OSU Today

Monday, March 7, 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.

A new generation of farmers emerges (New York Times)

Garry Stephenson, coordinator of the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University, said he had not seen so much interest among young people in decades. “It’s kind of exciting,” Mr. Stephenson said. “They’re young, they’re energetic and idealist, and they’re willing to make the sacrifices.”

Shifting Spring (Washington Post)

“A 50-day shift is a big shift,” said plankton researcher Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University, who was not involved in the study. “As the planet warms, the threat is that these changes seen closer to land may spread across the entire Arctic.”

OUS backs in-state tuition for some illegal residents (Oregonian)

“The state has already invested in these young people,” said Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University. “It does not serve Oregon’s best interest not to continue the education for these young people.”

Twenty-somethings taking longer to reach adulthood (Marketplace: American Public Media)

Tess Vigeland talks to OSU’s Richard Settersten, co-author of “Not Quite Adults,” about why today’s young adults are taking a longer path towards adulthood.

Bookbirder Report (Guardian)

Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica,” an Oregon State University Press book by Noah Stryker, is reviewed.

While climate change argument continues, Oregon farmers take action (Oregonian)

Oregon State University is researching how wheat varieties will adapt to a changing climate, while the Oregon Association of Nurseries is in the midst of a “climate friendly nurseries” project to encourage alternative and more efficient practices.

Soup benefit draws hundreds (Gazette-Times)

Faculty from Oregon State University’s sociology department also volunteered by serving soup to guests. The group was on hand as part of a growing relationship between the department and Community Outreach. Dwaine Plaza, associate professor of sociology, said students from the department will be conducting surveys and facilitate group discussions this spring as part of a research project that will lead to a list of recommendations for the organization.

Sawing down the competition (Gazette-Times)

The Torgerson sisters, from Philomath, now attend Oregon State University and both compete for the forestry club. The team hosted the Spring Thaw competition Saturday at Peavy Arboretum, where teams as far away as Montana came to compete.

OSU bullying workshop set for Tuesday (Gazette-Times)

A national expert on bullying in the workplace is scheduled to visit Oregon State University on Tuesday for a presentation titled “Workplace Bullying: The Silent Epidemic.” The free, public event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. at OSU.

University women offer scholarships (Gazette-Times)

Applications are being accepted by the Corvallis branch of the American Association of University Women for two scholarships to be awarded for the academic year 2011-12. The applicants must be women students, 25 years of age or older, who live in Benton or Linn County.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Oregon State University Department of Philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2011 series will feature “Responsibilities to Future Mothers: Reflections on the Kind of Mothering Options I’d Like for My Daughter,” by Sara Goering, University of Washington, on March 10 at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall room 102.

NEW! Coffee & Tea from around the World, March 9, noon at the Women’s Center. Join the WC staff as we drink coffee and tea and listen to international women student speakers give presentations on their cultures and various other topics, followed by a casual discussion. It is open to the community, and participants are welcome to use our stocked kitchen facilities if they’d like to bring lunch.

NEW! Plastic wastes are accumulating in the oceans, and research is needed to define their impacts on marine ecosystems. At the March 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Angel White of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss her work on the Pacific Ocean “garbage patch.” Triad meets in the MU room 109 at noon. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.


Assistant Professor of Anthropology Bryan Tilt, author of the book “The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society,” will discuss pollution in China’s rural industrial sector and its implications for the environment and community health. Drawing on recent ethnographic research in an industrial township in rural Sichuan Province, he explores how community members understand the linkages between air and water pollution from nearby factories and their health and well-being, and how they focus on the mobilization of civil society to address industrial pollution and its health effects. Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., Corvallis/Benton County Public Library.

News for Employees

NEW! This week is RecycleMania Styrofoam Collection Week, March 7-11, at various locations across campus: the Surplus Warehouse, Student Sustainability Center, McNary Service Center, Arnold Service Center, West Service Center, Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, and Native American Longhouse. Bring CLEAN (no food or other debris) expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) blocks, wraps, “egg crate” foam and packing peanuts. Please sort out packing peanuts into the separate, smaller bin/bag. Recycling this material will be free during the collection week only, so take advantage of this opportunity! See collection site open hours and addresses at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/index.cfm#events. Sponsored by Campus Recycling, SSI, UHDS, BCC, and CCCC.

NEW! The arrival of the New All-in-One Copiers is commencing March 9:  the first week will only be the small copier 1013/151/171 replacements. There will also be training on all new copiers:  Monday and Tuesday at Cascade Hall and Wednesday and Thursday at MU109A.  There will be five sessions each day 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

NEW! Sales open today for spring term RecSports programs.  Purchase your spring term membership now and gain immediate access. Find more about schedules and prices at  http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/

NEW! The Research Office is currently evaluating web-based proposal submission systems. Two of the potential vendors have provided access to test sites so OSU faculty and staff can look at demo sites provided: Moderas, Instruction Manual, and Cayuse (Password needed: For instruction manual and password,  contact Sponsored Programs 541-737-4933.) We anticipate similar test sites from the remaining two vendors, and will post that information when available.

