OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 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.

Can better communication reduce STD rates among black youth? (BET)

When it comes to lowering the rising rates of STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis among Black youth, condom use is key. But what other tools are out there? A recent report from Oregon State University claims that communication between adults and young people could also help.

10 most inventive states (CNN Money)

Oregon State University is actively courting private industry collaboration to fund research, said Richard Spinrad, the school’s vice president for research. Private investment is up 42% over the past two years, and the number of licensing deals for university patents is soaring.

Manslaughter? Scientists appalled at L’Aquila earthquake verdict (Mother Nature Network)

“The idea is ridiculous, to hold scientists responsible for public policy,” said Chris Goldfinger, a professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University. “First, scientists have almost zero ability to predict earthquakes, and second, have no direct responsibility for public policy. Something has gone seriously wrong in the Italian legal system.”

What life knows: New ideas from biology that could change the world (Living Green Magazine)

The glue that we use has urea formaldehyde in it, and it’s very toxic. Now the blue mussel glues itself under water—its glue actually cures under water. We’ve been trying for 35 years to mimic that recipe, not to harvest this critter and use its glue, but to literally take a page out of its recipe book. Finally, at Oregon State University, a scientist figured out how to mimic it really inexpensively. It’s being tested right now as an alternative to that glue.

Corvallis, Oregon State keeps visitors busy both on and off campus (OregonLive)

For some reason, this campus comparison project is bringing out more response from Oregon State University and Corvallis than University of Oregon and Eugene.

John Gray, the Quiet Lion, dies (Willamette Week)

The pantheon of noble Oregonians made room for another entrant last week with the passing of John Gray. Gray graduated from Oregon State University in 1940, enlisted in the Army and, after the war, went to Harvard Business School.

OSU presents ocean conference in Florence (Gazette-Times)

Scientists, policy-makers and community leaders — including Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes and Oregon State University marine mammal specialist Bruce Mate — will address the theme “Oregon’s Oceans: Bringing the High Seas Home” during the two-day conference, which is open to the public.

Mysterious skeletons of Oregon history (The Tribune News)

The bones were donated to the Oregon State University anthropology department, where they were cleaned and analyzed and served as the subject of OSU student Dawn Marie Alapisco’s Honors College thesis.

Fall career fairs start Wednesday (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will be hosting two career fairs on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Court overturns decision over OSU student newspaper (Register-Guard)

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday revived a conservative student group’s 2009 free speech lawsuit against Oregon State University.


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.

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.

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 David King of OSU will present “Quantitative Forecasting of Climate Change Impacts at Wind Cave National Park” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Wendy Pabich, of Water Futures Inc. will present “Taking on Water: Challenging the Inner Hypocrite” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

The Future is Not the Past: The Role of History in a Changing Landscape,” Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Environmental historian Anita Guerrini will examine how the acknowledgement that most landscapes have long had human impacts has changed the focus of ecological restoration away from historical fidelity. Held at OSU’s Nash Hall, room 032. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/

Pac-12 Fitness Challenge: Oct. 24: Free Beaver Bootcamp, 5:15-6:15 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse. Oct. 24: Free Beaver Bootcamp, 5:15-6:15 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Earthquake Readiness Workshop: Oct. 25, LaSells Stewart Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hourly sessions throughout the day. Free. Sponsored by the Office of Emergency Management.

NEW! Election 2012: At the Oct. 25 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Bill Lunch, emeritus professor of political science, will discuss how races in Oregon and the nation are coming down to the wire. Triad meets in the MU, room 109A, 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.

NEW! The Red Room Improvised Music Series: Seattle based cellist Lori Goldston, (played with Nirvana, Earth) with Jaap Blonk, vocals; Daniel Higgs; guitar; Arrington de Dionyso’ bass clarinet. Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Interzone Cafe, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. All ages- $5 at the door. Supported by the OSU Music Department.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Northwest Philosophy Conference: Oct. 26  from 3 to 6 p.m. and Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 50 regional and national philosophers will visit on the OSU campus to discuss their works in progress and the general theme of “Responsibility.” The keynote address, to be delivered by internationally acclaimed Stanford philosopher John Perry, will be held in the Memorial Union, room 109, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. A full schedule of other speakers and event locations can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/64thNPC

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in MU 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2012.

NEW! 4Cs groundbreaking ceremony: A ceremonial groundbreaking for  the new building at the site of the Centro Cultural César Chávez will take place Nov. 1, 4 p.m., at Centro Cultural César Chávez, 691 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

NEW! Building Community through Diversity: An introduction to the NCBI model, Nov. 30, 9 to 11:30 a.m., MU 206. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to this annual presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the principles and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute’s award-winning community-building model. Everyone welcome. Pre-registration appreciated https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2748&cmd=survey. Contact jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu for needs related to accessibility.

