OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 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.

Printed photos the blind can see (Discovery News)

John Gardner is a former Oregon State University physics professor who lost his vision in 1988. Frustrated by a lack of access to information, he founded the assistive technology company ViewPlus Technologies in Corvallis, Ore. ViewPlus developed the tactile printer that Li uses, he said.

Natural fit for a vintage startup (Mail Tribune)

Christine Collier is already ahead of the curve. Many college graduates have difficulty finding jobs in their chosen field. Collier simply followed the game plan she learned while pursuing a business administration degree with a concentration in entrepreneurship at Oregon State University.

Lambs born at OSU (KEZI)

They’re cute, they’re cuddly and the little lambs at Oregon State’s sheep barn are brand new.

Mines closed since ’50s a hazard, expert says (BusinessDay)

Acid mine drainage could have huge impact on the environment if it left unattended according to Professor Aaron Wolf, a world renowned water expert and professor of geography and chair of the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University in the United States.

Activist, political leader writes memoir (Portland Observer)

Avel Gordly’s memoir, “Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader” recounts the challenges and struggles Gordly faced growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s in Portland and her successes as a college student, professional and public servant. It is being published by the OSU Press.

OSU Extension hosts “Goods from the Woods” (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Extension Service of Benton County is hosting its first “Goods from the Local Woods” sale on Saturday, Feb. 19. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon in the Linn County Expo Center at 3700 Knox Butte Road East, Albany.

Scientists think whale tracking device is on the fritz (The Province)

Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, who, with Russian colleagues, tagged Flex last fall in his summer feeding grounds in the Sea of Okhotsk, suspects the tag has fallen off. (See also Vancouver Sun)

UCR Chancellor hospitalized for chest pains (Press-Enterprise)

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White, 61, was admitted to the intensive-care ward at Riverside Community Hospital on Tuesday after suffering chest pains. The Argentinean-born White became UCR’s eighth chancellor in 2008 after serving four years as the University of Idaho’s president. Before that, White was provost and executive vice president of Oregon State University, with an interim appointment as president.

Beer = civilization (Yuma Sun)

“There is no doubt that barley was domesticated to make beer,” said Dr. Patrick Hayes, Professor of Food Science at Oregon State University.


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 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the OSU Extension Service of Benton County; please call to RSVP, 541-766-6750.

The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week from 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).For more information, please visit http://surplus.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! The public is invited to a teaching master class and discussion with Stephen Beus on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in Benton Hall room 303. Beus will work with OSU piano students Valerie Steig, Alicia Baker and Brian Phan on solo repertoire by Chopin, Debussy, and Ravel and give insights into his upcoming recital program. Admission is free.

NEW! In order to raise funds for the OSU Food Drive, the College of Veterinary Medicine is holding a yard sale at the covered arena at Magruder Hall.  The yard sale will be Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Feb 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Parking will be available at Magruder Hall. Please come and help the staff, students and faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine clean out their garages and raise funds for the Linn- Benton Food Share.

NEW! Win a $200 Home Depot Gift Card while playing BINGO on Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m (ticket sales start at 5 p.m.), University Motor Pool, 3400 Campus Way. Play $10 for 10 rounds of BINGO, six games per round. For every food item donated get an additional three games.  Tons of additional prizes. .For more information see  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/computing/FoodDrive/BINGO/bingo.htm.  Limit – 200 players, must be 18 or older to play unless accompanied by legal guardian.

NEW! SisterScholars Socials are networking opportunities, where mentors and mentees can mingle and share resources. Come and grab a snack, some tea and visit with your fellow SisterScholars. It will be held Feb. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

NEW! Oregon State University Extension Service of Benton County is playing host to the First Annual Goods from the Local Woods Sale on Saturday, Feb. 19.  The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at 3700 Knox Butte Road East, in the Linn County Expo Center, Albany.  This sale will feature a range of native wood craft goods, including flooring, clocks, bowls, bird boxes and more – all made from wood grown on local family forest properties in Oregon. More information on our event can be found at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton or by calling 541-766-6750

NEW! The General Membership Meeting, for SEIU  sub-local 083, OSU classified workers will be Thursday Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. In order to reach as many members as possible this month’s meeting will be held at in the East Room of the West Dining Hall Please come, bring your thoughts and a friend.  A light lunch will be provided. Every third Thursday of the month is General Membership Meeting.  Show solidarity with your union even if you are not able to attend by wearing purple. Send a photo of your offices’ efforts to seiu083@yahoo.com. A drawing will be held each month for the winning photo.  Winners will receive a free lunch.  Come and hear about this fun activity and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The 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.

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.

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. today. 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


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: “If February give much snow, A fine summer it doth foreshow” — English proverb. Forget spring for awhile, we’re back to winter again as rain and snow showers are expected throughout the day, although we shouldn’t see any accumulations until tomorrow. Today’s high will reach 43 with an overnight low of 29.

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