OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 6, 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.

First ‘vampire’ bat fly fossil discovered (Discovery)

“Bat flies are a remarkable case of specific evolution, animals that have co-evolved with bats and are found nowhere else,” George Poinar, a zoologist at Oregon State University who led the studies, said in statement. (see also Fox, Science Daily, Biology News)

California stevia growers bet on fast track to success (NPR)

Someone else is visiting the greenhouse today, a bearded man in a floppy hat who has a longer history with stevia than almost anyone else in the United States. His name is Clint Shock. He’s a researcher Oregon State University. But when he first saw stevia, more than 40 years ago, he was working with the Methodist Church among poor farmers who lived along the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

Oregon biologist plays tag with the world’s whales (Daily Astorian)

Bruce Mate flashed a photo of his daughter holding his granddaughter on the projector screen in front of the crowd gathered for the Columbia Forum Thursday night. The Oregon State University researcher talked about his hopes for her future, that she should expect to live a decent and fulfilling life.

Better Superbowl makes for better ads (Miller-McCune)

“As you’re watching a suspenseful game, there’s a certain level of arousal that develops,” said Colleen Bee, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University. (see also Wired, Scientific American, Science 2.0)

“Father” of birth control pill stages reading in Corvallis (KLCC)

Chemist and novelist Carl Djerassi synthesized the first steriod female oral contraceptive in the early 1950s. In recent decades, the professor emeritus of chemistry at Stanford University has focused his attention on literature. He presented a dramatic reading of his play,  “Phallacy,” Thursday night at Oregon State University.

‘You better watch out’ (Gazette-Times)

For the past two weeks, residents of Stoneybrook Assisted Living have been doing one hour of exercise every day as part of the facility’s fitness challenge. Saturday, the group received an exciting boost  when they were visited by Oregon State University football players, cheerleaders and Benny Beaver.

Margaret Fuller, lost Transcendentalist (Boston.com)

“She was at a major point in her career, moving toward this fuller sense of political and social commentary and having this life-changing experience in Italy,” says David Robinson, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who is working on his own book on Fuller. “And that was mostly lost with her death.”

Public invited to observe spring lambing at OSU (Gazette-Times)

New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University’s Sheep Center this month, and the public is invited to view this annual rite of spring.

OSU just a starting point for exploring Corvallis (Bend Bulletin)

Nearly 24,000 university students are among the 55,000 people who live in Corvallis. The city’s name is adapted from the Latin words for “heart of the valley,” but its pulse beats loudest at OSU.

Audubon speakers will have you thinking Spring (Statesman Journal)

On Feb. 16, Bill Proebsting will present “Gardening for Birds: If There Are Warblers, There Is Hope” at the monthly meeting of the Audubon Society of Corvallis.Proebsting, the coordinator for the chapter’s monthly local birding outings, is a retired professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.


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.

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.

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/

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Gallery talks: Fairbanks Gallery will present two gallery talks for Mark Newport’s exhibit Alter Egos, next week at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7 and noon Wednesday, Feb. 8

NEW! Random Review: “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future,” by Robert Reich. Reviewer: Charles Vars. Feb. 8, noon, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

NEW! Bi-Polar discussion screening: On Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Union room 211, there will be a screening the video of Kay Redfield Jamison’s keynote that she gave during her visit to OSU last quarter on “Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder in Young Adults”, followed by a Q&A with CAPS’ clinicians and a staff member from the OSU community who can speak on her personal experience with Bi-Polar Disorder.

NEW! German comedy: A crowd-pleasing German comedy will play in Corvallis in February before it opens days later at the Portland International Film Festival. Free, public screenings of the film, “Almanya – Welcome to Germany,” will be show at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. The film is a comedy about a Turkish family living in Germany since the late 1960s.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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.

NEW!  OSU’s new International Living-Learning Center: Thursday, Feb. 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., auditorium of the International Living-Learning Center, located on Western Boulevard. See first-hand the impressive new International Living-Learning Center and to learn about the INTO OSU partnership, international students and programs at OSU, and opportunities for volunteer service in support of our students and programs.

