OSU Today

Thursday, April 8, 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.

Climate roundup (NPR)

New research from Oregon State University finds that Swiss needle cast is affecting not just young plantations of Douglas fir, but older trees that grow naturally.

Shortage of vets for big animals could effect food supply (KDRV)

Dr. Cyril R. Clarke, Dean of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says students often graduate with a $100,000 in debt, but the average vet specializing in pet-sized animals earns about $97,000 a year. A mixed-animal veterinarian will earn about $91,000.

Author stitches together medical history (Gazette-Times)

A clinical professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Sherwin Nuland will present a free, illustrated lecture, “The Artist Observes the Doctor: Half a Millennium of Scrutiny,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University. The venue is at 725 S.W. 26th St., near its intersection with Western Boulevard.

Swiss needle forest epidemic getting worse (UPI)

An Oregon State University study suggests the Swiss needle cast epidemic affecting Douglas-fir trees along the coastal U.S. Pacific Northwest is intensifying. (See also Associated Press)

Scientists discover heavy new element (New York Times)

“I think they have an excellent convincing case for the first observation of element 117; most everything has fallen into line very well,” said Walter D. Loveland, a professor of chemistry at Oregon State University who was not involved in the work.

Midwives lose when PEBB switched to Providence (Lund Report)

“This change has broken what used to be a well-rounded maternity benefit,” said Christine Olsen, a faculty member at Oregon State University.

Pioneer profiles: Jim Rearden (Homer News)

An avid hunter and fishermen, after high school Jim Rearden went to Oregon State because it had a good wildlife management program.

Iraqi artist revels in the unexpected (Gazette-Times)

Adel Abidin is part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, sponsored by Oregon State University’s art department. He’ll deliver a free lecture at 7 p.m. today in Memorial Union 109, following a reception at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Oregon schools (Bend Bulletin)

Both Oregon State University and University of Oregon are among the state’s schools that provide gender-neutral housing.

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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.

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,” at 10 a.m. in ALS 4000.

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. As a final and vital step in the listening process, community members need a chance to listen to each other. The committee is hosting an all-comers Baccalaureate Core discussion today, from 9 to 10 a.m. in Owen 103.

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. 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.

Today from noon to 1 p.m.  in the MU Journey Room: The College of Health & Human Sciences will host Rachel Gordon as the next speaker for the Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lectures on Childhood Relationships, Risk, and Resilience. Gordon, from the University of Illinois, Chicago will speak on Supporting Low-Income Children’s Health, Nutrition and Behavior: Where do Food Subsidies in Child Care Fit In? Gordon’s research focuses on child care quality, school readiness, and how child care issues influence children and families. The talk is free and open to the public.

Heath Disparities – A video discussion series, features segments of the DVD Unnatural Causes followed by a facilitated dialogue: Noon to 1 p.m., watch “Bad Sugar” – What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities? 322A of Student Health Services.

Shoulder pads? Check. Helmets? Check. At the noon 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.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jane Nisselson will give a presentation on Filming a Visual History of the Molecule  at The Valley Library today. The hour-long presentation will be in the Autzen Room on the 2d floor of the library beginning at 2 p.m. This talk is a summary of Ms. Nisselson’s month-long research in the Library’s Special Collections unit. Jane Nisselson is a professional film maker from New York City.

The 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.

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”  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 begins at 7 p.m., 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Oregon State professor and head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering Scott Ashford will speak about the earthquake in Chile and why the world is experiencing so many earthquakes these days. He is the Science Pub Corvallis presenter on Monday, April 12, 6 p.m., at Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis, 341 S.W. Second St.

Heath Disparities – A video discussion series, features segments of the DVD Unnatural Causes followed by a facilitated dialogue: April 8 from noon to 1 p.m., watch “Bad Sugar” – What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities? April 22 from noon to 1 p.m, watch “Becoming American” – Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way? April 29 from noon to 1 p.m., watch “When the Bough Breaks” – Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes? All video segments will be shown in room 322A of Student Health Services

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Committee Interest Forms will be accepted from both classified and unclassified employees through April 27. If you’d like to volunteer to serve on a university or faculty senate committee, the online form can be accessed at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/forms/cif/2010/. If you have questions or wish to resign from current committee membership, please either contact your committee chair or e-mail vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include your name, the name of the committee from which you wish to resign, and your effective date of resignation.

NEW! A new Student Photo Roster System that will directly contribute to OSU efforts to encourage and support student-faculty interaction and achieve student access, persistence and success through graduation has been released.  The OSU Student Photo Roster System will provide the instructors of record and college advisors with access to student photos to enhance the learning experience and improve conditions for instructor-student and advisor-student engagement. Students have two choices regarding the Student Photo Roster System.  They must choose to opt out of allowing advisors to view their photos and they must choose to opt in to allow the instructors of record to view their photos as part of a course roster.  Selecting the ‘opt in’ option for instructors means that all instructors of record associated with the student’s current classes will be able to view the photograph.  Students can change their mind at any time.  The instructor of record can access photos for students assigned to class through the Banner class roster system.  College advisors will access photos of students assigned to the college through the Banner Self-Service Advising Worksheet.  The Technology Across the Curriculum program, part of OSU Media Services, has developed online training documentation for students, instructors and advisors at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/photoroster.

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  April 21.

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/.


BSG Test Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  This position organizes, manages and runs product tests for technology vendors and oversees student efforts in performing such. Experience in product development and testing is important.  This experience may be in either hardware or software and should include actual test plan management, testing, or quality assurance responsibility. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005489.  Closing date: April 17.

Office Manager, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, OSU.  F/T, 12-month, fixed-term.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005484 .  Closing Date: April 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Engineering, Oregon State University. Position is full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty. For full consideration, apply by April 19. For full position announcement and application instructions, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0005488, closing date April 30. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 through 5 p.m. April 9. Additionally, the parking lot between Richardson and Peavy, and to the south of Richardson, will be closed through noon today.

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: A little sun peeked through this morning but quickly decided to go back to bed behind a fluffy quilt of clouds, so we’re left with more rain showers. Today’s high will be 53 with an overnight low of 33. Tomorrow there’s a chance of showers but Saturday is looking rather nice at this point.

Central Oregon: Should we bring back Sinatra? Maybe so, because we are looking at another stormy day in Central Oregon with a high around 46 and overnight “low-low” near 22. At least some sun is supposed to ensue for Friday leading us into another stormy spring weekend.

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