OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 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.

UO,OSU rank tops in research (Portland Business Journal)

The University of Oregon and Oregon State University are both ranked in the top-tier of research institutions as rated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Sunbathing tadpoles make easy prey (Nature)

Andrew Blaustein, who researches declining amphibian populations and UVB in frogs at Oregon State University in Corvallis, praises the “rigorous experimental approach” of the study and says that the results are “clear-cut”. “This result is important and can have profound implications for amphibians in general. Obviously, avoiding predators is important, and if exposure to UVB influences that behaviour then amphibians may get eaten more readily,” he says.

Not quite adults (AM Northwest)

OSU’s Rick Settersten appears on the Portland morning show to talk about his new book. (See also KLCC)

Trees to know in Oregon (Sunset Magazine)

(Yesterday’s link was incorrect) 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. (See also Willamette Week)

Statistics show Corvallis No. 1 for patents (Gazette-Times)

Skip Rung noted that Oregon State University is accelerating its efforts to commercialize university research, recently expanding its technology transfer office.“I think the growth in research at OSU is what gives me the most optimism, and the quality of that research,” Rung said.

OSU receives $2.9 million for interdisciplinary aging program (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University was awarded a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund an interdisciplinary aging sciences program for Ph.D. students.

Engineering program at OSU receives $1.1 million (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s construction engineering management program received approximately $1.1 million to rename and expand its endowed chair position. Mike Phelps – a 1976 OSU civil engineering alumnus – of Kiewit Construction Company, and his wife, Terri Phelps, donated $300,000. The Beavers, a national heavy construction engineering membership organization, donated another $500,000.

High school senior meets Michelle Obama (Forest Grove News-Times)

Since his sophomore year, Joel Cazares has been involved in Tech Wizards, a 4-H program run by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Washington County. He was selected by the National 4-H Council to attend the invitation-only National Mentoring Summit on Jan. 25, where he not only made Michelle Obama’s acquaintance, but also met Attorney General Eric Holder. Cazares and Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, director of the 4-H Tech Wizards peer mentoring program, looked forward to rubbing elbows with other mentors and students from across the country.

OSU, UO: Recycling Rivals (Gazette-Times)

For the second year in a row, Oregon State University will face off against University of Oregon in the RecycleMania Civil War competition.

Engineering group at OSU hopes to send students to Kenya (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s chapter of Engineers without Borders is hoping to send students to Lela, Kenya, to launch a project that will provide the community with safe drinking water.

Officer Dodds still in ‘critical but stable’ condition (Oregonian)

Steven Dodds, a 45-year-old Lincoln City police officer, was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop by a gunman, who’s being sought in a massive manhunt around Waldport. His daughter Megan is an 18-year-old in her first year at Oregon State University.


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 today from 9:30 to 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 OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale from 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.

A discussion on natural resources opportunities in the Peace Corps takes place at 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.

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! DIY Series:  Money Management, Jan. 27, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in MU 213. Ever wanted to feel more in control of your finances but felt as if you didn’t have the tools to get started? OSU Federal Credit Union’s Director of Community Education Anissa Arthenayake will be introducing us to investing, saving, paying back loans, insurance and much more! The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Lunafest, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. Filled with stories of reflection and whimsy, hope and humor, grace and perseverance, LUNAFEST films are renowned for celebrating the talents and stories of women. Collectively, LUNAFEST films captivate audiences, compel dialogue and arm those who participate with both the knowledge and the motivation to make a difference in their communities.

NEW! Hit the ground running with an MBA from OSU. Come learn more at an MBA Program Information Session on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Bexell Hall, room 207. We’ll get you ready to compete in the new economy. Contact osumba@bus.oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5510 for event specifics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seminars and Lectures

NEW! The next Center for the Humanities Winter Lecture takes place Jan. 31. “Mobbing McCarthy and Socializing Socialism? Fandom of East Germany’s Monopoly Film Studio (DEFA) in the Contemporary USA,” will feature Sebastian Heiduschke, Center Research Fellow, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, OSU. It takes place at 4 p.m. at Autzen House.

NEW! Ecosystem Ecologist candidate Mark Novak of UC Santa Cruz will give a seminar on Jan 27, at 3:30 p.m. in ALS 4000. His topic will be “Bridging Theory and Data to Understand Species Interactions and Forecast Dynamics.” A social will follow seminar at 4:30 in Zoology Conference Room (3029 Cordley) For a complete list of upcoming seminars please see the Zoology website http://zoology.science.oregonstate.edu/

News for Employees

NEW! Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due on Jan. 31, 2011. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants in the amount of $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php. Applications are evaluated jointly by the Advancement of Teaching Committee of the Faculty Senate and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. If you have any questions, contact Jeanna Towns at Jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) Summer term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Feb. 28. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office web site: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2011 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, March 7. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office web site: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Women’s Building: Due to the immediate need to clean the swimming pool, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown.   This will affect all classes or events scheduled.  This shutdown is necessary to clean up cloudy water. The shutdown will begin immediately on Jan. 25, and we anticipate re-opening the pool by 3 p.m. Jan. 26.


The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. To review posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number: 0006811

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.

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. Posting #0006556


Corvallis: Yet another foggy day in Corvallis, with the possibility of a few sunbreaks by afternoon. Today’s high will be 52 with an overnight low of 35.

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