NEW! Recreational Sports Outdoor Used Equipment Sale:  An outdoor gear sale will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to  11:30 a.m. at McAlexander Fieldhouse. There will be a Gear Preview on Friday, Feb. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. in Dixon Lower Gym. Contact the Adventure Leadership Institute, 541-737-3630, for more information.

International graduate student forum: An open forum on graduate education at OSU is being held Feb. 7, 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

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.

Healthy family eating: Looking for quick and budget-friendly recipes for your kids? Childcare and Family Resources would like to invite you to our upcoming Lunch and Learn. Janice Gregg from OSU Extension will be joining us as we discuss healthy eating for your family. Bring your lunch and join fellow OSU members as we learn tips and tricks for cooking healthy meals! This event will be held in the Women’s Center from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 8.

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

Valentine’s fundraiser: Phi Delta Chi is fundraising on Valentines Day by selling single red roses ($4) and balloons ($2) or together for ($5).The money will be used towards a year’s worth of philanthropy, to help supply the materials we need for outreaches, and to help support our chapter! 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. Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/127499747371660/

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! College of Forestry Soup Lunch: Feb. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson Hall second Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

NEW! Free soup and bread lunches: AREC (Agriculture and Resource Economics) has the following events planned – from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 200C. Feb. 8, soup/bread by faculty. Feb. 22, soup/bread by graduate students. Feb 29, soup/bread by faculty and graduate students. $5 suggested donation.

NEW! Food Drive Bake sale: Bake sale hosted by AMBC: Feb 8 at 108 Hovland Hall, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come enjoy some mouthwatering homemade baked goodies with a donation.  Purchase some raffle tickets to enter a drawing for some awesome prizes.  All proceeds go to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Contact: gabrielle.thompson@oregonstate.edu for more detail.

Rummage sale: OSU News & Research Communications is holding a Food Drive Rummage Sale in the lobby of the fourth floor of Kerr Admin. From Feb. 6-10, a rummage sale will feature movies, household goods and more. From Feb. 13-17, they’ll be selling books and music. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.

E-Campus/OSU Libraries have setup a site with Van Bourgondien where we get 50 percent 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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Plant Sciences Seminar Series:  Speaker: Ricardo Mata-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, OSU Rangeland Ecology and Management. Topic: Distribution and Productivity Patterns of Desert Plant Species of Economic Importance in Mexico. Feb. 13, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

NEW! Oregon Forests and Water Symposium: Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,  OSU CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This all day symposium will provide updates on current issues, including paired watershed studies, herbicides, and point source vs. non-point source pollution. For more information: http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Hiring Info Sessions & Application Deadline: Learn more about employment at Recreational Sports by attending an info session. Applications are due on Friday, Mar. 2 at either entry desk at Dixon.

OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarships: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from older-than-average women students who are U.S. citizens and residents of Benton County, age 30 or older who will be attending OSU full time in 2012-2013, while pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree. (PhD and EdD candidates are not eligible.) The Committee also is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall and are graduating from a Benton County High School and /or live in Benton County. Applications are available at the Thrift Shop, 144 NW 2nd Street; high school counselor’s offices and online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/osufolk. Deadline is March 19. For more information call 541-752-1096.

Fall 2012 CONNECT Schedule and Housing Move In: This coming Fall CONNECT 2012 will officially begin on Thursday, Sept. 20. As a result of this shift, move in for the residence halls and co-operative houses has shifted as well to a two day move in during the week on Tuesday Sept. 18 and Wednesday Sept. 19. Much of campus will be affected during these two days including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting on a monthly basis to look at how this middle of the week move can reduce its disruption to campus. To see the CONNECT Week schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents/connect/home Event details are soon coming and if you have questions please contact Leslee.Mayers@oregonstate.edu. To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide. Move in details are soon coming and if you have questions please contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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


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 Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit invites applications for a Faculty Research Assistant to conduct research on the Pacific lamprey throughout the Willamette River Basin. This is a 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0008585. 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: After a glorious weekend, don’t be shocked if we have another beautiful sunny day ahead of us. Tomorrow some clouds might roll in so enjoy this sunshine and blue sky.  Today’s high will be 55 with a low tonight of 29.

Central Oregon: We’ll see freezing fog followed by sunshine today, as the temperature climbs to 47. The nighttime low will be 19, which will mean more freezing for tomorrow’s morning commute.



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