OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

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.

A huge surprise for a big Oregon State fan (Gazette-Times)
It doesn’t take long after meeting Ramon Nordyke to learn his abiding passion is Oregon State University football.

An Author Whose Sources Are Disappearing
(The Jewish Week)

Aaron Wolf, a professor in the department of geosciences at Oregon State University who spent his childhood in California and Israel, spends his time thinking about water scarcity, applying a conflict resolution model to water issues.

Oregon universities recruit more foreign students (Oregonian)
On the board of a classroom at Oregon State University recently, new international engineering students made two lists about what it’s like to study in the United States.

OSU student to share findings with St. Paul historians (Woodburn Independent)
The annual meeting of the St. Paul Mission Historical Society (SPMHS) will be held Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Oregon State University graduate student Sara Case will provide an update on the archaeological and historical research of the SPMHS artifacts and photos.
This past year, Case and her fellow OSU students spent many hours identifying old photos and documents.

Intel beats quarterly expectations, touts recovery (Oregonian)
“Even these results, while good, are still well off pre-recession levels, so I am cautious in my expectations for economic growth in the US for the next couple of years,” said Oregon State University economics professor Patrick Emerson.

Are orcas to blame for sea lion decline? (Anchorage Daily News)

A very small Oregon State University study of Steller sea lions in Alaska waters gives support to an old theory that killer whales, not overfishing or environmental degradation, are mostly to blame for a big decline in the sea lion population.

Agencies offer erosion help in fire areas (Mail Tribune)
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Oregon State University Extension Service are collaborating on seeding options to recommend to landowners.

New nanotech sensor developed with medical, chemistry applications (Innovations Report)

Researchers at Oregon State University and other institutions have developed a new “plasmonic nanorod metamaterial” using extraordinarily tiny rods of gold that will have important applications in medical, biological and chemical sensors.


Hark! Hear the poetic musings of Beaver wordsmiths in a recital of selected poems penned by OSU students and staff. Originally featured in early yearbooks, at roasts of retiring faculty, and department holiday parties, these will be read by volunteers in the Willamette Room on Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. We encourage anyone interested in participating in this oratorical opportunity (especially as a speaker!) to check out a sampling of poems featured in the PDF document below. If something inspires you to join us with your voice, please let us know! http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/2009OregonArchivesMonthEvents.html

Join Mike Riley and Kerry Eggers for a booksigning of their new book, “Oregon State University Football Vault on Oct. 14, noon to 2 p.m. (Riley departs at 1:30 p.m.) in the OSU Book Store (book level). Also appearing is the Joe Beaver Show with Mike Parker and Jon Warren broadcasting live.

Clive Thomas, professor of political science with the University of Alaska in Juneau will speak at 7 p.m. today in Kearney 112 on “The Sarah Palin Phenomenon: An Alaska and National Perspective.” The talk is sponsored by the OSU Political Science Department.

Upcoming Events

This week

NEW! Please join ISOSU and the Community Alliance for Diversity for a “Passport to Corvallis,” a community meet and greet to welcome the OSU international students, on Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe . Enjoy food, meet OSU’s students and help the community welcome its newest members.

Music á la Carte, the Thursday “brown bag” music series at Oregon State University, continues its 40th concert season with an Oct. 15 performance by the flute – harp duo Diane and Laura. The two musicians, who have played together extensively over the years, have put together a unique program called “Music of Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793).” Music à la Carte concerts begin at noon, most Thursdays during the school year, in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus. They are free and open to the community.

The first lecture in the 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing borders, crossing cultures,” will be given by David Luft, Horning Professor in the Humanities at Oregon State University, on Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

OSU author and English instructor Wayne Harrison’s story, “Least Resistance,” was published last summer in The Atlantic. Harrison will speak about his work to Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club on Oct. 15 in the MU, room 109. Nonmembers can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat. See Harrison’s story at http://bit.ly/tIy8I

Fall term Beaver Strides registration is happening NOW!  Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Beaver Strides registrants will receive their pedometers and tracking booklets. There’s a chance to win prizes, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec, and join us for the fun!

OSU Press has published a history of one of Oregon’s CPA camps for conscientious objectors, titled “Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks.”  The author, Jeff Kovak, a chemistry professor in Knoxville TN, has a strong avocation for peace issues and ties to Oregon. Kovak will be in Corvallis Oct. 18 for a 3 p.m. talk, presentation, and discussion at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The event is free and open to the community.

