OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 22, 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 commended for efforts in poverty education (Gazette-Times)

Author and social critic Donna Beegle brought a first-person perspective on poverty to Oregon State University this week, where she helped to help lead a conference on the growing issue.

Stronger and Smarter: Informal Science Learning in Rural American Libraries (NPR)

An article in the American Scientist by John Falk and Lynn Dierking of Oregon State University presents studies showing that school is not where most Americans learn most of their science. Instead, knowledge is acquired via what is called informal science education or free-choice science learning.

Pac-10 to share revenue, form divisions (Portland Business Journal)

The Pacific 10 Conference, which is set to expand next year to 12 teams, plans to establish a revenue-sharing plan, split into two divisions and stage a championship football game. (See also Puget Sound Business Journal)

Climate change may dim future fall colors (KUOW)

Now is when trees are working to recoil nutrients from leaves into their more cold-protected twigs, branches and trunk. They’ll need that energy to survive the winter and to make new leaves in the spring. Kate Lajtha is a professor specializing in plants and global warming at Oregon State University.

Mexico: Hooking up snooks (Aqua Hoy)

Scientists at the Autonomous Juarez University of Tabasco in Mexico are trying to use these wild fish as a broodstock to crank out juveniles in captivity. The work is partially funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development through its AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, which is headquartered at Oregon State University. (See also http://aquafishcrsp.oregonstate.edu/video/index.php?video=2)

Wash away those long showers and save energy and money (Oregonian)

The water we use, even if it comes from a reservoir, is water that helps maintain the aquatic health of our watershed, including the insects and the fish that feed on them and a whole host of other organisms, says Derek Godwin, a watershed management specialist and associate professor with Oregon State University Extension Service.

University lab researchers rewarded for going for green (Lab Manager Magazine)

Corey Brumsted, a Ph.D. student researcher at Oregon State University, focuses his lab’s sustainability initiatives on reducing or reusing chemicals wherever possible. He distills and re-uses solvents, designs experiments to use environmentally friendly chemicals, and engineers chemistry to require minimum solvent.

Willamette Innovators Night will showcase grassroots entrepreneurship (Salem News)

Innovation comes in many forms: life-saving robots, microbial fuel cells, carbonated fruit, plant-based lubricants and adhesives, and clothing that adjusts to your lifestyle. These are among the ideas that are fueling start-up companies in Oregon and will be featured at Willamette Innovators Night (WiN), Nov. 11 at Oregon State University.

Author to discuss book on labor politics, black power (Gazette-Times)

Author Trevor Griffey will discuss “The Labor Politics of the Black Power Movement: Urban Redevelopment and the Politics of Community Control in the 1960s,” on Monday, Oct. 25, at Oregon State University.

OSU honors retired scientist with Diamond Pioneer Award (East Oregonian)

Oregon State University officials have honored Elizabeth “Betty” Klepper of Pendleton, a retired federal scientist, with the college’s Diamond Pioneer Award.


Today is Day 5 of Open Access week and the last day of Open Access Week activities on the OSU campus.  The biggest event today takes place in Portland at the OHSU campus.  Faye Chadwell, OSU University Librarian, is presenting an “Author’s Rights” workshop.  This workshop will include an overview of authors’ rights and will help faculty make smart decisions about the rights they turn over to journal publishers (more information at: http://tinyurl.com/29lc72s ).  If you are in Portland on Friday, consider attending this workshop.  Here at OSU, the final set of Open Access videos will be showing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Valley Library foyer.  In Open Access news today, we make the argument that students should also care about Open Access.

Humans versus Zombies, a student-led activity, will be taking place from today through Oct. 31 (with the exception of the Homecoming Bonfire and on Oct. 30), on the grounds of campus. This outdoor-only tag game features teams of students as humans and zombies, all wearing either green or pink armbands with the letters HVZ on them, many carrying brightly-colored Nerf toy blasters. Any student or staff member with concerns should contact Becky Wooldridge at 503-931-9120 or call Campus Security’s non-emergency number, 541-737-3010. Students participating in the event are also asked to stop what they are doing if a campus community member requests them to do so. For more information, email hvsz@gmail.com.

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

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.

Prof. Scott Ashford presents a briefing on the Magnitude 7.1 Darfield Earthquake that occurred on Sept. 4, 2010 just outside Christchurch,
New Zealand. 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 today from 3 to 4 p.m., 312 Kearney Hall

The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) will be holding their Fall 2010 General Membership Meeting today 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. 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”). For more information: www.magicbarrel.org


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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Steve Squyres, a planetary scientist, geologist, and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project will present the 2010 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Oregon State University. The lecture is free, open to the public and designed for a non-specialist audience. It is titled “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet” The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

NEW! John Felstiner, award-winning author, translator and scholar, will give a free, public talk in Corvallis based on his latest book, “Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Corvallis Arts  Center (700 S.W. Madison Ave.). His talk is sponsored by Oregon State  University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

NEW! Innovation comes in many forms: life-saving robots, microbial fuel cells, carbonated fruit, plant-based lubricants and adhesives, and clothing that adjusts to your lifestyle. These are among the ideas that are fueling start-up companies in Oregon and will be featured at Willamette Innovators Night, Nov. 11 at Oregon State University. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

NEW! Greg Pierson, founder & CEO of iovation Inc., is the next speaker in Oregon State  University’s Entrepreneur in Residence lecture series. His free, public lecture begins at noon on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at OSU’s LaSells Stewart  Center. Pierson’s talk is titled, “How do you Stop 100,000 Computer Frauds a Day?”

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

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.


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

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.

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 Monday. 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 Monday. 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 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 today.

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: “How beautiful is the rain! After the dust and the heat, in the broad and fiery street, in the narrow lane, how beautiful is the rain!” — Longfellow.  The morning may start out with a few showers that will disappear by noon, but clouds will remain throughout the day. The high should be near 65. The weekend will be rainy with a high of 61 both days.

Central Oregon: As temperatures begin dropping back to late fall levels, I am thankful for the great weather we have all enjoyed lately. A high around 59 degrees and low near 40 with  slight chances of showers will have me wondering when that water may turn to snow; maybe as soon as next week? “Sumer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” ~Hal Borland

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