OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 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.

Oregon State scientists win grants for sustainability, marine biology (Oregonian)

Two scientists at Oregon State University received prestigious grants announced this week in recognition of their career contributions. Kelly Benoit-Bird, a 34-year-old marine biologist, won a $500,000 MacArthur fellowship grant to use as she sees fit. Hong Liu, 37, an expert in the conversion of organic wastes to energy, has received a $400,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. (See also New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Gazette-Times, OPB)

College enrollment up thanks to stimulus, bonds and recession (KATU)

A record number of students are beginning classes today in Oregon state universities, making 92,000 people at campuses in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, four other Oregon University System schools and two OUS affiliates. (See also OPB)

Recession driving more men to food stamps (OPB)

A new study out of Oregon State University shows the recession has driven many formerly middle class Oregonians into poverty.

Teaching the hardest-to-learn math concepts (eSchool News)

The company partnered with Gail Burrill, an instructor in the department of teacher education at Michigan State University, and Thomas Dick, a professor of mathematics and coordinator of collegiate mathematics education at Oregon State University, to find out which math topics students traditionally struggle with more than others.

Professor stresses athletes’ education (The Daily Collegian)

NFL player turned OSU professor Michael Oriard wants the nerd to get the girl. In a Friday afternoon lecture to a crowd of about 300, Oriard said society has reverted back to the images of the jock and cheerleader, and that the value of education to a student-athlete has taken a backseat to universities looking to capitalize on athletic teams.

NuScale leases 20,000 square feet (Portland Business Journal)

NuScale is pursuing regulatory approval to commercialize small scale nuclear power plant technology licensed from Oregon State University. It’s led by former Pacific Power President Paul Lorenzini.

Wine drinking for college credit (KTVL)

Some students in The Rogue Valley will be wine tasting for college credit. Umpqua Community College is offering a wine course specific to Southern Oregon. The bulk of the course is held online, while the labs are held at the Oregon State University Extension Center in Central Point.

University Day 2010 (LIFE@OSU)

University Day 2010 took place Sept. 23. As usual, there were plenty of prizes, lots of orange food and plenty of mingling, as staff and faculty reunited after an all-too-short summer.

The pumpkin crop takes a beating (Oregonian)

Commercial vegetable expert Dan McGrath, of Oregon State University’s Linn County extension office, said it’s been more than two decades since he’s seen a year this bad for farmers.

Bed bug return no surprise to scientists (Statesman Journal)

–>Oregon State University entomologist Paul Jepson is not surprised by the resurgence of bed bug cases and their uncomfortably close ties with humans.

OSU students secure funds for new community dental clinic (KEZI)

Oregon State University graduate students took the opportunity to apply their knowledge outside the classroom by helping the Boys and Girls Club of Albany secure a grant to fund a dental clinic.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Two prominent diversity advocates will appear in the first installment of this year’s MUPC Speaker Series. On Oct. 1, OSU 1980 Alum Mark Szollar,  Advertising Director of Diversity, Recruitment and Sports Marketing for the New York Times, will be joined in the Memorial Union by Douglas C. Freeman, CEO of Virtcom Consulting and founder of the World Diversity Leadership Summit in Prague. A reception with food provided by OSU Student Affairs will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the lecture, “The Positive Impact of Diversity & Inclusion on the U.S Economy & Your Career” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NEW! The OSU Government Relations Office will host a brown bag forum on Federal Funding Trends for 2010-2011 on Friday, Oct. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union 213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa. The event will feature a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio.

NEW! Auditions for the West Coast premiere of “The Coming of Rain” by Richard Marius will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. on the main stage in Withycombe. Auditions are open to all. For more information contact the  director Charlotte Headrick at 541-737-4918 or cheadrick@oregonstate.edu

NEW! University Chorale All-Comer’s Choir begins Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m., in Benton Hall Room 204. Rehearsals take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. The concert takes place Friday, Dec. 3, noon at First United Methodist Church. Staff, faculty and community members can participate for a $15 charge. OSU Students can register for credit. All levels of singing experience are welcome.

NEW! An International Youth Piano Recital takes place Sunday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The event is free. Performers featured are award-winning pianists Lu Jia Tang, age 12, and Ke Ru Zhang, 15, both of China.

The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. We will have many items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), vehicles, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

The Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition will be hosting a Candidate Forum. This forum will be an opportunity for you to hear first hand from the people who hope to serve in local and state legislative offices. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Corvallis Country Club, 1850 S.W. Whiteside Dr. OSU students and faculty can pay the chamber member price of $15, which includes lunch. For questions please contact Erin Wiedeman at 541-757-1506.

Outreach & Engagement is one of the University’s core missions. We will celebrate the mission of outreach and engagement, and what it means to OSU as an institution and to you the faculty and staff who make this important mission a reality. Hear about proactive collaboration with partners within and outside of OSU. Through the words of our president Ed Ray, the insights of engaged scholar Lorilee Sandmann from the University of Georgia, and examples of OSU faculty who are successful engagement practitioners, catch the vision and spirit of outreach and engagement. The event takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. To RSVP call Vicki Campbell at 541-737-1581 or Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu

The Associated Students of OSU invite you to the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Human Services Resource Center, a service center that provides temporary and emergency assistance to students affected by poverty. Oct. 19, 5 pm, Opening Speech; 5:30 pm Ribbon Cutting and Open House. 149 Snell Hall. Questions: Asosu.Pres@oregonstate.edu.

