OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

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: Global warming prompts tree migration (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A new report being released Thursday by Oregon State University has found what researchers are calling a migration of trees throughout the West —with some species disappearing from regions where they’ve thrived for centuries — due to global warming, insect attack diseases and fire. (see also Oregonian, Science Daily, Innovations Report)

Malaria much older than human race (TruthDive)

Malaria is not only native to the New World, but was present long before humans existed and the disease has evolved through birds and monkeys, a new study has found. The researchers from Oregon State University conducted the study of insect specimens preserved in amber. (see also Science Daily, Red Orbit , Health News)

OSU student creates candle “app” used to memorialize Steve Jobs (Oregon Live)

Readers of The Daily Barometer, Oregon State University’s campus paper, learned an interesting fact Wednesday about one of OSU’s undergraduates, a student who transferred to the university just this fall: He recently designed an iPhone application.

Learn to cope: Even moderate stress can have lethal effects (Atlantic)

“Most studies look at typical stress events that are geared at younger people, such as graduation, losing a job, having your first child. I modified the stress measure to reflect the kinds of stress that we know impacts us more as we age,” said lead author Carolyn Aldwin of Oregon State University.

OSU outdoor apparel researchers are woven into the Portland clothing design industry (Oregon Live)

One day last spring, a Nike executive was touring Oregon State University’s apparel design facilities. After being shown the textile lab, the thermal lab and the chemistry lab, he blurted out: “Oh my gosh! This is design with beakers!”

Symposium seeks to close education gaps (Democrat-Herald)

The state must do a better job at educating Oregon’s poor, rural and nonwhite students if it wants to reach the ambitious education goals of Senate Bill 253, passed by the 2011 Legislature. That was the message delivered at the Oregon University System’s “From Goal to Reality” symposium Tuesday at Oregon State University’s CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

OSU post-doc’s decision leads to changes in how NSF researchers use maternity leave (LIFE@OSU)

Patricia Gregg’s request for a no-cost extension of her Postdoctoral Fellowship for maternity leave was the catalyst for the NSF policy changes that now provide better flexibility for scientists and their families.

OSU to honor bright alums at Homecoming 2011 (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University is honoring seven of its distinguished Oregon State University graduates — six alumni fellows and one notable young alumna — during homecoming events Thursday and Friday.

Alice Aycock opens artist lecture series at OSU (Oregonian)

The well known sculptor and public artist Alice Aycock will open Oregon State University’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lectures program next Thursday with a 7 p.m. talk at the university’s LaSells Stewart Center.  A reception for the artist will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. Both the reception and the talk are free. The public is invited, too.

Today

Diversity summit: The Division of Student Affairs presents OSU’s second diversity summit, themed “[c.a.r.e.] harmonize our voices, transform our world,” on Nov. 2-3, in the in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The summit will include a variety of nationally renowned keynotes, engaging program sessions, and opportunities geared towards OSU students, staff, and faculty. Register at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/care/registration/

Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with a candidate on Thursday, Nov. 3, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in MU 213. Tom Ward, University Ombudsman for Staff/Senior Consultant, Clemson University, is the candidate.

Ava Helen Pauling: At the Nov. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mina Carson of the Dept. of History will discuss the life of the peace activist and inspiration for Linus Pauling’s activities leading to the Nobel Peace Prize. Triad meets in MU 109 12 to 1 p.m.. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Gender in the Classroom: This workshop will focus on how gender dynamics impact student/teacher engagement, boundary setting, and rapport building? The panel discussion will focus on capacity building for handling difficult situations and creating respectful and supportive classroom environments. Nov. 3, noon to 1 p.m., Valley Library Willamette East/West.

Larison reads from new novel: Celebrated fiction writer and Oregon State University faculty member John Larison will read from his newly released novel, “Holding Lies,” on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda of the Valley Library on the OSU campus. A book signing follows.

Upcoming Events

New! Music a la Carte: The OSU Chamber Choir and the CHS Concert Choir will perform Nov. 4, noon in the MU Lounge.

NEW! Talk on Paul: Lane McGaughy, Charter fellow of the Jesus Seminar & Westar Institute, will speak about the experience of translating Paul’s meaning rather than just his words, Nov. 7 MU Journey Room 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Campus Ministry at Westminster House.

NEW! OSU Women’s Network: The OSU Women’s Network Fall Social takes place Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It includes refreshments, social time and a presentation at 12:15 p.m. by Carmen Ford Phillips about her mother, philanthropist Hallie Ford. The event is free..

NEW! Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with a candidate on Monday, Nov. 7, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. D.A. Graham, Principal Consultant, DNA Consulting LLC, is the candidate.

Women’s Soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer hosts Oregon in the Civil War Match this Friday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is at 7 pm on Paul Lorenz Field off Western Blvd. This is our final home game, so come on out and support the team and our Seniors’ last game. Admission is FREE, but a canned food item for Community Outreach is much appreciated.

Classes Without Quizzes: Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wouldn’t college classes have been a lot more fun without any of those dreaded quizzes? Now you can come back to class and catch up on the latest advances and OSU news without the worry of a quiz! Price: $35, includes coffee social, classes, lunch and tours. Exclusive offer for the Corvallis community and OSU staff and faculty: Enjoy up to two CWQ free of charge. Campus tour and luncheon are not included. We still need to know how many people to expect, please register. For a full schedule and to register: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&pgid=1663&gid=1&cid=2583&ecid=2583

NASA student symposium: The Oregon Space Grant Consortium will host the 2011 NASA Student Symposium on Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium

Conversations with Ed Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray register for one of the below sessions. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis, and take place Nov. 4, 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Dec. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Our American partnership: The impact of land-grant universities in our 150th year: Alumni Fellow and University of Idaho President, Duane Nellis, will discuss the signature achievements of America’s land-grant universities. He will also present his views on the essential next steps required for strengthening their role and impact. Friday, Nov. 4, 4 to 5 p.m., Reser Auditorium, Linus Pauling Science Center.

