OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 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.

‘This day is here to symbolize that people will accept themselves’ (KVAL)

Five recent suicides of gay students prompted celebrities to speak out about coming out and being out. Students at Oregon State University say it’s the right message at the right time.

Oregon berry crops avoided the voracious spotted wing fruit fly (Oregonian)

Emergency money from the state Legislature, an education and monitoring campaign headed by Oregon State University and federal researchers, and timely and repeated pesticide applications kept the spotted wing Drosophila in check this year. (See also the Columbian)

Intel appears set to announce new Hillsboro factory this month (Oregonian)

“It won’t be the answer to Oregon’s economic recovery, but it’s really great news,” said Patrick Emerson, an Oregon State University economist and author of the Oregon Economics Blog.

A new way to make water at tilapia farms safer? (AFS Blog)

Researchers in Mexico have found that three common species of bacteria have voracious appetites for methyltestosterone (MT), a potentially harmful steroid that fish farmers use to change the sex of tilapia. The research was funded by Oregon State University, the University of Arizona, the Autonomous Juarez University of Tabasco, and the U.S. Agency for International Development through its AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program.

East St. Louis native becomes Navy assault ship’s first female commander (BND.com)

U.S. Navy Capt. Brenda M. Holdener, a native of East St. Louis, has taken command of the Norfolk-based USS Wasp, a multipurpose amphibious assault ship. Holdener graduated from Oregon State University in 1985 as a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps student with a degree in construction engineering management.

What makes a group smart; executive turnover (AP)

Women were more likely than men to leave their jobs voluntarily and involuntarily. Women may choose to leave more frequently because of other responsibilities, such as a family, said Oregon State professor John Becker-Blease.

Shared moral imperative should guide our green activity (Michigan Live)

In recent years, there have been a plethora of “green” books flooding the market and, frankly, most of them are uninspired.  That is not the case with Moral Ground:  Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril co-edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson.  I found the book compelling for two reasons:  1) its philosophical orientation and 2) the manner in which the book is structured.  Both authors are philosophers, Moore at Oregon State University and Nelson at Michigan State University, and their elegantly stated vision of a sustainable planet is one which is “as rich in life and possibility as the world we live in.”


To be  eligible to vote in the November 2nd general election, you must register to vote by the end of TODAY. For more information or to register: http://oregonvotes.org/.

Employee Benefits Fair – today from 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

Short-term and long-term disability workshops – today from 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

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 today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, and the Engineering Fair takes place Oct. 13. There will be door prize gift drawings, free Monster Energy drinks and Corvallis Pedi-Cab rides to the Alumni Center.

Medicare workshop – today from 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

Building Your Killer Business Plan Series, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, takes place today 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

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.

“Pain and Its Meaning” is a series of seminars starting today. 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University and the University of Oregon kick off Open Access Week early this year on Oct. 15  OSU Libraries will stream “Why Open Access Works and Copyright Doesn’t” by Kevin Smith, J.D. of Duke University.   Smith, Duke University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Officer, is speaking at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library.  If you can’t make the trip down to Eugene, simply join Open Access proponents and supporters across the OSU campus at the Valley Library, Room 3622 (Willamette East) at 3:15 p.m. for the real-time virtual presentation. You are also invited to join us next week to learn how Open Access is Opening Doors at OSU.  A full listing of daily OSU events can be found at:  http://bit.ly/aYPunx

NEW! The Oct. 14 Faculty Senate meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20101014.html. Items and reports include a PEBB resolution and PEBB presentation by Donna Chastain and an update of the Degree Audit System by Kent Kuo. President Ray will also deliver his State of the University Address. Faculty Senate meetings are always open to the public.

NEW! 2010-11 Carson Lecture, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium. “A Spectator at the Feast: Christian Views of Muslim Food Traditions in the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” by Olivia Remie Constable, University of Notre Dame. Everybody eats, but different cultures have different food traditions, so food has the ability to build communities, define communities, and separate communities. This talk investigates Christian perceptions of Muslim foods and food ways during the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

NEW! Please join us for the first Graduate Women’s Network event of the year! Coffee and Tea Welcome Meeting at the Women’s Center Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m. We’ll have the chance to meet one another and enjoy great conversation over coffee and tea while discussing how the GWN can serve graduate women’s needs over fall term and this year.

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.”

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

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.

Please join President Ed Ray and the Faculty Senate for the annual State of the University Address this Thursday, Oct. 14, as part of the faculty senate meeting 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. The Oct. 14 Faculty Senate meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20101014.html. Items and reports include a PEBB resolution and PEBB presentation by Donna Chastain and an update of the Degree Audit System by Kent Kuo. President Ray will also deliver his State of the University Address. Faculty Senate meetings are always open to the public.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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!

Next OSU Flu Shot Clinic slated for Oct. 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 .

News for Employees

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Monday, Oct. 18. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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.

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 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 end by 5 p.m. today.


Corvallis: Brr. The mornings are really taking this October thing seriously. But after a little fog things should warm up again today and we’ll have another crisp fall afternoon to enjoy. Today’s high will reach 67, but it will drop back down to 39 tonight.

Central Oregon: After potentially scraping your windshields this morning, depending on how early you have to be to work, the sun will show its face with a high around 63 degrees. Another chilly night at 34 may have you cranking up your thermostats but don’t forget to readjust them before tomorrow as highs could reach 70 degrees.

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