OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 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.

Candlelight vigil set for mosque hit by arson (KVAL)

Corvallis community members and religious leaders are showing their support for the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center. One day after the arson fire, the message sparked here is peace and understanding. (See also Oregonian, Gazette-Times, OPB)

Corvallis wave company nets investors (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The pre-revenue company, a subsidiary of Charlottesville, Va.-based Greenlight Energy Resources, was formed five years ago to commercialize wave buoy technology developed by Oregon State University researchers.

Oregon State University resumes classes, though some phone and computer services still disabled (Oregonian)

Some Oregon State University buildings still had not regained telephone or computer data service Monday as the result of an electrical fire last week, but all classes resumed normally.

$1 million microscope for Richland scientists (Seattle-Times)

Joe Fisher, a doctoral student at Oregon State University working under the direction of professor Robert Tanguay, makes the drive to the Tri-Cities to put zebrafish in a culture-dish sample under the new multi-photon confocal microscope by the time they’re 24 hours old. (See also the Olympian)

Teen in Portland car-bomb plot indicted (ABC)

A federal grand jury has indicted a Somali-born teen in an alleged plot to blow up a car bomb in Portland. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was charged on Monday with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. (See also Register-Guard)

What’s your color (News-Register)

Who has your loyalty? The University of Oregon Ducks or the Oregon State University Beavers? In this state during the fall sports season, you’re almost expected to be on one side of the 50-yard line or the other.

Obama stays on the sidelines this time (CNN)

Obama arrived at Howard University to watch its basketball team take on Oregon State University, according to pool reports. (See also News One)


Winter Coffee, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. 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.

A retirement reception for Robin Keen will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Radiation Center, room C104. Robin has worked for OSU Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics for more than 30 years. Please join Robin’s friends and colleagues for cake and punch as we wish Robin all the best in her new adventure. Questions? Contact lyn.smith-gloria@oregonstate.edu.

Salary Negotiation, A Graduate Women’s Network Brown Bag Lunch Event,  noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Donna Champeau from the Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity office will help women learn effective salary negotiation techniques. Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Graduate Women’s Network. http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/gwn

A reception for Jean Moule will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Waldo Hall, Room 400. Jean has worked for OSU in Teacher and Counselor Education for more than 10 years. She will be leaving us at the end of the year. Please join her friends and colleagues from the College of Education for light refreshments as we wish Jean good luck in her post-retirement activities.

There will be a candlelight vigil tonight, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center, 610 N.W. Kings Blvd. The public is invited to share their support of the Muslim community after the mosque was targeted by an apparent arson. Bring your own candles or flashlight.

The Oregon State University Concert Bands presents “American Landscapes,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30, at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10 at Gracewinds. OSU students, staff and faculty are free with ID. World premiere performance of “…as an Autumn Mosaic” written by Christopher Chapman, based on a poem by OSU student Sara Gardner, composed and written in memory of Karena Dokken, a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble, who succumbed to cancer last year.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Coffee & Tea from Around the World, Dec. 1, noon to 1 p.m. At the OSU Women’s Center. This week features Simone Fobi, a business and environmental engineering student from Cameroon who is conversant in multiple languages and knowledge about West Africa cuisine, culture, society, and dance. Come and sip a cup with us! It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they’d like to bring lunch.

NEW! World AIDS Day International Student Panel, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Valley Library Willamette Conference Room East and West. Come join the Women’s Center as they partner with ISOSU and the International Cultural Service Program to bring you the first event in the International Women’s Awareness Speakers Series. The event features presentations from a panel of international student presenters as they discuss topics that affect women’s health and social justice globally. Speakers including students from Africa, South America, India and China, will be focusing on AIDS/HIV awareness issues.

NEW! Finding Balance Through Yoga  Dec. 3, 4 to 6 p.m, at the Women’s Center. Introductory yoga class focused on finding balance in your hectic and stressful daily routine.

NEW! Spa Night, Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Women’s Center. Pamper yourself at the end of dead week.  Free massages, manicures, pedicures, face masks, and chocolate.  Feel free to bring your own beauty supplies if you have them.  As always, all genders are welcome to participate.

NEW! Larry Roper will be presenting a book review of “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis at noon, Dec. 8, at the Corvallis Library, as part of the Random Reviews series.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly evening public sale on Wednesday, Dec. 1,  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. This week’s special is desks and TVs – all of which are 50 percent off during public sale hours. We have many other items for personal or departmental use – furniture (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 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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! Steve LeBoeuf has worked for OSU in the Environmental Health & Safety department for twenty years. He’s leaving us at the end of the year. Please join his friends and colleagues from Facilities Services, Environmental Health and Safety for light refreshments as we wish Steve good luck on his new endeavors. The reception takes place Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. in MU 212.

