OSU Today

Dec. 20-Dec. 26, 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.

A matter of privacy (Gazette-Times)

“Consumers need some help,” said author Nancy King recently during an in her office in Bexell Hall at Oregon State University. “Most people do not know they are being tracked, and they aren’t given a choice whether to be tracked or to have their online behavior and personal information shared with large networks of advertisers.”

Religious leaders show solidarity, denounce violence in Pioneer Courthouse Square rally (Oregonian)

Muslim students from Oregon State University and other supporters held signs promoting peace at a Sunday rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the target of a thwarted bomb plot three weeks ago.

Newsmaker of the Year: In the Eye of the Storm (Nature)

She set out to revolutionize US ocean management — but first she faced the oil spill. Jane Lubchenco is Nature ‘s Newsmaker of the Year.

Bad tornadoes rare in Oregon; Here’s why (KTVZ)

“Oregon’s moderate climate and topography are not conducive to frequent powerful tornadoes,” explained Kathie Dello, a research scientist with the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “The Pacific Ocean moderates the climate and the Coast Range protects us.” (See also AOL)

NSF won’t build underground lab; scientists hope that DOE will (Science)

The NSB panel also questioned whether the massive infrastructure project fits the mission of NSF, which ordinarily builds scientific instruments such as telescopes. “We’re a science agency, not a mission agency, or a facilities agency, or a big infrastructure agency,” says Mark Abbott, a biological oceanographer at Oregon State University.

Oregon, City of Portland don’t meet ambitious goals to power with renewable resources (Oregonian)

The Oregon University System doesn’t face the same restrictions and is much farther along, Richter Taylor noted. At Oregon State University, for example, students approved a fee of up to $8.50 for each student in 2007 for green-power purchases. The school gets about three-quarters of its energy from biomass, biogas and wind.

Reforming higher education in Oregon. Why now? (Oregonian)

For Oregon to remain competitive in today’s global economy, more Oregonians must have higher education degrees.

Oregon shows job increase for second straight month (Oregonian)

“Because of that, we could actually have very healthy job growth for a couple of months but never see a change in the unemployment rate,” said Patrick Emerson, an Oregon State University economist. “If you’re looking for signs of the recovery, it’s much more important now to focus on job creation.”

Cooking up some help at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Members of Oregon State University’s Food and Fermentation Science Club know how to have fun – they regularly participate in beer-brewing, cheese-making and bread-baking events. Monday afternoon, 17 members met in the pilot plant at Wiegand Hall to work on another yummy project, this time for charity. (See also LIFE@OSU, and Bend Bulletin)

In hard times, small schools must change to survive (OPB)

Elkton is rated “outstanding” by the state. It has developed a “natural resources” curriculum with Oregon State University. And thanks to charter grant money, 21st century technology is everywhere.

OSU malter will end bottleneck between Oregon barley and beer (AgInfo)

Oregon State University students from several disciplines are building a mini-malter capable of processing up to 300 pounds of barley. (See also News-Register)

OSU receives grant to help local dairy manufacturers (The Cheese Reporter)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday it has received a $860,000 endowment fund, part of which will create an outreach program to support Oregon’s small cheese and dairy manufacturers.

Vitamin D suggestions disappoint (Statesman Journal)

Should Oregon consumers dump their 2,000 IU D3 supplements and shoot for a lower level of intake? Not according to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute. They’re sticking with their 2,000 IU recommendation.

More resistant Christmas trees may be on the way (Western Farmer-Stockman)

New species of conifers which resist disease, insect attacks and better tolerate various moisture conditions are under study, report Oregon State University scientists.

Trees removed to enhance campus biodiversity (LIFE@OSU)

Several large trees near Peavy Hall that are limiting the use of those grounds as a “living laboratory” will be removed over winter break, university officials say.

Life science complex plans nearly done (Portland Business Journal)

The Life Sciences center will provide a collaborative instruction and research facility for bioscience, medical device, medical and pharmacy faculty members from several Oregon schools. Researchers and instructors from Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, the Oregon Institute of Technology and the University of Oregon will work in the center.

Dinosaur plague (NOVA)

This 2009 episode featuring OSU’s Andrew Blaustein and George Poinar repeated last week on OPB.

Blue Planet (Discovery)

The Discovery Channel recently re-aired Blue Planet, which features Oregon State’s Bruce Mate.


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 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 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.


The OSUsed Store is open for its final public sale of 2010 on Wednesday, Dec. 22,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. The next public sale will not be until Jan. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. We have many items for personal or departmental use – furniture (desks, chairs, bookcases, file cabinets, etc), electronics (computers, printers, TVs, etc), household items (dishes, coffee makers, microwaves, books, etc), vehicles, bicycles, lab equipment and more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 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


Campus is closed Friday (as well as Monday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 31).

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Today is now on hiatus. It will return Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

NEW! The Natural Resources program at Oregon State University – Cascades invites the public to a panel discussion to learn the pros and cons of the City of Bend’s Surface Water Project on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.  The discussion will take place in Cascades Hall on College Way.

Joy Asbury, a Fiscal Coordinator in the University Administrative Business Center, will be retiring from OSU at the end of December. 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.

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.

“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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today will be on hiatus until Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Submit news for the Jan. 3 edition by Thursday, Dec. 30.

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.

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.

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.


Administrative Program Assistant – The College of Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant in the Undergraduate Programs Office.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006700, for full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 9, 2011, closing date is Jan. 23.  OSU is an AA/EOE

Accounting Technician – The Business & Engineering Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, classified position.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006695, closing date Jan. 2, 2011.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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. Closing date: Dec. 23.

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 to receive full consideration.

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

Valley Library: Elevators 1-2 will be shut down for maintenance until 3:30 p.m., Dec. 23.

Free parking: Student and visitor parking lots are open for free use now through Jan. 7, 2011 on campus.


Corvallis: We had a cold but sunny break in the clouds last week, but we’ll have no such luck this week, as showers are expected through the weekend, with highs in the mid 40s and lows in the high 30s. But don’t let all the damp turn you into a Scrooge. At least there’s a four-day weekend to look forward to.

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