OSU Today

Monday, March 12, 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.

 Obama appoints OSU dean to lead national ag institute (Capital Press)

Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Sonny Ramaswamy has been appointed director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture by President Barack Obama. (see also Portland Business Journal, Oregonian, Farm Futures)

Sonny Ramaswamy, ag dean at OSU, adapts and grows wherever he goes (Oregonian)

Sure, sometimes he marvels that a “brown-skin guy like me,” as he puts it, is the face of overwhelmingly white Oregon agriculture, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Go figure!” Ramaswamy says, and cracks up laughing.

Where will next mega-tsunami hit? (National Geographic)

Some 90 percent of the 200,000 people who lived in the path of the Japanese tsunami found safety during the short interval between the earthquake and the wave—a survival rate Oregon State University hazards-outreach specialist Patrick Corcoran attributes to Japan’s history of earthquake preparedness. (seek also San Francisco Chronicle, KATU, Chicago Sun-Times)

Low-tech cleanup follows Japan’s disaster (CNN)

“It’s pretty simple stuff, at least early in the process,” said Kathryn Higley, an Oregon State University professor who studies the effect of radiation on the environment. “They seem very low-tech, but low-tech works reasonably well.” (see also New York Post, Wall Street Journal, FOX Houston)

Researchers probe how strong buildings must be to survive tsunamis (Philadelphia Inquirer)

This summer, Naito’s collaborators at Oregon State University plan to conduct more tests in water, in a wave pool longer than a football field. They will use scale models of shipping containers, measuring one-fifth normal size. Both studies will be used to tweak sophisticated computer models.

 Nanotube sensors to reduce test time from days to minutes (R&D Mag)

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. (see also Clinical Laboratory International)

Pac-12 university presidents unite to campaign against BCS (Sports Illustrated)

“I don’t hear anyone saying business as usual is acceptable,” said Edward Ray, Oregon State University’s president and chairman of the Pac-12 universities’ CEO group. “We need change.”

Statewide limit on daycare subsidies may affect local parents (News-Register)

In 2010, an Oregon State University study crunched Department of Human Services numbers and found the state was subsidizing child care for 641 children in Douglas County under the age of 13.

Oregon agricultural and business leaders trying to lure food processing plants from California (Oregonian)

Recruiters and specialists with Business Oregon and the state Department of Agriculture are attending the Natural Products Expo West. Accompanying them are a handful of city and county economic development specialists and experts from Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland.

Horse slaughter plant planned for Eastern Oregon after change in national rules (Oregonian)

Dr. Jacob Mecham, ambulatory veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, said most horse practitioners he knows regret the closure of the slaughter plants.  Some horses are in chronic pain and others have medical conditions that are incurable, leaving no option but to euthanize them, Mecham said. Just the drug alone to euthanize a horse costs $150, and that doesn’t cover other costs and disposal of the carcass, he said.

Doctor who inspired TV’s ‘House’ will visit OSU (Gazette-TImes)

Dr. Lisa Sanders, a physician whose column was the inspiration for the television series “House,” is scheduled to speak on medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis in a lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday.

ABC to PhD (Gazette-Times)

An introductory business class at Oregon State University has teamed up with the Lions’ Den, a program through Boys & Girls Club of South Corvallis, to encourage kindergarteners through fifth-graders to consider the possibility of college. Saturday’s event was a way for the two groups to socialize and get to know each other better.


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 Monday-Wednesday, March 12-14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

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.

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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Recycling Fundraiser: Bring redeemable cans and plastic bottles to the MU Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fundraise for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry, in this sororities versus fraternities philanthropy challenge! Only plastic and metal (NO glass) containers that have a deposit value, please. For more information, contact Andrea Norris of Campus Recycling at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Lucky Day Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come to our public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. where we’ll have a drawing for two $50 gift certificates to our store! We will also collect your electronics for recycling during the sale. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Book review: “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson will be reviewed by OSU’s Marisa Chappell, March 14, Noon, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Beyond the Basics with Blackboard,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC). March 15, noon to 1 p.m. This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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.

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

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Vote for your favorite essay:  Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion in selecting the winner of the 2011 This is My OSU Campus Ethos Diversity essay contest.  This contest was initiated by the Office of Community and Diversity, and in the interest of completing the process and honoring those who entered, we would like to ask for your help in the final selection round.  To cast your vote, go to oregonstate.edu/oei/essay.

NEW! Thrift shop scholarship: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from older-than-average women students who are U.S. citizens and residents of Benton County, age 30 or older who will be attending OSU full time in 2012-2013, while pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree ( PhD and EdD candidates are not eligible). The Committee also is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall and are graduating from Benton County High Schools or live in Benton County. Applications are available at the Thrift Shop, 144 NW 2nd Street; at the OSU Financial Aid Office; the OSU Women’s Center; and OSU College Advisors’ offices. The applications are also available online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/osufolk. Deadline is March 19. For information, 541-752-1096.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Deadline for submission: March 19. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

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.

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.


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.

Fiscal Coordinator 1:  The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008714.  Closes March 23.

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.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Custodian for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This is a part-time, 12-month, classified position.  Posting # 0008707. Closes March 31.

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: Hold onto your hats, because it’s going to be a windy day. Rain and gusts up to 29 m.p.h. will keep things stormy today. The high will reach 5 with a low tonight of 35, and more rain is on the way for the rest of the week.

Central Oregon: Our warm weather is gone and another storm is here, hopefully not for long with spring right around the corner. A chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 54 low around 30. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 23 mph increasing to between 29 and 32 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



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