OSU Today

Monday, April 30, 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.

Joyce Carol Oates talks about honorary degrees, her new novel, criticism and her dreams (Oregonian)

Next month, she’ll be in Portland to receive the inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, given by Oregon State University to a major American author who also has been a dedicated mentor to young writers.

Following the Breadcrumbs on the Data-Sharing Trail (New York Times)

In other words, if you subscribe to a magazine, you might reasonably expect to receive offers from magazines owned by the same publishing house, said Nancy J. King, a privacy law expert who is an associate professor at Oregon State University’s College of Business.

OSU is in touch online (Portland Business Journal)

It is now one of the top land-grant universities in the country for online degree programs.

Aigners’ Holocaust memories underline value of eyewitness accounts (Oregonian)

But variables do affect the credibility of firsthand testimony, says Paul Kopperman, a history professor at Oregon State University.

Predators and Plants (Science Update/AAAS)

The howl of the wolf isn’t heard as much as it used to be, and as a result, prey like moose, deer, and elk are thriving.  But according to Oregon State University forestry professor William Ripple, this isn’t a good thing.

Social media guidelines: my top picks (Inside Higher Ed)

OSU’s document frames social media as something that adds value and conversation

Corvallis Writer Debuts Memoir of Boyhood in Revolutionary Iran (KLCC)

Minu-Sepehr, who lives in Corvallis with his two daughters and wife, the poet Karen Holmberg, reads from his new memoir, We Heard the Heavens Then, at Oregon State University Friday evening.


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.

Workshop – Teaching with PowerPoint with Weiwei Zhang: April 30, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Location: Milam 215. This session covers the common misuse of PowerPoint in teaching and learning, and guides the audience to think critically of the use of PowerPoint. Learn more about TAC workshops and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops.

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.

Tweetfest: OSU Superfund Research Program has initiated an Air Quality Tweetfest from April 30 – May 4 for World Asthma Day (May 1) and EPA’s “Be Air Aware” – Air Quality Awareness Week. This an opportunity for OSU to share research, stories, facts, and resources related to air quality on Twitter. We will build community and network while promoting our programs. Use the hashtag #HealthyAir. Info: Naomi Hirsch, naomi.hirsch@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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.

AOP Scholarship: The OSU Association of Office Professionals will award one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2012-13 academic year. For qualifications, go to http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/scholarship. Submissions due April 30 to Cindy Alexis, Arts & Sciences Business Center, 2042 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, or email to cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Changing Nature of Life: Aging, Illness and Disability: Educator and storyteller, Jane Barton, will discuss the many challenging and transformational changes of life and our varied responses to these changes. Her seminar will be held on May 1 in the LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium at 7 p.m.

NEW! Graphic Design Talk: Graphic designer and educator Thomas Ockerse will be speaking as part of the Visiting Artist and Scholars Lecture series on Thursday, May 3 at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.

NEW! 2012 Joint Service Review: OSU’s Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC and Navy ROTC units will be conducting their annual Joint Service Review in the Memorial Union Quad, Friday, May 4, from 10-11 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Major General Roger A. Binder, OSU and AFROTC alumnus.  For more information, please contact megan.ferris@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash: Portland’s favorite annual pet event is May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Dress yourself and your furry friend in Beaver orange and enter the photo contest to win a $50 gift certificate to the OSU Beaver Store. Register today with the code “oregonstate2012” and save $5.25 off your registration.

Lectures and Seminars

Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: May 1, 4 p.m. Speaker: Brooke Peterschmidt, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Foodscaping: Integrating edibles and ornamentals,” ALS 4000.

Corvallis Climate Change Modeling: Community Spring Seminar Series: Wendy Peterman will present “Simulating soil vulnerability to climate change and improving soil input to DGVMs” on May 1, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000. Free, open to public.

News for Employees

NEW! Recycling Tip of the Week: Cartons. There are three types of cartons that are recyclable at OSU: folding-top (e.g. milk), rectangular (e.g. juice boxes) and tetra-pak (e.g. tofu). These are the only plastic-coated paper products that are accepted for recycling. They should be empty and clean to prevent mold/pests and contamination of other recyclables. Place in bins labeled for bottles and cans. See details and images on Campus Recycling’s blog or online recycle guide.

NEW! Digital Music: At the May 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Kevin Patton, OSU Music Department, will present his work in experimental music and multi-media theater. 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.

NEW! Orange Rewards: Join the Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 30 campus restaurants, coffee shops and markets. From April 30 to May 13, the one-time minimum deposit will be reduced from $100 to $25. Future deposits into your Orange Rewards account must be at least $25.

NEW! Host Students: The OSU Homestay Program is looking for community members to host students from Bunkyo University for a weekend homestay program May 4-6 and/or May 18-20. If you are interested in giving an international student an American cultural weekend, please fill out a Homestay Program Host application at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay. Email homestay@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website.

Retirement Counseling: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Financial Counselor, he will be on campus May 1-3. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To sign up, call (800) 732-8353 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. or schedule online, One on One Counseling & Seminars.

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

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.

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

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship: The Research Office is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – IGERT-CIF21 program. This is a new targeted opportunity for research communities to apply for a new track in NSF’s IGERT program as a mechanism to address the training and education needs in computational and data enabled science and engineering and cyberinfrastructure research. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-edcuation-and-research-traineeship-program-cif21. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: May 15.

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.

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.

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.


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

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

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: Don’t let anyone tell you work must always be serious and you can’t have fun. Showers today with a high near 55 and low of 42.

Central Oregon: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind between 13 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

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