OSU Today

Monday, April 11, 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.

Environmentalists join farmers to protest cuts to Oregon State University’s research stations(Oregonian)

It’s like a 160-acre experiment. In various corners of the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, experts are attempting to grow blueberry trees, turn seedlings from Turkey into Christmas trees and raise organic flax.

University to take on state Capitol (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s annual Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, where anyone with a stake in the university is welcome to help remind legislators of OSU’s presence in the state of Oregon.

Finding perspective on nuclear concerns (Gazette-Times)

“A lot of the history of nuclear power is the conflict of expertise,” said Oregon State University history of science professor Jacob Hamblin.

OSU prof returns from Japan: ‘It was an emotional rollercoaster’ (KVAL)

Oregon State University engineering 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.

OSU students save students money while giving to Japan (KMTR)

Two Oregon State University students are looking to raise thousands of dollars for Japan all while savings fellow students money.

NPR’s Philosophy Talk will tape at OSU (Gazette-Times)

The nationally syndicated public radio show “Philosophy Talk” is scheduled to return to Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 13, where it will be taped in front of a live audience. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium at 26th Street and Western Boulevard.

We did in 24 hours what it would take our team weeks (KVAL)

A team of scientists in the remote Cuyuni River basin in Guyana was conducting a fish biodiversity survey recently, when they ran into a problem – they had to identify more than 5,000 specimens in less than a week in order to obtain a permit to export them back to the United States for further study.

Agricultural Research funds 33 OSU projects (Democrat-Herald)

The Agricultural Research Foundation has awarded $398,790 to fund 33 Oregon State University research projects for 2011-2013. The projects range from increasing marketability of Oregon potatoes to studying how yeast supplements improve the immune system functions of dairy cows.

Touring Oregon’s covered bridges (Bend Bulletin)

None is more accessible than Irish Bend Bridge on the Oregon State University campus. Built in 1954 across the Willamette Slough, 15 miles south of Corvallis on Irish Bend Road, it was dismantled in 1988 and reconstructed on the west side of campus, off 53rd Street near the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Earth Day Hoo Haa set for April 22 (Democrat-Herald)

The public is invited to enjoy free food and live music at the ninth annual Earth Day Hoo Haa on a student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 22.


OSU is making progress toward the goal of obtaining University accreditation for the animal care and use program by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC). The following open forum about AAALAC takes place at 9 a.m., MU 206. For more information, email AAALAC@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-7709.

A University Librarian candidate forum, open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty, is scheduled today with Sharon Bostick, Dean of Libraries; University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1:30-2:30 p.m., MU Journey Room.

International Students of Oregon State University are hosting their weekly coffee hour, from 4-6 p.m. in the IRC, off the main lounge in the Memorial Union. Everyone is welcome.

University of Washington scholar Moon-Ho Jung will speak on “Seditious Subjects: Race, State Violence, and the U.S. Empire,” 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.

Auditions for the annual student-directed Spring One-Act Festival will be held today and tomorrow, 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.

The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a lecture tonight, 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! On Tuesday, April 12 , Beavers will invade the Oregon Capitol. OSU Day at the Capitol takes place all day, and includes a health fair featuring OSU Pharm. D students from 11:30 to 4 p.m. in the Galleria, a noon forum on OSU’s Master of Public Policy program, a 2 p.m. discussion with Bill Lunch, and an open discussion with local representatives Sara Gelser and Frank Morse from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 50. There will be a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Galleria.

NEW! At  a public forum entitled, “Wisconsin:  Reverberations, Unionization, and Democracy in the 21st Century”,  on the Oregon State University campus on April 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Kelley Engineering 1001, several speakers will discuss the consequences of  eliminating collective bargaining rights across the country and in Oregon.

NEW! KidSpirit is celebrating its 50th anniversary at OSU. In 1961, the program offered a short baseball camp for boys. Since then, it has expanded into art, science and other subjects with physical activity and lots of fun for boys and girls. At the April 14 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, KidSpirit Director Karen Swanger will discuss the program’s growth and plans for the future. Triad meets in the MU, room 109 at 12 noon. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Earth Week starts Saturday, April 16 and a weeklong, 32-event lineup awaits you!  Of special note are these events: Corvallis Earth Faire and Corvallis Earth Connect, Saturday, April 16, 10-3 at Avery Park and downtown Corvallis; Annual Community Fair, Tuesday, April 19, 11-3 in the MU Quad; Green Career Day, Thursday, April 21, 11:00-3:30 in the MU Ballroom; How Green is OSU? Sustainability Metrics Revealed! Friday, April 22, 12-1 in MU 213; Organic Growers’ Club Hoo Haa! Friday, April 22, 3-7 at the farm.

NEW! Native Plant SALE on the MU Quad April 19 during the Earth Day Community Fair, funds will help support OSU MANRRS Chapter Relay for Life team. We’ve exceeded our $1000 goal for the past two years thanks to plant donations provided by SevenOaks Native Nursery JOIN: OSU MANRRS Relay for Life sign up http://main.acsevents.org/goto/osumanrrs

NEW! “The Help”, a novel by Kathryn Stockett, will be reviewed by Charlotte Headrick at noon, April 13, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. Charlotte Headrick is a professor of Theater Arts, coordinator of the University Theater, and Associate Chair of the Department of Speech Communication at OSU. The Random Reviews series is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

NEW! Candidates for Director of Admissions have been invited to address campus in open forums as follows:
April 19, MU 206 – Nathan Fuerst; April 20, MU 206 – Rob Sheinkopf; April 21, MU 206 – Noah Buckley; May 4, MU 213 – Robert Seltzer (all forums will be at 1:00 pm.) The candidates have been asked to share their vision for the role of the Office of Admissions in support of the direction laid out in OSU’s strategic plan and President Ray’s vision for the University in 2025

NEW! Award-winning African American poet Major Jackson will read from his latest collection, “Holding Company,” on Friday, April 15, at Oregon State University. The literary event, which is part of OSU’s Visiting Writers Series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library’s main rotunda on the OSU campus.

