OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 29, 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.

Breeder’s work rescues industry (Capital Press)

Once thought to be a death knell for the West’s hazelnut industry, Eastern filbert blight is on the run, thanks to the efforts of an Oregon State University plant breeder.

Mixed reaction to measures’ approval (Capital Press)

Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Dean and Experiment Station Director Sonny Ramaswamy said he heaved a sigh of relief when he learned the measures passed. The OSU Extension Service and Experiment Station rely on taxes for about 17 percent of their operating budget.

Children more active when parents believe they’re good athletes, study shows (Parent Dish)

A new study finds there isn’t a strong link between how physically active parents are and the exercise their children get. Parents do nudge their kids to be active if they believe they have athletic talent, though. The study appears in the journal Preventive Medicine. Its authors, Stewart Trost and Paul Loprinzi of Oregon State University, relied on data gathered in early childhood education centers in Queensland, Australia.

Tips for talking to kids (Bend Bulletin)

Kathy Becker-Blease, a child development psychologist from Oregon State University, says children may worry about something like the earthquake happening here. Parents can reassure children about the unlikelihood of such an event.

Ken Lowman, broker-owner, Las Vegas Luxury Homes (Las Vegas Sun)

Ken Lowman knows how to engineer his way around a problem. The 45-year-old broker-owner of Luxury Homes of Las Vegas, an electrical engineering graduate from Oregon State University, became interested in real estate while in Southern California. There he worked as an engineer at a Frito Lay processing plant making Doritos.

Success of the nerd (Gazette-Times)

OSU alum Ryan Kirkpatrick’s two businesses market to the young and the cool; he stages snowboarding events at college campuses across the western United States — on real snow. He also manufactures high-fashion sunglasses made from exotic woods.

Beaver Nation sends truckload of donations to Haiti (LIFE@OSU)

More than 350 boxes full of donations for Haiti were piled up outside of Gill Coliseum Wednesday as volunteers loaded them onto a 48-foot truck donated by Reser’s Fine Foods.

Today

It’s College Colors Friday so make sure you’re wearing your orange!

2010 HHS Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  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 organizations will be represented as well. Enjoy pizza, vegetables and drinks. This annual event is free.

Saturday

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Oregon State University Extension Service has opened registration for its 10th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference on Feb. 27 in Corvallis. http://beginningfarmers.org/oregon-small-farms-conference-february-27th-in-corvalis/

NEW! Pre-Retirement Program, Feb. 3, OSU Foundation Board Room, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. When people think about retirement, money often comes to mind first, but some of the greatest rewards and challenges are social, physical, and personal.  This session will stimulate your thinking about these important aspects of your life – now and in the future. This event is organized by Clara Pratt, Peter Bloome and the OSURA Member Services Committee

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. 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

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

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

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

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. For more information see http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu or call Melissa Fery at the OSU Extension Office of Benton County, 541-766-3553.

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

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

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 Sunday.

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

The late J.D. Salinger wrote,”Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.” So today, in honor of Salinger, we’ll keep strictly to the facts. Rain showers are expected today with a high of 49. Rain is likely tonight with a low of 41. There’s a slight chance of showers through the weekend.

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