OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 7, 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.

White House announces new appointees to faith council (CNN)

wo other notable appointees are The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori and Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis.  Jefferts Schori is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and the first woman to hold that role. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University, an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and several honorary doctorates.

Saying yes to these dresses can save money, feed hungry (Statesman Journal)

However, a group of young women, originally from area high schools but now enrolled in Oregon State University’s business program, decided they could fulfill a business project requirement, benefit the hungry in the Mid-Valley and give girls a break on the price of a fancy prom dress.

Russia’s woes aid Oregon farmers (Gazette-Times)

Larry Burt, an Oregon State University Extension Service economist who compiled an annual report on the state’s farm and ranch sales, said Friday mid-valley grass seed farmers were hard-hit in 2009 by a depressed housing market. It killed demand for seed to plant new lawns. (See also the Columbian)

OSU to hold Weatherford Awards (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University will host the third annual Weatherford Awards at the Hilton Portland & Executive Suites on Thursday, Feb. 17.

OSU professor to address water conflicts (Gazette-Times)

The evening will begin with a presentation by Aaron Wolf, professor of geography in the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University. (See also LIFE@OSU)

OSU power plant goes platinum (Oregon Business)

Oregon State University’s new power plant is the first power-generation facility in the country to be Platinum LEED certified. (see also Gazette-Times)

OSU appoints new extension educator (The Dalles Chronicle)

Nutrition educator Lauren Fein is the latest addition to the team of Oregon State University Extension Service field faculty based in the Mid-Columbia region to provide practical education programs that address the needs of local citizens.

Soil’s importance focus of film (Statesman Journal)

The post-film speaker is James Cassidy, an instructor and research assistant in soil physics and organic agriculture at Oregon State University.

Tree app adds context to campus beauty (Barometer)

Beauty can be found in everything on the Oregon State University campus, from the buildings to the trees.  Now with the new OSU Tree Tour application, students or visitors can take a guided tour under the campus’ historic canopy and learn information through their digital devices about the trees we encounter each day.

Dirty girls may turn into healthier women (Southern California Public Radio)

Sharyn Clough, a philosopher of science at Oregon State University, recently published in the academic journal Social Science and Medicine that girls who get dirt under their fingernails actually strengthen their immune system to stave off disease and allergies in later life.


Soup Lunch: $5 for a cup of soup and bread for the OSU food drive! Monday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of Kerr Administration Building. All proceeds will go to Linn Benton Food Share. Come enjoy some good food for a good cause! If you have any questions contact: Kaleena Tuffo at Kaleena@oregonstate.edu

Kenneth Shockley, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo will give a guest lecture today from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in Stag 109 on “Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) Claims.” He is a candidate for the OSU department of philosophy’s Environmental Ethics position.

Ecosystem Ecologist candidate Julian Olden will speak on “The unfolding drama of dams, invasive species, and climate change in freshwater ecosystems” during a lecture at 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001.

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. It takes place at 4 p.m. Autzen House.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Rev. Mitchell Hescox will speak on “Why People of Faith Should be Engaged in Creation Care and Climate” Thursday, Feb. 10, at Oregon State University as part of the Ideas Matter lecture series. The free public talk, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in Owen Hall 102.

NEW! Adidas, Keen, Nike and Columbia are some of the outdoor apparel brands headquartered in Oregon. At the Feb. 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Leslie Burns will discuss the university’s role in this growing industry. Burns chairs the Department of Design & Human Environment and is on the board of directors for the Portland Center for Design and Innovation. Triad meets in the MU, room 109 at noon. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

NEW! Fabulous Free-Food-Fridays for four weeks in February, $5 suggested donation for Food Drive! All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share! Sponsored by the OSU Organic Growers Club!!! ALS3096 noon.

NEW! The Feb. 10 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20110210.html. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Agenda items include: Two Forestry Category I Proposals; Legislative Update; Student Evaluation of Teaching Task Force Progress Report; Discussion of a Senator Communications Plan.

NEW! What is Ableism? Feb. 14,  1:30 to 3 p.m., MU, 109. This is the second of a three workshop series about ableism. In this workshop there will be a panel comprised of individuals representing a diverse range of abilities, and who will speak about best ways to interact with individuals with disabilities. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions, and to also debrief the content afterwards. Sponsored by Student Life with support from Intercultural Student Services and the Memorial Union. To RSVP contact: anne.lapour@oregonstate.edu by Feb. 10. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Student Life, Jen Busick, 541-737-0530.

NEW! Coffee & Tea from around the World, Feb. 9, noon at the Women’s Center. Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Find Your Voice: Speak Your Truth!  Women’s Art Show Reception, Feb. 10, 4 to 5 p.m. in the MU Lounge. Art submitted by female-identified OSU community members is featured in the MU Concourse every Winter term.  “Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth!” is the theme for this year.  All are invited to this reception to enjoy the art work of the OSU community.