Abraham Haim, Faculty Dean, The Israeli Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Chronobiology, University of Haifa, will speak on “Light at night (LAN) – is it a source of pollution?” at 2 p.m., Oct. 6 in 4001 ALS. Organisms inhabiting our planet are adapted to daily and seasonal changes of light intensity and wavelength. A dramatic global change in regards to our environmental temporal variables took place some 140 years ago, with the invention of the incandesce lamp, thus causing a new phenomenon light at night (LAN).

Student Health Services is offering flu shots for OSU students, faculty and staff on Oct. 4, at the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Students: $15 for injectable vaccine – Charged to your OSU student account. Bring your OSU ID card.
· Graduate Students with PacificSource Insurance: $15 for injectable vaccine – Charge will be billed directly to PacificSource. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.
· Faculty/Staff: $26 for injectable vaccine – If covered by the PEBB Statewide Insurance Plan (Providence), the fee will be billed directly to insurance. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card. If not covered by PEBB, faculty/staff may also pay on site by cash or check.
FluMist nasal vaccine will also be available at this special MU clinic for healthy individuals up to age 49 (cost: $24 students; $29 faculty/staff), while supplies last. Shots will be given on a “first come, first served” basis until the vaccine supply is gone. Please wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm in order to expedite the vaccinations.

News for Employees

NEW! Noon Prayer for OSU Faculty and Staff:  please bring your lunch and join Chris Anderson, Deacon and Professor of English, every Monday at 12:10, in the Newman Center Chapel on Monroe Street, for noon prayer.  Quiet.  Informal.  Takes about 20 minutes.  A way to center yourself in the center of the day.  All are welcome, of whatever faith or variety of doubt.  Come anytime.  Drop in and drop out.  No pressure.  Every Monday of the academic year.  For more information, contact Chris at canderson@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Training and Professional Development invites you to view our fall schedule of trainings for employees and faculty! Please visit website at http://oregonstate.edu/training, select “course listing” and category “Professional and Organizational Effectiveness” to see what’s available and to register online.

Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards. Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets. Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card account.

Central Web Services and Web Communications, in partnership with Disability Access Services, are pleased to announce the release of version 1.1.0 of the OSU homepage. This new version features videos and other multimedia elements associated with feature stories, all enjoyable directly from the homepage. Read all about the new version.


The Alumni Association is looking for an Administrative Program Specialist. The specialist supports the program and events team in carrying out the mission and strategic plan of the alumni association. This position also coordinates the data necessary to plan, track, analyze and report on the events and programs. This position reports to the associate executive director of programs. For position description, please click here. Position open until filled.

The OSU Alumni Association is looking for a Regional Network Director to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks for the Oregon State Alumni Association. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director of Programs.
For position description, please click here. Position open until filled.

The OSU Foundation is seeking an OSU Student to fill the position of Student-Web Developer. The Student Web Developer will assist in creating, maintaining, and enhancing web communication for the OSU Foundation. This is an opportunity for students to learn new skills and gain experience for future web development, graphic design, and communication work. Interested OSU Students can review a full job description and how to apply instructions at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Post Award Administration, Oregon State University, F/T, $3922-$5733/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0006287. Closing Date: Oct.7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Debt Management, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #:0006308. Closing Date: Oct. 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Associated Students of Oregon State University (The ASOSU) are hiring for a Human Services Resource Coordinator position. The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is a student-initiated, student-sustained program that provides programs, education, and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty. To apply go to jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57248 Closing date is Oct. 4.

The International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Associate Provost. It is anticipated that this will be a two year appointment, with the possibility of a longer term appointment. The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) plays a key role in developing and implementing programs that further the university’s internationalization efforts and advance international education programs across the campus. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date is Sept. 30. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006147.

Oregon State University Extended Campus is seeking to fill the position of Enrollment Analyst (Research Analyst 4). The primary focus of this position is to develop qualitative and quantitative research designs to analyze data and trends in enrollment and student academic performance, and communicate results of analyses. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining information systems that provide accurate and reliable information to fulfill internal information needs, effectively manage growth, and develop student success strategies for Extended Campus programs. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57106

Regional Network Director. The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks for the Oregon State Alumni Association. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director of Programs. See position description at www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation, with offices in Corvallis, Oregon and Portland, Oregon, has a position opening for Assistant/Associate Director of Development for Oregon State University’s College of Business. The position location could be in Portland or Corvallis, depending on qualifications of the finalist. Job title and compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the finalist. For more information see http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Research Analyst to join the Advancement Services team. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research, Discovery and Relationship Management, this position provides support to major gift fundraising activities of the Foundation and the University by compiling and analyzing comprehensive background information on individuals and organizations for use in advancing prospective donors’ relationships with the institution. For a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking permits: To obtain a Payroll Deduction Form and Parking Permit Application, please visit our website: http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html. The following information is required to purchase an OSU Parking Pass: OSU I.D., license plate number, car color, make and model of the car, Parking Permit Application/Payroll Deduction Form (see above link). Transit and Parking Services is located at 606 S.W. 15th St, Adams Hall. Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday

Key Shop: Please be informed that the Facilities Services Key Shop hours for over the counter key transactions will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Key Shop is located at 572 S.W. 15th St.


Corvallis: Mother Nature heard all those loud complaints last week about rain, and has decided to blast us with muggy summer heat to remind us who is in charge. We’ll have another sunny, warm day today with a high of 83, the perfect weather to enjoy an evening stroll through campus, admiring the flame-tipped trees.

Central Oregon: Another beautiful fall day full of sun with a high near 82 degrees brings back fond memories of summer for me.  In case you have anything left on your summer to-do list unchecked, today will be a good time to complete it. After another gorgeous clear night with a low at 51 degrees, it looks like you’ll have even more chances throughout the week for some fun in the sun.

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