OSU Today

Monday, March 8, 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.

Investigating underwater waves (BBC)

Scientists from Oregon State University are carrying out experiments to find out what is happening within the waves.

In the West: 20 Towns of the Future (Sunset Magazine)

Corvallis is ranked as a forward-thinking energy town. (Sunset has also ranked Corvallis as one of the top five best eco-friendly small towns.)

Oregon state professor wants to help power a nuclear renaissance (Oregonian)

As head of Oregon State University’s nuclear engineering program, Jose Reyes is responsible for OSU’s safety tests of a next-generation Westinghouse reactor likely to be the first one commissioned in the United States since the Three Mile Island accident.

Sage grouse left off endangered and threatened lists for now (OPB)

OPB follows an Oregon State University scientist who is studying the hens, and looking for ways to reverse the decline in sage grouse populations.

Intense war news reduces remembering ads (UPI)

The more graphic and intense war news is, the less likely TV viewers will remember the advertising that follows the news, U.S. researchers say. Keven Malkewitz of Oregon State University and Damon Aiken of Eastern Washington University surveyed 396 college students in three universities.

State Treasurer Westlund succumbs to cancer (KGW)

Westlund was the chief legislative advocate for creating the Cascades Campus of Oregon State University in Central Oregon. (See also Bend Bulletin)

Growing low-oxygen zones in oceans worry scientists (Miami Herald)

“The real surprise is how this has become the new norm,” said Jack Barth, an oceanography professor at Oregon State University. “We are seeing it year after year.”

Non-fiction review: ‘Wild Comfort’ by Kathleen Dean-Moore (Oregonian)

Pay attention is the message of “Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature” by Kathleen Dean Moore, a philosophy professor at Oregon State University and the director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.


At 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Quad, the OSU Pre-Therapy and Allied Health Club, in association with the National MS Society, will unveil a 280 sq ft “MS” constructed of 7,000 oranges to symbolize every individual that has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the state of Oregon. Volunteers are needed at 10 a.m. to help unload, organize, and distribute oranges as well as to form a clean-up crew from 1 to 1:30 p.m. So bring your friends, wear your orange shirts, and take a break from studying to join us in the quad and be a part of something big, special, and orange! Contact Kimberly Olson at olsonk@onid.orst.edu for more information.

International Women’s Lunch Bunch, 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. Today Cynthia Maharani speaks about Indonesia.

Former Center Research Fellows Adam Rome and Robin Schultze will return to the Center for the Humanities, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., for two presentations. At noon Schultze will lead a discussion on “The Future of the Book? Testing the Sony Electronic Reader at Penn State.” At 4 p.m. Rome will speak on, “The Genius of Earth Day,” as part of the Center’s regular Monday lecture series. Schultze and Rome were in residence at the Center in 2005-06. Both are on The Pennsylvania State University faculty.

Science Pub Corvallis features CSI: The Science of Corvallis tonight at Old World Deli, starting at 6 p.m. Featured speakers are Lt. Brad Putnam, who oversees the Springfield Forensics Lab for Oregon State Police, and Erik Power, a biomechanical engineer with Hayes & Associates, a Corvallis-based consulting firm that provides expert accident and injury reconstruction for civil and criminal trials.

To raise awareness about the Orange & Black Scholarship Fund, the OSU choirs will perform a special concert titled “Sing Out!” at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. The purpose of the concert, which will feature the OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce, and the Meistersingers, is two-fold. First and foremost, the choirs want to share their music with the community, but secondly, the music department wants to highlight the importance of scholarships for music students at OSU. Admission to “Sing Out!” will be $10 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with their school ID card.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Ida Burnett (Callahan) is the only woman pictured in one of the earliest known photograph of Oregon State faculty, taken in 1883.  Ida Burnett was a standout student while in school and was hired immediately after her graduation in 1881 by President Arnold to assist W. W. Bristow in the preparatory department. She rose to become assistant professor of English at OAC and during the early 1920s was president of the Oregon Federation of Women’s Clubs.  Callahan Hall is named in her honor. 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! Key congressional staff from the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will be on campus March 9 to provide OSU students with information about internships in both Washington DC and Oregon: 2:30-3:30 p.m., 303 Gilkey Hall. The forum will include Jeffrey Levensaler Washington, DC-based Deputy Chief of Staff and  Maribeth Healey, Deputy State Director.   The OSU Alumni Association will also be on hand to provide information about available scholarship opportunities. Sponsored by OSU’s Office of Government Relations.

