OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 7, 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.

Power women lead way out of crisis starting at grass roots (Forbes)

Oregon State University’s finance professor, John R. Becker-Blease,  recently co-authored a study (in October’s issue of Economic inquiry) that found female executives were twice as likely to leave their jobs as their male counterparts – but that companies with female executives tend to help “grease the wheel” for other women to rise in the ranks.

Sea gulp: Ore. scientist seeks safer raw oysters (Oregonian)

Yi-Cheng Su knows how much people enjoy eating a briny, cold, fresh raw oyster. But as tasty as the cocktail sauce-doused treat can be, shellfish can carry bacteria that will wreak havoc upon your digestive tract — at least for a few days — and has even been known to be a killer. So Su, as an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Seafood Research Lab in Astoria, has been at work for two years to chill the bacteria — known as vibrio parahaemolyticus — into submission.

Bill Lunch: ‘A couple of tough years ahead’ (Oregon City News)

Oregon State University professor Bill Lunch made some political predictions at the Milwaukie Masonic Lodge last week in front of a gathering of elected officials from all over the county.

California’s brain drain is Oregon’s gain (Oregon Business)

“We haven’t denied anyone from in-state, just because we wanted more out-of-state,” Kate Peterson, Oregon State University assistant provost for enrollment management, said. “The real opportunity for growth is transfer students within state and students from out-of-state. Growth of in-state (students) will be much slower than outside because we have a finite number of Oregon applicants.”

New approaches needed to gauge safety of nanotech-based pesticides (Meridian Institute)

A new report, released this week by scientists from Oregon State University, in the United States, and the European Union, outlines six regulatory and educational issues that should be considered whenever nanoparticles are going to be used in pesticides.

“No one should fear who they are” (LIFE@OSU)

President of the Memorial Union Craig Bidiman is creating a Campaign for Understanding at OSU in response to the suicide of a Rutgers University student.

Entomological Society of American names 2010 insect science award winners (Phys.Org)

Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching—This award is presented annually to the member of the Society deemed to be the most outstanding teacher of the year. Dr. Sujaya Rao is a professor at Oregon State University (OSU) where she is involved with research, teaching, and extension.


Rudy Balles, a nationally recognized speaker on gang violence, will be a PeaceJam keynote speaker at Oregon State University. Balles will speak today from 4 to 5 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. He will share his personal experiences of escaping from gangs, and discuss the role of campus groups engaged in powerful projects for social justice and positive change.

Upcoming Events

NEW! John Bailey, associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry, will discuss the role of fire in forest ecosystems and their long-term conservation at the next Science Pub Corvallis, 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Old World Deli downtown. He’ll also present the results of his own research on how fire frequency and severity are changing the face of forests in the West.

NEW! Ashley Colburn, the young host and producer of a lifestyle and travel show on WealthTV, will visit Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 19, where she will present a professional development workshop for students in OSU’s Student Media program – an event that also is open to the public. The free talk will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the KBVR-TV studios in Memorial Union East on the OSU campus. Colburn will discuss her short but distinguished career, from 2005 high school graduation to Emmy winner in just five years.

NEW! Join President Ray, Provost Randhawa, the Vice President for Research Rick Spinrad, and the Research Office team for the 2010 OSU Research Orientation, Oct. 22,  8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in LaSells Stewart Center. This program will introduce new professorial-rank faculty to the Research Enterprise at OSU, with an overview of services that support faculty success.  Experienced faculty will share information on a variety of research-related topics. There will be a Q & A forum as well as casual networking with specialists and future collaboration partners – plus breakfast and lunch. Registration closes Oct. 15 and is required. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php and scroll to “Research Office New Faculty Orientation.” For more information, contact  jana.zvibleman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0665.

NEW! Christina Gregg, Washington, DC-based Legislative Aide to Senator Jeff Merkley will be on campus Monday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the ASOSU offices in Snell Hall 149. Senator Merkley’s office is recruiting interns for the Spring and Summer of 2011. If you plan to participate, email heather.bene@oregonstate.edu by close of business Friday

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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

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

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

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

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB) 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/nano.html.  Complete NSF – NEB guidelines may be accessed at:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10614/nsf10614.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, November 1, 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.

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!”

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 Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for the position of Administrative Assistant for Gift Planning. Located in the Portland Center office and reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, this position provides administrative support to the Assistant Vice President and to the Gift Planning staff. To view a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to  http://campaignforosu.org/employment/

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $3922-$5733/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #: 0006390 Closing Date: Oct. 25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 today. 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: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.


Corvallis: That gorgeous October sun was bound to leave sometime, and it looks like it will take its farewell by this evening. But never fear, if you need some sunshine in your heart, just watch this: http://bit.ly/asFCf6. Today’s high will be 66. Expect showers throughout the rest of the week.

Central Oregon: Is it just me or has it been awhile since we had rain? Well, there’s a shot today; they’re calling it a 30 percent chance with a high around 64 degrees and a low near 43. Maybe hold off on washing those fallen leaves off your ride and give Mother Nature a chance to do it for you. Brief sunshine is expected for tomorrow with more possible rain showers this weekend.

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