OSU Today

Thursday, April 28, 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.

Venture capitalists, it’s time to invest in women (USA Today)

A few years ago, researchers, including John Becker-Blease, now a professor of finance at Oregon State University, analyzed the funding patterns of angel investor groups. The unsurprising finding was that women scored just 9 percent of the funds. The surprising finding? Male and female founders who did apply had almost the exact same 14 percent success rate.

Research outlines mysterious origin of nematodes (PhysOrg)

“A farmer usually just thinks about how to kill them, because some nematodes are parasites of crops,” said George Poinar, author of the book and an OSU courtesy professor of zoology. “Geneticists have a little more respect, because one nematode, C. elegans, is very useful in modern genetic research.”

Oregon State rundown: Defensive end Taylor Henry a candidate for “Dancing With the Stars” (Oregonian)

Henry is performing Thursday at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center in a “Dancing with the Stars” show. … he isn’t quite sure if he’s supposed to rent a tux, but he’s excited about the upcoming performance. (See also LIFE@OSU and Daily Barometer)

A visit to Julie Green’s studio (Prison Photography)

For the past twelve years, between her responsibilities as Professor of Art at Oregon State University, Julie Green has been painting plates. Each plate quietly marks the life of a man or woman executed in the US and each depicts their final meal request. (See also The Art Blog)

Lecture focuses on evolutionary medicine (Gazette-Times)

The influence of evolution on medicine is the focus of the next Horning Lecture, which will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5 on the Oregon State University campus. The free, public event will be held in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union.

OSU to host Mom’s Weekend (Gazette-Times)

Mother’s Day is more than a week off, but hundreds of mothers are expected to arrive at Oregon State University this weekend for the Mom’s Weekend celebration. This year, shopping, sports and entertainment all part of the planned activities.

OSU Greeks take on cops, firefighters in softball (Gazette-Times)

Corvallis firefighters, police officers and college students will compete today in the second annual Greeks vs. Corvallis Police and Fire Department softball game to raise money for Special Olympics.

Literary editors to meet in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

Four editors from literary magazines and book publishers from across the country will meet at Oregon State University on Thursday, May 5, as part of the inaugural Editorial Festival.

Professor named Washington State higher ed science teacher of the year (WSU)

WSU Associate Professor Judith Morrison received the 2011 award from the Washington Science Teachers Association at the group’s recent conference. Morrison received her doctorate from Oregon State University in science education and integrated science.


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 scented geraniums in 8-inch pots, Endless Summer Hydrangeas in 3-gallon containers, Sarcococca confusa, and assorted bedding plants.

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.

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.  in the Ag Production Room at the LaSells Stewart Center. For questions, contact Barb Reed, 541-737-5854.

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. today and tomorrow in the Memorial Union Room 213. For more information, contact the OSU History Department at 541-737-8560.

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

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 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, and can be purchased at the door or in advance in the Women’s Building , Room 007i.

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 forum: 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! Learning Technology: OSU faculty and others on campus interested are invited to attend a live webinar May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to discuss evaluating and assessing learning technology projects to improve teaching and learning. The location will be in the newly renovated Kidder 202.  Refreshments will be provided.  Get more details here: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/53950/

NEW! Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU will observe  Holocaust Memorial Week May 2-6 with a series of free, public events including a reflection on a man who fought in the underground against the Nazis, a look at the relationship between the Catholic Church and Jews, and a discussion of violence in the Congo. For a complete schedule, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust/

NEW! Mom’s Weekend: Shopping, sports and entertainment await as part of the annual Moms Weekend celebration. Popular events each year include the Showcase of OSU on Saturday in the MU quad, with its crafts, artwork and food booths; the All-University Sing on Friday night; and a comedy show and concert Saturday evening. The entire schedule is available online at: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/momsweekend2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Community College lecture: The Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture will be held May 6 featuring Portland Community College President Preston Pulliams.  The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Powell Leadership Center.  The lecture focuses on current trends in community colleges.  For more information: oregonstate.edu/urm/events/carpenter-lecture

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.

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

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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.


Corvallis: “April, April, Laugh thy girlish laughter, Then, the moment after, Weep thy girlish tears!”– Sir William Watson. Weeping skies in the form of showers are likely today with a high of 54 and a low of 38. Scattered showers continue tomorrow but so far the weekend is looking lovely.

Central Oregon: The low clouds hovering above Central Oregon this morning bring with them a 40 percent chance of precipitation, maybe rain, maybe snow. Temperatures will likely hover in the mid 40s.

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