OSU Today

Monday, May 24, 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.

Openly gay Oregon State Coach makes a low-profile role model (New York Times)

Kirk Walker, the longtime Oregon State softball coach, has always been so absorbed by his work that he has not given much thought to being possibly the only publicly gay man coaching a Division I sport.

Small towns struggle to fix aging sewage systems (MSNBC)

“I think we are reaching a point over the next 10 years where it could become really serious,” said Kenneth J. Williamson, professor of environmental engineering at Oregon State University and vice chairman of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission.

Dead whales wash up along Oregon Coast (KGW)

The director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University said a limited food supply and the whales’ long migration route can take a toll and may be factors in the death. In fact, he said more deaths were likely.

Telling friends eases older men’s stress over sex problems (USA Today)

A new study of older people found that it’s a good idea for men to confide to friends about their sexual problems — it reduced their stress and unhappiness — but the same was not necessarily true for women. Researchers at Oregon State University looked at a survey of 861 people aged 57 to 85.

OSU involved in community day of service (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University alumni have signed up by the hundreds to participate today’s “Community Day of Service” for projects spread across 13 cities in five states and one location halfway around the world, organizers say.

Stripe rust explodes in valley wheat (Capital Press)

An outbreak of stripe rust in Willamette Valley wheat brought on by a cold, wet spring is derailing already prosaic hopes of valley growers — many of whom were hoping just to break even this summer. “We’re seeing 50 percent yield loss in some instances where the rust has really hammered things,” Oregon State University Cereals Extension Specialist Mike Flowers said.

Extension Service hosts Hyslop Farm Field Day (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Extension Service specialists and researchers from OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science will host the annual Hyslop Farm Field Day on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Assistant director for the State Public Health Division speaks at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

Dr. Mel Kohn, assistant director for the State Public Health Division and State Health Officer, spoke at Oregon State on Friday, May 21, about the changing face of public health in Oregon, and the need for increased funding and support for public health efforts across the nation.


Keith Olsen, the final candidate for Dean of Pharmacy, will give a presentation followed by Q&A from 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.

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 today at 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. 4 p.m. Autzen House.

At 4 p.m., the former learning/mens’ lounge in the Memorial Union (to the east of the main lounge) will be dedicated as the Student Veteran Lounge. Jim Willis, Director of the Oregon Dept of Veteran Affairs and Larry Roper, Vice Provost for Current Affairs will make brief remarks. Refreshment will be served.

Stamatis Vokos, a senior member of the physics education community and expert in teacher training and preparation, will speak 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.

The OSU Jazz Band will perform “Swing into Spring,” conducted by Christopher Chapman, at 6:30 p.m. 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. 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The use of animals in research is heavily regulated. At the May 27 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Steve Durkee of the Office of Research Integrity will describe what his office does to ensure compliance. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat in the MU, room 109. The club will have a business meeting on June 3 and resume programs with speakers next fall.

NEW! Please join us for a farewell retirement reception, June 3, 2-4 p.m., in Stag 208 to honor Carolyn Dingus for her 31 years of service for the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management at Oregon State University.

NEW! Nutrition Food Management students will be taking over Pangea May 25 through May 28. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Once again, seniors in the NFM 447 class will have the opportunity to display their knowledge and run a restaurant for a week.  Students chose the theme, recipes, market the event, prepare and serve all the food. Here is just a sampling of what the groups will offer:
Tuesday:  (Italy) Lasagna, Gluten free Eggplant Parmesan and Tiramisu
Wednesday:  (New Orleans) Crab Cake Salad, Pulled Pork Po’ Boys and Muffaletta’s
Thursday:  (African) Dorowatt Chicken, Frikkadels (Cabbage Rolls) and Boboti
Friday:  (Northwest) Hazelnut crusted Tuna, Oregon Penne Pasta and Blackberry Crisp

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.

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 Kearney Hall Room 112 at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public. For more information, call 541-737-2147.

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.

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.

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! We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos.  Nominations must  be received by June 3. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award, go to

NEW! The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent  for the National Science Foundation – Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission.Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pfc.html. Complete NSF – PFC guidelines may be accessed at:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10560/nsf10560.htm.  Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is June 21, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

NEW! If you want to learn more about ScholarsArchive, OSU digital repository (http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/), this is the workshop for you. It takes place at 2 p.m., May 27 in Autzen Classroom of the Valley Library. You’ll have a chance to examine your vita against SHERPA/RoMEO to determine which version(s) of an article can go into ScholarsArchive and, if time allows, you can deposit an article of your own. Workshop Topics:
·       Benefits of Placing Scholarly Works in ScholarsArchive
·       Appropriate Items for ScholarsArchive
·       Copyright/Creative Commons Issues
·       Access Restrictions
·       Using SHERPA/RoMEO
To RSVP and/or ask questions, please contact Sue Kunda:  Sue.kunda@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-7262

NEW! Do the “RIDE THING” all summer long and take the bus on us!  The Corvallis Transit System and Philomath Connection are pleased to announce the return of the Summer Youth Transit Program for 2010, thanks to a donation from Allied Waste.  The free ride program runs June 1- Sept. 6 and is open to youth age 17 and under.

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.

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.

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.


The Extension Service Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0) FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost. The Executive Assistant position assists the Vice Provost in performance of duties as well as supports operations of the OSU Extension Service. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005626. Closing date May 27.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Gift Planning Associate.  Located in Portland, Oregon and reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, this position will coordinate the daily operations of the gift planning programs and will provide programmatic and administrative assistance and support to the Gift Planning staff and to Development Officers working on planned gifts. To review a full job description, salary range and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/. This position will be open until filled. The OSU Foundation makes hiring decisions on the basis of merit and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Milam Hall: Due to renovation of both the Men’s and Women’s restrooms on the second floor of Milam these restrooms will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown is necessary to bring these restrooms into ADA compliance. The shutdown will start at 7:30 a.m. on May 25 and and should end by 5 p.m. July 2.

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.

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: It was chilly as November this weekend, forcing many of us to turn up the thermostats we swore we wouldn’t touch until next Fall. But today should be a little warmer, and the rain will turn to a few sprinkles. The high should reach 62 with an overnight low of 47. Occasional rain returns tomorrow and plans on sticking around.

Central Oregon: Today may be the only dry day this week with a high near 59 degrees, so you rain lovers out there get ready for some fun! Any of you trying to fit in a round of 18 holes, today should be perfect so make your tee times soon. An overnight low around 34 with cloudy skies will introduce us to another wishy-washy week in Central Oregon.

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