OSU Today

Friday, April 6, 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.

How the Mariana Trench Became Earth’s Deepest Point (National Geographic)

“Many other deep trenches are more filled with sediment,” Chris Goldfinger, director of the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University, said in an email. “This one isn’t.”

Heavens above: Severe global warming 55million years ago ‘triggered by changes in Earth’s orbit’ (Daily Mail)

Up to now carbon dioxide’s role was unclear because the Earth began warming before levels of the gas in the atmosphere began to rise. But now Jeremy Shakun from Oregon State University has worked out what happened. (See also: Science 360, SciWhat?)

OSU index measures likely economic shocks (Portland Business Journal)

Dave Berger, an assistant professor of finance at Oregon State University, is lead author on the study, which was published online today in the Journal of Financial Economics. “The index may have important uses for policy makers, money managers and ultimately private investors,” Berger said. (See also: Newsroom America)

The Consequences of Athletes in Bikinis (Freakonomics)

Elizabeth Daniels, (OSU-Cascades) the study’s author, points to the need for more performance images in the mainstream media. (See also: British Psychological Society)

Yet another study links insecticide to bee losses (Science News)

Not everyone is convinced by the Massachusetts field trials. Louisa Hooven, a beekeeper and scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, says that based on the sketchy observations described in the new paper, she finds it hard to be sure that the authors have indeed replicated CCD

Science pub set on air pollution in the West (Albany Democrat-Herald)

An Oregon State University scientist who has monitored air in China and measured pollution from California to the Arctic will address air quality in the West at the Monday, April 9, Corvallis Science Pub.


NEW! TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore. Friday, April 6, 10 to 10:50 a.m. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll follow up on Wednesday’s MediaSpace webinar, and take a look at a few other places on the web that are hosting OSU media. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Motor Pool Lunch: Don’t forget lunch is planned for you every First Friday at the University Motor Pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Menu today: tomato basil bisque soup with grilled ham and Tillamook cheese sandwiches. All the food for this casual event is provided by the staff and donors. Donations accepted at the door. Info: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/motorpool

Upcoming Events

NEW! Corvallis Science Pub: On Monday, April 9, Staci Simonich, professor in the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, will discuss her team’s research on air pollution in the West at the monthly Corvallis Science Pub. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St.

NEW! Harlem Globetrotters: The Globetrotters will play at OSU for the first time in 10 years at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Gil Coliseum. Discounted tickets at 25 percent off are available through April 9 by going here and putting BEAVERS in the promo box. Info: sports.marketing@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Advancement in Academia: A keynote address “Degrees of Freedom: The Seemingly Random Walk of an Academic Ecologist’s Career path,” by Laura Huenneke, vice president for research at Northern Arizona University will be held on Tuesday, April 10, from 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium of OSU’s Linus Pauling Science Center.  A workshop on the issue of female attrition in careers will be held April 9-11. More details available online at http://bit.ly/HQax8q

Summer youth programs: The Youth Summer Programming Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in MU Room 109. Programs represented include: Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Musicafe Rock School, Midway Farms, OSU KidSpirit, 4-H, The Little Gym, OSU Saturday Academy, Corvallis Arts Center , Ashbrook Independent School, OSU Child Development Center, OSU Precollege Programs (including TAG programs and STEM/Saturday Academy), and more. For questions, please contact Childcare and Family Resources, 541-737-4906 or familyresources@oregonstate.edu

Community Outreach Meetings: Work groups addressing issues related to parking and traffic, neighborhood livability and neighborhood planning will host neighborhood outreach meetings on April 9 and 24 as part of the ongoing efforts of the Corvallis-OSU Collaboration Project. The meetings will be held at the Corvallis Senior Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Written comments or requests for information concerning the Corvallis-OSU Collaboration Project can be submitted by contacting Eric Adams, Project Manager, at pm.corvallis.osu@gmail.com

Cosmos documentary: Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium, screening “Journey of the Universe,” a bold, new documentary exploring the human connection to Earth and the cosmos. Narrated by evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme, and produced by historians of religion Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Trailer: http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/

Letters to Sala – A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps Exhibit: In 1940, Sala Garncarz, a 16-year-old Polish Jew, was sent to a Nazi labor camp. The exhibit will highlight her letters, and will also include photos and information on the Holocaust and on Sala’s experiences. The exhibit will run April 2-30, in association with the 26th Annual OSU Holocaust Memorial Week, at the Benton County Public Library.

