OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 15, 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.

State of the University

Though the financial picture for the state of Oregon continues to be shaky, Oregon State University is on sound financial footing, thanks to careful financial management, strong enrollment growth and unprecedented success in competitive research funding and private fundraising, President Ed Ray said Thursday in his annual State of the University address to the Faculty Senate. The full text of President Ray’s remarks may be found at http://bit.ly/cR1Dlq.

Overall, OSU doing well in hard times (Gazette-Times)

Although the state of Oregon faces deep budget worries, Oregon State University — bolstered by tuition from nearly 2,000 additional students — is on firmer financial ground, OSU’s president said Thursday.

Forbes ranks Oregon sixth best state for business (Oregonian)

“There has been a lot of worry on the part of the business community that we might lose some competitiveness with our new tax structure from ballot measures 66 and 67,” said Oregon State University economist Patrick Emerson, who featured the ranking on his Oregon Economics blog today. “That was overblown at the time.”

OSU’s Ag School looks for outside support (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences is looking to stakeholders to help fund the college’s 11 branch experiment stations.

Film project aims to tell story of wine’s local impact (Entertainer)

David Baker, an Oregon State University employee in multimedia web production, and three filmmaking friends brainstormed this summer — over a bottle of wine, no doubt — about a project that would shed light on Oregon’s emergence in the industry.

New director takes helm at Astoria Seafood Laboratory (Daily Astorian)

After about three years without an onsite director, a new director has been chosen for Oregon State University’s Astoria Seafood Laboratory.

OSU professors prey on myths surrounding predators in film (Democrat Herald)

The “big, bad wolf” — that sinister character of scary bedtime stories — is getting a cinematic makeover thanks to a pair of Oregon State University researchers.

OSU’s Moore to address ethics of action on climate change (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore will speak about the moral challenges of ecological emergencies at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union at Oregon State University.

Lab fire at OSU quickly doused (Gazette-Times)

A graduate student’s experiment in a research lab at Gilbert Hall sparked a fire at Oregon State University. According to information from Jim Patton, fire prevention officer for the Corvallis Fire Department, the graduate student told firefighters who arrived about 10:45 a.m. that the fire was out, but when they entered the small basement research center, they discovered that a small fire still was burning in an enclosed lab hood.

OSU debates God and the paths to find Him (Oregon Faith Report)

‘Are There Many Paths to God?’  will feature Todd Miles, Associate Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, and Frodo Okulam, Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Dept at Portland State University.  The debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 26, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU Campus.


There is an open-enrollment help session at the Valley Library, Barnard Classroom (fifth floor) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. – PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2011 is mandatory for selecting a 2011 medical and dental plan orto continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans.  If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2011 medical plan during October, PEBB will move you to the Employee-only tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2011.  For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html

Music a la Care is serving up an OSU faculty recital today, at noon in the MU Lounge. Rebecca Jeffers and Angela Carlson will perform as The Jeffers-Carlson Pianoduo.

Oregon State University and the University of Oregon kick off Open Access Week early this year today. 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. 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.

The OSU Run, Walk ‘n Roll with the President (and special guests) takes place today starting in the MU Quad. The 5k event will include participants from all over campus and the community (including the local roller derby team). There is an optional one-mile course for those who don’t want to do the entire 5k event. Registration is free. There will be check-in and late registration on site in the Memorial Union Quad from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Center for the Humanities Lecture & Reception:  “From Yidishe Gauchos to Kosher Kibbe with Guacamole: Latin American Jewish Writing,” a lecture by Jacobo Sefamí, scholar of Latin American Literature and author of Mourning for Papá: A Story of a Syrian-Jewish Family in Mexico (a novel translated by Kayla García).  Monday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

NEW! The 2010 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Fall Social will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the MU room 213, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join us for delicious food, great conversations & exciting door prizes. All are welcome. For information about the event or about OWN, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Author and climate change scholar James Fleming will speak on “Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control,” on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oregon State  University. The presentation will be at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Room 109, on the OSU campus, and is free and open to the public. Fleming will examine the long and dubious history of rainmakers, rain fakers, weather warriors, and climate engineers, connecting what he calls a tragicomic history with current public policy discussions about global warming and “fixing the sky.”

NEW! The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “Are There Many Paths to God?” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus. The speakers are two theologians, Todd Miles and Frodo Okulam. The debate is free and open to the public. It will explore two schools of religious thought – exclusivists, who argue for a single approach to God, and pluralists, who maintain that all paths to God are of equal value. The speakers will offer divergent points of view.

