OSU Today

Wednesday, March 7, 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.

Diet pills a big, fat waste of money, OSU nutrition expert Melinda Manore finds in research review (Oregonian)

Melinda Manore, an Oregon State University nutrition and exercise expert, reviewed a couple hundred studies investigating hundreds of weight-loss supplements and found no evidence that using any product results in significant weight loss. In other words, there’s no magic in those magic bullets. (see also St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Daily Mail, Science Daily)

Japan’s post-Fukushima earthquake health woes go beyond radiation effects (Nature)

And the Japanese government, although criticized immediately after the accident for providing spotty information, actually gave relatively good instructions to local residents. In particular, it wisely asked people to shelter in place before evacuating potentially dangerous areas, says Kathryn Higley, head of the Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics department at Oregon State University.

Community garden project blossoms in Hermiston (OPB)

George Clough and Don Horneck, of Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agriculture Research and Extension Center, recently tested the land to evaluate the soil condition and depth. Clough said the ground will be useable for the garden.

Legislature okays new OSU buildings (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University will receive funds to build the Student Experience Center and a residence hall, after all. (see also Oregonian)

New metamaterial opens avenues to new products and industries using negative refraction (Materials Views)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to make a low-cost metamaterial that might accomplish negative refraction of light and other radiation – a goal first theorized in 1861 by a giant of science, Scottish physicist James Maxwell.

OSU collecting electronics for recycling competition March 7-14 (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is stepping up its participation in the national RecycleMania competition by competing in a brand new electronics recycling category – a competition to see which university can collect the most electronics for recycling. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Putting ocean power to the test in Oregon (Earth Techling)

Right now, OWET is seeking a consultant to create a development plan for the PMEC, which is being undertaken with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), a collaboration of Oregon State University and the University of Washington and one of only three federally sponsored ocean energy centers.

OSU increasing campaign goal to $1B (KEZI)

Oregon State University says it has seen so much support that it’s bumping up the goal for its first comprehensive campaign. It wants to collect a billion dollars.

Author and poet reads at OSU on Friday (Gazette-Times)

Author Lia Purpura, known for her lyric essays and sharp poetic descriptions, will read from her most recent collection of essays, “Rough Likeness,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oregon State University.


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 7, and 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

Electronics Recycling Collection: Bring broken and unwanted electronics for free recycling and help OSU compete nationally in the new RecycleMania electronics category! OSU-owned and personal items welcome. Bring to the recycling warehouse (644 SW 13th St.) on Wednesday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

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: “Blackboard Basics,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC). March 7, 11 a.m.-noon. This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Dr. Beth Vorderstrasse, Clinical Associate Professor from Washington State University, will present a seminar “Exploring the effects of TCDD on cancer metastasis.” She will speak on Wednesday, March 7 at noon in Ag Life Sciences 4001.

LGBTQ coordinator presentation: R. Ellen Semran; University of New Hampshire will speak March 7, 2:30-3:15 p.m., MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

Nuclear history lecture: Linda Richards will give the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Special Collections Resident Scholar Lecture on March 7, 3 p.m. in the East/West Willamette Room, third floor, Valley Library. She will speak on “Starfish, Fallout Suits and Human Rights.” Her focus is on how nuclear history is told.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Aleksandra Sikora, College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, will present a seminar “Omics in the Time of Cholera” on March 7, 3:30 p.m. in Ag & Life Sciences Bldg. 4001.

Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store: Our public sale is Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We will also collect your electronics for free recycling during the sale. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases must be made during public sales. For more information, visit our website at http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused .

FAT Size Discrimination Series, Part 2: “Embracing Your Body,” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Women’s Center. What does it mean to be fat in our society? Come discuss, learn, and breakdown the social stigmas and stereotypes surrounding size in our country. Learn about size discrimination and ways we can beat it, bust myths about fat people, and learn about embracing all body types, shapes and sizes

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, March 9, 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 2 of “Media and your Powerpoint Presentation: Common Tasks.”  Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! “B.A.R.B.I.E.: Banish All Ridiculous Body Image Expectations,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 9, Memorial Union Quad. Sponsored by the Women’s Center. Come see what Barbie would look like if she were a real person. Compare Barbie with the body types of real women and learn the effect Barbie has had on body image, diversity and cultural norms in the U.S.