Woman Citizen Film Series, North Country: Charlotte Headrick, professor of Theatre Arts, will host a free public showing of North Country, the dramatic tale of a Minnesota miner (played by Charlize Theron) who was lead plaintiff in the nation’s first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Talent Show: The 9th annual The Other Side Talent Show and Silent Auction will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the La Sells Stewart Austin Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to view and bid on the Silent Auction items. This event allows the student athletic team or individual to display their “other talents” beyond sports in a competition against other presenters. Suggested donation: $5. Half of proceeds will go to the OSU IMPACT Program. Info: Linda A. Johnson, 541-737-6804.

Socratic Debate: The Socratic Club at Oregon State University will host a debate on the topic, “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?” on Monday, April 9, in Gilfillan Auditorium. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

Auditions: Think you want to try acting? Now is your opportunity. Join the student- directed One Act Festival. Everyone is welcome to audition. There are many roles for men and women in six plays. Some actors may be cast in multiple parts. Auditions are April 10, 4-6 p.m. and April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Withycombe Lab Theatre, room 171.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: April 10, 4 p.m. Speaker: Denise Nemeth, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Effects of Water Availability on Fruit Morphology, Physiology, and Seed Dispersal,” ALS 4000.

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Modeling Community Spring Seminar Series: Sarah Shafer will present “Modeling potential future climate and vegetation changes for conservation and natural resource management” on April 10, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000. Free and open to the public.

NEW! GMO Crop Lecture: Yves Carrière will discuss “Looking back: Environmental impacts of genetically engineered crops,” Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public. Part of the Food for Thought Lecture Series.

The Future of Syria: Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma and consultant to the US Department of State will be discussing why the Syrian Revolt is so different from the others in North Africa; why it is likely to be long and bloody; and why the Alawite dominated regime will be difficult to bring down. Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 125, Monday April 9 at 7 p.m.

News for Employees

NEW! Farewell Reception:  Todd Simmons will be leaving his role at OSU on April 20 to join Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu as the vice president of marketing and communications. You are invited to stop by 416 Kerr Administration Bldg. on Monday, April 16, 3:30 – 5 p.m. to offer Todd your congratulations and say, “Aloha!”

NEW! Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU: The OSU IT Coordination Committee invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on Thursday April 12 (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/359865450

NEW! Spin on Research: A fond send-off of  the Research Vessel that served Oregon State researchers for many years, a welcome the Oceanus – plus the world’s best coconut macaroons, from the  Wecoma’s cook. blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2012/04/05/rv-wecoma-send-off-plus-a-recipe/ 

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women: Works on work-life balance issues, develops material towards a campus anti-bullying policy, brings dynamic speakers about important issues, and more. Seeking interested members now to serve next year. You’re welcome to come to the next meeting to help you decide: April 9, 1 p.m., in the Women’s Center.

Faculty Regalia: Last day to submit Faculty Regalia Order Info is April 16. Submit your request to osubeaverstore.com/faculty.asp

Grad Fair: Grad Fair will be held Tuesday, April 17 & Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

LIFE Scholars: Applications for the 2012 Summer LIFE Scholars Program sponsored by the Center for Healthy Aging Research are now being accepted. Stipends of up to $2,000 are available to OSU undergraduate students for scholarly, creative research in the field of aging. Up to five awards will be made this year. Applications are due on May 4, 2012. Additional information is available on our website or by calling 541-737-4993.

Conversational Skills Follow-Up Sessions: There is still space in two Conversational Skills follow-up workshops: “Enhancing Relationships,” scheduled for April 23, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and “100-Day Projects,” scheduled for May 3, 1-3:30 p.m.. These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU employees, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. For questions, contact Leigh Larkin, leigh.larkin@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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/

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

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.

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.


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

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.

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 11.

Chef de Cuisine – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Professional Faculty – Chef de Cuisine position for Marketplace West. Posting #0008807. Closes April 13.

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.

Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Manager –open to internal employees only. Posting #0008805. Closes April 16.

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 Research Office at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time, Director of Research Integrity. The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Research and is a critical member of the Vice President for Research (VPR) Research Office (RO) leadership team. Posting #0008802. Closes April 18.

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.

Finance Instructor – College of Business is recruiting for a full-time Finance instructor to teach 2012/2013 academic year. Preferred qualifications include, certification in accounting, financial planning or financial analysis, teaching experience at the college or university level and a demonstrable commitment to promoting & enhancing diversity. Posting # 0007284. Closes June 15.

Traffic and maintenance

26th Street Closure: 26th Street including Washington and Jefferson intersections, will be closed on Sat., April 7 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to the Beaver Freezer Triathlon.

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: With sunny weather and highs near 60 expected throughout the weekend, a tribute to nature seems in order through the perspective of the best film of 2011.

Central Oregon: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 35 low near 19. West wind between 7 and 10 mph. 

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