OSU Today

Dec. 13-Dec. 19, 2010

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

OSU students building an experimental malter (Oregonian)

Drink a beer brewed in the United States, and there’s a good chance the hops you’ll taste were grown in Oregon. But chances are the malted barley in it wasn’t.  Oregon State University is working to change that. Students there have designed and will build a malting unit that could soak, germinate and dry small batches of the grain as part of OSU’s larger effort to create a market for barley grown in Oregon. (See also Natural Resources Report)

Strong voices, clear diction, rise above ‘Smoke’ (NY Post)

Next year’s centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth got off to an early start Wednesday with a revival of Lee Hoiby’s “Summer and Smoke.” Anna Viemeister and Nickoli Strommer (OSU Class of 2010) displayed well-schooled, healthy voices and clear, meaningful diction. (See also NY Times)

OSU football players visit ailing young fan (Gazette-Times)

Aaron Nichols, along with OSU tight end Joe Halahuni and quarterback Ryan Katz gave Casey an early birthday present Thursday morning when they visited Pediatric Therapy Professionals and presented Casey with an autographed Beavers football.

Why it’s cool to have a fungus among us (USA Today)

“People don’t realize how crucial they are,” says Jeffrey Stone, a professor of botany at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and editor in chief of the journal Mycologia.

New branch of science may build a better tree (Vancouver Sun)

“Biotech trees, in my view, are a very powerful tool,” said Steven Strauss, a professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University who is consulting with the institute.

Protecting sea life (Oregonian)

Editorial co-written by OSU’s Mark Hixon.

Food innovation Center’s “Time to Market” showcase (Willamette Week)

Next Tuesday night you can meet 15 students currently enrolled in the program—and sample the end results of their blood, sweat and tears—at the free and open-to-the-public biannual “Time to Market: A Showcase of Local Foods” at the Food Innovation Center. The event is hosted by Portland Community College, Oregon State University and New Seasons Market.

Canyonville pilot project could help open O&C lands to logging (News-Register)

Forestry professors Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington outlined their ideas for large-scale forest restoration projects on Bureau of Land Management land outside Canyonville and near Ruch in Jackson County.


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.   Now that classes are over and grades are turned in, treat  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 <http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656. Questions?  Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu


The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Wednesday, Dec. 15, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. On special this week (50% off) are all desks, all chairs, and scientific/lab equipment (excluding glassware, spot bid, and online sale items). Sales price valid only during public sale hours. We have many other items for personal or departmental use – furniture (file cabinets, tables, bookcases, etc), TVs, vehicles, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.


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

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Song for the Blue Ocean:  Science, Arts, and Ethics,” a public symposium, will take place Feb. 18-19, 2011, at the LaSells Stewart Center.  The symposium will bring together up-to-the-minute science, ethical inquiry, and the literary and musical arts to celebrate the seas, consider their future, and renew our commitment to protect them.  The symposium, co-sponsored by OSU’s new Environmental Leadership Institute and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, is free and open to all.

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.

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. The meetings are not limited to OSU employees. The next 13-week session begins on Jan. 4. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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.


NEW! The Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management is sponsoring a public seminar by Mustafa El Bouhssini, a Senior Entomologist at ICARDA on Friday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1003.  His talk is titled: “IPM of cereal and legume insect pests in North Africa, West and Central Asia”

News for Employees

NEW! Effective Jan. 1, Larry Flick will serve as associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Education. Larry has been at OSU since 1994 and is professor and chair of the Department of Science and Math Education in the College of Science. Larry’s leadership in this position (and continuing service as Chair of Science and Math Education) will be especially important to the new joint venture between the College of Education and College of Science through which faculty in the Department of Science and Math Education will become part of a reorganized College of Education that will have increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

LAST CALL! 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 .

NEW! Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) winter break hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on days the university is open, with the exception of Dec. 13 in the afternoon, and all day Dec. 14-15, when the office will be closed.

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

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.


The department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications has an opening for a part-time, 0.75 FTE Publishing Usage Support Specialist (Office Specialist 2). The person in this position works closely with the Publishing Production Specialist (lead worker) to support the educational publishing production and distribution functions of the department. This individual spends part of the day working in an office environment processing invoices, answering queries by phone/email, running reports, and working within the publications management system to manage inventory. The other part of the day is spent in the educational materials warehouse packaging and mailing orders, managing warehouse space, and collaborating with the Printing & Mailing staff on print on demand issues. This individual must have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Position closes Dec. 24. For more information or to apply, please go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57700.

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Learning position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  To apply and for more details and application instructions, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs , posting # 0006672. Closing date Dec 31. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time (0.25 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Director of Global Learning Initiative position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  To apply and for more details and application instructions, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0006664. Closing date Dec 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. 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

Free parking: Student and visitor parking spaces are open for free use from Dec. 13 through Jan. 7, 2011 on campus.

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. today 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. today and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: Think it’s going to rain today? The odds are good. All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, but it’s the rain that won’t go away. Showers and warm temperatures continue today, with rain tonight and more showers tonmorrow. Today’s high will be a balmy 55 with an overnight low of 44. The rest of the week is a bit cooler with highs in the 40s and lows in the mid 30s, and rain continues through into the weekend.

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