OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2012

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.

Facing skyrocketing textbook prices, bookstore embraces technology (Gazette-Times)

At least one thing is outpacing the increasing cost of college tuition: textbooks. With this in mind, retailers — including Corvallis’ own Oregon State University Beaver Store, located in the east wing of the Memorial Union — are using new online and mobile technology to help students score the best deals. (see also OPB, Oregon Live, KTVZ)

Satellite imagery detects thermal ‘uplift’ signal of underground nuclear testing (Space War)

Lead author Paul Vincent, a geophysicist at Oregon State University, cautions that the findings won’t lead to dramatic new ability to detect secret nuclear explosions because of the time lag between the test and the uplift signature, as well as geophysical requirements of the underlying terrain. (see also Innovations Daily)

 OSU alumna to speak on work/life balance (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University alumna and businesswoman Diane Paddison will offer practical advice for young professionals in a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus.

OSU will hold celebration of life for player who died last month (KPTV)

Oregon State University will hold a celebration of life ceremony Thursday for a football player who died last month.

One-of-a-kind program lets fisheries and wildlife professionals pursue master’s online (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oregon State University, a trend-setter in online education, is the nation’s first institution to offer a professional science master’s degree in the field of fisheries and wildlife, giving students access to a graduate-level education

Extension is an invaluable asset to Oregon (Gazette-Times)

An editorial.

Mike Parker wins sixth sportscaster of the year award (OSU Beavers)

Mike Parker has been named the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year for the sixth time, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) announced. The “Voice of the Beavers” is in his 13th year announcing Oregon State University athletics.

OSU to host annual MLK celebration (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration Jan. 9 through Jan. 21. This is the 30th year of the celebration at OSU.

Wacky weather year now in the books (News Register)

The spring of 2011 was the second wettest on record for much of the Northwest, according to the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. But it was followed by a dry autumn and early winter. Summer was cool, followed by an unusually warm September.

Donald Duck lands in Benton County jail (Gazette-Times)

Despite the fact that the fictitious inmate was a duck – and that his middle name was listed as Eugene – Rabago said that no references were meant to the rivalry between the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers.


Triad Club: Justin Fleming sees OSU from an unusual perspective. The head of OSU’s Motor Pool hears what faculty and staff encounter during their trips across the state. At the Jan. 12 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Fleming will talk about some of their road trips. MU 109 from noon to 1. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch.

New senator orientation: The Faculty Senate New Senator Orientation will occur Jan. 12 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Agricultural Production Room. All new faculty senators, and any continuing senators who have not previously attended the orientation, are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

SEIU contract changes training: The Office of Human Resources is providing training for classified employees and supervisors on the 2011-13 SEIU contract. Sessions take place Jan. 12, 10:30 to noon, MU Journey Room; Jan. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., MU 206, and Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon, MU Journey Room. For more information: jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu

Matzke retirement: Mary Ann Matzke, Head Advisor for the College of Science, is retiring after over 26 years at OSU. Join us for appetizers and cake at a reception in her honor on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in MU 109A. Please stop by to congratulate her.

Thompson memorial: A “Celebration of Life” honoring the late Fred Thompson of the Oregon State University football team will be held Thurs., Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. The celebration is open to the public. Thompson, a freshman from Richmond, Calif., passed away from natural causes Dec. 7 on the OSU campus.

Faculty senate: Out of respect for the memorial service for student Fred Thompson which is scheduled from 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium, and to allow faculty an opportunity to attend the memorial, the Faculty Senate meeting will begin at 3:30 PM on  Jan. 12. The agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120112.html.

“Sign the Pledge” — MLK, Jr. Pledge Wall: Reaffirm your support for nonviolent social change, equality & justice, freedom & peace.10 a.m.–3 p.m. • MU Trysting Tree Lounge. Now through Jan. 13.

Upcoming Events

NEW! All School Dance — MLK Celebration Kick-Off: Jan. 13, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. • International Forum, Snell HallFREE to all OSU Students.

NEW! After Dark — MLK Celebration Kick-Off: Jan. 13, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. • McAlexander Fieldhouse.  Step and Stroll Performances by Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Delta Phi — 9:10 p.m. Live music by “Little Rascalz” — 9:45 p.m.–1 a.m.

