OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 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.

Trees to know in Oregon (Sunset Magazine)

The title might be 1950s, but the content of Trees to Know in Oregon by Edward C. Jensen (Oregon State University, Corvallis, 2010; $18) is timeless. Now in its eleventh iteration, this 152-page field guide to Oregon trees is no less essential than it was when it was first published 60 years ago. The new revision is just more beautiful, more current, and better-produced than ever.

How beer saved the world (Discovery Channel)

Beer was crucial to the development of civilization, according to some OSU professors.

OSU snags $2.9M grant for aging science program (Oregonian)

Oregon State University has won a five-year, $2.9 million federal grant to train Ph.D. scientists and engineers in aging sciences. (See also Gazette-Times)

OSU gets $1.1M for engineering (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University has received $1.1 million that will allow it to nearly double the endowment of an existing faculty chair and to add an engineering college staff member.

‘Not Quite Adults:’ The book all families need to read (Daily Telegraph)

Not Quite Adults, by Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray, argues that we have been wrong to think of them as self-indulgent slackers, molly-coddled by their parents, incapable of knuckling down to traditional careers and prone to sexual, emotional and professional drift.

Rare whale leaving Bering Sea for Gulf of Alaska (San Jose Mercury)

Bruce Mate, head of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, called the whale’s location “pretty darn amazing.” No one has documented winter habits of western gray whales, he said. Others of the species may spend winters elsewhere, but a route over deep water in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska is “something of a paradigm shift” given that eastern gray whales are considered near-shore animals. (See also Vancouver Sun)

Self-control in childhood brings adult success (Web MD)

“There’s a lot of research being done in this area that is showing that self-regulation is really predicting how well a person does in life,” says Megan M. McClelland, PhD, core director of human development and family sciences at the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University.

Struttin’ their style (Gazette-Times)

Men and women of varying body types strutted their style Saturday along a catwalk set up at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union quad.

Today

Oregon State community members have the chance to save a life during the OSU Bone Marrow Drive, which takes place today 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.

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

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale Wednesday, Jan. 26,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. We have many items for personal or departmental use – vehicles, bicycles, furniture (desks, chairs, bookcases, file cabinets, etc), electronics (computers, printers, TVs, etc), household items (dishes, coffee makers, microwaves, books, etc), 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 http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Is print dead, as some in communications like to argue? At the Jan. 27 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Cheryl Lyons, director of OSU Printing and Mailing Services, will describe how print strategies incorporate Web links, audience specific messages and other ways to deliver value to customers. Triad meets in room 109 of the MU from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

NEW! A free Lunch & Learn seminar will take place Friday, Jan. 28 at noon in McNary Dining Center’s Timberline Room. Ann Marchant will speak on “Eat healthy, but don’t let it ruin your life.” Open to students, faculty and staff. Space is limited so RSVp to sandi.cleveland@oregonstate.edu. Brought to you by BeWell@OSU.

NEW! The 2011 Pink Out Breakfast and Silent Auction will be hosted by the gymnastics booster club, the 10.0 Club, and the women’s basketball booster club, The Rebounders, on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a silent auction and breakfast. All proceeds collected from the breakfast and silent auction will be donated to The Corvallis Clinic Foundation’s Project H.E.R. (Help. Enlightenment. Resources.). Click here for a Pink Out Breakfast registration form.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! In the next week you may receive an email from the OSU Libraries asking you to participate in a survey on library service quality. Your participation is vital in finding out how well the OSU Libraries are serving you and will allow us to better understand how you use the library, what you think, and what you need. The survey will be sent out to a random sample of OSU students, faculty, and staff.  The survey takes no more than 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. For more information see: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1246-LibQual or contact Jennifer Nutefall, Associate University Librarian for Innovative User Services at 541-737-8527.

NEW! Oregon State cheerleaders and dance team are hosting a clinic for kids grades K-5 on Feb. 12 starting at 10 a.m. The clinic is limited to the first 150 students to sign up. It includes a t-shirt and a ticket to the OSU Women’s basketball game the same day, where the group will perform in a halftime show. Cost is $30 for the first child, $20 per additional sibling. A registration form can be found here: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/osucheer/files/Mini%20Beavs%20Reg%202011.pdf

NEW! The current issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine is online at oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu. Through video, illustrations, photos and stories, it illustrates some of the research being conducted in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences for the economic, social, and environmental benefit of Oregon.

NEW! The Second Annual OSU Building Energy Challenge begins in one week!  Starting Feb. 1, occupants of Adams, Bexell, Cascades, Facilities Services Shops, Kelley Engineering, Kerr, Moreland, Motor Pool, Property Services, Oak Creek, and Withycombe will compete to reduce their energy consumption by doing the basic things like turning off lights, using power management on computers and replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents.  Cash prizes awarded to the winning building in each category! For more information on the Challenge or to see how you can reduce your energy consumption, see the Challenge website or contact Greg Smith.

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

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.

Jobs

The Oregon Sea Grant Program welcomes applications to fill one full time Sea Grant Marine Program Specialist (closes Jan. 30), and one full time Sea Grant Research Program Specialist (closes Feb. 2) position. These are both 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty positions located on the Corvallis campus. Required qualifications include a Master’s degree (minimum) with emphasis and experiences in the marine sciences. To review postings and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #s 0006789 and 0006786.

Office Specialist 2:  TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) in the Division of Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position.  This is a part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), 12 month position.  For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0006807.  Closing date Feb 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Videographer 2: Web Communications invites applications for a Videographer 2 position.  This is a full-time, 12 month position.  For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006815.  Closing date Feb 6.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. Closing date: Jan. 30.

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. Closing date Jan. 28.

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.

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: Today. 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

Weather

Corvallis: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet. Yesterday was a lot sunnier than expected, an almost spring-like day after the fog cleared. We’ll have more fog this morning, with mostly cloudy skies and a high of 52 and a low of 36.

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