Professionals from CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) will present information and tips for addressing issues of self-esteem and self-worth, specifically geared toward the challenges faced by women in graduate school during the GWN Identity Development Series—Confidence and Mental Health, on Feb. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. The series is focused on providing support for practical skill-building in the areas of assertiveness, confidence, and positive self-promotion.

PostSecret blog creator and author Frank Warren will share his own secrets of success on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Oregon State University. His presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, is free and open to the public, though tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available to OSU students, faculty and staff starting Feb. 2 at the Student Leadership & Involvement desk (MU East 149). If there are tickets remaining, they will be available to the public starting Feb. 9 via postsecret@oregonstate.edu.

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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! The Philosophy Department is bringing three candidates for an Environmental Ethics position to campus over the first three weeks in February.  You are invited to attend the research talks and the guest lectures they are giving in classes.
Kenneth Shockley, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo will give a research talk on Feb. 8, 9-10:20 a.m  in Hovland 202 on “Environmental Values and their Public Expression.”
William Grove-Fanning, a recent Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, will give a guest lecture on Feb. 10 from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Stag 310 on “Conceptual Frameworks about Nature: Organicism & Mechanism.”   He also will give a research talk Feb. 11, 10 to 11:20 a.m. in Gilkey 113 on “The Hard Problem of Future Ethics, Moral Motivation, and Biodiversity Loss.”
Allen Thompson, Assistant Professor, Clemson University , will give a  guest lecture on Feb. 17, 4 ro 4:45 p.m. in Stag 329 on “On the trail of the ‘Last Man.” He also will give a research talk on Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in Gilkey Hall 113 on “Virtue, Duty, and Adapting Humanity: Confronting Climate Change.”

NEW! Max Nielsen-Pincus and Rob Ribe of University of Oregon will be presenting a seminar on “Using survey data from rural landowners in  a multi-agent model: Exploring alternative futures of climate change, wildfire risk and land use in the Willamette Valley foothills,” on Feb. 11, 11 a.m., in Richardson Hall 107.

News for Employees

NEW! The Office of Community and Diversity and the Committed to Diversity Task Force (C2D) have created a staff essay contest to help OSU develop a campus ethos for community building. The winner of the contest will win $5,000 worth of goods and services.    You must be a current employee at Oregon State University (this excludes students because we have another essay contest for them).  The winning essay will be announced in the spring quarter of 2011.   Please contact becki.metzger@oregonstate.edu to receive a copy of the essay requirements.  Essays must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25.

NEW! The Research Office is selling double chocolate truffles from Bursts Chocolates to support the OSU Food Drive. The cost is $5 for three in a decorative bag. 50 percent will go directly to the Linn-Benton Food Share. Contact Tracy Elmshaeuser at 541-737-3467 or tracy.elmshaeuser@oregonstate.edu to place your order with cash or a check. Orders will be taken and filled throughout the month of February.

NEW! The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program will be holding a training on Saturday, March 5. This class will explore outdoor youth education opportunities focusing on the specific habitat of Wetlands and Wet Prairies. This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cheldelin Middle School and Jackson Frazier Wetland in Corvallis.  Cost is $10 and includes instruction, lunch, an Educator’s Guide on Wetlands and a discount on Ecology Field Cards. This training is meant to be beneficial to classroom and informal educators; (after school programs, scouts, etc.), 4-H Wildlife Stewards, natural resource agency educators, and others that work with youth. Class size is limited to 25 participants – preregister by phone or in person by contacting the OSU Extension Service of Benton County at 541-766-6750 or 1849 NW 9th Street, Corvallis.

University faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the future of marine education at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center – and be part of a a beautiful glass quilt, filled with images of Oregon’s marine life, on display in the Visitor Center lobby. The quilt is a series of 160 interlocking glass tiles symbolizing the great web of marine life – and the web of support the Visitor Center relies on to conduct its K-12 and public education programs. Sponsor a square, imprinted with your name or a tribute to a loved one, for a tax-deductible donation of $250 or more, through the OSU Foundation’s secure Campaign for OSU Web site. Read more at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/glassquilt

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.

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 .

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


Fiscal and Administrative Manager, The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks a dynamic individual to provide fiscal management and administrative support to the office.  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or higher required.  For more information and to apply go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57980 Position No. 0006872

Academic Advisor, Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program and Department of Geosciences. Responsibilities include advising undergraduate students through Ecampus and on campus. Position is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. To review full posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006879. Closing date: Feb,. 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 today. 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.


Corvallis: We’re having some blue sky and sunshine to start out the day but scattered showers will return later in the day and evening. Today’s high will be 51 with a low of 33. The rains should disappear by late tomorrow morning, and the rest of the week should be a mix of fog and sunshine.

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