OSU Today

Tuesday, March 1, 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.

Climate change takes toll on lodgepole pines (New York Times)

“For skeptics of climate change, it’s worth noting that the increase in vulnerability of lodgepole pine we’ve seen in recent decades is made from comparisons with real climatic data and is backed up with satellite observations showing major changes on the ground,” Richard Waring, an emeritus professor of forest science at Oregon State University, said. (See also AP, Discovery, OPB, Seattle Times, Register-Guard)

Portland software developers rachet up their open source ambitions (Oregonian)

There’s a transition now under way among those developers, according to Leslie Hawthorn, a former Google manager who left and moved to Portland last year in search of a better lifestyle and community. She’s now outreach manager for Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab.

Marking the anniversary of the Nisqually quake (KXL)

Chris Goldfinger is a Marine Biologist with Oregon State University and spoke with KXL’s Steve Leader about the danger. (See also KMTR)

Hair-raising benefit (Gazette-Times)

Kelsey Burkum, a sophomore at Oregon State University and member of Bella Voce, the university’s women’s choir, chopped off 12 inches of hair last Monday to donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that fashions human hair wigs for young people suffering from medical hair loss.’

Oregon high schools show off band skills at OSU band festival (KMTR)

Hundreds of high schoolers are descending on Corvallis this week to take their gift of music to a big stage, while competing for a chance at a state title.

Butterfly chaser (Gazette-Times)

Researcher Victoria Bennett spent last summer running around, literally chasing butterflies. Bennett is a post-doctoratorate researcher at Oregon State University, based in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, with Matthew Betts, a landscape ecologist specializing in hummingbirds, and Winston Smith, a USDA Forest Service wildlife ecologist famous for his work on flying squirrels, as her supervisors.

Astoria woman tailors workout plans dressed with nutrition and exercise (Daily Astorian)

Personal trainer Marcia Gustafson won’t hesitate to tell you what she thinks. “It’s ‘all or nothing’ thinking,” she said. She transferred to Oregon State University and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.


Color your world with nutrition! This week in the MU Quad, stop by for free food, games, prizes, nutrition education and more, all under the big tent. The event takes place March 1-4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Special guests include First Alternative Co-op, Bob’s Red Mill and Dave’s Killer Bread. Also check out the “Color your plate” themed meals at campus dining locations, including Pangea and e cafe.

A videoconference panel discussion on”Videoconferencing for Teaching and Learning” takes place from 10 to 11L30 a.m. today in Kidder 278. The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment (CTLA) and Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) will host a videoconference presented by The Ohio State University’s Digital Union. This session will be of value to faculty currently using videoconferencing in their courses as well as to those who are curious about videoconferencing.

International Women’s Speakers Series, 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.

Upcoming Events

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.

“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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! If you have been a lucky visitor to the CAPS Mind Spa on the 5th floor of Snell Hall please give us a few minutes of your time to take this survey.  http://studentvoice.com/orst/mindspa2011 If you have not had a chance to rest, restore and rejuvenate at the Mind Spa please visit the CAPS Mind Spa web site at http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mind-spa and then call 541-737-2131 for an appointment. Students and OSU Employees are welcome.  Learn how to actively relax at the Mind Spa.

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.

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.

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).


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

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.

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: “March is the month of expectation,” or so Emily Dickinson says, and in Oregon, what we can expect is a lot of rain. Rain continues today with a high of 50 and an overnight low of 41. Rain continues through the end of the week.

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