OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 11, 2010

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.

Oregon State hires Richard Spinrad to help grow research program (Oregonian)
Oregon State University has hired Richard W. Spinrad as its new vice president for research, the school announced today, tapping an alum with a deep background in ocean and climate science to expand its $250 million research program.

‘We’re aiming for a revolution in solar cell manufacturing’ (KVAL)

A newly-created signature research center at Oregon State University may give Oregon the potential to become an international leader in solar cell innovation and manufacturing.

Power-Up Challenge at OSU: ‘You can get better’ (KVAL)
Oregon State University recently launched a campus-wide wellness program. It’s called the “Power-Up Challenge.” Students, staff and faculty work with nutritionists, counselors and personal trainers to reach their personal wellness goals.

Sustainability group plans expanded recycling among goals (Gazette-Times)
The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition outlined its accomplishments from 2009 and looked ahead to 2010 at its annual meeting Friday. More than 50 people, including representatives from businesses, school administrators and Oregon State University students, attended the meeting at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Oregon universities brace for possible cuts (Oregonian)
Oregon public universities would for the first time in at least three decades turn away qualified Oregon students if two initiatives fail this month and force them to make cuts, university officials said today.

A nuclear reactor that could fit in the shed (Times Online)
Nuscale, a firm started two years ago to commercialise technology developed at Oregon State University, is ahead of many others. It is working on 45MW reactors that can be put side by side in a traditional power plant set-up.

Oregon State’s Riley receives contract extension (LA Times)
Oregon State and head football coach Mike Riley have agreed on a three-year contract extension through the 2019 season. (See also New York Times)

As storms intensify, Washington coast to get full radar coverage

As the National Weather Service proceeds with the design and construction of the new radar, scientists at Oregon State University’s department of geosciences, using data from buoys far offshore, have concluded that wave heights and the power of winter storms have been on the upswing over the past nearly 30 years. (See also Bellingham Herald)

OSU restores Gill Coliseum’s natural light (KTVZ)
Oregon State University has uncovered windows at Gill Coliseum blocked decades ago.
The university has restored 14 large picture windows on the building’s east and west sides.

Arctic Tundra is Being Lost As Far North Quickly Warms (Yale Environment)

Dominique Bachelet, a climate change scientist at Oregon State University, forecasts that by 2100 tundra “will largely disappear from the Alaskan landscape, along with the related plants, animals, and even human ecosystems that are based upon it.” She made that prediction in 2004, and now says “the basic premise still holds, but the mechanism of change may be different than we thought.”

Sen. Wyden hears health questions, comments (Gazette-Times)
Before taking questions from the audience, Sen. Wyden recognized Oregon State University professor Norm Johnson for his help with Wyden’s bill to manage forests in eastern Oregon.

New Test May Help Address Costly Parasite in Sheep Industry (Science Daily)
Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Georgia have developed an improved, more efficient method to test for the most serious of the parasitic worms in sheep, a problem that causes hundreds of millions of dollars in losses every year to the global sheep and wool industry.


Move it Monday with Beaver Strides, noon to 12:45 p.m. Join students, staff and faculty for a group walk. Meet at Student Health Services near the east entrance.

State Representative Sara Gelser, House District 16, will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the state budget crisis and its foreseeable impact on OSU at 4 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

Advances in science are providing researchers with ever more effective means to understand human behavior – why we do the things we do. Two Oregon State University psychology professors will discuss some of the most interesting insights in this dynamic field in a Science Pub Corvallis presentation tonight at the Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis. “Getting Inside Your Head: Empathy, Stress & First Impressions” gets underway at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Associate Professor Frank Bernieri and Assistant Professor Sarina Rodrigues will discuss their own fascinating research projects as well as other new and emerging developments in psychological studies.

A documentary film screening of “Naturally Obsessed: the making of a scientist” takes place tonight at 6 p.m., in ALS 4001.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSU nuclear engineer Jose Reyes will discuss the latest advances in nuclear energy technologies at this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Thursday, January 14 in MU 109. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat for lunch by contacting Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

The Falla Guitar Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m., Jan 12 at the LaSells Stewart Center. This performance opens the second half of the 51st season of Chamber Music Corvallis. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $22 at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis and Sid Stevens in Albany.  For ore information go to http://www.violins.org or call Marilyn Miller at 541-752-7222.

OSU’s Saturday Academy is facilitating an after school science club for middle school girls. The group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan 28 -March 4. Topics include Ocean Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, and a Carbon Challenge. For more information, please see our website http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu or call at 541-737-8139.

The Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology invites you to join them for the First Annual EMT Research Day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the MU Ballroom. The event features platform talks and posters from EMT students and faculty and keynote speaker Ilona Jaspers (UNC Chapel Hill), who will be speaking on “From cells‐to‐mouse‐to‐human: Effects of air pollutants on influenza infections.” Come learn more about the field of Toxicology and how Toxicology helps create safer foods, drugs and products and protects the environment. Go to http://emt.oregonstate.edu to register and to find additional information. Registration is due by Jan. 21.