Next week

NEW! Don Robert, CEO of Experian, will discuss the information services industry and the elements of a successful business model in a free public lecture at OSU on Oct. 19. Robert’s talk, “The Power of Information,” is sponsored by the OSU College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of Experian. For more information see http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/news/message.htm?messageID=1785.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does the World Need Jesus?” on Oct.  20, at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.  The speakers are Marcus Borg and Martin Emmrich.  The debate focuses on what–if anything–the Jesus of the Bible has to offer to a world of relativism and cynicism.  Why should his voice be heard?  Is it merely one among the appeals of many pundits that compete in the marketplace of ideas?  The debate is free and open to the public.

Get your costume ready for the fourth annual Oregon State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)/Oregon State University Athletics Fall Carnival Oct. 31.  For the first time the Carnival will be held in conjunction with the Beavers’ Homecoming football game at Reser Stadium against the UCLA Bruins. The festivities begin at either 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. (check osubeavers.com the week of Oct. 19 for exact time) at Parker Plaza outside the east entrance to Reser Stadium and will last approximately two hours.  Admission is free and kids ages 4-12 will be able to trick or treat at the student-athlete booths and enjoy the game-day inflatables.  Plus, there will be prizes for kids including backpacks and mini footballs, and of course candy.

Supervisors:  SEIU Furlough Days focus and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  If you’d like to hear about changes that will be affecting your department please attend one of two open forums hosted by Human Resources: Oct. 22, 9-10:30 a.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library. Oct. 23, 1:30 – 3 p,m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library

James Oldfield, Professor Emeritus, Animal Sciences, OSU, has been selected by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for their Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award.  Bill Sanchez, president of the local chapter of ARPAS, and James Males, Head, Department of Animal Sciences, OSU, will present the award on Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. in 117 Withycombe Hall on campus.

On Oct. 20 the Austin Entrepreneurship Program will launch its monthly Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series. The guest speaker will be John Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies. He will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Weatherford Hall, Room D107. Gardner will share his experiences as someone who has successfully navigated the dual worlds of university and corporate life. This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. RSVP by Oct. 19 to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu. . Please note the name of the event in your response. Contact Mary McKillop mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu if you have further questions.

An OWN open house, sponsored by OSU Women’s Network (OWN) and International Student & Faculty Services (ISFS), will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in 448 Snell Hall. This is a chance to network and discuss ways in which OWN can support the unique professional/personal needs and concerns of the international women of OSU. Bring your lunch, coffee, tea, and dessert provided.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play detailing the experience of a student from Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, will show at Oregon State University Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 25.

Technology Support Services (TSS) is once again offering an orientation session for all new Community Network customers. We will be presenting information about our support structure, the many services we offer and where to find help. We would strongly encourage anyone new to your department as well as anyone else who would like a refresher on TSS support to attend this session. The session will be held Oct. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Seminar Room

World-renowned nature photographer Flip Nicklin, a contributor to National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, is returning to Newport, Oregon to teach a three-day digital photography workshop. Sponsored by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, the workshop will teach the elements of a good photo story. The workshop will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and still has several openings. For information about the workshop and to register, please visit the website: http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/digital-photography-workshop-flip-nicklin or contact Sheri Woods, (541) 867-0133, or email sheri.woods@oregonstate.edu.  The fee for this 3-day workshop is $250.  Class size will be limited to 24 participants.

Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer, and science policy advocate, will speak at OSU on Oct. 23, in LaSells Stewart Center. Shiva’s speech, which begins at 7 p.m., is in conjunction with OSU’s symposium, “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology.” It explores the intersection of environmental justice and women’s lives. Her presentation and all symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Symposium sessions happen from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same day. The full schedule for the conference can be found at: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu For more information, contact Charles Goodrich, program director for the Spring Creek Project, Charles.Goodrich@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6198.

Art Of Imagination” starring Las Vegas illusionist Garry Carson is coming to Corvallis Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. See exotic animals, comedy magic, and grand illusions. Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22 then $25. All proceeds benefit all Corvallis public schools’ “Student Opportunity for Success Fund”. Tickets available at GraceWinds Music, All About Kids, Frogs & Pollywogs, all Corvallis Public schools and at www.cpsfoundation.org. For VIP tickets or for tickets on Free and Reduced lunch program call 757-5857

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

News for Employees

NEW! According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office (faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu) prior to Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned.

