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Thursday, May 10, 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.

Brain Drain: Are California’s Brightest Students Leaving the State? (Yahoo News)

Arizona State University, University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, University of Nevada-Reno, Oregon State University, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. What do these colleges all have in common?

OSU scores money for its nuclear research program (Portland Tribune)

OSU researchers have won acclaim for their innovative designs for small modular nuclear power plants, which some say will enable a new generation of plants to be more affordable and feasible. (See also: Portland Business Journal)

Celebrated author Oates visits Corvallis (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

“I never said I wanted to be a writer — I said I wanted to be a teacher,” Joyce Carol Oates told an audience Wednesday evening at Oregon State University’s CH2M Hill Alumni Center after someone asked how she told her parents that she wanted to be a writer.

Minnesota: Too many farmers’ markets? (Pioneer Press)

Larry Lev, professor and extension economist at Oregon State University, has studied farmers’ markets for 15 years and has seen markets become “more respected, more recognized” in U.S. agriculture.

Putting the kibosh on pests (LIFE@OSU)

Silvia Rondon’s first day on the job was a baptism of fire. It was 2005 and she was sitting at her desk at OSU’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center when a potato grower knocked on her door.

Study: Proactive approach to hospital infections could cut costly readmissions (Health Imaging)

Led by Jon Furuno, an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Oregon State University, the researchers suggested that taking such measures to reduce healthcare-associated (or hospital-acquired) infections could lead not only to lower patient morbidity and mortality but also decreased healthcare costs.

Sustainable textiles topic of symposium (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Representatives from textile and apparel companies will be at Oregon State University from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday for a free public symposium aimed at introducing students and the community to issues around sustainable textiles.


Faculty Senate: The May 10 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/0510. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the Valley Football Center Mendenhall Audio-Visual Theater, Room 206A. Action items include six Category I proposals, proposed revisions to the Graduate Options Regulations and consideration of proposed new faculty ranks. Proposed revisions to the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines will also be discussed.

Let’s Mingle: Calling all LGBTQQIA faculty and staff of OSU, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, LGBT NET is sponsoring a Pride Week 2012 event in MU 208 to invite us to build community and explore group interests and needs at OSU. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Beth Wasylow, Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2131

Mt. Hood: At the May 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Alison Koleszar will discuss her research on the eruption history of Mt. Hood. 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.

Starker Lecture: Land Use, Climate Change, Water, and Other Ecosystem Services: Connecting Science to Users, Policies, and Programs by Kathleen Farley, Assistant Professor of Geography, San Diego State University. May 10, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall

Upcoming Events

NEW! Our Experience, Our Stories: A multicultural panel of people who identify in the LGBTQ community will present from 4-6 p.m. May 15 in MU 208. Come hear their personal stories and ask questions to learn more of intersecting identities.

NEW! Woman Citizen Film Series: Aurora Sherman, assistant professor of psychology, will host a free public showing of Cover Girl Culture, a documentary by former fashion model Nicole Clark that explores the effects of advertising and the cult of celebrity on young women’s self-esteem and body image. Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in Owen 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

NEW! Gaym Night: Come enjoy a night of games, food, and fun with us at the Pride Center from 7-8 p.m. May 15. We will be hosting a one hour game night right before the GLEE event. Come take a study break with us, everyone is welcome.

NEW! Conflict Resolution: Join Mediators Beyond Borders and Team Liberation for the final installment of our Conflict Resolution Speaker Series with Ken Cloke. “Mediating the Chronic Sources of Social, Economic, Political, and Environmental Conflicts – How Mediators Can Help Save the Planet” Tuesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. in MU Room 206. Find out more on our blog: http://mbbosu.wordpress.com/

Music History: Songs to Move the Earth: A Brief History of Environmental Music, with Lorraine Anderson, 4:15 to 5:30, Friday, May 11, MU 211. Join musician-writer Lorraine Anderson on a tour of environmental songs since 1940. Watch video performances, study lyrics, hear about the historical/personal context of each song, and nominate your favorite environmental songs. Free and open to all.

This Land is Our Land: “This Land Is Our Land: The Music of Environmental and Social Change” is Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis High School theater. Featuring singer/songwriters Carrie Newcomer and Libby Roderick, with an opening number by Corvallis High School’s Spartacapella. Tickets at Grass Roots or http://Corvallistheaters.com

Entertainment Talk: Lions Gate Films and Sony Pictures producer Steve Moore will speak in the KBVR-TV large studio Friday, May 11, from 12:30-1:30. Moore is the creator/ executive producer of “Open Season” with Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing and Gary Sinise. Moore is a former Barometer editor.

Writing/Song Workshops: Workshop with Carrie Newcomer: “Writing Mindfully: Exploring the Sacred Ordinary for Social Change,” Friday, May 11, 1-4 p.m., MU Room 211. Songwriting workshop with Libby Roderick, “Singing for Our Lives: Songwriting for Social Change”, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Troubadour Music, Corvallis. To register, visit the Spring Creek website.

Helicopter Rides: Helicopter rides will happen May 12-13 from 9-5 as part of the Willamette Valley Classics Volleyball Tournament. $20/person for a 15-20 minute ride above Corvallis and OSU. The helicopters will be taking off and landing from the parking lot south of Truax Indoor Practice Facility.

Upbeat Café: This Saturday, May 12, bring the monthly Paths to Happiness/Upbeat Café led by OSU’s Winston McCullough. The theme this month is “Embodiment and the Brain”. The Paths to Happiness workshop starts at 2:30 p.m. The Upbeat Café starts with dinner at 7:30 p.m., following by music and dancing. Both events are at Dennis Hall, corner of 9th and Monroe.

