OSU Today

Thursday, March 11, 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.

Oregon Tilth partners with OSU (Growing Magazine)

Organic certifier Oregon Tilth has agreed to provide funding to Oregon State University’s small farms program so that the university can continue its research and educational efforts for organic farmers.

Santa Monica sushi chef charged with illegally selling whale meat (Los Angeles Times)

The samples were sent to Scott Baker, associate director of the highly regarded Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. Baker determined that the meat was sei whale. (See also CNN, KIRO Seattle and KTVU San Francisco)

One less footprint (Regal Courier)

Last year, Oregon State University statistics professor Paul Murtaugh tapped into a hornet’s nest when he published a study measuring the environmental consequences of having a baby.

New INL Institute will bolster lab/university nuclear research (Nuclear Street)

The link between Idaho National Laboratory and university nuclear researchers is getting stronger. INL is teaming with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, The Ohio State University and University of New Mexico to form the Institute for Nuclear Energy Science and Technology (I-NEST). The institute’s goal is to help define INL’s long-term nuclear energy research and development strategy.

In Northwest waters, scientists track dead zones (News-Tribune, Tacoma)

“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.” Barth and others say the changes are consistent with current climate-change models. Previous studies have found that the oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. “If the Earth continues to warm, the expectation is we will have lower and lower oxygen levels,” said Francis Chan, a marine researcher at Oregon State.

Career day gave teens the taste of a job hunt (Gazette-Times)

Mock interviews were the highlight of the second annual Benton County High School Career Convention on Wednesday at Oregon State University. More than 850 juniors from Corvallis High, Crescent Valley, College Hill, Philomath, Monroe, Alsea and Community Services Consortium attended this year’s event.

Historical society offers glimpse of museum plans (Gazette-Times)

The society has completed a $2.3 million storage facility next to its headquarters and museum in Philomath and has taken custody of the 60,000-item Horner Collection from Oregon State University.


Transit & Parking Services will be closed today from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Three Fingered Jack performs today 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!

Deep-sea exploration will be the focus of Ph.D. student Brandon Briggs’ talk at today’s noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in the MU, room 109. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783. Read more about Briggs’ research in the new issue of Terra, http://oregonstate.edu/terra/2010/winter/depths-discovery

Stress Free Zone takes place from 11 am. to 2 p.m., in Dixon Recreation Center. Sit back and relax and enjoy free snacks and beverages during dead week along with good stress busting information. The stress free zone is the third event for the Power Up Challenge.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its March workshop, “Navigating the Dynamics of Power and Privilege”  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 .

Today’s Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20100311.html. The Promotion and Tenure Guideline Revisions will again be discussed. The meeting takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Botanist Helen Margaret Gilkey earned a master’s degree in botany from Oregon Agricultural College in 1911 and the next year enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of California at Berkeley. She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Botany at Berkeley when she completed her degree in 1915. She continued as a scientific illustrator at Berkeley until 1918, when she returned to OAC as an assistant professor. She was also appointed Curator of the Herbarium, a position she held for 33 years, until her retirement in 1951. Under Gilkey’s watch, the college’s herbarium grew from 25,000 to 75,000 plant specimens. Gilkey wrote more than 40 articles and books during her academic career and was one of the world’s leading experts on underground fungi (truffles) and tubers. In 1996, Gilkey was inducted into the Berkeley Women’s Hall of Fame. 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! After over 12 years of service in the Surplus Property Department Patsy Hendricks is retiring. Business Services will be holding a retirement reception for her in MU 208 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on March 15. Please come join us in thanking her for all her hard work over the years.

