OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 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.

Doctors are one step closer to diabetes cure (ABC News)

Researcher Donald Jump at Oregon State University eliminated type II diabetes (or diet-induced diabetes) in lab mice.  “We saw that certain enzymes were being repressed by the high-fat diet.”

OSU study: Women executives leave at twice the rate of men (Today Show)

A study conducted in part by an Oregon State professor suggests that women executives leave their jobs at twice the rate of men. (See also KGW, KEZI, JustJobs)

Exploring how jumbo squid use oxygen to survive (US News & World Report)

“It’s a great place to feed because everything else there is not moving very well, and it’s a great place to hide from predators,’’ said Kelly Benoit-Bird, associate professor of biological oceanography in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

Leaf pest attacking S. Oregon trees (KDRV)

“It looks really bad, but basically the, caterpillars eat the leaves, and they defoliate the tree a few leaves, or sometime a big part of the tree. But generally, the next year the tree comes back, leaves, and everything is fine,” OSU Forestry Agent Max Bennett said.

Central High School unveils its new performing arts auditorium (Statesman Journal)

Popular Oregon State University theater arts professor Marion Rossi recalled the years when the school had to be creative to find a venue for performances.

Claire Faucher joins Women’s Basketball as assistant director of operations (OSU Beavers)

The Oregon State women’s basketball program is pleased to announce Claire Faucher as its assistant director of operations, announced Monday by head coach Scott Rueck.

Pub owner receives Orange Spotlight award (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is honoring Paddy’s owner with the “Orange Spotlight” award, which highlights businesses and organizations either operated by OSU alums and faculty or who employ a large number of Oregon State graduates.


Open Enrollment Help Sessions – First Open Enrollment Help Session takes place today. 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

Marilyn Safir, professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, will be speaking on “Calling the Equality Bluff: Women in Israel – Achievements and Challenges” today 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 today. 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

Today 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 today 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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).

NEW! Robert Zemetra, candidate for the Wheat Breeding and Genetics position in the Department of Crop and Soil Science, will present a technical seminar entitled “Stacking the Deck – Wheat Breeding in the 21st Century.”  This will take place on Monday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. in Room 4000, Ag and Life Sciences Building.  All are welcome to attend.

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 a.m. to noon. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

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

Your family is invited to the Eighth Annual Kids Day for Conservation Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena in Corvallis. Kids Day for Conservation is free and open to the public. Numerous organizations and businesses will conduct a wide variety of natural resource activities suitable for children of all ages. For more information, visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC

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., and another viewing at 9:30 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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Passport is coming!  The new contract between OSU and Travel Solutions will officially kick off on Oct. 15.  Travel Solutions representatives will be on campus offering training on the new OSU Passport travel portal on Oct. 19-20.  Sign up for in-person training or webinars now: http://www.ts24.com/portal/gobeavers/training/ .  For more information on OSU Passport and Travel Solutions, visit the PaCS website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/.

NEW! Beaver Strides is FREE for Faculty and Staff this term. Beaver Strides is a physical activity program that uses pedometers, prizes and other incentives to motivate participants to “step it up” and increase their movement throughout the day. Fall registration is going on now through Oct. 18. Visit  http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup to sign up. Join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Open House on Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322 where registrants will receive their pedometers and tracking booklets, enter to win prizes and enjoy healthy snacks. Then come to the 5K Run Walk ‘n Roll with the President at 3:30 in the MU Quad. Registration forms for this event are available in the Sports Clubs Intramural Sports Office at Dixon Recreation Center. Register for Beaver Strides today and “get your move on!”

