OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

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.

Horticulturist grows, promotes (Capital Press)
Anita Azarenko, 51, today is head of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University and a farmer.

MLK Jr. celebration at Oregon State through Jan. 23 (KVAL)
Oregon State University will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration now through Jan. 23 at multiple locations throughout Corvallis. (See also Gazette-Times)

City Club to hear Ray on OSU, economy (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s impact on the mid-Willamette Valley economy will be the focus when OSU President Ed Ray addresses the City Club of Corvallis at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11.

OSU names new VP for research (Gazette-Times)
A leading federal science director and accomplished oceanographer, who has overseen research efforts at two major federal agencies, is the new vice president for research at Oregon State University, OSU officials announced this morning.

Are San Francisco’s ‘missing’ sea lions in Oregon? (Oregonian)
The story quotes Oregon State University marine biologist Kim Suryan in Newport as saying there are hundreds more sea lions on the Oregon coast this year. (See also St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OSU realignment under way (Capital Press)
A changing demographic, more students and changes in how universities are funded are behind a proposal to realign operations at Oregon State University.

Cold War offered odd benefit — it limited species invasions (Science Blog)

“Last year, people worldwide celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of the Cold War,” said Susan Shirley, a research associate in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. “This signified a time of renewed freedom and opportunities for the countries of Eastern Europe. However, those new opportunities brought new challenges from an unexpected source.”

Science Pub features psychology professors (Gazette-Times)
“Getting Inside Your Head: Empathy, Stress & First Impressions,” the next installment of Science Pub Corvallis, is scheduled for Monday.

Dixon, College of HHS promote upcoming Power Up Challenge

Dixon Recreation Center was host to the kickoff event of the 2010 OSU Power Up Challenge Thursday night. The Power Up Challenge will take place over the next 19 weeks and will officially run from Jan. 11 to May 23.


It’s College Colors Friday! Don’t forget to show your school spirit by wearing orange today.

It’s First Friday, so that means free lunch today at the University Motor Pool. They’ll have Taco Soup and sides with enough to feed the first 100 people. All the fixins’ for this casual event provided by the staff (and generous donors) so bring a friend and drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Falla Guitar Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m., Jan 12 at the LaSells Stewart Center. This performance opens the second half of the 51st season of Chamber Music Corvallis. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $22 at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis and Sid Stevens in Albany.  Tickets are $25 at the door on concert night. OSU students with ID and K-12 students enter free. Tickets are $5 for other students and student spouses. The Falla Guitar Trio and other performances in the Chamber Music Corvallis series are presented to enrich and broaden the cultural offerings for Oregon State University and the greater Corvallis community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances in Chamber Music Corvallis’ 51st season please visit http://www.violins.org or call Marilyn Miller at 541-752-7222.

NEW! OSU’s Saturday Academy is facilitating an after school science club for middle school girls. The group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan 28 -March 4. Topics include Ocean Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, and a Carbon Challenge. For more information, please see our website http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu or call at 541-737-8139.

NEW! The Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology invites you to join them for the First Annual EMT Research Day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the MU Ballroom. The event features platform talks and posters from EMT students and faculty and keynote speaker Ilona Jaspers (UNC Chapel Hill), who will be speaking on “From cells‐to‐mouse‐to‐human: Effects of air pollutants on influenza infections.” Come learn more about the field of Toxicology and how Toxicology helps create safer foods, drugs and products and protects the environment. Go to http://emt.oregonstate.edu to register and to find additional information. Registration is due by Jan. 21.

Join U.S. Senator Ron Wyden for a Benton County Town Hall Meeting at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon.), Jan. 10, in the Linus Pauling Middle School Commons Room, 1111 N.W. Cleveland Ave.

State Representative Sara Gelser, House District 16, will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the state budget crisis and its foreseeable impact on OSU on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring an election forum on Ballot Measures 66 and 67 on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe St. The forum will be moderated by former State Representative Tony Van Vliet.

Advances in science are providing researchers with ever more effective means to understand human behavior – why we do the things we do. Two Oregon State University psychology professors will discuss some of the most interesting insights in this dynamic field in a Science Pub Corvallis presentation Monday, Jan. 11, at the Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis. “Getting Inside Your Head: Empathy, Stress & First Impressions” gets underway at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Associate Professor Frank Bernieri and Assistant Professor Sarina Rodrigues will discuss their own fascinating research projects as well as other new and emerging developments in psychological studies.

Counseling and Psychological Services and the OSU Craft Center invites you to participate in the MLK Project which will be displayed in the Art Underground in Fairbanks Hall from Jan. 25-Feb. 4. Pick up a phrase (e.g., “…I am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own hometown”) from MLK’s speech “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on the fifth floor of Snell Hall in the Counseling and Psychological Services office anytime the week of Jan. 4 -8 and register to create an artistic “response” to the phrase that you are given.  The response must fit flat into an 8×10 frame with glass and can be an art medium (collage, photography, watercolor or fabric) or a verbal response (poem or a written work printed on paper). Please return your response to the Craft Center.

Transforming Turmoil into a New Economy, a presentation by John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” and “The Secret History of the American Empire,” takes place at 7 p.m., Jan. 14 in the LaSells Stewart Center.  This is a unique and excellent opportunity to learn more about our global economic crises, and how we can enact social change to better improve the lives of all humans in our global community.

Candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month, including
Rodney Ho, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center, University of Washington, Seattle; and Gary Pollack, Executive Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend these candidate forums, located on the OSU campus: Ho: Jan. 14, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room
Pollack: Jan. 19, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room
The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. The forums will be recorded and will be posted to the web on Jan. 20 (the link to the site will be distributed at a later date).

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents “Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU,” Jan. 13, 4 to 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Dinner included. You must RSVP to mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu  by Jan. 8.  This is a two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. It includes Early Stage Funding by Nick Fowler of Orion Ventures, LLC, and Introduction to Technology Transfer by Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its January workshop, “Religion in the Workplace” on Jan. 14 at the Corvallis Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop will feature a panel of leaders from the local faith community talking about their religious culture and traditions and how those might play out in the workplace, with plenty of time for discussion and questions from the audience. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series, Jan. 19, Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall, noon to 1:30 p.m. RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and reference this event. This month’s presentation will be given by Wayne Embree, founder and managing partner of Reference Capital. His talk is titled “Is Venture Capital for You?” This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.

News for Employees

NEW! The Oregon State women’s golf program is offering a series of three lessons for adults of any skill level. Leading the clinic is Oregon State head women’s golf head coach Rise Lakowske, assistant coach Kailin Downs with assistance from members of the 2009-10 women’s golf team. The clinic will cover all aspects of the game including putting and chipping, and provides a wonderful opportunity to sharpen skills during the winter months. The cost for the three lesson clinic is $100 per person and will be held at the Truax Indoor Center on the Oregon State campus. The first lesson of the clinic is scheduled for Jan. 28, the second coming Feb. 4 and the final lesson Feb. 11. For more information call Kailin Downs at 541-230-0700.

NEW! A new winter lineup of professional development courses awaits you. These courses are offered at no cost to faculty and staff and include four separate topics: Creating Productive Work Environments, De-Junking Your Life, Managing People Through Change, and Stretch Goals: Taking your performance to the next level. For details and to register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training (courses are listed alphabetically).

NEW! Are you a manager, supervisor or lead worker? The OSU Core Curriculum is a no cost 4-day supervisory training program scheduled for mid-February that focuses on 3 areas: State and University Service, Performance Management and Work life Management. Campus speakers from Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Employee Relations, Environmental Health & Safety and more will present relevant topics and connect you with resources that will empower you to be successful. For more details and to register, visit website: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/core.html.

NEW! Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) is an eight week summer internship program for 9-11 graders. Internships will be available in chemistry, biomedicince, engineering, biology, and much more. ASE gives students the opportunity to build their resume, and gain valuable work experience. 99% of ASE interns go onto college immediately following high school. We are looking for student applicants and mentor applicants for the summer of 2010. Student applicants must first submit a preliminary application due Jan. 15, and then submit the final application due March 2. For interested mentor applicants please contact our office by phone or email. For more information see http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May. Grant applications are due by Jan. 15. For more information please visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/osufund/womens/apply_grant.htm. Or contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

The Student Employee of the Year is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. A student must meet all of the following to be considered for the award: Must meet eligibility requirements and be employed by an OSU college/unit/department; Must have completed or expect to complete a minimum of either three (3) months full time employment or six (6) months part-time employment during this academic year, June 1 to May 31; A student employed on an academic appointment (Graduate Assistantship) or any other manner not paid through the Student Employment payroll process is not eligible for nomination. The nomination form is online at http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/seoty_nomination_form_osu_12-30-09.doc Email the form to Mike Mays at mike.mays@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Faculty and staff Noon Prayer:  every Monday at the OSU Newman Center on Monroe.  People of all faiths are welcome.  Bring a lunch and pray the Liturgy of the Hours.  For more information, contact Deacon Chris Anderson, canderson@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the NSF – Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship (RNTS) program. Guidelines for letters are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rnts.html There are two Noyce tracks in this solicitation: The Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track and the NSF Teaching Fellows/Master Teaching Fellows Track. The program limits to one (1) the number of proposals that can be submitted by OSU per track. Letters of Intent submission to the Research Office deadline is Jan. 11 and should be submitted as a MS Word or PDF document to: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu For more information call 541-737-8390.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which state employees can make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Last year, OSU employees donated $117,568, which benefits organizations like United Way. We’re starting to catch up to that goal, but have a way to go. To date, 205 OSU employees have donated a total of $102,604. Meanwhile, UO has had 585 employees who donated $221,724 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


Facilities Services is seeking a Grounds Maintenance Worker 2. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Landscape Department of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Jan. 11.  Posting #0005127.

Facilities Services is seeking an Accountant 1. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Jan.12.  Posting #005128.

Accounting Technician – Business Affairs invites applications for an Accounting Technician.  This is a full-time limited duration appointment for six months, with a possible extension to 18 months, not to exceed two years from the appointment begin date. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0005138.  Closing date Jan. 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extension Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The College of Science Deans Office invites applications for an Administrative Program Assist.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005080.  Closing date today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Dryden Hall: All power to Dryden Hall will be temporarily shutdown as part of the generator project. This will affect all rooms and all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Jan. 9 and should end by noon.

Student lots are now open, no permit required through today

Nash Hall/Sackett Hall parking area: The parking area to the north of Sackett Hall will be closed from 7 a.m. Jan. 10 through midnight Jan. 17. Handicapped parking and load\unload spaces will remain open.


No gloriously colored skies awaited us this morning, only Eeyore-gray clouds and more than a bit of dampness. But the weekend is nearly arrived, which should lighten the gloom. Today we can expect periods of rain with a high of 45, and an overnight low of 39. Rain continues throughout most of the weekend.

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