OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 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.

‘Fool’s gold’ aids discovery of new options for cheap solar energy (Science Codex)

Pyrite, better known as “fool’s gold,” was familiar to the ancient Romans and has fooled prospectors for centuries – but has now helped researchers at Oregon State University discover related compounds that offer new, cheap and promising options for solar energy. (see also Portland Tribune, Science Daily, World Science)

Most dire global warming forecasts unlikely, study says (Washington Post)

In the new study researchers led by Andreas Schmittner from Oregon State University focused on the climate during the last ice age, about 19,000 to 23,000 years ago, to estimate how sensitive the climate system is to changing amounts of CO2 (in the ice age scenario, a reduction of CO2 helped cool the globe). (see also OPB, Mail Tribune)

Exercise is the key to a good night’s sleep (Daily Mail)

Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise science at Oregon State University and one of the study’s authors, said guidelines for cardiovascular health appeared to have ‘a spillover effect to other areas of health’. (see also Huffington Post, Saga, Live Science)

 Massacred Chinese gold miners to receive memorial along Snake River (Oregonian)

“Just another place along the river,” says R. Gregory Nokes of West Linn. He wrote the 2009 book, “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon,” published by Oregon State University Press.

The meaning and future of Occupy (KBOO)

What has the Occupy Movement around the country and the world accomplished?  Should it have definite goals, and if so, what should they be?  Joseph Orosco teaches philosophy and is head of the Peace Studies program at Oregon State University, and he talks here with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about the Occupation — where it’s been, what it means, and where  it’s going.

OSU hires 80 to meet enrollment demands (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University says it has hired 80 new faculty members to meet the demandfs of growing enrollment and research activities.

OSU-Cascades names first endowed faculty scholar (KTVZ)

Oregon State University-Cascades has awarded the Tykeson Endowed Faculty Scholar in Energy Engineering Management to Robin Feuerbacher, an assistant professor and the lead of the campus’ growing undergraduate EEM program.

Who is on the Oregon State Board of Higher Ed? (KOHD)

Oregon State University professor Dr. Lynda Ciuffetti and student Farbodd Ganjifard represent Corvallis.

Wild in the City review (Oregonian)

The revelation is evident in the new edition of “Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine,” (OSU Press) edited by Houck and M.J. Cody, and shows how far we have come in a decade in integrating nature into our lives through volunteer hours and investment by parks and clean water agencies.


Diversity conference: Association of Office Professionals Fall Conference is presenting “Embracing Diversity” on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to noon, MU 208, La Raza Room. Conference is open to all of OSU. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration fee – $10, due Monday, Nov. 28. Contact Cindy.Alexis@oregonstate.edu to reserve your spot.

Candidates for instructional technology associate: Technology Across the Curriculum is hiring an Instructional Technologies Specialist to serve as a direct support to faculty and instructors in teaching/learning applications of online technologies. Peggy Hines will speak Nov. 29, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Kidder 202. Lynn Greenough will speak Dec. 1, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Kidder 202

Women’s health education: A Medical Humanities table talk will take place Nov. 29, 4 to 5 p.m. in Hovland 104. Emily McNulty will discuss “SCREEN: Mid-Willamette Breast and Cervical Education.” SCREEN is a regional breast and cervical health education program funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and OHSU Center for Women’s Health. This program intends to reach women throughout Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn Counties.

An Evening of Pageantry: The OSU Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds and Campus Band. Tuesday, Nov 29 at 7:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10, available at the door. OSU students, staff, faculty admitted for free with valid university ID.

Upcoming Events

NEW! MBA session: OSU MBA Information Session, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m., Bexell Hall 207. Learn how to commercialize innovative products, concepts and ideas, gain career confidence through experiential learning, and become a part of a distinguished business and alumni community. For more information: http://business.oregonstate.edu/mba  541-737-5510 or e-mail OSUMBA@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! PFLA 2011 Winter Gala: Thursday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Building Lobby – $12. Enjoy a lunch buffet of new and favorite menu items prepared by OSU Catering, holiday harp music by Laura Zaerr, and bidding on silent auction items. Register here by Nov 23. More info: gwen.wolfram@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4330.

NEW! Governor Barbara Roberts, “Oregon Women: Looking Back, Looking Forward”: Governor Roberts will discuss women in Oregon politics, the achievement of woman suffrage in Oregon, and personal experiences as Oregon’s only woman governor and the author of a new autobiography (http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/up-capitol-steps). Friday Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

NEW! Candidate Presentations: A candidate presentation by Dee Denver  for the position of Director of Undergraduate Research will take place Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. in MU 207, and Sujaya Rao will present at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 in MU 206.

NEW! PowerPoint workshop: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Effective use of presentation tools workshop designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning.  Thursday, Dec. 1, 3:30  –  4:30 p.m., Milam 215. To learn about TAC workshops and to register for this workshop visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops.

NEW! Russian play: A suitcase of cash turns a British couple’s world upside down in Funny Money, a Ray Cooney farce to be performed in Russian at OSU Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 10, 4:30 p.m., in the OSU Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall.   The show is open to all and a summary in English is provided at the door.  Tickets: $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, children under 12 free. (Not recommended for young children.)  Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved. Reservations:  Lana Erofeeva,  lana.erofeeva@gmail.com; Vreneli Farber, vreneli.farber@gmail.com

NEW! Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Topics and guests will vary, and we will announce them on our web site. Visit us at  http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/tacfm  to see what we’re up to. Friday, Dec. 2, 10 to 10:50 p.m.. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars, register, and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Office of Equity and Inclusion Discussion Forum: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., MU 206. Join the staff of the Office of Equity and Inclusion in an informal discussion about their transition and ongoing efforts. They encourage feedback and will address any questions from the OSU community. Coffee and other hot beverages will be provided. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/.

