OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 19, 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.

Oregon State economic impact: $2.06 billion (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University has a bigger economic impact than any of the state’s four-year colleges and universities, according to an economic impact study it released Wednesday. (see also Oregonian, Columbian, KGW)

OSU researcher highlights public, private biomass work in Oregon (Biomass Power and Thermal)

Christine Kelly, an associate professor of chemical, biological and environmental engineering at Oregon State University, outlined the achievements made by private companies, research institutions and universities in the biopower, biomass, and biofuels sectors. (see also Ethanol Producer Magazine)

 In primary, food stamps Gingrich has subtle flavor (Oregonian)

And a recent study by Mark Edwards and Suzanne Porter of Oregon State University found that a sharply increased number of new 2009 food stamp recipients didn’t need to be told about the advantages of paychecks; they had been working in 2008.

OSU’s new ‘degree plus three’ cuts time in school (Portland Tribune)

College students can earn undergraduate and law degrees in only six years, under a new “three plus three” program announced Wednesday between Oregon State University and Willamette University College of Law.

OSU bookstore launches online textbook marketplace (OPB)

A number of colleges and universities across the country are experimenting with new ways to lower the cost of textbooks and Oregon State University is trying something online.

New products, processes boost Oregon seafood (The Fish Site)

Oregon’s seafood industry is getting a boost from a new line of products and innovative packaging processes that are being created with the help of the Oregon State University Extension program – and these new initiatives also are creating jobs.

Food for Thought (KLCC)

Hosts interview Mark Edwards about the Hunger Summit happening at OSU. (see also KXL)

Pres. Ray to discuss OSU’s impact on the state, nation (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray will share some exciting stories about the university’s direct impact on Oregon and beyond when he addresses campus this week. Ray will speak Thursday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Suspicious packages forces evacuation at OSU campus building (KOIN)

A suspicious package that forced the evacuation of the Kerr Administration Building at Oregon State University in Corvallis Wednesday afternoon contained harmless computer equipment, Oregon State Police (OSP) reports. (see also Oregonian, KEZI, Democrat-Herald)

OSU switching research ships (Gazette-Times)

For more than 35 years, the Oregon State University research vessel Wecoma has carried scientists out of Newport to sea to learn about fisheries, climate change, undersea earthquakes and volcanoes, tsunamis, marine dead zones and other scientific issues.

How to become part of the 1 percent (OregonLive)

A blog post by OSU’s Patrick Emerson.

Whale tales (Maui Weekly)

Dr. Bruce Mate, a professor at Oregon State University and director of its Marine Mammal Program, is a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals.

A chance to have tea with royalty (Register-Guard)

Not many 21-year-olds attend dress-up tea parties. But come Saturday, Amanda McDougall — an Oregon State University junior and former Springfield resident — will attend her first in many years and she’s looking forward to it.

Graduate student forums, comics film screening at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon State University Graduate School is focusing on more student-centered programming and will host a series of open forums aimed at graduate students.

Two Oregon poets will appear at OSU Friday (Gazette-Times)

Two Oregon poets are scheduled to read from their recent collections as part of the Literary Northwest Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union at Oregon State University


MLK: More Than Just One Man: Jan. 19, Noon–1:30 p.m.Valley Library, Willamette West Rm; 3622. Student leaders from the Cultural Centers will highlight prom-inent figures from their communities who worked to strengthen MLK’s vision and the Civil Rights Movement. A 30-minute Q & A session follows. Light refreshments provided.

SEIU meeting: The SEUI January General Membership Meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 213. Come and share your input on a amendment to our Constitution and By-laws and much more. Food will be provided so bring a friend.

Childhood obesity: Daycare providers and schools are in the front lines of the fight against childhood obesity. At the Jan. 19 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Stewart Trost of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences will discuss his efforts to address this national health threat. Triad meets in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, room 115, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu or see http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/triad/.

OSU Impact 2012: Join President Ray on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, C & E Hall for IMPACT 2012 an in-depth economic impact study of OSU’s reach across Oregon, and an update on the “State of the University”. A live stream is available at http://live.oregonstate.edu/. A Q&A will follow the presentation, and questions can also be submitted through the stream.

Candidate seminar: Rhett Jackson, Professor of Hydrology University of Georgia, will give a candidate seminar for the position of Ruth Spaniol Endowed Chair
 in Natural Resources, Thursday, Jan. 19, 3 to 4 p.m., 313 Richardson Hall. Reception to follow.

