OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

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.

By Happy Accident, Chemists Produce a New Blue (New York Times)
Blue is sometimes not an easy color to make. So it was a pleasant surprise to chemists at Oregon State University when they created a new, durable and brilliantly blue pigment by accident. (See also Discover)

Charis Wilson, Model and Muse, Dies at 95 (New York Times)
Charis Wilson, who was lover, muse, model, amanuensis and wife of the photographer Edward Weston and the subject of many of his best-known nude portraits, died on Friday in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 95. Her memoir, “Through Another Lens,” written with Wendy Madar, was published in 1999. Madar is Associate Director of the OSU Center for the Humanities.

Report: Warming temperatures cut Oregon snowpack (Associated Press)

Scientists report that rising temperatures appear to be responsible for cutting the snowpack in Oregon’s Cascade Range in half over the past 77 years. The report from Oregon State University released Tuesday found that the warming trend is seen most in the spring. (See also Forbes and Oregonian)

Isiah’s Holiday Wish (KOIN)
Ill child gets special visit with OSU football players.

Bridge ‘Powered by Orange’ for Civil War (Barometer)
OSU is looking to pump up Beaver fans located in Portland for the upcoming Civil War football game against the University of Oregon by illuminating the Morrison Bridge with glowing orange lights for 11 nights, beginning yesterday, Nov. 23. (See also KATU and KEZI)

An “Angel” unites Ducks and Beavers fans

A 13-year-old girl named Angel in Oklahoma City is doing the impossible: Bringing Ducks and Beavers fans together before the Civil War by coming together to bring her to the game.

We’re with the band (LIFE@OSU)
Three men, all affiliated with OSU Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, have found an opportunity to combine their musical talents by playing covers of their favorite rock songs in the band Bremsstrahlung.

OSU study suggests nation’s farmers could weather climate change and other problems

Richer nations with competitive crop production and few trade barriers would fare the best if climate change, weather events or other factors cause yields of grain and oilseed crops to become more volatile, according to a study at Oregon State University.

Most Americans vitamin D deficient (UPI)
Adrian Gombart, a principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, says a string of recent discoveries about the multiple health benefits of vitamin D has renewed interest in this multipurpose nutrient, increased awareness of the huge numbers of people who are deficient in it, spurred research and even led to an appreciation of it as “nature’s antibiotic.”

“Master Gardeners” till urban soils to feed the hungry (The Bee News)
Once again this year, the Multnomah County Master Gardeners held a plant sale to support their organization’s educational and outreach programs.

AETC commander presents Educator of the Year award (Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base)
Capt. Michael Batchelor was named the officer educator of the year and is the Commandant of Cadets at Oregon State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Northwest Researchers Plot Long-Term Dryland Ag Probe (Western Farmer-Stockman)
Scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University want to take a long-term look at dryland agriculture and ways to sustain it in the Northwest interior.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSU Today will be on hiatus until Monday.

NEW! Professor Michael Ruse, Florida State University, an authority on history and philosophy of Charles Darwin, will give a public lecture – timed to correspond as closely as possible to the publication date of “The Origin of Species” – 150 year ago. The lecture takes place at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in Withycombe Hall Room 109. The lecture is sponsored by Fisheries & Wildlife department.

NEW! “Where Does Our Food Come From?” A conversation with Gary Nabhan and Frank Morton, takes place 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Mary’s River Grange, Grange Hall Road south of Philomath (near Gathering Together Farm, next to Greengable Farm). The event is a benefit for Ten Rivers Food Web. Advance tickets (sliding scale, $7 to $20) available at Corvallis Brewing Supply, 119 S.W. Fourth St. and Grassroots Books and Music, 227 S.W. Second St. For more information, contact Joan Gross at 541-737-3852, or Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198.

NEW! Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU, Dec. 2 and Jan. 13, 4-8 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Please join us for this free two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. Dinner included. You must RSVP by Nov. 30 for the Dec. 2 event. Space is limited. On Dec. 2, Christopher Klemm, Director, Austin Entrepreneurship Program and Jeff Bock, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, will present. On Jan. 13, Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU, will present. For more information and to RSVP contact Mary McKillop at 541-713-8044 or e-mail

NEW! The Vice President for Research candidates will be on campus over the next couple of weeks. The candidates will give presentations followed by open forum sessions for questions and answers.  Their presentations and forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty.  For your information, Dr. Booze’s vita is attached.  The remaining vitas will be distributed next week.  A link to the video of the presentation and forum sessions will be posted in OSU Today on Dec.17-18.
Dr. Rosemarie (Rose) Booze – Dec. 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Dr. Michael (Mike) Pazzani – Dec. 14, 10 -11 a.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Dr. Bradley (Brad) Fenwick – Dec. 16, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 206
An evaluation form will be available at the forums. For more information contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu

President’s Winter Coffee, Thursday Dec. 3, 8:30-10 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge.  OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break from finals week for holiday treats and gourmet coffee.  Join President and Mrs. Ed Ray in celebration and conversation. Special guests include Beth Rietveld at the piano and Benny! Stop by to get your picture taken with Benny. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug. More information or for special accommodations call 541-737-0724

Creative thinker and author on the topics of digital scholarship and open access, John Willinsky will present a talk entitled “Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning” Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Willamette classroom on the third floor of Valley Library. OSU Libraries will also host viewing opportunities in the Barry Fisher Room at the Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, and at the OSU-Cascades Campus, Cascades Hall 217, Bend.  Founder of the Public Knowledge Project, Willinsky developed the Open Journal Systems, a journal management and publishing system that expands and improves access to research.  For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell, faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8528.

