Tokyo Electric mixed boron, an element that absorbs neutrons and hinders nuclear fission, with emergency cooling water to prevent accidental chain reactions, Kathryn Higley, head of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University in Corvallis, said in an e-mail. (See also San Francisco Chronicle)
New problems at Japan nuclear plant (USA Today)
Eventually, engineers may need to cycle the contaminated water back through the reactors to cool them and forestall the creation of even more contaminated water, said nuclear engineer Brian Woods of Oregon State University. “Pump water in, cool (reactor) fuel, pump water out, clean water up, pump back in, and so on.”
The varied costs of catastrophe (New York Times)
“What’s equally sobering is that had it not been for the work of Brian Atwater, Kenji Satake, and Chris Goldfinger, we would not even know about the M~9’s in Cascadia, just as the makers of the Japanese national seismic hazard map did not know about–or did not accept the evidence for–M~9’s on the Japan trench.”
“The vastness of the ocean is often taken to mean that it has an enormous power to dilute most of man’s wastes. That is a misconception that led most nuclear powers to dump radioactive waste into the ocean, before doing so was banned by international treaty in the 1970s,” wrote Jacob Hamblin via e-mail. Hamblin teaches history of science at Oregon StateUniversity and has researched and written about the history of dumping nuclear waste in the ocean.
Japan’s Prime Minister criticizes Tepco’s tsunami defenses (Business Week)
“If you have any damage to the fuel, you are likely to be spreading some of that around,” said Kathryn Higley, a radiation health physicist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who has worked on reactors and inspected nuclear power plants for emergency preparedness. “As they start getting in there to try to remove the liquid, you’re probably going to see some localized spreading of contamination and maybe some puff releases.”
Oregon State University will formally dedicate its new outdoor recreation complex this Friday, celebrating a project voted on and paid for by students.
The truth about supertasters (Oregonian)
Sensory scientist Juyun Lim is an assistant professor with Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology whose research has furthered our understanding of retronasal odor referral (more on this later) and what the term “supertaster” really means.
The truth has set her free (Willamette Week)
Avel Gordly, a 64-year-old associate professor of black studies at Portland State University, has drawn on all those experiences—as well as her own personal battles with depression—in her 176-page memoir, Remembering the Power of Words (Oregon State University Press, $18.95).
OSU releases new potato varieties (Herald & News)
Oregon State University this month released two new potatoes: a red fingerling called AmaRosa and a light brown Sage Russet, according to a press release.
Aromatic herbs keep deer at bay (Oregonian)
Deer find many aromatic herbs actually repellent. So says Oregon State University horticulturist Linda McMahan, who advises that herbs are some of the best plants to use for warding off deer.
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 in MU 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, email@example.com, to save a seat.
The search committee for the Associate Director of Visitor Center & Programs is pleased to announce the following campus forum: Kanani Martinez, 2:15 to 3 p.m., MU 206.
Starker Lecture Series presents “Global Forest Resources and Market Developments,” presented by Ed Pepke, forest products marketing specialist with UNECE Trade and Timber Division and FAO, of Geneva, Switzerland, in Richardson Hall Room 107. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Domenico Bertoloni Meli of Indiana University, Bloomington, will deliver a lecture on “Of Snails and Horsetails,” 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/
Charles Wilkinson, historian and author of “The People are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon,” will speak 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.
The use of animals in scientific experimentation through the centuries is the focus a workshop on April 1 at Oregon State University, where several scholars will discuss the history and implications of such usage. The workshop, “Experimenting with Animals from Antiquity to the Enlightenment,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Valley Library’s Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms. A public lecture will be held March 31 in conjunction with this workshop.
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.
Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Company Structure and Management Team. Speaker is Jeanne Smith, Jeanne Smith & Associates. She will speak April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1001. For more information and/or to register, click here. For further questions, call 541-713-8044 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Fulbright faculty workshop will take place at 10 a.m. April 7 in the Memorial Union Council Room. Katherine Matheson at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars will offer the workshop. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com. Space is limited. RSVP by April 5.
Music à la Carte, the lunch hour concert series at Oregon State University, resumes for spring term on Friday, April 8 with Eugene-based, classical-crossover guitarist, David Rogers. The free performance begins at noon in the main lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus.
