OSU Today

Wednesday, April 6, 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.

Nuclear historian: ‘Science without history is just ignorance’ (KATU)

The long-standing conflicts over nuclear power and the risks of radiation exposure are nothing new – in fact, the debate over the damaged Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan are similar to arguments happening between scientists, governmental agencies and the public since 1945, according to an Oregon State University expert on the history of science.

Five OSU students displaced after fire (KEZI)

Five Oregon State University students are displaced after a fire ripped through their house early Tuesday morning. (See also KMTR, Gazette-Times)

Spring brings back seal pups (KPTV)

Oregon State University biologists are warning the public to avoid touching or approaching seal pups left alone on the beach while their mothers are out looking for food.

Defining sustainability: Keeping the power going (Gazette-Times)

Brandon Trelstad wears many hats as Oregon State University’s sustainability coordinator. He joins another full-time employee and three students in OSU’s Sustainability Office to have a hand in community outreach and networking, campus infrastructure projects, student engagement and policy, implementation and planning of all things relating to sustainability.

Japan faces another dilemma: Irradiated bodies (MSNBC)

“If it’s a surface contamination as this probably was … normally you could wash it off or wipe it off and remove clothing, to remove most of the contamination,” said Kathryn Higley, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University. “But the body decomposes, so it might be more complicated.”

What if Japan’s tsunami happened here? (Oregonian)

“We’re fully prepared for the scenario that doesn’t matter,” said Pat Corcoran,  hazards outreach specialist for the Oregon State University Sea Grant Extension. “We are fully prepared for the non-event. For us to think we are going to get what Japan got is pretty sobering and I don’t think people want to deal with that. The implications are fairly unimaginable.”

OSU, Intel expand open source (TMC)

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University is partnering with Intel to expand experiences for undergraduate students in open-source programming.

OSU puts focus on sexual assault prevention (Gazette-Times)

During April, Oregon State University will host events — ranging from an art show to a 5K run — aimed at educating the public on sexual assault prevention and support for those who’ve survived such attacks.

Reed considers loosening confidentiality rules to allow victims to talk more freely (Oregonian)

Kevin Myers also noted college officials have compared Reed’s policies with those of Oregon State University, which is lauded as a model for sexual assault as public universities in Oregon seek to make changes, and found them similar.

So many cabbages, so little time (News-Times)

Classified by their optimal time of planting and maturity, cabbages include early, mid-season or late-season types, said Annie Chozinski, faculty research assistant with the horticulture department at Oregon State University.

OSU Today contest

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The search committee for the Associate Director of Visitor Center & Programs is pleased to announce the following campus forum for Javier Cervantes: 2 to 2:45 p.m., MU 109A. Search materials, including the candidate bios, evaluation form, and position description will be available at the forum.

The OSUsed Store is open for its evening public sale of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., 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. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

Sharpen Your Competitive Edge presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program,  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. 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 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.

The Spring Creek Project will host a Spring Creek Café to consider “The Moral Responsibilities of Corporations” with Willamette University law professor Robin Morris Collin, 7 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Main Meeting Room. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call 541-737-6198 or visit the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University student Taliesin Mihacsi will debut her new play, “Coming Home,” on April 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre on the OSU campus. The student-written and directed one-act play is the final project of Mihacsi’s Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. “Coming Home” is a breast cancer awareness play about the Turner family, which is forced to deal with a difficult time in their lives. Tickets are free and available at the door only. A $3 suggested donation per ticket will go to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Each performance will be followed by a short talk-back featuring the playwright/director and the cast. This play contains adult content and may not be suitable for all viewers.

NEW! University of Washington scholar Moon-Ho Jung will speak on “Seditious Subjects: Race, State Violence, and the U.S. Empire,” on Monday, April 11, at Oregon State University. His free public lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. It is the final lecture in OSU’s 2010-11 American Culture & Politics lecture series, sponsored by the Horning Endowment in the Humanities.

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.

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.

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. 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

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.

