OSU Today

Tuesday, March 8, 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.

Two OSU faculty awarded title of “Distinguished Professor” (KVAL)

Two Oregon State University faculty members have been awarded the title of “distinguished professor” – the highest honor that OSU gives to its faculty – for their teaching and collaborative research in biomedical sciences and environmental health science. The honorees are Luiz E. Bermudez, a professor and interim associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Robert L. Tanguay, a professor of molecular toxicology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Board hires Prince to head Corvallis schools (Gazette-Times)

Erin Prince, an assistant superintendent for the Sherwood School District, has been hired as the new Corvallis schools superintendent. The Corvallis School Board unanimously voted to hire Prince on Monday during a special board meeting that Prince attended. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Oregon State University in 1984 and earned her Ph.D. in education from OSU in 2006. She also was an adjunct professor at OSU from 1998 to 2001.

State, feds find common ground on local food movement (Statesman Journal)

USDA’s Kathleen Merrigan was at Oregon State University and Portland State University last week for the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program, which has several goals. Among them are to promote greater awareness of how farmers supply food to consumers — particularly the re-emergence of local networks — and potential careers for students in agriculture, given that the average age of a farmer is 57 and that almost one-third of farmers are 65 or older.

OSU dietetics students teach middle schoolers about healthy eating (LIFE@OSU)

With almost every hand shooting up in the air in front of them, it was hard for Oregon State University dietetics students to decide which eager sixth grader to call upon as they guest-taught a North Albany Middle School class Friday morning.

‘I looked at the painting and realized I’d been there’ (KVAL)

Archaeologist David Brauner has spent much of the last 35 years reconstructing the history of Fort Hoskins, a Civil War-era Army outpost in the Oregon Coast Range that existed for less than a decade before it was decommissioned, dismantled and consigned to the past.

Oregon’s young farmers featured in NYTimes (Portland Business Journal)

As the article notes, these growers aren’t your standard breed. Instead, many of these 20- and 30-somethings have roots in Oregon’s foodie culture and a farm-to-table philosophy. They also, as Oregon State University’s Garry Stephenson told the Times, have the energy and idealism to hack the long hours and steep challenges facing farmers today.

Understanding the many moderate Oregon seaquakes (Earthquake Report)

Oregon State University scientists have completed a analysis of an earthquake fault line that extends some 200 miles off the southern and central Oregon coast that they say is more active than the San Andreas Fault in California.  


The OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit in LaSells Stewart Center opens today.  Come by and see the hidden talents of your co-workers.  Exhibit runs through March 30.

Upcoming events

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week Wednesday, March 9,  noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. We carry vehicles, furniture (desks, chairs, bookcases, file cabinets, etc), electronics (computers, printers, TVs, etc), household items (dishes, coffee makers, microwaves, books, etc), lab equipment and more. Check out our Craigslist listings for more info and pictures. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon, whereas personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Join Kristin Bertilson, owner of Queen B Organizing, to learn tips and tricks for organizing your office, including your desk, electronic files, emails, and storage closets at the RecycleMania Organize Your Office Workshop Thursday, March 10, at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Learn how to make your work area more functional and welcoming, and become familiar with campus resources that will help you get organized and accept material you no longer need. All who attend may enter a drawing to win a one-hour personal consultation with Kristin Bertilson! Workshop free for all OSU staff. Sponsored by Campus Recycling and Surplus Property.

NEW! The March 10 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20110310.html; the meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.  Agenda Summary: Action Item – OUS Governance Proposal Resolution, Discussion Item – Review of Category I Process, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Meeting Recap. Note: Senators are required to find a proxy from their apportionment unit if they are unable to attend.

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.

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.

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.


NEW! The department of forest ecosystems and society is hosting two seminars March 10.  Mark Harmon (Richardson Chair)  will speak on “Accomplishments and Plans for the Richardson Chair in Forest Science” and John Bliss (Starker Chair) will speak on “The Starker Program in Private and Family Forestry, 2005-2015.” The seminars will be held in RH 115 from 3 to 5 p.m.

NEW! Stewart Brand, the creator of the Whole Earth Catalog, founder of The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation, and author will lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the LaSells Stewart Center.  Brand will explain why we need to be more daring as we strive for sustainability, and encourage us to embrace sensible technological advances as environmental stewardship opportunities.

NEW! The 2011 OSU Women of Achievement Awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. These awards are given to encourage women in their work and to let them know their contributions do not go unnoticed. The deadline for submitting nominations to the OSU Women’s Center has been extended to Friday, March 18, 2011.

NEW! The Women of Achievement Awards honor women whose actions and accomplishments meet the following criteria: Demonstrated a commitment to equality and dedication to furthering the status of women in Oregon; Engaged in work that has positively affected the lives of women and has potential for creating real change; Served as an important role model in the lives of girls or women; Exhibited active involvement in feminist causes and/or organizations (e.g., pay equity, violence against women, women’s health, etc.); Participated in significant efforts to improve women’s well-being. For more information about nomination procedures, please go to the Women’s Center website at http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter

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! All  involved with and interested in OSU’s research activities are invited to  visit  The Spin on Research, the blog by the VP for Research  and others. View several new features and announcements at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/. Please subscribe to be informed occasionally of updates.

NEW! You are invited to attend an open forum about obtaining University accreditation for our animal care and use program by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) on Tuesday, March 15, 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 206 (Asian-American Room). This event is the first in a planned series of forums. You will hear why AAALAC accreditation is a top OSU priority and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. No RSVP is required.

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.

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.

Sales open 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/

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.

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.

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 OSU Vice President for Research invites applications for a part-time (flexible FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Interim Director position in the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.  As this is an internal search, the fte can be flexible to accommodate the successful candidates current and/or future commitments, but there is a minimum expectation that the successful candidate will devote 50 percent effort to this position.   For a complete announcement, qualifications and application procedures see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0006996.  For full consideration, apply by March 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Technical Services Coordinator — College of Engineering. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006994. For full consideration, apply by March 14. Position closes March 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 (Public Information Representative 1) to join our team. This position develops and updates publications, advertisements, news releases, and additional marketing materials, both print and electronic.  S/he will write and edit  several electronic newsletters, update and create content on websites, and manage and evaluate social media efforts, including Facebook and Twitter for both  Ecampus and Summer Session.  S/he will propose and pursue stories that promote our strategic goals. Position closes March 18. For more information or to apply, go to:

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: Today. 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.

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. 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 March 18. 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 18. 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: Happy International Women’s Day! Yesterday’s sun has gone away, and showers, lots of them, are in our future. Today’s high will reach 55 with a low of 42. Rain is likely tomorrow with showers decreasing by week’s end.

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