OSURA presents: Estate Planning Presentation: Nov. 30, 3-5 p.m. OSU Foundation Board Room. “Estate Planning, Including Planning for Possible Incapacity — A Gift to You and Your Loved Ones.” This panel presentation will address the primary aspects of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, elder financial abuse, and estate taxes as well as recent changes in these areas –and the consequences of not having signed documentation of your wishes. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/osura/events-calendar

Winter Coffee: Thursday, Dec. 1, 9:30 to 11 a.m., MU Lounge. OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray in celebration and conversation. Featuring Beth Rietveld at the Piano. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the OSU Food Pantry.

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: OSU Faculty & Staff are invited to the OSU Beaver Store’s annual Faculty/Staff Night on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Discounts, music, refreshments and more. Live music by Ideal Nerve Tonic, which is comprised of OSU staff.

Songs of the season: Advanced choral conducting students from Oregon State University will give their public recital on Friday, Dec. 2 at noon at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. The students will lead the University Chorale (UC) in a special concert titled “Songs for the Season,” that will finish out the term for Oregon State’s lunch hour concert series, Music à la Carte.

German shorts: The final in a retrospective of films from Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” will be Dec. 2, 7:15 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St.Dec. 2. Art/Work: Six Shorts (West Coast premiere): Six film milestones by Böttcher include: the banned 1961 film “Three of Many,” “Venus after Giorgione,” “Potter’s Bull,” “Woman at the Clavichord” (1981), “Shunters” (1984) and “Short Visit with Hermann Glöckner” (1985).

Holiday concert: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents the annual holiday concert, featuring faculty and guest soloists, the OSU choirs, and a campus brass ensemble. On the program: Bach’s “Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings” and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. For tickets and information: http://cosusymphony.org

Lectures and seminars

NEW! STEM seminar: The Department of Science and Mathematics Education, in collaboration with the (future) Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, is presenting an NSF-Supported 2020 Vision Seminar by Dana L. Zeidler. Zeidler will speak on “STEM Education: A Deficit Framework for the 21st Century? A Socio-cultural Socioscientific Response” on Dec. 6, 4 to 5 p.m., in Kidder 202. There will be a simultaneous video broadcast in Cascades 112 (OSU-Cascades Campus).

News for Employees

NEW! Facilities awards: Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: Nominations are being sought for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must  be received by Monday Dec. 12. Submit nominations here.

NEW! Spin on Research: How has our new web-based proposal development and submission system been working? What are the next steps? Get the update on Cayuse from the Spin on Research blog.

Conversations with Ed Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). The conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray register. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis, and take place Dec. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Toys for Tots: NROTC-OSU will be a collection site for Toys for Tots this year. Bring unwrapped new toys to the Naval Science Building, located in the white Quonset huts across from the parking garage. Deadline is Dec. 22. Every year the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new toys to give to children that may not otherwise have so bright a holiday. For more information: Charles Van Acker, Charles.VanAcker@bus.oregonstate.edu, or Cass Williams, state.sec@oregonstate.edu.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., MU 206. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comment regarding several proposed rule changes. First, OSU will take comment regarding the Smoke-Free Campus rule amendments. Then, it will take comment on a new rule governing Confidentiality and Inadmissibility of Workplace Interpersonal Dispute Mediation Communications. Finally, comments will be taken on the setting or changing of fees and charges for services during the second half of fiscal year 2011-2012. A list of these fees and charges, as well as those already in place for this fiscal year, may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules: Barbara Melton at barbara.melton@oregonstate.edu.

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

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

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.

CARDV Gift Drive: The Association of Office Professionals is collecting for the CARDV (Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence) gift drive. Donate new, unwrapped gifts to Waldo 102 or email to request a pick up. The deadline is Dec. 12, 5 p.m. CARDV appreciates a variety of fun toys. Since some children have witnessed or experienced abuse, please no toy weapons, action figures with weapons, or overly sexualized dolls like Barbies. Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu with questions or for a list of suggested items.

Dixon memberships/rentals: As Fall transitions to Winter, new term memberships and locker rentals are available. Fall memberships and rentals expire on Jan. 13 Winter memberships and rentals are available for purchase starting Nov. 28. To renew your services, contact the RecServices desk located near West Entry at Dixon (541-737-3736). Information regarding pricing and types of memberships we offer can be found on our website.

Traffic and maintenance

Ag Life Science: Due to sidewalk repairs, the sidewalk adjacent to the Ag Life Science Bldg (SW Corner, near the dumpster) is temporarily closed. The sidewalk should reopen by 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

Jefferson Way: Due to sidewalk repairs, the sidewalk along the west side of 26th Street, between Intramural Way and Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

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.

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:

Oregon State University Printing and Mailing Services invites applications for a Part Time (.30 FTE), 12-month Transporter Position. Duties include but are not limited to; Campus Mail, and Support of Mailing Services. Posting #0008351, Closes Nov. 30.

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

Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development – OCCD invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, Intellectual Property and Contracts Coordinator. Posting #0008372. Closes Dec. 5.

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.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), Purchasing Analyst 3 Position within the Construction Contracting section of PaCS. Posting 0008347. Closes Dec. 18.

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


Corvallis: “When chill November’s surly blast make fields and forest bare.” – Robert Burns. After a bit of a foggy morning, things should clear for a bit before showers roll in tonight. The high will be 48 with a low tonight of 36. Light showers are expected tomorrow morning.

Central Oregon: Looks like this is the last warm day for a few days so better go outside and enjoy while it lasts.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50 low around 31. South wind at 6 mph becoming west.


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