“Alternative Gifts: Creative, Cheap, and Green” will be held Dec. 2 at 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St), just in time for the holidays! Come learn and share ideas for gifting sustainably as well as work on crafts such as cloth gift bags, tin candle holders, journals from reused materials, CD jewelry, and more. Sponsored by OSU Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5398.

Business suit donations needed. Lightly used business attire is being sought for the 5th Annual Career Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 11, 2010 in the MU Ballroom.  The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services and the generous sponsorship and support of Campbell’s Cleaners.

While OSU goes into the winter break, the Corvallis Dance Center will continue to offer classes and dance events. The classes are all taught by OSU students. The December lineup includes ballroom, pilates, social dances and more. Details at http://www.corvallisdancecenter.org or call 541-602-5297.

The annual OSU Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night will take place Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  There will be big discounts, free gift wrap, door prizes, music and more. Just bring your OSU ID, or the postcard invitation if you received one via campus mail.

“Biking and Quilting for Joe the Plumber.” Kreg Lindberg, associate professor at OSU-Cascades, will speak on the economic impact of Central Oregon’s special events. His talk takes place from noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 2, in the Cascades Hall Room 118 on the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend.

Holiday Science Crafts classes take place Dec. 14-16 at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students in grades 6th – 12th will make some creative gifts for all of their science-loving friends and family during the holiday season. Make Glow-in-the-dark slime, Chemical equation snow globes, and Candy concoctions! You can chose to join us for one day for $25, two days for $35, or come all three days for $45 and take home more crafts with you. Reserve your spot online now at http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/ For more information call 541-737-8139 or email saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu or visit  http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/

News for Employees

NEW! Reminder – Nominations for the OSU Distinguished Service Award are due Dec. 1. Information about the award is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/hd/.

NEW! Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, 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 Dec. 10. To submit a nomination go to http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

H1N1 Flu Shots Available
– Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for OSU students, faculty and staff who fall into one of the following high risk categories: Pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, all people through 24 years of age, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza. Those eligible to receive the vaccine may come to Plageman Student Health Center, Monday-Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (closed Nov. 26-29). No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the fee will be billed directly to Regence. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/swineflu.

The university’s State of the Budget Web site, available from the OSU home page, now includes a blog, where readers can post comment, respond to calls for input and dialogue with each other on matters related to the university’s ongoing budget and strategic realignment processes. Visit the blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/stateofthebudget/

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the USDA – NIFA – International Science and Education (ISE) Competitive Grants Program. Guidelines for letters are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nifa.html
OSU is seeking two proposals. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Dec. 14 and should be submitted as a MS Word or PDF document to: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

One of Corvallis Transit System’s cherished annual holiday traditions is about to begin!  The free Holiday Trolley will operate from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, 28, 29, Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, and Dec. 19-24.  For more information go to www.corvallistransit.com Watch for The Holiday Trolley in the 25th Annual Corvallis Christmas Parade Friday, Nov., 27, starting at 7 p.m.

The Association of Office Professionals has adopted the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) as their service organization and is collecting gifts to donate for children ages 6-8 years. A list of gifts suggested by CARDV is online at  http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/CARDV_0911.pdf All gifts must be collected by Dec. 10. If you’d like to donate either toys or wrapping paper and bows, please contact : Lois Lessert, lois.lessert@oregonstate.edu

Power Up! Improve your health and wellness. Set your own goals. Track healthy behaviors. Discover your power to pursue your goal! Want to be a Power Up team member and lead the way toward a healthier future? We’re looking for students, staff and faculty to join this health challenge. Learn more and apply to be featured at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/powerup/ Deadline is today.


OSU’s Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking a F/T Accounting Technician, starting at $2,138/monthly + benefits. Major duties include document processing, office and payroll support. This position works with student government, student organizations, and leadership training in a positive and rewarding environment. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004963. Closing date: Dec 7. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2: OSU Extended Campus is seeking applicants for the position of Testing Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details can be found at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55839. Closing date is Dec. 1.

Professional Faculty, Grants and Contracts Officer: (Internal to OSU Employees Only). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004979.  Closing Date: Dec. 6.

Veterinary Technician 3, Lab Animal Resources. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004965.  Closing Date: Nov. 29.

Office Specialist 2 – Production Assistant – University Marketing. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004970.  Closing Date: Today.

Accounting Technician: Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences.  Full time position. This is an internal search open to regular OSU employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004968.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.  Closing date is Dec.4.

The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Human Resources Officer.  The purpose of this position is to coordinate and administer OSU’s position allocation and classification system for SEIU represented staff.  This position is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0004902.  Closing Date: Today.

Fiscal Coordinator 1, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $3,250-4,742/monthly + benefits. Internal search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0004956. Closing date is Nov. 30.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Ave: Due to roadway repairs, the intersection of 15th Street and Jefferson Ave. will be temporarily shutdown. The westbound right-turn-only lane and bike lane on Jefferson Ave. will be closed during this work (east of the intersection). The northbound bike lane on 14th/15th street will be closed north of the intersection.  Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to guide traffic. Temporary delays should be expected. The shutdown will end by 5 p.m.

Nash Hall:
Due to repairs associated with the Nash Hall Project the building exhaust system will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all fume hoods in all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Nov. 28 and should end by 3 p.m., and will take place again at the same time on Dec. 5.


Another gorgeous morning, as the remaining fall leaves stand tattooed against the brilliant blue sky. Areas of fog will clear quickly but the sunshine will remain, as highs reach 54. Tonight will be mostly cloudy and 40, and there’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Thanksgiving. Rain will begin in earnest Thursday night. Anyone heading up to Portland should check out the Powered by Orange Morrison Bridge, as seen here illuminated in orange lights: http://bit.ly/90Zhfl

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