OSU Today

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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.

Scientists look to see how nutrition affects aging brain (Democrat-Herald)

Deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s are on the rise, said Dr. Gene Bowman, a nutrition and aging researcher at Oregon Health & Science University, who’s working with researchers at Oregon State University.

Notes from the ends of the Earth (Register-Guard)

Even without the pictures in Noah Strycker’s book, “Among Penguins,” which chronicles the 25-year-old Eugene-area native’s three-month stint in Antarctica, it’s easy to get a feel for just how cold and remote the seventh continent really is. Strycker attended Oregon State University, where he majored in fisheries and wildlife science, with a minor in fine arts that helped hone his talent for drawing and painting birds.

Lecture will address hunger, climate change (Gazette-Times)

Jennifer Burney, the president’s postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studies how two of the largest problems facing society, hunger and climate change, are intertwined. Burney will talk at Oregon State University about her 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.

Meandering toward marriage (Providence Journal)

“In the past, marriage was a first step, but today it’s often the last step,” says Richard Settersten, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University and co-author of the new book “Not Quite Adults.”

Welcome relief provided to Pacific Northwest (Western Farmer-Stockman)

“It’s not really unusual to still get some good winter storms at this time of the year,” says Kathie Dello, Oregon Climate Change Research Service deputy director at Oregon State University. “For the Cascade Range this is actually pretty good news; we’re at about 75% of normal snowpack right now and need the snow.”

Family operations powerful economic force (Cascade Business News)

While the nation’s big corporations have been downsizing and shrinking in influence, family operations continue to be a powerful economic force. Family-based operations are represented across the full spectrum of American companies, from small businesses to large corporations and they can be a major contributor to a country’s economic growth.

Butterfly habitat to be planted at Finley (Gazette-Times)

The annual “Planting for Butterflies” community day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge south of Corvallis. Volunteers, school children and Oregon State University students will gather to plant the kind of native vegetation needed by the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly.

USDA grants fund climate research on agricultural and forest production (Sustainable Business)

The research team will also determine the effects of current and potential alternative cropping systems on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon, nitrogen and water-levels, as well as energy budgets and local and regional farm income impacts, using models and replicated field trials. The team is composed of researchers from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Oregon State University and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Postal rates to increase (LIFE@OSU)

On the average the postal rates will increase 1.7 percent; as usual not all rates will change equally.


Come to the RecycleMania Clothes and Household Doo-Dad Swap today and tomorrow 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.

A food drive tent will be out on the Quad today from 11 a.m. To 1:30 p.m. The following sales and raffles will be available: Bake sale by the School of Language, Culture and Society; recipe books for purchase from the OSU Food Group, card sets for purchase from the Art Department, quillow raffle from the Academic Success Center, quilt raffle from the College of Forestry, raffle for four pairs of Women’s basketball tickets in reserved seating behind the scorekeepers, March 3 vs. Arizona, and  Diving For Disks guessing game.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Health care can pose ethical issues such as access to costly procedures, end-of-life treatment and confidentiality between doctors and patients. Dr. Cliff Hall, chair of the Ethics Committee at Good Samaritan Hospital, will discuss ethical issues in contemporary medicine at the Feb. 24 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to reserve a seat.

NEW! The Agricultural Sciences & Marine Sciences Business Center will be offering a soup-and-bread lunch this Thursday, Feb. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hovland 09. A donation of $5 is suggested. All proceeds will support the ongoing food drive. Featured will be various home-made soups and a raffle to win one of two gift baskets that are currently on display in Hovland 108.

NEW! Peace Corps Application Workshop: How to Be Competitive . As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary, it is actively recruiting the next generation of volunteers. Come to Career Services on Feb. 28, 2 to 3 p.m., to learn about how to be a competitive applicant, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week Wednesday, Feb. 23,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. This week we are featuring glass-front wooden cabinets and athletic apparel. 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 a.m. to noon, whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies that oversee public lands require special use permits for many groups, including non-profit and educational adventure programs, to access their lands.  On Wednesday, March 2, Oregon State University – Cascades tourism and outdoor leadership instructor, Michael Gassner, will investigate the sometimes confusing issue of special permits in an “It’s in the Bag” lecture called Special Use Permits for Public Lands:  Are they Necessary for Everyone? “It’s in the Bag” lectures are free and no reservation is needed. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.  For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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! Oregon State University has reached a mutual termination agreement with Travel Solutions, Inc. to terminate the travel services contract effective April 1. Travel Solutions will continue to assist OSU with travel reservations and questions through the close of business that day. Due to the unusual circumstances, OSU is working quickly to establish contracts with the two previous travel service contractors, Azumano Travel Services and Teel’s Travel Planners.  The contract with Azumano Travel Services has been negotiated and will begin on March 1.  To make reservations through Azumano Travel Services after March, call local area: 541-757-9792, toll free: 800-334-2929, fax: 541-758-1631, or email azcorvallis@azumano.com. Please contact Jodi Pitzer, 541-737-73301 or Tamara Bronson, 541-737-8044 in Procurement and Contract Services with any questions or concerns during this transition.

