OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 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.

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Weighing measures 66 and 67 (Register-Guard)
Oregon State economist William Jaeger discusses the upcoming tax measures.

New picture windows restore Gill Coliseum’s classic appearance (Gazette-Times)
Gill Coliseum has been legendary for several years. Now, the state’s most historic athletic building – an Oregon State campus landmark for more than 60 years – can again be described as classic, thanks to the restoration of the 14 large picture windows on the building’s east and west sides.

Roses and Raspberries (Gazette-Times)
More power to everyone who has embrace a new resolve to be healthier, more active, more involved and otherwise more engaged in life for the new year and the new decade. We’re speaking specifically of Oregon State University students, faculty and staff, who on Thursday launched a 19-week health and wellness event called the “Power Up Challenge” to promote healthy living in all its aspects.

Power Up Challenge kicks off (LIFE@OSU)

Gatorade was flying as fast as the smiles last Thursday during the Power Up Challenge kick-off and Wellness Fair at Dixon Recreation Center on campus.

OSU-Cascades hikes summer tuition amid cuts threat (KTVZ)
Depending on what the voters decide, and how lawmakers react at their session next month Bend’s Oregon State University-Cascades Campus could face a nearly $1 million budget cut.

Ashton Named AP News Editor for Arizona-New Mexico (New York Times)
Linda Ashton, news editor for The Associated Press in Utah and Montana, has been named AP’s news editor for Arizona and New Mexico. Ashton grew up in Portland, Ore. She has bachelor of science degrees in technical journalism from Oregon State University and in forest management from the University of Montana.

Measures 66 and 67: considering the educational losses (Oregonian)
A guest column by Patrick M. Emerson, associate professor in the economics department at Oregon State University.

OSU president outlines goals for growth (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University President Ed Ray has been talking a lot about the university’s growth plans lately, and on Monday, he took that message to the Corvallis City Club.

Spending big time with little people (Mail Tribune)

A column by Sharon Johnson, associate professor in health and human sciences at Oregon State University and on the faculty of the OSU Extension.

Panel session to mark King’s influence (Gazette-Times)

Corvallis’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has selected “Service to the Community” as the theme for this year’s local celebration of the national holiday Jan. 18 that commemorates King’s birthday. The panel members are Corvallis Mayor Charles Tomlinson; Jennifer Moore, the executive director of United Way of Benton and Lincoln counties; Julie Manning, who is head of the public relations department at Good Samaritan Medical Group; and Terryl Ross, the director of the office of diversity development at Oregon State University.

39.6 million reasons for Daimler to stay (Oregonian)
Portland’s relationship with Daimler Trucks North America got a boost Monday from the federal Department of Energy, which announced that the company would be awarded $39.6 million to help develop a smaller, more-efficient engine and to improve truck-and-trailer aerodynamics. The company says it will immediately launch its work under the grant, part of which will be shared with partners Oregon State University and BAE Systems.

Biologists Merge Methods, Results from Different Disciplines to Find New Meaning in Old Data
(Science Daily)

A growing number of scientists are merging methods and results from different disciplines to extract new meaning from old data, says a team of researchers in a recent issue of Evolution. “We need to reduce the risk, remove the barriers, and encourage more pursuit of synthesis,” said Brian Sidlauskas, now a professor at Oregon State University.


Today’s Cultural Movie presentation takes place at 5 p.m. at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. “Love in The Time of Butterflies,” stars Salma Hayek.

The Building Your Business Plan Series presents “Company Structure and Management Team,” 6-7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1001. The speaker is Jeanne Smith of Jeanne Smith and Associates. Jeanne is a practicing attorney with Jeanne Smith and Associates.  She is a frequent speaker in Oregon and nationally at continuing education classes for attorneys, accountants and other professionals in estate and business planning.

The Falla Guitar Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m., 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.  For ore information go to http://www.violins.org or call Marilyn Miller at 541-752-7222.

Upcoming events

NEW! Three-time award winning Native-American singer and actor, Litefoot, is performing at Oregron State University at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the MU Ballroom. This is an all age event sponsored by the Native American Longhouse on campus.

