OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 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.

OSU study questions biofuel viability (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A new economic analysis from Oregon State University raises questions about the cost-effectiveness and climate impact of biofuels production. (see also R&D Magazine, Biofuels Journal, Portland Business Journal)

Elite faculty join OSU this fall (Gazette-Times)

Jennifer Sykes spent nearly two hours on Wednesday teaching public policy theory to about 20 Oregon State University graduate students, also sparing a few moments after class to answer questions for a handful of lingering students.

 Pac-12’s have-nots to become haves with TV deal (CBS News)

But for programs with smaller budgets, like Oregon State, Washington State and Utah, it also means a more level playing field with schools like Oregon, which has a generous booster in Nike co-founder Phil Knight, and USC, which has a self-sufficient athletic department and lots of national TV exposure. (see also Washington Post)

Trailer for the Formula SAE documentary (Jalopnik)

Oregon State University is producing a documentary about the collegiate racing/engineering series Formula SAE and, if the trailer is any indication, RELENTLESS looks like it wants to be to collegiate Formula SAE racing what SENNA was to Formula One. Awesome.

Uncovering DaVinci’s rule of the tree (Inside Science)

“Leonardo’s rule is an amazing thing,” said Kate McCulloh of Oregon State University, a scientist specializing in plant physiology. “Until recently, people really haven’t tested it.”

CO2 climate sensitivity ‘overestimated’ (BBC)

Lead author Andreas Schmittner from Oregon State University, US, explained that by looking at how surface temperatures changed during a period when humans were having no impact on global temperatures, his team showed that it had not been as cold as previous estimates had suggested. (see also Le Monde, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Mail)

OSU-Iraq partners on track for plan (Gazette-Times)

Representatives of Oregon State University and Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research have signed another memorandum of understanding to move forward on a sustainable-education partnership that now has been three years in the making.

What you need to run a milking operation (Wired)

Dairy cows are like high-performance athletes—nursing high-performance athletes. At least that’s how Aurora Villarroel sees them. She’s an expert in both veterinary medicine and epidemiology at Oregon State University’s experimental dairy research center, which uses all the latest tools to keep livestock healthy and pumping out primo milk.

Choosing and caring for a live Christmas Tree (Star Press)

Buy as fresh a tree as possible. “Check for smell first,” says Christmas-tree expert Mike Bondi, of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. “Crush a few needles in your hand and take a deep whiff of that wonderful forest smell. It should have a good, clean evergreen scent.”

A dissolving fruit sticker that claims super soap powers (WGBH)

As for those pesky stickers, researchers at the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center are developing a laser labeling system that would make an imprint on the surface of the fruit. (see also NPR)


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.

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/.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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.

Jolliffe Retirement: Gayle Jolliffe of AMBC will be retiring from OSU after 15 years of service.  A celebration will be held on Nov. 30, 3 to 5 p.m., in ALS, room 1019A&B.  Refreshments will be served.

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

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Poetry reading: Oregon State University faculty member Chris Anderson will read from his newly-released poetry collection “The Next Thing Always Belongs,” on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union; a book signing follows.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Lectures and seminars

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! Giving Circle: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting grant applications to be awarded in May 2012. The applications are due by Jan. 18, 2012. To review the RFP and grant application visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/annualgiving/womens/apply_grant.htm . Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Feedback for RecycleMania 2012: Campus Recycling seeks feedback from staff, faculty and students on what activities and opportunities you would like to see offered for RecycleMania 2012. To be held Jan. 22 through March 31, RecycleMania is a national recycling competition between universities. See a list of ideas and join the conversation on our blog or contact andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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.

CORRECTED DATE: Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 6 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.

Traffic and maintenance

Moreland Hall: Due to repairs to the building water system, the domestic hot water to Moreland Hall will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect restrooms and sinks in all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to repair various ceiling leaks in room 138B. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 30 and should end by noon Dec. 1.

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.

The University Administrative Business Center is inviting applications for an Accountant 2. Posting #0008397. Closes Dec. 16.

The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0008398. Closes Dec. 16.

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: Sunshine and blue skies made yesterday afternoon quite nice, despite the chilly temperatures. Things will be a little wetter and grayer on this final day of November, but should clear out by afternoon. The high will be 49 with a chilly low of 30 tonight.

Central Oregon: A chance of rain and snow before 10 a.m. Snow level 3700 feet. Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 42 and a low near 22. West wind 8 to 15 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


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