OSU Today

Friday, May 14, 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.

Fast growing invasive species discovered along Oregon’s coast (Oregonian)

The organism is a “very, very scary one for us,” said Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist at Oregon State University and chairman of the Oregon Invasive Species Council. It has evaded control efforts in Canada and other areas of the United States where it has popped up, including Puget Sound, he said. (See also KPTV, Gazette-Times)

Wave energy device would steer whales away (Daily Journal of Commerce)

If a whale were to collide with one of the buoy’s massive floating cables and suffer an injury, the future of wave energy projects in Oregon also could take a hit. That’s why researchers from Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute have developed a prototype device designed to deter marine animals from approaching the floating power plants.

Providing medical care for your pets can be pricey (King 5 News)

At Oregon State University’s animal hospital, a couple from Seattle recently took their 8-year-old dog “Twiggy” for a special procedure needed to save the dog’s life. A cardiologist veterinarian would thread a small balloon through the jugular vein to a point inside Twiggy’s heart. There the balloon would be inserted inside a collapsing valve and then inflated to help the blood flow freely.

A library in your pocket (American Libraries Magazine)

Oregon State University Library created two versions of its mobile site, one optimized for smartphones and one for web-enabled cell phones, which have smaller screens. It’s easy to create an algorithm that will detect from what type of device a user is accessing a website and redirect the patron to the appropriate version for that device.

OSU presents heart-warming comedy ‘You Can’t Take it With You’ (Gazette-Times)

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a simple story: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. A crisis arises and it is resolved. The family-friendly comedy will be presented by Oregon State University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 13-15 and 20-21.

Long commute provides creative opportunities for Oregon State doctoral students (LIFE@OSU)

A long commute can be onerous. Good company makes it better. For four college administrators enrolled in the College of Education’s Community College Leadership doctoral program at Oregon State University, sharing their commute from the Portland Airport is about more than good company. It’s a chance to exchange ideas, explore opportunities, and even, to write articles.

OSU designers, models share passion for fashion at annual fashion show (Gazette-Times)

It’s going to be fierce. More than 30 student designers from the Oregon State University Department of Design and Human Environment will share their new collections in the department’s sixth annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

Dad’s Weekend tickets on sale Monday (osubeavers.com)

Oregon State University students may begin purchasing Dad’s Weekend tickets May 17 for this fall’s football game against the Washington State Cougars. The game will be played Nov. 13 at Reser Stadium. Students are reminded that there are limited supplies of tickets available.


More than 100 student-built projects by top undergraduate students in engineering will be featured today during the 11th annual Engineering Expo. The free public event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the state-of-the art Kelley Engineering Center.

The College of Health and Human Sciences invites all OSU students, faculty and staff to the Undergraduate Research Award Program (URAP) Poster Session, which will take place in the lobby of the Women’s Building. Student posters will be on display from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and students will attend their posters from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Student work ranges from investigating the cancer preventing benefits of broccoli to kindergarten readiness and energy balance in cancer survivors.

The sixth annual Fashion Show, organized by students in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, will be held today on campus. Students in the Department of Design and Human Environment will show their collections during the show, which has the theme, “Iconography: The Art of Fashion.” Doors open at 7 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 8 p.m. It will be held in the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Attendees are asked to dress in cocktail attire. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for standing room. They are available for purchase in Milam Hall Room 224.

Award-winning poet Lightsey Darst will read from her new book, “Find the Girl,” today on the Oregon State University campus. A book signing will follow. The free public event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library’s main rotunda (201 S.W. Waldo Place) Corvallis.

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


Crossroads International is sponsoring an African themed Spring Social, Saturday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 S.W. Ninth Street, Corvallis. This free event is open to all OSU and community members and will feature African music and dance, activities, crafts for children, African themed food and Beadforlife (www.beadforlife.org), who will be there with their wonderfully handcrafted jewelry for sale (cash or checks only). It will also be a fun Potluck so please bring appetizers and desserts to share. See http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/events for more details and additional information on Crossroads International.


