OSU Today

Friday, April 15, 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.

The planet’s natural air filters (TIME)

“There’s some uncertainty in these data,” said Beverly Law, a professor of forest ecosystems at Oregon State University and a co-author of the new study. “But it does appear that the terrestrial carbon sink is higher than believed in earlier studies.” (See also Oregonian, KVAL)

Listen to what Japan’s earthquake sounded like underwater (TBD)

The hydrophones are an antiquated component of the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems, a Cold War project to monitor enemy submarines. Now they’re being used by scientists at NOAA’s Vents Program at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University.

Series of big quakes mean more on the way? (Seattle-Times)

Chris Goldfinger, of Oregon State University, finds evidence there for three to four earthquake clusters in the last 10,000 years on one fault segment. “The clusters are real,” he wrote in an email. “They are not just a random product, and therefore they mean something.”

Visiting professor advocates for change in economic values (Gazette-Times)

Well-known ecological economics professor Robert “Bob” Costanza was in Corvallis Thursday to give a lecture on “Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future.”

Corvallis will use grant to reduce energy use (Gazette-Times)

With the money, the city will set up an “Energize Corvallis” project in cooperation with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, the Corvallis Environmental Center and the Resource Innovation Group, a non-profit social science research group out of Eugene.

OSU student gears up for contest to benefit hungry (Gazette-Times)

Kenyon, 18, is a freshman biology major at Oregon State. “I’ve had good experiences  here since I was little,” he said in an interview last week from his dorm room at McNary Hall. “I really like it here.”

Registrations due for Elevator Pitch challenge (Gazette-Times)

Oregon college students and entrepreneurs have until Friday to register to pitch their venture ideas for a chance to win cash and other prizes as part of Oregon State University’s The American Dream Elevator Pitch Competition on April 22.

OSU scores Major coup in luring renowned poet Jackson for visit (Democrat-Herald)

Award-winning African American poet Major Jackson will read from his latest collection, “Holding Company,” on Friday, April 15, at Oregon State University.

Renewable roundup (Environmental Leader)

Oregon State University has won LEED Platinum certification for its new 6.5 MW cogeneration power plant, which combines heating and electricity generation.

Jackson Street youth to attend PeaceJam at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Community generosity has enabled 11 young people connected to the Jackson Street Youth Shelter to attend this weekend’s PeaceJam Northwest conference at Oregon State University.

Annual dance concert has a bit of everything (Gazette-Times)

Carol Soleau, an associate professor of dance at Oregon State University, is the founder and artistic director of Oregon Dance. The concert’s modern  dance repertoire includes “The ’60s Revisited,” a tongue-in-cheek depiction of the uptight mind-set of the late ’50s clashing with the later decades’ free-spirited movement.

Today

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues today with a performance by “Mozart’s Magic Flutes.” The quartet of seasoned players, all members of the Oregon Mozart Players in Eugene, is comprised of Jill Pauls and Debra Harris, flutes; Ann Grabe, cello; and John Jantzi, piano. They will perform at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus. Admission is free.

Join us for the PeaceJam Public Talk with Nobel Peace Laureate, Rigoberta Menchú Tum,  7 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public, doors open at 7 p.m. with the entertainment of Corvallis’ own band, Madera, along with Luau Dancers from Oregon State University. This is Rigoberta Menchú Tum’s only open to the public event while in Corvallis for the weekend for the PeaceJam Northwest Youth Conference. More information about Rigoberta Menchú Tum can be found on PeaceJam’s website at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/nobel-peace-prize-laureate

Award-winning African American poet Major Jackson will read from his latest collection, “Holding Company.” 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.

MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.

Saturday

The annual Earth Week celebration is nearly here! For Saturday, April 16, take part in Corvallis Earth Connect at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the EarthFaire at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and PeaceJam @ SAGE at 2 to 4 p.m. On Sunday April 17, join the Greek Row Clean Up at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For locations and descriptions, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/eventCalendar.cfm.

Between the Cracks Forum, sponsored by the OSU music department, features Dan Joseph on electronics and dulcimer, Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m., at The Art Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. Students are admitted free, $10 at the door/$5 for Art Center Members. For more information contact: Dana Reason at dana.reason@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary, it is actively recruiting the next generation of volunteers. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.  “Info Session: Make a Difference Abroad,” Thursday, April 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union 109 A

NEW! The Vice President of University Relations & Marketing (formerly University Advancement) candidates will visit campus over the next couple of weeks.  During their visits to Oregon State University, the candidates will give a presentation followed by an open forum session.  The presentations and forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty. Todd Simmons will speak from 4 to 5 p.m.,  April 18, in Memorial Union, Room 206. Candidate two (TBA) will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. April 19, in MU 206. Steve Clark will speak from 4 to 5 p.m., April 20, in LaSells Stewart Center, Agriculture Production Room. Candidate four (TBA) will speak from 4 to 5 p.m., April 25, in MU 208.

Join us in wishing Jim Carrington, current director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, farewell at a reception on Tuesday, April 19. The event is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center Living Room and Lounge.

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

The OSU Women’s Center is pleased to announce a lecture by the award-winning author, Dr. Jean Kilbourne on Tuesday, April 19. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium and Kilbourne’s two books, “Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel” and “So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids” will be available for purchase before and after the lecture. Kilbourne’s lecture is entitled “Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and the Corruption of Relationships.” This lecture will examine how women are depicted in the media and how addictions related to alcohol, tobacco, food and thinness are manipulated by the media. For more information please call 541-737-3186.

