OSU Today

Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

DA mulls lowering allowed amount of arsenic in apple juice as advocates warn it is too high (Washington Post)

Molly Kile, a professor at Oregon State University who has studied arsenic for a decade, says more research is needed to determine whether arsenic levels in juice are a problem. “It is unclear at this point whether or not the arsenic found in apple juice is safe or unsafe,” she said. “And really the question is what do these low levels exposure of arsenic mean in terms of health and children’s health?” (see also Christian Science Monitor, News Channel 5)

Mechanism discovered for intestinal malfunction in patients with immune system disorders (Health News)

Patients with HIV and other immune system disorders often suffer from poor food absorption, leading to weight loss and malnutrition. Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered the mechanism for this intestinal malfunction – a three-way interaction among the immune system, the intestinal lining and the microorganisms that live in the gut.

 How a tiny fungus is starving coastal Douglas fir trees (OPB)

“Bryan was able to correlate increases in winter temperature with changes in tree ring width and growth declines,” says Jeff Stone, an expert in tree diseases at Oregon State University who is also studying Swiss needle cast.

When ‘Made In’ means something else (KUOW)

“Oregon has never been a hub for apparel manufacturing,” says Leslie Burns. She teaches a class at Oregon State University on global product sourcing. She says many factors go into a company’s decision on where to make its goods. Labor costs, production capacity, even political stability.

Big farms dominate local food sales, study says (Capital Press)

“It should be viewed as an important part of what goes on,” said Larry Lev, an economist at Oregon State University who studies direct marketing and local food systems.

Zebra chip sparks interest among potato growers at ag show (Capital Press)

The 38th annual Hermiston Farm Fair and Trade Show could be the largest ever, according to organizers. Vendor slots filled fast, said Annette Teraberry, who books vendors. And participation was at a record level, according to Don Horneck, an Oregon State University Extension agent who helps organize the event.

Flunk a Duck: U of O President Richard Larivere may be brilliant but he failed Politics 101 (Willamette Week)

Hundreds of U of O faculty and alumni showed up to support Lariviere at a State Board of Higher Education meeting Nov. 28 in Portland. But ardent Ducks such as board member Allyn Ford, whose family is one of the university’s biggest financial supporters, and Senate Education Committee Chair Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) knew Lariviere had to go.


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.

Candidate Presentations: A candidate presentation by Sujaya Rao for the position of Director of Undergraduate Research will take place 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 in MU 206.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Buddhist response to climate change: David Loy, a world-renowned Buddhist scholar and ethicist will be speaking Monday Dec. 5 at noon at the MU 206 on Buddhist responses to the climate crisis.  The talk is entitled: “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Climate Emergency.”

NEW! Candidate talk: Mark Lubell, Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy Director, Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior, University of California, Davis, will give a candidate presentation for the position of UG Dubach Endowed Chair in Political Science, School of Public Policy. He will speak Friday, Dec. 2, 10 to 11 a.m. in Milam 202 on “Collective Action and the Complex Environment.” For more information call Betu Herrera at 541-737-2811.

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 St. 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.

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.

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! Linguist presentation: Professor Timothy Reagan, educational linguist, expert on non-Western educational models and founding co-editor of the journal Critical Issues in Language Studies will give a presentation titled “Language is the Center of the Universe” from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 in Waldo 201/201A. Reagan’s work includes incisive examinations of language ideology and the role of critical inquiry in the classroom.

NEW! A Brief Survey of the History of American Higher Education: “Periods and Personalities, Progress and Protest” presented by Tom Scheuermann. He will speak on Friday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Wilamette Industries Seminar Rooms, The Valley Library, as part of the Library Faculty Association Seminar Series. Open to the public. Contact Laurie.Bridges@oregonstate.edu for more information.

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! Winter art boutique: The Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center will be exhibiting a variety of artwork in their Winter Boutique exhibit. The show will feature smaller, more affordable pieces, perfect for holiday gifts. The exhibit will be open Dec. 1 – Jan. 4, 2012. (closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 3) A reception will be held Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NEW! NSF – Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) – Building Innovation Capacity (BIC): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – PFI – BIC subprogram. The program emphasizes the transformation of knowledge to market-accepted innovations created by the research and education enterprise. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pfi.html . Submission deadline to the Research Office: Dec. 12. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Ride-matching tool: A new online regional ride-matching tool called Drive Less Connect is being used across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The free system supports commute or one-time trips and includes a calendar feature to show money and emissions savings. The Sustainability Office and Be Well are offering the first incentive: calendar five days of non-drive-alone trips through Dec. 15 and you’ll be entered to win a $15 American Dream gift card.

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.

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.

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. 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

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 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:

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.

Public Information Representative 1 – University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 1 (Social Media/Marketing Writer) position. Posting # 0008404. Closes Dec 28.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for 12-month fixed term Digital Production Unit Supervisor position. Posting # 0008394. Closes Dec. 31.

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: While it may not officially occur ’til the end of the month, for many of us, Dec. 1 first marks the beginning of winter. With temperatures dipping below freezing every night this week, there is definitely a wintery chill in the air. We’ll have foggy mornings and sunny afternoons stretching into the foreseeable future. Today’s high will be 45 with a low of 31.

Central Oregon: Looks like it’s going to be sunny all week but a bit cooler out.  Sunny, with a high near 38 low around 26. Light northwest wind.


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