OSU Today

Wednesday, May 19, 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.

Lane County voters reject tax for extension service (Register-Guard)

The future looks bleak for the Oregon State University extension service in Lane County, where 55 percent of votes cast in a five-year local option tax to help fund the service came in against the measure. If the preliminary results hold true, that means an uncertain fate for the OSU service that brings the community education programs in youth development, gardening, agriculture, food preservation and family activities. (See also KVAL)

Oregon State University fashion talent shines in annual runway show (Examiner)

On Friday, May 14, Oregon State University featured its Junior and Senior collections in the Design & Human Environment (“DHE”) Department’s annual fashion show. A runway show and grant-funded cotton fashion exhibition were the highlights.

CSI: 100 million years BC: oldest mammalian hair found (New Scientist)

The casing of the pupa of a carrion-eating blowfly discovered near the fur prompted George Poinar of the Department of Zoology at Oregon State University in Corvallis to speculate on how the creature met its end.

Young people move back in with their parents more often, study finds (Campus Progress)

Today’s typical 22-year-old is living at home longer, is more financially insecure, and is making lower wages than previous generations. These factors contribute to a delay in the start of “adulthood,” says Richard Settersten, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University

Oregon turns up drip irrigation option to save water (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University researchers and farmers are turning to drip irrigation to deliver water in an effort to fight waste.

OSU team wins national formula SAE racing title (Gazette-Times)

The Global Formula Racing team from Oregon State University last week went to Michigan, the ancestral home of the automotive industry, and won the 2010 Formula SAE national championship in collegiate car racing.

Mentos + soda = fun (KVAL)

All eyes were on the gray trash can sitting outside Oregon State University’s Wilkinson Hall. Then came the moment they were waiting for.  A loud boom rang out, a plume of water shot into the sky and a group of fourth grade students broke out in cheers.

Awards and Achievements (Portland Business Journal)

Four exceptional high school teachers from Oregon City, Bend, Klamath Falls and Vancouver, Wash., received this year’s Outstanding High School Business Educator Award: Sherril Daniels, Oregon City High School; Judy Story, Mazama High School; Lucinda Josephson, Legacy High School; and Kristen Torkelson, Bend Senior


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,” 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.

Thinking Outside the (Tampon) Box: Alternative Menstrual Products, takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Women’s Center. Sick of expensive pads and tampons? Come learn about the health and environmental affects of these commonly used products. We will discuss how to find and use alternatives, ending with a fantastic raffle.

Upcoming events

NEW! “Benefits and Challenges of Transitioning to ECampus” is the topic of a seminar presented by Carol Mallory-Smith, assistant professor of weed science in the Crop and Soil Science department, and Sujaya Rao, OSU field crop entomologist, Thursday, May 27, at 4 p.m. in Crops Science, Room 122. Mallory Smith is recipient of the L. L. Stewart Faculty Scholars Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty at Oregon State University and provides resources to stimulate creative advancements in teaching, research and extended education. The award supports creativity and innovation among OSU’s top scholars and is supported by an endowment established by L.L. Stewart.

NEW! Cheryl Lyn Walker, President of the Society of Toxicology and the Ruth and Walter Sterling Professor of Carcinogenesis with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will give a seminar May 24, 2 p.m. in ALS 4001. Her seminar is titled “Xenoestrogen-induced reprogramming of the epigenome via non-genomic signaling to histone methyltranferases.”

NEW! Wednesday, May 26 is OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day.  Motorcycles and Scooters will be parked on the MU Brick Mall all day.  We will also have information booths from Team Oregon, Public Safety, Transit and Parking Services, Summers Session and others.  For individuals interested in participating (bringing their Motorcycle or Scooter to campus), please register in advance at  http://tinyurl.com/moto2010.  Motorcycle Parking Permits will not be required for this event and we will have volunteers watching the Motorcycles all day.  For more information, please Contact Rick.DeBellis@oregonstate.edu, stacy.brock@oregonstate.edu or rowleye@science.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Justin Rattner, vice president and chief technology officer of Intel, will discuss technology trends that are redefining views of computing in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Monday, May 24. The event is sponsored by OSU’s College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium inside LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

NEW! The OSU Horticulture Club will be having their final plant sale of the year this Thursday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or while supplies last) in the east greenhouses immediately adjacent to Cordley Hall (sandwich-board sign will be out in front of the door).   Plants are 20 percent off and there are still geraniums and fuchsias available. All proceeds from Horticulture Club plant sales enable the Club to attend their annual industry convention

NEW! “Get Wet! Lubricating the connection between Pleasure, Health and Advocacy,” takes place Thursday May 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in MU Journey Room. Join us as we join the three worlds of sex; Health, Pleasure and Advocacy together through an exploration of (how to have) orgasms and of Reproductive Justice issues. This event is a collaboration between OSU Women’s Center and Peer Health Advocates.

NEW! A scholar from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give the final lecture in the 2009-10 Horning Lecture Series at Oregon State University, discussing the work of writer Jorge Luis Borges. Suzanne Jill Levine will speak on “Translation is Writing: Borges in/on Translation” on May 27, beginning at 4 p.m. in OSU’s Memorial Union Journey Room. Her talk is free and open to the public. The lecture series has the theme, “Translation: Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures.”

Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will give a free public talk on Thursday, May 20, at Oregon State University.The talk, presented by OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program and the Department of Food Science and Technology, will be held from noon to 1:20 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

News for Employees

Click on http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/ for the latest issue of Synergies from the College of Health and Human Sciences. Learn about student research, inspirational student gymnasts, a talented exchange student who is a dancer and scholar, and a unique student project about gluten free eating options on and around campus. Discover why young people are delaying the inevitable transition to adulthood and how we can help at-risk children can increase their chances of success in school.

Knock knock, who’s there? It’s M.E.! Bad joke! Fun event! It’s M.E.! The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, 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.

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 Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2 and the closing date is May 27. For complete position details, please visit jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56595.

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 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

Washington Way west of 35th: Due to grading of the roadway at the salvage yard, vehicle access to all recycling and garbage transfer tanks and storage areas west of 35th street will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on May 26 and should end by 4 p.m.

Ag & Life Sciences: Due to the replacement of ruptured cooling coils the building air will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 3 p.m. May 21.

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: Looking out the window this morning, and then looking back at the forecast on-line can be a little confusing, since it calls for rain. Not showers, not sprinkles. Rain. So don’t let the blue skies fool you, there’s a 90 percent chance for precipitation today. Gusty winds and a high of 65 are also in store. Morning showers are likely for tomorrow.

Central Oregon: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha. In our case, let’s hope the clouds don’t hide the sun at all today. A high around 67 degrees and overnight low near 31 with winds gusting in as fast as 43 miles per hour may make it hard to enjoy the sunshine. Truth be told, I am ready for a long streak of clearer skies.

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