OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 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.

Coach (and brother-in-law) to Obama: Stick to your game plan (Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinal)

So, Craig Robinson, head men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University, what advice to have for your brother-in-law, President Barack Obama, heading into Tuesday’s night’s debate with Mitt Romney?

Oregon State: 100 percent neon-free (Wall Street Journal)

Oregon State continued its eye-rubbing run Saturday, beating Brigham Young 42-24 in Provo, Utah, to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1939. On Sunday, OSU climbed to No. 8 in the nation, rare enough air that one wonders if they make oxygen masks that fit over giant Beaver teeth.

Largest class gift in history results in new campus entrance (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University will dedicate a new entrance to its campus — paid for by the largest class gift in its history — on Saturday before the homecoming football game.

Getting in the spirit (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University has officially kicked off its week of homecoming events leading up to Saturday’s home football game against Utah. A few downtown businesses already have put up black and orange window displays, and some students have completed an OSU history-themed scavenger hunt, but the biggest events are yet to come.

Travel writer Terry Richard gets in on the Civil War debate (OregonLive)

Who has the best campus, UO or OSU? Travel reporter Terry Richard will be visiting the University of Oregon this week and Oregon State University next week, Wednesday through Friday each time.

Oregon Latinos retaining Spanish more than previous generations (Phys.Org)

These initial research findings, part of a larger study being conducted by Oregon State University researcher Susana Rivera-Mills, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Linguistic Association of the Southwest conference.

Metabolic melodies (Gazette-Times)

Kevin Ahern’s musical lilt to his biochemistry lectures is a hit with Oregon State students.

Higher-dose use of certain statins often best for cholesterol issues (Democrat-Herald)

“Statins are proven medications that can reduce heart attacks and strokes by about 30 percent in the patients that need them,” said Matt Ito, a professor of pharmacy practice at Oregon State University, author of the study and president-elect of the National Lipid Association. (see also the Examiner, MedCompare)

OSU fraternity to check residents’ smoke alarms (Gazette-Times)

Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Oregon State University will be going door-to-door today in the 5000 block of N.E. Elliott Circle to check residents’ smoke alarms.

Communication can help reduce risk of STDs among black teenagers (Private MD Labs)

New research has shown that by getting the right information from medical, social and educational outlets, black teenagers are less likely to contract STDs. According to Oregon State University (OSU), the rate of STDS is ten times greater among black adolescents in urban areas who come from low-income families than it is for white teenagers.

The pine beetle problem (Check Biotech)

David Shaw, a forest health specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service in Corvallis, says that, likely due to warmer temperatures, the size of the epidemic is now at the northern limits of the beetle’s range.


Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Tuesday, Nov. 13, all in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $28 (cash, check, debit/credit, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Free Workshops @ The Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Fall 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series offers sessions on EndNote Web (Oct. 17, 8 a.m.) and Mendeley (Oct. 18, 4 p.m.), two more great citation manger tools. Register for these and upcoming sessions at: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions? Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Personal Branding:  Kathrine Giacchino,  Rubicon Educational Foundation & Pinky Gonzales, Founder of Upriver Solutions will present on personal branding and how it impacts future career opportunities.  They will speak on Oct. 17, noon to 1:50 p.m., in Kidder Hall – Room 278.

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: David Olszyk, Research Life Scientist from the US EPA, National Health and Environmental Effect Research Lab, will present a seminar “Assessing Off-Target Impacts of Herbicide Drift on Plants.” He will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon in Ag Life Sciences 4001.

