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Thursday, March 17, 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.

In Japan, pregnant women have double reason to dodge radiation (TIME)

When Kathryn Higley, head of the department of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University, learned she was pregnant years ago, she immediately informed her supervisor, who outfitted her with a fetal dosimeter, an iPod-sized personal radiation monitoring system, to attach to her belly.

United States safe from radiation say engineers (ABC News)

“These releases from the plant, because they’re not elevated, because they’re not getting up high in the atmosphere, they won’t travel very far,” said Kathryn Higley, director of the department of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University. “There are so many factors in our favor. Rain will knock it down. There are 5,000 miles of ocean between us and Japan. It will be diluted, it will mix with sea spray, long before it gets remotely close to us.”

Research nuclear reactor can’t have a core meltdown (Oregonian)

A nuclear meltdown isn’t physically possible at a research reactor such as Reed’s — or the one at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU looks at creating center focused on science, technology learning (LIFE@OSU)

Federal officials frequently emphasize the need for the United States to stay competitive in science and technology – and math and science students are often pointed to as the hope for the country’s future. That topic also has been on the minds of Oregon State University faculty and staff, 75 of whom met during the last week of the 2010 school year to discuss new ways to promote science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”) education at OSU.

Healthy landowners, healthy forests (The Tigard Times)

There are fewer financial incentives for forest landowners to hold onto their property than in the past, says Amy Grotta, a forestry faculty member at Oregon State University’s extension service in Columbia and Washington counties. Without insurance, “people might otherwise sell their forest land,” Grotta says.

Screening of “The Changing Sea” (NOAA)

The Changing Sea and Mysteries of the Deep are episodes of the series “One Ocean,” from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s program, “The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.”  This screening is part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol. The film features several OSU faculty members.

Wanted: Nominations for innovative educators (Statesman Journal)

The awards, sponsored by Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers and the Oregon State University College of Business, will recognize five educators who use innovative and exemplary instructional strategies to enhance student learning. (KVAL)

Gardens help inmates to grow in many ways (Catholic Sentinel)

Oregon State University Master Gardener’s Program donates lots of material and Gail Langelletto, Oregon State professor and head of the state Master Gardening program, has been teaching classes at Columbia River Correctional Institution. Langelletto has been impressed with the vitality of the students.

Gunshots damage off-campus house (KVAL)

A series of gunshots Wednesday morning damaged a rooming house for international students in Corvallis.

Agriculture’s large footprint (AgInfo)

Brent Searle of the Oregon Department of Agriculture says the report conducted by Oregon State University bolsters the claim that agriculture is a critically important part of the state’s economic past, present, and future. That includes the employment picture.

Today

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School is pleased to announce the following campus forum, which is open to all students, staff and faculty. Goran Jovanovic: 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: Today from 10 to 11 a.m., 278 Kidder Hall. John Talbott: March 21, 10 to 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

All classified employees: Please join your SEIU Officers for your monthly meeting, 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Rick Miller, HHS Trades Maintenance Coordinator, is retiring after 32 years at OSU. You are invited to join Rick in a celebration on March 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Milam 119 with a cake and punch reception.   Cards or messages may be sent to Michelle Mahana, 123 Women’s Building, if you are not able to attend.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! There are still some tickets available for renowned jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti, with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, April 1 & 2 at LaSells Stewart Center, but they are going rapidly! He and his highly acclaimed band will be backed by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony under the baton of guest conductor, Rob Birdwell. Get your tickets today! Information: http://www.cosusymphony.org Tickets: http://ticketsoregon.com/calendar.php?go=&q=Chris+Botti Important information about parking for this event: http://www.cosusymphony.org/concerts/201104/parking/index.htm

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!

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.

Jobs

The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center at OSU is seeking applicants for a Finance Coordinator.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, professional faculty position.  Internal to OSU Employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Apply to posting #0007076.  Closing Date: March 31.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. 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.  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. 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. 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. 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. 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.  Position closes March 18. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58096

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.  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.

The University Honors College seeks a full-time Academic Advisor to join our advising team. 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.

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. 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. 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 Dining 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.

Weather

Corvallis: You might have marched in through the foggy dew this morning, but not too many of us will be doing a jig in the puddles. Rain continues today with a high of 52 and a low of 40.

Central Oregon: Your St. Patrick’s Day forecast looks a bit more white than green as there’s a chance of snow showers before the morning’s over, followed by a rather cloudy day. Highs will be in the low 40s with the overnight low dipping down to around 25. Snow showers are possible tomorrow morning before the snow level rises to 4,100 feet in the afternoon.

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