One of Canada’s most promising young concert artists, Ryo Yanagitani, will make his Corvallis debut for the final performance of this season’s Steinway Piano Concert Series, on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., on the Oregon State University campus. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, Rice’s Pharmacy, Beard’s Framing and on line at ticketsoregon.com. OSU students and youth ages eight through 18 will be admitted for free. For more information: www.ryoyanagitani.com or corvallis.piano.com

Looking for fun and educational programs for your kids to participate in during the summer? Come to the “Kids Summer Programs Fair” in MU 213 on April 13 from noon to 1 p.m. Organizations from OSU and the surrounding Corvallis/Albany communities will be on hand to answer your questions about the programs that are available for your kids during the summer. Participants include: KidSpirit, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Little Kickers, Albany Boys and Girls Club, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis Montessori, Midway Farms, 4-H, Musicafe Rock School, and more.

Lectures and Seminars

The Institute for Water and Watersheds, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Water Resources Graduate Program and Hydrologic Engineering Inc. are pleased to sponsor the 2011 Spring Hydrology Seminar Series: Climate Impacts on Freshwaters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives – Wednesdays, through June 1, in ALS 4000. The series includes a fantastic group of speakers including Dennis Lettenmaier, University of Washington; Bob Hirsch, US Geological Survey; LeRoy Poff, Colorado State University; David Sunding, UC-Berkeley and more.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! PROMISE (Professional, Managerial Internships in State Employment) is an internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience in state agencies. The purpose of the program is to increase the potential pool of applicant’s currently under-represented in state and local government agencies. Students of color are encouraged to apply. Internships are 40 hours a week for 10 weeks at $10 an hour. They are in OSU campus departments, local community and the state of Oregon. There are weekly luncheon forums and network groups, and field trips. Applicants are referred to sponsoring departments and state agencies for interviews and selection within three to five weeks following the application deadline date of April 29. Applications are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/main/current-students/promise.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and OSU will be holding a one-day workshop on Wednesday, April 13. This workshop is primarily designed to benefit researchers and educators less experienced in proposing to NSF. The workshop will provide an overview of NSF, its mission, priorities, and budget, as well as the NSF proposal and merit review process. It will be held at the OSU Conference Center. There is a $15 registration fee to cover the cost of a sponsored lunch and preregistration is required. Registration is at: https://conferences.bus.oregonstate.edu/Registration/Index/2011-national-science-foundation. Please register by noon on Friday, April 8.

In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Access the registration form to register for one of the two sessions. Requests for times will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. April 26 – 1 to 2:30 p.m., May 26 – 3 to 4:30 p.m.

OSU Faculty and Staff can participate in Beaver Strides this term for free. Beaver Strides is a pedometer based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “Step it up!” The Solo Strider 6 week Physical Activity Program begins April 18. Each faculty/staff member receives a free pedometer, tracking booklet, menu ideas and recipes, links to helpful fitness and wellness websites, and can enter into weekly raffle drawings for prizes. Participants who complete the six week program will receive a Beaver Strides stainless steel, BPA free water bottle. To register: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup . A kick-off event takes place April 14 at the Student Health Services (Plageman Bldg.) Room 322 from noon to 2 p.m. for participants to pick up their pedometer, tracking booklet. For more information, email Beaver.Strides@oregonstate.edu.

In commemoration of 50 years of publishing by the OSU Press, the University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the Press’ 1961 establishment, past directors, and current publications. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Dates: April 5-29. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog and be sure to check out both Digital Collections in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the OSU Press. The Oregon State University Press publishes books that spotlight the rich environmental and natural history, culture, social and scientific issues, and literature of the Pacific Northwest.

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.

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

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 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: Today.

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.

The Office of Human Resources 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 10. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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.

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 April 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.


Corvallis: “Oh, to be in England, now that April’s there,” — Robert Browning. With all this gray and rainy weather, it’s easy to imagine we are across the Pond. Showers are expected today and tonight, with a high of 48 and a low of 36. Showers continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: While Wednesday may have started snow free, there is only a 30 percent chance it will stay that way. With highs in the 30’s and the possibility of winds from the west between 16 and 20 mph, we may see an inch of snow fall today. Best keep those mittens and a scarf handy.

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