NEW! Service Projects: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Check-in: McAlexander Field House. Choose from four projects in the morning; food drive in the afternoon. oregonstate.edu/cce

NEW! Interfaith Prayer Service: Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.,Memorial Union 213

NEW! Community Meal and Readers Theater: Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • Memorial Union Ballroom

NEW! Time to Get Real About MLK, Jr.“A Call to Conscience”: Jan. 14,  (film & discussion)7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. • Memorial Union Ballroom

NEW! Little Town of Bethlehem” (film & discussion): Jan. 15, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. (doors open @ 4:30)Memorial Union Journey Room. Discover how a courageous commitment to nonviolence is uniting Palestinians and Israelis in their quest for peace in the Middle East. This documentary looks at the conflict through the eyes of three men whose lives have been marked by the violence: a Palestinian Muslim, a Palestinian Christian, and an Israeli Jew who dare to dream that a just peace is possible.

NEW!“Precious Knowledge” (film & discussion): Jan. 15, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. (doors open @ 6:30)Memorial Union Journey Room .Disenfranchised high school seniors become academic warriors and community leaders in Tucson’s embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program.

NEW! 30th Annual Peace Breakfast:  Jan. 16, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.Memorial Union Ballroom. Award Presentations: Phyllis S. Lee & Frances Dancy Hooks Coalition Builders Awards. Music: Outspoken. Keynote Speaker: Robert Thompson, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and African American Studies.

NEW! Candlelight Vigil: Jan. 16, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center to Memorial Union. Meet at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 2325 NW Monroe, for the candlelight walk to the MU Steps.

NEW! Round Table Discussions: Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. • Memorial Union 213

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series: A new film series commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 17, with a screening of “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” a documentary about a Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate who set out to fight both women’s poverty and environmental degradation. The free public event is 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Screenings continue every Tuesday through March 6.

NEW! Poetry showcase: The Good News Poetry Tour, a team of award-winning writers and performers, will bring a poetry showcase to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The free, public event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the new Linus Pauling Science Center (Room 125). The Good News Poetry Tour’s performance is supported by the Undergraduate Poetry Activities Fund.

Shakespeare talks: Patrick Spottiswoode, education director for the Globe Theatre in London and the president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association will be at Oregon State University on Jan. 17 and 19 presenting two public lectures. On Jan. 17, Spottiswoode will give a talk on “Around the Globe: Shakespeare’s Words and His Theatre” at the Center for Humanities on 8th and Jefferson in Corvallis. And on Jan. 19, he will speak about “Creating a Chink in the Wall,” at the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Both presentations are free and open to the public, and begin at 4 p.m.

Young Professionals talk: Oregon State University alumna and business woman Diane Paddison will offer practical advice for young professionals in a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. The free, public lecture, “Finding Balance: Practical Wisdom for Young Professionals,” will begin at 7 p.m.

(Time corrected) Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position. The first candidate presentation will be by Kent Kuo on Jan. 18 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202. The second candidate presentation will be by Dennis Wells on Jan. 20 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Winter water film series: Jan. 17 – River of Renewal with Jack Kohler, the story of conflict over the resources of California and Oregon’s Klamath Basin. Over the years, different dominant groups have extracted its minerals, trees, and water with disastrous consequences. Sponsor: INR – La Raza Room 208

“Empowerment of African Nations Development: RECTAS Capacity Building Strategies and OSU Collaboration”: Dr. Isi A. Ikhuoria (PhD), Professor of Geoinformatics and Executive Director, Regional Center for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria will give a lecture this Friday, Jan. 13 from 2 to 3: pm in 448 Snell. For more information, contact International Programs, 541-737-6419.

News for Employees

NEW! Bloomer named to new position: Sherm Bloomer has been appointed as Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning at OSU, effective Feb. 1. As Director, he will report to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Bloomer served as Dean of the College of Science for 12 years. OSU will  initiate an internal search for an Interim Dean and a national search for a permanent Dean.

