OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 10, 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.

The power of estrogen- male snakes attract other males (Phys.Org)

“We thought this might work, but we we’re surprised the results were so compelling,” said Robert Mason, an OSU professor of zoology and one of the world’s leading experts on reptilian pheromones. “The amount of estrogen the male snakes received was nothing unusual, just about what a normal female would produce. (see also Science Now)

OSU, UP students join national efficiency competition (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Students at the University of Portland and Oregon State University are joining a national competition this month, going head to to head with students at schools around the country to reduce their electricity and water use.

 A weighty issue (Gazette-Times)

“I’ll come out to you all; I’m fat,” Patti Watkins, Oregon State University psychology professor, told a giggling group of around 30 people Tuesday evening at OSU’s Women’s Center.

Warming raises uncertainty about crucial ocean microbes (LiveScience)

As oceans warm due to climate change, water layers will mix less and affect the microbes and plankton that pump carbon out of the atmosphere – but researchers say it’s still unclear whether these processes will further increase global warming or decrease it. The forces at work are enormous and the stakes huge, said Oregon State University scientists in an article to be published Friday in the journal Science. (see also Biology News, Yahoo, Phys Org)

Despite risks, ranchers enjoy dry weather (Capital Press)

Oregon State University extension specialists in livestock and forage, Tim Deboodt in Prineville, Ore., and Chanda Engel in Klamath Falls, said they realize not feeding hay is a savings for ranchers, but they hope the ranchers remember not to let their animals overgraze land, whether it’s prepared fields or open rangeland.

Dressing students for success (Gazette-Times)

The seventh-annual Career Wardrobe Makeover was run Thursday by OSU’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Relates Sciences chapter.

Sexual health focus of Corvallis Science Pub (Democrat-Herald)

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the February Corvallis Science Pub will delve into a subject of concern to lovers everywhere: sexual health.

Printing and Mailing to become FSC certified (LIFE@OSU)

Ari Grossman-Naples, Associate Director of OSU Printing and Mailing Services announced that his facility has begun the process of becoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody Certified.


Half-price rummage sale: OSU News & Research Communications is cutting their Rummage Sale prices in half today in the lobby of the fourth floor of Kerr Admin. The sale features pottery, movies, household goods and more. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive. Next week look for their music and book sale, going on all week.

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.

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.

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.

Five dollar Friday: The Organic Grower’s Club will again be sponsoring “Fabulous Five Dollar Fridays in February!”  This year it will be held in the comfortable student lounge in ALS 4018. We serve a hot lunch, for a suggested donation of five dollars. All money raised goes to the OSU Food Drive.  Fridays in February, noon to 1 p.m.

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,

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.

Choral Composium: The 2012 choral composers’ symposium, “The Jeffers Choral Composium,” will take place at OSU on Feb. 10 – 11 and will feature New York composer, clinician and pianist, Ola Gjeilo. On Feb. 10, Gjeilo will give an informal talk and answer questions about his music and his life as a composer. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in room 303 of Benton Hall. On Feb. 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Gjeilo will hold a master class and rehearse his music with the OSU Chamber Choir in preparation for a public concert at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. The OSU Chamber Choir will perform Gjeilo’s music, conducted by Zielke with Gjeilo at the piano. Admission is free. For more information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus, olagjeilo.com.

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


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Valentine’s Day talk on Ava Helen and Linus Pauling: The OSU Womens’ Network presents “Now That’s Chemistry! The Love Story of Ava Helen and Linus Pauling,” a talk by OSU history professor Mina Carson, who is writing a book on the life of Ava Helen. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 14 in the Linus Pauling Center, Room 402.

NEW! Winter water film series: Feb. 14, 4 p.m. – Gaslands Pt #1 – Josh Fox –  A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Sponsor: IWW – La Raza Room 208

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. Learn more about this opportunity at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/ELI2012.

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.

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.

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> .

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.

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.

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! College of Forestry Book Sale: The College of Forestry hosts its annual Book Sale to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share.  A wide variety of books, DVDs, CDs, etc. will be for sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 17 in the Richardson Hall first floor knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy Hall).  Prices drop each day, and new selections are typically added throughout the week.

NEW! Food Drive Fundraiser: Valentine’s Day Bake sale hosted by AMBC, Feb 14 at 108 Hovland Hall, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come get some Valentine theme baked goodies  for your loved ones.  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.

NEW! Faculty, staff, and family service project: Please join us Feb 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Linn Benton Food Share. Participants will pack non-perishable foods to be distributed to local food banks. Register here: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4819&cmd=survey. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation. Children are welcome as long as they are closely supervised by their parent /guardian. Space is limited to 50 participants.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

NEW! Seminar on mammalian diversification: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001. “Mammalian diversification across the Holarctic: Spatiotemporal evolution in response to environmental change,”by Andrew Hope, US Geological Survey, Anchorage. Part of the EcoEvo graduate course and seminar series. For more info, visit http://EcoEvo.oregonstate.edu.

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! Housing for interns and scholars: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Rates start at just $14 per night per person for a double room. Space is limited and we expect to fill up quickly, so reserve a spot today by calling (541)737-9195 or emailing UHDS Residential Conferences at uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

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.


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: We have another showery day ahead, but things should dry out by late afternoon, and the weekend looks rain-free, if cloudy. Rain returns Sunday night and carries into early next week. Today’s high will be 54 with a low tonight of 37.

Central Oregon: Looks like we are in for another cloudy day with a 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48 low around 32. Southwest wind around 9 mph.




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