(NEW LOCATION!) Empowering Kenya’s Young Women while Recognizing My Privilege: Jan. 19, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Women’s Center. HDFS student Mary Kessler will share how her own crucial moment led to supporting Kenyan girls in their education by a simple solution and in the process acknowledged her own privileges as a white, American woman.

Deconstruction + Critical Consciousness = Social Justice: Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. • Centro Cultural César Chávez. Explore the components of the social justice equation.

Safe Space training: OSU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Advocacy Team invite students, faculty, and staff to attend Safe Space Training Jan. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Snell Hall fifth floor. Safe Space Training is for those who are interested in becoming allies to the LGBT community. The training will focus on basic LGBT concepts & theories; strategies on how to create a safe and inclusive environment; and skills on how to confront homophobia. This training is not a forum for debating LGBT issues. RSVP Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu. Dinner is provided.

Screening “PhD Movie:” Thursday, Jan. 19, a special free screening of the “PhD Movie,” based on a series of popular comics by Jorge Cham, will take place at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium. The comics focus on issues in graduate education, employment and life. While graduate students are the focus, the public is welcome.

“Negroes with Guns” film & discussion: Jan. 19, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., International Living Learning Center 155. Explore a very little known chapter in the civil rights movement, an activist who advocated self-defense while working closely with the nonviolent Freedom Riders.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position.  The second candidate presentation will be by Dennis Wells on Jan. 20 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

NEW! Tea and Topics: Join us at the OSU Pride Center for the first of a Bimonthly discussion group, meeting every other Tuesday starting on Jan. 24, focused on LGBTQ issues and topics. Tea will be provided. 3.30 to 4.30 p.m

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series, One Woman, One Vote: Kim Jensen, Western Oregon University professor of History and Gender Studies, will host a free public showing of One Woman, One Vote, a documentary about the dramatic seventy-year battle for woman suffrage in the U.S., Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

NEW! Beaver Strides: Winter term Beaver Strides online registration is happening now. Join us at the Beaver Strides Kickoff party Open House on Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plageman Building, SHS, 322. Register a head of time and pick up a free pedometers, tracking booklets and be entered to win prizes. http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides. It is free to faculty and staff.

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.

Interfaith Community Service Conference: Jan. 20, Starts at 8 a.m. • Memorial Union. IFCS@OSU aspires to initiate dialogue between religious and non-religious individuals, bringing together students under the umbrella of community service. This conference provides a forum for students to engage with one another and share how their beliefs and values influence their decisions in life. Registration: atrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9NChmWONDMewimE

Speaking Justice: Where do we go from here? First Annual Spoken Arts Competition: Jan .20, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. • Memorial Union Main Lounge (doors open @ 6:30). Join selected students, staff, and community members as they share spoken art performances inspired by the 1967 MLK speech “Where do we go from here”. Followed by a performance by spoken word artists Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa.

Poetry: Two Oregon poets will read from their recent collections as part of the Literary Northwest Reading Series on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Journey Room of OSU’s Memorial Union. Geri Doran will read from her second collection of poems, “Sanderlings” and will be joined by Maxine Scates who will read from her recent book “Undone.”

China Night: The OSU Chinese Association is holding China Night, Jan. 22. Dinner and Performance beginning at 5:30 pm at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $8 and are available at Snell Hall or online at bit.ly/caosu2012 or at the door

Weighty Issues: The Problems and Pitfalls of Weight-Based Models of Health: Patti Watkins, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychological Science will discuss the issues surrounding weight bias in the Health Engagement Model, which encourages those with medical coverage through the Public Employees’ Benefit Board to adopt and maintain more healthy behavior. This is part of the Medical Humanties Table Talk series and takes place Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m., Hovland Hall 104

Christianity in Latin America: The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive?” on Monday, Jan. 23. The free, public debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. The speakers are Joseph Orosco and Nicole von Germeten.

Griesmeyer retirement: Debbie Griesmeyer, Director of Events at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, is retiring after 14 years of service to the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Join us for a reception in her honor on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Weatherford awards: This year’s Weatherford Awards will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Hilton in downtown Portland. Hosted by OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by a dinner and the award presentations. Tickets are $95, available until sold out and can be obtained on the web at http://business.oregonstate.edu/programs/aep or by contacting Mary McKillop, 541-713-8044, e-mail mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Lecture on circadian clock genes: Speaker: Sergi A. Filichkin, Assistant Professor, OSU Botany and Plant Pathology, Jan. 23, 4 p.m. Topic: Environmentally Regulated Unproductive Alternative Splicing: A Widespread Phenomenon among Plant Circadian Clock Genes.

