OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011

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 Bird’s-Eye View: Studying Forests from Above (Science 360)

OSU forest ecologist Matthew Betts climbs high into the canopy of an old-growth Douglas-fir at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in this video produced by OSU’s Dept. of News and Research Communications.

Radiation detection goes digital (International Business Times)

In science fiction, explorers wave around a single device and pick up many kinds of radiation – think of the tricorders on Star Trek or Dr. Who’s sonic screwdriver. A professor at Oregon State University is bringing that a bit closer to reality, though in this case it’s for finding radioactive material.

The year in review 2010 (American Libraries Magazine)

As library patrons and students rely more and more on their smartphones, public and academic libraries in 2010 were busy creating apps that deliver their programs, collections, and services to the mobile user. Oregon State University Library created two versions of its website, one for smartphone users and another for web-enabled cell phones with a smaller screen.

Historical fruit growers papers go to SOHS (Mail Tribune)

The archives follow the progression of the pear industry, which covered more than 12,000 acres and “provided lots of jobs and commerce,” said grower Ron Meyer, a former league president. The league supported and worked with the Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station and hired lobbyists to work with them in the Oregon Legislature and with Congress on international trade issues.

Stuck indoors? Adventure tales can inspire (Madison.com)

Included is “River of Life, Channel of Death” by Keith Petersen, Oregon State University Press.

Marine protected areas could help depleted fisheries (Practical Fishkeeping)

Marine ecologists from Oregon State University centred their research around the Yellow tang, Zebrasoma flavescens. The species, which is well known to almost every marine aquarium keeper, was chosen as it is not a migratory fish once the larvae have settled onto a reef – living in a range of about half-a-mile in diameter.

New grant aims to create a global workforce with ice core explorations (LIFE@OSU)

Professor of Geology, Ed Brook, is at the helm as the lead Principal Investigator to head an international consortium in developing ice core exploration technology that will provide a better understanding of past climate than ever before.

Shelley Jordon’s artistic exploration of family comes to Fairbanks Gallery (LIFE@OSU)

Materfamilias, a multi-media installation by Oregon State Professor of Art Shelley Jordon, opens Jan. 10 in Fairbanks Hall. A reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 in Fairbanks Gallery.


President Ray and Provost Randhawa meet with the faculty of each college annually in an “informal” group setting. Today from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the MU Journey Room, President Ray and Provost Randhawa will be meeting with the faculty of the College of Health and Human Sciences. This meeting provides an opportunity for an open dialogue to share directly some of the key drivers and activities impacting OSU and higher education in Oregon, as well as some of our institution-level initiatives, HHS program opportunities and constraints. All faculty within the College of Health and Human Sciences are invited to attend.

The weekly series, Gearing Up for Gardening, starts today and will run through Feb. 22 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.  Each week, a new garden topic will be discussed from 12:10 to 1 p.m. and is free to the public.  Topics include successful seed-starting techniques and water conservation in the garden.  Series is free but come early as seats will fill fast.  For a full list of topics, visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/horticulture/opportunities

Ray Jenski, intellectual property attorney, will be speaking on the topic of intellectual property as part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s “Building Your Killer Business Plan” series. He will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m., today in Kelley Engineering Center room 1001. Jenski will consider the barbed wire element in a discussion of the intellectual property rights in patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets and their usefulness in keeping the unique intangible assets of a business safe and productive. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop or call 541-713-8044.

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howar and Jay Mohr. The film tells three parallel stories that eventually intersect – about a French TV journalist, played by Cecile de France, who suffers a near-death experience during the Asian tsunami of 2004; a drug-addicted English single mother who loses one of her twin 10-year-old sons in a car accident; and a man who can talk to the dead, but prefers not to. Sponsored by the Student Event and Activities Center and the Memorial Union

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its evening public sale of the month on Wednesday, Jan. 5,  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. 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. Check out our Craigslist listings for more info and pictures. 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 our website.

NEW! The faculty and staff of International Programs and INTO OSU are invited to a meeting to welcome Sunil Khanna, OSU’s new Associate Provost of International Programs, and to discuss OSU’s internationalization priorities going forward.  The meeting takes place Jan. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Center Willamette Room.  The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) plays a key role in developing and implementing programs that further the University’s internationalization efforts and advance international education programs across the campus. Primary responsibilities include the development of OSU’s evolving global strategies, leadership of International Programs, and helping to enable the success of INTO Oregon State University.

NEW! The next Lunch and Learn topic will be adoption and will be presented by Lisa Hoogesteger, Naomi Hirsche, and Gus Martinez-Padilla.  It takes place Jan. 12 at the MU 213 from noon to 1 p.m.

NEW! Douglas Conant, the president and chief executive officer of Campbell Soup Company, will give a free public talk at Oregon State University on Monday, Jan. 10. His presentation begins at 2 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Conant’s appearance at OSU is a result of the first-place finish by the university’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team in the national 2010 Let’s Can Hunger Challenge. In his talk, Conant will reveal 12 lessons from his corporate journey and share glimpses into his personal life through his presentation, “Over 30 Years in the Rearview Mirror.”

