitled ‘Identifying bullying behaviors and solutions at OSU’. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MU 206. Feel free to bring your lunch. We will provide drinks and dessert. For requests for special accommodations or for questions on the event write to mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

You are invited to attend an open forum about obtaining University accreditation for our animal care and use program by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 206 (Asian-American Room). This event is the first in a planned series of forums. You will hear why AAALAC accreditation is a top OSU priority and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. No RSVP is required.

Faculty Blackboard Forum from 4 to 5 p.m. in MU 109 B Schille Room, Blackboard Inc. representatives and Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) staff will be available to meet instructors, gather feedback, and answer questions. All instructors are welcome. Contact Jon Dorbolo (TAC) if you need more information: Jon.Dorbolo@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming events

NEW! All classified employees:  Please join your SEIU Officers for your monthly meeting, Thursday March 17, from noon to 1 p.m.  This month we’ll be meeting at the West Dining Hall (Market Place West) in the East conference room.  A light lunch will be served. Our Contract Bargaining has started.  Come check out the latest, plus much more.  Be sure to wear Purple!  The third Thursday of the every month is purple up your office.  Send a picture of you and your co-workers efforts to seiu083@yahoo.com, to be included in the drawing for a free office lunch.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week Wednesday, March 16,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. We carry vehicles, furniture (desks, chairs, bookcases, file cabinets, etc), electronics (computers, printers, TVs, etc), household items (dishes, coffee makers, microwaves, books, etc), lab equipment and more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon, whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! SisterScholars Social, March 18, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Women’s Center. SisterScholars Socials are networking opportunities, where mentors and mentees can mingle and share resources. Come and grab a snack, some tea and visit with your fellow SisterScholars.

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School is pleased to announce the following campus forums. The forums are open to all students, staff and faculty.Bella Bose: March 16, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU Journey Rm. Goran Jovanovic: March 17, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU Journey Rm. Search materials, including the candidate bios, evaluation form, and position description will be available at the forums.

The search committee for the Director for the Sun Grant Western Regional Center is pleased to announce the following campus forums. The forums are open to all faculty and staff. Keith Thomsen: March 17, 10-11 a.m., 278 Kidder Hall. John Talbott: March 21, 10-11 a.m., 278 Kidder Hall. Candidate bios, curriculum vitas, evaluation form, and position description can be found at the OSU- Sun Grant website http://sungrant.oregonstate.edu/news

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominations for the annual Herbert F. Frolander Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. The recipient will receive a plaque with his or her name engraved on it and a check in the amount of $1,000.  The plaque and check will be presented during University Day events held in fall 2011. The nomination deadline is April 8.  For complete details see:  Herbert F. Frolander Award.

NEW! The Research Office is currently evaluating web-based proposal submission systems through March 18. Three of the potential vendors have provided access to test sites – see updated information at blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/03/14/more-on-web-based-submission-systems/ . Faculty and staff are encouraged to look at the systems and provide comments by Tuesday March 22, on the blog or to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu

NEW! This April, the OSU Sustainability Office and Student Sustainability Initiative invite students, faculty, and staff to participate in the 2011 Campus Carbon Challenge. This month-long event challenges individuals to make personal commitments to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Pledges include simple low and no cost measures such as riding your bike more, eating a vegetarian meal or buying local goods.  Along with dozens of other upcoming events in April, the Challenge is an opportunity to join a community of people at OSU show their concern for the planet! For more information, visit the webpage. Can’t wait until April? Pre-register for the Challenge now!

University Relations and Marketing is currently conducting an extensive assessment of OSU’s reputation and market position with multiple external audiences. We’d also like to invite faculty and staff to participate in a version of the survey so that we can create more complete picture of our institution’s current image and reputation. Please take a few minutes to answer these 30 questions. Your honest evaluation is critical to help us assess our communications efforts and help us shape our plans going forward.

