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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

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.

Unicorn fly of the Cretaceous (Science News)
Scientists have found a tiny fly with a three-pronged horn and spiky eyes preserved in a chunk of amber dating to roughly 100 million years ago. The fly has been named Cascoplecia insolitis (Casco meaning old and insolitis for strange, unusual) and is so bizarre that that it has been assigned to a new insect family, reports George Poinar, Jr. of Oregon State University in Corvallis. (See also Discovery News and Science Centric)

Poor in rural Oregon face ‘double binds’ when getting food
(Science Centric)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers shows that those in poverty in rural Oregon often know what kinds of foods they should be eating, but face tough choices between eating well and spending less money for meals.

Translator to speak Nov. 5 at OSU (Gazette-Times)
The second lecture in Oregon State University’s 2009-10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures,” will be given by Michael Henry Heim, on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room on campus.

Study seeks to target that ‘ab flab’ (Gazette-Times)

Women who are interested in reducing their stomach flab, or just want to lose a few pounds may be interested in joining a new study by Oregon State University researchers.

OSU professor to speak on sustainability, finance (Gazette-Times)
John Becker-Blease, assistant professor of finance at Oregon State University, will be the featured speaker during a free, one-hour Web conference on integrating sustainability into the MBA finance curriculum.

OSU Researchers Uncover Sea Floor Earthquake Swarm (KEZI)

Oregon State University marine geologists say they have uncovered the reason behind why nearly 2,000 sea floor earthquakes erupted recently. (See also U.S. News & World Report)

Brewers move toward low-cal beer (Newsday)
“You start producing something that could taste very, very thin,” says Thomas Shellhammer, professor of fermentation science at Oregon State University. “That would be the challenge for the brewer, to produce something that still tastes like beer.”

Fire-alarm check aimed at safety (Gazette-Times)
A door-to-door campaign to check smoke alarms led to the repair of 13 alarms and the installation of 13 more. Corvallis volunteer firefighters and student volunteers from each Oregon State University sorority went door-to-door Saturday to off-campus residences. Mostly they visited with other students who live off-campus, asking them to check their smoke alarms.

Global climate expert to speak at OSU Friday (Gazette-Times)
A scientist on the international panel that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work identifying the phenomenon of global climate change is coming to Oregon State University for a lecture and reception at the OSU College of Forestry.

English professor wins 4th Oregon Book Award (Gazette-Times)

Tracy Daugherty, a distinguished professor of English at Oregon State University, won a 2009 Oregon Book Award for his book “Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme” (St. Martin’s Press) for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.

OSU Homecoming features many events

Homecoming at Oregon State University is this week. The theme is “Haunted by Orange: Bury the Bruins.”


It’s Homecoming Week. To see a list of events go to http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=891 and check OSU Today for updates.

Get involved, get active, and join the PAC 10 Fitness Challenge! This week OSU is competing with the PAC 10 schools to log the most minutes of physical activity. You can sign up online and check out events at http://pac10fitnesschallenge.com. Prizes include t-shirts, drawstring backpacks, and heart rate monitors.

Lots of enthusiastic OSU students, staff and faculty dropped into the Memorial Union Lounge yesterday to record their Powered by Orange messages, and go the chance to win an iPod Shuffle at the same time! You can do the same between noon and 2 p.m. today in the lounge. Come by and get your PBO stickers too! Sponsored by the Powered by Orange Student Council.

Fools, trifles, syllabubs and other culinary creatures from the 19th century will be highlighted today in a showcase of historic recipes featured in cookbooks in the Library’s collection dating from 1814 to 1899. This celebration of the pioneer palate will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Willamette Room on the third floor of the OSU Valley Library. All dishes will be prepared by volunteers and will be available for sampling.

