OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 8, 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.

On Thin Ice (Rolling Stone)

The dawning realities of global warming made it evident that one of the gravest threats facing the planet depended upon a field of science that most people had never even heard of. “How fast will the ice sheets lose their mass into the sea?” asks Peter Clark, a professor of geosciences at Oregon State University. “That’s the million-dollar question.”

Oregon’s dry-land farming expertise may help Qatar (Oregonian)

State and Qatar officials recently signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for collaborative projects involving desalination technology, irrigation and agronomic methods. The agreement followed a trip to Oregon State University, where faculty discussed research on dry-land farming and a “next generation” irrigation system that uses brackish water and treated waste water.

” Campaign for Understanding” on the OSU campus (KMTR)

Scroll down the page to see the video for MU President Craig Bidiman

At 105 years old, OSU symphony making strides (Entertainer)

You may think of it as the 105th season-opening concert for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, but the orchestra’s music director sees Wednesday’s opener as yet another step in a constant process of “pushing the envelope with the orchestra.” (See also Gazette-Times)

OSU program helps students discover, savor nutritious foods (Bend Bulletin)

“I like to start with watermelon to get them trusting fruit, and then we can build from there,” said Lynette Patterson, a volunteer from the Oregon State University Extension Service.

New coating helps extend shelf life of pre-washed blueberries (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University developed a new coating that’s going to make it easier for consumers to go to the store, buy some blueberries, and eat them straight off the shelf.

Pacemaker implants help pooches live longer lives (Associated Press)

Oregon State University professor of cardiovascular medicine David Sisson says pacemaker implants in dogs have risen from 100 to 200 implants a year in the 1990s to 300 to 500 a year today.

Your next house could be made out of corn (Reuters)

Researchers at Oregon State University are also developing a non-toxic adhesive for pressure-sensitive tapes, and adhesives based on tofu are on the horizon.

Degree of beauty opens in Fairbanks (LIFE@OSU)

Degree of Beauty, an exhibit of paper and debris constructions by New York artist Jeesoo Lee, opens Oct. 11 in Fairbanks Hall. A reception for the artist will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Fairbanks Gallery.

Women executives twice as likely to leave their jobs as men (US News & World Report)

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.


OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association Presents: A Library Needs Assessment of Ecampus Faculty and Students, today from 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.

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 today 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.”

The OSU Admissions office will be hosting between 800-1000 visitors for the Preview OSU campus visitation program today. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The kick-off event for the formation of the first West Coast academic chapter of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) on the OSU campus will take place on National Coming Out Day, Oct.11, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. The keynote speakers will be Michelle Bothwell and Derron Coles. Bothwell, a bioengineer, is Associate Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. Coles, an Assistant Professor in Science Math / Computer Science Education received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from OSU in 2007.

NEW! Liz Stillwaggon Swan, Horning Fellow in the History and Philosophy of Science at the OSU Center for the Humanities, will speak on “What Is Required for a ‘Natural History of Mind’?” as part of the center’s fall lecture series. Her talk takes place at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11 at the Autzen House.

NEW! Childcare and Family Resources is holding a Lunch and Learn on Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 213.  A panel of OSU students, staff and faculty mom will speak about “Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave.”

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.

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

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

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Interested in the Peace Corps? Peace Corps is actively recruiting for thousands of new positions in 77 countries. Learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Information Session, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 109A.

NEW! Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Professor honor. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Hence, emeritus professors are not eligible.  Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU.  They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec.3. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) 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/snm.html . Complete NSF – SNM guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10618/nsf10618.htm . Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Nov. 15, 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.

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!”


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 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Union: Due to parking lot construction, the pay parking lot on the east side of the Memorial Union will be temporarily closed. This shutdown is necessary for a contractor and drill rig to conduct a soil investigation in the pay parking lot. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 11 and should end by 5 p.m. on Oct. 12.


Corvallis: It’s time to embrace October rain and surrender to the fact that summer is gone. Highs will be in the 60s over the weekend, with lows in the 40s. It’s time to go home and curl up with the works of Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature this week.

Central Oregon: TGIF! Scattered clouds and a high near 66 will probably be our best bet out of the next few days. The rain should stay away so take advantage and try to do something outdoors before it chills down into the 40s again.  After that, throw on a jacket and head down to one of the local high schools to check out a few potential future Beavers.

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