NEW! Faculty development: The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The closing date is Feb. 10. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funds up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU.  In addition, the Center may consider applications up to $4,400 (two awards of $2,200) for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.
For information: jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Distinguished professors: Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Professor honor. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Emeritus professors are not eligible.  Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU.  They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 13. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards

NEW! Urban League exhibit: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a small exhibit highlighting the Urban League of Portland’s history of community service and past leaders, on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case. Now through February. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr .  For more information contact: Natalia Fernández , Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

Exhibit your art: The OSU Women’s Center invites you to submit your art work for an art show at the MU Concourse Gallery during Winter term. Any female-identified, OSU affiliate may submit their art to this show. This year’s theme is “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul!” and the exhibit will be on display from Feb. 3 – March 16. Contact Ann.McLaughlin@oregonstate.edu by Jan. 18 if you are interested in participating.

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: Monday, Jan. 30. View guidelines. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer and YOU: Protecting intellectual property is a key factor enabling any researcher to translate research to a marketable product. Join our expert panel in a Webinar exploring the roles of students, postdocs, faculty, and Tech Transfer in the protection process. Thursday, Feb. 2, noon to 1 p.m., cosponsored by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. Register early to save a space. Event is free.

General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. View guidelines and application. Deadline for submission: Feb. 13. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

FY2013 RFP for Technology Resources Fund (TRF) Grants: Through the TRF, more than $7.4 million will be available for FY2013 projects that improve student learning at the University through better access to information technology and technology services. Past grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1.2M. Faculty, staff and sponsored student organizations are invited to submit proposals by Feb. 21. For more details, see the TRF website: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/trf

Want to teach an Honors Course: This is the annual University Honors College Call for Coursework for the 2012-2013 academic year. The UHC seeks course proposals from OSU tenure/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course; or you can propose something new. Submit a proposal on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/current/courses/proposals or email Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu for further information. Deadline for proposal submission is Jan. 27.

Significant Policy Changes Affecting Travel: Several broad-reaching fiscal policies have been updated which can affect individuals who travel or purchase on behalf of OSU as part of their work. These changes 1) clarify personal reimbursements to generally $100 or less; 2) establish a maximum 60 day submittal period to the appropriate Business Center for personal reimbursements (FIS 407) and travel (FIS 411-07); and establish mandatory procedures regarding the use of non-contracted vendors for airfare travel (failure to follow the policy could result in loss of a future reimbursement (FIS 411-01)). If these changes affect your OSU business, be sure to review the complete policy as noted in brackets.

Supervisor training: OSU managers and supervisors may now register for the Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors program, scheduled for Feb. 16-17, sponsored by Training & Organizational Effectiveness. The session includes prerequisite online training so sign up early! To view the full course description and register online, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=274. (The registration confirmation will include instructions to begin the online training.)

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU will end on Jan. 30. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6 percent decrease compared to the previous year. To date 176 OSU employees have donated a total of $93,382 – still 21 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total. Meanwhile, at UO 736 employees have donated $233,411. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form or checks to 2011 CFD,100 LaSells Stewart Center. If you need an additional form, please send a request to Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Campus wide: Facilities Services in collaboration with the Office of Disability Access Services and Network Services, will survey wireless access points to create a virtual map of campus building. Facilities Services employees will be accessing various rooms throughout the buildings to calibrate the virtual maps with the access points. For information contact Lisa Nemes at 541-737-6269 or Lisa.Nemes@oregonstate.edu.

Free parking: Student/visitor lots open, no permit required, through Jan 13.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Research Associate (Post Doc). The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Posting # 0008193. Closes Jan. 15.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services is seeking an LGBT Services & Outreach Coordinator. Posting #0008465. Closes Jan. 16.

Operating Systems Network Analyst – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating systems Network Analyst position. Posting #0008500. Closes Jan. 16.

Accountant I, Payroll: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Central Payroll Office. Posting #0008516. Closes Jan. 22

Accountant I, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008515. Closes Jan. 22.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 23 (new closing date).

Academic Advisor – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month in the PHHS academic advising office. Posting # 0008520. Closes Jan. 23.

Office Specialist II: F/T at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. Posting #0008502. Closes Jan. 27.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a director of events for the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Find information regarding how to apply and view the position description at: www.osualum.com/jobs


Corvallis: It feels like a long time since we’ve had a stretch of sunny weather like this, but enjoy it, as rain and even the slight chance of snow might be coming for the weekend. Today’s high will be 45 with a chilly low of 23.

Central Oregon: Patchy freezing fog before 10 a.m.. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 37. Light and variable wind.


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