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Tuesday, April 19, 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.

Liquifaction major culprit in Japan quake (UPI)

“We’ve seen localized examples of soil liquefaction as extreme as this before, but the distance and extent of damage in Japan were unusually severe,” said Scott Ashford, a professor of geotechnical engineering at Oregon State University and a member of the research team. (See also MSNBC, Live Science, Science Blog)

Living on credit (US News & World Report)

Ken sent his data to Oregon State University forest modeler Greg Latta, who analyzes carbon offset policies for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Water Wars: Hydropotential or hydrohype? (Revolve)

The history of international water treaties regarding surface water is robust. Over 400 treaties have been inventoried by the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database hosted by Oregon State University where we work. The earliest treaty dates back to 2500 BCE, following the only documented war over water in history, in Mesopotamia along the Tigris River.

A strong aftershock and a moment of uncertainty (Oregonian)

Harry Yeh, an Oregon State University tsunami expert who speaks Japanese, leaned over from the seat next to Kramer. “There’s been an earthquake,” Yeh said, “and it will arrive here in eight seconds.”

The top underrated Creative Writing MFA programs (Huffington Post)

With all the attention paid to the University of Oregon’s fully funded MFA program, Oregon State somehow gets overlooked.

Bill would waive college tuition for foster kids (KTVL)

Lisa Smith’s daughter was a foster child. If her and her husband hadn’t become her legal guardians she might never have been able to attend Oregon State University, where she will be graduating in a few months.

Oregon Senate passes bill that would allow universities to have police departments (Oregonian)

State universities would be permitted to establish their own police departments with a bill that passed the Oregon Senate Monday.

Education, packaging changes could save marine mammals (Gazette-Times)

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute suggests most entanglements of Steller sea lions in human-made marine debris along the Pacific coast could be prevented through education and changes to manufacturing and packaging processes.

Who won Oregon’s Recyclemania? (KVAL)

Oregon State University has once again taken the number one spot in the state of Oregon for RecycleMania, an annual, nationwide recycling competition between universities. (See also LIFE@OSU)

OSU guides help manage plant diseases, weeds and insects (Western Farm Press)

What are the best ways to manage insects, weeds and plant diseases? Three research-based guides, available through Oregon State University Extension and updated every year, can provide you with reliable answers.

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Celebrate Earth Week: Effective Green Job Search 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 11th Annual Community Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Green Internship Search 12 to 1 p.m., Green Resume Writing Workshop 2 to 3 p.m., and SAGE Garden Party 3 to 6 p.m. For locations and descriptions, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/eventCalendar.cfm.

Native plant sale: Plant sale on the MU Quad today during the Earth Day Community Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., funds will help support OSU MANRRS Chapter Relay for Life team. OSU MANRRS Relay for Life sign up http://main.acsevents.org/goto/osumanrrs

Director of Admissions: Candidates for Director of Admissions have been invited to address campus in open forums as follows: Today, 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 pm.)

Graduate and Faculty Workshops: Head to Valley Library this week for Graduate Student and Faculty Workshops on using EndNote Web from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Preparing Your IRB Submissions, 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 20, and Grad Student Grant Searching, 10 a.m. to noon April 20. Find session descriptions, times and locations and register to save your seat.

Carrington farewell reception: Join us in wishing Jim Carrington, current director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, farewell at a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center Living Room and Lounge.

Lecture on advertising and corruption: Jean Kilbourne will speak on “Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and the Corruption of Relationships,” 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium. This lecture will examine how women are depicted in the media and how addictions are manipulated by the media. For more information please call 541-737-3186.

True Grit: MUVIES in the Memorial Union’s Trysting Tree Lounge take place Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. This week’s featured film is “True Grit” starring Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Speakers of House come to OSU: The Co-Speakers of the Oregon House of Representatives, Rep. Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) and Rep. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) will hold a town meeting on the OSU campus on Wednesday, April 20. The forum featuring the co-speakers will be co-moderated by Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) and Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) in the Construction and Engineering Hall, Lasells Stewart Center, starting at 7 p.m.

NEW! Earth Week poetry: Award-winning Seattle poet Paul Hunter will join writers Karen Holmberg, Bill Siverly, Clemens Starck, and Alexis White for “Dirt Still Clinging to the Words,” an Earth Day poetry reading on April 22. The event runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 109. An open microphone will follow the featured readers.

NEW! Earth Week Sale at the OSUsed Store. Surplus is distributing coupons for this week’s public sale, Wednesday, April 20, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Get your coupon at the Earth Week Community Fair Tuesday 11-3 in the MU Quad, in Tuesday’s Barometer, Wednesday’s Gazette-Times, or on Facebook. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Invisible Children screening: On April 20, 6 p.m., “Invisible Children,” a media-based non-profit dedicated to ending Africa’s longest-running war, will be screening “Tony” at the Milam Hall Auditorium. “Tony” documents life of a young Ugandan man named Tony and follows the past eight years of his life.

