OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 26, 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.

US map shows warmer planting conditions (MSNBC)

“It’s important to recognize that the plant hardiness map represents the extreme coldest temperature a location experiences each year, averaged over a period of years,” Chris Daly, an Oregon State University researcher whose climate group created the map for the USDA, told msnbc.com. “So, it is really an extreme cold map, if you will, and doesn’t necessarily track average temperatures.
(see also Washington Post, CNN, Business Week)

Researchers say Tokyo could see major quake within four years (Yahoo News)

According to Oregon State University’s Volcano World website, Tokyo is on the convergence of three tectonic plates — the Eurasian, the Pacific and the Philippine plates. Japan sees numerous earthquakes of all magnitudes as well as volcanic activity due to subduction of the Pacific and Philippine plates under the Eurasian plate.

Visiting professor fights for feminine equality in religion (Utah Statesman)

Susan Shaw, a professor from Oregon State University, lectured at the Merrill-Cazier Library about feminist equality and religion Monday, Jan. 23.  Church-going women need to stand up for equality, Shaw said in her lecture.

Satellite tags show ties between Pacific whale groups (Fairbanks Daily News)

“I don’t think there’s any question that there used to be a western gray whale population that went down the Asian Coast,” said Bruce Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. “I don’t think that there never were western gray whales. The question is whether western gray whales of that sort still exist or not.” (see also Juneau Empire)

Oregon scientists find new ways to track underground nuclear tests (Willamette Week)

Oregon State University geophysicist Paul Vincent recently published a research paper detailing a new way to measure underground nuclear weapons tests with satellite imagery.

Oregon schools shift to integrated pest management (KTVZ)

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University are conducting outreach and education to those who need to be ready prior to the coming school year this fall.

Faculty and staff showcase hidden talents in art show (LIFE@OSU)

While only a small percentage of Oregon State University faculty and staff can call themselves professional artists, there are myriad  hidden talents among the OSU community.

OSU joins consortium of vet med colleges (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has joined four other universities with colleges of veterinary medicine to form a consortium designed to create more opportunities for students, faculty and professionals in the field.

Experts looking for fruit pest’s Oregon winter home (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension entomologist Peter Shearer said he still is catching spotted wing drosophila in his traps in Hood River and Wasco counties, which shows the insect overwinters.

Dressed up for AIDS awareness (Gazette-Times)

During Oregon State University’s four-week winter break, junior Molly Ross created a work of art: a floor-length sleeveless gown made from a flowing crimson silk charmeuse fabric.

Pouch packaging reels in tuna business (Packaging Digest)

“It’s always tough for any new company,” says Michael Morrissey, director of the Food Innovation Center in Portland, which has worked with Babcock. The center, a joint venture of Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, offers fee-based services to help food processors develop and improve their products.

OSU professor pushes her limits on “Amazing Race” (LIFE@OSU)

OSU professor Cathi Alden won the hearts of countless viewers of CBS’ hit show, “The Amazing Race.”

Yost Grube Hall awarded for McAlexander Field House design (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Portland-based Yost Grube Hall Architecture is getting ready to add another trophy to its mantle. The company has won an Outstanding Sports Facility award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association for its design of Oregon State University’s McAlexander Field House recreation center.

Recyclemania Civil War starts this week (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has begun an Recyclemania Civil War competition this week. The event pits OSU against the University of Oregon to see which university can recycle more material per student in 10 weeks.


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.

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.

Chinese poetry slideshow: Bill Porter, a noted translator of ancient Chinese poetry and texts, will give a reading and slide show about his travels in China on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave. The free public event begins at 7 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! International student forum: The International Students of Oregon State University (ISOSU) are hosting the 2nd Annual International Student Experience Forum. The conference will be held Jan. 27-28 in the Memorial Union. A reception takes place Jan. 27, 6 p.m. Check in takes place Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m. Program starts at 10 a.m. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/groups/isosu/international-leadership-conference-0

NEW! International Community Celebration Dance: As the ending piece to the International Student Experience Forum, ISOSU will host a free intercultural celebration at 9 p.m. in the MU Ballroom on Jan. 28. There will be a free Bollywood dance lesson workshop, followed by international dance music for the duration of the dance.

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series, Killing Us Softly 4: Dwaine Plaza, professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, will host a free public showing of Killing Us Softly 4, Jean Kilbourne’s updated examination of images of women and femininity in American print and television advertising, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

NEW! Deanna Kingston Celebration of Life: Monday  Feb. 6,  1 to 3 p.m., in the MU ballroom. The Native American Longhouse at OSU invites you to a celebration of Deanna Kingston’s life. There will be singing, drumming, dancing, and sharing memories. Light refreshments will be served. To do a blessing or give a performance for Deanna, contact Cat Osborne-Gowey know (cathleenosbornegowey@gmail.com). This event is open to everyone.

