OSU Today

Monday, March 1, 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.

Tsunami hits Hawaii with three-foot waves (National Geographic)

Their energy comes from the earthquake itself, said Solomon Yim, interim director of the Hinsdale Wave Research Facility, at Oregon State University. “The power is generated because a large column of water has been lifted up or dropped down,” he said. “This huge volume contains a lot of energy.” (See also Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Tsunami magnitude difficult to predict (LA Times)

Tsunami expert Harry Yeh of Oregon State University said the forecasters had to err on the side of caution. “Even if they knew deep in their heart that it probably wouldn’t be large, it could be large,” he said. “If they lost one life [because they underestimated the size of the tsunami], that would be a problem.” (See also KGW and this follow up in National Geographic)

Ocean’s power harnessed? Wave bouy tests theory (KATU)

Columbia Power Technologies tested one of its newest wave energy buoys in one of Oregon State University’s labs.

State OKs money for Oregon marine mammal center (Register-Guard)

Before adjourning its special session, the state Legislature approved a bill that shifts $9 million from Oregon State University’s capital construction budget to help fund a project at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. (See also KEZI and Newsday)

Whale hunts: Discussings on lifting ban (US News & World Report)

Member states can also issue reservations on the species covered by the moratorium, which includes all cetaceans listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species as being endangered with extinction or threatened with becoming endangered. CITES put all great whales on this list. “Several countries [including Japan] made reservations, so presumably that allows them to engage in commercial trade,” notes Scott Baker, associate director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute.

Suit seeks to bar genetically modified sugar beets (Houston Chronicle)

“It will be a big problem,” if the injunction is granted, said Carol Mallory-Smith, professor of weed science at Oregon State University. “The industry really had converted to this.” (See also ABC News)

Bollywood — Full of attitude (Gazette-Times)

It’s the latest fitness class offered by the Faculty/Staff Fitness program at Oregon State University. It’s the first time the class has been offered and it filled quickly.

E-book readers debut at Oregon State (Converge)

OSU’s Valley Library loans out Amazon Kindles to patrons. (See also KVAL)


Neha Neelwarne will speak about women’s experiences in India at the Women’s Center at noon today as part of a series of international women speakers honoring International Women’s Day, which takes place March 8. Chai will be served.

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” 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,”  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/

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Harriet Forest Moore holds two “firsts” for Oregon State.  She was the first graduate to earn a Masters Degree in Education when she completed her MS in Vocational Education in 1924.  Thirty-plus years later, in 1961, she was appointed the first University Archivist for Oregon State University, a position she held until her retirement in 1966.
JoAnne Trow will speak about the history of women at OSU on March 30, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., in La Raza Room, 208 Memorial Union. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/wage/celebrating-history-women-osu-dr-jo-anne-trow

Upcoming events

NEW! International Women’s Lunch Bunch, March 1, 3, 8 and 10 at noon, Women’s Center. International Women’s Lunch Bunch is in celebration of Women’s HerStory Month and International Women’s Day. Participants can bring their own lunches and eat at the Women’s Center while listening to International women share the status of women in their countries. A beverage from their respective country will be served at each event.
List of speakers and countries represented:
March 1: Neha Neelwarne – INDIA (Chai)
March 3: Fatimah Alburi – SAUDI ARABIA (Arabic Coffee)
March 8: Cynthia Maharani, INDONESIA
March 10: Tawalin Opastrakoon, THAILAND

NEW! The Power Up Challenge triathalon will be held March 7 in Dixon Recreation Center. To register, go to www.oregonstate.edu/recsports and fill out a form, which must be dropped off at the Rec Services desk in Dixon by March 4.  The forms are also available at the Rec Services desk.

NEW! The OSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Chapman, will present “Cathedrals” on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty will be admitted for free with their OSU ID. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

NEW! Coffee and Spice and Everything Nice takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2 at the Women’s Center. This event is a Graduate Women’s Network event at the Women’s Center. Graduate women are welcome to come and celebrate the end of another hectic term as a grad student relax and chat with other grad students over hot drinks and sweet treats.

