Oregon State University students are mourning the loss of one of their own. Paul Cochran is the 23-year old driver who was killed Saturday morning after his Ford Taurus slid off Crow Road in west Eugene and crashed into a tree.
Oregon State University marine mammal biologist Jim Rice is urging the public to refrain from touching or approaching the seal pups, which in most cases are not orphaned or abandoned, he pointed out. They frequently are left on the beach by their mothers, who are out looking for food. (See also Oregon Coast Beach Connection)
Japan plant pumps radioactive water into ocean (USA Today)
Concentrations of radioactive iodine and cesium at the point of discharge from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station “are very, very, very high, but they get diluted quickly as they enter the ocean,” said Kathryn Higley, an expert on how radioactive material moves through the environment at Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. “Dilution is really going to minimize that impact.”
OSU forensics team fares well at tourney (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University’s forensics team had a strong showing at the Pi Kappa Delta national tournament at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham this week.
Ruling shouldn’t halt forest projects (Mail Tribune)
Following the uncertainty of forest management on BLM lands after withdrawal of the WOPR by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2009, the projects were proposed to Salazar last year by Jerry Franklin, a forestry professor at the University of Washington, and Oregon State University forestry professor Norm Johnson.
OSU to host gerontology conference (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University will host its 35th annual gerontology conference Thursday and Friday, with geriatric experts presenting more than 40 educational workshops for health and human service professionals and the public.
Speaker at OSU to ponder Christianity, Mother Teresa (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a lecture on Monday, April 11, exploring the topic, “What if Christianity is True? Lessons from Mother Teresa.”
Discussion to focus on corporate responsibility (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University will host a Spring Creek Café to consider “The Moral Responsibilities of Corporations,” led by Willamette University law professor Robin Morris Collin.
OSU Today contest
Are there employees in your department or division who do not have regular computer access? How do you communicate important issues to your co-workers when they don’t have consistent e-mail access? E-mail the answer to email@example.com and one lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive an amazing basket of OSU goodies, including apparel! The winning entry will be drawn April 8.
OSU is sponsoring the tenth annual Health Professions Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Various professional health school admissions representatives will be present. Come explore the numerous career paths available. This year in conjunction with the Health Professions Career Fair, we are offering four information sessions with a panel of experts. Each session will elaborate on specific career options in health care and help students understand how to prepare for these fields. http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/node/206. Each session will be held in the C & E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Company Structure and Management Team. Speaker is Jeanne Smith, Jeanne Smith & Associates. She will speak 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
NEW! The next PFLA professional development is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12. Gail Hand is a motivational humorist who will be leading the interactive training session regarding best practices to handle difficult situations with coworkers and peers using humor, teamwork and creativity: “Bringing Out the Best – 7 Secrets to Great Service Using Laughter as a Survival Tool!” More info at http://www.gailhand.com The Main Session includes a buffet lunch and is scheduled Noon to 2 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. If you can stay a little longer, a Bonus Session will continue at 2 to 3 p.m. Register by April 5 for this opportunity to laugh and learn!
NEW! The Spring Creek Project will host a Spring Creek Café to consider “The Moral Responsibilities of Corporations” with Willamette University law professor Robin Morris Collin, Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Main Meeting Room. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call 541-737-6198 or visit the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu
NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its evening public sale of the month Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., 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.
NEW! One of Canada’s most promising young concert artists, Ryo Yanagitani, will make his Corvallis debut for the final performance of this season’s Steinway Piano Concert Series, on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., on the Oregon State University campus. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, Rice’s Pharmacy, Beard’s Framing and on line at ticketsoregon.com. OSU students and youth ages eight through 18 will be admitted for free. For more information: www.ryoyanagitani.com or corvallis.piano.com
NEW! Looking for fun and educational programs for your kids to participate in during the summer? Need all day programs? Part day programs? Do you have a preschooler? High schooler? Come to the “Kids Summer Programs Fair” in MU 213 on April 13th from noon to 1 p.m. Organizations from OSU and the surrounding Corvallis/Albany communities will be on hand to answer your questions about the programs that are available for your kids during the summer. Participants include: KidSpirit, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Little Kickers, Albany Boys and Girls Club, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis Montessori, Midway Farms, 4-H, Musicafe Rock School, and more.
