OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 10, 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.

Gearing up for whale watching (Oregonian)

Bruce Mate, director of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute, and state park interpretive rangers will teach the Dec. 10 volunteer training, an 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. session at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Science Pub talks will focus on wine (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University wine experts will lead a discussion at this month’s Corvallis Science Pub.

Extension Service braces for cuts (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University’s Extension Service is uniquely positioned to help develop the state’s natural resource-based economy, but it faces a new budgetary reality, Oregon State University President Ed Ray said Wednesday in an address at a SEDCOR business forum.”We were slated to take a $20 million cut last year,” Ray said. “What was amazing was that a lot of friends and supporters stood up and helped us make our case.”

Candle app developed by former Cuesta College student (KSBY)

iPhone app developer Marty Ulrich came up with the Free Candle, or Visicandle app, for Poets Road which is a Los Angeles-based firm. The app was released back in April, but demand went up after the passing of Apple’s co-founder and CEO. People were seen holding up their phones with one of the ten candle designs following the announcement that Jobs had died. Ulrich says the app has been downloaded more than a million times. Ulrich is currently studying computer science at Oregon State University. (see also Oregon Live)

Fatherhood helps reduce substance abuse (Christian Post)

In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. David Kerr of Oregon State University, the lead author for the study, said the results were to a degree surprising. (see also MSNBC)

Researchers are ‘seising’ up the seafloor (Newport News-Times)

Bob Dziak, an Oregon State University marine geologist based at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), said this is the second leg of deployment under the Cascadia Initiative, a $10-million project funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to build an offshore/onshore network of seismic and geodetic (earth) stations ranging from Cape Mendocino, Calif., to Cape Flattery, Wash.

Lawmakers talking trash (Miami Herald)

The Pacific patch is only a “small fraction” of the land mass of Texas, says Angelique “Angel” White, an assistant professor of oceanography at Oregon State University

Tracking wild places in a fast-growing city (Estacada News)

Over a hundred people contributed to the book, including writers, illustrators, world-famous authors and local naturalists. A collaboration through and through, the book is being co-published by Oregon State University Press and the Audubon Society of Portland.

Willamette Innovators Night returns (Gazette-Times)

Willamette Innovators Night, which returns for its fourth edition on Thursday to the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University, has become an all-in-one networking opportunity for business minds across the Willamette Valley and Oregon since it began three years ago.

Oregon State University buys Mill Point Building (CoStar Group)

Oregon State University-Cascades purchased the office building at 650 SW Columbia St. in Bend, OR for $3.8 million, or about $138 per square foot.


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.

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.

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.

Artist talk: An artist known internationally for her large-scale, contemporary public sculptures will kick off this year’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lectures program, hosted annually by the Department of Art. Alice Aycock will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. A reception for the artist will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. in the center’s lobby.

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.

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 comedy: John Carinai’s romantic comedy, “Almost, Maine” kicks off Oregon State University Theatre’s 2011-12 season. The quirky play will show Nov. 10-12 and 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall main stage, located at 30th and Campus Way on the OSU campus. Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 student/youth, and $5 for OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

Upcoming Events

NEW! Novel reading: Fiction writer Aimee Bender, celebrated for her unique style and use of magical elements in contemporary settings, will read from her recently released novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” on Friday, Nov. 11 at Oregon State University. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library’s main rotunda; a book signing follows.

NEW! Soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer is hosting the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the Portland Pilots. Tickets go on sale Friday at 5 p.m. at the Lorenz Soccer Complex. They are first come, first served. The gates open at 6 p.m. and kickoff is 7 p.m. Adults $10, students/seniors/youth $5.

NEW! Italian pianist: From Italy, concert pianist Mariangela Vacatello in recital. The first of three concerts in the Steinway Piano Concert Series presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International and OSU Music. Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are available online at http://ticketsoregon.com  and at local outlets. Season tickets are still available.

NEW! Secular lecture: A special lecture by Tom Flynn, on the topic ‘The Trouble with Christmas’? Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. Tom Flynn is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism and Editor of Free Inquiry magazine. The event is sponsored by the Corvallis Secular Society and the Advocates for Freethought and Skepticism at OSU (a student group)  and will be free and open to the public.

NEW! Piano Concert Series: Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents the opening concert of the 2011-2012 Steinway Piano Concert Series at Oregon State University, featuring widely acclaimed concert pianist Mariangela Vacatello, in recital on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Mexican Social Movements: Luz Rivera Martinez, longtime organizer on behalf of workers and the rural poor in Mexico and lead organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino, will speak on “Sowing Struggle: Urban and Rural Social Movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico,” on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event, sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society, is free and open to the public.

NEW! Morality debate: The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is There is an Absolute Basis for Morality?” on Monday, Nov. 14, on the OSU campus. The free, public event will start at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium Room 26. The speakers are Lucas Laborde, a Catholic priest, and Daniel Barker, an outspoken atheist. The two speakers will debate whether there can be an objective standard for morality.

NEW! Film screening: The award-winning new film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” will be screened Monday, Nov. 14, at Oregon State University. The free, public event will begin at 7 p.m. at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s narrating scholar, conservation biologist Curt Meine of the Leopold Foundation.

NEW! Investment banker talk: Jaymes Winters, CEO, Blue Leopard Capital LLC (Investment Banking) will participate in a social networking event on Nov. 14, 7 to 8 p.m. in Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. He is part of the Austin Fellows Program. RSVP to Carol Hahn, 541-713-8040

Today is the last day to register for Breakfast with Bill McKibben on Nov.18:  The DISCOVERY Lecture Series brings prominent scientists, acclaimed writers and key policymakers to Oregon State University 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

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.

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.

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.

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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Angiogenesis: Annual Tsoo King Seminar & Lecture, hosted by the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Dr. Napoleone Ferrara, Genentech Fellow will present a seminar on Nov 14, at 2 p.m. in ALS 4001, “New insights into the regulation of angiogenesis” and a public lecture on Monday, Nov 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Linus Pauling Science Center, Reser Auditorium., “Basic science and clinical applications of angiogenesis”.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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: Half-term membership is now available for purchase at the Department of Recreational Sports.  Staff and faculty pay $39 for access now through Jan. 13, 2012.   Questions? Call the Recreation Services Desk 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

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

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

Rogers Hall: Due to the use of a crane lift, associated with the project at Rogers Hall, the parking lot shared by Dearborn Hall, Graf Hall & Covell Hall will be temporarily closed. This lot is to be empty of all vehicles by the end of the day on Nov. 30. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 1 and should end by 5 p.m.

Tree 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.

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.

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:

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.

Facilities Services Department is seeking an experienced Refrigeration Mechanic for their Campus Maintenance department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008244. Closes Nov. 21.

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:  Looking for some November rain? Well hold on, by Friday we’ll be back in the familiar pattern of rainy fall days. But today we’ll see a bit more sunshine after that familiar morning fog breaks up. Today’s high will be 57 with a low tonight of 37. 

Central Oregon:  Sunny, with a high near 48 and a low around 26. South wind around 8 mph.




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