OSU Today

Tuesday, April 24, 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.

OSU’s new ag dean plans to meet with farmers, ranchers (Capital Press)

Dan Arp, new dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, has been at OSU for 22 years. And he’s been to the four corners of the state.

Authorities investigate death at sorority house (KVAL-TV)

Authorities are investigating the death of an Oregon State University student found dead at a sorority house near campus. (See also: OregonLive, KEZI)

Increasing forest biodiversity could inhibit pine beetle plague (Bits of Science)

Today Timothy Schowalter, Entomology Professor at Oregon State University, shared some of his thoughts in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, brought to us by the Entomological Society of America. Always happy to raise an impact factor.

Record Setting Ag Year (Ag Info)

Newly released statistics from Oregon State University show that agriculture and fisheries rebounded quite well after some down years during the recession.

OSU unveils new maps of Oregon ocean (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University unveiled new maps of Oregon’s coastal sea floor, the result of a multi-year project funded by state and federal sources to inform efforts including planning for marine reserves, fisheries management and wave energy sites.

(Re)building Community (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Eric Hansen, an associate director of University Housing & Dining Services, said OSU officials are working on it, but there are no easy solutions.


NEW! Tuesday Earth Week Events: Annual Community Fair runs 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Quad. Film: A Delicate Balance shows 3 to 5 p.m. in MU Room 206. Vegetable Container Gardening Workshop takes place 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center. FireWorks: The Making of a Sustainable Restaurant takes place 8 to 9 p.m. at FireWorks.

NEW! Remediation and the Course of Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup: A public forum with US DOE Hanford nuclear remediation expert Kevin Leary. Leary, a graduate of OSU, has over 30 years of experience in the environmental field as both a hydrogeologist and a soil scientist. His talk will take place April 24 in the Crop Science Building, Room 122 at 5 p.m.

Pauling Peace Lecture: Activist David Cobb will give the 2011 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. The title of the free talk is “Corporate Personhood: The Legal Doctrine that Perverts the Promise of Democracy.”

Woman Citizen Film Series, The Hours: Anita Helle, Professor of English, will host a free public showing of The Hours, a 2002 film starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore following three women of different generations whose lives are connected by Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Kitchen Confidence: Cook like a Pro: Please join the Confidence Conference and UHDS ‘ culinary team at a free workshop on Tuesday, April 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. to learn, prepare, and best of all, taste a three-course Asian meal prepared with inexpensive ingredients from Cascadia market. Space is limited, so please Register HERE.

Community Outreach Meetings: Work groups addressing issues related to parking/traffic, neighborhood livability and planning will host an outreach meeting on April 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 can be submitted by contacting Eric Adams at pm.corvallis.osu@gmail.com

Health Professionals Career Fair: The Health Professions Career Fair will connect students with representatives of nearly 50 health professions schools from across the country. The fair will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Contact: 737-4811 or science@oregonstate.edu.

Styrofoam Recycling: Personal and departmental Styrofoam blocks, sheets and packing peanuts will be accepted for free recycling next Tuesday, April 24 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the middle of the Memorial Union Quad (during the Earth Week Community Fair). Styrofoam food trays, packaging and cups will NOT be accepted. For more information, email Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu.

Boss of the Year: Only a few more days to turn in your nominations for the 2012 AOP Boss of the Year Award – due Tuesday, April 24. This award recognizes creative approaches and consistently superior performance as a supervisor. Award will be presented on May 15. Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu for the complete award nomination criteria.

Corvallis Climate Change Modeling Community Spring Seminar Series: Andreas Schmittner will present “Global Earth System Modeling with a focus on long (centennial to millennial) time scales” on April 24, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000.

Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: April 24, 4 p.m. Speaker: Laurie McKenzie, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Biochar: An Ancient Practice Revived,” ALS 4000.

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. A nominee must be an active AOP member. Deadline for nominations is April 24. Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu for the complete award nomination criteria.

Graduate Student and Faculty Workshops: this week at the Valley Library include Web of Science (4/24), IRB Submissions (4/25) and Basic EndNote (4/25). Save your seat and check out the full workshop offerings at: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Administrative Professionals: Administrative Professionals Day is April 25, established by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. In honor of all administrative professionals, the McKenzie Chapter of IAAP, is holding its 2012 Seminar and Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24, open to both members and the public. To register, go to 2012 Administrative Professionals Day. Contact Tracey Painter , 737-6794.

