OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 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.

Mars expert to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Steve Squyres, a planetary scientist, geologist and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, will present the 2010 Thomas Condon Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University.

Presentation Nov. 15 by OSU professor on Godfather films (KVAL)

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.

Winter hospitality, tourism courses offered in Bend (Oregon Travel Daily)

Hospitality and tourism leaders are invited to attend the courses, which will be taught by Cornell faculty and offered through Oregon State University-Cascades in the mountain town of Bend, Oregon

OSU climate data tapped by USDA (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A climate and weather monitoring system developed at Oregon State University will be tapped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency to prevent fraud in its $79 billion crop insurance program. (See also Democrat-Herald)

Willamette Innovators Night to share creativity (Gazette-Times)

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 (WiN) Thursday at Oregon State University.

California sea lions dying of leptospirosis off Oregon Coast (Examiner)

Autopsies on dozens of California sea lions that have found off of Oregon’s coast have suggested that they may have died from the bacterial infection, leptospirosis. According to Oregon State University’s Jim Rice, they are getting daily calls about sick or dead sea lions.

OSU engineering students’ group plans ‘Pumpkin Chunkin’ event (Gazette-Times)

The student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Oregon State University again will present a “Pumpkin Chunkin'” event Friday near the OSU campus, and the public can watch.

Professor emeritus van Andel dies in Cambridge (Stanford Daily)

Before coming to Stanford, Tjeerd Hendrik van Andel worked as a sedimentologist in Amsterdam and a marine geologist and geochemist at Oregon State University. While at Oregon State, he helped with international deep-sea explorations that used the geology of the previously unexplored ocean floor to develop theories of plate tectonics and periods of climate change in Earth’s history.


The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale from 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

Lunch and Learn for today 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 Muslim student panel will be held 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.

Women’s Center DIY Series: Change Your Own Oil,  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!

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.

Steve Squyres, a planetary scientist, geologist, and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Project will present the 2010 Thomas Condon Lecture tonight. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! SafeRx Day: Save a Fish/Friend, Eliminate unwanted Rx. Come to the Memorial Union Journey Room on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m., for a medication take-back event.  Bring unwanted medications, no questions asked, and help reduce suicide, drug abuse and environmental contamination. For more information, go to:  www.oregonstate.edu/counsel/safe-rx. There will be reserved parking for participants in the Memorial Union Bookstore parking lot.

NEW! Join Scott Ashford, head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, at a Science Pub on Tuesday, November 16 at McMenamins in Bend, when he examines how to keep people and property safe during earthquakes. This Science Pub takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking and food and beverage service, and the presentation begins at 6 p.m.

NEW! Nalini Nadkarni, a pioneer in forest canopy research who is known for her creative outreach to audiences, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Oregon State  University. Her free public presentation, “Tapestry Thinking, Tapestry Actions: Weaving Threads of Science, Arts, and the Humanities for Sustainability and Conservation,” begins at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! Julie Thompson Klein, the author of a recent book titled “Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures” will give a public lecture on Friday, Nov. 12 to address interdisciplinary change, best practices, and concrete strategies for actualizing this change. Klein is a professor of humanities and Faculty Fellow in The Office for Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University. The lecture, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 109 and is open to the public.  For more information, please contact Sara Eklund at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Bob Lillie, professor of geology at Oregon State University, will be giving the keynote address at the conference “Oregon’s Renowned Scientific Treasure: The John Day Basin,” Nov. 11 at the World Trade Center in Portland. For more information, see http://www.paleolands.org/find/time/here/oregons_renowned_scientific_treasure_the_john_day_basin

NEW! The Oregon State University – Cascades Board of Advisors will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. The agenda includes discussion on the status of various goals outlined within the strategic plan, including the development of the proposed academic programs. The meeting will be held in Cascades Hall, Room 211.  The meeting is open to the public.  For information call 541-322-3100.

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.

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.

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/

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

News for Employees

NEW! Wellness, Financial & Retirement providers will be on the OSU campus during Training Days 2010, Nov. 16-17, offering a variety of workshops.  For a complete description of the workshops offered, please visit the Business Services Training Days website at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri.htm NSF – MRI program site:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm Letters of  intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, December 13, 2010 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

NEW! Campus Recycling is pleased to announce that with the help of 40 volunteers at the Homecoming football game, we recycled 6,456 lbs of material and redeemed deposits from 6,620 containers to fundraise for the Linn Benton Food Share. This was part of a joint effort between Campus Recycling and OSU SIFE to both compete in the EPA Game Day Challenge (a national competition to reduce waste at college football games) and fight hunger in our community. Please view our recent post on the Ecologue for more information.

The 2011 MLK. Jr. planning committee for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (Jan. 10-19, 2011) welcomes your nominations for the Phyllis S. Lee Award and the Frances Dancy Hooks Award. The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walks the Talk.” The Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awards will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 17, 2011. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 3. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/affact/phyllis-s-lee-award and http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/sites/default/files/osu-today/hooks.pdf

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.)

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.

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


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: A bit of sun may be in store this afternoon, but the mountains are already getting snow, meaning winter isn’t too far off. But while we may want to turn back the clock to spring, instead let’s enjoy some clearing skies and a high of 52.

Central Oregon: “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”  ~John Ruskin. After possibly sweeping some snow off the car in the morning, brace yourself as more flurries of flakes are possible throughout the day with a high around 45 degrees. Freezing temperatures tonight around 26 should make for an interesting morning, be careful everyone!

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