OSU Today

Monday, April 12, 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.

Leopard seals surveyed by sound (Discovery News)

That’s not to say that visual surveys have no value, says acoustical researcher Holger Klinck of Oregon State University. “At some point, you need visual observations to ground truth,” Klinck said. But for the day in, day out study of the lives of elusive species, visual observations are too brief and too dependent on things like clear weather and sunlight — both of which can be in short supply in Antarctica, he said.

Expert explains vitamin, herb needs (KETV)

“Vitamins and minerals are what the body wants and needs to function normally,” said Dr. Balz Frei of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. He was in Omaha to speak at a University of Nebraska Medical Center health conference.

The story behind sex and the city of Portland (Oregonian)

Oregon’s constitution — particularly Article 1, Section 8, regarding speech and expression — speaks in absolute terms.  Subsequent majorities in the Oregon Supreme Court extended that to nude dancing and simulated sex acts. Which, according to Oregon State University historian Robert Nye, sounds like a clarion that draws iconoclasts, radicals and other freethinkers to the state.

Women rockers start with Fanny (California Chronicle)

“Fanny challenged the notion that rock was an exclusively male genre, said Shaw, who is director of women’s studies at Oregon State University. “When I introduce Fanny to my students, they’re amazed, and they love their music.”

Green chemistry is becoming red-hot field (Montreal Gazette)

Kaichang Li is a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry who likes to go swimming in the Pacific Ocean. During one of his swims, his attention was drawn to a colony of mussels sticking to a rock. The waves pounded away, but the mussels did not lose their grip. Why was that, he wondered?

A happy balance (Gazette-Times)

A dedicated fisherman and rafter, Scott Wright spends a lot of his free time on Oregon’s waterways. And as one of the principals of River Design Group, that’s where he spends a lot of his working time as well. Wright is an alum of Oregon State.

OSU-Cascades gets new furniture (Bend Bulletin)

When Oregon State University-Cascades Campus Vice President Becky Johnson first came to the Bend campus, she was surprised to see few students lounging or studying in Cascades Hall.

Animal welfare pioneer Grandin to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Temple Grandin, a pioneer in the field of animal welfare and the most recognized face of autism in the United States, will speak at Oregon State University on Friday, April 30.

OSU alum’s unbridled enthusiasm brings play to Turkey (LIFE@OSU)

An OSU alum stages a Turkish version of a play based on the life of activist Rachel Corrie.


OSU Libraries is sponsoring a webcast, Copyright Essentials for Faculty. Session 1: Copyright for Classroom Teaching, in Autzen Classroom on the second floor of the Valley Library, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Do you know how to report an injury at OSU? Join us for a presentation at 12:30 -1:30 p.m. 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.

Center for the Humanities lecture: “They Didn’t Teach Me That in Sunday School; Feminist Theology from Ivory Tower to Pew,” presented by Susan Shaw, Research Fellow, Director of Women Studies and the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program, OSU.  4 p.m. Autzen House.

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 at 6 p.m., at Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis, 341 S.W. Second St.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Student Athlete Advisory Committee of Oregon State University is hosting the 8th annual  The Other Side Talent Show and Silent Auction, a showcase of talents that student-athletes have apart from their fields of competition and outside of the classroom. The program will raise money for the OSU IMPACT Program which is a Corvallis-based program that serves children with disabilities.  It will be held April 13 in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center. The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the talent show starting at 7 p.m.  Tickets will be sold only at the event for $5; children under the age of 6 are free.

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on April 14 with “I Am A….”. In this film, OSU faculty, students and staff discuss the different ways they identify (i.e. by gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation, political affiliation, race, etc.). They address issues such as what they want people to know about their group; their opinions of others; how they feel about how the media portrays their group and other groups; the triumphs and downfalls of their groups; advice to their groups and their hopes for the future. The screening and discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4382.

NEW! Please  join the office of Community and Diversity as we bid a fond farewell to Corrine Gerig and wish her well on her next big adventure. Corrine joined OSU in 2000, and has been a valued member of the office of Community and Diversity. Please drop by Snell 323 on Monday, April 19 between 3 and 5 p.m. and wish her well.

