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Wednesday, March 16, 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.

Japanese plant poses little threat to U.S., for now (NPR)

So far, the radiation released in Japan has not reached high altitudes, said Kathryn Higley, director of the Oregon State University Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. “In addition, radioactive material is sticky. It has a static charge,” she said, so it will stick to the sides of buildings, and “rain is going to knock it down.” (See also Daily Mail, Forbes, Seattle Times, My Health News)

Study traces morel mushrooms back to the days of dinosaurs (Oregonian)

“Oddly enough, most animal species aren’t particularly attracted to morels,” says Oregon State University researcher Nancy Weber, who participated in the study. “A few slugs and other things will eat them. But humans have probably been eating them for about as long as there have been humans.”

Pacific Northwest faces nearly identical risks to Japanese quake (US News & World Report)

It’s being called one of the largest recorded earthquakes in world history. Also, according to OSU’s Robert Yeats, “This is our wake up call.”

‘Prophet of doom’ calls for better U.S. quake preparation (CNN International)

He’s the bearer of bad news. Very bad news: there’s a one-in-three chance that a major quake will strike the region by 2061, according to Oregon State University scientists.

Oakland, Alameda most vulnerable to tsunami within San Francisco Bay (San Jose Mercury)

Even if the communities around the bay are not directly affected, residents should be familiar with how to respond to news of a tsunami, Oregon State University tsunami expert Patrick Corcoran said.

Radiation halts work at Japanese plant (USA Today)

“Seawater isn’t what you would want to be normally using for this operation,” said nuclear engineer Brian Woods of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “As long as that seawater is keeping things cool, though, there should be relatively little radioactive gas released,” Woods said.

Jobs are returning to Oregon (Oregon Business blog)

“The February numbers are out and Oregon’s jobs picture looks much better, though not enough to disabuse me of the belief that though we are indeed in recovery mode, it is still going to be a climb out,” says OSU’s Patrick Emerson.

What price safety? Tsunami shelter doubles price of building (KVAL)

Researchers at Oregon State University say they hope the events now taking place across the Pacific Ocean will raise new awareness about these issues and help point the way to a solution.

Finals week: Coffee, snacks and studies (Gazette-Times)

What’s a great way to help Oregon State University’s 24,000 or so students survive finals week? Give them free, sugary snacks.

Oregon county okays wolf compensation fund (KVAL)

Oregon State University Extension Agent John Williams said some ranches heavily affected by wolves in Idaho estimate a loss of $268 per head, which includes body score loss, wounding and increased staff time necessary to protect herds.


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: Today, from 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 OSUsed Store is open for its public sale from 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. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming events

NEW! Dee Dee Gibson is retiring after 30 years at OSU (and 12 years with Extension Service).  Please join us in a celebration to wish her all the best in her retirement. There will be reception with coffee and refreshments in the lobby of the Women’s Building Wednesday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you cannot attend but wish to send messages or cards please send to: Brenda Draper, Extension Family and Community Health, 161 Milam Hall, Corvallis Or 97331.

NEW! The OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit in LaSells Stewart Center celebrates the hidden talents of your co-workers across campus.  An artist’s reception will take place this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.  The exhibit runs through March 30.

NEW! Small changes can make big differences in preventing workplace injuries.  The University Health and Safety Committee is proud to offer four sessions of “Safety In Motion (SIM)” training for all OSU employees.  SIM is presented by the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF), and is a complete system for reducing musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.  Complex problems are transformed into simple principles made easy to remember and apply.  SIM can show you better ways to get the job done – at work and at home – with less stress and strain.  Choose a session on March 23 (9-11 a.m., or 1-3 p.m.) or March 25 (9-11 a.m., or 1-3 p.m.).  Pre-registration is required; send your name, department, and OSU ID number (or questions) to: kay.miller@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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! Are you aware of an outstanding Undergraduate Student Research project?  Encourage students to apply for Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence by April 8 for a chance to win cash prizes!

NEW! Have an old, energy inefficient fridge in your department’s kitchen or lounge? For RecycleMania 2011, the Sustainability Office and Campus Recycling are running a Cash for Clunkers Fridge Replacement Program through April 1. You can replace your fridge for a more efficient model, receive funds for the new one, and have your old one responsibly recycled! If interested, please email Greg at Greg.Smith@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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

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.


Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Purchasing Analyst 2 position. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting number:0007044. Closing date: March 24.

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.  Opens March 21. Closes April 19.

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 today.

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

Heckart Lodge, Reed Lodge, Peavy Hall, West Dinin Hall, Hawley Hall, Cauthorn Hall, Buxton Hall: Due to necessary repairs, all electrical power will shut down between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, March 20.

Waldo Hall: Due to the demolition of a fire escape, the north, first floor entrance/exit to Waldo Hall will be temporarily closed March 21-25 to all but emergency egress during this repair.  All personnel are asked to use alternate entries and exits of the building.


Corvallis: Keep that umbrella handy, because the rain continues today. Showers are likely today with the chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Today’s high will be 55 with a low of 38. Showers are likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Watch out for slippery roads and sidewalks this morning.  Yesterday’s weather will likely continue today, still wet with temperatures dropping lower and increasing the chance of snow in the desert. Today might be the coldest of the week, with temps in the low 40’s.

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