OSU Today

Thursday, April 15, 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.

City in Oregon considers beacon for the ‘Big One’ (New York Times)

“If it happens tomorrow, it’s going to be a disaster, no doubt,” Chris Goldfinger, who heads the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University and was the lead author of a recent study, said of a potential earthquake. “But if it happens 20 or 40 or 50 years from now it might not have to be that way, if we have enough knowledge and will to take action.”

Study: Tests show illegal whale meat trade in Asia (ABC News)

Scientists say DNA testing of whale meat from a restaurant in Seoul, South Korea, indicates that some of it came from Japan, offering evidence of an illegal trade in whale meat between the two countries. The testing was done by scientists from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of an ongoing project monitoring sources of whale meat offered for sale. (See also New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Associated Press)

On-campus housing in the works (Daily Journal of Commerce)

According to Eric Hansen, director of OSU’s Housing and Dining Services, there’s a correlation at his university between on-campus living and academic performance and student retention. Keeping students in school, especially during troubled economic times, is key to keeping a college economically stable, he said.

National Geographic editor will be Earth Day speaker (Gazette-Times)

Dennis Dimick, award-winning executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine, will present this year’s Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture, a talk titled “Changing Planet: Where Energy and Climate Collide.”

OSU Holocaust week concludes Friday (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s 24th annual Holocaust Memorial Week continues today and Friday with a variety of free public events.

Insect identification: Increasingly critical skill for wheat growers (AgWeb)

OSU Extension Specialist Silvia Rondon and Extension Area Agronomist Mary Corp are teaming up to bring a new level of expertise in insect identification to wheat growers, crop consultants and community volunteers with 3 Insect ID short courses in the next several weeks.

Temple Grandin to speak at Oregon State University (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Temple Grandin, animal scientist from Colorado State University, will be featured as a special guest speaker on her favorite subject – livestock welfare – at Oregon State University April 30.

Simple carbohydrates increase heart risk for women (Examiner)

Dr. Victoria J. Drake, director of the Micronutrient Information Center at the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University explained that, “A high glycemic index is known to increase the concentration of triglycerides and lower the concentration of HDL cholesterol, the good kind. Those adverse effects make it a stronger risk factor for heart disease.”


Come join us at the Beaver Strides Kick-off open house 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

Land grant universities such as OSU face a world that their creators would hardly recognize. At the noon 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.

The University Honors College is hosting a UHC Women’s Symposium 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.

James McWilliams, Associate Professor, Texas State University, will speak on (Not) Business as Usual: A modest proposal for sustainable agriculture, at 7 p.m.,  in the LaSells Stewart Center.  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.  For more information, see http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/

Holocaust Survivor Testimony by Eline Hoekstra Dresden takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.

Upcoming events

NEW! Israeli poster artist Yossi Lemel will speak at Oregon State University on April 21, as part of the OSU Department of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture series. The free, public lecture will start at 7 p.m., following a reception at 6 p.m. It will take place at the Construction and Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart  Center.

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, philip.vue@oregonstate.edu. 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.

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.

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.

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 29 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 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please RSVP to sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu if you will attend and please indicate which forum you plan on attending.

News for Employees

NEW! Please take some time to provide input on a proposed new model of relationship for student organizations at OSU. This model provides educational benefits to involved students through establishment of a classification system that will allow organizations that are significantly tied to college/department missions to receive focused advising and support while clearly defining opportunities for all organizations to flourish. A number of open forums regarding the proposed new relationship model and the creation of internal policy and procedures have occurred this week and two additional forums have been scheduled for next week.   Please come to one of the additional forums listed below and/or visit our blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/seacstudentorgs to find out more or give your input.  Any questions, comments or concerns can be sent to clubsandorgs@oregonstate.edu.
Faculty Advisors: Tuesday, April 20, Memorial Union 213, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
All Community: Wednesday, April 21, Memorial Union 208, noon to 1:30 p.m.

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 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 fourhscicamp@proaxis.com.

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

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: janrounds@peak.org

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. 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.


Finance and Administration is recruiting for a full-time Finance and Accounting Manager for the  Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center. This center serves all units of the College (including the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology) and units located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. This position is responsible for providing supervision and guidance to the financial, accounting, and purchasing staff in the Business Center. The position is a full-time,12 month, professional faculty appointment. Salary $65-75K plus competitive benefits. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU and OUS employees ONLY. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005530. Closes April 28. OSU is AA/EOE.

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 rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8899. For immediate consideration, please email resume and cover letter to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. 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 today.

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: “A little madness in the Spring is wholesome even for a King,” Emily Dickinson claims. So let yourself go a bit mad today in all this lovely sunshine. Highs should reach 67 with a low tonight of 41. Tomorrow we may even see 70, which might just drive us out of our heads completely.

Central Oregon: Our troops will be returning from Iraq in just a couple of days so for now “Let the sunshine in” with a high around 61 degrees and temps getting only as low as 34 overnight. For the first time in awhile, no rain  is expected but don’t get too excited because it appears there are still more showers to come.

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