OSU Today

Friday, April 29, 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.

Deep waters may not run still (Science Now)

“This is a huge response at the bottom, and passage of the surface eddy probably isn’t coincidental,” says Dudley Chelton, a physical oceanographer at Oregon State University.

Bioengineered antibiotic could lead to life-saving malaria therapies (Health Digest)

Scientists at Oregon State University have engineered several new versions of the antibiotic pactamycin that are up to 30 times less toxic than the parent compound.

‘They literally emerged from the primordial ooze’ (KBOI)

A new book from Oregon State University, “The Evolutionary History of Nematodes,” establishes for the first time the field of palaeonematology – the study of the ancient history, origin and evolution of these tiny creatures from our distant past.

National competition digs into central Oregon dirt (OPB)

Today in Central Oregon students from more than 20 universities around the country will be rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty as part of the 51st annual National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest. This year’s competition is being hosted by Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus.

OPB’s Art Beat turns camera on OSU agricultural art program (Gazette-Times)

An arts program sponsored by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences will be featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat” next month.

A tip for OSU students: Rent early (Gazette-Times)

In one of the tightest rental markets ever in Corvallis, hopeful renter Trinity Grant, an Oregon State University sophomore, is doing whatever she can to get the apartment she wants: a two-bedroom unit at Park West, located on Southwest 15th Street and Western Boulevard.

Experts say strategy for protecting species not based on best science (Republic)

A group of Oregon State University scientists has found the strategy for protecting fish and wildlife on state forests in Oregon is not based on the best available science.

OK Go announces it will play at OSU’s Flat Tail Festival (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s summer music event landed the highest-profile commitment in its history Wednesday night when OK Go announced it will stage a free concert June 4 on the Memorial Union quad.

OSU Theatre reads audience the variety act in fun “Follies” (Democrat-Herald)

With a name like “Fainting Beaver Follies,” perhaps it was only a matter of time until something went awry with Oregon State University Theatre’s vaudeville show.

OSU Women of Achievement (LIFE@OSU)

Each year, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center Advisory Board at Oregon State University presents the Women of Achievement Awards.


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

Reaccreditation forum: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaccreditation Campus Closing Forum, open to all students, staff and faculty, 10:45 am, in the MU Journey Room. At this forum, we will briefly hear from the evaluators with some of their preliminary findings.

WIC Spring Lunch: “Collaborative Writing: What Does it Look Like, How Does it Happen?” 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: 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.

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


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! King Islanders lecture: Center for the Humanities Spring Lecture, “Niglarugut Ugiuvangmiuguruagut: We King Islanders Are Dancing,” lecture by Deanna Kingston, Center Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Anthropology, May 2, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

NEW! Chamber music: The final concert in the Chamber Music Corvallis season will be the Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane performing May 3 at the La Sells Stewart Center. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available for $22 at Grass Roots Bookstore and  chambermusiccorvallis.org before the day of the concert.  Tickets are $25 at the door. Students are free.

NEW! Politics and forestry: “Politics Impacting World Forests and Forestry,” presented by Ben Cashore, director of the Program on Forest Policy and Governance of Yale University, in Richardson Hall Room 107. May 3, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., part of the Starker Lecture Series.

NEW! Fireside chat: Austin Fellows Program presents a fireside chat with Jon Eischen, founder, Little Oak Farms, and Sarah Eischen and Elizabeth Eischen, Little Oak Farm’s Kitchen, May 3, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.,  5th Floor Boardroom, Weatherford Residential College. RSVP: carol.hahn@bus.oregonstate.edu

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/

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/

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.

Lectures and Seminars

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

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

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

News for Employees

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to fire alarm testing in Nash Hall, intermittent sounds of horns and strobes will be audible between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on May 3-4. Between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days, non audible systems will be tested.


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

Graphic Artist 1– University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Graphic Artist 1 position. Posting # 0007255. Closes May 27.

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

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 today.

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 Saturday.

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 Saturday.

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: A soggy start to the day shouldn’t dampen your spirits, because sun is on the way for the weekend, and by the time you dance around the Maypole Sunday, it will be 70 degrees. And a few more showers on Monday are bearable with more sun around the corner. Today’s high will be 55 with a low of 38.

Central Oregon: There is a 30 percent chance we will repeat yesterday’s weather. For some that is good, skiing at Mt Bachelor continues to be fantastic. For others, well, yesterday’s weather was………. interesting. Best cross your fingers for whichever your prefer.

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