OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 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.

The slow path to adulthood (OPB)

Listen to OSU’s Rick Settersten, who is a guest on this morning’s Think Out Loud.

A year later, Haiti quake still reverberates through Northwest (Oregonian)

Ten months after Oregon State University  design student Ruby Sprengle was moved to produce tarps for Haitians from plastic shopping bags, she learned it can be hard to help others far away.

Entomologist Sajaya Rao uses insects as teaching aids (Gazette-Times)

Rao, a professor in Oregon State University’s Crop and Soil Science department, is an entomologist, a scientist who studies insects. She uses the creepy crawlers as many-legged ambassadors to teach adults and children about the wonders of the world of bugs.

OSU club collecting business clothes (KEZI)

The OSU MANRRS chapter has been collecting professional clothing donations for a few months now.  They already have plenty of sweaters and nice suits, but they say it’s nowhere near enough, and they need help to collect more.

Hilo: Big Island-based study bolsters theory on re-stocking fisheries (University of Hawaii)

Researchers were able to confirm the larval fish dispersal using genetic approaches (similar to DNA fingerprinting) and sophisticated statistical analysis developed by Mark Christie, an Oregon State University postdoctoral research associate and the study’s lead author.

A note from Gov. Kulongoski (Office of the Governor)

As he departed, Gov. Ted Kulongoski sent a note of thanks to state employees.

What’s that sphere on shore? Maybe a whale burp (Duluth News Tribune)

“Beach balls are prickly balls that look like balls of straw and are found on beaches. They are sometimes sold in gift shops as ‘whale burps,’ ‘whale barf balls,’ or ‘whale fur balls,’ writes Vicki Osis, a marine education specialist with the Oregon Sea Grant office at Oregon State University.

GIA appoints new director of education (Diamond World)

Gemological Institute of America has appointed Jennifer A. Josef as its new Director of Education at its New York campus, effective January 3, 2011. Her academic credentials involve two master’s degrees: one in geological oceanography from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and one in geology from the University of South Carolina.


The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale from 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.

“Doing Time, Doing Vipassana,” will be shown at noon-1 p.m., 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  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 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 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 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.

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.

OSU’s Chris Goldfinger will be featured in a new episode of NOVA to be aired tonight at 8 p.m. on OPB. The show’s focus is on deadly earthquakes.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Faculty senate takes place Thursday, Jan. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The January Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20110111.html New senator orientation will be held from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

NEW! Student Media Presents “The Business of Music,” a talk with music industry specialist Jane Cigarran, who is also Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Engineering. Her talk takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14, in the MU Journey Room. She will talk about her experiences in the industry in the executive, contract and marketing side of the business and what it takes to work at a major label or entertainment company.

NEW! Monday, Jan. 17, there will be no classes and campus will be closed in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However there will be a number of events on campus celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. The 29th annual Peace Brunch takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the MU Ballroom. Tickets 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. A birthday party will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 2325 N.W. Monroe. A candlelight vigil will be held on the steps of the MU. The vigil walk starts at 6 p.m at the Black Cultural Center. A round table discussion will follow from 7;30 to 8:30 p.m. in MU 213.

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.

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 International Forum in Snell Hall. 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.

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.

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! Oregon Field Guide will air a story about an invasion of crayfish in Oregon on Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. The show will repeat on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. It will feature Sam Chan, Tania Siemens, Tiffany Garcia and Brent Hanshew.

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.

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

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


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:I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.”  ~Adeline Knapp. Yesterday’s snow and threats of ice have melted into blustery warm rain, and the week looks soggy and gusty. Rain is likely throughout the day with a high of 52 and an overnight low of 44, and tomorrow looks like more of the same.

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