Child, elder care needs: Care.com gives OSU students, staff, and faculty access to finding caregivers for children and adults. A brown-bag lunch to learn how Care.com can help your family with immediate and back-up care needs takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Memorial Union room 211. For information: 541-737-4906.

Mediterranean meal: Taste of the Mediterranean: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate International Education Week and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. It takes place Nov. 9, 5 to 7:30 p.m., in Marketplace West Dining Center. Cost is $8 at the door. Tickets are available at UHDS dining centers.

Training Days: Finance and Administration is sponsoring Training Days, Nov. 9-10. Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU. For more information : http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays Registration ends Nov. 4.

Lectures and Seminars

College of Forestry Alumni Fellow Seminar: “From Perspectives to Landscape Scale Conservation: Searching for a Federal Forest Policy,” Dr. William J. Lange, Nov. 4, from 3-4 p.m., in 107 Richardson Hall. The free seminar will address the challenges of federal forest management when it comes to implementing policy initiatives that have a primary focus on preservation and ecological restoration.

News for Employees

NEW! Joy Drive: It’s time for the Childcare and Family Resources fourth annual Joy Drive. The Joy Drive provides OSU student families in need with gifts from the support and generosity of the OSU Community.  Individuals, departments and units can join to adopt a family. Email FamilyResources@oregonstate.edu and indicate the size of family you or your department are willing to sponsor. Reply no later than nov. 15. You will be provided the family’s wish list no later than Nov. 18.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2011: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2011 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Complete program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm.  Deadline for submission: Nov. 14. Information debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

PEBB Open Enrollment: PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2012 is mandatory for selecting a 2012 medical and dental plan or to continue to Opt-Out of the medical or medical/dental plans. If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2012 medical plan by Nov. 15, PEBB will move you to the Employee-only tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2012. You will also be charged the Tobacco and HEM Surcharges, a total monthly charge of $45. http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html 

Faculty development fund: The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funding of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. The due date is Nov. 15. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.

Traffic and maintenance

Washington Avenue parking lot: Due to the 2011 Annual Homecoming Bonfire the Washington Ave. northeast gravel parking lot will be temporarily closed and is to be free of all vehicles on Nov. 3-4. This shutdown is necessary to facilitate preparations, execution and cleanup of the homecoming festivities.

Steam shutdown: A number of buildings will be without steam heat or hot water on Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m., as repairs are made at the Heat Plant. These include Adams, Cascade, Snell, Kerr and McAlexander, as well as a number of residence halls on the south side of campus.

Women’s Building: Due to hole drilling in the Womens Bldg Field, the sidewalk and walkway on the north side of the building will be temporarily closed. This is necessary for construction crews to drill holes for sample testing. This drilling should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

Jobs

To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Office Specialist 2, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University. 1.0 FTE, 12-month. Posting #0008254. Closes Nov. 4.

The Facilities Services Department, is seeking a Grounds Maintenance 2 for their Landscape department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008242. Closes Nov. 4.

OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator position. Posting # 0008218. Closes Nov 6.

Director of College Forests: The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time Director of College Forests, a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #0008152. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 6.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month fixed term Veteran Services Advisor. Posting #0008134. Closes Nov. 6.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, tenure-track Associate University Librarian position. Posting #0007879. Closes Nov. 7.

The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007985. Closes Nov. 8.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grants/Contracts Technician position. This is an internal position open to current OSU employees only. Posting #0008274. Closes Nov. 8.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Administrative Program Specialist. Posting 0008235. Closes on Nov. 11.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #0008255. Closes Nov. 11.

Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chief Risk Officer Position. Posting #0008246, Closes Nov. 13.

Faculty Research Assistant (Data Management emphasis), Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University 0.30 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #0008204. Closes Nov. 14.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008220. New closing date Nov. 15.

The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing is inviting applications for full time, 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0008287. Closes Nov. 15

The College of Science Information Network (COSINe) invites applications for a Linux Administrator.  This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting #0008291. Closes Nov. 15.

The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position. Posting #0008265. The “for full consideration date” has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20. Closes Dec. 4.

The University Library is inviting applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor Data Management Librarian position. Posting #0008089. Closes Nov. 30.

The Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE) 12 month, Instructor in Microbiology. Posting #0008189. Full consideration date, Dec 1.

Associate Director for Communications and Marketing: The Oregon State University Alumni Association is looking for an experienced professional to develop and lead comprehensive marketing and communications programs and services for the association. For full consideration apply by Dec. 2. Position is open until filled. Position description and application information at www.osualum.com/jobs

The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Electronic Resources Unit Supervisor. Posting #0008294. Closes Dec. 9.

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Banking Operation Supervisor. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.

Weather

Corvallis:  It’s another foggy morning, but rain has warmed things up a bit since yesterday, unlike the land over the mountains, where snow is expected. Here we’ll just have plain old rain, and plenty of it. There’s also a chance of thunderstorms and hail, so it’s a mixed bag. Today’s high will be 50 with a low tonight of 30.

Central Oregon:  Let it snow! Snow is likely today, and it will also be cloudy, with a high near 41 low around 22. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

 

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