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces The Weatherford Competitions on Friday, April 22, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This event consists of the Elevator Pitch Competition in the morning (prize money totals $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $200 for third place) and The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition, in the afternoon (prize money totals $10,000 for first place, $5000 for second place and $2500 for third place). Students may enter either or both competitions. The Elevator Pitch Competition is also open to the community. The Enterprise Challenge business plan and registration are due by noon, Monday, April 4. The Elevator Pitch Competition registration is due by Friday, April 15. For more information and/or to register, go to http://aep.bus.oregonstate.edu. For further assistance, contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.

Is your department or organization involved in sustainability? Are you interested in recruiting participants, sharing information or showcasing your eco-accomplishments? Please consider signing up for a free booth at the annual OSU Earth Week Community Fair on April 19 and/or submitting your event to this year’s calendar (April 16-22). Submissions are due April 1; details and instructions are at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/getInvolved.cfm.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations during April. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. The sessions will be held on April 5-7. To reserve a time to meet with Shane Roghaar, please call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601. Room locations and times will be provided at the time your reservation is made.


Oregon State University‘s Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) is seeking an Operations and Events Services Manager. The person in this position will oversee all aspects of facility operations and a full range of event planning services associated with DRS indoor and outdoor facilities. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting #0007054.  Closing date is April 15.

Marine Education Assistant: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Marine Education Assistant position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting # 0007048.  Closing date April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon State University Graduate School invites applications for a full time (1.0), 12 month, fixed term position as an Information Technology Manager. The Information Technology Manager will identify innovative technical solutions, manage the Graduate School’s web presence, analyze and update the student information system (Banner), and write queries to support data needs. For a full position description, including required qualifications and salary range, please visit the OSU website at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Posting # 0007041. Closes March 25. OSU is an AA/EOE

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Assistant Director for Operations and Facilities. The person in this position will oversee the comprehensive housing operations function for UHDS including assignments & room management; occupancy, contract sales, and billing management; service desk operations; residential conferences; the OSU Homestay Program, central office operations; and departmental customer service. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0007032. Closing date is April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon State University’s New Student Programs & Family Outreach (NSPFO) office seeks a First-Year Experience Program Coordinator. This position is responsible for coordinating various aspects of the planning and implementation of First-Year Experience programs for new undergraduate students. These programs include U-Engage, a course designed to help students investigate an academic area of interest and learn about being a student at OSU, as well as advising a first-year student honor society and coordinating outreach to first-year students via social networking. The First-Year Experience Program Coordinator will also be responsible for web development of the first-year experience and related web sites. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0007030 . Closing date: April 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Faculty Research Assistant: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting # 0007037. Closing date March 25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

College of Health and Human Sciences seeks a Director of Communications and Alumni Relations. We seek a collaborative and collegial director to manage the day-to-day and strategic communications of our College in a full-time, fixed-term, 12-month position, reappointment at the discretion of the Dean. Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, or a related field; at least five years of diverse experience in communications, marketing, public relations, and/or publications/web development;, and experience working with an organization in transition. See full posting and apply online at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting No.0007035. Closing date: April 15.

The Department of Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Senior Program Manager position in Information Services. For a complete announcement, qualifications and application procedures see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0007025. Closing date: March 22. OSU is an AA/EOE.

International Student Advisor: International Student and Faculty Services invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term International Student Advisor positions. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting # 0007029. Closing Date: March 25.

The OSU Vice President for Research invites applications for a part-time (flexible FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Interim Director position in the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. As this is an internal search, the fte can be flexible to accommodate the successful candidates current and/or future commitments, but there is a minimum expectation that the successful candidate will devote 50 percent effort to this position. For a complete announcement, qualifications and application procedures see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0006996. For full consideration, apply by March 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Technical Services Coordinator — College of Engineering. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006994. For full consideration, apply by March 14. Position closes March 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed-term Director of Graduate Student Financial Support & Recruitment position. The Director contributes to policy development and serves as a primary institutional resource on policy matters concerning graduate student financial support; administers centralized graduate student financial support programs; directs central graduate student recruitment activity; and serves as a member of the Graduate School’s Leadership Team. To review this posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting 0007001. Closing date: March 22.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Accountant 1 position. Posting number:0007012. Closing date: March 20.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Buyer 2 position. Posting number:0007013. Closing date: March 20.

