OSU Today

Friday, April 16, 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.

Whale wars: The uneasy hunt for a solution (Christian Science Monitor)

A study released Wednesday by scientists at Oregon State University showed that whale meat from Japan showed up in South Korea and California, part of an illegal international trade. Japan’s whale hunt is officially for “scientific” purposes, but the DNA trail showed it was on diners’ plates in other countries. (See also OPB)

Teaching for life: Sandy Neubaum (Gazette-Times)

Weatherford Residential College is home to the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, “a living, learning community,” and Sandy Neubaum has been the program’s associate director for the past three years.

Green wineries experiment with age-old concept (Oregonian)

The contemporary term for the practice is “targeted grazing,” says Claudia Ingham, an Oregon State University ethics instructor who owns Ecological & Agricultural Consulting and studied targeted grazing for her doctorate. Among the different kinds are stockmen who, like Wood, aim to fatten an animal before slaughter, and herdsmen who raise goats with the singular purpose of improving a plant community.

Author shares amazing story of one woman’s cells (Gazette-Times)

Rebecca Skloot will give a talk at Oregon State University at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Memorial Union main lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Winter grain mite outbreak reported (Capital Press)

Glenn Fisher, Oregon State University professor of plant and livestock insects, said the mite has occurred sporadically east of the Cascades in the grass and cereal regions of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and the Midwest. Local infestations can occur in some grass seed crops west of the Cascades in Oregon, he added.


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 today 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.

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces The American Dream Elevator Pitch Competition 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 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, philip.vue@oregonstate.edu. For more information, please go to: http://www.academicimpressions.com/pdf/0410-faculty-copyright.pdf

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 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! India Night takes place Saturday, April 17, at LaSells Stewart Center, and is presented by the Indian Student Association. Doors open at 4:30 and the event goes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are currently being sold in Snell 149 for $7.50 and are also on sale at the MU across from Bites from 11 a.m. to 7 p..m today. Come experience the Indian culture, enjoy Indian food, live music, songs and dances, and much more. For questions, please contact: indiastudents@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! OSU Organic Growers Club Hoo Haa! Earth Day at the farm takes place from 3 p.m. until dark on April 22. Food is provided, bring a bowl and a spoon.  There is free live music, poetry, and free transportation via bus from the OSU Bookstore and Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. For direction see http://cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/organic_grower/directions

NEW! Hui O Hawaii Featuring Polynesian Culture Club invites you to OSU’s 55th Annual Luau, with live music by Smooth Remedy and a concert from Katchafire, April 24, with doors open at 4:30. Pre-sale ticket locations: MU Quad- Through April 23, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or purchase tickets online at https://secure.imodules.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=1295&cid=2061 For more information see http://hui-o-hawaii.yolasite.com

NEW! The Third Annual Extended Campus Faculty Forum will be held on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The forum showcases current Ecampus instructors’ courses and provides opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Four lucky winners will also take home a new OSU branded Flip camera! RSVP online by May 7.

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.

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.

News for Employees

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 today. 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. 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.  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.


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.

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. today.


Corvallis: The great Katherine Hepburn once said, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Keep that in mind as the weekend approaches. Meanwhile today will be mostly cloudy with a pleasant high of 68 and an overnight low of 44. Tomorrow will be a bit muggy as the high again reaches 68 but with a chance of showers. Sunday should be glorious with sunny skies and a high of 72.

Central Oregon: Looks like we are in store for another warm spring day in Central Oregon with a high topping out at a whopping 65 degrees!  There is a slight chance of precipitation and the low is expected to be somewhere around 34 so don’t put the top down just yet, maybe just crack a window or two. More warm weather is expected over the weekend with a perfect day expected for Sunday.

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