OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 7, 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.

Tapping spirituality to resolve global water conflicts (Knowledge@Wharton)

Aaron Wolf is both a professor of geography at Oregon State University and a trained mediator in conflict resolution — two professions he has melded together when working on the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as numerous disputes in central and southeast Asia and Africa.

Carnegie Foundation bestows ‘Community Engagement’ designation on OSU (OregonLive.com)

Oregon State University’s deep collaboration with the communities it serves beyond the borders of its campuses has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with its “Community Engagement” designation – a classification earned this year by only 114 other universities nationwide, the Foundation announced Wednesday.

Talk explores slow road to adulthood (Democrat-Herald)

Rick Settersten, author of the new book, “Not Quite Adults,” will shatter this stereotype 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 Second St. in Corvallis, is free and open to the public.

Oregon State hires U of I wheat breeder (Ag Info)

Oregon State University has hired a wheat breeder from Idaho to head its wheat variety development program. Bob Zemetra, a professor of plant breeding and genetics at the University of Idaho will start May 23.

Best-selling author to read from new novel (Gazette-Times)

International best-selling author David Vann, whose writing spans wilderness experience and domestic drama, will read from his new novel, “Caribou Island,” on Friday, Jan. 21, at Oregon State University.

Kitzhaber names top staffers (Willamette Week)

Mike Bonetto has been named Healthcare Advisor. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College, a Master of Science from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Public Health and a Ph.D. in health policy from Oregon State University.

A capella show hits OSU ala carte series (Gazette-Times)

Back from winter break, the Oregon State University Department of Music returns to the scene Friday, Jan. 14, with another performance in the Music à la Carte concert series.


EMT invites you to attend Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Day, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the OSU LaSells Stewart Center. The event will consist of a full day of platform presentations describing the research in the department, highlighted by a keynote address by Dana Barr, Research Professor in the  Department of Environmental Health, Emory University: “Assessing Exposures to Pesticides: Building upon what we have learned and recognizing future challenges.” For more information see http://emt.oregonstate.edu/emt-research-day

It’s First Friday, and at lunch is planned for you at the University Motor Pool in Corvallis. They’re serving slow cooked Italian red sauce over spaghetti with dinner rolls on the side. Both a meat and vegetarian option will be provided for the first 100 people–and probably more. All the food for this casual event provided by the staff and generous donors so bring a friend and drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

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! Steve Adams, a development engineer in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) Machine Shop, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening from complications of pneumonia.  A memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

NEW! “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana,” will be shown at noon-1 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the MU Journey Room. It feature’s MLK, Jr’s message of non-violence through film.  Film viewing will be followed by a brief process on meditation’s impact for building compassion.

NEW! “Little Town of Bethlehem,” will be shown Jan. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m., in MU 208 La Raza Room.
Discover how a courageous commitment to nonviolence is uniting Palestinians and Israelis in their quest for peace in the middle east.  This documentary looks at the conflict through the eyes of three men whose lives have been marked by the violence:  a Palestinian Muslim, a Palestinian Christian, and an Israeli Jew who dare to dream that a just peace is possible.

NEW! Creating change within education, a panel discussion, takes place Jan. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., MU Main Lounge. A panel of professionals and students who have experienced or observed inequalities within the educational system look at how we can improve education for the future.

NEW! David Noakes, OSU Professor and Senior Scientist in Fisheries and Wildlife and the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, will present a review of “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” by Jared Diamond at noon Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Corvallis-Benton County Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. Noakes teaches Fish Ecology and Fish Conservation courses at OSU.

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.

Charitable Fund Drive

Oregon State University is now 20 percent behind last year’s campaign with less than a month to go in the Charitable Fund Drive, which ends Jan. 31. Currently the drive has raised $101,500 with 187 employees contributing. By comparison, UO has exceeded last year’s numbers by nearly 5 percent. 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.

News for Employees

NEW! The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is making available scholarships to attend this year’s Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference. If you are interested in attending this conference, are available to attend on Jan. 28 and would like to be considered for funding, please contact Rorie Spill Solberg (Rorie.Spillsolberg@oregonstate.edu) no later today at noon. They will be drawing the names of at least 10 staff, faculty or students today by 5 p.m.

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2011-12 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2011-12 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. Nominations may be submitted by the student’s graduate program director, department chair or head, or by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. Deadline for both Fellowship competitions: Feb. 4.  For complete details see: Graduate School Fellowship Programs.

NEW! Lightly used professional business attire is being sought for the 6th Annual Career Makeover Wardrobe event scheduled for Feb. 10, in the MU Ballroom.  The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services.  Donations help all OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and may be dropped off until Feb. 5 at OSU Career Services in the basement of Kerr Admin., Strand Agriculture Hall 137, or  by contacting Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu, 541 737-2999 to arrange pick up in the Corvallis area, or drop off location in Portland at the Beaver Fan Shop 121 SW Morrison #120.

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/

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.


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.

Kerr Admin Parking Lot: Due to the delivery of the climbing wall for the McAlexander FieldHouse Project, the parking lot on the south side of the Kerr Admin Bldg will be temporarily closed. This shutdown at 6 a.m. on Jan. 8 and should end by 6 p.m. on Jan. 9.

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.


Corvallis: “Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” –   John Boswell. We’re getting a rainy start to our weekend today with rain expected after 10 a.m. this morning, and continuing through Sunday, when an influx of cold air increases our chances for a few snow showers. However we’re keeping our eyes on next week’s forecast, which holds the possibility of everyone’s least favorite weather, freezing rain. Today’s high is 48 with a low of 37.

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