OSU Today

Monday, March 14, 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.

Local tsunami expert gets first-hand account of quake (KATU)

Oregon State University professor of marine geology, Chris Goldfinger, just happened to be in Tokyo for a conference about tsunamis when the first jolt hit.

Science of a tsunami (KVAL)

“We should be very concerned about a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest,” said Solomon Yim. “If a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake occurs we will only have fifteen to twenty minutes because the earthquake will be very close to Oregon.” (See also New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, MSNBC, Register Guard, KEZI, Oregonian)

The destructive power of tsunami waves (New York Times)

In a rough guess, Harry Yeh, a professor of ocean engineering at Oregon State University, said that the earthquake on Friday pushed a section of sea floor 250 miles long and 50 miles down by an average of one yard. That resulted in billions of cubic yards of water — trillions of pounds — suddenly shifting position. (See also BBC, TIME, CNN, Live Science, Sacramento Bee)

For Oregon coastal towns, lessons from the Japan earthquake abound (Oregonian)

Harry Yeh, a tsunami expert and professor of engineering at OSU, said Japan’s advanced warning system broadcast a detailed tsunami warning about 5 minutes after main shock, which may have prodded more people to seek safety and avoid death. (see also Statesman Journal)

Volcanoes not just a problem for Hawaii (International Business Times)

Shan de Silva, volcanologist and professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University, notes that there is a big difference between “likely to erupt” and “will erupt” and it is sometimes difficult to tell just how close a volcano is to blowing its top.

Students build barley malter (Gazette-Times)

A custom-made barley malter recently built by engineering students will expand Oregon State University’s already hefty contribution to research in fermentation science and barley breeding.

Science Pub explores experimental forests (Bend Bulletin)

Barbara Bond, a professor at Oregon State University, will give a talk titled “View from the Middle of the Mountains,” as part of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus’s Science Pub lecture series.

First brother-in-law Robinson talks character on and off the court (WBEZ)

In A Game of Character Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson examines basketball as a metaphor for life. His memoir also takes readers inside the now famous family who shaped his life and values on and off the court.

Five members sought for hatchery committee (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University are seeking five candidates for the Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Committee.


At Corvallis Science Pub tonight, 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.

Do you have an interest in performing the National Anthem at Oregon State athletic events? Open auditions will be held at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. Vocal and instrumental performers and groups are welcome to audition. For more information please contact the OSU Band Office at 541-737-0544 or osubands@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming events

NEW! Faculty Blackboard Forum: On Tuesday March 15, 4 to 5 p.m. in MU 109 B Schille Room, Blackboard Inc. representatives and Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) staff will be available to meet instructors, gather feedback, and answer questions.  All instructors are welcome.  Contact Jon Dorbolo (TAC) if you need more information: Jon.Dorbolo@oregonstate.edu.

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

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.

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.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.

The search committee for the Director for the Sun Grant Western Regional Center is pleased to announce the following campus forums. The forums are open to all faculty and staff. Keith Thomsen: March 17, 10-11 a.m., 278 Kidder Hall. John Talbott: March 21, 10-11 a.m., 278 Kidder Hall. Candidate bios, curriculum vitas, evaluation form, and position description can be found at the OSU- Sun Grant website http://sungrant.oregonstate.edu/news

News for Employees

NEW! University Relations and Marketing is currently conducting an extensive assessment of OSU’s reputation and market position with multiple external audiences. We’d also like to invite faculty and staff to participate in a version of the survey so that we can create more complete picture of our institution’s current image and reputation. Please take a few minutes to answer these 30 questions. Your honest evaluation is critical to help us assess our communications efforts and help us shape our plans going forward.

NEW! The Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces The Weatherford Competitions on Friday, April 22, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This event consists of the Elevator Pitch Competition in the morning (prize money totals $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $200 for third place) and The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition, in the afternoon (prize money totals $10,000 for first place, $5000 for second place and $2500 for third place). Students may enter either or both competitions. The Elevator Pitch Competition is also open to the community. The Enterprise Challenge business plan and registration are due by noon, Monday, April 4. The Elevator Pitch Competition registration is due by Friday, April 15. For more information and/or to register, go to http://aep.bus.oregonstate.edu. For further assistance, contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.

Is your department or organization involved in sustainability? Are you interested in recruiting participants, sharing information or showcasing your eco-accomplishments? Please consider signing up for a free booth at the annual OSU Earth Week Community Fair on April 19 and/or submitting your event to this year’s calendar (April 16-22). Submissions are due April 1; details and instructions are at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/getInvolved.cfm.

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations during April. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. The sessions will be held on April 5-7. To reserve a time to meet with Shane Roghaar, please call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601. Room locations and times will be provided at the time your reservation is made.

If you have summer interns or scholars looking for housing, Residential Conferences will have Dixon Lodge open to interns and scholars in the Corvallis area. Furnished double rooms, high-speed internet, and fully equipped cooking facilities make Dixon Lodge an affordable and attractive choice. Rates start at just $91 per week per person for a double room. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. Laundry facilities are included in the cost of board, and parking for bikes and cars is available nearby. There is room for around forty interns and visiting scholars. We expect it to fill up quickly, so reserve a spot today by calling 541-737-9195 or emailing UHDS Residential Conferences (uhdsresonf@oregonstate.edu).

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.

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


Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Assistant Director for Operations and Facilities. The person in this position will oversee the comprehensive housing operations function for UHDS including assignments & room management; occupancy, contract sales, and billing management; service desk operations; residential conferences; the OSU Homestay Program, central office operations; and departmental customer service.  For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0007032. Closing date is April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon State University’s New Student Programs & Family Outreach (NSPFO) office seeks a First-Year Experience Program Coordinator. This position is responsible for coordinating various aspects of the planning and implementation of First-Year Experience programs for new undergraduate students. These programs include U-Engage, a course designed to help students investigate an academic area of interest and learn about being a student at OSU, as well as advising a first-year student honor society and coordinating outreach to first-year students via social networking. The First-Year Experience Program Coordinator will also be responsible for web development of the first-year experience and related web sites. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0007030 . Closing date: April 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Faculty Research Assistant: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting # 0007037. Closing date March 25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

College of Health and Human Sciences seeks a Director of Communications and Alumni Relations. We seek a collaborative and collegial director to manage the day-to-day and strategic communications of our College in a full-time, fixed-term, 12-month position, reappointment at the discretion of the Dean. Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, or a related field; at least five years of diverse experience in communications, marketing, public relations, and/or publications/web development;, and experience working with an organization in transition. See full posting and apply online at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting No.0007035. Closing date: April 15.

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. Closing date: March 20.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Buyer 2 position. Posting number:0007013. Closing date: March 20.

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: Today.

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 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: Today.

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.

Parking and maintenance

Due to the construction of the new Student Success Center, the parking lot directly south of the parking garage, will be permanently shutdown. The shutdown will begin May 2.


Corvallis: Branches litter the campus today, remnants of yesterday’s unexpected wind storm that left part of the Midvalley without power. Today, students might be feeling a little drained themselves after Daylight Savings leaves them an hour short, and finals loom before them. Today will be rainy with a high of 58 and a low of 45. Rain continues tomorrow.

Central Oregon: The best chance for rain will happen before noon on Monday. After that we’ll most likely see temps in the low 50’s with intermintent sun and clouds, which will build throughout the day, increasing the possibility of precipitation on Tuesday.

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