OSU Today

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Physicians and hungry children (Oregonian)

The Childhood Hunger Coalition has developed a number of tools to assist physicians and other professionals. An online continuing education course, Childhood Food Insecurity: Health Impacts, Screening and Intervention, is geared to health care providers working with children and their families. The course is sponsored by Oregon Health & Science University, accredited by the American Medical Association and offered through Oregon State University.

Scientists document effects of market policy changes on three West African countries (Voice of America)

Researcher Laurence Becker of Oregon State University said some local farmers stopped farming.   Food production fell and unemployment rose.

Hospital hires efficiency expert (Gazette-Times)

When Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center wanted to increase efficiency and lower its operating costs, the Corvallis hospital tried a novel approach. It hired an industrial engineer. “Everything’s a process — if you are trained to see the process in it,” said Brenda Buckman, a 2009 graduate of Oregon State University’s industrial engineering program, who has a minor in business.

The fight over sugar beets (OPB Think Out Loud)

The show, which broadcasts at 9 a.m. on OPB radio, is expected to feature OSU’s Steven Strauss. It rebroadcasts at 9 p.m. tonight.

Cap or cork, it’s the wine that matters most (Science News)

“Wine quality should really be judged by the wine, not the cork,” said Michael Qian of Oregon State University in Corvallis, who led the research. “The right kind of screw cap is just as good as a cork, or even better, because it is more consistent.”

Bend OSU campus may take hit under new plan (Bend Bulletin)

Bend’s Oregon State University-Cascades Campus could be more vulnerable to future budget cuts or tuition hikes if lawmakers follow through on proposals to give Oregon’s state-funded universities greater independence.

Scientists form ‘swat’ team to combat pests (KVAL)

Scientists at Oregon State University are looking for ways to control the spotted wing Drosophila suzukii, otherwise called a vinegar fly.

That pig will do (Gazette-Times)

It was the 20th annual Oregon State University Project Pig Sale, and most of the animals would be leaving with new owners to be raised as 4H or FFA projects.

Scott Palmer plays a role in downtown Hillsboro revival (Oregonian)

Oregon State grad is using theater to help revitalize downtown Hillsboro.


JoAnne Trow will speak about the history of women at OSU from 11:30 to 1 p.m., in La Raza Room, 208 Memorial Union. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/wage/celebrating-history-women-osu-dr-jo-anne-trow

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: The first Women’s Day at Oregon State was held in 1924; the event expanded to a full weekend of activities, known as Women’s Weekend, in the 1930s.  In 1947, it became Mother’s Weekend which continues today as Mom’s Weekend.

Upcoming events

NEW! Jo Anne Trow, OSU Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Emeritus, was recently honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as a distinguished recipient of the 2010 Pillar of the Profession Award.  The Division of Student Affairs invites you to a reception on April 14, 3 to 5.p.m in the MU Lounge. celebrating Jo Anne’s on-going service to OSU and the Corvallis community.  Contact jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu with accommodation requests by April 9.

NEW! The Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces Innovator in Residence series. The guest speaker is Frank Cloutier, who is Director of a “Clean Tech” company called Future Vehicle Technologies. He will give a talk titled “How to start up not just a company – but an entire new industry. . . again,” April 8, 1-2 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium.

NEW! Check out the library’s spring workshop offerings for faculty. These workshops are designed to help you stay organized (EndNote/Web, Zotero) know your publication rights (Author’s Rights), engage in web-based collaboration (Google Docs) and learn about using Creative Commons content (Share Alike). The Spring 2010 workshops begin April 6 and continue through  May 12.  Register and find out more information about the following workshops at this site:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 Questions? Contact Uta Hussong-Christian at uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

NEW! OSU will receive the award during an Arbor Week tree planting at 11 a.m. on April 8.  The event will be held at the southeast corner of the LaSells Stewart Center. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend the ceremony and help plant a commemorative tree. Students from OSU’s new Arboriculture class (HORT 447 / FOR 447) will be on hand to promote Arbor Week tree planting.

Powered by Orange fans can celebrate in the Memorial Union Concourse on March 31 with the “Spring into Orange” event. OSU students can visit the Powered by Orange booth in the quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to participate in a campus poster project. Participants will have their pictures taken, get to share in video interviews how they’re Powered by Orange and get a free t-shirt, while supplies last. One lucky participant will be chosen to be featured on a campus banner this fall. Free orange snacks and Powered by Orange products will be available.

OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: The Ins and Outs of Interviewing. April 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willamette Industries Seminar rooms, 3rd floor-Valley Library. When was the last time you interviewed for a job? Come to this workshop to learn how you can best present yourself in an interview situation—whether you’re new to the process or a seasoned pro. You can always use more practice, so join Career Services as they walk you through the interview process. They’ll teach you how to navigate tough questions, market your unique skills and background…and make a stellar first impression. This event is free and open to all. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

The Starker Lecture Series contines April 6 with “Markets for Ecosystems Services” by Bettina von Hagen, CEO of Ecotrust Forest Management, Inc. She will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 107. This year’s series focuses on Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms.

Ron Reuter, associate professor of natural resources at OSU Cascades Campus, will speak on “Canada: It’s NOT part of the US,” from noon to 1 p.m. April 7 at Cascades Campus as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118. Reuter recently explored the Province of Alberta as a fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute. Come learn of his discoveries in the Great White North and why Canadians like to say, “we’re just like the US, except we’re not”.

Home births are common in much of the world, less so in the U.S. Melissa Cheyney of OSU’s Reproductive Health Lab will talk about the birth “divide” at the April 1 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

Jane Hirshfield , a nationally renowned American poet known for her evocations of everyday illuminations, will read and discuss her work on April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library at Oregon State University.

Evelyn Reynolds (now Riat) is retiring after 30 years of service to OSU. The Center for Teaching & Learning will be holding a retirement party for her in Milam 215 on April 1, 11:30-1:30. Please drop by and wish Evelyn best wishes as she begins a new chapter in her life. Light food, dessert, and drinks will be provided.

The 34th annual OSU Gerontology Conference takes place April 8- 9 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This two-day conference is open to the public and features 40 workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information for health and human services professionals and others interested in learning more about aging. In addition, 11 top rated videos will be shown and more than 25 exhibitors will offer information and products. To register and see the complete schedule of activities visit http://www.osugero.org Cost is $190 two days ($220 after 4/5), $100 one day ($125 after 4/5), students $50 for two days, those 55 and over $50 per day.

Seminars and symposiums

Research in Tribal Communities Mini-symposium, April 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program and Environmental Health Sciences Center are pleased to present this mini-symposium on important issues related to working with tribal communities. Anyone currently or planning to partner with tribal communities is welcome to participate. You must register to attend. Registration is free, and lunch is included, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2qymms1eab86e27

News for Employees

NEW! The Office of Admissions is hosting the last two Spring Visit programs for prospective students on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5.  The visitors will be a mix of admitted students taking a last look at OSU before committing, high school juniors and college transfer students.  There will be approximately 500 visitors on campus for each event.  Parking and traffic in retail food areas may be impacted.  Please see http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/springvisit.php for complete details and schedules for both events.

NEW! When was the last time you made $333 a minute? The Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces The American Dream Elevator Pitch Competition April 16 at LaSells Stewart Center. Pitch your idea to a panel of judges. Tell them what your venture does and convince them why it is compelling to customers and investors. There are two divisions: student entrepreneur and entrepreneur. Prizes awarded for first two places in each division. Over all top three pitches will be awarded cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $200 for third place. Lunch provided. Open to all students and the community.
There is also a class to help you prepare for the elevator pitch competition April 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1003 given by Jean Bonifas of Springboard Northwest. RSVP to mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu as space is limited. For more details: http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/aep/Elevator_Pitch_Competition.pdf

NEW! The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program will be offered again this year to recognize and encourage scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and potential societal contributions among students pursuing graduate education in Oregon. One annual graduate fellowship valued at $5,000 will be awarded to successful nominees from Oregon State University, Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Willamette University.  Nominees must be full-time graduate students Fall 2010 in a program leading to an advanced degree. Nominees must have at least one more academic year remaining before completion of their graduate studies. The award may be used at the discretion of the recipient to cover tuition or expenses. Please refer to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/future/universityclub.html for eligibility and procedural requirements. In order to ensure proper consideration by the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee, nominations must be received by the Graduate School by April 12.

OSU is partnering with WeCar to offer car sharing on campus. Available by the hour or by the day, WeCar gives you the convenience of car ownership without the hassle and expense. The hourly, overnight and weekend rates (which vary for students and faculty/staff) include up to 200 free miles, gas and basic insurance protection. Two Prius hybrids, available 24/7, will be stationed near the Memorial Union and Weatherford Hall on the corner of 26th and Jefferson Way. For more information or to sign up visit http://wecar.com/ or contact wecar@wecar.com

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Instrumentation for Materials Research – Major Instrumentation Projects (IMR-MIP) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program.
Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/imr-mip.html
NSF – IMR-MIP program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10552/nsf10552.htm
Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, April 19, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent for the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/brc.html. NSF – BRC program site: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5448 . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is April 26 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

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

The Retention and Graduation Rate Report for Fall Term 1994 – Fall Term 2008 Cohort Classes is now available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page: This report includes summary tables of OSU’s retention rates, graduation rates, dropout rates, retention and graduation rates by gender, race/ethnicity, and residency, and retention and graduation rates by academic unit. The Migration Report for Fall Term 2003 Cohort Class is also available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page. The study provides detailed information on enrollment, graduation, retention, attrition, and migration of the cohort class over a 1-year to 6-year time span. With this study, each college can track the migration patterns of their students and determine the graduation, retention, and attrition rates of students in their college cohort from 2003-2009.

