OSU Today

Monday, April 19, 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.

Al Reser’s fine life (Oregonian)

It’s said that no one on a football team is irreplaceable. But Oregon State University — actually, all of Oregon — has lost a man on its team, a guy with two bad knees and a back that hurt all the time, who came as close as one can get.

Portraits of the Green Generation (McClatchy News)

Randal O’Toole was invited to help organize Earth Day as a high school senior in Portland, Ore. It was a defining moment. Instead of becoming an architect, O’Toole decided that he wanted to be a forester. In forestry school at Oregon State University, O’Toole took an economics class and went on to get his graduate degree in economics.

Michelle put Barack through paces (Today Show)

Coach Craig Robinson talks about his new book, “A Game of Character.” (See also Boston Globe)

The 12 or so college students listening to Cassidy pay rapt attention, despite the fact that it’s 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and they could probably be in bed, asleep. But they’re out in the fields at the Oregon State University organic student farm, just east of Corvallis on Highway 34. Cassidy, an instructor in soil science in the department of Horticulture, Crop and Soil Science, is giving the Soils 205 class an orientation of the farm before they literally get elbow-deep in their work.

Renting helps new farmers grow their businesses (Oregonian)

The Oregon State University Extension Service recently started a program for new and small farmers. It cites the 2007 agriculture census, which showed a 144 percent increase in farm-direct sales between 2002 and 2007. Those are farmers selling crops at farmers markets, CSAs or to restaurants or schools.

Garden writer champions micro-organisms beneath our feet (Oregonian)

The network of essential organisms is so small — billions live in a teaspoon of soil — that scientists didn’t get a handle on them until the 1980s. Since then research has blossomed, led in large part by the work of Elaine Ingham, a former Oregon State University professor whose work inspired and informed Lowenfels’ book.

Ninety seconds to success (Gazette-Times)

It’s that big hurdle between a business idea and a new business: Landing an investor. Friday, future business hopefuls practiced the art of the deal in The American Dream Elevator Pitch competition. Oregon State University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program organized the event, the first it’s hosted.

Fruit growers battle new invasive Asian fly (Environmental News Service)

With the appearance last fall of tiny white maggots in a handful of blueberries, Oregon State University researchers identified the spotted wing drosophila, a pest never before documented in Oregon.


Tenth annual Earth Week Community Fair, MU Quad, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An annual fair of 40 or more on- and off-campus groups who work on environmental issues. Learn what’s going on in our community.

Please join the office of Community and Diversity as they 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  between 3 and 5 p.m. and wish her well.

It IS Easy Being Green, a practical conversation about sustainability in everyday living, 7 to 9 p.m. in Kearney 112.

Upcoming events

NEW! 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.” The talk is set for April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, at LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

NEW! Who knew that the Corvallis public library started as a “coffee club” for firemen to keep them out of the saloons? At the April 22 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, historian Tom McClintock, author of The Best Gift, will share this and other stories about one of our most important community institutions. Guests are welcome in MU 109 and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! Spring Career Fair is taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

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

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

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.

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 Crop and Soil Science, 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

NEW! Cancer never sleeps, and neither do we during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, held May 14 in the MU quad. Teams of up to 15 participants will take turns walking or running throughout the night.  Recruit a team from your department, organization, or neighborhood and join the excitement of raising money to fight cancer and save lives.  Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 to register your team or log on to www.osurelay.com for more information.
Cancer survivors are extended a special invitation to participate in a ceremony in their honor during the Relay For Life on May 14 at 6 p.m.  In addition, anyone can remember or honor a loved one with a contribution to the Luminaria Ceremony held at 11 p.m. Please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information.

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.

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.


The Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications is seeking a Publishing Manager to join our team. This is a full-time professional faculty position with full benefits. Salary is commensurate upon education and experience. This person provides advice and leadership for educational publishing in its broadest form, including print, online, multimedia, and new media, as well as editing, design, and production of educational products. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56424.Closing Date: May 7.

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.

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.

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 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. today and should end by 6 p.m.


Corvallis: It never really feels like spring until you can smell the scent of lilacs, or in our case, when the first sugar ant infestation appears in the cat’s food dish. Ah, spring. Today rain will roll in around the lunch hour, with a high of 66 and an overnight low of 47. Showers continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: The temperature is getting hotter but it appears our fiery friend may be hiding behind those gloomy masses in the sky just about all day. A high around 68 and low in the neighborhood of 40 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms and possible downpours may keep you inside unless you feel like “Singing in the rain.” You might get an even better chance tomorrow!

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