OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 9, 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.

 OSU expands partnership to promote access for historically underrepresented students (Oregon Live)

Oregon State University announced its involvement in a novel partnership with Jefferson High School, Portland Community College and other campuses today that will put a four-year degree within reach of participating students for whom costs previously may have been an insurmountable barrier. (see also KGW and Portland Tribune  and The Skanner)

Fool’s gold could shine in solar cells (PhysicsToday)

Although iron pyrite, otherwise known as iron sulfide or fool’s gold, was tossed aside by miners more than a century ago, it may prove to be worth its weight in gold as a thin-film solar cell material. Researchers at Oregon State University have found that iron pyrite, which contains two of the most abundant elements on Earth, is an excellent absorber of solar energy and can be made into extremely thin layers.

Fall in love with Oregon chardonnays (Lake Oswego Review)

Landon began by giving us a history lesson on how chardonnay grapes came to America and how eventually the Ponzi family brought the first chardonnay vines to Oregon. She recounted David Adelsheim’s trip to Burgundy, France, to research winemaking and how he convinced Oregon State University to create a quarantine for importing plant material, which led to eight clones from the University of Dijon in France becoming available to Oregon winemakers.

Foresters keep an eye on tussock moth activity (The Observer)

A news release from the Oregon State University Extension Office in La Grande said light defoliation was mapped last year across 9,000 acres of the Umatilla National Forest, including 7,800 acres in Washington and 1,200 acres in Oregon.

Top places to retire — and work (KSTC45.com)

As it turns out, our list has the look and feel of a top-college-town list. About half the cities contain a prominent institution of higher education. These include State College, Pa. (Penn State); Athens, Ga. (University of Georgia); College Station, Tex. (Texas A&M University), Columbia, Mo. (University of Missouri);Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa), and Corvallis, Ore. (Oregon State University). Moreover, Pittsburgh, Pa. has a bunch (Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh).

SALMON RECOVERY: OSU students to haze Columbia River cormorants (Tricityherald.com)

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Dr. Steve Brown memorial: Feb. 12, 3 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2315 North Coast Highway in Newport. Brown, perhaps best known as Keiko’s veterinarian at the Oregon Coast Aquarium also had many ties to Oregon State University. He had a close working relationship with OSU faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine (including the Dean and the Diagnostic Lab) as well as the Hatfield Marine Science Center, where he led veterinary
consultations for the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network and contributed to whale tag designs.

NEW! Visiting Scholar Lecture (Moral Theory): Dr. Scott Wisor is visiting the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be presenting “The Moral Problem of Worse Actors (In a Multi-Polar World) ” on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. in Hovland Hall, Room 104.

NEW! Science Pub: With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the February Corvallis Science Pub will delve into a subject of concern to lovers everywhere: sexual health. Marie Harvey and Jocelyn Warren of the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences will present statistics on sexual health in the United States and discuss their own research with young adult couples in Oregon and California. The program begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “EDUCAUSE ELI Online Annual Meeting/Conference.” Hosted by TAC. Feb. 13,  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kidder Hall Rm. 202. You are invited to join us for the EDUCAUSE ELI 2012 Online Annual Meeting. Attend just one session, or as many as are of interest to you.  The 2012 Annual Meeting will explore a rich matrix of themes that capture the key opportunities and challenges facing the teaching and learning community. Just within the space of the past year, open educational content and the ubiquity of even smarter mobile devices have shifted the teaching and learning landscape and the way we think about what constitutes learning environments. Learn more about this opportunity at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/ELI2012 <http://oregonstate.edu/tac/ELI2012> .

NEW! Webinar: “ELI Online Conference.” Hosted by TAC. Feb. 14, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kidder Hall Rm. 202. You are invited to join us for the second day of the EDUCAUSE ELI 2012 Online Annual Meeting. Attend just one session, or as many as are of interest to you.  The 2012 Annual Meeting will explore a rich matrix of themes that capture the key opportunities and challenges facing the teaching and learning community. Just within the space of the past year, open educational content and the ubiquity of even smarter mobile devices have shifted the teaching and learning landscape and the way we think about what constitutes learning environments. Learn more about this opportunity at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/ELI2012 <http://oregonstate.edu/tac/ELI2012> .

NEW! Speed Friending: A lot can happen in just 3 minutes. Join us at the Pride Center on Feb. 14 from 5-7 p.m. for Speed Friending! Come and meet other people from OSU and the community and make new friends. Food and drinks will be provided.

NEW! Medical Humanities talk: Kristin Barker, associate professor of sociology, will discuss “Patient Expertise in the Internet Era” during the Medical Humanities Table Talk on Feb. 16, 4 to 5 p.m. in Hovland Hall Room 104.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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.

 OSU Food Drive

NEW! Valentine’s Themed Bake Sale: Hosted by Environmental & Molecular Toxicology – Feb 13 in the foyer of Ag Life Sciences, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cupcakes, brownies, candy & more! Pick up a treat for yourself or a friend. Bags, gift tags and ribbon will be available to create a one-of-a-kind scrumptious gift. All proceeds benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.

NEW!  Chocolate lover alert:  Come to the Chemistry office in Gilbert 153 and see the GIANT flask full of chocolate that you could win!  For only $1, you can guess how many pieces are in the flask; the person who is closest without going over will win both the flask and the candy.  Proceeds go to the Linn Benton Food Share.

NEW! Bake Sale & Plant Sale: Tues, Feb 14, 9 am until it’s gone. 3029 Cordley

NEW! Potato Bar Lunch: Wed, Feb 22, 11:30-1:30 p.m., 3029 Cordley.

NEW! Chili Dogs: Tues, Feb 28, 11:30-1:30 p.m., 3029 Cordley.

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.

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

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. 22, soup/bread by graduate students. Feb 29, soup/bread by faculty and graduate students. $5 suggested donation.

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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:  Yesterday’s rain should dwindle by late morning, and sunshine may return for the afternoon as the high reaches a balmy 59. There’s a chance of rain again tonight with a low of 40. Friday we should see a 20 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny, with a high near 54 low around 34. South wind around 6 mph.



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