OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 4, 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.

National Medal of Science winner speaks out at OSU about climate change (Gazette-Times)

Last Friday, Oregon State University alum and leading climate researcher Warren Washington was announced as one of 10 scientists to receive the prestigious National Medal of Science. Sporting a bow-tie and a pin on his lapel that said “Warming in Unequivocal,” Washington returned to his alma mater to gave a speech to a packed room of about 85 people Wednesday.

Oregon State University partners with Iraqi universities (Huffington Post)

A new plan for Oregon State University to share green engineering expertise with Iraqi universities. (See also Grist)

Farm, forest land being protected, but not always for intended use (Western Farmer-Stockman)

But even if ag production is not maximized as had been plotted in the laws, researchers feel the small farms continue to provide a scenic beauty.  That, the document concludes, helps attract people, industry and jobs to rural Oregon. The study, published in Land Use Policy, an international journal with a land use theme, was conducted in part by Oregon State University’s Hannah Gosnell, an assistant professor of geosciences.

Microlamination speed nanoparticle production by 500 times (Gizmag)

Nanotechnology products could become much more commercially practical thanks to work being performed by engineers at Oregon State University.

Got milk? Now keep it fresher longer (Inside Science)

At Oregon State University’s food science lab, they can cook-up a mix that lasts more than a month and still tastes fresh. “Good taste, good aroma, that is the kind of research we are doing here,” Michael Qian, Ph.D, a food scientist at Oregon State University told Ivanhoe.

MIM architecture promises better quantum tunneling (EETimes)

Researchers at the Oregon State University report a method for “quantum tunnelling ” that uses metal-insulator-metal (MIM) architecture. They claim that the technology will enable faster, lower power and cooler running electronics.

New exhibit features work of three female artists (LIFE@OSU)

3Rach(a)els, an exhibit of painting, performance and video by artists Rachel Hines, Racheael Huffman, and Rachel Warkentin, opens Nov. 8 in Fairbanks Hall.


Entrepreneur in Residence Series: “How do you stop 100,000 computer frauds a day?” Speaker is Greg Pierson, Founder & CEO, iovation Inc. today at 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 noon 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.

OSU Libraries is offering an Intro to APA Style workshop today 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 School of Language, Culture, and Society is sponsoring a showing of “Autumn Gem,” a film about modern China’s first feminist today at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. Afterwards, there will be a Q & A with the filmmakers.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Dean Hamer, senior investigator and head of the Gene Structure and Regulation Section of the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, will discuss the current state of research into the biological origins of sexuality during a lecture at Oregon State University Friday, Nov. 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in Bexel Hall room 103. The documentary, “Out in the Silence,”  by Hamer and Joe Wilson, will be screened at 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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, 1:30 p.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.

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.”

Outreach & Engagement is one of the university’s 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


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 OSU Admissions office will be hosting approximately 1800 visitors for the Beaver Open House campus visitation program on Saturday, Nov. 6.  This influx of people on campus may impact parking, traffic and lunch time numbers at dining locations on and around campus.  Visitors have been instructed to utilize the parking structure or the Reser Stadium lot. The Beaver Open House schedule can be found at:  http://oregonstate.edu/visitosu/files/boh_program.pdf.

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!

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.)

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. 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. 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. 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. 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). 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. on Nov. 5, and services should be restored by 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.


Corvallis: “Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” — Albert Schweitzer. The leaves are falling fast and furious today under the cover of an autumnal fog. Skies will brighten this afternoon for yet another gorgeous day, although the high will only reach 63. The chance of rain increases by tomorrow afternoon and the weekend may be showery.

Central Oregon: We’re looking at another fantastic fall day in Central Oregon with a high around 66 degrees and amazing views to last a lifetime. Once again, the evening will feel like a nice cold soak as temperatures bottom out at 39. I keep wondering how long it will take before we get down below 50 degrees for the rest of the year. As soon as the snow comes, I am thinking Elk Resort.

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