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees: Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website listed below for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2010. An employee recognition committee selects, from your nominations, two recipients to be honored at the University Day ceremonies with the presentation of plaques and a cash award of $500 each. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, 122 Kerr, by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html


Accountant I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005474. Closing Date: April 11. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Vice President for Research invites applications for a Faculty Liaison for the Research Office. This is a part-time (.50 FTE), professional faculty position and limited to tenured faculty with full or associate professor rank. Appointment will be through Sept. 15, 2010. The Faculty Liaison position is intended to give faculty members an opportunity to observe, participate in, and take responsibility for a variety of functions performed by the OSU Research Office staff. This individual will report to the Vice President for Research and work with the Directors of the Offices of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity, and Technology Transfer. Faculty Liaison, Research Office — Internal to OSU Only, Part-time. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0005451. Closing Date: April 17.

Research Fishery Biologist/Assistant Unit Leader, Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University, F/T, open to U.S. citizens. To review posting WR-2010-0260 and apply, go to http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=86985317&JobTitle=Research+Fishery+Biologist%2c+GS-0482-12+%28KP-DEU%29&q=&where=97331&x=0&y=0&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&pg=1&re=3&AVSDM=2010-03-22+00%3a03%3a00. Closing date is April 19.

Assistant Director for Residential Education, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University, F/T, external search. To review posting P0005413 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is April 15.

Part-time Lab Technicians: The Ice Core Lab in the Department of Geosciences is looking for temporary  part time help analyzing gases in ice We are looking for people with good quantitative skills, excellent attention to detail, and reliability. We also need people who can maintain a very regular schedule. We have one position that requires work most or all mornings, and another that requires work most or all afternoons (starting at about noon). We also are looking for people who might be here in the summer. No previous lab experience is needed, but some knowledge of Windows and spreadsheets is needed, and other technical ability welcome. To apply the positions, email Edward Brook (brooke@geo.oregonstate.edu) and Jinho Ahn(jinhoahn@gmail.com).

OSU Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Professional Faculty position as Diving Safety Officer (DSO). This is a part-time, 12 month fixed term position (20 hours a week) salary is commensurate with education and experience. The DSO is responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and conduct of OSU academic and research diving operations and will provide diving instruction to faculty, staff, and graduate students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005374. Closes April 9. OSU is AA/EOE.

Fiscal Coordinator 2, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, internal search. To review posting 0005430 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is today.

Director – Extension Family and Community Health Nutrition Education Program, Oregon State University, Full-Time. To review posting and apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56025 Closing Date April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way at 30th St: Due to construction related to the LPSC project, a portion of the east bound lane on Campus way at 30th Street, will be intermittently shutdown. This work will begin at 7:30 a.m. on April 12 and should end by 6 p.m. April 16.

Free parking: Student lots are now open, no permits required through April 2. Spring permits for staff and students are now available for purchase at the Transit & Parking Services office.

Waldo Hall: Due to the removal and replacement of the flooring in the first floor hallway, access to all spaces on the first floor will be restricted. Construction crews will be working with large equipment to remove and replace the existing flooring. As a result, there will be increased building traffic and loud noise associated with this construction. The construction should conclude by 5 p.m., April 2.

26th Street: Due to roadway repair work, the north and south bound lanes of 26th Street, north of the Jefferson Way intersection, will be temporarily closed through April 2. The north bound lane will remain closed through April 2. Parking will remain open on 26th Street between Jefferson Way and Campus Way. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. The north bound lane will be reopened by 5 p.m. on April 2.


Corvallis: Lawns are turning into swamps, spring outfits are being shoved back into the closet for warmer clothes, and damp is all around. We may even see thunderstorms this afternoon, as highs reach 51 with an overnight low of 36. Showers continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring” ~George Santayana. A lot of your are probably not in love with our spring so far in Central Oregon. Another rainy, possibly snowy and windy day with a high near 43 degrees and frosty overnight low around 23 make it pretty hard to believe it really is spring.

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