OSU Today

Tuesday, May 15, 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.

A Game of Character (AM Northwest)

Most Americans became familiar with Coach Craig Robinson when he introduced his sister Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention, but most Oregonians already knew him as the Head Basketball Coach for Oregon State. Craig shared his family history in his book A Game of Character.

Hatchery salmon pose risk to nature (Science Blog)

“The genetic effects of mixing hatchery fish with wild populations have been well-documented,” says journal editor David Noakes from Oregon State University. (See also: Summit County Voice)

Growing a new beginning (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Under the guidance of James Cassidy, an OSU crop and soil science instructor, the 15 students tore up the grass by hand and piled it into a compost heap, shaped the garden beds and added compost and fertilizer the exposed soil.

Michelle Obama Urges North Carolina A&T Grads to Help Change the World (BET)

In June the first lady will speak at Oregon State University, where her brother, Craig Robinson, is the men’s basketball coach.

Feeding the birds (Albany Democrat-Herald)

If you feed them, they will come. At least, Oregon State University researchers are hoping that’s the case with area hummingbirds.

Students abuzz over E-cars (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The event was organized by OSU instructor Hai-Yue Han, who is teaching a class about electric and hybrid vehicles this term.


NEW! Curtain Up: On With the Show! Corvallis Repertory Singers, directed by OSU’s Steven Zielke, presents favorites from Broadway and Hollywood musicals of the 1920s, 30’s, and 40’s. Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. This concert was rescheduled from March 22. Original tickets will be honored. Tickets are still available at http://www.tickettomato.com/event.php?event_id=1381

OSU/Community Outreach Meeting: Collaboration Corvallis, a community planning partnership between OSU and the City of Corvallis, will be holding an open forum on issues related student enrollment growth on May 15, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center. Perspectives of OSU students, faculty, and staff on parking, housing, and neighborhood livability welcomed. Information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/collaboration/

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.

Director of International Graduate Admissions Open Forum: Candidate Julie Walkin will briefly share her views of the challenges facing international graduate admissions in the near future and will answer audience questions. Tuesday, May 15, 3:15–4:15 p.m. at the International Living and Learning Center, Room 155.

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/

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.

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.

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.

Corvallis Climate Change Modeling Community Spring Seminar Series: David Rupp will present “Pacific Northwest climate in the 21st century: Projections from the latest generation of global and regional climate modeling” on May 15, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000.

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, 4-5 p.m. Lecture.

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.

Recruiting New CAPS Board Members: Counseling and Psychological Services is recruiting students for service on 2012-13 Student Advisory Board. An informational meeting available for students interested in learning about how they could get involved: Tuesday, May 15 from noon to 1 p.m., CAPS Conference Room, 5th Floor of Snell Hall. Pizza provided.

Financial Consultations: Fidelity Representative will be on campus May 15 and June 5 for One-on-One Financial consultations. To register, please visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations or call 800.642.7131

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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon Nature: “The Inescapable Nature: Three Oregon Painters” exhibit, a collection of oil and acrylic works by painters Michael Gibbons, William Shumway, and Michael Rangner, runs through May 31. Their artwork gives evidence to the inspired combination of what both the artist’s nature and Oregon’s nature can produce. Public reception: 6 p.m. May 18. Guistina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Music à la Carte: Toby Oft, the principal trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs with OSU trumpet instructor Jay Chen. This is the final concert of the series for this school year. Friday, May 18, at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free admission.

NEW! Trek for Tuition: OSU Summer Session is hosting the second annual Trek for Tuition at 3:30 p.m. May 23 on the MU Quad. The frenzied event will feature 100 students navigating campus to answer a series of questions and puzzles in 60 minutes. (Accommodations are made for students with disabilities.) We’ll give away $3,500 in scholarships to the students who answer the most questions correctly in one hour. Visit the Trek for Tuition home page for complete details and come watch!

NEW! Astronaut Talk: NASA astronaut Greg Chamitoff will relive his spaceflight experience during a multimedia presentation that is free and open to the public on Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. in Reser Auditorium in the Linus Pauling Science Center. During the presentation, Chamitoff will share a video of his most recent mission aboard space shuttle Endeavor.

NEW! Engineering Expo: The 13th annual Engineering Expo, featuring student projects that range from across all engineering disciplines, will be held Friday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center. The senior design showcase with more than 100 student-built projects is combined with a “Robo*Palooza,” and the event is free and open to the public.

NEW! Community Service: The OSU Community Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at over 30 sites in Oregon and beyond. Sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association, this annual event is a day for Oregon State alumni, students, friends and family to work together to improve their communities.  For more information and to register, go to www.osualum.com/service

NEW! Student Organization Advisors and Leaders: Information sessions regarding Senate Bill 242 and reporting.  Sessions scheduled at various times across campus – info available at  http://oregonstate.edu/sli/studentorgs/soag

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website

Oregon Women Vote: A Centennial Celebration: Corvallis celebrates the centennial of woman suffrage with drama, history, and dessert, featuring actress/historian Tames Alan, OSU’s own JoAnne Trow, poet/actress Shelley Moon, and Mistress of Ceremonies Mayor Julie Manning. Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public.

