OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 19, 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.

Living with Wolves (Oregon Field Guide)

OSU’s Bill Ripple and Allison Field are interviewed.

Life found in deep layer of earth’s crust (UPI)

A team from Oregon State University drilled down to 4,500 feet, where temperatures reach 215 degrees Fahrenheit.

Look out! There’s an Opera in your lap (Democrat-Herald)

The Oregon State University Opera and Friends of OSU Opera present “Delight, Despair and Dessert.”

OSU students sell smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving (LIFE@OSU)

Members of the OSU Meat Science Club are having a smoked turkey fundraiser.

Today

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., in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. To RSVP call Vicki Campbell at 541-737-1581 or Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu

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. 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.

A panel discussion sponsored by the WAGE Office for pre-tenure faculty will be held 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.

G. William (Bill) Domhoff will speak by way of video conference 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.

SisterScholars Reception, 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.

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. 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

Upcoming Events

Brown Bag Lunch: Gender and Peer Groups. A Graduate Women’s Network Event. Monday, Nov. 22, noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. This luncheon is a chance for women graduate students to come together and duscuss issues that touch their lives concerning gender in the workplace and the university. Kitchen facilites will be available for use and snacks served.

Clothing Swap, Monday, Nov. 22, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Need a new Fall wardrobe? Have some clothes you want to get rid of? Come to the clothing swap at the Women’s Center! Drop off clothes during week 8 at the Women’s Center and come and shop around the following Monday! All extra clothes will be donated to the new Human Services Resource Center clothing closet!

Diane Carroll, candidate for the Collections and Resource Sharing Department head position in the OSU Libraries, will discuss the economic, cultural and practical challenges of building library collections and providing timely access to information resources needed for learning, teaching and research. This will take place at 9 a.m., Nov. 22 in Willamette East/West, the Valley Library with a reception following.

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

A reception for Jan Strombeck will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in Kearney Hall Atrium. Jan has worked for OSU in the Construction Engineering Management program for over 27 years. She’s leaving us at the end of the year. Please join her friends and colleagues from Civil & Construction Engineering for light refreshments as we wish Jan good luck on her new endeavors. Please forward gift donations before Nov. 22 to Kathy Westberg, OSU CCE, 541-737-4934,
Kathy.westberg@oregonstate.edu

Seminar

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! The Nov. 2010 issue of the HHMI Bulletin, the magazine of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, features a story about OSU biochemist Kevin Ahern’s “metabolic melodies.” Written by Celene Carillo of OSU’s Dept. of Web Communications, the story is online at http://www.hhmi.org/bulletin/nov2010/centrifuge/metabolic_science_melodies.html

NEW! The latest edition of the College of Health and Human Sciences’ blog Synergies is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

NEW! Faculty Senate elections have begun. The slate of candidates for president-elect, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator and Executive Committee were approved by the Faculty Senate on November 11 and can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/elections/2010/slate.html. Eligible voters will receive two separate electronic ballots: 1) president-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate ballot (due Dec.7) and 2) Senator nomination ballots (due Nov. 29). Please contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu if you have questions about these elections or to determine your eligibility if you did not receive the first ballot yesterday and began working prior to Oct. 10.

The Oregon State Department of Athletics is calling for an “Orange Out” this Saturday for the Trojans’ visit and for the 114th Civil War. “A sea of orange at Reser Stadium will inspire the team,” Riley said.  “There is no question Beaver Nation has played a vital role in our big wins and we need that full support for our remaining games.” It’s not too late to get your tickets for this Saturday by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or visiting osubeavers.com. Kickoff is 5:12 p.m. this Saturday and 12:30 p.m. for the Civil War.  Both games are live on ABC.

The deadline to renew Recognition for Student Organization for the 2010-11 academic year is fast approaching. Student organizations recognized in the 2009-10 academic year are “grandfathered” in through fall term while adjusting to the new classifications and processes for recognition. Any organization failing to complete the recognition process by Dec. 3 will lose the benefits associated with recognition. This includes but is not limited to access Memorial Union F.I.T. accounts, web space under the OSU domain and free/discounted room rentals on campus. Last year, there were 315 student organizations recognized at OSU. Thus far, 88 student organizations have are recognized for the current year with 150 more who have begun the process. As a reminder, a new policy governing student organizations and how they are classified is in place for the current academic year. Information about the changes and the new processes for achieving University recognition can be found on our website at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/studentorgs . The new policy went into effect on July 1, 2010, replacing the Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 576 – Oregon State University, Division 18, which were repealed at that time. The student organization policy in its totality can be found on the OSU Policies and Procedures Manuals website at http://oregonstate.edu/fa/manuals/sor/001. Come by MU 103 with any questions, comments or concerns or email student.orgs@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Heat Plant: Due to the investigation of an underground storage tank, the parking lot on the east of the Heat Plant will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles. Please expect congestion and temporary traffic delays in the east lot and the adjacent alley way.  This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m.

Jobs

The Western Regional Sun Grant Center, managed by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month administrative position that could be hired with tenure, depending on qualifications.  For detailed position description and application procedures, see posting number 0006539 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing date is Dec. 20.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 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: Today. 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 Saturday, closing date Nov. 30. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Weather

Corvallis: Today will likely be showery with a high of 45 and an overnight low of 35, and showers are expected to continue through the weekend, but it’s that delicate combination of cold and moisture that still has us wondering if we’ll see any white stuff early next week. Keep watching the local forecast and consider preparing your home for cold weather. Disconnecting hoses, insulating faucets, sealing off vents under the house and other temperature related activities will help you be ready for whatever next week brings.

Central Oregon: As it turned out the snow didn’t fall as heavily as expected, but over the next couple days we’ll have several more chances. Today, there’s a 30 percent chance of snowfall with a high near 38 degrees. Tonight looks to have the same chances for snow with a nippy low around 24. One of my favorite cartoonists, Bill Watterson once wrote: “Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.” I tend to agree.

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