OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 21, 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.

Corvallis earns EPA Green Power Community of the Year Award (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is the largest single purchaser of green power in Corvallis, partly due to the “green energy” fee that students approved in 2007. The university purchases more than 51 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, accounting for more than half of its overall electricity use.

Obama in Portland, Oregon (Los Angeles Times)

Obama entered to a thunderous ovation. The applause subsided a bit when he mentioned that his brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, coaches the Oregon State University basketball team — an admission that generated a few boos, perhaps from fans of in-state rival University of Oregon. (See also Register Guard and ABC News)

Fighting Big Tobacco (Maine Public Broadcasting)

Speaking in Maine features Marc Braverman of Oregon State University. He will discuss his research on smoking control in both Norway and the U.S.

Burns drastically reduce Vitamin E levels (Softpedia)

“This is one of the first studies we’ve done that measures vitamin E in the body tissues of children. Vitamin E in adipose tissue does not fluctuate much on a short-term basis,” says expert Maret Traber. The scientist is a professor at the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute, the principal investigator of the study, and a leading global authority on issues related to vitamin E. (See also Science Daily)


Today is Day 4 of Open Access Week!  OSU Libraries celebrates with these events today: Visit our Travelling Open Access Table at Geosciences/Wilkinson from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Talk with a librarian and COAS publications staff about the ScholarsArchive@OSU and any questions you may have about open access and how it affects you.   In Open Access news today, learn about open access to ground-breaking works . 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

Jose-Antonio Orosco with the department of philosophy will speak on “U.S. Immigration Law and the Persistence of Racism” today 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 noon 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.

Join OSU’s premiere concert band, directed by Christopher Chapman, in a concert featuring the great marches and operettas of John Phillips Sousa at 7:30 p.m., tonight in LaSells Stewart Center. You will hear “The Thunderer,” The Last Days of Pompeii,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever!” Don’t miss the greatest march of all time and a special rendition of the OSU Alma Mater performed by the OSU Wind Ensemble with the 270 member OSU Marching Band. The evening will also include a silent auction to benefit the Wind Ensemble’s spring concert tour to Japan. Tickets are $10 each, available at Gracewinds Music and at the door. OSU faculty, staff and students are admitted free with an OSU ID.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Prof. Scott  Ashford  presents a briefing on the Magnitude 7.1 Darfield Earthquake that occurred on 4 September 2010 just outside Christchurch,
New Zealand. Dr. Ashford was part of a reconnaissance team funded by the National Science Foundation to document and collect perishable data from
the event. His presentation will cover all aspects of the earthquake including seismology, liquefaction, and the performance of structures and lifelines. He will highlight the poor performance of water and wastewater systems and the implications of the earthquake for Oregon. The talk takes place Friday, Oct. 22, 3 to 4 p.m., 312 Kearney Hall

NEW! Author and activist Trevor Griffey will speak at Oregon State University on“The Labor Politics of the Black Power Movement: Urban Redevelopment and the Politics of Community Control in the 1960s,” at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25, in Memorial Union Room 208.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/trevor-griffey-lecture

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 Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) is offering a professional development opportunity: “Influencing Organizational Change – The Lean Leader Method,” facilitated by Charles Saunders. Gain a workable understanding of Continuous Systematic Improvement (CSI) that you can implement and develop in your area of responsibility. It takes place Wednesday, Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Club Level of Reser Stadium. A buffet lunch is provided. Registration required by Oct. 29. $15 PFLA members, $25 non-PFLA members.

NEW! OUS Sustainability Conference, Feb. 17, 2011. In 2008, OUS held its first system-wide sustainability conference at UO in Eugene.  This successful event, attended by nearly 300 participants, brought together students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the State Board of Higher Education to discuss green purchasing, energy management, co-curricular activities, and alternative transportation within OUS.  The 2011 conference will be held in Corvallis at the CH2MHill Alumni Center.  Mark your calendars and check http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ous-sustainability-conference for more information.

