Tsunami threat could catch Northwest off guard (Associated Press)
Among the critics of such work is Patrick Corcoran, an Oregon State University extension worker who specializes in marine hazards and argues that the regional emphasis on geology and engineering misses the mark. (See also Long Beach Press-Telegram)
The development of super-sensitive equipment to detect radiation is both a blessing and a curse, allowing scientists to monitor materials released in nuclear accidents, but also causing unnecessary worry, said Kathryn Higley, director of the nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University. (See also ABC News, Philadelphia Inquirer, KCRA)
Kathryn Higley, a radiation health physicist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, comments on radiation from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s damaged nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.
Pilot project seeks way out of forest logjam (San Francisco Chronicle)
Forestry professors Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University were two of the authors of the Northwest Forest Plan. It divided national forests in Washington, Oregon and California into two landscapes — one for timber and one for the spotted owl, salmon and other fish and wildlife — to settle lawsuits brought by conservation groups. (See also Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
About one-fourth of Oregon students live in rural areas, says Bruce Weber, an agriculture professor who directs the rural studies program at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Ten of the state’s 36 counties, mostly in the Willamette Valley, can be labeled urban because they have metropolitan centers and most of the people. But even urban counties include rural areas with small schools.
OSU scientist to appear on NOVA (Gazette-Times)
Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and Harry Yeh of the Tsunami Research Facility are featured as experts in a new NOVA documentary. “Japan’s Killer Quake” is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Oregon Public Broadcasting about the tragic recent events in Japan.
OSU student center design takes shape (Gazette-Times)
Plans are flying for the Student Experience Center — Oregon State University’s new student activities building — a space that will house the student-run organizations now in Snell Hall.
Data streaming from Space Station to OSU lab (Space-Travel.com)
The images and other data are now available to scientists from around the world through an online clearinghouse coordinated by Oregon State University.
A custom-made barley malter recently built by engineering students will expand Oregon State University’s already hefty contribution to research in fermentation science and barley breeding. (See also MSNBC, KMTR, The Republic)
Professors call for aggressive reforestation on ‘dry side’ (Blue Mountain Eagle)
Jerry Franklin, a professor of ecosystem science at University of Washington, and K. Norman Johnson, a University Distinguished Professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, shared their expertise. Debora Johnson of the University of Washington was also involved.
Sound the horn: Botti comes back (Gazette-Times)
Growing up in Corvallis, the song that changed the life of trumpeter Chris Botti was a Miles Davis recording of “My Funny Valentine.” (See also Gazette-Times)
OSU Professor Kathy Higley will appear on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” today from 11:40 a.m. to noon, discussing the latest issues relating to the Japanese nuclear crisis. You can listen to the broadcast live on-line at, http://www.opb.org/radio/ , click on “Listen Live, OPB Radio.”
Rick Miller, HHS Trades Maintenance Coordinator, is retiring after 32 years at OSU. You are invited to join Rick in a celebration 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.
NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week Wednesday, March 30, 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. Check out our Craigslist listings for more info and pictures. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon, whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.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.
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 p.m., MU 208. Kanani Martinez: March 31, 2:15 to 3 p.m., MU 206. Rob Lamb: April 4, 2:15 to 3 p.m., MU 208. Javier Cervantes: April 6, 2:15 to 3 p.m., MU 109A. Search materials, including the candidate bios, evaluation form, and position description will be available at the forums.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, to save a seat.
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.
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/
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/
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.
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, email@example.com
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.
News for Employees
NEW! OSU Vice President for Finance and Administration Mark McCambridge begins a scheduled medical leave of absence on Wednesday. McCambridge is expected to be out for several months, during which Dr. Bob Nettles will serve as interim vice president. Nettles will begin an immediate search for a new budget and fiscal planning director to replace Brian Meara, who will be leaving OSU effective April 8. Read more at: http://bit.ly/hILohR
NEW! The College of Health and Human Sciences’ latest edition of Synergies is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/
NEW! The Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University is again hosting a special conference for students from family businesses. This is a unique opportunity for Oregon and Washington college students to learn more about what it means to be part of a successful family business. The conference will include a tour of the Sokol Blosser Winery and a keynote address by Alison Sokol Blosser. It takes place April 9, 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville.
NEW! The OSU Foundation Portland Office is forming a team for this year’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Portland event. The team’s name is “Beavers for Birthdays.” To join or participate see: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY11GreatWest?team_id=920874&pg=team&fr_id=33882
NEW! The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI) announce Greener Nano 2011 (GN11) Conference & GN101 Workshop, May 1-3, HP, Coopertino, Calif. The GN 101 workshop takes place Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m., at Hotel Valencia Santana Row, 355 Santana Row, San Jose, Calif. This workshop is designed for policymakers, industry, students, researchers, or those new to the field and interested in learning how the principles of greener nanotechnology can be applied to provide opportunities for innovation. It’s free, but registration is required. http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/greenernano/index.htm
NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the Dept. of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) – Open Competition for Professional Exchange Programs from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/eca.htm Dept. of State – ECA program site: http://exchanges.state.gov/grants/open2.html Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Tuesday, April 12, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390.
NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the Dept. of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) – Professional Exchanges Congress program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/eca2.htm Dept. of State – ECA program site: http://exchanges.state.gov/grants/open2.html. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, April 18 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to email@example.com. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (541) 737-6961.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com to receive a copy of the essay requirements. Essays must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 18.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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.
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!
Department of Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a 9-month, full-time Climbing Coordinator position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include 1 year working experience in collegiate recreation climbing facility management and experience in teaching climbing skills and wilderness medicine. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0007126. Closing date is April 22.
Department of Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time Sports and Special Programs Coordinator position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include 1 year working experience in collegiate recreation sport clubs, intramural sports, special event planning, or related field. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to Posting #0007129. Closing date is April 22.
University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Homestay Program Coordinator. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0007124. Closing date is April 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.
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 email@example.com.
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: No escaping the fact that there’s 100 percent chance of rain today, and tomorrow we’re in for more, but April’s around the corner, and even further up ahead, all those flowers in the month of May. Today’s high will be 55 with a low of 46.
Central Oregon: A little sun, a little storm, Central Oregon will have variable weather for the next few days as a couple of little storms move in, then out. 40 percent chance of precipitation on Tuesday, falling as snow or rain depending on elevation and time of day, daytime temps will be in the mid forties. Don’t let Tuesday’s rain get you down, looks like the sun will be out again on Wednesday.