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Friday, Dec. 10, 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.

Mystery of slow earthquakes solved? (National Geographic)

What happens in the gap between the deep and shallow quakes, though, has long been unknown, according to geophysicist Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University. Do slow quakes release tension overall in the region? Or do the deep and shallow quakes transfer tension to the middle, “loading” that section for future big ruptures?

PGE’s coal-fired Boardman plant gets approval to close in 2020 (Oregonian)

The nation is struggling to find ways to move toward environmentally friendly power even as “we’re all addicted to using a lot of electricity,” commission Vice Chairman Ken Williamson said before the 5-0 vote.  “What’s happening today is we’re taking the first significant step in that journey,” said Williamson, an Oregon State University engineering professor. “I hope we’re successful.”

Locals donate time to help repair burnt mosque office (Gazette-Times)

Village Builder owner Charlie “Chuck” Noone volunteered his crew’s services to help rebuild the fire-damaged office of Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center director Mohammed Siala. The contractor’s crew is donating labor to rebuild the office which that was heavily damaged by an arson fire Nov. 28.

Benefit aims to aid Lebanon nonprofit (Entertainer)

Jesse Beam, a Corvallis High School grad and Oregon State University employee, corralled a bevy of musicians and artists to put on“Sex, Love, Art” at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 S.W. Second St., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Robinson elected fellow of historical society (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University professor David Robinson has been elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Barzar honored with “Our Heroes” award (LIFE@OSU)

Donnie Barzar was honored with the university’s “Our Heroes” Award on Dec. 9. The award, sponsored by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association, recognizes OSU colleagues or groups for excellence in their work and outstanding service to others.


The Horticulture Club will be selling their remaining poinsettias for $12 each or three for $30. They will be available for sale at the east greenhouse by Cordley Hall today.

Today’s 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. Persons wishing to attend who need accommodations for a disability may contact Margaret Mellinger 541-737-9642); margaret.mellinger@oregonstate.edu

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 today from 2 to 4 p.m. in MU 212.


OSU research will be featured on Green Science Oregon TV this weekend. Producer Rick Coyle takes viewers into OSU’s Superfund research program and shows ongoing work on hydrogen-producing cyanobacteria. Green Science Oregon will be broadcast at 5 p.m. Dec. 12 on KSLR, channel 34 in Eugene and Corvallis; 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 12 on KGW, channel 8 in Portland; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 on KWVT, channel 17 in Salem; and 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11 on CGN7 in The Dalles.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series, which will focus on responsibilities to future generations, begins on Thursday, Jan. 13. Danny George Youkhanna from SUNY-Stonybrook will speak on “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory.” All lectures in the series begin at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102 unless otherwise noted. They are free and open to the community.
The rest of the series includes:
Jan. 20: “Trashing the Future: Can We Justify Moral Obligations to the Future?” Ronald M. Green, Dartmouth College
Jan. 27: “Preserving the Blessing of Liberty for Posterity: Why it Matters,” Prakash Chenjeri, Southern Oregon State University.
Feb. 3: “Healing the Enlightenment Rift: New Directions for Transforming Environmental Conflicts,” Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University
Feb. 10: “The Creation Care Seminar: Why People of Faith Should Care About Climate Change,” Rev. Mitchell Hescox, Environmental Evangelical Network
Feb. 17: “Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for the New Ecological Age,” Mary Wood, University of Oregon
Feb. 24: “Technologically Shaping Selves: Ethics and the Pursuit of Enhancement,” Erik Parens, The Hastings Center
March 2: “Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century,” Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Office of the Order of Canada. NOTE: This lecture takes place on a Wednesday in the La Sells Stewart Center.
March 10: “Responsibilities to Future Mothers: Reflections on the Kind of Mothering Options I’d Like for My Daughter,” Sara Goering, University of Washington

Give yourself the gift of new skills and a little laughter this holiday season! Check out the OSU Libraries Graduate Student & Faculty Winter Academy running from Dec. 13 – 17. As you look ahead to classes being done and grades turned in, think about treating yourself to a little time to learn how to use Web of Science to its full advantage, or how to preserve your rights to the article you just submitted for publication, or how to use EndNote or Zotero to make formatting the references for your next article much easier. Want to just have fun and learn a bit about OSU’s History? Then “Unexpected Stories & Histories University Archives Can Tell” may be the session for you. For registration and complete session descriptions, visit: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656. Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

The Search Committee for the Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Partnership and Innovation Leader has invited two candidates to the campus to interview. Lenore Tedesco will interview Monday, Dec. 13.  Julien Lartigue will interview Thursday, Dec. 16. 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

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held on Dec. 21 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. Share this information with friends and family – the meetings are not limited to OSU employees. The next 13-week session begins on Jan. 4. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. Call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Jan. 4. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106. (Please note: There will be no WW meeting on campus on Dec. 28.) Come to the Open House on Dec. 21 with any questions you have.

