OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 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.

Oregon State expands fleet of undersea gliders (KVAL)

Oregon State University oceanographers deployed their first undersea glider in 2005 and in the past five years, their small fleet of data-gathering autonomous vehicles has logged more than 43,000 kilometers – a distance that would more than circumnavigate the globe.

Like OSU trees? There’s an app for that (Gazette-Times)

Ever stop to rest under a shady tree in Oregon State University’s Memorial Union quad? Now OSU’s first official Apple-product application will connect a tree admirer with facts about OSU’s most significant trees at the touch of a screen.

Rare whale hits Oregon coast (KOIN)

Bruce Mate of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute says no one has documented winter habits of western gray whales. The whale’s last location, recorded Thursday, was about 375 to 400 miles off the British Columbia coast. (See also Seattle Times)

Tech Wizards 4-H mentors help students reach goals (Oregonian)

Launched in 1998 by the Oregon State University Extension Service, the bilingual after-school program teaches hands-on technological skills to low-income, marginalized youth ages 8 through 18 who are at risk of dropping out of school. About 1,000 students have participated in the program, and most go on to college, according to Program Director Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas.

Jessica Campbell wants to connect schools in Oregon and Gaza (Democrat-Herald)

Campbell, an Oregon State University senior majoring in bioresource research, hopes the artwork exchange will teach young people about the need for peace and encourage them to continue learning about issues affecting other countries.

China’s Olympic pollution cuts could reduce cancers (Straits Times)

‘PAH pollution was definitely reduced by the actions China took during the 2008 Olympics, such as restricting vehicle use, decreasing coal combustion and closing some pollution-emitting factories,’ said Staci Simonich, an associate professor of chemistry and environmental toxicology at Oregon State University. (See also AHN)

A trip down memory lane with Barbara Roberts (Statesman-Journal)

Former Gov. Barbara Roberts and her son, Mike Sanders, returned to Salem on Monday to look at photos at the State Archives for potential use in her forthcoming autobiography. The manuscript is in the hands of editors at Oregon State University.

Controversial sex educator to speak at OSU (KEZI)

Last month, Oregon State University administrators canceled a speech by a woman who they found out had worked in the pornography industry.


A candidate for an Environmental Ethics position in the philosophy department,  Kenneth Shockley, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo will give a research talk from 9 to 10:20 a.m in Hovland 202 on “Environmental Values and their Public Expression.”

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, 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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. 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.

NEW! Oregon State University’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders is holding a “Water for the World” banquet on Friday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Community Center on 12th Street and Jackson Avenue. The banquet includes a locally sourced dinner, a silent auction, live music and presentations of some of the local chapter’s recent projects. All proceeds will go to delivering clean drinking water systems to disadvantaged communities in Kenya and El Salvador.

NEW! OSU Printing and Mailing is having their Annual BBQ to Benefit the Linn Benton Food Share Food Drive on Wednesday Feb. 9.  Come enjoy a hamburger or hot dog off the World Famous Semi Truck Wagon BBQ .  You have to see this BBQ Monster to believe it.  There will be opportunities to enter special drawings including an autographed baseball from the 2011 OSU Beavers Baseball Team.  Come enjoy a hamburger with all the fixings for $3, cheeseburger for $3.50, and hotdog for $2.  Sodas will be available for $1. Come enjoy lunch with your fellow OSU employees and support a great cause. The first batch of burgers and hot dogs will come off the grill at 11:30 a.m. and will serve until 1 p.m.

NEW! The Feb. 14 meeting of the Corvallis City Club will feature brief presentations by Tom Scheuermann, director of University Housing and Dining Services, and Bob Loewen of the Corvallis Housing Division. They will discuss student housing policies in the context of growing enrollment. The meetings will run from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Banquet Room of the Renaissance Building, 136 SW Washington St. Attendance is free but limited to 50. To reserve a seat or a catered lunch ($10 for non-members), contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! Philip Gelb and Collin Malloy will perform on Saturday, Feb. 19 at a Between the Cracks forum, co-produced by OSU Department of Music and The Art Center. The performance takes place The Art Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. Gelb will perform on the shakuhachi, a Japanese flute, and Malloy will do an opening performance on the koto, a Japanese stringed instrument.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week Wednesday, Feb. 9, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis. We will feature brand new Nike football cleats in OSU colors, plus 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.

NEW! Want to reduce your household waste? Attend the RecycleMania Outdoor Compost Workshop on Thursday, February 10 at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the co-op housing courtyard (adjacent to Azalea House on Madison & 11th). We will have a discussion and demonstration at the co-ops’ composting system to learn what can go in a compost bin or pile, how to maintain it, and what problems to look out for. Get all the tips you need to get one started at your home! If possible, please bring a bag or container of compost to sort and add to the bin. Sponsored by Organic Growers Club, the Student Sustainability Initiative and Azalea House. For more information about this and other RecycleMania events, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania.

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.

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 541-737-4906.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

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. 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.”

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! This is the last day to register for “De-junking Your Life” scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This program is designed to help you manage the small and big things in life so that you can be more fully present at work and at home. To register, visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=1474.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2011 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Monday, April 4. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.


The Department of Biomedical Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant professor position in Mathematical Modeling of Disease. We seek a mathematical modeler with outstanding potential for developing an extramurally funded research program in chronic diseases. For further details of the position and to apply, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs; posting# 0006887. For full consideration, application must be received by April 1.

Regional Network Director (Portland): The Oregon State University Alumni Association is seeking an alumni professional to develop, lead and manage the regional volunteer network and alumni programs in the Portland area. Position opened until filled. For full consideration, please apply by Feb. 25. See position description and application process at: www.osualum.com/jobs

The Enrollment Management Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed term, Web Services Manager . For full position announcement and application instructions see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs , posting number: 0006845

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: Today. 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 today. 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.

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

Campus Way: Due to work associated with the air conditioner upgrade project at Gleeson Hall, the intersection at Campus Way and Waldo Place will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary to accommodate a crane that will be placing air conditioners on the roof of Gleeson Hall. The shutdown will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, and should reopen by noon.


Corvallis: “Why, what’s the matter, That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?” –William Shakespeare. Any lingering showers this morning should disappear by 10 a.m., and mostly cloudy skies will take their place. Today’s high will reach 49 with a foggy overnight low of 29. Tomorrow the sun should return after a foggy morning.

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