OSU Today

Monday, May 10, 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 campus snags Cornell hotel courses, a first on the West Coast (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus has inked a deal with Cornell University that will allow the school to offer two executive education programs in hospitality and hotel management during the 2010-11 school year.

Our World (Voice of America)

The best researchers can give you now is a probability forecast. Oregon State University’s Chris Goldfinger does that for the well-studied and ominous Cascadia fault zone, in the American Northwest. He says the section offshore of southern Oregon and Northern California has a 37 percent chance of unleashing a great earthquake in the next 50 years.

Mail-in ballots changing the way California campaigns are run (San Jose Mercury)

Bill Lunch, chairman of the Political Science Department at Oregon State University, said he was originally dead-set against all-mail ballots before voters in his state overwhelmingly passed an initiative in 1998 requiring them for every election. But Lunch now acknowledges that all-mail voting has proved enormously popular, in large part because it’s so convenient.

The night I nearly died (Democrat-Herald)

Former OSU student talks about her nearly deadly experience with a drunk driver.

Scientists weigh in on Hawking’s alien warning (L.A. Times)

Blair Csuti, a biologist at Oregon State University, defended Hawking’s trepidation, arguing that the principles of evolution would have shaped those beings just as they did life on Earth, selecting for self-preserving behavior. “Aliens visiting newly discovered planets, like Earth, would place their own interests above those of unsophisticated indigenous residents.”

I, mold (Science News)

The shocking thing, says study co­author Michael Freitag of Oregon State University in Corvallis, was the ease with which fungi traded genes. Freitag and his colleagues simply put genetically distinct samples of the fungi side by side on a petri dish, incubated them together and tracked genetic movement.

Apparent ease over sexual issues in older men who talk with their partner (Health Jockey)

A recent study conducted by the Oregon State University seems to suggest that if men talk to their partner then they could possibly seek greater happiness.

Alice in Panda Land (Gazette-Times)

Alice Ngin dishes out advice and a sales pitch while ratcheting service of a la carte Chinese food into high gear. Ngin, who originally is from Singapore, has worked at Panda Express in the Memorial Union Food Court for 11 years. In that time, her fast, no-nonsense approach has prompted almost a cult-like following.


Markus Horning with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute will be speaking on “Threats to Seals & Sea Lions in a Changing Ocean” 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?

George Agich, the founding director of the Medical Ethics Program and Clinical Ethics Center at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will speak today at 7 p.m. on “Two Sides of Professionalism in Medicine.” His talk takes place in Kearney Room 112. The talk is sponsored by the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture.

Upcoming events

NEW! The third Annual Extended Campus Faculty Forum will be held on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The forum showcases current Ecampus instructors’ courses and provides opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Four lucky winners will also take home a new OSU branded Flip camera! RSVP online by 5 p.m. today.

NEW! The fourth lecture in the 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures,” will be given by Burton Pike of the City University of New York on May 13, at Oregon State University. The free public lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room at OSU. Pike’s talk, “The Future of Translation,” will focus on literary translation – a complex activity that has been dependent on changes in culture and language.

NEW! The family-friendly American classic comedy, “You Can’t Take It with You,” will be presented by Oregon State University Theatre May 13-15 and 20-21 at Withycombe Hall’s main stage, 30th and Campus  Way. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a sign-language interpreted performance May 21. Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

NEW! OSU Libraries is holding two workshops this week. On May 11, Zotero  (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) workshop participants will learn the basics of using this free browser-based citation manager tool to organize citations, store pdfs and cite sources/create bibliographies while writing a document. On May 12, APA (5 to 7 p.m.) workshop participants will learn to properly create in-text citations, format a works cited list and review some important changes in the new 6th editon of the APA style manual. Both workshops will be held in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd  (main) floor of the Valley Library.  To register, please visit:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656

NEW! The 2010 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Spring Social will be held on Friday, May 21 in the MU room 109 B, 11:30 am to 1 pm. Join us for delicious food, great conversations & exciting door prizes! All are welcome! For information about the event or about OWN please email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! INTO OSU Living/Learning Center groundbreaking takes place May 11, 9:30 a.m. in the Bloss Hall parking lot off Western Blvd.

