OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

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 gets infusion of hops research money (OPB)

A Willamette Valley-based hop merchant has given Oregon State University one million dollars for hop research. (See also Portland Business Journal and Gazette-Times)

Minke population not growing (Japan Times)

Researchers at Oregon State University and Stanford University calculated that the population size in the early 20th century was roughly 670,000, a figure similar to or slightly larger than current estimates from surveys of sightings.

Ag sales drop as prices stay low (OPB)

Sales data make for grim reading. Crop sales were down 17 percent. Livestock and dairy were down 10 percent. Fruit and berries were worst hit, with sales down more than 40 percent. OSU economist, Larry Burt, says he’s never seen anything like it. (See also KATU, Oregonian and  Oregon Business)

Lecture focuses on methods to improve school performance (Gazette-Times)

National experts, along with local teachers and agencies, will discuss successful methods of improving children’s school performance as part of a lecture and panel discussion at Oregon State University on Thursday.

Center serves students struggling to survive (LIFE@OSU)

In September 2009, the doors of the Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) opened at OSU to provide a place for students facing major challenges to their survival. Staffed part time by GTA DeeDee Overholser and five to seven undergraduate students, the center is housed in 233 Snell Hall as part of the ASOSU community.

Bird-from-dinosaur theory of evolution challenged (Science Daily)

The research is well done and consistent with a string of studies in recent years that pose increasing challenge to the birds-from-dinosaurs theory, said John Ruben, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University who authored a commentary in PNAS on the new research.

Feed the Need (YouTube)

Learn more about the campus food drive.

Inside story on where beds, desks and other dorm furniture are made (KVAL)

The prisoners in this program are largely responsible for manufacturing the beds in which the University of Oregon freshmen sleep, and the desks at which the students study; yet virtually no students are aware of this on campus.  “I had the opportunity to work with the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, to contribute a lot of different projects and it’s neat,” Lorsung said.

Today

The following campus food drive events take place today: Soup Lunch (WSE), College of Forestry, contact Terralyn.Vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details; English department Bake Sale 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3029 Cordley Hall.

It is Lunch and Learn time! Come and learn some quick and easy kid-friendly recipes! Also, learn tips on how to get your kids involved in the kitchen, eating healthy and much more. Janice Gregg from OSU Extension will be the presenter and we have heard there will be some taste testing! The event takes place at noon  in the Women’s Center Kitchen. This event is sponsored by the Child Care and Family Resources Office and is open to all OSU parents.

The Plan of Happiness: Why Did God Create Us and What is Our Purpose in Life? Public lecture by Dr. Bobette Bushnell, Dept. of Speech & Communications.  7-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. It is sponsored by the LDS Student Association of OSU.

Upcoming events

NEW! Oregon State University Theatre will present Oscar Wilde’s 1895 romantic comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 18-20 at beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

NEW! Career Fair Workshops: Feb. 11, Workshops in Career Services (Kerr B008 – Classroom 8A), 10-11 a.m., Effective Job Search; noon to 1 p.m., Resume Writing; 2 to 3 p.m., Interviewing. Also Feb. 11, the Annual Career Wardrobe Makeover 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Come build your professional wardrobe without breaking the bank.

NEW! “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” Workshop. A limited number of openings are available for the 2010-11 sessions on Feb. 15 and March 12. Workshop details and pre-registration information is available on the OSU Campus Coalition Builders website at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/ccb/ccbcalendar.html. Participation in will serve as a pre-requisite for the “Skill Building to Effectively Interrupt Prejudicial Behaviors” scheduled for April.

The February 11 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20100211.html. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

National experts, along with local teachers and agencies, will discuss successful methods of improving children’s school performance and preventing risky behavior as part of a lecture and panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 11. The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 206 and is free and open to the public.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its January workshop, “Getting to Know Our LGBT Professional Community” Feb. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Albany Public Library. This workshop will feature a panel of LGBT professionals from the Linn and Benton County areas discussing their individual experiences in the workplace and providing the audience with an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about our LGBT colleagues. OSU employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

In 1990, Corvallis mayor Charles Vars led the city’s first delegation to Uzhgorod, Ukraine. At the Feb. 11 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Alice Rampton of the Corvallis Sister Cities Association will describe recent highlights in this enduring friendship. Guests can reserve a seat by contacting Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual OSU performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 11 and 12, at LaSells Stewart Center. Advance tickets are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Plageman Student Health Center Room 310 and at the Women’s Center. Advance tickets are $8 for OSU students with ID, and $10 for general public. Tickets are also available at the door for $10. These performances benefit both the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence and the V-Day 2010 Spotlight Campaign: Women and Children Experiencing Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More info: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/vaginamonologues

February is Food Drive month! Campus community, join us for one of the events this week to raise money and food for the Linn-Benton Food Share (and OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry):
Feb. 12 – Valentine’s Day Silent Auction (FES & ADMIN), College of Forestry, contact Terralyn.Vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 12 – Silent Dessert Auction, Property Services building break room, 9 am. – 3 p.m. Contact Susan Tharp 737-3102 with questions.
Feb. 12 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5. ALS room 3096 noon. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu

The Arts Center and OSU Music Department present: Between the Cracks Forum 2010, from Vienna: Marco Eneidi (saxophone) & Tim DuRoche (drums). Feb. 13, 7 p.m. at The Art Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. $5-10 sliding scale. OSU and High School Students free with ID.

