OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 12, 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.

Razor-thin margins could bring gridlock to Oregon (Washington Post)

“The Roman emperors could not have dreamed up a more delicious torture for their gladiators than this. It’s just going to be ugly,” said Bill Lunch, an Oregon State University political science professor.

Invasive grass invades US grazing land (UPI)

Researchers at Oregon State University say the weed knows as medusahead has growth advantages over most other grass species that could allow it to continue to spread across much of the West and disrupt native ecosystems, a university release said Thursday.

Run-over bicyclist escapes serious injury (Gazette-Times)

A vehicle ran over a bicyclist Wednesday evening at 30th Street near Dryden Hall at Oregon State University, and then caused a domino-effect series of vehicle accidents, police said.

Discussion to explore morality, climate change (Coloradan)

Michigan State Univer-sity environmental philosophy professor Michael P. Nelson and Oregon State University philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore, the editors of a new book, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril,” will talk about the moral implications of climate change and acting to do something about it.

Entrepreneurs share road from ‘starving’ to success (Gazette-Times)

The Willamette Innovators Network hosted a full slate of events centered around innovation and entrepreneurship Thursday at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Going to war with the past (Entertainer)

Bourbonville is the site of Richard Marius’ two-act play “The Coming of Rain,” being staged by Oregon State University Theatre, and it delves deep into a time period most would rather sweep under the rug.

Marine reserves recommended for three more sites along Oregon coast (Oregonian)

Based on research in reserves elsewhere, the original reserve proposals given the community teams were already close to the minimum size to be effective, covering about three to six miles of coastline, said Scott Heppell, a Cape Falcon team member who is an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s fisheries and wildlife department.

OSU celebrates International Education Week with “Taste of the Indian Ocean” night (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s department of University Housing & Dining Services will host “Taste of the Indian Ocean,” a celebration of the culture of the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, on Wednesday, Nov.17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Marketplace West Dining Center.


Dad’s Weekend takes place today through Sunday. For a full schedule of events, see: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/node/42

The Fall 2010 enrollment report for Oregon State is now available here: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/ir/enrollment/ES_Fall_2010.pdf

A Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by OSU’s ROTC Units and the ASOSU Veteran Affairs Committee takes place today at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Quad.

Julie Thompson Klein, the author of a recent book titled “Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures” will give a public lecture today 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.

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins will speak today 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 tonight 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 tonight, 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.


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.


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 today. 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! INTO OSU International Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Heckart Lodge. Students will be showcasing their cultures with traditional dress, snacks and drinks, music, videos, and posters.  They will write your name in Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, or maybe Thai, Russian, Nepali or Burmese.  There will be live music, a Saudi wedding ceremony and dance party, henna, and more.

NEW! The second lecture in the 2010–11 Horning Lecture Series, “The Historical Sciences,” will be given by Mott Greene, professor at the University of Puget Sound on Thursday, Nov. 18. Titled “[Geo] History Fights Back from the Grave,” the lecture will be held in the Memorial Union, room 109.

NEW! Peace Corps Panel Discussion: Q&A with Returned Volunteers, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Bexell, room 103. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process .

NEW! Chamber Music Corvallis presents the duo of Jon Manasse, clarinet, and Jon Nakamatsu, piano on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at La Sells Stewart Center. The concert is sponsored by the Associated Students of Oregon State University. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $22 at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis or on line at our website, http://www.violins.org. Tickets are $25 at the door on concert night. A parent accompanying their child is admitted for $10. OSU students with ID and K-12 students enter free.  Tickets are $5 for other students and student spouses.

NEW! Robert Meinke, with the OSU department of botany and plant pathology, will speak on “The Role of Propagation and Re-introductions in Conservation Species Recovery Efforts on Nov. 16 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! 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 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Student Life with support from Intercultural Student Services and the Memorial Union.

NEW! 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.”

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! DIY Series: Facial Scrubs, Wednesday Nov 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. Come see a demonstration of how to make your own rejuvenating facial mask with ingredients found in most household cupboards! This will also include some very cost-effective info about the different benefits of using common kitchen items like sugar, salt, and honey, instead of pricey face wash from the grocery store. Best of all, the first 10 people to arrive will receive a small jar of the facial mask made during the workshop.

OUS Sustainability Conference, Feb. 17, 2011. In 2008, OUS held its first system-wide sustainability conference at UO in Eugene. This successful event, attended by nearly 300 participants, brought together students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the State Board of Higher Education to discuss green purchasing, energy management, co-curricular activities, and alternative transportation within OUS. The 2011 conference will be held in Corvallis at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. Mark your calendars and check http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ous-sustainability-conference for more information.