Native Plant Sale: The OSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences Relay for Life Team will be selling native plants from SevenOaks Native Nursery. Look for us at the annual Earth Week Community Fair on Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the OSU MU Quad.

How to Ace Your Interview: Adry Clark will present on how to prepare for your interview and how to make a great impression. She will present on April 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder Hall Room 274. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Resume Mania: Bring your resume to have it reviewed in a speed resume format on an individual basis in a fun and exciting environment with Employers and Career Services Staff. April 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. located in B008 Kerr Administration Building. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Online Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Self-Study Forum: As we wrap up our campus self-study forums, we would like to extend two e-options to provide ideas and feedback. The first is a web-based forum using Adobe Connect, April 24 from 2-4 p.m. The second is an online survey, and may be accessed at any time. This link will be live through the end of April.

Cayuse 424 Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 proposal system on April 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. in MU 211. Any interested faculty/staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 25. Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Sax Quartet: Music á la Carte has had a change in performers for Friday, April 27. Instead of Synergy, the OSU Sax Quartet will perform. The free concert begins at noon in the MU Lounge.

NEW! Radical Enlightenment and the French Revolution: Jonathan Israel, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study/Princeton, will discuss the notion that ‘la philosophie’ and the Radical Enlightenment was the only ‘big’ cause of the French Revolution. Join us on Thursday, April 26, 4 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! 2012 Confidence Conference: The event is full of presentations, workshops, and conversations all about building confidence and learning new skills. We have everything from “Building a Better Body Image” to a Drag 101 workshop; learn skills about managing your personal finances and creating your confidence community. Friday, April 27; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Register and get more info here!

NEW! Vegan Film ScreeningVegucated is a fun documentary about a few meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who try veganism for one month. Stay after the film for the vegan resources fair and take home samples of food. Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Initiative. Free, open to the public. Film starts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 in Gilfillan Auditorium.

NEW! Iranian Memoir Reading: Aria Minu-Sepehr will read from “We Heard the Heavens Then,” his debut memoir of a boy in revolutionary Iran, on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda.

Sexy, Confident Communication: The Confidence Conference workshop will feature SHAG for a conversation and workshop aimed at increasing confidence in using communication techniques by learning new communication techniques on how to talk to partners about boundaries, desires, needs, etc. Thursday, April 26; 5-6:30 p.m.; Pride Center. More info HERE.

Panel Discussion on Women in Research/Policy: Sponsored by Women in Science and Women in Policy, the discussion on “Breaking down the wall: communication at the interface of environmental policy and science” will feature Susan Allen, Dr. Nicole Duplaix, Dr. Lisa Ganio, and Sarah Higginbotham. April 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. in MU 109. Light reception to follow event.

Dance with Confidence: Join Jessica Armstrong, Women’s Center Staff Member and bellydancing instructor, to learn some basic movements and how you can use this dance form into your confidence repertoire. Wednesday, April 25; 4-6 p.m.; Women’s Center. More info HERE.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Eric T. Jones will give a talk titled “Anthropological Experiences on Wild Plant Harvesting Cultures and Management,” on Friday April 27 at noon in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

NEW! Speech Communication Colloquium: Friday, April 27, 4 p.m. Shepard 101. Trischa Goodnow will present current research titled “The Professor and Mary Ann: Students’ Expectations of University Professors’ Gender.” Results of survey research will be shared that indicate incoming university students often expect professors to fit a stereotype.

News for Employees

NEW! WIC Lunch Seminar: Help Your Students Claim Their Professional Identity: Using Stories from the Field, Marjorie Coffey and Susan Meyers will describe how literacy narratives, autobiographical accounts of successful journeys made from student-to-professional, can be used in the classroom. Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27 – Milam 215. Complimentary lunch (pizza and beverages) included. Register now!

NEW! Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is April 27 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Spring Term 2012. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! College GameDay: Help OSU land an ESPN GameDay Commercial by voting here: http://www.gamedayvote.com/

Pacific Region Compost Facility Tour: See the facility where yard debris & food waste from OSU & Corvallis are composted, including the various steps of the process, equipment used & how it all works. The tour will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Register by April 25: http://tiny.cc/prctour2012. Learn more about Earth Week.

Rural Sustainability: At the April 26 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Hannah Gosnell will discuss her research on natural resources and rural communities. 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 to reserve a lunch.

