OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 1, 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.

Culprit snagged in 100 million-year-old decapitation (CBS)

What makes the find really interesting is the snapshot of ancient life that looks familiar today, said George Poinar, an entomologist and emeritus professor at Oregon State University.

New advance could change modern electronics (Sify)

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a new discovery that could form the basis of a new approach to electronics. They have solved a quest in fundamental material science that has eluded scientists since the 1960s. The discovery outlines the creation for the first time of a high-performance “metal-insulator-metal” diode.

OHSU and PSU team up on newest addition to South Waterfront (Oregonian)

The structure, to be built north of the South Waterfront condo towers and south of Riverplace on the west bank of the Willamette River, is a rare collaboration of Oregon’s universities. It will provide new space for OHSU medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy students as well as life science classrooms and labs for Portland State and Oregon State University.

Getting out the votes (Register Guard)

Oregon State University political scientist Bill Lunch said it appears the turnout trend will return to the historical pattern, in which Republican voters turnout at a greater rate than do Democrats. Lunch said Republicans could wind up with a ballot return rate that’s 5 percentage point or 6 percentage point better than the Democrats’ by the end of the election.

Coming together for a frat brother (Democrat-Herald)

Before Saturday, Stephens, a 1984 OSU graduate, and many of his brothers hadn’t returned to Reser for a Beavers football game since graduating. However, his circumstances prompted his brothers to organize a homecoming reunion. Stephens was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995; doctors told him he had only five years to live.

Portland’s Ladies Rock Camp lets women fulfill their rock ‘n roll dreams (Oregonian)

Oregonian reporter Candice Ruud enrolled and participated in last weekend’s Ladies Rock Camp to write this story. Candice is a senior at Oregon State University and a fall intern at The Oregonian. She played guitar with Rock Camp band Bad LadyFinger.

Built Ford tough (Democrat-Herald)

Ford was a captain in the Air Force ROTC program at Oregon State University with only one term left before graduation. He had completed flight school and was set on a career flying jets. But on Dec. 8, 1974, fate intervened and his life changed forever.

Innovate research center shows off its BEST work (Gazette-Times)

Known more commonly by its acronym Oregon BEST, the consortium of collaborative labs is one of three signature research centers under the Oregon Innovation Council, funded by the state Legislature. The others are ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute) and OTRADI (Oregon Translational Research and Drug Development Institute).

Godfather book penned by OSU author (KPAM)

An interview with Jon Lewis.


A Dia de los Muertos celebration takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in McNary Dining Hall. Learn about the cultural traditions surrounding this Latin American holiday and enjoy free food and fun activities.

Upcoming Events

NEW! MUVIES  are free on Tuesday-Thursday at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge. This week’s featured film is The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

NEW! Warren Washington, Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research will speak at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 3, in the Memorial Union Journey Room. He will speak on ““Advising U.S. Presidents and Inspiring Underrepresented Populations: My Journey Through Climate Change and Its Societal and Environmental Impacts.” Washington is a 2010 National Medal of Science recipient. The OSU event is sponsored by the Memorial Union Program Council, and is part of this year’s MUPC Speaker Series, which is focused on diversity.

NEW! OSU is on a mission: a growing research enterprise; a more diverse student body; leadership on state, national and international issues; new opportunities for students. President Ray will discuss his vision for OSU at the Nov. 4 meeting of Triad, the university’s faculty and staff lunch club in the MU, room 109. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, by Nov. 2 to save a seat.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly evening public sale on Wednesday, Nov.3,  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. We have many items for personal or departmental use – furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), vehicles, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon, whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! OSU Libraries  is offering an Intro to APA Style workshop on Thursday, Nov.4 from 4 to 6 p.m.   Learn how to cite commonly used sources using the new APA style manual (6th  edition), how to cite sources in your text, and how to format a works cited list at the end of your document. We will also address some of the changes that have been made in the new edition.  The workshop will be held in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd  (main) floor of the Valley Library.  Register today and find more information about upcoming Fall workshops at:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656.  Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Tom Kaye, executive director of the Institute of Applied Ecology in Corvallis, will speak on “Towards Successful Reintroductions in the Face of Climate Change: The Combined Importance of Species Traits, Site Quality, and Restoration Technique,” on Nov. 2 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.

Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Marketing. Speaker: Keven Malkewitz, Ph.D., Marketing faculty, College of Business, OSU. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1003. This presentation will help you identify the marketing challenges facing your new venture and help you address them in your business plan. RSVP to Mary McKillop or for more information call 541-713-8044.