Sharpen Your Competitive Edge presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, Wednesday, April 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1001. Presentation by Christopher Klemm, Director Austin Entrepreneurship Program. Free and open to the public. Give yourself a competitive advantage and do not miss this presentation on how to present the perfect pitch. This is great way to prepare for the Weatherford Competitions—The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition, and the Elevator Pitch Competition—to be held on April 22 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop at email@example.com or call 541-713-8044.
The documentary, “Race to Nowhere” describes teen suicide, anorexia, nervous breakdowns, high stakes testing phobia, and rampant cheating as an increasing reality in the lives of high performing American high school students. On Wednesday, April 6, Oregon State University – Cascades Professor Jay Casbon will look at current research behind this concerning issue in an important “It’s in the Bag” lecture titled Failure is Not an Option: College Bound Teenagers and Stress. “It’s in the Bag” lectures are free and no reservation is needed. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking. For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Thernstrom, author of a New York Times-best-selling book “The Pain Chronicles” will speak on “The Pain Chronicles: Narrative, Culture, and the Science of Suffering,” at 7 p.m. on April 7 in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.
In 2010, the OSU women’s soccer team outscored opponents 38-12 on its way to a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. At the April 7 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, coach Linus Rhode will talk about last fall’s successful season and prospects for 2011. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, email@example.com, to save a seat.
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, 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.
William Kirby, a prominent modern Chinese historian, will speak at Oregon State University on April 7 as part of an inaugural event for the new Asian Studies Program on campus. His talk, “The Chinese Century? Business and Education in the 21st Century,” will begin at 4 p.m. at the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
Teachers of Family and Consumer Studies will be hosting Jean Moule, Professor emeritus at Oregon State University, at their annual TFACS conference. This conference will be held on April 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Bloch Room in Eugene. Cost is $50 which includes dinner, materials and our keynote speaker. Moule will be speaking on “Cultural Competence.” How do we become leaders in the K-12 school community and classroom when it comes to recognizing cultural issues and needs of our students? Moule will also be signing her latest edition of her book, “Cultural Competence.” Contact Sara Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lectures and Seminars
NEW! The Institute for Water and Watersheds, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Water Resources Graduate Program and Hydrologic Engineering Inc. are pleased to sponsor the 2011 Spring Hydrology Seminar Series: Climate Impacts on Freshwaters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives – Wednesdays, through June 1, in ALS 4000. The series includes a fantastic group of speakers including Dennis Lettenmaier, University of Washington; Bob Hirsch, US Geological Survey; LeRoy Poff, Colorado State University; David Sunding, UC-Berkeley and more.
Starker Lecture Series Thursday, April 7: “Connecting People and Forests: A Global Perspective on Urban Forestry,” presented by Melanie Kirk, Extension urban forestry specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Dallas, Texas, in Miller Hall of the World Forestry Center in Portland. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
News for Employees
NEW! In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Access the registration form to register for one of the two sessions. Requests for times will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. April 26 – 1 to 2:30 p.m., May 26 – 3 to 4:30 p.m.
NEW! OSU Faculty and Staff can participate in Beaver Strides this term for free. Beaver Strides is a pedometer based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “Step it up!” The Solo Strider 6 week Physical Activity Program begins April 18. Each faculty/staff member receives a free pedometer, tracking booklet, menu ideas and recipes, links to helpful fitness and wellness websites, and can enter into weekly raffle drawings for prizes. Participants who complete the six week program will receive a Beaver Strides stainless steel, BPA free water bottle. To register: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup . A kick-off event takes place April 14 at the Student Health Services (Plageman Bldg.) Room 322 from noon to 2 p.m. for participants to pick up their pedometer, tracking booklet. For more information, email Beaver.Strides@oregonstate.edu.
