OSU Today

Tuesday, April 3, 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.

Panel Recommends Harvest Cutbacks On Small Schooling Fish (NPR)

Oregon State University professor Selina Heppell co-authored the study. She’s proud to say the sardine and mackerel fisheries on the U.S. West Coast are already managed quite conservatively. (See also: Science Codex)

Study of the Day: Impatient Parents Tend to Bring Up Unruly Toddlers (The Atlantic)

Researchers led by Oregon State University human development professor Shannon Lipscomb collected data in 10 states from 361 families linked through adoption.

Coral have herpes, study says (News 10 Sacramento)

Microbiologists at Oregon State University suspect herpes may be to blame for the disappearing coral reefs. (See also: Cosmos)

The Daily Barometer named best student newspaper (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s student-led newspaper, The Daily Barometer, has been named the best student newspaper in the five-state Northwest region by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Presentation to focus on climate change (The Columbian)

Oregon State University climatologist Phil Mote and others will explore evidence that points to human impacts on climate change.

What do you do when you see yellow? (KVAL-TV)

The area of the road where this choice is made is known as the “dilemma zone,” and Oregon State University researchers said they’re studying this area to cut down on the number of crashes on roadways. 

Breakthrough in understanding octopus language (Democratic Underground)

Education researchers at Oregon Sea Grant’s Free-Choice Learning Lab, housed at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), have discovered a way to translate octopus gestures to human speech.

How will you prevent an alien invasion? (TEDXYouth@SanDiego)

Marine biologist Mark Hixon of OSU shares his knowledge about Lionfish and their detrimental impact on coral reef habitats in the Atlantic.

Author offers two events Wednesday (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Ceiridwen Terrill, author of the new book “Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs” will give two presentations in Corvallis on Wednesday.

OSU’s Trysting Tree to be named a state Heritage Tree (KVAL)

The second-generation Trysting Tree at Oregon State University will be honored as a state Heritage Tree during a ceremony on Friday, April 6, at the tree near OSU’s Benton Hall. (See also: The Register-Guard, OPB)

GMO, a growing concern to many (Upper Rogue Independent)

Dr. Carol Mallory-Smith, professor and weed scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, spoke to a group of supporters and (mostly) nay-sayers at the OSU Extension Auditorium in Central Point, March 26 on the subject.


Documentary screening: German filmmaker and artist Stefan Roloff will visit OSU on Tuesday, April 3, for a workshop on his documentary film from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in Owen Hall Room 103. Then at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, he will screen the documentary, “The Red Orchestra,” which chronicles a resistance group of ordinary citizens who fought the Nazis, and paid the price. All events are free and open to the public.

Climate Change series: The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department and the Conservation Biology Institute presents a seminar series on climate change. Dominique Bachelet will present “Vegetation, carbon and fire: translating MC1 simulations of future conditions for managers” on April 3, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000. Seminars will be held each Tuesday of spring term, from 2-3 p.m. in ALS 4000, and are free and open to the public.

Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: Tuesday, April 3, 4 p.m. Speaker: Matt Slaughter, “Earthfort: Using Microbes in Farming Systems,” ALS 4000.

DPD Program Lunch: Pizza with discussion. “Teaching Social Justice Content In Online and Hybrid Courses,” Tuesday, April 3, noon- p.m., Milam 215. Reservations: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4878

Upcoming Events

NEW! MS Awareness Day: OSU Movement Studies in Disability runs the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program on campus and will be sponsoring Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MU Quad.  Over 7,000 oranges that represent the number of Oregonians inflicted by the disease will be arranged to form the National MS Society logo to build awareness.

NEW! College of Science Celebration: Please come celebrate the College of Science’s great accomplishments during Sherm Bloomer’s 12 years as Dean. Join us in thanking him for his visionary leadership and wishing him equal success in his new role as Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning.  April 5th from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Linus Pauling Science Center.

NEW! Slow food talk: Giclée prints of paintings by Ashland artist Betty LaDuke will be featured through May 3 in the OSU Memorial Union building concourse. In addition, the Art About Agriculture exhibition, “Cultivating the Land for a Harvest of Art,” is in the Giustina Gallery of the OSU LaSells Stewart Center, April 2-27. In connection with the Art About Agriculture exhibit, LaDuke will give a talk, “Celebrating Slow Food: Drawings, Paintings and Wood Panels from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oregon, USA.” The talk runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 5 in the OSU LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

Wild/domestic animal presentation: Ceiridwen Terrill, author of “Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs,” will give two presentations in Corvallis on Wednesday, April 4. She will speak and give a show slide at OSU in Richardson Hall 313 at 4 p.m., and read at Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 S.W. 2nd St., at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Faculty Fulbrights: Join OSU Faculty (aspirants, awardees and alums) to discuss how to apply for a Fulbright on April 10 at noon in Heckart Lodge – 2nd Floor conference room. For detailed Fulbright award descriptions for 2013-14, visit the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) website at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards. For further information, contact Julie Walkin, julie.walkin@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Dr. Kevin Foster, Department of Zoology, Oxford University, will present a seminar “Social Evolution in Microbes” on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Ag & Life Sciences Bldg. 4001.

Starker Lecture: Forest Watershed Research: Management Under the Microscope by George Brown/George Ice, Dean and Director Emeritus/Fellow OSU College of Forestry and Oregon Forest Research Laboratory/National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall.

Images of landscape: Art historian Kirsten Swenson will discuss images of landscape, photography, and new forms of technology in a lecture entitled “From Industrial Parks to the Industrial Sublime: Restaging ‘New Topographics.’” Her lecture will take place in the Joyce Powell Leadership Center in the Memorial Union at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.