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive: The campus blood drive is taking place Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Appointments are recommended; drop-ins are also welcome. You may schedule in advance (sponsor code OSU) or call (503) 779-1266.

Oregon Chinese Exhibit: Oregon Multicultural Archives is celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Month with a display and online exhibit of Oregon Chinese Disinterment Documents related to the 1948-1949 disinterment of hundreds of Chinese immigrants’ remains. The exhibit can be found at Valley Library/University Archives display case through June. Info: Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and Online Exhibit. Contact: Natalia Fernández.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Calculus Talk: “Calculus in High School: Too Much of a Good Thing?” Presented by David Marius Bressoud, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College.  Bressoud will speak on Monday, May 14, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Leaders Room. 7-7:30 p.m. Receptions, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

NEW! 27th Annual Lonseth lecture: “Proofs and Confirmations:  The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture.” Presented by David Marius Bressound, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College.  He will speak Tuesday, May 15, LaSells Stewart Center Construction Engineering Hall. 3:30-4 p.m. Awards held 4-5 p.m.

NEW! Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: May 15, 4 p.m. Speaker: Javier Fernandez-Salvador, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Inputs for Organic Production and Research – What I’ve learned about fish fertilizer,” ALS 4000.

OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Clare Cady will be giving a talk titled “Not Even Ramen: College Students and Food Insecurity” on Friday, May 11, at noon in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

The Future of Syria: Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma, will be discussing why the Syrian Revolt is so different from the others in North Africa. This event will take place in Weniger Hall, Room 151, on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

News for Employees

NEW! Drive Less: Get There Another Way Week is May 14-18. OSU is one of many employers in Corvallis urging employees to try another way of getting to work, school, the store or any non-recreational trip. The more trips you register the greater value prize you can win, including gift certificates to local restaurants, sporting goods stores and music venues. You can also look for carpool partners for your regular commute or occasional trip. Register now at www.ci.corvallis.or.us/getthere

NEW! Veterans Retraining: The Veterans Administration will accept applications for the VRAP Training Program starting May 15. OSU’s Veteran Services Advisor Gus Bedwell will be in the MU lounge from 8-5 that day to help anyone with the application and to answer questions. This program will pay for veterans ages 35-60 get a free year of training in a high demand occupation.

NEW! Director of International Graduate Admissions Open Forum: Candidate Jennifer Singer will briefly share her views of the challenges facing international graduate admissions in the near future and will answer audience questions. Monday, May 14, 2–3 p.m. at the International Living and Learning Center, Room 155.

Employee Award Nominations: The call for 2012 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended to May 11. Click on the following link for nomination instructions: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html. For clarification or questions regarding the nomination process, please contact jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu or 737-0547.

WIC Lunch, Going Global: A Panel Discussion on Teaching International Students in Your WIC Classroom. Join Greg Friedman, Byrne Brewerton, and Michelle Rutherford (INTO OSU) in a discussion about the potential benefits and challenges that come with a classroom becoming more diverse and multicultural. Friday, May 11, Milam 215, Noon-1 p.m. Complimentary lunch included. Register now!

Director of International Graduate Admissions Open Forum: Candidate Derrick Alex will briefly share his views of the challenges facing international graduate admissions in the near future and will answer audience questions. Friday, May 11, 2–3 p.m. in the International Living and Learning Center Room 155.

Faculty Release Time: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Winter or Spring 2012-13 release solicitation. The FRT program provides limited funding for faculty developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program guidelines and application found here. Information contact: Debbie Delmore, 541-737-8390. Submission deadline: June 25.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring Term 2012-13. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application found here. Information: Debbie Delmore, 541-737-8390. Submission Deadline: June 8.

Career Services: OSU Career Service’s May Newsletter is now available at: http://oregonstate.edu/career/monthly-newsletter.


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

The University Library is accepting applications for a full-time Library Technician 1. Posting #0008956. Closes May 10.

Accountant 1: Newport OR. Forestry and Oceanic Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified. Posting #0008978. Closes: May 11.

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

College of Forestry, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0008995. 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.

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 14.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Membership Coordinator position. We seek creative initiative with a passion for wellness. Posting 0008997. Closes: May 15.

The Curry County Extension Office is accepting applications for a full-time Education Program Assistant 1. Posting 0009009. Closes May 17.

Extended Campus is accepting applications for a full time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 1. Posting #0009019. Closes May 18.

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.

The College of Business is seeking applicants for a F/T, 12-month position as an Assistant to the Associate Dean. Posting #0008999. 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.

The University Administrative Business Center is accepting applications for a full-time Human Resource Consultant 1. Posting #0009021. Closes May 20.

Accountant 2. F/T position in OSU’s Business Affairs/Student Accounting office. Posting #0009003. Closes May 21.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time, classified Fiscal Coordinator 2 position. Posting #0009012. Closes May 25.

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.

The University Library is accepting applications for an full-time, tenure track annual Associate Professor position. Posting #0009031. Closes June 10.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Jefferson Way Sidewalk: Due to landscape & soil grading work adjacent to the north sidewalk, the Jefferson Way north sidewalk, between 30th & 35th street,  will be temporarily closed on May 14 for safety while soil prep work is going on.

Harrison Boulevard:  NW Harrison Boulevard, between NW 30th and NW 34th Streets will have impacts on traffic through May 25. Info: 541-766-6916.


Corvallis: Sunny today with a high near 66 and low near a chilly 36 degrees.

Central Oregon: Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming north between 7 and 10 mph.

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