OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 22, 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.

Drama at OSU Sheep Center (Oregonian)

Ewe in labor gives crowd surprise ending. (See also Capital Press)

Can condoms save polar bears (New York Times)

A study by a group of statisticians from Oregon State University, for example, which Green Inc. reported on last August, examined the carbon dioxide emissions associated with having a child.

Clackamas Community College seals partnership with OSU (Wilsonville Spokesman)

A new partnership with Oregon State University allows Clackamas Community College students to streamline the process to achieving a bachelor’s degree.

Living the life aquatic (Gazette-Times)

Ray Troll will bring his obsession to Oregon State University on Tuesday in a free public slide lecture titled “An Artist’s View of Science.” It’s part of the winter seminar series sponsored by the department of fisheries and wildlife.

Partisanship is persistant ill (Statesman Journal)

Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University, said another factor will have more to do with whether partisanship will increase.

Gathering honors life of OSU student (Gazette-Times)

Music filled Oregon State University’s Kelley Engineering Center Saturday as friends and family gathered to remember the life of Karena Dokken.

Did Obama deserve the Nobel Prize? (Gazette-Times)

That is the question that Cheyney Ryan, a professor in the University of Oregon’s philosophy department, will explore at 7 p.m. Wednesday during a free talk at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union lounge.

Vitamin D fights Crohn’s Disease (Food Consumer)

“The existence and importance of this part of our immune response makes it clear that humans and other primates need to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D,” said Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry and a principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Roseburg’s Ford Family Foundation supports the arts in Oregon (News-Register)

The arts landscape of Oregon is about to get a whole lot richer thanks to a new multimillion-dollar program announced by the Roseburg-based Ford Family Foundation. Past beneficiaries include Willamette University, Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Nuclear power may be worth another look (Statesman Journal)

Opinion piece references NuScale.

Chamber Music Corvallis holds triple the talent (Gazette-Times)

Trio Solisti, dubbed “The most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker magazine, performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center. The matinée show is part of the 51st season of Chamber Music Corvallis.


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

Upcoming events

NEW! The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a free public dialogue, “Two Philosophers Debate the Existence of God,” on  March 1, at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.  William Lane Craig will argue for the Christian view that a personal God exists and Victor J. Stenger the atheist position that there is no God. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/index.html

NEW! From wheat to wine, our food supply depends on healthy plants. At the Feb. 25 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Larry Plotkin of Precision Plant Systems, Inc. will describe his company’s OSU-based technology for monitoring plant health. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

NEW! Monday, March 8, former Center Research Fellows Adam Rome and Robin Schultze will return to the Center for the Humanities, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., for two presentations.  At noon Schultze will lead a discussion on “The Future of the Book?  Testing the Sony Electronic Reader at Penn State.” At 4 p.m. Rome will speak on, “The Genius of Earth Day,” as part of the  Center’s regular Monday lecture series. Schultze and Rome were in residence at the Center in 2005-06. Both are on The Pennsylvania State University faculty.

This is the last week for the food drive. The following events are helping with the last push toward helping the Linn-Benton Food Share:
Feb. 22-28 – Visit the OSU Sheep Barn to see the new baby lambs! There is no charge for the self-guided tour; however, visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Linn-Benton Food Share or to drop a donation into the donations box to help offset Sheep Center expenses. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 23 – Dessert Bake-off, College of Forestry, contact Terralyn Vandetta at Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 23 – Bake Sale, 2011 ALS Building, all day
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..
at Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 24 – Silent Auction, B100 Kerr Admin from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Business Affairs Conference Room. Contact Janet Ekholm for questions.
Feb. 25 – Silent Auction , Magruder Lobby (Carol Colton Memorial Auction), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Feb. 25 – EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 314 Weniger Hall 12 – 1pm) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegetarian option available.
Feb. 26 – IFSA Intl. Lunch, College of Forestry, contact Terralyn Vandetta at Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu  for details
Feb. 26 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5.  ALS room 3096 12:00 p.m. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu

Steve Lewis, one of Alaska’s foremost cavers, will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 about his experiences measuring and mapping caves in southeast Alaska. The free talk is in room 108 of Wilkinson Hall. Free and open to all.

