OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 27, 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.

Campus food banks help students through tough times (USA Today)

Oregon State is one of a growing number of colleges and universities nationwide that have a food pantry on campus for students and others struggling to get enough food and supplies. (see also Education News)

Scientists report back from Fukushima exclusion zone (Nature)

Finding reliable tsunami marks almost a year after the disaster was a challenge, says Harry Yeh, a civil engineer at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who has been studying tsunami impacts for 20 years and was a member of the team. In places, the tsunami had wiped out almost everything that stood.

Coffee – a cause for concern or a cure? (ScienceLine)

Most evidence that coffee is a protective agent against Type 2 diabetes comes from epidemiological studies. In 2007, Balz Frei from Oregon State University published a review of this evidence in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

OSU expert in thermal engineering dies (LIFE@OSU)

Richard Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University and prominent national expert in heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion, died Friday, Feb. 24, following a long illness.

Stunning photos from Japan’s tsunami zone (KIRO)

Researchers have studied the possibility of radiation contamination from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor on debris likely to wash ashore along the Pacific Northwest in the coming months. The scientists from Oregon State University say there is no cause for concern from radiation.

OSU’s cutting edge (Gazette-Times)

Dan Edge, head of Oregon State University’s fisheries and wildlife science department, began serving as chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in July. Edge has been on the commission since 2004 and has served as vice chair since 2007.

Building bridges (Gazette-Times)

Martha Morrise, a senior at Riverdale High School in Portland, is the defending champion of the annual CH2M Hill/Oregon State University High School Bridge Contest, which was held all day Saturday at Owen Hall at OSU.

Super lens (KVAL)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to make a low-cost material that might accomplish negative refraction of light and other radiation – a goal first theorized in 1861 by a giant of science, Scottish physicist James Maxwell, that has still eluded wide practical use.

Does this mean no tsunamis? (Times Colonist)

But a recent study by Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University, estimates a one-in three chance of our coast suffering a magnitude 8+ earthquake within the next 50 years. That’s pretty high stakes. Tsunami heights from such a quake could reach 10 to 30 metres.

Toddlers with angry parents may have more tantrums (KTVN)

This suggests that negative emotions may have their own development process that impacts children’s later behaviors, according to lead author Shannon Lipscomb, an assistant professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, and her colleagues.

First lionfish sighting in Tobago (Guardian)

Lionfish are voracious eaters that can feed on fish and invertebrates up to two thirds their size, and studies in the Bahamas by the Oregon State University indicate that a single fish on a reef can reduce the juvenile fish population by 79 per cent in as little as five weeks.

What’s not to like about lichens? (GoSkagit)

Linda McMahan, an Oregon State University Extension faculty member in Yamhill County, says lichen growth rarely needs intervention. “I see very little reason to control lichen, except perhaps on fruit or nut trees when it interferes with spur production or is heavy enough to break limbs,” she said.


CTL candidates: The search committee for the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting open forums for candidates who are interviewing for the Director position. 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.

Blackboard Webinar Series: Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) invites instructors and TA’s to attend a 6-part webinar series called The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. The first webinar is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m: Wikis, Blogs, Forums, Journals – Which One Do I Use and Why? Find out more about this series and how to register on the TAC home page. Contact Jon Dorbolo or Lynn Greenough if you have questions.

Equity and Inclusion candidates: Candidates for the position of Equity Specialist will be giving open forums during the next two weeks. They will speak on “Conflict Resolution as an Aspect of Community Building.” Richard Fields presents on Feb. 27, 1:15-2:15 p.m. in Memorial Union 213. Contact jennifer.almquist@oregonstate.edu with questions.

OSU Wind Ensemble: The OSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Chapman, will perform their concert, “Wind Immersions”, on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The ensemble will premiere the piece “Currents”, written by OSU faculty member Dana Reason. Tickets are $10 at the door, free admission for OSU students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Robyn Chapman at robyn.chapman@oregonstate.edu

Library winter term workshops: This week’s workshops focus on the IRB Process (2/27), Publishing Your Research (2/28) and round out with two more free citation manger sessions, Mendeley (2/29) and EndNote Web (3/1). Read complete session descriptions and register to save a seat at: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty. Questions? Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Concert Bands: The OSU Concert Bands will perform their concert, “Celebrations”, on Feb. 28 at 7:30pm in the LaSells Stewart Center. This concert features the OSU Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jason Silveira, the OSU Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Brad Townsend, and the OSU Campus Band, directed by Dr. Robert Brudvig. Tickets are $10 at the door, free admission for OSU Students, Faculty, and Staff. For more information, contact Robyn Chapman at robyn.chapman@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Jazz ensemble: The OSU Jazz Ensembles will perform their Winter concert Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. This concert features the OSU Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Ryan Biesack and the OSU Jazz Ensemble II (known as the “New Sumerians”), directed by Neal Grandstaff. Tickets are $10 at the door, free admission for OSU Students, Faculty, and Staff. For more information, contact Robyn Chapman at robyn.chapman@oregonstate.edu

NEW! First mentors: At the March 1 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, students from OSU’s chapter of MANNRS – Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences – will discuss how they achieved No. 1 status in the nation for mentoring  in 2011. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Larry Pribyl, 541-737-3817, larry.pribyl@oregonstate.edu, to reserve a lunch.

