OSU Today

Wednesday, March 2, 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.

Professors offer strategy for logging BLM forests (Register-Guard)

Researchers Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin — 68 and 75 years old, respectively — have been working on forestry issues for decades. Johnson, a professor of forestry resources at Oregon State University, and Franklin, a professor of ecosystem science at the University of Washington, were part of the team that wrote the Northwest Forest Plan, the management directive that has governed logging on Pacific Northwest public forests since 1994.

Aialik the otter doing better than expected 6 weeks after surgery (Oregonian)

On Jan. 15, Lewer and Drs. Steven Brown and Bernard Seguin, a surgeon at Oregon State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, performed a surgery to marsupialize Aialik’s bladder, essentially attaching it to the abdominal wall, then creating a small hole for the urine to leak from.

What researchers know about the gene Wu says made him vulnerable to drug reactions (Oregonian)

“At any given time you’ll have higher concentration of a drug in the body,” says Ganesh Cherala, an assistant professor of pharmacokinetics  with Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University. “You might get higher response. You might end up getting more side effects.”

Workplace bullying presentation coming to OSU March 8 (Lebanon Express)

A national expert on bullying in the workplace will visit Oregon State University on March 8 when he offers a presentation on “Workplace Bullying: The Silent Epidemic.” The free, public event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center.

The Last Supper (Gastronomica)

OSU’s Julie Green paints plates depicting the final meals of prison inmates on death row.

A veg-ucation (South County Spotlight)

When Columbia County Extension Service Educator Jenny Rudolph pulled out a giant bag of fresh spinach, the kids faces fell flat as they quieted down. Finally, one boy broke the silence. “Does it have to have spinach?” he said.

Conference focuses on cooperation (Gazette-Times)

Brandon Trelstad, the sustainability coordinator for Oregon State University, agrees the word “sustainability” can be a bit vague. He likes to define the term as inter-generational equity.

Northwest losing lodgepole pines due to climate change (Portland Tribune)

The range for lodgepole pine trees is shrinking in the Northwest due to climate change, and the trees may disappear from the region by 2080, according to a new study by Oregon State University and University of British Columbia forest scientists.


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 through March 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.

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 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.

DIY Series: Spring Cleaning with “Green” Products, 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.

“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. at the LaSells Stewart Center, as part of the Ideas Matter Lecture Series.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan, will be visiting Oregon State University on Thursday in Peavy 130 at 6:30 p.m. Merrigan will be engaging in an interactive discussion with students on careers, food, policy, health, nutrition as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is heavily involved with the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative and was recognized as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” in 2010. Students and staff from all colleges and departments on campus are invited to come and participate in the event.

NEW! Ever been to the OSUsed Store for departmental or personal purchases? Come to our Refer a Friend Sale on Wednesday, March 2, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. (644 SW 13th St), when all new customers and the friends that refer them get 25 percent off! We carry bicycles, furniture, computers and electronics, household items, vehicles and more. Sale price excludes spot bid and online sale items. Customer is considered new if s/he has not made a purchase within the last two years. While OSU departments are welcome to shop all week, the 25 percent off offer is only valid during our public sale hours for this week.

NEW! Tired of stuffy “sanitary napkins”? Consider homemade menstrual pads! They are comfortably customized to your use and preference, and are a healthy alternative to the variety of chemicals found in synthetic products. This intimately set class gets women together to design and fashion reusable cloth menstrual pads. Patterns and materials will be provided. March 3, 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

NEW! Come to CRAFT 2: reCycled gaRden Art craFt nighT on Thursday, March 3, 3-7 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St), a fun opportunity to channel your inner artist.  We will be making signs, plant holders, and much more out of recycled and reused materials, to be displayed in the SSC’s garden.  There will be snacks available for those who attend.

NEW! The annual Recycle Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) in the MU Ballroom. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold in the M.U. Quad through March 3 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This year’s show, Dumpsters to Diamonds, is organized by the OSU Fashion Organization, and allows OSU students to showcase their sense of design using reused materials.

