OSU Today

Monday, April 5, 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.

Oregon higher ed officials weigh in on how to deal with grant shortage (Oregonian)

Kate Peterson of Oregon State University, a member of the steering committee, said the state grant needs to be portable, moving with students who transfer among colleges. Grants also should be large enough to be meaningful, she said.

OSU-led team frees sea lion (Oregonian)

On Wednesday, Oregon State University marine mammal experts found Willy inside an experimental floating capture cage with six other sea lions at the Newport docks. (See also Gazette-Times)

OSU reorganization not cutting costs…yet (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s College of Science recently proposed consolidating its 13 departments into six. The proposal was in keeping with President Ed Ray’s request to all colleges last October for suggestions on realigning their structures to meet budget challenges and long-term strategic objectives.

Students learn about energy, nuclear power (Democrat-Herald)

Jose Reyes, head of the nuclear engineering department at Oregon State University and chief technology officer of the Corvallis-based company NuScale Power, believes small-scale nuclear power plants are the solution.

Running her own way (Gazette-Times)

KidSpirit’s Karen Swanger is one of this year’s Women of Achievement.

Despite higher poverty rates, rural Oregonians use public assistance less (My Central Oregon)

Oregon State University researchers said despite high levels of unemployment and poverty, working families in rural Oregon tend to use public assistance less than their urban counterparts.

Positive thoughts improve academics (District Administration)

A new study conducted by Oregon State University and funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse supports the philosophy that social and emotional learning improves student achievement and social behavior.

Leisure reading? (University Business)

Most of the discussion of e-readers in higher ed focuses on textbook substitutes, so it was a surprise to hear Valley Library at Oregon State University is using Kindles for novels.

Institution size and brand community (University Business)

Small colleges may have smaller marketing staffs than large, big-name universities, but it seems they don’t have to work quite as hard to engage alumni. That’s one indication of a national survey of more than 2,000 alumni of colleges and universities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey was conducted by the Close to the Customer Project, led by marketing professors Jim McAlexander and Hal Koenig at Oregon State University’s College of Business.

Group to oppose Extension tax levy (Register-Guard)

Lane County voters in the May 18 primary election will consider a five-year levy for the county branch of Oregon State University Extension. The extension is so-named because it “extends” into the community a variety of university programs that include 4-H youth development, farms/gardens and food preservation/­food safety.


The Office of Admissions is hosting the last Spring Visit program 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.

Today’s Business Center Implementation Update & Forum has been canceled. The next Forum is open to all faculty and staff, and is scheduled for April 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room.

Upcoming events

NEW! 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 will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Auditorium.

NEW! Shoulder pads? Check. Helmets? Check. At the April 8 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Dan Van De Riet of OSU Athletics will discuss
the logistics of preparing the football team to travel. Guests can reserve a seat in MU 109 by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its March workshop, “What is the Difference Between Affirmative Action and a Diversity Plan?” on April 9 at the Albany Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop, featuring OSU’s Angelo Gomez will look at Power, Privilege and Affirmative Action and how they fit in our organizational structures, the distinctions between legal compliance and being part of a welcoming and inclusive organization, the debate about whether Affirmative Action is still needed, and practical applications for what you will learn. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us . Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Please join the office of Community and Diversity and mentoring programs from around campus on 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.

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”.

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.

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.

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

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! Early in February, the Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee posted a preliminary proposal for revisions to the Core. The text of the proposal is posted at the Faculty Senate website http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/other/bcr/reports/index.html. An anonymous comment box is available at the same location. We are now approaching the April 9 conclusion of a “listening period.” As a final and vital step in the listening process, community members need a chance to listen to each other. The committee is therefore hosting two all-comers Baccalaureate Core discussion sessions as indicated below. This is an opportunity to share your perspectives on the Core and on the preliminary proposal at one of these sessions. Tuesday, April 6, 4 to 5 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1001
Thursday, April 8, 9 to 10 a.m. in Owen 103.

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.

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!

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.

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/.


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

Richardson Hall: Due to maintenance, the building air system will be shut down from 7 a.m. April 7 to 5 p.m. April 9. Additionally, the parking lot between Richardson and Peavy, and to the south of Richardson, will be closed from 10 a.m. April 7 to noon April 8.

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: GK Chesterton wrote: “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” Showers continue through Tuesday night, but nothing too blustery is expected this week. Today’s high will be 51 with an overnight low of 36.

Central Oregon: With another day of snow and/or rain and a high around 44 degrees with an overnight low near 29, I can’t help but ask, “Dear beautiful Spring weather, I miss you.  Was it something I said?” ~”Skipper” Kim Corbin. Look for more of the same for the rest of the week but hope for something different!

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