OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 6, 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.

Annual Campus report:

Provost Randhawa shares campus accomplishments despite major challenges over the past year. Read it here: Annual report

ESPN hosts share their take on Civil War rivalry (Gazette-Times)

The hosts of ESPN’s “College GameDay” lent a little star power Friday to an Oregon State University campus already amped for the highly anticipated Civil War football game.

ESPN road trip (ESPN)

Drubner and Marianela take in all the sights and sounds from the Civil War in Corvallis, as Oregon State tries to spoil Oregon’s BCS championship hopes.

End of an era for superfan (Gazette-Times)

For Eric Robbins, Friday evening’s Oregon State University women’s basketball game against Pepperdine was a warmup for today’s Civil War, when he’ll attend his last game as an OSU student as the OSU football team takes on the University of Oregon at Reser Stadium.

The perfect Christmas tree (KBND)

The search is on for the perfect Christmas tree.  Chal Landgren, at Oregon State University, says they think they found it in Turkey.

State government leaders help bring civics to classroom (Statesman Journal)

Also participating were Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University, who talked about the implications of the Nov. 2 election on decisions of the next legislative session, and James Foster, political-science professor at OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, who recently wrote a book on a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court case limiting student free-speech rights.

Wheatfields mysteriously withering (Oregon Business)

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University are investigating 40,000 acres of yellowed wheat in Umatilla and Morrow counties. (See also East Oregonian, Statesman Journal)

Oregon is business friendly, but tax issue lingers (Mail Tribune)

Robert Campbell and Greg Perry, economists at Oregon State University, reviewed 10 studies that compare and rank the business climate of each state. (See also Portland Business Journal)

Multnomah County mourns death of well-loved parole officers (Oregonian)

Erick Montgomery, a former Oregon State University football player, understood where gang-involved youth like him came from and wanted to show them a better way. Because of Montgomery’s influence, he wants to do the same thing and hopes to become a counselor for kids in gangs.

Funky charm keeps Darkside going (Entertainer)

“It has that kind of funky charm, and it’s clearly a local business. The Darkside is connected to the community in ways the big movie chains aren’t interested in,” said Jon Lewis, a film and English professor at Oregon State University and a longtime friend of the Turners.


Dr. James Wilkerson, candidate for the LARC Director, will be presenting at an Open Forum today from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Powell Leadership Center/Journey (Memorial Union first floor). Dr. Wilkerson is the Acting Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Dec. 10 OSU Libraries Faculty Association Seminar Series will feature speakers who have won the OSU Libraries Robert Lundeen Library Faculty Development Award for 2009/2010. It takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library. Tiah Edmunson-Morton (Reference, Instruction and Outreach Archivist) and Laurie Bridges (Assistant Professor, Business & Economics Librarian) conducted a research project on the image searching behaviors of undergraduate students. This presentation will cover the first part of their two-year study where the researchers administered a short survey to 1,000 randomly chosen freshmen to gather information about their image-searching behaviors and preferences. Michael Boock, Associate Professor and Head, Center for Digital Scholarship and Services will present on his investigative trip to the Digital Scholarship Center and Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis at the University of Kansas. He will speak on the importance of creating such a center, and on the progress he and others have made in forming the OSU Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship and Services. Persons wishing to attend who need accommodations for a disability may contact Margaret Mellinger 541-737-9642); margaret.mellinger@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Search Committee for the Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Partnership and Innovation Leader has invited two candidates to the campus to interview.  Dr. Lenore Tedesco will interview  Monday, Dec. 13.  Tedesco is currently the Director, Center for Earth and Environmental Science, Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis and an Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences.  Julien Lartigue will interview Thursday, Dec. 16. Lartigue is the Northern Gulf Institute Science Coordinator with the Office of Labs and Cooperative Institutes with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center in Mississippi and is a visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, at the University of South Alabama. The campus community is invited to attend the seminar/interview  Kidder Hall Room 278 or participate remotely from 1:30 to 2:30 pm online at:  http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-2 .  Online viewers have a chat dialogue box  to ask questions.  It will also be recorded for later viewing. For more information call 541-737-6200,  peggy.harris@oregonstate.edu

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).

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.

The Office of Admissions will be hosting a farewell reception to celebrate the 15 years that Michele Sandlin has worked at Oregon State University. Michele will be missed around the OSU Community. The reception will be on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Office of Admissions 104 Kerr Administration Building.

