OSU Today

Tuesday, May 11, 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 State University to construct $50 million business building (Oregonian)

Oregon State University has received a $16 million commitment for its new $50 million state-of-the-art business school building. (See also Portland Business Journal, Daily Journal of Commerce, KMTR and Gazette-Times)

Nominee not likely to shift balance (Register-Guard)

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, if confirmed this summer, isn’t expected to shift the nation’s highest court dramatically toward liberal or conservative camps, two professors from Oregon State University said Monday.

A new study suggests that it may not help older men and women with sexual problems to talk to a doctor, but men who talk to their partner report greater happiness – and those who talked with friends felt less depressed. The research, to be published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, shows that the way men and women deal with sexual health and stress in their later years varies greatly and that there is not one solution that can help ease unhappiness caused by sexual problems. The research was conducted by Ryo Hirayama, a Ph.D. student in Oregon State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, and professor Alexis Walker, who is the Jo Anne L. Petersen Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies at OSU. The study was conducted with data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. (See also UPI)

One school’s quest for social marketing success (Smart Blog on Social Media)

Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., launched an ambitious effort last year to shake off a dated, rural image and rebrand itself as an innovative, socially conscious campus working toward global solutions. In the process, it created what public relations consultant Michael Stoner calls “the most comprehensive university social-marketing campaign that we’ve seen to date.”

eBook restrictions vex users (eSchool News)

“DRM is a significant issue in the eBook market; there is no way to consider providing this kind of content without grappling with issues of DRM,” said Anne-Marie Deitering, Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives at Oregon State University (OSU) and a leader in OSU’s library Kindle pilot.

Endangered Oregon wildflower makes a comeback (Oregon Natural Resources Report)

A major challenge is the plant’s lack of viable seed production. The recovery effort involves harvesting small, asexually produced bulblets from mature plants. Each bulb produces an average of 50 bulblets, grown out by ODA botanists in an Oregon State University greenhouse.

OSU designers will host ‘runway show’ (Gazette-Times)

The cutting edge in fashion, as seen through the creative vision of 30 student designers from Oregon State University’s Department of Design and Human Environment, will be featured at the department’s sixth annual Fashion Show this Friday.


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

Professor Keith Devlin of Stanford University, NPR’s “Math Guy” will give the Lonseth Lecture 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 4 p.m., following the 3:30 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., in the Theater Room, Weatherford. RSVP: Carol Hahn, aep.info@bus.oregonstate.edu. Space is limited.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Association of Latin American Students are pleased to invite you to a talk by Mayela Vallejos Ramírez. She will be discussing ways in which Costa Rican feminist literature creates a new vision of Costa Rican identity. The presentation is Monday, May 17 in MU 208 (La Raza Room) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Foreign Languages at (541) 737-2146.

NEW! All welcome to a special presentation on New Frontiers for Imaging Mass Spectrometry – Striving for Maximum Resolution and Molecular Information on May 12, 2 to 3 p.m., ALS 4001. Refreshments will be served. Since its introduction ten years ago, imaging mass spectrometry has seen widespread applications driven by clinical and biopharmaceutical sciences seeking a better understanding of the progression and treatment of diseases like cancer. This seminar will examine the present capabilities of the technique with a focus on recent developments that seek to improve the quality of the information extracted from imaging data. Presented by: Shannon Cornett, Ph.D. Product Specialist, Bruker Daltonics. The seminar is sponsored by the Environmental Health Sciences Center (http://ehsc.oregonstate.edu)

NEW! A march opposing recent immigrant legislation in Arizona is taking place May 12, starting at 11 a.m. at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez on the OSU campus, 1969 A St. The march will arrive in the MU Quad by 11:45 a.m., at which time there will be speakers, informational booths and a performance by Danza Azteca. Participants are asked to wear white.

NEW! Please join us for a reading by Jack Nisbet, the author of the new book “The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest”, this Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.  Jack Nisbet’s reading, co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and the OSU Bookstore, is free and open to all.

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on May 12 with “OSU in the World.” In this film, OSU students share their stories of living and studying abroad and how it has changed their perceptions of themselves and America. They address issues such as the people and schools in their host countries; comparisons between those countries and the US; global politics; their biggest challenges; their favorite sayings from their host countries; what they learned from their experience; advice on studying abroad; feeling like an American ambassador; becoming a global citizen and what diversity means to them. The screening and discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 213 (Please note this is a different room than usual). Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know each other better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4382.

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, at noon in Memorial Union room 109-A. Come enjoy your lunch with other OSU community parents and learn about this valuable parenting topic.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Last year, Homecoming was haunted… This year, Homecoming is up to you. The OSU Alumni Association is offering a $100 OSU Bookstore gift card
to the person who comes up with the winning theme for Homecoming 2010.  Entries are due May 21. For contest guidelines and to enter your theme, visit http://www.osualum.com/theme or contact password@osualum.com with any questions.

NEW! International Programs invites the OSU community to visit our new website: http://oregonstate.edu/international
For the new International Students and Faculty Services site, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/atosu
For the new Education Abroad site, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad
For the new International Degree site, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/degree
Please verify that any links to any OSU International Program are updated on web pages that you manage.

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.


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

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: The sun is back and brighter than ever, and should heat things up to a pleasant 65 degrees this afternoon with an overnight low of 41. Things just keep getting better this week as we look toward the high 70s by Thursday. Guess Spring is finally serious about this sunshine business.

Central Oregon: It appears we might have to wait another day for sunshine as more clouds may sprinkle with a high around 54 degrees and overnight low at 35. The wait should be worth it when the skies open up on Wednesday with temperatures approaching 70 degrees. I am going to go out on an optimistic limb and say we will have our first 70 degree day in the next few days. As Homer Simpson would say, “Woo Hoo!”

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