OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 25, 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.

Scientists rethink how water moves in soil (UPI)

The discovery that soil clings to the first rain after a dry summer upends nearly a century of thinking in soil science, Oregon State researchers said.

Oregon university presidents take pay cuts (Oregonian)

Oregon public university leaders and presidents have agreed to share some of the pain from the recession and budget cuts by voluntarily accepting smaller paychecks this year, bucking a national trend of pay raises for college executives.

OSU Press book recounts Chinese massacre in Wallowa County (Oregonian)

Lesser felonies in Oregon have played out longer and in far greater detail. Others have sent more offenders to prison, not a few to face the executioner.  But what happened May 25, 1887, and the following day in eastern Oregon’s Hells Canyon, then known as the Snake River Canyon, is without equal in Northwest criminal history. When the shooting was done, as many as 34 innocent men lay dead.

Kids, parents get tasty nutrition lesson (Democrat-Herald)

Speaker Janice Gregg of Oregon State University Extension Service demonstrated how to prepare easy skillet chili and pear quesadillas in the third of the Growing Families Together event series.

Horse on a treadmill (WCTV)

Many people got new treadmills this year to stay healthy and so did researchers at Oregon State University.

Cold War split birds too (Science NOW)

Western Europe saw the introduction of 96 species of birds during the Cold War, while Eastern Europe only saw 24. The relative freedom of movement and high levels of global trade in the West account for the difference, says co-author Susan Shirley, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University.

Jobs and taxes (Blue Oregon)

A discussion on Measures 66 & 67 by OSU’s William Jaeger.

Centenarian: Work for peace (Gazette-Times)

Former OSU professor Myron Cropsey celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Worthy of care (The Christian Century)

A review of OSU Professor Gary Ferngren’s book, Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity.C

Today

A campus forum for a Dean of Pharmacy candidate takes place today. Rodney Ho, Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center at University of Washington, Seattle will appear from  11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in MU 213.

A campus forum for an OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidate takes place today. Chris Bell, Academic Programs Director, INTO Oregon State University; Professor of Civil Engineering will appear from  noon to 1:15 p.m., in MU 206.

Move it Monday with Beaver Strides. Join other students, faculty and staff for group walks around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods during the lunch hour. They meet at noon at Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance and walk for approximately 45 minutes. Participate as part of the Power Up Challenge!

A lecture by Hua-yu Li, Center Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, on Adopting Stalinism: Mao and his Making of the Chinese Communist Party into a Bolshevik Party, 1941-45 takes place at 4 p.m., at the Autzen House, 811, S.W. Jefferson.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Benefits of Mindfulness, a Power Up Challenge event, takes place 4 p.m., Jan. 27,  in MU 206. Learn how being more “present” in your everyday living can help you. Based off of Eastern philosophy, the mindfulness approach has been utilized in an increasing number of settings to improve quality of life. Discover ways in which mindfulness can have positive impacts on your own health, relationships and emotional well-being.

NEW! Join the Austin Entrepreneurship for the 2nd Annual Weatherford Awards , honoring lifelong Entrepreneurs and Innovators. The Weatherford Awards will be held Feb. 17 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. This year’s honorees are: Frank Cloutier, leader of the HP team that developed the Ink Jet Printer, Douglas Engelbart, Ph.D., inventor of the computer mouse, Doc and Connie Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef, Cory Schreiber, pioneer of the NW Natural Food Movement, James Peterson, Ph.D., world-leading wheat breeder, Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.

NEW! Should parents whose children die because of religious-based medical neglect be prosecuted? Experts will discuss that question and more at Oregon State University. The event, “What More in the Name of God? Faith Healing and the Death of Children,” will be held  Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library.

Campus forums for OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty.  Joey Spatafora, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology: Jan. 26, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU International Forum; Ray Brooks, Professor of Finance, College of Business: Jan. 27, 10 – 11:15 a.m., MU 20. The forums will include a 20 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. Feel free to bring your lunch to the forums scheduled at noon. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Former Austin Entrepreneurship Program student Ryan Kirkpatrick will speak Jan. 28 at OSU on creating two successful start-ups. He will give a lecture from noon to 1:20 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. Faculty are invited for a luncheon meeting with Kirkpatrick from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. Please RSVP at RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu by Jan. 25 and note the name of event. Students are invited to a Fireside Chat from 3-4 p.m. in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall. This is your chance to meet one-on-one with our guest speaker. RSVP at RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and note the name of event.

