OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 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.

‘The simple imperative that everyone matters’ (Oregonian)

A long-standing partner with the Urban League of Portland, Oregon State University made its presence felt at the venerable organization’s 65th-anniversary “Equal Opportunity Day Dinner” last Thursday at the Oregon Convention Center.

Integrated Pest Management can increase crop production (Voice of America)

Paul Jepson heads the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University. He says farmers who have attended field schools in Asia and Africa have increased the use of IPM. And he says this has cut pesticide use.

Cave responds to sea lion disease (KEZI)

Biologists from Oregon State University last week issued a warning to stay away from sea lions on the Oregon Coast. (See also Beach Connection)

Initiative to assist crop insurance program (First Science)

An innovative climate and weather monitoring system developed at Oregon State University will soon be used to help underwrite and verify claims of crop losses, both to improve services to farmers across the nation and prevent abuse in the $79 billion crop insurance program. (See also Sustainable Business Oregon)

Migrating geese stop to eat in Mid-Valley (Statesman Journal)

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

Revolutionary diode design cracks 50-year-old electronics speed barrier (Gizmag)

Research into diode design conducted at the Oregon State University has revealed this week cheaper and easier to manufacture MIM diodes that will also eliminate speed restrictions of electronic circuits that have baffled materials researchers since the 1960’s.


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 at 9 a.m. in Room 4000, Ag and Life Sciences Building.

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,3 to 4 p.m., Java Stop in the Memorial Union.

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

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 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Boardwalk Café, inside McNary Central Dining. Cost is $7 at the door.

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,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in Kearney Hall room 112.

MUVIES take place Tuesday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge. This week’s featured film: Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke. After revealing his identity as Iron Man to the world, Tony Stark comes under fire from the U.S. Government who demands he hand over the powerful weapon that is the Iron Man suit. Meanwhile, a mysterious and dangerous foe emerges in Ivan Vanko, who creates a powerful persona known as Whiplash in order to exact revenge on the Stark family once and for all… and destroy Iron Man.

Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Competition” features speaker Christopher Klemm, Ph.D., Austin Entrepreneurship Program 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.

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. Today, 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! A Muslim student panel will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in Weniger Hall room 151. The panel will discuss the experience of being Muslim in America. Questions will be taken after a short introduction from the speakers.

NEW! The Nov. 11 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20101111.html. Agenda items include approval of the apportionment table, candidate slate and promotion and tenure guideline revisions; reports include Veterans as Students, Emergency Preparedness and the October Interinstitutional Faculty Senate recap. Senators are required to find a proxy from their apportionment unit if they are unable to attend the meeting.

NEW! UHDS Dining Services Staff and members of the UHDS Diversity Initiative would like to invite you to attend Taste of the Indian Ocean: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate International Education Week and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. It takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 17, in Marketplace West Dining Center located on the west side of campus. Entrée menu items will include traditional and favorite fare from India, Madagascar, Pakistan, South Africa, Kenya and other countries that surround the Indian Ocean. The event will feature live entertainment.  $8 at the door (tickets also available in advance at any UHDS dining center, staff and off-campus residents can use Orange Rewards, residents can use their UHDS Dining Dollars or Orange Rewards)

NEW! LueRachelle Brim-Atkins will speak Friday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., in MU 109A, on “The African Diaspora.” Brim-Atkins has traveled to eight countries in Africa and nine countries in the African Diaspora. Her goal is to experience first-hand the impact of Africa on cultures and people throughout the Diaspora, an impact that is often denied, unacknowledged or unrecognized. She is on a mission to change that denial and lack of awareness through her presentations and interactive discussions about the contributions of Africa and Africanisms found throughout the African Diaspora, including the United States.

NEW! The OSU Chapter of the AAUP is hosting a social hour following the Nov. 11 faculty senate meeting (5 p.m.). The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn lobby bar (Western and 26th Street). For more information see http:/people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

NEW! The OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russell Christensen and Bella Voce, directed by Dr. Tina Bull, present the fall choral concert on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St. The OSU Meistersingers are a 50-member, auditioned men’s ensemble that performs in concert each term, tours regionally and frequently entertains at community and campus and sporting and special events. Bella Voce is a select, 50-member women’s chorus that also performs each term and tours regionally and internationally. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff and faculty will be admitted for free with the ID card.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus

NEW! Cold and Flu Awareness and Flu Shot Mini-Clinic: Stop by the MU on Thursday, Nov. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. Visit the Peer Health Advocates information table at the top of the stairs, and learn the difference between a cold and the flu. Students have the chance to win a FREE FLU SHOT! If you don’t win a shot, you can still get one in Room 109A, as can any OSU faculty and staff. Details on prices and insurance acceptance available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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 today to reserve a seat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Time is running out to apply for the annual Journey Into Leadership program. We are seeking self-motivated faculty, professional and classified employees who are willing to embark in the journey and gain the insights to more effectively lead. To learn more about this series and to apply by Monday, Nov. 15, visit the web site at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership/. (No cost to OSU employees.)

NEW! The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate invites nominations and applications for the OSU Representative to the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics through Nov. 29 – see http://oregonstate.edu/senate/cia/ for information. The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) is an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA FBS schools whose mission is to provide a national faculty voice on intercollegiate sports issues. Areas of concern include academic integrity and quality, student-athlete welfare, campus governance of intercollegiate athletics, commercialization, and fiscal responsibility. Committed to the development of effective strategies and proposals for significant, long-term reform in college athletics, COIA works with university faculties, administrations, trustee boards, and national associations concerned with higher education, to implement these strategies and proposals. Additional information about COIA is available at http://wfu.me/cms/coia/index.php/Home.

NEW! 2010 Training Days will be held Nov. 16-17 at the LaSells Stewart Center, offering a focused set of 56 learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to faculty and staff.  Starting this year, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate, we have incorporated several sessions focused on faculty interests. Some of these sessions include: Introduction to MyDegrees – the new Degree Audit System; Navigating the Administrative Grant Support System – From Application to Post Award Administration; What’s New with Gifts & Grants ; Research Impact – A Unique View from Office of Technology Transfer to name a few. In addition, we will have: PERS retirement workshops; PERS planning workshops, work-balance sessions; technology sessions,  and many others sessions. To see a complete list of sessions offered and to register online for these sessions please visit – http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/registration.cfm.

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.

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

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 Department of Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a Professional Faculty position as Academic Advisor. This is a 12-month fixed term position (1.0 FTE) with a split assignment of advising undergraduate, distance education students seeking a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, (enrolled through OSU’s e-campus), as well as advising on-campus based students within HHS.  For more detail: www.jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57589. Posting: # 0006520 Position Closes: Nov 18.

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: “My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane.” – Robert Frost. Today we have a 100 percent chance of rain, with a high of 50 and an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow, the rain gets bored of us and leaves, and the sunshine returns, and considers whether or not it will stick around.

Central Oregon: With rain assured in town for the day and snow expected at night and the high and low at 42 and 32 degrees respectively, look for our winter destination spots to start getting some powder for the approaching winter season.  It may not stick, but Mother Nature is certainly hinting at something.

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