OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 22, 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.

Creeping bentgrass sneaks across the Snake (OPB)

Last month Carol Mallory-Smith, a professor of weed science at Oregon State University identified a significant number of the modified plants growing in the wild.

Your idle computer can help OSU with climate simulation modeling (Oregonian)

Most of our computers sit idle for part of the day. And that means there’s a lot of power Oregon State University scientists could tap for climate simulation

Busy microbial world found in deepest ocean crust ever explored (Sify)

“This is a new ecosystem that almost no one has ever explored,” said Martin Fisk, a professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

Disaster spawning new concepts in bridge research (Science Daily)

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.

College offers Harry Potter course (NECN)

Movie theaters across the country will be full of Muggles rushing out to see the new “Harry Potter” movie. But at Oregon State University, students are studying the film and books for college credit.

You neednt be a Portland Trailblazer to blow out your knee (Oregonian)

“We still really don’t know what predisposes people to have this injury,” says Mark Hoffman, director of Oregon State University’s sports medicine laboratory. Studies suggest that imbalanced use of thigh and gluteal muscles can increase stress on the knee joint. Movement patterns that allow the knees to stray out of alignment may also increase the risk. Women may be more at risk because of differences in knee anatomy and body movement patterns.

30 years of giving (Democrat-Herald)

About 50 community members and Oregon State University students gathered Saturday morning at Guerber Hall at the Benton County Fairgrounds to pack and organize donated food for the 30th annual Community Holiday Food Drive.

Ore. rangeland scientist at home in the sagebrush (My Central Oregon)

Kirk Davies spends most of his time wandering the sagebrush in the high desert of southeastern Oregon. But that wandering is done very scientifically. Davies is an adjunct Oregon State University professor who now works fro the Agricultural Research Service, specializing in studying rangeland. (See also Statesman Journal)

Farmers find sludge to their fields’ liking (The Daily News)

Mark Mellbye, Oregon State University extension agent for Linn County said biosolids are used for grass seed, grazing and grain crops, and that much work has gone into making them safe. (see also KATU)

Tuck takes on new duties (The Dalles Chronicle)

Extension Agent Brian Tuck has been named the new director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River.


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.,  in Willamette East/West, the Valley Library with a reception following.

Brown Bag Lunch: Gender and Peer Groups. A Graduate Women’s Network Event, 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 facilities will be available for use and snacks served.

Building Community through Diversity: an introduction to the NCBI model, 2 to 4 p.m., MU Journey Room. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to a presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the theory and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute’s community building model. Interactive exercises and plenty of time for questions and answers will be built into the day.  Everyone is welcome!  Pre-registration appreciated.

Clothing Swap, 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!

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) 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.

A free film screening of “ The Return of Navajo Boy” will be held as part of OSU Native American Longhouse Heritage Month activities from 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 Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will display the many dimensions of Russian power at its the concert at 7:30 p.m., at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street. Tickets are $15, $25, and $30 and are available online at TicketsOregon.com, and at the box office before the concerts. For information on other concerts this season call 541-758-6822.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Richard Sniezko, with the USDA Forest Service, Dorena Genetic Resource Center, will speak on “Developing Phytophthora lateralis Resistance in Port Orford cedar (Lawson’s cypress),” on Nov. 23 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! Winter Coffee, Nov. 30, 9:30 to 11 a.m. OSU Faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray  in celebration and conversation.  Featuring Beth Rietveld at the piano.  Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share.

NEW! “Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Sources and Uses of Capital,” by Nick Fowler, Orion Ventures LLC, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1003. Of the necessary ingredients for starting a successful new business venture – great idea, talented people, access to markets, and raising capital – raising capital is often the most vexing and nerve wracking for the entrepreneur.  Nick Fowler will de-mystify the sources of capital and discuss the differences between angel investors and venture capital. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop or call 541-713-8044. For more information on the series, click here:http://faculty.bus.oregonstate.edu/aep

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,

News for Employees

NEW! Missed the flu clinics? Student Health Services still has flu vaccine available. Drop in at SHS if you want to receive it. In addition, OSU’s Infectious Diseases Response Team asks for your help to prevent the spread of illnesses, including influenza, norovirus, and pertussis. Download, print and post illness-prevention posters, available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectiousdiseases. Remember: Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water; cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve; and stay home when you are ill.

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

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

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 Nov. 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 USGS – Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, housed within the OSU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, invites applications for a Research Wildlife Biologist/Assistant Unit Leader position. This is a GS-12, full-time, permanent position with advancement potential to GS-15. For more detail and application instructions, go to: www.usajobs.gov, Announcement #ATL-2011-0071. Closing date is Dec. 30.

Accountant II, Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC), Oregon State University, 12-month, full-time position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0006600.  Closing date Dec. 2.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006414. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

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.

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.


Corvallis: It may be dull and rainy this morning, but by this evening snow should be whirling through the skies. There shouldn’t be much accumulation tonight but we may wake up to a light covering in the morning. Today’s high will be 43 with a chilly overnight low of 26. Tomorrow the skies will clear but the high will be a sunny 34 degrees. Time to dig out the scarves and mittens.

Central Oregon: As poet George Herbert once said, “Every mile is two in winter” and it looks like winter is here indeed. There’s almost no doubt we’ll have snowflakes falling frequently with an almost freezing high at 33 degrees. For the evening expect further snowfall and arctic temperatures coming in around 12 degrees. Hopefully the red rocks are ready because we’re going to need them. Drive slow and safe everyone!

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