OSU Today

Tuesday, March 2, 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.

Chilean earthquake a warning to U.S. Pacific Northwest (New York Times)

Read this recent  warning from Patrick Corcoran, a hazards outreach specialist with the Oregon Sea Grant program at Oregon State University.

Nuclear plant developers thinking small (NPR)

As interest in nuclear power revives, plant developers are thinking small. They’re working on modular reactors as small as a house. They could be built for a fraction of the cost of current large-scale ones. Paul Lorenzini, CEO of NuScale Power, is one of those engineers developing a modular nuclear reactor.

OSU researchers study tsunami waves (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University are collecting data to understand more about tsunami waves. They say although tsunamis are rare, they can be deadly and have the capability of demolishing a building very quickly.

Biological clock could be key to better health, longer life (Science Blog)

In research just published in the journal Aging, scientists from Oregon State University outline for the first time how a key gene that helps control circadian rhythms can improve the health of aging fruit flies if it is intact, but can result in significant health impacts, up to and including earlier death, if it is absent.

The Cove (KVAL)

Professor and OSU researcher Scott Baker talks about dolphins and marine mammals, and how toxins are affecting them.

University library sees demand for Kindles soar (eSchool News)

For students looking to temper sober textbook readings with a literary escape into the world of vampires and zombies, Oregon State University is loaning out Amazon Kindle electronic readers stocked with the latest in popular books.

Why whale tracking matters to Oregon (Oregonian)

This opinion piece focuses on funding for the Marine Mammal Institute at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Focus is important as we age (Mail Tribune)

Sharon Johnson, associate professor in health and human sciences and with the OSU Extension, talks about keeping focused in our senior years.


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 at 2 p.m., in ALS 4000.

Coffee and Spice and Everything Nice takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. 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.

The OSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Chapman, will present “Cathedrals”  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

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Oregon State’s first basketball team was the women’s basketball team, established in 1898 — predating the first men’s team by 3 years.  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! Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the OSU’s Women Center are hosting a Women’s Symposium on Careers in Political Leadership on Thursday, March 4, from 7-9 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom. Speakers will include Rep. Sara Gelser, Caroline Davidson from Willamette University, state senator Chris Telfer, Diana Woodward of Brenco Energy Concepts and Margaret Carter of the Oregon Department of Human Services. Information: email smiths2@onid.orst.edu or lopezcay@onid.orst.edu

NEW! Timothy Brook, a professor of history at the University of British Columbia, will link the artwork of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer with globalization when he presents a free public lecture on Thursday, March 4. “The Coins on Vermeer’s Table: Dutch Merchants, Chinese Manufacturers, and the Birth of Global Trade” begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: Writing Your Way to a Job, March 4 in the Willamette Industries Seminar rooms in Valley Library. Do you think a career transition might be in your future?  Be ready to submit that application by brushing up on your resume and cover letter skills.  Anne Lapour and Adry Clark (Career Services) will provide the basics, as well as additional information on tailoring your application materials to a specific job.  Learn how to market your transferable skills, and inch yourself closer to an interview.
This event is free and open to all. RSVPs appreciated. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Please join the OSU Pride Center, Basic Rights Action Team, PRIDE Corvallis, and the OSU Office of LGBT Outreach & Services  for a discussion of Oregon’s hate crime laws featuring Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson. This event will be held at the OSU Pride Center, 1553 SW ‘A’ Ave., Sunday, March 7, 6 p.m.

International Women’s Lunch Bunch, March 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 3: Fatimah Alburi – SAUDI ARABIA (Arabic Coffee)
March 8: Cynthia Maharani, INDONESIA
March 10: Tawalin Opastrakoon, THAILAND

“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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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! A weekly seminar of speakers from across the country will discuss the technical and policy aspects of nuclear weapons in “Going to Zero Nuclear Weapons.” It will be held Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and is open to all interested OSU students. Non-engineering students must register by emailing kristie.marsh@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School has announced that the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund is available to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Departments and programs may submit nominations to the Graduate School on behalf of graduate students who are facing a critical financial emergency that could impede degree completion. Master’s and doctoral students in the final phase of their graduate programs may be eligible for this award. Requests may include only students who have an extenuating financial emergency that would result in their attrition. Awards will be made on a one-time only basis normally during a student’s final term in the graduate program, and are intended to help defray the cost of degree completion.  For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html. Deadline for submission of nominations is March 17.

NEW! OSU has now overtaken UO in the Recyclemania Civil War and is number one in the Pacific Northwest! Help us keep our lead over the next week by getting those recyclables (cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, etc) in the bin. Don’t forget to remind your co-workers to do the same! OSU is competing against UO and other universities across the US to see who can recycle the most during winter term; more info at recycle.oregonstate.edu

The Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA) assists committees in recognizing the potential for specific biases and actively promotes diversity at each stage of the search process. President Ray has charged the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity with development and implementation of a search advocacy program to ensure accountability to Oregon State University’s equal opportunity principles, affirmative action practices, and diversity values. Individuals interested in serving in this role are invited to attend a two-part seminar addressing the specific affirmative action concerns that arise at each stage of the search process. Both Part I and Part II must be completed in order to serve as an AASA on a university committee.
Part I of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program introduces potential biases and opportunities and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process.
Wednesday, March 10: 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 20: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program further explores potential biases and opportunities and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process.
Wednesday, March 17: 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 27: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
Information: contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at 541-737-3556.

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.

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.

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 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.

REVISED! 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 has been revised from March 5 to March 17, 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.


Administrative Program Assistant-Department of Chemistry, F/T, $2293-3250/monthly + benefits.  To review posting 0005241 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Internal search. Closing date March 10.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

The College of Science Information Network department (COSINe) is recruiting for a Oper Systems-Network Analyst/ Web developer/Linux/Unix Administrator (Internal to OSU Employees Only), competency level 2.  This is a full-time position, pay range $3428-$6073. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting # 0005334 Closing date: March 9. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 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. today.

Oak Creek: Due to necessary repairs on the building hot water recirculation pump, all domestic hot water services to the Oak Creek Building will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 4 and should end by 3 p.m.


Corvallis: Overnight it seems like someone threw a gauzy green shawl over trees on campus, but on closer inspection, it’s the tiny form of new leaves unfurling. Those bright spring colors will liven up what may be an otherwise gray day today. Rain continues throughout the day with a high of 55 and a low of 40. Tomorrow there’s a chance of more showers but things should clear up by the evening.

Central Oregon: It looks like we are in store for another wet and windy day in the High Desert with a 60 percent chance of precipitation and possible gusts topping out at 25 mph.  After the sunshine from Monday, a high of 48 degrees and overnight low around 32 may feel a bit chilly, so warm up with your favorite hot beverage.

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