OSU Today

Friday, May 21, 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.

Students and faculty build OSU’s first living roof building (KEZI)

Winds gusted and heavy rains drenched students as they began construction on a new project at OSU. The conditions weren’t about to stop students and faculty from assembling OSU’s first living roof building.

When is a rival really an ally? (Register-Guard)

Saturday, some 35 Oregon State alums and friends from Lane County will gather to voluntarily spruce up an area flanking a Eugene bike path. You call this a rivalry?

Why did kids organize and film fights in school bathroom? (KVAL)

Megan McClelland is a child development psychologist at Oregon State University. She said two reasons are exposure to violent movies, TV shows and video games; and YouTube sensationalism.

Oregon State students take first place nationally for hunger challenge (Oregonian)

The Students in Free Enterprise group at Oregon State University won first place overall in the Let’s Can Hunger Challenge.

Education dean to go back to classroom (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Dean of the College of Education Sam Stern began his career as a junior high school teacher in Philadelphia. He’ll finish his career teaching future teachers at OSU.

Snow to fall on OSU today (Gazette-Times)

A giant airplane contest. A slip-and-slide. As Oregon State University students, Ryan Kirkpatrick and Dan Genco tossed around ideas for a fun campus event. They were looking to build their resumes before graduation. They wound up building a business.

OSU to vote on new meeting center (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University students will vote online in a special election May 25-27 to see whether they support increasing their student fees to finance a new Student Experience Center.

Going out with a bang: Corvallis-OSU orchestra hosts trio of soloists (Entertainer)

It’s the season of sequels at the movie multiplex, so can you blame the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra for getting into that spirit?


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? 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.

Dr. Mel Kohn, MD, MPH, DHS Assistant Director for the State Public Health Division and State Health Officer is the featured speaker for the 2010 Spring ESH/OSU Corporate Sponsored Seminar Event. The presentation is scheduled for today from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in Kidder Room 278, and is titled  “Public Health in Oregon. ”
Kohn, M.D., M.P.H. was named acting DHS Assistant Director for the State Public Health Division and State Health Officer in September, 2008 and officially appointed in March 2010. Previously he served as State Epidemiologist and administrator of the DHS Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology. He has worked in the public health sector since 1993.

The 2010 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Spring Social will be held  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

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.

The fifth annual Snow in the Quad competition takes place at 5 p.m. in the MU Quad. Come see snowboarders from all over the west demonstrating some awesome aerial acrobatics! http://www.campusrailjamtour.com

The family-friendly American classic comedy, “You Can’t Take It with You,” will be presented by Oregon State University Theatre at Withycombe Hall’s main stage, 30th and Campus Way. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a sign-language interpreted performance today. 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


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.

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Stamatis Vokos, a senior member of the physics education community and expert in teacher training and preparation, will speak on May 24, in Weniger 153, at 4 p.m. He is responsible for an over 3 million dollar NSF grant titled “Honing Diagnostic Practice: Toward a New Model of Teacher Professional Preparation and Development.” He will speak on: “Findings and Recommendations of the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics.” Refreshments will be served half an hour before the start of the colloquium in Weniger 305.

NEW! Communicating More Effectively About Climate Change, A seminar and discussion lead by Miriah Russo, takes place Tuesday, May 25, 4 p.m., MU Journey Room. How can we do a better job of informing the public about the possible effects of climate disruption? Why has so much of the science of climate change been ignored, or worse, furiously denied?  How can we frame and craft arguments that actually reach people and move them to action? How can the work of pollsters and communications experts help us? Environmental Science/Communications graduate student, Miriah Russo, will tell us what experts are saying about what works and what doesn’t, and lead a discussion of the audience members’ successes and failures. Students are especially welcome.

NEW! Leave your muddy mark at the June 1 Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the RecSports renovation projects – Intramural Fields and McAlexander Fieldhouse.  Muddy handprints and a time capsule are part of the festivities to be held in the outdoor atrium of Dixon RecCenter. Refreshments served at 2:30 p.m.  Program begins at 3 p.m. View the plans at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/student-facilities-improvement-plan.

Keith Olsen, our final candidate for Dean of Pharmacy, will give a presentation followed by Q&A on Monday, May 24, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in 278 Kidder. The forum is open to all students, staff and faculty. All candidate presentations have been recorded, and will be posted to the web for viewing. Email Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu for the link any time after May 24.

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.”

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Staff artists are encouraged to complete this survey and help establish if there is interest to create a staff art exhibit in Spring 2011 in the Memorial Union concourse and promote the work to all in our local and university community.  Please visit https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3756 to complete the art exhibit survey.

NEW! The PLFA board invites all OSU artists to donate artwork for the Silent Auction to be held during the Professional Faculty Spring Luncheon on June 2.  All proceeds will benefit the professional development fund for PFLA members.  For additional information, please contact Alice Tucker via e-mail at alice.tucker@oregonstate.edu; or extension 7-4875.

NEW! In July and early August, INTO OSU (formerly the English Language Institute) will host English teachers from around the world, in two sessions of the Access Microscholarship Program. English Access is a network of language schools sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and operating primarily in the more remote parts of the Muslim world. Access teachers will spend two weeks in Corvallis studying U.S. culture and sharing their experiences, followed by a week in Washington, D.C.  You can participate two ways: Become a dinner host! — Sunday, July 11 –Group A and/or Sunday, July 25 – Group B.  Pick up your teacher (or teachers, if you want to host more than one) at the GEM on Kings Blvd. and take him or her home for a family meal.  Become a Conversation Partner! Two evenings during each session: July 8 and 13, 7-9 p.m. and/or July 27 and 30, 7-9 p.m. – or arrange to spend the second session doing something with your partner. To sign up, contact Robert Hinderliter. Phone: 541-737-1838. E-mail: robert.hinderliter@oregonstate.edu.

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.


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.

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 today. 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 today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street: Due to paving the north and south bound lanes between Jefferson and Campus Way will be temporarily closed today.  Detours and traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place between 7 a.m. to noon to monitor traffic flow.

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.

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: “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” — Langston Hughes. Showers will come and go through the weekend, with a high of 57 today and tomorrow. Monday should be sunny and warm, so enjoy a little indoor time this weekend.

Central Oregon: Don’t get me wrong I love the rain, especially when it’s warm enough outside to really enjoy it. I can only think of a few negative sides to it: It can cancel a baseball game, ruin a great hair day if you’re not prepared, and can typically mean clouds that block out the precious sun! Other than that, the rain and I are great pals. We enjoy everything from romantic kisses together to slip ‘n sliding. Maybe we’ll get to do at least one of those things today with a high around 50 degrees and 40 percent chance of precipitation. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight with more wonderful wetness ahead.

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