OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

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.

Tax tip: Donate to Haiti by March, deduct in 2009 (Oregonian)

Roger Graham and Jared Moore, professors of accounting at Oregon State University, remind It’s Only Money that c ertain cash contributions for Haiti earthquake relief can be deducted on your 2009 return, even though you gave them in 2010.

The Big Idea: Small Town Nukes (National Geographic)

OSU’s Nu Scale is featured.

Oregon tilth partners with OSU (Portland Business Journal)

Organic certification provider Oregon Tilth has agreed to provide funding to Oregon State University’s small farms program so that the university can continue its research and educational efforts for organic farmers.

Inkjet guru, mouse inventor headline OSU awards (Gazette-Times)

High-tech pioneers, agricultural leaders and food industry luminaries make up the recipients of the 2010 Weatherford Awards, handed out by Oregon Sate University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program to honor the state’s most visionary business leaders.

Time for nuclear power in Oregon? (KVAL)

President Obama called for new nuclear power development in his State of the Union speech, and his proposed budget for the 2011 fiscal year includes $36 billion in loan guarantee authority for two new nuclear power facilities and $793 million for new research. Included in that proposed basket of dough is a chunk of nearly $39 million designated for so-called “small modular reactors.” That could be good news for NuScale Power, the Corvallis company that’s working to develop a small, safe, scalable and modular nuclear power system. The company, one of at least three working on modular reactor designs, was formed in 2007 to commercialize research created at Oregon State University. (See also Oregonian and Gazette-Times)

OSU Women’s Center Director has award named in her honor (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) has announced the creation of a new award named in honor of the director of the Women’s Center at Oregon State University, Beth Rietveld.

A sign of spring: lambs (Gazette-Times)

The living evidence that spring is on the way was frolicking Tuesday at the Oregon State University Sheep Center. Sheep grazed outside in grassy, green pastures under sunny, blue skies.

Lecture remembers find of ocean vents (Gazette-Times)

A leading oceanographer who has discovered numerous hydrothermal vents off the coasts of Oregon and Washington will give the inaugural lecture in a new series at Oregon State University commemorating the original discovery of undersea vents by OSU researchers.

SFA will host renowned storyteller (Cherokee Herald)

Renowned storyteller Susan Strauss will present “Storytelling: A Way of Knowing – One Storyteller’s Journey through Traditional and Personal Story”. Strauss currently teaches Storytelling in Environmental Interpretation at Oregon State University.


The following events support the OSU Food Drive today:
Soup Lunch (ADMIN), College of Forestry, contact Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Bake Sale 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cordley room 2046. Includes a Cake Walk $1 a ticket (Walk starts 12:30 p.m.)

The College of Forestry is holding its annual Book Sale this week, Feb. 15-19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy). There are tables full of hardbound and paperback fiction and nonfiction books. You’ll also find DVDs, CDs, videos, magazines, and a large selection of scientific journals. All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share.

BBQ To Benefit the OSU Food Drive! Today from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Where: In front of the OSU Printing and Mailing Office in Cascade Hall. Burgers $3, Veggie Burgers, $3, Hot Dogs $2. Come by, grab something to eat, and support the food drive that benefits the Linn-Benton Food Share.

The Engineering Fair takes place today at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Upcoming events

NEW! Trio Solisti, dubbed “The most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine, performs in Corvallis at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb.20, at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.  tickets may be purchased in advance for $22 at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis and Sid Stevens in Albany.  Tickets may also be purchased online at: http://www.violins.org/tickets.shtml Tickets are $25
at the door at this concert matinnée. OSU students with ID and K-12 students enter free.  Tickets are $5 for other students and student

NEW! The American Horn Quartet will  perform a free public, solo recital at a special Monday Music a la Carte on Feb. 22 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

NEW! The American Horn Quartet will hold a master class on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in Benton Hall Room 202 on the Oregon State University campus. The class is open to the public. Admission for adults is $10 at the door. Non-OSU students will be admitted for $5 and OSU students will be admitted for free.