Today at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe, the combined choirs of Oregon State University and the Oregon Youth Festival Chorus will join together in a special concert on behalf of the mid-Willamette Valley’s most vulnerable citizens. This unique, first-time event, “Raise Your Voice,” will be conducted by international composer, conductor and clinician, Eric Whitacre, and will include a special performance by Grammy Award-winning soprano, Hila Plitmann. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Community Outreach. Tickets to Raise Your Voice are $13, $18 and $22 and are available on line at: https://community-outreach.ticketleap.com and at Gracewinds Music and Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

Upcoming events

This week

NEW! Horizon Airlines, a corporate sponsor of Oregon State University Athletics, will fly its OSU themed Bombardier CRJ-700 jet over Reser Stadium prior to kickoff of this Saturday’s Homecoming football game against the UCLA Bruins. The low altitude flyover will take place at approximately 12:52 p.m., eight minutes before kickoff. The jet will make two flyovers in different directions.

Celebrate Corvallis has been recognizing citizens and businesses for their outstanding achievements for over 60 years. Michelle Davis will tell us more during this week’s Triad lunch at noon Oct. 29, room 109 in the MU. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, if you’d like to be a guest and enjoy lunch with some of OSU’s distinguished faculty.

Supervisors and Classified Employees:  Due to increased interest in discussing SEIU Furlough Days and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, two additional forums have been scheduled.  If you’d like to hear about changes that will be affecting your department, please attend one of two open forums hosted by the Office of Human Resources: Oct. 29, 9-10:30 a.m., or Oct. 30, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, third floor, Valley Library. The room capacity is 60 people, and seating will be based on a first come basis.  Classified employees are expected to obtain their supervisor’s approval before attending.

Anita Vaughn has worked for OUS over 32 years, and on the OSU campus for 21 of those years. Please join her friends and colleagues from Civil & Construction Engineering and Business Affairs for light refreshments in the MU as we wish Anita farewell and good luck on her new endeavors, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the OSU Memorial Lounge in the MU.

Homecoming Tug-of war preliminaries are taking place Oct. 29, 6 p.m. at Truax Practice Facility.

The Homecoming Bonfire and pep rally takes place Oct. 29, 7 p.m., in the Callahan parking lot.

The Thriller dance event organized by the Student Alumni Association takes place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Reser Stadium.

Steven Running, an OSU Alumni Fellow award recipient, will speak Oct. 30 on “How a tree physiologist became a ‘rocket scientist’” from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107. He will also give a public lecture at 3 p.m. in Peavy Hall Room 130 on “Implications of Approaching Global Limits on the Earth’s Sustainable Productivity.” A reception will follow. Running is presenting the Alumni Fellow Seminar during Homecoming week at OSU.

The Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine is welcoming OSU Alumni Fellow Dr. Bruce Mueller to campus Oct. 30. He will give a noon seminar on “Veterinary Service in Muslim Africa and Beyond: 1986-2009” in Magruder Hall Room 102.

Come to the Spooky Fantasy Realm of Printing & Mailing for the 2009 P&M Services Open House, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a journey back to your childhood and relive many Fantasy adventures.  Grab an adventure map at 100 Cascade Hall where the fun begins! Back after great demand is Elvis on the Hawaiian stage, and special appearances from many other P&M Halloween characters. Then meet local vendors and enjoy a feast from local restaurants.

The Corvallis Transit System (CTS) is treating everyone to free rides Saturday, Oct. 31. Treat yourself to an easy commute to Saturday’s events, both day and night. CTS will run normal Saturday scheduled hours. The Beaver Bus late night service will also run its scheduled hours, 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m.  CTS and Beaver Bus schedules are available in the buses, City Hall, Corvallis-Benton County Library, and these OSU locations:  MU Business Office, Parking Services, Valley Library, the OSU Bookstore. For routes and other information, please visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com or call 541-766-6998.

