OSU Today

Tuesday, April 13, 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 chosen to help lead the nation in raising standards for day care (Oregonian)

There’s a reason to raise standards for child care in Oregon, as my colleague Bill Graves reported in this disturbing article a few months back: Two-thirds of home-based child care providers in Oregon keep the TV on most of the day, according to an Oregon State University study of 300 home-based day cares.

iPhone aids conservation of flightless birds (Cosmos)

Douglas Warrick, a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is impressed with the way such studies engage the public. “When you see one of these animals, and log it, [it] becomes yours. Owners tend to be better stewards.”

2010 Innovators in Wind Power (Windpower Engineering)

Robert Thresher earned a tenured professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University where he taught courses in Applied Mechanics, and initiated pioneering researcher in the mechanics of Wind Energy Systems during the 1970’s and early 80’s.

OSU zombies: Powered by brains (Gazette-Times)

HVZ, short for “Humans Versus Zombies,” is a college game that has spread rapidly across the country. This week, more than 300 people are playing the game at OSU.

Holocaust Memorial Week starts Monday (Democrat-Herald)

Holocaust Memorial Week at Oregon State University will tackle the issue of “Remember the Past, Change the Future.”

Hard Times will be topic of library history talk (Coos Bay World)

Oregon State University’s William G. Robbins, an emeritus distinguished professor of history, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, in the library’s myrtlewood room.

Chefs ‘show off’ at culinary event (Gazette-Times)

The crowd watching the chef of Albany’s Sybaris restaurant was clearly impressed. “That’s why they call it the ‘Chefs’ Show-Off,’” said emcee James Cassidy, an Oregon State University instructor in crop and soil science.


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,  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!

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 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.

“Why was the 20th Century the Century of Genocide?”, a talk by Eric D. Weitz, professor of history and director of the Center for German and Central European Studies at the University of Minnesota, at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Auditorium.

Upcoming events

NEW! April 15: Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Eline Hoekstra Dresden, at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.

NEW! OSU Libraries is holding two workshops on April 14.  Authors’ Rights  (2 to 3:30 p.m.) workshop participants will learn why retaining rights to published works matters, how to negotiate rights with publishers and learn to spot language in copyright transfer agreements that affect authors’ rights.  EndNote Web (4 to 6 p.m.,) workshop participants will learn the basics of using this free (for OSU faculty, students, staff)  citation management tool to capture citations and automatically create formatted bibliographies while writing.  Both workshops will be held in the Autzen classroom on the second (main) floor of the Valley Library. To register, please visit:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656

NEW! James McWilliams, Associate Professor, Texas State University, will speak on (Not) Business as Usual: A modest proposal for sustainable agriculture, at 7 p.m., April 15, in  the LaSells Stewart Center. He will also give two informal lectures to classes that are open to all.  Details can be found on this poster:  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/sites/default/files/FFT_April_2010_FINAL.pdf McWilliams is an associate professor of early American and environmental history at Texas State University.  He examines the future of food production and the necessary balance between high yield and high sustainability.  His discussion seeks to provide common ground between small, organic farms and large, industrial operations. The Food for Thought Lecture Series brings internationally recognized experts to OSU to speak about ways that biotechnology can support sustainable agriculture.  For more information, an event poster,  and teaching resources visit the Outreach in Biotechnology Program website at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/

NEW! Cultural Memory and the Representation of  Genocide as a Concern for Social Justice is a social justice conference which will focus on historical trauma and cultural memory. It takes place April 16 in the Joyce Powell Leadership Room in the Memorial Union as part of Holocaust Memorial Week. At 10 a.m., Joy Degruy speaks on African American Multi-Generational Trauma and Healing. At 11 a.m., Victoria Burton speaks on Blended a History in Red and  Black: Cultural Memory and the Legacy of Native American and African American  Peoples. At 11:30 a.m., Gail Woodside speaks on Ten  Minutes: Viola Cordova, Western Science, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. At 12:30, Gennie Thi-Nguyen speaks on Mourning in Exile: Vietnamese-American Displacement after the  War. The Cambodian Student Association will speak at 1 p.m. On Cambodian Genocide: An Oral History. At 2:15 p.m., Philipp Kneis will speak on The  Resisting Elder: The Aged Trickster as an Anti-Hegemonial Power in Native  American Literature. From 2:45 to 3:15 p.m., Linda Richards will talk about Disrupting and Restoring Hozho:  Nuclear Colonialism and the Navajo Nation, and from 3:15 to 3:45, Spirit Brooks will speak on Re-Remembering My Roma/Sinti Family: The Personal Impact of  Genocide. At 4 p.m., Andrew Jolivette gives the closing keynote, Indigenous and LGBT Communities of Color:  Healing the Soul Wound Through Cultural Memory. At 7 p.m., a tribute dinner will be held at the Memorial Union  Ballroom, sponsored by the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