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

Maureen Kirkpatrick, Accounting Technician at Health Sciences Business Center, is retiring after 15 years at OSU. Please join us in a celebration of appreciation for her service and to wish her all the best in her retirement. There will be reception with refreshments in the Hawthorn Suite, Room 119 in Milam Hall on Thursday, April 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

A Lunch and Learn on “Dishing up Whole Grains” with dieticians Ann Marchant and Tara Sanders will take place April 22, noon in MarketPlace West East Conference Room. It is open to students, faculty and staff. Please RSVP to sandi.cleveland@oregonstate.edu. Brought to you by BeWell@OSU.

News for Employees

NEW! The Third Annual Ride the Heart of the Valley charity bike ride presented by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) will be held on Saturday, April 23.  You can choose one of two routes, 30 miles beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 12 miles beginning at 11 a.m.  Both routes begin and end at the College of Veterinary Medicine Magruder Hall Arena.  The ride is a One Health ride and funds raised will go to the Olive K. Britt Endowment for Emergency Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Benton County Health Center to help provide medical care for low income families and their pets.  The registration fee is $30.  To register go to http://rhv.yolasite.com, or for more information email SCAVMAevents@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) is accepting nominations for the 2011 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities. This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the award criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/criteria.html and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu

Students from Bunkyo University in Japan who are spending Spring term at OSU studying English with INTO-OSU are seeking a weekend homestay. The homestay is an opportunity for them to experience American family life. There are two weekend opportunities for hosting, May 13-15 and May 20-22. The weekends start on Fridays at 5 p.m. and end on Sundays at noon. For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay or call 541-737-8754.

The call for 2011 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended to Monday, April 18. Click on the following link for nomination instructions: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html For more information call 541-737-0547; or e-mail: jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu.

Register now for next week’s Pac-10 Challenge for a Well U and get one step closer to winning great prizes, including an iPAD! Individuals or groups in the OSU community can earn points, April 18-22, by entering the following online: 1) answers to questions about wellbeing, 2) attendance at campus wellness events, and/or 3) the practice of healthy habits. Learn more at www.welluchallenge.org

Extended Campus is hosting its fourth annual Faculty Forum on Thursday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The forum showcases current Ecampus instructors’ courses and provides opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods. OSU faculty and TAs interested in the field of online learning are invited to attend. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, and participants may enter to win door prizes, including OSU branded Flip cameras! RSVP online by April 26.

Tenured Affirmative Action Search Advocates (AASA) are needed for next year’s Provost’s Initiative searches. Advocates are process experts committed to enhancing diversity, quality, and equity in faculty search/selection. The 2-part AASA workshop series introduces the role and supporting research, explores ways to recognize and address potential bias risks, and outlines strategies to promote diversity and improve validity/fairness throughout the search. Session I introduces the AASA role, introduces current research about diversity and bias, and explores initial search stages beginning with position development. Session I is required to attend Session 2. Session 2 explores later search stages, outlines advocate participation strategies, and closes with a panel of veteran search advocates. Register for the 2-part workshop series. (Workshops May 3 and 4 offered in conjunction with Outreach and Engagement Spring Training–open to any interested OSU faculty/staff.)

The Office of Community and Diversity and the Committed to Diversity Task Force has extended the deadline for the staff essay contest to help OSU develop a campus ethos for community building. The winner of the contest will win $5,000 worth of goods and services. You must be a current employee at Oregon State University. The winning essay will be announced in the spring quarter of 2011. Please contact becki.metzger@oregonstate.edu to receive a copy of the essay requirements. Essays must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 18.

The English Department is accepting entries for the annual Weaver/Academy of American Poets Prize for the best poem written by an OSU undergraduate. Please submit up to five poems with a cover sheet giving your name and contact information (no names should appear on the poems); entries should be mailed or delivered to the English Department, 238 Moreland Hall, by Friday, April 29. The prize includes $200, a certificate from the Academy of American Poets, and inclusion of your name on a plaque. All majors are encouraged to enter.

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 today. To register or for further information contact Mary McKillop at 541-713-8044 or go to http://aep.bus.oregonstate.edu

Jobs

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. Closing date today. Please send cover letter and resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

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. Closing date today. 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.Closing date today. For further information, please email rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8899.

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: Today.

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. today.

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.

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.

Grants/Contracts Technician– Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contract Technician position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007193, closing date April 20. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 22.

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.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month Office Specialist 2 – Adventure Learning. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007211. Closing date is April 24.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month Office Specialist 2 – Competitive Sports. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0007212. Closing date is April 24.

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.

Grant/Contract Technician: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grant/Contracts Technician position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ posting #0007196. Closing date is April 25.

Oregon State University Extended Campus seeks an Enrollment Marketing Manager to join our team. This position provides leadership in communication and recruitment strategies targeting prospective students inquiring about OSU Extended Campus classes and programs. He/she will manage the daily operations and
supervise staff within the Ecampus Communication Center. Strong candidates will possess prior managerial/supervisory experience in customer service, knowledge in customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Position closes April 29. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58319

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to elevator maintenance, the elevator at Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect elevator services to all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on April 18 and services will be restored by 3:30 p.m.

Weather

Corvallis: Prepare for rain today, perhaps up a half an inch or so. Don’t get caught huddling under an inadequate parasol, this is a day for rubber boots and slickers. The high will be 54 with a low of 45. Showers will continue Saturday and then lighten up a bit for Sunday.

Central Oregon: Friday brings a 10 percent chance of sunshine, and the possibility of temperatures in the 50s. But keep the umbrella handy, as the alternative is more rainy-snowy skies, and a brisk south wind.

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