OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 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.

Report of Pacific Ocean’s plastic patch greatly exaggerated, OSU researcher says (Oregonian)

Remember that Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the pile of floating plastic and other debris “the size of Texas” or more? Now comes Oregon State University assistant professor Angelicque “Angel” White to say that commonly quoted estimate is “grossly exaggerated.” (See also UPI, Columbian, Democrat-Herald, Science Blog)

Invasive medusahead weed threatens ranches in West (USA Today)

According to an OSU study, medusahead is rapidly crowding out native grasses, and once established, it eliminates more than 80 percent of a land’s grazing value.

Popular Oregon State major now online (Gazette-Times)

Human development and family sciences, the sixth-most popular major at Oregon State University, is now offered online through OSU’s Extended Campus, allowing students from across Oregon to complete a bachelor’s degree without setting foot on the Corvallis campus.

CAPS changes approach to serving students (LIFE@OSU)

OSU Counseling and Psychological Services changes the way it meets student needs due to increased demand.

OSU to host annual MLK celebration (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration Jan. 10 through Jan. 20.


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

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 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 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.

The OSUsed Store is open for its evening public sale of the month from 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.

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 Howard and Jay Mohr.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Rick Settersten, author of the new book, “Not Quite Adults,” will shatter this stereotype of young people during his Thursday, Jan. 13 presentation at the Oregon State University Memorial Union lounge in Corvallis. The event starts at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the presentation.

NEW! What level of risk will OSU take in research investments? How can we get students to pay attention to compliance? Why is DC “the belly of the beast”? Join the Vice President of Research at OSU in conversations about all aspects of OSU research; ask the hard questions, get updates, find out what goes on behind-the-scenes. Subscribe to the new blog at blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/

NEW! On Jan. 11, “Where’s my 40 acres? And other broken promises…” will take place from noon to 2 p.m., in MU 206, Asian/Pacific-American Room. This discussion of historical and current perspectives of relationships between major racial/ethnic groups and the U.S. Government will be facilitated by Earlean Wilson Huey.

NEW! Culturally appropriate curriculum and textbooks will be discussed Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m., in the Native American Longhouse Cultural Center. Discussion will focus on the issues of equity, validation and empowerment in K-12 education by examining what students do not learn, stereotypes, and what we should have learned. This workshop will discuss the steps that participants can take as change agents to transform our schools to honor diversity. The facilitator will be Padma Akkaraju.

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Engineering in an “informal” group setting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in MU room 208.

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Forestry in an “informal” group setting on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall room 107.

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Business in an “informal” group setting on Monday, Jan. 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Strand Ag 329.

NEW! A discussion of global perspectives on activism will take place Jan. 11, 5 to 7 p.m., in the MU International Resource Center. This program looks at the lives of global activist Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, as well as hearing an international student panel of how their activism has impacted their life.

Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch at Oregon State University go on sale starting today 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.

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.

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.”

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

“This is What Democracy Looks Like,”Jan. 10, 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.

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 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.

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! The University Chorale, an ‘all-comer’s choir’ begins on Thursday, Jan. 6. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 1:50 p.m. OSU students can register for credit. OSU staff, faculty and community members may participate for $15. Rehearsal takes place in Benton Hall Room 204. All levels of singing experience are welcome.

NEW! The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently issuing a request for proposals. For information about grant criteria and to download an application please visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/osufund/womens/apply_grant.htm. The grant application is due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17.Please email the application to Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) 2011 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/eese.html. NSF – EESE program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11514/nsf11514.htm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Jan. 31, 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.

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).

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

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: Today. 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: What a difference a day makes. Today’s much warmer temperatures and light rainfall are much less wintry than yesterday’s freezing fog. The high will be 44 and rain is likely through the day. Tonight’s low will be 37. Rain and temperatures above freezing are expected most of the week.

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