Student Media will be presenting “Johnny Easy and the Student Affair,” May 16. Doors open at 7 p.m., at Club Escape (Snell Hall). The film is a feature length comedy set right here on the Oregon State campus and produced by and starring OSU students. A red carpet will be present and dress is a black and white theme, semi-formal. Crew and cast will be on hand before and after to answer questions. Blog: http://studentfilmnoir.blogspot.com/.Trailer: http://vimeo.com/11254605. Facebook, RSVP To Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118556038156587&ref=mf

Upcoming events

NEW! On May 21, graduating seniors from the University Honors College will display their senior thesis/project and share their original research and unique work with the general public. The Thesis Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library (Main Floor Gallery and Rotunda). Come and see innovative and interactive displays, and talk with UHC students about their projects and thesis experience, on such varied topics as:
•    Melee at the Edge of Empire: Reservation Policy and the Role of its Officials in Shaping Indian-White Relations in Southwest and Western Oregon 1850-1889
•    Raising Funds and Razing Fears – Lessons in Life and Fundraising
•    Contemporary Dance Piece Depicting the Process of Letting Go

NEW! All classified workers, please attend this month’s SEIU083’s General meeting.  Our  meeting is May 20, noon to 1 pm at MU-208, LaRaza Room.
Come meet the new officers and get our members’ survey.  We need to get organizing and strengthen our membership! Come and give us your input.  We are looking for members to work on a newsletter and also just  good new energy.

NEW! Sabine Kebir will visit Oregon State University on May 25. A renowned writer and speaker on multi-culturalism in Germany, she is also the author of “Experiences in Algeria 1977-1992.” Additionally, in collaboration with her husband, Saddek Kebir, an Algerian documentary filmmaker, she authors children and youth books, among them popular Berber fairytales, which she presents to schools with part-muslim student bodies in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, and North Africa. Kebir will give a lecture on “Brecht, Women and Hollywood,” in Kearny Hall at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public.

The Division of Student Affairs and Vice-Provost for Student Affairs, Dr. Larry Roper, invite you to attend presentations by our four candidates for the Director of Student Media. This position provides vision and oversight for the Department of Student Media, including the Barometer, KBVR Radio, KBVR Television, the Beaver Yearbook, and Prism Magazine. The presentations are open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. There will be time for Q&A with the candidates following their presentations.
Alan Lifton, Team Leader/Principal Lecturer TV, Video, & New Media, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, May 17, 2 to 3:15 p.m., MU 206.
Bradley Wilson, Coordinator of Student Media Advising, North Carolina State University, May 25, 2 to 3:15, MU 206.
Julia Sandidge, Instructor and former Broadcast News and Public Affairs Advisor, Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp., Colorado State University, May 26, 2 to 3:15 p.m., MU 213.
Geoffrey Roth, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Hofstra University, New York and former News Director for KSEE and KMPH TV, Fresno, Calif., May 27, 2 to 3:15, MU 213.
Questions regarding the Director of Student Media search may be directed to Eric Alexander, Search Committee Chair (Eric.Alexander@oregonstate.edu).

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.

All OSU faculty, staff, and students are invited to a forum with Associate Provost for International Programs candidate Dr JoAnn McCarthy on Monday, May 17, 3 to 4 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu

Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program. “Adventures and Misadventures in Starting and Growing a Company ,” Dennis Hruby, Chief Scientific Officer at SIGA and Professor of Microbiology at Oregon State University. Hruby will describe his adventures and misadventures in starting and growing his biopharmaceutical company, SIGA. He will provide an overview of SIGA Technologies and their efforts to supply countermeasures to the Strategic National Stockpile. 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.

A bone marrow donation drive is being held Tuesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. The procedure is simple, just a swab sample from the inside of a potential donor’s mouth. The registered donors will be placed on a list and contacted if a possible match is made. At that point the donor can then decide whether or not to make the bone marrow donation. For more information see www.getswabbed.org.