NEW! “Making the Grade: The connection between race, class and education,” Jan. 10, 4 to 5 p.m., MU 206, Asian/Pacific-American Room. Come and explore how the connection between race and class play a role in an individual’s access to education. Facilitators:  Padraic McGraw and Melissa Rico – UHDS Community Relations Facilitators. Sponsored by: University Housing and Dining Services

NEW! “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” 5 to 7 p.m., Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. Movie, discussion, and background of why people marched in the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, Washington. Sponsored by: Cesar Chavez Cultural Center

Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch at Oregon State University go on sale starting Jan. 5 in the Memorial Union Business Office. Tickets are $10 for non-students, $6 for students. Children age 5 and under are free. The brunch takes place at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 17 in the MU Ballroom.

You are invited to bring your lunch to the next PFLA meeting Wednesday, Jan. 5, noon to 1 p.m., in MU 211. The guest speaker will be Chris Klemm presenting “The Austin Entrepreneurship Story: 2004-2010.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Oregon State University – Cascades hospitality management professor Sandy Chen will look more closely at the senior travel market in an “It’s in the Bag” lecture called “This Ain’t No Leisurely Bus Tour.” “It’s in the Bag” lectures take place on the OSU- Cascades campus and are free. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking. For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

The new Oregon Wine Research Institute serves one of the state’s fastest growing industries. At the Jan. 6 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, institute director Neil Shay will discuss his observations and share some of his own wine-making experience. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Newcomers are welcome and pay $10 for lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

Rick Settersten , author of the new book, “Not Quite Adults,” will shatter stereotypes of young people during his talk on Monday, Jan. 10, at Science Pub Corvallis. The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, is free and open to the public.

Joy Asbury, a Fiscal Coordinator in the University Administrative Business Center, retired 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 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.

News for Employees

NEW! Saturday Academy would like to invite all interested high school girls to join our Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math (AWSEM) Club this winter term. We will be going to the Vet Hospital, the Core Lab Repository, the Wave Lab, the College of Pharmacy, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, and more. The club takes place on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for six consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 19. The cost for the full six weeks is $75. Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. This club will provide those who participate with the opportunity to learn from experts in their fields and engage in a variety of hands-on activities. The AWSEM club is lead by undergraduate women at OSU who are studying science and engineering. To register, please contact our office directly (541-737-8139 or saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu) to reserve a spot, and then go on to the main page of our website (http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu) to print out the registration form (and tuition assistance form, if applicable) and mail it in with your payment (or tuition assistance form).

NEW! Sign up for Beaver Strides now through Friday, Jan. 21. Register online for this FREE walking program for all OSU students, faculty and staff. All participants will receive a starter pedometer and tracking booklet. Keep track of your steps for six weeks, and “get your move on” for a healthier 2011! http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides

NEW! Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due on Jan. 31, 2011. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU.  Two grants in the amount of $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php. Applications are evaluated jointly by the Advancement of Teaching Committee of the Faculty Senate and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. If you have any questions, contact Jeanna Towns at Jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu.

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.

In the last year, President Ray has met with small faculty groups to discuss issues of importance. A number of reocurring themes emerged from these meetings, and the President and his staff have assembled a response to some of the most frequently raised topics: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/sites/default/files/osu-today/group.pdf

The 2010-11 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379 or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

The West Coast Sea Grant Programs are issuing a Request for Regional Social Science Research Proposals. The Oregon, Washington, California and University of Southern California Sea Grant Programs are jointly interested in coordinated research efforts that bring together researchers from across the region to address specific social science issues of regional priority. Subject to the availability of funding, the four West Coast Sea Grant programs will make a total of $700,000 available collectively at the regional level over two years to fund projects. In addition, the National Sea Grant Office may augment available state program funds. Given these funding limits, we anticipate being able to fund between two and four regional projects for the 2012-2014 biennium. Projects will be selected though an open, competitive peer-review process. For more information see: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/west-coast-social-science-rfp.html or contact Oregon Sea Grant director Stephen Brandt.

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. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course; or you can propose something new. Innovation is encouraged and participatory learning is the norm. 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. Please join your colleagues who report that the Honors experience exemplifies the reason that they went into higher education. Inquires are welcome. 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.

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 OSU Arts & Sciences Business Center has an available opening for a full time, 12‐month Grants and Contracts Technician. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006711. Closing Date: Jan. 5, 2011. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

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

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 lots are open for free use now through Jan. 7, 2011 on campus.


Corvallis: “The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!”  –  Edward Payson Powell. Patchy freezing fog will make things dicey this morning, but will clear out by afternoon as the high reaches 40. There’s a chance of some snow in the late afternoon and evening but little to no accumulations are expected. Lows drop to a considerably warmer 34 tonight. The chance of snow continues Wednesday morning but things should change to rain by midday.

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