OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 11, 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 campus to go smoke free (KEZI)

Starting fall 2012, Oregon State University will officially become a smoke-free campus. “It’s about creating the best environment to study and to work,” said Lisa Hoogesteger, Smoke-Free Task Force Review Chair.

Author comes to OSU to divulge dirty secrets (Gazette-Times)

Author Frank Warren, who created an industry on allowing people everywhere to tell their secrets to the world, will share his own secrets of success on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Oregon State University.

Researchers put love under the microscope (Seattle Times)

Researchers from Oregon State University studied 434 young heterosexual couples ages 18 to 25 who were considered at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases.

Suiting up (Gazette-Times)

Taylor Bates only had a $20 bill in his pocket Thursday afternoon, but after a few moments leafing through the annual Career Wardrobe Makeover, he walked away from Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Ballroom with two suit jackets. As a music major, Bates, a freshman at OSU, has to have a special style.

Birding prodigy from Eugene writes book about penguins (KVAL)

The 2008 Oregon State University graduate’s observations, insights and experiences are recounted in his first book, “Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica,” which has just been published by the OSU Press.

OSU oceanographer Chelton honored (Gazette-Times)

Dudley Chelton, an Oregon State University oceanographer, has been honored by the American Meteorological Society with its 2011 Henry Stommel Research Award, given annually for advancing understanding of the dynamics and physics of the ocean.

A growing forest of language (Entertainer)

Nancy Froehlich is young enough, early 30s, to still be considered hip. As an assistant professor of graphic design at Oregon State University, she’s surely received the honorary title of “the cool teacher” from at least some of her students.

Science Pub to explore life’s outer limits (Gazette-Times)

Two Oregon State University scientists will take the audience on a trail from extreme life deep in the Earth, to evidence for life on Mars and the potential for communicating with intelligent life elsewhere in our Milky Way Galaxy.

Weatherford Awards announced (Gazette-Times)

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


The University Motor Pool is upgrading multiple software systems to further enhance customer experience and operational efficiency. Customers picking up vehicles or having maintenance and repairs done will not be impacted. The online systems for reservations, authorizations and testing will also remain operational. Fuel customers will need to request assistance for all fuel needs beginning at 1:30 p.m. today. People are encouraged to evaluate their fuel needs and obtain fuel early if possible. If the upgrades extend beyond 5:30 p.m., fuel will temporarily be unavailable with a goal of restoring service by 7 a.m., Monday.

Environmental Ethics candidate William Grove-Fanning, a recent Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, will give a research talk from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in Gilkey 113 on “The Hard Problem of Future Ethics, Moral Motivation, and Biodiversity Loss.”

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,” at 11 a.m., in Richardson Hall 107.

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 Music á la Carte Concert Series at Oregon State University presents the Portland Guitar Duo at noon in the main lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. Admission is free.

Oregon State University’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders is holding a “Water for the World” banquet tonight 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.


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


Crossroads International Film Festival takes place every Sunday in February. This week’s films are Only When I Dance, 1:30 p.m., Brazil (78 min., in English and Portuguese w/English subtitles), Munyurangabo, 6:30 p.m., Rwanda (97 min., in Kinyarwanda w/English subtitles), XXY, 4 p.m., Argentina (91 min. in Spanish w/English subtitles), ARABIA, 6:30 p.m., (40 min. IMAX travelogue documentary). The festival is held at the Darkside in downtown Corvallis. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children or students with ID (no credit cards). Tickets are available at the door beginning 30 minutes before show time. Passports for $50 include a Crossroads Membership and 6 admissions are also available.

Come to the International Student Experience Forum Sunday Feb. 13, 2 to 6 p.m. Hear keynote speaker Sandra Macías del Villar speak about her experience as an OSU student body member. Free dinner provided. To register go to http://oregonstate.edu/groups/isosu/international-student-experience-forum-registration

Upcoming Events

NEW! The College of Forestry hosts its annual Book Sale to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share.  A wide variety of books, DVDs, CDs, etc. will be for sale 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 18 in the Richardson Hall first floor knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy Hall).  Prices drop each day, and new selections are typically added throughout the week.

NEW! Come grab a sweet treat for yourself or that special someone!  The College of Business is having a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale to benefit Linn Benton Food Share.  Stop by the Bexell Hall foyer between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Feb. 14.  All items are a suggested $1 donation, gluten-free available.  Also purchase a raffle ticket for $1 or two food items for a chance to win one of 4 coffee cards ($10 each).

The Agricultural Sciences & Marine Sciences Business Center will hold a bake sale on the Monday Feb. 14 to support the food drive. The bake sale will be held in Hovland 108 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will specialize in Valentine’s goodies. The proceeds will go to the Linn Benton Food Share.

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.

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 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.

As announced by Provost Sabah Randhawa last spring, a comprehensive review to reaffirm Oregon State University’s accreditation is underway, with the evaluation team’s site visit to campus scheduled for April 2011. OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Accreditation Steering Committee, chaired by Chris Bell, 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. 15, 9 to 10 a.m., MU Journey Room; Feb. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., MU Journey Room. You are also invited to review the draft self-study and provide your comments: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/accreditation. For more information contact chris.a.bell@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. 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.”

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Public Safety will lead a campus-wide test of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.  Faculty, staff and students will receive a test message via whatever means each individual has specified through the ENS portal. Individuals are encouraged to visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu/, select the “Enter your contact information” link and follow the ensuing instructions to log in to the ENS, which is powered by Blackboard ConnectEd, using e-mail address and university ID number. Each user may modify contact information in his/her record, including supplying multiple telephone, text and e-mail contacts and specifying preferred means of communication. Users are encouraged to list a mobile phone and/or text message address as primary contact points rather than university land lines or e-mail addresses, as campus power or telephone system failures can hinder efficacy of those notification means in the event of a campus emergency, as with the electrical fire last November.

NEW! Week 2 of the Building Energy Challenge is almost complete!  To see the current standings, see the Challenge website .  Even with the colder than normal February, buildings are showing reductions vs. their baselines!  Keep up the good work!  For more information on how to save, see the website or contact Greg Smith .  For the weekend, remember to turn off/standby computers, turn off lights and other equipment, lower thermostats or other heating controls, and close the blinds.  There’s still two weeks left, so keep on challenging yourself and others to conserve energy!

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 OSGC Scholarship Programs. Eligibility guidelines and application procedures are detailed in the scholarship guide, available for download in PDF format at the following link: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/2011Guide.pdf. Awards for the 2011-12 Academic Year will be made in the following categories: Community College Scholarships ($2,000 each); Scholarships for 4-year Institutions ($3,000 each); Undergraduate Research Scholarships ($5,000 each); and Senior Undergraduate Achievement Awards ($1,000 each). For questions regarding OSGC Scholarship opportunities, contact spacegrant@oregonstate.edu

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

Oregon State faculty and staff members can receive 2-for-1 admission 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.

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.

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. 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.


Engineer – BSG Systems Development, College of Business, Oregon State University, this is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006813, closing date is Feb. 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. 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: Today. 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 today.

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. The ADA sensor should be restored by 5 p.m. today.

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. today, and should reopen by noon.


Corvallis: Today’s relatively mild weather will make for a pleasant Friday, but by Saturday morning, rain will be back to the valley with some serious determination, and it’s not planning on leaving anytime soon. Today’s high will be 54 with an overnight low of 40, and rain is expected after 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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