OSU Sigma Xi members are invited to a May 18 lunch meeting with Linda H Mantel, President, Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette and Director, Sigma Xi Northwest Region. Mantel will discuss activities for the OSU chapter, what’s going on at Sigma Xi nationally, plans for the upcoming Portland chapter meeting (on Food) as well as new ideas about networking. All members are welcome, and especially those who would like take an active role in the chapter. We will gather in the Pangea small dining room in the MU for lunch from 12-1 on Tuesday May 18. For more information on Sigma Xi contact chapter president Ken Krane (kranek@science.oregonstate.edu) or Barbara M. Reed (Barbara.Reed@ars.usda.gov).

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! Oregon State University will be switching to our new home page on Monday, May 17. After almost a year of user testing and development, a campus-wide project team has completed the first phase of the redesign. You will find an updated visual style that models OSU’s brand identity, reorganized navigation and a host of new features and functionality. The new page has been structured with and added focus on prospective students, while also providing enhancements that will benefit all audiences across our community. New home page tour: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/webcomm/2010/04/30/test-drive-our-new-home-page/. Home of old home page (beginning May 17 and continuing for several weeks): http://oregonstate.edu/old/

There is an opportunity to host students from Bunkyo University in Japan. The Bunkyo students are spending Spring Term with us improving their English Language skills and learning about American culture through INTO-OSU. Part of their learning experience is to spend two consecutive nights with a family. The students are all female and very excited to meet people who do not live on campus. The OSU Homestay Program will compensate hosts per student, per night and provide transportation to and from campus for the students. If you are interested in hosting a student from Bunkyo University please come to the sign-up session on Monday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Housing and Dining Services Central Office (102 Buxton Hall). If you would like more information or cannot make the session on Monday, but would still like to host a student please contact us at 541-737-8754 or email Katie.scott@oregonstate.edu.

Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) Workshop: “Critical thinking and active learning with lecture slides.” Most lectures may be effectively augmented using critical thinking and active learning techniques. These techniques engage the audience, direct attention, aid strategic sequencing and provide opportunities for assessment. These techniques may be incorporated into the lecture slides, which adds to a unified lecture experience. Session dates: May 17, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., May 18, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac/ and register via the Workshop Calendar.

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.

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:
Burchiel: May 17, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 278 Kidder Hall
Olsen: May 24, 11:15 a.m. – 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/


The Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications is accepting applications for a full-time Technology-assisted Instructional Designer. The primary focus of this position is the delivery of information and educational programming via the World Wide Web and emerging information technology. This position designs, produces and supports websites and systems, develops Web-accessible databases, and teaches educators and researchers to use existing and emerging digital technologies and strategies effectively. To apply and for a complete position announcement, see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56513. Closes May 17. OSU is AA/EOE.

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 today. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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.

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 today. 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.

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 today. 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

Energy Center: Please be advised that there will be intermittent noise & steam plumes possibly heard/seen omitting from the Energy Center. This is necessary to test the Energy Center generators and boilers. This work will begin at immediately and should end by 5 p.m. May 28.

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 a.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. today 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: You can always tell an Oregonian. We’re the ones dashing out the door without a jacket in the morning when it’s only 50 degrees, simply because the sun is out. No one will need their jacket this afternoon as highs reach 78, and tomorrow we should see at least 75 degrees. The gorgeous weather may cloud up by Sunday with a 20 percent chance of rain, but that will just help water all the flowers we plant on Saturday.

Central Oregon: I don’t know about y’all, but with only a 20 percent chance of precipitation, I am expecting it to be clear and warm in Central Oregon with temperatures reaching as high as 75 degrees. The warmest overnight low in a while should be nice coming in at around 42, but the speedy winds could make it feel a little chillier.  More warm weather with slight chances for showers and thunderstorms will follow for the weekend.

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