OSU’s Africa Initiative will host Aprovecho directors Fred Colgan and Damon Ogle on Wednesday, Dec. 8, noon to 1 p.m. in 448 Snell Hall. Aprovecho is a non-profit research and education center that focuses on appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, permaculture and organic agriculture. Colgan and Ogle have recently returned from Nigeria and Uganda, where they have been working to introduce efficient wood cook stoves. See their website at http://www.aprovecho.net/ .
The Africa Initiative at Oregon State University is a multi-disciplinary network of faculty, students, and community members with interest and/or experience in Africa. In addition to networking within OSU, the Africa Initiative creates linkages with other state, regional, national, and international institutions with a focus on Africa.
All those with an interest in Africa are welcome to join. A light lunch is provided, so an RSVP is appreciated but not required. For more information, contact Marion McNamara (marion.mcnamara@oregonstate.edu).

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night takes place Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the OSU Bookstore. There will be discounts in every department. Free giftwrap is available.

Polly Jeneva, the longest tenured advisor at Oregon State University, is retiring at the end of this year. A reception in Jeneva’s honor will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Jeneva has been at OSU since 1985 and with the College of Liberal Arts since 1993. She was appointed head advisor of CLA in 1997. She has been the recipient of the Hovland Service Award and the OSU Academic Advising Award. She served the OSU community in other capacities as well, including serving as usher for the OSU symphony. Jeneva’s career at OSU gave her the opportunity to travel internationally, as well as to attend many professional advising conferences over the years. In honor of Jeneva’s years of service to OSU, a memorial scholarship which honors Jeneva’s mother, the Genevieve A. Pershke Scholarship Fund, has been set up through the OSU Foundation.

“Enchanted Evening with Michael Allen Harrison,” concert hosted by the OSU Alumni Association on Thursday, Dec. 9. Social/Heavy appetizers begin at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Along with pianist Harrison will be violinist Aaron Meyer, and vocals by Julianne Johnson. Tickets: OSU Alumni Assoc. members – $50, non-members – $55. Call the OSU Alumni Association at 541-737-7844, or register online at osualum.com (click on events) by Dec. 5.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! RecSports facilities shift to special break hours De. 10- Jan. 2.  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/20101211/list/recsports-hours/
During breaks, students and members are allowed to sponsor multiple guests and youth access is extended to all hours.  (See youth access guidelines at  http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/youth-policy .)

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Voting for president-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator will end at 5:00 PM on December 7; results will be announced during the Dec. 9 Faculty Senate meeting. Voting for Senators will end on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. 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 ballots and began working prior to Oct. 10.

NEW! Want to teach an Honors Course?  This is the annual University Honors College Call for Coursework for the 2011-2012 academic year. The UHC seeks course proposals from OSU tenure/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members. The Honors experience features interactions with OSU’s most accomplished and dedicated group of undergraduates. Designation as a member of the University Honors College Faculty awaits those who teach UHC courses or serve as a faculty mentor for an Honors thesis. Submit a proposal on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/online-course-proposal or email Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu for further information.  The deadline for course proposal submission for the 2011-12 school year is Jan. 14, 2011.

NEW! Call to artists!  All classified employees, professional faculty and OSU affiliates 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! The Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is collecting gift donations for 6-8 year olds for the CARDV Holiday Gift Drive. If you’d like to contribute gifts, please review the ‘CARDV toy donations’ link from http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/ to determine what types of toys are and are not appropriate. Unwrapped donations must be received by Vickie Nunnemaker, 107 Gilkey Hall, by noon on Dec. 10; please contact vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu if you have questions.

Classified staff and Faculty, you have the opportunity to help make the season brighter for a couple of families that serve our campus. SEIU Classified Members are holding an Electronic Giving Tree. We are putting out a call for the items on our Electronic Giving Tree. This is a chance for us to help out some of our co-workers/families who are in need during the holiday season. Please check out our Web Site for a gift tag and information. http://local083.seiu503.org .

