OSU Today

Wednesday, May 23, 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.

Breaking Out of the Bank (OPB)

Though consumer interest in sustainable and organic farming has been increasing, many growers trying to get started in the sector have trouble with funding, said Garry Stephenson, small farms extension specialist with Oregon State University.

Have you seen this? OSU scientists hope public can help recover stolen ocean research device (KMTR)

An Oregon State University team is reeling and asking the public for help finding a $75,000 ocean research device that was stolen over the weekend. (See also: KEZI, Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Teaching Good Parenting (KVAL)

A clip from the TV broadcast on Parenting Education Week featuring OSU’s Denise Rennekamp.

Stakeholders tell about effects of spotted owl (Capital Press)

Federal forestlands are becoming a liability to the states, said Hal Salwasser, forestry dean at Oregon State University. “And they are a growing threat to adjoining landowners due to vulnerability to fire, insects and disease.”

Three legitimate ways to make a few extra bucks (KATU)

College student Jessica Wahl decided to cash in by testing new foods at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in downtown Portland near Union Station.

Getting ready for the runway (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s design students will show off their apparel collections to their peers and apparel and design industry representatives with the eighth-annual Spring Fashion Show.

Jerri Bartholomew fuses art and science (LIFE@OSU)

Jerri Bartholomew came to Oregon State University after completing an undergraduate degree in biology at Penn State. She thought that Corvallis was a good place to be, but it was a fish disease class taught by distinguished professor John L. Fryer that reeled her in.

OSU whale tracking data may help prevent entanglements (Daily Astorian)

Bruce Mate, director of the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, has led tagging studies of numerous populations of seven whale species over the past three decades.

NuScale bids for DOE prize (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The company’s reactor design, based on technology developed at Oregon State University, is much smaller, simpler and cheaper to build than conventional nukes.

War on weeds loses ground (Nature)

Although Dow will include a set of recommended management practices with its products, “there are no enforcement regulations”, says Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.


NEW! Family Choices Workshop: “Know Yourself, then Make It Work: Now is the time to make career/family choices,” Wednesday, May 23, 2-4 p.m. FSL 20A. In this workshop, Rachel Connelly will explore the ramifications of the educational choices that graduate students and post-doc’s are making now and how to put those choices into the broader context of their lives.

NEW! Single Parents: May 23, 4:30 p.m., and June 1, noon in Women’s Center: Guest Speaker talks about research and students at risk. Speaker: Lou Caran. Informal discussion of Ethnographic research exploring nontraditional single parent students, unique challenges they face when raising families alone while degree seeking and working as head of household.

NEW! Doing it All: Academic Success and Parenting 9-11a.m. May 23 in  FSL 20A. This workshop will focus on balancing one’s goals of having a career at an academic institution and the goal to raise children. Rachel Connelly will consider the timing of children versus tenure clocks, and the need to make conscious tradeoffs.

NEW! Webinar – Beyond the Basics with Blackboard: with Lynn Greenough. Wednesday May 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content, grade center; testing; communicating with students. Please register for this webinar here.

Work/Life Balance: Rachel Connelly, professor in the Department of Economics at the Bowdoin 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+.

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/.

“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.

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.

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.

May Clearance Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St where specially marked items will be 50 or 75% off. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases must be made during public sales. For more information, visit our website.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Nuclear Talk: Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., who has served as a senior United States diplomat for more than 30 years, will give a free, public talk titled “Endless Crisis: North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Nuclear Proliferation” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Construction and Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center.

Poet Reading: Sandra Alcosser, an award-winning poet whose work has been called “feisty, accomplished and mature,” will give a reading on Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library. Alcosser’s seven books of poetry include “A Fish to Feed All Hunger” and “Except by Nature;” both were selected for the National Poetry Series.

Healthy Kids: OSU’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families will hold a series of events as part of Parenting Education Week. Friday, May 25, noon: “Measuring and Predicting Healthy Development in Young Children,” by Megan McClelland of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. 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/.

Student Fashion: The annual student-run fashion show featuring collections from juniors and seniors in OSU’s professional apparel design program will take place Friday, May 25, beginning at 7 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on campus. Presented by students in the Department of Design and Human Environment, the theme of this year’s show is “Cirque de la Mode.”

Commencement Tickets: A limited number of general seating tickets will be available to OSU students who are not participating in Commencement and to current faculty/staff. Tickets will be distributed on Tuesday, May 29, 1-4 p.m. at Reser Ticket Office in the Reser parking lot. Each student, faculty/staff will be allocated 2 tickets each. Must present valid student ID/faculty staff ID. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/tickets

Lectures and Seminars

Palliative Care-Transforming the Care of Serious Illness: Tamina Toray, Professor in the Psychology Division at Western Oregon University, will be giving the final Spring Medical Humanities Table Talk on Thursday, May 24 at 4 p.m. in Hovland Hall, Room 104.

