OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 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.

Venture Northwest seeks to boost university commercialization (Oregonian)

Oregon universities have rededicated themselves to research, in part to help offset a decline in state funding. They’re pulling in more government research dollars and spinning out more companies. There’s been a cultural shift among researchers, too, according to Brian Wall, director of Oregon State University’s tech transfer office.

Statehouse control unknown (Statesman Journal)

A Dudley win could create “the Salem equivalent of what’s been called ‘gridlock’ in Washington D.C.,” said Bill Lunch, chairman of the Political Science Department at Oregon State University.

Rise in geese population could spell trouble (Statesman Journal)

Oregon Farm Bureau surveyed its members last year and received 50 responses describing goose damage that totaled $1.5 million, said Katie Fast, bureau director of government affairs. An Oregon State University study states the damage decreases crop yields by about 25 percent.

Glumac to open Corvallis office as engineer bait (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The office will be across Monroe Street from Oregon State University’s School of Engineering. It will serve as a proving ground for engineering students, and a potential launch pad for San Francisco-based Glumac’s other West Coast locations.

New farmers take over Puyallup filbert orchard (Seattle PI)

This winter, the couple plans to replace up to a third of the orchard with a new disease-resistant filbert tree developed at Oregon State University. Meanwhile, the new trees won’t yield sizable harvests for five years.

Toxic chemicals found deep at BP oil spill site (Reuters)

In September a team at Oregon State University said they found alarming levels of PAHs in the region, 40 times higher than before the area was affected by the oil spill.


Warren Washington, Chief Scientist of the Department of Energy/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research will speak at 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. A reception precedes the event at 10:30 a.m. 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 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  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.

The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly evening public sale today from 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 Women’s Center is hosting a DIY (Do It Yourself) Series, and this week the featured topic is Make Your Own Indian Food, from 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.

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., 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.

An interactive book review and discussion by Courtney Campbell, OSU Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture, takes place at 7 p.m. tonight in the Corvallis Public Library. Campbell will look at “The Spirit Level,” a book about the income gap in U.S. society.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will give its premiere performance of the school year at noon on Friday, Nov. 5, as part of the Music à la Carte concert series. The OSU choir will share the program with the Corvallis High School Concert Choir directed by Aubrey Peterson. The free, public concert begins at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge.

NEW! The public is invited to join in conversation, lecture and interaction with renowned Portland composer Joan Szymko at the first annual Ron Jeffers Choral Composing Symposium on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Benton Hall on the Oregon State University campus. The symposium is named for composer Ron Jeffers, former director of choirs at OSU, and founder of Earthsongs Music, a choral music publishing company. It will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (including a barbecue from 11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.) on Saturday. Admission is $50. OSU students, faculty and staff are admitted for free.

NEW! In collaboration with the Native American Longhouse and the American Indian Initiatives of Intercultural Student Services  the UHDS Dining Services Staff and members of the UHDS Diversity Initiative would like to invite you to attend Indigenous Feast: a way of giving thanks to help celebrate Native American Heritage Month and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. It takes place Nov. 9, 5 to 8 p.m., in the Boardwalk Café, inside McNary Central Dining. Cost is $7 at the door. Entrée menu items will include: Winter Corn Chowder (vegetarian), Pueblo Indian Pork Roast, Baked Black Beans, Fry Bread, Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse and other traditional culinary favorites.

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Piano International and Oregon State University present Croatian pianist and 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Martina Filjak on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. These concerts are not recommended for children under eight. OSU students and youth ages eight through 18 are admitted for free. Advance tickets are available online at TicketsOregon.com, as well as the following local outlets: Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music, Beard’s Framing, and Rice’s Pharmacy.

NEW! Between the Cracks Forum 2000-11 presents Marc Sabat on violin and electronics, Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Corvallis Arts Center.  Born in Canada but currently based in Berlin, Sabat has had his work presented internationally in radio broadcasts and at festivals of new music including the Donaueschinger Musiktage, MaerzMusic, Darmstadt, and Carnegie Hall. It is co-sponsored by the OSU Music Department.

