OSU Today

Thursday, April 22, 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.

Coach Craig Robinson on the Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Robinson trades jibes with Stephen Colbert as he talks about his new book, “A Game of Character” (See also TIME)

Ocean acidification hits northwest oyster farms (ABC News)

Desperate, Wiegardt and Cudd turned to expert oceanographer Burke Hales and his team from Oregon State University to study the new and alarming enigma. They learned that the Pacific waters piped into their hatchery from nearby Netarts Bay were the cause of the dying larvae.

Students power OSU to top green ranking (Gazette-Times)

The Environmental Protection Agency has ranked Oregon State University at No. 1 in the Pac-10 for its green power usage.

What basketball says about Pres. Obama (Larry King Live)

Coach Craig Robinson talks about his sister’s first interactions with future Pres. Obama. (See also CNN, Oregonian)

Vet students seek donations to aid pets (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University veterinary students are seeking donations of food, toys, blankets and leashes – or cash gifts to purchase those items – for needy pets in the community.

Earthquake experts analyze state preparedness (KGW)

New research out of Oregon State University showed there’s now a 37% chance that a magnitude 8 or higher quake will hit off the Southern Oregon Coast within the next 50 years.

The people behind Earth Day (Vancouver Sun)

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.

Climate change could increase winter inversions (Mail Tribune)

An Oregon State University research project suggests winter air inversions in Southern Oregon could intensify as the region’s climate changes.

Unearthly waste (Gazette-Times)

Socks. An unopened loaf of bread. Ear phones. All of those things could — and probably should — have ended up someplace other than the trash. But that’s where they were Wednesday, until they were pulled from a smelly Dumpster at Oregon State University.

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.

Health Disparities – A video discussion series, features segments of the DVD Unnatural Causes followed by a facilitated dialogue: From noon to 1 p.m, watch “Becoming American” – Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way?  All video segments will be shown in room 322A of Student Health Services

Who knew that the Corvallis public library started as a “coffee club” for firemen to keep them out of the saloons? At the noon 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. 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

Starker Lecture Series. This year’s series focuses on Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms. 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.

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 today, 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.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! Coach Craig Robinson will be signing copies of his new book, “A Game of Character,” on April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Valley Football Center-3rd Floor (Beaver Spirit Room).

NEW! Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. There is a session scheduled for April 26, 10: to 11 a.m.This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.

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

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

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.

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 James 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.

News for Employees

NEW! In response to strategic realignment and biennium budget reduction reports submitted recently by each college, the OSU Strategic Alignment/Budget Reduction Review Committee (SABRRC) has posted a review, including comments and questions, on each submission from academic units. You’re invited to continue to monitor this process by reading those reviews at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/implementation. Questions/comments may be directed to Sara Eklund at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! At the end of last year’s legislative session, Senate Bill 442 mandated Oregon University System (OUS) to prepare a report and offer recommendations on conversion to a semester-based calendar. A state-wide committee consisting of administrators, faculty, and students from community colleges and universities is currently gathering input and information to prepare the report. As part of the efforts to poll faculty and students on semester conversion, a short survey has been created to allow input from faculty and students. This survey can be accessed at: http://www.ous.edu/qapp/sb442surveys/.Visitors can also access the semester conversion website to view research and information that has been gathered. The link to this website is: http://www.ous.edu/state_board/jointb/sem/.

NEW! It’s time to register for the 8th annual CARDV Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Safe Families. This family-friendly event will be held Saturday, May 8, and offers courses for all ages and abilities, including a 5K run, a 5K walk, and 1- and 2-mile walks. All courses begin at 2nd Street and Western Boulevard in downtown Corvallis. Team and individual participation is encouraged. Registration is $20 per person before April 29 and $25 after that date. To find out more about the event, see course maps and register online, visit www.cardvservices.org/runwalk.

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.


The OSU Business and Engineering Business Center (BEBC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Fiscal Manager (Fiscal Coordinator 2) to provide fiscal services for the Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics and Radiation Center.   This is an internal search, open to current, regular status OSU and OUS employees only; job start date June 1.  For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005561. Closing date May 2.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 today. 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.


Corvallis: Singer and sustainability advocate Dar Williams once wrote, ““Well I love the way the world is your garden, And you plant your seeds and you let them grow, And you take things out of the ground just like, You take what comes, but you never know.” Happy Earth Day, everyone. Today will be partly sunny with a high of 66 and a low tonight of 34. Tomorrow will be similar, with a high of 67.

Central Oregon: Pack up your umbrella and put your sweater back on its hanger because it looks like spring is officially here, at least for a little while. Clear skies with a high around 59 and low near 29 with even better weather to follow has me singing, “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.”

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