Oregon State University Extended Campus, seeks a Marketing Communications Coordinator (Public Information Representative 1) to join our team. This position develops and updates publications, advertisements, news releases, and additional marketing materials, both print and electronic. S/he will write and edit several electronic newsletters, update and create content on websites, and manage and evaluate social media efforts, including Facebook and Twitter for both Ecampus and Summer Session. S/he will propose and pursue stories that promote our strategic goals. Position closes March 18. For more information or to apply, go to:

OSU Student Affairs Research and Evaluation is accepting applications for a 12-month, half-time professional faculty position to coordinate the assessment and research efforts of this office. Position requires a master’s degree in student services, education, sociology, psychology, public policy or comparable field. To review complete posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0007000. For full consideration applications should be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 15. Oregon State University is an AA/EEO employer.

Grant/Contract Coordinator: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grant/Contracts Coordinator position. This is an internal search open to regular OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ posting #0007007. Closing date is Wednesday, March 16.

The University Honors College seeks a full-time Academic Advisor to join our advising team. The overall mission of the UHC is to provide an innovative, enriched learning experience and a small college atmosphere to motivated, capable students, integrating students from all academic colleges and departments into a cohesive community. The person in this position must have a bachelor’s degree, excellent communication skills, ability to give group presentations, and experience in an advising related field. For full details or to apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number: 0006983. Closing date March 24. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Emerging Technology & Services Department of the OSU Libraries seeks an Operating Systems/Network Analyst for a full-time, 12 –month position. Responsibilities include: Unix Systems Administration, Unix Application Support, Thin Client Administration, Technical Consultation, Planning & Innovation as well as support for our Labs and Classroom. To review details, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at posting #0006936.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking an Academic Support Assistant. This position directly assists the Academic Support Manager and serves as a member of the Academic Support Team. Candidate must have above average Microsoft Excel skills to prepare and manipulate data within an excel spreadsheet or database. Please send cover letter and resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Multicultural Resource Coordinator. The person in this position is responsible for identifying and addressing the needs of students from underrepresented populations in collaboration with campus partners. The person in this position will work and report to the Marketing, Assessment, and Communications, and Diversity Unit as well as provide leadership to the Department’s Diversity Initiative. For complete list of qualifications and for full consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter that address the minimum and preferred qualifications by March today at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006940. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Extended Campus seeks a Web developer/designer to join our Market Analysis and Development team. The purpose of this position is, in coordination with the Lead Web Developer, to research, develop, deploy and evaluate new designs and technologies for OSU Extended Campus Marketing. This position will design, develop, test, implement, and maintain web and multimedia applications as needed. In coordination with the Lead Web Developer, this position may work with staff in all Ecampus units including other designers and programmers both within Ecampus and outside of Ecampus. Closes March 18. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58045

OSU Extended Campus seeks a multimedia developer to join our Program Development and Training team. This position provides programming and multimedia support for the course needs of the online education and on-campus Oregon State University faculty. The analyst programmer works within the online education course development team to design and assemble the programming and media necessary to carry out the design plan as assembled by the instructional designer. This position assists in the design of support and production infrastructure for course development and delivery. Closes March 18. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58043

The Department of Biomedical Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant professor position in Mathematical Modeling of Disease. We seek a mathematical modeler with outstanding potential for developing an extramurally funded research program in chronic diseases. For further details of the position and to apply, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs; posting# 0006887. For full consideration, application must be received by April 1.

Traffic and maintenance

Valley Library: Due to emergency repairs, elevator #4 in the Valley Library will be temporarily shutdown. The shutdown began on March 14 and services will be restored as soon as possible.


Corvallis: It will be a bit stormy today with rain showers, possible thunderstorms, and wind gusts up to 34 miles per hour. So plan on getting your umbrella turned inside out at least once. The high will be 57 with an overnight low of 42.

Central Oregon: Tuesday’s high of 50 will likely feel colder as the wind blusters around Central Oregon with rain almost a certainty, perhaps turning to snow later…Good luck and hurry through finals as Wednesday is looking to be a great day to head to Mt Bachelor.

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