OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 14, 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.

Rethinking how kids learn science (NPR)

Lynn Dierking is the Sea Grant professor in free-choice learning in the College of Science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She’s also the interim associate dean for research at the College of Education at Oregon State University and she’s also an advisor to Science Friday.

Inside the angry mind of an anarchist (Reuters)

The sweet smell of mint opens “The Oregon Experiment” but it is the acrid fumes of gasoline which pervade and ignite Keith Scribner’s new book. (see also CNBC)

Healthy choices increasing in MU dining centers (LIFE@OSU)

All-you-can-eat vegetable dishes in Pangea on Mondays are offering tasty new ways to eat your veggies.


Great IDEAs come to those who Explore: While taking a lunch break, drop by the International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) information table to meet IDEA’s campus ambassadors and learn about the 200 plus sites for study abroad in 80 countries and 140 plus internship options in 5o countries, not to mention the International Degree program. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nov. 14, McNary Dining Hall

F-1 Employment / OPT Workshop: Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment benefit available to students in valid F‐1 status. It allows students to work in a temporary position that is directly related to their field of study. Who is eligible for OPT? When and how does one apply for OPT? Come to this workshop and find answers to all of your questions about OPT. 3:30-5 p.m., Nov. 14, Snell 448.

Resume Building: ASOSU’s International Affairs Task Force and Career Services will hold a panel discussion with international student leaders who will discuss tips and advice about how to best build your resume and impress future employers. 4-5:30 p.m., Nov. 14, MU 213.

Fulbright Scholar Reception: Fulbright Fellowship recipients and those who aspire to become a Fulbright Scholar are invited to a reception and short informational session regarding the types of Fulbright Programs available. 4–5:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 5th Floor Lounge – International Living & Learning Center (ILLC)

OSU-Cascades Goes International: OSU and OUS Education Abroad Advisors will be in Bend to meet with students interested in internationalizing their OSU experience! All day, Nov. 14, OSU Cascade Campus, Bend

Science Pub: Patty Skinkis and James Osborne, Oregon State University scientists affiliated with the Oregon Wine Research Institute and the Extension Service, will share their knowledge of what it takes to grow grapes in Oregon and what winemakers, both professionals and home hobbyists, must keep in mind. The program begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St.

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.

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.

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.

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

CANCELLED! Angiogenesis: Annual Tsoo King Seminar & Lecture, hosted by the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Dr. Napoleone Ferrara, Genentech Fellow presentation has been cancelled due to illness.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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.

NEW! Engineering Education & Career Opportunities in Asia: As tremendous growth takes place in China, India and Indonesia, engineering education and career opportunities within the region also continue to expand.    Meet three international engineering students (and International Cultural Service Program scholars) who will discuss some of the engineering related industries, ‘state of the art’ technologies and study abroad opportunities that are available in Asia.  12-1 p.m., Nov. 15, MU International Resource Center

NEW! “Must Knows” Laws for International Students: Funded by student fees, the  ASOSU Office of Advocacy is an important resource for all OSU students, including international students who have questions or concerns about legal issues.  This 2-hour workshop will cover a variety of important Oregon laws that, if violated, can affect one’s visa status. Designed to be engaging as well as entertaining, this workshop will also involve discussion and a video created by ASOSU leader and international student, Daniel Lin. 3-5 p.m., Nov. 15, MU 206

NEW! Explore OSU’s International Degree: Interested in taking your college experience further and farther?  This session will fill you in on OSU’s unique International Degree, a second major that internationally enhances and expands your existing undergraduate work. 4–5 p.m., Nov. 15, Snell 448.

NEW! Expanding Horizons: Integrating Global Learning in the Classroom: OSU’s Global Learning Initiatives Working Group is facilitating a panel discussion with OSU professors who integrate global learning into their curriculum in innovative ways and encourage students to examine their field from a multicultural as well as international perspective. 4– 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15, ILLC Auditorium.

NEW! INTO OSU International Scavenger Hunt: Visit the new INTO OSU Center and learn from our international students about their cultures and customs.  Use your smartphone or iPhone to complete a whirlwind international scavenger hunt using the SCVNGR app, or just come to enjoy dancing, music, arts, tea, and snacks with the international students studying English at INTO OSU! 5:30 – 7 p.m., Nov. 15, ILLC

NEW! Global warming talk: Writer/activist Bill McKibben, author of the groundbreaking work “The End of Nature,” the first general audience book on global warming, will speak at OSU on Nov. 17. McKibben is the debut speaker in the “Discovery Lecture Series,” a project aimed at bringing prominent scientists, acclaimed writers and key policymakers to OSU to present on matters of national and international importance. McKibben will deliver the Discovery Lecture at 7 p.m. at CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

NEW! OSU bands: Four chamber ensembles from the band program at Oregon State University will present a free concert on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge o n the OSU campus. For more information on OSU Bands: http://bands.oregonstate.edu

True Colors: Bring a white t-shirt and join us at the Pride Center from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 15 to celebrate Transgender Awareness Week! We’ll be tie-dying to celebrate diverse genders and identities through the expression of color.

