OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 2, 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.

Japan quake lifted seabed sixteen stories – largest recorded (National Geographic)

“This is a very important piece of work, in some ways that may not be obvious at all,” said Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University who was not part of the study team.

More exercise could make for better sleep (USA Today)

The new study, led by researchers at Oregon State University, looked at statistics from a U.S. health survey conducted from 2005 to 2006. The researchers focused on more than 2,600 men and women — aged 18 to 85 — who measured their activity levels and answered questions about sleep.

FDA ponders whether apple juice is slowly giving you cancer (Jezebel)

Molly Kile, a professor at Oregon State University who’s studied arsenic for a decade, says: “It is unclear at this point whether or not the arsenic found in apple juice is safe or unsafe … And really the question is what do these low levels exposure of arsenic mean in terms of health and children’s health?” (CBS News)

Biofuel study raises doubts on cost, fossil fuel reduction (Western Farm Press)

A new study by economists at Oregon State University questions the cost-effectiveness of biofuels and says they would barely reduce fossil fuel use and would likely increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Yeti crab grows its own food (Nature)

Andrew Thurber, a marine ecologist now at Oregon State University in Corvallis, identified the second species a year later. “It was a big surprise,” he says. “There’s a tonne of them, they’re not small, and they’re six hours off a major port in Costa Rica.”

 President’s Winter Coffee (LIFE@OSU)

The annual President’s Winter Coffee drew hundreds to the Memorial Union Lounge on Dec. 1. (see also Gazette-Times)

Music for the holiday (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony, with some help from Oregon State University’s choirs, are serving up a buffet of music this weekend, complete with some meaty main courses and plenty of lighter treats in the form of holiday favorites.

OSU students arrested on suspicion of ‘Star Wars’ graffiti spree (Oregonian)

In the end, it was the state troopers who stopped the storm troopers at Oregon State University. (see also OPB, KOIN)


Holiday marketplace: The OSU Craft Center’s annual Holiday Marketplace is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the MU Ballroom. In its 31st year, the market will feature crafts, artwork and specialty food from 60 local artisans, plus live music throughout the two-day event.

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.

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.

First Friday lunch: Today is First Friday so don’t forget lunch is planned for you at the University Motor Pool between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We’re serving meat and vegetarian red sauce over spagheti for the first 150 people and probably more. Food sponsored by Motor Pool staff and generous donors.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Book buy back: OSU Beaver Store “Ballroom Sale”: Open Monday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 6 & Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9a.m. to 4 p.m.  No sale on Thursday & Friday.  MU Ballroom.

Lectures and seminars

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.”

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.

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! Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs from Oct. 24, 2011 to Jan. 30, 2012. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6% decrease compared to the previous year.  This year, 123 OSU employees have donated a total of $48,755. Meanwhile, UO has had 580 employees who have donated $189,638 so far. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form to 2011 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

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

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. Due to repairing a sink hole, the bike lane on the north side of Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed.  Pedestrian and bike access will be affected. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 2 and should be done by 5 p.m.

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 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.

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.

Accountant I, Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs. This is a full-time limited duration position. Posting #0008402 Closing Date: Dec. 15.

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.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 6, 2012.

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: The annual OSU Holiday Marketplace takes place today and tomorrow, a great excuse to treat yo’self. Weather-wise, things are going to stay the same through next week, with icy mornings and sunny afternoons. Today’s high will be 47 with a low tonight of 29. Same goes for Saturday and Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny, with a high near 38 low around 19. North wind between 3 and 10 mph.


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