OSU Today

Wednesday, March 9, 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.

Allegations, attacks by Art Robinson baseless, false and without merit (OSU News and Research Communications)

Political candidate Art Robinson published material this past weekend alleging that Oregon State University is engaging in “political payback” against his adult children, who are students at the university, to show allegiance to the congressional representative whom Robinson ran against last fall. The allegations of political influence and the personal attacks on faculty are baseless and false. Since Robinson began making these claims last fall, university leadership has had ample opportunity to look into them through the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of the College of Engineering, and can say, categorically, that the allegations and attacks are unfounded and without merit. (See also Register Guard and KVAL)

OSU tests new wave energy buoy that works like self-winding watch (Northwest Cable News)

Oregon State University is helping a private company test the latest in wave energy technology by taking something old and making it new again.

Oregon State releases two new potato varieties (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Two new potato varieties just released by Oregon State University are likely to catch the eye of Oregon’s processing spud industry and the gourmet market.

Columbia Power deploys prototype, raises money (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Corvallis-based Columbia Power, a subsidiary of Charlottesville, Va.-based Greenlight Energy Resources, was formed five years ago to commercialize wave buoy technology developed by Oregon State University researchers.

Anti-bullying expert focuses on workplace (Gazette-Times)

Bullying is domestic violence in the workplace, except that the aggressor is on the payroll, according to Gary Namie, who spoke on the issue of workplace bullying to a group of 35 faculty and non-classified employees at Oregon State University on Tuesday. He delivered a public talk on the issue Tuesday evening.

A star is born (Sandy Post)

From modeling for a newspaper advertisement in the Sandy Post in about 1980 to stage plays to local television to a casting call for an independent film, Rene Hess’ life has provided a variety of experiences – including a master’s degree in anthropology from Oregon State University. Nowadays, she goes by her real father’s last name. Instead of her step-father’s name, Hess, she is now Renee Roman Nose, a 40-something Cheyenne woman.

Next Science Pub will look at cancer (Gazette-Times)

The science of cancer is the sobering, informative topic for this month’s edition of Science Pub, on Monday, March 14. Science Pub Corvallis is held the second Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. Interested persons are urged to come early to secure a seat and place their orders for food and drink.


The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale of the week from 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.

Coffee & Tea from around the World, 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.

Novelist Andrew Altschul, author of an acclaimed new book that examines the state of media and culture, will give a talk at Oregon State University beginning at 4 p.m. The free, public event will be held in the Memorial Union La Raza Room (room 208).

Upcoming events

NEW! The Corvallis Russian Troupe will perform the play, “Leading Ladies,” on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Oregon State University’s Lab Theater (Withycombe Hall). “Leading Ladies” is performed in Russian, but a summary in English is provided at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and free for children 12 and younger. This production is not recommendation for young children. Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved by contacting Svetlana Erofeeva at lana.erofeeva@gmail.com or Vreneli Farber, (541) 753-6829 and vreneli.farber@gmail.com. Cast members are native speakers of Russian, students and staff at OSU.

NEW! As a follow-up to Dr. Gary Namie’s sessions on Workplace Bullying, we are hosting an open forum in order to discuss what bullying means to us at OSU and what can be done to support targets of bullying. Please join us for a forum and discussion facilitated by Donna Champeau and Angelo Gomez entitled ‘Identifying bullying behaviors and solutions at OSU’.  From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MU 206 on Tuesday, March 15. Feel free to bring your lunch. We will provide drinks and dessert. For requests for special accommodations or for questions on the event write to mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! OSU Press, The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, and Grass Roots Books & Music invite you to a reading and signing with Ellen Waterston,  author of “Where the Crooked River Rises: A High Desert Home,” on Friday, March 11, 7 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 654 NW Monroe Ave.  In her compelling new collection of personal essays, Waterston reveals the people, places, and landscape of Central Oregon’s vast high desert. She explores the blessings and challenges of her years  as a rancher and then a town resident in a place that is her touchstone and teacher.

NEW! At Corvallis Science Pub on March 14, Elizabeth Shiner of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center will explain the physics principles involved in diagnosing cancer and treating tumors with radiation. Corvallis Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School is pleased to announce the following campus forums. The forums are open to all students, staff and faculty. Brenda McComb: March 11, 1 to 2:15 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center (KEC) 1001. Bella Bose: March 16, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU Journey Rm. Goran Jovanovic: March 17, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU Journey Rm. Search materials, including the candidate bios, evaluation form, and position description will be available at the forums.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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! The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2011-12 Dr. Hari S. & Dr. Renuka R. Sethi Graduate Scholarship Fund, a merit-based graduate scholarship program.  All nominees must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in either fisheries science or human development and family sciences, and all are expected to have a meritorious record. Domestic and international students are eligible for consideration. Nomination Deadline is April 4. For complete details see:  Dr. Hari S. & Dr. Renuka R. Sethi Graduate Scholarship Fund.

NEW! Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held on March 29 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building.  The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins on Tuesday April 5.  You must first complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber, the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

NEW! OSU Printing & Mailing Services is in the process of replacing the university’s entire fleet of 400 copiers with technologically advanced, energy-efficient Ricoh multifunction devices. The sustainably built all-in-one printers are expected to minimize the environmental impact of business functions and help the university reduce operating costs.
The new multifunction devices can copy, print, fax, and perform sophisticated scanning functions. All devices are universally compatible and will use the same 100 percent recyclable toner cartridge, ensure data confidentiality, and reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent. Delivery can be expected within the next four weeks. OSU Printing & Mailing Services will contact each business unit to schedule installation, which will be performed by IKON technicians.

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.

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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.


The Department of Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Senior Program Manager position in Information Services. For a complete announcement, qualifications and application procedures see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0007025.  Closing date:  March 22. OSU is an AA/EOE.

International Student Advisor: International Student and Faculty Services invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term International Student Advisor positions. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting # 0007029. Closing Date: March 25.

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:

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: A sparkling strand of Mardi Gras beads lay discarded in the bike path this morning near campus, evidence that the party is over. And so, it seems, is the sunshine. Rain is likely today with a high of 57 and a low of 45. Rain continues tomorrow.

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