OSU Today

March 21-25, 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.

Straight Talk: Nuclear Hazards (KGW)

On this week’s Straight Talk, Laural Porter talks with Portland State University geologist Scott Burns, Coastal hazard outreach specialist Patrick Corcoran, and Oregon State University nuclear engineer Professor Kathryn Higley.

How we engineered the food crisis (The Guardian UK)

But as Steven Strauss, professor at Oregon State University and an expert in genetic engineering of plants, has pointed out, regulators’ approach to such sources of energy make field trials and commercialization unfeasible.

When bird watching means dog watching (Miller-McCune)

Even at Coal Oil Point, there was initially strong opposition to the plover program, as Anita Guerrini, an environmental historian at Oregon State University, recounts in “The Trouble with Plovers” in the 2009 book New Visions of Nature: Complexity and Authenticity.

Oregon businesses feel Japan’s earthquake (Register-Guard)

Japan imports 3.4 million tons of wheat from the United States each year, and about one-third of that is soft white wheat that grows in the Pacific Northwest, including the Willamette Valley, said Mike Flowers, cereal specialist at the Oregon State University Extension.

Nation’s first tsunami resistant building could be built on the Oregon Coast (Scientific American)

“It’s coming sooner or later,” says Harry Yeh, a professor of coastal engineering at Oregon State University (O.S.U.) and tsunami expert who is helping Cannon Beach community leaders with the project.

Protest notes Iraq War anniversary (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

“What does it all matter when we gather in these ways, when the war continues?” asked keynote speaker Joseph Orosco, an associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University and the director of OSU’s Peace Studies program.

In Japan, pregnant women at increased risk (ParentDish)

For convenience, we assume any radiation dose gives us an increased risk of cancer,” Kathryn Higley, head of the department of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University, tells Time.


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.

Upcoming events

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! Dixon Recreation Center remains open during Spring Break. Throughout break schedules, youth are welcome and guest limits are suspended. See http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/ for detailed hours and youth guidelines.

NEW! The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office: April 6. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/igert.htm. NSF – IGERT program guidelines:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11533/nsf11533.htm Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu as a MS Word document. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390.

NEW! RecycleMania 2011 is almost over and while we have a good lead against the UO Ducks in the Civil War, we had less paper than usual last week. You can help boost our weights before it’s too late, plus get your office ready for spring term, by doing a little spring cleaning and purging of old files. Campus Recycling and Surplus Property are here to help you get organized for spring by picking up all your unneeded papers and equipment! Use our online recycling request form (http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/pickup.cfm) to get extra recycling bins and surplus pickup request system (http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/depts/spd_online/index.cfm) to schedule a pickup of surplus property. Go Beavs!

Oregon Sea Grant is accepting applications from undergraduates for the Summer Scholars program. This 10-week program places high caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with federal, state, and local public agencies to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional, with a goal of preparing them for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. The 2011 Summer Scholars will be placed in Oregon in Lincoln, Coos, and Benton Counties, where they will assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, natural resource policy research, public education, outreach and community engagement efforts. The program is open to any undergraduate student who will have completed two years of study by summer 2011, and who is currently enrolled in any U.S. college or university may apply. More information and application guidelines available here: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/fellowships/undergrad_fellows.html . The deadline to apply is April 1.

If you have summer interns or scholars looking for housing, please know that Residential Conferences will have Dixon Lodge open to interns and scholars in the Corvallis area. Furnished double rooms, high-speed internet, and fully equipped cooking facilities make Dixon Lodge an affordable and attractive choice. Rates start at just $91 per week per person for a double room. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. Laundry facilities are included in the cost of board, and parking for bikes and cars is available nearby.  There is room for around forty interns and visiting scholars. We expect it to fill up quickly, so reserve a spot today by calling (541-737-9195) or emailing UHDS Residential Conferences (uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu).

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.

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

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for faculty awards through April 1; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/:

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.

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 Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Technical Analyst. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary: $44,000-$48,000. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Posting # 0007079. Closing date: April 6. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Specialist, Oregon Wine Research Institute. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting No. 0007074. Closing date April 1.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Emerging Technology & Services Department of the OSU Libraries seeks an Operating Systems/Network Analyst for a full-time, 12 –month position. 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. 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

Milam Hall: Due to elevator maintenance, the elevator at Milam Hall is now temporarily shutdown. Services will be restored by 5 p.m. on March 25.

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.

Campus Way: Due to the installation of traffic bollards, Campus Way will be closed at the eastern and western extends adjacent to ALS and Cordley Hall on March 22 & 23.

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: It’s Spring Break, and many of you may be racing across the country in search of adventure. For those of us who remain here, we’re in for a showery week, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow will dominate a chilly Spring Break in Central Oregon, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s.

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