OSU Today

Friday, March 18, 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.

Is Japan reactor crew on suicide mission? (National Geographic)

On Tuesday, an apparent crack in one of the nuclear plant’s four compromised reactors likely resulted in “a puff release, perhaps of radioactive steam,” said health physicist Kathryn Higley. “You saw radiation levels around the plant shoot up, although those appeared to have dropped off” soon afterward, added Higley, head of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University. (See also USA Today)

Little progress in fight to prevent meltdown (Talk of the Nation)

Officials in Japan have met with multiple setbacks in their efforts to prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant. OSU’s Kathryn Higley provides an update on the crisis, and talks about the possible implications for Japan and the rest of the world.

The benefits of a late launch (Wall Street Journal)

Young adults are using the parental subsidies to get through college or professional training, and to save money, say the authors, Richard Settersten, a professor of human development at Oregon State University, and writer Barbara Ray.

Mega Quake (National Geographic)

What is Cascadia doing to prepare? And what will happen when the mega-thrust strikes? OSU’s Chris Goldfinger is featured.

Earthquake unlikely to trigger nuclear disaster in the Northwest (OPB)

Oregon State University’s reactor is four times as powerful as Reed’s. But OSU officials say that like Reed’s reactor, the fuel could not melt down. 

NuScale warns of layoffs, seeks funding (Gazette-Times)

After two months of financial uncertainty, NuScale Power has warned its staff to brace for more bad news. “We shared with employees this afternoon that, absent a bridge loan or other funding by Friday, we will have to lay everybody off,” chief marketing officer Bruce Landrey said Wednesday.

OSU hosts first sustainability career fair (Gazette-Times)

Hoping to better define what it really means to be a green and sustainable business — and how to get hired there — Oregon State University plans to host its first Green Career Fair next month.

Laurie Solum named by PFLA as ‘Our Hero’ (LIFE@OSU)

Laurie Solum was honored with the university’s “Our Heroes” Award on March 17. The award, sponsored by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association, recognizes OSU colleagues or groups for excellence in their work and outstanding service to others.

Metro 2011 Natural Gardening workshops announced (The Portlander)

Metro, in partnership with Oregon State University Extension Service’s Community and Urban Horticulture program and local gardening stores, offers free $5-off coupons at every workshop.

Senate education committee approves bill to allow in-state tuition for students here illegally (Oregonian)

The Senate education committee this afternoon approved a bill that would allow Oregon students brought to this country illegally to pay in-state tuition.

Faculty, staff who make a difference honored by gymnasts (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon State gymnastics program and the Department of Athletics took time to recognize the student in student-athlete last Saturday night before the Beavers’ gymnastics meet against Utah.

Experts seek to allay fears of radiation (Denver Post)

Nuclear experts say the main elements released are radioactive cesium and iodine. They can combine with the salt in sea water to become cesium chloride and sodium iodide, which are common and abundant elements and would readily dilute in the wide expanse of the Pacific, according to Steven Reese, director of the Radiation Center at Oregon State University

Today

INTO OSU and International Programs across campus are showing their support for the Japanese people in our community and those in Japan by “Wearing Red for Japan” today.  The event marks a week since the earthquake and tsunami that created so much devastation in Japan, and the staff want to show their support for their friends, students and colleagues who have been so seriously affected by these events.  INTO OSU will be fundraising today with proceeds going to the Red Cross disaster relief in Japan.  Please drop by Heckart Lodge on Jefferson Way to purchase a ribbon and show your support ($2 small and $3 large ribbon).  Donations are also being accepted.

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 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 30.

Upcoming events

The search committee for the Director for the Sun Grant Western Regional Center is pleased to announce the following forum: 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

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. 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.

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.

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! March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate the past, present and future women of OSU, we are creating the Gratitude Wall on the WAGE website. Please send us a name of an OSU woman you want to honor, thank or celebrate. Please look around you-she may be your co-worker, supervisor, friend, student, mentor, mentee-anyone who has had a positive influence on you either directly or by being an excellent role model. Please make sure to provide a story/context to your message.  Messages will be posted on the Gratitude Wall and the WAGE office will thank the person as well. Messages cannot be anonymous and must be less than a 150 words. Email to: mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below faculty awards through April 1; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/:
o  Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award
o  International Service Award
o  D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award
o  OSU Academic Advising Award
o  OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
o  OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
o  OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship
o  OSU Outreach and Engagement Award
o  OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award
o  Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
o  Promising Scholar Award
o  Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award
o  Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award

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

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.

Jobs

Oregon State University Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Accountant 1 position. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting number: 0007069. Closing date March 31.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks candidates for the Acquisitions Unit Supervisor within the Collections & Resource Sharing Department.  See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0007064. Closing date: April 22. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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.

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: Sunday.

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

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 today. 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 today. 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 today. 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

Nash Hall: Due to elevator maintenance, the elevator at Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect elevator services to all floors.  This shutdown is necessary to repaint the interior of the elevator and replace the flooring. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on March 23 and services will be restored by 4 p.m. on March 25.

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 can never hold back spring. In fact, it will be here Sunday. But the rain is also here to stay. Showers may include thunderstorms after 11 a.m. today. The high will be 52 with an overnight low of 38. There’s a chance of showers well into next week.

Central Oregon: “ “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”  ~Mark Twain. Well Spring is here and so is a very mixed bag of weather. Rain and snow showers will continue today, with more rain tomorrow, but a rather sunny Sunday will herald in the Spring. Snow and rain begin again next week. Today’s high will be in the low 40s with lows in the mid 20s overnight.

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