NEW! Classified staff are invited to a conversational meeting with President Ray and Provost Randhawa from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 16, in MU 208 La Raza.

NEW! It is Lunch and Learn time again!  Come and learn valuable information about finding and keeping quality childcare. The discussion takes place from noon to 1 p.m., March 10 in MU 109A. This event is sponsored by the Child Care and Family Resources Office and is open to all OSU parents.

International Women’s Lunch Bunch, March 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. The March 10 event features Tawalin Opastrakoon of Thailand.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its March workshop, “Navigating the Dynamics of Power and Privilege” March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Corvallis – Benton County Public Library. This workshop will feature OSU’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs Larry Roper, speaking on exploring the dynamics such as power, privilege, marginality and mattering as we seek to make sense out of organizational relationships. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu .

Three Fingered Jack performs March 11 during OSU Music a la Carte, noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. A student health nurse practitioner gone wild on cello and pennywhistle! A Research Office staffer strumming Irish bouzouki and guitar. In addition, a local bodhran (Irish drum) player/vocalist and a fiddler/vocalist. Get a head start on St. Patrick’s season with some of the finest Irish traditional music in the mid-valley!


NEW! IWW Special Seminar: High-frequency field-deployable isotope analyzer for hydrological applications, March 12, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson 107. Speaker: Manish Gupta, OSU Department of Chemistry. This seminar will be presented live at OSU and as a cyberseminar to the CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science) network. Gupta is an analytical and environmental chemist who works on the development of innovative, laser-based techniques and their application to environmental issues. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Water and Watersheds.

News for Employees

NEW! Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for a weeklong writing residency at Mount St. Helens. The Mount St. Helens Field Residencies will take place July 18-24, and will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Mount St. Helens Science Pulse, a gathering of ecologists and research scientists who are engaged in field work on Mount St. Helens. Residency writers will be able to join ecologists on field trips to various locations on Mount St. Helens, interact informally with scientists, and to focus on writing projects that embody creative responses to the volcano and its varied landscapes and the role of volcanic landscapes in the imagination and culture of the Northwest. The residencies are sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University; the US Forest Service; and the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research group. Deadline for applications is May 1. For more information see http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

Do you know a business that is Powered by Orange? One owned by an Oregon State alum, or that has lots of OSU alums working there or are just friends of OSU. PBO businesses drive innovation, support economic growth and serve the community. Starting in April, one business a month will be selected for the Orange Spotlight including a feature story, promotion on OSU’s social networks, and more.
To nominate a business, go to poweredbyorange.com/2010/03/01/orange-spotlight/.

Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.
March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.
April 26, 10: to 11 a.m.
May 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held March 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. The next 13-week session begins on March 30. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Providence you may call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. If you have Kaiser you may call 866-301-3866 to get a WW access code. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106. Come to the Open House on March 23 with any questions you have.

There is still room in the small group sessions with Dr. Ray on April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. and May 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. These sessions are open to academic, research and professional faculty. If you’d like to visit with Dr. Ray regarding a topic of your choice, please indicate for which session you’re available and provide the following to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu: name, email, unit and faculty category (i.e., professor, professional).

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. For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html. Deadline for submission of nominations is March 17.


Administrative Program Assistant: The College of Science Deans Office invites applications for an Administrative Program Assist.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005080.  For full consideration apply by March 17, closing date is March  26. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accounting Technician, College of Forestry Business Office at OSU. F/T, $2,138 -$2,960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005341. Closing Date: March 12. OSU is an AA/EOE

Director – Extension Family and Community Health Nutrition Education Program, Oregon State University, Full-Time. To review posting and apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56025 Closing Date April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: March 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 1-Department of Chemistry, F/T, $1923-2595/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0005325 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date March 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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

Wilkinson Hall: Due to emergency repairs to the building air supply fan, the building air services (ventilation) to Wilkinson Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all room on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m. March 11.


Corvallis: March is a month of surprises, things you never saw coming, like Sandra Bullock winning an Oscar, or the possibility of a snow storm after the daffodils are in bloom. A cold front has moved to town, bringing with it temperatures that will drop to 28 tonight, along with the chance of showers and a high of 51. There could even be a thunderstorm today. But rain and above freezing lows will return by tomorrow afternoon.

Central Oregon: It’s not spring quite yet! If you haven’t seen them already, snow showers may show up throughout the day and early evening. A chilly high around 39 degrees and overnight low near 17 will lead us into similar forecasts for the rest of the week with sunshine not expected until Thursday. Hopefully this will mean fresh snow on the mountain because, as Bill Watterson once said, “Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.”

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