OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 11, 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 ‘flash mob’ a big hit for OSU (Oregonian)

Just one week after a Bollywood-style “flash mob” kicked off Diversity Awareness Month at Oregon State University, an infectious video of the dance performance has rocketed to the top spot on YouTube’s education channel, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMnZTkTTRZ4. It currently has 54,400 views.

Huge parts of world drying up due to evapotranspiration (SiFy)

“We didn’t expect to see this shift in evapotranspiration over such a large area of the Southern Hemisphere,” said Beverly Law, a professor of global change forest science at Oregon State University.

Recycled fashion from OSU designers (KGW)

Joe Smith talks to some of the student designers at a recycled fashion show in Downtown Portland.

Kathleen Dean Moore speaks of moral environmentalism (Willamette Live)

Activist, OSU philosopher and author Kathleen Dean Moore will be presenting a lecture at the Salem Public Library as part of their “Uniquely Oregon: Understanding How Oregonians Connect to their Communities, History, and Land” series.

Housing tight for OSU students (Gazette-Times)

Sasha Hopkins spends her summers in Arizona. But the Oregon State University junior is so worried about being able to find housing when school starts back up in the fall that she keeps paying rent on her campus-area apartment even when she’s not around to use it.

New regional center to study climate change (Capital Press)

The University of Idaho, University of Washington and Oregon State University are the primary partners in the new Northwest Regional Climate Science Center, which will work with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

Pacemakers for pooches (New York Post)

Pacemaker implants in dogs have risen from 100 to 200 a year in the 1990s to 300 to 500 a year today, said Dr. David Sisson of Oregon State University. (See also The State)

Young entrepreneurs come to Oregon State (Gazette-Times)

Jon Karl of iovation and Ryan Kirkpatrick of Galvanic Design kick off the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s “Building Your Killer Business Plan” lecture series, which starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Weatherford Hall, room EG01.

Is our planet in peril? (Mail Tribune)

As a distinguished professor at Oregon State University, Kathleen Dean Moore has spent long hours talking with OSU professors studying global climate change.

Scientists seek safer oyster (Bend Bulletin)

Yi-Cheng Su, an associate professor of seafood microbiology and safety at Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology and Seafood Research and Education Center in Astoria, uncovers a commercial-sized tank that will expose oysters to a constant stream of chilled water that is filtered and purified by ultraviolet light.

Fiction review: ‘Mink River’ by Brian Doyle (Oregonian)

“Mink River,” the shimmering new novel by Portland writer Brian Doyle (Oregon State University Press), is the best way to get to Neawanaka. Actually, it’s the only way — and very much worth the trip. (See also Oregonian)

Bigger war chest is no guarantee of success in governor’s race (Oregonian)

“They have had to spend so much to introduce themselves to Oregon voters — and that costs money,” said Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University. (See also LA Times)

Kids learn about conservation (Gazette-Times)

“It’s really about two things,” said Gary Springer of Starker Forests, which helped organize the event with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Having fun and helping kids make connections to conservation topics.”

Today

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 at 9 a.m. in Room 4000, Ag and Life Sciences Building. All are welcome to attend.

Christina Gregg, Washington, DC-based Legislative Aide to Senator Jeff Merkley will be on campus 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

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., at the Autzen House.

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, today, 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.

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. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Please join President Ed Ray and the Faculty Senate for the annual State of the University Address this Thursday, Oct. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Hall. This year’s remarks, “Words to Actions,” will focus on what is being done to move OSU closer toward the goal of becoming one of America’s premier land grant universities, including ensuring OSU’s financial sustainability and building a stronger sense of community, even as the university and the State of Oregon continue to experience turbulent economic times. The State of the University Address is open to all faculty, staff and students.

NEW! OSU’s Fall career fairs are coming, and students and employers should pay close attention. Each year, the Career Fair draws 120-150 employers from a diverse range of career sectors to hire OSU students for full-time positions and internships. This year’s University Wide Career Fair takes place Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, and the Engineering Fair takes place Oct. 13. Faculty and staff should encourage students preparing to enter the job market to visit the Career Center website at oregonstate.edu/career and attend one or more of the Career Fair preparation workshops on Oct. 11. There will be door prize gift drawings, free Monster Energy drinks and Corvallis Pedi-Cab rides to the Alumni Center.

