OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 15, 2010

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.

Literacy is key to ease poverty (Statesman Journal)

Understanding the fundamentals of poverty can help community members grasp the importance of promoting literacy among those in need, an Oregon State University professor told a crowd of early childhood teachers, child care providers and community members on Friday morning.

Oregon innovators, entrepreneurs recognized (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program on Feb. 17 will honor six Oregonians who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Ex-OSU great Red Rocha dies (Democrat-Herald)

Former Oregon State basketball star Ephraim “Red” Rocha died Saturday at his home in Corvallis after a three-year battle with cancer, OSU announced. He was 86. (See also the Honolulu Adviser and  Hawaii News Now)

Climate change: Calling planet birth (Guardian)

The year before last, two researchers at Oregon State University, Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax, set about trying to put a figure on the idea of “carbon legacy”, and last summer their results were published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

Woodlands and wildlife: Friends or foes? (News-Review)

Extension forester Steve Bowers discusses woodland ownership.

New study suggests birds did not come from dinosaurs (KVAL)

Clearly dinosaurs are related to birds but probably not in the seemless fashion they have been presented,” says John Ruben, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University.

Forensics team shines (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s forensics team kept its winning streak alive at Pacific University recently, with one student winning best overall speaker and another receiving first place in open debate.


“Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” Workshop. A limited number of openings are available for the 2010-11 sessions on today and March 12. Workshop details and pre-registration information is available on the OSU Campus Coalition Builders website at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/ccb/ccbcalendar.html. Participation in will serve as a pre-requisite for the “Skill Building to Effectively Interrupt Prejudicial Behaviors” scheduled for April.

Upcoming events

NEW! Buy some great books and support the OSU Food Drive!  The College of Forestry is holding its annual Book Sale this week, Feb. 15-19, 8 a.m. to  5 p.m., in the Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy).  There are tables full of hardbound and paperback fiction and nonfiction books.  You’ll also find DVDs, CDs, videos, magazines, and a large selection of scientific journals.  All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share.

NEW! A food drive event takes place at the Valley Library on the third floor Willamette and staff lounge Feb. 16. Fat Tuesday potluck for $5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the staff lounge. HUGE sale of books, dvd’s, CD’s, puzzles, crafts, kitty toys, baked goods and MORE from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.. There is something for everyone! For more details contact Tarron.Anderson@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Provost has scheduled a series of forums to discuss the University’s divisional alignment, including two scheduled for this week. The Division of Business and Engineering Forum is scheduled for Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, in the MU Journey Room, and an All-Division Forum is scheduled for Feb. 18, 11 a.m. -to 1 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. The forums are open to all students, staff and faculty at the University. The forums will be streamed live and will be accessible on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1 . On the day of the event, the chat feature will be activated on the same web page, and participants in the chat room will be able to log in (no password required) to submit questions. Previous forums were recorded and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/. A complete list of all forums is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/division-forums-01-26-10.html. Questions regarding the forums may be emailed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Oregon State’s Tri-Annual Career Fair is back.  Come to CH2M Hill Alumni Center Feb. 16 and bring your resumes to show off as you speak with companies about jobs and internship opportunities, as well as network with other students, alumni, and company employees. Are you an Engineer? The Engineering Fair takes place the following day, Feb. 17, at the same location. Come take advantage of this free opportunity to meet employers from more than 100 companies.

NEW! Some people are more sensitive to the feelings of others. Empathy may indeed be in the genes. At the Feb. 18 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Sarina Rodrigues will discuss her research on biology and sensitivity. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! An Oregon State University graduate who was born in a California detainment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II will return to campus on Friday, Feb. 19, where she will show an award-winning documentary she produced about her parents. The film, which received a regional Emmy and several other awards, will be shown at the Joyce Powell Leadership/Journey Room in the Memorial Union beginning at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public; a discussion will follow the film.

NEW! February is Food Drive month! Campus community, join us for one of the events below to raise money and food for the Linn-Benton Food Share (and OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry):
Feb. 15-19 – Book Sale (1st Floor Knuckle), College of Forestry
Feb. 16 – Bake Sale, 2011 ALS Building, all day
Feb. 16 – Soup and Bread Buffet $5 all you can eat! 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. 128 Kidder Hall. Statistics Dept and College of Science, Dean’s Office
Feb. 16-18 – Book Sale, Withycombe Hall, Room 117.  12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Questions? Helen.Chesbrough@oregonstate.edu
Feb. 17 – Soup Lunch (ADMIN), College of Forestry, contact Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 17 – Bake Sale 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cordley room 2046. Includes a Cake Walk $1 a ticket (Walk starts 12:30 p.m.) and you can purchase Feb 18 – EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 1019 ALS 12 – 1pm) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegan option available.tickets for the Pie Raffle ($1 a ticket, tickets can be purchased in advance) Questions? Kathy Brenner 541-737-6247
Feb. 19 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5.  ALS room 3096  Noon. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu
Feb 23 – EMT Department Bake Sale (location: ALS foyer 7:30 a.m – 2 p.m.) Come early to buy a whole cake for your office! Also, individually
wrapped goodies for ‘grab & go’ people.
Feb 25 – EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 314 Weniger Hall noon to 1 p.m.) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegetarian option available.

