OSU Today

Thursday, April 7, 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.

Community aids arson victims (Gazette-Times)

Family, friends and Oregon State University have rallied to the aid of five OSU students who lost their residence to an arson fire early Tuesday.

Research trip to Japan becomes emotional for OSU prof (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State Professor Scott Ashford has just returned from a research trip to Japan, where he and a team of engineers saw first hand the effects of the massive Tohoku earthquake, and experienced the emotional upheaval of a country in crisis.

On-line selling practices debated (UPI)

A U.S. researcher says incidents of illegal access to names and e-mail addresses of millions of Internet users show a need for tighter online regulation. Nancy King of the College of Business at Oregon State University said this is particularly vital in the expanding role of third-party companies handling pervasive online customer profiles.

Bedbugs making a comeback (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University, which has several thousand beds in dorms and co-ops, has never found more than a single bedbug. “We haven’t had any infestations this year,” said Dan Larson, associate director of OSU Housing & Dining Services.

Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum will visit Oregon State University April 15-17, where she will call on Pacific Northwest high school students, teachers and OSU students to create a better world through community service and global action.

Unmanned aircraft aims to simply Oregon nursery inventory (Western Farmer-Stockman)

An aerial remote sensing system studied by Oregon State University may provide a new way for the state’s nurseries to check inventories.

Portland pain expert will speak at OSU’s aging conference (Oregonian)

Best-selling Oregon author Melanie Thernstrom will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s 35th annual gerontology conference Thursday.

On the rebound (University of Chicago)

Coach Craig Robinson, MBA’91, is working to bring back the banner years of Oregon State University basketball.

Dylan taking big steps (Gazette-Times)

The Sparrows Clubs USA will benefit from the second annual Digging for Dylan volleyball match pitting the OSU volleyball and football teams against each other at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Gill Coliseum.

Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica (Library Journal)

Strycker, an accomplished birder, writes entertainingly about spending three exciting and strenuous months in Antarctica helping a research team study utterly charming Adélie penguins. OSU Press Book.

Polk Extension schedules ‘Ag Program Review’ (Statesman Journal)

The OSU Polk Extension is hosting an “Ag Program Review,” 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Polk County Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Hwy. 99W, Rickreall.

OSU Today contest

Last chance! 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.


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: Today, 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

In 2010, the OSU women’s soccer team outscored opponents 38-12 on its way to a second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. At today’s 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.

Starker Lecture Series “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.

William Kirby, a prominent modern Chinese historian, will speak at Oregon State University 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.

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. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Oregon State football and volleyball programs will compete against each other in the second annual “Digging for Dylan” on Saturday, April 9 at 5 p.m. All of the proceeds from “Digging for Dylan” will go to the Sparrow Clubs. Tickets will only be sold at the door at Gill Coliseum and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and Oregon State students with OSU ID. Cash and checks are only accepted. The Digging for Dylan match will take place following the Oregon State volleyball team’s spring match against Oregon at 2:30 p.m. For more information: http://bit.ly/fq8Tl5

NEW! The Oregon State Athletics Department is pleased to announce that the Eighth Annual “The Other Side,” now known as “Beavers Got Talent” will be held Tuesday, April 12 at La Sells Stewart Center at 7 p.m. It is an annual showcase of student-athletes’ talents apart from their fields of competition. The monies raised from the program will benefit OSU IMPACT, an OSU/Corvallis-based program that serves children with disabilities. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the silent auction. General admission tickets are $5, students with ID are $2 and children under the age of 12 are free. Tickets are sold only at the door. Additional donations will be accepted.

NEW! Auditions for the annual student-directed Spring One-Act Festival will be held April 11-12, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Oregon State University’s Withycombe Lab Theatre. The One-Act Festival will be held May 25-29. Actors involved with the festival are required to attend all performance dates, the tech week (May 20-24), and the post-show strike after the closing performance. Auditions are open to all OSU students and Corvallis community members. Scripts are available for check-out at the Theatre Arts office in Withycombe 145 from Angie Weeks. Contact Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu with any questions about auditions.

NEW! The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a lecture on Monday, April 11, exploring the topic, “What if Christianity is True? Lessons from Mother Teresa.” The speaker for this free public event is Mary Poplin. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. In 1996 Poplin, a professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, spent her sabbatical as a volunteer working in Calcutta with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Poplin will also host an hour-long roundtable discussion at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union. In the event, she will expand on her Socratic Club lecture and entertain questions from the audience.

NEW! Oregon Art Beat on OPB-TV will air a show about OSU’s Art About Agriculture, a permanent collection of nearly 200 drawings, painting, prints, photographs, sculptures, textiles and watercolors. The show will air on May 5 at 8 p.m. and repeat the following Sunday at 6 p.m.

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.

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

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The Provost’s Council of the Oregon University System is considering revisions to the Oregon Administrative Rule that addresses Academic Ranks. The OSU Provost, Sabah Randhawa, has asked for faculty review and input on these proposed revisions. To assist in gathering this feedback, the OSU Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs have made the draft document available in a format that clearly identifies the proposed revisions. The proposal includes extending the ranks of instructor, research assistant, and research associate to a three-level series, as well as the addition of a new rank titled ‘Lecturer’ (paragraph 2.f of OAR 580-020-0005). OSU faculty are invited to review the document at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/2011_comments/Academic%20Rank%20580-020-0005%20with%20track%20changes%20%283%29.pdf and submit comments via an anonymous comments form found at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/2011_comments/. Feedback will be accepted through April 18

NEW! Want help becoming more organized or more intentional about your research process before summer starts? The library can help! The first Zotero and EndNote sessions are just around the corner.  Other workshop topics  for Sring include IRB submissions, grant searching for grad students,  tips for publishing your research, tips for working with APA citation style and learning the basics of working with Google Docs.  Register for one or more today!   http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 .  Contact Hannah Rempel with questions (hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu).

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 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.


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 today. 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.

Traffic and maintenance

Roadways and parking lots: A number of roadways around campus will be shut down Sunday, April 10, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the inaugural Corvallis Half Marathon event. The marathon route is available here: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/28461334/


Corvallis: Well, if rain is what we’re going to get, then we might as well dance in it. There’s a chance of showers today, with a high of 53 and a low of 32. Tomorrow we can look forward to a mostly sunny day before rain returns for the weekend.

Central Oregon: Most Central Oregonians will wake to a skiff of snow today with Thursday’s weather bearing a striking resemblance to Wednesday’s forecast, a 60 percent chance of snow, and temps in the 30s.

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