OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 28, 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.

Monday marks 10 years since big Nisqually quake (Seattle Times)

Even a decade ago, scientists knew the Northwest was vulnerable to much nastier shakes than the magnitude 6.8 that rattled Seattle 10 years ago Monday. But what they’ve learned in the past 10 years really has some researchers spooked. “It used to be, I never really thought much about it,” said Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger. “Now I sit in my building – the kind that pancakes in an earthquake – and I’m thinking: I hope it doesn’t go now.”

OUS will consider whether to reorganize scattered chancellor’s office (Oregonian)

Oregon’s chancellor, the state university system’s chief executive, has homes in two cities, staff on three campuses and a dramatically eroding budget that is prompting leaders to question whether his office should be reorganized and possibly consolidated in Portland.

Water worries draw study of Willamette (Gazette-Times)

“Issues of water scarcity are on the horizon for us,” warned Jeff McDonnell, the head of Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds. (See also Register-Guard)

OSU develops barley that resists stripe rust fungus (Beer Advocate)

Oregon State University has developed the first winter hooded barley that produces high yields of forage, thrives in the Northwest and resists a crop-damaging fungus known as stripe rust.

Quake hits hours after OSU student arrived in New Zealand (KVAL)

Three hours after Oregon State University student Joslyn Krahel touched down in New Zealand, a devastating earthquake rocked Christchurch.

Excelling students automatically accepted to Oregon universities (KEZI)

Oregon State University administrators expect the changes will bring the cream of the crop to their school.

The Academe Awards (Insided Higher Ed)

Jon Lewis, professor of English at Oregon State University: And the award for Best Picture should go to:  “Winter’s Bone.” “Far and away the best film of the year — nothing came close, except perhaps ‘Vincere. I had the most fun watching ‘True Grit,’ but I’m not sure it’s a great film. I also really liked two low-budget gangster films: ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘Down Terrace’…. ‘The King’s Speech’ probably will win — it’s OK in a ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ sort of way.”

Is the Ivy League a waste of money? (MSN)

Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray parsed a decade of longitudinal and panel studies of people in their 20s for their new book “Not Quite Adults.”


Ballard 1st Floor Last Chance OSU Food Drive Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ballard 125.

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 from 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.

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 today at 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Willamette Room, Library 3rd floor.

Valley Library Third floor staff lounge crock-pot-luck for $5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the staff lounge. For more details contact Tarron.Anderson@oregonstate.edu . Yummy casseroles, peppered venison and chili cheese dip to name a few and don’t forget dessert! Support the food drive, feed Oregon residents.

Women’s Mental Health Series: The Ups and Downs of Depression, 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 from  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 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 from 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.

The Academic Success Center will have our raffle drawing at 4 p.m. today! Today is your last chance to purchase $1 raffle tickets for the quilts, OSU-themed quillow blanket that folds down into a pillow (great for taking to games!), or beautiful fabric bags with matching coin purses. Tickets available for purchase at Waldo 102—we have change! As of Friday, some of the buckets had as few as 11 tickets in them! Questions: elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Everything is Connected: Environment, Human Rights and Climate Change in the 21st Century,” presented by 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the LaSells Stewart Center, as part of the Ideas Matter Lecture Series.

NEW! DIY Series:  Spring Cleaning with “Green” Products, March 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Are you avoiding spring cleaning because of the toxic smell? Hate scrubbing because it makes you dizzy? With a minimum of effort, you can make inexpensive, nontoxic, natural cleansing products for your home. This class explains the sanitizing properties of common household ingredients, and combines them into “green” recipes for attendees to sample and take home.

NEW! When food-borne illnesses or infectious diseases spread, Katrina Hedberg, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, tracks down sources in an effort to protect public health. Hedberg will discuss her work at the March 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

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.

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.

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.

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! For the past 100 years OSU Extension has been delivering education to every community in Oregon, helping Oregonians get good at life. Connect with OSU Extension on Facebook and Twitter to be a part of the Centennial celebration.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2011 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, March 7. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office web site: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 20011-12 academic year. To qualify, applicants must be a full time Oregon State University student with sophomore, junior or senior standing at the time of application with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2011-12 academic year, and have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, or regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in the OSU Association of Office Professionals. Applications are available from the Financial Aid Office, Student Involvement, College of Business, any college with a business minor or from the applicant’s academic advisor. A completed application, three current letters of recommendation and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by March 4, to Maureen Childers, Disability Access Services, 200 Kerr Administration Bldg, Corvallis, OR 97331 or e-mail to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu.

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 today to purchase a chance to win; 1 ticket for $5 or 3 for $10.  All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share.

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!

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.

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.

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 today. 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


Executive Assistant to the Vice President, for the Finance and Administration Division of Oregon State University. Position is full-time, 12-month, fixed-term. Responsibilities include:   administrative support and project management, office coordination, and lead work. Salary is $55,000-65,000, with benefits. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at posting#0006974. Closing Date: March 14.

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. 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 a Web developer/designer 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 a multimedia developer 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 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.

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 today.

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. today and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: It doesn’t look like this week will be able to match last week’s roller coaster weather ride. Instead, March will come in like a very damp lion with rain, chilly temperatures and a bit of wind. While this morning temperatures are in the low 40s they’ll actually drop mid day to around 36, and won’t get much higher until tomorrow. Rain continues tomorrow with a high of 47.

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