OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 28, 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.

Study: Big Northwest waves get bigger (MSNBC)

Data from buoys off the Pacific Northwest coast found that since the mid-1970s the height of the biggest waves has increased on average by nearly four inches a year. That’s about 10 feet over that period. “The waves are getting larger,” said lead author Peter Ruggiero, an assistant geosciences professor at Oregon State University.

When moths make a home in yours (New York Times)

Jeffrey Miller, a professor of insect ecology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., has studied moths since 1973 and has developed an analytical approach to dealing with infestation. (See also Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

OSU study: Wildfires’ impacts on climate overestimated (KTVZ)

A recent study at Oregon State University indicates that some past approaches to calculating the impacts of forest fires have grossly overestimated the number of live trees that burn up and the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result. (See also Oregonian)

Being a good fitness role model for kids might not have to involve sweat (LA Times)

In a recent study in the journal Preventive Medicine, researchers found no express link between parents being active and how much physical activity their children got. The authors, from Oregon State University and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, studied 268 children ages 2 to 5 who were in 13 child-care centers in Queensland.

The kicker: Ore. governor asks for tax rebate reform (Boston Globe)

Oregon State University political science professor Bill Lunch said the election results were a cry of pain from voters hurt and made anxious by the Great Recession. (See also CNBC)

Mid January weather a reflection of El Nino Oregonian)

Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University, said sea surface temperatures in the El Nino region of the tropical Pacific were more than 3.2 degrees above normal, the highest in 12 years.

OSU graduate to speak on entrepreneurial vision (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University graduate who has already started two start-up companies since he graduated in 2006 will speak about his entrepreneurial vision in a presentation at OSU on Thursday, Jan. 28, from noon to 1:20 p.m.

Two Oregon State professors receive distinguished titles (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professors Balz Frei and James Carrington have been recognized as “distinguished professors” for their global contributions in their respective fields.

Today

A  conversation around the University’s divisional alignment will take place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Earth Systems Science Forum will be held in MU 206, and includes Mark Abbott, Dean of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences, Sonny Ramaswamy, Dean of Agricultural Sciences, Hal Salwasser, Executive Dean, Division of Earth Systems Science; Dean of Forestry, Facilitator: Leslie Burns.

The science of aging ranges from biochemistry to exercise and personality. At the noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Karen Hooker, director of OSU’s Center for Healthy Aging Research, will discuss projects under way in the center. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

Former Austin Entrepreneurship Program student Ryan Kirkpatrick will speak today 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.

Please join us at the fourth annual OSU Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo from 2 to 5 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union Ballroom. For the past three years, approximately 50 local and nationwide non- profits have attended the expo to recruit volunteers, interns, and graduates, and educate Oregon State students about career options in the non-profit and public sectors. The Nonprofit & Volunteer Expo is a joint effort between Career Services and the Community Service Center (CSC), a student-led leadership program on campus.

Come join the Power Up discussion: Food and Nutrition: Fuel for the mind, body, and soul, 6 p.m., Jan. 28, Dixon Upper Classroom. Join Whitney Sweat, R.D. as she discusses the many ways food fuels us and learn how to reap its benefits.

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 at 7 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library.

Upcoming events

NEW! Technology Support Services (TSS) is once again offering an orientation session for all new Community Network customers. We will be presenting information about our support structure, the many services we offer and where to find help. We would strongly encourage anyone new to your department as well as anyone else who would like a refresher on TSS support to attend this session. The session will be Feb. 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library East Willamette Seminar Room. http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/locations/map/willametteRooms.jpg

A series of conversations around the University’s divisional alignment will take place this term. The following forums are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff:
Health Sciences Forum, Feb. 4, 1 to 3 p.m., MU 109, Tammy Bray, Executive Dean, Division of Health Sciences; Dean of Health & Human Sciences, Cyril Clarke, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Wayne Kradjan, Dean of Pharmacy, Facilitator: Larry Roper.
Business and Engineering Forum,
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, MU Journey Room, Ron Adams, Executive Dean, Division of Business & Engineering; Dean of Engineering, Ilene Kleinsorge, Dean of Business, Facilitator: Larry Roper.
Divisional Alignment Forum
, an open discussion of all divisions, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU Journey Room. Tammy Bray, Executive Dean, Division of Health Sciences; Dean of Health & Human Sciences, Ilene Kleinsorge, Dean of Business, Larry Rodgers, Executive Dean, Division of Arts & Sciences; Dean of Liberal Arts, Hal Salwasser, Executive Dean, Division of Earth Systems Science; Dean of Forestry, Facilitator: Leslie Burns.
Arts and Sciences Forum
, Feb. 25, 1 to 3 p.m., MU 208. Sherm Bloomer, Dean of Science, Larry Rodgers, Executive Dean, Division of Arts & Sciences; Dean of Liberal Arts, Sam Stern, Dean of Education, Facilitator: Paul Doescher.
Divisional alightment forum
– open discussion of all divisions, March 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willamette West Room, Valley Library, Ron Adams, Executive Dean, Division of Business & Engineering; Dean of Engineering, Tammy Bray, Executive Dean, Division of Health Sciences; Dean of Health & Human Sciences, Larry Rodgers, Executive Dean, Division of Arts & Sciences; Dean of Liberal Arts, Hal Salwasser, Executive Dean, Division of Earth Systems Science; Dean of Forestry, Facilitator: Leslie Burns

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.

