OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 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.

Why was New Zealand’s latest quake so deadly? (Scientific American)

Scientific American spoke with Robert Yeats, a professor emeritus of geology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, about why earthquakes are so difficult to predict and what is being done to even the odds. (See also Washington Post, UPI)

Oregon lands $4m from NSF to study water management (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Faculty from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University will work together on “Willamette Water 2100,” a study that will use Oregon’s Willamette River basin as a test case for managing regional water supply.

OSU holding winter career fair (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Career Services will host this winter’s University-Wide and Engineering Career Fairs this week.

Ziari earns top honor from OSU (East Oregonian)

Fred Ziari of Hermiston was among the recipients Thursday of the Weatherford Award from Oregon State University.

Oregon French horn player is national finalist (Oregon Live)

Nicolas Cardona, a sophomore at Oregon State University, has made it to the finals of the prestigious MTNA national competition.

Willamette Humane Society takes part in Spay Day (Statesman Journal)

As part of Spay Day, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring a Spay Day 2011 event Sunday in Corvallis, that will provide spay/neuter services for 100 free-roaming cats from Corvallis. It also will provide training opportunities for veterinary students from Oregon State University.


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 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, and the Engineering Fair takes place tomorrow. There will be door prize gift drawings, and Corvallis Pedi-Cab rides to the Alumni Center.

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

Arts & Sciences Business Center OSU Food Drive Event, a homemade soup & bread buffet, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., 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.

Collateral Murder:  Video and Discussion with Leah Bolger, National Vice President of Veterans for Peace, at noon in MU 208.  Free and open to the public. Come see the startling video that first brought international attention to WikiLeaks in 2010.  “Collateral Murder” is the video shot from a U.S military helicopter in Iraq in 2007 that captures a graphic attack on civilians on the ground, including children and several international journalists and raised concern about possible American war crimes.
Leah Bolger, National Vice President of Veterans for Peace, will present the video and talk about the situation of Bradley Manning, who has been in solitary confinement for almost a year in a military prison. This event is sponsored by the OSU Peace Studies Program and the Associated Students of Oregon State University.

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 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.

Coffee & Tea from around the World, 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 from 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.

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” at 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Center for the Humanities Winter Lectures  “Seeds to the Wind: Growing Up Across Furrows and Borders in Neoliberal Rural Mexico,” by Fina Carpena-Méndez, Center Research Fellow, Anthropology Department, OSU. 4 p.m. Autzen House. Feb 28.

NEW! Workplace Bullying: Blueprint for a Healthy Workplace.  Three lectures will be held Tuesday, March 8 at LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium.  All lectures are free. 9 to 11 a.m.: Workplace Bullying: Support is Not Servility – Classified / Non-Academic employees. 1 to 3 p.m., Bullies in the Academe: Brittle, Brutal, Abusive, – Faculty and Students. 7 to 9 p.m.: Workplace Bullying: the Silent Epidemic – Community presentation – open to the public. Gary Namie will be presenting these lectures.  Namie is founder and spokesperson for the US Workplace Bullying movement. Sponsored by Offices of the President and Provost, Office of Community & Diversity, President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

NEW! Strike up the klezmer band! OSU faculty members Ben Mutschler (History) and John Bliss (Forestry) will join former OSU music faculty member Mike Curtis in performing klezmer music at downtown Corvallis’ Odd Fellows Hall on Sunday, Feb. 27, 3 pm. They are members of the new world-jazz octet, 5th & B. Klezmer is the centuries-old celebratory music of the Jews of Eastern Europe. The band will play selections from the traditional repertoire and from original music in related styles. The Odd Fellows Hall, at 223 SW Second St., will be arranged in concert-style seating with room available for dancers. Admission is $7 at the door. Children and teens are free.

NEW! The College of Forestry is holding a raffle to benefit the Linn Benton Food Share.  Two quilts will be raffled on Monday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $1 for 1, or $5 for 6, and can be purchased from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Forestry Computing Helpdesk, Peavy 222.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

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.

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! The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is offering used jigsaw puzzles for free in Ballard Extension Hall Room 213. A donation to the OSU Food Drive is suggested at $5. However, any donation amount is welcome. Come by and pick out a puzzle.

NEW! OSU Information Services Food Drive Fundraising silent auction is now taking place. To bid on items go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/computing/FoodDrive/Auction/index.htm Final bidding is in person on Monday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Willamette Room, Library 3rd floor.

NEW! Don’t miss out! This is the last week to purchase tickets at the Academic Success to raise money for the OSU Food Drive—each ticket raises five pounds of food. Items include handmade quilts by Dana Cramer and Yvonne Thomas, a “quillow” in school colors (comfy blanket that folds down into a pillow), and beautiful fabric bags with matching coin purses. Only $1 per ticket—great gifts for yourself or others! The drawing will be on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Tickets available for purchase at Waldo 102. Questions: elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) Summer term 2011. 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/urisc.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Office of Community and Diversity and the Committed to Diversity Task Force (C2D) have created a staff essay contest to help OSU develop a campus ethos for community building. The winner of the contest will win $5,000 worth of goods and services.    You must be a current employee at Oregon State University (this excludes students because we have another essay contest for them).  The winning essay will be announced in the spring quarter of 2011.   Please contact becki.metzger@oregonstate.edu to receive a copy of the essay requirements.  Essays must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25.

Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards.  Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets.  Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card Orange Rewards account.

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.

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

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

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 faculty 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.


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.

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: Showers are likely today, with a high of 43 and a low of 29, but it’s tonight that we need to really pay attention to. Current forecasts are calling for the rain to turn to snow showers by tonight, with several inches of snow possible by tomorrow morning. To check on any possible weather-related delays, check the OSU homepage tomorrow morning or call 541-737-8000 for updated information regarding campus streets, road conditions, and other delays.

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