OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 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 hunts business partners (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University has had a great last few years in terms of fund raising and research. Indeed, last year, the school collected some $275 million in research awards, or twice as much as it reported just a decade ago.

CEO to discuss computer fraud and how to stop it (In Business)

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?”

OSU alumni group readying for parade (Democrat-Herald)

Homecoming takes place at Oregon State University this week, and the OSU Alumni Association is seeking decorated floats, marching bands, student and community groups, dance teams, groups, and novelty acts — as well as enthusiastic spectators — for the Friday night parade.

Interior secretary visits Oregon to talk timber (My Central Oregon)

Representatives of the timber industry and conservation groups said they saw possibilities in the recommendations for long-term forest management put together by two forest scientists with long experience in the conflict: Oregon State University forestry professor Norm Johnson and University of Washington forestry professor Jerry Franklin.

Early weather woes and USDA specialty crop grants (AgInfo.Net)

The USDA is doling out more money for specialty crop research. Oregon State University received 2 grants worth over $3 million dollars to study organic blackberry production and help address the need for more small farmers.

Fitness over 50 powers through a move (Gazette-Times)

Every staffer graduated from Oregon State University’s Exercise and Sport Science program, and most went through a practicum internship with Fitness Over 50 when they were students.

Today

Brian Majka, a restoration ecologist with the New Native Plant Nursery, will speak on “Turn-Key Restoration Project Model: From conception to completion,” today 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.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “Are There Many Paths to God?” today 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.

MUVIES Tueday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge. This week’s featured film: “Dinner For Schmucks,” starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakas. Tim is a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. This is an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Registration is still available for the 6th annual Heceta Head Conference, with a theme of “Oregon’s Ocean: Working Waterfronts,” on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28-29, at the Florence Events Center. The conference begins Thursday at 2 p.m. with a tour of the Siuslaw River estuary and Florence’s working waterfront, including a river boat trip for the first 36 reservations. After the tour there will be a presentation by Oregon State University anthropologist Court Smith, on the topic “Salmon Peoples of the Northwest.” Friday events will include sessions on Oregon’s working waterfronts, estuary conservation and development, commercial fishing infrastructure needs, port planning and smart growth for coastal communities, a keynote address, and panels about the relocation to Newport of the Pacific research fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More information on registration and fees can be obtained online, at http://www.HecetaHeadConference.org. Registration will also be accepted at the door.

NEW! The “Food for Thought” community lecture series features national experts who will discuss issues in biotechnology and sustainable agriculture. All lectures will be held at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. On Nov. 3, Esther McGinnis will speak on “At War over Biotech Crops in Oregon.” McGinnis is an attorney and researcher in applied plant sciences and 2009-10 fellow at the Consortium on Law and Values, University of Minnesota. McGinnis will explain why Oregon beet farmers are at the center of a national lawsuit, compare the environmental impacts of planting engineered and non-engineered sugar beets, and examine the legal rights of conventional and organic farmers.

The OSUsed Store is having a Fall Sale Wednesday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 29, noon to 4 p.m. daily, at 644 SW 13th St. Clearance prices that will fall each day: 30 percent off Wednesday, 40 percent off Thursday, and 50 percent off Friday. Check your department mail, the Oct. 27 edition of local newspapers, and our front desk for a coupon for an additional 10 percent off. Sale prices apply storewide with the exception of spot bid and online sale items; spot bids open Wednesday at noon and close Friday at 2 p.m. Departments may shop Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as usual, but sale prices will only be offered during the listed Fall Sale hours. For more information, please view the event flyer or visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

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.”

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.

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 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

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

Oregon is all about volunteers: more than one-third of Oregonians volunteer in their communities. At the Oct. 28 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Beth Fox, director of Linn-Benton RSVP and the Volunteer Center, will share opportunities that abound in Linn and Benton counties. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Seminars

A special presentation on the trials and triumphs of literary translation with John Felstiner, award-winning translator of Pablo Neruda, Paul Celan and others, will take place Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., in Hovland Hall room 104. A reception precedes the event at 5 p.m. Felstiner, from Stanford University, is the author of the prize-winning “Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew,”"Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu,” and “Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems.”

