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Thursday, March 1, 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.

Breaking ground in college journalism (NPR)

Two students have become the first black editors-in-chief of their college newspapers in Oregon, which has a black population of less than 2 percent. Host Michel Martin talks with Brandon Southward of Oregon State University and Tyree Harris of the University of Oregon.

Should we worry about tsunami debris? (Statesman Journal)

Debris that washed out to sea from the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11 isn’t predicted to arrive here until late this year or early 2013. But people already are reporting beach finds, said oceanographer Jack Barth of Oregon State University, a expert on ocean currents. (see also Terra Daily)

Cancer-fighting broccoli (Huffington Post)

Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have discovered more insight into just how the green veggie helps to fight off cancer.

Land spreading out, but not so far and wide (New York Times)

The hope of finding a community of farmers is one reason Aluna Michelle decided to attend the seven-monthlong Growing Agripreneurs Program at Oregon State University.

Esri chief scientist receives honors (NewsChannel6)

Esri chief scientist Dawn J. Wright, PhD, has received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Presidential Achievement Award. Presented at the AAG annual meeting on February 28, 2012, the award recognizes Wright’s outstanding work as a scientist, researcher, author, and advocate for marine conservation and for her contributions to geographic science. She is also a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University.

Dumpster diving at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Pedestrians passing through Oregon State University’s Memorial Union quad Tuesday afternoon got a noseful of the pungent smell of garbage as Campus Recycling staff and volunteers dug through a Dumpster full of refuse, dividing the contents into piles of recyclables, compostables and trash.

Family medicine message resonates with rural Oregon during student bike tour (AAFP)

The three medical students then added Daphne Johnson, a veterinary medicine student at Oregon State University in Corvallis, to the planned trek. Johnson took over the role of trip photographer.

Who is Haley Johnson? American Idol contestant background information (WetPaint)

American Idol contestant Haley Johnsen is a 23-year-old Oregon State University graduate.

Mike Gann recognized by OSU College of Engineering (Statesman Journal)

Former Monmouth resident and Central High School graduate Mike Gann was recently recognized by Oregon State University’s College of Engineering as an outstanding alumni.

OSU to host natural resources academy (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University is taking registration for its Natural Resources Leadership Academy, two week-long seminars scheduled for this summer.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Economic Survival Guide for the 99%: A special discussion about surviving competition based economies, featuring panelists from Corvallis Hours Exchange, Coalition of Graduate Employees, Occupy Portland, and Occupy Oregon State. March 1, 5 to 7 p.m., Owen Hall 102. Cosponsored by OSU Peace Studies and OSU American Association of University Professors.

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 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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! BeWell lunch and learn: What are my next steps: Commit 2 Fit-The Best is Yet to come- A part of the BeWell Lunch & Learn series, this discussion focuses on how to keep implementing Life Habits which lead to a healthy life when an individual has already been exercising regularly for a period of time. March 2, 12:10-12:55 p.m. in MU109B – with Rochelle Scwhab.

NEW! Improvisation and animation: Three faculty members will perform on Saturday, March 3, during an evening of improvisational and experimental music and animation. The event is part of the Between the Cracks Forum, a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to foster contemporary and creative music performance and development. It will begin at 7 p.m. at The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison in Corvallis. Tickets for the concert are $10, $5 for Arts Center members, or free for students with I.D.

NEW! TAC Workshop: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Monday March 5, 1 to 2 p.m., Kidder 202. Effective use of presentation tools workshop designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops to register and learn more about our workshops.

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series, Autumn Gem: A Documentary on China’s First Feminist: Shiao-ling Yu, professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will host a free public showing of Autumn Gem, a documentary about Qui Jin, champion of women’s rights and first female martyr of China’s 1911 Revolution, Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

NEW! Graduate Women’s Network March Social: This month we will be welcoming Marian Moore from the OSU Career Center to talk about writing your CV and Resume, marketing yourself in the interview process, and getting that job! See you March 7 from 2-4 in the Women’s Center!!  GWN is open to any female graduate student looking to connect with other graduate students and learn from each other’s experiences.

NEW! Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU:  The OSU IT Coordination Committee (ITCC) invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on March 7 (10-11 a.m.) to learn about the high level research survey capabilities of Qualtrics.  Due to existing relationships with several OSU units, a university-wide license for Qualtrics is being considered.  Reserve your seat at:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/198104810

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! School of Public Policy Colloquium Series: Professor Dwaine Plaza, sociology, will speak on “Facebook being used as a Tool for Communication by the Transnational Trinidadian Diaspora Community,” on March 2, 3:30 -4:30 p.m., Room 304 Fairbanks Hall.

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.

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 its 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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! University awards: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through April 6; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty member or unit: Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award; International Service Award ; D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award; OSU Academic Advising Award; OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award; OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award; OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship; OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award; Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award; Promising Scholar Award; Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award; Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award; Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award.

NEW! Spin on Research: VP Rick Spinrad previews his hosting of this month’s Science Pub, and reveals his musical debut at the Old World Deli

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.


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.

The newly established Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites applications for two, part-time (.50 FTE), fixed-term positions: Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Associate Director of Research. Posting # 0008651 & 0008639. Closes March 12.

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.

The University Ombuds Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position: Assistant Ombuds.  Posting number# 0008680. Closes March 31.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Memorial Place Brick Mall: A large Sequoia on the OSU campus west of Strand Agriculture hall has been in accelerating decline due to Redwood Canker disease and will need to be removed.The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break). This will allow for cranes, log hauling trucks and other heavy equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the west side of the building and the West entrances will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26 and should end by 5 p.m., March 30.


Corvallis: Well you could argue that March has come in like a lamb, since like lambs, snow is white and fluffy. While the white stuff is pretty, if treacherous, it should start to melt later this morning as snow changes to rain and snow levels rise above 1,000 feet. The high today will be 46 with a low tonight of 34.

Central Oregon: What a snow storm! Drive carefully and be safe. Snow showers, mainly before 10 a.m. High near 30 low near 20. Northwest wind between 8 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


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