Coffee & Tea from Around the World: At noon on April 20, come to the Women’s Center to drink coffee and tea and listen to international women students give presentations about their cultures. This week we have Suzanne Shakya from Kathmandu, Nepal, who will introduce the caste system in Nepal, its structure, and the differences between Nepalese and American culture.

Vice President of University Relations & Marketing candidates: The candidates will give a presentation followed by an open forum session. Steve Clark will speak from 4 to 5 p.m., April 20, in LaSells Stewart Center, Agriculture Production Room. Another candidate (TBA) will speak from 4 to 5 p.m., April 25, in MU 208.

University Librarian candidate forum: Lynn Baird, Dean, University Library; University of Idaho: April 21, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 208. All candidate forums will be recorded and posted to the web on April 21: http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/

Peace Corps info session: 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.

Whole grains lunch lecture: 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. Please RSVP to sandi.cleveland@oregonstate.edu. Brought to you by BeWell@OSU.

Luau: OSU’s 56th Annual Luau takes place April 23 at Gill Coliseum. The pre-sale tickets available at Snell Hall front desk April 18-22. Doors open-4:30 p.m. Dinner starts from 5 to 6 p.m. and the show takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. A concert follows at 9 p.m. Adult: $25-dinner, show & concert $20-show & concert Kid under 12 $15.

Lectures and Seminars

Land management and biophysical process: Dawn Parker of the University of Waterloo will be on campus April 21, 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall 313 to give a seminar on “The challenge of linking agent-based land management and biophysical process models: Data constraints vs. process constraints.” A live webcast and chat are available.

News for Employees

DATE CORRECTION: Orange Rewards: Coffee drinker? Lunch on-campus every day? Join the Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops and markets. From April 25 to May 9 the initial minimum deposit will be reduced to $25. Orange Rewards is available for OSU students, faculty, staff and affiliates only.

Engineering alum videos: At the 2011 Oregon Stater Awards, College of Engineering alumni were asked to share their impact on Oregon and beyond through their leadership, innovations, discoveries, and service and to reflect on how OSU has influenced their path. Enjoy viewing this series of videos produced by University Relations and Marketing.

Ride the Heart of the Valley charity bike ride: Presented by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It takes place 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 registration fee is $30. For more information email SCAVMAevents@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities: The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities is accepting nominations for the 2011 award, which recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster their participation on campus. Deadline is May 15. Review the award criteria and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu

Exemplary Employee Award: The call for 2011 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended to today. Review the nomination instructions. For more information call 541-737-0547; or e-mail: jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu.

PROMISE interns: The PROMISE internship program is designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience in state agencies. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of applicant’s currently under-represented in government agencies. 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. The application deadline is April 29.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Oregon State University‘s Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) is seeking an Operations and Events Services Manager. Posting #0007054. Closes today.

Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment invites applications for a full-time fixed-term Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. Posting # 0007097. Closes April 20.

Grants/Contracts Technician– Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contract Technician position. Posting #0007193. Closes April 20.

The College of Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. Posting #0007171. Closes April 22.

Department of Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a 9-month, full-time Climbing Coordinator position. Posting #0007126. Closes April 22.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Information System Analyst. Posting # 0007155. Closes April 22.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks candidates for the Acquisitions Unit Supervisor within the Collections & Resource Sharing Department. Posting #0007064. Closes April 22.

Department of Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time Sports and Special Programs Coordinator position. Posting #0007129. Closes April 22.

The College of Engineering invites applications for an Energy Engineering Management/International Advisor. Posting #0007162. Closes April 24.

The Department of Information Services is recruiting for an Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency Level 2 position. Posting number is 0007192. Closes April 24.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month Office Specialist 2 – Adventure Learning. Posting #0007211. Closes April 24.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month Office Specialist 2 – Competitive Sports. Posting #0007212. Closes April 24.

Student Billing Tech/Customer Service Rep. F/T Accounting Technician position at OSU in the Business Affairs Office. Posting #0007176. Closes April 25.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grant/Contracts Technician position. Posting #0007196. Closes April 25.

Oregon State University Extended Campus seeks an Enrollment Marketing Manager to join our team. Posting #0007175. Closes April 29.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor. Posting #0007018. For full consideration, apply by May 15.

Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs – The College of Engineering invites applications for an Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs. Posting #0007218. Closes May 15.

Spatial Information Research Analyst, Full-time 6-month temporary appointment, Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology, 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.


Corvallis: It may be sunny enough today to warrant putting on your OSU baseball cap before heading outdoors. Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 58 and a low of 34. There might be a few showers tomorrow but the rest of the week looks sunny.

Central Oregon: Hooray!! The sun has returned to the High Desert! And hopefully yesterday’s cold north wind has blown itself out. Temperatures should reach for the mid 50s today, with light breezes from the northeast.

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