OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 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.

What is the most effective school model? (PBS)

Mark Fermanich is an assistant professor for education policy at Oregon State University. He specializes in education finance with a focus on building capacity for using education resources effectively.

Fatherhood cuts crime, drinking, smoking (TIME Magazine)

Lead author David Kerr, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University, and colleagues assessed more than 200 at-risk boys annually from the age of 12 to 31 in how their crime, tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use changed over time. (see also UPI, Global TV Toronto, Yahoo)

Methane may be the answer to 56-million-year-old question (Phys.Org)

The release of massive amounts of carbon from methane hydrate frozen under the seafloor 56 million years ago has been linked to the greatest change in global climate since a dinosaur-killing asteroid presumably hit Earth 9 million years earlier. Frederick Colwell, a professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry at Oregon State University, is co-author of the study.

Returning to his roots (Gazette-Times)

One of OSU’s original University Honors College students now teaches in the program.

OSU merges geosciences with COAS (Democrat-Herald)

The geosciences program at Oregon State University is joining the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences to form a powerful new academic and research college at OSU focusing on the Earth as an integrated system.

Civil War football dinner (Bend Bulletin)

The 10th annual Central Oregon Civil War dinner and auction fundraising event, presented by the Central Oregon Beaver Athletic Student Fund, is set for Monday, Nov. 21, in Bend.

2011 Alumni Fellows (Gazette-Times)

A number of former students were named as Oregon State University Alumni Association Alumni Fellows at last weekend’s Homecoming.


Film festival: The third International Film Festival , showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, will be held Nov. 7-11 in Corvallis. The International Film Festival is organized by OSU faculty teaching film courses in the foreign languages and literature areas to showcase the variety of international cultures. Free and open to the public. Screenings are held at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. in Corvallis.

OSU Women’s Network: The OSU Women’s Network Fall Social takes place Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hallie E. Ford Center
Room 115. 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.

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.

Candidate forum: OSU Extended Campus invites the campus community to attend the Presentation and Open Forum for Maurine Powell, candidate for Summer Session Director on Nov. 9 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in MU 211. This is the last of three presentations by candidates for this position.

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.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

Climate change lecture: Richard Alley, a geologist, glaciologist, and climate change scientist will present the 2011 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is designed for a non-specialist audience. It is titled “Get Rich and Save the World, or Else: Challenges and Opportunities in a Warming World.” The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center.

Ethics of biotechnology: Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics at the University of California, will speak on “Should genetically engineered salmon be allowed?” at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

New Product Commercialization: The Industry Affiliates Board is providing a guest speaker as part of the Professional Development Series. Jake VanderZanden is a Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of Blount International and will be speaking about delivering financial value, team building, and other topics. Dearborn 118, 6 p.m., Nov. 9.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Dasenko retirement: Bonnie Dasenko of the General Counsel’s office is retiring after 40 years with OSU. A celebration will be held Nov. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in MU 109A. Refreshments will be served. To send a card, forward it to Barbara Melton, General Counsel’s Office, 524 Kerr Admin.  Questions?  barbara.melton@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Music à la Carte: Quintet Americana, an all-female wind ensemble from the Oregon Chamber Players of Portland. In a salute to American Veterans, the quintet will open the concert with our National Anthem. Nov. 11 at 12 p.m., Memorial Union Lounge, Free.

NEW! International Education Week: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally, Nov. 14-18. Choose from among 27 events that will highlight and celebrate the importance of international educational exchange and the variety of opportunities as well as practical considerations for students and faculty and staff at OSU.  For a schedule of events and detailed descriptions of each event, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew.

Faculty senate: The Nov. 10 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20111110.html#. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Agenda Items include: Approval of the Candidate Slate and Apportionment Table, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Recap, Ecampus Task Force Report, 2011-2012 Budget Update and an Executive Committee Update.

Food lectures: Perspectives on how growing, cooking and sharing food has changed over time will be shared in lectures to be held Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11 on the Oregon State University campus. Historian Ken Albala will give a series of lectures on “Perspectives on Eating from the Past” all in Memorial Union Room 109. The free, public lectures begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at noon on Friday.

Willamette Innovators Night: Leaders from established manufacturers such as Oregon Iron Works to startups such as
Trillium FiberFuels and the AirShip Technologies Group will discuss how research and industry partnerships are changing the state’s economic landscape at the annual Willamette Innovators Night (WiN) on Nov. 10, 1:45 p.m. in the CH2M-HILL Alumni Center. The public is welcome. A schedule is available at http://bit.ly/w090rx.

