OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 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.

OSU Extension’s Agriculture program reopens in Lane County (KEZI)

The OSU Extension Service’s agriculture program is once again up and running in Lane County.

Warren Washington receives National Medal of Science (Media Newswire)

President Obama today named Warren Washington, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research ( NCAR ), as one of 10 eminent researchers to be awarded the National Medal of Science. Washington was born and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He became interested in science in grade school, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degree in meteorology from Oregon State University.

Emmy winner to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Ashley Colburn, the young host and producer of a lifestyle and travel show on WealthTV, will visit Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and present a professional development workshop for students in OSU’s Student Media program — an event that also is open to the public.

OSU Walk Run ‘N Roll with the President (LIFE@OSU)

Hundreds of participants enjoyed the October sunshine during the Run, Walk ‘n Roll with the President in the MU Quad on Oct. 15.

Pep rally for Beavers in Pioneer Square Friday (KGW)

The Oregon State Beavers led a pep rally in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square Friday, to get fans ready for the weekend game against the University of Washington.

OSU Bollywood Dance (YouTube)

The OSU Bollywood flash mob for diversity has now received more than 100,000 views!


Travel Solutions representatives will be on campus offering training on the new OSU Passport travel portal today and tomorrow. 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/.

Today is Day 2 of Open Access Week.  OSU Libraries celebrates with these events today: Visit our Travelling Open Access Table in Kidder Hall next to the College of Science office from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.  Talk with a librarian about the ScholarsArchive@OSU and any questions you may have about open access and how it affects you. Short videos on open access topics will be playing in The Valley Library foyer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about Open Access and the full listing of daily OSU events can be found at:  http://bit.ly/aYPunx

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.

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., tonightt. 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 OSU Organic Growers Club Fall Ra Ra (general meeting) takes place tonight 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.

Ashley Colburn, the host and producer of a lifestyle and travel show on WealthTV, will visit Oregon State University tonight, 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.

MUvies show’s featured films in the Trysting Tree Lounge (across from Bites) every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is a documentary titled “Babies.” Directed by Thomas Balmes, it’s a visually stunning and joyful new film that simultaneously chronicles the lives of four of the world’s newest human inhabitants – in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo, respectively — from first breath to first steps, on a journey at once universal and amazingly original. Rated PG; 79 minutes; 2010. Come enjoy a free movie! Sponsored by Student Events and Activities (SEAC) and the Memorial Union.

Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents: “Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: SALES,” tonight, 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.

2010-11 Carson Lecture, tonight,  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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) will be holding their Fall 2010 General Membership Meeting on Friday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Senior Center on the corner of 26th and Tyler.  This member-only meeting is a chance to hear what CGE has been working on and get free dinner and drinks while doing so.  For question, contact CGE at unite@cge6069.org or 541-757-7141.

NEW! The annual “Magic Barrel” event for hunger relief will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, in the Corvallis High School Theater. Some of Oregon’s finest authors will share their works in a benefit for Linn-Benton Food Share to help relieve hunger in the mid-Willamette Valley. The line-up features several local writers with freshly published books, including novelist and Oregon State University Distinguished Professor of English Tracy Daugherty, (“One Day the Wind Changed”), and poets Jennifer Richter (“Threshold”) and Charles Goodrich (“Going to Seed”).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Yes it’s that time of the year when the leaves are falling, the frost is sparkling on the pumpkins, parking is scarce, and Finance and Administration offers the much anticipated annual Training Days.  Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU. Now in its 11th year, this two-day event at LaSells Stewart Center continues to grow and expand yet is still free due to the generosity of our sponsor – Finance and Administration.  With the assistance of the Faculty Senate we have incorporated several sessions this year focused on faculty interests.  This year Training Days will be held on Nov. 16-17 and registration is open: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

NEW! How to tell “diamonds” from “pearls”: Barbara M. Reed, who’s a plant physiologist with our ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Ore., has teamed up with Oregon State University colleagues Sugae Wada and Hiro Nonogaki to produce a 22-page guide that will help fruit processors, bakers, jam producers and blackberry connoisseurs tell whether they’re savoring the blackberry cultivar “Black Diamond” or perhaps “Black Pearl,” “Obsidian,” or some other luscious beauty.  http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/noi/101015.htm

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

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

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

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!


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.


Corvallis:  “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus. After the fog clears we should see another sunny afternoon, although the high won’t get much past 62. The low will dip down to 34 tonight and another foggy morning will follow tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Today looks to be another bright and sun shiny day with a high around 65 degrees, but it might take awhile before temperatures get there as cool mornings have us seeing our breath. Prepare for another one tonight with an overnight low coming in around 31. “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”  ~Stanley Horowitz

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