The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Rogers Hall, room 230, to discuss with all ranks of faculty and staff (tenured and non-tenured, librarians, researchers) the legal issues surrounding furloughs. This will be a facilitated (by Christian Matheis), interactive forum on furloughs with labor attorney Michael Tedesco – you do not need to be a member of AAUP to attend or to participate in the forum. For more information, see http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

BBQ To Benefit the OSU Food Drive! Feb. 17, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Where: In front of the OSU Printing and Mailing Office in Cascade Hall. Burgers $3, Veggie Burgers, $3, Hot Dogs $2. Come by, grab something to eat, and support the food drive that benefits the Linn-Benton Food Share.

Join the Austin Entrepreneurship for the 2nd Annual Weatherford Awards , honoring lifelong Entrepreneurs and Innovators. The Weatherford Awards will be held Feb. 17 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. This year’s honorees are: Frank Cloutier, leader of the HP team that developed the Ink Jet Printer, Douglas Engelbart, Ph.D., inventor of the computer mouse, Doc and Connie Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef, Cory Schreiber, pioneer of the NW Natural Food Movement, James Peterson, Ph.D., world-leading wheat breeder, Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods.

Oregon State University Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s 1895 romantic comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” Feb. 18-20 at beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

News for Employees

NEW! A new Sea Grant Summer Scholars program is accepting undergraduate applicants who’d like to get an inside look at marine
science and resource management careers by spending the summer working on a marine science project for a state or local agency. Oregon Sea
Grant plans to select five or more Summer Scholars, each of whom will spend 10 weeks this summer working with a marine research, outreach,
education or public policy agency or institution in Oregon. Potential projects range from collecting and analyzing biological data to
developing museum exhibits and assisting on information campaigns. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, see:

Administrative Policy and Procedures Update: The Information Security manual has been uploaded in .pdf format into the Administrative Policy and Procedures website at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/budgets/app/webapp.htm under IS – Information Security. The purpose of the manual is to document all of the University’s Polices and Procedures around Information Security to ensure that we comply with federal and state regulations. The Information Security manual includes an FAQ.

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2010. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

The OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Fee Board has created a new financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. The Fee Board is now accepting applications for the Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan Fund, for projects that reduce campus buildings’ reliance on non-renewable energy. The loan rate is 2.55% and applications are due 5 p.m. Feb.24. Minimum loan amount is $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 is available for all applicants. To apply and for more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/funding or contact Brandon Trelstad. Not planning to submit a project, but still want to be involved? Non-students are invited to donate $25 to match the annual per student contribution.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (NSF-GK-12) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/gradstem.htm. NSF – GK-12 program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09549/nsf09549.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb. 22 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.


Office Specialist 2: The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a part-time (5 hours a day) .625 FTE, 9-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005212. For consideration apply by Feb. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for two Employee Benefits Analysts. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term positions. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting # 0005242. Closing date: Feb. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Linn County Extension Service at Oregon State University is accepting applications for a part time Education Program Assistant – Youth Nutrition position. Salary is $12.33 per hour + benefits. Major duties: Teach basic nutrition, food safety, food preparation to youth audiences. For complete announcement, minimum qualifications and application materials visit the website: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs or contact OSU Human Resources, 122 Kerr Administration, Corvallis OR 97331-2132 or call 541-737-3103. OSU is an AA/EOE. Applications for this position need to be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a full-time Finance and Accounting Manager for the Central Services Business Center. The position is a full-time,12 month, professional faculty appointment. Salary $65-75K plus competitive benefits. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU and OUS employees ONLY. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005269. Closes Feb. 23. OSU is AA/EOE.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State
University seeks to hire a full-time Office Specialist 2. To review position description, qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005275. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2 – Admissions, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005268 Closing Date: Feb. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Management Analyst 1– Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2484-3566/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb.25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Saturday Academy is looking for a dynamic, organized, self-motivated educator/administrator committed to enriching K-12 education and enhancing the pipeline to higher education to serve as the director of Saturday Academy. The director is responsible for managing all aspects of Saturday Academy including supervising workers; developing and maintaining relationships with education stakeholders; managing finances; and undertaking new initiatives to plan for sustainability. A B.S. or B.A. degree is required. Teaching experience and/or K-12 program coordination and/or an advanced degree are strongly preferred. To review this posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005263. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants/Contracts Tech: OSU’s Botany and Plant Pathology Dept. F/T, $2293/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005193. Closing date Feb. 18. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Office Specialist 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Then go to Posting #0005222. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE


There were enough breaks in the weather this weekend to allow for some nice strolls in the park, and there might be a few more today, although showers are likely this afternoon once the fog clears. Today’s high will be 59, with an overnight low of 47. Tomorrow will be showery as well, but the rain is heading out by midweek, and things could get sunny and a tad warmer by week’s end.

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