NEW! International Programs has up to twelve grants of up to $5000 each for the 2010-2011 Faculty Grants and Awards Program.  This program aims to foster faculty international initiatives that contribute to expanding and strengthening the international dimensions of teaching, research and service at Oregon State University.  The 2010-2011 program targets international partnerships that are ripe for the joint development of substantive collaborative research and educational proposals that will ultimately deepen the internationalization of OSU.  Applicants must be regular OSU faculty members (tenured, tenure track, professional or fixed-term non-tenure track) with at least a .5 FTE and a nine-to twelve-month appointment.  Application deadline:  Nov. 1. For full program details, please visit  http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad/faculty/funding/ip-grants For more information, contact Marilyn Lindsley  marilyn.lindsley@oregonstate.edu 541-737-6433

NEW! Tenured Associate and Full Professors: Enhance the effectiveness, validity, and fairness of faculty search and selection processes by serving as an Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA).   The AASA participates as a member of the search committee, offers practical search strategies, shares current research about unconscious bias, provides a unique perspective, and supports the search committee’s diversity efforts.   Tenured associate and full professors interested in serving in this role are invited to attend a two-part seminar addressing current research and specific affirmative action concerns that arise at each stage of the search process.  Both Part I and Part II must be completed in order to serve as an AASA on a university committee.
Each 2010 Provost’s Initiative search committee must include a tenured AASA who has completed both parts of the series.  Because of a desire for consistency and access to this expertise, many hiring units are now requesting tenured AASAs for other tenured/tenure-track search committees as well.  With this need in mind, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity has opened several new AASA sessions for October.  For more information and to register, please see the OSU Professional Development website: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php

NEW! Oregon State University is offering online mental health screenings for a range of common emotional conditions that tend to go undiagnosed.  Students can complete a simple, confidential questionnaire to determine what is wrong and the treatment options available.  Free, anonymous screenings for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder:  http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/OREGONSTATEUNIV.  Immediately following a screening, students receive feedback about their scores, along with referral to campus resources if appropriate.

NEW! The OSU Faculty/Staff Christian Fellowship invites you to bring your lunch and join them Wednesday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Room 212, for their first meeting of fall term. Topics and locations for subsequent weekly meetings are available at http://www.oregonstate-fscf.org/.

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.

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.

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

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.

A political reminder for employees

State law prohibits use of public funds to advocate for or against a ballot measure or candidate and prohibits state employees from requiring other employees, on the job or off, to support or oppose a ballot measure. This means:

YOU CAN provide balanced, objective informational background on ballot measures, but

YOU CAN’T spend work time advocating or opposing a ballot measure or candidate.

YOU CAN use your own time including lunch hours or coffee breaks for political work, but

YOU CAN’T use state resources (phones, cell phones, copying machines, faxes, computers—including e-mail—postage) for political work on a ballot measure or to help a candidate.

YOU CAN wear campaign buttons at work, but

YOU CAN’T post political posters or flyers in public work spaces or facing out on doors or windows.

YOU CAN write letters expressing your opinion on ballot measures and candidates, but

YOU CAN’T use your university title in a way that suggests you represent the University’s opinion.

YOU CAN discuss your political opinions with co-workers during breaks or away from work, but

YOU CAN’T require or coerce those you supervise to take a position or participate in political activities.

The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.


The Department of Psychology invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, non-tenure track Advisor position. This position will provide academic advising to students in the Department of Psychology. For a complete job description and how to apply go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=231103
Posting number 0006310. For full consideration, apply by Oct. 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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 should end by 6 p.m. today.

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, today.

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: Waking up early has its perks. For those crossing the campus in the early morning hours, there was the double treat of a brilliant rosy sunrise, and the sight of a Mama cat and four kittens bouncing across Campus Way. Today should be mostly sunny after some morning clouds, with a high of 69 and a low tonight of 43. 

Central Oregon: Today might be a great day to fly a kite as wind gusts may get as fast as 26 miles per hour today.  Mostly sunny skies and a high around 62 degrees should make for a fantastic fall day in Central Oregon. The leaves are changing, so put on your favorite windbreaker and go have a look before it gets too dark and chilly. The low for tonight will be around 33 degrees, burrrr!

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