OSU Today

Wednesday, April 28, 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 students build rovers and racers (KGW)

Joe Smith meets engineering students from Oregon State University who have built a trio of cars, including a mars rover, a baja racer, and a formula car.

NCAA tabs Emmert as next president (Kansas City Star)

“We are gratified to hire an individual of Mark Emmert’s stature and experience to head the NCAA,” said executive committee chair Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University. (See also Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Self-regulation key to success for at-risk children (Education Research Report)

The study was conducted by then-Oregon State University graduate student Michaella Sektnan, who did the research as her master’s thesis working with Megan McClelland, an associate professor at OSU and a nationally recognized leader in the areas of self-regulation and early childhood development. Sektnan is now a faculty research assistant for OSU Extension Family and Community Health. (See also Science Blog)

Study: Young adults linger longer at home (Gazette-Times)

Unlike their counterparts in the early 1900s, young adults today aren’t contributing to the household finances. In fact, the study – cowritten by a professor at Oregon State University – found that parents are spending 10 percent of their annual income helping their adult children. (See also Health Canal and Health Digest)

OSU’s Annual Pet Day is Saturday (Gazette-Times)

Veterinary students at Oregon State University will coordinate one of the most popular annual spring events on campus Saturday, May 1, when the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its 23rd annual Pet Day celebration.

OSU Extension sets Family Living Day (Hillsboro Argus)

Oregon State University Extension Service will hold Family Living and Learning Day full of programs and information on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reedville Elementary School and Reedville Presbyterian Church, 2695 SW 209th Ave.


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, 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.

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 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room. Questions regarding the forum may be directed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

The OSUsed Store is open today from 12-3 offering you a chance to buy great used equipment. Special features include: desks, chairs, computers, lab equipment and more. Items are offered in a garage sale format with no advance preview. If you have questions please contact surplus property at 541-737-7347 or email surplus@oregonstate.edu. 644 SW 13th St Corvallis, OR 97330.

OSU’s Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is looking into assessment tracking software and would appreciate your participation and feedback in this endeavor. It is important that this software be useful to faculty in gathering, reporting, and acting on the results of assessment activities. Please join us for a demo of this product, TracDat, today from 3 to 4 p.m., in Kerr 502; or on Thursday, from 9 to 10 a.m, and 10 to 11 a.m., also in Kerr 502.  For questions, contact Susie Leslie at 7-8083.  All faculty and administrators are welcome.

Upcoming events

NEW! Temple Grandin, a pioneer in the field of animal welfare and the most recognized face of autism in the United States, will speak at Oregon State University on April 30. A professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, Grandin will speak on “Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare,” in Milam Auditorium at 7 p.m. Her talk is free and open to the public.

NEW! It’s all about M.E.! That’s right, it’s all about M.E.! The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on June 3. Get your photo taken with Benn Beaver from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Find out additional information and register online to attend at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/.  Those registering to attend before May 28 will have a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer Gift Card.

NEW! Dennis Hruby, Chief Scientific Officer at SIGA and Professor of Microbiology at OSU will speak on “Adventures and Misadventures in Starting and Growing a Company” during the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series, May 18, noon to 1:30 p.m., Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall. Brown bag lunch. AEP provides beverages. Free and open to all faculty. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and reference this event. For more information e-mail or call 541-713-8044. For more information go to http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/aep/dennis_hruby_poster.pdf.

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: 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.”

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.

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

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. The event takes place April 30 starting at 10 a.m. in the MU Quad.

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/

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

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.

“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.

Cascades Campus’ annual “It’s in the Bag” lecture series continues on 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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Summer Institute on Research Methodology will be held July 13 to 15, on the Oregon State campus, hosted by the College of Health and Human Sciences. Introductory and advanced coursework using Mplus and Stata will be offered during the Institute. Participants are expected to be comfortable with multiple regression and have some familiarity with factor analysis. No knowledge of Mplus or Stata is assumed.  These two courses can be taken independently or combined. Applied examples will be used throughout the workshops, with hands-on analysis experience.
July 13: Introduction to Mplus
July 14:  Latent Growth Curve Modeling Using Mplus
July 15: Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling using Stata
Registration:2 day Mplus course -$325; 1 day Mplus course – $175; 1 day Stata course – $175; 3 days, both courses -$400.
(Graduate students: $250 for the 2 day Mplus course;  $125 for the 1 day Mplus course; $125 for the one day Stata course; 3 days, both courses – all three days $300). For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/summerinstitute/ OSU students who wish to take Summer Institute courses for credit should contact:  anne.hatley@oregonstate.edu

NEW! OSU Libraries sponsored three copyright sessions on April 12, 14, and 16.  The sponsorship included access to the archived version for each session: Session One: Copyright For Classroom Teaching; Session Two:  Copyright Regulation Outside the Classroom; Session Three:  Faculty Rights Under Copyright Law. Please contact Faye A. Chadwell (faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu) if you are interested in obtaining the links to the archived presentation and to presentation materials.

NEW! Student Organization Census.  In recent weeks, you have been introduced to a proposed new model of relationship for student organizations at Oregon State University. 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.   In an effort to define the scope of relationship that currently exists between OSU and student organizations at OSU you are now being asked to complete a census of Student Organizations.  This Student Organization Census (Faculty/Staff Census Form Student Leader Census Form ) will allow us a clearer understanding of the current conditions, commitments and opportunities that exist on the OSU campus for students participating in student organizations.  Please continue to learn more about and provide feedback regarding the proposed model by visiting our blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/seacstudentorgs.  Any questions, comments or concerns can be sent to clubsandorgs@oregonstate.edu.

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. 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.


Corvallis: The trees are alive with the sound of birdsong. A lot of it. Actually, a rather Hitchcockian amount of it right now if you walk around campus. But ignoring the plethora of birds staring down from every tree, it should be a rather pleasant if showery spring day. Today’s high will be 56 with an overnight low of 40. Tomorrow will be more of the same.

Central Oregon: In case you missed the news and weather last night, I am happy to get you caught up. Another nippy spring day with scattered showers and high around 49 may make it tough to want to leave our newly furnished Cascades Hall. Tonight, expect temperatures to drop as low as 29 degrees and wind gusts to get as high as 28 miles per hour with more gloomy weather on the way for Thursday.

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