NEW! The May Lunch & Learn is fast approaching! This month’s topic is Pregnancy and Birthing Options, and will be presented by the OSU Reproductive Health Lab. The Lunch & Learn will be Wednesday, May 12, in Memorial Union room 109-A. Come enjoy your lunch with other OSU community parents and learn about this valuable parenting topic.

NEW! Gas tax or mileage fee? Which is best? At the May 13 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Starr McMullen will describe the study that earned her a Researcher of the Year Award. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat in MU 109 by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! Robert Santelli, the executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and a noted blues and rock historian, will present “Preserving Pop: Music, Museums and American Culture,” on Wednesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in Benton Hall room 303 on the Oregon State University campus. The free presentation is open to the public and will include a lecture and time for questions. It is being co-sponsored by the OSU departments of Music and New Media Communications. Seating is limited to 60.

Professor Keith Devlin of Stanford University, NPR’s “Math Guy” 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.

Kelley Baker, Independent Film Director and Sound Editor, and an Austin Fellow, will be hosting dinner and a movie from 6 to 8 p.m., May 11, in the Theater Room, Weatherford. RSVP: Carol Hahn, aep.info@bus.oregonstate.edu. Space is limited.

OSU Benton County Extension Service will be hosting an open house on May 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Extension Office located at 1849 N.W. 9th St. in Corvallis. We invite the community to come and learn about our different programs, win door prizes, and enjoy refreshments. OSU Benton County Extension Service offers science based information to help Benton County youth and adults solve problems, develop life skills, and manage resources wisely. You will not want to miss this all-in-one event where you can find valuable information in the following areas: Small Farms, Gardening, Forestry, 4-H and youth, Natural Resource Education, and Family and Community Development. For more information please visit our website our give us a call at 541-766-6750 http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/openhouse

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a come and go reception to meet resident directors for Oregon University System study abroad sites in Ecuador and France. Learn about exciting opportunities to study on both sites while enjoying light refreshments. Wednesday, May 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in MU 213. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad

News for Employees

NEW! Three candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month:
Gayle Brazeau, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Scott Burchiel, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences; DeSantis Endowed Chair of Pharmacogenomics at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center; Associate Dean for Research in the UNM College of Pharmacy
Keith Olsen, Professor of Pharmacy and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Critical Care Specialist for the Nebraska Health System. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the candidate forums, located on the OSU campus:
Brazeau: May 12, 1030 am – 11:45 a.m., 278 Kidder Hall
Burchiel: May 17, 1115 am – 12:30 p.m., 278 Kidder Hall
Olsen: May 24, 1115 am – 12:30 p.m., 278 Kidder Hall
The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. The forums will be recorded and will be posted to the web on May 24 or 25 to http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/

Pay attention, it’s M.E.! The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on June 3.  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.

The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Math and Science Partnership (MSP) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf_msp.html. Complete NSF – MSP guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10556/nsf10556.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is May 24 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) (Type 1 proposals) 2010 from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/step.html. Complete NSF – STEP guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is May 31 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Second annual New Employee Welcome Breakfast hosted by Provost Sabah Randhawa is scheduled for the morning of University Day, Sept. 23, 8 to 10 a.m. We will communicate the details to all new employees in August/September. New employees are asked to save the date. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Faculty participation is an important part of commencement. Our goal is to have campus-wide representation and to include as many teaching and non-professional faculty as possible. This year’s commencement activities will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in Reser Stadium. Faculty may participate in the Commencement Ceremony in several ways:
Announcements regarding participation as a MARSHAL have been sent to Academic Deans. There are still many openings for Faculty who would like to volunteer to be a marshal. Please contact Chief Marshal Chris Bell at: Chris.A.Bell@Oregonstate.edu.
Faculty who serve as ESCORTS to doctoral candidates will receive a memo from the Graduate School at the end of May.
Faculty may also serve as a FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE. These faculty will dress in academic regalia and participate in the processional across campus and into Reser Stadium where they will be seated as a group for the ceremony. Academic regalia may be ordered from the Bookstore. Names of faculty who will serve as Faculty Representatives should be sent to Sara Eklund, Academic Affairs, at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu no later than Friday, May 21 so that further instructions may be sent.
Announcements regarding participation as a VOLUNTEER with GUEST SERVICES have already gone out. Faculty who can assist should sign up directly at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=423 or contact Sierra Whitlow at OSU Conference Services by email at sierra.whitlow@oregonstate.edu.
Additional information about Commencement can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/commencement.


