OSU Today

Thursday, April 29, 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.

The slow, winding path to adulthood (New York Times)

Today’s middle schoolers dress like adults, know how to swear like adults and are exposed to drugs. They also know about sex, talk back and reach puberty earlier than we ever did. But then, they stop. And reverse. A study by researchers at Oregon State University, which appears this week in the journal Transition to Adulthood finds that “despite living in an age of iPads and hybrid cars, young Americans are more like the young adults of the early 1900s than the baby-boom generation: They are living at home longer, are financially insecure and are making lower wages.” (See also KEZI and Gazette-Times)

Mountain versus valley temperatures stretch apart with climate change (Scientific American)

OSU’s Chris Daly is interviewed for this podcast.

Fighting an ocean plague, a forkful at a time (Forbes)

Scientists are still researching what keeps lionfish in check back home in their native range even as they’re going gangbusters in the Atlantic and Caribbean, mostly untouched by the local sharks, moray eels and grouper. “If they do try a lionfish, they quickly spit it out, probably because of the venomous spines,” said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecologist who has conducted feeding trials in tanks.

Voters face choice to save extension service (Register-Guard)

Voters in the May 18 primary election will consider a five-year property tax increase to help fund Lane County Extension Services, an arm of Oregon State University that brings university curriculum into the county.

OSU Extension Service wins stewardship award (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Extension Service received an Environmental Stewardship Award for helping dairy farmers protect ground and surface water from manure contamination.

PEBB restores mid-wife coverage (Lund Report)

Representatives from PEBB Members for Maternity Care Choice couldn’t have been more pleased. “I want to say an incredible thank you for your continuing dedication to PEBB’s vision, and a thank you from all of our petition signers,” said Christine Olsen, a faculty member at Oregon State University. “I really can’t explain to you how grateful I am; I’m ecstatic.”

What you eat effects you, your kids and grandkids (Live Science)

Epigenome, which literally means “on top of the genome,” refers to all the factors that control how a gene is expressed. The new study potentially adds to the growing body of research suggesting the epigenome may be at the root of many health problems. “People think there is nothing you can do (about your disease risk),” said researcher Rod Dashwood of Oregon State University, who gave a lecture this afternoon on epigenetics at the Experimental Biology 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif. “But you are not just what your genes are.” (See also MSNBC)

Oregon first state to use Google Apps for Education (KTVZ)

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced Wednesday that Oregon is the first state in the nation to sign up for Google Apps for Education in K-12 classrooms. Google is a participating member of Accelerate Oregon which is a public-private partnership dedicated to providing Oregon schools with the tools necessary to advance teaching and learning with technology. The founding sponsors of Accelerate Oregon are Intel and the Oregon Department of Education, who have been joined by Cisco, Willamette ESD, Compview, the SMART Technologies and Oregon State University.

Corvallis woman wins football t-shirt design competition (LIFE@OSU)

Jennifer Lommers captured some of the essence of Beaver Nation when she submitted an entry in a recent “Fan Chosen” T-shirt design competition on campus. (See also Gazette-Times)

Self-regulation studies provide hope for disadvantaged children (Discover Psychology)

Michaella Sektnan was working as a graduate student for Oregon State University along with Megan McClelland (an associate professor at OSU) when she studied 1,298 children from birth through first grade. (See also Education Research Report)


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 today from 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.

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 noon 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.

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 today 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 at 7 p.m. in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. To RSVP: Carol Hahn, aep.info@bus.oregonstate.edu

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

Upcoming events

NEW! Portland multidisciplinary artist MK Guth will speak about her work, which includes video, photography, sculpture, and participatory performance art, on May 5 at Oregon State University. The free public event will start with a reception for the artist at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture. It is at the Construction and Engineering Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart  Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

NEW! To all of you Food Network-Iron Chef-Cooking Competition Fans: the OSU Power-Up Challenge is holding a Food Competition Event at the Dixon Recreation Lower Classroom kitchen on Wednesday May 5  (Cinco De Mayo) from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., hosted by the First Alternative Co-op.  Featured Challenger teams will compete to create a healthy, attractive Latin-themed snack made with local, organic and gluten free Co-op ingredients.  Spectators will have an opportunity to taste these creative dishes and vote on their favorite one!  Join us for some fun, prizes and learn how to easily prepare healthy, sustainable fare!

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.

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.”

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The College of Forestry has douglas fir logs that were used in a research project, and are now ready to be converted to firewood to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.  On May 8 a group of volunteers from the college will be cutting, splitting, and delivering the firewood.  For a $140/cord donation to the Linn-Benton Food Share, you can have the wood delivered to your house.  If you are interested in ordering firewood, or would like to volunteer labor, please contact Terralyn Vandetta at terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8428.

NEW! OSU Libraries is interested in promoting and assisting open access journal publication through the use of open source technology.  We seek to establish a new service based on the Public Knowledge Project’s free, open source software, Open Journal Systems (OJS).  OJS can handle the full cycle of journal publishing from submission to archiving.  OJS supports the broader dissemination of the results of scholarship and so promotes research advancement. We want to hear from OSU faculty who are interested in launching a new open access journal or using the OJS platform to publish an existing open access journal.  For a quick look at the possibilities, try: http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs-journals . Contact Faye A. Chadwell at faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu or Michael Boock at Michael.boock@oregonstate.edu for more information.

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

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.

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.

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 Benny 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.

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


Information Technology Consultant – ID Center, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2782-4921/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: 5/11/10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University is currently recruiting for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. This position will interface with INTO OSU employees to understand systems issues, document change requests and gather technical requirements; at the same time the position will also interface with OSU technical teams to manage the delivery of change requests and represent INTO OSU’s technical voice in university technical discussions. For complete job description, and additional information regarding this position, please contact Rhonda Maillard, Human Resources Manager at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Closing date is May 12.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Wellness Education & Outreach Coordinator to develop and deliver educational forums and messages for the OSU campus community. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005591. Closing date is May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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: Today’s weather should feel eerily familiar as we see more showers and breaks, with a high of 57 and a low of 40. Friday’s already looking like a nicer day and the weekend might actually be pleasant, just in time for Farmer’s Market.

Central Oregon: Ok, so when the forecast says “70 percent chance of precipitation” am I supposed to say it’s going to rain or that it might? Obviously, yesterday it seemed that the forecast was way off since it only precipitated for about 10 percent of the day, if that. In this case, I love it when they’re wrong! For today they say it’s supposed to be “possibly” dreadful with a high around 46 and overnight low near 29 and a “chance” of rain or snow; I guess this way they can’t be wrong.  Also, the sun is supposed to start peeking through on Friday. Let’s just hope for the best; sun, sun, and more sun!

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