OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 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.

No matter what you call them, big waves can be deadly (Oregonian)

The topic of sneaker waves is a hot one in the science world, said Robert Holman, an oceanographer with Oregon State University. “It’s not fully resolved. If somebody told you they thought they understood them completely, I wouldn’t believe them.”

Cancer risks of China pollution studied (UPI)

Researchers at Oregon State University say that could mean around 10,000 fewer lifetime cases caused by inhaled pollutants in Beijing, one of several cities in China that have unhealthy levels of air pollution from coal burning and automobile exhaust in the country’s rapidly growing economy, a university release said Monday.

Oregon State expands fleet of undersea gliders (KATU)

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.

Flex the travelling grey whale now off California coast (Vancouver Sun)

“He’s 20 to 25 kilometres offshore and moving at 6.6 kilometres an hour,” said Bruce Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, who helped tag Flex.

Rewards of reading add up, eventually (Oregonian)

But no book landed in these parts with quite the impact as Brian Doyle’s “Mink River,” the first novel published by Oregon State Press.

Drug dosing by the numbers for patients with chronic kidney disease (Health News Digest)

Pharmacists at Oregon State University have developed a new approach to developing drug dosages for patients with chronic kidney disease that shows promise for improving the therapeutic value of drugs while minimizing adverse effects.

School may expand to southwest Bend (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray discussed the state of the OSU system, and the OSU-Cascades in particular, at the COCC campus Monday.

Man charged with arson at OSU (Gazette-Times)

A 19-year-old Corvallis man was arraigned Tuesday on charges that he started an October fire in a bathroom of an Oregon State University building.


OSU Printing and Mailing is having their Annual BBQ to Benefit the Linn Benton Food Share Food Drive today. 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.

The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week today from 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.

Coffee & Tea from around the World, today at 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 from 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Accreditation Steering Committee invites you to participate in the process by attending any or all of the following campus forums. At these forums, we will discuss the Accreditation process, key points of the self-study, etc. The forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty. Feb. 10, 1 to 2 p.m., MU Journey Room; Feb. 15, 9 to 10 a.m., MU Journey Room; Feb. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., MU Journey Room. For more information contact chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Music á la Carte Concert Series at Oregon State University presents the Portland Guitar Duo on Friday, Feb. 11 at 12 p.m. in the main lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. Admission is free.

NEW! OSU is hosting a free workshop for middle school girls at Oregon State University on careers in science and engineering called “Discovering the Scientist Within.” The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Milam Auditorium. The goal of the workshop is to change the stereotypical perception that scientists are male. Students and parents will meet with women engineers, veterinarians, research scientists and university professors. Guest speakers will talk about their career path which led them to become scientists. Middle school girls will engage in hands-on activities during tours to science labs on campus. During a panel discussion parents can ask questions about how to encourage their daughters to pursue science and engineering careers. For more information, the contact is: Sujaya Rao – 541-737-9038 or sujaya@oregonstate.edu

NEW! On Monday, Feb. 14, come on down to West Dining Hall to see the classic rock cover band Dessert First perform a benefit concert for the Linn Benton Food Drive, organized by the Office of International Admissions and INTO OSU. The concert will start at 11:30am. Donations are encouraged. A raffle will be held for gift certificates to local restaurants as well.  Delicious baked goods will also be sold next door in Reed Lodge. All proceeds go to the Linn Benton Food Drive. For more information, please contact Sarah Onyschuk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 to 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! Chocolate Chances:  Win chocolates for your sweetheart. Stop by the Graduate School (300-A Kerr) to guess how many chocolates kisses and other goodies are in a half gallon jar. Two guesses for each dollar donation to the Food Drive.  The winner will be notified Friday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.

NEW! Provost Randhawa is accepting submissions for the  23rd Annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU.  The prize consists of a plaque and an award of $500 and publication for on-campus distribution. The literary work can be fiction, poetry (including a group of poems), drama, or creative nonfiction written for a general audience.  The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Oregon State University, who may submit their own work or have work nominated by faculty members.  Submissions must be the student’s original work, typed, no longer than 16 double-spaced pages for prose or drama, or 8 manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. Deadline for submission of work for consideration is 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.  Submissions should be turned in to the Provost’s Literary Prize Screening Committee via  Keith Scribner in the English Department (Moreland Hall 238).  For more information: 541-737-1645 or keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Oregon State faculty and staff members can receive 2-for-1 admission at Women’s Basketball vs. USC on Thursday, Feb. 10 and at Wrestling vs. Arizona State on Friday, Feb. 11. Both events start at 7 p.m. Show your OSU ID at the main Gill Coliseum ticket window prior to the game.

NEW! Graduate School Bake Sale: Valentine’s Day Bake Sale to benefit the Food Drive for Linn-Benton Food Share. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Please stop by Kerr 300A to buy home made caramel corn, peanut butter cups and more.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships (STC) 2011 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/stc.html.  NSF – STC program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11522/nsf11522.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, March 14.  Letters should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390.

NEW! Register now for the 2011 OUS Sustainability Conference!  Faculty and staff can register for this full day conference for $30 until Feb. 20 and $50 after.  For OSU students, it’s just $10 until Feb. 20 and $15 after.  Presentation topics include embodied emissions of materials, successful student projects, civic engagement, and sustainability financing.  A food showcase in the afternoon touts OSU and other institution’s most sustainable meals.  An evening networking event will encourage casual collaboration amongst faculty, staff, students, administrators, Higher Education Board members and elected officials after the program concludes. Register today, or contact sustainability@oregonstate.edu to volunteer during the event.

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.

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. 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.


Oregon State University, Division of Outreach and Engagement, seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Marketing Manager. This position has primary accountability for developing and implementing marketing communications aimed at enhancing the reputation and broad awareness of the division of Outreach and Engagement—including working closely with the division’s aggregate parts, OSU Extended Campus and OSU Extension. The Marketing Manager will support marketing communications efforts within the division of Outreach and Engagement, help interpret and integrate market research into communications strategies, develop marketing support materials utilizing print, electronic, social networking, Internet applications, and Web-based media as appropriate, and serve as a central point of contact for marketing communication for the division of Outreach and Engagement. For more details or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57987. Closes Feb. 24.

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. Closing date Feb. 28.

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. Closing date March 3.

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.

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.

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

Kelley Engineering: The North ADA doors at the Kelley Engineering Center will be functioning as manual doors for a short time period. All personnel needing ADA assistance are asked to use alternate ADA entries. If you have any questions concerning this shutdown, please contact  Charles Peoples at 541-737-2969.  If you have difficulty making contact and need further assistance, please contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.  This shutdown will begin immediately Feb. 8 and we anticipate the ADA sensor to be restored by 5 p.m. Feb. 11

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: Frosty lawns and icy windshields will melt away under the February sunshine today as temperatures reach a chilly but bright 49. Tonight’s low will be 29 and tomorrow will follow a similar pattern.

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