OSU Today

Monday, May 17, 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.

Blue sky, other green energy programs get high participation rates in Oregon (Oregonian)

Blue Sky invests in wave energy research at Oregon State University in hopes that it develops into a formidable energy source in 20 years.

Invasive marine species found off Oregon Coast (OPB)

Sam Chan is an invasive species specialist at Oregon State University.  He says the organism has been known to smother shellfish beds and to coat fishing nets and boats.

Oregon State adds faculty, boosts endowment (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University plans to add at least 25 faculty positions and invest $5 million in an endowment program designed to retain top instructors. (See also Gazette-Times)

Farmers find flooded fields help birds, crops (Associated Press)

Researchers at Oregon State University are studying benefits to farmers and birds. “We’re also looking at what would it take to get more farmers to participate in such a program,” said Christian Langpap, an assistant professor in OSU’s agricultural and resource economics department.

The rover’s all right (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University students squatted around their 110-pound, remote-controlled Mars rover, making final checks and adjustments.

OSU professor recognized for his forestry smarts (Daily Tidings)

John Garland, 61, wore the Indiana Jones-style leather hat during his appearance on the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels: Logging Tech.” The show was filmed in 2003 and first aired in 2004. It has been replayed over the years and made Garland, an Oregon State University professor emeritus of forestry, something of a star.

Is soybond a good choice for indoor air quality? (Greenbuildings.com)

Oregon State University in Corvallis associate professor Kaichang Li is commonly credited with development of the modern soy adhesive in 2005.


Candidate for Dean of Pharmacy Scott Burchiel, will give a presentation at 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in 278 Kidder Hall. Burchiel is 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.

“The 2010 Maule Chile Earthquake and Tsunami Impacts,” a Multi-Disciplinary Reconnaissance Team Investigation, a special seminar presented by Professors Michael Olsen and Solomon Yim of the School of Civil & Construction Engineering will be presented today from 1 to 3 p.m., in Kearney Hall Room 312. As part of the second reconnaissance survey, Olsen and Yim have just visited the coastal areas of Chile where the Feb. 27 Chile Earthquake and Tsunami struck.

Alan Lifton, Team Leader/Principal Lecturer TV, Video, & New Media, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, will give a presentation from 2 to 3:15 p.m., MU 206. He is one four candidates for the Director of Student Media. The presentation is open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. There will be time for Q&A.

All OSU faculty, staff, and students are invited to a forum with Associate Provost for International Programs candidate Dr JoAnn McCarthy from 3 to 4 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@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 in MU 208 (La Raza Room) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Foreign Languages at (541) 737-2146.

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 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 at 5:30 p.m. in the University Housing and Dining Services Central Office (102 Buxton Hall). If you would like more information call 541-737-8754 or email Katie.scott@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming events

NEW! An Undergraduate History Research Conference will be held May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union La Raza Room. Come and see the stellar research that history students have done all year! Students will present papers, organized in panels, and there will an open question-and-answer session with the audience.
Panels include ancient history, Europe and nature, American interest groups.

NEW! As newspapers adjust to a shifting media environment, the face of local journalism is changing. At the May 20 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Mike McInally, publisher and editor of the Corvallis Gazette Times, will discuss his views of this trend. Guests are welcome and reserve a seat in the MU, room 109, by calling Larry Pribyl, 541-737-3817.

NEW! A Wheel-A-Thon will be held in the MU quad on May 26-28.  This year money is being raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program and the IMPACT program here on  campus. Wheel-A-Thon is a 20 minute timed obstacle course in wheelchairs.  Participants will include Coach Craig Robinson with the basketball team on May 28 along with Benny Beaver. For more information see http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ptah/wheel-a-thon/

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.

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.

The family-friendly American classic comedy, “You Can’t Take It with You,” will be presented by Oregon State University Theatre 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

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

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.

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 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. Questions regarding the Director of Student Media search may be directed to Eric Alexander, Search Committee Chair (Eric.Alexander@oregonstate.edu).
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.

News for Employees

NEW! Printing and Mailing would like to alert the campus community that they’ve become aware of a large bogus invoice sent to a department on campus.  The invoice looks very official and was for $4998.00 just under the amount for which most Business Managers would seek three estimates.  Printing and Mailing has turned this over to the U.S. Post Office in Corvallis for additional review and Printing and Mailing Services should be notified of any similar mail received on campus.  Thank you for your diligence in reporting such activities by calling 541-737-4075.

Oregon State University will be switching to our new home page today. 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/

Candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month, including 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. He’ll speak May 24, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 278 Kidder Hall.


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 today. 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.

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. 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. Closing date May 23.

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.

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.

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 rain kindly held off til yesterday evening, allowing everyone to enjoy the warm and wonderful weekend to its full extent, and then graciously watering the heck out of the many vegetable starts and flowers that found their way into gardens this weekend. And lets face it, if today was as nice as yesterday, there would be a shocking absentee rate this morning. Showers are expected all week, with a high today of 72 and an overnight low of 51.

Central Oregon: Is the glass going to be half empty, or half full? A high around 68 and overnight low near 45 with a 50 percent chance of showers will soon tell us. The optimist may prefer no rain but in this case, at the end of the day, the glass may be full of water. Take a wild guess on the week because more of the same wishy-washy weather is expected.

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