OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 13, 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.

Celebrating Fred (Gazette-Times)

400 people attend OSU tribute to football player Fred Thompson, who died Dec. 7

Global warming may trigger winter cooling (Science NOW)

“This is completely plausible,” says Anne Nolin, a climate scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The correlations between warm summers and cold winters that originally led the researchers to develop their idea don’t prove cause and effect, but analyzing these trends with climate models in future studies could help researchers bolster what Nolin calls “an interesting set of connections.”

 I was a teenage Samuel Beckett (TIME)

Likewise Tracy Daugherty’s 2009 life of Donald Barthelme is accomplished, but the man at its center remains a cipher: I never quite got where all that weird brilliance came from. (Daugherty works hard: he published a biography of Joseph Heller in 2011, which was also great — possibly better than most of Heller’s novels.)

The genius of Catch-22 (Times Literary Supplement)

Tracy Daugherty’s biography Just One Catch is more literary and less passionate than Heller’s quirky, episodic memoir. Daugherty fills in chronological gaps and cultural milieux, from Heller’s Coney Island boyhood through his first jobs, Second World War military service, belated university education, to the Manhattan advertising and literary scenes, and his last years in East Hampton, where he died in 1999.

Chlorophyll can prevent cancer – but study raises other questions (Health Canal)

A recent study at Oregon State University found that the chlorophyll in green vegetables offers protection against cancer when tested against the modest carcinogen exposure levels most likely to be found in the environment. (see also Innovations Report, Science Daily)

Tsunami debris on way to US (Register-Guard)

Jack Barth, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, said there have been some reports out of northern Washington of tsunami debris washing ashore last month.

Neighbors fed up with OSU student housing development (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Demolition work is under way on Northwest 29th Street in Corvallis, to make way for yet another new housing project targeting the growing population of Oregon State University students and employees.

Marine reserve in effect (Bandon Western World)

Oregon State University graduate student Tom Calvanese has been working with local fishermen to track the movements of rockfish living in the reserve using acoustic telemetry.

Dawn Wright honored by the Association of American Geographers (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education)

Dawn Wright, a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University in Corvallis, was named as the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Achievement Award given by the Association of American Geographers.

Albatrosses ride winds of change (Cosmos Magazine)

Robert M. Suryan of Oregon State University in the U.S. said the 1 kg change in body mass (which represents 10 to 12% of body mass) was “truly remarkable”. He was impressed by the accumulation of such long-term data and the rapid application of new tracking technology.

Local protest asks Obama to close Gitmo (Gazette-Times)

Joseph Orosco, OSU philosophy professor, and Claire Syrett, of the American Civil Liberties Union, outlined the reasons for the protest to the audience of about 20 people on the MU steps.

OSU makes it easier for students to compare textbook prices (KVAL)

But now the Oregon State University Beaver Bookstore is making it a little easier for students to find the best deal.


Getting Started in Exercise: Physical activity comes in many forms and can be done just about anywhere. The key is finding activities that you enjoy and having the tools to be successful in the goals you have set for yourself. This session will give you just what you need to start an exercise program. Jan 13, 12:10 to 12:55 p.m., Erika Hanselman in MU 109B.

“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.

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

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.


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

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

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

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


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.

“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.


MLK holiday: Classes will not be held today to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr, but there will be some events happening on campus. OSU Today will resume Tuesday. Recreational Sports MLK Holiday: Dixon Recreation Center, McAlexander Fieldhouse, and Student Legacy Park will be open regular hours on Monday, Jan. 16.

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.

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.

Book study: Socratic Club at OSU is sponsoring a book study that will meet weekly on Mondays in MU 110 from 7 to 8 p.m.  The book is Timothy Keller’s “The Reason for God.”  Copies are available in the OSU Book Store in the Book Club section.  We will read and discuss one chapter a week.  The discussion is open to everyone.  An information meeting will be held Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in MU 110.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Photo exhibit: A new exhibit of landscape photographs by Clinton Shock, professor and superintendent of the OSU Malheur Experiment Station, will open the weekend of Jan. 20 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Ore. The exhibit is called “Landscapes: Exploring The Back Country Of Malheur and Owyhee County.” It opens Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m., with a presentation by Shock at 6. The exhibit runs through March 20.

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. A new film will be screened every Tuesday through March 6.

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 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

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

News for Employees

NEW! Rec Sports membership: Recreational Sports fall memberships & locker rentals expire Jan. 13:  To renew a rental or membership, contact the Recreation Services Desk. The desk will have extended hours from through Jan. 19. It will be open from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs, and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fri. It is located near West Entry at Dixon. Contact Recreation Services at 541-737-3736 or send an e-mail.

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.

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

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.

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.


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: More sunshine and frigid mornings are here, but the National Weather Service is warning that continued cold air may combine with moisture over the weekend to bring snow down to the valley floor by Saturday night. Maybe it’s a good weekend to curl up with a good costume drama and stay indoors.  Today’s high will be 49 with a low of 29.

Central Oregon:  Love winter in Central Oregon, warm and sunny. Sunny, with a high near 49 low around 24. South wind around 7 mph.


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