OSU Today

Thursday, June 3, 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.

Population: The Last Taboo (Mother Jones)

In a new twist on the downstream effects, statistician Paul Murtaugh of Oregon State University decided to investigate the environmental price tag of a baby.

Oregon State moving quickly to find LaVonda Wagner’s successor (Oregonian)

A day after firing LaVonda Wagner as women’s basketball coach, Oregon State on Wednesday was moving quickly to find her successor.

Rain is a record (Gazette-Times)

An oak tree at Kate Field’s house on N.W. Rolling Green Drive uprooted and fell across the attached garage. Field was at her job at Oregon State University when the tree fell a little after noon. Her son, Mick Field, 18, was home at the time and heard a “tremendously loud” noise and called her at work.

Salmon migration studies back on track (OPB)

Scientists hope to gain new information about salmon migration patterns now that an in-depth study is back on track. Researchers at Oregon State University had to put their efforts on hold for the past two years. That’s because most salmon fishing was restricted along the west coast.

UO, OSU students facing tuition increase (KEZI)

The OUS will vote Friday on a 6 percent tuition increase for both the University of Oregon and Oregon State.

Oregon town plans first tsunami-resistant building (Seattle Times)

About 75 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast, tectonic plates snagging and sliding over one another create the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It has a history of big earthquakes, some topping 9.0 in magnitude, in the past 10,000 years, said Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University.

So far, not much sign of damaging fruit fly (KMTR)

Oregon State University crop science professor Amy Dreves says it’s too early to draw many conclusions. (See also Oregonian)

Faith healing (Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal)

In the current issue of the KIEJ, Oregon State University’s Courtney Campbell considers several faith-healing theodicies in the face of unanticipated fatal outcomes.

New aspirin guidelines for diabetes patients (WebMD)

“The larger theme here is that use of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks in people who have not already experienced one is probably not as efficacious as we used to believe it was,” Craig Williams, PharmD, an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, says in a news release.


The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center today. Find out additional information and register online to attend at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/. Get your photos taken with Benny Beaver from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please join us for a farewell retirement reception, today from 2 to 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.

“The Panza Monologues,” based on women’s stories and experiences about their panzas (bellies), is performed and directed by students in Ethnic Studies 499/499, Chicana Feminism. The performance will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 3 in the MU International Forum. It is free and open to the public.

Oregon State University Theatre presents 13 student-directed one-act plays ending June 6. Ten student directors will direct 26 actors. There are two panels of plays to be presented. Panel A will be performed 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 4 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Panel B will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 and Saturday, June 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Performances will be on the main stage of Withycombe Hall. Tickets are $8, $6 seniors, $5 children and $4 for OSU students and can be purchased at the box office in Withycombe Hall beginning Tuesday, June 1 at noon. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Tickets can now be purchased online at www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre. Information: 541-737-2853 or 541-737-2784.

Upcoming events

NEW! Each year, the Fulbright Scholar Program looks for a wide range of scholars and professionals to represent the United States abroad. If you are interested in applying for one of these prestigious awards, plan to attend the information session sponsored by International Programs on June 10, noon to 1 p.m., Snell Hall 448. David Adams, Senior Program officer at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, will give an overview of the programs available through Fulbright, and will meet individually with faculty interested in applying. If you’d like to set up an individual appointment, contact Marion McNamara, marion.mcnamara@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center) brings together people of diverse expertise and backgrounds in to promote innovation and impact on a wide range of global issues. International Programs is hosting an information session about opportunities for faculty to apply for short-term residencies on June 10, 10 am in Snell Hall 448. For more information, contact Marion McNamara, marion.mcnamara@oregonstate.edu

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.

The OSU Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show will take place in two locations this year; on campus and in Portland. The Corvallis show is on Friday, June 4 at the MU Ballroom from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Portland show is on Friday, June 11 at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

Crossroads International is sponsoring a special Worldview event, titled Perspectives: India – A Rising Power, Saturday, June 5, 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW Ninth St. This event is free and open to the public, and will commence with a 30-minute Indian cooking demo, followed by short presentations given by OSU faculty members, including Sally Duncan, Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul, Sunil Khanna, and Ram Ravichandran. The program will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience and a reception. There will also be activities for children to enjoy. See http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/events for more details and additional information on Crossroads International.

