OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 14, 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.

What is “Evapotranspiration” And How Is It Changing Our Planet? (TreeHugger)

New research from Oregon State University shows that trends in evapotranspiration is having incredibly significant impacts on everything from our planet’s vegetation growth to carbon absorption to natural cooling systems.

OSU names new official for information services (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Lois Brooks, who directed the academic computing enterprise for 11 of her 25 years at Stanford University, has been named the new vice provost for Information Services at Oregon State University.

OSU Extension Ag program restored in Lane County (KEZI)

The OSU Extension Service’s Agriculture program will once again be offered in Lane County. Local partnerships, as well as a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helped restore the program.  The USDA grant will help pay for local educational programming through August 2012.

Coordinated efforts save OR’s blueberry crop (Northwest Cable News)

A coordinated effort among farmers, educators from Oregon State University and some emergency money from the state Legislature helped stave off damage to blueberry crops from a voracious Asian fruit fly.

Flu time approaches in Oregon (Oregonian)

Oregon State University scientist Jeffrey Shaman recently found that bouts of unusually dry weather precede the start of many influenza outbreaks in North America. Colder winter air holds less moisture than warm summer air — creating conditions more favorable for influenza virus survival and transmission, according to Shaman. Drier-than-normal winter weather appears to give the virus an extra boost.

Tree farmers encounter new eco-challenges (Sustainable Life)

Indeed, most forest owners face a similar plight when they buy new land, says Oregon State University extension forester Amy Grotta.

Scientists and unavoidable advocacy (The Energy Collective)

“Those of us in environmental science are increasingly seeing that scientific information is not enough for the policy to change in a way that addresses pressing environmental issues,” says Mark Hixon, a professor in the Department of Zoology at Oregon State University. Since he says science on its own isn’t stimulating society to address pressing environmental issues, it behooves scientists to “try something new.”

OSU libraries make research easier with 1Search (PressZoom)

Oregon State University Libraries have introduced a new single search option so that students and faculty can search the depth and breadth of their collections using a single search tool.


Please join President Ed Ray and the Faculty Senate for the annual State of the University Address today 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. Today’s 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.

Paper, plastic and metal trash goes into the recycling bin, but what happens to it after that? At today’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.

The OSU German department will be hosting a workshop, film viewing, and question and answer session with director, Jörg Foth today. 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 Professors is holding a happy hour for all Faculty and staff today, 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/

Suicide survivor Jordan Burnham is coming to the Oregon State University campus to talk to students about his battle with depression and his journey toward mental and physical wellness. Burnham will speak from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14 in LaSells Stewart Center. His talk is open to the public, and students are especially encouraged to attend. His talk is sponsored by the OSU campus group Active Minds, which promotes mental wellness and encourages the reduction of stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore will speak about the moral challenges of ecological emergencies at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus.  The talk, sponsored by the OSU Bookstore, is called “Climate Ethics: What Do We Owe the Future?” It is free and open to the public.

NEW! The OSU Archives is honoring Oregon Archives Month with  food, historic films, and cheer on Oct. 27 and 29. Recipes featured in Extension publications and other archival sources will be available for sampling on Oct. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette East room in the Valley Library. You can peruse the recipes online here http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/jspui/index.jsp. Films from the Archives’ collections will be shown on Oct. 29 in the Archives Reference Room starting at 9 a.m. For more details, list of the cinematic selections are posted as a PDF on our Oregon Archives Month website, http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/2010OregonArchivesMonthEvents.html

NEW! Mark Manary, professor of pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine, speaks at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the LaSells Stewart Center as part of the 2010/2011 Food for Thought Series. Manary developed a highly effective therapy for severe malnutrition that evolved into the non-profit organization Project Peanut Butter. Manary will discuss the urgent food needs in Africa and how biotechnology is being used to help crops.

NEW! Bill Lunch, professor of the department of political science, will be the speaker at an Oct. 19 luncheon. He will be discussing measures on the November ballot and providing an opportunity to obtain information and ask questions about the issues before casting your votes. The luncheon will be held in the East Conference Room at Marketplace West from 12 to 1 pm. Please RSVP to Cindy Alexis at cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu no later than noon  Monday, Oct. 18. Non-members are welcome to attend.

NEW! Jose-Antonio Orosco with the department of philosophy will speak on “U.S. Immigration Law and the Persistence of Racism” on Thursday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 206. Discussion will focus on the history of racism within US immigration law and how that legacy continues to affect attempts at comprehensive immigration reform.

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. 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.

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.

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

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


NEW! Academic Affairs invites applications for a part-time 0.25 FTE, 9-month, fixed-term Acting Director for Difference Power Discrimination position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to tenured OSU faculty members only.  The Difference Power and Discrimination Program (DPD) works to create a more inclusive curriculum that addresses issues of race, class, gender, sexual identity, and other institutionalized systems of inequality.  For details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0006412.  Closing date Oct. 22.

NEW! Recruiting Public Health and Human Sciences Faculty: As part of the OSU strategic plan, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is building on existing strengths in the core disciplines of public health and human sciences by hiring 10 – 17 new tenure track faculty (assistant or associate professor rank, full-time, 9-month) to establish an accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS). Faculty will be recruited into integrated schools within the CPHHS and will have primary responsibilities for research, teaching, advising/mentoring MS, MPH and PhD students, providing service to the community and the field of public health, and assisting the College in the strategic development and accreditation of a College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in public health as reflected by academic training, research, teaching and service. Expertise and research strengths that align with the College’s developing centers and institutes – Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Institute of Public Health Practice and Applied Human Development are preferred. To see specific position announcements, job descriptions, and requirements, and to apply, go to:
Assistant/Associate Professors – Health Policy: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57400
Assistant/Associate Professors – Environmental & Occupational Health/Safety: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57402
Assistant/Associate Professors – Epidemiology: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57416

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: “It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog,” Joseph Conrad. A chilly fog will hang over campus this morning, and rain may replace it this evening, but in between we’ll have increasingly cloudy skies. Today’s high will be 67 with an overnight low of 45.

Central Oregon: Holy October heat Batman!”  I am not trying to be a joker , a high of 78 degrees is my cat’s meow before Mr. Freeze’s reign begins this winter and the penguins come waddling in. Figure out this riddle: when the sun goes down tonight so will the temperature; maybe for the rest of this year. Stumped? The low will be around 40 degrees with cooler temps and some clouds to follow.

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