OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 8, 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.

Danforth Plant Science Center announces next president (Danforth Plant Science Center)

William H. Danforth, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, today announced that James C. Carrington, will become the next President of the Danforth Plant Science Center. Carrington is the Director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB), the Stewart Professor for Gene Research, and Distinguished Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. (See also LIFE@OSU, St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Sharp increase in sea lion deaths on Oregon coast (OPB)

Jim Rice is an Oregon State University scientist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.  He says there’s typically an increase in sea lion mortality in the fall, but this year there are even more. (See Gazette-Times, FOX 12, KGW)

The big lie about abortion and mental health (Washington Post)

As recently as September, Oregon State University researchers announced the results of a national study showing that teenagers who have an abortion are no more likely to become depressed or to have low self-esteem one year or five years later, compared with their peers who deliver.

OSU named ‘Campus Sustainability Leader’ by institute (Media Newswire)

Oregon State University has been designated a “Campus Sustainability Leader” by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, which has announced the results of its annual sustainability report card.

5 small bike-friendly cities (Bicycling.com)

2. Corvallis, OR (pop. 53,165)
Home of Oregon State University, Corvallis residents, by percentage, take more trips by bike than in any other Oregon city. That’s because the city made it easy to get around by bike: 97 percent of arterial streets have bike lanes. Mandatory bike-education programs and covered bike parking at elementary schools encourage kids to start riding.

Bong Hits for Jesus author at OSU (Gazette-Times)

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 it 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 James Foster. Its title is “BONG HiTS 4 JESUS,” a reference to the hastily produced banner that started the entire controversy.

OSU 2011 football schedule announced (LIFE@OSU)

Nine Pacific-12 Conference games plus two non-league home contests highlight the 2011 Oregon State University football schedule.

Climate expert to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Steve Squyres, a planetary scientist, geologist and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, will present the 2010 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Oregon State University.

From local meat to local meal (San Luis Obispo Press Democrat)

niche meats account for less than 5 percent of the total market in the U.S., according to Lauren Gwin, a research associate at Oregon State University and the co-coordinator of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Group.


The future of the Columbia River Treaty (see “Countdown on the Columbia” in the latest Terra magazine, Oregonstate.edu/terra) is under discussion Nov. 7-9 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The public is welcome to observe sessions today focusing on community interests and needs, on participatory decision-making processes and on governance mechanisms. A panel discussion is scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. tonight (Monday). The 2nd Annual Symposium on Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty, 2014, is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Trust, Northwest Power and Conservation Council and Oregon State University.

A reading and book signing with James Foster will be held tonight 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.

At Science Pub Corvallis on Nov. 8, Steve Brandt, director of the Oregon Sea Grant program, will discuss findings from six seasons of subsurface exploration in the low-oxygen waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. And he’ll share what was different about this year’s cruise, which began after the United States’ largest recorded oil well blow-out was capped in July.

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Competition” features speaker Christopher Klemm, Ph.D., Austin Entrepreneurship Program, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1003. All competitors are not created equal nor are all points of competition comparable. Entrepreneurs often underestimate the competition and/or focus on the wrong places to compete. Learn where to compete, how to compete, and how to use competitive positioning to help to define your overall strategy. Before coming to this session, check out competition first hand – visit Albertson’s, WinCo, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Market of Choice and come ready to discuss how they compete. To RSVP or for more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044. Free and open to the community.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Wednesday, Nov. 10,  noon to 3 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon., whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Steve Squyres, a planetary scientist, geologist, and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project will present the 2010 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Oregon State University. The lecture is free, open to the public and designed for a non-specialist audience. It is titled “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet” The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

NEW! Innovation comes in many forms: life-saving robots, microbial fuel cells, carbonated fruit, plant-based lubricants and adhesives, and clothing that adjusts to your lifestyle. These are among the ideas that are fueling start-up companies in Oregon and will be featured at Willamette Innovators Night, Nov. 11 at Oregon State University. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

NEW! Award-winning poet Sidney Wade will visit Oregon  State University on Friday, Nov. 12, where she will read from her works beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. The reading is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.

NEW! Edward Curtis, a scholar from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Thursday, Nov. 18, on “Why Muslims Matter to U.S. History.” The free public lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at LaSells Stewart  Center. It is sponsored by the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture at OSU.

NEW! OSU Faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee during the annual Winter Coffee, Nov. 30, 9:30-11 a.m. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray  in celebration and conversation.  Featuring Beth Rietveld at the piano.  Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share.

NEW! Women’s Center DIY Series: Change Your Own Oil, Wednesday Nov 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at Clayton Auto, 797 NE Circle Blvd. Who says that changing the oil in your car is something only boys can do?  Come learn how to change your oil, make your vehicle last longer, (you’ll learn the secrets car manufacturers won’t tell you), and the basic parts of your car engine so next time you take it to the mechanic you’ll be able to understand what he or she is talking about!

NEW! OSU is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body, and as a group, Latinos comprise Oregon’s fastest growing minority population. At the Nov. 11 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Susana Rivera-Mills, associate professor in the Dept. of Foreign Languages, will discuss an initiative to serve the needs of Latino/a students. Triad meets in the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 12 to 1. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch.  Call Nick Houtman, 541-738-0783, by Nov. 9 to reserve a seat.

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.

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

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.

Seminars and Lectures

NEW! Michael Marletta, Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, will speak on “Nitric Oxide in Biology: From Discovery to New Treatments for Disease,” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in Kearney Hall room 112.

NEW! Barbara and Graig Delbol, owners of Althouse Nursery in Cave Junction, , will speak on “Small Native Plan Nursery Interface with Government Agencies,” on Nov. 9 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.

NEW! In its ongoing mission to encourage research, development, and scholarship of faculty and/or departments in the area of distance education, Extended Campus is pleased to announce an open call for proposals for grant funding.  Funded proposals will produce research that informs Extended Campus about our practices and programs, and will improve the effectiveness and overall quality of OSU’s distance education. In addition, the research will enhance Extended Campus’s outreach and engagement efforts as they pertain to the strategic and programmatic objectives found in the University Strategic Plan. For more information and the online proposal form please visit our webpage at: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/faculty/grants/ For more information contact Alfonso Bradoch at 541-737-9116.

NEW! The Graduate School is pleased to announce a request for proposals under the 2011-12 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program.  The UGLBG enables graduate programs to compete for and manage Laurels Graduate Scholarships in conjunction with other graduate student financial support resources.  The deadline is Dec. 15. For complete information see: University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program

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 today. 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.


Office Specialist 2, International Student and Faculty Services invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 – International Program Assistant.  This is a full-time, 12 month position.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Apply to posting #0006523. Closing Date: Nov. 17.

Office Specialist 2, ROTC Air Force Studies invites applications for an Office Specialist 2. This is a full-time, 12 month position.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Apply to posting #0006525. Closing Date: Nov. 17.

The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Systems Biology. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006512.  For full consideration, please apply by Jan. 15, 2011. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Research Office invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Director for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006526.  Closing date: Nov. 19.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Manager – The Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006540, full consideration date Nov. 20, closing date nov. 30.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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. Services should be restored by 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.


Corvallis: “Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable, the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street or road by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese. Both are warnings of chill days ahead, fireside and topcoat weather.” — Hal Borland. Scattered showers will keep us on our toes today, with a high of 49 and an overnight low of 36. Steady rain is expected for tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Don’t be fooled by the mostly sunny skies as the high is only expected to reach 43 degrees. Bundle up and look for it to drop well below freezing tonight with a low near 24. Winter is approaching fast as snow flurries are expected to begin sometime this week. ”Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.”
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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