2010 HHS Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29. For EXSS, HDFS-HS, and PH students. Get your foot in the door! Meet with career professionals from over 40 businesses and organizations to find out about internship possibilities. The college’s 20 student clubs and oraganizations will be represented as well. Enjoy pizza, vegetables and drinks. This annual event is free.

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) 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/mri.htm
NSF – MRI program site:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10529/nsf10529.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb. 26 and should be sent electrically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2010. Applications are due in the Research office by March 8. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm

NEW! The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Summer Term 2010. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 1. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive

Selah Meyer, Sarah Paeth and OSU students living in Azalea House Co-Op are doing a shoe drive for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Donations of lightly-used tennis shoes, running shoes, hiking boots, or sandals are being sought. The goal is 300 pairs of shoes, so every pair counts. The drive continues through Jan. 30. Drop shoes off at 1050 S.W. Madison Dr. (Azalea House)

The Graduate School encourages your nomination of qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, including eligible students at OSU Cascades Campus, under the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship program. Total funding available for these awards will be distributed equally on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Nominations must be received by the Graduate School by Feb. 15. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2010-11 Release for Fall term 2010, Winter term 2011 or Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 22, 2010. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu .

 

Each year, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center at Oregon State University presents the Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. We need your help identifying possible recipients of the 2010 Women of Achievement Awards. For more information see: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter

Charitable Fund Drive Update

Great job, folks! We’re a little more than $3,000 away from the 2008-2009 amount of $117,568, which benefits organizations such as United Way. To date, 232 OSU employees have donated a total of $114,430. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.

Jobs

Office Specialist 1, OSU Extension Service – Linn County.  F/T, starting at $1923 monthly + benefits.  Major duties include: performing office reception duties, including collecting funds for publication sales and registration fees for events, routing customer and volunteer inquiries; clerical support to volunteer 4-H program, Master Gardener volunteers including generating, duplicating, and mailing correspondence and other documents, and maintaining 4-H database; ordering office supplies and maintaining publications inventory.  For complete announcement including minimum qualifications, special requirements/preferences & application materials visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing date Feb. 1 at 5 pm.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants/ Contracts Tech in the department of Botany & Plant Pathology.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0005193.  Closing date is Feb. 4.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University. The position involves reporting directly to and working closely with the Director of Foundation Relations, the Foundation Relations Coordinator will provide support for and assist in the administration and coordination of all activities of the Foundation Relations program. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

Office Specialist 2: The department of Mathematics is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005147. For consideration apply by Jan. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Fiscal Coordinator I: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a Fiscal Coordinator I. This is a full-time, 12 month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees; for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting 0005156. Closing Date: Feb. 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. This accountability also involves the management and development of the academic support team. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

Accounting Techncian in Crop & Soil Science. This is a full-time position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0004968. Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information. Closing date is today.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Creative Director, Special Events to develop the creative look for specific events and assist with coordination of other events. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/Student Based Programs Manager to oversee the Student Telephone Outreach Program, create the Student Philanthropy Program and continue to grow the Senior Class Gift Program. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended 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

Linus Pauling: Due to construction related to the LPSC project, Campus Way and 30th Street will be intermittently closed down during project work.  Use extreme caution during this time period. This work will begin at 7:30 a.m. today and should be completed by April 30.

Kerr Admin: Due to testing on the fire alarm system, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms will sound during this time. Facilities crews will be working to test and reset the building fire system. This testing is necessary to ensure the building fire system is functioning properly. The testing will begin at 11 p.m. Jan. 30 and should conclude by 5 a.m. Jan. 31.

Adams Hall: Due to upgrades being performed on the building’s only ADA access to Adams Hall, the western entrance/exit will be temporarily closed. All personnel without disabilities are asked to utilize the northern and eastern entrances of the building. A temporary call box will be installed near the building’s eastern entrance to allow building services to be obtained outside the building. Signage will be in place to assist visitors to open the building entries. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

Weather

This morning’s air echoed with the calls of countless ducks, shapes silhouetted against the overhanging clouds. Those clouds will produce some showers before 10 a.m. today, and then the day should dry out a bit, as highs reach 51. There may be a few showers tonight, with a low of 36, and into tomorrow morning, but no big downpours are expected.

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