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the OSU’s Women Center are hosting a Women’s Symposium on Careers in Political Leadership on Thursday, March 4, from 7-9 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom. Speakers will include Rep. Sarah Gelser, Caroline Davidson from Willamette University, state senator Chris Telfer, Diana Woodward of Brenco Energy Concepts and Margaret Carter of the Oregon Department of Human Services. Information: email smiths2@onid.orst.edu or lopezcay@onid.orst.edu

Timothy Brook, a professor of history at the University of British Columbia, will link the artwork of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer with globalization when he presents a free public lecture on Thursday, March 4. “The Coins on Vermeer’s Table: Dutch Merchants, Chinese Manufacturers, and the Birth of Global Trade” begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center.

Crossroads International provides language learning & friendship to international students & faculty at OSU. Crossroads announces its 4th annual International Film Festival, every Sunday in February at the Darkside Cinema – beginning Sunday, Feb. 7. Three films are featured each week, at 1:30, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the cinema, $6 for students. Please read about the films and specially priced “Passports” here: http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/crossroads-international-film-festival

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 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.

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! The Provost has scheduled a series of forums to discuss the University’s divisional alignment, including the Division of Arts and Sciences Forum scheduled for February 25, 1-3 p.m. This forum was originally scheduled to take place in MU 208, but has been moved to the MU Journey Room (with MU 208 as an overflow space if needed). The forum will focus on how the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science are moving forward together to advance the divisional alignment, and is open to all students, staff and faculty at the University. The forum 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.

NEW! The Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA) assists committees in recognizing the potential for specific biases and actively promotes diversity at each stage of the search process.  President Ray has charged the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity with development and implementation of a search advocacy program to ensure accountability to Oregon State University’s equal opportunity principles, affirmative action practices, and diversity values. Individuals interested in serving in this role are invited to attend a two-part seminar addressing the specific affirmative action concerns that arise at each stage of the search process.  Both Part I and Part II must be completed in order to serve as an AASA on a university committee.
Part I of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program introduces potential biases and opportunities and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process.
Wednesday, March 10: 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 20: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program further explores potential biases and opportunities and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process.
Wednesday, March 17: 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 27: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
Information: contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at 737-3556.

NEW! A group of OSU employees have started Kids Creative Movement, preschooler’s and toddler’s creative movement and dance classes.  Classes are held through Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays through March 19. Open to children 3-5 years old. Held at the Corvallis Dance Center, 1935 NW Circle. Questions/register: Call 541-231-5001 or email marthalgs@comcast.net

The Faculty Staff/Fitness Program’s Winter Blood Draw takes place Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Registrations for the winter term blood screening are still going on. For more information please visit http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/fsf-blood-screenings. Call 541-737-3222 to reserve a spot.

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.

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 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 of Business Services is seeking a Surplus Property Manager. F/T Salary range $35,000-$42,000 + benefits. Manages the acquisition and disposition of surplus property.  For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005297 Closing date: March 3. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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

Goss Stadium: Due to the installation of supplemental bleachers a section in the south west corner of the Goss Stadium parking lot will be temporarily shut down.  This area is to be free of all vehicles. This shutdown began at 6 a.m. Today and should end by 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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. today, and end by 5:30 p.m. tomorrow.


Corvallis: A frosty wake-up call may have had the daffodils shivering, but today’s blue skies and sunshine will warm up everyone this afternoon. Today’s high will reach 60, which may not be too hot, but considering we’re in for rain the rest of the week, make the most of it.

and introducing a new addition to the weather report, from student writer Sean Barton at OSU-Cascades Campus:

Central Oregon: High of 85 and low of 42 for today! Well, not quite yet but truth be told a 49 high and 17 low with sunny skies sounds pretty good for late-February in Central Oregon. Besides, we natives can make 49 feel like 69 any day. Confucius says: “It’s called a sweatshirt!” Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, clouds are on the horizon.

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