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Thursday, February 2, 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.

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Debris from Japanese tsunami headed to Oregon (Portland Tribune)

Debris from last March’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami is headed to Oregon’s coast this year and next, according to researchers from Oregon State University. (See also KTVB, News-Register, World Disaster)

What role does pre-school play in success? (KBNW)

Is pre-school critical for children’s success in school, and in life.  At Wednesday’s “It’s in the Bag” lecture at OSU-Cascades, Assistant Professor Shannon Lipscomb will address the role of pre-school and child care experiences for your young one, and what they can do later in life.

‘Life and activity monitor’ provides portable, constant recording of vital signs (Science Codex)

“When this technology becomes more miniaturized and so low-cost that it could almost be disposable, it will see more widespread adoption,” said Patrick Chiang, an assistant professor of computer engineering at Oregon State University. “It’s already been used in one clinical research study on the effects of micronutrients on aging, and monitoring of this type should have an important future role in medicine.”  (See also Science Daily)

A close game will help Superbowl advertisers (Huffington Post)

A new study by Oregan State University (OSU) found that viewers will look more favorably on advertising after watching a close, exciting sporting event. Surprisingly, the finding holds true whether your favorite team wins or loses. (see also OregonianPhoenix Business Journal)

OSU seeks bond funding as state legislature begins month-long session (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has a short wish list for state lawmakers: Approve the bonds needed to fund two delayed construction projects — and, to the extent possible, go easy on the budget.

OSU student engineers finalizing design for Kenyan well (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s chapter of Engineers without Borders is hoping to send a group of students to Kenya this summer to build a well that eventually will serve 2,000 in the surrounding community.

Extension offers forestry classes (Register Guard)

More than a year after uprooting its forestry program in Lane County because of a lack of funding, the state Extension Service has figured out how to resume offering some help to small-woodlot owners and others who want to learn more about growing and harvesting trees. The service, run by Oregon State University, will bring OSU forestry experts assigned to other counties to Lane County to hold a series of one-day classes that will cost $25 per attendee

Many ways to participate in OSU food drive this month (LIFE@OSU)

Last year, the OSU campus donated more than 541,000 pounds of food to the Linn-Benton Food Share, which serves food banks across two counties. This year, during the month-long food drive, organizers are hoping to raise the bar even higher with a 580,000 pound goal.

Scientists breed antioxidant-rich purple tomato (New York Daily News)

Following on the veggie trail of the cancer-fighting “super broccoli” out of the UK last year, researchers from Oregon State University officially rolled out the new breed of tomato last week that contains anthocyanins, an antioxidant that gives blueberries and the Indigo Rose tomato their blueish-purple hue.


OSU Valley Library craft and bake sale: Mmmmm, brownies!  Oooooh, hand crafted goods!  Thursday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willamette East (3622) 3nd Floor of The Valley Library. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

Chemist, novelist speaks at OSU: Best known as the “father of the birth control pill,” chemist and novelist Carl Djerassi will visit Oregon State University for a speech and performance on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The free, public event will be held at the Construction and Engineering Hall of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW Graduate student forum: An open forum on graduate education at OSU is being held Feb. 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m., in MU 109. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. To RSVP: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/

NEW Plant Sciences Seminar Series: Feb. 6, 4 p.m. Speaker: Bruce Schindler, Professor and Ryan Gordon, student, OSU Forest Ecosystems and Society Topic: Collaborating for Healthy Forests and Communities: Building Partnerships Among Diverse Interests. ALS 4000

NEW! Housing candidate: University Housing and Dining Services and the Associate Director for Residential Education Search Committee is holding four open forum presentations over the next two weeks where each candidate will present on the following topic: “Residential Education @ OSU: Creating Dynamic Living/Learning Opportunities for Students.”  Dave Craig is our first candidate Monday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union MU208 La Raza Room.  Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu for more information.

NEW Woman Citizen Film Series, The Damsel: Tara Williams, professor of English, will host a free public showing of the BBC’s Medieval Lives: The Damsel, in which Monty Python’s Terry Jones examines the surprising lives and roles of women in medieval Europe, Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

NEW Staci Swedeen’s play, “The Feeble-Mindedness of Woman,” is a historically based story of the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize. OSU Theatre and The Women’s Giving Circle will present the play Feb. 8-11 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $8 general, $6 for senior, $5 for youth/student and free for all OSU students. For more information contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit us at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

NEW! Diversity and higher education lecture: PCOSW and Equity and Inclusion have collaborated to bring Daryl Smith, professor at Claremont, to present practical and meaningful approaches to integrating diversity into the fabric of higher education. The free lecture will take place Feb. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 155 of the Living-Learning Center.