Music a la Carte takes place Friday at noon in the Memorial Union lounge. This week’s performers are Larry Tyrrell on shakuhachi, and Anton Emery on guitar.

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.

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”).

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.

The significant advances in new and innovative forms of nuclear energy that have emerged from research at Oregon State University will be featured on Sunday, Oct. 24, in a new environmental science series, Green Science Oregon. The show outlines some of the most interesting research being done at Oregon universities and industry, related to environmental and sustainable technologies and other topics. This weekend’s presentation on nuclear energy will be available to viewers in Eugene, Corvallis, and Coos Bay on Fox channel 34 and KEVU, channel 23, Sunday at 5 p.m. More information on the show and its other presentations can be obtained online, at www.greenscienceoregon.com

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.

VanNatta Public Relations, Inc., Old Dominion Collision Repair Centers, Ltd., Lum’s Auto Center, and Henningsen Cold Storage Co. are this year’s winners of the 2010 Excellence in Family Business Awards, presented by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. The Oregon companies will receive the award, along with recognition for seven finalists, at a ceremony to be held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers. The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment and community involvement. Hilton Portland is located at 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland. Tickets: $80 per adult and $20 per child 3 – 10 years of age. Make your reservations online http://www.familybusinessonline.org or call 1-800-859-7609 by Nov. 5.

Edward Curtis, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will speak at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m., Nov. 18, on “Why Muslims matter to U.S. History.” Anti-Muslim prejudice is nothing new to America. It is an historical mirror thorugh which we can see American ideologies of social injustice both now and in the past. Examining how non-Muslims have viewed Muslim Americans, and how Muslims have responded, uncovers the centers of political power and cultural authority in the United States since the 1800s.


Brian Majka, a restoration ecologist with the New Native Plant Nursery, will speak on “Turn-Key Restoration Project Model: From conception to completion,” on Oct. 26 as part of the Fall 2010 Horticulture departmental seminars. The seminars take place in the Ag & Life Sciences Building Room 4000 at 4 p.m.

News for Employees

NEW! You should have received your ballots by now. If you are registered to vote in Oregon, and have not yet received your ballot, contact your local county elections office. In Benton County: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/. To contact other county elections offices: http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/other.info/clerk.htm . To verify that you are registered to vote: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do . If you have received your ballot, there is an official ballot box in the Valley Library on the OSU Campus.  Here is a link to locations in Benton County where you can drop your ballot off: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/dropsites.php . If you reside in another county the county elections link above will help you find ballot boxes elsewhere in Oregon. In order to be counted, ballots must be received by a county elections office or deposited in an official ballot box by 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2.

NEW! Help OSU beat the Ducks by participating in the PAC 10 Fitness Challenge: Oct. 25 – 29. Register for the challenge online today at http://www.pac10challenge.org/. Open to all beaver fans! Participants get a t-shirt and the opportunity to win daily prizes. All you have to do is register as a Beaver and log your physical activity minutes for the week. Along with the challenge there will be free events to help get you active, http://oregonstate.edu/recsports. For questions contact Andrea Coryell, 541-737-4883.

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Oct. 25. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.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.

Yes it’s that time of the year when the leaves are falling, the frost is sparkling on the pumpkins, 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/

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

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 gift and chance to win a yearlong parking permit. Get caught doing the right thing!


The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a .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 #0006461. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

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 Friday.

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: Even those who adore rainy weather have to admit these past few afternoons have been spectacular. But alas, all good things must come to an end and so must sparkling blue Autumnal skies and warm breezes. So enjoy this afternoon’s sunshine, because rain rolls in tonight and it’s brought its suitcases, so it looks like it’s here for a long visit.

Central Oregon: Today may be our last perfect day of fall with mostly sunny skies and a high near 71 degrees. After an overnight low around 40, look for the clouds to start rolling in as our thermometers drop into the 50’s. Before too long, the mountain will start accumulating one of our most precious resources; beautiful, fluffy, SNOW!

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