OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 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.

OSU canola study validates state’s prohibitions (Capital Press)

Concerns over canola’s potential to infest vegetable seed crops are viable and warrant the crop’s prohibition in parts of Oregon, according to recently released findings from a three-year study. In summarizing the findings, Russ Karow, head of Oregon State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, noted that several questions surrounding canola’s compatibility with vegetable seed crops remain unanswered.

OSU: Measures’ passage means no cuts to colleges this fiscal year (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray said Oregon’s two tax measures, passed Jan. 26 by voters, mean the school will make no cuts to its colleges in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

We are experiencing the strongest El Nino since 1998‘ (KVAL)

“From past experience, we know the chance of rebounding from early snowpack deficits during an El Niño year are pretty small,” said Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute based at Oregon State University and an OSU atmospheric scientist.

Historian explores results of ‘The War on Welfare’ (Black Radio)

he war on poverty of the 1960s turned into the war on welfare in the 1990s, and the result, according to a new book by an Oregon State University historian, is that record numbers of women and children have joined the ranks of the working poor.

Forest fire studies may give false results (UPI)

Oregon State University researchers say some past approaches to calculating the impact of forest fires have overestimated the number of live trees that burn up and the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere as a result.

Class takes it to the mountain (Bend Bulletin)

A new Oregon State University-Cascades Campus class uses Mt. Bachelor as its classroom. Literally.

Free to roam, but stranded in Oregon (Register-Guard)

A review of Bonnie Henderson’s “Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris” (Oregon State University Press, 2008) — an Oregon Book Award finalist.

‘Growing Farms’ workshop series begins in March (Gazette-Times)

The OSU Extension Small Farms Program and its partners are again offering the “Growing Farms” workshop series.

Oregon State to host social justice conference (Gazette-Times)

A conference to discuss the pursuit of social justice locally and globally is planned for Wednesday and Thursday at Oregon State University.

OSU calling all would-be designers (Gazette-Times)

The Department of Design and Human Environment at Oregon State University is hosting a career symposium for students that is also open to the general public.

Nature author to speak Friday at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Franklin Burroughs, an award-winning writer of essays about the natural world, will speak at Oregon State University on Friday, Feb. 5.

Today

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 at 10 a.m. in Withycombe 117. The formal program will start at 10:20 a.m.

Upcoming events

NEW! Sleep Mythbusters, an interactive workshop to debunk sleep-related myths and learn active steps you can take to improve your sleep quality and quantity, takes place Feb. 4, 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 207 as part of the Power Up Challenge.

NEW! Franklin Burroughs, a writer whose essays about the natural world have captivated generations of readers, will speak at Oregon State University on Friday, Feb. 5. “An Evening with Franklin Burroughs” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library on the OSU campus with a reading and question-and-answer session with the author, followed by a book-signing. The literary event, sponsored by the OSU Visiting Writers Series, is free and open to the public.

OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: Three part 2010 Career Workshop Series. Feb 3 (Job searching) March 4 (Writing your application materials) and April 1 (Ins and Outs of Interviewing). This event is free and open to all.The series takes place in the Willamette Industries Seminar rooms, 3rd floor-Valley Library, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for each session. RSVPs appreciated. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

Scientists are making significant advances in biotechnology for health, agriculture and forestry, but the field faces social controversy and regulatory constraints. Steve Strauss, director of OSU’s Outreach in Biotechnology program, will address these issues at the Feb. 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club in MU 109. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

On Feb. 3-4, the OSU Women’s Center and Justice and Leadership in Community (JLC) student leaders will co-sponsor a conference on identity diversity and how we can bring those identities together to advocate for social change. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/intersecting-identities

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/

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

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

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Help OSU win in the Recyclemania Civil War this term! OSU is competing against UO and other universities across the US to see who can recycle the most. In week one, UO beat us 1.51 to 1.44 pounds per person! Recycle items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard so we can “trash” the competition. More info at recycle.oregonstate.edu or by contacting Andrea at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The oldest active member of the Chemistry Department, Ken Hedberg, turns 90 today.  As an emeritus professor, Hedberg still remains very engaged in his research, which involves the determination of the structures of molecules by analyzing the scattering of electrons by them.  Hedberg is acknowledged as the world’s leading expert in his field and his work has been continuously supported by the National Science Foundation for more than 50 years.  He received his BS degree from OSU in 1939 and has the distinction of having four OSU athletic letters, as an outstanding tennis player.

NEW! Provost Sabah Randhawa has appointed an Oregon State University Marine Council. Through the creation of a Marine Council, OSU will advance its goal of being recognized as one of the best institutions nationally and internationally in advancing coastal and marine sciences for fundamental understanding of ocean processes and their role in earth systems as well as meeting environmental, economic, and social needs. The Marine Council will provide integrated and coordinated approaches to address key marine issues and opportunities and provide collaborative leadership to enhance external partnerships. Steve Brandt, Director of the Oregon Sea Grant Program, will serve as the first Marine Council Chair. To learn more about the Council, its objectives, responsibilities, and membership, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/committee.html

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IERT) Program. The IGERT program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduation education for students, faculty and institutions by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letters of intent are due by Feb. 8 in the Research Office. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/igert.htm Letters of intent should be submitted to Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information call 541-737-8390.

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund 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 For more information call 541-737-8390.

The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2010-11 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2010-11 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. The Bayley Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $4,000. Meritorious domestic and international degree-seeking graduate students may be eligible. The Yerex Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $12,000. Eligibility is limited to meritorious graduate students who are pursuing study in a scientific or technological field and who are US citizens or permanent residents. International graduate students are not elegible. Deadline is Feb. 5. For details see http://oregonstate.eud/dept/grad_school/current/fellowships.html

The latest issue of Synergies online is up at and Tammy Bray is celebrating the passion, hard work, ingenuity, and integrity of student in the College of Health and Human Sciences. http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are offering a postgraduate Natural Resources Fellowship with a Marine Habitat Focus. Applications are due March 1. For more information see http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/fellows.html

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

Jobs

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume.    To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at  http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Office Specialist 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Then go to Posting #0005222.Closing Date: Feb. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 Feb. 2, OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a position open for an Administrative Assistant in Development. This position provides general clerical and administrative assistance and support to an assigned team of Development Officers. To review a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment

Office Specialist 2: The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a part-time (5 hours a day) .625 FTE, 9-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 #0005212. For consideration apply by Feb. 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Library Technician I – Circulation, Instruction & User Services, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, mornings and weekend hours, $1854-2484/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005229 Closing Date: Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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/

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.

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

Weather

Fog is somehow inextricably linked to otherness, transporting our world into something strange and unfamiliar. Emily Dickinson recognized the otherwordliness of it with her dying words, “Let us go in, the fog is rising.” But this morning’s fog will soon give way to the more familiar. It will be mostly cloudy today with a slight chance of rain. Today’s high will reach 52, with an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow there’s a good chance we might experience a thunderstorm or two before the day is over.

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