OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 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.

Oregon State University will help Iraqi universities build sustainable engineering programs (Oregonian)

Oregon and Oregon State University will help Iraq universities develop energy and water conservation, green construction and other sustainable engineering and design programs, Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Monday on his way to Iraq. (See also OPB, Portland Business Journal, Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times)

From farm to fridge to garbage can (New York Times)

In a study at Oregon State University, consumers were shown three samples of iceberg lettuce, two of them with varying degrees of light brown on the edges and at the base. Although all three were edible, and the brown edges easily cut away, 40 percent of respondents said they would serve only the pristine lettuce.

Fred Ziari quietly becoming a heavy hitter among Oregon’s business leaders (Oregonian)

“I refer to him as Fred Inc.,” joked Ron Adams, dean of engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who was with Ziari in Qatar and watched the demonstration with the sheik. “He is one of the most amazing entrepreneurs I know.”

New breakthroughs in diode technology can take electronics far beyond silicon (Popular Science)

In a paper published online in the journal Advanced Materials, scientists at Oregon State University report the creation of a high-performance “metal-insulator-metal” diode, something scientists have been trying to do since the 1960s.

Nanotechnology presents regulatory mess (Industry Week)

Oregon State University researchers tested more than 200 nanomaterials as part of a program studying potential risks posed by nanotechnology in pesticides.  The study published Oct. 4 in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health determined that most nanomaterials tested did not pose any toxic concerns.

Are we closer to a cure for Type 2 diabetes? (KING 5)

Researcher Donald Jump at Oregon State University found a way to eliminate Type 2 diabetes in mice.

State board OKs engineering degree at OSU-Cascades (Bend Bulletin)

After two years of planning, OSU-Cascades’ Energy Engineering Management Degree program was approved by the State Board of Higher Education Thurday, making it the first engineering degree program offered by the college’s branch in Bend.

Fashion, guilt free (LIFE@OSU)

Second Glance has been given November’s Orange Spotlight Award, which highlights businesses and organizations either operated by OSU alums and faculty or who employ a large number of Oregon State graduates.

“In this century, wars will not be fought about water, but there will be more local violence” (La Razon)

An interview with OSU’s Aaron Wolf (in Spanish) regarding water as the basis of world conflict.

Alumni honored during Homecoming (LIFE@OSU)

Six distinguished Oregon State University alumni returned to campus last weekend for OSU’s Homecoming as part of the Alumni Fellows Program.


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,” 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.

Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Marketing. Speaker: Keven Malkewitz, Ph.D., Marketing faculty, College of Business, OSU. Tuesday, today, 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.

“Pain and Its Meaning” is a series of seminars presented by the Program in Medical Humanities at OSU, a new multidisciplinary integrated program to study health, medicine and the healing professions. Tonight, members of the Salem Comprehensive Pain Center will speak on “Bring the Entire Healthcare Team Together in Managing Difficulty Pain Syndromes.” All seminars are free and open to the public. They take place in the Pharmacy building, room 305 and start at 7 p.m.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Women’s Center will be beginning the speaking and conversation series Coffee and Tea from Around the World. We’ll drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. The Nov. 3 event features Virginia Raffaele, a Biology, Chemistry and Public Health student who will be serving the traditional Argentine tea maté and discussing customs, traditions, and day-to-day life in Argentina, as well as South American dance. It takes place from noon to 1 p.m.

NEW! The School of Language, Culture, and Society is sponsoring a showing of “Autumn Gem,” a film about modern China’s first feminist, Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. Afterwards, there will be a Q & A with the filmmakers.

NEW! The OSU Women’s Soccer Team is currently undefeated in PAC 10 play.  They travel this weekend and play Stanford, who is also undefeated in Conference play for what will determine the PAC 10 Champion. The game will be shown in the MU Commons from 8 to 10 p.m. this Friday, Nov.5.  Stanford is currently ranked #1 in the country and Oregon State is ranked 15 as of Oct.26.

