OSU Today

Tuesday, May 29, 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.

Delicious news: Curry might help keep you healthy (Oregonian)

Taste this, curry lovers: Oregon State University researchers report that a compound in the spice turmeric, often used in curries, can help prevent infection. (See also: Daily Mail, Star-Tribune)

Women in Tech (OPB Think Out Loud)

Terri Fiez, professor and head of Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, is one of the featured guests on this episode exploring women missing out on tech sector jobs.

A push for prison reform (Oregonian editorial)

I am a biochemistry and biophysics honors student at Oregon State University. Over the past term, I have participated in a criminology class that has given me the opportunity to explore the impact incarceration has on communities.

OSU distributes commencement tickets, prepares for a well-attended ceremony (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Along with a speech by first lady Michelle Obama, anyone planning to attend Oregon State University’s June 17 commencement can expect other big changes compared to previous ceremonies.

OSU-Cascades Expansion Seen as Key to ‘Accelerate Bend’ (KTVZ)

With plans in the works to expand OSU-Cascades to a four-year university, some of that stability could soon become a reality.

Rising CO2 promotes weedy rice (Science News)

Last year, Carol Mallory-Smith and Elena Sanchez Olguin of Oregon State University in Corvallis reported that resistance to the widely used weedy-rice-killing herbicide imidazolinone was being witnessed in commercial U.S. fields.

Spotted wing drosophila makes early appearance (Capital Press)

“This year, earlier crops such as strawberries and potentially cherries, will be more susceptible than they were the last two years,” said Vaughn Walton, an Oregon State University Extension entomologist in Corvallis.

Igloo encourages OSU to ditch bottled water (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

An igloo is an odd sight in late May — actually, it’s an odd sight in Corvallis just about any time — but one nevertheless stood in the middle of Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Quad on Thursday afternoon.


NEW! Honors College Forums: OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the campus forums for finalists for Dean of the University Honors College, held at the MU Journey Room, as follows: Susan Capalbo, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 10:45-11:45 a.m. May 29; Dan Edge, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife: 10:45-11:45 a.m. May 30; and Toni Doolen, Associate Dean of the UHC, 2-3 p.m. May 31.

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

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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

NEW! HerStory Professor Awards: The University Honors College will be holding a reception to celebrate student nominated favorite female professors and their outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service contributions to OSU. Please plan to join us Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m. in the MU Lounge to honor these amazing women and their significant impacts on OSU. Refreshments will be provided.

NEW! Summer Music: This summer marks the return of must-see concert events, starting June 1 with OSU’s Battle of the Bands and followed June 2 by the Flat Tail Music Festival. Both free shows are sponsored by OSU Summer Session, and will be on the MU Quad. The headlining act for Flat Tail is the Seattle-based hip-hop team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

NEW! Editorial Festival: Two national magazine editors will discuss the ins and outs of magazine writing, editing, and the creative process at an OSU-sponsored panel discussion called “The Editorial Connection: Editor-Writers on Magazine Writing and Publishing.” The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, at The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison. The free public program begins at 7:30 p.m.

NEW! Edgar Allan Poe: An original stage adaptation by graduate student Adrieanne Underwood of two of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Mystery of Marie Roget” will be presented in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall at 7:30 p.m. May 31, and June 1-2. Free admission; donations accepted.

NEW! Alcohol and Drug Prevention: Student Health Service’s IMPACT program welcomes community members to attend an open presentation on high risk drinking and drug prevention. The presentation will be Thursday, May 31, at 1 p.m. in MU 211.

NEW! PFLA Spring Fling: The PFLA Spring Fling Luncheon and Silent Art Auction will be held Thursday, June 7, from 11:30-1 p.m. at The Vue, downtown Corvallis, 517 SW 2nd Street, $15 per person. Complimentary shuttle available. To register online for the event, please go to: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4980

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! OSU Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture: Daniel Jaffee will be giving a talk titled “Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival” on Friday, June 1, at noon in MU Journey Room.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Recycling Tip of the Week: Special Recyclables. Did you know that all of the following is recyclable if collected separately: batteries, confidential materials, electronic storage media, electronics, ink/toner cartridges, scrap metal, packing peanuts, plastic bags and other film plastic, special hard plastics, Styrofoam and scrap wood? Get the how-to’s on Campus Recycling’s blog.

NEW! TAC Math: Dream Realizations uses current brain research and cognitive theory to generate visual numbers that have enabled 99% of test students to understand the foundations of Algebra and Calculus. Join this TAC sponsored webinar on May 29, at 1 p.m. in our Adobe Connect Webinar Room. Please preregister for this event here. For questions, please contact us at TAC@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Beat the Rush: Take advantage of the early online 2012-2013 permit sales starting August 20. Enjoy the convenience of having the permit mailed to your home or office. In addition, you may pay parking citations online and submit online appeals. Log onto our website http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps or contact us by email transitandparkingservices@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Faculty Forum: The OSU community is invited to address aspects of the Student Assessment of Teaching proposed by the Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force. The forum will provide faculty with an opportunity to discuss Student Evaluation of Teaching. The forum will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. May 31 in Kidder 202 and webcast live at http://live.oregonstate.edu and may be viewed after a few days at http://media.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Farewell Event: Please join the School of Civil and Construction Engineering as we bid a fond farewell to Niki Schulz. Niki joined OSU in 2007, and has been a valued member of the University, College of Engineering, and the School of CCE. Please drop by Kearney Hall Atrium between 3:30 and 5 p.m. May 31.

NEW! Ag Progress: In the newest issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine, we take flight with new technologies that fuel jets with plant oils and track the global movement of everything from molecules to whales.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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: Mix of clouds and sun today, with a high near 70. We are nearing the finish line with our May dedications to the bicycle, so enjoy.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69 and low of 37 tonight.

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