OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 16, 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.

Why Hood keeps cool while St. Helens blows its top (Columbian)

New research indicates that a mixture of hotter and cooler magma is the reason Mount Hood has not had a large explosive eruption in the last 500,000 years. The study, done by a team that includes two Oregon State University scientists and a Vancouver-based geologist, has just been published online in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. (see also Post Chronicle)

Expert explains fault zone after 6.0 earthquake off coast (KMTR)

Back in 2008, the zone produced a swarm of 600 quakes over a ten-day period. Doctor John Nabelek, with Oregon State University, is a lead researcher of the Blanco Fault Zone and said despite the activity, a tsunami was highly unlikely.

Contraceptive practices among young Latinos related to sexual decision-making (Science Codex)

Half of the young adult Latino men and women responding to a survey in rural Oregon acknowledge not using regular effective contraception – despite expressing a desire to avoid pregnancy, according to a new Oregon State University study. (see also News Medical)

 OSU students contribute to online archive of the American Film Institute (Oregonlive)

A group of students at Oregon State University is contributing to a project that has been heralded by filmmaker Martin Scorsese as “the most complete and accurate” online archive of American films.

New forestry projects show promise in Southern Oregon, professors say (Oregonian)

Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University released a report summarizing their work so far on three pilot projects on Bureau of Land Management forests.

Theology and feminism (Herald Journal)

Now the director of the women studies at Oregon State University, Susan Shaw was recently invited to give her fourth lecture at Utah State University, dealing with ways in which theology and feminism, as academic disciplines, intersect.

Scientists see big scientific event as Pacific whales turn up far from home (The State)

“Because their numbers are so low – 130 individuals is the estimate – it would be really important to find out where they are breeding to offer protection,” said Bruce Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute and a member of the bi-national team.

Concert to benefit youth center named for OSU’s Fred Thompson (LIFE@OSU)

A number of Oregon State sororities and fraternities are holding a benefit concert in March to raise money for the Fred Thompson Five-Star Youth Center, which will honor OSU football player Fred Thompson, who died in December after collapsing from cardiac arrhythmia.

Planning commission rejects Harrison Apartments (Gazette-Times)

But because the Harrison Apartments are targeted at students of nearby Oregon State University, neighbors argued that the parking allotment would be far too small, forcing more cars to park on already congested streets.

Dr. Lisa Sanders, adviser to TV’s ‘House,’ will lecture at OSU (Oregonian)

Dr. Lisa Sanders, whose newspaper column was the inspiration for Fox TV’s hit medical mystery show, “House,” will talk about the art and science of diagnosis during a free public lecture Tuesday, March 13, at Oregon State University.

Rubes cartoonist to visit Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

Rubin will be presenting “A Twisted Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” at 4 p.m. in the Journey Room at the Oregon State University Memorial Union. An encore presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre’s Community Room, 115 S.W. Second St.

Yellowstone 15 years after the return of wolves (Erosion Control)

“Yellowstone increasingly looks like a different place,” said William Ripple, a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, and lead author of the study.


UHDS candidates: Candidates for Associate Director of Residential Education will be giving open forums this week. Both will speak on “Residential Education @ OSU: Creating Dynamic Living/Learning Opportunities for Students.” Ann Marie Klotz presents on Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to noon in Memorial Union 206. Edwin Hamada will speak Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to noon, MU206. Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. in Dixon Lower Gym. Contact the Adventure Leadership Institute, 541-737-3630, for more information.

NEW! Boats and Bones: A Conversation: Join Bay-area sculptor Kate Stirr and essayist Kathleen Dean Moore  as they trade images and ideas in a conversation led by poet Charles Goodrich  about the resonance of art and nature and other topics on Monday, Feb. 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Pieces of the Community: Contribute to a collage resembling the AIDs quilt. From Feb. 20-24 all day, the Pride Center will have supplies to make pieces that celebrate those who have struggled with the AIDs virus, or that represents you as a supporter of the community. The pieces will be assembled at the end of the week and displayed.

NEW! Retirement workshop: Shifting Saving to Spending — Transitioning to Retirement, noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 21, MU 213. In this workshop you will learn about the importance of asset allocation in retirement, elements for building your investment strategy, and considerations for portfolio withdrawal rates.  Workshop is designed for individuals that plan to retire within the next 1-5 years.  Registration is not required, but is recommended.To register:http://oregonstate.edu/training/index.php For more information: 541-737-2805 or employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Budgets, credit, & savings…OH MY!: Come learn basics about building a budget, managing your credit and starting to save! Anissa Arthenayake, the Director of Community Education at OSU Federal, will be at the Women’s Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m., to talk about managing your money so that you can make sure that money doesn’t manage your life.

