OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 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.

Wave of Discovery: Harnessing the Ocean’s Power (Science Nation)
Capturing the power of ocean waves could become an important part of the world’s renewable energy portfolio. But capturing that clean energy is not just the vision of 21st century scientists. “There are patents going back to 1799,” says Annette von Jouanne, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Oregon State University, and a world leader in wave energy research.

A Permanent Theater Festival on Puget Sound (New York Times)
Last winter the director Sheila Daniels (of OSU) staged a show with the city’s Umo Ensemble called “Rubble Women,” about a group that cleared debris in Berlin after World War II.

The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness (New York Times)
Reporting this month in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that genetic differences in people’s responsiveness to the effects of oxytocin were linked to their ability to read faces, infer the emotions of others, feel distress at others’ hardship and even to identify with characters in a novel or “Doonesbury.” “I came into this research as a big skeptic,” said Sarina M. Rodrigues of Oregon State University, an author of the new report, “but the results had me floored.”

The Flu Fighters—in Your Food (Wall Street Journal)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 IUs for children, and vitamin D experts at Oregon State University and elsewhere recommend 2,000 IUs daily for all adults.

Vitamin D Deficiencies Rise as Winter Arrives (Examiner)

Adrian Gombart from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has been researching the many effects of vitamin D. This research has been seriously impacted however because the only way to test possible new therapies using vitamin D is on primates. (See also Gazette-Times)

Metal gives pigment the blues (Science News)
Scientists led by Mas Subramanian of Oregon State University in Corvallis were studying manganese oxides because of the compounds’ interesting magnetic and electronic properties. When a tray of samples came out of the furnace where they had been baking at about 1,200 degrees Celsius, the powders emerged a startling blue.

Local students fare well at forensics debate (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s forensics team tied for first place with Humboldt State University in the Four Year College/University Sweepstakes at the 37th annual Smelt Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Lower Columbia College last week.

Fresh hope for the mint industry (Oregon Business)
With help this summer from Oregon State University researcher David Hackleman, mint producers rented an industrial microwave unit, designed for textile production and drying dog food, and used it to distill the oil from batches of mint hay instead of using costly boilers. Lundy says the samples of the oil produced in the initial experiments easily met the quality standards expected of Oregon mint.

Competitive, trade-friendly nations weather volatile crop yields best (R&D Magazine)
Richer nations with competitive crop production and few trade barriers would fare the best if climate change, weather events or other factors cause yields of grain and oilseed crops to become more volatile, a new study has found. By these criteria, the United States is poised to do well, but France would come out on top, according to the study of 21 countries conducted by economists at Oregon State University.

Is a college degree worth what it costs? (Oregonian)
“Oregon faces the possibility,” Frohnmayer writes, “for the first time in the history of this nation, that a new generation will be less well-educated than its parents.” Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, recently wrote that that may be why Oregon takes longer than the rest of the country to recover from every recession. “We are dumbing down our work force at a time when global competition is intensifying,” he wrote.


The first Vice President for Research candidate, 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., in the MU Journey Room. The presentation videos for the Vice President for Research candidates will be available online Dec.17-18. Please contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu, if you need additional information.

Nick Fowler, a seasoned entrepreneur and investor, will speak at 6 p.m. 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! President’s Winter Coffee, Thursday Dec. 3, 8:30-10 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break from finals week for holiday treats and gourmet coffee.  Join President and Mrs. Ed Ray in celebration and conversation.Special guests include Beth Rietveld at the piano and Benny! Stop by to get your picture taken with Benny. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug. More information or for special accommodations  541-737-0724

NEW! Creative thinker and author on the topics of digital scholarship and open access, John Willinsky will present a talk entitled “Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning” Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Willamette classroom on the third floor of Valley Library. OSU Libraries will also host viewing opportunities in the Barry Fisher Room at the Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, and at the OSU-Cascades Campus, Cascades Hall 217, Bend.  Founder of the Public Knowledge Project, Willinsky developed the Open Journal Systems, a journal management and publishing system that expands and improves access to research.  For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell, faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8528.

NEW! Now through Nov. 25, mention OSU MANRRS Chapter when you purchase a meal at Panda Express in the MU and 20 percent of your purchase will go to the chapter.

NEW! “Alternative Gifts: Creative, Cheap, and Green” will be held Dec. 2 at 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St), just in time for the holidays! Come learn and share ideas for gifting sustainably as well as work on crafts such as cloth gift bags, tin candle holders, journals from reused materials, CD jewelry, and more. Sponsored by OSU Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5398.

NEW! Business suit donations needed. Lightly used business attire is being sought for the 5th Annual Career Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 11, 2010 in the MU Ballroom.  The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services and the generous sponsorship and support of Campbell’s Cleaners.

NEW! While OSU goes into the winter break, the Corvallis Dance Center will continue to offer classes and dance events. The classes are all taught by OSU students. The December lineup includes ballroom, pilates, social dances and more. Details at http://www.corvallisdancecenter.org or call 541-602-5297.

The annual OSU Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night will take place 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

H1N1 Flu Shots Available – 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 vaccine may come to Plageman Student Health Center, Monday-Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (closed Nov. 26-29). No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. 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.

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/

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.

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 tomorrow.


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: Today. 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: Today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Ave: Due to roadway repairs, the intersection of 15th Street and Jefferson Ave. will be temporarily shutdown. The westbound right-turn-only lane and bike lane on Jefferson Ave. will be closed during this work (east of the intersection). The northbound bike lane on 14th/15th street will be closed north of the intersection.  Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to guide traffic. Temporary delays should be expected. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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.


Another purple and gold sunrise, another dry start to the day. The beauty may be fleeting but we should see at least another day of somewhat sunny weather before rains return just in time for Turkey Day. Today’s high will be 53, and tonight should be foggy and 40.

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