NEW! Oregon State University Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of Richard Marius’ stage adaptation of his critically acclaimed novel, “The Coming of Rain,” starting Nov. 11. Performances run Nov. 11-12 and 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe main stage, located at 30th and Campus  Way on the OSU campus.  Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 student/youth, and $5 OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or check out http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

NEW! Grow with the Peace Corps, which is actively recruiting for thousands of new positions in 77 countries. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Coffee Chat: Q&A with a Recruiter, Nov. 9, 3 to 4 p.m., Java Stop in the Memorial Union.

NEW! What is Ablesim? This is the first of a three workshop series where we will define and discuss ableism and gain a better understanding of ourselves and how we can be a better support to students and colleagues. Nov. 15,  1:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m., MU, Journey Room. To RSVP contact: anne.lapour@oregonstate.edu (by Nov. 12) The next workshops will be on Feb. 14 (MU, room 109) and May 16(MU, Journey Room) from 1:30pm-3:30pm.Sponsored by Student Life with support from Intercultural Student Services and the Memorial Union.

NEW! Outreach & Engagement is one of the Universities core missions. At the 2010 O & E Conference, we will celebrate this mission and what it means to OSU as an institution and to you the faculty and staff who make this important mission a reality. Hear about proactive collaboration within and outside of OSU. Through the words of our president Ed Ray, the insights of engaged scholar Lorilee Sandemann from the University of Georgia, and examples of OSU faculty who are successful engagement practitioners, catch the vision and spirit of outreach and engagement. The event takes place Friday, Nov. 19, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Contact Vicki Campbell at 541-737-1581 or Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”


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! Here’s a PBS video of internationally acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti performing with violinist Lucia Micarelli.  Botti will perform with our own Corvallis-OSU Symphony on April 1 and 2 in LaSells Stewart Center.  Tickets went on sale Monday at http://ticketsoregon.com, and 25 percent have already sold.  Better get yours soon!

NEW! Employee complaints can be a good thing when there is an avenue for raising and addressing complaints effectively. Join us for this  two hour workshop, “Handling and Turning Around Employee Complaints” on Nov. 10  to discuss strategies for managing employee upsets in a way that creates a healthy work environment. For a complete description and to register, visit: http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=1347 (No cost to OSU employees.)

NEW! OSU’s Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program is recruiting students, faculty and staff for the winter cohort. The Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program is designed to connect students with faculty/staff from across campus, to create a support network, and to provide a cross-cultural educational experience. Participation would include attending a one-day training on Jan. 7 or 8, a kick-off dinner on Jan. 12 and meeting regularly with a mentor/mentee throughout the year. There will also be professional development opportunities, check-ins, and other events. Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the ISS office (A150 Kerr) or the SHS Health Promotion Office (Room 310 of Student Health Services) and are due by Nov. 30. For more information, contact Malinda Shell (malinda.shell@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-2776) or Gustavo Martinez-Padilla (Gustavo.Martinez-Padilla@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-9031)

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

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.


Oregon State University Benton County Extension Service is recruiting for a part-time, 0.49 FTE, fixed-term, Area Small Farms Instructor (Sustainable/Biological Horticulture) position. Funding is available for up to 3 years. The position is based in Benton County and covers the southern Willamette Valley area including Benton, Linn and Lane Counties. The position focuses on horticultural crops with an emphasis on sustainable/biological production systems appropriate for small scale farmers. The position is part of the OSU Extension Small Farms Program and collaborates with other Small Farms Program members located in Benton County and statewide. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006476. . Closing date: Nov. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Crop Sciences Building: Due to the necessary repairs, the building chiller will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect cooling in all rooms on all floors.  This shutdown is necessary to replace the Trane chiller. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. onNov. 5, and services should be restored by 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.


Corvallis: After last night’s election, your iPod may be tuned to “Celebration” this morning, or perhaps “American Idiot” feels more appropriate. Regardless let’s hope you’re not just comfortably numb. Today the weather will be worth celebrating, as sunny skies lift the spirit and a high of 69 keeps us comfortably warm. Tomorrow looks similarly pleasant.

Central Oregon: Patches of fog in the AM might block our views of the beautiful and snowy Cascade Mountains , but it should disappear in time for us to enjoy the sunshine and a high of 62 degrees.  A clear night will get a little chilly with a low around 35, but expect more fantastic fall weather tomorrow before the rain comes back for the weekend.

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