OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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.

 Social gene spotted in 20 seconds, say researchers (BBC)

Prof Sarina Rodrigues Saturn, from Oregon State University, said: “It was amazing to see how the data aligned so strongly by genotype. (see also CNN, Daily Mail, Huffington Post)

Oregon childcare costs rising dramatically as wages fail to keep up (Health News)

“This issue of affordability is huge,” said Bobbie Weber, a faculty research associate in the Family Policy Program at Oregon State University and author of the report along with Becky Vorpagel, an independent consultant for the Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network.

The truth about the health benefits of tea (FOX News)

These chemicals act as antioxidants in a test tube, but they may not do the same in your body,” explains Emily Ho, associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise science at the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences at Oregon State University. “You have to take the claims with a grain of salt.”

Northwest embraces local food movement (OPB)

The report cites the region’s variety of fresh produce as well as a long-standing tradition of farmers’ markets. But the study notes that the vast majority of local food sales happen through grocery stores and restaurants. That makes sense to Larry Lev. He’s an Extension economist at Oregon State University.

Austin program to honor six companies, two individuals (Democrat-Herald)

Six companies and two individuals will be recognized at the 2011 Excellence in Family Business Awards on Nov. 17 at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

50 years of Oregon wine (Oregonian)

It will take him a decade, but with the help of David Heatherbell, professor of enology at Oregon State University, Adelsheim is able to import “Dijon clones” from Burgundy beginning in 1984.

Extreme photographer captures daredevils skiing higher than the clouds (Daily Mail)

Tyler Roemer has been shooting photographs for newspapers, magazines and private companies for eight years.  His portfolio includes adventure and outdoor photography, mostly from the Pacific northwest.  He started photographing the outdoors as a teenager by shooting pictures of his friends snowboarding and skateboarding.  He has branched out into mountain biking, hiking, camping, climbing & the outdoor lifestyle. A graduate of Oregon State University, he has a degree in tourism and outdoor leadership.

Of evolution and amber, mosquitoes and things (Scienceline)

Scientists at Oregon State University have found an ancient mosquito, trapped in amber, which reveals some dark history about the zingy little insect.


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. 

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

“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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Access to toilets: Kate Hunter-Zaworski, a professor of civil engineering and director of the Natural Center for Accessible Transportation will speak on “Access for All-The Culture of Potties,” at 6 p.m. Nov. 15, in the Trysting Tree Lounge in the Memorial Union.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU/Corvallis meeting: The public is invited to attend the first public meeting for the Oregon State University/City of Corvallis Collaboration Project. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler Ave. The purpose of this meeting will be to present the Memorandum of Understanding  between the city of Corvallis and OSU that commits both entities to this collaborative effort and  help achieve goals shared by the University and the City.

NEW! Adding Value: International Research Collaboration: Join us for a panel discussion on OSU faculty’s experiences hosting international visitors for research exchange.  Learn how international collaborations on a faculty-to-faculty level can enrich your research.  Hear about the added value visiting student interns bring to research groups.   11 a.m. to noon, Nov. 16, MU Journey Room

NEW! Collaborative Development of International Learning Modules – Distance Education: U.S. universities (led by OSU) and Chinese partners will create a new form of bilingual learning modules that can be used worldwide to provide information, education and training in agriculture and natural resources. Dave King, Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement presents at the Joint China-U.S. Distance Education Conference in Nanjing China.  To attend this webinar, log on at:  http://breeze.msu.edu/adecspectrum/. Audio via phone: 866 917-6787. Pass code: 8442317#; For slides and paper: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/tools/presentation-archive  11 a.m. to noon, Nov. 16, webinar

NEW! Employment / H1-B Workshop: In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of the H1‐B visa, eligibility requirements, and how a U.S. employer assists you with the application. Meet an expert and have your questions answered. 3:30-5 p.m., Nov. 16, 155 Auditorium – ILLC

NEW! Off the Beaten Path (unique study destinations): Curious about going where few students have gone before?  This session will focus on study abroad and internship opportunities in South East Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. 4–5 p.m., Nov. 16, Snell 448.