Join U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader for a town hall on Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.

The Corvallis Swing Dance Society is hosting a free swing dance Jan. 31 at Oddfellows Hall, 223 S.W. Second St. Beginners lessons are from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by dancing from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information go to http://corvallisswing.com

The Western Poultry Scholarship and Research Foundation will be honoring Thomas F. Savage of the Department of Animal Sciences for his many years of selfless service to OSU student scholars on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. in Withycombe 117. The formal program will start at 10:20 a.m.

Dennis Lynn, instructor in Human Development and Family Sciences at OSU Cascades Campus, will speak on “Six Qualities of a Strong Family,” from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at Cascades Campus as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118.

Seminars

NEW! Zoology Graduate Student Invited Speaker Marc Cadotte, Assistant Professor – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto-Scarborough and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, will speak Feb. 1 on “Why evolutionary history matters for ecology and conservation.” The seminar takes place at 3:30 p.m. in 4001 ALS.

The Mark H. Middlekauf Graduate Student Seminar, sponsored by the Department of Microbiology, takes place at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 29 in Nash Hall Room 206. The presenter is Nikki Marshall, and the seminar is titled, “Investigations of regulatory T cell induction during dioxin exposure.”

News for Employees

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have partnered to create two new postgraduate Natural Resources Fellowships.  The fellowships will last one year and are intended to provide the top candidates with technical work experience and training while contributing to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife mission to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. Both Fellowships are located in Newport. The first is a Marine Fisheries Focus.  Applications are due Jan. 29.  The second is a Marine Habitat Focus. Applications are due March 1. For more information see http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/fellows.html

NEW! The OSU Extension Small Farms Program and its partners are excited to be offering their Growing Farms Workshop Series again, this year.  In collaboration with Oregon Tilth and the USDA Risk Management Agency, the Small Farms Program is presenting this workshop series to provide introductory tools and information for beginning specialty crop and livestock farmers. The Growing Farms workshop series will be held every Wednesday from March 10 – April 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.  A full day farm field tour will be on Saturday, April 10.  The course will be held at the Linn County Extension Office in Albany.  Cost for the course is $200 per person or $350 for a couple from the same farm.  Fees include weekly classroom instruction, accompanying field trip, dinner each week and resource binder. For more information see http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu or call Melissa Fery at the OSU Extension Office of Benton County, 541-766-3553.

NEW! The next series of dance lessons at the Corvallis Dance Center begins Feb. 11, and all OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. The following classes will be offered in 5-week series each:
Beginning Ballroom, Thursdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Intermediate Ballroom, Thursdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Intermediate Waltz, Saturdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Intermediate West Coast Swing, Saturdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Beginning West Coast Swing, Saturdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
For details about these classes and other classes and events, visit www.corvallisdancecenter.org  or call 541-602-5297.

Applications for the LL. Stewart Faculty Development Award are due Feb. 1. The L.L. Stewart award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. In addition, up to two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Applications are available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php

“Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” Workshop. A limited number of openings are available for the 2010-11 sessions on Feb. 15 and March 12. Workshop details and pre-registration information is available on the OSU Campus Coalition Builders website at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/ccb/ccbcalendar.html. Participation in will serve as a pre-requisite for the “Skill Building to Effectively Interrupt Prejudicial Behaviors” scheduled for April.

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

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

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

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/.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

Congratulations! We have surpassed the 2008-2009 donation amount of $117,568, which benefits organizations such as United Way. To date, 240 OSU employees have donated a total of $121,054. But there’s still time to donate, by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.

Jobs

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute seeks to hire a Faculty Research Assistant to support the development of a microchannel atomizer. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. To review job posting and apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0005183, closing date 02/05/10. For full consideration apply by Feb. 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 today. 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.

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

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.

Weather

Howard Zinn, who passed away yesterday, wasn’t always the most hopeful historian, but he did leave us with these words of encouragement: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” As we greet this foggy January morning,  perhaps feeling rather small ourselves, it’s not a bad thing to remember. Today will be cloudy after the fog rolls out, with a high of 45, and an overnight low of 38. There’s a chance of rain after 10 p.m. tonight, and we should see some showers tomorrow.

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