OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 14, 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 receives federal grant to fight childhood obesity (Oregonian)

Targeting obesity among rural Oregon children is the focus of a nearly $5 million federal grant awarded to Oregon State University. (See also KEZI, Gazette-Times, KOHD)

Study tracks salmon coping with warmer river (Washington Post)

Oregon State University salmon geneticist Michael Banks, who did not take part in the study, says it represents a breakthrough in tracking how salmon are surviving new stresses from global warming.

Jellyfish bloom plagues the world’s oceans (Wired)

“We think that once the Bering Sea’s jellyfish population outsized the available food supply, the jellyfish population probably shrunk,” said Lorenzo Ciannelli of Oregon State University, who studied the bloom.

Lecture series to probe Oregon’s place in world forests (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University College of Forestry’s annual Starker Lectures Series is scheduled to get under way on Thursday, Feb. 3 with a lecture about the challenges facing tropical forests.

Physician to speak on stress illness (Gazette-Times)

A physician will address the subject of “Hidden Stresses and your Health” in a lecture at Oregon State University that begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Veterinarian Shawn Thomas sees need, opens clinic in Tanasbourne (Oregonian)

Dr. Shawn Thomas, the clinic’s owner and only staff veterinarian, designed and with the help of friends and family built out the clinic, which he filled with state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical equipment. He earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Oregon State University in 2007 and until last month worked for VCA Animal Hospitals, which operates two emergency clinics on Portland’s eastside. At the VCA in Salem, he often worked Sunday and evening shifts, when emergency care was common.

Extension services shrink with budgets (Capital Press)

OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Sonny Ramaswamy said if he had his way, the state would have more than one dairy agent. But with state legislators slashing 10 percent of extension’s general fund operating budget in the last biennium and considering a 25 percent budget cut on top of that, college administrators are reluctant to fill vacant positions.

Local forum to discuss weapons and children (Gazette-Times)

Local anti-war groups have organized a public conversation around the topic of children, weapons and how young people form their views on the topic of guns and other weapons. The discussion will be led by Bill Lunch, a political science professor at Oregon State University.


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 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 a.m. 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.

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. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Engineering in an “informal” group setting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in MU room 208.

NEW! Spend an evening with Ruth Koenig, a volunteer in the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, an effort to improve life and rights for Blacks in Mississippi.  She is giving a presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the MU Ballroom. While Koenig will share her experiences from the past, this program will provide an opportunity to start conversations of how to continue gaining civil rights for all marginalized communities on campus, in our community, and in the larger society.

NEW! Spend an evening of song and poetry on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in MU 213. The evening will be devoted to poetry and song contributed by whomever signs up to do a piece (or two pieces as time permits). Participants are invited to present poetry or songs that follow the theme of Celebration 2011 or that pertain to social issues such as injustice, discrimination, racism, peace, freedom, equality, and justice.

NEW! “Portraits of Courage; African-Americans you wish you had known,” takes place from 8:30 to 10 p.m., Jan. 18 in the MU Ballroom. It is an examination of overlooked African-Americans and their contributions to American history. Surprised at the absence of African-American figures in today’s history books, playwright Colin Cox created a theatrical piece to help bring recognition to a few of those who have helped shaped our country. One woman and one man portray the characters in this 65 minute live presentation.

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Forestry in an “informal” group setting on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107.

NEW! Brian DeLay, a scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Indians and the U.S.-Mexican War,” Thursday, Jan. 20, at Oregon State University. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room, is the second lecture in the 2010-11 American Culture & Politics speaker series.

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

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! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions to be more organized or more intentional about your research process?  OSU Libraries can help.  The first Zotero and EndNote sessions are just around the corner.  Check out the free Winter Workshops for Faculty and Graduate Students:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 . Seating may be limited for a few of the workshops.

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 today.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Across-campus power outages: There will be power outages on Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16, affecting Gilkey Hall; Gleeson Hall; Gilbert Addition; Dearborn Hall; Graf Hall; Rogers Hall; Milne Computer Center; Benton Hall; Milam Hall; Bexell Hall; Kidder Hall; Covell Hall; Batcheller Hall; Shepard Hall; West Wing Of Merryfield.  If you work in one of those buildings please be sure all computers and peripherals get turned off before you leave for the holiday weekend. The server room in Milne Computer Center will be on generator power during these outages; All CN services including email and MyCN should remain functional throughout the day. The outages take place Jan. 15 from 7: to 9 a.m., and Jan. 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Corvallis: We’re heading into a rainy, blustery three-day weekend, but lest we forget, here is a reminder of the reason for that anticipated day off: http://bit.ly/hJl0WG. The high today will be 56, and it will be in the low 50s through Monday. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

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