U.S. Student Fulbright Program Information Meeting: There will be an information session for graduating seniors and graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to study, conduct research or teach English abroad during the 2013-14 academic year. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 16, from 1-2:30 in the 2nd floor conference room in Heckart Lodge.

Student Plays: The 2012 Spring One-Act Festival, featuring plays written, directed and designed by OSU students, runs May 17-19 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m., on the Withycombe main stage. Tickets are $8 general, $6 seniors, $5 for student/youth and $4 for OSU students. Information: 541-737-2784 or http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

American Dream Talk: Junki Yoshida, the man behind Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauces, will detail how he created his own “American Dream” during a free, public talk beginning at noon on Thursday, May 17, at the Construction & Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center. For more information call (541) 713-8044 or go to http://business.oregonstate.edu/programs/aep

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Michael Niederweis, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama, will present a seminar “Death by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis” on Wednesday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW! Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy Uncertainty: Daniel Lerch, author and publications director of the Post Carbon Institute, discusses the future challenges for local and regional planning posed by the end of cheap fossil fuels and climate change considerations. This public lecture will be held at Owen Hall 103 on Thursday, May 17, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

NEW! OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Steven Ortiz will be giving a talk titled “Stories from the Field: Reflecting on Ethnographic Work with Wives of Professional Athletes” on Friday, May 18, at noon in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

Historicism and Empathy: Can We Learn Something from a Forgotten Orientalist? Suzanne Marchand, professor of intellectual history at Louisiana State University, will be bringing to life the career and cultural context of the 19th century orientalist and popular novelist, Georg Ebers. Join us in the Memorial Union, Journey Room on Thursday, May 17 at 4 p.m.

Ethical Decision-making in Pediatric Care: Dr. Jackie Glover, professor of pediatrics at the Center for Bioethics/University of Colorado, will outline an ethical framework for decision-making in pediatrics, including how families and health care professionals can work together to determine the best interests for children. Join us at the LaSells Stewart Center/C&E Auditorium on Thursday on May 17 at 7 p.m.

News for Employees

NEW! Rec Sports Sale: Recreational Sports Half-Term Memberships sales will begin on Monday, May 14. Prices are $39 for Faculty, Staff, Associates, Special Affiliates and their Dependents; $34 for Extended Students, Student Affiliates & their Dependents. Contact the Recreational Services Desk at Dixon, (541) 737-3736.

NEW! TIAA-CREF Counseling: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Financial Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations on June 6 & 7. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs. To sign up, please call (800) 732-8353 or schedule Online.

NEW! WIC Lunch Picture This: Understanding and Creating Visuals in the Disciplines. Proposed frameworks for teaching visual literacy in the disciplines are often highly theoretical, and assume students have ready and privileged access to digital technologies. Friday, May 18, Milam 215, noon-1 p.m. Complimentary lunch included. Register now.

NEW! Sendoff Party: Please join us on Friday, May 18 between noon and 2 p.m. at the Women’s Center for a sendoff party for Stephanie Duckett. Come when you can, stop by and wish her well.

NEW! Gates Foundation: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is requesting letters of inquiry for New Biomarkers for HIV Incidence Measurement to identify novel biomarkers that can be used effectively to measure HIV incidence. Deadline: May 18. Description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/hivaids/Pages/loi-biomarkers-hiv-incidence-measurement.aspx. Questions contact: Martha Coleman.

NEW! CSMC Innovation webinar: Entering the workforce is a major concern for graduation students. Should you join a small company or multinational corporation? Join our panel in exploring topics relevant to selecting your career path. Thursday, May 17, noon to 1 p.m., sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. Free Registration.

Committee Service: Faculty and Classified Staff can access the online Committee Interest Form to volunteer for 2012-2013 committee service; committee preferences are due May 16. Participation is a beneficial staff development opportunity that increases department and unit visibility, and supports the development of our university. If you wish to resign from current committee membership, contact your committee chair or e-mail vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu

Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on May 16 from 2–3:30 p.m. in MU 211. Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 25. Send an email to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.

SEIU Meeting: All Classified Employees are invited to the SEIU General Member Meeting on Thursday, May 17 at noon. State Representative Sara Gelser will be the guest. Located in MU Room 213. Bring issues to discuss. Lunch provided.

Grad/Faculty Workshops: FREE Basic/Advanced EndNote (5/17) workshops at the Valley Library, part of the OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Spring Workshop series. These are the last sessions for the term so save your seat today: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Ecampus Summer: At the May 17 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Lisa Templeton will discuss online learning opportunities through Ecampus. 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.

Promotion and Tenure: The VP shares his thoughts about decision-making by the University’s Promotion and Tenure Committee. See The Spin on Research.


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

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.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Wellness Education Coordinator position. We seek creative initiative and a wellness conviction. Posting #0008997. Closes: May 24.

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! 26th Street: 26th Street between Orchard Ave and Monroe Ave. will be temporarily closed on May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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


Corvallis: A bit of clouds early today, with the sunshine coming back by afternoon and a high around 79. Nice warm weather expected all week.

Central Oregon: Another beautiful day in central Oregon: nice day for a dip in the Deschutes, enjoy. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84 low near 45. Northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

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