OSU Today

Monday, April 4, 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.

Tainted water to be dumped in sea (Sydney Morning Herald)

The leak may not pose a severe threat, said Kathryn Higley, the professor of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University. ”You’re likely to have a footprint in the soil and the sands and sediments as that material leaks out but the impact is likely to be pretty minimal.” (See also San Francisco Chronicle, Business Week)

Images from space show Earth’s coastal regions (KEZI)

New images taken every day from space are helping OSU researchers get a better understanding of our coastal regions and how certain events might effect them.

OSU’s outdoor recreation complex opens (Gazette-Times)

A stretch of Oregon State University’s campus along Southwest 30th Street between Washington and Jefferson Ways is now home to a park-like complex of athletic fields, courts, treelined walkways and benches. (See also KLCC)

Beavers Without Borders touches lives near and far (Gazette-Times)

For a group of Oregon State football players and several other current and former Beaver athletes a journey of the spirit created a wealth of new memories and a feeling of accomplishment bordering on the indescribable.

Advance in microchannel manufacturing opens new industry applications (Nanowerk)

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new way to use surface-mount adhesives in the production of low-temperature, microchannel heat exchangers – an advance that will make this promising technology much less expensive for many commercial applications. (See also The Engineer)

Lawmakers discuss school funding, health care (Democrat-Herald)

Andrew Derringer, 20, Karli Olsen, 19, and Nick Martinez, 18, stood out as the youngest attendees of the meeting. “We came to represent the student voice,” Derringer said. All three are Oregon State University students who are involved in student government.

Family remembers Crow Road crash victim (KEZI)

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Paul Cochran, 23, the driver who was killed Saturday on Crow Road in west Eugene. Paul Cochran was studying bioengineering at Oregon State University, set to graduate in the fall.  He was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity.  His family says Paul Cochran was modest about his academic talents and would bend over backward to help those close to him.

Many locals looking for a fresh start-up (Register-Guard)

Another factor contributing to the surge in entrepreneurship is that “a number of people are tied down by their house,” said Christopher Klemm, director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University. “The inability to sell your house, especially if you’re in a difficult mortgage situation, really limits your flexibility,” to move in search of a job, he said.

Ed Ray calls Tressel violations ‘a very serious matter’ (Plain Dealer)

In a phone interview with The Plain Dealer today, Oregon State University president Ed Ray didn’t back off his “hanging judge” comment when it comes to the punishment he might hand to Ohio State coach Jim Tressel for his NCAA violations.

OSU father, son present Montenegro flag to MU (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University freshman Stevan Jeknic speaks almost rapturously about the country of his parents’ birth, a place he’s visited many times over the years, and where he holds dual citizenship.

M.J. Murdoch Trust awards $6.5 million (Portland Business Journal)

Recipients include Oregon State University, Corvallis, $425,000 to acquire a high-resolution transmission electron microscope.

Community Foundation names Lee and Connie Kearney as top philanthropists (Oregonian)

The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington named Lee and Connie Kearney its philanthropists of the year for 2011. They’ve made donations to a number of local nonprofits, as well as Oregon State University.

OSU Today contest

Are there employees in your department or division who do not have regular computer access? How do you communicate important issues to your co-workers when they don’t have consistent e-mail access? E-mail the answer to osutoday@oregonstate.edu and one lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive an amazing basket of OSU goodies, including apparel! The winning entry will be drawn April 8.


The search committee for the Associate Director of Visitor Center & Programs is hosting an open forum with Rob Lamb from 2:15 to 3 p.m., in MU 208.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU is sponsoring the tenth annual Health Professions Career Fair, April 5, 10 a.m. To 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Various professional health school admissions representatives will be present. Come explore the numerous career paths available. This year in conjunction with the Health Professions Career Fair, we are offering four information sessions with a panel of experts. Each session will elaborate on specific career options in health care and help students understand how to prepare for these fields. http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/node/206. Each session will be held in the C & E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Sharpen Your Competitive Edge presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, Wednesday, April 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1001. Presentation by Christopher Klemm, Director Austin Entrepreneurship Program. Free and open to the public. Give yourself a competitive advantage and do not miss this presentation on  how to present the perfect pitch. This is great way to  prepare for the Weatherford Competitions—The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition, and the Elevator Pitch Competition—to be held on April 22, 2011, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information or to RSVP,  contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.

NEW! Melanie Thernstrom, author of a New York Times-best-selling book “The Pain Chronicles” will speak on “The Pain Chronicles: Narrative, Culture, and the Science of Suffering,” at 7 p.m. on April 7 in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! Starker Lecture Series Thursday, April 7: “Connecting People and Forests: A Global Perspective on Urban Forestry,” presented by Melanie Kirk, Extension urban forestry specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Dallas, Texas, in Miller Hall of the World Forestry Center in Portland. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

NEW! Pre-retirement Workshop, Tuesday, May 3, Journey Room, Powell Leadership Center, Memorial Union, 3 to 5 p.m. OSU faculty and staff who plan to retire in the next year or two should participate in this pre-retirement workshop.  The workshop will be an engaging exploration of the physical, psychological and social aspects of retirement. Clara Pratt and Peter Bloome will facilitate the workshop, sponsored by the OSU Retirement Association.  This workshop is open to all current and former OSU faculty and staff.

