OSU Today

Thursday, April 12, 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.

Acidity in ocean killed NW oysters, new study says (Seattle Times)

Burke Hales, an Oregon State University chemical oceanographer and the study’s lead author, said they found that the corrosive water was most dangerous just before the oysters developed their shells. (See also: Associated Press, OPB)

Women aren’t as active as men, and it’s making us sick (Jezebel)

We’ve discussed this exact thing very recently, when it was revealed that parents are less likely to make their preschool-aged girls go outside and play. Now it’s looking like that bias has real, long-term health consequences. Oh, and then there’s the fact that women often report they don’t have time to exercise because of the demands of raising their kids. (See also: Discovery News, Marie Claire)

Oregon ag sales hit record $5.2 billion in 2011 (Capital Press)

Oregon agriculture sales topped $5 billion last year for the first time, jumping 19.1 percent from $4.4 billion in 2010 to $5.2 billion in 2011, according to an Oregon State University extension economist.

Fewer large predators proves boon for prey (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The declining wolf population is good news for wolf food, such as deer and moose. But it is disrupting ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere according to researchers at Oregon State University.

Japan’s Tohoku earthquake: 1 year on (The Lancet)

That assessment was echoed by Kathryn Higley, a professor in the department of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University. “From a radiological perspective we expect the impact to be really, really minor”, she said.

Engineer looks forward to making Oregon a safer state (LIFE@OSU)

Ben Mason didn’t have to travel too far north after graduating from University of California at Berkeley to find a new academic home. He arrived at Oregon State eager to continue his work in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering.


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.

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.

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.

Faculty senate agenda: The April 12 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120412.php. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

Hydrophiles Brownbag: Thursday, April 12, 1-2 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room, Hydrophiles Brownbag Co-Sponsored with Mediators Beyond Borders – Informal discussion of water law with renowned lawyer Richard Roos-Collins. Lunch provided. (http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/66392/)

Mediators Beyond Borders: Thursday, April 12, 5-6:30 pm, Owen Hall 103, Developing collaborative solutions to complex, multi-party disputes – case studies in the Klamath Basin and California Bay-Delta, an evening with renowned lawyer Richard Roos-Collins, LLC, Principal, Water and Power Law Group PC. (http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/66326/)

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Relentless Screening: A documentary film, “Relentless,” chronicling a year in the life of the champion Global Formula Racing team will debut in a free public screening in Portland on Wednesday, April 18 at the OMNIMAX Theater at OMSI. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The formula cars will be available for viewing in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., with the 35-minute documentary starting at 7:15 p.m.

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series, 14 Women: Women in Policy will host a free public showing of 14 Women, a documentary chronicling the 109th Congress, which made history by including 14 female senators, through interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, Dianne Feinstein, and others. Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

NEW! Music à la Carte: Mozart’s Magic Flutes, featuring OSU faculty member Jill Pauls, flute, with Debra Harris, flute, and John Jantzi, piano. They perform in the Memorial Union Lounge on Friday, April 13 at noon. Admission is free.

Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU will observe Holocaust Memorial Week April 16-20 with a series of events including a public exhibit of letters from Holocaust survivor Sala Garncarz, a theatrical performance highlighting Garncarz’s struggles in the concentration camp, a talk about the genocide of native peoples and a concert by an acclaimed Native flutist.

Earth Month Film Festival: Economics of Happiness: Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. Free. Sponsored by the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/film-festival

Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness: “What connects us?” author Ana Maria Spagna asks, and she reveals, again and again, the gift of community – easy and uneasy, deep and enduring and essential. Join us for a reading and book signing at the Benton County Public Library on Friday April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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. More information: http://bit.ly/IfpSvu

Lectures and Seminars

Blurring Boundaries Between Reading & Writing: Bob Stein from the Institute for the Future of the Book will give a formal presentation reflecting on what this means for the future of written and published materials. Tuesday, April 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in The Valley Library, Autzen Classroom.

OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: M. Boyd Wilcox will be speaking about, and reading some passages from his new book “Two to Four at the Beanery: A journal of observations, analyses, interviews, and commentary regarding a first-rate ‘Third Place.’” This talk will be at noon Friday, April 13, in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

News for Employees

NEW! Suspicious Person Notice: Oregon State Police are investigating two recent and possibly connected incidents of unwanted physical contact, both occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. on campus. In both instances, a man between 5’10 and 6 feet tall, with dark skin, no facial hair and speaking accented English, approached female students asking for directions. In one instance, the man subsequently followed the student, while in the next, he grabbed the other student, who was able to break free and flee. The suspect in both instances was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. OSP and the university are asking for information pertinent to the ongoing investigation. Contact Sr. Trooper Chris Graves of the OSP University Area Command at (541) 737-3010. If you believe you see this person, do not approach him, but contact the Dept. of Public Safety at (541) 737-3010.