NEW! The 2nd Building Energy Challenge is entering its 4th and final week!  Keep up those good behaviors like turning off lights, putting computers into standby, unplugging unnecessary equipment and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Every bit counts!  To see the current standings, check out the Standings page on the Challenge website.  Also, check out the new Building Energy Challenge blog, which has fun videos, short stories and information on energy conservation and the Challenge.  Keep up the good work everyone!

Register by Wednesday for the 2011 OUS Sustainability Conference!  Presentation topics include embodied emissions of materials, successful student projects, civic engagement, and sustainability financing.  A food showcase in the afternoon touts OSU and other institution’s most sustainable meals.  An evening networking event will encourage casual collaboration amongst faculty, staff, students, administrators, Higher Education Board members and elected officials after the program concludes.  Morning coffee, a full lunch, and light evening hors d’oeuvres – with music – provided!  Register today at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ous-sustainability-conference

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.

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

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

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.


Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Multicultural Resource Coordinator. The person in this position is responsible for identifying and addressing the needs of students from underrepresented populations in collaboration with campus partners. The person in this position will work and report to the Marketing, Assessment, and Communications, and Diversity Unit as well as provide leadership to the Department’s Diversity Initiative. This position is a year-round (12-month) 1.0 FTE unclassified position. Salary range is $40,000 – $50,000.  Minimum qualifications include two years of demonstrated experience working with members of historically underrepresented populations, experience working with cultures other than your own, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and social justice. A Bachelor’s Degree is also required.  For complete list of qualifications and for full consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter that address the minimum and preferred qualifications by March 15 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006940. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time position as Buyer 2.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006954. Closing date: March 6. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Extended Campus seeks an Instructional Design Specialist to join our Course Development and Training team. The person in this position provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of courses; hands-on instructional design support for faculty developing courses and interactive learning modules; and consulting support to maintain a future-oriented vision for development. Closes March 2. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58026

OSU Extended Campus seeks an Analyst Programmer to join our Market Analysis and Development team. The purpose of this position is, in coordination with the Lead Web Developer, to research, develop, deploy and evaluate new designs and technologies for OSU Extended Campus Marketing. This position will design, develop, test, implement, and maintain web and multimedia applications as needed. In coordination with the Lead Web Developer, this position may work with staff in all Ecampus units including other designers and programmers both within Ecampus and outside of Ecampus. Closes March 7. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58045

OSU Extended Campus seeks an Analyst Programmer to join our Program Development and Training team. This position provides programming and multimedia support for the course needs of the online education and on-campus Oregon State University faculty. The analyst programmer works within the online education course development team to design and assemble the programming and media necessary to carry out the design plan as assembled by the instructional designer. This position assists in the design of support and production infrastructure for course development and delivery. Closes March 7. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58043

PSM Internship Coordinator: The College of Science invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Science Masters Internship Coordinator. This position is initially expected to last six months, with the possibility of extension upon receipt of additional funding. The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Internship Coordinator will contact potential PSM internship providers and employers to promote these graduate programs throughout Oregon, create new university-industry linkages, and identify internship and employment opportunities for PSM students. Applicants are encouraged to visit http://oregonpsm.org for information about PSM programs.  To review full posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006906. Apply by Feb. 28.

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.


Corvallis: With that thick gray blanket overhead it is no surprise that showers are expected today, and tomorrow will be quite rainy, but it’s Wednesday evening when things start to get interesting. All that rain will turn to snow, and we could have three inches by Thursday morning. Snow showers are expected to continue through the weekend. Today’s high will be 46 with an overnight low of 33.

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