OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 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.

New bill allows in-state tuition for immigrants (Gazette-Times)

Several members of the Legislature, including Sen. Frank Morse, R-Albany, say they’ll sponsor a bill that would allow undocumented Oregon students to pay in-state college tuition. The bill’s sponsors made the announcement Monday during a press conference at the Capitol in Salem. There has been controversy over allowing students who are not legal immigrants to attend public schools and colleges, but the Morse bill focuses on what level of tuition undocumented students must pay.

OSU’s student advocate is in high demand (Gazette-Times)

To say that Associated Students of Oregon State University student advocate Christian Matheis has a packed schedule may be an understatement.

Researchers fail to detect signal from gray whale (Seattle-Times)

Marine researchers in Oregon say they may have received the last transmission from a satellite tag on a rare whale that spends summers in Russia. Scientists at Oregon State University said Monday the last transmission for the western Pacific gray whale was received Friday off Siletz Bay, Ore.

Volcano study lays foundations for ancient maps (UQ News)

Research into submarine volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean will lay the groundwork for scientists to map the Earth as it was millions of years ago. The expedition comprised scientists from nine nations, and was led by co-chief scientists Associate Professor Anthony Koppers, of Oregon State University, USA, and Dr Toshitsugu Yamazaki, of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the Geological Survey of Japan.

Oregon bills support locally grown poultry (Food Safety News)

Lauren Gwin and colleague Garry Stephenson are among the professionals in support of the legislation in Oregon.  “If the bill becomes law, there will be no formal inspection of farmers operating under this exemption,” said Gwin, who is also on the faculty Oregon State University in a research and extension appointment.

Next lecture in Starker series set for Thursday (Gazette-Times)

The second lecture in the 2011 Starker Lecture Series is scheduled for Thursday, with Paul Owen, the president of Vanport International in Portland, speaking on “World Wood Products Markets: How Do They Impact Oregon?”

Young entrepreneurs looking up (Register-Guard)

This makes sense for a student business owner trying to expand a business past the start-up phase, said Christopher Klemm, the director of the Austin Entrepreneurship School at Oregon State University. “It always looks easy, but it takes a lot of work. If you look at some of the really great starters such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, the thing they all have in common is that they all dropped out of school once their businesses really got going,” Klemm said. “A university, even a business program, is not always a good fit for someone with that kind of entrepreneurial mind.”


OSU Public Safety will lead a campus-wide test of the Emergency Notification System (ENS) today at 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.

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 invites you to participate in the process by attending a forum today from 9 to 10 a.m., MU Journey Room. For more information contact chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu.

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “Megamind,” starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.

Upcoming Events

NEW! In collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, the OSU Black Student Union and the UJIMA Education Office, the UHDS Dining Services Staff and members of the UHDS Diversity Initiative would like to invite you to attend Soul Food Café: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series. It takes place Feb. 23, 5 to 7:30 p.m., in McNary Dining Center.The event will feature live music and dance from The Ty Curtis Band. Cost: $8 at the door or at an university dining center.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week Wednesday, Feb. 16,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. This week we are featuring athletic apparel and bicycles (most of which will now be priced to sell rather than requiring a bid). We also carry vehicles, 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, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The next OSU Libraries Faculty Association Seminar Series will feature Terry Reese, the OSU Libraries Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Feb. 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library.

NEW! Howard Bunsis, a professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University, has completed an independent audit of OSU’s revenues and expenditures and will share the results at two public forums in Corvallis.  His lecture “Follow the Money:  An Independent Analysis of the OSU Budget”  will be on Friday, Feb. 18, noon in the Memorial Union Room 208/La Raza on the OSU campus.  The second presentation for the greater Corvallis community will be later that same day at 6 p.m. in the Corvallis Odd Fellows Barnum Lodge at 223 SW Second St. in Corvallis.

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

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.

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.

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. The lecture will be streamed live at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream. For further information about the Starker Lecture Series, visit:  http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu

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.

“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.

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.

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. 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 Office of the Vice President for Research, in conjunction with Procurement and Contract Services, has solicited proposals for a hosted web-based proposal development and “system-to-system” submission system.  In addition, the solicitation requested vendors to include, as part of their bid package, any compatible “modules” available for research compliance areas such as human subjects and animal subjects compliance.  Four (4) vendors have been invited to campus for a demonstration of their systems; faculty and staff are invited to attend and or all of the demonstrations.  The schedule for the demonstrations are as follows:
–          IMedRIS will present their system on Feb. 16, 9 am. to noon in the LaSells Stewart Center, Ag. Sciences Room
–          Moderas will present their system on Feb. 16, 2 to 5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Ag. Sciences Room
–          Key Solutions will present their system on Feb. 18, 2 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union, MU211
–          Cayuse will present their system on Feb. 28, 2 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union, MU213
Questions can be directed to Jodi Pitzer (541-737-3301) or Jodi.pitzer@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology (EMT) is hosting a silent auction to benefit the OSU Food Drive. Bidding will start Feb. 21 and end Feb. 24 in the back room of ALS 1007.  Winners will be announced on Feb. 25. Some of the items donated so far have been:  Zinfandel wine from boutique California wineries, flower arrangement, German Blitz torte cake and a roller skating lesson.

NEW! Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA) – Last workshop series for Winter term!  Register for the 2-part workshop series at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php. AASA works with search committees to recognize/address unconscious bias and promote diversity, beginning at the position development stage.  Tenured senior faculty AASAs from outside the hiring unit are required for all Provost’s Initiative searches.
·       Session I  (Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to noon) covers Search Advocate role, potential biases/remedies, and opportunities to promote diversity early in the search process. Session I is prerequisite for Session II.
·       Session II  (Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to noon) continues exploration of potential biases/remedies  and diversity opportunities during later stages of search, selection, and integration. Current search advocates will share experiences and challenges in this role. Session I must be completed first.

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

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.


Accounting Technician: Oregon State University, Health Sciences Business Center 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 #0006907. Closing date: Feb. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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.


Corvallis: Rain is here to stay, with the possibility of thunderstorms in the late morning, and a high of 49 with an overnight low of 34. Rain continues through Wednesday, but brace yourselves, because snow is now considered likely for Thursday with accumulations of half an inch possible. This is February, right?

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