Joy Asbury, a Fiscal Coordinator in the University Administrative Business Center, will be retiring from OSU at the end of December, 2010. Joy began her 30 year career at OSU in 1980 at the College of Forestry. Her second position at OSU was with the Department of Microbiology where she worked for sixteen years. Prior to the formation of the business centers Joy worked in the Executive Support Unit for six years as a Fiscal Analyst. To celebrate with Joy and honor her years of service, a reception will be held on Jan. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 104. A reminder will be sent out the first week of January.

News for Employees

NEW! The Oregon Sea Grant Program invites preliminary proposals for research on important marine and coastal issues from researchers who are affiliated with any institution of higher education. Proposals will be entered into a highly competitive review and selection process. Proposed work may begin on either Feb. 1, 2012, or Feb. 1, 2013.  Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting a proposal are found on the Webnibus online submission system http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/webnibus.html.  Preliminary proposals due by 5 p.m., Feb. 4, 2011. For more details see: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/rfpcall.html

OSU Today will be on a winter schedule starting next week. It will publish on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, and will then return to a daily schedule on Jan. 3. In order to make the Dec. 13 or Dec. 20 issues, please submit your items by the morning of the Friday previous.

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.

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

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Oregon State University funding for a doctoral training program in Aging Sciences. This IGERT program (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship ) will be attractive to Ph.D. students from diverse fields including biology, computer science, human development, bioengineering, sociology, psychology, public health, and other social and behavioral sciences. Oregon State’s IGERT in Aging Sciences will provide trainees a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years of their doctoral program, along with tuition remission and support for research costs. Doctoral departments will determine funding levels for remaining years in the program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-2012 academic year. Information on the IGERT program and participating Ph.D. departments is available at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/igert/. If you have questions, please contact: Anne.Hatley@oreonstate.edu

We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by Dec. 11. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award go to http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

Young adults interested in participating in a garden-based Oregon State University research project that pays a summer stipend can sign up now for limited placements in Corvallis and Sweet Home. Participants will earn a $1,200 stipend for completing the program, which runs from January 2011 through December 2011, and will spend up to 12 hours per week learning basic research skills, working in the gardens and handling produce sales. Low-income young adults ages 18-22 are invited to apply. Recruitment meetings will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Westside Community Church, 4000 S.W. Western Blvd., Corvallis, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Sweet Home United Methodist Church, 845 6th Ave., Sweet Home. To qualify, youth must earn less than one-and-a-half times the poverty level. For a single person, this means earning less than $16,245, or for a family of four, less than $33,075. Adults of all ages and income levels can participate as non-paid volunteers in either the Corvallis or Sweet Home garden. For information, contact Leslie Richards, (888) 478-3011 or leslie.richards@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) 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/urm.htm NSF – URM program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10531/nsf10531.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, January 17, 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 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 today; 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 today. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. Last year, 253 OSU employees donated $126,700 – an 8 percent increase over the previous year. To date, 248 OSU employees have donated a total of $73,896. 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.


Student Employment Position, Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center – Human Resources Consultant 1. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Professional Faculty position. This position is responsible for performing a broad range of professional human resources management and administration responsibilities and serves as advisor to supervisors and administrators regarding state, federal, OUS and University rules, policies, collective bargaining agreements, and procedures in areas assigned. The HRC1 works independently under general guidance from the Human Resources Consultant (HRC2). The HRC1, Student Employment position serves over 2,200 student employees and their supervisors. The ability to process, track, and audit a high volume of work is essential to the position as well as, customer service orientation and relationship building skills. To review posting and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006648 Closing date Dec. 18.

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 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 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.

Traffic and maintenance

Strand Ag: Due to the repair and replacement of the existing entrance concrete steps, the south entrance to Strand Ag will be temporarily closed to all but emergency egress during the improvements. All personnel are asked to use alternate entries and exits of the building.  Please expect temporary construction congestion around the south entrance walk. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Dec. 13 and should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

Kerr Admin: Due to work on a water line, six parking spaces in the parking lot on the west side of the Kerr Admin Bldg will be temporarily closed. This shutdown begins at 8 a.m. on Dec. 13 and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: “When you have lived to my age, you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for.” — Jane Austen. Let’s hope you don’t have too many letters to fetch today. Showers will occur mainly before 4 p.m., with a high of 50 and a low of 42. Rain will be heavy at times during the weekend, tapering off by Sunday afternoon.

Bend: On our last day of fall term, we can expect more squally weather with a high around 44 and a low dropping to 30 degrees.  I can’t stand the rain, but as temperatures drop throughout the day, the rain may turn into snow. More snow is nearly guaranteed this weekend. Have a great winter break everyone! (Congrats to Sean Barton, the OSU-Cascades student who has been writing our Bend weather reports. He is graduating this term!)

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