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring an election forum on Ballot Measures 66 and 67 on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe St. The forum will be moderated by former State Representative Tony Van Vliet.

Transforming Turmoil into a New Economy, a presentation by John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” and “The Secret History of the American Empire,” takes place at 7 p.m., Jan. 14 in the LaSells Stewart Center.  This is a unique and excellent opportunity to learn more about our global economic crises, and how we can enact social change to better improve the lives of all humans in our global community.

Candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month, includingRodney Ho, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center, University of Washington, Seattle; and Gary Pollack, Executive Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend these candidate forums, located on the OSU campus: Pollack: Jan. 19, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room  The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. The forums will be recorded and will be posted to the web on Jan. 20 (the link to the site will be distributed at a later date).

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents “Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU,” Jan. 13, 4 to 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Dinner included. You must RSVP to mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu by Jan. 8.  This is a two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. It includes Early Stage Funding by Nick Fowler of Orion Ventures, LLC, and Introduction to Technology Transfer by Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its January workshop, “Religion in the Workplace” on Jan. 14 at the Corvallis Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop will feature a panel of leaders from the local faith community talking about their religious culture and traditions and how those might play out in the workplace, with plenty of time for discussion and questions from the audience. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Feb. 8. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The results of the recent Faculty Senate leadership elections are: President-elect – Jack Higginbotham; Executive Committee members – Linda Bruslind, Theo Dreher, John Selker;Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator – Joan Gross

The Oregon State women’s golf program is offering a series of three lessons for adults of any skill level. Leading the clinic is Oregon State head women’s golf head coach Rise Lakowske, assistant coach Kailin Downs with assistance from members of the 2009-10 women’s golf team. The clinic will cover all aspects of the game including putting and chipping, and provides a wonderful opportunity to sharpen skills during the winter months. The cost for the three lesson clinic is $100 per person and will be held at the Truax Indoor Center on the Oregon State campus. The first lesson of the clinic is scheduled for Jan. 28, the second coming Feb. 4 and the final lesson Feb. 11. For more information call Kailin Downs at 541-230-0700.

A new winter lineup of professional development courses awaits you. These courses are offered at no cost to faculty and staff and include four separate topics: Creating Productive Work Environments, De-Junking Your Life, Managing People Through Change, and Stretch Goals: Taking your performance to the next level. For details and to register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training (courses are listed alphabetically).

Are you a manager, supervisor or lead worker? The OSU Core Curriculum is a no cost 4-day supervisory training program scheduled for mid-February that focuses on 3 areas: State and University Service, Performance Management and Work life Management. Campus speakers from Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Employee Relations, Environmental Health & Safety and more will present relevant topics and connect you with resources that will empower you to be successful. For more details and to register, visit website: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/core.html.

Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) is an eight week summer internship program for 9-11 graders. Internships will be available in chemistry, biomedicince, engineering, biology, and much more. ASE gives students the opportunity to build their resume, and gain valuable work experience. 99% of ASE interns go onto college immediately following high school. We are looking for student applicants and mentor applicants for the summer of 2010. Student applicants must first submit a preliminary application due Jan. 15, and then submit the final application due March 2. For interested mentor applicants please contact our office by phone or email. For more information see http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May. Grant applications are due by Jan. 15. For more information please visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/osufund/womens/apply_grant.htm. Or contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

The Student Employee of the Year is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. A student must meet all of the following to be considered for the award: Must meet eligibility requirements and be employed by an OSU college/unit/department; Must have completed or expect to complete a minimum of either three (3) months full time employment or six (6) months part-time employment during this academic year, June 1 to May 31; A student employed on an academic appointment (Graduate Assistantship) or any other manner not paid through the Student Employment payroll process is not eligible for nomination. The nomination form is online at http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/seoty_nomination_form_osu_12-30-09.doc Email the form to Mike Mays at :mike.mays@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which state employees can make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Last year, OSU employees donated $117,568, which benefits organizations like United Way. We’re getting close to catching up with that number this year. To date, 214 OSU employees have donated a total of $107,275. Meanwhile, UO has had 614 employees who donated $233,404 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


Facilities Services is seeking a Grounds Maintenance Worker 2. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Landscape Department of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes today.  Posting #0005127.

Facilities Services is seeking an Accountant 1. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Jan.12.  Posting #005128.

Accounting Technician – Business Affairs invites applications for an Accounting Technician.  This is a full-time limited duration appointment for six months, with a possible extension to 18 months, not to exceed two years from the appointment begin date. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0005138.  Closing date Jan. 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extension Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall/Sackett Hall parking area: The parking area to the north of Sackett Hall will be closed through midnight Jan. 17. Handicapped parking and load\unload spaces will remain open.


This morning was a bit dreary but dry, and there’s only a 40 percent chance of rain today, with a high of 48. Rain will definitely be here by tonight, as the low drops to 44, and Tuesday the rain will continue.

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