OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 8, 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.

Support needed to keep breast cancer survivors exercising (Portland Examiner)

Breast cancer survivors are encouraged to exercise to keep the disease from recurring. A study published October 4, 2012 by Oregon State University researchers provides valuable information about how to motivate women to continue exercising – something they say takes confidence. (see also Medical News)

50 years later, memories of the Pacific Northwest’s ‘storm of the century’ holds strong (Register-Guard)

Overnight the storm waned but left 45 people dead in the Pacific Northwest — five in the Eugene-Springfield area and 22 in Oregon — dozens more injured and property damage that in today’s dollars would equal $1.4 billion, according to Robert Sahr, a political scientist and inflation conversion expert at Oregon State University.

It’s been a record dry spell for the valley (Gazette-Times)

Based simply on history, Portland’s forecast for Oct. 4 should include 30 percent a chance of rain, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “Everyone kind of feels like something’s missing,” Dello said from Corvallis. “When the students come back, usually the rain starts. School’s been is session for two weeks now, and it’s not raining.”

OSU addresses litter, safety concerns caused by smoking ban (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University officials are addressing complaints about a litter problem on the edge of campus on Southwest Western Boulevard.

Dry, sunny weather makes Oregon vintners hopeful (OPB)

Patty Skinkis is a viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University. She says the dry, sunny weather has been really good for the development of the vine canopy and the grapes.

Child sex abuse experts share tips for parents (OregonLive)

Freyd and colleague Kathryn Becker Blease, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s School of Psychological Science who focuses on child abuse and trauma, recently answered questions from the Omamas about child sex abuse. Their answers, which were provided by email, have been edited for clarity and brevity.

Oregon moves up in entrepreneurs’ top 10 (KTVZ)

“For our programs, last year we served about 150 students at Oregon State University, and had over 150 volunteers from the business community judging student presentations, participating in mock interviews, and mentoring the students for the entire week,” O’Brien said.

Tillamook’s tsunami sirens become source of controversy (OregonLive)

“To me that really points to the disconnect between what people think the sirens will do for them and what they will do,” said Patrick Corcoran, Oregon State University Hazard Outreach Specialist. “The extent to which you are mad about this and think the sirens are a good thing that are being taken away is the extent to which you do not understand what to be afraid of. You are demonstrating you are focused on distant event and not the local event. You think the sirens are going to help you when the earthquakes happens and they won’t.”

 Tom Marsh recalls history of Oregon in new book (Statesman Journal)

The book itself took years to come to fruition. But it finally has been published by Oregon State University Press.

Oregon State breaks into the AP top 10, joining No. 2 Oregon(Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University has joined the University of Oregon among the top 10 teams in this week’s Associated Press college football poll.

Marbled murrelet still struggling (Statesman Journal)

Kim Nelson with Oregon State University helped get murrelets listed 20 years ago, and she’s not optimistic about the bird’s future.


Oregon Sea Grant student symposium: Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) invites the public to its inaugural Scholars Day Symposium to be held Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Joyce Powell Leadership Center Journey Room. Attend for all or part of the afternoon. Join us for a panel discussion, a poster reception, and eight presentations by students currently or recently supported by OSG’s marine and coastal science programs. For agenda and information, visit http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/education/sea-grant-scholars/scholars-symposium. Questions: seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu

Science Pub: At the Oct. 8 Corvallis Science Pub, Kathie Dello will delve into Oregon’s perfect storm, the weather event that still stands as one of the state’s most damaging natural disasters. The deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service warns that it could happen again. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

German film festival: The “Biber Blick I – German Film Festival,” takes place in Corvallis Oct. 8-12. It celebrates both recent releases and a retrospective of films from the 1970s and 1980s by East German filmmaker Iris Gusner. The festival is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. All films are subtitled and will play at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.

Latino issues panel: “Reaping the Seeds of our Heritage,” panel presentation on the history of Latinos in Oregon. Monday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Valley Library main floor rotunda. Natalia Fernández, José-Antonio Orosco, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry and Susana Rivera-Mills will discuss the Bracero program, Cesar Chávez, and current demographics of the Latino population. Music by local guitarist Jim Garcia. This is the inaugural reception for OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement. Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

Socratic Club debate: “Is Christianity Good for American Politics?” is the subject a Socratic Club debate on Monday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers are Dinesh D’Souza, co-director of the documentary movie, “2016: Obama’s America,” and Michael Shermer, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society. The debate is free and open to the public. For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website: http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused.

