OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 26, 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.

Legislature aims millions at Newport science center (Oregonian)

The Hatfield Marine Science Center just got one step closer to realizing its dream of a new Marine Mammal/Marine Genomics Center. Both legislative chambers have unanimously passed House Bill 3643, which shifts $9 million from the Oregon State University’s capital construction budget to the marine mammal project.

State board members debate how to give Oregon universities more freedom (Oregonian)

How much power should state leaders give Oregon’s seven universities if the schools were to become more autonomous public corporations as their presidents have requested? That question is at the heart of policy issues that the State Board of Higher Education’s governance committee wrestled over today and will continue to debate over the coming months.

Long-Reigning Microbe Controlling Ocean Nitrogen Shares the Throne (National Science Foundation)

New research results reported on-line today in a paper in Science Express show that Trichodesmium may have to share its nitrogen-fixing throne: two others of its kind, small spherical species of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria called UCYN-A and Crocosphaera watsonii, are also abundant in the oceans. Angelicque White of Oregon State University is one of the paper’s authors.

Oregon State’s Valley Library offers e-book readers to patrons (EducationNews)

The library has started offering Amazon Kindles, electronic book readers that can store digital books, which are displayed, page-by-page, on a palm-sized screen. (See also LIFE@OSU)

Oregon scientist claims to find link between influenza and the weather (WCBD)

Seasonal flu strikes tens of millions of Americans every year. Its outbreaks have long baffled scientists. But an Oregon researcher may have found a way to forecast the flu.

National survey of colleges reveals importance of branding (EducationNews)

A new paper by Jim McAlexander and Hal Koenig, both marketing professors in Oregon State University’s College of Business, explores brand community in different settings in higher education. The research is in a future issue of the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education. (See also Hispanic Outlook)

Product design innovations reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction (Industry Week)

While the actual cost of design in manufacturing is small — approximately 5 percent on average — the results of the design process dictate 50 percent, or more, of total manufacturing costs, according to David Ullman, professor emeritus of mechanical design at Oregon State University.

Send William Orr your fossils — Or read “Oregon Fossils” (Oregonian)

William Orr and his wife, Elizabeth Orr, are the authors of “Oregon Fossils,” the definitive book on paleontology in the state. A second edition was recently published by Oregon State University Press with tons of new material that reflects recent discoveries and increased scientific knowledge since the first edition in 1999.


Today’s food drive events:
IFSA Intl. Lunch, College of Forestry, contact Terralyn Vandetta at Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5. ALS room 3096 12:00 p.m. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu

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 in MU 208. This is a brown bag session.

Steve Lewis, one of Alaska’s foremost cavers, will speak at 4 p.m. 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.

David Mas Masumoto, a third generation Japanese American artist farmer, will speak at OSU tonight. 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/


Crossroads International provides language learning & friendship to international students & faculty at OSU. Crossroads would like to announce its Fourth annual International Film Festival, every Sunday in February at the Darkside Cinema – beginning Sunday Feb. 7. Three films are featured each week, at 1:30, 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the cinema, $6 for students. Please read about the films and specially priced “Passports” here: http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/crossroads-international-film-festival

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! “Environmental Problems, Cultural Change, and Religious Communities.” Willis Jenkins (Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) will discuss the convergence of sustainable communities, and environmental and theological ethics.  Jenkins is author of Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, and editor of The Spirit of Sustainability.  Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture, and the Department of Philosophy. Free and open to all. March 3, 4 p.m., Kelly Engineering 1001.

NEW! How to Engage Learners Through Course Redesign: An Introduction to the Living Course, March 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Milam 215. To remain cost effective, class sizes continue growing despite research that suggests large classes and the lecture method do not produce long term retention of learning. How, then, can faculty redesign courses to engage their students, particularly in large, entry-level courses? This presentation will introduce one solution using the “living course” concept, a web-based learning platform. It will outline a system that faculty can use to realign learning environments (physical and virtual), pedagogy and learning outcomes to improve student engagement and learning in both large and small classes. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html.

Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Science animal researcher Erica McKenzie will speak at the OSU-Cascades Campus at the upcoming Science Pub, “The Toughest Race on Earth: The Science Behind the Iditarod” on Monday, March 1 at the Three Creeks Brewery in Sisters. The event is free and begins at 6 p.m.

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/

Oregon State University – Cascades Campus’ annual “It’s in the Bag” lecture series continues on March 3 with a presentation titled “Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead – Religion, Pragmatism, and the Ecology of Place.” The lunchtime lecture will be given by Neil Browne, Ph.D. of OSU-Cascades’ liberal studies program. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking. For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on March 3 with “I Am A…” In this film, OSU faculty, students and staff discuss the different ways they identify (i.e. by gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation, political affiliation, race, etc.). They address issues such as what they want people to know about their group; their opinions of others; how they feel about how the media portrays their group and other groups; the triumphs and downfalls of their groups; advice to their groups and their hopes for the future. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know each other better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4381.

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.

National Anthem Auditions for OSU Sporting Events will take place on March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. Register in the Lobby at 5 p.m., and auditions start in the arena at 5:30 p.m. Bring your calendar! A list of possible dates will be provided. For more information contact: Dr. Brad Townsend, Director of Athletic Bands, 541-737-0544, osubands@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through March 1. Information regarding the below awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/.
o Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award
o International Service Award
o D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award
o OSU Academic Advising Award
o OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
o OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
o OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship
o OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award
o Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
o Promising Scholar Award
o Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award
o Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award
o Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Summer Term 2010. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 1. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive

Be a PROMISE Internship sponsor/mentor for this summer’s program! PROMISE is an internship program, which supports the goal of enhancing work force diversity. It provides 10-week, full-time, managerial or technical level paid work experiences to OSU students. The objective of the program is to introduce future OSU graduates to prospective careers with OSU and state government agencies. Details, funding subsidy information and sponsorship applications are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/promise . Sponsorship applications are due by March 15. Questions may be directed to the Office of Community and Diversity at 541- 737-4381.

Do you participate in OSU’s recruitment and selection process for classified and/or unclassified positions? If so, you’ll find the Search Excellence workshop beneficial to understanding OSU’s recruitment and selection policy and procedures, and the roles and responsibilities that are inherent in the process. To register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Climate Change Education Partnership, Phase I (CCEP-I) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ccep.htm NSF – CCEP-I program website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10542/nsf10542.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is March 5, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu . For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

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.


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

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 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.

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Hall: Due to mechanical failure on the swimming pool, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown.   This will affect all classes or events scheduled.  The shutdown is necessary to repair pool plumbing.  The pool will be closed until further notice.


Corvallis: Sometimes rain is just rain. And sometimes, it seems to have its own determined will, focused entirely on getting you soaked. Today’s rain has a bit of that devilish nature to it. But the downpour should disappear by tomorrow, with scattered showers fading into partly sunny skies by Sunday. Today’s high will be 55 with a low of 44. The weekend will remain in the 50s.

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

Central Oregon: It looks like it’s time to bust out those windbreakers and umbrellas as rain clouds and wind gusts are storming in.  Highs around 48 degrees and a low near 33 may make it easier to weather the storm for the next couple days as sunny skies are expected late in the weekend. Keep in mind, in the words of Sylvia Voirol, “Rainbows apologize for angry skies.”

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