OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 13, 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.

Why ‘not quite adult’ is not quite a bad thing (USA Today)

Young people today have been criticized for taking longer to “grow up” than in the past. But in a new book, Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone, Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray say adults should back off. Settersten, a sociologist at Oregon State University, talks with USA TODAY’s Sharon Jayson.

‘Cuddle chemical’ also fuels favoritism, bigotry (Wired Science)

De Dreu’s “research flies in the face of how we’ve thought about oxytocin for decades. It’s not all about free love and warm fuzzies,” said neuropsychologist Sarina Rodrigues of Oregon State University, who was not involved in the study. “It complements recent data showing oxytocin can promote envy when someone you don’t like wins something, or gloating when you win over someone you don’t like. It’s key to defining where and who we are in society.”

OSU’s tree guidebook turns 60 (Gazette-Times)

In 1950, the Oregon State University Extension Service published a small field guide to the state’s trees. Sixty years later, “Trees to Know in Oregon” remains one of OSU’s most-requested publications, and a new edition is available.

Unlocking college affordability (Oregonian)

When students and their families look at how to pay for college, step one is generally finding out about tuition costs. At Oregon’s public universities, annual tuition and fees range from $6,100 (at Oregon State University’s Cascades campus in Bend) to $8,200 (at the University of Oregon). That’s a great value compared to private and out-of-state universities and also when you take into account that a person with a college degree has much more earning power over the course of his or her working life than someone without a degree.

Former coordinator Marshall to coach Roughriders (TSN)

Greg Marshall slipped on a Saskatchewan Roughriders jacket Wednesday, smiling broadly as he took over his new role as the team’s head coach. “That feels good,” Marshall, 54, said at a news conference in the Riders’ locker-room at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Marshall is a graduate of OSU and lettered in football for the Beavers 1975-77.

Students learn from each other (Gazette-Times)

Kelli Jones usually is tutored by senior Stephanie Hao, one of 40 CHS students who are serving this year as volunteer tutors. Most of them are upperclassmen and excel in honors and advanced placement classes, but some are Oregon State University students.

Joe Petersen to receive honor for leadership in agribusiness (Lodi Times)

Joe Petersen, who operates Petersen & Company, a local real estate firm specializing in agriculture, will be formally honored with the award later this month. The first-generation grape grower cultivates Petite Sirah, Carignane and Zinfandel grapes and Bing cherries in Lodi and Acampo. A graduate of Oregon State University, Petersen has served on numerous boards and agricultural commissions in the area.

Umatilla County ag sales top $396 million (East Oregonian)

Clive Kaiser, Oregon State University horticulture extension agent in Milton-Freewater, said the fruit and wine industries in Umatilla County have increased in value during the past three years.


Behind a thriving entrepreneurial culture is a commitment to innovation. At today’s 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., 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.

Faculty senate takes place 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.

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

The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series featuring Donny George Youkhanna from SUNY-Stony Brook has been CANCELLED. He is stuck on the East Coast due to inclement weather.

A talk on institutional racism will take place from 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Roger Beachy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will give a presentation called “Role of NIFA in Addressing Grand Challenges: Is There Support Within the Beltway?” at the LaSells Stewart Center in the C & E Auditorium on Jan. 14 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. He will also meet with faculty, staff and students to discuss NIFA’s priorities from 8:40-9:40 at the same site that morning. NIFA’s mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education and Extension programs in the land-grant university system and other partner organizations.

NEW! A children’s event for 75 Hoover Elementary fifth graders will be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. The students will be working on discussion, role playing and arts and crafts related to MLK and social justice. Volunteers are being sought who are good with working with children and interested in helping them learn about social justice. For more information contact Oke Alejandro Tammik at 541-737-3041

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Auditions for the Majestic Theatre’s Spring production of Hair takes place Jan. 17-18, 6 to 10 p.m. OSU theater student Niqui Silbaugh is the assistant director. Be ready to sing a prepared song (preferably from a musical) and ready to move for the dance portion of the auditions. Any questions, comments or concerns can be sent to hair2011mtm@gmail.com. If you are interested in doing tech for HAIR, please email the Theater Manager at christine@majestic.org.

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. 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

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.


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.

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 Saturday. OSU is an AA/EOE.


Corvallis: Here comes the rain again, with a high of 56, and an overnight low of 48. You can cut and paste this report for every day of the coming weekend as well, and pretty much through next week.

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