OSU Today

Thursday, May 27, 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.

Slaughterhouse options shrink for small farmers (USA Today)

The slaughterhouse shortage is not unique to New York, though its severity varies from state to state, says Lauren Gwin of Oregon State University, co-coordinator of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. Some states, such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, have “a wealth of great processing resources” for niche meat producers, while others, such as Vermont and California, do not, she says.

It’s tick season in Oregon (Oregonian)

If the tick is deeply into its meal, try this advice from Jack DeAngelis, retired Oregon State University entomologist.

Online atlas maps out Oregon’s forests (KATU)

Data from several sources was used for the Oregon Forest Atlas, including the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Senate confirms OSU’s Lynda Ciuffetti to State Board of Higher Education (OUS)

Congratulations to Professor Lynda Ciuffetti, who was confirmed Thursday by the Oregon Senate to serve on the state Board of Higher Education. Ciuffetti, former OSU Faculty Senate president and department head of Botany and Plant Pathology, replaces Dalton Miller-Jones, a Portland State University faculty member who has served on the board since 2006.

Advances made on running, walking robots (Gazette-Times)

Researchers at Oregon State University say they have made an important fundamental advance in robotics, in work that should lead toward robots that not only can walk and run effectively, but use little energy in the process. (See also Sify)

Princeton philosophy professor to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University this Friday, May 28, beginning at 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.

Linn Extension District okays budget for 2010-11 (Democrat-Herald)

The Linn County 4-H and Extension Service District budget committee approved a 2010-11 budget of $383,112 Tuesday, up from the current $374,195.

Final presentation in OSU lecture series (Bend Bulletin)

The free annual lecture series, It’s in the Bag held at the Oregon State University Cascades Campus will close with its final lecture of the year on June 2 at noon.

Today

The use of animals in research is heavily regulated. At the noon 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 Wheel-A-Thon will be held in the MU quad from noon to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. 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 at 4 p.m. Friday, along with Benny Beaver. For more information see http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ptah/wheel-a-thon/

Candidate for the Director of Student Media Geoffrey Roth will make a presentation today from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in MU 213. Roth is Assistant Professor of Journalism, Hofstra University, New York and former News Director for KSEE and KMPH TV, Fresno, Calif. 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).

David Hansen, associate professor of Soil and Environmental Quality at the University of Delaware, will be on campus and in Newport today and tomorrow to interview for the position of Sea Grant Extension program leader. Public opportunities include:
* Today, 2 p.m., seminar: “Vision for Oregon Sea Grant.” The seminar may be viewed live at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-2 (and will be archived for later viewing)
* Today, 3 p.m., Open Forum, Memorial Union 212, (Martin Luther King Room)
* Friday, May 28, 2 p.m.: Open Forum, HMSC Guin Library Seminar Room, Newport. Hansen’s full schedule and CV are available at http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/extension/search.html

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

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” 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, 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Christopher Wolsko, research associate in psychology at University of Oregon, will speak on “Why not Gross National Happiness? Contemporary Obstacles to Psychological Well-Being,” from noon to 1 p.m. June 2 at Oregon State – Cascades Campus as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118.

Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will speak at Oregon State University this Friday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. Appiah is widely acknowledged as a leader in race theory, as well as political philosophy and ethics.

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:
Thursday: (African) Dorowatt Chicken, Frikkadels (Cabbage Rolls) and Boboti
Friday: (Northwest) Hazelnut crusted Tuna, Oregon Penne Pasta and Blackberry Crisp

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Academic Year 2010-11 for Fall, Winter and/or Spring Term(s). Application are due in the Research Office by June 7. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm . If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

NEW! The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for a wide variety of 2010-11 Scholarships to be awarded during the Fall term.  The deadline for applications is June 30.  Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to students attending Oregon Space Grant affiliate institutions.  These OSGC scholarship programs support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging career goals in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the aerospace industry.  Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.  For more information, please visit the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium website at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/fellow.html#Scholarships. A 2010-11 Scholarship Guide is available for download.  Please direct any questions to 541-737-2414 or spacegrant@oregonstate.edu.

Click on http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2010/may for the latest issue of The Source from the College of Agricultural Sciences. As the College transforms in light of budget challenges, the Land Grant mission has a new vision, “The College of Agricultural Sciences will be nationally preeminent, as a result of undertaking discovery with purpose, delivery of enabling educational programs, and positive impact on people, communities, and the economy.” The newsletter has many interesting articles describing the response to emerging problems in Oregon, the changing landscape of research funding, and news about accomplishments of great students.

OSU is planning a Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program designed to connect students with faculty/staff from across campus, to create a support network, and to provide a cross-cultural educational experience. We are looking to recruit students, faculty and staff. Participation would include attending a one-day training in September, a kick-off dinner during the first week of classes and meeting regularly with a mentor/mentee during the course of the 2010-2011 academic year. There will also be professional development opportunities, check-ins, and fun events that mentors and mentees will be encouraged to participate in each term. If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, Pick up applications at the ISS office (A150 Kerr) or the SHS Health Promotion Office (Room 310 of Student Health Services) and turn them in by June 30. For more information, please contact Malinda Shell (malinda.shell@oregonstate.edu; 737-2776) or Gustavo Martinez-Padilla (Gustavo.Martinez-Padilla@oregonstate.edu; 737-9031)

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

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.

Make your reservationsfor 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.

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
http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

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.

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.

Jobs

The Office of Technology Transfer invites applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. To review posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=219240. Closing date June 7.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. The Associate Dean will provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the College. Serving as a key team member, the Associate Dean will assist the Dean in all matters related to the management and direction of the UHC. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment reporting to the Dean of the University Honors College. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Application Deadline is June 8. For further details or to apply, visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/ Posting number 0005680. Questions may be directed to Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6404.

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 today.

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 today. 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

Heat Plant: Due to the investigation of an underground storage tank, the parking lot on the east of the Heat Plant will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles. There also will be no vehicle access from Benton Place. This shutdown will begin at 3:30 p.m. on June 1 and should end by 1 p.m. June 3.

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 end by 5 p.m. July 2.

Weather

Corvallis: If you’re holding your breath until the weather changes, you’ve likely passed out by now. Showers continue through tomorrow, with a high today of 66. The weekend should be partly sunny and warm, at least until Monday, when showers return, so plan your barbecuing for Saturday or Sunday.

Central Oregon: Blame it on the rain” because there will most likely be a lot of it today with a high around 57 and overnight low near 39. Look for the clouds to start making way for the sun on Friday leading us into some great weather coming up for Memorial Day weekend. I would love to blame the rain for making the sunny days even more enjoyable once they finally return!

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