OSU Today

Friday, April 2, 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.

FFA’s principles turn optimism into success (Capital Press editorial)

Last week, in a scene that will be played out in 49 other states over the next few months, more than 1,100 Oregon FFA’ers attended the 82nd state convention at Oregon State University. It was a rousing event that celebrated the solid values and traditions that are the hallmarks of the organization — patriotism, personal responsibility, scholarship, achievement, teamwork and leadership.

Oregon’s agricultural sales wither (Statesman Journal)

“To have so many industries down at the same time flies in the face of what I’ve always said. The standard rule for agricultural economists is that diversification is an upside,” said Oregon State University Extension Service economist Larry Burt.

OSU launches Green Car sharing program (KEZI)

Oregon is paving the way in green car sharing at state colleges. The latest campus to do it is Oregon State University.

H1N1 update (OSU)

Last year there was an increase in the number of flu cases right after spring break, so this year Oregon Public Health advises people to take precautions.

Earthquake in Oregon would be similar to Chile’s (Daily Journal of Commerce)

According to Robert Yeats, a professor emeritus of geosciences at Oregon State University, recent research has shown that Oregon could see an earthquake earlier than previously thought.

Metro helps Portland area residents garden naturally, safely, wisely (The Portlander)

Metro and the Oregon State University Extension Service are teaming up with local organizations and experts to offer dozens of free gardening workshops.

Art notes (Willamette Live)

Iraqi artist Adel Abidin studied painting, but transitioned to new media when studying for his MFA. Abidin now creates video installations that are displayed at galleries. The Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at Oregon State University welcomes Abidin on April 8.

The Internet, where every day is April Fools (KOMO)

A current e-rumor claims the basketball coach at Oregon State University, Craig Robinson, had his job saved by federal stimulus funds. Robinson, of course, is Michelle Obama’s brother. The e-mail says the school got a check for $17 million in stimulus funds once the Obama Administration heard Robinson was about to be fired. All of this is total fabrication.


It’s College Colors Friday, time to break out the orange!

The Office of Admissions is hosting one of the last two Spring Visit programs for prospective students today. 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. Parking and traffic in retail food areas may be impacted. Please see http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/springvisit.php for complete details.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! Orange and Black Evening – party in the Pearl! Celebrate OSU alumni, students, friends on April 10 at this fun event.  Join us for a night of outstanding food, drink and live music in a brand new event space in the Pearl. We’ll be honoring outstanding alumni and showcasing the work of OSU students and faculty. Stroll through the OSU Art Walk and see interactive robotics displays while you network with Beaver alumni. It’s also your chance to visit with OSU dignitaries in Portland. OSU President Ed Ray, OSU Basketball Coach Craig Robinson, and OSU Wrestling Coach Jim Zelesky are scheduled to attend. The event takes place at 7 p.m., 14 Square –  NW 14th & Overton in Portland’s Pearl District. Price: $85 regular price, $75 for OSU Alumni Association members, $45 for OSU alumni who graduated since 2005.

NEW! Professor Manolo Pérez Saiz from the Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain will be visiting OSU. He will have a presentation and demonstration of his text book to learn Spanish,  “Método de los Relojes” on April 8, from 4 to 5 p.m., Bexell 321

NEW! Please join the office of Community and Diversity and mentoring programs from around campus on Tuesday, April 6 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in MU213 for “Mentoring in Tough Times.” Whether you are in a formal mentoring relationship or not, each of us have opportunities to help others every day. You will hear from panelists representing CAPS, ASOSU’s Human Service Resource Center, the Career Center and the Dean of Student Life and learn about resources for students, faculty and staff. There will also be information about how to connect with a mentoring program that is right for you, whether as a mentor or a mentee. Sometimes you can change a life just by knowing who to call! Information or accommodations: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Leadership site at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership has been converted to Drupal to allow content experts to update the information in a more efficient manner.  If you are linking to sections in the Leadership site (Strategic Plan, State of the Budget, etc.) on your Web site, you may want to check that the links are working properly.  If you encounter any problems in the new Leadership site, please report them to web.communications@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Beaver Strides is a FREE pedometer based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “step it up”!  (There is a small fee of $10 for faculty/staff)  Spring term Beaver Strides registration is happening NOW!  Come join us at the Beaver Strides Kick-off open house on Thursday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. The first 150 new Beaver Strides registrants will receive a FREE starter pedometer.  At the open house there’s a chance to win prizes, pick up tracking booklets, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup and join us for the fun!

NEW! Beginning with Spring 2010 commencement, undergraduate students who have applied by Friday, April 9, 2010 to graduate in the Fall 2010 term are invited to participate in this year’s spring commencement ceremonies. If Fall 2010 graduates choose not to participate in this spring’s commencement ceremonies, they are also welcome to participate in the spring commencement ceremonies following their fall term graduation. All Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, and Summer 2010 graduates who have fulfilled requirements for graduation will have their names listed in the commencement program while others are welcome to participate in the ceremonies. However, diplomas will only be awarded to graduates whose degree requirements have been awarded in prior terms or whose degree requirements and preliminary grades have provided a strong likelihood that a degree will be awarded at the end of the Spring 2010 term. Masters & PhD candidates will need to have filed a diploma application and taken their final exam by April 30, 2010, and completed all degree requirements by May 28, 2010 to have their name in the commencement program, receive a diploma, and participate in the Spring 2010 commencement.

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.

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/

Approval has been received for the OSU Outreach and Engagement Award which replaces the OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award. This award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The criteria and nomination form is available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/outreach/; the deadline for nominations is April 5.

The Office of Admissions is hosting the last Spring Visit program for prospective students on 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. Parking and traffic in retail food areas may be impacted. Please see http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/springvisit.php for complete details.

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.

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


Professional Faculty-OSU Extension Service/Washington Co. seeks a full-time Office Manager. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0005466. Closing date: April 30. OSU is an AA/EOE

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.

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.


Corvallis: Strong winds with gusts of up to 45 miles per hour are expected in the Willamette Valley this afternoon, with potential damage exacerbated by saturated soils and budding trees. Additionally, snow levels will drop to 1,000 feet with some seriously wintery, wet conditions. Be careful when outdoors and keep an eye on trees near your home. Today’s high will be 51 with a low of 35. Showers are likely through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Although it seems like rain and or snow has been guaranteed just about every day this week, never has it been forecasted like it is today: “100% chance of precipitation” according to noaa.gov. With a high around 47 and low near 23, look for hints of every kind of weather possible and see if you can beat this tally; “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain

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