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – International Science and Education (ISE) Grants Program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ise.html. USDA – NIFA – ISE program site: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/educationinternationalscience.cfm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Friday, Dec. 17, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Census Research Network (CRN) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/crn.html NSF – CRN program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10621/nsf10621.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The submission deadline for the 2011 Distinguished Professor nominations has been extended to Friday, Dec. 10. The deadline is extended due to the technological challenges and delays experienced by departments due to the fire damage incurred in buildings last Wednesday. 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. 10. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards

OUS Sustainability Conference, Feb. 28, 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.

Lightly used professional business attire is being sought for the 6th Annual Career Wardrobe Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 10, 2011 in OSU MU Ballroom. The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services. Donations accepted at OSU Bookstore Beaver Fan Shop, 121 SW Morrison #120, Portland, and OSU Career Services, 8 Kerr Administration Bldg, basement. Questions and employer site pickup arrangements can be directed to Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu, 541 737-2999.

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. Last year, 247 OSU employees donated $126,700 – an 8 percent increase over the previous year. To date, 207 OSU employees have donated a total of $64,446. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form to 2010 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center. Donate to a cause that’s nearest to your heart – you have so many to choose from. You have until Jan. 31, 2011.

Winter term RecSports memberships are now available for purchase – for you and/or your affiliate. Get a jump on the New Year’s Resolution crowd and ensure your access now through Winter Break to April 1, 2011. Questions? Contact the Recreation Services desk at 541-737-3736.

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


Oregon State University’s Office of Admissions is accepting applications for the position of Associate Director, Campus Visit Center and On-Campus Recruitment Programming. The Associate Director is a 1. FTE 12-month position and is a member of the Admissions Senior Leadership Management team. This position manages the Campus Visitor’s Center and all on-campus recruitment programs. To see the full position announcement, review complete posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006473. OSU is an AA/EOE. Applications must be received by Dec. 31 for consideration.

Customer Service Representative, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University Office Specialist 2. F/T. Major duties include working in a fast paced, high volume environment responding to requests for admissions and general university information. This position answers a high volume of phones calls and emails. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills both verbal and written. To review posting and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006626 Closing date Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon State University’s Division of Earth Systems Science invites applications for an Assistant Professor. This is a 0.75 FTE, 12-month or 1.0 FTE, 9-month tenure-track position (at the discretion of the Department Head). Though this tenure track position will be offered at 0.75 FTE, the incumbent is authorized and encouraged to increase his/her working FTE up to 1.0 by securing other sources of funding for the additional 0.25 FTE. The Division seeks an individual to develop vigorous research, teaching, and outreach programs focused on earth systems modeling, specifically terrestrial biophysics-biogeochemistry modeling at multiple scales that incorporates spatial and in situ observations. To view posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Jan. 31, 2011. Posting #0006556

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.

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.

Applications are invited for six full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the College of Science integrative life science disciplines of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Microbiology and Zoology. All appointees are expected to participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching and establish an extramurally funded research program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and (except ecosystem ecology and stress or aging biology positions) a minimum of 2 years relevant postdoctoral experience. Ecosystem Ecology (posting 0006371); Enzymology/Protein Biochemistry & Biophysics (posting 0006402); Environmental Microbiology (posting 0006377); Prokaryotic Systems Biology (posting 0006375); Stress or Aging Biology (posting 0006370); Biochemistry of Aging (Asst/Assoc Professor) (posting 0006383). For details of each position and to apply visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . OSU is an AA/EOE.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is building on existing strengths in the core disciplines of public health and human sciences by hiring 10 – 17 new tenure track faculty (assistant or associate professor rank, full-time, 9-month) to establish an accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS). To see specific position announcements, job descriptions, and requirements, and to apply, go to:
Assistant/Associate Professors – Health Policy: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57400
Assistant/Associate Professors – Environmental & Occupational Health/Safety: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57402
Assistant/Associate Professors – Epidemiology: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57416


Corvallis: It’s finals week so many on campus will either be grading stacks of paper or putting their nose in a book, but don’t worry, it won’t be nice enough for us to wish we were outside. A chance of rain today with highs of 50 and a low of 38. Rain will be likely for the rest of the week.

Bend: Today may be our only day of snow in town with a high around 41 and a low near 30, but plenty of rain the rest of the week should make for at least some fresh powder on the mountain. “The sensual caress of waist deep cold smoke….glory in the skiing virgin snow, in being the first to mark the powder with the signature of their run.” ~Tim Cahill

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