NEW! A second March Science Pub Central Oregon takes place March 16 at the Bend McMenamins. Frank Bernieri, associate professor in the OSU Department of Psychology, will speak about “First Impressions.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

Share a unique and exciting cultural exchange opportunity with an international student by becoming a Host for the OSU Homestay Program managed by University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS). As a host, you will be providing an amazing living- learning op­portunity both for the students and for your household. Hosts are provided compensation to cover expenses. We are currently seeking short term and long term hosts. There will be an informational orientation on March 13 at 10 a.m. in the Large East Conference Room at Market Place West Dining Center on Campus. For more information, please visit our web site: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay/ or call 541-737-8754

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and the Oregon State University Beavers have scheduled the fifth annual free OSU Youth Football Clinic to enable interested young people to learn football from some of their Beaver gridiron icons. Boys and girls in grades three through eight are eligible. The event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 13 at the Truax Indoor Center, located northwest of Reser Stadium. OSU head football coach Mike Riley, his coaching staff and players will be there to teach football skills and running drills. Registration is not required, but a $5 donation to help support the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis athletic scholarship fund is suggested. All participants should wear warm indoor/outdoor clothes and football or gym shoes.

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.

Oregon State graduate students in Mechanical Engineering will present their beta prototype of products they’ve created for Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center clients on March 18, 6 p.m., at the Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1853 Airway Rd., Lebanon. To RSVP call 541-258-8121.


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! Faculty/Staff Fitness(FSF) spring term registration begins Monday, March 15.  All faculty, staff, GTAs/GRAs, spouses/partners, retirees, and affiliates of the university qualify. Online schedule of classes can be found at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/fsf-activity-classes-spring-2010-schedule .  Have a question? email pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.

NEW! The April issue of Discover magazine features OSU forestry professor Bill Ripple in a story about the “ecology of fear,” a term coined by Ripple to describe the impact of top predators on ecosystems. The story describes research by Ripple and Bob Beschta to document changes in Yellowstone National Park since the reintroduction of wolves in 1995.

NEW! L.L. Stewart Faculty Scholars Program Nominations are due no later than March 29, to the Office of Academic Affairs, 628 Kerr Administration Building.  Additional information regarding the nomination and evaluation process can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/documents/Stewart Scholars.doc

NEW! Approval has been received for the OSU Outreach and Engagement Award which replaces the OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award. This award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The criteria and nomination form is available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/outreach/; the deadline for nominations is April 5.

Campus Works Newsletter! Facilities Services now has the spring issue of their Campus Works newsletter posted on the main page of the Facilities Services website. Campus Works can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/index.html.

The latest issue of Synergies, the monthly news update from the College of Health and Human Science, is now online at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

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. 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/.


Assistant to the Director for the Office of Community and Diversity. F/T Office Specialist 2, $2138 – $2960/monthly + benefits. Responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative support to the Director, clerical, administrative and business activities of the office. Sensitivity to cultural differences and needs is paramount to the effectiveness of the office. To apply and for a complete position announcement see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005376. Closing date: March 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants and Contracts Technician: The Arts and Sciences Business Center invites applications for a Grants and Contracts Technician. This is a Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005350. Closing date is March 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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

Waldo Hall: Due to testing on the fire alarm system, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms will sound during this time. Outside Contractor Securecom will be working to test and reset the building fire system. During this time period the elevator may be inoperable.  The testing will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 10 a.m.

Langton Hall: Due to necessary repairs to the pools filtration system, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all classes or events scheduled. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 26.

Gilbert Addition: Due to necessary repairs on the building water supply system, all industrial and domestic hot & cold water services to Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 24.

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 should end by 5 p.m. today.


Corvallis: Anyone suffering from that lingering cough that’s going around knows how miserable a wet morning commute can be. Unfortunately, that’s what we’re dealing with for the next few days. Rain continues throughout the day with a high of 54 and an overnight low of 46. Tomorrow will be showery with some strong wind.

Central Oregon: Look for it to start warming up a bit as snow showers early in the morning may turn into rain showers in the afternoon with a high near 47 degrees and overnight low around 36. Rain is expected the rest of the week but at least it won’t be this bad…“One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain… and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night…” –Forrest Gump

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