NEW! Building Your Killer Business Plan Series, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, takes place Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
in Weatherford Hall EGO1. Ryan Kirkpatrick, Galvanic Design, and Jon Karl, iovation, are both entrepreneur alumni from OSU, with multiple businesses and entrepreneurial experiences under their belts. Ryan and Jon will provide insight into WHY you should care about creating the killer business plan, and how the lecture series can help you achieve your goals as an entrepreneur, regardless of the type of business you’re starting.Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s  Building Your Killer Business Plan series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing business plans. Students will also gain experience supporting their ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition. RSVP to mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! The grand opening of the ASOSU Human Services Resource Center takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., in MU East/Snell. That evening, author Donna Beegle will speak on “Understanding and Breaking Down Poverty and Diversity,” from 7 to 9 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center. It will be followed by a two-day poverty institute, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20 and 8 a.m. to 4 .m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the MU Ballroom. To register for the conference go to http://oregonstate.edu/womencenter. There is no charge for the events, but people may donate canned food or toiletries for the OSU Food Pantry.

NEW! The OSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professor is holding a happy hour for all Faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 14,  from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Hilton Hotel Lobby Bar (Western Blvd. and 26th).  There will be reduced prices on drinks for all OSU staff and faculty with OSU ID. For more information: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

NEW! The Women’s Center Open House takes place Oct. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. Free gelato!

NEW! Paper, plastic and metal trash goes into the recycling bin, but what happens to it after that? At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Julie Jackson of Allied Waste will discuss what the company does with recyclables from OSU and Corvallis. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, 12-1 on Thursdays. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for lunch. Reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! Love Your Body Day takes place Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MU Quad. Join the Women’s Center staff on the Quad and share what you love about your body!

NEW! MUVIES are shown in the Trysting Tree Lounge during the Academic Term on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This week’s Muvie is “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes, Catherine O’Hara and David Strathairn. This film is about an autistic woman who became an unlikely hero to America’s cattle industry – and to autistic people everywhere. Based on the writings of the real Temple Grandin, this is a portrait of a stigmatized, misunderstood young woman who learned to channel her unique gifts into a brilliant career as a scientist, author and groundbreaking animal activist.

NEW! Next OSU Flu Shot Clinic slated for Octo. 20: If you missed the first opportunity, Student Health Services is having another Flu Shot Clinic for OSU students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details on pricing and insurance coverage, go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu .

“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. 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

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.

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.”

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Senate Fall Elections – Paul Doescher, Bylaws and Nominations Committee Chair, is accepting recommendations for 1) President-Elect, 2) Executive Committee members, and 3) Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator. Executive Committee nominees must be a current Senator and President-Elect nominees must have been a Senator (current and past Faculty Senators are available online. Nominations may be forwarded to the Faculty Senate Office via electronic mail to: faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 13.

NEW! According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office (faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu) prior to Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned.

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominees under the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund, which is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies.  The deadline is Oct. 25. For complete details see: Delson Bridge to the Future Fund.

NEW! The Graduate School invites applications under the Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan Program which was created for worthy graduate students of high scholastic standing to provide non-need-based loans on a one-time basis to enrolled graduate students with educational and/or research expenses associated with their advanced degree.  The deadline is Oct. 29. For complete details see: Jesse Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan Program

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

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, Nov. 1 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.

Jobs

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006414. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

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. today and should end by 5 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Weather

Corvallis: For many, today is a time to honor and celebrate indigenous people, so in that spirit, a proverb attributed to the Cherokee: “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” Today’s fog should lift soon to reveal cloudy skies that will eventually become sunny. Today’s high will be 62, with an overnight low of 38. Tomorrow will be similar but a bit warmer.

Central Oregon: “By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” Christopher Columbus. Happy Columbus Day everyone; and a beautiful day for voyaging it should be with a high around 60 degrees, clear skies and slight wind gusts. Tonight should be pretty chilly bottoming out at 34, but tomorrow will be nice and sunny.

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