OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 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.

Football and the Concussion Crisis (The New Yorker)

An image which ran in the New York World, depicted a skeleton wearing a banner labelled “Death,” and was titled “The Twelfth Player in Every Football Game.” Campaigns in Chicago and Georgia to outlaw the sport were covered breathlessly in the New York dailies. That was in 1897, “the peak of sensationalized football violence,” as Michael Oriard, a former offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs who is now an associate dean at Oregon State University, explains in “Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle.”

Steelhead and rainbow trout mingle in the Northwest (Audubon Magazine)

Now researchers at Oregon State University have added further intrigue to this mystery by discovering that steelhead and their smaller counterparts mingle (wink, wink) quite a lot. (See also Science Centric)

OSU prof part of record-setting ice core drill in Antarctica (Nature)

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core project, funded by the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation over the past five years, is an impressive accomplishment and an important step forward for climate science, said Ed Brook, a professor of geosciences at Oregon State University and one of the principal investigators on the project. (See also KVAL)

Who are the five happiest people you know? (CBS News)

Craig Robinson was a making a salary deep into 6-figures as an investment banker in Chicago. He had the house, the cars, and the vacations. He was also deeply unhappy. Why? He was living a dream. But it was someone else’s not his. So he took a 90 percent pay cut to pursue his first love – coaching basketball. Now the head coach at Oregon State University, he has found great happiness as he’s turned around a program that had fallen on hard times, has higher approval ratings than his brother-in-law: Barack Obama, and provides a high-profile example of making sure the component parts of your life fit what matters most to you.

Merkley seeks filibuster rules revision (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University political analyst Bill Lunch is one of those who says Merkley’s group had better beware. As early as 2012, he said, “it’s entirely plausible” that Republicans could retake a Senate majority because far more Democratic senators are up for re-election that year.

Study examines hygiene’s role in women’s health (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University philosopher Sharyn Clough thinks researchers need to dig deeper. In her new study, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, she points out that women have higher rates of allergies and asthma, and many autoimmune disorders. However, there is no agreed-upon explanation for these patterns. Clough offers a new explanation.

Starker Forest tree planting day Saturday (Gazette-Times)

The annual event is organized by the Philomath High School Forestry Club, Boy Scout Troop 2, Explorer Post 122, Oregon State University’s student chapter of the Society of American Foresters, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Starker Forests.

Pets take paws to create art (Gazette-Times)

Annie, an 8-year-old beagle, and Frannie, a 6-year-old dachshund, wouldn’t strike an onlooker as artists, but looks can be deceiving. With paint-covered paws, the pair of worked together (with a little human help) to create an Oregon State University-inspired painting. The piece will be auctioned during Heartland Humane Society’s Wine and Whiskers fundraising event Saturday at CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University.


Soup Lunch: $5 for soup, bread, drink and dessert for the campus food drive. Where? Valley Library third floor in the Staff Lounge/Willamette classrooms. When? 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ten delicious soups available, chicken, seafood and several vegetarian. Bring a colleague, feed your student workers. Raise money for a good cause. More info: Philip.Vue@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8914.

The next PFLA meeting takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Meet at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Lab for a tour of the facilities.

Every wondered how to compost your food waste at home? Come to the Native American Longhouse from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss options for incorporating composting into your home or apartment. We’ll look at what it takes to make and maintain a worm bin, discuss composting resources on campus and throughout the community and talk about outdoor composting. Sponsored by the Native American Longhouse and Student Sustainability Initiative. For more information about this and other RecycleMania events, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania.

Student Experience Center Review Open Forum, 3 to 4 p.m. in MU 207. Drop in review of the first draft of overall program of spaces, challenges remaining, programs that fit and don’t fit in the new Student Experience Center. We are seeking you opinions and consensus on direction.

The OSUsed Store is open for its evening public sale of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. This week all metal desks are 50 percent off (they start at $10 pre-sale) during the public sale time only.

Who says that changing the oil in your car is something only boys should know? Come learn how to change your oil, make your vehicle last longer, (you’ll learn the things car manufacturers won’t tell you), and the basic parts of your car’s engine so next time you take it to the mechanic you’ll be able to understand what he or she is talking about! This DIY will be taught by Jonna at Clayton’s Auto Repair in Corvallis. It takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Clayton’s Auto Repair 797 NE Circle Blvd., and is sponsored by the OSU Women’s Center.

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 Expendables,” starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Tobie Hatfield, Senior Engineer for Advanced Products, Nike, Inc. will speak during a Fireside Chat from 8:15 to 9 p.m., in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107 in Weatherford Hall. He will be speaking on innovation and his role as a Nike shoe designer. The talk is part of the Austin Fellows Program. RSVP to Carol Hahn, carol.hahn@bus.oregonstate.edu, 541-713-8040

Upcoming Events

NEW! DIY Series:  Knitting and Crocheting, Feb. 4, 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Does the idea of turning a skein of yarn into a coaster sound terribly intimidating? Want some tips and tricks to crotchet or knit your own coaster! The skills will translate well to scarves or hats too. We’ll provide the yarn and hooks or needles, just bring a willingness to learn. There will be tea, coffee and cookies.

