OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 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.

Spotted wing drosophila research brings $5.7 million grant to OSU (OPB)

The federal Department of Agriculture awarded $46 million in research grants Monday and Oregon State University received the largest one. Fruit fly researchers at Oregon State University have won a grant for more than $5.7 million.

Hard hits and the NFL (WBUR)

The NFL is getting the message. Last week, it laid serious fines on three professional football players for “flagrant and egregious” hits. Michael Oriard, professor of English and associate dean at Oregon State University. He’s author of “Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era,” and “Brand NFL: Making and Selling America’s Favorite Sport.” He’s also former offensive captain and second team All-American at the University of Notre Dame, and played four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

OSU film scholar pens BFI book on the Godfather (Broadway World)

Oregon State University film professor Jon Lewis was asked by the British Film Institute to contribute to its collection of books on landmark films by writing about one of Hollywood’s most noted productions. In short, they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. (See also Oregonian)

Halloween horror story — tale of the headless dragonfly (Science Blog)

This ancient struggle, preserved in the miracle of amber, was just described by researchers from Oregon State University in Paleodiversity, a professional journal.

Joy Drive at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

The OSU Childcare and Family Resources is hosting their annual Joy Drive this month.

Super Science Saturday a smashing success (Illinois Valley News)

Oregon State University’s SMILE program helped bring this science event, called Super Science Saturday, to the Illinois Valley as part of its partnership with 14 Oregon school districts.

Calling OSU alums for help with parade (Gazette-Times)

Homecoming takes place at OSU this week.


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 today, 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 today, 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 today and tomorrow. Recipes featured in Extension publications and other archival sources will be available for sampling today 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 OSUsed Store is having a Fall Sale today 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,” today. 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. tonight, 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.

A panel discussion titled “OSU Traditions: Past, Present, and Future,” featuring former Oregon Stater editor George Edmonston, OSU archivist Karl McCreary, OSU social media specialist Kegan Sims, and OSU student Tonga Hopoi takes place tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union lounge, with a free reception following.

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! On Thursday evening, Oct. 28t at 8:30 p.m. Oregon Field Guide will be doing a story on the Camp Creek Paired Watershed, an OSU Range Department research project that has been on-going since 1994.  The purpose of the research project has been to document the effects of western Juniper removal on hydrology in central Oregon. John Buckhouse, Professor emeritus is the lead researcher. Partners include Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, other state and federal agencies, landowners, NGO’s, and many others.

NEW! Classes without Quizzes takes place Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center for Homecoming visitors. To register go to http://www.osualum.com.

NEW! The Homecoming Parade takes place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Parade route begins at 30th & Jefferson, proceeding down Jefferson, right on 15th and ends at the bonfire/pep rally site behind Callahan and McNary halls. The bonfire begins at 7 p.m.

NEW! The premiere performance of OSU’s new piano trio on Friday at noon in the MU lounge. Music a la Carte presents Rachelle McCabe, Jessica Lambert and Jason Duckles. They will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Minor, op 1, No. 3, and Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Minor, op 101.

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.

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.

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.


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! Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? Up to 40 OSU faculty and staff will be selected for the 7-series program, “Journey Into Leadership” facilitated by OSU Training and Organizational Effectiveness. This program is unique in that it does NOT provide you with a concrete series of steps to become a “leader.” Rather, it is designed around the notion that effective leaderships originates from within one’s self. For details about this series, including session descriptions and testimonials from fellow OSU colleagues visit the program’s web site. Applications are accepted until November 15. (No cost to OSU faculty and staff.)

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 or olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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)

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.

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


 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.

Traffic and maintenance

Wilson Hall: Due to the Homecoming Bonfire, the gravel parking lot south of Wilson Hall (bordered by Adams Avenue, 14th Street, Washington Avenue, and 13th Street) will be temporarily shutdown.  All vehicles must vacate this lot by 8:00 a.m. on the 29th.  Vehicles left in this area after 8 a.m. may be towed. This shutdown is necessary for crews to prepare for the bonfire and provide clean-up afterwards. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct 29 and should end by 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.


Corvallis:  “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” — Carl Sandburg. Dense fog will likely blanket much of the area until around 11 a.m. today, followed by cool gray skies. Rain will hold off until tonight, when lows drop to about 41. Tomorrow will be rainy and cool.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds throughout the day and a high near 47 will at least give us a glimpse of sunshine as we prepare for several days of probable precipitation.  However, tonight may be the only night of freezing temperatures with a low near 32 degrees. If you’re looking to stay inside, go check out the One Man Theatre, Ed Edmo, in Wille Hall at 4 p.m.

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