OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 6, 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.

OSU recognized for community outreach (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s collaboration with the communities it serves has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with its community engagement designation.

Missing fresh berries? Local research makes crops juicier! (Oregon Live.com)

Innovative research done by Bernadine Strik, Extension Berry Crops Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University and at NWREC at OSU, has led to changes in the recommended planting density, trellising, and pruning of blueberries, and yields per acre have doubled, especially for young plantings.

Show features recycled fashions (Statesman Journal)

It is a chance to check out the work of about 20 designers from Oregon State University, the Art Institute of Portland and beyond.

Columbia forum’s 21st session (Astorian)

March brings a discussion of how we will divide up the ocean by faculty of the Oregon State University Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. Human uses of ocean resources are accelerating faster than our ability to manage them.

Oregon Ducks to play on OSU-created turf (KPTV)

A literal turf war could be brewing down in Glendale, Ariz., as the Oregon Ducks head to the BCS Championship. The reason is the grass they’re playing on was created by an Oregon State University alumnus.

A lifelong passion (Argus Observer)

For Clint Shock, superintendent of Oregon State University’s Malheur Experiment Station, his interest in plants began at an early age and it led not only to a career but also a life-long passion for how and why plants grow and finding better ways to grow them and help society as a whole.

Pacific’s giant plastic island may be marine myth (OPB)

Scientists say that reports the great garbage patch swirling around the Pacific Ocean is the size of Texas, maybe greatly exaggerated.  Kristian Foden-Vencil reports on new research out of Oregon State University. (See also Daily Mail and the Express)


The new Oregon Wine Research Institute serves one of the state’s fastest growing industries. At today’s 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.

The University Chorale, an ‘all-comer’s choir’ begins today. 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.

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

Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch at Oregon State University are now on sale 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rick Settersten, author of the new book, “Not Quite Adults,” will shatter stereotypes 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.

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.

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.

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 2:30 to 4 p.m., in Strand Ag 329.

News for Employees

NEW! The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 20011-12 academic year. To qualify, applicants must be a full time Oregon State University student with sophomore, junior or senior standing at the time of application with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2011-12 academic year, and have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, or regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in the OSU Association of Office Professionals. Applications are available from the Financial Aid Office, Student Involvement, College of Business, any college with a business minor or from the applicant’s academic advisor. A completed application, three current letters of recommendation and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by March 4, to Maureen Childers, Disability Access Services, 200 Kerr Administration Bldg, Corvallis, OR 97331 or e-mail to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu. Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered.

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

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.

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/

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. Starting Jan. 24 they will be running the Solo Strider 6 week Physical Activity Program. Each faculty/staff member receives a free pedometer, tracking booklet, menu ideas and recipes, links to helpful fitness and wellness websites, and can enter into weekly raffle drawings for prizes. If you continue with the program through the whole 6 weeks, you will receive a Beaver Strides Klean Kanteen water bottle for your efforts. To register for the program see:  http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides. They will be having a Kick-Off event Jan. 21 at Student Health Services (Plageman Hall) room 322 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where participants will get their pedometer and tracking booklet. For more information email Beaver.Strides@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.


Fiscal Coordinator 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $3922-$5733/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0006390 Closing Date: Jan. 25. 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

Kerr Admin: Due to the replacement of the steam coils on the supply fan, Kerr Admin may experience noise transferring throughout the building duct work. This will affect all rooms on all floors on the B side of Kerr Admin only. This shut down will begin at 7 a.m. on Jan. 7, and should end by noon.

Bates Hall: Due to the installation of a transformer for the Hallie Ford Center, the power to Bates Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will be a temporary loss of power. If you have equipment and/or devices that will require additional backup power, please contact your building manager as soon as possible. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Jan. 8 and should end by 5 p.m.

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


Corvallis: “Winter dawn is the color of metal, The trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves.”-   Sylvia Plath. January does have its bleak moments, but escaping freezing rain thus far has to give us hope. Today’s foggy morning should clear as highs reach 48. There’s a slight chance of rain by evening, and the low will be around 36.

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