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Tuesday, April 6, 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.

Be prepared (KMTR)

OSU’s Scott Ashford and Anne Trehu discuss potential earthquakes in the Northwest.

Douglas-fir disease spreading along Oregon and Washington coasts (Oregonian)

A fungal disease attacking Douglas-fir trees along the Pacific Northwest coast is intensifying and may be linked to a warmer climate and extensive planting of Douglas-fir on logged tracts, new Oregon State University research suggests. (See also Science Blog)

Despite much higher poverty rates, rural Oregonians use less public assistance (Black Radio Network)

Despite high levels of poverty and unemployment rates that are nearly double that of their urban counterparts, working families in rural Oregon tend to make less use of public assistance, especially childcare subsidies, according to researchers with Oregon State University’s Family Policy Program.

Contest slated to pitch business ideas (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program will hold The American Dream Elevator Pitch Competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Construction and Engineering Hall of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Agriculture dean proposes reorganization of Oregon State’s program (Oregonian)

The dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences is proposing to consolidate departments, put more emphasis on winning grants and ask communities to help pay for 11 statewide experiment stations.

Wolves and livestock (La Grande Observer)

Dr. Robert Beschta of Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society of the College of Forestry talked to Wallowa County citizens about the loss and reintroduction of predators in various national parks.

Short list decided for McAlexander Field House (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Five contractors are on the short list for the renovation of the Oregon State University McAlexander Field House.

Don’t be a spoiler (Mail Tribune)

OSU Extension’s Sharon Johnson talks about food safety.


Brooke Oliver will give the Sexual Assault Awareness Month keynote address, “Cornerstones of Truth: Effectively Addressing Sexual Violence,” from noon to 1 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. Oliver will address our campus community on how to effectively approach sexual violence within a university setting.

Please join the office of Community and Diversity and mentoring programs from around campus from noon to 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. 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 today 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 today 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.

The Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee is hosting a Baccalaureate Core discussion session from 4 to 5 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1001.

Upcoming events

NEW! The April 8 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20100408.html – please note that the meeting will be in the OSU Theatre in Withycombe Hall beginning at 3 p.m. Agenda items include: Standing Rules revisions; Computing Resources Committee; Curriculum Council;
Diversity Council; Promotion and Tenure Committee; Athletics Report from Bob DeCarolis and Kelvin Koong; Budget Update from President Ray, Provost Randhawa and Vice President Mark McCambridge.

NEW! Do you know how to report an injury at OSU?  Join us for a presentation at 12:30 -1:30 pm on  April 12 in the Upper Classroom at Dixon Recreation Center to learn how to report it, where to report it, and why you should be reporting it.

NEW! OSU Libraries is sponsoring three separate webcasts, Copyright Essentials for Faculty.  These webcasts are scheduled for April 12, 14, 16 and will be held in the Autzen Classroom on the second floor of the Valley Library, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Seating is limited so attendees must register. To register, please send an email to Philip Vue, philip.vue@oregonstate.edu. Participants can register for just a single session rather than committing to all three. The series introduces the essentials of applying copyright and fair use in and out of the classroom. Each of the three sessions will incorporate case study involving UCLA and the use of copyrighted videos on course web sites. Participants will also learn how to interpret copyright and fair use principles as they pertain to teaching, course materials, and research and scholarship. Session 1: Copyright for Classroom Teaching, April 12. Session 2: Copyright Regulation: Outside the Classroom, April 14. Session 3: Faculty Rights under Copyright Law, April 16. For more information, please go to: http://www.academicimpressions.com/pdf/0410-faculty-copyright.pdf The Libraries will be able to show the webcast again within 60 days. If you are unable to attend the mid-April events, but are interested in the archived webcast, please let Philip Vue know.

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. 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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! If you see bandana-clad students chasing each other during the next week, have no fear. It’s simply a campus-wide game of modified tag called “Humans vs. Zombies” running from April 9 to April 17, put on by the registered student organization Humans vs. Zombies, Oregon State. Participants are mostly students and register ahead of time. They’ll be identified by blue bandanas. Participants use nerf blasters in the game, all of which are brightly coloured. Questions and concerns can be directed to wooldrir@onid.orst.edu or shelly.clark@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! A 2-Day Conversational Skills Workshop for staff and faculty, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence, returns to the Oregon State University campus May 3 and 4. For those who have completed Conversational Skills, there are follow-up sessions to reinforce earlier learning. Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell for course descriptions and to register by Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

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 April 8, 9 to 10 a.m. in Owen 103.

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!

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.

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: So it’s a bit bleak and wet out there, but remember, April showers bring May flowers. And if that’s not good enough for you, tomorrow should be sunny and 63, a bit of a respite in all this muck. Some rain will return Thursday, but we have to take what sun we can get these days.

Central Oregon: “Stormy weather” high of 45 and low of 26…It can get tedious writing about the same weather all week so lets hand it over to an expert, Frank Sinatra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO2OMqP39B0

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