Attention all public employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. Questions can be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.

Smoke-Free: OSU will become a smoke-free campus on Sept. 1, 2012. Learn more about the non-smoking policy, download educational materials, and request printed items to distribute within your department or to visitors who will be coming on campus. Find it all at http://oregonstate.edu/smokefree.

Prom Dresses: Two members of the OSU community are co-chairing a drive by the Vina Moses Center to collect prom dresses and accessories for a giveaway on April 14. Donations may be made to the center at 968 NW Garfield between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Girls interested in the prom dresses should call 541-753-1420 for an appointment.

OUS Employee Benefits Survey: The OUSHealth and Welfare Plan Options Review Committee would like your input on the benefit plans available to employees to help them evaluate the options outlined in SB 242 and guide the committee’s recommendations to the Oregon Legislature. http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/survey.

Drop-in Computer Lab Sessions for the OUS Employee Benefits Survey. Valley Library, Barnard Classroom #5420. April 12th 2pm-4:30pm; April 17 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; April 20 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; April 25 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Tara Rodden Robinson presenting “Overwhelm and Overload Smackdown! The Art and Science of Doing More with Less!” Workloads get heavier and timelines get tighter. Learn how to identify the difference between overload or overwhelm. April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Info: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/

Faculty leadership award: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and service within their department and/or in programs and organizations at the University. Deadline to submit nomination packets is April 30. For details visit http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/awards/karel-murphy Contact Michelle Mahana with any questions.

Member of the Year Award: OSU’s Association of Office Professionals was formed to foster awareness, excellence, and professionalism in the ranks of office personnel. This award recognizes contributions toward these goals by individual members through creative approaches and consistently high performance as a professional in ways that benefit OSU. A nominee must be an active AOP member. Deadline for nominations is April 24. Awards will be presented during the AOP luncheon on May 15th. Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu for the complete award nomination criteria.

Boss of the Year Award: Nominations are requested for the 2012 AOP Boss of the Year Award. This award recognizes creative approaches and consistently superior performance as a supervisor. A nominee must be actively employed in a supervisory capacity at any level. Nominees do not need to be an AOP member. Deadline for nominations is April 24 and awards will be presented as part of the AOP luncheon on May 15. Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu for the complete award nomination criteria.

WIC Lunch Seminar What We Can Learn From Student Assessment: A Comparison of OSU and Our Peers on a National Writing Survey: Every year, the National Survey of Student Engagement surveys students across campuses nationwide to find out what’s going on at their universities. Vicki Tolar Burton will discuss ways in which faculty can leverage this information from students to improve performance in the classroom. Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, Milam 215. Complimentary lunch included. Register now!

Happy Ticket, Happy Face! This week TAPS will be giving out happy tickets to folks following the OSU parking regulations. If you are lucky enough to be a recipient of a happy ticket, stop by our office to enter to win one of three prizes being given away.

Webinar – TAC.FM with Mark Dinsmore (TAC): Friday April 13, 2012 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, Cub Kahn from OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning, will share with his perspective with us on “Effective practices in hybrid courses/blended learning and our OSU hybrid course pilot program.” Register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Memorial Service: A memorial service will be held for Timothy Goman, who was a senior in Computer Science, on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at Saint Anselm of Canterbury, 2615 Arnold Way, Corvallis. Students, faculty, staff, community members and anyone who knew Tim or the Goman family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tim Goman can be sent to the OSU Foundation.

Summer Housing: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. Space is limited so reserve a spot today by calling (541)737-9195 or emailing uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu

Fall 2012 CONNECT: Fall CONNECT 2012 will officially begin on Thursday, Sept. 20. As a result of this shift, move-in days for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. View the CONNECT Week schedule. Questions: Leslee.Mayers@oregonstate.edu. To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide. Questions contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): Start. This program is limited to OSU freshman, sophomores and recent transfer students. Applications are being accepted for Summer term 2012. Deadline: April 16. Guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc-start. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

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.


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

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.

OSU Facilities Services Department, is seeking an experienced Analyst Programmer OSU’s Campus Planning department. This is a full-time, one-year limited duration position. Posting #0008841. 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.

Accounting Technician: Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008767 Closes: April 18.

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.

Executive Assistant to the Dean: The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for the full-time, Professional Faculty position of Executive Assistant to the Dean. See posting #0008850. Closes April 22.

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.

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: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. High near 56. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Central Oregon: Showers likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

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