OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 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.

Eat your broccoli (Science Daily)

Researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have discovered yet another reason why the “sulforaphane”compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is so good for you — it provides not just one, but two ways to prevent cancer through the complex mechanism of epigenetics. (see also Innovations Report, Health News)

Tsunami debris update: Coming our way in 2013 (Earth Fix)

A growing number of items found on the Northwest coastline are being reported as possible tsunami debris. Loree Shannon, an Oregon State University Student, located these bouys on the coast. She’s inquiring with NOAA to see if the items are from Japan.

Higher education board pursues new option for campus gun ban (Bend Bulletin)

The Legislature and the state Board of Higher Education are trying again to keep guns off the campuses of Oregon’s seven public universities.

Soil study suggests moisture on Mars (UPI)

An Oregon State University geologist said it takes a combination of the right kinds of salts and sufficient humidity to make the process work but both are present on Mars and, in fact, in many desert areas on Earth. (see also NSF)

 Yelling at your child fuels the Terrible Twos (Huffington Post)

A piece by Shannon Lipscomb, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University-Cascades.

Keyboard, telephone, bathroom stall: Which is the filthiest of them all? (KVAL)

After testing 12 different household surfaces for bacteria with the help of Oregon State, KVAL News uncovered grime growing almost everywhere.

Portland ‘Sustainability Center’ hits wall with Oregon Legislature (Oregonian)

Lawmakers may vote as soon as today on a smaller bonding package that includes money for three new buildings at Oregon State University and one at Western Oregon University.

Western veterinary colleges band together (American Veterinary Medical Association)

The Consortium of Western Regional Colleges of Veterinary Medicine is a regional think tank comprising Colorado State University, Oregon State University, the University of California-Davis, Washington State University, and Western University of Health Sciences.

PaCS manager only OUS manager with dual procurement certification (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) Manager Kelly Kozisek was recently recognized as one of only 59 people nationally to successfully complete the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) fall certification examination as Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO).

The Sassy Gardener (Just Out)

LeAnn Locher is an OSU Extension Master Gardener and can be found gardening this summer in her North Portland garden.


Bake Sale:  Muffins, and Brownies, and Carmel Corn, Oh My!  Come by the Graduate School on Feb. 29 at 300 Kerr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Buy yourself a treat and support the Food Drive.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Library winter term workshops: This final week of Winter Term workshops includes 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! Semester at Sea (SAS) Information Session: New study abroad option approved by OSU International Programs! On March 1 at 4 p.m. in Heckart Lodge join this free session, hosted by the International Degree and Education Abroad office, to learn how to earn OSU credit and use OSU financial aid for an opportunity to visit 7-14 countries in a summer or semester!

NEW! TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, March 2, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll continue the Multimedia and PowerPoint series with Part 1 of “Media and your Powerpoint Presentation: Common Tasks.”  Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! TAC Workshop: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping” on Friday March 2, 2 to 2:50 p.m. with Kimmy Hescock. Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Register for this workshop at http://bit.ly/zhHLk4.

NEW! Depression speaker: Chamique Holdsclaw, athlete, mental health advocate, and author, will speak on “Overcoming Depression and Finding the Strength to Succeed,” 
March 5, 1:45-2:15 p.m., in the  MU Journey Room as part of the “What’s On Your Mind” speaker series:  conversations about mental health and well-being” series.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OSU Food Drive

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.

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, bidding closes at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 29.

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: The quilt raffle fundraiser drawing for the OSU Food drive will be held today, Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Waldo 102. No need to be present at the drawing to win the quilt, but stack the odds in your favor by purchasing raffle tickets through the mail or in person at Waldo 102. We want this beautiful queen-sized (84” x 100 “) scrap quilt in shades of blue, green, and turquoise to go to a great home. Tickets are only a $1 each and all proceeds go to Linn-Benton Food Share.  For photos and more information see:  http://success.oregonstate.edu/asc-quilt-raffle-osu-food-drive-fundraiser

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 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

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! Wilderness First Responder Class: Receive certification in emergency medical techniques. This week-long course occurs on Mar. 24 –Mar. 31 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. in Dixon Upper Classroom. Sign-up at the Outdoor Recreation Center in Dixon, 541-737-3630. The cost is $550 Students/Members, $600 OSU Community, $650 General Public.

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


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.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks candidates for the Circulation Unit Supervisor within the Collections & Resource Sharing Department (CRSD).  This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month position, posting number 0008568.  Closes March 2.

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.

Web Communications Specialist/Writer (Public Info Representative 2)  – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position.  Posting # 0008667.  Closes March 16

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.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Academic Support Coordinator. The ASC provides advanced service and coordination support for academic staff and students. The ASC works closely with the Academic Support Manager to help coordinate administrative assignments in support of academic operations.  Starting wage is $14.42 per hour plus full benefit package. For additional details, please email rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references for immediate consideration.


Corvallis: Happy Leap Day! This morning the world turned into a swiftly-shaken snow globe, as a winter storm swept in. But that snow is quickly turning to rain, and today’s high will reach 43, with a low tonight of 37. Looks like rain will quietly usher in a lamb-like beginning of March.

Central Oregon: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36, low 24. Southwest wind between 13 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


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