OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 24, 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 weaker quake did more damage than September’s (Seattle Times)

“New Zealand has some of the most progressive building codes in the world. They are better prepared for an earthquake like this than many U.S. cities would be,” said Robert Yeats, professor emeritus of geology at Oregon State University.

Comparing Portland’s quake risk to Christchurch (Oregonian)

“The same characteristics that caused such destruction and so many deaths in Christchurch are similar to those facing Portland, Seattle, parts of the Bay Area and many other West Coast cities and towns,” says Robert Yeats, a professor emeritus of geology at Oregon State University. He asserts that the region needs to pay more attention to the many shallow faults hiding beneath population centers.

Science foundation grant funds water supply study (Portland Tribune)

“How climate change will conspire with population growth to affect water quality and quantity in basins around the world is the defining issue of this century,” says OSU’s Jeff McDonnell, lead investigator for the research project.

New regional boss appointed to head 17 forests (Oregonian)

Kent Connaughton will be in charge of 17 national forests and one national grassland in Oregon and Washington.
Connaughton has West Coast roots. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, a master’s in forestry from Oregon State University and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

OSU study shows Oregon farmers grow money from dirt, even in tough times (Oregonian)

Oregon’s farmers say they’re often overlooked when people talk about the state’s economy. A new study by Oregon State University confirms agriculture is a significant sector.

Economic Development Commission enters brainstorming phase (Gazette-Times)

Rick Spinrad, vice president for research at Oregon State University, suggested that the commission put some challenges on the table for OSU.

OSU $4 million climate change grant (Oregon Natural Resources Report)

Oregon State University has been named a partner on a $20 million grant to ensure the long-term viability of cereal-based farming in the inland Pacific Northwest amid a changing climate. OSU will receive $4 million of the total award, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today in Washington, D.C.

Extension Service offers master preserver training (Creswell Chronicle)

Oregon State University Extension Service in Douglas County is offering a limited number of seats to Lane County residents who are interested in its Master Food Preserver (MFP) training this spring.


The Agricultural Sciences & Marine Sciences Business Center will be offering a soup-and-bread lunch 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.

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 today’s 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.

Bring your broken or unwanted electronics (computers, monitors, TVs, etc) from work or home to the RecycleMania E-Waste Collection Events today and tomorrow 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.

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

Peace Corps Information Session: Live and Work Overseas, 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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Lunch and Learn: Talking to Your Kids about Sex: How do you address the awkward sex questions with your children?  Come and join us for our March 2 Lunch and Learn in Memorial Union RM 213 at noon and learn how to talk to your kids about sex.  Dr. Sex will be presenting and answering questions.  Contact Childcare and Family Resources at olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4906 if you have any questions.

NEW! Women’s Mental Health Series: The Ups and Downs of Depression. Feb. 28, 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. This open discussion will address the problems women face in maintaining life balance and managing the symptoms of depression.  A panel of women will share personal stories as well as techniques for working through the challenges of having depression, being a college student, and a woman.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Food Drive Benefit Drawings! Printing and Mailing Services has a number of wonderful items that can be yours for a inexpensive drawing entry. Tickets are only two for $1. Not only will you win terrific gifts, but you will be supporting a wonderful cause. Basket #1 is a bevy of gifts including teas, coffees mugs and complimentary products. Gift basket #2 is for the sports enthusiast including an OSU autographed baseball, polo shirts and a draw-string bag. Basket #3 is an OSU knotted fleece blanket. And basket #4 includes a stainless steel water bottle, an insulated lunch bag and other sweet-tooth goodies. Entries will be accepted through this Friday and winners will be drawn and notified on Monday, Feb. 28. Stop by Printing and Mailing and purchase your winning ticket!

NEW! Horning Support Program for Humanistic Scholarship: Call for applications. Beginning spring 2011, the Horning Endowment in the Humanities will fund faculty proposals. Proposals must address the criteria of the Horning Endowment to both improve and extend the teaching of humanities to the sciences and other disciplines at Oregon State University and to extend humanistic knowledge in ways that will demonstrate the importance of the liberal arts to the sciences. For the complete Call for Applications and application form, visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history (under Horning Grants). Deadline is April 15 (for projects in the following academic year) and October 15 (for projects in winter-spring or future years).

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.

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.

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

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

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 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/


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.

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 today.

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: It’s going to be a snowy February day out there, so take it slow and don’t take any risks if you decide to venture outside. There’s 100 percent chance of snow today with accumulations of up to two inches during the day, and a little more expected this evening. But by tomorrow, skies will clear and the sun is expected to make an appearance. Today’s high will be 36 with an overnight low of 22.

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