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 Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Anita Morzillo of OSU will present “Opportunities to integrate human-nature conflicts and preferences in natural resource and climate decision-making” on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Dr. Axel Brunger, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University, will present a seminar “Insights into the molecular mechanism of synaptic vesicle fusion” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Ag Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Adell Amos, University of Oregon, School of Law will present “The Role of the Federal Government in Water Resource Law and Policy” on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

“Philosophy and Science in 19th-Century Austria:” A talk by modern intellectual historian David Luft on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. Luft will explore the life and work of Bernard Bolzano (1781-1848) and Franz Brentano (1838-1917). Free and open to the public. The talk will be held at the Memorial Union Journey Room on the OSU campus. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shp/

“Practice of the Wild:” A film screening and discussion, will be held on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. This film follows Pulitzer Prize winning poet and naturalist Gary Snyder and novelist Jim Harrison as they wander the trails of the central California coast interspersed with archival material exploring Snyder’s life and work. The free, public event will be held at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center in the Construction & Engineering Hall. Information: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Peggy Cherng, co-founder of Panda Express will present “Projecting Passion: Inspiring the Panda Culture” on Oct. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Peggy Cherng, an OSU alumna, will share how a small business grew into a global company and created a culture of its own. Free. For more information: 541-713-8044 or business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls

Upcoming Events

NEW! History of blackout at OSU: Come to the Alumni Center’s Willamette Room this Friday, Oct. 19 at noon to learn about the History of Beavers in Black! We will discuss the history of Blackout events at OSU, the history of  Black-Face in our country, and lead an engaging discussion regarding how we all, as members of the OSU community, can progress toward an inclusive campus environment.

NEW! Homecoming parade and bonfire: Oct. 18, parade starts at 6 p.m.,  Sixth and Jefferson. Bonfire and pep rally at 7:15 p.m., parking lot south of Adams Avenue.

NEW! Broadway in the MU: Oct. 19. Featuring 2012 Alumni Fellow and Broadway singer from Porgy and Bess, Roosevelt Credit, MU Lounge, 3:15 p.m.

NEW! RecSports Alumni Tailgate: RecSports invites you to tailgate with RecSports faculty, staff, students and other RecSports alumni on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 20, 2-hours before game time, outside of Dixon’s West Entry). Join us for snacks and socializing! Learn more here: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/recsports-alumni-tailgate-saturday-oct-20

NEW! Fall Career Fairs: University Wide Career Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Engineering Career Fair, Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. There will be more than 185 employers from various industries and graduate schools attending. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career.

NEW! Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Karin Magnuson presenting “Tend your Garden – Grow Your Possibilities”. We can get caught up with working hard & meeting everyone’s expectations we forget to take the time to stop, breathe, and reflect on what our efforts mean. Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

SEIU meeting: An SEIU Classified Workers meeting will be held Oct. 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Pan Afrikaan Room in the MU. We will be updating those who attend on finances, CAPE, bargaining plans, and will have a discussion based on the Oct. 16 OUS alternative insurance presentation. A light lunch will be provided.

OSU mystery writer: At the Oct. 18 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Ron Lovell, emeritus professor of English and journalism, will discuss his career was a mystery writer. Triad meets in the LaSells Stewart Center, Ag Leaders Room, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

10 Tips to Building a Perfect Resume: Learn how to use these 10 Tips to building a successful Resume! Nancy Hawkins will present on Thursday Oct. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Kidder Hall room 202. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

TAC Webinar: NEO – New Educator Organization | Professional Development, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Are you new to teaching at OSU? Wondering where to find what you need, and who to ask? This webinar addresses commonly-asked questions and gives an overview of support available to instructors of all stripes. Oct. 18, 3 to 3:50 p.m. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=657. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars

“Religion, the Presidency, and the 2012 Election:” This talk by political historian Mark Rozell, will be held Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Rozell will explore the role of religion in presidential decisions through time and the role faith is playing in the 2012 election. The free public event will be held at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center in the Construction & Engineering Hall. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/

How to Apply for URISC Awards: Kevin Ahern, Director for Undergraduate Research will present a workshop for students aimed at helping them to fill out URISC applications for the upcoming Nov. 5 deadline. The event will occur on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in ALS 4001.

Music a la Carte: Oct. 19 – The Julians, Female Vocal Quartet from Portland. Noon, MU Lounge.

