OSU Today

Monday, April 25, 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.

Hanging up the Extension cuts off Oregon (Oregonian)

In July 2009, Sonny Ramaswamy arrived as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State. The next Monday, he was told to cut $10 million from his budget. Nothing beats an Oregon welcome. (see also Mail Tribune)

Future of the Cascades: Melting glaciers, warm rains, debris flows (OregonLive)

Grinding over ancient layers of lava and ash, the glaciers of the Cascade Range act like supersized sheets of shrinkwrap. The steeper the slope or gully, the more likely they are to break loose, especially when pounded by warm rainstorms blowing in from the sea. That’s what happened in early November 2006, says OSU geoscientist Anne Nolin.

Top Oregon colleges and universities (Portland Business Journal)

Schools are ranked by fall enrollment, and this year Portland State University again grabbed the top spot. There was a flip, however, between the No. 2 and No. 3 schools. Based on 2010 enrollment, Oregon State University slipped ahead of the University of Oregon, which ranked No. 2 last year, by a mere 372 students.

Invasive species: Are scientists fighting a losing battle? (Seattle Times)

For years government agencies have bulldozed these meddlesome weeds to give the troubled shorebirds more sand. But new research from Oregon State University now shows those efforts also have unwelcome side effects. Bulldozing wipes out native plants and can further change the ecology of the beach.

How California almonds may be hurting bees (News-Register)

California is the world’s largest producer of almonds, and it takes 1.3 million beehives — each populated by tens of thousands of bees — to pollinate them, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Migratory beekeepers, who move truckloads of hives from state to state to pollinate seasonal crops, converge in California every year in early spring. Oregon State University honeybee researcher Ramesh Sagili believes that’s a problem.

Center honors female advocates (Gazette-Times)

Cath Kendrick felt “gobsmacked” after finding out she was one of this year’s OSU Women of Achievement award recipients — a good thing, she assures.

Ken and Joan Austin awarded Oregon Historical Society Maker’s Medal (Oregonian)

Philanthropists Ken and Joan Austin are the co-founders and owners of A-dec, the Newberg-based manufacturer of dental equipment.   The Austins have supported numerous organizations through their giving, but most notably Oregon State University and Special Olympics Oregon.

OSU Extension marks 100 year anniversary (The World)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is celebrating 100 years of service. As part of the year-long festivities, the Coos and Curry OSU Extension offices will host a Centennial Celebration at Pony Village Mall from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, May 14, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, May 15.

Wayward ring finds way back to athlete (Gazette-Times)

Aaron Wright played safety for the Oregon State University football team during what some fans consider the Beavers’ finest moment — the 2001 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame.

OSU grad Strycker pens book on penguins (Gazette-Times)

Here’s a guy — an Oregon State University graduate — who has traveled to and studied birds on four continents. He lived with penguins on Antarctica for three months. On his first attempt, he wrote a book so good that even people with zero interest in avian research can’t put it down. (See also Kitsap Sun)

Avel Gordly (Think Out Loud)

In her autobiography (published by OSU Press), Avel Gordly talks about her extensive experience in Oregon politics.


Center for the Humanities Spring Lecture: “Del Otro Lado: Constructions of Literacy in Rural Mexico and the Effects of Transnational Migration,” lecture by Susan Meyers, Center Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of English, School of Writing, Literature, and Film, 4 p.m., Autzen House.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Guided tours of the OSU research reactor. Visit the Radiation Center on Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. –  noon to learn how the TRIGA research reactor is used in forensic science, geological age-dating and other interesting research activities.  This small, non-power reactor is very, very safe – students work with it every day! Located on the corner of 35th & Jefferson.

NEW! Recognizing Excellence: Distinguished Professors, OSU authors and undergraduate students participating in research will be recognized for their work on May 4-5, please join us in celebrating them!  Luiz Bermudez and Robert Tanguay, this year’s Distinguished Professors, will present on May 4.  Visit Recognizing Excellence for all times and more information.

NEW! Conflict workshop: “Fight Fair: How to Deal with Conflict in Your Intimate Relationships,” takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28, Women’s Center. This workshop will explore different communication styles and how they can play out in our intimate relationships.

Women’s Center reception: A public reception will be held to the Women of Achievement on April 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. The recipients for 2011 are as follows: Nicole Strong, Vicki Ebbeck, Kryn Freehling-Burton, Catherine “Cath” Kendrick.

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.

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.

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.

Visual artist presentation: Internationally renowned visual artist Shimon Attie will present and discuss his work, from his early installations across Europe through his more recent artworks, April 27 in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. A public reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.

Movie with a Message: a Night for Social Justice, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1001. Featuring “Waiting for Superman” a documentary of injustice and educational inequality. The movie depicts the injustices created by inadequate K-12 schools. Bring $1 or a can of food for Linn-Benton Food Share.

Smith retirement: Jayne Smith is retiring after over 30 years with the Department of Crop and Soil Science (formerly the Department of Soil Science). A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. April 28 in the Ag Production Room at the LaSells Stewart Center. For questions, contact Barb Reed, 541-737-5854.

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.

E-campus Faculty Forum: 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. OSU faculty and TAs interested in the field of online learning are invited to attend. RSVP online by April 26.

News for Employees

NEW! 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.

NEW! Merchant Expo: The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center June 2. Get your photo taken with Benny Beaver 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/.  Register before May 27 for a chance to win a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.

NEW! TRY-Athlon: Faculty/Staff Fitness invites all OSU faculty, staff and students to participate in a TRY-Athlon fundraiser. Each college will be represented by 18 swimmers, runners and walkers (6 each). Participants are asked to donate $10. The event takes place noon to 1 p.m., May 20. To register a team, turn in a Team Information Form and Participation Waiver to 123 Langton Hall by May 13 at 5 p.m. or call:  541-737-3222, website www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/faculty-staff-fitness-fsf-program

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

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.

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.


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

Information Delivery Analyst – Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Delivery Analyst position. Posting #0007243. Closes June 16.

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

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 today.

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

Accountant 2 – The ASBC is searching for an Accountant 2 position. This is a full time, 12‐month position with a projected start date of May 10 or sooner. Posting #0007249. 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: With a gorgeous Saturday behind us, it’s hard to face the fact that we’re saying so long to blue skies. Today’s fierce winds are blowing all that sunshine away and we’ll be left with rain showers. Southwest winds will be gusting from 50 to 60 m.p.h. from the south, southwest until around 2 p.m. today. Showers are likely throughout the week.

Central Oregon: Showers and wind will keep things interesting in Central Oregon today, as highs reach 46. Tonight’s low dips down to 32, and tomorrow there’s a slight chance of snow showers before the rain takes over.

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