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven M. Zielke, will complete its performance season with the sixth annual President’s Concert on Saturday, June 5, at 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information contact the OSU Department of Music at 541-737-4061, or go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

The Heart of the Valley Children’s Choirs (HVCC), under the direction of Carol Nelson, will present the annual Elizabeth Powell Memorial Scholarship Concert on Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis, Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany and at the box office prior to the concert. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

The President and Provost have scheduled a campus forum to discuss the budget landscape and plans for the next year and the biennium on June 7,
3 to 5 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Auditorium. This forum is open to OSU employees and students, and will
be streamed live at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1.

News for Employees

NEW! On Oct. 1, the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m.  All currently recognized student organizations and OSU departments and programs can register now for free.  Registration is available through the Corvallis Benton Chamber website at http://tinyurl.com/BvrCmFair.   Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at clubsandorgs@oregonstate.edu

NEW! In continuation of OSU’s efforts to reduce waste, Campus Recycling and Surplus Property are partnering with University Housing and Dining Services for residence hall move-out (now through June 11th). We will be collecting items from residence halls for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry and other nonprofits to both divert material from the landfill and help those in need. We will be measuring the weight of trash collected from campus during this time, as compared to other weeks this year, so please help OSU meet its sustainability goals by recycling whenever possible.

Starting June 7, OSU Today will switch to a weekly (Monday) distribution for the summer. In order to make sure your announcements make it into OSU Today, you must send them to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by Friday morning of the week previous to when the announcement should run. OSU Today will return to a daily basis at the beginning of Fall Term.

Did you know that as an OSU Faculty/Staff member you are eligible to purchase up to two discounted season tickets for Football? For the 2010 season, the OSU Faculty / Staff discounted rate is $ 204 per season ticket. Depending upon where you would like your seats located, there may be an accompanying per seat donation to the BASF. Season Tickets are available at this time by visiting the Ticket Office in Legendary Gill Coliseum (Room 107), calling 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Locations will be assigned at the time of purchase. The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your OSU Staff ID number will be needed at the time you place your order.

We’ve had a great response from the campus, but we still need your input! Take five minutes and fill out the OSU Internal Communications Survey at http://bit.ly/b9S5lq.

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.

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.

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 today. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award, go to


Help is needed to teach computer classes in Owen Hall’s computer lab during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The students are 54 middle school campers, in groups of 27 for the classes. You will present lessons and answer student questions. Topics include: internet safety,  powerpoint, and excel basics for creating charts. Classes are two hours long, once a day, weekdays  Aug. 3-12. There will be adult counselors in the classroom at all times to assist. Pay is $300. E-mail a resume, or contact Robin Galloway, camp director, at 541-967-3871 or robin.galloway@oregonstate.edu. This position will remain open until filled.

Purchasing Analyst 3, Procurement & Contract Services, Oregon State University. OSU is seeking a full-time Purchasing Analyst to focus on contract administration, procurement activities and applying and interpreting laws, rules and policies. For complete announcement and to apply, go to posting number 0005723 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.Closing date June 22.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Consultant 1, Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month Professional Faculty. To review posting 0005678 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is June 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Facilities Services is seeking a Campus Planner. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position, reporting to the Planning Department of Facilities Services. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Position closes June 15. Posting #0005705.

The Office of Technology Transfer invites applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. To review posting and apply,
go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56622. 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 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Kerr Hall: Due to a special event being held by the ROTC, the parking lot directly north of McAlexander Field House, west of Kerr Admin will be partially shutdown to facilitate this event. However some staff parking, some metered spaces and all ADA spaces should remain accessible. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m.today and should end by 5 p.m.

Fire alarms: During the week of June 13-18, quarterly fire alarm testing is scheduled to take place in the following buildings: Crop Science, Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Kidder Hall, Magruder Hall, Pharmacy Bldg, Plageman (Student Health). The testing will begin at 6 p.m. June 13 and should end by June 18.

Education Hall: Due to repairs to the emergency lighting system in the stairwells at Education Hall, testing of the fire horns, bells, and/or alarms is required. Please be advised during this testing period, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms may be audible. The testing should end by 3 p.m. June 4.

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 should end by 1 p.m. today.

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.


Corvallis: What a difference a day makes. Sheets of rain may have pelted us yesterday but today we only face a few showers, with rain waiting until the evening to return. Today’s high will be 67 with an overnight low of 56. And by next week, maybe we’ll remember what June is really supposed to look like.

Central Oregon: Just in case you haven’t had enough rain yet, a high near 62 and 40 percent chance of showers might satisfy you. At least we’re not the only ones dealing with this blustery weather. Take a look, even President Obama had to delay his Memorial Day speech on Monday. Expect a low around 49 tonight and more squally weather all the way into the weekend.

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