OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

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.

Scientists still sparring over future of Pacific Northwest snowpack (Oregonian)

This year’s El Niño is the strongest since 1998, said Phil Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

Benton ranked healthiest county in Oregon (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

For example,” Fautin said Wednesday, “one of the measures is alcohol use. OSU has a strong alcohol education program. We have a really responsible business people who attend training on spotting false IDs and the dangers of selling alcohol to minors. We have a teen pregnancy rate that is often the lowest in the state.”

President Barack Obama grants loan guarantee to build new nuclear reactors in Georgia (Oregonian)

Oregon State University scientists tested the type of “passively safe” nuclear reactor that President Barack Obama wants built in Georgia.

Wolf wars (National Geographic)

A new National Geographic feature article on the return of wolves is based, in part, on “ecology of fear” work done at OSU, and includes a
section with OSU doctoral student Cristina Eisenberg. OSU leaders in this research have been Bill Ripple and Bob Beschta in the College of

Dress for interview success (Forbes)

According to a study by Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, within the first 10 seconds of meeting your interviewer–otherwise known as the meet-and-greet–that person has decided whether or not you’re right for the job.

Some ‘Dinosaurs’ evolved from birds? (Discovery)

John Ruben, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University, authored a commentary on the PNAS paper. Ruben doesn’t dispute that birds and dinosaurs likely shared a common ancestor. Per the study, however, he suggests that once birds started down their own evolutionary path they may have given rise to raptors.

1000 Friends announces 35 innovators under 35 (1000 Friends)

Among those honored are OSU’s Brandon Trelstad, Andrea Norris and Kathy Freeborn Hadley.

OSU trains graduate students to be better TAs (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University graduate students teaching introductory biology labs are now being taught how to be more effective teachers, engage their students in critical thinking, and even craft their own curriculum.


The Provost has scheduled a series of forums to discuss the University’s divisional alignment, including two scheduled for this week.An All-Division Forum is scheduled for today, 11 a.m. -to 1 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. The forum is open to all students, staff and faculty at the University. The forums will be streamed live and will be accessible on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1 . On the day of the event, the chat feature will be activated on the same web page, and participants in the chat room will be able to log in (no password required) to submit questions. Previous forums were recorded and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/. A complete list of all forums is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/division-forums-01-26-10.html. Questions regarding the forums may be emailed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Some people are more sensitive to the feelings of others. Empathy may indeed be in the genes. At today’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Sarina Rodrigues will discuss her research on biology and sensitivity. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

The following events support the OSU Food Drive today:
EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 1019 ALS 12 – 1pm) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegan option available.
Waffle Sale. 9 to noon, $3 per plate. 3029 Cordley Hall.
Read-to-Feed Book & Bake Sale and Silent Auction to benefit the OSU Food Drive. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Bids close at 3:30 p.m.) Ballard Extension Hall Room 106.
Book Sale, Withycombe Hall, Room 117.  Noon to 1 p.m. Questions? Helen.Chesbrough@oregonstate.edu

The College of Forestry is holding its annual Book Sale this week, Feb. 15-19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy). There are tables full of hardbound and paperback fiction and nonfiction books. You’ll also find DVDs, CDs, videos, magazines, and a large selection of scientific journals. All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share.

The University Honors College is having its Annual Presidential Forum today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in MU East International Forum (former Club Escape). The title of the forum is “United Through Division: A discussion on OSU’s New Divisional Structure.” President Ed. Ray, Dr. Larry Rodgers, Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Science, Dr. William E. Loges, Associate Professor of New Media Communications And Sociology and Mr. Christian Matheis, Student Advocate, Political Advisor and Community Organizer of ASOSU are the panelists of the forum. It is opened to public and admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming events

NEW! John Delaney, from the University of Washington, will give a free public lecture at OSU on Friday, Feb. 19. His talk, “At the Leading Edge of a Global Environmental Renaissance: Next Generation Science in the Oceans,” begins at 4 p.m. in Gillfillan Auditorium (located on 26th Street just west of Monroe Avenue).

NEW! OSU senior Karena Dokken, who died last week after a struggle with Ewing’s sarcoma, is being honored by her family and friends with “Karena’s Party”on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering Center atrium. This event is meant to be fun and informal; Karena’s mother encourages everyone to wear colorful clothing.

An Oregon State University graduate who was born in a California detainment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II will return to campus on Friday, Feb. 19, where she will show an award-winning documentary she produced about her parents. Satsuki Ina is executive producer of “From a Silk Cocoon,” which received a regional Emmy and several other awards. It will be shown at the Joyce Powell Leadership/Journey Room in the Memorial Union beginning at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public; a discussion will follow the film.

February is Food Drive month! Campus community, join us for one of the events below to raise money and food for the Linn-Benton Food Share (and OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry):
Feb. 15-19 – Book Sale (1st Floor Knuckle), College of Forestry
Feb. 19 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5. ALS room 3096 Noon. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu
Feb 23 – EMT Department Bake Sale (location: ALS foyer 7:30 a.m – 2 p.m.) Come early to buy a whole cake for your office! Also, individually
wrapped goodies for ‘grab & go’ people.
Feb 25 – EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 314 Weniger Hall noon to 1 p.m.) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegetarian option available.

