OSU Today

Friday, May 4, 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.

“Grimm” public service announcement; ancient bat fly found in amber; fleas and dinosaurs (Oregon Live)

At Oregon State University, George Poinar Jr., professor emeritus of zoology, has been busy on what some would think grim, but not “Grimm,” research. (See also: Fox News)

Editorial: OSU is a source of stability in downturn (Daily Astorian)

We are especially fortunate to have OSU in our midst. In an economic downturn, its presence is a source of stability.

Zumwalt Cooperation (Oregon Field Guide)

A new study by Oregon State University shows low to moderate levels of grazing does not harm the survival of ground nesting birds.

Dinosaur Fleas Were Extra Large, Couldn’t Jump (Huffington Post)

George Poinar Jr., a professor emeritus of zoology at Oregon State University, said in a statement. “We can be thankful our modern fleas are not nearly this big.” (See also: Scientific American)

Battle of the sexes: Who is the most fit? (KVAL)

Researchers with Oregon State University said that the women’s lack of physical activity puts them at risk for metabolic syndrome.

OSU weekend schedule is packed (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is hosting several events this weekend, May 4-6, with Moms Weekend activities Friday through Sunday, Pet Day and the Hui-O-Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Club lu’au on Saturday, and the Spring Festival on Sunday.

Forgiveness (OPB Think Out Loud)

OSU student Arwen Bird is one of the guests on this episode.


NEW! Free Lunch: First Friday means free lunch at the University Motor Pool. We’re serving tortilla soup (beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, onions) topped with grilled corn tortillas and shredded cheese between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted.

Moms Weekend: Entertainment, athletic events, food and other activities are on tap this May 4-6 for the annual Moms Weekend celebration which features literally dozens of events, including tours of campus facilities, Pac-12 Conference baseball and softball games, workshops, booths, films and other entertainment. Info: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/momsweekend

Music à la Carte: OSU’s Clarinet Mafia and the Double Reed Ensemble perform in the Giustina Gallery at LaSells Stewart Center on Friday, May 4 at noon. Admission is free.

Pre-Retirement Workshop: May 4 from 3-5 p.m., Memorial Union room 213, OSU faculty and staff who plan to retire within the next few years are encouraged to participate in this workshop. The workshop, facilitated by Clara Pratt, will be an engaging exploration of the physical, psychological, and social aspects of retirement.

OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Lisa Price will be giving a talk titled “The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women and Orphan Children’s Food and Livelihood in Rural Africa,” on Friday May 4 at noon in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

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.

Webinar: TAC.FM with Mark Dinsmore, Friday May 4, 10-10:50 a.m. This week we’ll take a quick look at screen recording with tools like Adobe Captivate, Jing and Camtasia, and how to give your students access to your recordings. Learn more: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars

Plant Sale: 2-5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, cash and checks accepted only. At the east Greenhouse. Variety of plants by OSU Horticulture Club offered.

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


Music for 18 Musicians: The Between the Cracks Series, CLA and The Arts Center present: “Music for 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich conducted by Bob Brudvig at 7 p.m. Sat., May 5. Featuring Sonic Possibilities Ensemble with OSU students. 101 Benton Hall, room 202. Students free with ID. Art Center Members $5. All others: $10 at the door.

Pet Day: This Saturday, May 5, the College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its annual Pet Day on campus. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Macgruder Hall, the college will open its doors to two- and four-legged visitors for tours, demonstrations, exhibits and socialization.

Lu’au: Hui-O-Hawaii with the Polynesian Cultural Club hosts its 57th annual Lu’au at Gill Coliseum. Saturday, May 5, 5 p.m. and includes dinner, a show and a concert. Advance tickets are priced at $25 for all three; or $20 for just the show and concert; they are available in advance this week on the brick mall adjacent to the Memorial Union quad from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LGBTQ Alumni: OSU’s LGBTQ Alumni Group will hold its first event at 7 p.m. Sun., May 6, at LaSells Stewart Center’s C&E Auditorium. The group’s inaugural event will be a free screening of the 2011 film “Judas Kiss.” A Q&A session with the film’s producer Carlos Pedraza will follow.


NEW! Dimensions of Diversity: Hudson Taylor champions gay rights and wrestles in the NCAA. A dinner will be held on May 6 in MU 109. Doors open at 5 p.m. for this ticketed event. Tickets Are free to all Students, Faculty, and Staff! Get Yours at Snell 149.

International Spring Festival: ISOSU is hosting the annual Spring Festival. Come taste international cuisine, engage in cultural booths, live entertainment by students and professional, and more! Free event open to all. Sunday, May 6 in the MU Quad from noon to 4 p.m.

Shakespeare Auditions: Open auditions will be held for OSU’s Bard in the Quad production of “The Taming of the Shrew. The auditions will be held in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 6 and 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7. Tryouts open to all. For additional information, call 541-737-2853 or George Caldwell, 541-737-4627.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Joyce Carol Oates: Celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates will give a free public talk in Corvallis on Wednesday, May 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Oates is the recipient of the inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.

