OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 15, 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.

A devilish grass invades the West (Science NOW)

“It is a devilish species because it is absolutely not of any worth,” says Seema Mangla, a plant ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, who led the study. “Every animal avoids it.” (See also Mercury News, Chico Enterprise-Record)

‘Godfather’ topic of talk at MU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professor Jon Lewis, the author of a new book on “The Godfather,” will give a talk on Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic masterpiece at 7 p.m. Monday in the Journey Room at the Memorial Union at OSU. (See also The Independent and LIFE@OSU)

OSU-Cascades has top enrollment (KTVZ)

After six consecutive terms of double digit and record enrollment, Oregon State University–Cascades has posted a 16 percent increase in full-time equivalent enrollment, the highest increase among Oregon university campuses.

Preparing inmates for mainstream re-entry (Oregonian)

Every Monday, my fellow Oregon State University classmates and I drive from Corvallis to the Oregon State Penitentiary. This unique class is held inside the maximum-security prison and it consists of 30 students — 15 of them from OSU and 15 of them OSP inmates.

Crude posters put up during film screening (Democrat-Herald)

LBCC and Oregon State University were jointly presenting the screening of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s “Out in the Silence” along with presentations by guest speakers — including Wilson — when the posters were put on campus bulletin boards.

The greenest Christmas tree is a real tree (Oregonian)

Maybe it’s a little early to talk Christmas trees, but Oregon State University Extension Service wanted to send the message pre-holiday rush that Oregon-grown trees are the greenest option.

Keep pets away from sick sea lions (Oregonian)

Another reason for your furry friend to avoid sea lions: He can spread leptospirosis to you. Thirty percent of human cases are traced back to infected dogs, according to Oregon State University scientists.

Waves are getting bigger and stronger (Charlotte Observer )

Since the mid-1970s, buoy data show the height of the biggest waves off the Northwest coast has increased an average of about four inches a year, or about 10 feet total, according to Peter Ruggiero, an assistant geosciences professor at Oregon State University and the lead author of a study published recently in the journal Coastal Engineering.

Reintroduction of reactors in US a major win (Statesman Journal)

At least half a dozen companies are developing SMRs, including NuScale in Oregon. NuScale is American-owned and its 45-megawatt design has some unique features.

OSU Campaign for Understanding (Gazette-Times)

The Campaign for Understanding asks members of the OSU campus community to take a vow of tolerance for people of all sexual orientations.


Don’t miss the workshop “Managing Your Career” presented by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, 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.

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.  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., MU, Journey Room.

A talk by Barbara Altmann, Director, Oregon Humanities Center, Chair, Romance Languages, University of Oregon, will take place at 4 p.m.,  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.”

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. 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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Join Scott Ashford, head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, at a Science Pub on Tuesday, Nov. 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! 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.

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! A panel discussion sponsored by the OSU Women’s Network for pre-tenure faculty will be held on Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU room 206. The panel members attended a conference for pre-tenure faculty held at Purdue university and would like to have the opportunity to share what they have learned. The discussion will also encourage questions that you might have about what is presented or other questions about the tenure process that can and should be addressed.

NEW! Free MUVIES takes place Tuesday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge. This week’s featured film is “The Hurt Locker” starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Guy Pearce. This film is an intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team, he surprises his two subordinates by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Wednesday, Nov. 17,  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! The Columbia River Treaty could be up for renegotiation as early as 2014, and OSU researchers are helping to define the issues. At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Aaron Wolf of the Dept. of Geosciences will describe the results of a stakeholders meeting held at OSU earlier this month. Triad meets in the Memorial Union, room 109, from 12 to 1. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783. See “Countdown on the Columbia” at oregonstate.edu/terra.

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.

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

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

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.


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.

News for Employees

NEW! Just released!  Student Affairs OSU Perspective – Understanding our students and their learning—contains National Survey of Student Engagement information on high impact pedagogical practices as well as data about OSU students and sleep. http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/assessment-osu-perspective

NEW! Volunteers are needed for Campus Recycling and Athletics’ waste reduction initiative at the two remaining football games. Volunteers will staff waste stations at stadium gates, helping fans sort their material into recycling and trash as they make their way into the game. Training provided. Shifts are at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. To sign up, please contact Andrea Norris at Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu. More information at http://tiny.cc/q51im

The Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications from OSU faculty members interested in 2011-12 Fellowships for the resident research program. Each year the Center brings together a new group of scholars to pursue research and writing in an environment designed to be stimulating as well as protected from the usual daily demands of academic life. Up to eight Fellows will be selected. Applications may be for any humanities related research, which should be understood to include not only traditional humanities disciplines but also those projects within the social and natural sciences that are historical or philosophical in approach, and that attempt to cast light on questions of interpretation or criticism traditionally found in the humanities. This also includes interpretations of science and technology. Fellows are awarded one term of release from teaching, though they may keep the office in Autzen House for the full academic year. The Center provides all Fellows with a computer and general office support services. Applications must be delivered by 4 p.m. Jan. 18, 2011. For application information, check the Center’s website: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/. You may also write to Fellowship Program, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR, 97333-4506, or call 541-737-2450.

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.

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 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.


Corvallis: Sometimes we can’t help how the weather makes us feel. Today, we’ll have a chance to experience a range of emotions as clouds turn to rain, with a little fog thrown in for good measure. Tomorrow we’ll see more fog and maybe a little sunshine to lighten our hearts.

Central Oregon: “Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.” ~Cyril Connolly. Temperatures getting up to around 55 degrees, mostly sunny skies with just a slight chance of rain, and overnight temperatures well above freezing at 39 certainly make me happy. I must admit however, I am pretty excited for the snow that is soon to come again!

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