Cross Cultural presentations: ISS: Cross Cultural Mentoring Program invites you to participate in the open forum workshop presentations with the finalists. Oct 25, 11 a.m. to noon, America Darlene Esparza, open forum workshop, Waldo Hall 456. Oct 26, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Lauren Plaza, open forum workshop, Waldo 400.

External Review: All students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in a conversation with external reviewers who will be at OSU as part of the self-study of all university efforts related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Please attend the open session on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. Live stream/interaction will be available (live.oregonstate.edu). The self-study and appendices are available on the Office of Equity and Inclusion website: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/self-study-report.

TAC Webinar: IT for Professional Development, Professional Proficiencies, with Jon Dorbolo. In this session Jon surveys ways that Information Technology (IT) may help with your professional growth. Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Please register for this webinar here. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more general information.

Music a la Carte: Oct. 26 – Halcyon Trio Oregon, Chamber Trio from Linfield College. Noon, MU Lounge

Pac-12 Fitness Challenge: Friday, Oct. 26, free Singles Table Tennis Tournament, 5-10 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse.

Pac-12 Fitness Challenge: Saturday, Oct. 27, free Zumba Party, noon to 1 p.m., Dixon Lower Gym.

Harry Potter music event: On Sunday Oct. 28, costumed Muggles and Wizards alike should descend upon the LaSells Stewart Center for an afternoon of interactive fun, refreshments and music celebrating the Harry Potter books and movies. At 1 p.m., the lobby of LaSells will be transformed into Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and at 3 p.m., the Corvallis-OSU Symphony will perform music from the film in Austin Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. They are available at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music and online at http://cosusymphony.org

PFLA event: Join PFLA for a professional development opportunity. Presenter Karin Magnuson will explore personal values and how they impact our decisions and the way we work as well as identify concrete ways to build a vision from what we value. Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., MU Ballroom. Registration includes a buffet lunch. $20 PFLA members, $40 nonmembers. Register by Oct. 25: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: OSU Beaver Store invites all OSU Faculty & Staff to the annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Call 541-737-4323 with questions.

Turning Conflict Into Opportunity: Meet the new Ombuds, Sue Theiss, to learn about her new office, skills to help you manage conflict, and the importance of being a good bystander to support women through moments of professional adversity. Sponsored by OSU Women’s Network and open to all. Nov. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Willamette Room, Valley Library. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/own/events

Lectures and seminars

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.

How to Ace Your Medical School Interview: Kevin Ahern, Senior Instructor of Biochemistry/Biophysics and a Pre-Med advisor will present a workshop for students aimed at helping them to improve their interview skills. The event will occur on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Indonesian climate change expert: Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Indroyono Soesilo, the Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare for the Republic of Indonesia, and a senior advisor on climate change, will speak at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, on “Global Climate Change: Role of Indonesian Archipelago and Global Challenges,” in the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall.

Coastal conference: Registration is open for the 2012 Heceta Head Coastal Conference, Oct. 26-27 at the Florence Events Center, Florence OR. Co-sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, the conference brings current ocean science and policy to Oregonians. Attendees include university scientists, ocean policy agency staff, politicians, students, and the general public. Featured speakers include Oregon’s First Lady, Cylvia Hayes and the research of Bruce Mate, director and endowed chair of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute. To register: http://www.hecetaheadconference.org/.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Parade of Champions: 40th Anniversary of Title IX Celebration/Dinner: Nov. 10, 5 p.m., Reser Stadium Loge. Tickets ($40) are on sale for the Athletic Department’s celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.  Over 150 former Olympians, All Americans, and Living Legends have RSVP’d.  Come celebrate. Seating is going fast!  Registration: www.ourbeavernation.com – under Events.  Questions: Marianne Vydra 541-737-7496.

NEW! Humans versus Zombies: A student-led activity, will be taking place Friday Oct. 26, starting at midnight and continuing through Sunday Nov. 4 at 11:59 pm, on the grounds of campus.  This outdoor-only tag game features teams of students as humans and zombies, all wearing identifiable head and arm bands with the letters HVZ on them. Players will be carrying brightly colored Nerf toy blasters.  Game moderators will be wearing identifiable arm and headbands.  Any students or staff with concerns should contact Campus Public Safety non-emergency number, 541-737-3010.  Students participating in this event are also asked to stop what they are doing if a campus community member requests them to do so. For more information email mods@osundead.com or visit the HVZ website at www.osundead.com.