OSU invites applications for a Director of Studies for the INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) Center. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all of the academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center. For a complete position announcement and organizational chart, email Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu. Applications are due by May 30: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ (posting number 0005553). The search committee is chaired by Chris Bell, Director of Academic Programs, INTO Oregon State University, chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Gift Processing Specialist responsible for performing all functions related to gift processing, including data entry, banking, and receipting. This position works closely with the Director of Gift Processing, Data Management Group, Finance areas and others in a team-oriented approach to gift processing, customer service, and other philanthropy services including donor acknowledgement and recognition. For a complete job description, how to apply instructions, and compensation and benefits information, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for an HR Technical Analyst. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ . Posting #0005621. Closing date May 20. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Student Debt Management Revenue Agent II, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University. OSU is looking for a full-time Revenue Agent II to focus on collections for student accounts and student loans. Required qualifications include but are not limited to: one year of direct soft collection experience, a strong background in skip tracing, experience communicating with debtors about billing/account history via phone, in-person negotiation skills; and customer service. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005622. Closes May 28. OSU is AA/EOE.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator – CEM Industry Relations. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head. The individual for this position is expected to perform a variety of duties within the School with focus on three main areas: (1) Industry Relations, (2) Coordination and execution of various programs within the School, and (3) Administrative and Program Development. The successful candidate will work closely with the CEF Endowed Chair and will serve as a liaison for outreach to industry, including meeting with partners and potential partners to cultivate relationships. This position will involve occasional day and overnight travel. To view full posting and apply, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005613. Closing date is May 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The OSU Office of Human Resources is recruiting for two Human Resources Consultant 1 positions to work in the Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC). Full-time, 12-month fixed-term positions. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0005610. Closing date May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

The College of Science at Oregon State University invites applications for an Advisor-Academic/Pre-Health. This is a full-time,1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting#0005550. Apply by May 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.

BSG Systems Development Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This position designs, organizes, and manages software development and student instruction efforts in providing services for large public sector client projects. Experience with the .Net framework of application development and an interest in student learning is important. Experience may include design and development, requirements management, and instruction. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005604. Full consideration date is May 16, and closing date May 23.

BSG Test Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This position organizes, manages and runs product tests for technology vendors and oversees student efforts in performing such. Experience in product development and testing is important. This experience may be in either hardware or software and should include actual design, testing, or quality assurance responsibility. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005603. Full consideration date is May 16, and closing date May 23.

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 today. 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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Women’s Building Women’s Locker Room: Due to repairs to the shower control valves, all domestic hot and cold water services to the women’s locker room showers will be temporarily shutdown. The shutdown will begin 7 a.m. today and should end by 10 a.m.

Hwy 20: Hwy. 20 to Newport will be closed the weekend of May 15-17. Road construction and blasting will be occurring, and the highway will be shut down from 6 p.m. May 14 through 6 p.m. May 17. Hwy 34 to Waldport is the alternate route. To learn more go to http://www.us20pme.com/news/20-hwy-closure.

Memorial Place: Due to the Engineering Expo & Robo Palooza Open House in and around the Kelly Engineering Center, the south end of Memorial Place (between Kelly Engineering and Bexel Hall) will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on May 14 and should end by 6 p.m.

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 be completed by 5 p.m., May 24.


Corvallis: After such a glorious weekend, it’s hard to see the rain return, but sometimes, as in this song by the late, great Lena Horne, even stormy weather can be beautiful. Today’s high will be 58 with a chance of showers until evening. Tomorrow will be cloudy but warmer, and sunny warm skies lie ahead.

Central Oregon: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton. Hopefully we won’t have to put up with it too long with a high around 45 and overnight low near 34. Cloudy skies that are almost guaranteed to leak should begin to disappear by tomorrow with more beautiful sunny days expected a little later in the week.

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