OSU Today

Tuesday, April 20, 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.

Ash cloud things as eruption loses fizz (USA Today)

“Once the interaction with the (water in the) glacier stops, you go into dry mode,” says Shanaka deSilva, a professor of geoscience at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Q&A with Craig Robinson on family, basketball, Chicago and the Cubs (Chicago Tribune)

Craig Robinson is first lady Michelle Obama’s older brother and Oregon State University’s men’s basketball coach. He’s just written “A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago’s Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond.”

OSU names budget and administrative services leaders to two critical positions (OSU News & Communications)

Oregon State University has named two financial leaders with deep experience in higher education to play crucial roles in administrative services management and and budget planning, school officials announced today.

Homegrown success story (Gazette-Times)

To some extent, the most recent growth actually may be a response to the economic downturn, Landis suggests, with more farmers and ranchers seeking new outlets for their products and more consumers looking for activities close to home in lieu of spendy vacations. But there’s something deeper at work here, too, according to Larry Lev, an economist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. In more than a decade of research, Lev said, he’s found that customers consistently give the same three reasons for shopping at farmers markets.

Library pulls an all-nighter (Gazette-Times)

At 4:15 a.m. Thursday, Asem Alluhibi took a hit on his canned combo coffee-energy drink and one last drag on his cigarette before heading into the Valley Library to study for a thermodynamics exam. Alluhibi is taking advantage of a spring-term pilot program sponsored by the Associated Students of Oregon State University. The library is open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday from April 4 through June 12 to determine if student usage is sufficient to support permanent funding for round-the-clock access.

Editorial: Yes on Measure 20-158 (Register-Guard)

Faced with the potential loss of federal timber payments, Lane County has higher budgetary priorities than the Extension Service. Public safety and public health immediately come to mind. But few enjoy broader popularity or can be provided more affordably than Extension’s trusted and practical services.

Autism advocate, animal processing pioneer to speak (Gazette-Times)

Temple Grandin, an inventor in the field of animal processing and the most recognized face of autism in the United States, will speak at Oregon State University at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She will speak on “Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare,” in Milam Auditorium. Her talk is free and open to the public.

OSU candidates to debate; bands to ‘rock the vote’ (Gazette-Times)

The campus campaigning season is at its peak this week, as candidates for Associated Students of Oregon State University positions and Memorial Union leadership posts vie for last-minute votes from students.


Professional development workshops for students will be held today in Career Services in the basement of Kerr. They include “Effective job search” at 11 a.m., “Success at Career Fair” at noon, and”Resume writing” at 2 p.m.

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series. Today’s 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 OSU Entomology Program’s Insect Explorers‘ Series is pleased to feature a seminar by Dr. Robert Pyle, a noted lepidopterist and conservation biologist. During a Fulbright Fellowship in England, Pyle founded the Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation, and later chaired its Monarch Project. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. The seminar takes place from 2 to 3 p.m., in ALS 4001. His topic is “Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year.”

Haiti Awareness Week: Visit the MU Quad today through April 23, and learn about current relief efforts in Haiti and the history of Haiti’s position in the global economy. Stop by and pick up T-shirts & raffle tickets for Haitian art!  You can donate to Haiti relief at: www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/osuihc. Tonight view the movie “Aristide and the Endless Revolution,” at 8:30 p.m., in MU 206. Sponsored by the International Health Club.

Rebecca Skloot will be visiting OSU to discuss her best-selling book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” 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 today 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Oregon State Women’s Soccer is playing the US Under 23 National team on April 21, 7 p.m. in the Paul Lorenz Soccer Complex. Admission is free but participants are asked to bring a can of food to donate to Community Outreach Inc.

NEW! 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams to Speak at the Memorial Union Ballroom April 23 at 7:30 p.m.  Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through grassroots organizing.  Williams is part of PeaceJam, an international education program that works with Nobel Peace Prize laureates to engage youth in volunteerism and encourages them to work to transform themselves, their local communities and, ultimately, the world. Her visit is sponsored by the OSU Division of Student Affairs and the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  More information available at http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam

NEW! Pizza and a movie! In preparation for PeaceJam and Nobel Laureate, anti-landmine activist and co-founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Jody Williams, please join us for a free screening of “Disarm,” a documentary about the manufacture, trade, stockpiling, deployment, removal and the victims of landmines, still buried around the globe. April 23 at the International Resource Center in the MU at noon. Pizza is on us. Open to all. Co-sponsored by the Office for Women’s Advancement & Gender Equity (WAGE) and PeaceJam. Contact: mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu; On the web at oregonstate.edu/wage

NEW! 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.” The concerts, which benefit Corvallis’ Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), feature live performances of a different Beatles album each year. The concerts are slated for Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center; and Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Milam Hall.

NEW! Starker Lecture Series. This year’s series focuses on Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms. On April 22, Ted Lorensen, former Assistant State Forester, will speak on “Ecosystems Services from Forest Lands — The Oregon Approach.” He will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 107.

NEW! 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 (repeat), April 23 10 a.m. To noon, 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.

NEW! Health Disparities – A video discussion series, features segments of the DVD Unnatural Causes followed by a facilitated dialogue: April 22 from noon to 1 p.m, watch “Becoming American” – Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way? April 29 from noon to 1 p.m., watch “When the Bough Breaks” – Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes? All video segments will be shown in room 322A of Student Health Services

NEW! “Think Again: How Social Capital Impacts the Changing Post-Secondary Plans of (Potential) First-Generation College Students and Their Peers,” a guest lecture by OSU alum Shelley Nelson  (A.B.D., Sociology, Indiana University), will take place from noon to 1 p.m., April 23 in Fairbanks Room 304. Nelson was a first-generation college student when she graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State in 2000 as a sociology major. She now continually goes out of her way to mentor other first-generation students who find themselves struggling with the demands of university life. Nelson will present the results of her doctoral dissertation which focuses on how first generation students negotiate the rigors of completing their degree.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

News for Employees

Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for a weeklong writing residency at Mount St. Helens. The Mount St. Helens Field Residencies will take place July 18-24, and will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Mount St. Helens Science Pulse, a gathering of ecologists and research scientists who are engaged in field work on Mount St. Helens. The residencies are sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University; the US Forest Service; and the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research group. Deadline for applications is May 1. For more information see http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

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


Administrative Program Assistant for IE3 Global Internships (a program of OUS International Programs), Oregon State University.  Position is full-time, starting at $2293/monthly + benefits. Duties include but are not limited to carrying out administrative duties including online application/data management, student billing, insurance, event coordination and budget/report preparation. Learn more about IE3 on our website at: http://ie3global.ous.edu.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0005509. Closing Date: May 2. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Customer Service Representative, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University. F/T. Major duties include working in a fast paced, high volume environment responding to requests for admissions and general university information.  This position answers a high volume of phones calls and emails. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills both verbal and written.  To review posting and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.
Apply to posting # 0005522. Closing date is April 30. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 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.

Traffic and Maintenance


Corvallis: Chief Seattle said, “Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.” Something to this about this Earth Week. Today will be showery with a high of 56 and an overnight low of 40. Tomorrow showers will continue with a high of 59, but things should clear up Thursday.

Central Oregon: Bust out your umbrella because rain is almost guaranteed throughout the day with a high around 53 and low near 34. Hopefully the weather man is wrong again and we can use our umbrellas for something more fun such as one of these great suggestions: http://lifehackery.com/2008/09/02/various-5/ . Slightly cooler temperatures and more rain expected for Wednesday.

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