OSU Today

Thursday, Sept. 30, 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.

Study offers revised theory of phytoplankton growth (Sea Technology Magazine)

The study, published in the journal Ecology by Oregon State University botany professor Michael Behrenfeld, challenges more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about the growth of phytoplankton.

Qatar group to meet at OSU about food security (Gazette-Times)

A delegation from Qatar is coming to Oregon this week to meet with political, academic, research and private industry leaders as part of that nation’s initiative to strengthen food security and optimize their use of arable land and scarce water supplies.

Marine biologist and others take home $500,000 MacArthur grants (Audubon)

Marine biologist Kelly Benoit-Bird., a 34-year-old Oregon State University professor, is a good listener. And lucky her, she gets to hear what few others do: marine creatures—from the smallest zooplankton to some of the largest mammals—below the ocean’s surface.

Trail between Corvallis, Ona Beach closer to reality (South Lincoln County News)

Oregon State University students, along with officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Siuslaw National Forest, have, at one time or another, tried to establish a non-motorized trail system linking the mid-Willamette Valley to the coast. Although some short sections of trail were constructed, the movement faltered and lay dormant until revived by a group of private citizens several years ago.

Photography on display at Center for the Humanities (LIFE@OSU)

Early settlements in Oregon’s Coast Range are elegantly captured in photographs by Rich Bergeman on display from October through December at Oregon State University’s Center for the Humanities.

A higher calling (LIFE@OSU)

As Oregon State University’s new director of Student Media, Julia Sandidge has a long history in broadcast news, but it is a dark moment in her life that resonates most with students.

Today

The 2010 elections could mark another sea change in Oregon politics. Bill Lunch, chair of the OSU Dept. of Political Science and long-time Oregon Public Broadcasting commentator, will discuss trends and interesting races at this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club. All are welcome noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 30 in the MU, room 109. Lunch for non-members is $10. To save a seat, contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu.

A new policy governing student organizations and how they are classified is in place for the current academic year. Information about the changes can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/studentorgs. Additionally, several Town Hall Q&A sessions have been set in order to answer questions about the process. A Town Hall takes place today from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 206 and is for students and faculty and staff.

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.

Auditions for the West Coast premiere of “The Coming of Rain” by Richard Marius will be held today 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Professor Kathleen Dean Moore will be speaking and giving a reading from the new book “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril,” on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

NEW! Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center is presenting the anual Vistas and Vineyards Art Exhibit. The artist reception for this show is open to the public, and everyone is encourage to attend.  It takes place Sunday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Complimentary light hor d’oeuvres and wine served by Valley Catering. The exhibit runs Oct. 2-29.

Marilyn Safir, professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, will be speaking on “Calling the Equality Bluff: Women in Israel – Achievements and Challenges” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in MU 109B. Her talk is sponsored by Women Studies and is free and open to the public. Please encourage your students to attend.

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. 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.

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/BvrCmtFair Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at student.orgs@oregonstate.edu

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.

The first lecture in the 2010–11 Horning Lecture Series, “The Historical Sciences,” will be given by noted paleontologist Paul Sereno. Having discovered more than two dozen new species of dinosaurs on five continents, Sereno has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones. He began his career as an artist, which explains his uncanny ability to see buried fossils, resurrect their skeletons, and walk into their world. Sereno’s talk will explore his paleontology as an exciting blend of art, history, and science wrapped in adventure. His lecture takes place Monday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., Marcus Borg, Biblical and Jesus scholar, renowned author, lecturer and former professor at Oregon State University, will give the inaugural lecture at First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. Monroe St. in the John and Nancy Dennis Community Center and Fellowship Hall, “Christian and American: Then and Now.” The event is free and open to the public. There will be copies of many of his books available for purchase or for signing, including his first novel, “Putting Away Childish Things” (2010).

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.

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

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. 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

Welcome to the September 2010 issue of The Source . This paperless issue is full of interesting news and stories about the people and programs of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Jobs

The OSU Vice President for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position in the Research Office. Duties include but are not limited to: managing the VP’s calendar and travel arrangements, drafting and preparing correspondence, reports, documents, and PowerPoint presentations that will receive broad distribution, and other duties within the office. The Executive Assistant will oversee office staff and students. For details see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0006326. For full consideration, apply by Oct. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Oak Creek: Due to electrical work, the inner parking lot at the Oak Creek Bldg will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary for PP&L to set up a 50 foot power pool and attach a 480 volt transformer bank. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 4 and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 5.

Weather

Corvallis: “The breezes taste Of apple peel. The air is full Of smells to feel- Ripe fruit, old footballs, Burning brush, New books, erasers, Chalk, and such.” John Updike summed up September thus, and we’re bidding it a fond farewell today with a very hot finale of 87 degrees. Tomorrow will cool to 79, a more modest October day. 

Central Oregon:  As September comes to an end, look for temperatures to reach a whopping 86 degrees. It looks as if summer hasn’t passed just yet!  A few invisible clouds may arrive this evening with a low near 46 but look for most of them to leave as more warm weather is expected to follow.

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