NEW! Ballroom Workshops for Beginners, Jan. 15, and Jan. 29, 7 to 9 p.m. Each workshop features basic steps and technique in several popular dances like Waltz, Cha-Cha, Salsa, and Swing. Cost: $20 per 2-hour workshop or $13 per hour. Instructor: Jenny Pelka. For more information, e-mail jennifer.pelka.cdc@gmail.com

NEW! CivilWarLAN is an computer gaming LAN Party hosted at both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, in the Reser Stadium Club Level.  UO and OSU players will be on one local network, gaming with each other, even though they will be 50 miles apart.  CivilWarLAN will feature interactive video so gamers can meet each other face-to-face, web cams that will broadcast what is happening at each location, free swag, snacks, prizes, and 24 hours of nonstop gaming of every kind.  Jan 22-23, http://civilwarlan.com/

NEW! After a successful run of its production of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Oregon State University theater program will perform the play one more time Jan. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. The play, which details the experience of a student at Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, received rave reviews during its October run at OSU. The Jan. 17 production will be a benefit for the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 541-738-7469 or online at www.majestic.org

Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU, Jan. 13, 4-8 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Please join us for this free two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. Dinner included. On Jan. 13, Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU, will present. For more information and to RSVP contact Mary McKillop at 541-713-8044 or e-mail

OSU nuclear engineer Jose Reyes will discuss the latest advances in nuclear energy technologies at this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Thursday, January 14 in MU 109. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat for lunch by contacting Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

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.

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.

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: 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

News for Employees

NEW! Do you know a young person who wants to be scientist or engineer? Currently Saturday Academy is offering an internship program called Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE). ASE is a eight week summer internship program for 9th-11th graders.  A variety of internships will be offered. ASE gives students the opportunity to build their resume and gain valuable work experience. Ninety-nine percent of our ASE interns go onto college immediately following high school.  In order to apply you must first submit a preliminary application due by Jan. 15, and then submit the final application due by March 2. If you would like more information please visit our website at http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2010-11 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2010-11 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. Nominations may be submitted by the student’s graduate program director, department chair or head, or by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled.The Bayley Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $4,000. Meritorious domestic and international degree-seeking graduate students may be eligible. The Yerex Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $12,000. Eligibility is limited to meritorious graduate students who are pursuing study in a scientific or technological field and who are US citizens or permanent residents. International graduate students are not eligible. Deadline is Feb. 5. For complete details visit the Graduate School web at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/fellowships.html

NEW! The 2009-10 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379 or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

NEW! Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award are due Feb. 1. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. In addition, up to two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php Applications are evaluated jointly by the Advancement of Teaching Committee of the Faculty Senate and the Center for Teaching and Learning. For more information email eriat@oregonstate.edu.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program.The IGERT program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. A help session for interest faculty is being offered Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 109A. Letter of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office by Feb. 8. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/igert.htm NSF-IGERT program guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10523/nsf10523.htm Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu as a MS Word or PDF document. For more information call  541-737-8390.

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Feb. 8. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The results of the recent Faculty Senate leadership elections are: President-elect – Jack Higginbotham; Executive Committee members – Linda Bruslind, Theo Dreher, John Selker; Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator – Joan Gross

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.

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 getting close to catching up with that number this year. To date, 214 OSU employees have donated a total of $107,275. Meanwhile, UO has had 614 employees who donated $233,404 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements,  and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements,  and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Creative Director, Special Events to develop the creative look for specific events and assist with coordination of other events.    To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager / Student Based Programs Manager to  oversee the Student Telephone Outreach Program, create the Student Philanthropy Program and continue to grow the Senior Class Gift Program.    To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements,  and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State University seeks to hire a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is grant funded. Job description, application requirements, and OSU employment information are available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005133 Contact Ford Evans at 541-737-6423 for more information. Closing date Jan. 18. OSU is an AA/EOE

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 today.  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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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


Physicist William Hamilton wrote, “Concrete is, essentially, the color of bad weather.”  We’ll be seeing those ugly cement skies for most of the week, as today continues rainy with a high of 54 and a low of 43. More rain is in store for us tomorrow.

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