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Wednesday, April 20, 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.

Teens doing better: Why don’t adults believe it? (CNN International)

Yes, says Richard Settersten, professor of human development at Oregon State University, more young adults are close to their parents, even living at home after high school or college. But if they once felt entitled to an easy life, they no longer do.

Europe starting to dive under Africa? (National Geographic)

Still, deciphering these changes is a very complex process, said Chris Goldfinger, director of the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU study: ‘American Way’ now culture of debt (KVAL)

A new study published this month suggests that while younger Americans are more smitten with credit cards and debt than older Americans, the older generation helps enable their children by encouraging use of credit as a “safety mechanism.” (See also Think Money, UPI)

Study: Sea lion entanglement in debris preventable (KVAL)

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 when the entangling materials are produced.

Linn GOP joins Robinson fight (Register-Guard)

Linn County Republicans have organized a rally for Art Robinson at Oregon State University today. Robinson, the Cave Junction chemist who ran unsuccessfully for the 4th District House seat against Democrat Peter DeFazio, has accused the university of inter­fering with his children’s education as political payback over a hard-fought campaign. He said their troubles began after he announced he would run again in 2012.

Oregon’s professors at private and public universities get lowest increase in average salary in 50 years (Oregonian)

Most Oregon public university professors, who had salaries frozen for the last two years, actually lost money because of furlough days, said George Pernsteiner,  chancellor of the Oregon University System. Oregon State University and Portland State University did not furlough this school year, so their professors may have seen some increase, but salaries would still be at 2008-09 levels, Pernsteiner said.

OSU beats UO in RecycleMania competition (Columbian)

Oregon State University is claiming victory in the RecycleMania Civil War with the University of Oregon. (See also Statesman Journal, San Antonio Express )

Building community through peer mentoring (LIFE@OSU)

Who knows better the challenges of being a freshman than a student who has just been through it? It’s the premise for the peer mentoring program in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) that provides learning support for new students while building a community of undergraduates that encourage each other.

Facebook reveals new data center specs (Computer World)

As part of the company’s Open Compute Project, Facebook officials released specifications for the data center’s custom-built rack-mounted servers, which they said weigh less and use more-efficient power systems than most others do. The company also disclosed its methods for cooling racks of servers without air conditioning. The technical details are posted on the OpenCompute.org website hosted by Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab.

Speaker: Advertising thrives upon sexist themes (Gazette-Times)

After about 100 lectures a year for 30 years, Jean Kilbourne estimates she’s spoken 1,500 times at college campuses. But today marks her first visit to Oregon State University, where her lecture tonight, “Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction,” will explore how and why alcohol and tobacco industries use demeaning images of women to sell products.

Weather affects Hood River fruit growers (Fresh Plaza)

Steve Castagnoli, a horticulturalist with the Oregon State Extension Service in Hood River County, says the bees are key, and they’re picky when it comes to the weather.

OHSU OKs expanding South Waterfront project (Oregonian)

At its regular meeting today, the OHSU board tentatively approved spending an additional $20 million to add 20,000 square feet of research space to the life sciences building, a collaborative effort among OHSU, Portland State University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

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Celebrate Earth Week: Why Does Food Matter with Climate Change? 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., OSUsed Earth Week Sale 12 to 3 p.m., and Addicted to Plastics Video Presentation 4 to 6 p.m. For locations and descriptions, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/eventCalendar.cfm.

Coffee & Tea from Around the World: At noon, 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.

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

Director of Admissions: Candidates for Director of Admissions have been invited to address campus in open forums as follows: Today, 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 Preparing Your IRB Submissions, 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Grad Student Grant Searching, 10 a.m. to noon. Find session descriptions, times and locations and register to save your seat.

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.

Invisible Children screening: At 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.

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 today. 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.

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! Living with Earthquakes. At the April 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty/staff club, Professor Emeritus Robert Yeats will share his observations about earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Horticulture Club plant sale: The OSU Horticulture Club is having a plant sale this Thursday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Greenhouse behind Cordley Hall.  For sale will be various dwarf Asiatic lilies in 1-gallon containers, scented geraniums in 8-inch pots, Endless Summer Hydrangeas in 3-gallon containers,  and assorted bedding plants.

NEW! Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety: Candidates for Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety have been invited to address campus in open presentations and forums as follows: April 21, MU 109A – Diana Ash; May 2, MU 208 – Ben Owens; May 5, MU 109A – Ed Becker; May 9, MU 211 – Dave Leonard (all forums will be at 1:30 pm.)

NEW! OSU Confidence Conference: Friday, April 22, 1 to 5 p.m., MU 207.  This conference will raise awareness of challenges that women face in building self-confidence; build skills toward improving confidence; create a shift in student attitudes and actions toward addressing inequities. Registration available at http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter

NEW! 2011 Transnational Feminist Film Festival: Thursday, April 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Free and open to everyone. Featuring two critically acclaimed, transnational and independent films: “The Garden” at 4 p.m. and “Unveiled Views: Muslim Women Artists Speak Out” at 6 p.m. Discussion following the films.

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.

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

NEW! Art: The Research Office, A132 Kerr,  is currently featuring art by its staff and family members. All are welcome to enjoy the show and perhaps be inspired to hang work in your own areas by “artists  who moonlight as registrars, accountants, technicians, clerical staff and administrators,” as John Maul said regarding the recent staff exhibit at La Sells Stewart Center.

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.


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

Office Specialist 2: The Office of Institutional Research invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 – Assistant to the Director.  This is a part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), 12-month position. Posting # 0007221.  Closes April 30.

Finance and Administration Division invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning. Posting #0007172. Closes May 3.

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 today.

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

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

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  Adventure Learning Office Specialst 2 –. Posting #0007211. 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.

Traffic and maintenance

Due to a project irrigation audit, the “new portion” of the Washington SW Lot (#3201) and the Washington and 11th Street lot (#3226) will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.


Corvallis: “April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.”-  Edna St. Vincent Millay. Well it won’t be quite as sunny today, but it should stay dry until this evening, when a chance of showers lingers through tomorrow. Today’s high will be 59 with an overnight low of 38,

Central Oregon: Clouds will return to the High Desert Wednesday, bringing with them a chance of showers. Temperatures will try to reach the mid 50s, but again the wind may return and keep us feeling winter’s chill.

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