OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 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.

Another clue to the scarcity of women executives (TIME)

A new Oregon State University study suggests that women executives are more than twice as likely than men to leave their jobs. (See also the Columbian)

Researchers improve blueberry handling (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University researchers have developed a new technique for handling fresh blueberries that they said can increase the shelf life of the berries and slow rotting, opening up new markets for Oregon’s growing blueberry crop.

Drought dries up Oregon food bank donations (Statesman Journal)

The Herald and News reported the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank usually gets more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce from an Oregon State University Extension Service vegetable garden. Willie Riggs, director of the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, says the garden wasn’t planted this year because of the water shortage.

Wet, cool conditions hit area farms (Statesman Journal)

Patty Skinkis, statewide viticulture extension specialist with Oregon State University, said normally, harvest would be starting now for the state’s wine grapes.

Oregon State students, staff dance to Bollywood tunes (MSN India)

It was a surprise well wrapped. The Oregon State University turned the Memorial Union Quad into a scene from a Bollywood movie when more than 70 students and staff members participated in a flash mob dance in the middle of the quad.

Brian Carter Cellars a young winery with deep roots (Bellingham Herald )

As the story goes, in the late 1960s, a 14-year-old Corvallis, Ore., boy decided to make a batch of blackberry wine. That first experiment ended rather explosively, and the young man quickly added “house painter” to his growing resumé as he covered up the pink splotches on his mother’s kitchen walls and ceiling. Fortunately for Washington wine lovers, this volatile beginning didn’t result in the end of Brian Carter’s winemaking career. Indeed, Carter went on to graduate from Oregon State University, where he took a wine appreciation class while earning his microbiology degree and realized his path in life.


Join us today at a meeting of the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA),  noon to 1 p.m. at Dixon Recreation Center. We will be given a tour of the facilities. If you are interested in ordering lunch in advance from the Dixon Café, so your food is ready when you arrive, call 541-737-6390.

The OSU Faculty/Staff Christian Fellowship invites you to bring your lunch and join them today 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/.

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., today 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).

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. toiday, 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Music à la Carte, the lunch hour concert series at Oregon State University, opens its 41st season with a switch from Thursdays to Fridays, beginning Oct. 8. The free, public performances take place most weeks during fall, winter and spring term in the Memorial Union lounge. Opening this year’s series is Eugene oboist Amy Goeser Kolb, accompanied by David Riley on piano. They will perform Robert Schumann’s “Romances,” op. 94, David S. Bernstein’s “Four Silhouettes for Solo Oboe,” and Darius Milhaud’s “Sonatine.”

NEW! OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association Presents: A Library Needs Assessment of Ecampus Faculty and Students, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. The Oregon State University Libraries Library Faculty Association(LFA) invites all interested colleagues and friends to attend the first of our Seminar Series for 2010/2011. Stefanie Buck, Ecampus Librarian, will present the results of a needs assessment of Ecampus students and instructors conducted this past spring and designed to help us better understand the library needs of this small, but rapidly growing, community of users.

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.

NEW! The OSU Admissions office will be hosting between 800-1000 visitors for the Preview OSU campus visitation program on Friday, Oct. 8.  This influx of people on campus may impact parking, traffic and lunch time numbers at dining locations on and around campus.  Visitors have been instructed to utilize the parking structure or the Reser Stadium lot.  Please welcome these prospective students and families to our campus. The Preview OSU schedule can be found at:  http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/files/preview_osu_schedule.pdf.

NEW! “Pain and Its Meaning” is a series of seminars starting Tuesday, Oct. 12. It is presented by the Program in Medical Humanities at OSU, a new multidisciplinary integrated program to study health, medicine and the healing professions. All seminars are free and open to the public. They take place in the Pharmacy building, room 305 and start at 7 p.m. The seminar includes:
*   Oct. 12: Dr. Sydney Piercey, neurologist with the Corvallis Clinic, “Pain: the 5th Vital Sign: what, when, where, how… what does it mean?”
*   Oct. 19: Stacy Ramirez, OSU College of Pharmacy, “The Complexity of Pain Management and every Patient’s Right to Treatment.”
For a full list of seminars see http://bit.ly/cpIMjc

NEW! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! 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

NEW! The OSU Run, Walk ‘n Roll with the President (and special guests) takes place Friday, Oct. 15 starting in the MU Quad. The 5k event will include participants from all over campus and the community. There is an optional one-mile course for those who don’t want to do the entire 5k event. Registration is free and pre-registration participants receive a t-shirt. To register early go to the Sports Clubs Intramural Sports Office in Dixon Recreation Center. There will be check-in and late registration on site in the Memorial Union Quad from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. on the day of the event, but t-shirts will only be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at that time. President Ray will speak to participants at 3:15 p.m., and the Run, Walk ‘n Roll begins at 3:30. Participants will be registered to win prizes in a random drawing after the 5k.

NEW! A two-day Oregon Public Health Association conference will be held Oct. 18-19 at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, bringing public health officials, researchers and the public together to address health concerns of Oregonians. Dr. Melvin Kohn, public health director for the state of Oregon, will open the conference with a keynote address on “The State of Public Health in the State,” at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! You’re invited to enjoy our latest issues of Synergies online, our monthly blog at  http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/ You’ll find stories about inspirational students, pioneering research,  and a special 4-H program that takes city kids to the country and country kids to the city.

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/.

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!”

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.


Corvallis: A chilly morning reminds us that it’s fall, but today’s temperatures should reach a warm 75 degrees with lots of crisp October sunshine. It’s week two of Fall term and stress may already be building, so try to learn how to relax like this little guy here.

Central Oregon: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves” ~John Muir. A high around 70 degrees and overnight low near 40 with more decent weather to follow makes me feel like climbing a rock or two.

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