Special Recycling Collection: To celebrate America Recycles Day, OSU wants to help staff, students and departments recycle your hard-to-recycle items! Start saving up Styrofoam, packing peanuts, film plastic, e-waste, cell phones, electronic media and batteries for this event on Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Brick Mall.

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.

Linn Benton Food Share Food Packing Service Project: Help package bulk foods into smaller bags to be distributed to people in need. Tuesday Nov. 15, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The service project will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Vans will leave campus at 4:30 p.m. from the MU and return at 7:30 p.m. to the MU. RSVP for this service project to beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu. Indicate if you need transportation.

Native American meal: Join us for Indigenous Feast: a way of giving thanks and celebrate Native American Heritage month. Indigenous Feast is a continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series presented by UHDS in partnership with the Native American Longhouse and American Indian Initiatives office. Nov. 16, 5 to 8 p.m., McNary Dining’s Boardwalk Cafe. Cost is $8 at the door.

Faces of Homelessness Panel: Hear about homelessness issues from local experts and learn about Benton County’s 10 year plan to eliminate homelessness! , Wednesday Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., MU 109. Please bring a can of food for the OSU food pantry if possible.

News for Employees

NEW! Java II remodel: Java II in the first floor of the Valley Library will be undergoing a remodel in the summer of 2012 and we need our customers input. Take a few moments to fill out this short survey to tell us what you think at: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beHYYcHgoEaJyK0 . For more information contact Robyn Jones at 541-737-0492.

NEW! Facilitator training: Student-led program Team Liberation is holding a Human Relations Facilitator training.  It is free for students and $50 for faculty and staff.  Participants will be provided an opportunity to develop facilitation, communication, and leadership skills.  The training is Dec. 12-15 from 9  a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are available at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/teamliberation/training and are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 30.  For more information, team.liberation@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-9857.

NEW! OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program: is looking to recruit students, faculty and staff who are willing to participate in this innovative and cutting edge program. Participation would include training, a kick-off dinner and meeting with a mentor/mentee. Professional development opportunities, check-in lunches, and various events will be offered each term. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Lauren Plaza.

NEW! Marine workshop: The Science of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning – a Workshop for Oregon Academic Faculty: The OSU Marine Council and Sea Grant present a workshop focused on the broad-scale science issues of CMSP. It will be held at the OSU Alumni Center on Nov. 29-30. Register for the workshop and to give a brief presentation by Friday, Nov.18: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/cmspworkshop/

NEW! “Discovering the Scientist Within”: free workshop for middle school girls on careers in science and engineering will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the new Linus Pauling Center auditorium. To register, email student’s name and school to sylviaharvey@rocketmail.com . Registration opens on Nov. 15 and closes on Feb. 10, 2012. For details, contact Sujaya Rao at 541-737-9038.

Journey into Leadership: Are you ready to embark on a journey to discover and employ the leadership qualities that lie within you? Training & Organizational Effectiveness invites you to apply for the 10th annual “Journey Into Leadership” program. To learn more about this series and apply by Nov. 16, visit the website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership

Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges – Gut Function Biomarkers: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently seeking letters of inquiry for the new grant program Biomarkers of Gastrointestinal (Gut) Function and Health. Deadline: Jan. 11, 2012. Full description. For information: Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961.

Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Family Health Initiatives – Achieving Healthy Growth in the Developing World: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health is seeking letters of inquiry for the new grant program Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth. Deadline: Jan. 25, 2012. Full description. For information: Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961.

Preterm birth: Grand Challenges Family Health Initiatives – Preventing Preterm Birth: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a new grant opportunity to discover and develop novel interventions for prevention of preterm birth and stillbirth associated with preterm birth, primarily in the developing world. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012. Full description. For information: Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961.

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.

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.

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

Fairbanks Annex: Due to a scheduled ceiling project,  Fairbanks Annex will be temporarily closed. This closure is necessary for the safety of the OSU community while contractors remove the ceiling and make necessary repairs. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m., Dec. 6 and end by 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6, 2012.

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.

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:

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 Office of Human Resources is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, fixed term HR Technical Lead. Posting #0008107. Closes Nov. 22.

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: Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem: There’s not a leaf that falls upon the ground But holds some joy of silence or of sound, Some spirits begotten of a summer dream.” – Laman Blanchard. November rain returns, and it’s here to stay. We’ll see showers all week, with a high today of 54 and a low tonight of 39. Temperatures will hover around that range for the week.

Central Oregon:  There’s a slight chance of rain and snow showers today. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47 low near 30. West wind between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.





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