OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 5, 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.

Sustainable Oregon and Iraq (OPB Think Out Loud)

This morning’s show, which airs at 9 a.m., will discuss OSU’s recent agreement with Iraqi universities to develop sustainable engineering programs.

Austin Business Awards recognize Newberg native (Newberg Graphic)

A program started by A-dec Inc. founders Ken and Joan Austin to recognize family businesses is celebrating its 25th year with a series of awards, including one to a Newberg native.

Sexuality topic of free lectures (Gazette-Times)

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 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today in Bexel Hall room 103.

‘BONG HiTS’ a book on free speech (KVAL)

It began as a sophomoric, attention-grabbing prank by teens in Juneau, Alaska, weeks before the 2002 Winter Olympics were to begin a couple of thousand miles away in Utah, and snowballed into a national dispute over constitutional free speech issues. And a roundtable discussion on that case at a 2007 regional political science gathering has now turned into a book written by an Oregon State University-Cascades professor.

Columbia Power Technologies wins at Venture Northwest (Oregonian)

Corvallis-based Columbia Power, which has ties to Oregon State University, is developing technology to convert wave energy into electricity.

ROTC blood drive a success (Gazette-Times)

More than 120 units of blood were collected when the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at Oregon State University hosted a blood drive Oct. 28, conducted by the Armed Services Blood Program, Pacific Northwest.

Croatian pianist tops OSU music events list (Entertainer)

Award-winning pianist Martina Filjak of Croatia lends her talents to the mid-valley area on Sunday, Nov. 7, to christen the 2010-11 Steinway Piano Concert Series.

Corvallis High School joins Music ala Carte today (Democrat-Herald)

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will give its premiere performance of the school year on Friday, Nov. 5, as part of the Music à la Carte concert series.


First Friday lunch is available today at the University Motor Pool on West Campus Way. We’re riding an old idea—Subway sandwich platters with sixty feet of combination and veggie sandwiches to feed the first 100 people and probably more. All the food for this casual event provided by the staff and generous donors so bring a friend and drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will give its premiere performance of the school year at noon today, 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.

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 today 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. Wilson also will be guest lecturing from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Linn Benton Community College, Diversity Achievement Center Room F220 following a screening of the documentary.

Today 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 from 2 to 5 p.m.

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 today and tomorrow 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.

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. tonight. Stanford is currently ranked #1 in the country and Oregon State is ranked 15 as of Oct.26.


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.

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.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! A reading and book signing with James Foster will be held on Monday, Nov. 8, in OSU’s Memorial Union, at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Powell Leadership Room. Foster has spent 25 years at OSU and OSU-Cascades specializing in Supreme Court policies and politics, and is the author of the curiously titled book, “BONG HiTS 4 JESUS,” about a national dispute over constitutional free speech issues.

NEW! 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. On Nov. 9, Dr. Kyle Homertgen, osteopathic physician, will speak on “What does Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Have to Offer in Pain Management?” All seminars are free and open to the public. They take place in the Pharmacy building, room 305 and start at 7 p.m.

NEW! Oregon State University film professor Jon Lewis will give an interactive and informative talk on “The Godfather” trilogy, including little-known insights into the films’ connections with real-life mafia figures, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Memorial Union Journey Room (or Joyce Powell Leadership Center), 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, on the OSU campus. It is sponsored by the OSU Bookstore. Lewis’ newest book, on the 1972 American film “The Godfather,” was released in October through the British Film Institute. Copies of the book will be available at the Nov. 15 event.

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


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

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.)

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


Corvallis: “O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being. Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing.” — Shelley. Today’s dense fog should eventually clear, leaving cloudy skies in its wake, with a light northwest wind and a high of only 57. Saturday will start cloudy and end in rain showers, and Sunday is looking pretty damp.

Central Oregon: We have only a couple days left of sunshine before the rain rolls in and temperatures start dropping off significantly. A high of 64 degrees and an overnight low near 40 should make for a beautiful Friday in Central Oregon so don’t let it go to waste. Maybe get out and go shopping for some winter clothes! “It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”  ~P.D. James

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