OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 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.

Ray advocates reform for higher ed athletics (Oregon Live)

In an interview last week with the Chronicle of Higher Education, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray outlined new ideas for athletics department reform over and above some possibilities that have already had a broad airing in the media.

 The international politics of smoking (LIFE@OSU)

As Oregon State University prepares to become a smoke-free campus in September, efforts are being made to reach out to different populations to both educate them on the policy, and to offer access to the smoking cessation offerings that are available free to students and staff. Currently, much work is being done to target INTO OSU students with a widespread outreach effort. Because of language, cultural and religious barriers, the smoking cessation policy’s message is being specially tailored to the INTO community.

Vampire-like bat fly carried malaria 20 million years ago (Voice of America)

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) were able to study the tiny bat fly in detail because it was perfectly preserved in fossilized tree sap known as amber.

OSU-city collaboration sets stage for resolving town and gown issues (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University-city of Corvallis collaboration project steering committee met for the first time Monday evening to hammer out how to move the project forward.

OSU students to haze Columbia River cormorants (Wenatchee World)

Beginning in March, biologists and students from Oregon State University will try to scare and drive off some birds before they can nest on East Sand Island. (see also Daily Reporter)

Tickets for Recycled Fashion Show to go on sale (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s annual Recycled Fashion Show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Tagged whale from Russia stops short of Cabo San Lucas (Pete Thomas Outdoors)

Varvara, a Western Pacific gray whale whose cross-ocean journey began at Sakhalin Island off Russia’s eastern shore, appears to have stopped short of Land’s End by about 60 miles, before turning back to the north. Her position as of Monday, according to an update issued by Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, was at the northern end of Magdalena Bay.

The future’s so bright (Democrat-Herald)

Wanting to better understand one of these prominent theories — a solar maximum destroying our planet or societal stability — I talked with Jack Higginbotham, director at the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.


Reclaiming Valentine’s Day: Join us at the Pride Center for an inclusive Valentine’s Day event! All day from Feb. 8-14. We will have food, card making supplies, and information on frugal, personalized, and inclusive ideas on how to spend the day with the ones you care about all week. Then, on Feb. 13-14 we will be hosting a party-type event from 2-4 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Gallery talks: Fairbanks Gallery will present two gallery talks for Mark Newport’s exhibit Alter Egos, at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8

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.

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.

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!

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Dr. Amy Koehlinger is visiting the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be presenting “Penitent or Palooka: Boxing, Bachelor Culture, and Catholic Manhood.” on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in Milam Hall, Room 215.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Candidate for Associate Director for Residential Education: Robert Engblom from Grand Rapids, MI will speak on Thursday, Feb.9, 11 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union MU211 American Indian Room on  “Residential Education @ OSU: Creating Dynamic Living/Learning Opportunities for Students.”  Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu for more information.

NEW! Faculty Senate: The Feb. 9 Faculty Senate meeting takes place at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The agenda is posted online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120209.html. Agenda items include: Promotion and Tenure Revisions, and committee reports on the Research Council, faculty recognition and awards, and student evaluation of teaching.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” With Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Feb. 10, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll check out recent updates MediaSpace, how to display your videos in your Blackboard course, and how to learn more about this resource. We’ll introduce our new Multimedia and PowerPoint series with the “Planning your Presentation” segment. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Feb. 10, noon to 1 p.m. Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning.  Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Beyond the Basics with Blackboard,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  Feb. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! BBQ Lunch at Printing & Mailing Services: Join us for a BBQ lunch and theme basket raffle to help support this month’s Food Drive. Stop by 100 Cascade Hall on Friday, Feb. 10 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for hamburgers, hotdogs, sides, and desserts. A $5 donation is suggested. Raffle tickets are 2 for $1 or 12 for $5.

NEW! Quilt raffle: The Academic Success Center is selling tickets for a beautiful queen-sized (84” x 100 “) scrap quilt in shades of blue, green, and turquoise for only $1 a ticket as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive.  Purchase tickets at Waldo 102 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For photos and more information see:  http://success.oregonstate.edu/asc-quilt-raffle-osu-food-drive-fundraiser. The drawing will be held Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Waldo 102.

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.

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

NEW! Career Services now has a monthly newsletter: Check it out and please pass it along to your students. We have many great events coming up this month such as the Winter Career Fair and job search prep workshops. We have also implemented a new online counseling appointment scheduling system to make the process more convenient for students.

NEW! General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. View guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm. Deadline for submission: Feb. 13. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

NEWS! Mind Spa: CAPS welcomes the OSU community to check out the newest Winter term Mind Spa Newsletter! Take a look at: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mind-spa-newsletters. This new newsletter introduces New Mind Spa Consultations for the OSU community as well as tips for staying happy and positive throughout this winter season.

NEW! Research on the radio: Inspiration Dissemination is a new program on OSU’s College Radio: 88.7fm KBVR (7 p.m., Sundays). The purpose of this program is to inspire young students and professionals to pursue a career of science and research. They are looking for graduate students/recent grads that are conducting interesting research and are willing to join us on the air to discuss it for 10-20 minutes. Contact us on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspiration-Dissemination/315592081820666 Or send an email to Joey Hulbert (DjBabyKangaroo) at josephmichaelhulbert@gmail.com

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.


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

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.

Office Specialist 2: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 for the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.   This is a full-time, 12-month position.  Posting #0008596. Closing date: Feb. 16.

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 Department of Public Safety at OSU is seeking applicants for a Campus Dispatcher. Posting #0008599. Closes Feb. 20.

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


Corvallis: Today’s mild rainfall is accompanied by slightly warmer temperatures, with a high of 51 and a low tonight of 43. Sunshine will return tomorrow but only briefly, as there’s a chance of rain the rest of the week.

Central Oregon: A slight chance of rain and snow before 10 a.m. Snow level 4500 feet rising to 5200 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 52 low around 24. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.




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