NEW! Oregon State University’s Steinway Piano Concert Series will open on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center with pianist Roberto Plano, winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition and finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. ndividual concert tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance (open seating), $25 at the door. They are available now at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, Beard’s Framing and Rice’s Pharmacy in Corvallis. Tickets can also be purchased on line at http://ticketsoregon.com

NEW! Everyone is invited to the first Spring Creek Café, a new series of engaged philosophy conversations. “Do we have any obligations to the future?” with philosophers Michael Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore, singer/songwriter Libby Roderick and writer Brian Doyle
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room. Free and open to all.

The University Honors College is having its Annual Presidential Forum on Feb. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in MU East International Forum (former Club Escape). The title of the forum is “United Through Division: A discussion on OSU’s New Divisional Structure.” President Ed. Ray, Dr. Larry Rodgers, Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Science, Dr. William E. Loges, Associate Professor of New Media Communications And Sociology and Mr. Christian Matheis, Student Advocate, Political Advisor and Community Organizer of ASOSU are the panelists of the forum. It is opened to public and admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

In collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, the OSU Black Student Union and the UJIMA Education Office, the UHDS Dining Services Staff and members of the UHDS Diversity Initiative would like to invite you to attend Soul Food Café: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Feb. 24 in the McNary Dining Center. Cost is $8 at the door.

The Department of History will have a History Career Fair on Feb. 25, Stag 132 from 5 to 7 p.m., in conjunction with a cans for books drive. Every two cans can be traded for a book.

Some people are more sensitive to the feelings of others. Empathy may indeed be in the genes. At the Feb. 18 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Sarina Rodrigues will discuss her research on biology and sensitivity. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

The Provost has scheduled a series of forums to discuss the University’s divisional alignment, including two scheduled for this week.An All-Division Forum is scheduled for Feb. 18, 11 a.m. -to 1 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. The forum is open to all students, staff and faculty at the University. The forums will be streamed live and will be accessible on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1 . On the day of the event, the chat feature will be activated on the same web page, and participants in the chat room will be able to log in (no password required) to submit questions. Previous forums were recorded and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/. A complete list of all forums is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/division-forums-01-26-10.html. Questions regarding the forums may be emailed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

An Oregon State University graduate who was born in a California detainment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II will return to campus on Friday, Feb. 19, where she will show an award-winning documentary she produced about her parents. Satsuki Ina is executive producer of “From a Silk Cocoon,” which received a regional Emmy and several other awards. It will be shown at the Joyce Powell Leadership/Journey Room in the Memorial Union beginning at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public; a discussion will follow the film.

February is Food Drive month! Campus community, join us for one of the events below to raise money and food for the Linn-Benton Food Share (and OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry):
Feb. 15-19 – Book Sale (1st Floor Knuckle), College of Forestry
Feb 18 – EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 1019 ALS 12 – 1pm) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegan option available.
Feb. 18 – Waffle Sale. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $3 per plate. 3029 Cordley Hall.
Feb. 18:  Read-to-Feed Book & Bake Sale and Silent Auction to benefit the OSU Food Drive. 8:30 am-3:30 pm (Bids close at 3:30 pm) Ballard Extension Hall Room 106.
Feb. 19 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5. ALS room 3096 Noon. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu
Feb 23 – EMT Department Bake Sale (location: ALS foyer 7:30 a.m – 2 p.m.) Come early to buy a whole cake for your office! Also, individually
wrapped goodies for ‘grab & go’ people.
Feb 25 – EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 314 Weniger Hall noon to 1 p.m.) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegetarian option available.

Oregon State University Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s 1895 romantic comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” Feb. 18-20 at beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

News for Employees

The 1st OSU Building Energy Challenge is well underway! Participating buildings have reduced their electricity consumption by over 10,750 kWh during the first two weeks of the Challenge, saving over $550 in utility costs! This has been accomplished solely through simple, no-cost measures like turning off lights and computers, changing incandescent lamps to CFLs, and unplugging/”power-stripping” electrical equipment. Congratulations to Moreland Hall for saving the most in both Week 1 and Week 2! For more information on the Challenge and ways you can help save energy, please see the website http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/building-energy-challenge-winter-2010 or contact Greg Smith at greg.smith@oregonstate.edu .

