OSU Today

Monday, March 28, 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.

‘Passive safety’ reactor designs would improve response to Japan’s nuclear events (Science Blog)

The type of “passively safe” nuclear reactor designs that Oregon State University researchers have been testing over the last 15 years – and which are now being built overseas – have an increased ability to respond to the type of nuclear crisis being faced in Japan. (See also Bloomberg, Oregon Business, KBND)

Scanner eye’s Earth’s coastlines from space (UPI)

Scientists at Oregon State University say the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean aboard the International Space Station is the first space-borne sensor created specifically for observing the coastal ocean, an OSU release said Thursday.

The small world of big nuclear worries (Seattle-Times)

“It’s kind of a blessing and curse to be able to detect this stuff at orders of magnitudes below where we would expect any health effects,” said Kathryn Higley, head of Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health.

When students’ controversial words go viral, what’s a university’s role? (L.A. Times)

Larry D. Roper, vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University, said the long reach of social media has turned issues that university officials would once have handled face to face into something broader and more difficult to manage.

What chance of a ‘big one’ in Tokyo? (BBC News)

“The Kanto region is very complex, and the size of quakes triggered there is probably going to be limited by that complexity,” says Chris Goldfinger from Oregon State University in the US, who works in collaboration with Japanese researchers.

Doubts cast on biomass power in Washington (Seattle-Times)

But Mark Harmon, a climate researcher at Oregon State University, said forests in the Northern Hemisphere on balance are always expanding. So crediting biomass for carbon sequestered in new trees amounts to double counting, he contends.

Haunting images from Japan evoke memories of Katrina (Sacramento Bee)

Solomon Yim, director of the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University and one of the world’s foremost tsunami experts, also saw and studied Katrina’s aftermath.

A decisive walk (Gazette-Times)

During her senior year of high school, Kaylyn Van Ackeren toured the campuses of the five colleges that accepted her, including Oregon State University.

OSU library project makes history digital (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Valley Libraries recently completed its work on the Oregon Digital Library Project, which creates a portal that brings together all the public digital collections being created in the state and provides a clearinghouse to make them easier for more people to discover.

Oregon college students spend Spring Break helping Yakima (KAPP TV)

A group of college students from Oregon State University are passing up on hot destination spots for their spring break, and instead they’re spending it in Yakima.

What will our energy legacy be? (Oregonian)

An opinion piece by Jake Hamblin of the OSU Department of History.

Can you own a color? (Inside Higher Ed)

“Orange is particularly hot in a lot of ways in fashion and the collegiate licensing area and all of those. Inevitably, there’s going to be some tension in that,” said Todd Simmons, interim vice president for university relations and marketing at Oregon State University.

Students in open source – How do I get started? (OpenSource.com)

The Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON), in Columbia, SC, has a large number of students and people new to open source attending. Leslie Hawthorn of the OSU Open Source Lab gave them an introduction  for how students can get started in open source.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Whether starring in a lead role or working behind the scenes, students gain confidence and skills in OSU Theatre Arts. At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, director Elizabeth Helman will discuss how she prepares students to succeed in performance. Triad meets at noon March 31 in the MU 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, to save a seat.

NEW! The search committee for the Associate Director of Visitor Center & Programs is pleased to announce the following campus forums. The forums are open to all students, staff and faculty. Arlyn Love: March 30, 2:15 to 3:00 p.m., MU 208. Kanani Martinez: March 31, 2:15 to 3:00 p.m., MU 206. Rob Lamb: April 4, 2:15 to 3:00 p.m., MU 208. Javier Cervantes: April 6, 2:15 to 3:00 p.m., MU 109A. Search materials, including the candidate bios, evaluation form, and position description will be available at the forums.

NEW! OSU faculty/staff interested in helping to create a university-wide Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning are invited to attend one of four scheduled community forums.  Meetings will focus on helping define future research topics/questions for the Center.  Dates/Times/Location for the forums are:  April 7, 9 to 10 a.m., and 3 to 4 p.m., 400 Waldo Hall. April 8, 9 to 10 a.m., and 3 to 4 p.m., 400 Waldo Hall. Come prepared to meet with colleagues and contribute.  Refreshments will be served.  For additional information contact: John Falk, Transitional Center Director, falkj@science.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Charles Wilkinson, historian and author of “The People are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon,” will speak on March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union lounge. Songs honoring Wilkinson and the Siletz tribe will be performed by a local Native American drum group.

