OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 4, 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.

Bollywood flashmob on OSU campus (KGW)

Oregon State University students and staff turned the Memorial Union Quad into the scene of a Bollywood film on Friday afternoon when more than 70 people participated in a flash mob dance in the middle of the quad. (See also Northwest Cable News, KEZI, Gazette-Times, LIFE@OSU)

Growth of biofuel industry hurt by GMO regulations (R&D Mag)

“It’s extraordinary that gene modification technology, which has been adapted more rapidly than any other technology in the history of agriculture, and had some profound environmental and economic benefits, has been regulated virtually out of existence for perennial cellulosic biofuels crops,” said Steve Strauss, a distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, and lead author of the paper.

Women executives twice as likely to leave their jobs as men (Phys.Org)

Lead author John Becker-Blease, an assistant professor of finance at Oregon State University, and his co-authors at Loyola Marymount University and Trinity College, analyzed data from Standard & Poor’s 1500 firms. They classified departures as voluntary or involuntary based on careful examination of public news accounts accompanying an executive’s departure.

New book looks at the moral reasons we should care about climate change (Oregonian)

Why should we care about climate change? There are economic reasons, of course, that we hear about all the time. But what about the moral reasons? Oregon State University Philosophy Professor Kathleen Dean Moore asked scientists, scholars, business leaders, poets, activists and others around the world: “Do we have a moral obligation to the future to leave a world as rich in possibilities as the world we live in?”

Head of Portland footwear company talks at OSU (Gazette-Times)

James Curleigh, president and chief executive officer of KEEN Inc., will discuss how to succeed in business for the 21st century in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Researchers say level of harmful oil compounds jumped in Gulf waters (LA Times)

Levels of some cancer-causing oil compounds rose significantly in the waters off the Louisiana coast during the BP spill, according to Oregon State University researchers. (See also UPI)


Student Health Services is offering flu shots for OSU students, faculty and staff in 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. Shots will be given on a “first come, first served” basis until the vaccine supply is gone.

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 tonight at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSU German department will be hosting a workshop, film viewing, and question and answer session with director,  Jörg Foth on Oct. 14. The workshop will be held in Owen Hall Room 101 from 3 to 5 p.m. Foth will speak on “From Nazi Rubble to East Germany’s collapse and beyond.” The film viewing of “Latest fro the Da-Da-R” and a question and answer session will be held at Darkside Cinemas in downtown Corvallis at 7 p.m. Students who attend will also have the opportunity to receive one German credit by enrolling in GER 399. For more information, contact sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly evening public sale on Wednesday, Oct. 6,  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. This week we will have extra computers available for sale, along with many items for personal or departmental use – 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, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

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.

James Curleigh, president and CEO of KEEN Inc., will discuss how to succeed in business for the 21st century in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Curleigh’s talk, “Born This Century,” is sponsored by OSU’s College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The center is located at 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis. For more information see http://business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls

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).

Free workshops at the library! Check out the Fall workshops for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you learn how to identify financial support (graduate students only), get started on lit reviews, organize your references, and understand the new APA citation style. The Fall 2010 workshops begin on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and continue through Wednesday, Nov. 17. Register today and find out more information about the following workshops: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656. Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Open Enrollment Help Sessions – First Open Enrollment Help Session is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Help Sessions are drop-in sessions for employees to get individual assistance from the Employee Benefits staff. Computers are available on site to help you make changes to your elections and complete the Mandatory medical and dental enrollment. For a complete listing of the dates and times, visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Oregon State University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program is launching the “Building Your Killer Business Plan” series, designed to help budding entrepreneurs take an innovative idea and craft a business plan to develop it. The first event in the series is a networking night that will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Weatherford Hall Room D107 (the Trysting Tree Conference Room) on the OSU campus. This is an introductory event to build teams and meet others with business ideas. Students will also gain experience to support their ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition which will be held in April, 2011. RSVP to Mary McKillop, mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu, 541-713-8044

