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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013

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.

Admissions leaders and legal experts debate how to define merit (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University has been considered a leader in the field, and officials from the university have periodically credited its “Insight Resume”– in which students respond to short questions about leadership, creativity, dealing with adversity, community service and other topics — with attracting diverse students.

Scientists underestimated potential for Tohoku quake.  Now what? (Science Codex)

In a new analysis published in the journal Seismological Research Letters, a team of scientists led by Oregon State University’s Chris Goldfinger describes how past global estimates of earthquake potential were constrained by short historical records and even shorter instrumental records. To gain a better appreciation for earthquake potential, he says, scientists need to investigate longer paleoseismic records. (see also KVAL, eScience News, French Tribune)

Coat d’Azur (National Geographic Magazine)

Oregon State University researchers were thrilled in 2009 to discover the formula for a new blue pigment, the first new inorganic blue created in more than two centuries. (subscription only)

Residents near Chinese e-waste site face greater cancer risk (Eureka Science Alert)

Residents living near an e-waste recycling site in China face elevated risks of lung cancer, according to a recent study co-authored by Oregon State University researchers. (see also Dublin News, Toronto Telegraph)

Oregon State student’s laptop battery sets mattress on fire (KBOI)

One of the three Oregon State University students who lived in the apartment heard a fire alarm and discovered the fire. He closed the door to the room, which contained the smoke, and evacuated the apartment. (see also KATU)

How to cope with stress better (Yahoo News Australia)

In fact, in an Oregon State University study, researchers found that chronically stressed middle-aged men were almost 50 per cent more likely to die during an 18-year period than those who experienced fewer stressful events. Which of these guys do you want to be?

Nation’s first utility-scale wave energy (Corvallis Advocate)

Newport, Oregon will be the nation’s first utility-scale wave energy test site, the Oregon State University-based Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center announced last week.

OSU’s newest prof, Dr. Sara Robinson (Corvallis Advocate)

Sara Robinson is not your typical Oregon State University assistant professor—as the newest member of OSU’s Department of Wood Science and Engineering, she’s also the definition of a pioneer. Anyone who performs spalting—producing a stunning array of colors in wood by directing the specific interactions of living fungi—probably learned under Robinson’s tutelage.


Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2013 Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series continues with Intro/Advanced Zotero (Jan. 24). Register at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: Defining a R{evolution}ary Agenda: Results of a year-long OSU equity study. Jan. 24, noon to 1 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

Winter Shelter for the Homeless: At the Jan. 24 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Aleita Hass-Holcombe of the Corvallis Homeless Coalition will discuss arrangements for men, women and families for the winter. This week, Triad will meet in the LaSells Stewart Center 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.

Plant science seminar series: Restoration of the ponderosa pine ecotype through cooperation among private forest owners on hazardous fuel reduction. Speaker: Paige Fischer. Thursday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m., Richardson 313.

NEW! The Red Room Presents: OSU Music Faculty: Dana Reason (piano), Kevin Patton (guitar/computer), and Ryan Biesack (drums).  Thursday Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Interzone, 1563 Northwest Monroe Ave., Corvallis. $5 at the door. Supported by the OSU music department.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Support the Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program at OSU: Fundraiser at Pastini’s restaurant – 9th St. and Garfield, Corvallis – on Monday, Jan. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 29.  Mention “Linus Pauling Institute ” when ordering – 50 percent of net proceeds will go to the Healthy Youth Program to help local youth and families achieve optimum health through hands-on learning.

NEW! Library workshops: The Winter 2013 Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series has a busy two days with sessions on EndNote Web (Jan. 30), the Web of Science database (Jan. 30), Basic/Advanced EndNote (Jan. 30) and Mendeley (Jan. 31). Register for these sessions (and additional offerings) at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops

NEW! Lunch & Learn: OSU graduate student Amy Thomson and Westminster House campus minister, Timothy Stover will facilitate a discussion about religious diversity. Questions or accommodation requests related to ability should be directed to jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu. Lunches are welcome, no registration is required, but seating at the Women’s Center will be limited. Jan. 31, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Webinar: TAC.FM, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) & Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). Drop in on our Friday morning TAC Technology webinars. Each week we will take a look at technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Check out our program offerings, topics and show notes at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/tacfm. Fri. Jan. 25, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNeYu

Music a la Carte: Trio de Bellezza of the Oregon Chamber Players. Ranging from Baroque to jazz. Noon, Jan. 25, MU Lounge.

