OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 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.

The cost of care: Study finds day care costs higher than college tuition (Register-Guard)

According to an Oregon State University study, the annual cost of day care for a single child in Lane County passed $9,000 last year. In-state tuition at the University of Oregon this year is $8,789. (see also KPTV)

There’s a candle (app) for that (Gazette-Times)

Marty Ulrich, a 2007 Crescent Valley High School grad, is dual-enrolled at Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University. He is studying computer science. He got interested in the computer trade because his father, Bob Ulrich, worked as a programmer for Boeing.

New OSU program grooms students to become top-notch workers (OregonLive)

A new program at Oregon State University aims to help agricultural sciences and forestry students succeed in the workplace – and show employers that these OSU graduates are top-notch employees.

Activist, author of ‘The End of Nature’ to talk at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Acclaimed global climate change activist Bill McKibben, the author of “The End of Nature,” is scheduled to deliver a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University. 110 Southwest 53rd Street.

Ranchers advised on dealing with wolves at meeting (Argus Observer)

According to a paper dealing with wolves in Oregon prepared by John Williams, Oregon State University Extension Service, Wallowa County, wolves are currently listed as endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act, but have been delisted by the federal government in a portion of eastern Oregon.

Local cooking tipline up and running for Thanksgiving (KPIC)

The OSU Extension Service has it’s ‘Holiday Hotline’ up and running, and officials say they can answer questions about anything related to cooking the Thanksgiving turkey, or anything else for that matter. (see also KMTR)

Kindness gene so strong it can be detected by strangers in 20 seconds (Examiner)

“We’ve known that genotype can influence personality, but we’d only ever studied what goes on inside a person — things like behavioral scales and heart-rate measurements,” says Serena Rodrigues Saturn, Ph.D., a senior author of the study and an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University, in Corvallis. (see also Science Daily, Health.com, CNN International)

BGI and OSU to sequence plant pathogens for consortium (Genome Web)

China’s BGI and Oregon State University are collaborating to sequence the genomes and transcriptomes of nine Phytophthora plant pathogens, the partners said this week.


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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! German film: A film by Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” will be shown  7:15 p.m., Nov. 17 in Corvallis. “Born in ’45” is the only narrative feature film by Böttcher. the screening is free and takes place at Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St.

NEW! Creating Change: New Ideas for Inspiring Action for Climate Sanity : Join us for this workshop with famed writer, activist and fine human being, Bill McKibben. Nov. 17, 2 – 5 p.m. Registration required, space is limited.

NEW! Travel Workshop for F-1 & J-1 International Students: Planning to travel outside the U.S. soon? International Student Advising and Services and INTO OSU invite international students to attend an information session about what you need to know before you travel outside the U.S. Bring your original I‐20 or DS‐2019 document with you between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. and we will provide a travel signature for you during this session (provided that you meet the eligibility requirements). 1:30-4 p.m., Nov. 17, ILLC Auditorium.

NEW! H-1B & J-1 Application Troubleshooting for OSU Faculty & Staff: Do the applications for visiting scholars and international faculty members making your head spin?  Attend this session to complete a sample application, or bring a current case to work on.  ISFS team members will be on hand to guide you through the process and to answer questions along the way. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Snell 448.

NEW! Funding Education Abroad: Wondering how to pay for an international experience?  Come to this session to learn about funding opportunities.  Representatives from the OSU Education Abroad office, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Alumnus will be present to answer your questions! 4–5 p.m., Nov. 17, Snell 448.

NEW! Night of the Crescent: This annual event, sponsored by the Muslim Students Association of OSU, features a wide array of cultural traditions that represent the estimated 1.5 billion Muslims from around the globe. The event aims to debunk stereotypes, celebrate diversity, and promote solidarity and tolerance amongst the OSU community. Henna (temporary) tattoos, beautiful Islamic art displays, a traditional garment show and, of course, some tasty traditional foods will be enjoyed! 6-8 p.m., Nov. 17, MU Ballroom.

NEW! Latin@ Heroes – presented in Spanish by OSU students: Join us at the Centro Cultural César Chávez as OSU students give a Spanish speaking presentation on Latin@ heroes. Children are welcome. 6-8 p.m., Nov. 17, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez

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

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.

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.

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/.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Trejo named acting head of CCE: David Trejo, professor of construction engineering management and holder of the Hal Pritchett Chair, has been named Acting School Head for the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, effective Nov. 17. Trejo fills in for Scott Ashford, who is serving as interim dean for the College of Engineering.

NEW! Community building: Building Community through Diversity: an introduction to the NCBI model, Nov. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., MU Journey Room. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to a presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the theory and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute community-building model. Pre-registration preferred.

NEW! Diversity workshop: Welcoming Diversity . . . Valuing the Differences Among Us, takes place Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MU 206. This day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Participants will be introduced to skills that can empower them to become more effective leaders and allies for others.Pre-registration required (space limited to 30).

NEW! Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 21. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu  or (541) 737-8390.

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

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

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.

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 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: Rain is not going away any time soon. Around 3/4 of an inch is expected today, with a high of 55 and a low of 46. Lows will start to dip into the very low 30s by tomorrow night. Does this mean snow is on it’s way?

Central Oregon:  “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Rain. High near 50 low near 38. Southwest wind between 14 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible





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