NEW! Joy Jars takes place at noon March 4 in the Women’s Center. This program is a part of the Women’s Mental Health Series put on by the Women’s Center. This particular workshop will focus on creativity and empowerment. Participants will make a special jar that can make their day whenever they need a pick me up.

NEW! OSU Chamber Winds, directed by Christopher Chapman, will perform on Thursday, March 4 at the First Christian Church, 602 S.W. Madison Ave. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty will be admitted for free with their OSU ID. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

NEW! The winter term performances of Oregon State University’s Opera Workshop will take place on Friday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre at Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Both performances will include scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Yevgeny Onegin” (Eugene Onegin), Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Offenbach’s “Orphee auz enfers” (Orpheus in the Underworld), and a classic American opera based on a true story of the West. Tickets are only being sold at the door, prior to each performance. They will be $10 for general admission adults; $5 for non-OSU students; and free for OSU students, staff, and faculty with OSU ID card.

NEW! The Women’s Symposium on Careers in Politics and Leadership takes place from  7 to 9 p.m. March 4 in the MU Ballroom. “The Women’s Symposium on Careers in Politics and Leadership” will feature female role models speaking on topics such as, women’s’ leadership roles and women in traditional male dominated careers, while providing prospective on current events and sharing a general overview of how they have obtained such success.

NEW! Student success is at the heart of OSU’s mission. At the March 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Susie Brubaker-Cole, Associate Provost for Academic Success & Engagement, will discuss initiatives that take a holistic approach to the educational experience. Guests can reserve a seat in the MU, room 109, by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

“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.

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 – 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


NEW! The OSU Entomology Program’s Insect Explorers‘ Series is pleased to feature a seminar by Claire Kremen, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, on ”Pollinators and agro-ecosystems: searching for sustainability”.  Kremen, a world-renowned conservation biologist, received the ‘genius’ MacArthur Fellow award for her pioneering conservation planning initiative in Masoala National Park, Madagascar’s largest nature reserve, and one of the world’s biodiversity “hotspots.” It takes place March 2, 2 p.m., in ALS 4000.

News for Employees

NEW! One man’s mission to recognize Oregon’s woodland owners for their role in mitigating climate change is the focus of the cover story in the winter issue of Terra at http://oregonstate.edu/terra.

NEW! The Joint Task Force on Shared Governance is working to further the principle of shared governance and promote the involvement of faculty in institutional decision making. The Task Force is seeking suggestions for improving, enhancing, and/or expanding shared governance at all levels of the university. A form to collect your suggestions anonymously is available at
https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/JTFSG/2010_COMMENTS/comment.php. Suggestions will be accepted through March 7.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2010. Applications are due in the Research office by March 8. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through today. 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 today. 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.


Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning, for the Finance and Administration Division of Oregon State University. Position is full-time, 12-month, fixed term. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: administration of and facilitating the accountability of University budget; administration and development of support systems and reports for university-wide academic and financial analytical and decision-making needs; direct the operation of the unit. Advise senior administration regarding budget matters. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, with benefits. Position funded by education and general funds. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at Posting #0005329. Closing Date: March 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 today.

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.

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 9 a.m. March 2.


Corvallis: Mother Nature dished out another amazing weekend here in the Valley. From Austin, Tex., to Manhattan, the rest of the country seems to be taking winter very seriously, but we’re already knee-deep in Springtime. Today will be cloudy with a high of 61, and rain will make an appearance tonight as lows dip to 47. Rain will continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Did everyone catch a glimpse of that beautiful and colorful full moon last night? Keep looking up as you may get another chance because more sunny skies and highs near 61 degrees and an overnight low at 36 should make for another perfect day in Central Oregon. Make today your day to get out and have some fun in the sun as rain is expected to follow on Tuesday.

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