NEW! Oregon State University’s noon concert series, Music à la Carte, is finishing off winter term with a special evening concert, titled “Dinner in the Commons with OSU Glee,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in the Memorial Union Commons. Admission is free. While dinner is not provided, food can be brought into the commons and restaurants in the MU will be open for business.

NEW! Come to the Pride Center’s Show Your Pride RecycleMania Craft Party on Friday, March 4, at 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pride Center (15th & A). Show your pride by rainbow tie dying a reused item of clothing and creating custom stickers (made from scraps from the OSU Sign Shop) for your water bottle, bicycle, or whatever else you want! You bring one or more items of clothing to dye and we’ll provide the rest!

NEW! More than 300 mid-Willamette Valley children will perform in The Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir (HVCC) Holiday Concerts on Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe. All five choirs that make up the Heart of the Valley (HVCC) choir organization will perform. They are: Preparatory Choir, Children’s Choirs 1 and 2, Festival Choir, and Chamber Choir, with participants ranging in age from 8 through eighteen. Tickets $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis and at the church prior to the concert.

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! President Ed Ray has been named one of seven new directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.

NEW! Printing and Mailing Services is updating the old “DDD” (Deans, Directors and Department Heads) list beginning March 14. The new list, called the “C list” will come from Banner and will be updated quarterly. Addresses will be personalized, helping to eliminate any question of who should be receiving the mailpieces once they are delivered to departments. The C list options and the current associated quantities are: C1: Deans  14; C2: Academic/Research Heads/Chairs/Directors:  207; C3: Administrative Heads/Chairs/Directors:  91; C4: Associate/Assistant Deans:  24; C5: Associate/Assistant Directors/Mgrs: 300; C10: Academic Advisors:  56. Departments can choose any or all of these lists. These lists include some off-campus addresses, and departments will have the option of sending to campus only addresses, or campus and off-campus addresses. Pricing will be based on the quantities, and will include copying on 1 8.5” x 11” page, 2-sided, B/W, and mailing.

NEW! Celebrate Women’s History Month with the University Archives! In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the extraordinary lives of seven women who attended or worked at OSU. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Dates: March 1st – 31st. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the University Archives . The OSU Libraries’ University Archives is the repository for records that document OSU’s history. Collections include items of enduring value generated by faculty, academic departments, administrative offices, students, and campus organizations.

NEW! Check out the College of Health and Human Sciences’ new blog at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/?story=263

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.


The Emerging Technology & Services Department of the OSU Libraries seeks an Operating Systems/Network Analyst for a full-time, 12 –month position.  Responsibilities include:  Unix Systems Administration, Unix Application Support, Thin Client Administration, Technical Consultation, Planning & Innovation as well as support for our Labs and Classroom.  To review details, go to:   http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at posting #0006936.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking a part-time employee to work in our Student Services department. This is a 20 hrs/week, temporary appointment through approximately July 8. What we’re looking for: An outgoing and energetic person who is excited to work with international students, adaptable to a variety of requested tasks, and able to work flexible hours. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, thorough, detail-oriented, able to manage projects and paperwork in an efficient and timely manner, and is friendly and relaxed with international students of varying English ability.  Please respond with cover letter and resume to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Compensation will be determined based on skills and experience. Posting closes on March 9 at midnight.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking an Academic Support Assistant. This position directly assists the Academic Support Manager and serves as a member of the Academic Support Team. Candidate must have above average Microsoft Excel skills to prepare and manipulate data within an excel spreadsheet or database. The duties of the Academic Support Assistant will include: 50 percent Student Attendance & Progress: Report Management & Coordination, 40 percent Program of Study Changes, Extensions and Withdrawals: Coordination, 10 percent Testing & Registration:  Event Coordination & Assistance. A degree in Administrative or business related support or equivalent to two or more years of academic or administrative support is preferred.
Please send cover letter and resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@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 today. 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: Shakespeare admired “Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty.” Even as the wind howls and the showers continue, there are plenty of bright spots reminding us that Spring is almost here. Today’s high will be 51 with a low of 35. Showers are likely today and tomorrow.

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