NEW! LGBTQ coordinator presentation: Jeff Kenney; Clemson University will speak Feb. 29th, 2:30-3:15 p.m. in MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

Equity and Inclusion candidates: Candidates for the position of Equity Specialist will be giving open forums during the next two weeks. They will speak on “Conflict Resolution as an Aspect of Community Building.” Scott Etherton presents on Feb. 28, 1:15-2:15 p.m. in Memorial Union 213. Contact jennifer.almquist@oregonstate.edu with questions.

Winter water film series: Feb. 28, 4 p.m. –Water Life Pt. #1 – Water’s journey from streams entering Lake Superior to the mouth of the Saint Lawrence Seaway takes 350 years. The narration establishes the importance of the Great Lakes for the U.S. and Canada’s fresh water. Sponsor: OCCRI – La Raza Room 208

Plant Sciences Seminar Series: Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Speaker: Jeff Miller, Professor, OSU Horticulture. Topic: Exotic Insects and Exotic Travels: Pest Threats and Threatened Species. ALS 4000

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?” Racheal Aragon will present on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 to 5 p.m., in MU 207. Contact janine.kobel@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Woman Citizen Film Series, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears: Bill Husband, professor of History, will host a free public showing of the Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy about three Russian women struggling to make it in 1960s and 1970s Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Brown bag talk on mental illness: “Shattering Mental Health-isms: Continuing the Conversation.” Come and explore how mental illness interfaces with the cycle of oppression. March 1, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206. Small group work will provide a platform for participants to share their voice and help build inclusive communities that shatter mental health-ISMs.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! Leap Year Dessert: The Office of Post Award Administration, located in 306 Kerr, is hosting a Leap Day Dessert from 2:30 – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.  Come enjoy a variety of desserts and a beverage.  Cost is $3 for one item or $5 for multiple items.  All proceeds go to Linn-Benton Food Share.

NEW! Ice Cream Social Fundraiser: Ice Cream Social hosted by AMBC: Feb. 29, at Hovland Hall Rm 9 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Come enjoy some luscious cold treats with a suggested donation of $1 per scoop including topping.  Last opportunity to get some raffle tickets for a chance to win some awesome prizes, one of which is a Shoji screen quilt.

NEW! Silent Auction: Business Affairs is having it’s Annual Auction for the Food Drive Friday, March 2 from noon to 4 p.m. in 100 Kerr. An amazing night-out for two package that includes prime seating at a Beaver baseball game and dinner at a local restaurant, another set of baseball tickets with great seats, a Beaver quilt, a Beaver box of goodies, a decadent chocolate basket, and much more! Items available for view now.

Hair Dyeing for the food drive: The Memorial Union is looking for $300 in donations by the end of the month. If they reach their goal, Deb Mott and Parcella Provence have agreed to change their hair to a bright neon color at the beginning of March. Food Drive cash donations will be accepted at the MU Info Desk through closing time on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

College of Forestry Dessert Bake-off: Feb. 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

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

Dessert Bake-off: College of Forestry from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 28 Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle

Tasty Tuesdays: CEOAS Admin Lounge, Feb. 28 Come on over and see what treats we have for purchase!

Soup and Bread Buffet: Department of Statistics all you can eat buffet for $5! Kidder Hall room 70. Feb. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.

Baked potato & Salad Bar Lunch: Wednesday, Feb 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Cordley 2035. A $5 donation is suggested. Come and donate to a good cause, eat a great lunch, and visit with the friendly people at ASBC.

OSUsed Store Food Drive Discount: Bring 3 or more food donation items to our public sale Feb. 29 noon to 3 p.m. and receive 25 percent off your entire purchase (excluding spot bid and online sales items)! The OSUsed Store is located in the Property Services Building, 644 SW 13th St.

Soup and Bread Lunch: AREC (Agricultural and Resource Economics) will have a soup and bread lunch made by the faculty and graduate students on Feb. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall room 200C

International Lunch: College of Forestry from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 29, Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle

Quilt Raffle Drawing: College of Forestry at 1 p.m., Feb. 29 in the Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle

Soup Feed with Printing and Mailing: Printing and Mailing Services will host an all-you-can-eat soup lunch and theme basket raffle to support this month’s Food Drive. Come enjoy a delicious assortment of home-made soups and bread on Thursday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 Cascade Hall. Raffle drawing will be held at 12:30 p.m.. A $5 donation is suggested.

Soup Bar: Linn County Extension Office is having a soup lunch from 11:30 – 1 p.m., March 2, 104 Fourth St. SW, Albany.

WEB Auction – OSU Information Services, Library and E-Campus Food Drive Fundraising online silent auction is now taking place. To bid on items go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/computing/FoodDrive/Auction/index.htm. Bid now, bid again, and keep bidding. Then view the auction items in person and make your final bid on Feb. 29 Willamette Room 3rd floor Library, 11 a.m.. to 3 p.m. – Cookies, coffee and Tea provided.