NEW! “La Mission” Film Screening: Join us for a screening of “La Mission,” May 9, 8 p.m. at Arnold Dining Center; free admission and snacks. “La Mission,” starring Benjamin Bratt, depicts the story of Che, an old-school low-rider who struggles to understand his son’s sexuality. Part of Pride Week 2012 and co-sponsored by the UHDS CRF Program, RHA, APCC and CCCC.

NEW! Women of Achievement: Please join us for the 2012 Women of Achievement awards on Wednesday, May  from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the MU Lounge. We will be honoring the passion and dedication of five exemplary women. Light refreshments will be provided. Info: mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Book Review: “Mink River” by Brian Doyle will be reviewed by OSU’s John Larison at noon Wednesday, May 9 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. http://corvallis.libguides.com/random

NEW! Stephen Giovannoni: Distinguished Professor Lecture. May 9, 10:30 a.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on our faculty.  Join us in welcoming Giovannoni as a 2012 Distinguished Professor at his lecture titled: “Small Game Hunting: Pursuit of the Dominant Oceanic Bacterioplankton in OSU’s High Throughput Cultivation Laboratory.”

NEW! Andrew Blaustein: Distinguished Professor Lecture. May 9, 2 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on our faculty.  Join us in welcoming Blaustein as a 2012 Distinguished Professor at his lecture titled: “Confronting Controversy in Science, the Biodiversity Crisis and Kermit’s Dilemma.”

Debate: The Socratic Club at Oregon State University will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is Christianity anti-Science?” on Monday, May 7, in LaSells Stewart Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

International Reporting: Monday, May 7, 4–6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 213, Kevin Drew, editor & correspondent for The New York Times Hong Kong Bureau, will be speaking on the topic of “International Reporting: A View from Hong Kong.”

Celebrating OSU Authors: May 8, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., The Valley Library Rotunda, main floor. OSU faculty members publish, on average, over 40 books each year. A special reception with readings by authors from various colleges will present their work at this year’s event.

Pride Week Film Screening: Director Dan Merchant is joining during Pride Week to screen his film “Lord Save Us From Your Followers.” This film discusses many topics and how people feel about Christianity. 7-9:30 p.m. May 8, in MU 208. Free.

Woman Citizen Film Series: “Triangle Fire: The Tragedy that Forever Changed Labor and Industry.” Anita Guerrini, Professor of History, will host a free showing of Triangle Fire, which explores the fire that killed 148 young working women in 1911 and the subsequent activism that changed government’s role in shaping working conditions in the U.S. Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Lectures and Seminars

Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: May 8, 4 p.m. Speaker: Kristin Pool, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Small Grain Production: A Generation of Lost Knowledge,” ALS 4000.

News for Employees

NEW! Free Electronic Notetaking/Annotating Workshop: On May 7 from 4-5 p.m. as part of the OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Spring Workshop series. Interested in transitioning to a more electronic reading and annotating workflow? Tools discussed will include desktop and mobile options, such as Evernote, iAnnotate, Mendeley, Microsoft OneNote, Note Taker HD, Zotero and EndNote.

NEW! Dreyfus Foundation: The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is accepting applications for the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry. Deadline: August 20. Applications should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Guidelines: http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/postdoctoral_program.shtml Information: Debbie Delmore, (541) 737-8390.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program: Wed., May 9, noon–1 p.m. in Furman 101. Pizza lunch workshop featuring Patti Watkins speaking on “Fat Studies: Teaching About Weights as a Social Justice Issue.” Reservations by noon Friday, May 4 at: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4952

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.

The Oregon Community Foundation Community Grants program: The Research Office is requesting letters of intent for the OCF – Community Grants program. The program is seeking proposals that engage communities in addressing local issues. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/community-grants. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Research Office deadline: May 24.


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

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.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0008983. Closes May 11.

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.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency level 3 position. Posting #0008968. Closes May 18.

Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking applicants for a Cultural Programs Coordinator position in the Student Events and Activities Center, full-time, posting #0008974. Closes May 18.

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

Harrison Boulevard: The City of Corvallis Public Works Department will replace aging parts of the storm water system on NW Harrison Boulevard, between NW 30th and NW 34th Streets. This project will have occasional and temporary impacts on traffic between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 1 through May 25. Info: 541-766-6916.

Cordley Hall: On May 5, all electrical services to the southeast corner of Cordley Hall will be temporarily shut down.

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.


Corvallis: Chilly today, with a high of only 55. Things are looking up for the weekend though.Sunny and highs around 60 on Saturday, and getting even warmer on Sunday.

Central Oregon: Scattered rain and snow showers, high of about 47 today. Sunshine returns by Saturday and Sunday.

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