OSU Today

Tuesday, April 26, 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.

Amphibian decline laid to multiple causes (UPI)

An enormous rate of change has occurred in the last 100 years, and amphibians are not evolving fast enough to keep up with it,” Oregon State University zoology Professor Andrew Blaustein said in an OSU release Monday. (See also Science Blog)

Community celebrates Earth Day Hoo Haa (KEZI)

At Friday’s Earth Day Hoo Haa celebration there were circus performers and balloon animals.  But event organizers say, there’s plenty more to it than all of the fun and games. “Celebrate the Earth because the Earth is the truth and we all come from it and that’s just a fact,” said James Cassidy, faculty advisor OSU Organic Growers Club.

Six Oregon colleges make list of nation’s greenest (Portland Tribune)

Oregon institutions listed are: Linfield College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, University of Oregon, University of Portland and Willamette University.

Report cites ‘Liquefaction’ as key to damage in Japan earthquake (NSF)

The massive subduction zone earthquake in Japan caused a significant level of soil “liquefaction” that has surprised researchers with its widespread severity, a new analysis shows. The findings also raise questions about whether existing building codes and engineering technologies are adequately accounting for this phenomenon in other vulnerable locations, which in the U.S. include Portland, Ore., parts of the Willamette Valley and other areas of Oregon, Washington and California.

Tsunami: Facts and Myths event (Daily Astorian)

Speakers from Oregon State University and the American Red Cross will cover the facts, explain preparedness techniques and answer questions.

Centennial High School students win Gates awards (Oregonian)

Alejandro Ortiz and Ximena Fonseca are two of the nation’s 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners, according to the Centennial School District. They each get a scholarship that will pay their way to the college of their choice through graduation, as well as academic support and and professional development while they go to school.  Ortiz and Fonseca are honors students and have worked on community service projects and participated in extra curricular activities. Ortiz plans to attend Columbia University in the fall and Fonseca will go to Oregon State University.

A Chancellor strolls his campus in disguise (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Last month Timothy P. White (former Provost at Oregon State University) cropped his hair, donned an earring and glasses, and had his normally gray eyebrows dyed a deep brown. He added a mustache and wore false teeth to alter his jaw structure. He adopted a new name, Pete Weston. As he walked around the campus of the University of California at Riverside, nobody realized that he was the chancellor.


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 in MU 206, 2-4pm. Contact Charlotte Williams, 541-737-2491, 103 Gleeson Hall.

Spinney retirement: Carol Spinney (Finance and Administration) is retiring after 38 years at OSU. The reception will be held from 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.

Women’s Center reception: A public reception will be held to the Women of Achievement 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.

Reaccreditation Forums:

Oregon State University is due for a reaccreditation visit by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) from April 27-29. For this visit, OSU developed a University self-evaluation report and organized supporting data for the evaluation team. The self-evaluation report is posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/accreditation. The evaluation team would like to receive feedback from OSU faculty, staff and students. To provide feedback, please attend one of the following forums (all in the MU Journey Room): April 27, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Instructional and professional faculty; April 27, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., classified staff; April 28; 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., undergraduate and Graduate Students. In addition, the Campus Closing Forum, open to all students, staff and faculty, is scheduled for Friday, April 29, 10:45 am, in the MU Journey Room. At this forum, we will briefly hear from the evaluators with some of their preliminary findings (this will not be an opportunity for us to provide additional input). The evaluators’ official report will be sent to the University a short time later, and will be posted to our accreditation web site.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Current Challenges Facing Honeybees: Ramesh Sagili, Extension Service honeybee specialist in the Dept. of Horticulture, will describe his research at the April 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club. Triad meets from noon to 1:00 in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! SEIU Open House: All classified employees are welcome to the SEIU sub-local 083 Open House this coming Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., at our Adams Hall office.  Grab a slice of pizza and hear what’s going on.

NEW! Public Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 today.

News for Employees

NEW! NSF Workshops: The Research Office recently hosted a day of workshops by the National Science Foundation to help faculty submit successful proposals. Key messages, and links to recordings of the sessions, are now available on The Spin on Research.

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.

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.

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.


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

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position.  Posting #0007220. Closes May 13.

The Department of Mathematics is recruiting for a full-time, 12-month Office Manager. Posting #0007262. Closes May 8.

INTO OSU seeks an International Marketing & Recruitment Manager to develop and execute a comprehensive marketing effort targeted at building OSU brand recognition in key markets across the world. To apply: into.hr@oregonstate.edu. Closes April 30.

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.

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.

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: “Sweet April-time–O cruel April-time! Year after year returning, with a brow Of promise, and red lips with longing paled, And backward-hidden hands that clutch the joys Of vanished springs, like flowers.” ~Dinah Maria Mulock. Showers are likely before 11 a.m. today, with clouds lingering through the afternoon. The high will be 57 with a low of 43.

Central Oregon: After yesterday’s highly variable weather, Central Oregon should see mostly sunny skies today with only a slight chance of precipitation. Temperatures will remain cool, fingers-crossed we’ll get above 50, but no guarantees on that.

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