Housing for Interns/Scholars: Need housing during the academic year for a conference, intern or visiting scholar? UHDS Residential Conferences is happy to once again offer housing during the academic year starting Sept. 2012 in Finley Hall. Rates for conference groups and scholars and interns can be found at www.oregonstate.edu/uhds/conference-housing. Reserve: 737-9195 or email uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu

Diversity Workshop: Pre-registration for a workshop on community building is now available. This workshop on “Welcoming Diversity, Valuing the Differences Among Us” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 14 in MU 206. Participants will go through a series of interactive exercises and conversations to identify and understand the impact of oppression and oppressive behavior.

The Baccalaureate Core Committee invites comment from all faculty on the plan to pilot usage of the electronic Student Evaluation of Teaching as part of data-collection for Category Review and Baccalaureate Core assessment. The pilot will apply to all Spring 2012 sections of all Synthesis courses. The comments box and an outline of the plan are at: http://oregonstate.edu/senate/.

Financial Consultations: Fidelity Representative will be on campus April 25, May 15, and June 5 for One-on-One Financial consultations. To register, please visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations or call 800.642.7131

Shifting Saving to Spending — Transitioning to Retirement: April 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. Visit the OSU Professional Development website. Presented by: John Harris, Fidelity

PERS Early Career Workshop: April 25, 1-2:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. For new employees and employees that became members of the PERS pension program on/after August 2003. Visit the OSU Professional Development website.

PERS 1-year to Retirement Workshop: April 25, 3-5 p.m., MU Journey Room for Tier 1 & 2 members. Visit the OSU Professional Development website.

Student Engagement Data: Join Rebecca Sanderson for an informative session on “How Are We Doing? Putting the National Research on OSU’s Students to Work” from 2-4 p.m. April 25 in Milam 215. Anyone who works with students will be interested in this data on student engagement and experiences. Register here.


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

The Malheur County Extension Office in Ontario, Ore. are accepting applications for a part-time Program Representative 2. Posting #0008939. Closes April 24.

Accounting Technician: Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008920. Closes: April 24.

Accounting Technician: Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008919. Closes: April 24.

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

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

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a Residential Conferences and Building Services Coordinator, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0008944. Closes May 2.

University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a Food Service Worker 3 position. Posting # 0008945. Closes May 2.

Extension Administration invites applications for a full-time, 12-month classified Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #0008715. This is an internal search and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closes May 4.

Survey Research Center, Department of Statistics invites applications for a part-time, 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0008858. Closes May 5.

The Department of Public Safety at OSU is seeking applicants for two Public Safety Officers. These are full time positions. Posting #008923. Full consideration: April 25. Closes May 9.

The University Library is accepting applications for a full-time Library Technician 1. Posting #0008956. Closes May 10.

The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment. Posting #0008844. Closes May 13.

The Academic Success Center is hiring ALS course instructors for four sessions of the summer bridge programs. Complete position descriptions, session dates and application instructions are at http://success.oregonstate.edu/employment-opportunities. Closes May 18.

Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society is hiring two Research Associate Post Doc positions in tree floral biology/biotechnology and outreach. Posting #0008912 & #0008910. Full consideration: May 14. Closes June 4.

College of Business is recruiting for a full-time Finance instructor to teach 2012/2013 academic year. Posting # 0007284. Closes June 15.

Information Services – Media Services Central Web Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Project Manager-Business Analyst position. Posting # 0008908. Closes June 30.

Advancement Records Specialist: This position is responsible for accurately entering and maintaining a large range of corporate contact and biographical information. Go to the Foundation’s website to see minimum requirements and a full job descriptions. Apply to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, OSU Foundation.

Graphic Designer: This position is responsible for creating a variety of printed and electronic communication materials to convey the key messages of the OSU and the Foundation. Go to the Foundation’s website to see minimum requirements and a full job descriptions. Apply to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, OSU Foundation.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 26th Street Closure: Due to work associated with the Native American Cultural Center Project, 26th St/ between Jefferson Way and the Dixon Rec Center will be temporarily closed at the Moreland Parking Lot on April 30.


Corvallis: Sometimes you just can’t worry about the weather. Cloudy today, and considerably cooler with a high near 65 and a 20 percent chance of rain. Low tonight should be about 50.

Central Oregon: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Southwest wind between 3 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

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