Learn about Ocean Acidification and Coastal Hypoxia: Free, public event at Tillamook Bay Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Discussion panel includes OSU scientists from College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (Jack Barth, Burke Hales, and George Waldbusser) and College of Science (Francis Chan), and Alan Barton from Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery. Details at www.piscoweb.org/node/522

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Building a Stairway on the Ivory Tower: Communicating Science to a Skeptical Public: Oct. 19. Presented by Ellen Bishop 2012 OSU Alumni Fellow, noon, Burt 193.

NEW! How smart are octopuses?: Renowned octopus expert and retired Seattle Aquarium biologist Roland C. Anderson speaks about giant Pacific octopus intelligence – how smart are they, what can they do? The free public lecture starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 20, at the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Visitor Center in Newport, which is celebrating October as Octopus Month.

NEW! Understanding Long Term Care:  Barb Koontz, Financial Advisor, CUSO Financial Services, L.P. and Diane Steeves, CLTC, Diane Steeves & Associates, present a “ Bring your Lunch and Learn” explaining LTC insurance and how it fits into retirement planning.  Two workshops are Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon, and  1 to 2 p.m., in MU Room 211. RSVP kallam@osufederal.com

Dept. of Chemistry Linus C. Pauling Lecture: Speaker Robin Hochstrasser, the Donner Professor of Physical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Tracking water molecules in proteins” on Friday Oct. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center (Construction and Engineering Hall). A reception will follow the lecture from 6 to 7.30 p.m.

Open Access lecture: As part of International Open Access week, Cable Green, director of Global Learning for Creative Commons will speak on, “Expanding the open agenda: From open access to an open education.” His talk takes place Oct. 26 in the library Main Rotunda. For more information: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/counting-down-international-open-access-week-october-22-26-2012

Military communicator guest lecture: Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan will speak at OSU on Oct. 26, at noon in MU 109A. Buchanan is deputy commanding general for I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the State of Washington. He was the Director of Strategic Effects in Iraq, where he supervised the US Forces-Iraq strategic communication mission. He also served as the spokesman for US Forces in Iraq.

P&T overview: Henri Jansen, Chair of the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee and Becky Warner, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs are giving an overview of the promotion and tenure (P&T) process/guidelines on Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Owen 102. This session is designed for department heads and chairs, as well as chairs of P&T committees. An additional forum will be held this Spring and will focus on faculty members who are going up for promotion and/or tenure in the near future. RSVP to sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu before Oct. 24. This session will also be streamed live via the web. at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: Non-tenured faculty with split appointments between two units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Faculty Senate purposes. Faculty who do not choose will be placed in an apportionment unit by the Faculty Senate Office. Contact Vickie Nunnemaker by noon Oct. 22 to indicate your choice. Provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned.

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Declining Senator Election – All currently employed academic, research and professional faculty are eligible to be elected to a Senator position and represent faculty in their respective apportionment unit. To decline being placed on the ballot, please access the form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/vote/decline/comment.php no later than Nov. 1. All faculty are eligible to participate in the two below elections this fall.
1)  Faculty Senate President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senator.
2)  Faculty Senators.

NEW! Keck Foundation: The Keck Foundation seeks to support outstanding basic research in science, engineering and medicine that will have a significant impact in solving complex issues and problems. Guidelines for concept papers: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/keck. Information contact: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for concept papers: Nov. 19.

Art submission deadline: The Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center is accepting art submissions for the upcoming show, “Oregon Waterways: The Rich Abundance from Streams to Ocean.” Deadline is Oct. 22, 4 p.m. Online registration is https://conferences.bus.oregonstate.edu/Conference/november-art/registration or call 541-737-2402.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., MU 206 to receive public comment on proposed rule changes regarding fees; the faculty mediator for grievances; student immunizations and background checks for critical or security-sensitive applicants, employees and volunteers. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules, contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu. Please direct requests for accommodations related to disability to Beth Giddens by Dec. 10.


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

University Housing & Dining Services – Dining Unit is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Assistant, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009757. Closes Oct. 17.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 10 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1 for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (1 year, with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. This position will be located in the Marion County Extension office in Salem. Posting # 0009747 Closes Oct. 17.

