OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 21, 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.

Endangered whale’s swim captivates researchers (Vancouver Sun)

“He was moving very fast. That’s day and night and day and night, so it was a pretty significant effort,” said Bruce Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, who tagged the whale last fall.

OSU expo highlights volunteering, nonprofits (Gazette-Times)

Britnie Newman is looking for a few good volunteers. Newman was representing the Jackson Street Youth Shelter in Corvallis on Thursday at the Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo at the Memorial Union at Oregon State University. She was among the nonprofit representatives who answered questions about the shelter and discussed volunteer – and career – opportunities with the nonprofit sector.

OSU receives $5M donation for nutrition research (KEZI)

Oregon State University just got another hefty donation that supports more research on childhood obesity.  This time is focuses efforts on promoting healthy eating.

Oregon co-speakers aim to steer a bipartisan ship (KATU)

Oregon State University political science professor Bill Lunch was quoted as saying, “The Roman emperors could not have dreamed up a more delicious torture for their gladiators than this. It’s just going to be ugly.”

Young couples often disagree about monogamy, study finds (US News & World Report)

Oregon State University researchers analyzed data collected from 434 heterosexual married and non-married couples, aged 18 to 25. In 40 percent of those couples, one partner said the couple had agreed to be monogamous while the other partner said there was no such deal. (See also Gawker)

Keynote canceled because of question over use of taxpayer dollars (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University administrators canceled the keynote speaker for an upcoming conference on sexuality because they felt it would not be appropriate to pay her with taxpayer money because of her involvement with pornography as described on her website.

Roberts-Dominguez finds lore, allure of state nut in new book (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s plant breeding program has been involved in improving hazelnuts since the 1920s.


Beaver Strides is having a Kick-Off event today 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

Jessica Leahy of the University of Maine (alum of OSU) will speak on “Finding Sustainability Solutions through Family Forest Dynamics,” 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.

Music a la Carte presents Eliot Grasso and Glen Waddell, who will perform traditional dance music from Ireland today at noon in the MU Lounge.

International best-selling author David Vann, whose writing spans wilderness experience and domestic drama, will read from his just-released novel, “Caribou Island,” today 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.

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.


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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Natural Resources program at Oregon State University – Cascades invites the public to a panel discussion to learn the pros and cons of the City of Bend’s Surface Water Project on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. The discussion will take place in Cascades Hall on College Way.

NEW! Women’s Mental Health Series— Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jan. 24, 1 to 2 p.m., the Women’s Center. PTSD is a mental disorder commonly associated with veterans of war, particularly men.  However, many women are affected with PTSD either as a veteran of war, a survivor of sexual assault, or other traumatic experiences.  Linda Anderson from CAPS will be presenting information on women with PTSD.  Learn the facts of the disorder and how to help people living with PTSD.

NEW! Do It Yourself 10 Creative Ways to Reconstruct a T-Shirt, Jan. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Women’s Center. Do you have a pile of old t-shirts lying in your closet?  Bring them to the Women’s Center and learn 10 ways to reconstruct your t-shirt! There will be no-sew and simple sewing ideas so everyone is welcome! What can you make out of a plain ol’ t-shirt? Well… a pillow, reusable grocery bag, scarf, leg and wrist warmers, bracelets, and head bands.

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.

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.

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! The Women’s Center is looking for nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 4. The committee will be making final decisions by March 11, and notifying successful nominees that week. The awards will be presented at the Memorial Union Lounge on April 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/woa

NEW! The OSU Women’s Center is  calling all female-identified OSU affiliates to submit their art work for an art show in the MU Concourse gallery. The exhibition’s theme is “Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth!” and will run from Feb. 8 – March 10. You do not need to be an art student or a professional artist to take part in this art show so please consider submitting an art piece or two. Please refer to http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/ for details about requirements and specifications, and notify the curator of your intent to submit by Jan. 31 at neelwarn@onid.orst.edu.

NEW! The Graduate School is offering three graduate student financial support programs aimed at advancing inclusiveness in graduate education, enriching the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives, and preparing students for their future roles as leaders in a diverse society. Eligible graduate students must be nominated by their graduate programs to receive consideration in the competitive selection process. Nominations for these must be received by Feb. 18. For complete details see: Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship, Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus , Thurgood Marshall Graduate Scholarship.

NEW! The Graduate School is accepting nominations for qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, under the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship program. Total funding available for these awards will be distributed equally on the basis of academic merit and financial need.  Nominations are limited to no more than three per department/program. The deadline for nominations is  March 1. For complete details see: Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarships

NEW! The Linn County Small Woodlands Association is working with OSU Extension to put together the first “Goods from the Local Woods” Sale on Saturday, Feb. 19, 20.  The sale, which will be held in conjunction with the annual tree seedling sale, will run from 8 a.m. to noon at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany.  The sale will feature a range of native sawn raw wood including boards, flooring, bowl blanks, and burls, as well as finished wood craft items made from wood grown on local family forest properties. Whether you own a local woodland property and have wood items you would like to sell, make wood craft products from local forests or have been looking for sources of native woods, this is the event for you. All wood products for sale must be from Oregon forest properties.  For this first year, we are allowing vendors to display their goods for free, and only ask for donations to the Linn County Small Woodlands Association to support future programs of this type.  If you would like to display items for sale please visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/announcements/goods-local-woods-sale.

NEW! Affirmative Action Search Advocate – Winter term 2-part workshop series now open for registration at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php. AASA works with search committees to recognize/address unconscious bias and promote diversity, beginning at the position development stage.  Tenured senior faculty AASAs from outside the hiring unit are required for all Provost’s Initiative searches.  Session I  covers Search Advocate role, potential biases/remedies, and opportunities to promote diversity early in the search process. Session I is prerequisite for Session II. It takes place Jan. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. and Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Session II  continues exploration of potential biases/remedies  and diversity opportunities during later stages of search, selection, and integration. Current search advocates will share experiences and challenges in this role. Session I must be completed first. It takes place Feb. 2, noon to 3 p.m., and Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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


Corvallis: Today’s showery weather may keep us indoors, but take heart, because it will clear out by the weekend. Tomorrow will be foggy, followed by some sunshine, and Sunday we’ll see a similar story. Highs will be in the 50s with lows in the mid 30s.

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