OSU Today

Thursday, April 21, 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.

Gift helps give new life to Education Hall (Gazette-Times)

With its exterior sandstone blocks and interior walls removed, Oregon State University’s Education Hall has become nearly unrecognizable during its renovation. But a recent $2 million gift will help pay for these upgrades and ready the building for use by fall 2011.

Unstable soil could mean more quake damage (KGO TV)

Scott Ashford, a geotechnical engineering professor at Oregon State University and a member of the research team, said he was struck by how far from the rupture the liquefaction occurred and how the duration of the quake — about five minutes — seemed to exacerbate the problem.

Protesters debate Art Robinson’s discrimination claims (KEZI)

Students who protested in silence Wednesday disagree. They say they stick behind their professors and the department. (See also Democrat-Herald, KVAL, Barometer)

US fears overdue ‘megathrust’ will trigger tsunami (Daily Mail)

The horrifying possibilities have been brought to light by data researched by the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University.

Wave energy researchers pick Oregon coast test site (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The decision on the site was made by officials from the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, which, a collaborative research effort of Oregon State University and the University of Washington that began in 2008. It adds to Oregon’s already attractive array of services for wave energy companies looking to develop products. (See also Seattle Times)

Co-speakers of Oregon House lead town hall session (Gazette-Times)

The co-chairmen of the Oregon House of Representatives, Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg), discussed their historic co-governance agreement and fielded questions on a wide range of issues facing the current legislative session at a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Oregon State University.

Consumers still cautious about debt (Credit.com)

A majority of consumers have suffered some economic distress in the last few years as many experienced some type of income loss, or saw the value of their home decline significantly, and this has led to more caution around debt in general, according to a new study conducted jointly by researchers at Oregon State University and the French university Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord.

Special-needs children see benefit from ‘Beavers Got Talent’ (KVAL)

11-year old Sam Ramirez gets a work out in every Friday afternoon. He gets his physical activity at the Oregon State campus.

A message from President Ray

President Ray: ‘I support the Nuclear Engineering faculty’: In recent weeks, political candidate Art Robinson has engaged in communications with thousands of individuals in which he has made a number of false accusations concerning Oregon State University and the faculty of its Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics department. OSU responded in early March with a statement that appropriately describes Robinson’s claims as baseless and without merit. OSU President Ed Ray provided the following additional comments for readers of OSU Today:

“I strongly and unequivocally support the faculty of the department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics.  The faculty in the department are among the best in the world, and the program is ranked 9th in the nation in the latest U.S. News & World Report graduate education rankings. The faculty are people of great integrity who care deeply for the success of their students. I am disappointed that they have been subjected to unfounded charges against their integrity and their reputation. The claims made against them are baseless and deserve to be ignored.” – OSU President Ed Ray


Celebrate Earth Week: E-Waste Collection 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Green Career Day 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Green Jobs Alumni Panel 12 to 1 p.m., SSI Planting Party 1 to 4:30 p.m., What’s a Green Job and How Do I Get One? 1 to 2 p.m., Superfoods Workshop 5 to 6 p.m., PeaceCorps Info Session 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Sustainability Movie Night 6:30 to 9 p.m. For locations and descriptions, please visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/eventCalendar.cfm.

Horticulture Club plant sale: The OSU Horticulture Club is having a plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the East 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.

Earth Week Career Day: OSU will hold its first spring Green Career Day today. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Green employers will be showcasing their sustainable efforts, networking with OSU students, and highlighting employment/internships. The event will help students learn about career paths and assist green employers to connect with students.

Land management and biophysical process: Dawn Parker of the University of Waterloo will be on campus today, 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.

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

Living with Earthquakes. At today’s 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.

Director of Admissions: Candidates for Director of Admissions have been invited to address campus in open forums as follows: Today, MU 206 – Noah Buckley; May 4, MU 213 – Robert Seltzer (all forums will be at 1 pm.)

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: Today, 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.)

Kirkpatrick retirement: Maureen Kirkpatrick, Accounting Technician at Health Sciences Business Center, is retiring after 15 years at OSU. There will be reception with refreshments in the Hawthorn Suite, Room 119 in Milam Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

2011 Transnational Feminist Film Festival: Today 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.

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,” 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union 109 A.

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! Hoo Ha: The annual Hoo Ha event takes place April 22 on the OSU Organic Growers Club Farm east of Corvallis on Hwy. 34. Shuttle buses will take visitors from the OSU Bookstore, Oak Creek and the Student Sustainability Center out to the farm beginning at 3 p.m.

NEW! Weatherford Competitions: The Weatherford Competitions take place April 22 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The event includes the Elevator Pitch Competition from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition, from 1 to 4 p.m. The awards ceremony is from 4-5 p.m. Registration is closed but the public is welcome to attend.

NEW! Humor and science: Joe Cain, the 2011 Horning Visiting Scholar at Oregon State University, argues that wry observation is an important part of science. He will present a series of three free public lectures at OSU that begin at 4 p.m. on April 26, 28, and 29 in the Memorial Union Room 213. For more information, contact the OSU History Department at 541-737-8560.

NEW! Spinney retirement: Carol Spinney (Finance and Administration) is retiring after 38 years at OSU. The reception will be held on April 26, 2:30-4:30, in MU 109A.  If you are unable to attend, you may send cards or messages to Bonnie Dasenko, Office of the General Counsel, 600 Kerr Administration Building.

NEW! Mosley retirement: Jan Mosley is retiring after 25 years at OSU, with a combined time of service at the Hermiston Extension Center, Civil & Construction Engineering, and Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering. Please join us to wish her well at a hosted reception on Tuesday, April 26 in MU 206, 2-4pm. Questions?  Contact Charlotte Williams, 541-737-2491, 103 Gleeson Hall.

NEW! Science education brown bag: On Friday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in Owen 102, a Special NSF-Supported 2020 Vision Brown Bag Seminar, entitled “What does it mean to be scientifically literate in today’s world of ready, abundant and questionable information?” will be presented by Martin Storksdieck, director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences.

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

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Multimedia Learning Module Workshop: Learn to create dynamic interactive web presentations and learning modules that combine video, audio, photos, images and text with OSU’s Pachyderm authoring tool.  OSU Faculty and staff are invited to a full-day hands-on Pachyderm training to be held on campus May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch provided. A limited number of competitive mini-grants (up to $1,500) will be available to support module development.  Limited seats remain! Register here.  More information: Jeff.hino@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Research Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Monday, May 30. For complete program description visit: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm For more information contact: Debbie Delmore, 541-737-8390.

NEW! Natural Resources news: Read the latest news from the Institute for Natural Resources in its Spring 2011 e-newsletter. Created by the Oregon Legislature in 2001, the Institute for Natural Resources’ mission is to provide Oregonians with ready access to current, relevant, science-based information, methods, and tools for better understanding natural resource management challenges and developing solutions. The Institute for Natural Resources is an Oregon University System institute.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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: Blue skies may be smiling this morning but there’s a 40 percent chance of showers later today. The high will be 55 with a low tonight of 33. Tomorrow should be sunny with a nice high of 64.

Central Oregon: The dusting of snow we woke to this morning should be all the precipitation Central Oregon will receive today. Temperatures in the mid 50s should melt the snow, and the sun will keep us company through tomorrow.

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