Styrofoam Collection Week: Now through Friday, Feb. 3, bring clean Styrofoam blocks, sheets and packing peanuts to one of eight drop sites across campus for free recycling. Personal items are allowed. Sites include the recycling warehouse, UHDS service centers, Women’s Center, MUPC, APCC and ALS. See open hours and addresses on OSU Campus Recycling’s calendar.

 Valentine’s fundraiser: Phi Delta Chi is fundraising on Valentines Day by selling single red roses ($4) and balloons ($2). Pre-order by contacting Rhianna.taniguchi@yahoo.com or visit their table on Feb. 9 in the MU Quad from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be able to pick up your order on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Quad, Pharmacy Building, Dixon Rec. Center, and hopefully outside the Longhouse. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/127499747371660/

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.

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.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! Hot lunch: The Organic Grower’s Club will again be sponsoring “Fabulous Five Dollar Fridays in February!” This year it will be held in the comfortable student lounge in ALS 4018. We serve a hot lunch, for a suggested donation of five dollars. All money raised goes to the OSU Food Drive. Fridays in February, noon to 1 p.m.

NEW! Food Drive Fundraiser – Chili Feed hosted by AMBC:  Feb. 3 at Hovland Hall Rm 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come enjoy some homemade chili and cornbread with a donation of $2 per bowl or all you can eat for $5 or a donation of the equivalent in canned food.  Contact: gabrielle.thompson@oregonstate.edu for more details.

NEW! E-Campus/OSU Libraries have setup a site with Van Bourgondien where we get 50% of all sales for the Food Drive.  Their bulbs are guaranteed and they ship directly to you.  Please share this site with your friends and family and we can raise money for Linn-Benton Food Share in a colorful way! https://www.dutchbulbs.com/fg/2012linnbenton  orders will be taken through the end of February. Contact Kerrie Cook with questions – 541-737-4633

News for Employees

NEW! The Fulbright Scholar Program: The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in weekly webinars. For more information, visit our website at http://www.cies.org/Webinar/. The application deadline for most awards is Aug. 1.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/ or contact us at scholars@iie.org.  OSU International Programs contact: Julie Walkin, Julie.walkin@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Administrative Data Systems Training: If you need access to Banner and other administrative data systems, or if you want to extend your skill set in these systems, Information Services invites you to attend one of our free training sessions. Pre-registration is now available for the classroom-based workshops we’re leading in February and March, and online, self-paced computer-based trainings and web-delivered tutorials are also available. Please visit our new Administrative Data Systems Training  website for more information.

Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by March 5. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

FY2013 Technology Resources Fund (TRF) Grant Proposals due Feb 21: 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

Transportation conference: More than 200 transportation professionals from the Pacific Northwest are expected to participate in the 2012 NW Transportation Conference, Feb. 7-9 at OSU’s CH2M-HILL Alumni Center. In line with the conference theme of Transportation and the Economy, sessions will include innovations in safety and preservation, walkable communities, sustainable transportation, operations strategies to improve safety, and a workshop covering recent updates to the national Highway Safety Manual. Registration and information: http://kiewit.oregonstate.edu/nwtc/.

NPMR and HyperNiche Workshop: Learn how to analyze data with complex interactions using Non-parametric Multiplicative Regression (NPMR) and the HyperNiche software package. A two-day workshop will be offered at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on Feb. 28-29. A second workshop will be held at OSU with a date yet to be finalized. Information on the workshop can be found here: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~lintzh/NPMRworkshop.html E-mail Heather Lintz to register for the workshop: hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu Indicate date preference on a doodle poll for the OSU workshop: http://www.doodle.com/bfaav87pnmcu84x9

The Source now available: The Winter edition of The Source, e-newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, is now available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2012/january. In it, you will find photos and fascinating stories about the work and experiences of the dedicated faculty, staff and students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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

Traffic and maintenance

Wilkinson Hall: Due to necessary repairs, the heating air supply will be shutdown to Wilkinson Hall. This will affect the building heat, however, will not affect every room. Unfortunately, it will be impossible to pinpoint the exact locations that will be affected. The shutdown will end by 5 p.m. Feb. 2.


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

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a FSW 3. Posting #0008571. Closing date is Feb 7.

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.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Office Specialist 2 to coordinate activity at the Recreation Services desk. Posting #0008595. Closes Feb. 10.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications for the full-time position of Communication Center Specialist (Office Specialist 1). Posting #0008560. Closes Feb 12

International Student and Faculty Services is hiring an Analyst Programmer. Position # 0008423. Closes Feb. 17.

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: Celebrate the sun! Get out there and dance! Today’s high will be 51 with a low tonight of 31. Friday should be more of the same.

Central Oregon: Looks like another warm trend in Central Oregon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45 low near 34. Southeast wind between 3 and 7 mph.



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