NEW! A Beaver Strides 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.

NEW! Preston Pulliams, President of Portland Community College will present “Leadership and the New Normal” at the College of Education’s 7th Annual Charles Carpenter Lecture on May 6, 7 p.m., in the Joyce Powell Leadership Center, Journey Room of the Memorial Union.

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.

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.

The nationally syndicated public radio show Philosophy Talk will return to Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 13, where it will be taped in front of a live participatory audience. The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Philosophy Talk hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry, both of Stanford University, will discuss the topic, “Latin-American Philosophy.” Their guest for the hour-long program is Joseph Orosco, associate professor at OSU and director of the university’s Peace Studies program.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Linda Bisson, Professor in the Department of Viticulture & Enology at the University of California-Davis, will give the 2011 James M. Craig Memorial Seminar, “Adventures in Elimination of Off-Character Production in Wine Strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae: The Hydrogen Sulfide Story,” Thursday, April 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Room 4000.

NEW! Linda Bisson, Professor in the Department of Viticulture & Enology at the University of California-Davis, will give the 2011 James M. Craig Lecture on “The Scientific Art of Winemaking: Grapes Rotted to Perfection.” Wine is considered to be the product of both science and art, but in reality wine production is a simple microbial process. She will speak on Wednesday, April 13, 7 to 8 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

News for Employees

NEW! Nominations for the 2011 President’s Commission on the Status of Women’s (PCOSW) University Professional Development Award are due today at 5 p.m. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty, or faculty member who excels in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities. See http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/our-campus-compact for a model. The award is presented at University Day. Responses should be restricted to the eight nomination form questions. Print and deliver the form to Rorie Spill Solberg, Political Science, Oregon State University, 310 Gilkey Hall.

NEW! American Dream Elevator Pitch Competition, presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, Friday, April 22, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. When was the last time you made $333 a minute? Ready, start your stop watch and enter the Elevator Pitch Competition. 90 seconds may get you there. There are student and community divisions. Prize money totals: $500 for first place, $250 for   second place, $200 for third place. Entries are due by April 15. To register or for further information contact Mary McKillop at 541-713-8044 or go to http://aep.bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Summer 2011 DPD Faculty Seminar helps faculty members transform their curricula around issues of difference, power, and discrimination through critical examination of systems of oppression, group process, and pedagogy. This  is a three-week intensive seminar. The Summer 2011 faculty seminar is open to all faculty members, with preference given to academic/teaching faculty. Nine month faculty members receive a $2500 stipend for their participation.  All other interested faculty members are welcome to participate, and will receive a $1000 professional development stipend.  Books and other materials are provided. The Summer Seminar will begin on June 20 and concludes on July 8, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Applications, due Friday May 20, can be found on the DPD website at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/dpd/2011-summer-faculty-seminar. For additional information, contact Michelle Bothwell at 541-737-6313, bothwell@engr.orst.edu

University Librarian candidate forums, open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty, are scheduled as follows: Sharon Bostick, Dean of Libraries; University of Missouri-Kansas City: April 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., MU Journey Room; Faye Chadwell, Interim University Librarian, Oregon State University: April 13, 130 – 2:30 p.m., MU Journey Room; Lynn Baird, Dean, University Library; University of Idaho: April 21, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 208. These forums will be recorded and posted to the web on April 21: http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/

Applications for the 2011 Life Scholars Program are now being accepted. This program enables undergraduate students across campus to participate in a scholarly project in the field of aging with Center faculty. The maximum award is $2,000; application deadline is May 6. Four to six awards will be made this year. Departmental matching funds are necessary; a 100 percent match with Center for Healthy Aging Research funds is required. This is a great program for undergraduate researchers. Please contact Anne Hatley at 541-737-4993 or visit our website at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/healthyaging/lifesch_08

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

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 today.

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.

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 today. A live broadcast will be at oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-3. No registration, password, or fees required to view the web streaming.


The College of Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. This position will perform academic advising and program support for the proposed School of Life Science majors. Advise students in the biological science majors pursuing health professions, including pre-medical students. To review full posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0007171.  For full consideration please apply by April 21.

Student Billing Tech/Customer Service Rep.  F/T Accounting Technician position at OSU in the Business Affairs Office.  The OSU Student Accounts department is responsible for producing monthly tuition bills; posting charges to students’ accounts; and communicating policy and regulations to students, parents, and sponsoring agencies. For the complete announcement, visit the website: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: April 25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University has an opening for a Controller/Finance Manager. This senior position provides leadership and coordination of company financial planning and budget management functions for INTO Oregon State University, and is responsible for directing the day-to-day accounting and financial activities for an international student educational services center. For further information, please email rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8899.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Administrative/Human Resources Assistant. Candidate will perform a wide range of administrative and office support activities for the department and/or managers, as well as human resources, and operations support. Ideal candidate must have at least 2 or more years of administrative support experience, and possess HR experience including payroll and benefits administration. For further information, please email rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8899.

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.

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 13.

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: A few April showers won’t linger, and things should be looking up after noon today. Tomorrow looks even sunnier, before the pattern moves back toward the rainy side of the spectrum. Today’s high will be 53 with a low of 35 tonight.

Central Oregon: A shift back towards spring may be on its way this week, temps will remain cool, but skies should begin clearing on Monday with only a chance of precipitation and a high of 47.

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