OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 17, 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.

Is the world producing enough food? (New York Times)

Recent research by Jeffrey Reimer and Man Li of Oregon State University indicates prices could fall by 57 percent if all countries were as open to trade as the United States.

Facebook backs open source in Oregon (Oregon Business)

Facebook has awarded a $50,000 grant to Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab. The lab was established in Corvallis in 2000 as a nonprofit, and is currently sponsored by the likes of IBM and Google. (See also Huffington Post)

Graduate of Oregon State tackles ‘Out of the Wild: Venezuela‘ (Oregonian)

For Discovery Channel’s “Out of the Wild: Venezuela” (10 tonight), Rogue River’s Tara Filer hikes 70 miles through Venezuela without a Tribal Council set in sight or a potential $1 million jackpot waiting at the end of her South American journey. She’s one of nine adventurers attempting to make it back to civilization with the option of bailing out by contacting a rescue helicopter via GPS beacon.

A mix of rain and snow predicted for Thursday (Gazette-Times)

“It’s not really all that unusual to still get some good winter storms at this time of year,” said Kathie Dello, the deputy director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Service at Oregon State University. “For the Cascade Range this is actually very good news because we’re at about 75 percent of normal snow pack and we need the snow.” (See also KTVZ)

From lambs to lions to lowly goldfish (Oregonian)

Say ewe or awwww … The folks who operate Oregon State University’s sheep barn invite the public to watch lambs being born through March 2. Public viewing runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Wednesdays; the barn is closed Thursdays and Fridays for university classes.

Ramesh Sagili at Oregon State University (Oregonian)

Oregon State University honeybee researcher Ramesh Sagili reports some intriguing progress in the quest to find a cause and cure for colony collapse disorder, the mysterious ailment that wipes out bee hives.

Basco the war dog recovering from his stem cell procedure (Mail-Tribune)

Basco, the four-legged veteran who protected troops by sniffing out bombs in Iraq, is recovering from a stem cell procedure intended to alleviate pain in his hip caused by osteoarthritis. The 80-pound German shepherd is already showing improvement in his mobility, less than a week after he underwent a one-day stem cell procedure in Corvallis.

Oregon State ecology, environmental pubs ranks fourth nationally (Western-Farmer Stockman)

Oregon State University was ranked fourth in the nation in the number of papers published in professional journals related to ecology or the environment, a recent survey discloses

Underwater volcano creation to be studied (PoliJAM)

We sampled ancient lava flows and a fossilized algal reef,” says Anthony Koppers of Oregon State University. “The samples will be used to study the construction and evolution of individual volcanoes.”


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

The General Membership Meeting, for SEIU sub-local 083, OSU classified workers takes place 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.

The search for historical fact leads to unexpected places. At the noon 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, 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

Environmental ethics candidate Allen Thompson, Assistant Professor, Clemson University, will give a guest lecture  from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in Stag 329 on “On the trail of the ‘Last Man.”

Win a $200 Home Depot Gift Card while playing BINGO at 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.

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 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

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! OSU’s Winter career fairs are coming, and students and employers should pay close attention. Each year, the Career Fair draws 100 to 120 employers from a diverse range of career sectors to hire OSU students for full-time positions and internships. This year’s University Wide Career Fair takes place Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, and the Engineering Fair takes place Feb. 24.  Faculty and staff should encourage students preparing to enter the job market to visit the Career Center website at oregonstate.edu/career and attend one or more of the Career Fair preparation workshops on Feb. 18 & 21. There will be door prize gift drawings, and Corvallis Pedi-Cab rides to the Alumni Center.

NEW! Crossroads International Film Festival takes place every Sunday in February. This week’s films are The Great Match, 4:30 pm., Amazon, Mongolia, Sahara (88 min., in Kazajo, Tamashek, Tupi w/English subtitles), A Peck on the Cheek, 1 p.m., India (136 min., in Tamil and Sinhala 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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! The seminar series “Coupled Natural-Human Systems” presents Dan Brown, University of Michigan, on Feb. 18, 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall 107. He will speak on “Modeling Land Use and Landscape Carbon in Human-Dominated Exurban Landscapes.” A live webcast and chat are available at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-3

NEW! The seminar series “Coupled Natural-Human Systems” presents Marco Janssen, Arizona State University, on Feb. 25, 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall 107. He will speak on “Empirically Grounded Agent-Based Modeling on Collective Action and the Commons.” A live webcast and chat are available at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-3

NEW! Shelley Jordon, Center Research Fellow, Art Department will give a Center for the Humanities Winter Lecture on Imagining the Unimaginable on Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

The Philosophy Department is bringing three candidates for an Environmental Ethics position to campus over the first three weeks in February. Allen Thompson, Assistant Professor, Clemson University, 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! What are students telling us about their engagement and their expectations for the collegiate experience?  Check out the newest edition of OSU Perspective at:

NEW! The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through April 1, 2010; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/:
o  Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award
o  International Service Award
o  D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award
o  OSU Academic Advising Award
o  OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
o  OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
o  OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship
o  OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award
o  Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
o  Promising Scholar Award
o  Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award
o  Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award
o  Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award

NEW! The Chemistry Department is holding a raffle to benefit the Benton County Food Share.  Prizes include an Atomic Clock from VWR, a Periodic Table of Elements Towel and a large flask of Jelly Beans.  Tickets are $1 each and on sale M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday, Feb. 25 in the main Chemistry office.  Come see us at 153 Gilbert Hall to enter.

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:
– 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.


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 today. 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: 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.

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

Graf, Milam, Bexell, Kidder, Covell, Batcheller and west wing of Merryfield: Due to necessary repairs to the steam valves in the tunnel, all electrical services to the above listed buildings will be temporarily shutdown. This will be a temporary loss of power.   If you have equipment and/or devices that will require additional backup power, please contact your building manager as soon as possible. This shutdown is necessary to re-insulate steam valves.  To perform this work safely the power will need to be shut down for approximately 3 hours. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 19 and service should be restored by 11 a.m.

Old Heat Plant: Due to utility potholing the parking spaces east of the old Heat Plant will be temporarily closed.  Also affected is the adjacent alley, which will have limited access. This shutdown begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: Snow in mid February? “That ain’t right.” Rain and snow will pepper the air all day, with a possible accumulation of no more than half an inch. Today’s high will be 46 with a low of 30. Rain and snow showers are expected to continue tomorrow, but Saturday may turn out to be a sunny one.

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