OSU Today

Wednesday, April 21, 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.

Craig Robinson pitches new book, laughs off thoughts of Ducks job (Oregonian)

Craig Robinson was in New York on Monday, talking about his new book and his famous brother-in-law on the “Today” show in the morning and Charlie Rose in the evening, when a surprise question made him burst out laughing. (See also Seattle Times, Washington Post, this Oregonian story)

Research dispells myths about rural fitness (Associated Press)

That common attitude must be kept in mind when trying to promote physical activity, said Deborah John, who spearheaded Plymouth State’s research and is now an assistant professor at Oregon State University.

Editor’s global talk comes with local ties (Gazette-Times)

Growing up on a farm near Stafford, Dennis Dimick wanted to be a biologist when he was in fourth grade. At 12, he wanted to be a forest ranger. But the fifth-generation Oregonian discovered journalism as a freshman at Oregon State University, and that launched him on a career that led him to the National Geographic magazine in 1980.

Solar technology could be more affordable in the future (KEZI)

A team of scientists at Oregon State University has revolutionized the way solar technology is created.  It means buying solar technology for your home or business will be much more affordable in the future. (See also Sustainable Business Oregon, Cooler Planet and Compound Semi Online)

Predicting the next Northwest earthquake still a struggle (Oregonian)

“Our time series is getting better and better, and what used to be lost in the noise is emerging as clusters of earthquakes,” says Oregon State University geologist Chris Goldfinger, one of many earthquake researchers presenting their latest findings in Portland this week at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.

Nobel Peace Prize winner to visit OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams will visit Oregon State University April 23-25 to encourage Pacific Northwest high school students, teachers and OSU students to create a better world through community service and global action.

Invasive lionfish attacks reefs and fish as scientists scramble (Science Insider)

Indo-Pacific lionfish, an invasive carnivore equipped with venomous spines, are spreading—and eating their way—through the fishes of the Caribbean Sea. In an effort to stop, or at least slow down, these fearless invaders, the National Science Foundation has awarded a 3-year, $700,000 grant to scientists at Oregon State University.

Oregon State conducts research on poplar fibers (Textile Insight)

Oregon State researchers are very optimistic about the performance characteristics of poplar fibers.

Earth Day

Click here to find out how every day is Earth Day at Oregon State University.


In conjunction with Peace Jam, Pangea Café is featuring recipes from Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams’ book ‘Ingredients for Peace: The Cookbook.” The recently published cookbook features recipes from peacemakers around the world. The Pangea staff has adapted recipes from the book, created cards that include recipes and a short bio about each of the contributing peacemakers’ work. For more information, contact Judy Hickam in Pangea at 541-737-1601.

The Student Events and Activities Center, the MU, and OSU Summer Session present The Cove as apart of the ongoing MUvies series. MUvies are shown every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5:30p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Pangea, located in the Memorial Union. The Cove, the 2010 Oscar winner for best documentary, is about Dolphin exploit and abuse off the coast of Taijii, Japan. The work of Scott Baker, a leading scientist from Oregon State University in Newport, is one of the leading scientists featured in the film. The Cove is being showing in support of Earth week.

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.

A forum for faculty advisors to provide input on a proposed new model of relationship for student organizations at OSU takes place today in Memorial Union 213, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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

University Housing & Dining Services would like to invite you to attend the Cooper’s Creek BBQ Grand Opening Celebration today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Inspired by the success of the annual Soul Food Café event during Black History Month, entrée menu items will include: Memphis style pork ribs, Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket and BBQ chicken. All of the meats are wood smoked in-house by the UHDS culinary staff.  The menu also features a vegetarian or vegan entrée at every meal, along with southern BBQ-inspired side dishes and desserts like red beans and rice, baked beans, collard greens, hush puppies, grits, corn on the cob and cornbread. The festivities will include rib samples, prize drawing and free giveaway items including: an Apple iPad, 2 USB video recorders, 2 portable DVD players, Cooler with mp3 player, and a BBQ gift basket. The event will feature music by DJ Hes

Faculty, staff, and advisors are invited to attend a reception with light refreshments at 3 p.m. in the MU Council Room with resident directors from AHA/NCSA study abroad sites for OSU students. These programs offer teaching abroad opportunities for faculty  and language, culture, and a variety of coursework for students in locations from Mexico to Morocco, London to Accra.  For more information, contact IDEA at 541-737-3006.

Israeli poster artist Yossi Lemel will speak at Oregon State University today, 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.

Oregon State Women’s Soccer is playing the US Under 23 National team at 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The annual Joint Service Review (JSR) is held by the four branches of the military that are represented in OSU’s three ROTC programs on campus. This year the Navy ROTC Unit is hosting and the Commander, Naval Region NorthWest, Rear Admiral Symonds will give the keynote address. OSU faculty, students and community guests are invited to attend this free and “feel good” event. JSR will be held this year on April 30 at 10 a.m. on the OSU Memorial Union Quad.

NEW! Jim Williams, Healthcare Entrepreneur & Innovator and Austin Fellow will give a Fireside Chat from 7 to 7:50 p.m. April 22 in Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. RSVP: Carol Hahn, aep.info@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! NUMS 2010 — The Second Annual Northwest Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium will be held this weekend, Saturday April 24, at Oregon State
University in Kidder Hall.  Undergraduate students from the northwest region will present both original research and expositions of topics not found in the traditional mathematics curriculum.  In addition, a keynote address will be given by Professor David Perkinson of Reed College. Students of all levels and majors are encouraged to attend.  More information can be found at the NUMS website: http://oregonstate.edu/groups/mathclub/nums/ This regional undergraduate mathematics conference is funded in part by the NSF-RUMC program administered by the Math Assoc. of America, and by the OSU Educational Activities Committee.

NEW! OSU’s Charles Goodrich’s new book of poetry will be featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac on April 23 on OPB. For more information see

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

“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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! This is the last day to register for the 2-Day Conversational Skills workshop! The workshop is offered on campus May 3 and 4 and is free to all OSU staff and faculty. If you haven’t partaken in this workshop and are curious, visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell/course1.html for course description and to register.

NEW! Tuesday, April 27 is the last day to register to vote in order to participate in the May 18 State of Oregon Primary Election. Items on the ballot include determining the party candidates for Governor and a measure that affects funding for university buildings. If you have questions or need information about voter registration, contact the Benton County Elections Department: (541) 766-6756, http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/

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.

An open forum on a proposed new model of relationship for student organizations at OSU takes place April 21 in Memorial Union 208, noon to 1:30 p.m.


Admissions Advisor, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University. F/T.  Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a relevant discipline and 1-2 years professional, student or volunteer work experience related to student services, student recruitment/outreach or leadership at a regionally accredited 2 or 4 year not-for-profit college or university and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Apply to posting #0005537. Closing date is May 21.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

Hovland Hall: Due to construction work in Hovland Hall, all steam services to the building will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all hot water and heating services on all floors, in all rooms.  The shutdown will last through 5 p.m. today.


Corvallis: Ah, the gentle sound of sneezing, it’s the best way to tell spring is really in the air. We have a slight chance of showers this morning with a dryer afternoon ahead. Highs will be 57 today with a low of 41 tonight. Tomorrow should be partly sunny with a high of 63.

Central Oregon: As the clouds are getting thicker, the sun can’t seem to get through as easily. With a high around 48 degrees and our first below freezing overnight low in a long time near 31, it might be a good idea to throw on your favorite sweater. After today, the rain, rain should go away and not come back for another day, or perhaps ever!

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