NEW! OSU Anthropology’s Tan Sack Lecture: Friday March 9, noon, Waldo 201A – Lindsay Naylor (University of Oregon), “Everyday Autonomies in Zapatista-aligned communities of Chiapas, Mexico” http://oregonstate.edu/cla/anthropology/

NEW! Film showing: “Game Over: Gender, Race, and Violence in Video Games,” 1 to 3 p.m., March 9, Women’s Center. A facilitated discussion about the film will take place after the screening. Bring your own lunch. Dessert will be supplied.

NEW! Sing Out! The 2012 Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Concert. Performances by the OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce, and the OSU Meistersingers. Divine and Outspoken perform in the lobby before the concert. Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Tickets $15 and $25 may be purchased at http://ticketsoregon.com, and at the door.

NEW! Cayuse 424 Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 proposal system on March 13 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in MU 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 25.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered monthly through 2012.

NEW! Olympic medalist: Oregon State rowing alumnus and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Joey Hansen will have a new racing shell dedicated in his honor at the program’s 2012 Annual Spring Kick-Off Dinner on Saturday, March 17. The event, which will take place on the Club Level in Reser Stadium, begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $20 per person. Register at osubeavers.com by clicking ‘Donate’ and then ‘BASF Events. For questions, please contact Justin Fisher in BASF by email (justin.fisher@oregonstate.edu) or phone 503-553-3402. Please RSVP by Saturday, March 10.

Triad Club: Bruce Weber, economist in OSU’s Rural Studies Program, will discuss the consequences of a pending loss of federal funding for schools in rural Oregon counties, on March 8, noon to 1 p.m., MU 109. Attendance is free, lunch is $10 for non-members.

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.

LGBTQ coordinator presentation: Pamela Stawasz; Amherst College will speak March 8, 2:30-3:15 p.m. – MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

Faculty Senate: The Faculty Senate takes place March 8, 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Cener. The agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120308.html. The agenda contains requested approval of two Category I proposals and reports from Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations and Marketing; Andy Ungerer, Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; and Sue Theiss, University Ombuds.

TAC Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping” on Thursday, March 8, 3 to 3:50 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. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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.

OSU Music presents Cracked Across the Brow: New Music for Saxophone and Electronics. Featuring Texas saxophone artist Woody Witt and OSU’s Kevin Patton. Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admission is free.

Fred Thompson benefit concert: A March 9 featuring hip-hop artist “Too $hort,” will go toward a youth center being 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.

Play premiere: Oregon State University Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of Elizabeth Kuti’s historical drama, “The Sugar Wife,” March 9-10, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and at a matinee performance on March 11 beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a post-show discussion about the play on Saturday, March 10 immediately following the production which should be around 9:30. 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.

Poetry reading: Author Lia Purpura, celebrated for her lyric essays and sharp poetic descriptions, will read from her most recent collection of essays, “Rough Likeness,” on Friday, March 9, at Oregon State University. The free public reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library’s main rotunda; a book signing follows.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents An Evening with Halie Loren: The renowned, award winning jazz singer and songwriter comes to the OSU campus for a one-night, exclusive event with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra and her highly acclaimed band: pianist Matt Treder, bassist Mark Schneider, percussionist Brian West (who performs regularly with Loren in The Sugar Beets) and guest artist jazz guitarist William Seiji Marsh (currently a touring member of The Daddies). Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. For ticket information, go to http://cosusymphony.org. OSU students with ID card may purchase half-price tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit orchestra student scholarships.

Empty Bowls: 6th Annual Benefit Event. Silent Auction and Live Entertainment. 
Homemade soup, bread and dessert. Please join us for a night of great food, art and music as we promote sustainable food systems and fight food insecurity. Saturday, March 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Valley Football center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets $5-20 – sliding scale, (Kids under 5 free). Presale tickets available in Waldo Hall 238. Tickets also available at the door. www.osu-emptybowls.org

Benefit concert: “Sing Out!” is a benefit concert to raise money for vocal scholarships for needy and deserving singers at OSU, on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. Tickets are $15, general admission, $25 for “VIP: Best Seats” seating. Tickets are available in advance at Tickets.Oregon.com and at the door. 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales, and any donations collected, will go to the Orange & Black Scholarship Fund. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus.