NEW! Domenico Bertoloni Meli of Indiana University, Bloomington, will deliver a lecture on “Of Snails and Horsetails,” on Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. A public reception will follow. Meli has widespread research interests, including 16th- to 18th-century mathematics and mechanics, and medicine in the Scientific Revolution. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/

NEW! The National Science Foundation (NSF) and OSU will be holding a one-day workshop on Wednesday, April 13. This workshop is primarily designed to benefit researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to NSF. The workshop will provide an overview of NSF, its mission, priorities, and budget, as well as the NSF proposal and merit review process. It will be held at the OSU Conference Center. There is a $15 registration fee to cover the cost of a sponsored lunch and preregistration is required. Registration is at: https://conferences.bus.oregonstate.edu/Registration/Index/2011-national-science-foundation. Please register by noon on Friday, April 8.

NEW! The workshop, “Experimenting with Animals from Antiquity to the Enlightenment,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 in the Valley Library’s Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms. The full workshop schedule is available at: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/experimenting-animals-workshop. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/

NEW! The Department of Recreational Sports invites you to a naming and dedication ceremony for OSU’s outdoor recreation complex on Friday, April 1.  Drop in at the fields’ center Pavilion as you are available, and choose your own style of participation in the afternoon’s festivities:  information tables, special speakers, sandwiches and coffee, games/activities on the turf, and commemorative gifts.  The celebration lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an official, 30-minute program at noon.

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! The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is accepting applications for the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry.  Dreyfus Foundation Deadline: August 25. Applications should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment.  Complete program details and application information are available at: http://www.dreyfus.org/awards If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation at martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or by phone at (541) 737-6961.

NEW! PROMISE (Professional, Managerial Internships in State Employment) is an internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience in state agencies. The purpose of the program is to increase the potential pool of applicant’s currently under-represented in state and local government agencies. Students of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/main/current-students/promise.  Program sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Community & Diversity.

NEW! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 7; an initiative to encourage unconventional and innovative research on new global health solutions. A full description of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative is available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Exploations/Pages/introduction.aspx Application instructions can be found at:  http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx Applications are until May 29. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact  Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation by phone at (541) 737-6961 or via email at martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Do you know students interested in creative writing?  The Spring Creek Project and the Student Sustainability Initiative are sponsoring a sustainability writing contest for OSU students called The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes.  Up to eight winning entries will receive $100 prizes, publication in an insert in The Daily Barometer, and a chance to help shape the future.  Students should submit writing that engages and energizes our community by April 8.  Please help send students to the Spring Creek Project website at http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu and OSU’s sustainability blog, Ecologue, at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/blog

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund Spring 2011 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Monday, April 4. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm. Information: Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390; debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Office of Community and Diversity and the Committed to Diversity Task Force has extended the deadline for the staff essay contest to help OSU develop a campus ethos for community building. The winner of the contest will win $5,000 worth of goods and services. You must be a current employee at Oregon State University. The winning essay will be announced in the spring quarter of 2011. Please contact becki.metzger@oregonstate.edu to receive a copy of the essay requirements. Essays must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 18.

NEW! The Graduate School announces the 2011 University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program. The annual graduate fellowship valued at $5,000 will be awarded to successful nominees from Oregon State University, Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Willamette University. Nominees must be full-time graduate students Fall 2011 in a program leading to an advanced degree. Departments and/or graduate programs may submit only one nomination to the Graduate School by Friday, April 15. For complete details see: University Club Foundation Fellowship Award Program

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.

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.

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.

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/:

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!

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.


Public Information Representative 2 – College of Engineering, Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 2-month, Public Information Representative 2 position.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007130, for full consideration date April 4, closing date April 17.  OSU is an AA/EOE

Spatial Information Research Analyst, Full-time 6-month temporary appointment. This position is with the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology (http://www.fsl.orst.edu/larse), in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. To apply send letter of interest, CV and at 3 professional references to:
Maureen Duane Maureen.Duane@oregonstate.edu. Closing date for application: Up to 3 positions will be filled before July 1.

Office Mgr/Asst to School Head, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Closing date for applications is April 7. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs,
posting # 0007125. OSU is an AA/EOE

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor. This is a 0.75 FTE, 12-month or 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track position (at the discretion of the Department Head). : To view the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0007018. For full consideration, apply by May 15.

The College of Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Instructor: Coordinator of the Free-Choice Learning Masters of Science (MS) Program in the Department of Science and Mathematics Education.  For complete list of duties, qualifications and requirements and to apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and search for posting # 0006955.  Closing Date: April 1.

Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment invites applications for a full-time fixed-term Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting # 0007097. Closing Date: April 20.

The Technology Support Services department is accepting applications for a full-time IT Communications Manager. A full position announcement is available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0007085. Closing date: April 6.

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 April 1. 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 April 1. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58043

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.

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.

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‘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.

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.

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 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. Closes: April 5.

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.

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.


Corvallis: Spring term is finally here, and while there’s a little blue sky this morning, the rain hasn’t taken a holiday for the week. Showers are likely, with a high today of 55 and an overnight low of 44. A similar forecast is expected throughout the week.

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