NEW! Medical humanities talk: Portland radio host Brandi Parisi will discuss notions of the sublime on Wednesday, Feb. 21, as part of the Medical Humanities Table Talk series at Oregon State University. The free, public event will begin at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 211. Her talk, “Sublimity and Selfhood: Kant, Beethoven & the Buddha,” will address questions of the sublime in philosophy, and whether sublimity can be created or if it is something, like pleasure, that can only be experienced as a byproduct of other experiences.

NEW! Gail Achterman memorial: Please join the Institute for Natural Resources, Gail’s friends, and colleagues as we celebrate this life well lived. A forum for sharing your thoughts, poetry, prayers, stories, inspirations: Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall .

NEW! CTL candidates: The search committee for the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting open forums for two candidates who are interviewing for the Director position.  Kay Sagmiller will present Feb. 24, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Milam 215. Hong Lin will present Feb. 27, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Milam 215.  For more information, please contact Sara Eklund at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu or search committee chair, Milo Koretsky at milo.koretsky@oregonstate.edu.

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.

OSU Anthropology’s Tan Sack Lecture: Friday Feb. 17, noon, Waldo 201A – Rebecka Daye (OSU), “Alternative Agrifood Movements in an Age of Industrialized Agriculture: An Ecuadorian Case Study”

Visiting Scholar Lecture (Moral Theory): Stephanie Jenkins is visiting the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be presenting “The Philosophical Implications of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: Developing a Chronic Pain Ethic” on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in Hovland Hall, Room 104.

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.

Science workshop at OSU for middle school girls: This annual free OSU sponsored workshop for encouraging middle school girls to pursue careers in science and engineering will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the new Linus Pauling Science Center auditorium. For information, contact Sujaya Rao at sujaya@oregonstate.edu

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! Buck-A-Book! Visit the CEOAS Admin Lounge and pick up a book for only $1!  If you would like to donate a book, simply add it to the inventory.

Book and music sale: OSU News & Research Communications is holding a week-long book and music sale from, 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 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.

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

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

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. $5 suggested donation.

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.

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.

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.

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 include an antique silver ring from Alta’s Antiques, as well as gift cards or certificates to local businesses, including: Block 15, Darkside Cinema, Del Alma, First Alternative Co-op, Garland Nursery, Laughing Planet Café, New Morning Bakery, Peak Sports, The Retreat, Sibling Revelry, Stargazer Premier Florist, and Vertebrata Chiropractic. Contact Amy at amy.beaderstadt@oregonstate.edu for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Drawing will be held Feb. 29.

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

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! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT 2011-12 Spring (2012-12 Fall, Winter OR Spring release) program. View guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. Deadline for submission: Feb. 20. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

Terra podcast: Leave it to the beavers. Terra Talk, a new podcast about Oregon State university research, debuts this week on Terra, oregonstate.edu/terra. Listen to Dylan McDowell, a sophomore in fisheries and wildlife and the University Honors College, interview graduate student Vanessa Petro about relocating “nuisance beavers” to restore Coho salmon habitat in the Alsea River watershed.

Seeking Career Fair Volunteers on Feb. 22 and 23: Career Services is looking for a few more people to volunteer for the Winter Career Fairs on Feb. 22-23. We will take volunteers in 1 hr or longer shifts. If interested, pleases contact Caitlin.Flynn@oregonstate.edu for volunteer times and duties.

International Programs moving: The Division of International Programs is moving from offices in Kerr Administration and Snell Hall to the first and second floors of Heckart Lodge during the week of Feb. 20. Some International Student Advising and Services staff will remain in the International Living Learning Center (ILLC). Drop-in international student advising will continue at the ILLC every afternoon between 2 and 4:30 p.m. The Office of the Associate Provost will remain in the ILLC. OUS International Programs will move from Snell Hall to Heckart Lodge during the week of March 26. If you have questions regarding these relocations, please contact Jackie Bangs, 541-737-6468.

Student writing/video contest: “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from the Student Sustainability Initiative.The Great Work is open to written and video entries in any genre: documentary, essay, opinion, creative. Winning written entries will be published in an insert in the Daily Barometer, and winning videos will be screened at a special event in the spring. Winners also receive $100 awards. Deadline is March 5. Contest guidelines and submission information can be found on the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

PFLA: Nominations for PFLA Board Members are being accepted for the following positions: President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Services Director, Professional Development Director, Membership Director and Marketing Director. To serve on the PFLA Board, you must be or become a member of PFLA and you must hold professional faculty/staff status. The position descriptions are available at http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/bylaws. The terms of office are Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013. Deadline is March 30, 2012. Contact Deb Walker (deborah.walker@oregonstate.edu) or Janet Ekholm (janet.ekholm@oregonstate.edu ) with your nominations.

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.


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: Rain is likely today with a high of 49 and a low tonight of 39. For those thinking about traveling this weekend, be aware that dramatically lower snow levels could mean snow in the lower Cascades and the Coast Range starting Friday night.

Central Oregon: Looks, like another rainy day possible. Rain likely after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. South wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.






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