NEW! Giving Thanks around the World: ISOSU and APA Council are co-hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner featuring the Italian and Korean Culture. There will be guest speakers, entertainment, games, music and food.  Doors open at 5:30 and seating is limited, so get there early! 6–8 p.m. , Nov. 16, MU Ballroom

NEW! Energy Center: OSU’s new energy center heats the campus and reduces the university’s carbon footprint. At the Nov. 17 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Larrie Easterly will describe how the facility is meeting its goals. Triad meets in MU 109 from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! SEIU meeting: Classified workers please plan to attend our November General membership meeting.  The meeting will be Nov. 17 in MU 213 from noon to 1 p.m.  Hear a presentation from Basic Rights Oregon as well; discuss PEBB, HEM, and CCOs: A Strategic Approach .  Meet Brett Moser, our new organizer.

NEW! Equity discussion: Join the staff of the Office of Equity and Inclusion in an informal discussion about their transition and ongoing efforts, Nov. 17, noon to 1:30 p.m., in MU 109A. They encourage feedback and will address any questions from the OSU community.Beverages provided. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/.

NEW! Chamber music: The Music á la Carte Concert Series at Oregon State University is proud to present a performance by the OSU Chamber Music Project on Friday, Nov. 18 at noon in the main lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. The OSU Chamber Music Project is comprised of faculty instrumentalists who perform in various small ensemble configurations. This concert will feature Dr. Jill Pauls, flute; Jessica Lambert, violin; Ann Grabe, cello; and Dr. Rachelle McCabe, piano.

NEW! Book reading: Award-winning short-story writer Scott Nadelson will read from his newest collection, “Aftermath,” on Friday, Nov. 18, at The Valley Library’s main rotunda on the Oregon State University campus. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing follows.

NEW! Fan appreciation day: Oregon State University Athletics will host Fan Appreciation Day, Sat., Nov. 19 when the football team hosts the Washington Huskies at Reser Stadium. The game will also signify Senior Day and is a component of the campus’ Dad’s Weekend. Activities include discounted popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate, 25 percent off football gear, free t-shirts (while supplies last) and a drawing for a trip to Hawaii.

NEW! Enterprise Computing Director: There will be an open forum presentation by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director next week.  The first candidate presentation will be by Amy Brooks on Nov. 21 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.  The second candidate presentation will be by Cleve Bench on Nov. 22 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

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.

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.

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.

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 on the OSU campus. For more information on OSU Bands: http://bands.oregonstate.edu

Lectures and seminars

Climate and predator-prey: Mary Hunsicker, CEOAS, will speak on “Evaluating the influence of climate and demography on predator-prey relationships in North Pacific ecosystems,” Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001 as part of the Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series.

News for Employees

NEW! Women in Higher Ed conference: Oregon Women in Higher Education invites program proposals for its annual conference, to be held Jan. 12 at Portland State University. This year’s theme is Leading Change: Personal Perspectives & Collective Growth.   Keynote address will be by Dr. Melody Rose and the closing address will be by Dr. Lois Ruskai Melina.Proposal submission is available here. Deadline: Nov. 28.  Conference registration is also open at http://www.owhenet.jigsy.com/annual-conference-reg. Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012. Questions? diane.davis@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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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/

“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.

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 to all. 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 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.

Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost for Information Services – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting number 0008337, closes Dec. 11.

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: Yes, it’s still raining, but don’t get too depressed. There will still be plenty of breaks to dash outside. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain today. Later in the week is when it gets interesting. Heavy rain is expected Wednesday night, followed by cold rainy conditions toward the weekend that could see snow levels dropping dramatically. Today’s high is 51 with a low tonight of 41.

Central Oregon: Better bring an umbrella just in case it rains. A chance of rain and snow showers before 4 p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45 low near 26. West wind between 6 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.





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