Join us for the PeaceJam Public Talk with Nobel Peace Laureate, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Friday, April 15, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public, doors open at 7 p.m. with the entertainment of Corvallis’ own band, Madera, along with Luau Dancers from Oregon State University. This is Rigoberta Menchú Tum’s only open to the public event while in Corvallis for the weekend for the PeaceJam Northwest Youth Conference. More information about Rigoberta Menchú Tum can be found on PeaceJam’s website at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/nobel-peace-prize-laureate
News for Employees
NEW! The new OSU Degree Audit system, called MyDegrees, has been available to college advisors for some time. On April 12, all undergraduate students will be able to access it by clicking on the MyDegrees link in the Student Records menu in Online Services. Primary features include a Degree Checklist, an Educational Planner, and a What-If process. Faculty and staff are encouraged to make students aware of this new tool as an aid for enrollment and graduation planning. Additional resources are a promotional video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lQShF1T1Mo, a project web site at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/mydegrees/, and FAQ’s for students at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/mydegrees/frequently-asked-questions-0 and for advisors at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/mydegrees/frequently-asked-questions.
NEW! Open invitation to all interested commuters from the Thurston/Springfield area. This is your opportunity to join a brand new vanpool. The tentative start date is April 1. The vanpool will take place Monday-Friday, departing at 6:50 a.m. from Thurston and leaving OSU at 5:15 p.m. Estimated monthly cost per rider is $120-$130. For more information and signing up, please contact VPSI at 503-719-5313 or 800-826-7433. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces The Weatherford Competitions on Friday, April 22, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This event consists of the Elevator Pitch Competition in the morning (prize money totals $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $200 for third place) and The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition, in the afternoon (prize money totals $10,000 for first place, $5000 for second place and $2500 for third place). Students may enter either or both competitions. The Elevator Pitch Competition is also open to the community. The Enterprise Challenge business plan and registration are due by noon, Monday, April 4. The Elevator Pitch Competition registration is due by Friday, April 15. For more information and/or to register, go to http://aep.bus.oregonstate.edu. For further assistance, contact Mary McKillop at email@example.com or call 541-713-8044.
PEBB’s Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) program – All benefit eligible employees with dependents enrolled in the PEBB sponsored health and dental programs must complete PEBB’s Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) process by April 21. If you haven’t already, you will receive a letter directly from MERCER, PEBB’s benefits consultant, on how to complete the process. This verification is required to maintain health coverage for your dependents. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/dev.html
Employee Benefits DEV Help Sessions Scheduled – Do you need help or access to a computer to complete PEBB’s required Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) process? The Employee Benefits staff will be available during four drop-in help sessions during April to answer questions and help employees through the process. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/dev.html
Beginning spring 2011, the Horning Endowment in the Humanities will fund faculty proposals. Proposals must address the criteria of the Horning Endowment to both improve and extend the teaching of humanities to the sciences and other disciplines at Oregon State University and to extend humanistic knowledge in ways that will demonstrate the importance of the liberal arts to the sciences. For the complete Call for Applications and application form, visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history (under Horning Grants). Deadline is April 15 (for projects in the following academic year) and October 15 (for projects in winter-spring or future years).
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
The College of Health and Human Sciences’ latest edition of Synergies is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/
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 8, 10 a.m. at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville.
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!
The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Academic Advisor, Professional Faculty position. To view the full position announcement and to apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and search for posting # 0007059. For full consideration apply by April 8.
Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking three Cook 1s. To review posting and apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting # 0007127. Closing date is April 8.
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), 12-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 today.
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: Today.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: On this final day of March, we may see a little more rain, but April First won’t be fooling when she arrived bearing the gift of sunshine. Quick, get out and enjoy it before we get two more weeks of rain! The high today and tomorrow will be a balmy 63, with a low tonight of 45.
Central Oregon: Ahhh, sunshine…… Plenty of sunshine with temps heading into the high 60′s on Thursday. Has Spring sprung? Or are we just getting a little taste of summer before winter has its last hurrah? I say why worry about such silly questions when one can be enjoying the warm rays the end of this week will bring?