A new Sea Grant Summer Scholars program is accepting undergraduate applicants who’d like to get an inside look at marine
science and resource management careers by spending the summer working on a marine science project for a state or local agency. Oregon Sea
Grant plans to select five or more Summer Scholars, each of whom will spend 10 weeks this summer working with a marine research, outreach,
education or public policy agency or institution in Oregon. Potential projects range from collecting and analyzing biological data to
developing museum exhibits and assisting on information campaigns. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, see:

Administrative Policy and Procedures Update: The Information Security manual has been uploaded in .pdf format into the Administrative Policy and Procedures website at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/budgets/app/webapp.htm under IS – Information Security. The purpose of the manual is to document all of the University’s Polices and Procedures around Information Security to ensure that we comply with federal and state regulations. The Information Security manual includes an FAQ.

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2010. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

The OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Fee Board has created a new financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. The Fee Board is now accepting applications for the Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan Fund, for projects that reduce campus buildings’ reliance on non-renewable energy. The loan rate is 2.55% and applications are due 5 p.m. Feb.24. Minimum loan amount is $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 is available for all applicants. To apply and for more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/funding or contact Brandon Trelstad. Not planning to submit a project, but still want to be involved? Non-students are invited to donate $25 to match the annual per student contribution.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (NSF-GK-12) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/gradstem.htm. NSF – GK-12 program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09549/nsf09549.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb. 22 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.


Office Specialist 2: The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a part-time (5 hours a day) .625 FTE, 9-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005212. For consideration apply by Feb. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for two Employee Benefits Analysts. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term positions. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005242. Closing date: Feb. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Linn County Extension Service at Oregon State University is accepting applications for a part time Education Program Assistant – Youth Nutrition position. Salary is $12.33 per hour + benefits. Major duties: Teach basic nutrition, food safety, food preparation to youth audiences. For complete announcement, minimum qualifications and application materials visit the website: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs or contact OSU Human Resources, 122 Kerr Administration, Corvallis OR 97331-2132 or call 541-737-3103. OSU is an AA/EOE. Applications for this position need to be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a full-time Finance and Accounting Manager for the Central Services Business Center. The position is a full-time,12 month, professional faculty appointment. Salary $65-75K plus competitive benefits. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU and OUS employees ONLY. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005269. Closes Feb. 23. OSU is AA/EOE.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State
University seeks to hire a full-time Office Specialist 2. To review position description, qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005275. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2 – Admissions, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005268 Closing Date: Feb. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Management Analyst 1– Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2484-3566/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb.25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Saturday Academy is looking for a dynamic, organized, self-motivated educator/administrator committed to enriching K-12 education and enhancing the pipeline to higher education to serve as the director of Saturday Academy. The director is responsible for managing all aspects of Saturday Academy including supervising workers; developing and maintaining relationships with education stakeholders; managing finances; and undertaking new initiatives to plan for sustainability. A B.S. or B.A. degree is required. Teaching experience and/or K-12 program coordination and/or an advanced degree are strongly preferred. To review this posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005263. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants/Contracts Tech: OSU’s Botany and Plant Pathology Dept. F/T, $2293/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005193. Closing date Feb. 18. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Office Specialist 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Then go to Posting #0005222. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Traffic and maintenance

Park Terrace: Due to excavation in the west parking lot on Park Terrace, the motorcycle spaces to the east of the 26th St. substation will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and will continue until noon.

Heat Plant: Due to the investigation of an underground storage tank, the parking lot on the east of the Heat Plant will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 22, and end by 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

Burt Hall: Due to necessary repairs on the building steam system, all steam services to Burt Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all hot water and heating services throughout the building. This shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19 and end by 11 a.m.


Brilliant turquoise skies are giving us a cheery start to our morning, and with highs reaching 58 and no clouds yet in sight, it looks like it’s going to be an excellent day for a lunchtime stroll. Tonight’s low will be 35, and tomorrow the sun comes back for more.

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