OSU Today

Monday, April 26, 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.

OSU biologist: Return of top predators key to ecology (Gazette-Times)

Sufficient advances have been made about the importance of top predators in ecosystem function that it’s time to move from discussing the issue to acting upon it, a conservation biologist from Oregon State University suggests in a new book.

Natural grief healing (KVAL)

After the unexpected deaths of several close friends, Kathleen Dean Moore went looking for answers. “I wanted to figure out how we celebrate lives that always end in death,” said the Corvallis essayist, also a philosophy professor at Oregon State University.

Nobel laureate shares her views on peace during PeaceJam at Oregon State (Gazette-Times)

Nobel laureate Jody Williams sat on the stage, wearing a T-shirt, jeans and black cowboy boots with teal stitching. She dangled one leg over the edge, swinging her foot as she spoke to an audience that packed the Memorial Union Ballroom.

OSU Extension Service wins state honor (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Extension Service has received the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Oregon Department of Agriculture for its years of work helping dairy farmers protect ground and surface water.

Wild grass genome sequenced (ScienceLine)

The International Brachypodium Initiative, based at Oregon State University, recently completed the DNA sequence for the wild grass Bracypodium distachyon. T

From risk to resilience (Children’s Institute)

Oregon State University’s Megan McClelland and her colleagues have developed a mesasure of self-regulation for reschool- and kindergarten-age children. (Page 5)

State employees food drive will make a difference (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Department of Human Services raised the largest total amount gathering the equivalent of 725,345 pounds of food. Oregon State University came in second with 521,139 pounds of food donations.

Book review: A Game of Character (Washington Post)

To college hoops fans, Craig Robinson is a former Ivy League basketball star and the current standout head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers.


OSU Libraries is holding a Google Docs workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Google Docs is free web-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software that allows you to create and edit documents from anywhere. Google Docs also allows for shared access to and editing of online documents making collaboration easy. The workshop will be held in the Autzen classroom on the second (main) floor of the Valley Library. Registration is limited. To register visit: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656

Upcoming events

NEW! Kevin Ahern’s “Metabolic Melodies” have his students singing of DNA and proteins. The biochemist and coordinator of OSU’s HHMI summer research program will share some of his songs at the April 29 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club in MU 109. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

Earlier this academic year, the Provost scheduled a series of forums for the academic deans to discuss the University’s divisional alignment. The final forum in the series is scheduled for April 29, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the MU Journey Room (with overflow seating in MU 206). The forum, led by Ron Adams, Tammy Bray, Larry Rodgers, and Hal Salwasser, will be open to all students, staff and faculty at the University and will be streamed live via the web: http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1. On the day of the event, the chat feature will be activated on the same web page, and participants in the chat room will be able to log in (no password required) to submit questions. Previous forums were recorded and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/ in section ‘D’. Questions regarding the forums may be emailed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

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).

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.

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 May 3, 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.

Professor Keith Devlin of Stanford University will give the Lonseth Lecture May 11 as part of the annual math department awards ceremony. The ceremony and lecture will take place in the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center, and a reception will be held in the adjacent Myrtle Tree Alcove. The lecture begins at 3:30 p.m., following the 3 p.m. awards ceremony.

News for Employees

PERS Workshops. PERS will be on campus on May 6, offering two different workshops. “1 Year to Retirement” workshop for Tier 1 & Tier 2 members from 2:30pm-5:30 p.m. and an “Early Career” workshop for OPSRP members or employees that may become OPSRP members from 1 to 2 p.m. Both workshops will be located in Memorial Union Room 208. To register for these workshops or to obtain information about these or other workshops, visit the Office of Human Resource website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

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.

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/.

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. OSU INTO employee Candy Pierson-Charlton, a cancer survivor, is participating in the race as an affirmation of her survival. She is being sponsored by INTO but is looking for other OSU community members to make a pledge to CARDV in her honor for every kilometer she walks. She can be contacted at 541-737-6981 or
candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu. 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/


The Department of Statistics at Oregon State University invites applications for a Faculty Research Assistant for statistical consulting. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position providing statistical consulting services to university researchers. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Although the appointment is expected to be full-time (1.0 FTE), the department will consider requests for reduced FTE (to 0.75). For complete announcement and/or to apply, visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. posting #0005496. Note that the application must include cover letter, resume/vita and names/phones of three professional references. Closing date May 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Business Services is seeking a Part-Time Analyst Programmer (Approx. 30 hrs/week).Salary range is $16.79 – $26.23 per hour + benefits. This position requires a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in systems analysis and related programming support functions generally obtained by a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or an equivalent amount of training and applied experience. For complete announcement and/or to apply, visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005539. Closing Date: April 30. Oregon State University is an AA/EOE.

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.

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: Predictability can provide comfort, but there’s nothing comforting about knowing that for the next week, every time we look out the window we’ll see rain. Showers will begin today in the afternoon, and will continue, well, until the weekend at this point. Today’s high will be 65 with an overnight low of 46.

Central Oregon: Get out in the sunshine while you can because come tonight, it appears the rain monster will return in dramatic fashion.  A high around 67 will lead us into some late night showers and a low near 39. I guess April wants to live up to its reputation; more showers are expected for the rest of the week.  “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” ~T.S. Eliot

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