In accordance to the CCCC’s Tribute month, the Women’s Center and SOL:LGBT Multi-cultural support network present Xicana Feminism: The Movement of Many Women, April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center. This is a presentation on Xicana feminism, and feminist leaders within the Chican@ movement. There will also be a discussion on issues pertaining to the injustices exposed to migrant farm-workers. Some tasty local empanadas will be served as well!

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.

Land grant universities such as OSU face a world that their creators would hardly recognize. At the April 15 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will address the future of the land grant mission. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat in room 109 of the MU by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0738.

Kathy Spillar, executive editor of Ms magazine and executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for the Northwest Women’s Studies Association meeting on campus April 16 at 6 p.m. in MU 109. She is speaking on the intersections of academia and activism in “Ms. Magazine and Feminist Scholars: Expanding the Reach of Women’s Studies.” The keynote is free and open to the public.

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.  For more details: http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/aep/Elevator_Pitch_Competition.pdf

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 University Honors College is hosting a UHC Women’s Symposium on April 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in MU Journey Room. The title of the symposium is “Pioneers of Science: Women Explorers”. The speakers are Sharyn Clough from Philosophy, Indira Rajagopal from Biology, Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul from Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity, and Barbara Edwards from Mathematics. Refreshments will be provided.

News for Employees

NEW! Corvallis AAUW is offering scholarships to two deserving women who reside in Linn or Benton County, and are 25 years of age or older. The scholarships will be for the 2010-2011 academic year. A $750 scholarship will offered to a woman attending Linn Benton Community College seeking a certificate or degree, and a $1,000 scholarship to a woman attending Oregon State University seeking an undergraduate degree. To apply, download and print the corresponding application form, the resume form, two reference forms, and a financial budget form from the AAUW website, www.corvallis-aauw.org . Application deadline is May 7. Send to Jan Rounds, 3111 NW Norwood Pl., Corvallis, OR 97330. For questions or information please contact Jan Rounds: janrounds@peak.org

NEW! 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

Become an Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA). Complete this two-part program to serve as an AASA, helping search committees recognize and counteract the effects of unconscious bias and promote diversity through the use of inclusive search and selection practices. OSU’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, in conjunction with Outreach and Engagement, has added a second Affirmative Action Search Advocate Program series at the OSUEA Spring Conference in mid-April. Both Part 1 and Part 2 of the program are required, and should be completed in order.
Part I: Introduces the role of AASA and explores potential biases and opportunities to promote diversity in early stages of the search process. Dates: Wednesday, April 14, 8:30-11:45 a.m. (114 Alumni Center) OR Tuesday, April 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (019 Milam Hall) Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II: Explores potential bias risks/diversity opportunities later in the search; examines AASA interaction with committee/chair/hiring official. Prereq: Part 1 of AASA Program. Dates: Thursday, April 15, 1:00-4:30 p.m. (114B Alumni Center) OR Tuesday, April 27, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (019 Milam Hall). Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Almquist (541.737.0866) or Anne Gillies (541.737.0865) in the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity.

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.

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!


Degree Partnership Program Coordinator – OSU’s Office of Enrollment Management is seeking a part-time (.80 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. The Program Coordinator for Degree Partnership Programs (DPP) coordinates the articulation of curriculum and academic requirements between OSU and community college partners; builds and maintains partner contacts; develops, distributes, and presents training and educational modules to promote the benefits of DPP, and eases implementation. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005502. Closing date: April 23.

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/EO.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to concrete construction related to the LPSC project, the northbound lane on 30th Street, between Jefferson Way and Campus Way will be temporarily closed during project work. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place between 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. to monitor traffic flow. This work will begin at 4 a.m. on April 19 and should end by 6 p.m.

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: Cosmetic companies have tried and failed, but nothing can truly capture the scent of cherry blossoms after a spring rain. This morning that scent, combined with blue skies, makes it hard to stay indoors, but the possibility of showers may keep us there later today. Today’s high will be 57 with an overnight low of 42. There’s a chance of showers throughout the week, but perhaps we’ll enjoy some sunbreaks as well.

Central Oregon: Looks like our luck may have run out as rain clouds are expected to hover over Central Oregon skies with a possibility of thunderstorms between 11am and 8pm.  Keep your fingers crossed though because there’s only a 40 percent chance of precipitation with a high around 51 and low near 34. Similar weather is expected the rest of the week but who knows, “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.”  ~Patrick Young

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