The Powered by Orange 5-kilometer Walk/Run takes place on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m., Women’s Building on 26th Street. Check in/registration is at 8 a.m. Food and refreshments provided. Prizes for top overall finishers. To register go to http://kidspirit.oregonstate.edu/community-events Cost is $15 for students, $20 for non-students with a shirt, $10 for all without a shirt. The day of the race the cost is $20 without a shirt. Money benefits the OSU children’s program, KidSpirit. Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Next week

NEW! Do you have a great idea? The Idea Challenge, sponsored by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, is an opportunity for students to pitch their business idea or come to hear other students pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. It takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003. Find out if your idea has what it takes to go forward. This is a great preparation for the 2010 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition, where the prize money totals $17,500. Winners of the Idea Challenge will receive $50 and be paired with a mentor to prepare for The Enterprise Challenge to be held on April 16, 2010. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. For more information email Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Want to know how one woman turns her fashion dreams into a multi-million dollar international business? Then join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s guest speaker, Pati Palmer, who will talk about Dreams on Paper, noon to 1:20 p.m., Nov. 12, in LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. She will discuss creativity, timing, promotion, and partnering in an inspiring and sometimes humorous presentation. She established the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, and in 2008 she was inducted into The American Sewing Guild’s Sewers Hall of Fame. The Business Section of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named her Entrepreneur of the Year. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! The OSU Women’s Network presents Personal Defense Class, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall Room 107. The free presentation is designed to give attendees an enlightened awareness of his/her surroundings, including threat assessment, assaultive profiles, cues of potentially assaultive behavior, de-escalation and tactical mindset. The power point gives an improved understanding of self preservation and greatly improving your odds of survival. Instructor Jack Burright has 20 years martial arts experience and is a 5th Dan Master Black Belt in mixed martial arts.

The OSU ethnic studies department and the Urban League of Portland present a symposium on the State of Black Oregon: A Call to Action, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5, in the MU Ballroom.

Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Business Plan Series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing your ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition to be held April 16, 2010. This is open to all students. Faculty and staff who are interested in the topic are also welcome. Christopher Klemm, Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003 on the topic of competition. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or go to www.bus.oregonstate.edu and click on calendar of events.

News for Employees

NEW! The Losing Inches Through Exercise & Nutrition study, conducted by Dr. Melinda Manore at Oregon State, is seeking female volunteers to participate in a five-month research study examining the effects of an exercise and diet program on weight loss and health risk factors. If you are between 18-50 years, premenopausal, 10-40 pounds overweight, and are low active, you may qualify to receive free exercise classes, a personalized weight-loss diet and sessions with a Registered Dietitian, and free medical testing (blood tests, body composition analysis, fitness testing)! If you are selected to participate you would need to attend regularly scheduled exercise classes and adhere to a weight loss diet designed by a Registered Dietitian. You would also need to come to the OSU campus for health testing during the 5-month period. This opportunity is only for a limited time. If you are interested, or have more questions, please contact Kari at 541-737-8516 or visit our website at www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/litenupstudy. IRB application #4376.

The 2009 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive has begun, and OSU employees will soon be receiving a letter explaining how they can help support more than 850 individual charities. The campaign allows every state employee to be a philanthropist by deciding how much to give and where your money goes. This year’s goal is to raise $1.2 million. If every OSU employee pledged just $5 a month, it would double the amount of our total contributions. Starting in 2009 CFD has moved to an online system. Please read the instructions enclosed in your packet on how to give online. If you prefer to use the paper method, please use the enclosed form in your packet. Look for your Charitable Fund Drive packets in the mail this week.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 2. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

Following the recent State of the University Address by President Ray, the subsequent release by Provost Randhawa of Implementation Guidelines and the Preparing for a Better Future document distributed by President Ray, a number of faculty have expressed the need to clarify how current alignment and budget reduction actions are necessary to foster the long-term strategic directions of the university. In order to develop a better understanding of the long-term vision and how alignment and reduction actions will affect both the short and long term operations of OSU, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate is providing an opportunity to the university community to anonymously submit questions and concerns to a website by Nov. 1. The goal is to have responses posted on the Faculty Senate website by Nov. 20. The anonymous website can be accessed from the Faculty Senate homepage at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/

Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? The Journey Into Leadership Program is seeking participants from all positional levels of OSU as well as a mix from both main and off-campus sites for a balanced group that represents the diverse facets of the OSU community. This program promotes the belief that you can effectively lead from whatever position you hold within the institution. To learn more about this series, visit the website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership Those interested in participating must submit an online application (available on the website) no later than Friday, Nov. 13.

