OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 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.

Minneapolis disaster spawning new concepts in bridge research (ScienceBlog)

Civil engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new system to better analyze the connections that hold major bridge members together, which may improve public safety, help address a trillion-dollar concern about aging infrastructure around the world, and save lives. (See also Gazette-Times)

Weatherathome: How you can predict the effects of climate change on extreme weather events (Guardian)

Results from different regions will be used directly by professional scientists specialising in the climates of those regions. The European region will be analysed by the Met Office Hadley Centre and Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds universities, southern Africa by the University of Cape Town, and the western USA by Oregon State University. (See also CNN)

You say filberts, I say hazelnuts: Any way, delicious (NPR)

“In Oregon, you grow filberts, but you sell them as hazelnuts,” says Anita Azarenko, an Oregon State University horticulture professor with an organic apple and hazelnut orchard.

Quake readiness drill coming (Register-Guard)

Predicting the next big quake is challenging, said Chris Goldfinger, director of the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University.

Gift allows OSU-Cascades to establish first endowed faculty position (OPB)

Oregon State University’s Cascades campus says it will establish its first endowed faculty position.   That position will be part of the school’s new Energy Engineering Management Degree.

Oregon energy projects get $700K from the feds (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Nineteen Oregon projects were funded through the program including $20,000 for a solar system for Sly Farms in Creswell, $137,381 for a waste water treatment facility at Heard Farms Inc. in Roseburg and $20,000 for a biomass boiler purchased by Forest Grove hazelnut grower Steven Heesacker. Oregon State University and Oregon Institute of Technology each got $100,000.

Nike and Oregon State reveal turquoise basketball uniforms (OSU Beavers)

Nike and Oregon State University today unveiled new turquoise uniforms that the men’s basketball team will wear for the Nike N7 Oregon State Basketball Game presented by Spirit Mountain Casino on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m. against Texas Southern.

Yesterday’s student flash mob is today’s college sponsored dance mob (Chronicle of Higher Education)

On the first day of October, students and faculty members at Oregon State University performed an elaborate “Bollywood” dance on the central quad to celebrate the first day of Diversity Awareness Month. (Subscription only, limited text available)


OSU alumnus Warren Washington will receive the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony scheduled for 2:20 p.m. (PST) today. Follow a link to the live event and watch an interview with Washington on the Terra blog at oregonstate.edu/terra.

The Women’s Center will be continuing the speaking and conversation series Coffee and Tea from Around the World. We’ll drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. This week features Xiaomin “Mylie” Tong, an Industrial Engineering student from China, noon to 1 p.m. in the Women’s Center. Mylie will bring green and herbal tea to share and she’ll discuss her experience growing up as a woman in contemporary Chinese culture. Come and sip a cup with us!

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.

Nalini Nadkarni, a pioneer in forest canopy research who is known for her creative outreach to audiences, will speak tonight 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.

The final workshop in the OSU Libraries Fall 2010 lineup take place today  EndNote Advanced Q&A takes place 4 to 6 p.m. It is for people who have already used EndNote and have advanced questions. The workshop 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

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., 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)

Peace Corps Panel Discussion: Q&A with Returned Volunteers, 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 .

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.

DIY Series: Facial Scrubs, 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., at LaSells Stewart Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Difference, Power and Discrimination’s search for a new director will be holding an open forum in Waldo Hall’s conference room located on the 4th floor, in room 432, from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 19.  The candidate, Michelle Bothwell, will give a short presentation and then will take questions from the audience.  The forum is open to the Oregon state University community.

NEW! G. William (Bill) Domhoff will speak by way of video conference this Friday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in 102 Owen Hall.  This event is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and is open to the public.  This is a unique opportunity to hear Professor Domhoff speak and ask him questions about Who Rules America?  If you have not read his influential book, Who Rules America (or even if you have), consider visiting the book’s official website (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/) where you will find lots of data about power and politics in the United States.  Domhoff is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Sociology at the University of California-Santa Cruz.  He is best known for his book “Who Rules America?” The first edition was published in 1967 and became a best seller.

All Classified workers are invited to participate in our November General Meeting; this Thursday, Nov. 18 in MU 213. Have some pizza and hear the latest from your bargaining representatives about the contract surveys and discuss the PEBB boards’ latest proposed PEBB cuts. Most importantly let’s “plant” our giving tree. Submit names of classified co-workers who might need a little bit of help and then let’s do it. All names will be kept confidential. If you can’t make the meeting send the names to Craig at mahaffyc@opeuseiu.org or seiu083@yahoo.com. Let’s purple up!