NEW! The Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series. The April 20 presentation will be given by Terri S. Fiez and her presentation is titled “The Opportunities and Challenges of Spinning Out a Company from OSU.”  Fiez will talk about one researchers’ experience securing venture funding, co-founding a company and embarking on a journey to change the world (or at least a small corner of the world). The company, Azuary Technologies,  is commercializing new electronics for solar panels that increase reliability, reduce cost and simplifies installation. This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide the beverages.  Noon in Trysting Tree Conference Room,  D107, Weatherford Hall. RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and reference this event. This is free and open to all faculty.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. Participants will pitch their idea to a panel of judges. They will tell the judges what their venture does and convince the 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. Come see who has the perfect pitch! Competition 10-11:30 a.m. with the finals going off from 11:45 a.m. to noon. LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

OSU Libraries is sponsoring webcasts, Copyright Essentials for Faculty. These webcasts are scheduled for April 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 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! Sarina Rodrigues, assistant professor in the department of psychology at OSU, is seeking six to eight men and women in their 30s who have trouble falling asleep to help demonstrate the effectiveness of algorithm-laden music on sleep. A couple of the participants will be asked to be videotaped while they fall asleep to the stimuli on the night of April 27. Participants will be visited by Rodrigues in their home to set up the demonstration. Participants must try out the music for at least five consecutive nights before April 25. They must report to Rodrigues on or before April 25, and be available to be interviewed on camera for the Today Show on the afternoon of April 28. Not all interviews will be included in the final piece. To participate contact Rodrigues at sarina.rodrigues@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award recognizes a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. The award winner will be presented a plaque and a $1000 check at University day. Eligibility for this award is limited to fixed-term Professional Faculty who fall within the categories of administrative support, computer/technical support and /or development support. The successful nominee will have a minimum of 5 years continuous service as a professional faculty member at OSU.  Nomination packets should be emailed in PDF format to Linda.Devenow@oregonstate.edu by May 28, and include a letter of nomination of up to three pages, as well as three additional letters of support from organizations, administrators, and/or colleagues. For more information, contact Linda Devenow at 541-737-0905.

NEW! Training & Professional Development is accepting registration for spring quarter workshops that are offered free to all OSU employees. These workshops include Understanding Conflict and Moving to Resolution, Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty, Handling and Turning Around Employee Complaints, Managing Your Career, and Feedback: A gift or a brick? To view workshop details and to register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training. The first workshop begins April 20.

NEW! Whether it’s a one-time trip or a daily commute, carpooling is a great way to reduce stress, save money and protect the environment. OSU is now utilizing an electronic ridematching/carpooling resource called AlterNetRides. This secure system connects prospective drivers and riders via email and has optional features like text messaging and advanced mapping. There is no charge to register or use the system. For more information or to sign up for a carpool, go to http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/rideshare

NEW! The implementation process for the University’s Business Centers has included a series of campus forums. These forums do not have a formal agenda, and all questions and comments are welcome. The next forum, led by Provost Sabah Randhawa and Vice President Mark McCambridge, is scheduled for April 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room. Questions regarding the forum may be directed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Spring 2010 Workshops: All teaching faculty, staff, and graduate assistants welcome. Registration is required for all workshops. Engaging Learners Through a Living Course: April 14, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Milam 215. To remain cost effective, class sizes continue growing despite research that suggests large classes and the lecture method do not produce long term retention of learning. How, then, can faculty redesign courses to engage their students, particularly in large, entry-level courses? Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl, send an e-mail to CTL@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2804.

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

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.


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 should end by 6 p.m. April 16.


Corvallis: Yesterday ended up being a jewel of a day, filled with singing birds, bright skies and fluffy clouds. There’s a chance of showers this morning but we’ll have a dry, if cloudy, afternoon as highs reach 58. Tonight will be calm with a low of 36.

Central Oregon: We’re all starting to get used to all this mixed weather throughout the day, it’s really not so bad. It looks like we’re in store for another one with a high around 51 and overnight low near 30 and a 20 percent chance of precipitation.  Look for the weather to start heating up a bit later in the week with scattered showers expected to fall mostly after the sun goes down.

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