Partnership for Safety and Justice: Jose Guiterrez, an OSU alum and current Youth Justice Policy Organizer, will discuss the Partnership for Safety and Justice. Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Qualtrics survey tool basic training: The powerful Qualtrics survey tool is available to faculty, staff, and students under a campus license agreement. A training webinar will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 1 to 2 p.m.. View the webinar in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or in your office. Please register at http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0GPk75lan3TweZT. OSU Qualtrics link –http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics

Webinar: Collaboration Tools Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Learn about Wikis, Blogs, Journals and Discussion Forums in Blackboard, how they work, and how to determine which ones might be the best option for your course. Fri. Jan 25, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNgzN

Inside Voices: An inside look at what prison is like from the prisoners themselves. Jan. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., MU 211.

Hmong OSU: A night of cultural celebration of the Hmong community will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 26, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A Hmong dinner will be provided for guests. Admission is free but limited to the first 290 people. For special accommodations, email vangsh@onid.orst.edu.

Corvallis Repertory Singers: British Invasion featuring the CRS Chamber Singers. 3 p.m., Jan. 27. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Tickets available at Grass Roots, Gracewinds, and other locations. Info: repsing.org.

International film festival: 2013 Crossroads International Film Festival will held in Darkside Cinema. For complete schedule for the shows starting Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m., visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/

Qualtrics survey tool advanced training: An advanced Qualtrics training webinar will be shown on Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or you can view it in your office. Please register at http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0GPk75lan3TweZT. Please send specific questions about using Qualtrics to Stefanie Buck (stefanie.buck@oregonstate.edu) by Jan. 23. OSU Qualtrics link – http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics

Linn Benton Opera Guild Preview Lecture: Tosca by Puccini, presented by Angela Carlson. 7:45 p.m., Jan. 29, Benton Hall Room 303. Members and students free. Info: 541-757-8949.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Food for Thought Lecture series: Public Lecture: Thursday, Jan 24, 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.  Science Lecture: Thursday, Jan 24, noon, Ballard Extension Hall 200C. Speaker is Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director of Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He will provide a retrospective view on the first Green Revolution in agricultural technology. For more info, visit oregonstate.edu/orb and join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OutreachInBiotechnologyAtOregonStateUniversity

NEW! Plant science seminar series: Snow is good, worms are bad: Climate change and invasive species in the northern hardwood forest. Speaker: Peter Groffman. Monday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Harvard Endowment Lecture Series: Ecological Homogenization of Urban America, by Peter M. Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY. Jan. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.

Speech Communication Colloquium: Elizabeth Root will present her research titled “To Claim ‘Nappy-esque’ Hair: An Autoethnographic Exploration of White Racial Identity” on Friday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106.

Wave Rider: Oregon’s Role in Ocean Renewable Energy: Belinda Batten of the OSU Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) will discuss ocean renewable energy and what role the NNMREC is playing in this field. 7 p.m., Jan. 31, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

News for Employees

NEW! Beaver Strides: Sign up for Beaver Strides now through Friday, Jan. 25. Register online for this FREE walking program for all OSU students, faculty and staff. Attention PEBB members: Beaver Strides qualifies as a HEM activity! http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides

NEW! CL@SE Summer Stipends for Engaged Research: The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Research Stipends for Engaged Research. These are specifically intended to support OSU faculty collaborative, community-engaged research projects. Two awards of up to $3,000 will be granted. Application deadline is Feb. 22, noon. More information can be found on the CL@SE website  or by contacting Daniel López-Cevallos at Daniel.Lopez-Cevallos@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Source: Welcome to the Winter 2013 issue of The Source, a paperless e-newsletter containing many fascinating stories about the faculty, staff, students and programs of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/january

The 2013 Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Jan. 31 and Feb.1 at PSU. OHESC is a platform to facilitate information sharing, networking, and collaboration related to innovative sustainability practices and research among Oregon’s higher education institutions. OSU, PSU and the OUS Chancellor’s Office are lead sponsors. Take part in the effort to maximize our collective potential. Register here or contact brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Honors College courses: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2013-2014 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/current/courses/proposals. For information, toni.doolen@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5974. Deadline is Jan. 28.

Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2012 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31.As of Jan. 22, 163 OSU employees have contributed $85,874. Currently we are 24 percent behind last year’s total contributions of $113,393. We encourage you to make your contribution before the fund drive ends.Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/to give online or send your personalized form to 2012 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Feb. 1 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Winter 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Oregon Women in Higher Education’s 33rd annual conference: Jan. 25 in OSU’s MU Ballroom with keynote speaker Robin Holmes, UO Vice President of Student Affairs. Registration is $50 for students and $125 for faculty/staff. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) has scholarships available for OSU students, staff and faculty who are in need of funding. For more information about scholarships, contact Michelle Mahana at michelle.mahana@oregonstate.edu.

Reception for John Maul: A reception to honor John Maul, former Director of the School of Arts and Communication, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the C&E Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center. Maul passed away from a long illness late last year. John’s wife, Kay Campbell, is hosting the reception. Attendees are invited to write a remembrance of John to be included in a book of tributes. Use 8.5” x 11” paper for inclusion in the book and forward your page to the attention of Loril Chandler, 106 Fairbanks Hall, no later than Feb. 13.

Science Watch Party: ScienceOnline2013 Watch Party at OSU will be held on Jan 31, Feb. 1, and Feb. 4 in Kidder Hall 202. The sessions will be interesting to science writers and journalists; web communicators; outreach specialists; and scientists and students with an interest in outreach, blogging, and social media. Each hour-long session is followed by our own 20-minute discussion. It is free and open to all. Refreshments provided. Registration is required. Registration link and details at http://ehsc.science.oregonstate.edu/watchparty


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

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Library Technician 1 position for the Library at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # 0010131. Closes Jan. 25.

Program Rep 1- Insurance Specialist – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Insurance Coordinator- Program Representative 1. Posting #0010140. Closes Jan. 28.

The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Analyst position. Posting #0009924: Closes Jan. 28.

Administrative program specialist: Diversity Development, a unit of Intercultural Student Services is recruiting for a full time, 12 month, Classified, Administrative Program Specialist with web expertise to join the Cultural Centers (Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, and Native American Cultural Center). Job posting #0010152. Closes Jan. 29.

The Department of Horticulture is recruiting for a full-time Department Head faculty position. The individual in this position will be appointed at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor with tenure. Posting #0009980. Closes Jan. 31.

Systems Development Engineer-Business Solutions Group-The College of Business is recruiting for a full-time, 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #0010042. Closes Jan. 31.

Instructor – The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Instructor for the Forestry Field School. Posting #0010016. For full consideration by Jan. 15. Closes Jan. 31.

Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructional Design Specialist position. The Instructional Design Specialist is a professional faculty member who provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of learning modules; hands-on instructional design support for faculty developing courses interactive learning modules; and consulting support to maintain a future-oriented vision for development. Posting # 0010130. Closes Feb. 3.

The School of Psychological Science invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. Posting #0010153. For full consideration apply by Jan. 30. Closes Feb. 6.

Associate Director Design & Construction – Campus Operations is accepting applications for a full- time Professional Faculty position.  The individual in this position will be responsible for decision making affecting the Campus Planning, Design and Construction, and Construction Contracts units. Posting #0010148. Closes Feb. 8.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – 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, classified, Fiscal Coordinator 1, position. Posting #0010156. Closes Feb. 8.

The Oregon University System, Treasury Operations Division, is seeking a full-time Treasury Operations Coordinator. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/. Closes Feb. 11.

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.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a .75 FTE 12-month, or full-time 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position. Posting #0010127. For full consideration by Feb. 28. Closes Mar. 30.

INTO OSU is recruiting for Human Resources Manager. Primary duties include performing generalist duties in a human resource manager role, with additional office administrative tasks. Salary is $50,000 to $55,000 plus benefits. Position is open until filled. For a full description and/or immediate consideration, reply to the link https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=5018712


Corvallis: Today’s forecast calls for drizzle. Not glamorous, but also not icy. We’ll take it. Today’s high will be 48 with a low tonight of 48, as drizzle turns to outright rain.

Central Oregon: It will be partly sunny today, with a chance of rain tonight, and a high of 47 with a low of 32. Looks like snow might be in store for the weekend.

Newport: Drizzle turns to rain by day’s end, with a high of 49 and a low of 44.

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