OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 25, 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.


OSU is operating on a two hour delay. Office hours and classes will begin at 10 a.m. today. Such delays are unusual and students, faculty, staff, visitors and others are encouraged to go online to the OSU home page, to alert.oregonstate.edu when inclement weather is possible, or call the OSU Emergency Information line at 541-737-8000. Changes in campus plans made after hours would be available via those channels no later than 6 a.m. the following morning. During this challenging weather, individuals are encouraged to use their best judgment to determine whether traveling to campus is safe, if they are in areas where road conditions or other circumstances make the commute hazardous.

Green electronic technology (US News & World Report)

In consumer products with flat panel screen displays—TV sets, cell phones, computers and GPS systems—speed is everything. The faster, the better. These may become even faster in the near future, thanks to researchers at Oregon State University who have developed new technology with the potential to break existing speed barriers in a very big way.

You cannot tell where and when the avalanche may occur (KVAL)

“You can’t tell, by looking at the surface, you cannot tell when and where the avalanche might occur,” said Anne Nolin, an Oregon State University professor considered an expert on snowpack – and avalanches.

Nuclear jumper an option for Mars (World Nuclear News)

Researchers from University of Idaho, Utah State and Oregon State University are contributing to CSNR hopper research, as are other US national labs and of course NASA.

Engineering job fair builds positive moods (Gazette-Times)

John Raugust, a junior majoring in civil engineering at Oregon State University, hasn’t interned at a company yet and was on the lookout for a good opportunity at Thursday afternoon’s Engineering Fair at CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Saudi Arabian play to make US debut (Entertainer)

A grant bestowed upon the Oregon State University Theatre Arts Department will result in the American premier of the Saudi Arabian play “I See God/I See Allah” in March.

OSU trash to fashion show hits catwalk (Gazette-Times)

The Recycled Fashion Show makes its 21st appearance next week at Oregon State University, featuring trendy garments made of everything from sleeping bags to parking tickets.

Philomath historian’s project results in book (Democrat-Herald)

It started as a master’s thesis when Van Laere, while teaching at Linn-Benton Community College, was completing a master’s degree — her second — in anthropology at Oregon State University.


The next OSU Libraries Faculty Association Seminar Series will feature Terry Reese, the OSU Libraries Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, 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,  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

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,” at 4 p.m., in ALS 4000.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ballard 1st Floor Last Chance OSU Food Drive Bake Sale from 10 am to 2 pm in Ballard 125, Feb. 28.

NEW! That Takes Ovaries! Performance and Discussion, March 1, 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Come enjoy a kick-off event for Women’s History Month by celebrating the lives of women who had the courage to find their voice and speak out.  There will be a series of monologues read followed by an open mic for audience members to share stories of a time when they, or a woman they know, did something that took ovaries to accomplish.

NEW! International Women’s Speakers Series, March 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Valley Library Willamette East and West Conference room. Women from around the globe will speak about international women’s health and social justice issues with time for Q&A and discussion afterward. Snacks and beverages served.

NEW! As announced by Provost Sabah Randhawa last spring, a comprehensive review to reaffirm Oregon State University’s accreditation is underway, with the evaluation team’s site visit to campus scheduled for April 2011. OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Accreditation Steering Committee, chaired by Chris Bell, invites you to participate in the process by attending the following forum on Feb. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., MU Journey Room. You are also invited to review the draft self-study and provide your comments: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/accreditation. For more information contact chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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 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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Want to win a gift card to Aqua Seafood Restaurant?  The College of Business is raffling off a $75 gift card on March 1.  Stop by 200 Bexell Hall by Feb. 28 to purchase a chance to win; 1 ticket for $5 or 3 for $10.  All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share.

NEW! Silent Auction for OSU Food Drive-Business Affairs, 100 Kerr-Thursday, March 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Due to the snow days, Business Affairs is having its fundraiser a couple of days late but just in time to make the dollar donation deadline. It will be Thursday, March 3 from noon to 4 p.m. in 100 Kerr.  We’ll have a hand-made quilt and quilted items, hand-made wood cutting boards, original art work, theme baskets, landscaping & painting services for sale, hand-designed jewelry, Beaver stadium chairs, dessert-a-month, antique glassware and much, much more!

NEW! Save the date for these upcoming RecycleMania events: Refer a Friend Sale at the OSUsed Store March 2, Free Styrofoam Collection Week March 7-11, Organize Your Office Workshop March 10, and Spring Cleaning March 14-25. For full details, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania and please spread the word in your buildings by forwarding this email or downloading extra posters here.

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!

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.

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 today. 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.

Traffic and maintenance

Merryfield Hall: Due to necessary electrical construction, electrical services to Merryfield Hall, rooms: 108, 109, 110A, 110B & 111 will be temporarily shutdown. This will be a temporary loss of power. If you have equipment and/or devices that will require additional backup power, please contact your building manager as soon as possible. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 28, and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: We won’t see any more snow today, but chilly temperatures will keep the morning commute interesting. Decreasing clouds will lead to some possible sun breaks, with a high of 37 and a chilly overnight low of 13. Rain will return to the valley by Saturday night, with things looking warmer and wetter into next week.

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