OSU Today

Tuesday, May 25, 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.

OSU tests model of tsunami-resistant city hall (KPTV)

Oregon State University scientists are testing a model of what would be the country’s first tsunami-resistant building in Cannon Beach. (See also KEZI, KVAL, OPB, KMTR, Science 360)

Geologist forecasts undersea Northwest earthquake in 50 years (Seattle-Times)

Chris Goldfinger, of Oregon State University, says in an analysis released Monday that a second area off the coast of Northern Oregon, Washington and Vancouver Island has about a 10 to 15 percent chance of producing a huge earthquake during the next half century.

Mountain topography may complicate rates of global warming (Western Farmer-Stockman)

A new Oregon State University study warns that the future effects of global warming could be significantly changed over very small distances by local air movements in complex or mountainous terrain.

To meet a growing demand, more veterinarians trying to learn Spanish (Oregonian)

At Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, about two or three students per class are of Hispanic background, says Susan Tornquist, associate dean of the college.

OSU student lounge to be dedicated (KEZI)

The former learning/men’s lounge at Oregon State University will be dedicated Monday, May 24 at 4 p.m. as the Student Veteran’s Lounge.

OSU Day of Service (LIFE@OSU)

Beavers around the world dedicated last Saturday to a day of community service.

Powered by Orange (Mail Tribune)

OSU alumni in the Rogue Valley donated a half day of voluntary service last weekend to help the local ACCESS program repackage food. They are part of a larger effort. For the last three years OSU Extension in Jackson County has donated an acre of land — and partnered with Rotary First Harvest — to grow vegetables for ACCESS. Last year 20,000 pounds of food was grown.


Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing today regarding changes to three of OSU’s Oregon Administrative Rules. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Memorial Union room 206. It is open to the public. The hearing includes adopting a list of fees and charges for fiscal year 2009-2010, changes to student conduct regulations, and a repeal of the University Student Organizations Rule, which will be replaced with administrative policies. The list of fees and charges may be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk under call number PERM 06.

Candidate for the Director of Student Media Bradley Wilson will make a presentation today from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in MU 206. Wilson is currently Coordinator of Student Media Advising at North Carolina State University. The director 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).

Communicating More Effectively About Climate Change, A seminar and discussion lead by Miriah Russo, takes place at 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.

Sabine Kebir will visit Oregon State University today. 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.

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.

Upcoming events

Nutrition Food Management students will be taking over Pangea 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

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/

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.

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.

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.

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! University Advancement wants your opinion on the range of ways that OSU communicates with faculty, staff members and graduate assistants. Please give us five minutes of your time to help us make our tools and processes work better for you and your colleagues by taking the OSU Internal Communications Survey at http://bit.ly/b9S5lq

NEW! Mayor Charlie Tomlinson has proclaimed May 24-28 as Get There Another Way Week in Corvallis.  During GTAWW, OSU employees are encouraged to leave single occupancy vehicles at home and commute to work by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, telecommuting, car or van pooling or even skating. GTAWW’s primary goal is to reduce the number of people who drive to work alone.  Participants who log their trips are eligible to receive prizes like meals at Corvallis restaurants, bicycle equipment and tune-ups, clothing and gift certificates to local businesses.  View the brochure and log your trips at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/sites/default/files/docs/osu_get_there_brochure_and_form.pdf , returning registration forms to OSU Transit & Parking Services by 5 p.m. June 2.  Contact Brandon Trelstad for more information.

NEW! Make your reservations early for the PFLA Spring Luncheon. The event takes place at The Vue, 517 SW Second  St., on June 2.  There will be an ”Original Art” Silent Auction and we have arranged for round trip van service from the MU parking lot to The Vue, 11:30 and 11:45.  The price for lunch is $10 and $1 for the van service.  Please send your reservation, must be received  by Friday May 28, and payment to Michele Mahana at 123 Women’s Building.

NEW! Saturday Academy at Oregon State University is pleased to offer the following camps this summer: Science & Art, Beginning LEGO Robotics, Intermediate LEGO Robotics, Girls Creativity Tech Camp (at the Boys and Girls Club), Engineering Camp, Science Camp, Fun with Numbers (Math Camp), Marine Mammal Ecology (includes field trip to Newport), Health Sciences Camp, and Beginning Web Design. All camps are Monday through Friday (times and age-range vary, depending on the camp). Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, please contact us at 541-737-8139, saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu. Or, visit our website at http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. Attend a combination of Saturday Academy and KidSpirit camps! Saturday Academy and KidSpirit are teaming up this summer to provide fun and educational activities for participants all day long. KidSpirit staff will transport campers between KidSpirit and Saturday Academy camps. There will be a $10 transition and lunch-care fee per week-long session for this service (payable to KidSpirit). For more information contact KidSpirit at 541-737-KIDS.

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

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.

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
To RSVP and/or ask questions, please contact Sue Kunda: Sue.kunda@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-7262

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.

Come see M.E.!!!!  It’s time to sign up and come see the Merchant Expo happening at LaSells Stewart Center on 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 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.

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.


Corvallis: “What potent blood hath modest May,” as Emerson was wont to say. Today’s occasional showers will tease us into trying to guess whether or not we need the umbrella. The high should reach 65 with an overnight low of 49. So far, it will be showery through the week but the weekend is looking warmer and clearer.

Central Oregon: A 50 percent chance of showers and high around 61 degrees should make for an interesting day in Central Oregon. Tonight, look for heavier sprinkles, a calm breeze, and a low around 41. I hope everyone got their gardens planted because it looks like the rest of the week will assist in some booming blooming to follow once the sun decides to pop its head out again.

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