OSU Today

Friday, May 25, 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.

While her husband serves in Afghanistan, Amy Christensen has a mission of her own (Oregonian)

He and Amy corresponded when he went to England as a missionary for two years and reunited at Oregon State University, where he studied the history of world conflict and she studied anthropology.

The Delight of Curry (Environmental News Network)

New research at Oregon State University has discovered that curcumin, a compound found in the cooking spice turmeric used in some curry dishes, can cause a modest but measurable increase in levels of a protein that’s known to be important in the innate immune system. (See also: News-Medical, Enterprise Post News)

Erath Funds Oregon State-Trained Taste Testers To Evaluate Experimental Wines (Wine Industry Insight)

Groups of tasters will gather several times a year for refresher trainings and to evaluate experimental wines made by OSU and Oregon’s commercial wine industry.

Moral decisions may depend on your role in situations (Yahoo)

In the study, lead author Keith Leavitt of Oregon State University found that workers who tend to have dual roles in their jobs would change their moral judgments based on what they thought was expected of them at the moment.

Discarded data may hold the key to a sharper view of molecules (Nanowerk)

Oregon State University biophysicist Andy Karplus and his colleague Kay Diederichs at the University of Konstanz in Germany have now proven that useful information can be gleaned from data that have about five times the noise level that was previously considered acceptable.

Students trek — and sprint — for tuition (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The orange-shirted students were participating in OSU Summer Session’s Trek for Tuition, vying for scholarships in the amount of $2,000, $1,000 or $500 for summer term.

Dairy ranks second in Oregon (Progressive Dairyman)

Oregon’s farmers, ranchers and fishing industry grossed a record $5.2 billion in 2011 – thanks to higher commodity prices, according to a report by the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service.


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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.”

Rulemaking Hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing at 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, regarding proposed rule changes, including setting its annual fees and charges for services during fiscal year 2012-2013, and providing free 3-hour parking permits for disabled campus visitors. For complete details, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/rulemaking-hearing-held-may-25/

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.

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.

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.

University Honors College Thesis Fair: The University Honors College invites all to their 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.

Final Spring Plant Sale: Support the OSU horticulture club and check out the final spring plant sale, 2-5:30 p.m. May 25 in the East Greenhouse. All plants buy one, get one free. Cash or checks only.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! State Treasurer: State Treasurer Ted Wheeler will deliver the annual Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center. His talk, “Investing in Oregon’s Future,” is free and open to the public. A question and answer session and public reception will follow.

NEW! Pauline Kael Bio: Noted journalist Brian Kellow will read from his newly released book, “Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark,” on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. “Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark” is the first biography of The New Yorker’s most influential, powerful, and controversial film critic.

NEW! Reporting Race/Ethnicity: Jodi Rave, renowned Native American reporter, blogger & storyteller, will present “Reporting on Race and Ethnicity” on Wednesday, May 30, 4-6 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Rave is the creator of Buffalo’s Fire, a news blog covering community, culture and communication in Indian Country. Sponsored by Student Media.

NEW! Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence: May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom. Undergraduates from all disciplines will present their current and recent projects, showcasing the diversity of topics, approaches and interests at OSU.

‘They Call Me Muslim’: Faiza Al-Saaidi, instructor of Women Studies, will host a free public showing of “They Call Me Muslim,” a documentary exploring the struggles of young Muslim women in France, where the veil (hijab) is outlawed, and in Iran, where it is mandated. Tuesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. in Owen 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

German Comedy: A free public screening of the 2009 German comedy “Whiskey and Vodka” will show at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Tues., May 29, at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. Hollywood Reporter described the movie as having a “a whimsical Woody Allen vibe.” The event is sponsored by the German Program at OSU.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Modeling Community Spring Seminar Series: Dave Turner will present “Assessing climate change effects on forest productivity in the Pacific Northwest” on May 29, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000.  Seminars are held each Tuesday of Spring term, from 2-3 pm in ALS 4000, and are free and open to the public.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Joseph Heitman, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine, will present a seminar “Evolution of Sex in Fungi” on Wednesday, May 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

NEW! Forest Field Trip: Flynn Creek and Needle Branch watersheds, Capstone Field Trip: A Tour of the “Alsea Revisited” Watershed Study Area. May 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information go to http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu

Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series: Peter Kennedy, from Lewis & Clark College, will be the guest lecturer for the EcoEvo Seminar Series on Tuesday, May 29. Kennedy’s topic is, “A fresh look at the specificity paradigm of Alnus-associated ectomycorrhizal fungal communities.” 2:30– 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001.

Horticulture Spring Seminar Series: May 29, 4 p.m. Speaker: Joseph Rothleutner, OSU Horticulture Graduate Student, “Renovating Urban Forest; Invasive, Bio-diversity and Bio-security” ALS 4000.

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 Elaine Phillips will be held from 11-11:45 a.m. May 30 in the MU213.

NEW! Employee Reception: Good bye Reception for Carla Cogburn – Carla is resigning after 12 years at OSU. Join us to wish her the best on May 31, from 2:30–4 p.m., in 228 Milne Computer Center.

NEW! Webinar: Clickers, Effective classroom questions with Darren Forrest . Wednesday, May 30, 9:15-10 a.m. In this webinar we will cover several pedagogical techniques for using clickers effectively. TurningPoint is the audience response system (i.e. clickers) that OSU uses. Please register for this webinar here.

NEW! Host Webinars: Introduction to Hosting Webinars with Adobe Connect with Mark Dinsmore: Wednesday, May 30, 1-1:50 p.m. Learn the basics of hosting an Adobe Connect webinar at OSU. Who to contact, how to prepare, set up and conduct your first webinar(s). Please register for this webinar here.

Paper Sale: Printing and Mailing Services is offering surplus paper at bargain prices. Choices include an assortment of colored text and cardstock – including popular Astrobrights – and pre-drilled three-hole 20# white. Visit http://printmail.oregonstate.edu/surplus-paper-sale for a complete list of paper selection and prices. Paper may be purchased using a department index or cash/card with valid OSU ID. Questions, call 541-737-4941.

English Newsletter: The English Letter, the annual newsletter of the proposed School of Writing, Literature, and Film, is now online. Stories on Joyce Carol Oates, an interview with OSU’s Tracy Daugherty, alumni news, and much more featured.

Webinar Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series: Online Testing: How to Use Standard CMS Tools to Reduce Cheating Tuesday, May 29, 10-11 a.m. Brian Morgan will highlight a variety of features found in most course management systems that can be effectively utilized to reduce cheating in an online testing environment. To register, visit TAC BITS page.

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.


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.

Director of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation. Applicants must currently be a tenured Associate or full Professor at OSU. Posting #0009037. Closes May 29.

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.

Research Analyst 2 -The Office of Sponsored Programs invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Research Analyst 2 position. Posting #0009088. Closes June 6.

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.

The Office of Business Affairs are accepting applications for a full-time, Accountant 1 position. Posting 0009093. Closes June 12.

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

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 through May 31.


Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, with a slightly warmer temperature of 67.  A 20 percent chance of rain all weekend, with temps hovering near the high 60s. Now, enjoy another bicycle clip to give you inspiration for the three-day weekend.

Central Oregon: Very wet and rainy day. A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59 low around 37. Breezy, with a north wind 16 to 19 mph.

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