OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 13, 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.

‘Vampire’ parasite found entombed in amber (National Geographic)

George Poinar, Jr., an expert on insects preserved in amber at Oregon State University, discovered the bat fly in a mine in the Dominican Republic.

Universities are bringing Occupy into the classroom (USA Today)

Oregon State University philosophy professors Joseph Orosco, left, and Tony Vogt lead a discussion during a political philosophy of Occupy Wall Street class meeting in Corvallis, Ore. (see also Lansing State Journal)

 Valentine’s Day event focuses on Ava Helen and Linus Pauling (Oregonlive)

One of Oregon State University’s most enduring stories of romance is that of the life-long love between Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling and his wife, Ava Helen, who met while Pauling was teaching at OSU. (see also KVAL, LIFE@OSU)

Science students get other viewpoint (Statesman Journal)

Most science and engineering students at Oregon State University would not claim a particularly religious background or outlook on life. When they needed a location to meet with a scientific mentor, however, they found accommodations at the building housing St. Anselm — the Episcopal Church’s higher education ministry to the Corvallis campus.

Snake and scent matings of the red-sided garter snake (Reptile Channel)

“We thought this might work, but we we’re surprised the results were so compelling,” said Robert Mason, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University 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 Discovery News, LiveScience, Ohio Standard)

OSU accounting students take first at tax contest (Democrat-Herald)

A team of accounting students from Oregon State University’s College of Business won first prize in the 2012 Foster School of Business Master of Professional Accounting Tax Case Competition held in Seattle.

Sheriff’s office honors civilian’s rescue attempt (Gazette-Times)

Matt Thomas, a student at Oregon State University, received the Citizen Public Service Award for his actions on Nov. 15, 2011. Thomas was observing a courtroom procedure that day as part of a class assignment when he saw Larry Carpenter, 82, collapse at the Benton County Courthouse after going into cardiac arrest.

Bike accident victim: Be careful (Gazette-Times)

Bill Brown, a retired agriculture professor from Oregon State University, rode his bicycle to campus almost every day for 50 years. He always wears a helmet. In recent years, he’s ridden a three-wheel recumbent bicycle, which is lower to the ground than most two-wheeled bicycles. So for visibility, he attached a 5-foot-high flag to his bike so drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists could see him coming.

‘House’ medical advisor to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

A physician whose column was the inspiration for the hit television series “House” will speak on medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis in a lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, March 13, at LaSells Stewart Center.

Why can’t Oregonians pump their own gas? Let us count the reasons (OregonLive)

“The justification that’s cited most often is that the law creates jobs,” said Oregon State University economist Patrick Emerson. Of course, Emerson, who writes about “life, liberty and the pursuit of self-service gas” on his blog, is convinced the ban is not only archaic but actually drags down the economy.

‘Grimm recap: ‘Tarantella’ Kiss of the Spider Woman (Oregonian)

Really, if you’re an Eisbiber, why wouldn’t you be an Oregon State University fan? One of the beaver creatures has a poster in his kitchen displaying his loyalty — “Beaver Dam: Enter At Your Own Risk,” it says, under the OSU Beaver mascot.

Banner year for Baker beef (Baker City Herald)

Baker County’s biggest industry had a banner year in 2011. The industry is beef cattle. And gross sales from the county last year totaled $50.8 million. That’s the highest figure on record, topping the previous mark of $49.3 million in 2007, according to the Oregon Agricultural Information Network of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Media’s effect on teen girls focus of talk (Bend Bulletin)

Dr. Elizabeth Daniels, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, will discuss how media images of women affect teen girls during the American Association of University Women’s Feb. 18 breakfast meeting.

February Science Pub focuses on sexual health (Gazette-Times)

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


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: “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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Visiting Scholar Lecture (Religion in America): Dr. Heather Rachelle White is visiting the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be presenting “Gay Liberation at the Church of the Holy Apostles: Situating Religion in Gay Rights History” on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Furman Hall, Room 215.

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! Authors present work: Fiction writers Julie Orringer and Ryan Harty will team up for a combined reading at Oregon State University, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.16, at OSU’s Valley Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

NEW! The New Face of OSU: At the Feb. 16 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Sabah Randhawa will discuss the evolving structure of the university. 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! Diversity and higher education lecture: PCOSW and Equity and Inclusion have collaborated to bring Daryl Smith, professor at Claremont, to present practical and meaningful approaches to integrating diversity into the fabric of higher education. The free lecture will take place Feb. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 155 of the Living-Learning Center.

NEW! Cartoonist on campus: Leigh Rubin, creator of Rubes and a nationally syndicated cartoonist, will speak on “A Twisted Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” Feb. 16, 4 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Academic Success Center candidate: The Academic Success Center search committee is holding open forum presentations for candidates for Supplemental Instruction Coordinator. Candidates will present on the topic, “What makes Supplemental Instruction work?” Marjorie Coffey is the first candidate, and she will present on Friday, Feb. 17, 4 to 4 p.m., in Milam Hall 215. Please come and give the search committee your important feedback. Contact janine.kobel@oregonstate.edu for more information.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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! Book and music sale: OSU News & Research Communications is holding a week-long book and music sales starting Feb. 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of Kerr Admin, in the lobby. Books, CDs and even vinyl will be available, with new selections added daily. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.

NEW! College of Forestry Valentine’s Day Silent Auction: Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

NEW! Food drive dessert walk:  Business Services is hosting a “Sweets for your Sweetheart” Dessert Walk in the Property Services Building from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 14.  Each round is $1 per person for a chance to take home a delicious dessert donated by the employees of the department.  We will have as many rounds as there are desserts so come and play with us.

NEW! College of Forestry Soup Lunch: Feb. 15, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

NEW! Prettiest Pet contest: Enter the Graduate School’s Prettiest Pet Contest to benefit the OSU Food Drive.  To enter submit a photo of your pet (up to 8.5” x 11”) along with a $1 entry fee to the Graduate School.  Cast your vote for the prettiest pet with your donations.  The pet with the most donations will win a $25 gift certificate to Animal Crackers.  All entries will also be entered into a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Animal Crackers.  Entries will be accepted Feb. 13-22. For questions about entries and voting please e-mail Jessica at jessica.king@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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! Winter Career Fairs: University Wide Career Fair, Feb. 22 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Engineering Career Fair, Feb. 23 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. There will be over 100 employers from various industries and graduate schools at the Career Fair to network with students and alumni, offer jobs and internships, and provide many other future career opportunities. Admission is free and all OSU students and alumni are encouraged to attend. To learn more visit http://oregonstate.edu/career.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Deadline for submission: March 19. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

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.


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

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’ll start out with a bit of rain this morning, which should taper off as the day progresses. Today’s high will be 46 with a low tonight of 34. Tomorrow showers are likely.

Central Oregon: Well it has been a beautiful weekend, but snow is forecasted for tomorrow. Snow showers likely, mainly before 10 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 41 low around 26. North wind between 3 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.





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