NEW! Baby Boomers Unite: Working Through Issues Together: Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m., MU 208. Gather with your peers and share to share knowledge and experiences relevant to issues faced by those in the Baby Boomer generation: Estate Planning; Wills vs. Trusts; Advance Directives; Caring for Aging Parents; Extended Family Households; what else? For special accommodations, call 541-737-2729

Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position. Dennis Wells will give his presentation on Jan. 27 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202. This was originally scheduled for Jan. 20 but cancelled due to the campus closure.

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.

A night of poetry: The Literary Northwest Series presents Bill Porter & Eric Paul Shaffer on Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bill Porter is a renowned translator of ancient Chinese poetry and sacred texts. Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry.

National Health Care: A Medical Humanities table talk will take place Jan. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Hovland 104. Mike Huntington with Mad as Hell Doctors will discuss “A Physician’s Case for National Health Care.”

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Plant Sciences Seminar Series: Jan. 30, 4 p.m. ALS 4000. Speaker: Alfred Hartemink, Associate Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin. Topic: A New Digital Soil Map of the World.

NEW! The Joy of Looking at Soils: The Harward Endowment Lecture Series presents Alfred Hartemink, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Hartemink is pedology professor who has worked in Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
and Australia. Alfred is the Secretary General of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and joint editor-in-chief of Geoderma. He will speak Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., La Sells Stewart Center

News for Employees

NEW! Search Advocate workshop: Session I of the Search Advocate Workshop Series introduces the search advocate role, provides foundation concepts (legal framework,diversity, cognitive and structural biases), explores potential bias risks that can arise even before the search opens, and recommends strategies to address those risks. Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to noon. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php

NEW! Participants needed for Satisfaction Survey: ISOSU is looking for students both domestic and international to fill out a satisfaction survey which will poll the level of satisfaction based on your experiences in and out of the classroom. If you are interested in helping ISOSU work towards the betterment of the on-campus community, please fill out our survey here.

NEW! NSF – IGERT Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letter of Intent guidelines. Research Office submission deadline: March 5. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! CTL Global Learning call for proposals: Teaching a course that could be enhanced with an infusion of global content and perspective?  Have an idea about how to better prepare students in your classes for today’s global realities?   Join a faculty learning community in Spring Quarter 2012 with the goal of developing a new course or re-vamping an old one to improve the global learning component.  The Center for Teaching and Learning seeks proposals by Feb. 10.  For guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/global-learning-initiative

NEW! Crossroads International Film Festival: Films from around the world will be featured at the 2012 OSU Crossroads International Film Festival. It opens Feb. 5 at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St, and continues for four consecutive Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults or $7 for children or students with ID. Passports for $40, good for 6 admissions, may be purchased in advance at the Darkside or by calling 541-737-3929. All proceeds go to Crossroads International. More information available at http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012: March 1, LaSells Stewart Center. This one-day conference and continuing education event is designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees. The conference is for those interested in Oregon forests, particularly foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, and woodland owners. Cost: $85. Graduate students can attend free. Registration website: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/foresthealth2012

Energy challenge: The Third Annual OSU Building Energy Challenge kicks off Feb.6 at noon in the MU Journey room, sponsored by the OSU Sustainability Office and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Between Feb. 6 and 27, campus buildings will compete to reduce their energy consumption. Prizes awarded to the winning buildings! Interested in volunteering or representing a campus building? Contact Bo Bestvina and find out more about how you can reduce your energy consumption at the Challenge website.

Child care scholarships: The OSU Child Care Friend Raisers (CCFR) help OSU families afford high-quality child care. With your help, a CCFR scholarship can ease the burden for a few of these families. Scholarships are funded each year from the proceeds of an Endowment established to help OSU faculty and staff with a financial need. Contact the OSU Foundation at 541-737-4218 to make a donation (payroll deduction is available).

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: Feb. 20. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

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

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.

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. 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

Traffic and maintenance

Valley Football Center: Due to scheduled maintenance, the parking lot located south of the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center will be temporarily closed. This will only affect the west end parking along 30th street. The shutdown takes place starting at 6 a.m., Jan. 26 and should end by 4:30 p.m., Jan. 27.


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

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 College of Science invites applications for an Advisor-Academic/Pre-Health position. This is a 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0008549. Closes Feb. 10.

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: We are now out of the woods, flood wise. Although rain returns today, we should see no more than a quarter of an inch. Freezing fog with afternoon sunshine rolls in tomorrow, but rain returns by Saturday night. Today’s high will be 49 with a low tonight of 28.

Central Oregon:  Looks like some more rain on the way, Oh Boy! Showers likely, mainly before 10 a.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 48 low around 22. Calm wind becoming west between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.




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