OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 21, 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.

Feds give $20M grant to study winter wheat (Seattle Times)

“This research is important because our climate is changing, and agriculture is probably the sector that is most affected by variations in climate,” said Susan Capalbo, an Oregon State University agricultural economist. (See also Sustainable Business Oregon, KEZI)

OSU engineering students win at national event (Gazette-Times)

Engineering students from Oregon State University recently won the Seismic Design Competition sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Fine wine starts with a good cut (Oregonian)

Using complex formulas developed at Oregon State University, Chris Lake has students weigh the total amount of woody debris removed from a given vine. He then has them compare that to the total weight of the grapes removed from that same plant at harvest a few months before.

Portrait of the past (Gazette-Times)

Since 1976, the Oregon State University professor David Brauner has led five digs at the site 20 miles northwest of Corvallis, unearthing thousands of artifacts from buttons and belt buckles to brandy bottles and chamber pots.

Grey whale’s travels excite scientists tracking its moves (Vancouver Sun)

“It is groundbreaking stuff,” said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, who, together with Russian scientists, tagged Flex last fall near Russia’s Sakhalin Island in an effort to identify where the whales go in winter. “This match means this is not the first time Flex has been to the eastern North Pacific. This says it’s not a fluke. He’s been on this side of the pond before.”

Volcano voyage seeks truth about hot spots (Australian Geographic)

The nine-nation expedition was led by scientists from Oregon State University in the US, and both the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and the Geological Survey in Japan

Oregon farmers and groups win Progress awards (Oregonian)

A cheese maker, a port and a group that urges students to eat their greens are among the winners of the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s annual Progress Awards. The awards, announced Friday by department Director Katy Coba, will be presented at a dinner March 30 in Corvallis.

Sandy Neck, Cape Cod, Massachusetts (NASA)

“The existing satellite sensors are limited in their color range and resolution, which can make it difficult to accurately separate the different components of the ecosystem,” says Mike Behrenfeld, an oceanographer from Oregon State University who specializes in ocean productivity.


Women’s Mental Health Series: Real Women, Real Tips for dealing with anxiety, 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.

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”  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

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

The Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology (EMT) is hosting a silent auction to benefit the OSU Food Drive. Bidding will start today 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Dialogues on Race is an opportunity to continue the dialogue about the reality of race on the OSU campus. It takes place Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. in Valley Library, Willamette rooms east and west.

NEW! Bring your broken or unwanted electronics (computers, monitors, TVs, etc) from work or home to the RecycleMania E-Waste Collection Events on Thursday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 25 between noon and 5 p.m. and they will be recycled, free of charge. The following campus locations will accept them: Surplus Warehouse (644 SW 13th St), Memorial Union Quad, McNary Service Center Desk, UHDS Central Office (102 Buxton), Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St) and ASOSU (149 Snell Hall). Please bring large quantities (greater than 10 items) directly to the Surplus warehouse if possible. Please no batteries, light bulbs, paint, chemicals, or other non-electric hazardous waste. Information: http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania.

NEW! The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature “Technologically Shaping Selves: Ethics and the Pursuit of Enhancement,” by Erik Parens, The Hastings Center on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

NEW! Coffee & Tea from around the World, Feb. 23, noon, at the Women’s Center. Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they’d like to bring lunch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

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.

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

NEW! In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a series of small group conversations with President Ray and faculty on the dates indicated below. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 15 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. The next meeting is Feb. 24 – 2 to 3:30 p.m. When responding to this invitation to participate, please provide the following information: Name, Email address, Department/Unit, and Faculty Rank (NOT title); forward your response to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) 2010-11 release for academic year Fall 2011, Winter 2012 or Spring 2012. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Feb. 28. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office web site: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Graduate School would like to invite your program’s participation in OSU’s internal competition for the selection of our institutional nominee for the 2011 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Biological and Life Sciences. This prestigious national competition is an important opportunity for OSU to showcase graduate student scholarship and creativity to institutions throughout the country and to celebrate our success. Each eligible graduate department/program may submit one nomination for consideration. Nomination deadline:  May 20. For complete details see:  2011 Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Biological Sciences

NEW! A 2-Day Conversational Skills Workshop for staff and faculty returns to the OSU campus March 31-April 1. For those who have completed Conversational Skills, there are follow-up sessions to reinforce earlier learning. This professional development opportunity is made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. To enroll and find additional details, visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell/. Please register no later than March 18, but don’t delay as these sessions fill rapidly. There is no charge for current OSU employees to attend.

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through April 1; information regarding the awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/

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. Go to 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 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: 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.


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.

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.

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 today.


Corvallis: Well last week’s exciting predictions of snow melted away for the most part, but forecasters are eyeballing mid week for yet another chance of white stuff. So far, we’re seeing blue skies this morning, with a slight chance of showers later on in the day. Today’s high will be 50 with an overnight low of 33. Tomorrow the chance of showers will increase.

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