OSU Today

Thursday, April 26, 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.

Study: Why 30 Minutes of Exercise Each Day is Crucial for Women (Self)

The researchers also studied the participants for signs of depression and metabolic syndrome, which, explains study researcher Bradley Cardinal, professor of social psychology of physical activity at OSU, is a group of health conditions that in combination dramatically raise a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. (See also: South Florida Times, Yahoo)

Grant boosts ethanol research (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Trillium FiberFuels and its research partners at Oregon State University have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to pursue their work on manganese peroxidase, an enzyme that helps break down plant fibers.

OSU wins $90K EPA sustainability award (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University has been awarded a $90,000 grant as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition.

OSU English instructor receives Oregon Book Award (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University faculty member George Estreich won an Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction at a ceremony Monday night in Portland for his memoir, “The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit.”

New public policy faculty has international focus (LIFE@OSU)

Todd Pugatch can’t deny that the rich outdoor opportunities provided by living in the Mid Valley helped draw him to OSU, but more importantly, he says the university’s balance between research and teaching held strong appeal.

Town-and-gown forum draws south campus neighbors, students (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

About 35 gathered for the city of Corvallis-Oregon State University collaboration work groups’ second neighborhood forum.


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.

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.

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.

3-Day OSUsed Store Earth Week Sale: Celebrate OSU Earth Week with extended hours and days at the OSUsed Store. We are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 25-27 at 12 to 4 pm each day. Get your 25% off coupon at Gazette-Times (4/23 or 4/25), our Facebook page or http://tiny.cc/ewcoupon.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series, A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism: Kryn Freehling-Burton (Women Studies) and Norma Cardenas (Ethnic Studies) will host a free public showing of A Crushing Love, which chronicles the lives and achievements of five Latina mothers and activists. Tuesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Bring your Kids to Campus Day is April 27: Bring your Kids to Campus so they can what you do everyday. Campus activities are available for your and your kids including sea anemone lab tour, volleyball, family swim, climbing and much more. Please register in advance: http://oregonstate.edu/childcare/bring-your-kid-campus-day-2012

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.

Sax Quartet: At Music á la Carte, the OSU Sax Quartet will perform on Friday, April 27. The free concert begins at noon in the MU Lounge.

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!

Vegan Film Screening: Vegucated 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.

SAFE Rx Day: Bring unwanted medication, no questions asked, and help reduce suicide, drug abuse and environmental contamination. SAFE Rx day takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the Memorial Union at OSU. Sponsored by: OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services and OSU College of Pharmacy.

OSU Faculty Piano Trio: Featuring Jessica Lambert, violin; Jason Duckles, cello; and Rachelle McCabe, piano, will perform on the Sundays at Three series on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th Street., Corvallis. Free admission.

F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture: As the 2011 Recipient of the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award, Stephen Giovannoni will be presenting “Ancient History: Microbial Origins and the Greening of Earth” on Monday, April 30 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium in OSU’S LaSells Stewart Center. For more information, contact Jill Wells, 541-737-3882.

Women in Science: Educator Sue Rosser will give a talk on careers for women in science on Monday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Rosser’s talk is based on her book, “Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Careers for Women in Science.” A workshop will be held earlier the same day at noon, RSVPs required by emailing kmills@oregonstate.edu.

A Cappella Concert: The German a cappella ensemble Vocaldente will present a free concert at the Whiteside Theatre at 6 p.m., Monday, April 30. The event is organized by the German program at OSU.

Lectures and Seminars

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.

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! Website for OSU/Corvallis Collaboration: The official website for the community-wide planning effort initiated by OSU and the City of Corvallis to address issues related to traffic and parking, neighborhood planning and neighborhood livability is now online: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/collaboration. The website contains general information and upcoming meetings for each of the work groups addressing the three focus areas.

NEW! AOP Spring 2012 Conference: “Spring Into Mental Wellness” May 10, 9 a.m. to noon, Willamette Room East, Library. Cost: $10 for members, $25 for non-members (includes 2012-2013 Membership Fee). Send registration to Ross Jefferys, 118 Ballard Extension Hall. Registration deadline: Monday, May 7.

NEW! Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Round 2: The Gates Foundation has announced the second round of its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge designed to prototype a means of dealing effectively and cost-efficiently with human waste for the 2 billion people on earth who currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. Deadline: May 10. Full description found here. Contact Martha Coleman, Martha.Coleman@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Webinar – TAC.FM: with Mark Dinsmore. Friday April 27, 10-10:50 a.m. This week we will be talking about the use of webinars, what it takes to get started, how to get your microphone or headset enabled, and how to share a presentation. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Webinar – Teaching with PowerPoint with Weiwei Zhang April 27, 3-3:50 p.m. This session covers the common misuse of PowerPoint in teaching and learning, and guides the audience to think critically of the use of PowerPoint. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Final Search Advocate Workshop Series for Spring Term 2012  is next week (May 1/2) – register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/index.php

NEW! Grad/Faculty Workshops: Free workshop on using the ICPSR data sets on 4/30 as part of the OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Spring Workshop series. The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research database is the world’s largest collection of digital social science data.  This workshop is being recorded so the session will be held in Kidder 274. Register: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops

NEW! The Gates Vaccine Innovation Award: The Gates Foundation invites nominations of individuals or groups of individuals who have achieved significant improvements in the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable diseases through immunization. Deadline: August 31. Full description found here. Questions: Martha Coleman,  Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.

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!

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

Equity & Inclusion Forum for Students with Disabilities:We invite all students with disabilities to participate in shaping the direction of OSU’s efforts related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Monday, April 30, Valley Library Willamette Rooms (3rd Floor). 5 p.m. Pizza will be provided. If you cannot participate in person, you may provide comments online.

Faculty Honors: Please help complete and maintain our online list of faculty’s most prestigious national and international recognitions and honors. Include year of each election/award, as well as the URL of your college/unit’s list of honors. Send updates to jana.zvibleman@oregonstate.edu

Ag Sci Newsletter: The Spring edition of The Source, e-newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is now available at: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2012/april

Recreational Sports May 3 Challenge: We are hiding happiness challenges in RecSports issued towels all day. You can also pick up a challenge with a free Pro-Max bar from 6 to 8 p.m. at either entry desk in Dixon Recreation Center. Just a smile and a greeting can turn someone’s day right side up. Help us promote wellness in our community.

LIFE Scholars: The application deadline for the 2012 Summer LIFE Scholars Program sponsored by the Center for Healthy Aging Research has been extended to May 18. Stipends of up to $2,000 are available to OSU undergraduate students for scholarly, creative research in the field of aging. Additional information is available on our website or call Anne Hatley at 541-737-4993.

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


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

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

Accounting Technician: Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008919. Closes: April 29.

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.

Accounting Technician: Business and Engineering Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008955. Closes: May 7.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Coordinator-Web and Interactive Media position. We seek creative initiative with a passion for wellness. Posting #0008971. Closes: May 9.

The Department of Public Safety at OSU is seeking applicants for two Public Safety Officers. These are full time positions. Posting #0008923. 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! Annual Steam Shutdown: Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut down all steam services to campus from June 18-21. This will affect all hot water and heating services.

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: A bit chilly today, with only a high of 56 so be careful trying to warm up. Showers likely, with a low of about 42.

Central Oregon: Looks like we are back to being wet and a bit cold for a few days. Rain likely, mainly before 11 a.m. Snow level 6400 feet lowering to 5400 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 47.

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