Oregon State University Theatre presents Oscar Wilde’s 1895 romantic comedy, “An Ideal Husband,” Feb. 18-20 at beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

Trio Solisti, dubbed “The most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine, performs in Corvallis at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb.20, at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. tickets may be purchased in advance for $22 at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis and Sid Stevens in Albany. Tickets may also be purchased online at: http://www.violins.org/tickets.shtml Tickets are $25
at the door at this concert matinée. OSU students with ID and K-12 students enter free. Tickets are $5 for other students and student

The American Horn Quartet will perform a free public, solo recital at a special Monday Music a la Carte on Feb. 22 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

The American Horn Quartet will hold a master class on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in Benton Hall Room 202 on the Oregon State University campus. The class is open to the public. Admission for adults is $10 at the door. Non-OSU students will be admitted for $5 and OSU students will be admitted for free.

Oregon State University’s Steinway Piano Concert Series will open on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center with pianist Roberto Plano, winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition and finalist in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. ndividual concert tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance (open seating), $25 at the door. They are available now at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, Beard’s Framing and Rice’s Pharmacy in Corvallis. Tickets can also be purchased on line at http://ticketsoregon.com

In collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, the OSU Black Student Union and the UJIMA Education Office, the UHDS Dining Services Staff and members of the UHDS Diversity Initiative would like to invite you to attend Soul Food Café: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Feb. 24 in the McNary Dining Center. Cost is $8 at the door.

Everyone is invited to the first Spring Creek Café, a new series of engaged philosophy conversations. “Do we have any obligations to the future?” with philosophers Michael Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore, singer/songwriter Libby Roderick and writer Brian Doyle
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room. Free and open to all.

The Department of History will have a History Career Fair on Feb. 25, Stag 132 from 5 to 7 p.m., in conjunction with a cans for books drive. Every two cans can be traded for a book.

News for Employees

NEW! Share a unique and exciting cultural exchange opportunity with an international student by becoming a Host for the OSU Homestay Program managed by University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS).  As a host, you will be providing an amazing living- learning op­portunity both for the students and for your household. Hosts are provided compensation to cover expenses.  We are currently seeking short term and long term hosts.  There will be an informational orientation on March 13 at 10 a.m. in the Large East Conference Room at Market Place West Dining Center on Campus. For more information, please visit our web site: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay/ or call 541-737-8754

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2010-11 Release for Fall term 2010, Winter term 2011 or Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, February 22, 2010. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! New issue of the OSU Perspective published by the Division of Student Affairs now online. See what entering OSU students are saying about their expected academic experience and their expectations for the campus environment. http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/assessment/osuperspective.html

The 1st OSU Building Energy Challenge is well underway! Participating buildings have reduced their electricity consumption by over 10,750 kWh during the first two weeks of the Challenge, saving over $550 in utility costs! This has been accomplished solely through simple, no-cost measures like turning off lights and computers, changing incandescent lamps to CFLs, and unplugging/”power-stripping” electrical equipment. Congratulations to Moreland Hall for saving the most in both Week 1 and Week 2! For more information on the Challenge and ways you can help save energy, please see the website http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/building-energy-challenge-winter-2010 or contact Greg Smith at greg.smith@oregonstate.edu .

A new Sea Grant Summer Scholars program is accepting undergraduate applicants who’d like to get an inside look at marine
science and resource management careers by spending the summer working on a marine science project for a state or local agency. Oregon Sea Grant plans to select five or more Summer Scholars, each of whom will spend 10 weeks this summer working with a marine research, outreach, education or public policy agency or institution in Oregon. Potential projects range from collecting and analyzing biological data to developing museum exhibits and assisting on information campaigns. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, see: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/fellowships/undergrad_fellows.html


Office Specialist 2: The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a part-time (5 hours a day) .625 FTE, 9-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005212. For consideration apply by Feb. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for two Employee Benefits Analysts. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term positions. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005242. Closing date: Feb. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Linn County Extension Service at Oregon State University is accepting applications for a part time Education Program Assistant – Youth Nutrition position. Salary is $12.33 per hour + benefits. Major duties: Teach basic nutrition, food safety, food preparation to youth audiences. For complete announcement, minimum qualifications and application materials visit the website: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs or contact OSU Human Resources, 122 Kerr Administration, Corvallis OR 97331-2132 or call 541-737-3103. OSU is an AA/EOE. Applications for this position need to be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a full-time Finance and Accounting Manager for the Central Services Business Center. The position is a full-time,12 month, professional faculty appointment. Salary $65-75K plus competitive benefits. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU and OUS employees ONLY. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005269. Closes Feb. 23. OSU is AA/EOE.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State
University seeks to hire a full-time Office Specialist 2. To review position description, qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005275. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2 – Admissions, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005268 Closing Date: Feb. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Management Analyst 1– Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2484-3566/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb.25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Traffic and maintenance

Heat Plant: Due to the investigation of an underground storage tank, the parking lot on the east of the Heat Plant will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 22, and end by 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

Burt Hall: Due to necessary repairs on the building steam system, all steam services to Burt Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all hot water and heating services throughout the building. This shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19 and end by 11 a.m.


Another day of this sunshine and it’s almost a guarantee students will be breaking out shorts and beach blankets in the quad. Today will be just as sunny, with a scorching high of 62, and an overnight low of 36. Friday will be a tad cooler, but the rain should hold off til Saturday night.

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