OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 18, 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.

Oregon Governor: Chris Dudley vs John Kitzhaber (TIME)

Political analysts give Dudley points for warmth and charisma. The ex-governor, however, knows the state’s nuts-and-bolts. “Kitzhaber has the intellectual horsepower,” says Bill Lunch, chair of the political science department at Oregon State University. “He’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. Dudley is not a dummy – he’s clearly a quick study. He just doesn’t know the things you’d expect a gubernatorial candidate to know.” (See also Statesman Journal)

OSU grad among scientists honored at White House (Gazette-Times)

Warren Washington, one of the world’s leading climate scientists and a graduate of Oregon State University, is one of 10 persons named Friday by President Obama to receive the National Medal of Science.

OSU to offer degree in renewable materials (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University announced Friday that it will be offering a new degree, in renewable materials, to meet what it said is “a growing demand for professionals in the manufacture, marketing and use of sustainable, natural resources-derived materials such as wood, bamboo, straw and other plant-based goods.”

Bacteria ‘R’ Us (Miller-McCune)

Oregon State University microbiology professor Stephen Giovannoni and his graduate student Olivia Mason used metagenomics to survey microbes in basalt along the East Pacific Rise southwest of Mexico, in the Juan de Fuca strait off the coast of Washington state and elsewhere.

Professor Planet (Democrat-Herald)

A question and answer session with OSU Distinguished Professor Kathleen Dean Moore.

Battleground School’s water conservation efforts flush with savings (Columbian)

The Oregon State University researchers were wearing jackets, stocking caps and gloves. It’s a lesson his students have to learn, OSU assistant professor Rob Suryan said, although it can depend on their hometowns.

Make a fresher fruit leather with fall fruits (Oregonian)

Dial your oven back even lower, to 140 degrees if you can, for more even drying, says Glenda Hyde, faculty/instructor for family and community health in Oregon State University Extension’s Redmond office. A food dehydrator will be more forgiving and deliver more consistent results, she says.

OSU student to share Mideast trip insights (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University student who this summer joined an international team to rebuild a recently demolished Palestinian home in Anata, East Jerusalem, will show photographs and talk about her experience Sunday.

Today

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). Today, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

OSU philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore will speak about the moral challenges of ecological emergencies at 4 p.m. today, 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 today. 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. today.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ashley Colburn, the host and producer of a lifestyle and travel show on WealthTV, will visit Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 19, where she will present a professional development workshop for students in OSU’s Student Media program. The free talk, open to the public, is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the KBVR-TV studios in Memorial Union East on the OSU campus. Colburn will discuss her short but distinguished career, from 2005 high school graduation to Emmy winner in just five years.

NEW! PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members in Newport – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops.  The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to noon at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the Guin Library Seminar Room.  Please reserve your spot by calling (541) 714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com.

NEW! OPSRP Members in Newport – how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops.  The next OPSRP opportunity is Oct. 27, noon to 1 p.m., at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the Guin Library Seminar Room.  Please reserve your spot by calling (541) 714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com.

NEW! The Clark Meat Center on campus is now open on Fridays from 1 to 5:30 p.m. The center offers a variety of quality meat products produced on campus by students.  Featured products include pork rib chops, bacon and beef jerky. The center is located to the west of the Motor Pool offices.

NEW! With more than $275 million in grants and contracts in FY10, OSU researchers are developing new energy systems, health-care innovations and knowledge of the environment. Rick Spinrad, vice president for research, will discuss OSU’s growing research enterprise at the Oct. 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, in the MU, room 109. Non-members pay $10 for lunch and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 by Oct. 19.

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.

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.

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.

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/ For more information on OSU Passport and Travel Solutions, visit the PaCS website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/.

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 today. Non-members are welcome to attend.

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. There will be crafts and a poster for students to share what they love about their own bodies and information about size acceptance, body image issues, and ways to improve your confidence about your body. In the MU Quad from 11 a.m. To 2 p.m.

The class “Having the Sex We Want” is being offered at 7 p.m., Oct. 20 in the Women’s Center. The class goes beyond simple definitions and anatomy lessons to get at the heart of how sexual satisfaction is found–through knowing yourself, knowing your partner(s), and knowing you have the right to have the sex you want.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Oregon State University Libraries is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Library Research Travel Grants for the fall funding period.  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 1. See http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/travelgrant.html for more information.  Direct questions to Jennifer Nutefall, Associate University Librarian for Innovative User Services at 737-8527 or jennifer.nutefall@oregonstate.edu

NEW! LL Stewart Grant Applications Deadline Extended. LL Stewart faculty development awards are given to deserving members of the faculty of Oregon State University for the purpose of permitting and enabling recipients of such awards to keep current in their professional fields and improve upon their abilities to serve Oregon State University, the students of the university, and the colleagues of the award recipients. Emphasis in the awards will be upon activities that contribute to the improvement of teaching at Oregon State University. Application due date has been extended to Monday, Nov. 15.  Detailed program guidelines and the application form are available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/index.php

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. 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 today. 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Oct. 18-22, TAPS is going to reward parkers for following the rules. The officers at TAPS will be giving Happy Tickets to parkers doing the right thing. If you receive a Happy Ticket follow the directions on the ticket and bring it to the TAPS office for a free gift and chance to win a yearlong parking permit. Get caught doing the right thing!

Jobs

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.

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 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.

Weather

Corvallis: It was cold enough this morning to have to scrape ice off the windshield but today should warm up to 65 degrees, and another crisp October evening is ahead of us. Time to replace the furnace filters and vacuum out the ducts as we get ready for those chilly autumn nights.

Central Oregon: The days are looking mighty fine for fall this week in Central Oregon with some below freezing nights. To start off, sunny skies and a high around 63 degrees will be followed by a low near 29. “I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.  So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”  -  Nathaniel Hawthorne

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