How would you like to participate in training programs at anytime and from anywhere? Training & Professional Development has developed several online training programs available through OSU’s Blackboard Academic Suite to assist you in being a more effective employee, supervisor, manager and/or faculty member. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration.html and follow the instructions under the “Online Trainings” heading to take advantage of these “no cost” training sessions.

OSU Libraries is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Library Research Travel Grants for the fall funding period.  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. The deadline is Nov. 16. For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell at 541-737-8528 or faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu.

International Education Week is Nov. 16-20. Colleges, departments and student groups are encouraged to plan events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU. Publicity deadline is Nov. 2. For information on planning and registering an event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/.


Grants and Contracts Technician: The Oregon Sea Grant Extension program is recruiting for one Grant and Contracts Technician position. Must already be an OSU employee. See the minimum education and experience qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004872.  Closing Date is Nov. 2.

OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is seeking a F/T Custodian, starting at $1854/monthly + benefits. Major duties include general institutional custodial duties. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004900. Closing date: Nov. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Facilities Services is seeking an Accounting Technician. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Position closes Nov. 27. Posting #0004903.

Accounting 1:  The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accountant 1 position. This is an internal search — open to regular OSU employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004858.  Closing date is Oct 30. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2: The department of Chemistry is recruiting for one Office Specialist 2.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004884.  Closing date Nov 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant– The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant for the Family Planning Project.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004901.  Closing on this position is Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 1, located at OSU’s Benton County Extension Office on Ninth Street. Full-time, $1923/mnthly + benefits. Must already be an OSU employee. Req. skills: Reception, web maintenance, data entry, word processing and desktop publishing. For complete announcement and application go to https://jobs.oregonsate.edu/hr and view posting # 004753. Closing date is Nov. 13.

Accounting Technician:  The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician position. This is an internal search — open to regular OSU employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004803.  Closing date is Nov. 1.

Office Specialist 2– The department of Geosciences is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004880.  For consideration apply by Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon University System International Programs, IE3 Global Internship Program invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number: 0004863.

The Department of Agricultural Education & General Agriculture is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Apply to posting #0004848. Closing Date: Today.

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street: Due construction associated with the Linus Pauling Institute Project, 30th Street North, between Jefferson Way and Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown.  The North bound lane on 30th street and the corner of Campus Way will be included in the roadway shutdown.  Traffic congestion will increase in this area due to construction, traffic control devices will be in place. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 and the road should reopen by 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Jefferson Way: Due to roadway repairs, the right hand turn lane on Jefferson Way at the 15th street intersection will be temporarily shutdown. Construction will also affect the North bound bike lane on 15th street, the bike lane will be closed at the North side of the intersection.  The Linn-Benton Loop Bus will be temporarily detoured to the CTS bus stop at the Southwest corner of 15th street and Jefferson Way for the duration of work. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Kerr Admin: Due to the replacement of the south ADA access ramp into Kerr Administration Building, the south ADA ramp will be temporarily shut down.  Temporary ADA access will be through the eastern entrance.  All ADA parking spaces directly adjacent to the southwestern side of Kerr will be temporarily relocated to the paid (metered) parking spaces located on the southeastern corner of Kerr. Reserved spaces will be relocated within the southern area of the parking lot.   We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is necessary to accommodate construction equipment and crews. The shutdown should continue through 5 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. This work is necessary to drill anchors into concrete originating in Room 210. This work will begin immediately and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.


Brr! It was cold enough for wool coats and leather gloves this morning, but luckily, we’ll stay dry in this chilly weather as the rains stay away until late tonight. Today’s high will reach 52, with an overnight low of 43. Tomorrow the rains will be back.

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