The Columbia River Treaty could be up for renegotiation as early as 2014, and OSU researchers are helping to define the issues. At this Thursday’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.

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 at 4 p.m. 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.

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. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. 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

Outreach & Engagement is one of the University’s core missions. We will celebrate the mission of outreach and engagement, and what it means to OSU as an institution and to you the faculty and staff who make this important mission a reality. Hear about proactive collaboration with partners within and outside of OSU. Through the words of our president Ed Ray, the insights of engaged scholar Lorilee Sandmann from the University of Georgia, and examples of OSU faculty who are successful engagement practitioners, catch the vision and spirit of outreach and engagement. The event takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. To RSVP call Vicki Campbell at 541-737-1581 or Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu

A panel discussion sponsored by the WAGE Office 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.

SisterScholars Reception, Friday, Nov. 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. SisterScholars is a mentorship program created to help women explore, engage and excel at OSU. By creating a community SisterScholars connects students to resources, helps to offer guidance and creates relationships of support. Starting Winter Term we will have monthly meetings and professional development worshops once a term. This SisterScholars reception is for returning and new mentors and mentees. There will be tea, punch, fruit, coffee and cookies.

A free film screening of “ The Return of Navajo Boy” will be held as part of OSU Native American Longhouse Heritage Month activities on Monday, Nov. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. in MU 206 in the Asian/Pacific-American room. The film is an award winning documentary that was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. The film resulted in reuniting a family, compensation for a former uranium miner, and an investigation of contamination in homes built with radioactive debris from uranium mines. The Navajo (Diné, “the People”) have been disproportionately exposed to pollution from resource extraction. A facilitated discussion will be held following the screening. It is sponsored by the Horning Endowment, the Native American Longhouse, and Peace Jam. For more information see http://navajoboy.com/16211/oregon-state-university/ or call Linda at 541-944-5960 or email at richarli@onid.orst.edu


The Rural Studies Program and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department are sponsoring a public seminar by John Pender from USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) on Monday, Nov. 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 200C. John’s talk is entitled  “Persistent Poverty Regions in the United States: Problems and Prospects for Rural Wealth Creation.” John Pender is a Senior Economist in the Farm and Rural Household Well-Being Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division of ERS.

News for Employees

NEW! All RecSports Facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26. Wednesday, Nov. 25 open hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 open hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, open hours will be 10 a.m. to midnight.

NEW! Call to artists!  All classified and professional faculty are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the first OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit.  Get the submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit and share your talent by Jan. 10.  The exhibit will run March 7 – 30 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on March 18.  Dust off your skills over the breaks and share your creativity with campus.

NEW! Artist are encouraged to submit their art work for the 2nd Annual Cultural Art Show featuring Russian art.  Prospectus and submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery. Deadline for submissions: Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. The exhibit will run Jan. 11, 2011  to Feb. 14, 2011 in the Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center, with a meet the artist reception held on Jan. 14.

Gardeners of all skill levels are invited to become an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener. Applications are being accepted for the 2011 training program which begins in January. The 11-week course meets each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Electrical Training Center in Tangent. Class subjects include botany basics, soil management, plant nutrition, pest identification and control, diagnosis of plant problems, growing vegetables, lawns, and fruit trees. Weekly instructors include Oregon State University teaching and Extension faculty, experienced Master Gardeners and other professionals. After completion of training, participants volunteer 66 hours of time answering gardening questions and the OSU Extension Office and at educational gardening events throughout the gardening season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 3. They are available at the Benton County Extension Office at 1849 NW 9th Street, Corvallis; applications may also be printed off our website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/horticulture/mg The cost for the class is $110.00 which includes all the class materials and the Sustainable Gardening Handbook.

The OSU Folk Club is a service and social organization with members who are OSU Faculty Women and wives or partners of faculty. We own and operate the OSU Thrift Shop downtown. Last year, with the proceeds of the store, we gave 23 scholarships of $2400 each to OSU students and gave grants totaling $35,000 to 42 community organizations. Socially we have several large group events each year ranging from luncheons or dinners to educational seminars. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about our organization please contact Angela at oryeats@comcast.net

Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Professor honor. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Hence, emeritus professors are not eligible. Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU. They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 3. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards

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

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.


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 today.

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: Today.

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: Today.

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: Wild is the wind today, with gusts up to 34 m.p.h., and a 50 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. Today’s high will be 53 degrees, with an overnight low of 40. Showers are likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: What’s the weather going to be like today you might ask? “The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind.” You should also know that the high will be around 51 degrees, low near 33, with some stormy weather to follow.

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