OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 18, 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.

Leadership change in School of Mechanical/Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering (LIFE@OSU)

Belinda Batten, head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, will be the new director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center beginning in July.

OSU theater grad forges unique friendship (Gazette Times)

A 2001 graduate of Oregon State University’s theater arts department, Yener recently completed work on her second stage production of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” in her native Turkey.

Seeking a sea change in eco-attitudes (Democrat Herald)

Carl Safina’s tireless devotion to the world’s ecological issues touches parts of five decades. His work brings him to Oregon State University Feb. 18-19 for an expansive symposium that melds science with the arts.

Study shows 15% of economy tied to Ag (Natural Resource Report)

The Oregon State University study, commissioned by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, bolsters the claim that agriculture is a critically important part of the state’s economic past, present, and future.

Clues to the planet lie in rocks from underwater volcanoes (Terra Magazine)

Oregon State University Professor Anthony Koppers and Toshitsugu Yamazaki of the Geological Society of Japan were co-leaders of the latest cruise conducted under the auspices of the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).


Two students from the College of Engineering will be part of a small group that’s attending a discussion today by President Obama in Portland on science, technology, engineering and math education, and some of the initiatives in that field sponsored by Intel – such as the Intel Engineering Summer Scholars Program at OSU. That event will be streamed live by the White House at 11:30 a.m. at http://www.whitehouse.go/live

“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 is sponsored the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from the Department of Philosophy and OSU’s new Environmental Humanities Initiative, and is free and open to all.

Environmental Ethics candidate Allen Thompson, Assistant Professor, Clemson University, will give a research talk from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in Gilkey Hall 113 on “Virtue, Duty, and Adapting Humanity: Confronting Climate Change.”

The seminar series “Coupled Natural-Human Systems” presents Dan Brown, University of Michigan, 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

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” takes place at 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.

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 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

McAlexander Fieldhouse Opening Celebration takes place 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.

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.


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.

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

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.

Philip Gelb and Collin Malloy will perform on Saturday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., 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.


On Sunday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., American pianist Stephen Beus, a 2006 winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and the Vendome International Piano Competition, will perform at the LaSells Stewart Center. A delightful performer, Beus performed in Corvallis in 2009 with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and as a featured solo performer on the Steinway Series. Adults $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Free admission for OSU students and students ages 8-18. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/steinway-piano-series

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Women’s Mental Health Series:  Real Women, Real Tips for dealing with anxiety, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. A panel of women students will discuss personal experiences with anxiety in life as a college student and a woman.  This honest conversation will be facilitated by women center staff with the goal of helping other students learn ways to more effectively manage anxiety.

NEW! Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director  of the Center for Rural Affairs, will speak on “Federal Rural Policy that creates a genuine opportunity for rural people and reduces poverty,” Friday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m., in ALS 4000.

NEW! Arts & Sciences Business Center OSU Food Drive Event, a homemade soup & bread buffet ,
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Feb. 23, 2035 Cordley Hall. $5 for all you can eat. Soft drinks and water are also available for $2, but with a donation of two cans of food, the drink is free.

NEW! Peace Corps Information Session: Live and Work Overseas, Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union, room 109A. As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary, its actively recruiting the next generation of volunteers. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

NEW! Come to the RecycleMania Clothes and Household Doo-Dad Swap on Tuesday Feb. 22 and Wednesday Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Brickmall. Bring at least one piece of clothing or household item you no longer need, and swap for something else you want! Please bring items that are in clean and working condition, and of reasonable size (can be carried to and from campus easily).  Sponsored by Peer Health Advocates; more information at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Stress or Aging Biologist candidate, Dr. Subhash Katewa of Buck Institute, is holding a seminar on “The role of mitochondria and mitochondrial functions in aging Drosophila” Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., in ALS 4001. Seminar is open to the public with a social immediately following in 3029A Cordley. For a complete list of candidates see the Zoology website, seminars

NEW! Jennifer Burney, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will give a public lecture at OSU on “Food’s Footprint: Agriculture and Climate Change” Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center. Burney will talk about her surprising new research on how the Green Revolution has affected climate change and examine the impacts of contemporary agricultural systems on food security and greenhouse gas emissions. She also will give a lecture in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering on “Is simultaneous food security and climate change mitigation possible? Evidence from a solar-powered drip irrigation project in Africa”, at noon Feb. 23, in Gilmore 234.

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 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

News for Employees

What are students telling us about their engagement and their expectations for the collegiate experience? Check out the newest edition of OSU Perspective at: http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/sites/default/files/docs/Volume8.2.2011.pdf

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through April 1; 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

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

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.

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: Today. 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. today and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: Get out and enjoy the sunshine while you can tomorrow: Saturday’s high is predicted at 48 degrees and sunny, but the waterworks might return on Sunday and stay with us through Washington’s birthday on Monday.

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