NEW! Lunch and Learn: Taking Leave at OSU, Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon to 1 p.m., MU 211. Joining us will be Kyla Mangini, FMLA Consultant, Human Resources and Marty Fisk, Associate Dean, Graduate School. We’ll be discussing the “ins and outs” of how a leave of absence can be pursued here at OSU – either for a student or a member of the faculty or staff.

NEW! Chicana artist reception: “Del Corazón: By Heart,” an art exhibit by Corvallis painter Analee Fuentes, whose work reflects her Latina cultural identity. Opening reception for Fuentes, part of OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement’s inaugural week, will be held 4:30-6 p.m., Oct. 10, at OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery. Exhibit will be displayed Oct. 8-31. Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

NEW! Speed Mock Interviews:  Sign up on Beaver JobNet (http://oregonstate.edu/career/speed-mock-interviews) for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing! Bring resume.  This event will take place on Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 208.

NEW! Mentoring workshop: Sylvia Ann Hewlett, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, will lead an interactive workshop entitled “Roadmaps for Effective Mentoring” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Agricultural Production room at the LaSells Stewart Center. It will include lunch at noon. The program, which is open to the OSU community, will help to clarify best practices for overcoming barriers to women’s career advancement in a university setting.

AOP October Brown Bag Lunch: Tuesday, Oct. 9, noon to 1 p.m. at the West Dining Hall East Conference Room. Speaker: Rick Spinrad, OSU Vice President for Research, speaking about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the connections to OSU. Door prize. Please R.S.V.P to Laura.Frye@oregonstate.edu

OSU Moon Tree Dedication: Join the Oregon NASA Space Grant and the OSU College of Forestry for the Moon Tree Dedication at 2 p.m., Oct. 10, at Peavy Hall to celebrate astronaut and Oregon smoke jumper Stuart Roosa and the Apollo 14 Lunar Mission. For more information about this event and about Moon Trees go to http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/osu-moon-tree-dedication.

Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Fall 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series kicks off on Oct. 10-11 with basic and more advanced sessions on using EndNote and Zotero, both great citation manger tools. Register for these sessions and many more: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions? Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

‘Ethnic Notions’ documentary: A documentary on prejudice and stereotypes will be screened on Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m., in the MU Journey Room. Ethnic Notions is Marlon Riggs’ Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Requests for accommodations related to disability: jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu: or calling 541-737-0715.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Brad St. Clair of USFS will present “Adaptation of Forest Trees to Climate Change” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Ed Weber of OSU’s School of Public Policy will present “Beyond the Foundation: Achieving Robust Durability in Watershed Collaboratives” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – How to Make them a Part of Your Job Search: Lea McLeod, Founder of Degrees in Transition will be speaking on using social media in your job search on Tuesday Oct. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the OSU Library: Willamette East & West Rooms.

NEW! Lecture on work-life for women: President of the Center for Work-Life Policy, economist and Columbia University professor Sylvia Ann Hewlett will give a lecture at OSU on Oct. 24, 7 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center. Her talk, “High-Octane Mentoring,” will focus on sponsorship and workplace flexibility as strategies to maximize career advancement for women. A reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 p.m. Free childcare will be provided at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Latino population talk: “The Global Implications of Latino Population Growth and the Search for Common Ground,” keynote address by Juan Andrade, Jr., president of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, for inaugural week of OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

Lifelong STEM Learning Seminar: Oct. 9, 4 to 5 p.m., Kidder Hall Room 202. The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents the 2012-2013 Lifelong STEM Learning Seminar and Forum series. Dr. Bouwma-Gearhart will kick-off the series by exploring the trend of university-based centers of STEM education, including the motivations and missions of organizations pushing their creation, and the associated perils confronted and promises afforded at major research universities. More info at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/Events including url for streaming and broadcast locations.

Tsunami seminar: Professor Harry Yeh will discuss the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami in Fukushima on Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. in Kearney Hall, Room 112. Yeh will discuss the ecological impacts by tsunami and the persistent effects in the environment due particularly to the absence of human influence in the area, as well as the performance of coastal protective structures, primarily seawalls. Based on our analysis, a failure-resistant seawall design is proposed.