NEW! On Friday, Nov. 5, the Oregon NASA Space Grant will host the 2010 NASA Student Symposium in the OSU Memorial Union.  The symposium, featuring NASA sponsored student interns and researchers, will include a poster session from 9 a.m. to noon and presentations from 1 t0 6 p.m. in the Powell Learning Center Journey Room.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the presentations and internship experiences.  Information will also be available regarding future NASA opportunities.  The Symposium is free and open to the public.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.

NEW! Mike Allen with the construction and design department in facilities services is retiring, and the campus community is invited to attend a reception in MU 212 this Friday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m.

NEW! Lunch and Learn for Nov. 10 will focus on “Breastfeeding at OSU,” presented by Stephanie Duckett. The brown bag event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial  Union RM 213

NEW! A panel discussion sponsored by the OSU Women’s Network for pre-tenure faculty will be held on Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU room 206. The panel members attended a conference for  pre-tenure faculty held at Purdue university  and would like to have the opportunity to share what they have learned.  The discussion will also encourage questions that you might have about what is presented or other questions about the tenure process that can and should be addressed.

NEW! The Women’s Center is hosting a DIY (Do It Yourself) Series, and this week the featured topic is Make Your Own Indian Food, Wednesday Nov. 3, 6 to 8 p.m. Learn how to cook authentic Indian food with ingredients found here in the U.S.  WC Marketing Coordinator Neha Neelwarne will be showing us how to make a simple but tasty chicken curry so that people may learn about Indian culture and impress their friends with their new found international cooking abilities.

NEW! A talk by Barbara Altmann, Director, Oregon Humanities Center, Chair, Romance Languages, University of Oregon, will take place at 4 p.m., Nov. 15 at the OSU Center for the Humanities, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave. Altmann will speak on “Knights Rampant in the Vault: Vicissitudes in the History of a Manuscript.”

Warren Washington, Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research will speak at 11:30 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, and shared in the 2007 Nobel Prize with members of the International Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore. 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.

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

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.

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.

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


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

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) 2010-11 release for Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Dec.6 The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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. today. 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 N.W. 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. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.  To determine if your ballot has been received you can visit this site:  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do

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 College of Education seeks applicants for three full-time 9-month tenure-track teaching and research positions. Candidates will need to submit their materials online at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, applying to the specific posting number for each open position. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is required of all candidates. Closing date for full consideration is Dec. 31. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.
Assistant or Associate Professor: An earned doctorate in elementary science education or education with elementary science focus, minimum 2 years of public-school teaching experience (K-8) required;  research agenda focused on underrepresented student populations, teaching experience at the college/university level related to pre- or in-service teaching, experience with grant writing and securing external funding, experience with the integration of technology in elementary teacher education  preferred. Apply to posting #0006421.
Assistant Professor: An earned doctorate in educational leadership or a closely related field (e.g., higher education, adult education, organization and human resource development), a minimum of 2 years of teaching and advising experience at the college/university level, active research agenda focused on educational policy issues, evidence of scholarly writing, evidence of research collaborations or partnerships within and outside the university required; emphasis in evaluation of policy-related issues and decisions, significant involvement with related educational policy professional organizations preferred. Apply to posting #0006420.
Assistant Professor: Minimum 2 years teaching experience in K-12 setting, university teaching experience, earned doctorate in field related to ESOL and bilingual education or ABD with doctorate imminent, research and teaching background in ESOL and bilingual education required; fluent in speaking Spanish, evidence of expertise in the field of language development, history of procuring grants and external funding or demonstrated potential, evidence of social justice in research or teaching agenda, experience with technology, including online teaching, ability to work collaboratively preferred. Apply to posting #0006419.

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:There is a light somewhere. It may not be much light, but it beats the darkness” Charles Bukowski. Rain should end by the afternoon today, revealing a bit of sunshine to lighten the somber mood. Today’s high will be 66 with an overnight low of 45.

Central Oregon: It looks like we won’t be seeing any November Rain for at least a few more days as mostly sunny skies will produce a high around 63 degrees. Temperatures will remain above freezing overnight with a low coming in close to 38.

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