OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 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.

Scientists discover reason for Mt. Hood’s non-explosive nature (OregonLive)

“We joke that part of the reason Hood is so interesting is because it’s so boring,” said Oregon State University volcanologist Alison Koleszar. “It has been doing the exact same thing for at least the last 30,000 years.” (see also KVAL, Phys.Org, Planet Save)

Growth spurt at a Bolivian volcano is fertile ground for study (New York Times)

“The size and longevity of the uplift is unprecedented,” said Shanaka de Silva, a geologist at Oregon State University who has been studying Uturuncu since 2006.

Reclaiming Valentine’s Day for all (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University’s Pride Center’s “Reclaiming Valentine’s Day” program wants to expand today’s Valentine’s Day celebration of love to include more people. Not only should the day dedicated to romance, roses and chocolates be for people involved in romantic relationships (straight and otherwise) but singles also as well

 Albany welcomes 35 new jobs (KMTR)

The eight-year old company, which is based in Seattle, Washington, chose Albany as the site of its first manufacturing plant for numerous reasons. One of them is the neighboring engineers coming out of Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Mokelumne hatchery salmon outnumber wild fish (San Francisco Chronicle)

Studies by Oregon State University scientists in 2007 and 2009 found that hatchery-raised steelhead trout pass on genetic defects that hamper survival of their offspring. The study found that even hatchery fish whose parents were wild develop and pass on genetic defects severe enough to hamper the reproductive ability of their offspring.

Ocean warming might hit microbes’ carbon storage capacity (Economic Times)

So little is known about the effect on ocean microbes that the implication for carbon sequestration and global warming is less clear, said Stephen Giovannoni, professor of microbiology, Oregon State University, who led the study.

Estrogen makes male snakes crazy (Yahoo News)

Injecting male snacks full of female levels of estrogen drove other male snakes sex crazy. “These snakes were trying to mate in a natural outdoor environment, in which the males were absolutely sure they had identified a female snake,” said OSU zoologist Robert Mason.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Gender Your Cookie: Express yourself through an afternoon of cookie decorating with us at the Pride Center on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be an open discussion on gender identity and gender expression.

NEW! SEIU general meeting: All classified workers are invited to the SEIU 083 General Membership Meeting Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon till 1 pm in MU 213. Topics for discussion are nominations for our local’s officers and the election timeline, promoting a bake sale benefit for Food Share, the formation of a committee to look at improvements in our Constitution and By-laws, retirement security and your issues as well.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 5 p.m., in Milam Hall 215. Please come and give the search committee your important feedback. Contact janine.kobel@oregonstate.edu for more information.

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! Gift cards: The College of Education is holding a raffle to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Prizes are gift cards or certificates to local businesses, including: Block 15, Darkside Cinema, Del Alma, First Alternative Co-op, Garland Nursery, New Morning Bakery, Stargazer Premier Florist, The Retreat, and Vertebrata Chiropractic. Contact Amy at amy.beaderstadt@oregonstate.edu for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Drawing will be held Feb. 29.

NEW! Soup lunch: Wednesday Feb. 15 at The Valley Library 3rd floor staff lounge. Up to nine different soup varieties, lots of vegetarian choices. Enjoy for $5, get dessert and a hot beverage (courtesy of Java II) and also a chance to purchase a handcrafted pottery bowl and pot stickers! Support the OSU Food drive, buy lunch for your student workers, friends and colleagues, we will even run a tab! Brought to you by OSU Libraries/E-Campus. For more information contact JoLynn.Ohearn@oregonstate.edu .

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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! OSU Travel Survey:  OSU is reviewing transportation on main campus.  Faculty/staff and students are requested to complete a brief, online travel survey about typical morning and evening trips.  The survey is completely anonymous, and the information you provide will be combined with other responses to help determine what types of infrastructure improvements are needed on campus.  The survey can be completed through Feb. 17.  Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/379732/OSU-Travel-Survey-2012-February-2012

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.

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.


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: It may be Feb. 14, but the weather is no love song.  Instead, showers and gray skies will keep the mood gloomy. Thunderstorms and the limited possibility of funnel clouds are expected. High of 45 with a low tonight of 31.

Central Oregon: Looks like rain clouds are moving in so be prepared. A chance of rain showers, mainly after 4 p.m. Snow level rising to 3800 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 42 low around 22. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 30%.





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