Al Reser passes away at age 74 (Portland Business Journal)
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Reser,” said Oregon State University football coach Mike Riley in a statement. “He was a good friend, and our hearts go out to his great family. We’ll miss him, and will always be proud to play our games in the stadium so fittingly named after him.” (See also LA Times, KGW, Bend Bulletin, Register Guard, Gazette-Times and Oregonian)
“This problem may be more widespread than we originally thought,” said Scott Baker, a whale researcher at Oregon State University. The identifications are described in a paper published April 13 in Biology Letters. (See also Nature and Discover)
What causes the North Atlantic plankton bloom? (Scientific American)
Phytoplankton ecologist Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University studied nine years of data from the NASA satellite SeaStar and its Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). This tool allows researchers to estimate the total surface chlorophyll concentrations in the oceans as well as relative carbon concentration in phytoplankton.
Editor of Ms. Magazine giving keynote (Gazette-Times)
Kathy Spillar, the executive editor of Ms. magazine, is the scheduled keynote speaker at the Northwest Women’s Studies Association regional meeting at Oregon State University on Friday.
Mosquitoes hatching early (KEZI)
Researcher Ross Penhallegon from the OSU Extension Service say larva are hatching two to three weeks sooner than normal. At this rate, residents could be seeing them next week. (See also KVAL)
Oregon State University honors Saudi woman (Saudi Gazette)
Saudi Aramco’s Nabilah M. Al-Tunisi and 27 fellow distinguished alumni of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) were honored recently during the Oregon Stater Awards, an event that recognizes exceptional OSU engineers and their career accomplishments.
The Beatles at OSU concert benefits CARDV (LIFE@OSU)
This is not just your average cover band. For six years, a revolving group of talented student musicians at Oregon State University, who call themselves “The Imaginary Friends Musical Alliance,” has packed Milam Hall on the OSU campus, for two performances of “The Beatles at OSU.”
OSU Libraries is sponsoring webcasts about Copyright Essentials for Faculty. Session 2: Copyright Regulation: Outside the Classroom, takes place today 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, email@example.com. For more information, please go to: http://www.academicimpressions.com/pdf/0410-faculty-copyright.pdf
International Women’s Lunch Bunch, from noon to 1 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. Enjoy your lunch at the Women’s center and listen to OSU student Tari Godza from Zimbabwe share her culture, traditions and the status of women in her country.
Parents- Have you broached the subject of sex with your little ones yet? Are you wondering when to? Or, did they bring it up in the grocery line?? Do you have anecdotes or cautionary tales to share with your fellow parents? What words do you use? How much information do they need? Kathy Greaves, aka Dr. Sex, will be leading this month’s Parent Lunch & Learn on: Talking to Your Kids About SEX-at noon in MU 109a. Bring your lunch and join us for what promises to be an entertaining and informative discussion.
The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series today 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.
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: 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.
OSU Libraries is holding two workshops today. 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
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 from 3 to 5.p.m in the MU Lounge. celebrating Jo Anne’s on-going service to OSU and the Corvallis community.
Chamber Music Corvallis proudly presents the return of the Amelia Piano Trio in concert at 7:30 pm at La Sells Stewart Center. Tickets are on sale at Grass Roots Bookstore and at Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany for $22 for adults or at the door at LaSells for $25. Or you can book on line at http://www.violins.org/tickets.shtml. OSU students and children in grades K-12 attend free. Students at other universities and spouses of OSU students enter for $5. Professional
music teachers may attend for only $15. Come early and enjoy the pre-concert music by young strings players.
NEW! The University Honors College is hosting a UHC Women’s Symposium on Thursday, 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.
NEW! Rebecca Skloot will be visiting OSU to discuss her best-selling book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” on April 20 at 4 p.m. in MU Main Lounge. The book, which has been on the New York Times Best-Sellers List (nonfiction hardcover) for eight weeks, tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the forgotten African-American woman whose cells (known as HeLa) became one of the most important tools in modern medicine.
NEW! Jim Liburdy, Chair of the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee, and Becky Warner, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Int’l Programs, would like to make you aware of two forums that are being held to give participants an overview of the promotion and tenure (P&T) process/guidelines. The first forum will focus on faculty members who are going up for promotion and/or tenure in the near future and will be held on April 29th from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in MU 206. The second forum will be designed for department heads and chairs, as well as chairs of department and/or college level P&T committees and will be held on May 4th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you will attend and please indicate which forum you plan on attending.
NEW! The April Science Pub Central Oregon takes place April 20 at the Bend McMenamins. James Cassidy of the OSU Department of Agricultural Sciences, will speak on “Organic Produce, Clean Soil and Local Food.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.
April 15: Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Eline Hoekstra Dresden, at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.
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/
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 about Copyright Essentials for Faculty. Session 3: Faculty Rights under Copyright Law, takes place April 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, email@example.com. For more information, please go to: http://www.academicimpressions.com/pdf/0410-faculty-copyright.pdf
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.
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.
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 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! Oregon State University is taking applications for 54 Oregon middle school students to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer at OSU. All selected campers will be funded by scholarship. Application deadline is Friday, April 16. The application includes a student essay and recommendations from science and math teachers. More information is available online at http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/summer-science-camp. Interested persons may request a printed copy from camp coordinator Andy Hoffmann by calling 541-737-4081 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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 email@example.com 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. If you have not taken this session previously, visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell/course1.html for course description and to register by April 21.
The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State University seeks to hire a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is grant funded. Job description, application requirements, and OSU employment information are available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005133 Contact Ford Evans at 541-737-6423 for more information. Closing date April 22. OSU is an AA/EOE
INTO Oregon State University is seeking an Academic Support Assistant. This position directly assists the Academic Support Manager and serves as a member of the Academic Support Team. INTO Oregon State University is collaboration between OSU and INTO University Partnerships and is an initiative to increase the number of international students at OSU. This is a full-time position open to external candidates. Candidate must have above average Microsoft Excel skills to prepare and manipulate data within an excel spreadsheet or database. A degree in Administrative or business related support or equivalent to two or more years of academic or administrative support is preferred. For more information or complete job description, please send request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-737-8899. For immediate consideration, please email resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Closing date: April 23.
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: Neil Gaiman once wrote: “He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.” If you’re having one of those Wednesdays, never fear, a sunny Thursday is on its way. However, a showery Wednesday afternoon lies curled between this morning’s sunshine and tomorrow’s happier weather, so beware. Today’s high will be 63 with an overnight low of 42.
Central Oregon: “I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.” ~Clint Eastwood. Makes sense to me; look for a high around 56 degrees and a potential light show in the sky throughout the day with an overnight low near 30. Think positively and maybe we’ll get some decent weather for the rest of the week and Jam on the Hill this Saturday!