OSU Today

Monday, April 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.

Ocean Coral has Herpes (Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

Clip of video transcript from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

City Club hosts OSU president (Bend Bulletin)

According to a new study, findings show Oregon State University’s contributions to the economy now total $2.06 billion, with more than $1.93 billion staying in the state.

iPad app helps mariners save endangered right whales (Forbes)

Right whales, which live along North America’s east coast from Nova Scotia to Florida, are the most endangered whale species with only about 400 left in the North Atlantic and 60 left in the North Pacific, according to the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Charges weighed after crash kills Corvallis man (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The crash killed driver Colton J. Fettig, 22, of Corvallis. State police said Saturday that Fettig was an Oregon State University student who spent summers working construction in Alaska and was visiting friends.

Increasing carbon dioxide levels ended the last ice age (Christian Science Monitor)

In a finding that offers a response to those skeptical about human-caused global warming, researchers from Harvard University, Oregon State University and other institutions reported in the journal Nature that rising temperatures followed increases in carbon dioxide.

The slacker’s guide to a great lawn (Consumer Reports)

As interest in eco-friendly lawns continues to grow, the lawn-mower bag is becoming less necessary. “Ninety-nine percent of the time you’re better off mulching,” says Rob Golembiewski, turf-grass specialist at Oregon State University.

Stop? Go? States shape dilemma of yellow light (The Columbian)

And it’s at least partially complicated by divergent traffic rules from state to state, according to Oregon State University researchers.

Workshops set to prepare Oregonians for what to expect with Japan tsunami debris (Oregonian)

SOLV, Surfrider Foundation, the CoastWatch program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, and the Washed Ashore Project are partnering with Oregon Sea Grant Extension to sponsor information sessions featuring staff from Oregon State University Extension, Oregon Sea Grant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program beginning next week.

Workshop to help tenure quest (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is hosting a workshop Monday through Wednesday, April 9 to 11, to provide the skills, strategies and knowledge necessary to successfully advance in a tenure-track position, especially in biology, ecology and Earth system sciences.


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.

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

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.

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/

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.

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.

Webinar – Blackboard Basics: Monday April 9, 2012 3-4 p.m. This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Upcoming Events

NEW! PTSD talk: Former US Army sniper Bryan Adams will talk about his struggle with PTSD in a talk entitled, “From Combat to College: my personal struggle with PTSD,” on April 12, 6:30 p.m., MU 109. His talk is part of the “What’s on Your Mind?” speaker series is sponsored by the OSU Division of Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Center Health Promotion, Healthy Campus Initiative, and the students of Active Minds at OSU.

NEW! PeaceJam event: Nobel laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel will visit campus April 13-15, where he will call on Northwest high school students, teachers and OSU students to create a better world through community service and global action. Pérez Esquivel will give a free public talk on Friday, April 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the MU ballroom. He will speak on “Peace as the Grand Revolution.” Doors open at 7 p.m., when Eugene band Krishna and Friends will perform. For more information: http://bit.ly/IfpSvu

NEW! Book review: “Country Driving: A Journey from Farm to Factory” by Peter Hessler will be reviewed by OSU’s Staci Simonich at noon April 11, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. http://corvallis.libguides.com/random

NEW! Webinar – Using Social Media in the Classroom: Tuesday April 10, 2012 3-3:50 p.m. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.) permeates many aspects of our daily lives, so why not the classroom as well? This session touches on the use of social media in higher education today and offers some ideas of how you might utilize it with your students in your own classes. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Webinar – Powerpoint Multimedia I: Wednesday April 11, 2012 1-1:50 p.m. Learn the difference between linking and embedded audio and video in PowerPoint and how to improve the performance of your presentations playback. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

New! Workshop – Beyond Blackboard Basics: Wednesday April 11, 2012  11:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Location: Kidder 274. 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. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Recycling Tip of the Week: Plastics. Plastics are recyclable at OSU if they come in one of four shapes: bottles, jugs, tubs and jars. These containers should be empty and clean to prevent mold/pests and contamination of other recyclables. Not accepted in recycling bins are plastic bags/wrap, to go containers, cups, utensils or Styrofoam. Arrangements can be made to recycle these materials. See images and full details on Campus Recycling’s blog or online recycle guide.

NEW! Marys River Watershed: At the April 12 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Xan Augerot, executive director of the Marys River Watershed Council, will discuss the council’s efforts in education and habitat improvement. 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.

NEW! OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities: The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities is accepting nominations for the 2012 award which recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who promote their participation on campus. Deadline: May 15. Review the award criteria and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

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

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

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/

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/


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

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.

Facilities Services Department, is seeking an experienced Analyst Programmer. This is a full-time, one-year limited duration position. Must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Posting #0008841. 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.

Internship Coordinator – The Environmental  Sciences Undergraduate Program at OSU  invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Internship coordinator – Academic advisor position.  Posting #0008792.  Closes April 16.

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.

Academic advisor – The  Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program at OSU  invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting #0008828. Closes April 24.

Accountant 1, Health Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008875. Closes April 26.

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.

INTO Oregon State University has an immediate need for an International Admissions Assistant. The purpose of this position is to manage the student admissions and enrollment processes in an effective and efficient manner. This is a temporary position, pay rate is $12.00 per hour. Please forward cover letter, resume, and 3 references to into.hr@oregonstate.edu for immediate consideration.

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.


Corvallis: Cloudy skies today with a chance of rain after 11 a.m. High should be around 65, with low temperature tonight at 44.

Central Oregon: The sun and warmth is finally here, best enjoy while it lasts. Partly sunny, with a high near 64 low near 40. Light wind becoming south between 10 and 13 mph.

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