OSU Today

Friday, March 9, 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.

Oregon professor finds lessons from Japan (OPB)

Transportation fuel is one of the big areas of concern should a big earthquake hit here, but it’s certainly not the only one. Scott Ashford got a close-up view of the devastated areas of Japan just after last year’s quake, and he’s gone back for a second look. Scott Ashford is the interim dean of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, and we connected with him in Tokyo.

OSU’s A.C. Green to be inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Fame (Oregonian)

Green, already a member of the Oregon State and State of Oregon halls of fame, will join the likes of Richard Jefferson and Jim Barnett on Saturday as a part of a 12-member class to be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Fame, bringing the Iron Man’s legacy closer to center stage, closer to a spotlight where it belongs.

Angry Birds in Space (YouTube)

OSU alum and astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates his version of Angry Birds in zero gravity.

Vancouver man carves totem pole from 800-year-old tree (Vancouver Courier)

Clarence Mills, 54, is carving a rare 360-degree totem pole that will be raised at a special ceremony at Oregon State University in April.

A legacy of trees and family ties (Columbian)

The Dunnings and other families started with “Ties to the Land,” a succession planning program specifically geared toward timberland owners in the Northwest. The program started from the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, and now puts on workshops across the region.

Nanotube technology leading to era of fast, low-cost medical diagnostics (Science Codex)

Researchers at Oregon State University have tapped into the extraordinary power of carbon “nanotubes” to increase the speed of biological sensors, a technology that might one day allow a doctor to routinely perform lab tests in minutes, speeding diagnosis and treatment while reducing costs.

A little night’s jazz (Gazette-Times)

On Friday, March 9, Halie Loren and her band perform a bunch of songs that she likes — including some she wrote — in a concert with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra. It’s a benefit for the Symphony Society’s Student Musician Scholarship Fund, which supports OSU students who play in the orchestra.

Portland-area women find success in construction (Daily Journal of Commerce)

After her freshman year at Oregon State University, Lauren Holmes sat down with a group of friends who were marketing majors and decided that she too wanted to go into advertising. However, she also wanted to put her math skills to good use, so she decided to major in construction engineering – a field that she said is similar to advertising.

Blue whales may be on verge of comeback (CBS)

“Fewer than 400 Antarctic blue whales were thought to have survived when this population was protected from commercial hunting in 1966″ Angela Sremba, who performed the research as part of her master’s degree at Oregon State University, said in a statement. (see also Mother Nature Network)

Resistant weeds trouble growers (Capital Press)

In 2011, two new populations of glyphosate-resistant annual ryegrass were confirmed in Oregon, bringing the total to eight populations discovered since the early 2000s, said Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed science professor at Oregon State University.

Do diet pills work? Researchers say not so much (KMTR)

Researchers who recently reviewed the products told NewsSource 16 Wednesday that haven’t exactly proven to be successful. Doctor Melinda Manore, PhD, looked at the products based on how they should work. Most of them only showed a two pound weight loss.

23 college campuses with the most school spirit (Huffington Post)

OSU is among those listed.

OSU takes registrations for summer leadership seminars Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University this summer will begin a pair of weeklong leadership seminars, the Natural Resources Leadership Academy.


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 March 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

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.

“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.

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/

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.

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


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Wednesday March 14, noon to 1 p.m. Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning.  Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! OSU Night at the Symphony: Join OSU president Edward J. Ray for OSU Night at the Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.The Emerald Isle comes alive with beautiful ballads, sung by great Irish tenor John McDermott and accompanied by Portland’s own Molly Malone Irish Dancers. Premium seating is available at a 50 percent discount to the OSU community. Order tickets in the OSU section by calling Tom Wente at 503-416-6380 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and referencing OSU Night at the Symphony. Tickets start at $26 a piece.

TAC Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping” on Monday, March 12, 11 to 11:50 a.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.

Science Pub: At the March 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Chris Beatty, president of Trillium FiberFuels, and Vince Remcho, an Oregon State University chemist, will discuss Trillium’s collaboration with OSU to develop ethanol and other products from agricultural waste products. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

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.

Inspiration for “House” comes to OSU: A physician whose column was the inspiration for the hit television series “House,” will speak on medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis in a lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, March 13, at LaSells Stewart Center. Dr. Lisa Sanders is speaking as part of the OSU Program in Medical Humanities lecture series. The free public event includes a public reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m.

Pride Center work space: Procrastinators Unite! Come study for finals or work on that end of term project at the Pride Center. We have plenty of work space and comfy couches! Yogurt parfaits will be provided. March 13-15, 7-10 p.m. the Pride Center.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Environmental economics seminar: The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics welcomes Stephen Polasky, Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota, as their guest seminar speaker. He will present, “Optimal Management with Potential Regime Shift.” Monday, March 12, 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Milam room 123.

NEW! Geospatial Intelligence and Planning seminar: Anthony Veltri, Information Services Supervisor for the USDA Forest Service, will speak on “Map. Manage. Minimize Risk.” March 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 108 Wilkinson Hall.

Plant Sciences Seminar Series: March 12, 4 p.m. Speaker: Jim Trappe, Courtesy Faculty, OSU Forest Ecosystems and Society. Topic: Trees, Truffles and Beasts: How Forests Function. ALS 4000

News for Employees

NEW! Food drive goal: Oregon State University’s annual food drive surpassed its goal of 580,000 pounds for 2012 and collected more than 633,000 pounds of food during the month-long fundraising event.

NEW! Student mediation skills: The Mediators Beyond Borders chapter at Oregon State University (MBB-OSU) is seeking applications from students who wish to participate in a free 32-hour basic mediation training, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14, 15, 21 and 22 on the OSU campus.  Applications can be found on our blog at http://mbbosu.wordpress.com/. Submit your application by email to mediators@oregonstate.edu by March 19 to be considered for this great opportunity. For more information, find us on facebook (www.facebook.com/MBBOSU ) or send an email to mediators@oregonstate.edu to be added to the list-serve.

NEW! Women’s history: In honor of Women’s History Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives is celebrating with a small exhibit highlighting the HerStories of eight incredible women of African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, and Native American heritage. The exhibit can be found on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case and will be up through April. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post  and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández , Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

OSU Women’s Basketball Offers Camps For Kids & Parents: Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team invites you and your children to join them at camp! Head Coach Scott Rueck and his staff oversee all aspects of camp. Parent Daughter Clinic, April 14, Girls 3rd-8th grade & Parents. The clinic gives your daughter the chance to play the sport she loves with the people she loves. Girls Hoop Camp, June 19-22, Girls 3d-8th grade. An instructional camp designed to promote interest and skill development in the game of basketball. Pee Wee Camp, June 19-21, Boys & Girls K-2nd grade. Designed for youngsters. For more information and registrations visit www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com or contact Elise Trask elise.trask@oregonstate.edu

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

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.

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.

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/


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

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.

The University Administrative Business Center Finance Unit is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified Accountant 2 position. Posting #0008691. Closes March 13.

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.

Graphic Artist 2 – University Relations and Marketing-Web Communications invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Graphic Artist 2 position. Posting #0008690. Closes Mar 26.

International Degree and Education Abroad Director – International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, International Degree and Education Abroad Director position. Posting # 0008701. Closes Mar 27.

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

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: Today’s mild and cloudy weather may be the last dry respite we have for awhile. The National Weather Service says a number of storm fronts our headed our way over the next week, bringing plenty of rain to the valley and snow to the mountains. Today’s high will be 59 with a low tonight of 40 as showers roll in. Rain continues through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59 low around 30. South wind around 10 mph.



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