OSU Today

Friday, March 2, 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.

Fukushima Health Impact: Minimal? (Wall Street Journal)

“From a radiological perspective, we expect the impact to be really, really minor,” said Kathryn Higley, a professor of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University. She was part of the group that spoke Thursday in Washington D.C.

Super-sized fleas adapted to feed off dinosaurs (Nature)

George Poinar, a palaeoentomologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, agrees that without jumping legs, the fleas “would have to crawl or run to find a host”. He adds that “they could have attacked dinosaurs or possibly pterosaurs”. (see also Red Orbit, the State Column)

Is Mars sucking water from its own atmosphere? (Christian Science Monitor)

Joseph Levy, a post-doctoral researcher from Oregon State University said it takes a combination of the right kinds of salts and sufficient humidity to make the process work. But those ingredients are present on Mars.

 Grass seed aids fish (Capital Press)

A study by Oregon State University ecologist Guillermo Giannico found that farm fields provide sanctuary for native fish in floods. Fields inundated with floodwaters provide temporary food sources and shelter from fast waters and introduced fish species during floods, according to the study.

A growing relationship (Mail Tribune)

Comice pears aren’t suited for growth just anywhere, said David Sugar, a horticulture professor at the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Medford, has worked with growers and food industry representatives in Chile and Argentina and keeps in contact with former students in both countries.

Ranch runs from cannons to cattle to Corvallis (Capital Press)

It’s hard to imagine that two pastoral cattle ranches operated by Oregon State University here were once ablaze with weapons fire.

Tree schools help forest owners (Capital Press)

Small woodland owners and other natural resource enthusiasts are invited to become students and to attend upcoming tree schools. Four Oregon State University extension offices are offering classes on a wide range of subjects, with trees being the common bond.

5 retail price-tag tricks (Smart Money)

This is one of the most common but effective pricing tactics used by retailers who specialize in low prices and electronic stores that want customers to pay extra for a better gadget, says Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University College of Business.

Breaking ground in college journalism (Minnesota Public Radio)

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.

Education modeling: Some work, some don’t (Maui News)

A study conducted in Hawaii elementary schools found improvements in student achievement as well as campus atmosphere from a program for student character development, Positive Action. The Oregon State University research project was conducted in 20 schools from 2002 through 2006, with 10 campuses provided the program and 10 assessed as control campuses.

Clark says partnerships in OSU’s future (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University is striving for a climate of partnership and engagement as it looks to the future, according to Steve Clark, the school’s vice president of university relations and marketing.

OSU’s student government hosts rant session to gather feedback on university (Gazette-Times)

Students who had a bone to pick with Oregon State University got a chance to do so Wednesday at Gripe Fest, sponsored by OSU’s student government.

Multimedia goes avant garde (Gazette-Times)

As a jazz pianist, Dana Reason has plenty of experience with improvisation — making up music on her own or taking audio cues from other musicians. But what about improvising to a different kind of stimulus altogether? What about immediately responding to, say, animations created on the fly by another artist — in this case, Shelley Jordon of the Oregon State University Department of Art?


Employee Forum on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: Friday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon, 101 Furman Hall (formerly Education Hall). Refreshments will be provided. Share your comments now in this online survey: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4837\

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.

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.

Motor pool lunch: Slow cooked Italian red sauce loaded with garlic, onions and mushrooms over spaghetti pasta with sourdough bread on the side. Meatball and meatless alternatives will be provided for the first 200 people. A donation of$3 will benefit the OSU Food Drive. Drop by between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Today is the last day to drop off donations for the OSU Food Drive. Staff are available to receive food and cash donations until 5:30 p.m.

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 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 through noon Friday, March 2, when the auction ends.

Music à la Carte: The Petrucci Quartet featuring harpist Laura Zaerr performs in the Memorial Union Lounge. Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


OSU Faculty Recital: Jessica Lambert, violin & Rachelle McCabe, piano.  Works by Biber, Beethoven, Tchaidovsky and Prokofiev. Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. in Construction & Engineering Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Winter water film series:March 6, 4 p.m., – Water Life Pt. #2 – Sponsor: OCCRI – La Raza Room 208

NEW! Retention of African American College Students: Equity and Inclusion and University Housing and Dining Services invite interested employees to attend a webinar presented by Martino Harmon. The webinar will present steps to gain the institutional commitment needed to develop a comprehensive, data-driven, strategic, and campus-wide approach in order to increase retention and graduation rates of African American students. March 8, noon to 2 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please direct questions and requests for accommodation to 541-737-3556.

NEW! Art exhibit: The 2nd Annual Cultural show: Ancient Americas exhibit runs in Giustina Gallery in LaSells Stewart Center through March 26. An artist’s reception takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8.

NEW! Fred Thompson benefit concert: A March 9 featuring hip-hop artist “Too $hort,” will go toward a youth center be
ng created in Oakland, Calif., in memory of Fred Thompson. The concert will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketsoregon.com or at thINKit, a local business located on 25th and Monroe between Dominoes and Subway. Regular tickets will be $15 before the day of the concert and $20 at the door.

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.

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.

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.

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 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. 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.

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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Plant Sciences Seminar Series:  March 5, 4 p.m. Speaker: Kendra Smith, Director, Willamette Model Watershed Program/ Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Topic: Riparian Revegetation in the Willamette Valley: A Practitioner’s Guide, ALS 4000

NEW! Starker Lecture: The Clean Water Act: Fundamentals and Effects on Forestry by Jay O’Laughlin, Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences and Director, Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho. March 8,  3:30 p.m to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall.  A livestream will be available at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream

News for Employees

NEW! TEDxOSU applications being sought: On April 17, OSU will host a TEDxOSU event highlighting innovations that address the needs of our planet in the future, specifically with the intent to feature OSU faculty and the research being done at OSU and by alumni and is currently accepting applications for presenters.  For more information, contact: Jennifer Villalobos.

NEW! Help choose new Oregon license plate: OSU-Cascades students are asking for help from OSU faculty, staff and students in choosing a license plate design that will fund proven child abuse prevention programs. To participate in selecting the new design, go to  http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2iazhWb43ep1qFm and complete a five minute survey. Sales from the license plate will benefit all Oregon counties.

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

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.

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

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:

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.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 position. Posting # 0008681. Closes March 19.

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.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Extension Family & Community Health program welcomes applications for 3 new positions working with the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities childhood obesity prevention project.  A background or interest in education delivery, health promotion, and gardening are preferred.  Positions are located in Klamath Falls, St. Helens, and Oregon City.  Posting numbers: 0008625, 0008633, 0008636.  All 3 positions close on March 12.

Traffic and maintenance

Withycombe Hall: Due to necessary testing, the building water system in Withycombe will be intermittently shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. This shutdown is necessary to test and repair the back flow device for the main water supply. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 6 and should end by 2:30 p.m.

Owen Hall: Due to necessary repairs associated with the building supply air fans (ventilation), the building air to Owen Hall will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect all rooms on all floors.  This shutdown is necessary to replace motor bearings on a building supply air fan unit. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on March 7 and should end by 3 p.m.

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: What a difference a day makes. We have a chance of showers today and tomorrow, otherwise cloudy skies and highs rising to the mid 50s by Saturday. Tonight’s low will be 40.

Central Oregon:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west.



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