OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 20, 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 gets $5 million from Red Mill founder (Portland Business Journal)

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods founders Bob and Charlee Moore have donated $5 million to Oregon State University. The money will be used to establish the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition, and Preventive Health in OSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. (See also OPB, Oregonian, Oregon Business, Gazette-Times, KPTV, Oregon City News)

Earthquakes can’t be predicted, but they can be prepared for (KVAL)

Researchers at Oregon State University – who in the mid-1980s were among the first in the nation to suggest that Oregon is subject to massive subduction zone earthquakes – have helped define the faults placing Oregon residents at most risk, supported efforts to boost building codes, and more recently have studied earthquake disasters all over the world to identify what makes the difference between tragedy and survival.

Young couples can’t agree on whether they’re monogamous (ScienceCentric)

Public health researchers Jocelyn Warren and Marie Harvey of Oregon State University looked at data from the PARTNERS Project, a Centre for Disease Control-funded study conducted by Harvey. The researchers said this study showed that many couples are misjudging their partners’ risk behaviours. The results are in a forthcoming article published online in the Journal of Sex Research. (See also BlogHer)

National speakers to debate afterlife at OSU (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Socratic Club is sponsoring a debate on the topic “Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center.

Greater impact of snow, ice melt measured (UPI)

“The cryosphere isn’t cooling the Earth as much as it did 30 years ago, and climate model simulations do not reproduce this recent effect,” Karen Shell, an Oregon State University atmospheric scientist, said.

OSU strengthens connections with business sector (Oregon Business)

Oregon State University changed the name of its Office of Technology Transfer on Monday, a seemingly minor step but one university officials call a major shift in philosophy that could also prove lucrative. The new Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development will take a more proactive approach in finding and selling research projects.

Oregon Dairy Women choose new princess-ambassador (Oregonian)

Jessica Budge, representing Clackamas County, was crowned the 2011 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador on Saturday at the 52nd Annual Coronation Banquet hosted by the Oregon Dairy Women. Budge, 19, is a graduate of Sherwood High School attending Oregon State University, Class of 2014.

Today

Taking care of children is hard enough. At today’s 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.

All classified workers are invited to attend the SEIU Local 083 General Member meeting today from noon to 1 p.m. in  MU 213, the Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room.We will be discussing; plans for the New Year , bargaining update, lobbying efforts at the State Legislature and any issues you would like us to bring to President Ray’s attention in our upcoming meeting with him (Tues. Jan 25). Also, a drawing will be held from among the members who returned bargaining surveys.

A Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo will be held from 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.

President Ray and Provost Randhawa will meet with the faculty of the College of Forestry in an “informal” group setting on 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,” 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.

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, at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

The documentary “Little Town of Bethlehem,” will be screened at 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.

The 2011 Presidential Forum entitled “Building Our Campus: What’s It Take?” takes place at 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.

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! Oregon State community members have the chance to save a life during the OSU Bone Marrow Drive, which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Participants can register with DKMS as a potential bone marrow donor by providing a simple cotton swab sample, which may lead to one day saving a life if they are identified as a match. For more information email nematis@onid.orst.edu. The event is sponsored by ASOSU.

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.

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.

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/

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’. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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

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.

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! A rind is a terrible thing to waste! Come to Campus Recycling’s free luncheon “How to Compost in Your Department” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. Register by Friday, Jan. 28 if you would like lunch. At this event you will learn the new options you have to compost food scraps in your department so you can reduce waste and help boost our numbers in RecycleMania. Choose the option that works best for your department, and Campus Recycling will provide you with any and all supplies you need to get started! For more information about this and other RecycleMania events, please visit our Kickoff event on Monday, Jan. 24,from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Quad or contact Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The International Cultural Service Program provides scholarship support to international students, both graduate and undergraduate, in exchange for 80 hours/year of community service.  Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year are due Feb. 1, at 5 p.m.  Printable application and information on how to apply may be found here:  http://oregonstate.edu/international/ICSP/applying . Please send recommendation letters or nominations to dawn.moyer@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) 2011 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program.Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/cteam.htm. NSF – CI-TEAM program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11515/nsf11515.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, February 14, 2011 and letters should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390.

NEW! 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.

NEW! The January 2011 issue of The Source, the College of Agricultural Sciences’ quarterly paperless newsletter, offers a glimpse of student life, research, outreach, and news about students, faculty, staff and programs in the College.  Click http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2011/january to sample what is going on in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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

Jobs

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking candidates for Resident Director positions. The people in these positions encourage and support students in their academic, social, and personal growth. This position is a year-round (12-month) 1.0 FTE unclassified position. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0006760. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by Feb. 14. 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

The Department of Precollege Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Coordinator Position. For full position announcement and application instructions see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting # 0006795

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. To view posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Jan. 31, 2011. Posting #0006556

Traffic and Maintenance

Bloss Hall: Due to construction associated with the INTO project, nine parking spaces in the Bloss Hall West parking lot will be temporarily shut down and free of all cars from 6:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. today.

Weather

Corvallis: We may actually see a bit of sun today after the morning fog clears out. But don’t get comfortable, because rain will reappear this evening, and will continue through Saturday. Today’s high will be 48 with a low of 39.

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