NEW! Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents: “Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: SALES,” on Oct. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Kelley Engineering Center 1003. The speaker will be Norm Galvin, ORM Consulting, Inc. His lecture will focus on the key elements of any negotiation. For more information or to RSVP e-mail mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044. Click here to learn more about the series.

NEW! Don’t miss the workshop “5 Conversational Themes for Enhancing Communication” presented by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, scheduled for  Oct. 20, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop is based on the idea that thoughtful questioning can generate dialogue that brings about meaningful answers, thereby enhancing the quality of community and ownership. No cost to OSU faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=1352 to register.

NEW! The OSU Organic Growers Club Fall Ra Ra (general meeting) takes place Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Agriculture and Life Sciences Building Room 4000. A free hot supper will be provided. General information about OSU’s longest-running organic student farm will be available. Find out more about the OSU student farm and plans for future events.

NEW! The Institute for Water and Watersheds invites the campus community to meet two IWW Visiting Fellows, Greg Hancock (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Tim Burt (Durham University, UK).  Both are internationally know hydrologists who will be on campus this fall to conduct research and engage with OSU’s faculty and students.  Please join us at two special seminars:
Oct. 26, noon, Richardson 107 – Rebuilding disturbed landscapes – How computer models can aid environmental rehabilitation. Speaker: IWW Visiting Fellow, Greg Hancock, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia
Oct. 29, noon, Richardson 107 – Long-term monitoring of nitrate – implications for science, policy and management. Speaker: IWW Visiting Fellow, Tim Burt, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

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 today. 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.

OSU Passport is coming!  The new contract between OSU and Travel Solutions will officially kick off today.  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/ <http://www.ts24.com/portal/gobeavers/training/.  For more information on OSU Passport and Travel Solutions, visit the PaCS website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/.

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.

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.

A two-day Oregon Public Health Association conference will be held Oct. 18-19 at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, bringing public health officials, researchers and the public together to address health concerns of Oregonians. Dr. Melvin Kohn, public health director for the state of Oregon, will open the conference with a keynote address on “The State of Public Health in the State,” at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18.

Donna Beegle, author of “See Poverty…Be the Difference!” will speak about “Understanding and breaking down barriers: Poverty and diversity,” at LaSells Stewart Center from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 19. Her talk follows the grand opening of the AOSU Human Services Resource Center grand opening, which takes place at 5 p.m., Oct. 19 in Snell Hall 149. Beegle will also be hosting a two-day poverty institute workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Register for the conference at oregonstate.edu/womenscenter. There is no charge for these events but participants can bring canned food or new toiletries to donate to the OSU Food Pantry.

The Association of Office Professionals will host Bill Lunch, professor of Political Sciences at OSU, at their Oct. 19 brown bag luncheon.  Lunch will discuss measures on the November ballot and provide an opportunity for members to obtain information and ask questions about the issues before Election Day. The luncheon will be held in the East Conference Room at Marketplace West from 12 to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Cindy Alexis at cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu no later than noon Monday, Oct. 18. Non-members are welcome to attend.

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.

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 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

News for Employees

NEW! The OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement through the presentation of the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. One or more such awards will be given recognizing exceptional performance above and beyond what is expected in a candidate’s job. Awards will include $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque presented at the OSU Outreach & Engagement Strategic Conference, Nov. 19.  Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter from the nominator to the Vice Provost, demonstrating how the individual or team has provided outstanding contributions in the following categories and providing specific examples: Service, Strategic Impact, Program Support, Innovation, Diversity. Nomination letters must be received by Friday, Nov. 1. For information: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/awards-for-excellence

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

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 Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for an Employee Benefits Analyst. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term position.  See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting # 0006429. Closing date: Oct. 30. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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.

Recruiting Public Health and Human Sciences Faculty: As part of the OSU strategic plan, the College of 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. 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 today. 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: Blue skies and temperatures of 65 degrees will make the perfect setting for this afternoon’s Run, Walk ‘n Roll with the President, a 5K (with an optional mile course) that starts in the MU Quad. If you haven’t registered yet you can do so at 2:30 today in the quad. This weekend will be sunny and brisk with highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s.

Central Oregon: Well I am all out of links for this week and apparently the sun is running low on rays as mostly sunny skies will produce a high of only 57 degrees. The night is looking frosty with a low near 34 and some similar weather to wake up to.

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