NEW! Professional Development Event – Strengthsquest Evaluation Training, Feb. 4, 4 to 6 p.m., the Women’s Center. Come and learn how to use the skills you are strongest in to your advantage academically and professionally. Link to SisterScholars

NEW! Center for the Humanities Winter Lectures continues with “Freedom on the Fence,” a film screening by Andrea Marks, Former Center Research Fellow, Art Department, OSU. Feb. 7, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

Join us at a fun, hands-on event to construct a sea creature out of recyclables on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Surplus warehouse, 644 SW 13th St (enter from the warehouse gates on 13th). We will display the structure in the Memorial Union Quad the following week as part of RecycleMania. We provide the design and materials; you provide the hands! Sponsored by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. For more information about this and other RecycleMania events, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania.

Oregon State University’s Department of Design and Human Environment is holding a career symposium on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the symposium will be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Admission is free and open to the public.

Invasive species can clog water pipes, foul boats and disrupt ecosystems. At the Feb. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Sam Chan of Oregon Sea Grant Extension will discuss the latest on a recently discovered invader on the Oregon Coast. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

A history and ecology workshop will be held Feb. 3–4, in the Memorial Union Journey Room. This workshop offers perspectives from a number of disciplines, reading the past to move toward the future. Events begin at 4 p.m., Feb. 3, then 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/history-and-ecology-workshop

The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature “Healing the Enlightenment Rift: New Directions for Transforming Environmental Conflicts,” by Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues on Friday, Feb. 4 at noon with the OSU Brass Ensembles, directed by Jay Chen and Lawrence Johnson. The OSU Trumpet Choir, Low Brass Choir and Brass Ensemble will perform. Admission is free.

Snow Shuttle to Mt. Bachelor – Sign up by Feb, 8 at the Outdoor Recreation Center in Dixon for the February 12 trip. Questions? Call 737-3630. More details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/snow-shuttle-mt-bachelor-jan-15-jan-29-amp-feb-12

Trying to create a healthy lifestyle for your family? Come to the Lunch and Learn: Healthy Eating for your Family on Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m. in the Women’s Center. Bring your lunches and enjoy the information and discussion!! For more information, contact Childcare and Family Resources at olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4609.

The world’s population is expected to increase from 6.9 to 9.1 billion by 2050. Combined with increasing per capita rates of carbon emissions, this population growth will complicate efforts to curtail emissions and control global climate change. Dr. Paul Murtaugh of OSU will explore the link between human population and climate change, and attempt to quantify the additional carbon emissions caused by an individual’s choice to reproduce. Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free; open to the public.

OSU’s Jay Noller and his students participated in the filming of OPB’s Oregon Field Guide episode titled “Pits of Mystery” to air on OPB channels on Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m., and to be repeated Feb. 12, 1:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. The episode is about the depressions that cluster on and around the Hyslop Farm, unique landform features most recently revealed by LIDAR topographic imagery.

Seminars and Lectures

Starker Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 3: “Will Tropical Forests Survive the 21st Century?” presented by Gary Hartshorn, president and CEO of the World Forestry Center in Portland, in Richardson Hall Room 107. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The lecture will be streamed live at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream.

News for Employees

NEW! The 2011 Building Energy Challenge has begun!  Occupants of Adams, Bexell, Cascades, Facilities Services Shops, Kelley Engineering, Kerr, Moreland, Motor Pool, Property Services, Withycombe, and ALL UHDS residence halls and co-ops 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 What can you do if your building isn’t competing?  Join us in  saving energy by  doing the actions listed above, request a sustainability audit, and/or participate in next year’s Challenge!

NEW! Celebrate Black History Month with the University Archives! In celebration of Black History Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the Black Student Union Walkout of 1969. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Dates: Feb. 1 – Febr. 24. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr.  For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives. The OSU Libraries’ Oregon Multicultural Archives mission is to acquire, preserve and make available collections that document the lives of African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American communities of Oregon.

NEW! Throughout February, the Academic Success Center will be selling tickets to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. Items include quilts by Dana Cramer and Yvonne Thomas, a “quillow” in school colors (comfy blanket that folds down into a pillow), and two beautiful fabric bags with matching coin purses. Only $1 per ticket—great gifts for yourself or others! Tickets available for purchase at Waldo 102. Questions: elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2011-12 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2011-12 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. Nominations may be submitted by the student’s graduate program director, department chair or head, or by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. Deadline for both Fellowship competitions: Feb. 4. For complete details see: Graduate School Fellowship Programs.

NEW! New Opportunity for Undergraduates! URISC: START program for Spring Term 2011. This program is open to first-year students and sophomores who at the beginning of the academic year (Fall 2010) had less than 80 OSU credits and transfer students within their first three quarters of matriculation at OSU. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. (This is a different than the regular URISC program.) Applications are due in the Research Office by Friday, Feb. 18. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at  541-737-8390.