Employee Benefits Fair – Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MU Ballroom. Meet with Health and Retirement providers and get all of your questions answered. Representatives from Providence, ODS, Willamette Dental, VSP, ASIFlex, Standard Insurance, UNUM, EAP-Cascades Centers, PERS, OSGP, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Social Security, Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance, Dixon Recreation, Faculty Fitness, Healthy Campus Initiative, Public Safety and more will be there. For more information visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Medicare workshop – Oct. 12, noon to 2 p.m., MU Room 208. Do you have Medicare or do you help a family member with Medicare issues? Learn the ABCs & Ds of Medicare and Medicare Supplemental plans. Workshop provided by the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA). More information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Short-term and long-term disability workshops – Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 to noon, MU Room 208. Learn how the short-term and long-term disability policies work, including waiting periods, process, etc. Presented by Standard Insurance. For more information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ret.html Complete NSF-RET guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07557/nsf07557.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, October 18, 2010 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.

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant has several fellowship opportunities, please visit our website for more information and to subscribe to our e-mail notification list. The Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellowship deadline has been extended to Oct. 15. The deadline for the West Coast Sea Grant Fellowship is Oct. 7.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the EPA – Region 10 – Dedicated Water Quality 2010 program from interested faculty . This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office and the complete EPA guidelines may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/epa.html
Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, October 11, 2010 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.

Notice to benefit eligible employees – PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2011 is mandatory for selecting a 2011 medical and dental plan OR to continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans. If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2011 medical plan during October, PEBB will move you to the Employee-ONLY tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2011. Open Enrollment is also the time of year you can make changes to your benefit elections. For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Winter and/or Spring Term(s) 2010-11. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 1. 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.

There is a new contact point for accessing campus IT/computing expertise and resources for short term needs and special projects. Available resources could range from system administration and hosting, to documentation and training, web design, and programming. The Clearinghouse for Campus IT Insourcing can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/itinsource. The intent of the site is to encourage and support campus collaborations and to keep IT dollars on campus for projects that might otherwise have been outsourced. Insourcing your IT project keeps the dollars here, stabilizes IT staff employment, brings long term continuity across projects, and allows your project to draw on expertise already familiar with the local IT contacts, tools, and environment.


The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for the position of Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Reporting to the Foundation’s Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Donor Relations, this position collaborates closely with University partners in Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Athletics to achieve the institution’s goal for Integrated Marketing Communications. To view attributes of the ideal candidate and a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/.

Assistant/Associate Professor — College of Education, Oregon State University, F/T, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership with specific emphasis in the Community College Leadership Program. The Community College Leadership Program prepares individuals for administrative leadership roles in community and technical college settings. We are especially seeking applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas of scholarship: curriculum development, workforce education, history and philosophy of higher education, educational policy, leadership and administration, multiculturalism and diversity, organizational development, legal issues, and finance. To review posting & apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0005366. Closing date: Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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 today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Kerr parking lot: Due to a crane placement, the Kerr Administration parking lot #3262 and the alley way between McAlexander Field House and Facilities Services Shops will be temporarily closed. This shutdown is necessary for the placement of a crane, related to the McAlexander Field House project.  This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Oct. 4 and should end by 6 p.m. on Oct. 5.

Transit Services: Transit and Parking Services wishes to thank everyone for purchasing their parking permits. The great response has caused a sizable backlog and TAPS will not be able to get all of the requests processed before the Sept. 30 expiration date. As a result, TAPS will be honoring last year’s permit through Oct. 8. Anyone wishing to purchase their permits through payroll deduction will need to have their request to TAPS no later than noon, Oct. 5.

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. today and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 5.


Corvallis: “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted upon, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne. After a pretty pleasant weekend, we can expect a little bit of rain after 11 a.m. today, but nothing significant. Today’s high will reach 65, and showers may continue into the evening. Tomorrow things will warm up a bit as sunshine returns, but it’s probably time to finally pack away the shorts and tank tops, as highs won’t reach much above 70 this week.

Central Oregon: Look for the sun to be hiding behind some gray clouds as temperatures should only reach about 60 degrees with some showers that may sprinkle for a bit. “It’s just another manic Monday.”   After a chilly night approaching freezing coming in at 36 for the low, clouds will gradually make way for some slightly warmer weather later in the week.

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