OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 14, 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 symposium celebrates oceans (Oregonian)

Worried about the oceans? Love the oceans? Want to learn more about the oceans? Oregon State University is hosting a major public symposium Feb. 18-19 that’s free and open to the public at its Corvallis campus. “Song for the Blue Ocean” has a rich lineup of ocean folks who together will cover new ocean science as well as ocean literature, ethics and art.

Rare gray whale’s route surprises scientist (USA Today)

Flex is swimming at about four miles an hour and should cross into California this week, says Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. His team worked with scientists from the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences to tag Flex. They update his whereabouts every Monday on their web site.

Bridging business and education (News-Register)

If you’re thinking about incorporating green energy into your current or future business, but you feel overwhelmed with information on alternative power sources such as solar, wind, wave, biofuels/biomass and geothermal, don’t be discouraged. There is help. The answer you seek may be at the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center.

Stay in touch with Emergency Notification System (LIFE@OSU)

Public Safety officials say there’s an important reason why ENS users – all faculty, staff and students with ONID accounts – need to log in to the system, and take advantage of the opportunity to specify a mobile phone and/or text message address as their preferred means of communication.  Such systems are not connected to OSU phone or data services, and are able to receive messages even when campus systems are down.

Retired military dog receives stem cell therapy (KEZI)

A retired military dog is recovering after undergoing a unique type of stem cell therapy at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Ag sales rebound in many counties in 2010 (Oregonian)

According to statistics released last week by Oregon State University, the state’s total agricultural sales for 2010 increased 3.8 percent to about $4.3 billion following 2009’s decrease of 14.8 percent.

Pheromone increases foraging honey bees (Science Blog)

The application of a naturally occurring pheromone to honey bee test colonies increases colony growth resulting in stronger hives overall, according to a new study conducted by scientists at Oregon State University and Texas A&M University.

Oregon State University opens sheep barns for lamb tour (Oregonian)

It’s lambing time again at Oregon State University’s sheep barn. The public can visit from Feb. 15 to March 2, when about 130 Suffolk and Polypay ewes are expected to give birth. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. all days except Thursdays and Fridays, when OSU students are at work. (See also KVAL)

OSU to go smoke-free in 2012 (KMTR)

Another major Oregon university will go smoke free come next year. Oregon State University is now preparing to ban all smoking from its campus in Corvallis by fall term 2012.


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. today 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.

The Agricultural Sciences & Marine Sciences Business Center will hold a bake sale today 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.

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. 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).

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.

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.

Today’s 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 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? Today from 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature “Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for the New Ecological Age,” by Mary Wood, University of Oregon on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

NEW! “Song for the Blue Ocean: Science, Arts, and Ethics,” a public symposium, will take place Feb. 18-19,  at the LaSells Stewart Center. The symposium will bring together up-to-the-minute science, ethical inquiry, and the literary and musical arts to celebrate the seas, consider their future, and renew our commitment to protect them. The symposium, co-sponsored by OSU’s new Environmental Leadership Institute and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, is free and open to all.

NEW! McAlexander Fieldhouse Opening Celebration – Friday, Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Come and see the newly renovated McAlexander Fieldhouse at this free After Dark event.  Experience the new turf, courts, and rock climbing wall in this environment of live music, free food, games, and activities. Additional highlights: Harry Potter 7 showing, Wii & Xbox Kinect, Athletic Gear Sale, Inflatables, Qdoba.  Open to the OSU community and guests.

NEW! Annual All you can eat Soup and Bread Buffet, Feb. 17, 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kidder 128 (conference room)
$5 Sponsored by The Statistics Department.

NEW! Starker Lecture Series presents  Paul Owen, president of Vanport International of Portland, speaking on “World Wood Markets: How do They Impact Oregon?” in Richardson Hall Room 107, Thursday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

NEW! Cultural diversity in the United States has implications for all aspects of life, including death-related experiences.  We may be very familiar with the social norms of our own group, but how do other cultures in our country approach death and dying, and the feelings and rituals involved?  This lesson will address end-of-life support across cultures and will include information about hospice services, organ donation, advance directives, and “do not resuscitate” orders.  This free class will be held on Wed., Feb.  16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the OSU Extension Service of Benton County; please call to RSVP, 541-766-6750.

NEW! The search for historical fact leads to unexpected places. At the Feb. 17 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, OSU historian Nicole von Germeten will describe her investigations of church and government archives in Latin America. 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.

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.

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! The Women’s Center is looking for nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 4. The committee will be making final decisions by March 11, and notifying successful nominees that week. The awards will be presented at the Memorial Union Lounge on April 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/woa

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.

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. 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

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 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.


International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed term, International Student Progression Advisor. For full position announcement and application instructions see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs , posting number: 0006903. Closing date Feb. 27. Search committee chair: Chris Bell, chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu. Questions may be referred to Gigi Bruce, gigi.bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Advisor-Career & Scholarship – 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 #0006916, for full consideration date Feb. 25, closing date March 4.  OSU is an AA/EOE

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.

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 today. To see full position announcement and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006746. 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 today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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Corvallis: Whether or not love is in the air today, rain certainly will be. Showers throughout the day will be accompanied by a high of 54 and an overnight low of 40. Rain continues tomorrow and showers are expected throughout the week.

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