OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 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.

The Bigger Kahuna: Are more frequent and higher extreme waves a byproduct of of global warming? (Scientific American)

Article looks at the newly published results from Peter Ruggiero of Oregon State University and his colleagues.

The Oscars go green: Food Inc., The Cove get nods from the Academy (Huffington Post)

The Cove examines the secret, annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, where fisherman trap schools of dolphins and sell their meat dishonestly as whale meat, even though the meat contains high levels of mercury.. OSU’s own Scott Baker is featured prominently in the film.

Learn to save money and cut greenhouse gas (KVAL)

Imagine taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your home, yard and community, and then cashing in on the savings with a leaner household budget. That’s one potential outcome for participants of the Climate Masters at Home program now being offered by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County.

Science Pub to discuss heart disease (Gazette-Times)

The Old World Deli is the location and heart disease is the topic of the Feb. 8 “Science Pub” event, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at 341 S.W. Second St. in downtown Corvallis.

New Electron Microscopy and Imaging Facility Director arrives at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

In January, Oregon State University welcomed Yi Liu as the new director of the core Electron Microscopy and Imaging Facility.

Nature writer Burrows to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

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.

Today

OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: 2010 Career Workshop Series. Today’s session on job searching takes place in the Willamette Industries Seminar rooms, 3rd floor-Valley Library, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVPs appreciated. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

The following events benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share: College of Forestry Soup Lunch (FES) noon to 1 p.m, contact Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details. Hot Dog/Chili/Nacho Bar. 11:30-1:30 p.m. $5 per plate or $2 for a bowl of chili (plates & bowls provided).  3029 Cordley Hall.

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

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. at OSU-Cascades as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118.

Pre-Retirement Program, 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

Upcoming events

NEW! Soup Lunch: $5 for soup, bread, drink and dessert for the campus food drive. Valley Library 3rd floor in the Staff Lounge/Willamette classrooms. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Feb. 4. Ten  soups available, chicken, seafood and several vegetarian. Bring a colleague, feed your student workers. Raise money for the Linn-Benton Food Share. More info: Philip.Vue@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8914.

NEW! Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5 to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Noon, Feb. 5, ALS room 3096.

NEW! A 5K Pajamathon will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in front of Dixon Recreation Center on the Oregon State University campus, 425 SW 26th St. The event is free and no registration is required. Show up wearing your pajamas and you’ll be provided with a map of the route.

NEW! The Plan of Happiness: Why Did God Create Us and What is Our Purpose in Life? Public lecture by Dr. Bobette Bushnell, Dept. of Speech & Communications. Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

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.

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.

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.

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

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! February is  Food Drive month! Help raise money and food for the Linn-Benton Food Share (and OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry):
Month Long Activities include: Raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift certificate to Cloud Nine or Downward Dog. Tickets are $1, contact Tarron Anderson, Ecampus for details. Quilt Raffle – College of Forestry. Tickets on sale all month. Contact Diana Stewart. Baked Goods, made to order! – 1st Floor Ballard (Extension Admin, 4-H, UABC) will be making baked goods to order. For an order form and questions, please contact Laurie Solum , 125 Ballard. For more events: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/food-drive/calendar-events

NEW! Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.
March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.
April 26, 10: to 11 a.m.
May 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

NEW! The First OSU Building Energy Challenge has begun.  Occupants from ALS, Bexell, Milam, Moreland, Wilkinson and the Women’s Building are vying for the title of Challenge Champion by doing basic things like turning off lights and putting computers in standby. For tips, standings and more information, see the Energy Challenge website: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/building-energy-challenge-winter-2010.  Not in a participating building? You can still help OSU save energy.  See the Energy Challenge website to learn how.

NEW! The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through March 1, 2010; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/:
o Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award
o International Service Award
o D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award
o OSU Academic Advising Award
o OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
o OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
o OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship
o OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award
o Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
o Promising Scholar Award
o Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award
o Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award
o Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award

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

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

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

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.

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. 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. 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

The only ones more anxious for Spring than us appear to be the daffodils, who are madly pushing up through last years’ leaves and starting to peek around. Another week and we may see their gold and white faces joining the crocus and snowdrops already making an appearance. We’ll have more showers today with a high of 50 and tonight’s low will drop to 39. Rain is likely again tomorrow.

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