OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 23, 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 hunger summit battered by wind and want (Oregonian)

It actually made sense that the 2012 Food Security Summit, held at Oregon State University, should meet last week in a legendary torrent, in the midst of an officially designated disaster area. Oregonians against hunger have long felt themselves battling a rising wave, with the persistently inert economy threatening to swamp their efforts. (see also Statesman Journal)

OSU ready to boost Portland presence (Portland Tribune)

According to a new study by the ECONorthwest consulting firm, the Corvallis university had a statewide economic impact of nearly $2 billion in 2011 — and much of that was in the Portland area.

OSU’s Ray presents study on university’s economic impact (Gazette-Times)

A day after unveiling the size and scope of Oregon State University’s economic footprint to an audience of 300 in Portland, OSU President Ed Ray returned to Corvallis on Thursday to present the same findings to an audience of around 60 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Oregon flooding may give native fish a break (Oregonian)

Heavy rain and a melting snowpack turned Willamette Valley creeks and rivers into broad, brown torrents. It looks like bad news for fish, but an Oregon State University researcher found otherwise, which may be one of the few pieces of good news to emerge from the flooding.

OSU prescribes joint MBA for its pharmacy students (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University is teaming up with Oregon Health & Science University to offer a joint MBA and doctor of pharmacy degree beginning this fall.

Loss of federal forest payments has Oregon counties looking for revenue (Oregonian)

It’s not just governments that will feel the hit. A study by Oregon State University projected rural counties will lose 3,000 to 4,000 jobs and business sales will drop by up to $400 million if payments aren’t restored. (see also Statesman Journal, Bend Bulletin)

Killer whales killing sea lion pups at alarming rate (CBS News)

“The transmitters are amazing recorders of the life history of the animals, and can tell us in most cases how they died,” study researcher Markus Horning, a marine mammal expert at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore., said in a statement.

Interfaith community service initiative takes shape at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s efforts to promote community service through spiritual growth will culminate Saturday with a daylong community service conference centered around poverty and hunger – and organizers hope to spur more interest in campus-wide spiritual dialogue.

University of Oregon interim president argues for independent UO governing board (Oregonian)

Wim Wiewel, president of Portland State University, also wants an independent board, but Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, does not. Presidents of the state’s four regional universities also have expressed no interest in having independent governing boards.

Pastega never quit working for community he loved (Democrat-Herald)

A dedicated supporter of education, Pastega served as a trustee of the Oregon State University Foundation and made a number of donations to OSU.

Community members honored for their service (Gazette-Times)

If you ask OSU’s Kavinda Arthenayake how long he has been involved giving back to the Corvallis community, his answer is since the day he moved to town eight-and-a-half years ago.

High water hits close to home for south Corvallis resident (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University pharmacy student Sara Rahn came home about 5:15 Thursday night to find her front yard half-full of water. Her rented duplex at 193 S.E. Lilly Ave. is just a few yards from the banks of Mill Race, and the normally sedate little stream had become a rain-swollen torrent, surging out of its banks and creeping ever-closer to her door.

OHSU/OUS Life Sciences building designs OK’d (Portland Business Journal)

The design includes room for Oregon State University’s third-year pharmacy students.


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Equity and Inclusion visit: The OSU community is invited to take an afternoon break at the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Meet the staff and bring any questions you may have about their services, programs, and current efforts. Join them anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. Jan. 26 in Snell 330. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

NEW! Steve Clark at Triad: At the Jan. 26 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Steve Clark will discuss his new role as the university’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing. Triad meets in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 402, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, to reserve a lunch.

NEW! Lecture-Recital on Debussy: Paul Roberts, English author, speaker, concert pianist, and specialist on French Impressionism, will present “1862 to 2012: Debussy 150 Years On” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. Roberts is the author of “Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy,” published by Amadeus Press. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students are free.

Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentation by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position. The candidate presentation will be by Kent Kuo is rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

Lunch and Learn: Healthy Campus Initiatives presents a Lunch and Learn session “It’s All About Food Choices” Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. in MU 109B. This introduction to healthy eating will allow you to evaluate your daily food choices and develop goals to make healthier decisions, one choice at a time.

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.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

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.

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.

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 Humanities Table Talk series and takes place Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m., Hovland Hall 104

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.

Lectures and seminars

Seminar on dwarf mistletoes: Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series. Jan. 24, 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001, Dave Shaw, Forest Engineering Resources & Management, College of Forestry, Oregon State University. Ecology and ecological interactions of dwarf mistletoes. http://EcoEvo.oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT 2011-12 Spring (2012-12 Fall, Winter OR Spring release) program. View guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. Deadline for submission: February 20, 2012. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

Light & Ground: A painting exhibit of Oregon landscapes by Doug Russell, curator of the Fairbanks Gallery, Clint Brown, OSU Art emeritus, and Sandy Ryan, former instructor of art at OSU, continues through Feb. 4 at the Benton Country Museum in Philomath. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshops continue with sessions on Basic and Advanced EndNote and Basic and Advanced Zotero (two useful and powerful reference management tools). 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

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.

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

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.

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/

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.

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. 31. To date 184 OSU employees have donated a total of $98,742 – still 16 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total of $118,400. 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


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

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: The morning started out foggy but will turn surprisingly sunny by this afternoon, a welcome break from all this rain. But per usual in Oregon, the rain returns tomorrow and continues through the weekend. Because of more heavy rain in the middle of the week, we may not be out of the woods yet in terms of flooding, so those living near streams and rivers are advised to keep an eye out until the next few systems pass through. Today’s high will be 47 with a low tonight of 35.

Central Oregon: Finally a sunny warmer day, until the next storm that is. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41 low near 30. East wind around 6 mph.



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