OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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.

Sperm whale groups may ‘corral deep squid’ (BBC)

Oregon State Professor Bruce Mate from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Oregon led the study. (See also Science News)

Flu lives longer in drier air (USA Today)

The collaboration between  Oregon State University, the National Institutes of Health, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University and Harvard University also found out that flu outbreaks are more likely to start during abnormally dry periods. (See also OPB and KEZI)

Amo DeBernardis, founding president of Portland Community College, dies (Oregonian)

DeBernardis earned a bachelor’s degree in vocational education and a master’s in audiovisual aids and education at Oregon State University, where he also met Jessie Hulery, whom he married.

Portland housing market stabilizes in December, but more worries ahead (Oregonian)

Looking forward, Patrick M. Emerson, associate economics professor at Oregon State University, said the Portland market has worked it’s way through the worst of the housing collapse.

Seamount scientists offer new view of deep-sea mountains (Science Daily)

Scientists from Oregon State University were among those who contributed their expertise in seamount chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology, oceanography, biology and fisheries conservation to this special interdisciplinary effort to delve into the extremely broad research supported by seamounts and to communicate the science and threats facing them to the public.


Today’s food drive events:
Chemistry Bake sale – Gilbert 153.
Silent Auction, B100 Kerr Admin from 2 to 4 p.m. Business Affairs Conference Room. Contact Janet Ekholm for questions.
11:30-1 p.m. Valley Library chili, pasta and salad lunch for only $5. Pick up a warm wooly at the same time, handmade scarves and throws available for purchase to raise money for the food drive. 3rd floor staff lounge behind Willamette. For more details contact Tarron.Anderson@oregonstate.edu

The Faculty Staff/Fitness Program’s Winter Blood Draw takes place today, 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.

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.,  in the McNary Dining Center. Cost is $8 at the door.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! The annual Starker Lecture Series from the College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute kicks off March 4 with “Ecosystem Service Markets: Potential and Pitfalls,” by Sara Vickerman, Senior Director, Biodiversity Partnerships, Defenders of Wildlife, in West Linn, and “Crossing Jurisdictional Boundaries: An Integrated Ecosystem Credit Accounting System and a Standard Credit Issuance Process,” by David Primozich, Executive Director, Willamette Partnership. They will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 107.

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.

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.

David Mas Masumoto, a third generation Japanese American artist farmer, will speak at OSU Friday, Feb. 26. He’ll have an informal presentation from 3 to 4 p.m., in ALS 2001. He will give a formal talk at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The event is a precursor to the Oregon State University Extension Service’s 10th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference on Feb. 27 in Corvallis. For more information see http://beginningfarmers.org/oregon-small-farms-conference-february-27th-in-corvalis/

Difficult Dialogues: Minority Voices and Ways of Knowing in Higher Education is a talk by Libby Roderick, who directs a special program on Alaska Native Ways of Teaching and Learning. She will speak at noon Feb. 26, in MU 208. This is a brown bag session.

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.

A fundraiser for former women’s cross country and track volunteer assistant coach Johanna Olson will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, hosted by Strands. All proceeds will go to Olson to help offset her medical costs. Strands is sponsoring two races. The Tiny Tumor is approximately 3.5 miles, while the Big Tumor is approximately seven miles. The shorter race will begin at 9 a.m., while the longer race will kick off at 9:10 a.m. at Midge Cramer Trail, located just south of the Benton County Fairgrounds. For more information on Johanna, visit http://savejohannasbrain.com. And for more information on the race, visit http://www.strands.com/events/tumorshooter. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the race. The registration fee includes a free training plan, free online training log and free tech shirt. Following the races, there will be raffle giveaways and snacks and beverages.

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/

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. 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

News for Employees

We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by March 8. Please open the link to submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award.

The Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee has drafted a proposal for revisions to the Baccalaureate Core. As announced at the February 2010 meeting of the Faculty Senate, the proposal is available in its entirety at the Faculty Senate website at:
http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/other/bcr/reports/index.html. Opportunities for public discussion within colleges and in campus-wide groups will be ongoing through a comment period ending April 9. Please watch for these sessions and come prepared to share your ideas and suggestions regarding the proposal. After the comment period, the committee will refine the proposal and present it for discussion at the May 2010 meeting of the Faculty Senate. A vote is anticipated at the June 2010 meeting. Individuals are also invited to provide written comments and feedback via the comments form at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/2010_bcr_comments/comment.php.

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.

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


OSU Extended Campus is accepting applications for a full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Duties include providing marketing administrative support for various Ecampus and Summer Session programs. Closes March 8. To apply and for a complete position announcement see:  http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56197

Office Specialist 1, OSU Extension Service – Linn County. F/T, starting at $1894 monthly + benefits. Duties include: performing office reception duties, clerical support to volunteer 4-H program and volunteer Master Gardener program. For complete announcement including minimum qualifications, special requirements/preferences & application materials visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs or contact Employment Services, 122 Kerr Admin Bldg, 15th & Jefferson, Corvallis OR 97331-2132; 541-737-3103; TTY 800-735-1232. Closing date Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Valley Library is recruiting for Library Technician 2 – Circulation. Full-Time, workweek includes weekend hours, $1988-$2706/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005290 Closing Date: March 3. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 2– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), P/T (.75 FTE), $2138-2960/monthly+ benefits. To review posting 0005315 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date is March 1.

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.

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: Today. 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. The posting number is 0005262. 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


Corvallis: Early spring in the Willamette Valley is like nature’s treasure hunt. If you’re on campus today, try to find some of the following things in bloom: A pink rhododendron. A flowering fruit tree. A white hosta. Blue perriwinkle.  Purple daphne. Good luck! Today showers will continue with a bit less force than yesterday. The high will be 53 with an overnight low of 42. Tomorrow there’s a chance of rain, with temperatures hovering around 50.

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

Central Oregon: Expect the rain to clear up by the time you head to work, however keep your umbrella within easy reach as surprising showers may sneak up on you with a high around 45 degrees.  As Langston Hughes once said, “Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Tonight, prepare for temps to get just below freezing with partly sunny skies to follow for Thursday.

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