McAlexander closed: On Nov. 17, McAlexander Fieldhouse will be closed all day due to a rental for the Oregon Student of Color Conference.

Call to artists: Nov. 16 is the deadline to submit your work for the 3rd Annual Staff Art Exhibit. Show us your creativity! Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit including seeing images of last year’s submissions.

Interactive Technologies Enhance Fruit Fly Research Presentation: Staff from the Spotted Wing Drosophila Project reached out to Technology Across the Curriculum to help the Project optimize a Spanish-language research review and protect agricultural interests across North America. The resulting technical presentation, which married an audience-appropriate pedagogy with interactive technology, was a resounding success. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/is/swd-tac-presentation-technology.

Leadership training: Training & Organizational Effectiveness invites you to apply for the 11th annual “Journey Into Leadership” program. Up to 40 participants from all positional levels of OSU will be selected for this multi-series program, funded for OSU employees by the Office of Human Resources. Apply by Nov. 15. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership for details and to apply.

Travel Agencies and Policy Forum and Survey: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to participate in an open forum discussing performance of the contracted travel agencies (Teel’s and Azumano) and of OSU travel policy. The forum will be on Oct. 29 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. The forum will also be streamed at: http://live.oregonstate.edu/ Feedback may also be submitted via a brief survey is available here until Oct. 31. https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=5202

Recreational Sports: Last Day for Payroll Deduction—Friday, Nov. 2 is the last day to sign up for payroll deduction for your membership. Payroll deduction breaks down the annual or 9-month membership costs into seven equal payments that will be deducted from your paycheck from November through May. Contact Recreation Services for more information at (541) 737-3736. The forms can be found on our website http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/payroll-deduction.

OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi nominations: Membership applications from faculty and students are invited for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Applications submitted by Dec. 21 to Barbara M. Reed, reedbm@hort.oregonstate.edu will have their initiation fees and first year of membership paid by a special grant. Students may apply as associate members. Faculty with several research publications or patents will be initiated as full members. Qualifications and application forms may be found at http://www.sigmaxi.org/member/join/index.shtml.


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

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.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications from internal candidates only for the professional faculty position of Faculty & Course Development Specialist, Posting #0009785. Closes Oct. 26.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 32 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) and Agriculture Department. 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 at the Warm Springs Extension office. Posting # 0009833. Closes Oct. 26.

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.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant in our International Admissions Office. This classified OSU position will primarily serve to evaluate post-secondary transfer courses for advanced credit at OSU and will also serve to support the broader transcript evaluation efforts of the office, working alongside our other undergraduate transcript evaluators. Posting #0009811. Closes Oct. 28.

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.

Faculty Research Assistant in marine toxicology and biology with COMES (Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station), OSU, Newport, OR. Position opening is full-time, fixed-term and requires BS in biology, marine science, oceanography or related field. Posting # 0009830. Closes Oct. 31.

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.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant in our International Admissions Office. This classified OSU position will make daily decisions regarding OSU and INTO OSU undergraduate admissions standards as they relate to admission to Oregon State University programs. Posting #0009806. Closes Nov. 1.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Curry County Office. This position will be located in Gold Beach, Oregon. Posting # 0009834. Closes Nov. 2.

Oregon State University Extension Service is seeking an Extension 4-H Program Coordinator located in La Grande, OR. This is a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0009846. Closes Nov. 5.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician position. Posting #0009818. Closes Nov. 5.

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 Nov. 5.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position for the Extended Campus at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # 0009847. Closes Nov. 9.

Faculty Research Assistant – The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society is recruiting for a part-time .30 FTE position. Posting #0009823. Closes Nov. 12.

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.

Adaptive Technology Program Manager– Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Adaptive Technology Program Manager position.  Posting #0009841.  Closes Nov. 18.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, Associate Dean of Healthy People. The Associate Dean will lead the division through a period of rapid enrollment growth, significant campus transition, and disruptive change in the way higher education is delivered. The anticipated start date for this position is the summer of 2013. Posting #0009794. Closes Nov. 30.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty position. The individual in this position will develop and lead a hospitality management program to be offered at OSU-Cascades. Posting #0009798. Full consideration Nov. 30. Closes Feb. 15, 2013.

Traffic and Maintenance

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: We have another day of chilly, showery weather ahead, but tomorrow we’ll see a brief reprieve as the rains clear up and the sun makes a brief appearance, but rain is back by Friday. Today’s high will be 52 with a low tonight of 42.

Central Oregon: Pesky snow showers will be heading out today, replaced by rain, and tomorrow by a bit of sun. Temperatures will warm enough that any precipitation that returns Friday will be in the form of rain. Today’s high will be with a low tonight of 24.


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