OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 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.

Next up at OSU: Making cheese (Oregonian)

Anyone who has tasted Cougar Gold, the crumbly, tangy aged cheddar from Washington State’s campus creamery, knows that good things can happen when you put students to work making cheese. So it’s welcome news that Oregon State University is getting back in the cheese game with a newly remodeled dairy plant licensed for cheese production.

Study to look at rural childhood obesity (NECN)

Oregon State University researchers have a $4.8 million grant to research rural childhood obesity.

Effort underway to restore Willamette River (Statesman Journal)

Stan Gregory, an Oregon State University stream ecologist, says every 40 years or so an effort is made to save the Willamette River. Efforts go back to the 1930s, when Oregonians — appalled at the rising tide of filth that had turned the river into an open sewer — passed a referendum to create the state’s first sewage treatment standards.

NuScale earns slot in trade trip to India (Gazette-Times)

NuScale Power, with offices in Corvallis and Portland, is one of 24 U.S. companies that will join U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on a February business development mission to India. NuScale, which was spun out of research at Oregon State University, has developed a small nuclear power system that is modular, scalable and addresses many of the safety concerns raised around conventional large-scale nuclear plants.

Alaska King Crabs studied at Hatfield Marine Science Center (Oregonian)

When it comes to Oregon and crustaceans, there’s no doubt that Dungies reign. But at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, it’s the Alaska king crabs that are getting all the attention.

Being ‘not quite an adult’ not a bad thing (Chicago Sun-Times)

Young people today have been criticized in some quarters for taking longer to “grow up.” But in a new book, Not Quite Adult: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It’s Good for Everyone, authors Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray say adults should back off. Here’s more, from an interview with Settersten, a sociologist at Oregon State University. (See also Boston Globe and The Economist)

Geo class digs in (Gazette-Times)

James Cassidy didn’t let the group of students who gathered at Oregon State University’s Organic Growers Club farm Sunday morning simply listen to him lecture about the sand, silt and clay in the garden’s soil. He made them put their hands to the ground and feel it.

College of Education to focus on STEM, cultural and linguistic diversity (LIFE@OSU)

As its historic home undergoes extensive physical remodeling, the College of Education at Oregon State University is moving ahead on an academic transformation that will focus research and teaching in two key areas.

Lesson plans for Gondar (Gazette-Times)

Daniel Johnson, a student teacher from Oregon State University, works with Linus Pauling Middle School sixth grade students.

OSU building gets LEED certification (Democrat-Herald)

The new Oregon State University Energy Center has been certified as a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) site.

Oregon gets 4,225 stimulus jobs (KTVZ)

Oregon State University researchers have invested nearly $2.9 million in 77 competitive grants during the quarter in areas such as public health, climate change, mathematics education, agriculture, and ocean science.


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

The weekly series, Gearing Up for Gardening, runs every 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

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. 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.

Spend an evening of song and poetry 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.

“Portraits of Courage; African-Americans you wish you had known,” takes place from 8:30 to 10 p.m., 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University President Ed Ray will disclose a significant gift that will create a new center at OSU, changes in the university’s Office of Research and other emerging developments as part of his annual “State of the University Address,” set for Wednesday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Attendance is $25 per person for the address and an accompanying luncheon.

NEW! Author Monica Brown will discuss the challenges of writing books for children about the Latino/a  American experiences in “Taking Flight: The Promise and Potential of Latino/a Children’s Literature, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 S.W. Ninth St.  She will read selections from her work.

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 Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature “Trashing the Future: Can We Justify Moral Obligations to the Future?”  by Ronald M. Green, Dartmouth College, on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

NEW! The documentary “Little Town of Bethlehem,” will be screened Jan. 20, 7 p.m. in MU 213. 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.

NEW! Jessica Leahy of the University of Maine (alum of OSU) will speak on “Finding Sustainability Solutions through Family Forest Dynamics,” Friday, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon in Richardson Hall 107.  Live webcast and chat available at: http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-2. This event is presented by the Forests, People, Fire project and funded by the National Science Foundation.

NEW! Interested in learning more about Teach For America and/or Peace Corps ? If so, we invite you to the following panel discussion: Jan. 24, 7 to 8 p.m., Kearney Hall, room 212. Hosted by Engineers Without Borders– All majors are welcome. Contact Jen Busick for any questions.

NEW! The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife,” on Monday, Jan. 24, in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center, at 6:30 p.m   The speakers are Dinesh D’Souza and Daniel Barker.  From 5:45 to 6:30 both speakers will be available at a book-signing table, where their books will be available for sale, in the Gallery of the LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Oregon State University and the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force welcome The Green Dot Strategy! The Green Dot Strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence. Become certified in The Green Dot Strategy by attending this four-day event at OSU. The training will be held on February 21-24, 2011 in the MU. Sessions run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Registration is $299 (includes training materials). Registration encouraged by Jan. 21, (no registration at event). For more information, including details on how to register, please contact Carrie Giese at 541-737-7880 or carrie.giese@oregonstate.edu. For more information about the program, visit www.livethegreendot.com

NEW! Working off-site? Off-campus administrators, supervisors and employees deserve the same training opportunities as those who work on campus. Online training could be just the thing that connects you to that knowledge and skill-building from a distance. It just so happens that we at Training and Organizational Development have designed and developed online modules to make your job easier! Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration.html for information and instructions to begin building your skills in areas such as conducting performance evaluations, integrating new employees, effective writing and management of e-mail, customer service and more.

NEW! The Research Office seeks input on the first phase of an OSU Research Agenda, which provides background and definition of our research values and principles. Rick Spinrad, VP for Research, says that the next phases will  identify our research thrusts (later this winter) and implementation plans (in the spring). Please visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/agenda to download Phase 1 Draft document; log in with ONID name/pwd to comment. You can also access it via the Research Office blog http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/

NEW! What do employees want at work? Among several things is opportunity to learn and grow. That’s where Training & Organizational Effectiveness comes in offering quarterly classroom workshops, online training, one-to-one consultation, and more. The best part is that we provide these opportunities at no cost to OSU employees because OSU believes in your success. Check out our new quarterly classroom schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training_dev.html#current. Maybe there’s a learning moment waiting for you!

NEW! Technology Support Services (TSS) is offering our orientation session for all new Community Network customers.  Information will be presented about our support structure, the services we offer and where to find help.  Anyone new to your department is strongly encouraged to attend as well as anyone who would like a refresher on TSS support. The session will be held Jan. 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Industries Seminar Room 3622.

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

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.

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


The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time (0.25 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Director of Global Learning Initiative position.  For full position announcement and application instructions see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number:  0006664

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.

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


Corvallis: That lovely break in the clouds we got yesterday was sadly fleeting. The chance of rain is 80 percent today, with showers likely through tonight. The next few days look cloudy, with rain returning again by Thursday. Today’s high will be 47 with a low of 34.

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