Collection barrels and office gathering activities are just two of the signs that the OSU Food Drive has begun. Running now through Feb. 28 you can help support the Linn Benton Food Share (or your local area food bank for those in Bend or one of the extension offices around the state), the funds raised during last year’s drive represent 25 percent of LBFS’s food purchase dollars for the year. Look for opportunities within your unit, or visit http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/food-drive for ways to donate.

Information Services is holding a number of events and activities as part of the OSU Food Drive. They include: Diving for Disks – There is a 10 gallon phish tank filled with CD’s, DVD’s and Disks – Guess how many and win a Flip UltraHD Video Camera – Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) newest model – 25 cents per guess or five guess for $1.00 The Phish tank will have a home in the 4th floor IS Administration lobby of the Library. Book Resale – IS has collected used books, CD’s, VHS, etc. for resale. “Make an Offer” is a great price – take a look and a read. Book cart located in Milne 224. BINGO – Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m (ticket sales start at 5 p.m.), University Motor Pool – 3400 Campus Way, $10 for 10 rounds of BINGO, six games per round, for every food item donated get an additional three games, Prizes include – $200 Gift Card for Home Depot, portable scanner, IBM shirts, OSU Athletic event tickets, and so much more. Must be 18 or older to play unless accompanied by legal guardian.

A 5-week course introduction to forest management for new or potential woodland owners takes place March 3-March 29, at the Linn County–OSU Extension Office, on 4th and Lyons in Albany, excluding the Saturday field trip which will be held on a local woodland property. The course is set to cover topics including keeping your woodland healthy, taxes, harvesting and marketing, and wildlife on your woodlands. The classes will be proctored primarily by Rick Fletcher, OSU Extension Forester for Linn and Benton Counties. The fee for this course is $35 per person or $50 per couple. Please pre-register no later than Feb. 21, by calling the OSU Extension Office, at 541-766-6750, or going here: extension.oregonstate.edu/benton

The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from Benton County High School seniors (both male and female) and women students older that 26 years of age who are attending or planning to attend OSU in the fall. A number of 2,400 awards, totaling $55,000 will be made. These scholarships are made possible through the work of the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop, 144 N.W. Second Street, and from endowments. Applications are available on Feb. 1 in area high school counselor’s offices; at the OSU Financial Aid Office, the OSU Women’s Center, and OSU college advisor’s offices. The applications are also available on line at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/osufolk. The deadline for completed applications is March 18.

The Graduate School is accepting applications for the Eric Englund Memorial Post-Graduate Scholarship, which is an annual award for graduate study in agricultural and resource economics or home economics. Applicants must have graduated previously from any Oregon State University bachelor’s or master’s degree program to be eligible. Nominations must be received by February 25. For complete details see: Eric Englund Memorial Post-Graduate Scholarship

The newest issue of Synergies, the College of Health and Human Sciences blog, is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

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

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


The Department of Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Information Technology Manager position. Posting number: 0006842.

Public Records, Rules and Policy Coordinator.  The Office of the VP for Finance and Administration invites applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term professional faculty position.  Closing date is Feb. 14.  To see full position announcement and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006746.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accounting Technician, Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center supporting the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS), Oregon State University. FT, monthly salary range $2,138-$2,960 + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for Posting 0006843. Closing date: Feb. 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Admissions Coordinator for International Undergrads: The INTO OSU Program invites applications for an Admissions Coordinator for International Undergrads. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006840. Closing date Feb 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Consultant 1: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, fixed term Human Resource Consultant 1 (HRC1) position. To review posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006794. Closing date Feb 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The University Honors College invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) limited duration Advisor position to assist with advising from March 15 – June 10. The selected applicant will work with current personnel to advise undergraduates in the University Honors College. You must hold a bachelor’s degree to be minimally qualified. The preferred candidate will have previous experience as an Advisor at Oregon State University, knowledge and understanding of the UHC, and/or significant advising experience. Please send a current resume, cover letter describing experience relevant to advising undergraduate students, and contact details for three professional references to Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu For more details go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/uhc-advisor-job-opportunity. Closing date Feb. 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Hovland: Due to necessary repairs on the building steam system, all steam services to Hovland Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all hot water and heating services throughout the building.  This shutdown is necessary to repair a steam leak coming from the vault. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 3 p.m.

Fairbanks Hall: For safety reasons the parking lot west of Fairbanks Hall Lot will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles to allow access to the field for geotechnical work. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Feb. 3 and should end by noon.

Black Cultural Center: For safety reasons the parking lot east of the BCC, the very northeast corner of Park Terr E lot, will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles to allow access to the field for geotechnical work. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Feb. 4 and should end by noon.


Corvallis: Happy Groundhog Day! It’s a good time to ask yourself, if you had to live this day over and over again, how would you make it amazing? The sun may be bright and cheery but it’s been quite bitter outside the past few days, and that will continue today. The high will reach 51 but lows will dip into the 20s.

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