OSU Today

Tuesday, April 27, 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 engineering team on top of the world (The Columbian)

When an Oregon State University team won a world championship, the road went through Washougal. OSU had a bumpy path to the title, and that’s not just a figure of speech. That road included the Washougal motocross park.

Bad economy delays ‘adulthood’ (LiveScience)

Now in the midst of a recession, pressures on middle class families are great, say the researchers, Richard Settersten, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, and Barbara Ray, president of Hired Pen, Inc.

Rich in history, OSU Polo seeks resurgence (Gazette-Times)

It was a scene from a recent scrimmage match featuring members of the Oregon State University Polo Club. The players chased a small leather ball the size of a softball and stitched like a soccer ball. Imagine a cross between soccer and croquet – all on horseback.

Researchers dispel myths about rural fitness (KVAL)

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. (See also Modesto Bee)

Oregon farmers gamble on what crops to plant (OPB)

In addition to watching the neighbors, grass seed farmers here also get a lot of help from Oregon State University. Its extension service has staff whose job it is to seek out new crops. But the head of crop and soil science, Russ Karow, says next big thing isn’t really new at all — it’s wheat.

Former police dog treated for cancer (Statesman Journal)

The deputy took Neros to a 24-hour veterinary clinic right away; it was a Sunday. They said the lump could be lymphoma or an infection, Swendsen said.The next day, the deputy took Neros to his regular clinic, which referred the duo to Oregon State University.

LCHS grad Crimp is Goldwater scholar (Coeur d’Alene Press)

A Lake City High School graduate has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Caitlin Crimp, an Oregon State University biochemistry/biophysics major, was the only OSU student to receive the recognition this year.


Today 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/

Pamela O. Long is the 2009-10 Horning Visiting Scholar. She is an independent historian who has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Getty Research Institute, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies in the Department of History at Princeton University, and the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT. She will be giving three lectures this week in the Memorial Union Journey Room, which are open to the public: Today, 4 p.m., “The Artisan/Practitioner and the Scientific Revolution: An Issue in the History of Science.” April 29, 4 p.m., “Art and Nature: A Changing Relationship in the 15th and 16th Centuries.” April 30, noon, “Trading Zones: Exchanges of Practice and Learning in the Late Renaissance.”

Upcoming events

NEW! The CoF invites all faculty, staff, students and their families (Mom’s too) to join us for the 78 Annual Fernhopper Day, May 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon.  This year’s Fernhopper activities will take place in the morning and provide an opportunity for you to also participate in several other fun campus activities:  OSU Pet Day, Mom’s Weekend, and Spring Football scrimmage.   Activities include presentations by faculty and students and a walking tour of trees of OSU campus. Take your Mom on a campus tree walk with Dr. Jensen. Register at http://fernhopper.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! The implementation process for the University’s Business Centers has included a series of campus forums. These forums do not have a formal agenda, and all questions and comments are welcome. The next forum, led by Provost Sabah Randhawa and Vice President Mark McCambridge, is scheduled for April 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room. Questions regarding the forum may be directed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Jim Liburdy, Chair of the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee, and Becky Warner, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Int’l Programs, would like to make you aware of two forums that are being held to give participants an overview of the promotion and tenure (P&T) process/guidelines. The first forum will focus on faculty members who are going up for promotion and/or tenure in the near future and will be held on April 29 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in MU 206. The second forum will be designed for department heads and chairs, as well as chairs of department and/or college level P&T committees and will be held on May 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please RSVP to sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu if you will attend and please indicate which forum you plan on attending.

NEW! The Center for Teaching and Learning Spring 2010 Workshops: All teaching faculty, staff, and graduate assistants welcome. Registration is required for all workshops. Qwizdom Clickers in the OSU Classroom, April 28, 10 a.m. To 11:30 a.m., Milam 215. Qwizdom is the supported response system (clickers) for OSU.  With some practice and planning you may effectively employ a tool which aids lecture and class interaction.  In this workshop we concentrate on the practical aspects of preparing and using the Qwizdom response system.  Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl, send an e-mail to CTL@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2804.

NEW! Craig Froude, Executive Vice President, WebMD Health Services and an Austin Fellow will be giving a Fireside Chat on April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. To RSVP: Carol Hahn, aep.info@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! “Joseph Smith & the Beginnings of Mormonism: A look at the unique origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”: Film and lecture by Dr. Tom Sherry, director of the Corvalllis Institute of Religion.  May 4, 7 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Oregon State Flying Club Open House: Corvallis Airport, Saturday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come talk to members, see club owned aircraft, and learn about the club first hand.  Airplane Rides and BBQ available.  OSU & LBCC student, alumni, staff and their families are eligible for OSFC membership & benefits.  http://flying.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Cascades Campus’ annual “It’s in the Bag” lecture series continues on Wednesday, May 5 with a presentation titled “Bringing Civility Back” that explores the tenor of our conversations nationwide.   The lunchtime lecture will be given by Natalie Dollar, Ph.D., of OSU-Cascades’ liberal studies program.  “It’s in the Bag” lectures are free and no reservation is needed. Complimentary beverages will be available. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.  For more information visit  http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

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.


INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month International Student Advisor to provide immigration advising and student service support to international students studying at INTO OSU.  For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005525.  Closing date is May 9.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

The OSU Forestry and Oceanic & Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 2 to perform a full-range of personnel related services for the Center. This is an internal search, open to current, regular status OSU employees only; job start date July 1, 2010. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005572. Closing date May 7, 2010. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Alumni Center parking lot: Due to a scheduled event by the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council, access to the parking lot north of Alumni Center from 26th Street will be temporarily shutdown.  This parking lot can be accessed from Western Blvd, directly behind LaSells Stewart Center.   This shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. today and parking lot access will be available after noon.


Corvallis: “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself,” says a Zen proverb. These days the grass seems to grow behind the mower as you’re cutting it, but that’s one of the things that makes Oregon springs so lush. Today after some morning clearing we may hear a few thunderstorms passing through. Otherwise we’ll see showers with a high of 57 and a low of 43. Showers continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: That “another day” has come, with a chance of precipitation at 80 percent and high near 49 degrees. Look for it to get chilly tonight with a chance of snow and freezing low around 31. Unfortunately, more of the same is expected for the rest of April with the sun expected to come out again just in time on the first day of May.  “The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” ~Edwin Way Teale

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