Don’t miss the workshop “Managing Your Career” presented by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, scheduled for Nov. 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Strategies for managing your career in an ever changing work environment will be explored. Examining your current skill set relative to where you would like to be and committing to on-going development are keys to positioning yourself for future opportunities. No cost to OSU faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=1348 to register.

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.

The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Do Atheists Have Faith?” on Monday, Nov. 15, at Gilfillan Auditorium. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature speakers Michael Gurney and Martin Erwig.

Bill Witt of Witt Consulting will speak Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Kelley Engineering Building room 1003 on “Profit and Loss Statements and Cash Flows,” as part of the Building Your Killer Business Plan series. With any business plan there is sure to be a set of financial projections showing you the millions that will be made in the next five years. But what do these numbers really mean and how do you manage and adjust the projections? Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Killer Business Plan series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing business plans. Free and open to the community. For more information on the series, click here. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop or call 541-713-8044

Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas, and environmental protection commissioner for the Cherokee Nation, Marty Matlock, will discuss international development of criteria and standards for measuring and certifying sustainable agricultural practices, and describe sustainability trends for major agricultural crops in the US over the last decade. Matlock will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov 17, at LaSells Stewart Center.

News for Employees

NEW! The OSU online payment systems that accept credit card and eCheck payments (myBill, Online Services, and TouchNet Marketplace) will be out of service Nov. 18-21 due to system maintenance.   The other payment options for students to pay on their accounts – check & cash in person at the Cashier’s Office in Kerr, and mailed-in checks – will be uninterrupted.  The OSU Cashier’s Office is open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NEW! The final two workshops in the OSU Libraries Fall 2010 lineup take place on Nov. 16-17.  Zotero Advanced Q&A on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 4 to 5 p.m., is for people who have already used Zotero and have advanced questions.  EndNote Advanced Q&A on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., is for people who have already used EndNote and have advanced questions.  Both workshops will be run as open forum question and answer sessions, so come prepared to ask questions.  The workshops will be held in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd  (main) floor of the Valley Library.  Register today at:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656.  Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

OSU International Education Week 2010: Striving for a Sustainable Future, is celebrated Nov. 15 – 19. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. It celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world. All colleges, departments, student groups and individuals are invited to submit events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU. For information on planning and registering your event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/planning.

Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? Up to 40 OSU faculty and staff will be selected for the 7-series program, “Journey Into Leadership” facilitated by OSU Training and Organizational Effectiveness. This program is unique in that it does not provide you with a concrete series of steps to become a “leader.” Rather, it is designed around the notion that effective leaderships originates from within one’s self. For details about this series, including session descriptions and testimonials from fellow OSU colleagues visit the program’s web site. Applications are accepted until Nov. 15. (No cost to OSU faculty and staff.) http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership/.

A new class will be offered through the OSU Ecampus this winter quarter and is open to the community: Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation ( Z 349/BI 349). This is the first time the course will be offered through Ecampus. This course examines the evolutionary and ecological processes that have created this unique diversity of life, the importance of biodiversity in maintaining the earth’s ecosystems, and methods used to conserve biodiversity for future generations. CROSSLISTED as BI 349. (Bacc Core Course) http://zoology.science.oregonstate.edu/Z349_online

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/

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, Dec. 13, 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.

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

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. To see a complete list of sessions offered and to register online for these sessions please visit – http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/registration.cfm.


The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Accountant 1 position.  This is an internal search open to regular OSU and OUS employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0006558.  Closing date is Nov. 17.

The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position. To apply and for more details and application instructions, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0006568. Closing date Dec 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

26th Street: To accommodate the Soap Box Derby Race, 26th Street between Jefferson Way and Washington Way will be temporarily closed, as well as the metered parking along 26th Street in front of Dixon Rec. There will be street barricades in place and traffic will be detoured around this area.
This shutdown will begin at noon Sunday and should end by 4 p.m.

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. today.


Corvallis: The F in Friday stands for fog this morning, but we’re in for a bit of sunshine once the white stuff clears, and rain should hold off until this evening. Rain is likely Saturday but if you sleep in on Sunday morning you may wake up to dry but cloudy skies.

Central Oregon: Central Oregon is really holding onto fall despite the chilly temperatures. Looks like winter will have to wait a little longer, at least in town, as mostly sunny skies  and a high near 45 should keep the snow away, maybe even as long as next Wednesday. Overnight temperatures will drop below freezing again to about 29 degrees with some potential rain for the weekend.

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