News for Employees

NEW! Meet with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty from 1-2:30 p.m. April 12, and 9-10:30 a.m. May 22. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

NEW! TAPS online permits & payments: Transit & Parking Services is pleased to offer the option of purchasing parking permits, paying citations, as well as submitting appeals to a citation, all online.  For more information, please visit our website at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/

NEW! Rec Sports Membership Sales: Spring Memberships and Locker Rentals are available for purchase at the Recreational Services Desk. The desk will have extended hours  from Monday, April 2 until Thursday, April 12 and will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

NEW! Cayuse System: Enhancements to OSU’s electronic research administration capability continue with the Cayuse SP implementation. Cayuse SP provides a different user interface and launch page than Cayuse 424. This new module allows concurrent approvals once the Lead PI’s department has approved the proposal. Sponsored Programs is working on new training materials, but if you are aware of any proposals that will be submitted in the next few weeks, call 541-737-4933 or sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Job Search Strategies in a Challenging Economy: Marian Moore will present on strategies to use in searching for a job. She will present on April 23 from 11 a.m. – noon in Kidder Hall Room 274. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

NEW! Creating a Stand-Out Resume: Doug Rice will present strategies to make your resume stand out from other applicants. He will present on April 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder Hall Room 274. Free pizza served. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Equity and Inclusion: At the April 5 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Angelo Gomez, Interim Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, will discuss why they matter. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu , to reserve a lunch.

Office Makeover: OSU Women’s Network is sponsoring a workshop on office makeovers by interior design specialist Marilyn Read from noon to 1 p.m. April 19 in Willamette East/West in the Valley Library. Get tips on creating a welcoming, restorative, and positive work environment. If you would like to receive suggestions on a makeover for your office, please send a picture of your office/cubicle with a brief description of what you would like to accomplish to Adry.clark@oregonstate.edu

Spring workshops: Training and Organizational Effectiveness has scheduled Spring term workshops for OSU faculty and staff. These workshops are designed to improve your professional and organizational effectiveness around topics such as handling conflict, change management and more. Workshops are offered at no cost to OSU employees. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 to view all courses and to register.

Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House meetings will be held on April 17 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322. The next 13-week session begins April 24. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Present that confirmation code at the first meeting. For more information, call 541-737-3106.

Conversational Skills: Conversational Skills workshops return to OSU April 23-May 3. These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU employees, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. For course descriptions and to register, visit the OSU Professional Development Central Registration Site at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23. For questions, contact Leigh Larkin in Training and Organizational Effectiveness at leigh.larkin@oregonstate.edu.

Sea Grant scholars: Applications due April 17 for the Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar program for undergraduates. The program will place students in a natural resource management agency and is designed to help prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. Information: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/fellowships/summer-scholars

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website.

TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations on April 4 and 5. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To reserve a time to meet with Shane, please call 1-866-928-4221, ext 472601. Room locations and times will be provided at the time your reservation is made.

Cope Retirement: Julie Cope, Administrative Specialist for Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, is retiring after over 30 years of service at OSU. Julie has served in OSU organizations including the Office of Sponsored Programs, NSF IGERT, and served for 20 years in various positions for the English Language Institute. A retirement reception will be held Friday, April 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the CEOAS Administration building on the corner of 26th and Monroe Ave.

Open parking: Open parking no permit required in student/visitor lots March 26-April 6.

Faculty Honors and Recognitions: The Research Office maintains a list of prestigious honors and recognitions, as a resource for all. Please see oregonstate.edu/research/faculty-honors. If you have additions, contact Jana.Zvibleman@oregonstate.edu

NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – SNM program. The program seeks collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/scalable-nanomanufacturing-snm-2010. Deadline to the Research Office: April 23. Information: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Gates Foundation grant: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 9, an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Deadline: May 15, 2012. Full description: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/introduction.aspx. Questions: Martha Coleman, Director of OSU Foundation Relations, Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6961.


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

Information Technology Consultant – Information Services – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0008775. Closes April 4.

Analyst Programmer – Information Services – Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008789. Closes April 6.

Senior Institutional Research Analyst – The Office of Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Senior Institutional Research Analyst position. Posting # 0008 744. Closes April 8.

Accounting Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008767. Closes April 8.

Academic Advisers – College of Business – School of Design & Human Environment invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Adviser positions. Posting # 0008752. Closes April 8.

The Division of Finance and Administration invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Center Manager. Preference may be given to OUS employees.Posting #0008818. Closes April 10.

Analyst Programmer – Information Services – Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008836. Closes April 15.

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. Closes April 16.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time 1.0, 12-month, Associate Dean. The Associate Dean contributes to the academic and administrative responsibilities that are both central and supplemental to the mission of the Graduate School. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting #0008769. Closes April 23.

Traffic and maintenance

Parking spaces closure: Due to the installation of new ADA parking spaces, 10 parking spaces along Jefferson Way, west of 26th Street and the Jefferson Way intersection, will be closed from March 26 through April 16. The southern half of the parking lot at Moreland Hall will also be closed.

SW Ralph Miller Lane closed: Due to construction, SW Ralph Miller Lane and sidewalk will be temporarily closed through April 6.


Corvallis: Courtesy of an OSU Today reader, spring in the Willamette Valley can sometimes feel like this. Chance of rain today is 100 percent (good odds) and a high of about 49 and low of 36.

Central Oregon: Another warm day with possible showers. A 20 percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56 low around 27. South wind 14 to 21 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

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