OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 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 launches Office for Commercialization (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University is beefing up its efforts to commercialize faculty research. The Corvallis university has changed the name of its Office of Technology Transfer to the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development. (See also Gazette-Times)

And your definition of monogamy is? (Willamette Week)

A pair of Oregon State University public health researchers have concluded after looking at data dealing with heterosexual couples between the ages of 18 to 25 that the partners in those relationships often disagree over what they decided on monogamy. (See also Oregonian)

OSU researcher finds melting arctic ice contributing to more global warming (OPB)

An Oregon State University researcher has found melting Arctic snow and sea ice are contributing more to global warming than international climate models estimate. (See also Planet Save)

Study to look at rural childhood obesity (Columbian)

Oregon State University researchers have a $4.8 million grant to research rural childhood obesity. (See also Statesman Journal, Washington Examiner, The World)

Rare whale heads from Russian toward Alaska (Moscow Times)

A highly endangered whale typically seen near Russia’s shore is taking a swim across the Bering Sea toward Alaska. U.S. and Russian researchers are tracking a 13-year-old male western Pacific gray that has made it about three-fourths across the Bering Sea, said Bruce Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. (See also The Canadian Press)

OSU researcher to discuss wave energy (My Central Oregon)

n Oregon State University searcher will discuss an untapped renewable energy source at Tuesday’s Science Pub. Ted Brekken, assistant professor in energy systems, was a guest Tuesday morning on Wake Up Bend! He said the world’s oceans are a dense power source that could be tapped to provide power sufficient for the entire world. He added that there is a lot of potential right here in the Northwest.

OSU celebrates MLK Day (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with stirring calls to action, memories of the struggle for civil rights and the creation of a piece of art meant to celebrate diversity. (See also LIFE@OSU)

Chinese opera company to visit in cultural exchange (Statesman Journal)

Co-sponsored by Oregon State University, the performances are part of several planned collaborations with the Chinese.

Carmel Valley photographer publishes book featuring unique images from Antarctica (Del Mar Times)

Gould has taken photographs since 1965, but spent most of his working life as a chemistry professor at Oregon State University. He retired from teaching in 2003 and was able to focus on his art more seriously.


Career Services Employer Day on Campus features the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Programs today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet the Marines and do a Pull Up challenge in the MU quad from 9 to 3. An information table will be set up in the MU Commons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A talk on “Front Line Leadership Skills: A Woman’s Perspective,” takes place at noon in MU 206. The presentation “A Few Will Lead: The Marine Corps Paid Summer Leadership Development Program” takes place at 1:15 p.m. in MU 212. A mixed martial arts demonstration takes place at 3 p.m. in the MU Quad, and pilot opportunities will be discussed at 4:15 p.m. in MU 213.

The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale today,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th S., Corvallis. New this week are brand new Nike football cleats and much more. 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.

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “Red,” starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Join us to find out how a Performance Coach can help support you work towards your professional goals! Paul Biwan will talk about ‘What is Performance Coaching?’ and Donna Champeau & Janine Kobel will share their experiences on ‘Coaching and being coached at OSU’. Monday, Jan. 24. Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms (3rd floor, Valley Library). This OSU Women’s Network (OWN) event is free and open to all. Questions? Write to mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! International best-selling author David Vann, whose writing spans wilderness experience and domestic drama, will read from his just-released novel, “Caribou Island,” on Friday, Jan. 21, at Oregon State University. The reading, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library’s main rotunda. A book signing will follow.

NEW! Taking care of children is hard enough. At the Jan. 20 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Corvallis surgeon Dr. Peter Hinckle will describe how he established and supports an orphanage in Guatemala. Triad meets in the MU, room 109 at noon. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to reserve a seat.

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Agricultural Sciences in an “informal” group setting on Tuesday, Feb. 1 , from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in MU 208.
Jan 23

NEW! The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature “Preserving the Blessing of Liberty for Posterity: Why it Matters,” by Prakash Chenjeri, Southern Oregon State University, on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

NEW! The OSU Swing Club is inviting the public to a Saturday evening of swing and a night of blues in downtown Corvallis!  Special guests Karly & Byron from Eugene’s Ella Swing Dance Club will be teaching an introductory lesson and DJing swing for the evening. At 10 p.m., the music will flow from swing to blues, with Dustin and Erik from OSU Blues DJing into the night. Lesson: 7 p.m.; dance: 8-10 p.m. (swing); late night: 10-11:30 p.m. (blues). Cover: $5-7. Takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 S.W. Second St., Corvallis.  http://corvallisswing.com/

NEW! A discussion on natural resources opportunities in the Peace Corps takes place Jan. 26, 5 p.m., in Richardson Hall, room 107. Come learn about volunteer experiences, grad school opportunities, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

NEW! The 2011 Presidential Forum entitled “Building Our Campus: What’s It Take?” takes place Jan. 20, 7 p.m. in the La Raza Room (MU 208). President Ed Ray and special guests will be joining us at the annual University Honors College event to discuss OSU’s campus future and expansion.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Feb. 21-24,  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

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.

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/

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!

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


Licensing Associate. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks a dynamic individual to identify business opportunities, evaluate, and license disclosures from Oregon State University researchers, primarily from the College of Engineering’s Microproduct Breakthrough Institute. The appointment is a at 0.5 FTE. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006764. Closing date is Feb. 11.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Assistant Director for Operations and Facilities. The person in this position will oversee the comprehensive housing operations function for UHDS including assignments & room management; occupancy, contract sales, and billing management; service desk operations; residential conferences; the OSU Homestay Program, central office operations; and departmental customer service. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006781. Closing date is Feb. 4. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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: “Like a man travelling in foggy weather, those at some distance before him on the road he sees wrapped up in the fog, as well as those behind him, and also the people in the fields on each side, but near him all appears clear, though in truth he is as much in the fog as any of them.” — Benjamin Franklin. The rain’s rolled out, but the fog has rolled in behind it. Patchy fog will continue through Thursday night when rain returns. The high will reach 44 with an overnight low of 30.

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