The weather is cooling down, colorful autumn leaves are falling, and all those holiday meals are just around the corner. The Question of the Quarter from Campus Recycling is How do you celebrate holiday meals sustainably? Answer this by Oct. 29 and if we choose to feature your response in our next newsletter, you’ll win a stainless steel mug! Answer now at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/quarter.cfm

OSU is participating in the second annual Fall Campus Challenge, which pits OSU against other colleges and universities in a nationwide competition to see who can get the most number of participants to get to campus using alternative modes of transportation.  Participation is free, and two participants are selected each week during October to receive $10 Fandango movie tickets.  More prizes, including iPod Nanos, are given away in November after the event concludes.  Go to http://commuterchallenges.com/cchome.asp and click on the 2nd Annual Fall Campus Challenge banner, and select OSU as your school once you’ve registered.

Science and Engineering Workshop for Middle School Girls at OSU. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and their parents are invited to attend a free workshop called “Discovering the Scientist Within.” This event will be held at OSU on Nov. 7 from 8:15 am – 1:15 p.m. The morning includes fun, hands on activities, and the opportunity to meet successful woman engineers, doctors, veterinarians, research scientists, and university professors. Field trips to science labs at OSU will introduce girls to a variety of careers in science and engineering. For more information about the event and to register, go to: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/discovering-the-scientist-within.html Registration deadline is Oct. 30.

Consultative Group reports associated with the Aug. 29 meeting on Academic Degree Programs Proposed for Elimination and/or Consolidation and Sept. 25 and Sept. 29 meetings on College of Education, 4-H Youth Development Education and Divisional Structure are now available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/fcg/reports/2009-2010.html

Please join President Ray, VP Cassady and the Research Office Team for the 2009 OSU Research New Faculty/Staff Orientation, Nov. 13, in LaSells Stewart Center, 7:45 a.m. -1 p.m.  This program will introduce new faculty/staff to the Research Enterprise at OSU.  In addition to an overview of the many services offered by the Research Office to support faculty success; participants can count on receiving key hints and tips from successful faculty insiders about preparing proposals, technology transfer and research integrity.  From how to get started, to expert help at negotiating the maze of rules and regulations; we’ll connect you with who is the best person to help with any research problem. Sign up through the OSU Registration Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) program for release for Spring term 2010. Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 16. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Association of Office Professionals is holding a drawing to give away two tickets to this year’s homecoming game with UCLA on Oct. 31.  $2/ticket or 3 for $5.  Proceeds to benefit the ASOSU Human Services Resource Center.  The HSRC provides programs, education and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty.  Please help us with this very important cause.  The drawing will be held at the AOP luncheon on Oct. 20.  You need not be present to win.  Contact Terri Cook 541-737-9189 or Vickie Nunnemaker 541-737-6268 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Training Days 2009: Are you confused about how OSU “works”?  Here’s your opportunity to learn about the business of doing business at Oregon State University.  Over 30 Workshops, Development, and Training Sessions are offered including: Conquering Risks, Preparing yourself for Change, TouchNet Deposits, Outlook Training, PERS Sessions, Where’s my Mail?(Campus Mail and Postal Concerns), Professional Acrobat (Software) Tips, “PaCS Feud”, and more!  It takes place Nov. 11-12 at LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and desert tasting. Register on line at:  http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Oct. 16. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: 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

The Graduate School announces a call for nominations under the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund. This fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Deadline: Oct. 21. For complete details see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html


Grants and Contracts Technician:  Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences. Full time position. This is an Internal search — open to regular OSU employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004821.  Closing date is Oct. 23.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.

Administrative Program Specialist– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Resource Management Program, part-time (.50 FTE), $2,484-$3,566/monthly @ 1.0 FTE + benefits. To review posting 0004819 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date is Oct. 20.

The Arts & Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician Position, $2138-$2960 + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 000480.  Closing date is Oct. 18.

Facilities Services is seeking a Management Analyst 1. This is a half-time position, reporting to the Senior Planner of Facilities Services. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0004808.  Position closes Oct. 16.

Traffic and Maintenance

Dixon, Finley, Arnold and Bloss: Due to required electrical upgrades in Gill Coliseum, electrical service will be temporarily shut down.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is required to upgrade electrical service. The shutdown will occur between 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 and 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. This work is necessary to drill anchors into concrete originating in Room 210. This work will begin immediately and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Gill Coliseum: Due to required upgrades, the electrical service to Gill Coliseum will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 and should end by 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.


Breaks in the rain provide us the chance to remember how fragrant the world is in mid October, earthy and rich and unlike any other time of year. So let smell be the sense you use when you observe the day today. Rain continues today with a high of 62 and tonight’s low dips to 49. Tomorrow rain is likely with a high of 65.

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