OSU Today

Friday, April 30, 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.

Oregon researchers win grant to battle destructive fruit fly (Oregonian)

West Coast researchers who are battling a destructive new fruit fly got some help this week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommended a $5.8 million grant that will fund the effort for the next four-and-a-half years. With key personnel based at Oregon State University and the USDA laboratory in Corvallis, researchers are rushing to control the spotted wing Drosophila. (See also Capital Press)

Higher waves increase erosion along Oregon Coast (NOAA)

Peter Ruggiero, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, led a a team of scientists from OSU and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. They found that while all waves off the Oregon Coast are taller on average than they were 35 years ago, the highest waves during winter storms are gaining height faster than the low waves of summer.

Oregon State gets $1 million gift (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s Honors College has received a $1 million pledge from an anonymous couple. It’s the college’s largest gift ever. (See also Gazette-Times)

Russian’s boreal forests may help to combat climate change (Telegraph.uk)

Under Russian law, any protected area that has burnt down – usually leaving the big trunks intact – can be logged commercially. “I would not expect any large-scale logging bans in Russia any time soon,” agrees Olga Krankina, a forestry ecologist at Oregon State University.

OSU professor Rick Settersten, says historically, and now, it takes young people longer to finish the steps.

Mars Rover rolls over OSU football team (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon State University Robotics Club (OSURC) brought its “Mars Rover” to football practice April 28 at Reser Stadium.

Self-regulation key to success for at-risk children (Science 360)

National Science Foundation highlights OSU research.

Love at first flight (Gazette-Times)

The OSU Flying Club is a nonprofit organization that accepts students, alumni, faculty, staff and retired employees of OSU and Linn-Benton Community College and their family members.

Developing partnerships to deliver high-end technology while reducing operating costs (ACCED-I)

This is one of the finest examples of a collaborative partnership that has become an operational model for other partnerships at OSU.


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 today starting at 10 a.m. in the MU Quad.

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. Today at noon she will speak on “Trading Zones: Exchanges of Practice and Learning in the Late Renaissance,” in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

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. 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.


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/

Veterinary students at Oregon State will coordinate one of the most popular annual spring events on campus Saturday when the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its 23rd annual Pet Day celebration. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the college will open its doors to two- and four-legged visitors for tours, demonstrations, exhibits and socialization. The event annually draws some 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, many bringing their pets (which should be on leashes). Pet Day is held at Magruder Hall, located on 30th Street just west of the Merritt Truax Indoor Center. The event is free and open to the public. A fun run/walk event will begin at 9 a.m. and registration may be done online in advance, or beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race. The five-kilometer event will loop through the OSU campus and end at Magruder Hall. Race day registration is $17, with a $2 discount for those signing up online by April 30. Tours of the facilities, including the Lois Bates Acheson Teaching Hospital, begin at 10 a.m. and are free.

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


Crossroads International is sponsoring a Peruvian cooking class, Sunday, May 2, noon to p.m., at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW Ninth Street, Corvallis.  Space is limited, so RSVP by April 30 by calling 541-737-5041 or emailing: crossroadsOSU@gmail.com. This event is open to all OSU and community members, for $7 ($5 for Crossroads members). OSU student Gustavo Martinez will demonstrate and share different appetizers and a dessert from his native country, and participants will learn facts about Peru and its culture and traditions. See http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/events for a detailed menu and additional information on Crossroads International.

Upcoming events

NEW! Markus Horning with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute will be speaking on “Threats to Seals & Sea Lions in a Changing Ocean” Monday, May 10 at Science Pub Corvallis. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. At Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis.  How can we promote effective management and recovery of protected species sometimes interlinked through complex, multi-species predator-prey relationships? What are the roles and impact of research, rescue and rehabilitation programs on these charismatic yet difficult to monitor marine mammals?

NEW! A historian will address the ways communication changed and evolved before the Civil War, and suggest some ways of thinking critically about the relationship between technological innovation and social change, in a lecture on Tuesday, May 4 at Oregon State University. The free public lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis. It is the third lecture in the 2009–10 American Culture & Politics speaker series. David Henkin’s talk is titled “What is a Communications Revolution? (And Did One Take Place Before the Civil War?)”

NEW! 2010 Author Recognition Celebration: Come celebrate and support the remarkable range of literary contributions made by the OSU Faculty in 2009. The celebration will be held in the Library rotunda on May 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The event is presented by the OSU Libraries in association with The Office of the Provost. Six authors will present on their work. Light refreshments provided.

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.

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.

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!

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 Center for Teaching and Learning Spring 2010 Workshops: All teaching faculty, staff, and graduate assistants welcome. Registration is required for all workshops. Using Clickers as an Effective Pedagogical Tool, May 5, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Milam 215. Presented by Viktoriya Oliynyk, CTL Graduate Teaching Assistant. This workshop will assist instructors at all levels of experience with clickers (also called Response Systems) in developing best practices for incorporating clickers in their teaching. Clickers can be used in higher education in a variety of ways to improve teaching and to enhance learning. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl, send an e-mail to CTL@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2804.

NEW! The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) is accepting nominations for the 2010 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/ . This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/criteria.html and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu , COSID Awards Committee Chair.

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.

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


The OSU University Administrative Business Center (UABC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 1 to perform a full-range of personnel related services for the Center. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs , posting #0005585. Closing date May 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Coordinator, Professional– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, full-time (1.0 FTE). To review posting 0005592 and
apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal to OSU and OUS. Closing date is May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Diving Safety Officer (DSO). This is a .75 time position and salary is commensurate with education and experience. The DSO is responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and conduct of OSU academic and research diving operations and will provide diving instruction to faculty, staff, and graduate students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/Search_css.jsp. Posting # 0005451. Closes May 9. OSU is AA/EOE.

Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Services, Oregon State University. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, cultivating and strengthening recruiting relationships between Career Services and employing organizations and providing leadership for all phases of the planning and implementation of career fairs and other employer relations events and activities. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. Annual full-time salary range is $36,000 – $40,000 depending on education and experience. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business, Human Relations/ Personnel Management, College Student Personnel Administration or related areas. 2 years related work experience, and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005579. Closing Date: May 24. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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: May 11. 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: Today. 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 Sunday. 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 today. 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 today. 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: today. OSU is an AA/EO.

Traffic and Maintenance

17th Street: Due to electrical construction associated with the INTO/OSU project, the west side of 17th Street, between May Way and A Avenue will be closed to street parking. Please be advised that parking on the east side of 17th Street will be open. Work will begin at 7 a.m., May 5 and will be completed by 5 p.m., May 24.


Corvallis: It’s here, it’s here, that wicked time of year! Tomorrow is the first of May, the lusty month of May! Just in time, the rain is heading out and the sun is going to be winking lasciviously at us today, as highs reach 58 with an overnight low of 43. Tomorrow we may see showers before noon, but then things should get quite a bit nicer for Sunday.

Central Oregon: “Weather forecast for tonight: dark.”  If only George Carlin were still around to do the weather forecast; I know he could be funnier than me and certainly more accurate. Mostly sunny skies, with a high around 51 and low near 31 during those dark hours, are expected to lead us into a blustery but beautiful May Day.

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