NEW! The documentary, “Race to Nowhere” describes teen suicide, anorexia, nervous breakdowns, high stakes testing phobia, and rampant cheating as an increasing reality in the lives of high performing American high school students.  On Wednesday, April 6, Oregon State University – Cascades Professor Jay Casbon will look at current research behind this concerning issue in an important “It’s in the Bag” lecture titled Failure is Not an Option: College Bound Teenagers and Stress.   “It’s in the Bag” lectures are free and no reservation is needed. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.  For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

NEW! In 2010, the OSU women’s soccer team outscored opponents 38-12 on its way to a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. At the April 7 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, coach Linus Rhode will talk about last fall’s successful season and prospects for 2011. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, to save a seat.

NEW! Teachers of Family and Consumer Studies will be hosting Jean Moule, Professor emeritus at Oregon State University, at their annual TFACS conference.  This conference will be held on April 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Bloch Room in Eugene. Cost is $50 which includes dinner, materials and our keynote speaker.  Moule will be speaking on “Cultural Competence.” How do we become leaders in the K-12 school community and classroom when it comes to recognizing cultural issues and needs of our students?  Moule will also be signing her latest edition of her book, “Cultural Competence.”  Contact Sara Wright at swrights@comcast.net for more information.

OSU faculty/staff interested in helping to create a university-wide Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning are invited to attend one of four scheduled community forums. Meetings will focus on helping define future research topics/questions for the Center. Dates/Times/Location for the forums are: April 7, 9 to 10 a.m., and 3 to 4 p.m., 400 Waldo Hall. April 8, 9 to 10 a.m., and 3 to 4 p.m., 400 Waldo Hall. Come prepared to meet with colleagues and contribute. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact: John Falk, Transitional Center Director, falkj@science.oregonstate.edu

Building Your Killer Business Plan Series: Company Structure and Management Team. Speaker is Jeanne Smith, Jeanne Smith & Associates. She will speak April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1001. For more information and/or to register, click here. For further questions, call 541-713-8044 or e-mail mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

A Fulbright faculty workshop will take place at 10 a.m. April 7 in the Memorial Union Council Room. Katherine Matheson at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars will offer the workshop. To reserve a seat, email facultyfulbright@oregonstate.edu. Space is limited. RSVP by April 5.

William Kirby, a prominent modern Chinese historian, will speak at Oregon State University on April 7 as part of an inaugural event for the new Asian Studies Program on campus. His talk, “The Chinese Century? Business and Education in the 21st Century,” will begin at 4 p.m. at the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Music à la Carte, the lunch hour concert series at Oregon State University, resumes for spring term on Friday, April 8 with Eugene-based, classical-crossover guitarist, David Rogers. The free performance begins at noon in the main lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus.

News for Employees

NEW! The beta version of the official OSU app for the iPhone is now available for download to the campus community.  Students, staff and faculty can visit this site with their iPhones to acquire the app. The initial version features a campus map, directory, wallpapers, photo tours, news and more. With more features planned for the coming weeks and months, this is your chance to get a sneak preview of the iOSU app before it’s made available to the public.

NEW! The Center for the Humanities is hosting a Spring Art Exhibit, April through June. “And Yet We Belong,” Mixed Media Prints from Print Arts Northwest. Prints by more than 20 northwest artists on display at Autzen House, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

NEW! The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include stipends ranging from $42,000 – $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience and graduate entry level stipends beginning at $30,000 and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at: www.nationalacademies.org/rap Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu

NEW! The Retention and Graduation Rate Report for Fall Term 1994 – Fall Term 2009 Cohort Classes is now available at the Office of Institutional Research web page: This report includes summary tables of OSU’s retention rates, graduation rates, dropout rates, retention and graduation rates by gender, race/ethnicity, and residency, and retention and graduation rates by academic unit.

NEW! The Migration Report for Fall Term 2004 Cohort Class is also available at the Office of Institutional Research web page. The study provides detailed information on enrollment, graduation, retention, attrition, and migration of the cohort class over a 1-year to 6-year time span.  With this study, each college can track the migration patterns of their students and determine the graduation, retention, and attrition rates of students in their college cohort from 2004  to 2010.

This April, the OSU Sustainability Office and Student Sustainability Initiative invite students, faculty, and staff to participate in the 2011 Campus Carbon Challenge. This month-long event challenges individuals to make personal commitments to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Pledges include simple low and no cost measures such as riding your bike more, eating a vegetarian meal or buying local goods. Along with dozens of other upcoming events in April, the Challenge is an opportunity to join a community of people at OSU show their concern for the planet! For more information, visit the webpage or take the Challenge now !