News for Employees

NEW! Employees and dependents at OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is Oct. 19 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Fall 2012.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Library research travel grants: OSU Libraries is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Library Research Travel Grants for the spring funding period (Nov. 2012-March 2013).  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside Oregon. Up to $2000 will be granted for travel to out-of-state libraries and collections. The award must be used for the exclusive purpose of helping to defray the scholar’s long-distance research travel expenses, which include transportation and per diem expenses only. Deadline: Nov. 1. For more information: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/travel-grant or 737-8528 or shan.sutton@oregonstate.edu .

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall 2012-13 Solicitation (Spring 2013 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt . Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Nov. 12.

Gates Foundation – TB Vaccine Accelerator Program: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting letters of intent for the TB Vaccine Accelerator program. The program focuses on key areas where additional investments may be able to fill critical knowledge gaps and generate much-needed tools for enabling and accelerating TB vaccine development. Full description: http://www.grandchallenges.org/GrantOpportunities/Pages/TBVaccineAccelerator.aspx. If you have questions contact: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961. Deadline: Nov. 26.

Faculty Senate Elections: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who are not tenured and have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Please contact Vickie Nunnemaker no later than Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between, the unit with which you prefer to be apportioned, and include ‘Apportionment’ in the subject line.

Gates Foundation: Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Round 3: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the third round of its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge designed to prototype a means of dealing effectively and cost-efficiently with human waste for the 2.5 billion people on earth who currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. Full description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/watersanitationhygiene/Pages/loi-round3-reinvent-toilet-challenge.aspx. Information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 8.

Conversations with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two Fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. Faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Sessions are Oct. 31 from 2:30-4 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 9: to 10:30 a.m. First come, first serve basis. To register: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/


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

INTO OSU invites applications for an Executive Assistant to provide support to the OSU Academic Programs, International Admissions Directors, and Center Director. For immediate consideration, please contact HR Manager, Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8899. Position open until filled.

Printing & Mailing Services is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Assistant-Pre-Press/Graphic Design Customer Representative, full-time 1.0 FTE position. Posting #0009731. Closes Oct.17.

Accountant 2 – The VP for Research Office/Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, Accountant 2 position. Posting #0009745. Closes Oct. 19.

University Housing & Dining Services Residential Education Unit is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009740. Closes Oct. 19.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare. Posting # 0009690. Closes Oct. 15.

Chief Startup Officer. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with executive experience in at least two startup companies to facilitate the development and growth of new companies based on OSU research. Posting# 0009709. Closes Oct. 22.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. The role of the Associate Dean is to help provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the University Honors College. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment. Posting # 0009640. Closing date is Oct. 31.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare. Posting # 0009737. Closes Nov. 16.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position will primarily develop and implement programs in California – home to more than 16,000 OSU alumni. www.osualum.com/jobs

INTO OSU has an immediate need for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Western: Due to natural gas construction, the sidewalk on the north side of Western Blvd and 35th Street (adjacent to Stamm Road) will experience temporary closure delays.  Signage and traffic control will be in place to guide foot traffic.  The shutdown will begin at 7a.m., Oct. 8  and should end by 5 p.m.

Finley Hall: Due to repairs, all steam services will be temporarily shut down in Finley Hall.  This will affect steam heat, hot water and all equipment utilizing steam throughout the building. This shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 and should end by 5 p.m.

Jefferson Way: Due to the Power Grid Upgrade Project, Jefferson Way between 26th & 30th Street will experience congestion, delays, parking closure & one way traffic.  Exceptions will be made for service deliveries, emergency vehicles & limited public traffic.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The east bound lane will remain open, only the west bound lane & parking will be closed. Oct. 8, close the first 8 parking spaces on Jefferson & 30th. Oct. 15, extend the closure to Sackett Way. Oct. 22, extend the closure to 26th.

Gilbert Addition: Due to renovations, restrooms 2 and 3 in Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shut down. Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. This closure should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Dearborn: Due to renovations, rooms 106A and the adjoining room 107 in Dearborn Hall are going to be renovated to create two new ADA restrooms. Room 0001A will be used by the contractor to install new plumbing for the restrooms. Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. Demolition will occur Oct. 3 and there will be noise throughout the day. The room closures will end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.


Corvallis: “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” — White Elk. As the sun continues to shine and we celebrate the harvest season, we have a few more days to enjoy summer-like weather, until the chance of rain moves in by the weekend. Today’s high will be 73 with a low tonight of 43.

Central Oregon: Yet another week of sunshine and slightly chilly temperatures. Today’s high will be 63 with a low tonight of 33.

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