NEW! Intermediate and advanced choral conducting students from Oregon State University’s Department of Music will give their public recital at a special Music à la Carte on Friday, Dec. 3, in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. The free, public concert begins at noon. The students, in rotation as conductors, will lead the University Chorale in a seasonal concert that will finish out the term for the lunch hour concert series. Also on the program will be the Corvallis Community Choir, conducted by OSU music alumnus Shayne Flock. Please note the venue change to First United Methodist Church, just for this concert. The regular Music a la Carte concert series will resume for winter term on Jan. 14, with OSU Outspoken, the men’s a cappella group, performing at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus

The search committee for Associate Provost for International Programs invites students, staff and faculty of the OSU community to a forum for finalist Sunil Khanna on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 9:45 to 11 a.m., MU Journey Room

Relaxation: Stress Less in No Time! Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Are you stressed about finals? Come to the OSU Women’s Center for a guided meditation and relaxation techniques. You can even make yourself a relaxation kit! You can be stressing less in no time!

Peace Corps Application Workshop: How to be Competitive. Takes place Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m., in Career Services, B008 Kerr. Come and learn about the application process and get some tips on how to stand out.

Carol Kochan, 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 am December 2 in Autzen Classroom, the Valley Library with a reception following.

The 30th Annual Holiday Marketplace takes place Dec. 3 -4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event features handcrafted items, fine art and specialty foods made by Oregon artisans. Live Entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

The Children’s Holiday Party takes place Dec. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Register online at http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrens-party-2010.

OSU Music and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra invite you to celebrate the season with a popular campus tradition: the annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. This showcase of talent from the OSU music program features faculty soloists, chamber ensembles, and three choirs, highlighted with a performance of Otto Nicolai’s Mass in D Major, featuring the OSU Chamber Choir with Steven Zielke conducting and faculty soloists Janet Hackett, soprano; Nicola Nine-Zielke, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Larson, tenor and Richard Poppino, baritone. The concert will culminate in an audience sing along of holiday carols and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” Advance tickets are on sale now at http://ticketsoregon.com . For more information go to http://cosusymphony.org .

The Search Committee for a Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC)/Campus Attending Veterinarian has invited two candidates to the campus to interview. Dr. James Wilkerson will interview on Dec. 6-7. Dr. Wilkerson is the Acting Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Barton Weick will interview on Dec. 9-10. Dr. Weick is the Animal Program Director for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. The campus research community can meet the candidates at Open Forums to be held on Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Powell Leadership Center/Journey (Memorial Union first floor).

An ODOT Project Update on projects related to downtown Corvallis and Peoria Road will take place Dec. 9, noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. The projects include one designed to improve safety at the Peoria Road intersection on Hwy. 34, a south bypass on Groves Lane on Hwy. 34, and a signal timing project for downtown Corvallis. There will be a short discussion and a question and answer period. For more information call 541-757-4164.

News for Employees

NEW! Because there is nothing civil about hunger, fans of OSU and UO now have a way to show their support that directly benefits local food banks. To participate in this texting battle, participants can  text to 20222 to make a donation for hunger relief. Typing the message “GoDucks5″ or “GoBeavs5″ will allow you to donate $5. To donate $10 type “GoDucks10″ or “GoBeavs10.”  The Civil War Food Battle takes place through Dec. 4. Proceeds will benefit Linn Benton Food Share, Food For Lane County and the other Regional Food Banks of the Oregon Food Bank Network. Donations will be added to your cell phone bill or deducted from prepaid balances.

NEW! The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program will be holding an instructor training on Saturday, Dec. 4. This class will explore outdoor youth education opportunities focusing on the specific habitat, Doug-fir Forest and Soils. New Wildlife Stewards should come at 8 a.m. for a brief orientation; all other educators should arrive at 10, and training will end at 3:30 p.m.  This training is meant to be beneficial to classroom and informal educators; classroom teachers, informal teachers (after school programs, scouts, etc.), 4-H Wildlife Stewards, natural resource agency educators, and others that work with youth. This workshop will be held at the Beazell Forest Education Center on Kings Valley Hwy.  Class size is limited to 20 participants; there is no cost but you must pre-register at http://ww.cof.orst.edu/onrep. For questions, please contact the OSU Extension Service of Benton County at 541-766-6750 or visit our website at http://bit.ly/c4LJ6x

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

Power OSU to victory over the Ducks in the 2nd Energy Civil War! In the week leading up to the Civil War football game (Nov. 29 through Dec. 3), get on one of the 12 specially marked Precor elliptical machines and get moving! These machines convert your hard work into electricity that is fed onto the grid. Whichever campus generates the most energy during the 5 day event wins! Pledge to workout at a specific time on the Facebook site (http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=171185629559294) and be entered into a drawing for a prize. Great prizes from local restaurants and athletic stores will also be handed out at random to people exercising during the event. Your help is especially needed from 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m.. Let’s overpower the Ducks from Monday through Saturday! For more information, please contact Lauren Jespersen, Student Sustainability Initiative Coordinator, at ssi.energy@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) 2010-11 release for Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Dec.6. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a request for proposals under the 2011-12 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program.  The UGLBG enables graduate programs to compete for and manage Laurels Graduate Scholarships in conjunction with other graduate student financial support resources.  The deadline is Dec. 15. For complete information see: University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program

The Horticulture Club is selling poinsettias on Nov. 29-Dec. 3 as a fundraiser for the club. The plants are $14 each and come in red, white or ‘shimmer surprise.’ They are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the OSU greenhouses on Monday and Tuesday, at Kelley Engineering on Wednesday and in the lobby of Kerr Admin on Thursday and Friday.

