OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 4, 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.

First Brother-In-Law Craig Robinson opens up (ABC)

On the basketball court at Oregon State University, Coach Craig Robinson was known as the two-time Ivy League Player of the Year from Princeton and former Brown University coach who had been working diligently for two years to transform a once-storied program.

Academic program yields additional benefits (Hawaii Public Radio)

About 7 months ago HPR reported on a study that showed an academic program called Positive Action reduced drug use and sexually dangerous behavior in a few island schools. Now another new study is trumpeting the program’s benefits. OSU Professor of Public Health Brian Flay is interviewed in this radio program. (See also Behavioral Health Center)

Oregon native trees for sale this weekend (KEZI)

Thousands of trees will be up for sale this weekend at the OSU Extension Office. It’s part of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association’s Forestry Tree Sale.

Cockroaches inspire Oregon State robotics research (KVAL)

Two Oregon State University researchers say cockroaches are much more than household pests: They’re biomechanical wonders with big implications for the future of military tanks, robots and space rovers.

Eagles thrive in the mid-valley (Democrat-Herald)

The bald eagle continues to make a comeback in Oregon, especially in the Willamette Valley. The birds are settling in the valley because there is lots to eat, said Frank Isaacs, senior researcher in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.

Gardening news and notes (Oregonian)

Oregon State University Extension Service points out February is a great time to plant native shrubs and gives you the information to do it.

Crossroads International announces its fourth film festival (LIFE@OSU)

Compelling films from around the world will be featured at the 2010 Crossroads International Film Festival. This year’s festival will open on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St, Corvallis and continue on four consecutive Sundays. All proceeds go to Crossroads International, which offers programs promoting friendship, hospitality and language assistance to international students, scholars and their families visiting Oregon State University.

Former Guam residents love to help improve physical fitness (Pacific Daily News)

Rommel Acda and Belton Lubas are business partners who own Element 5 Fitness, a gym they opened in August 2007 in Kirkland, Wash. Life is good for these Oregon State University graduates, but that wasn’t always the case.

OSU Engineering students take on Kenya water project (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders has initiated a new project in Lela, Kenya.

Today

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. 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.

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 noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club in MU 109. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

The Provost has scheduled a series of forums to discuss the University’s divisional alignment. Today’s forum takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in MU 109 and will focus on the Division of Health Sciences. The forums are open to all students, staff and faculty at the University. The forums will be streamed live and will be accessible on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1 . On the day of the event, the chat feature will be activated on the same web page, and participants in the chat room will be able to log in (no password required) to submit questions. The January 28 forum was recorded and is available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/. A complete list of all forums is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/division-forums-01-26-10.html. Questions regarding the forums may be emailed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

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 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 207 as part of the Power Up Challenge.

Upcoming events

NEW! Center for Teaching & Learning workshop: “How to Manage Disruptive and Distressed Students with a Focus on Safety”
Presenters will be Lisa Hoogesteger, Assistant Dean of Students, Dan Schwab, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards, Jack Rogers, and Jackie Alvarez, Director of CAPS. The panel will be sharing about a Student Care Team and how this team can work with instructors.  Friday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Milam 215. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

NEW! Crossroads International provides language learning & friendship to international students & faculty at OSU.  Crossroads would like to announce its Fourth annual International Film Festival, every Sunday in February at the Darkside Cinema – beginning Sunday Feb. 7.  Three films are featured each week, at 1:30, 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $8 at the cinema, $6 for students.  Please read about the films and specially priced “Passports” here: http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/crossroads-international-film-festival

NEW! Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual OSU performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on February 11 and 12, 2010, at LaSells Stewart Center. Advance tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Plageman Student Health Center Room 310 and at the Women’s Center. Advance tickets are $8 for OSU students with ID, and $10 for general public. Tickets are also available at the door for $10. Accepted methods of payment: cash, check or charge your OSU student account. More info: studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/vaginamonologues

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

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.

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.

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! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urm.htm. NSF – URM program site:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10531/nsf10531.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, February 22, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu . For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/cteam.htm. NSF – CI-TEAM program website:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10532/nsf10532.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, February 22, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Jobs

Administrative Program Assistant: The Department of OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant position.  This is a full-time 12-month position.  For more details and application instructions, got to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Posting 0005070.  Closes Feb. 10.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 today. 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

Flower lover Gertrude Wister wrote: “The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” And it’s true, the bleakness of a February day sometimes amplifies the delicate loveliness of an unexpected flower. Today will be rainy with a high of 52, and tonight’s low will be 41. Friday a chance of showers remains, and temperatures will rise to 56.

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