OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 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.

Measuring waves without getting wet (Discovery News)

By linking two visible-light camera together and processing the images in a way similar to how the human brain does with the vision of two eyes, loads more wave data can be collected without even getting a toe wet. “It’s like two eyes,” explained researcher David Hill of Oregon State University. “It doesn’t just see the waves and see them moving, but how high they are.”

Plans for marine protection highlight science gap (Nature)

Some studies are starting to give clear pointers on the best way to position both coastal and high-seas MPAs. Last month, Mark Christie of Oregon State University in Corvallis and his team published an analysis showing that fish larvae — those of the yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) — were successfully dispersing from an MPA to sites up to 180 kilometres away.

Campbell Soup CEO visits, congratulates OSU students (Gazette-Times)

Douglas Conant traveled to Corvallis from the company’s headquarters in Camden, N.J. on Monday — enduring lengthy weather-related delays — to congratulate a group of Oregon State University’s Students in Free Enterprise students. They’d won first place in the national 2010 “Let’s Can Hunger” challenge for Campbell’s with their Hunger in the Homeland campaign.

20-somethings staying in the family home not a bad thing (Parent Central)

Failure to launch? Don’t push the panic button, says Richard Settersten, author of Not Quite Adults. While today’s 20-somethings are taking much longer to leave home, finish school, find work, marry and have children, their slow and sometimes meandering routes may serve them well, says the professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. The key to their eventual success? Parental involvement. (See also Willamette Week)

Ideas Matter lecture series focuses on future generations (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Ideas Matter 2011 series, which will focus on responsibilities to future generations, begins Thursday, when Donny George Youkhanna of SUNY-Stony Brook will speak on “Looting of the Iraq Museum, Loss of a Nation’s Memory.”

Forum on ‘How to pay for what citizens want’ set for Tuesday (Gazette-Times)

William Jaeger, a professor of agriculture and resource economics at Oregon State University will address the subject of taxes, tax issues, tax instruments, research and economic analysis.

OSU running back Rodgers says he’s leaving for NFL (KMTR)

Oregon State University star running back Jacquizz Rodgers says he will enter the 2011 NFL Draft. (See also KPTV, OSU Beavers)


Today, “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.

The weekly series, Gearing Up for Gardening, runs each Tuesday 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

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 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 104.

Culturally appropriate curriculum and textbooks will be discussed from 4 to 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 from 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.

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, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! This Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m., Beat poet Robert Briggs is performing “Jazz and Poetry & Other Reasons” with various OSU music faculty at The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison. Faculty include: Rob Birdwell, trumpet, Ryan Biesack, drums and Dana Reason, piano. Briggs is a poet based in Portland but who was involved with the early beat scene. This is part of the “Between the Cracks Forum: A forum for music, art, science and ideas” directed by Dana Reason in the music Department.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Jan. 12, noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 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! An Interfaith prayer service will be held Jan 13, 2 to 3 p.m., in the MU 208 La Raza Room. This 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.

“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.

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.

Are you thinking or interested in Adoption?  Childcare and Family Resources is sponsoring an Adoption Lunch and Learn on Jan. 12 at noon in the Memorial Union 213.  It will be presented by Lisa Hoogesteger, Naomi Hirsche, and Gus Martinez-Padilla.So bring your lunches and enjoy the information and discussion.
Please contact Childcare and Family Resources at olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4609.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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! Looking for help and support to achieve your New Year’s resolutions? A newly created OSU website called “Be Well,”  is a portal to all the resources the university offers to help students, staff and faculty make healthy choices. From where to exercise to what to eat to how to access nicotine replacement therapy on campus, the website will make it even easier to chose to live a better, healthier life. The website is available at: http://oregonstate.edu/bewell

NEW! In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a series of small group conversations with President Ray and faculty on the dates indicated below. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 15 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely.
Jan. 26 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 – 10:30 a.m. to noon
Feb. 24 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
When responding to this invitation to participate, please provide the following information: Name, Email address, Department/Unit, and Faculty Rank (NOT title); forward your response to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.


Academic Affairs and the Educational Opportunities Program invite applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Director of Student Support Services.  For full position announcement and application instructions see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006757. Closing date is Jan. 31, 2011. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 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

Milam Hall: Due to sewer line repairs, the northeast exterior corner of Milam Hall will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary to make repairs to the sewer line. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: The question remains whether or not we’ll get rain this afternoon or an arctic blast, but currently forecasters are calling for rain and possible snow or freezing rain after 10 a.m. today, with more chance of snow the further north you go. Little or no accumulation is expected in the Midvalley, and the high should reach 38. Tonight’s low will be 33. Right now the forecast for Wednesday morning calls for plain old rain, but we’ll see.

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