Austin Fellow: Kyle David, Professional Musician, will visit OSU on Nov. 10, 7 to 8 p.m., as part of the Austin Fellows Program. He’ll be in the Trysting Tree Conference Room, D107, Weatherford Hall. To RSVP: Carol Hahn, carol.hahn@bus.oregonstate.edu, 541-713-8040

OSU Choirs Salute our Veterans: The OSU Meistersingers, Bella Voce, and the OSU Glee Choir in concert. Each choir will perform individually, and then join together to finish the concert with “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Tickets are $10, available at ticketsoregon.com and at the door. OSU students free with ID.

Lessons of Holocaust Week: For 25 years, OSU has evoked memories of the Holocaust as a window on genocide and the struggle for human rights. At the Nov. 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Paul Kopperman of the Dept. of History will discuss lessons learned in these events. Triad meets in MU 109 from 12 to 1. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Breakfast with Bill McKibben: A breakfast with Bill McKibben takes place Nov. 18. Register by Nov. 10 to be part of this conversation. The DISCOVERY Lecture Series brings prominent scientists, acclaimed writers and key policymakers to OSU to present on matters of national and international importance. Learn more about the inaugural presentation in this lecture series at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/discovery

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Cultural insights: Speech Communication Colloquium Series presents William Wei, a visiting scholar from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, on Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106. He will share cultural insights that he has gained from living and studying at OSU for several terms.

NEW! STEM Learning Talk: The Department of Science and Mathematics Education in collaboration with the (future) Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents Marta Civil, Frank A. Daniels Jr. Distinguished Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of North Carolina, will speak on “Funds of Knowledge and STEM Learning” on Friday, Nov. 11 at noon in Kidder 202. Please bring your lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

Smart Policy: Using the Science of Early Brain Development to Inform Public Sector Programs for Children & Families. Philip Fisher, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, will discuss his work with children in foster care and the child welfare system. The free lecture is from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Room 115 of the Hallie Ford Center. Contact denise.rennekamp@oregonstate.edu for more.

Physics: Philip Kim will present the annual Yunker Physics Lecture on Nov. 11, 4 p.m., Weniger 151. He will speak on “Relativity, Quantum Physics and Graphene.” Kim is a world expert and pioneer in the field of grapheme electronics. In 2006, he was named one of the “Scientific American 50”, honoring his contributions to science and society.

News for Employees

NEW! Food drive: The OSU Forensics Team, along with Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies, is sponsoring a Community Food Drive to benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. Until Tuesday, Dec. 6, bins are set up on the main floor of Shepard Hall and in Strand Ag. Hall.  Donations of canned foods and packaged dry food/meals are welcome. Cash donations can be dropped off at 104 Shepard Hall.

NEW! Powwow Exhibit: In Celebration of Native American Heritage Month the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view an exhibit documenting OSU’s first Pow Wow. The exhibit is on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case and will be up through December. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr.  For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

NEW! New Latino studies center: OSU has established CL@SE, Center for Latino/Latina Studies and Engagement. Susana Rivera-Mills will serve as interim director of  the new center, designed to meet the research and outreach needs relating to Oregon’s growing Latino population.

NEW! MLK awards: Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr celebration awards presented at the annual Peace Breakfast. The Phyllis S. Lee award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice. The Frances Dancy Hooks award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity. Information at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/awards and are due on Friday, Dec. 2. Questions may be directed to diane.davis@oregonstate.edu.

Faculty orientation: The Research Office is offering a new faculty orientation for professorial-ranked faculty and support staff on Nov. 11 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Register at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22. The Research Office will be closed during the orientation.

Dixon memberships: From Nov. 7 until Jan. 13, 2012 you can use our facilities for half the price! Half-Term Memberships are available at the RecServices Desk at Dixon. Prices are $34 for Extended Students, Student Affiliates & Dependants, $39.50 for Faculty, Staff, Associated, Special Affiliates and their Dependants, and $48 for OSU Graduate Alumni. For more information on types  of memberships and FAQs, visit our website. RecServices can be contacted at 541-737-3736.

Toiletry donation drive: The OSU Center for Civic Engagement is collecting toiletries for members of the homeless community from Nov. 7-18. Donate items at specified boxes located at the MU Info Desk, MU Java Stop, Dixon, and the Valley Library (outside Java II). Toiletries including non-alcoholic mouthwash, toothpaste, disposable razors, deodorants, shaving cream, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, lotion, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, dental floss, hand sanitizer etc. Donations will be given to Community Outreach, Inc.

