OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 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.

Getting boys to college, one student at a time (Skanner)

In Portland, a handful of African American teachers are stepping into that gap to prepare more boys to be college men. Last Friday, a busload of youths and teachers rode down to Oregon State University for a college tour and a long talk about future success, through Project HARVEST.

Salty soil can suck water out of atmosphere: Could it happen on Mars? (Science Codex)

A new study, led by an Oregon State University geologist, has found that that the salty soils in the region actually suck moisture out of the atmosphere, raising the possibility that such a process could take place on Mars or on other planets. (see also KVAL)

What role do mountains in the sea play in earthquakes on land? (Mother Nature Network)

“To get a super-big quake you need to break a large portion of the plate boundary in one shot, and subducting seamounts may segment the plane in big earthquakes — so it doesn’t all go at once,” said Anne Trehu, a geophysicist at Oregon State University.

Forestry industry quizzed about new uni course (Australian Broadcasting)

Professor Loren Kellogg from Oregon State University, in the US, has just started a tour of the nation to find out what training is needed and to consider the diverse needs.

Entrepreneurial OSU professor dies (Gazette-Times)

Richard Peterson, an Oregon State University mechanical engineering professor and prolific inventor, passed away Friday after a long illness. He was 56.

Future uncertain for OSU camp to foster newsroom diversity (KLCC)

Oregon State University now houses the all-expense paid boot camp one week every summer. It’s run by professionals from The Oregonian. Campers spend a week chasing down and photographing stories. They write them up on deadline and put out their own newsprint publication.

Some tsunami debris may be hazardous (KVAL)

“The tsunami impacted several industrial areas and no doubt swept out to sea many things like bottled chemicals or other compounds that could be toxic,” said Kathryn Higley, professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at OSU.

Five things you didn’t know about chocolate (Yahoo)

Due to their unique chemical structures, flavonoids can exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cell-protective effects, says Giana Angelo, Ph.D., a research associate who specializes in micronutrient research at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

BendBroadband’s Leonard Weitman honored by OSU College of Engineering (Pitch Engine)

BendBroadband, a regional technology leader in broadband, data and communication services, is proud to announce that its Vice President of Technical Operations, Mr. Leonard Weitman, has been inducted into the Oregon State University College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.


Silent Auction: with 25 items (bottle of wine, knitted items, wall hanging quilt, Tiffany-style lamp, fishing excursion on Alsea River or Bay, Party Lite candles, electric wine opener, game sets, gardening book & much more!!)
in the Zoology/Biology Office, 3029 Cordley, all day Feb 28; bidding closes at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 29.

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/

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

OSU Concert Bands: The OSU Concert Bands will perform their concert, “Celebrations”, on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. 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

Library winter term workshops: This final week of Winter Term workshops includes Publishing Your Research (2/28), learning to use the ICPSR data sets (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) (3/1) and rounds 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! 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! TAC Workshop: “Clickers: TurningPoint Basics.” With Darren Forrest (TAC). Thursday, March 1, 3 to 4 p.m., Milam 215. In this webinar we will cover the basics of using TurningPoint. TurningPoint is the audience response system (i.e. clickers) that OSU will be using instead of Qwizdom ActionPoint. This session assumes you have knowledge of clicker pedagogy and experience using Qwizdom ActionPoint clickers. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops to register and learn more about our workshops.

NEW! Play premiere: Oregon State University Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of Elizabeth Kuti’s historical drama, “The Sugar Wife,” March 1-3 and March 9-10, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and at a matinee performance on March 11 beginning at 2 p.m. The play will be held on the Withycombe Main Stage. Tickets are $12 for general, $10 seniors, $8 student/youth and $5 for OSU students and can be obtained at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/ or by calling 541-737-2784.

NEW! Race car documentary: A documentary film, “Relentless,” chronicling a year in the life of the champion Global Formula Racing team will debut at OSU in a free public screening on Friday, March 2. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Kearney Hall Room 112 on the OSU campus. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The formula cars will be available for viewing in the lobby of Kearney Hall beginning at 6 p.m., with the 35-minute documentary starting at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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.

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.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! Silent Auction for the Food Drive: College of Veterinary Medicine is having a Silent Auction in the Atrium of Magruder Hall. Lots of great items including Mountain Hardwear Tent, Backpack and Messenger Bag, a Family Fun Basket, a Caffeine Basket, Trader Joe’s bag, pottery items and more. Items will be displayed Tuesday through Friday at noon when the auction ends.

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: American Dream, Block 15, Darkside Cinema, Del Alma, First Alternative Co-op, Garland Nursery, Laughing Planet Café, New Morning Bakery, Peak Sports, The Retreat, Sibling Revelry and Vertebrata Chiropractic. Contact Amy at amy.beaderstadt@oregonstate.edu for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Drawing will be held Feb. 29.

Quilt raffle: Tickets still available Tuesday and Wednesday until 4:30 p.m. only! 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 $1.00 a ticket as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. The quilt pattern is an alternate pinwheel and 16-patch with a total of one hundred 8 inch blocks (1200 pieces). 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silent Auction: Business Affairs is having it’s Annual Auction for the Food Drive Friday, March 2 from 10 a.m. 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.

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! Biotech talk: Mark Lynas, an award-winning author and National Geographic Explorer will present a lecture on the future of the planet Earth on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m., the LaSells Stewart Center. The presentation, part of the Outreach in Biotechnology – Food for Thought lecture series, is titled “The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans.” The lecture is based on his most recent book of the same title.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Gates Foundation – Global Health: Development of a Rapid Immunity Assessment Tool – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry from organizations to develop a prototype and detailed commercialization plan for an immunity assessment tool that can more accurately measure vaccination coverage in the developing world. Deadline: March 27. Full description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/vaccines/Pages/rfp-immunity-assessment-tool.aspx. If you have questions contact: Martha Coleman, Director of OSU Foundation Relations at martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu

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.

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/

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: Winter is not through with us yet. Another cold, snowy system is moving into Oregon today, and will be dramatically lowering snow levels, possibly to the valley floor at times, although accumulations are only expected above 500 feet and we’ll see mostly rain here. Because of the rather unpredictable nature of the storm it’s good to add some commute time this week, especially in the mornings. High today will be 44 with a low of 34 tonight.

Central Oregon:  Another winter storm is here, so bundle up, light a fire and watch the snow fall. A 20 percent chance of snow after 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44 and a low around 22. South wind between 8 and 15 mph.



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