OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 10, 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 Energy Center receives LEED Platinum certification (KEZI)

A new Oregon State University building just got the highest LEED certification possible by the United States Green Building Council due to its environmentally friendly building and design practices.

Grown kids still at home? (Gazette-Times)

The book, “Not Quite Adults” by Oregon State University professor Richard Settersten, was released in December by Random House. Settersten and co-author Barbara E. Ray, a Chicago writer, compiled 10 years of research that indicates 18- to 24-year-olds who take their time moving out, marrying and having children eventually tend be more financially and professionally successful.

Leaf-cutter ants retire when their teeth wear out (BBC)

The researchers, from the University of Oregon and the Oregon State University, supports previous research showing the survival of a leaf-cutter colony depends on the efficiency of its workers.

Students will pay more in tuition at Oregon universities this summer (Oregonian)

The State Board of Higher Education on Friday unanimously approved an average 7 percent increase in summer tuition and fees at the state’s seven universities.

Plastic in the ocean: ‘It doesn’t add up to an island’ (KVAL)

It’s the stuff of eco-legend: an island of trash in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas. Research by an Oregon State University professor found it just doesn’t exist.

What’s in a fan? (Gazette-Times)

After the 2010 Civil War football game, which gave the University of Oregon Ducks a spot in the Bowl Championship Series national title game and ended Oregon State University’s chances at a bowl game, many Beavers fans began to wonder: Who to support in today’s championship game?

OSU plans MLK tribute (Democrat-Herald)

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


Douglas Conant, the president and chief executive officer of Campbell Soup Company, will give a free public talk at Oregon State University today. His presentation begins at 2 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. 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.”

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 today at 4 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. For more information on Adams and about his memorial fund, see LIFE@OSU.

The BCS National Championship game will be aired in the MU Commons starting at 4 p.m. today.

Making the Grade: The connection between race, class and education,” 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,” 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.

Rick Settersten , author of the new book, “Not Quite Adults,” will shatter stereotypes of young people during his talk on tonight 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Jeanne Smith of Jeanne Smith & Associates will be speaking on “Company Structure and Management Team” as part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Build Your Killer Business Plan series, on Jan. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In Kelley Engineering Center room 1001. Smith will discuss various options for entity formation and structure. She will also address techniques to protect the assets of the Company to maintain and increase its value. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.

NEW! Dixon Recreation Center remains open on Jan. 17 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for general recreation and swimming and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for climbing.  For specific service desk and family hours, visit the Recreational Sports website at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/hours.

NEW! The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature Donny George Youkhanna from SUNY-Stony Brook speaking on “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory,” Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

NEW! Behind a thriving entrepreneurial culture is a commitment to innovation. At the Jan. 13 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mark Van Patten of the College of Business will discuss the Willamette Innovators Network, which supports a creative business culture in Oregon. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to reserve a seat.

NEW! An interfaith prayer service will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Jan. 13,  in MU 208 La Raza Room.
It is a time for celebrating Dr. King’s vision for a peaceful, global community as shared through prayer and reflection by members of the OSU community speaking from their own varied spiritual / religious backgrounds.

NEW! Dialogues on Race will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 13, at the Black Cultural Center. Join in on the opportunity to learn about difficult dialogues by observing a group discuss issues on race.

NEW! A talk on institutional racism will take place Jan. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. The keynote speaker is Shelley Moon. Immediately following there will be a reception

NEW! 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.

NEW! A Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo will be held Jan. 20, 1 to 4 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The expo features representatives from more than 50 local and national nonprofit organizations who are looking for volunteers, interns, and employees.

NEW! The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) is sponsoring ‘The Future of Higher Ed: The Nation, Oregon, Oregon State’ from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The session will be moderated by Roy Arnold, Professor and Provost Emeritus, and will include a panel consisting of John Byrne, President Emeritus, OSU; Tony Van Vliet, Professor Emeritus & former State Legislator; Robert Frank, Professor Emeritus.

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “Crossing Over,” starring Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd and Sean Penn.

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.

“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.

“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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.


Accountant 1, Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs. OSU is recruiting for an Accountant 1. Salary range: $2960-$4306/mthly +benefits. For the complete announcement and to apply, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Posting #0006212: Closing Date: Jan. 17.   OSU is an AA/EOE.

Faculty Research Assistant for IPM in the Built Environment – OSU’s Integrated Plant Protection Center.  0.75 FTE position, with potential to increase to full-time dependent upon interest of candidate and additional grant support.  The Assistant will work with the School IPM Coordinator to develop an innovative outreach and training program to promote the implementation of IPM in schools, as well as other aspects of IPM in the built environment, including shelters, low-income housing, care facilities, and other sensitive sites.  The Assistant will be expected to gain expertise in IPM for arthropod, mammal, and plant (particularly invasive species) pests.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting # 0006716.  Closing date: Jan. 28.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.


Corvallis: “Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, And see the dangers that we cannot shun.” — John Dryden. You may have done a little slip sliding on your way to work this morning but temperatures should warm today to 39 with sunny skies. Tonight temperatures will drop back to 24 degrees but as rain rolls in tomorrow, temperatures are expected to warm up. Tuesday night is still a wild card, although forecasters have pulled back on their predictions of freezing rain, but it’s too early to tell whether the mix of rain and cold weather will cause any problems Wednesday morning. Portland commuters may have more to worry about as some snow is predicted this week, although how much is still in question.

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