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Monday, Jan. 24, 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.

Stage set for higher ed reform (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon university leaders on Friday pulled back the curtain on Senate Bill 242, a reform proposal that would radically change the state’s higher education system. At the City Club of Portland on Friday, Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Oregon State University President Ed Ray said the proposal would eliminate redundancies, save money and make Oregon’s economy more competitive. (See also Register-Guard, Oregonian, the Columbian)

In Portland, the city that loves secondhand items, beware of firsthand risk of lead (Oregonian)

“Most Americans think that because we have these laws in place we’re safe,” said Laurel Sharmer, professor emerita of State University of New York at Potsdam, who now lives in Monmouth. She co-authored the study with Anna Harding of Oregon State University and Steven Shackley of UC Berkeley.

Study of nutrition, Alzheimer’s links hampered by research approach (Phys Org)

“Dietary and nutritional studies have yielded some intriguing results, but they are inconsistent,” said Emily Ho, an associate professor of nutrition at Oregon State University, co-author of the study, and principal investigator with OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.

Computer model slices and dices mountain climates (High Country News)

Oregon State University climatologist Chris Daly and his team have positioned their instruments in some oddball places here in central Oregon’s H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. “The World Meteorological Organization would have a fit,” Daly says with a grin. And indeed, the readings he’s obtaining don’t always jibe with those taken by standardized weather stations. That’s just the point, he says.

How Corvallis exceeds New York: A view from theoretical physics (Oregonian)

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, who worked out the math, draw some counter-intuitive conclusions: none other than Corvallis stands out as the top city in the country for innovation — after you account for its size. New York is merely average.

Nowhere to go (Gazette-Times)

Erickson, a junior studying new media communication and Raymond, senior dual-enrolled at OSU and Linn-Benton Community College majoring in political science and computer science, lost the prime close-to-campus housing the roommates enjoyed at Campus Villa Apartments – and threw them into a rental market with one of the tightest vacancy rates in memory.

New Portland workshop series for family businesses (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program will launch a series of monthly workshops for family businesses in Portland. The first session, “Family Policies Today Help Family Business Tomorrow,” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Governor Hotel (614 S.W. 11th Ave.).

Forestry lecture series to start (Democrat-Herald)

The Starker Lecture Series will begin in February with the theme Oregon’s Place in World Forests and Forestry at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry building room 107.

Nathan McClure named by PFLA as ‘Our Hero’ (LIFE@OSU)

Nathan McClure was honored with the university’s “Our Heroes” Award on Jan. 21. The award, sponsored by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association, recognizes OSU colleagues or groups for excellence in their work and outstanding service to others.

Couples may not agree on monogamy (UPI)

Jocelyn Warren and Marie Harvey of Oregon State University say a study that involved 434 young heterosexual couples ages 18-25 found in 40 percent of couples — both married and unmarried — only one partner says the couple agreed to be sexually exclusive, while the other partner said there was no agreement.


The Recyclemania Kickoff event starts today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Quad.

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., 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

Women’s Mental Health Series— Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 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.

Do It Yourself 10 Creative Ways to Reconstruct a T-Shirt, 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.

The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife,” 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.

Interested in learning more about Teach For America and/or Peace Corps ? If so, we invite you to the following panel discussion: 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 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 at 7 p.m. The discussion will take place in Cascades Hall on College Way.

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the OSU Department of Music is proud to present the Pentagon Winds from Washington D.C. This woodwind quintet will be in performance on the campus of Oregon State University at Milam Hall auditorium. Music to be performed includes classic woodwind quintet literature from the 1700’s to the present. Admission to the concert is free.

Upcoming Events

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 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 Retirement Association (OSURA) is sponsoring ‘The Future of Higher Ed: The Nation, Oregon, Oregon State’ from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The session will be moderated by Roy Arnold, Professor and Provost Emeritus, and will include a panel consisting of John Byrne, President Emeritus, OSU; Tony Van Vliet, Professor Emeritus & former State Legislator; Robert Frank, Professor Emeritus.

NEW! Amina Wadud, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University will speak on “Islam, Justice, and Gender Reform” Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Learn about different kinds of food allergies and intolerances.  Food or certain components in food can cause adverse reactions for some people.  Learn when food allergies or intolerances start, the process to identify them and how you or your family member can live with them.  Ideas and recipes for preparing food for those having gluten and lactose intolerances will be shared.  Class will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the OSU Extension Service of Benton County.  Class is free, but please RSVP to the office at 541-766-6750

NEW! Come to Campus Recycling’s free luncheon “How to Compost in Your Department” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. Register by this 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 website.

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.

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. The first will be held Jan. 26 – 1 to 2:30 p.m. Please provide the following information: Name, Email address, Department/Unit, and Faculty Rank (NOT title); forward your response to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Have an old, energy inefficient fridge in your department’s kitchen or lounge? During RecycleMania and in conjunction with the Building Energy Challenge, the Sustainability Office and Campus Recycling are running a Cash for Clunkers Fridge Replacement Program Jan. 24 through April 1. You can replace your fridge for a more efficient model, receive funds for the new one, and have your old one responsibly recycled! If interested, please email Greg Smith.

NEW! The OSU Libraries Winter Workshop series continues this week with an EndNote Web workshop and a Literature Review workshop (for graduate students).  For descriptions of the sessions and registration options, please visit the Library Events for Grad Students and Faculty page:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656.  Don’t delay, register for a spot today.

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

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.

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.

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

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. 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.

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.


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: “Let a smile be your umbrella, and you’ll end up with a face full of rain.” — George Carlin. Put away the umbrellas this week, because rain will be nowhere in sight. Instead we’ll have a string of foggy, cloudy days with sunshine headed our way by Thursday. Today’s high will reach 57 with an overnight low of 33.

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