OSU Today

Friday, May 18, 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.

Why Social Networks Want Your Photos (Smart Money)

“The time and effort required to move those photos to some other type of digital storage is significant,” says Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University College of Business.

Study Reveals Violent Volcanic Past Of Indonesia’s Sumatra (Asian Scientist)

Researchers from Oregon State University and their Indonesian collaborators have documented six major volcanic eruptions in Sumatra over the past 35,000 years – most equaling or surpassing in explosive intensity the eruption of Washington’s Mount St. Helens in 1980. (See also: Our Amazing Planet)

Rare DNA Mutations Raise Question Theories of Disease (Bloomberg Businessweek)

The key for future disease research is obtaining large amounts of genomic sequencing data from many individuals, Jacob Tennessen, a researcher at Oregon State University in Corvallis and lead author of the study, said in an interview.

Malheur County voters opt to support research station (Capital Press)

Malheur County farmers expressed relief over the passage of a ballot measure May 15 that will help ensure the future of Oregon State University’s research station and extension office near Ontario.

Changing the brain drain to the brain gain (LIFE@OSU)

Stephen Machado was born in Zimbabwe. As an associate professor of agronomy at Oregon State University, he helps Columbia Basin growers find new agricultural success in a land of very little rain.

Canine distemper outbreak confirmed in Oregon gray foxes (Oregonian)

The Oregon State University Diagnostics Lab was conducting tests on two additional carcasses, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said this week.

Historic building coming back to Fort Hoskins (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

“That house is probably one of the most significant houses in Oregon,” said David Brauner, an Oregon State University archaeologist who has been researching and excavating Fort Hoskins since the mid-1970s.

College Kids Strut their Green Stuff, Are Awarded $1M in EPA Grants (Thomas Net News)

The winning entry from Oregon State was also spurred on by a student researcher’s life experience. Mark Ingman had visited a village in China and watched farmers dispose of the plastic coverings they had used.

Oregon State (Global Formula Racing) Does It Again (SAE International)

Oregon State University succeeded in obtaining 1st Place in three of the most highly sought after awards including Engineering Design, Ford Endurance, and the SAE Spirit of Excellence.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive: The campus blood drive is 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 18, at the MU Ballroom.


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 alumni, students, friends and family to work together to improve their communities. For more information and to register, go to www.osualum.com/service

OSU Faculty Recital: Let’s Misbehave! Join the Director of Athletic Bands and musical theater performer for an afternoon of great Broadway and cabaret tunes. Also featuring Aubrey Peterson, Evan Smouse, and other guests. Note: Program includes mature themes and may not be suitable for children. Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. in Benton Hall Room 202. Free.

Walk for Water: All proceeds from this 5K walk will go to our counterparts in Gondar, Ethiopia to help build more wells. Ethiopian lunch, coffee, music, educational booths, and a kid’s play area. Register online at www.ethiopiawater.org The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. May 19 with lunch beginning at 10 a.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Mad About Mahler: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Second Symphony with the OSU choirs. Featuring OSU voice instructor Janet Hackett, soprano, and The Portland Opera’s Angela Neiderloh mezzo-soprano. Tuesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. OSU students admission free. For tickets, information: http://cosusymphony.org

NEW! Motorcycle Visibility: Wednesday, May 23 is OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day. Motorcycles and Scooters will be parked on the MU Brick Mall all day. Information booths featured from Team Oregon, Transit and Parking Services, Summers Session and others. For individuals interested in participating, please register in advance. More information: Rick.DeBellis@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Parenting Panel: OSU’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families will hold a series of events as part of Parenting Education Week. Wednesday, May 23, 2 p.m.: A panel discussion on parenting education in Oregon. All presentations will take place at the Hallie Ford Center on campus and will be streamed live on the Web at: http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/.

NEW! “After The Silence: A story of inspiration for anyone whose life has been touched by the horror of domestic or interpersonal violence. Peggie Reyna (with interpreter), the social worker on whom the film is based will answer questions. Representatives will be available from Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence and OSU Counseling and Psychological Services. Wed., May 23, 109MU, 4 p.m.

NEW! Work/Life Balance: Rachel Connelly, professor in the Department of Economics at the Bodoin College, will give a lecture on “Finding Work/Life Balance in Academia” on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Pre-event reception at 6:30 p.m.; free daycare provided by OSU Kidspirit for age 3+.