Cash raffle: College of Vet Med is holding a cash raffle. The winner will receive 50 percent of all the money raised with the remaining 50 percent to go to the Linn Benton Food Share. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Magruder Hall lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 through March 1. The drawing is March 2.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Geospatial Intelligence and Planning seminar: Brian Shaw, Dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence at the National Intelligence University, will speak on “The National Intelligence Enterprise and Geosciences” on Feb. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. in 108 Wilkinson Hall.

NEW! Hydrothermal vents lecture: Verena Tunnicliffe, a University of Victoria marine ecologist and explorer of deep-sea environments, will deliver a lecture on March 1, to commemorate OSU’s Hydrothermal Vents Discovery Day. Tunnicliffe’s lecture is sponsored by the “Frontiers of Science” lecture series. “Beyond the Mid-Ocean Ridge: Hydrothermalism and Vent Communities on Volcanic Arcs of the Western Pacific.” Her talk begins at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus.

Alcohol to Zebrafish: Current Work at OSU’s Skeletal Biology Lab. Associate Professor Urszula Iwaniec, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, will speak on bone health across a lifespan. Tuesday, Feb. 28, noon to 1 p.m., Magruder Hall 102. Sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences.

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Dr. John Peterson Myers, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, who co-authored “Our Stolen Future”, which explores the threats posed by man-made chemical contaminants on fetal development and human health will present on “Scientific lessons from endocrine disruption, and how green chemists might avoid its hazards” on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001.

Sustainable Growth in the EU: What Role for Environmental Policy?: Anne Burrill is the Deputy Head of International Relations and Enlargement at the European Commission’s Environment Directorate General. She oversees environmental relations with the EU’s neighbors which aim eventually to become EU Member States. In this public lecture, she will discuss the role of environmental policy in the EU’s (sustainable) 2020 growth strategy, and how it may be supported or undermined by the current European debt crisis. Feb 28, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Milne 202

GEM Geospatial Intelligence and Planning Seminar: Brian Shaw, Dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence, National Intelligence University, will speak on “The National Intelligence Enterprise and Geosciences” at 4 p.m., Feb. 28, in Wilkinson 108.

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! E-Waste Collection: On March 7-14, Campus Recycling will collect both OSU-owned and personal electronics for free recycling. Please determine if you have unneeded electronics in your building or at home, and consider contributing them to help OSU compete in the electronics category of the national RecycleMania competition! For a list of accepted items and collection hours, please visit our calendar.

NEW!  Free Departmental Confidential Shredding: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online  March 19-23 will be processed free of charge. More info on our calendar.

Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Monday, March 5. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012: March 1, LaSells Stewart Center. This one-day conference and continuing education event is designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees. The conference is for those interested in Oregon forests, particularly foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, and woodland owners. Cost: $85. Graduate students can attend free. Registration website: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/foresthealth2012

HEM (Health Engagement Model) Computer Lab Sessions: PEBB benefit eligible employees that elected to participate in the HEM plan, must complete the health survey by March 15. OHR Employee Benefits is offering computer lab sessions to allow employee to complete the HEM requirements. Dates: March 1, 7, and 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

Time and Attendance Project: OSU is working on the early stages of implementing a new electronic system to collect and report employees’ working hours and leave used, which will replace our current paper-based timesheets. OSU has purchased WorkForce’s “EmpCenter” product and the project team is working to implement it during 2012. The beta-versions of the configured product will be tested starting mid-Spring. OSU is developing a training and support program for EmpCenter. Implementation of EmpCenter is expected to begin in late Summer or Fall. View the project website at http://oregonstate.edu/fa/time-attendance/

NSF – IGERT Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-education-and-research-traineeship-nsf-igert-program. Research Office submission deadline: March 5. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Equity and Inclusion Forums: Your participation is needed! President Ray has charged a self-study team to engage the OSU community in conversations about the direction of the university with regard to equity and inclusion. The self-study team has organized forums that will take place between Feb. 20 and March 9 and community participation is crucial to their success. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/study/forums

Traffic and maintenance

Gilkey Hall: Due to repairs, the building water system will be shutdown to Gilkey Hall. This will affect all rooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 and should end by 12:30 p.m.


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

Office Specialist 2, University Honors College at Oregon State University. F/T, starting at $2170/monthly + benefits.Posting # 0008643. Closes March 1.

OSU is looking for an Accounting Technician in the Office of Student Accounts, Office of Business Affairs. This is a full-time position with a salary range of $2170-3004/mthly +benefits. Posting # 0008640. Closes March 5.

LaSells Stewart Center invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008660. Closes March 6.

The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Advisor-Student Success Specialist. Posting # 0008646. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 16.

Director of International Graduate Admissions – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #0008630. Closes March 16.


Corvallis: The morning started off with frozen windshields and a bit of freezing fog, but should grow sunny by afternoon with a high of 46. Tonight’s low dips down to 25, with rain moving in by tomorrow morning.

Central Oregon:  The weekend was snowy and colder, but here’s to a warmer week. A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind between 11 and 13 mph.



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