The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Rogers Hall, room 230, to discuss with all ranks of faculty and staff (tenured and non-tenured, librarians, researchers) the legal issues surrounding furloughs. This will be a facilitated (by Christian Matheis), interactive forum on furloughs with labor attorney Michael Tedesco – you do not need to be a member of AAUP to attend or to participate in the forum. For more information, see http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

Join the Austin Entrepreneurship for the 2nd Annual Weatherford Awards , honoring lifelong Entrepreneurs and Innovators. The Weatherford Awards will be held Feb. 17 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. This year’s honorees are: Frank Cloutier, leader of the HP team that developed the Ink Jet Printer, Douglas Engelbart, Ph.D., inventor of the computer mouse, Doc and Connie Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef, Cory Schreiber, pioneer of the NW Natural Food Movement, James Peterson, Ph.D., world-leading wheat breeder, Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School encourages your nomination of qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, including eligible students at OSU Cascades Campus, under the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship program. Total funding available for these awards will be distributed equally on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Nominations must be received by the Graduate School by Feb. 15. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/.

The OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Fee Board has created a new financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. The Fee Board is now accepting applications for the Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan Fund, for projects that reduce campus buildings’ reliance on non-renewable energy. The loan rate is 2.55% and applications are due 5 p.m. Feb.24. Minimum loan amount is $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 is available for all applicants. To apply and for more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/funding or contact Brandon Trelstad. Not planning to submit a project, but still want to be involved? Non-students are invited to donate $25 to match the annual per student contribution.

The Student Employee of the Year is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. A student must meet all of the following to be considered for the award: Must meet eligibility requirements and be employed by an OSU college/unit/department; Must have completed or expect to complete a minimum of either three (3) months full time employment or six (6) months part-time employment during this academic year, June 1 to May 31; A student employed on an academic appointment (Graduate Assistantship) or any other manner not paid through the Student Employment payroll process is not eligible for nomination. The nomination form is online at http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/seoty_nomination_form_osu_12-30-09.doc Email the form to Mike Mays at mike.mays@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

OSU has moved ahead in the Recyclemania Civil War and is now tied with UO! Help us take the lead over the next week by getting those recyclables (cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, etc) in the bin. Don’t forget to remind your co-workers to do the same! OSU is competing against UO and other universities across the US to see who can recycle the most during winter term; more info at recycle.oregonstate.edu

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (NSF-GK-12) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/gradstem.htm. NSF – GK-12 program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09549/nsf09549.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, February 22, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urm.htm. NSF – URM program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10531/nsf10531.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb. 22, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu . For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/cteam.htm. NSF – CI-TEAM program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10532/nsf10532.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb 22 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Jobs

Management Analyst 1– Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2484-3566/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing Date: Feb.25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Saturday Academy is looking for a dynamic, organized, self-motivated educator/administrator committed to enriching K-12 education and enhancing the pipeline to higher education to serve as the director of Saturday Academy. The director is responsible for managing all aspects of Saturday Academy including supervising workers; developing and maintaining relationships with education stakeholders; managing finances; and undertaking new initiatives to plan for sustainability. A B.S. or B.A. degree is required. Teaching experience and/or K-12 program coordination and/or an advanced degree are strongly preferred. To review this posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005263. Closing Date: Feb. 15th. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants/Contracts Tech: OSU’s Botany and Plant Pathology Dept. F/T, $2293/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005193. Closing date Feb. 18. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The Department of OUS International Programs invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant position. This is a full-time 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, got to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting 0005070. Closes today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Office Specialist 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Then go to Posting #0005222.Closing Date: Feb. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a position open for an Administrative Assistant in Development. This position provides general clerical and administrative assistance and support to an assigned team of Development Officers. To review a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment

Library Technician I – Circulation, Instruction & User Services, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, mornings and weekend hours, $1854-2484/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005229 Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Traffic and maintenance

Environmental Health & Safety will be holding a joint emergency response training exercise with the Oregon National Guard Civil Support Team at the western edge of the OSU campus near 53rd St. on Thursday, Feb. 11. This exercise may involve increased vehicular traffic on the Campus Way hike-and-bike path.

Weather

Writer Joseph Wood Krutch once wrote: “The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.” But while snowstorms paralyze the East Coast this week, we’ve continued to enjoy good stretches of sunshine and some pleasant walking weather. Check out the patch of daffodils in full bloom in front of McNary to really get a taste of spring. Rain will roll in today, and the high will reach 48, with an overnight low of 43. Rain continues through the weekend.

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