OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 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.

5 ideas for revamping NCAA enforcement (Chronicle of Higher Education)

In a conversation I had this week with Edward Ray, Oregon State’s president and chair of the group, he singled out several ideas the group has discussed for improving the way athletic departments operate.

The psychology of political flip-flops (Discovery)

“If many/most Republican primary voters see him as taking conservative positions only to win the primary (that is, he does not sincerely hold those views), that might undercut support,” said Robert Sahr, political science professor at Oregon State University, in response to questions from Discovery News.

 Occupied philosophy (Gazette-Times)

The nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement drew considerable attention last fall with rallies, demonstrations, encampments in parks and public spaces and, at times, friction with local law enforcement. In response, two Oregon State University philosophers developed a course to examine the Occupy movement — and by most estimates, it’s one of the first Occupy-themed college courses in the nation.

6.7 magnitude earthquake leaves 40 dead in Philippines (Yahoo)

The Philippines are in a very complex seismic zone where the Eurasian plate and the Philippine plate converge together, squeezing several small micro-plates between them, as explained by Oregon State University. These convergent boundaries create volcanic activity and seismic activity.

Pac-12’s Larry Scott gets extension (ESPN)

“My fellow board members and I are delighted to have reached a long-term agreement with the commissioner to continue his excellent work on behalf of the Pac-12,” Ed Ray, president of Oregon State and chairman of the Pac-12 board, said in a statement.

Currents carrying Japanese tsunami debris to U.S. West coast (KVAL)

“We know when the stuff went into the ocean,” said Jack Barth, an Oregon State University profressor, “and we know the ocean currents pretty well, so we can project that in a simulation projection of a cloud of debris to see when it arrives.”

Local books: A history of the Elwha (Seattle Times)

“Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha” by Jeff Crane (Oregon State University Press, $24.95). Crane, a professor of history at Sam Houston State University, writes an environmental and human history of the Elwha River, including work in progress to remove two dams that will return it to a natural state.

Five Western colleges form veterinarian medicine consortium (Beef Today)

Representatives, including the deans from Colorado State University, Oregon State University, Western University of Health Sciences, Washington State University and University of California at Davis, met in San Francisco this past October and created the Consortium to pursue set objectives.

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

“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.


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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Be Well Lunch and Learn: “It’s Party Time!” How do you best handle those “on the fly” decisions and plan for healthy eating at social events? Learn how to make healthier alternatives to party favorites so you can still enjoy without abandoning your health ways. Feb. 8, 12:05-12:55 p.m.; Marketplace West,  Some snacks provided to try this out!

NEW! TAC Workshop: “Blackboard Basics,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202. This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops to register and learn more about our workshops.

NEW! Triad Club: At the Feb. 9 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Joseph Spatafora will discuss his role as OSU’s faculty athletics representative to the Pac-12 Conference Council and delegate to NCAA meetings. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, 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! Be Well Lunch and Learn: “Got Motivation?”.  Are you lacking the motivation or just the know how? This session will mentally and physically get your ready to get active in any physical activity program. Feb. 10, 12:10-12:55 p.m.; MU110,

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Blackboard Grade Center,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m. This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. We’ll also show you options for managing large groups of students. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Russian pianist: Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents the renowned Russian pianist, Alexander Ghindin, in the second concert of the 2011-2012 Steinway Piano Concert Series Feb. 12, 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, Rice’s Pharmacy, WineStyles, and online at ticketsoregon.com. Students 8-18 and college students with ID will be admitted for free.

NEW! Cultural Cuisine Event: Soul Food Cafe: a journey through culture and cuisine is held  in celebration of Black History Month and as continuation of the Journey Through Culture and Cuisine series.  Join us from 5-8 p.m. on Feb 22 at McNary Dining Center.  Menu items include carved Virginia Ham, Southern Fried Chicken, Tofu Creole, Collard Greens, Macaroni and Cheese, Bananas Foster and New Orleans style Beignets.  Cost: $8 at the door (tickets also available in advance at any UHDS dining center, staff and off-campus residents can use Orange Rewards, residents can use their UHDS Dining Dollars or Orange Rewards.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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’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.

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.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! Book Resale: Information Services has collected used books, CD’s, VHS, etc for resale. “You pick your price!” Take a look, read, and decide how much you want to pay.  Located in Milne room 224.  For more information contact Carla Cogburn, 7-2671.

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

Free soup and bread lunches: AREC (Agricultural 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.

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

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

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

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.


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.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Purchasing Analyst 3 Position. Posting # 0008589, Closes Feb. 19.

The Graduate School at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2, position. For full details, please visit posting #0008473. Posting closes Feb. 20.

The Registrar’s Office at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008602. Posting closes Feb. 24.

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

Traffic and maintenance

Merryfield: Due to new bollard installation, the sidewalk between Merryfield Hall & Covell Hall will be temporarily closed to pedestrian traffic.  Signage and traffic control will be in place to direct traffic.  The shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 7 and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: Today’s weather can’t really make up its mind what to do. After morning clouds we’ll have a bit of sunshine, followed by afternoon rain which may continue through the evening. But by tomorrow morning the rain will disappear as the sun returns. Today’s high will be 55 with a low tonight of 43.

Central Oregon:  Drive carefully in the fog. Areas of freezing fog before 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44 low around 24. South wind around 5 mph.




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