Looking for tools to help you become a better supervisor or manager? Join us for the upcoming OSU Core Curriculum Program for Supervisors and Managers facilitated by Training and Organizational Effectiveness. Understand your responsibilities as a supervisor, and develop your skills in areas such as performance management, employee and labor relations, ethical foundations for public employees, workers’ compensation and more. The classroom program is scheduled for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2011 (three full days) with prerequisite online programs available by Dec. 1. Prerequisite online programs will provide a basic foundation for topics that will be further explored in the classroom. Register today. (No cost to OSU employees)

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new centrally administered fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding doctoral students for graduate study at OSU. Although the target population is newly admitted doctoral students, newly admitted master’s students will be considered in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit up to two nominations per graduate major to the 2010-11 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and no more than one nomination per graduate major for the 2010-11 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program. Nominations may be submitted to the Graduate School at any time after Dec. 1, 2010, but must be received no later than close of business Feb.15, 2011. Details are available on the Graduate School web site under the 2010-11 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship & Scholarship Program .

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

Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards. Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets. Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card Orange Rewards account.


Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. This position provides programming, database management, and data analysis services in support of a project that investigates trends in vegetation biomass over time in relation to field-recorded and remote sensing-detected disturbances in western forests. For review of the full position announcement, or to apply: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006619.  For additional information on the position, contact Andrew Gray (541-750-7252 or graya@fsl.orst.edu) or Vicente Monleon (541-750-7299 or monleonv@onid.orst.edu).

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.

Dean of the Graduate School – The Provost and Executive Vice President seeks an outstanding academic leader from within Oregon State University to shape our strategic directions in graduate education. The Dean of the Graduate School provides leadership for and is the principal architect of the University’s graduate agenda. The Dean position requires vigorous collaboration with a wide range of constituents, including fellow Deans, OSU faculty, administrators, and others. The Dean is a member of the Provost’s Council. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month position. For more information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ (posting number 0006611) – materials should be submitted by Dec. 31, 2010 to receive full consideration.

Assistant/Associate Professor — College of Education, Oregon State University, F/T, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership with specific emphasis in the Community College Leadership Program. The Community College Leadership Program prepares individuals for administrative leadership roles in community and technical college settings. To review posting & apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0005366. Closing date: Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.

The College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service invites applications (internal to OSU Employees only) for a fixed-term, limited-duration, Interim Superintendent and Staff Chair position. This is an opportunity for an existing OSU employee during the OSU Extension Service organizational transformation and the NWREC strategic planning process. OSU faculty who have a tenure/tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor are encouraged to apply; the successful applicant’s current academic position will be put on hold while working in the interim leadership position. This interim position will provide supervision of research and extension faculty at the NWREC and off-station activities in the Northern Willamette Valley and is estimated to be 50-75% of the position; the remainder will be existing program delivery. The NWREC serves the ornamental nursery, Christmas tree, small fruit and vegetable crops that comprise Oregon’s largest agricultural industries. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0006603. Closing date: Dec. 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 #0006461. 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.
The College of Education seeks applicants for three full-time 9-month tenure-track teaching and research positions. Candidates will need to submit their materials online at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, applying to the specific posting number for each open position. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is required of all candidates. Closing date for full consideration is Dec. 31. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.
Assistant or Associate Professor: An earned doctorate in elementary science education or education with elementary science focus, minimum 2 years of public-school teaching experience (K-8) required. Apply to posting #0006421.
Assistant Professor: An earned doctorate in educational leadership or a closely related field (e.g., higher education, adult education, organization and human resource development), a minimum of 2 years of teaching and advising experience at the college/university level, active research agenda focused on educational policy issues, evidence of scholarly writing, evidence of research collaborations or partnerships within and outside the university required. Apply to posting #0006420.
Assistant Professor: Minimum 2 years teaching experience in K-12 setting, university teaching experience, earned doctorate in field related to ESOL and bilingual education or ABD with doctorate imminent, research and teaching background in ESOL and bilingual education required. Apply to posting #0006419.


Corvallis: We’re clearly out of the snow zone for now, as rain is expected for the next week. Today’s high will be 50 with an overnight low of 40, tomorrow looks a bit less rainy with a high of 47.

Bend: For the last day of November Mother Nature appears to be indecisive about whether to emit rain or snow. She is sure on a couple things: a high around 40 degrees, a low near 31, a few wafts of wind, and some form of precipitation throughout the day.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t end up being a sleet storm like last year!

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