News for Employees

NEW! Seeking study participants: The Information Visualization research group at OSU seeks participants for an exciting research project aimed at understanding how to better support electricity consumption awareness in the home.  If you are interested in learning more about this study, please send an email to us at heal-osu@engr.orst.edu with your name, size of household, phone number, and preferred contact times.

NEW! Workshop: Building Skills to Effectively Interrupt Prejudicial Behaviors, Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon, MU Journey Room. This interactive session will expand on the learning and skill building portion of the NCBI one-day workshop. Participants will begin to build personal capacity through the development of empowering language; approaching interactions in a way that empowers one to help resist freezing in the moment; and practicing skills to effectively address prejudicial remarks, and slurs, and other real life scenarios. Pre-requisite: Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us workshop within the past two years. Pre-registration required (space limited to 30): https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2884&cmd=survey

Attention all public employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

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.

Recreational Sports Private & Group Safety Classes: Receive or renew certification in First Aid, CPR, Basic Life Support, or Lifeguard Training. Classes can be taken in a group or private setting. Register at Recreation Services, 541-737-3736 or send an e-mail .

Recreational Sports Wilderness First Aid: Receive certification in outdoor safety rescue on the weekend of Jan. 28-29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Dixon Upper Classroom. Contact ALI, 541-737-3630 for more information about signing up.

Recreational Sports Snow Shuttle: Snow Shuttles to Mt. Bachelor will be available on Jan. 28 and Feb. 11. Sign-up in advance for a ride & lift ticket through the Outdoor Rec Center in Dixon, 541-737-3630. Prices vary according to membership.

Research Development – How best to do it: Vice President Rick Spinrad would appreciate your thoughts about strategic support for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

Supporting educational development: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) recognizes classified, professional, or faculty member who excels in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities. Deadline for nomination: Jan. 31. Criteria and forms at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/profdevelop/

Office supplies: New contracts for Office and Educational Supplies have been executed with Office Max and Staples Advantage. Visit the Procurement and Contract Services’ Buy Orange website at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/buyorange for information. OSU’s contract with Office Depot expired on Dec. 31, and their invoices will no longer be paid through OSU’s autopay process. Office Depot purchases made after Jan. 1 will be invoiced to the ordering department for payment. For more information, jodi.pitzer@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3301 or jim.figgins@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6995.

OSU Libraries Grad & Faculty Workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop kicks off with sessions on using your eReader, grant searching for graduate students, and advanced MEDLINE/PubMed searching. Register for these sessions, and check out the slate of upcoming workshops at: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty]. Questions? Contact Hannah Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Adventure Leadership Institute: The Adventure Leadership Institute is the authority in adventure leadership education, providing transformative experiences to more than 9,500 students each year. ALI also offers informal and customized experiences through the ALI Challenge Course, the Climbing Centers, Bike and Ski Shop and the Adventure Club. ALI is the regional hub for SOLO Wilderness Medicine, the Professional Climbing Instructors Association, and the ACA Raft Guide and Whitewater Rescue curriculum. For more information, call (541) 737-4ALI (4254) or visit www.oregonstate.edu/recsports/adventure-leadership-institute.

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.

Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships: The Graduate School has announced the continuation of fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding students for graduate study at OSU. The target population is newly admitted doctoral students and newly admitted master’s students in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist at OSU. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to actively recruit students and submit up to three nominations for fellowships per graduate major to the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and no more than one nomination per graduate major for the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program. Both domestic and international applicants will be considered. Submission deadline is Feb. 6. http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/ProvostDistinguishedGradAward_Form.pdf.

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.

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.

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:

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.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for three full-time, Academic Year (10-month) Cook1 positions. Posting #0008518. Closes Jan. 25.

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

Fiscal Coordinator 1, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008541. Closes Jan. 30.

Analyst Programmer – Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008521. Closes Jan. 31.

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: There’s a flood warning in effect for Linn and Benton counties today, with the Marys River expected to crest around 10 a.m. this morning at 21 feet and remain nearly that high until tomorrow. Other areas are experiencing severe flooding, including parts of Albany and Philomath. Rain will continue into the foreseeable future, with a high today of 51 and a low tonight of 40.

Central Oregon: Rain. High near 44 low 28. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.



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