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will offer a one-day workshop Wednesday, April 13 for OSU researchers interested in NSF programs. The workshop will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and the programs that cut across disciplines. Representatives will make presentations and be available for discussions of potential proposals. There is a registration fee; preregistration is required by noon Friday, April 8. conferences. A live broadcast will be at oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-3. No registration, password, or fees required to view the web streaming. The workshops will be archived at oregonstate.edu/media a few days after the event.

The new OSU Degree Audit system, called MyDegrees, has been available to college advisors for some time. On April 12, all undergraduate students will be able to access it by clicking on the MyDegrees link in the Student Records menu in Online Services. Primary features include a Degree Checklist, an Educational Planner, and a What-If process. Faculty and staff are encouraged to make students aware of this new tool as an aid for enrollment and graduation planning. Additional resources are a promotional video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lQShF1T1Mo, a project web site at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/mydegrees/, and FAQ’s for students at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/mydegrees/frequently-asked-questions-0 and for advisors at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/mydegrees/frequently-asked-questions.

The Graduate School invites nominations for the annual Herbert F. Frolander Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant. The recipient will receive a plaque with his or her name engraved on it and a check in the amount of $1,000. The plaque and check will be presented during University Day events held in fall 2011. The nomination deadline is April 8. For complete details see: Herbert F. Frolander Award.

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, today. 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.


Advisor-Energy Engineering Management/International – The College of Engineering invites applications for an Energy Engineering Management/International Advisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007162, closing date 04/24/2011.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Emerging Technology & Services Department of the OSU Libraries seeks an Operating Systems/Network Analyst for a full-time, 12 –month position. To review details, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at posting #0006936. Closes: April 5.

The Technology Support Services department is accepting applications for a full-time IT Communications Manager. A full position announcement is available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0007085. Closing date: April 6.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Technical Analyst. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary: $44,000-$48,000. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting # 0007079. Closing date: April 6.

Office Mgr/Asst to School Head, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Closing date for applications is April 7. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs,
posting # 0007125. OSU is an AA/EOE

The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Academic Advisor, Professional Faculty position. To view the full position announcement and to apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and search for posting # 0007059. For full consideration apply by April 8.

Oregon State University’s New Student Programs & Family Outreach (NSPFO) office seeks a First-Year Experience Program Coordinator. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0007030 . Closing date: April 8.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking three Cook 1s. To review posting and apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting # 0007127. Closing date is April 8.

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Homestay Program Coordinator. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0007124. Closing date is April 13. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Officer or Coordinator (see posting for details). Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary $45,000-$55,000. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0007152. For full consideration apply by: April 13. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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. See full posting and apply online at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting No. 0007035. Closing date: April 15.

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. 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.

Public Information Representative 2 – College of Engineering, Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 2 position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007130, for full consideration date April 4, closing date April 17. OSU is an AA/EOE

Oregon State University‘s Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) is seeking an Operations and Events Services Manager. The person in this position will oversee all aspects of facility operations and a full range of event planning services associated with DRS indoor and outdoor facilities. For complete list of qualifications and to apply on line, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting #0007054. Closes April 19.

Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment invites applications for a full-time fixed-term Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting # 0007097. Closing Date: April 20.

Department of Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a 9-month, full-time Climbing Coordinator position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include 1 year working experience in collegiate recreation climbing facility management and experience in teaching climbing skills and wilderness medicine. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0007126. Closing date is April 22.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Information System Analyst. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary: Commensurate with education and experience. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0007155. Closing date: April 22.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks candidates for the Acquisitions Unit Supervisor within the Collections & Resource Sharing Department. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0007064. Closing date: April 22.

Department of Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time Sports and Special Programs Coordinator position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include 1 year working experience in collegiate recreation sport clubs, intramural sports, special event planning, or related field. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to Posting #0007129. Closing date is April 22.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor. This is a 0.75 FTE, 12-month or 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track position (at the discretion of the Department Head). : To view the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0007018. For full consideration, apply by May 15.

Spatial Information Research Analyst, Full-time 6-month temporary appointment. This position is with the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology (http://www.fsl.orst.edu/larse), in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. To apply send letter of interest, CV and at 3 professional references to: Maureen Duane Maureen.Duane@oregonstate.edu. Closing date for application: Up to 3 positions will be filled before July 1.

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. Please send cover letter and resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Weniger: Due to tree maintenance, the parking lot between Weniger Hall & Gilbert Hall will be temporarily closed.  Expect a full closure starting at 6 a.m. on April 5 and ending at 8 a.m. However the NE quadrant will remain closed until noon.


Corvallis: “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” — William Shakespeare. After a weekend of plenty of sunbreaks, there’s a spring in most people’s step today. Unfortunately, there’s a 90 percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. today, which might dampen a few spirits. The high will be 56 with a low of 43. Showers are likely throughout the week.

Central Oregon: Looks like the wintery weather may have returned to Central Oregon, Monday’s temps will be cooler, temps in the 50s, with rain likely. The chance of precipitation increases towards the evening as wind may pick up and the temperatures will dip into the 30s.

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