NEW! In commemoration of 50 years of publishing by the OSU Press, the University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the Press’ 1961 establishment, past directors, and current publications. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Dates: April 5-29. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog and be sure to check out both Digital Collections in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the OSU Press. The Oregon State University Press publishes books that spotlight the rich environmental and natural history, culture, social and scientific issues, and literature of the Pacific Northwest.
The beta version of the official OSU app for the iPhone is now available for download to the campus community. Students, staff and faculty can visit this site with their iPhones to acquire the app. The initial version features a campus map, directory, wallpapers, photo tours, news and more. With more features planned for the coming weeks and months, this is your chance to get a sneak preview of the iOSU app before it’s made available to the public.
The Center for the Humanities is hosting a Spring Art Exhibit, April through June. “And Yet We Belong,” Mixed Media Prints from Print Arts Northwest. Prints by more than 20 northwest artists on display at Autzen House, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 – $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience and graduate entry level stipends beginning at $30,000 and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at: www.nationalacademies.org/rap Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or email@example.com
The Retention and Graduation Rate Report for Fall Term 1994 – Fall Term 2009 Cohort Classes is now available at the Office of Institutional Research web page: This report includes summary tables of OSU’s retention rates, graduation rates, dropout rates, retention and graduation rates by gender, race/ethnicity, and residency, and retention and graduation rates by academic unit.
The Migration Report for Fall Term 2004 Cohort Class is also available at the Office of Institutional Research web page. The study provides detailed information on enrollment, graduation, retention, attrition, and migration of the cohort class over a 1-year to 6-year time span. With this study, each college can track the migration patterns of their students and determine the graduation, retention, and attrition rates of students in their college cohort from 2004 to 2010.
This April, the OSU Sustainability Office and Student Sustainability Initiative invite students, faculty, and staff to participate in the 2011 Campus Carbon Challenge. This month-long event challenges individuals to make personal commitments to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Pledges include simple low and no cost measures such as riding your bike more, eating a vegetarian meal or buying local goods. Along with dozens of other upcoming events in April, the Challenge is an opportunity to join a community of people at OSU show their concern for the planet! For more information, visit the webpage or take the Challenge now !
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will offer a one-day workshop Wednesday, April 13 for OSU researchers interested in NSF programs. The workshop will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and the programs that cut across disciplines. Representatives will make presentations and be available for discussions of potential proposals. There is a registration fee; preregistration is required by noon Friday, April 8. conferences. A live broadcast will be at oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-3. No registration, password, or fees required to view the web streaming. The workshops will be archived at oregonstate.edu/media a few days after the event.
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.
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, today. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-713-8044.
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: Today.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
The Office of Human Resources 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 10. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.
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.
The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Officer or Coordinator (see posting for details). Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary $45,000-$55,000. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0007152. For full consideration apply by: April 13. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Information System Analyst. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary: Commensurate with education and experience. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0007155. Closing date: April 22.
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.
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.
Advisor-Energy Engineering Management/International - The College of Engineering invites applications for an Energy Engineering Management/International Advisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007162, closing date April 24. 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.
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.
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.
Traffic and Maintenance
Weniger: Due to tree maintenance, the parking lot between Weniger Hall & Gilbert Hall will be temporarily closed. Expect a full closure starting at 6 a.m. today and ending at 8 a.m. However the NE quadrant will remain closed until noon.
Corvallis: Today is starting out quite spring-like, but don’t be fooled. An unseasonably cold weather system is moving in tonight, meaning quite a heavy snowfall in the foothills of the Cascades, and even some snow in the higher hills above town. Meanwhile we’ll see more rain on the valley floor, with a high today of 54 and a low tonight of 40.
Central Oregon: Winter seems unwilling to leave Central Oregon, snow is likely to flurry around Tuesday. Temperatures in the mid forties will be accompanied by west winds, growing gustier as the evening approaches.