OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 3, 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.

OSU gets a gold star for sustainability (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University is one of seven U.S. universities to receive a gold designation by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System — the shorthand for the system is STARS. (See also KEZI, Gazette-Times, Western Farm Press)

Oregon agriculture sales rebound in 2010 (KEZI)

An Oregon State University (OSU) report estimated that agricultural sales rebounded 3.8 percent in 2010. (See also Register-Guard)

Why keeping little girls squeaky clean could make them sick (Vermont Public Radio)

In an article in the peer-reviewed journal Social Science and Medicine, Sharyn Clough, a philosopher of science at Oregon State University who studies research bias, says young girls are held to a higher standard of cleanliness than young boys, a discrepancy that could help explain later health differences.

Egyptian student wary of conflict (Gazette-Times)

Thousands of miles away, Egyptian student Mohamed Amer remains in close touch with his family and friends as protests against the Egyptian government enter their 11th day. Amer, 23, a graduate student at Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, grew up in Giza, Egypt.

Do you know the origin of your milk? (Statesman Journal)

“It’s marketing more than anything. Not only is it a big task to produce milk, but you also have to sell it,” said Mike Gamroth, a dairy specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service.

Debate about raw milk, farmers’ markets (Oregonian)

“Although milk and milk products provide nutritional benefits, raw unpasteurized milk can be a source of dangerous bacteria that can pose serious risks to public health,” wrote Carolyn Raab, an Extension Foods and Nutrition Specialist at Oregon State University, wrote in a statement provided to the committee.

OSU student hopes to create art exchange (Gazette-Times)

Jessica Campbell is asking for local artists and schools to come together for an artwork exchange between Oregon and Gaza schools to encourage cross-cultural education.

OSU’s 2011 recruiting class (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State football team signed 21 new recruits Wednesday. Here’s a look at the newcomers.


Oregon State University’s Department of Design and Human Environment is holding a career symposium 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 today’s 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.

Starker Lecture Series: “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.

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., today then 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/history-and-ecology-workshop

Join us at a fun, hands-on event to construct a sea creature out of recyclables 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.

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, Professor of Geosciences and director of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. His talk takes place at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

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.

Janet Ekholm, with the OSU Office of Business Affairs, is one of the featured artists on tonight’s Oregon Art Beat, which airs at 8 p.m. on OPB. Ekholm is a Corvallis-based artist known for her boldly colored yet serene paintings.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Music ala Carte presents the OSU Trumpet Choir, Horn Choir, Trombone Choir and Brass Ensemble at noon Friday in the MU Lounge. The choirs will be directed by Jay Chen and Larry Johnson.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Rick Spinrad, VP for Research, invites input about the Research Agenda Phase I Draft . He and the advisory board appreciate the comments already received and are reviewing them carefully. They look forward to additional perspectives at this time and as they continue to develop the Agenda.

NEW! Faculty and Staff Luau  Performance: Hui O Hawaii is hosting the 56th Annual Luau on April 23, and would like to invite faculty and staff to learn a hula and perform during dinner at the luau.  The practices are every Sunday at 3 p.m. (or possible alternatives) on the 3rd floor of  the Valley Football Center.   Please contact kilaj@onid.orst.edu or osuluau2011@gmail.com .

NEW! Saturday Academy is having a fundraiser. Pastini’s in Corvallis will be having a PASTA-THON all day on Feb. 15-16 and 50 percent of the net proceeds will go directly to  Saturday Academy at OSU. You do not need to show a flyer with you when you go to Pastini’s, but you do need to mention “Saturday Academy” when you order. This will work for both dine-in and take-out orders. For more information or flyer see: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu

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!

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 – Feb. 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.

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

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 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 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


Accounting Technician: Oregon State University, Facilities Services Department, is seeking an experienced Accounting Technician to join our creative, energetic and fun team of professionals. FT, starts at $2,138/monthly +  benefits.  For complete announcement including minimum qualifications and application process, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Job posting #0006858. Closing Date: Feb. 11. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Information Technology Manager position. Closing date: Feb. 18. 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. 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

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. today 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. Friday and should end by noon.


Corvallis: Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit. Whether the year is a fair or foul one, it’s going to start out cold and sunny, with a high of 54 and a low of 36. There’s a slight chance of rain ahead, but sun will return by the end of the weekend.

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