Lectures and seminars

Imaging the coastal ocean from space: OSU Professor Curtiss O. Davis is giving a presentation March 8, 7 p.m., at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. He will describe the unique process for building and flying the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean on the International Space Station and show examples of how data from the Imager are being used to study and evaluate the impacts of coastal processes.

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. For more information about this and other events, visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/. A livestream will be available at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream.

News for Employees

NEW! Extended Deadline for URISC: The Research Office has extended the deadline for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. Proposal submissions are due Wednesday, March 14. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Fall 2012 CONNECT Schedule and On-campus Housing Move-In:  This coming Fall CONNECT 2012 will officially begin Sept. 20. As a result of this shift, move-in days for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. To see the CONNECT Week schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents/connect/home  For information contact Leslee.Mayers@oregonstate.edu or Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu. To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.

NEW! Scholar housing: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. In addition to its location, furnished double rooms, high-speed internet, and fully equipped cooking facilities make Dixon Lodge an affordable and attractive choice. Reserve a spot today by calling (541)737-9195 or emailing UHDS Residential Conferences at uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

Prettiest Pet Contest Winners: The votes of the Graduate School’s Prettiest Pet Contest have been tallied. First prize winner is Precious (owner: Donetta Sheffold), second prize winner is Lucas (owner: Carole Abou-Rached), and third prize is a tie between Dixie & Samuel Evinrude Cuddles (owner: Karen Falk). Thanks to everyone who participated! Your entry fees and donations will greatly benefit Linn Benton Food Share.

Elementary AWSEM (Advocates for women in Science and Engineering) Club for 3rd-5th grade girls: Tuesdays, April 24- May 22, 3:30-5 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis. Topics will include physics, engineering, environmental science, zoology (worm lab), and computer graphics. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering will lead and be mentors for the AWSEM club. To register, please visit our website http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu to reserve a spot. Cost is $65.

Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: Nominations are being sought for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. It recognizes an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. Nominations must be received by March 12. To nominate:

Women of Achievement: The OSU Women’s Center is seeking nominations for the 2012 OSU Women of Achievement awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of passionate and dedicated OSU women whose work has touched the lives of their students, communities, and colleagues. The deadline for nominations is March 30. The awards will be presented at the Memorial Union Lounge on May 9, along with the 2012 Herstory awards, given to outstanding OSU graduate and undergraduate women students. Criteria, application process and other important details at: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/

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.

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.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

INTO OSU is seeking to fill a role of Finance Assistant. This is a dual role, working as a finance assistant, and supporting INTO OSU students with communication and advising relating to their student accounts. Employee will utilize communication skills to provide quality advice and support for students, staff, agents and parents. Position closes on March 7. For immediate consideration, email cover letter, resume, and 3 references to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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 College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications from current OSU employees for the part-time position of Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program.  See posting #0008679. Closing date: Monday, March 26.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Gilkey Hall: Due to repairs, the building water system will be shut down at the main meter supply to Gilkey Hall. This will affect domestic hot and cold water in all rooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. March 7 and should end by 11 a.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.

Lorenz Soccer Field: In conjunction with the Lorenz Soccer Field renovation the athletic department will remove 20 trees adjacent to the east side of the field. New evergreen shrubs and small tree buffer plantings will be installed along the east side of the fence. This will take place March 10-11.

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: “Winter slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring.”-  Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Snow may be a thing of the past, but this morning’s freezing temperatures still kept us bundled up. But now that the sunshine’s out, things should warm up to around 54, with a low tonight of 31. Tomorrow’s high will be a balmy 64, with more sunshine.

Central Oregon: Sunny, with a high near 43 low near 18. South wind at 7 mph becoming north.


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