NEW! Historic Awards: Historic Resource Commission will be giving awards to three OSU projects (Education Hall, Hallie Ford Center, and McAlexander Fieldhouse). The event will take place at the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

Parenting and Policy: Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families will hold a series of events as part of Parenting Education Week. Monday, May 21, 3 p.m.: “Making the Link Between Parenting and Policy: Understanding the Impact of Parenting on Early Childhood Outcomes,” a presentation by Washington, D.C.-based Zero to Three, held at the Hallie Ford Center on campus and will be streamed live on the Web at: http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/.

Woman Citizen Film Series: Jim Foster, professor of political science, will host a free public showing of “The Color Purple,” the powerful film based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about black women’s lives in the rural American South. Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. in Owen 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

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!

WIC Culture of Writing Awards: In order to recognize excellence in student writing, each spring the Writing Intensive Curriculum program offers the WIC Culture of Writing Awards, with $50 matching funds to any department that wishes to offer an undergraduate writing prize. Nominations due June 1. Information and nomination forms here.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: May 22, 4 p.m. Speaker: Morgan Curtis, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Aquaponics: A solution to producing sustainable nutrition in urban and water limited regions?” ALS 4000.

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Modeling Community Spring Seminar Series: James Strittholt will present “Using fuzzy logic modeling in conducting ecological assessments – Assessing current status and future condition” on May 22, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000.

NEW! Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series: Christoph Thomas, assistant professor of atmospheric sciences at OSU, will be the guest lecturer for a free, public talk on “Are ecosystem carbon and water exchange in Oregon forests coupled? A report from investigations across a climate gradient.” Tuesday, May 22, 2:30–3:30 p.m., ALS 4001.

News for Employees

NEW! Assistant Ombuds Forum: The University Ombuds office invites you to attend a campus open forum presentation by three finalists for the Assistant Ombuds position. Candidate presentation by Breanne Taylor will be held from 11-11:45 a.m. May 21 in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Meet with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty from 9-10:30 a.m. May 22. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/.

NEW! The AAUP and You: The AAUP Chapter at OSU invites all ranks of faculty, staff and students to our spring informational meeting in the Memorial Union room 206 on May 22 from noon -1:30 p.m. Join us for a conversation on where we’ve been and how our collective voice can impact issues on campus and around the state. Refreshments provided.

NEW! Assistant Ombuds Forum: The University Ombuds office invites you to attend a campus open forum presentation by three finalists for the Assistant Ombuds position. Candidate presentation by Richard Rigg will be held from 11-11:45 a.m. May 22 in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Classroom Communication: Elizabeth Root will address ways in which different communication styles impact interactions that occur in educational settings. Participants will be encouraged to identify practical applications regarding how to expand their repertoire in understanding and responding to different communication styles. Wednesday, May 23, 2-3 p.m. Milam 215. All welcome. Sponsored by the OSU Women’s Network.

NEW! Mentoring: OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program is currently recruiting students, faculty and staff who are willing to participate in this innovative and cutting edge program for the fall term of 2012. Please join us for a coffee hour from 4-5 p.m. May 23 at the Intercultural Student Services Office (A150 Kerr) to learn more. For more information, contact lauren.plaza@oregonstate.edu


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

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.

Analyst Programmer — Information Services – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for three full-time, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 positions. Posting #0009054. Closes May 31.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Deschutes County 4-H program located in Redmond for Oregon State University. Posting #0009033. Closes May 31.

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.

Three open rank faculty searches in genomics and systems biology. The positions are: Nucleic Acid Sequence Bioinformatics, Posting#0009027; Systems Biology of Host-Microbe Interactions Posting #0009034; Applied Discrete Mathematics in Systems Biology #0009025. Full consideration: June 30. Closes July 30.

Traffic and Maintenance

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


Corvallis: Sunny today with a high of about 67, and plenty of sunshine and beautiful skies expected all weekend. This sunny bicycle clip should get you in the mood for the weekend.

Central Oregon: Another great sunny day, enjoy the weekend it should be nice. Sunny, with a high near 61, low near 30. South wind 6 to 9 mph becoming north.

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