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant is accepting applications from undergraduates for the Summer Scholars program. This 10-week program places high caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with federal, state, and local public agencies to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional, with a goal of  preparing them for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. The 2011 Summer Scholars will be placed in Oregon in Lincoln, Coos, and Benton Counties, where they will assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, natural resource policy research, public education, outreach and community engagement efforts. The program is open to any undergraduate student who will have completed two years of study by summer 2011, and who is currently enrolled in any U.S. college or university may apply. More information and application guidelines available here. The deadline to apply is April 1.

NEW! The Graduate School offers an extended opportunity by inviting new nominations from graduate programs for fellowship consideration.  Due to the limited number of additional fellowships remaining, graduate programs may submit only one nomination by the close of business Monday, March 14.  For complete details regarding eligibility and nomination procedures, please see: Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowships.

In May, 29 students from Bunkyo University in Japan who are spending Spring term at OSU studying English with INTO-OSU, will be seeking a weekend homestay. The homestay is an opportunity for them to experience American family life. There are two weekend opportunities for hosting, May 13-15 and May 20-22. The weekends start on Fridays at 5 p.m. and end on Sundays at noon. For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay or call 541-737-8754.

The Lewis Leadership Award is designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by today. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award see http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

Registrations are filling up fast for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s annual Town Hall, March 9, at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. The event includes a Sustainability Fair from 5-7 p.m. with more than 50 hands-on exhibits highlighting the sustainability efforts of local businesses, organizations, and Coalition action teams, and a town hall from 7-9 p.m. focused on action toward sustainability. Locally-sourced music and snacks provided! Free and open to the public, but space at the town hall meeting is limited. Register by today at www.sustainablecorvallis.org. The OSU Sustainability Office is helping sponsor this event; OSU is a Corvallis Sustainability Coalition partner organization.


The Graduate School invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed-term Director of Graduate Student Financial Support & Recruitment position.  The Director contributes to policy development and serves as a primary institutional resource on policy matters concerning graduate student financial support; administers centralized graduate student financial support programs; directs central graduate student recruitment activity; and serves as a member of the Graduate School’s Leadership Team. To review this posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting 0007001.  Closing date: March 22.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Accountant 1 position. Posting number:0007012

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Buyer 2 position. Posting number:0007013

Oregon State University Extended Campus seeks a Marketing Communications Coordinator to join our team. This position develops and updates publications, advertisements, news releases, and additional marketing materials, both print and electronic. This position entails some design work, i.e., publications and ads,  to be coordinated with the Ecampus Lead Web Developer/Designer. Position closes March 18. For more information or to apply, go to:
http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58096. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon State University, Facilities Services Department, is seeking an experienced Campus Planner. This is a full-time, 12-month position starting at $41,000/year + benefits. Must currently be a Planner, Architect, Landscape Architect or professional in a related field. Requires a Bachelor’s degree as described in the job posting announcement. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is preferred. For complete announcement including minimum qualifications and application process, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Job Posting #0006962. Closing Date: March 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Student Affairs Research and Evaluation is accepting applications for a 12-month, half-time professional faculty position to coordinate the assessment and research efforts of this office. Position requires a master’s degree in student services, education, sociology, psychology, public policy or comparable field. To review complete posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0007000. For full consideration applications should be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 15. Oregon State University is an AA/EEO employer.

Grant/Contract Coordinator: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grant/Contracts Coordinator position. This is an internal search open to regular OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ posting #0007007. Closing date is Wednesday, March 16.

Accountant I – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-$4306 /monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #: 0006958 Closing Date: March 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The INTO OSU Program invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0006993. Closing date today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The University Honors College seeks a full-time Academic Advisor to join our advising team. The overall mission of the UHC is to provide an innovative, enriched learning experience and a small college atmosphere to motivated, capable students, integrating students from all academic colleges and departments into a cohesive community. The person in this position must have a bachelor’s degree, excellent communication skills, ability to give group presentations, and experience in an advising related field. For full details or to apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number: 0006983. Closing date March 24. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Specialist II position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Responsibilities include: Schedule of Classes liaison, Administrative support and Scholarship and Awards coordinator. For complete list of duties, qualifications and requirements and to apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and search for posting # 0006952. Closing Date: March 14.

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 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 today. 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 today. 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.


Corvallis: “Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness!” ~Thomas Blackburn. After a rather unexpectedly nice Sunday, we’ll start out with some sunbreaks today but there’s a chance of showers this afternoon. Showers will continue tomorrow, turning to rain by midweek. Today’s high will be 52 with a low of 38.

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