News for Employees

NEW! The annual OSU Joy Drive is taking place now. Last year, due to the overwhelming kindness of OSU departments, 22 student families, including 36 children were able to enjoy the holiday season. Together, with the help and aid of the OSU community, Childcare and Family Resources would again like to provide student families in need with gifts for the 2010 holiday season. To make this year’s Joy Drive another success, we would like to invite you to sponsor a family.  Your willingness to support the Joy Drive will bring happiness to many student families. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Joy Drive please indicate the number of families you are willing to sponsor and the size of the families, and please reply no later than Nov. 8.  We will inform you of the family that you will be sponsoring during the week of Nov. 15. If you have any questions please contact Childcare and Family Resources at 541-737-4906.

NEW! The Faculty Senate is preparing for fall officer and senator elections. All faculty, other than continuing Senators, are eligible to be elected as a Senator to represent their apportionment group. If you wish to decline nomination to be elected to a Senator position, please send a message to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include ‘Decline’ in the subject line. Your name will not appear on the nomination ballot, but you will still be eligible to vote on the senator nomination and election ballots.  If declining nomination, please respond to this message by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. There is no need to respond if you are not declining nomination.

NEW! Looking for tools to help you become a better supervisor or manager? Join us for the upcoming OSU Core Curriculum Program for Supervisors and Managers facilitated by Training and Organizational Effectiveness. Understand your responsibilities as a supervisor, and develop your skills in areas such as performance management, employee and labor relations, ethical foundations for public employees, workers’ compensation and more. The classroom program is scheduled for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2011 (three full days) with prerequisite online programs available by Dec. 1. Prerequisite online programs will provide a basic foundation for topics that will be further explored in the classroom. Register today. (No cost to OSU employees)

NEW! Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. You can develop your skill in resolving conflict by participating in the workshop “Understanding Conflict and Moving to Resolution” facilitated by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, scheduled for Nov. 2 1 to 4 p.m. When opposition and differences are viewed as an opportunity for growth and change, the potential for a positive outcome is great. A focus of this program is to discuss strategies to bring about favorable resolution to conflict.  No cost to OSU faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/registration_add.php?sess_id=1346 to register.

NEW! The Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications from OSU faculty members interested in 2011-12 Fellowships for the resident research program.  Each year the Center brings together a new group of scholars to pursue research and writing in an environment designed to be stimulating as well as protected from the usual daily demands of academic life.  Up to eight Fellows will be selected.  Applications may be for any humanities related research, which should be understood to include not only traditional humanities disciplines but also those projects within the social and natural sciences that are historical or philosophical in approach, and that attempt to cast light on questions of interpretation or criticism traditionally found in the humanities. This also includes interpretations of science and technology. Fellows are awarded one term of release from teaching, though they may keep the office in Autzen House for the full academic year. The Center provides all Fellows with a computer and general office support services.   Applications must be delivered by 4 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011.  For application information, check the Center’s website:  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/. You may also write to Fellowship Program, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR, 97333-4506, or call 541-737-2450.

Humans versus Zombies, a student-led activity, will be taking place 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.

The Graduate School invites nominees for Internship opportunities in the Oregon Legislature’s Committee Services Office during the 2011 legislative session. The deadline is Nov. 15. For complete details see: OSU Graduate Legislative Internship Opportunity

The 2011 MLK. Jr. planning committee for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (Jan. 10-19, 2011) welcomes your nominations for the Phyllis S. Lee Award and the Frances Dancy Hooks Award. The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walks the Talk.” The Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awards will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 17, 2011. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 3. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/affact/phyllis-s-lee-award and http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/sites/default/files/osu-today/hooks.pdf

PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2011 is MANDATORY for selecting a 2011 medical and dental plan OR to 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. Open Enrollment is also the time of year you can make changes to your benefit elections. For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html

Jobs

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 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).  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 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.

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: Scattered showers will continue keeping us on our feet today, although by 11 p.m. they should trail off, and rain won’t come back until Wednesday night. Today’s high will reach 55, and tonight’s low dips to 34.

Central Oregon: “Where’s the snow that fell the year that’s fled–where’s the snow?” ~Samuel Lover. It’s here in Central Oregon! After potentially shoveling the first snow off your driveway, don’t put the shovel too far from your grasp as more white fluffy stuff is likely with a high around only 45 degrees.  A wintry overnight low near 25 may make it challenging to get to work in the morning so plan ahead and set your alarms to wake up a few minutes earlier tomorrow.

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