Antibiotic Use in Domestic Animals: OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a seminar on “Antibiotic Use in Domestic Animals and Public Health Implications”, a discussion of topics including appropriate use of antibiotics and the role of the medical field in the development of resistance. May 24, 6 p.m., Room 102, Magruder Hall. Contact fa.abxr@gmail.com

OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Shane Macfarlan will be giving a talk titled “Labor Exchange and the Social Market for Male Relationships in Dominicia” on Friday, May 25, at noon in Waldo Hall, room 201A.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today: OSU Today will not publish Monday, May 28. To have items published in the Tues., May 29 edition, please send by 4 p.m. Friday, May 25. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=6898

NEW! Webinar – Teaching with PowerPoint: with Weiwei Zhang. May 24, 1 p.m.-1:50 p.m. This session covers the common misuse of PowerPoint in teaching and learning, and guides the audience to think critically of the use of PowerPoint. Please register for this webinar here.

NEW! Webinar – TAC.FM with Mark Dinsmore. Friday May 25, 10-10:50 a.m. We’ll be having an open room for the last few weeks of the term. Drop on by, http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac Friday morning.

NEW! Rulemaking Hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing at 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, regarding several proposed rule changes, including setting its annual fees and charges for services during fiscal year 2012-2013. For complete details, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/rulemaking-hearing-held-may-25/

NEW! University Honors College Thesis Fair: The University Honors College invites all members of the OSU community to our annual Thesis Fair on Friday, May 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main floor gallery and rotunda of the Valley Library. The Thesis Fair celebrates the research accomplishments of Honors students. Refreshments will be available.

NEW! Recreational Sports Memorial Weekend: All RecSports facilities will be open regular hours.There will be no Fit Pass Classes from Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Family access hours will be extended to all operating hours throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Exception: Climbing center family access remains unchanged on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, view our hours page.

NEW! Administrative Policy/Procedures Update: The Administrative Policies and Procedures manual web site at http://oregonstate.edu/fa/manuals has been upgraded to use the OSU Standard theme. The content remains the same, but the appearance was changed to comply with the OSU branding standards. The purpose of the manual is to document all of the University’s Policies and Procedures to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.

Beavers in the Family: At the May 24 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Scott Greenwood will discuss the OSU Alumni Association’s efforts to build community among alums. Triad meets this week in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 402, 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.

Colleges Compete: Second Annual Faculty Staff Fitness “TRY” Athlon Friday, May 25, at noon. The event is a competition between the colleges at OSU. Teams consist of 18 people composed of staff and students. It is a relay event where the team with the most laps wins. Prizes will be awarded. $10 to participate. Rochelle Schwab at fsftryathlon@gmail.com for more information.

Intern/scholar housing: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. Reserve by calling 541-737-9195 or email UHDS Residential Conferences.

A black cat with orange eyes? She was destined for a Beaver cheerleading costume. Read all about Pebble the cat in the latest issue of Animal Connection, a newsletter full of interesting and heartwarming stories from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Fall 2012 CONNECT: Fall CONNECT 2012 will officially begin on Thursday, Sept. 20. As a result of this shift, move-in days will take place on Tuesday Sept. 18 and Wednesday Sept. 19. Contact Brian Stroup about move-in days. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. Event details: email Leslee.Mayers@oregonstate.edu


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

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

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 29.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant – Extension Administration invites applications for a full-time, 12-month classified Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #0008715. Closes June 3.

Analyst Programmer 2University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0009044. Closes June 4.

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.

Public Information Representative 2 – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Public Information Representative 2 position. Posting #0009046. Closes June 8.

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.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Fitness Services and Education Coordinator position. We seek creative initiative with a passion for fitness. Posting #0009071. 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.

Work/Life Coordinator – The Office of Academic Affairs invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Work/Life Coordinator position. Posting #0009070. Review of applications will begin on June 6, 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

NEW! Kidder Hall Access: Due to repairing both the north and south entrance doors to Kidder Hall, building access will be affected and limited on north and south entrances from May 23-31.


Corvallis: Cloudy skies and rain today, with a high near 58 and low of 47. If you can’t get away from the Oregon rain, you can travel electronically, with the next in our series of bicycle-inspired clips.

Central Oregon: It has been very windy here so hold on to your hats. A 20 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind between 8 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. 

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