The “Food for Thought” community lecture series features national experts who will discuss issues in biotechnology and sustainable agriculture. “At war over biotech crops in Oregon,” a presentation by Esther McGinnis, takes place at 7 p.m., Nov. 3, in the LaSells Stewart Center. Attorney and researcher in Applied Plant Sciences and 2009-2010 fellow at the Consortium on Law and Values, University of Minnesota, Esther McGinnis, will explain why Oregon’s sugar beet farmers are at the center of a national lawsuit, compare the environmental impacts of planting engineered and non-engineered sugar beet, and examine the legal rights of conventional and organic farmers.

Entrepreneur in Residence Series: “How do you stop 100,000 computer frauds a day?” Speaker is Greg Pierson, Founder & CEO, iovation Inc. Thursday, Nov.4, noon to 1:20 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. Listen to Greg as he shares what kind of fraud and abuse iovation stops, and even more interesting, how they do it and why it is important to you. Free and open to the community. Additionally there will be a faculty luncheon, 1:30 to 3 p.m., fifth floor boardroom, Weatherford Hall. RSVP as space is limited. This an opportunity to engage with our speaker one on one, ask questions and learn more about him. A Student Fireside Chat takes place from 3 to 4 p.m., Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall. RSVP as space is limited.


NEW! Ed Souza, candidate for the Wheat Breeding and Genetics position in the Department of Crop and Soil Science, will present a technical seminar entitled “Breeding for Fiber Content in Wheat Flour.” This will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. in Room 4000, Ag and Life Sciences Building.

News for Employees

It is too late to mail your ballot. In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8 p.m. on election day: Tuesday, Nov. 2. There is a ballot drop site on the OSU Campus: OSU Valley Library, 7:30 a.m. to midnight. In Benton County there are also 24-hour ballot drop boxes at the Benton County Courthouse on the Fifth Street Side, and across the street at 180 NW Fifth Street, as well as at the Wells Fargo Bank, 2543 N.W. Kings Blvd. For more information about other ballot drop sites in Benton County: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/dropsites.php If your ballot is from another county, you may drop it off at ANY ballot box, as long as you do so no later than 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

OSU International Education Week 2010: Striving for a Sustainable Future, is celebrated Nov. 15 – 19. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. It celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world. All colleges, departments, student groups and individuals are invited to submit events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU. For information on planning and registering your event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/planning.

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 Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Winter and/or Spring Term(s) 2010-11. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 1. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nano.html. Complete NSF – NEB guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10614/nsf10614.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Nov. 1 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

International Programs has up to twelve grants of up to $5000 each for the 2010-2011 Faculty Grants and Awards Program. This program aims to foster faculty international initiatives that contribute to expanding and strengthening the international dimensions of teaching, research and service at Oregon State University. The 2010-2011 program targets international partnerships that are ripe for the joint development of substantive collaborative research and educational proposals that will ultimately deepen the internationalization of OSU. Applicants must be regular OSU faculty members (tenured, tenure track, professional or fixed-term non-tenure track) with at least a .5 FTE and a nine-to twelve-month appointment. Application deadline: Nov. 1. For full program details, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad/faculty/funding/ip-grants For more information, contact Marilyn Lindsley marilyn.lindsley@oregonstate.edu 541-737-6433


Oregon State University’s Office of Admissions is accepting applications for the position of Associate Director, Campus Visit Center and On-Campus Recruitment Programming. The Associate Director is a 1. FTE 12-month position and is a member of the Admissions Senior Leadership Management team. This position manages the Campus Visitor’s Center and all on-campus recruitment programs. To see the full position announcement, review complete posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006473. OSU is an AA/EOE.  Applications must be received by Dec. 31 for consideration.

Applications are invited for six full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the College of Science integrative life science disciplines of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Microbiology and Zoology. All appointees are expected to participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching and establish an extramurally funded research program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and (except ecosystem ecology and stress or aging biology positions) a minimum of 2 years relevant postdoctoral experience. Ecosystem Ecology (posting 0006371); Enzymology/Protein Biochemistry & Biophysics (posting 0006402); Environmental Microbiology (posting 0006377); Prokaryotic Systems Biology (posting 0006375); Stress or Aging Biology (posting 0006370); Biochemistry of Aging (Asst/Assoc Professor) (posting 0006383). For details of each position and to apply visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 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 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.


Corvallis: Many of you will be wandering the halls today with bloated abdomens and fetid breath, the result of a tragic Halloween candy overdose. One too many fun-sized bars may have pushed you over the edge, but tomorrow will be better. It will be rainy today, mainly after 11 a.m., and relatively warm, with a high of 62. Tuesday rain will taper off by mid morning and the sun may return by the afternoon.

Central Oregon: It may be a tad gloomy out but expect the rain to stay away and temperatures to reach 63 degrees. Tonight isn’t looking too shabby either with slight winds and an overnight low near 41, not bad for a fall night in November. Some warmer, cloudy weather is expected to follow for the rest of the week.

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