NSF – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): Acquisition or Development Program: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – MRI program. The program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 18. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Call to artists: All classified employees, professional faculty and OSU affiliates are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the second annual OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit. Get the submission form and share your talent by Nov. 28. The exhibit will run Jan. 6 through Feb. 7, 2012 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on Jan. 10. Dust off your skills over the break and share your creativity with campus.

Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): START program for Winter/Spring Term(s) 2011-12. This program is open to first year students, sophomores, and students who have recently transferred to OSU from other institutions. (This is separate from the regular URISC program.) Deadline: Dec. 2. View guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT 2011-12 Winter (Spring term release) program. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 14. Guidelines for applications: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

More free grad student and faculty workshops at Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Fall 2011 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series continues with a wide variety of upcoming sessions. Attendees will learn to use or hone their skills with citation manager tools, eReaders, Web of Science and explore ways to make smart decisions about the author rights they turn over publishers. Register here. For more information, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Exploration: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 8 an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Deadline: Nov. 17. Full description. For more information, Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961.

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor will be on campus for individual consultations Dec. 6-8. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To reserve a time, call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601.

NSF – Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – NCN program. The program provides an opportunity to compete to reconfigure the NCN. The new configuration will be restructured as a stand alone Cyber Platform and three new Nodes (NanoBIO, NanoMFG and Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation). Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ncn.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 11. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Treee removal: OSU removed 24 trees from Jefferson Avenue between 30th and 35th Streets this week as the first phase of a project to widen the street, install bike lanes, and replace the uprooted sidewalk. Many of the trees were in a state of decline, according to OSU arborists, and needed to be replaced. OSU will construct a new sidewalk a few feet to the north of the existing walkway and plant 29 new maple trees adjacent to it by June 1. The removed trees were also over a city water main, threatening city services to campus, OSU engineers say. Construction on the new sidewalk, which will be ADA-compliant, will begin soon. The second phase of the project, widening of the street and installation of bike lanes, should begin this spring.

Campus Way: Temporary stop signs in the north and southbound lanes in place during construction of the new Linus Pauling Science Center on 30th and Campus Way will now be removed, following completion of the project. The sign removal will take place Wednesday morning, Nov. 9.

Milam Hall: Due to electrical work all electrical services to Milam Hall will be shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to install new breakers to feed electricity to new basement labs. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 and should end by 10 p.m.

Campus Way: Due to telecom upgrading, Campus Way (west of 35th Street), will be temporarily closed. Pedestrian and bike access will not be affected. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 14 and should end by noon, Nov. 18. Campus Way east of 35th street will also be closed from 7 a.m. Nov. 16 to noon Nov. 18 for telecom upgrading.

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.


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

Human Resources Consultant 1 for UABC. Posting #0008273. Closes Nov. 9.

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.

The Office of Human Resources is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, fixed term HR Technical Lead. Posting #0008107. Closes Nov. 13.

Faculty Research Assistant – Research Information Management Specialist, 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 Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Analyst Programmer competency level 2. Posting #0008304. Closes Nov. 16.

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is inviting applications for Research Associate (Post Doc) – OHRC Salmon Homing position. Posting #0008236. Closes Nov.18.

Academic Advisor, College of Business, Oregon State University. This is for three, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term positions. Posting #0008303. Closes Nov. 27. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Analyst Programmer competency level 1. Posting #0008300. Closes Nov. 23.

Counseling and Psychological Services – CAPS invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, Counselor. Posting #0008306. Closes Nov. 23.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks an experienced, innovative and dynamic History of Science Collections Librarian in its Special Collections & Archives Research Center. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Posting #0008245. For full consideration apply by Nov. 30.

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is inviting applications for Research Associate (Post Doc) – Surrogate Chinook position. Posting #0008243. Closes Dec. 1.

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.

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning – The Office of Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. Posting # 0008293. Closes Jan. 6

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/.


Corvallis:   “The maple wears a gayer scarf, The field a scarlet gown. Lest I should be old-fashioned, I’ll put a trinket on.” — Emily Dickinson. Today, fog will clear to reveal a cloudy afternoon, with a high of 61 and a low tonight of 39.

Central Oregon:  Everyone enjoy the sunshine! Mostly sunny, with a high near 45 low near 27. South wind between 8 and 10 mph.



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