OSU Today

Wednesday, April 27, 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.

Dancing to their own beat (Gazette-Times)

KidSpirit director Karen Swanger likes to dance, but is feeling just as anxious as she is excited about Oregon State University’s “Dancing with the Stars,” scheduled for Thursday evening at the LaSells Stewart Center.

“The Cove” researcher from OSU honored by Pew (Gazette-Times)

Scott Baker, an Oregon State University conservation geneticist and cetacean specialist whose work was featured in the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Cove,” has been named one of four 2011 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation.

Popovich left physical, financial mark on OSU (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University campus would be a much different place if it hadn’t been for Milosh “Poppy” Popovich, who died April 18 at his Corvallis home from complications of a stroke he suffered the previous week.

Oregon tests the waters for wave energy (Smart Blog)

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Washington) have asked to turn a one-square-mile patch of sea into a testing ground for wave and tidal power projects.

Curvy and cosy (Oregon Home)

A new study conducted at Oregon State University compared the impact furniture has on our emotions.   Researchers Sibel Dazkir and Marily Read showed more than 100 undergraduate students four virtual rooms. (see also Courant, Thomasville, KTUU, Health Key)

Cutting ag centers would be devastating to rural Oregon (East Oregonian)

Kitzhaber’s budget would slash about 18 percent — or $20 million — from the Statewides. And, unlike regular college budgets, it is not possible to reclaim these funds with tuition increases on students.

New nanobead approach could revolutionize sensor technology (Nanowerk)

Researchers at Oregon State University have found a way to use magnetic “nanobeads” to help detect chemical and biological agents, with possible applications in everything from bioterrorism to medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring or even water and food safety.

Recycled Fashion Show (Good Day Oregon)

OSU’s Leslie Burns talks about the upcoming Portland fashion show.

Nuclear evacuation zone should be expanded, group says (The State)

“Once they decide how to put the reactors into some sort of safe storage mode, they will need to deal with the contamination in and around the plants,” said Kathryn Higley, a professor of radiation health physics at Oregon State University.

OSU to host popular Pet Day on Saturday (KVAL)

One of Oregon State University’s most popular spring events will celebrate the human-animal connection this Saturday, April 30, when the College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its annual Pet Day on campus.

Stripe rust taking its toll on area wheat crop (East Oregonian)

Because weather conditions are forecast to stay cool during the coming week, many questions remain, said Mary Corp, Oregon State University extension crop agent in Umatilla County.

Diane Davis is this month’s PFLA Our Hero award winner (LIFE@OSU)

Diane Davis, Coordinator of Healthy Campus Initiatives at Oregon State University, was honored Tuesday with the April PFLA (Professional Faculty Leadership Association)’s “Our Hero” award.


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

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

Public Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly sale from noon 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.

Reaccreditation evaluation: The reaccreditation 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):  2:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Instructional and professional faculty; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., classified staff.

Movie with a Message: a Night for Social Justice, 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.

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 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.

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 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. To  join the faculty or staff forums by phone, dial 541-713-8377 or +1-866-232-8377 (conference ID 416942#). To join the student forum by phone, dial 541-713-8377 or +1-866-232-8377 (conference ID 635910#). Please note that joining forums by phone allows you to ask a question or provide input, but it is very unlikely that you’ll be able to hear the conversation in the room. The phone device simply does not have the ability to provide quality coverage of the full meeting room. Please also note that 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! OSU Dancing With the Stars: OSU faculty, students and administrators, including Larry Roper and Karen Swanger, will be performing in OSU’s Dancing with the Stars on  April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, and can be purchased in advance in the Women’s Building , Room 007i.

NEW! Pet Day: This Saturday, April 30, the College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its annual Pet Day on campus. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Macgruder Hall, the college will open its doors to two- and four-legged visitors for tours, demonstrations, exhibits and socialization. The event annually draws some 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, many bringing their pets (which should be on leashes).

NEW! Joint Service Review: The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Oregon State University will hold their annual Joint Service Review this Friday, April 29, in the Memorial Union quad. The free public event begins at 10 a.m.

NEW! WIC Spring Lunch: “Collaborative Writing: What Does it Look Like, How Does it Happen?” Friday, April 29, Waldo 121, noon to 1 p.m. Liz Delf and John Parmigiani share their experiences leading group projects in Business Writing courses and Engineering capstone courses.

NEW! Beaver Follies: OSU Theatre will present “Fainting Beaver Follies,” an all-new family-friendly variety show, April 29–30 and May 5–7 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m. The classic vaudeville showcase is on the Withycombe main stage. Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 student/youth, $5 OSU students and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre. Information: 541-737-2784.

NEW! Kenya Project: Helping Kenya’s girls, one pad at a time. The Women’s Center is making reusable cloth feminine pads for the Kilgoris Girls’ school in Kenya. Collaborative stitch-in takes place Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Women’s Center during Mom’s Weekend. No experience is needed and all materials will be provided.

NEW! OWN Potluck: OSU women staff and faculty are invited to the OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Spring Potluck, May 5, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the home of President and Mrs. Ray. Bring an appetizer or dessert (or a monetary contribution to OWN), win cool prizes, make new connections. For directions: http://oregonstate.edu/wage/OWN . To RSVP and arrange for carpooling, mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Spring Fest: The International Students of Oregon State University will hold their annual Spring Festival this Sunday, May 1, in the Memorial Union quad. International music, dance and cuisine will be featured at the free public event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m.

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 free public lectures at OSU that begin at 4 p.m. on April 28, and 29 in the Memorial Union Room 213. For more information, contact the OSU History Department at 541-737-8560.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Forestry lecture: The final 2011 Starker Lecture, “Oregon’s place in world forests and forestry,” takes place May 3, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Richardson Hall 107. The lecture is by Ben Cashore, professor of environmental governance and political science, Yale University.

NEW! Service learning lecture: “Institutionalizing Service-Learning at OSU: Engaging a Global Movement for Integration and Collaboration.” A lecture by Kevin Kecskes, Associate Vice Provost for Engagement and Director of Community-University Partnerships, Center for Academic Excellence, Portland State University, Tuesday, May 3, 4-5 p.m., MU 206

News for Employees

NEW! Arp named interim director: Dan Arp, Dean of the University Honors College and Distinguished Professor of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, has accepted the post of Interim Director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. He will continue as Dean of the Honors College. A search is being conducted for the permanent director.  Arp succeeds James Carrington, who has accepted the position of president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

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.

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. Deadline: Friday, April 29.

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.

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:

OSU seeks applications for Dean of the College of Education. This is anticipated to be a two year appointment with the possibility of a longer term appointment. Posting # 0007275. Closes May 16.

The University Administrative Business Center is recruiting for an Accountant 2 position. Posting # 0007265. Closes May 15.

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

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.

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

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 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: By mid morning, the sun may not be shining, and in fact, it’s probably going to be pouring this afternoon. But May is just around the corner, and hopefully, bringing the sun with it. Today’s high will be 58 with a low of 44.

Central Oregon: Wednesday looks to be the most spring-like day of the week, with temps in the mid 50’s. That chilly afternoon wind may make an appearance though, as another bout of “spring-ter” weather is on its way, and Thursday could mean more snow flurries.

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