OSU Today

Thursday, April 1, 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.

Enjoy a foolproof April 1 (MSNBC)

A current e-rumor claims Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson (Michelle Obama’s brother) had his job saved by federal stimulus funds. Oregon State University says Robinson’s job was never in jeopardy. After all, he’s the most successful OSU men’s basketball coach in 20 years. And there’s no indication Oregon State got any special treatment from the federal government. (See also Ecampus News)

New pest spurs funding effort (Capital Press)

West Coast researchers may be in line for up to $5.7 million in specialty crop grant funding this summer to help fight the spotted wing Drosophila. The money could dramatically ramp up efforts to fight the pest and help the scientists develop long-term solutions, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Dean Stella Coakley said.

OSU professor elected by global group dealing with transportation (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professor Starr McMullen has been elected president of the Transportation Research Forum, an international organization of academics, practitioners and government officials interested in economic, management and public policy issues related to transportation.

Macy, King win city’s top honors (McMinnville News-Register)

Funeral director Steve Macy was named Man of the Year at the McMinnville Jaycees’ annual Distinguished Service Awards banquet Monday night. Macy graduated from Oregon State University before joining the family business, Macy & Son Funeral Directors, which he runs with his brother, Scott.


OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: The Ins and Outs of Interviewing. 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

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 from 11:30-1:30 p.m.. 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.

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 noon 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Think you want to try acting? Now is your opportunity! Join the student- directed One Act Festival  and take the stage. Everyone is welcome to audition. There are dozens of roles for men and women in a dozen  plays. Some actors may be cast in multiple parts. Auditions April 7 and 8, 7 p.m. in Withycombe 062 – Green Room. All plays will participate in Tech Weekend from April 29-May 2. No prepared monologues necessary.

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.

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

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”.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Spring 2010 Workshops: All teaching faculty, staff, and graduate assistants welcome. Registration is required for all workshops. 15 Survival Skills for Instructors, April 7, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Milam 215. This session will be of particular interest to instructors new to teaching, but serves as an excellent review of some of the best practices used in classrooms today. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl, send an e-mail to CTL@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2804.

OSU faculty and staff who plan to retire in the next year or two should participate in a pre-retirement workshop scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. April 7, in the Journey Room of the Powell Leadership Center in the Memorial Union. The workshop will be an engaging exploration of the physical, psychological, and social aspects of retirement. It will present research to reinforce your hopes and dreams, allay fears, and open your mind to the possibilities of retirement.
Clara Pratt and Peter Bloome will facilitate the workshop, sponsored by the OSU Retirement Association. This workshop is among the most popular offered by OSURA and is open to all current and former OSU faculty and Staff.

Michael Murphy, one of Ireland’s most progressive dairy farmers, will speak at the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council 2010 annual meeting April 7-8 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis. Murphy, who owns and invests in farms in Ireland, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and Missouri, speaks April 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. His topic is “Making a Profit from Forages.” On-site registration is $50 for members and $85 for non-members. Membership fees are $35. To receive a $10 discount on the meeting, pre-register by March 31. For more information and to register, contact the Douglas County/OSU Extension Service office at 541-672-4461 or log onto http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/lf/workshops.

The James M. Craig Memorial Lecture takes place April 7, 7 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center. The guest speaker is Greg Velicer from the Department of Biology at Indiana University. The title of his presentation is “Social intrigues of the microbial realm.” Why live in groups rather than in isolation? Why cooperate with or cheat on your neighbor? How do the genetic foundations of social behavior evolve in real time? Hear how these questions that have usually been asked about animals are relevant to bacteria and why microbial cooperation is important for human agriculture and medicine.

A clinical professor of surgery from the Yale School of Medicine will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University on how physicians, and health care in general, have been depicted throughout history. The illustrated lecture by Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland begins at 7 p.m., April 8, at LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Auditorium. Nuland’s talk, “The Artist Observes the Doctor: Half a Millennium of Scrutiny,” will use paintings, portraits, illuminated manuscripts, textbook illustrations and other forms to illustrate the ways artists have depicted physicians and their activities. In such ways, a great deal is revealed about the growth of medicine from perhaps the 14th century until modern times.

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.

Oregon State University has been named a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Oregon Department of Forestry. 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.

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.

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.

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

Seminars and symposiums

Greg Velicer, associate professor with the department of biology at Indiana University will present a research seminar on “Evolutionary discovery of a small RNA that controls multicellular development in bacteria,” on April 8 at 10 a.m. in ALS 4000.

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 Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) is accepting nominations for the 2010 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/ . This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/criteria.html and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu , COSID Awards Committee Chair.

NEW! 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams will be at OSU April 23, 24 &25. Her weekend will be devoted to working with 14-19 year olds from around the northwest helping them become leaders for positive change in their communities and the world. If you know a teenager who could benefit from the unique opportunity, contact the child’s school office or PeaceJam@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-3172 or help sponsor a child. Registration deadline April 3. Cost $75 per child. Need based scholarships available. http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/peacejam/

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.

Do you know a business that is Powered by Orange? One owned by an Oregon State alum, or that has lots of OSU alums working there or are just friends of OSU. PBO businesses drive innovation, support economic growth and serve the community. Starting in April, one business a month will be selected for the Orange Spotlight including a feature story, promotion on OSU’s social networks, and more. To nominate a business, go to poweredbyorange.com/2010/03/01/orange-spotlight/.

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.

The deadline for Exemplary Employee Award nominations for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees has been extended! 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 $500.00 each. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, 122 Kerr, by April 15. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html


Food Service Worker 3 for OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University, F/T Academic Year position, external search. To review posting P0005478 and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is April 9.

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.

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 today. 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: This morning it was cold enough to make the eyes water, but not quite cold enough to freeze the tears to your cheeks. But it’s cold because we lack that thick cloud cover we’ve had the last few days. It actually is going to get sunny today, but highs will only reach 54. Rain returns late tonight with a low of 37, and showers continue through the weekend.

Central Oregon: It appears we may get to enjoy a nice little break from all the rain/snow we have been getting lately with sunny skies and highs and lows at 46 and 25 degrees.  Take advantage of the opportunity to get out in the garden and plant something because “Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.” – Lou Erickson

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