The Clackamas County Extension Office in Oregon City invites applicants to apply for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. The position provides Tree School clerical and registration support, registration processes for Small Farms School and other Extension educational activities. This position will be located in Oregon City, Oregon. Posting # 0009778 to apply. Closes Oct. 18.

Program Representative 2 – The Office of Sponsored Programs invites applications for two (2) full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Representative 2 positions (working title is Assistant Grant and Contract Officer). Posting #0009763. 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 Office of Business Affairs/Office of Post Award Administration Office invites applications for an Office Specialist 2. Posting #0009782. Closes Oct. 19.

This recruitment if for one part-time (approximately 6 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences located in the Klamath County Extension office in Klamath Falls. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year from the appointment begin date. Posting # 0009799. Closes Oct. 20.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Systems Integration Manager at OSU. The System Integrations Manager is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. Closes Oct. 21. To apply or for additional information, please contact Rhonda Maillard at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

The Research Office invites applications for one part-time (.20 FTE), 12 month Director of the Office of Research Integrity. This position is open to regular status OSU employees only. The Director has a critical role for overseeing the compliance programs and for coordinating activities of the compliance groups broadly across campus. Posting #0009802. Closes Oct. 22.

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0009777. Closes Oct. 22.

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 Benton County office of OSU Extension Service is recruiting for one full-time Office Assistant 2 position. To apply to posting, please visit Posting 0009808. Posting closes Oct. 23.

This recruitment is for one part-time (approximately 13 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences located in the Jackson County Extension office in Central Point. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year (with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. Posting #0009797. Closes Oct. 23.

The OSU Child Development Center will begin review of applications in the University’s Early Childhood Associate Teacher pool on Oct. 25.  Posting #0009190. Closes Oct. 24.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC). EESC is the educational media support unit for the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Posting # 0009779. Closes Oct. 24.

CAMP Academic Counselor – The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Academic Counselor position. Posting #0009789. Closes Oct. 26.

OSU Conference Services is seeking a full-time Marketing Manager for a fast paced/growing conferences office to promote OSU as a Conference Destination. Position #0009751. Closes Oct. 26.

The Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty and Course Development Specialist position. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting # 0009785. Closes Oct. 26.

The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) off campus is recruiting for one part-time (approximately 30 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) at Oregon State University. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year (with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. This position is located in Hillsboro. Posting # 0009795 to apply. Closes Oct. 28.

Outreach and Industry Relations Coordinator – The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking an Outreach and Industry Relations Coordinator for its Construction Engineering program. Posting # 0009787. For full consideration, apply by Oct. 30.

Technical Services Coordinator, College of Engineering Information Technology. Position is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0009814. Closes Oct. 31.

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.

This recruitment is for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term Assistant Professor (Extension) position in Field Crops and Watershed Management and will be assigned to Malheur County. The appointment period is up to one year. This appointment will be reviewed for possible conversion to a fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Professor of Practice) position after the first year. This position is located in Ontario. Posting # 0009786. Closes Nov. 14.

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.

INTO OSU invites applications for the position of Manager, International Admissions and Academic Support. The Manager of International Admissions and Academic Support is responsible for the oversight and direction of the enrollment process including initial inquiry and application for students to all programs handled by the OSU Office of International Admissions and the matriculation, enrollment and progression from all INTO OSU-administered programs. For immediate consideration, please contact Rhonda Maillard at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Dearborn: Due to emergency elevator repairs, the elevator in Dearborn Hall will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin immediately and a second notification will follow when services have been restored.

Jefferson Way: Due to the Power Grid Upgrade Project, Jefferson Way between 26th & 30th Street will experience congestion, delays, parking closure & one way 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: Well, hello sunshine. Fancy meeting you here. But we all know you’re not staying long. Today’s high will be 65 with a low tonight of 38. Tomorrow we’ll see a bit more sun before the rain returns in the evening.

Central Oregon: We’re getting into some serious fall weather, which for Oregon means changing from one minute to the next. Sunshine today and tomorrow will be followed by some evening rain, then more sun. High today of 61, low tonight of 38.

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