OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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.

MacArthur Genius Plans to Pursue High-Risk Research With Stipend (The Atlantic)

When the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced their list of fellowship recipients for the year, Kelly Benoit-Bird, a pioneering young oceanographer from Oregon State University was surprised to hear she had been selected. While Benoit-Bird, 34, has had a promising career, the fellowships, known as “Genius Grants,” are incredibly prestigious — and they come with a $500,000 no-strings-attached stipend.

Brett Favre Saga: Daring to Play Forever (CBS News)

Yes, many athletes transcend their excellence in sport into arenas well beyond our imagination and stereotype. Michael Oriard, for example, played in the NFL for nearly seven years and now serves as an Associate Dean at Oregon State University. He is arguably the top scholar in America within the area of sport fiction literature.

OSU to recruit LGBT students (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Building on its reputation for having a welcoming campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students, Oregon State University is launching a new program designed to attract LGBT students to its engineering and sciences programs.

Intel appears ready to announce a 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.

Land ‘Evapotranspiration’ Taking Unexpected Turn (Science 360/NSF)

The soils in large areas of the Southern Hemisphere, including major portions of Australia, Africa and South America, have been drying up in the past decade. See also: Yahoo Tech Blog, EcoWorld.

Students seek jobs at OSU career fair (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Cristian Cabrera isn’t worried about finding a job just yet. But the Oregon State University freshman does want to get a sense of what life might look like in a few more years.


NEW! The Mary’s River Grange is hosting both Senate candidates, on separate evenings, for short remarks, Q&A, and informal conversation. Each evening event will run from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Senator Frank Morse will appear Wednesday, Oct. 13. Candidate Dan Rayfield will appear Monday, October 18. The Grange is a non-partisan organization, promoting citizen participation in our public process. The Grange is at 24707 Grange Hall Road, just off Hwy 34, one quarter mile west of Philomath.

Childcare and Family Resources is holding a Lunch and Learn today 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 first Graduate Women’s Network event of the year takes place today. Coffee and Tea Welcome Meeting at the Women’s Center Wednesday, today 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.

The Women’s Center Open House takes place today, 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, today, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 109A.

Upcoming Events

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.

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 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.

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

Please join President Ray, Provost Randhawa, the Vice President for Research Rick Spinrad, and the Research Office team 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.  Also, experienced faculty will share “been-there” tips on how to get started, how to negotiate the maze of rules and regulations, and successes in funding, preparing and submitting proposals, technology transfer, and more.  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. Registration is required, on-line. You will need your ONID name and password. oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php (scroll to  “Research Office New Faculty Orientation”) If you have questions please contact  jana.zvibleman@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-0665.

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.

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.

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 today.

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.


Corvallis: Another foggy morning will greet our bleary eyes, but the fog is expected to lift with sunny skies and a high around 65 today. The clouds and rainy weather will roll in during the night, with a low around 40.

Central Oregon: A beautiful sunny day with a high around 73 is predicted. Winds will increase in the evening with a low of about 37.

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