OSU Today

Thursday, May 20, 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 scientists help draw up new climate change report (OPB)

Phil Mote runs the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University and he’s a co-author of the adaptation report. He says Congress needs to know that simply cutting greenhouse gas emissions isn’t enough.

Vote dooms Lane County 4-H: “Lots of tears this morning” (KVAL)

Paisley Makinson is one of 450 Lane County students active in 4-H, a program that will end Sept. 30. Voters turned down a tax measure, taking away all 4-H funding. (See also KEZI, Oregon Natural Resources Report and KMTR)

Saving species (BBC)

Adam Hadley, OSU doctoral student in Forest Ecosystems and Society, talks about OSU’s work on hummingbird-plant interactions. Click on Episode 6.

Confiding eases older mens’ stress over sexual problems (MSN)

Researchers at Oregon State University looked at a survey of 861 people aged 57 to 85. They all had sexual partners and said they had at least one sexual problem, such as lack of libido, physical pain during sex, impotence or lubrication issues. (See also Business Week and US News & World Report)

Nature Conservancy floods fields in hopes of helping wildlife and farmers (LA Times)

Researchers at Oregon State University are studying benefits to farmers and birds.

Oregon State hosts engineering expo (KEZI)

It was gadgets, gizmos and innovative designs at Oregon States 11th Annual Engineering Expo today. While fun for many of its participants, more than 100 industry professionals showed up to see what students came up with this year.

Thriving Farmers’ Market becomes archivist’s passion (LIFE@OSU)

When Larry Landis and his wife Rebecca lived in Austin, Texas, they frequented a farmers’ market in the city. After moving to Corvallis in the early 1990s and joining a local organic gardening club, they were excited to become a part of a grassroots movement to start a Saturday Farmers’ Market in their new hometown.

Polk County Extension vote passes (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University Extension Service tax district appeared that it would receive enough votes to pass. The district would support programs such as 4-H and Master Gardeners. A need for the funds was generated because of diminishing availability of federal revenue.

Tame blackberry thickets with time, perserverance (Forest Grove News-Times)

“Blackberries can remain an issue also because of their tremendous and effective dispersal potential,” according to Andy Hulting, weed control specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Birds and animals disperse the berries — and therefore seeds — over long distances, allowing blackberries to reinvade an area.”

Today

The OSU Horticulture Club will be having their final plant sale of the year today 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

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.

Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will give a free public talk today 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.

“Get Wet! Lubricating the connection between Pleasure, Health and Advocacy,” takes place today from 3 to 5 p.m. in MU Journey Room. Join organizers as they 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.

All classified workers, please attend this month’s SEIU083’s General meeting. The meeting takes place from 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.

An expert from the Cascade Volcano Observatory will examine the Mt. St. Helens eruption 30 years after it occurred in a seminar today. “Mt. St. Helens 30 Years On: The Legacy of the 1980 Unrest and Eruption,” will be presented by Cynthia Gardner of the Cascade Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will be at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. The event is part of “Earth System Science for a Healthy Planet,” a spring seminar series sponsored by the OSU Department of Geosciences.

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

Upcoming events

NEW! Prescription drug turn-in event. Do you have unwanted medications around your home? Help protect your family and the environment by disposing of them at this free public collection event. Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a drive-through event at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 S.W. 53rd St., in front of the Carriage House. Prescriptions only, no syringes or other medical items will be collected.

NEW! “They Didn’t Teach Me That in Sunday School; Feminist Theology from Ivory Tower to Pew.” Lecture by Susan Shaw, Research Fellow, Director of Women Studies and the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program, OSU. May 24, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

NEW! The Center for Teaching and Learning Spring 2010 Workshops: All teaching faculty, staff, and graduate assistants welcome. Registration is required for all workshops. Assessment: Are Your Students Learning? May 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Milam 215. Teaching is not learning.  This rather startling observation by Thomas Angelo, which appears in his best-selling book College Assessment, points out a major challenge facing all instructors. This workshop is intended to give faculty new to assessment practical tools they can use to ensure that what they are teaching is indeed being learned. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl, send an e-mail to CTL@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2804.

NEW! A meeting for faculty interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research Friday, June 4, 9:30-10:30 in Weniger 247.  Refreshments provided. As part of university reorganization, the Department of Science and Mathematics Education will join faculty in Education to create a partnership between Science and Education in creating a STEM focus in Education.  In addition, we have proposed to create a Center for Research in Lifelong STEM Learning.  This Center will form a nexus for conducting research in lifelong STEM learning including undergraduate/graduate education, free-choice learning, and school-based.  Deans Sherm Bloomer and Sam Stern will provide updates on reorganization efforts and proposals in the area of STEM education and research.  Selected faculty will provide current thinking about the potential of creating a critical mass in STEM education research through the Center. Please R.S.V.P. to Paula Dungjen by email at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu or by telephone at 541-737-1816.

NEW! Tuesday, May 25 at 8 p.m., the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will perform its season finale, titled “Classic Vienna II” at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus. The concert will feature three local musicians as soloists, as well as the OSU Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Steven Zielke. LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, on the OSU Campus. Tickets are $12, $25, and $30 (reserved seating) and are available at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, and Beard’s Framing in Corvallis; and at Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany. OSU students are admitted for free with ID to all Corvallis-OSU Symphony concerts while seats last, as are up to three children for each paid ticket holder. Tickets are also available at the LaSells Stewart Center box office one hour before the concert.

NEW! Monday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m., the OSU Jazz Band will perform “Swing into Spring,” conducted by Christopher Chapman. This concert will be held in the Ashbrook Independent School Theater, 4045 SW Research Way.  Admission to each concert is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty will be admitted for free with their OSU ID.

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.

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.

Cheryl Lyn Walker, past 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.”

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.

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.

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/

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.”

“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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Campus Recycling has partnered with a national program called PlantMyPhone, which recycles/refurbishes old cell phones and uses the revenue to plant trees. OSU is currently 1st in the nation for number of trees planted, but only by 9 trees. If you have an unwanted or broken cell phone, you can participate by picking up a free, pre-stamped mailer from any of the three UHDS service centers, Java II in the library, JavaStop in the MU, e.cafe in Kelley, or at the Student Sustainability Center. Just drop your phone(s) in the mailer bag and drop it in any mailbox. For doing so, you will be entered to win $1,000 and OSU will stay #1. For more info, email Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Jobs

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 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.

Weather

Corvallis: We had a miniature hurricane yesterday as torrential rains and winds buffeted everyone around campus, and put a good number of us in the dark yesterday afternoon. Hopefully today’s showers will be a little milder, with highs around 60 and an overnight low of 44. We cannot tell a lie, rain is going to continue through the weekend, but should become lighter and less frequent by Sunday.

Central Oregon: I don’t like the looks of the forecasts for the next few days. With more clouds flooding our skies and potentially our streets with a high around 52 and overnight low close to freezing, it appears that our beautiful May days are behind us. More nasty weather and maybe May snow to follow? You gotta be kidding me! Time to reopen Bachelor.

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