OSU Today

Monday, May 2, 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.

Research outlines evolution of Earth’s first animals (US News & World Report)

“The Evolutionary History of Nematodes,” by George Poinar, an OSU courtesy professor of zoology, 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.

Magnetic nanobead technology could result in better biosensors (Gizmag)

According to scientists from Oregon State University (OSU), the use of such particles in chemical detection systems could make those systems much smaller, faster, cheaper to produce, and more accurate than they are presently. (See also AzoNano)

Euthanasia pushes past pain barrier (Sydney Morning Herald)

Courtney Campbell is Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. He said there was no evidence the legalisation of assisted suicide had led to an increase in suicides, or put pressure on patients, especially the poor, to end their lives prematurely to save money. ”For better or worse the law is being used mostly by educated, middle and upper class Caucasians,” Professor Campbell said.

OSU alumni host recycled fashion show (KPTV)

Models wore outfits made of used plastic bags, dryer sheets and food wrappers last night in southeast Portland. It was part of a fashion show put on by the Oregon State University Design Network, a group of OSU alumni who focus on merchandising, apparel and interior design.

Wolves endangered by political predators (Seattle Times editorial)

Wolf biologist Cristina Eisenberg at Oregon State University and author of “The Wolf’s Tooth” studies the wolves in Glacier National Park. She says that since wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone, scientists have documented “rapid recovery of over-browsed aspen, willows and cottonwoods, stream bank stabilization in eroded streams, and a dramatic increase in biodiversity of songbirds.”

Author to address roots of today’s crises (Gazette-Times)

The author of the best-selling book, “Diet for a Small Planet,” will give the 2011 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace on Wednesday at Oregon State University.

ROTC units show colors (Gazette-Times)

In straight rows across the lawn, more than 150 cadets from Oregon State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps marched in front of their friends, family and peers at the Joint Service Review on Friday morning at the Memorial Union quad.

Starker Lecture will focus on world forests (Gazette-Times)

“Politics Impacting World Forests and Forestry” is the title of the next one in the 2011 Starker Lecture Series at Oregon State University.

A day for pets (Democrat-Herald)

Dogs doing tricks, horses giving rides and animals getting pampered. That is why Peggy and Dale Donovan, 67 and 52, brought their granddaughter Lucia, 5, to the annual Pet Day on Saturday hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.


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/

Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety: Candidate for Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety Ben Owens is giving an open presentation at 1:30 p.m. in MU 208.

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, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

VP Candidate: Candidate for Vice President of University Relations & Marketing Deedie Dowdle (Auburn University) will give a presentation followed by an open forum session from 4 to 5 p.m., in Memorial Union, Room 206.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Living center reception: The International Living-Learning Center is having an informational reception Friday, May 13 at noon in the Arnold Dining Center. RSVP to arnold.svc@oregonstate.edu, or 541-737-0681.

NEW! PFLA meeting: Don’t miss the next PFLA meeting scheduled for Wed, May 4, noon – 1 pm in MU 211. Steve Lawson from the Linus Pauling Institute will be our guest at the brown bag lunch. Lawson will be speaking on “Linus Pauling: From Orthomolecular Medicine to the Linus Pauling Science Center.”

NEW! Poetry reading: Award-winning Oregon poet George Estreich will read from his newly released memoir, “The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the MU Journey Room, with a book signing to follow. Estreich’s reading is sponsored by the OSU MFA Program and the OSU Bookstore .

NEW! Pauling Peace Lecture: Frances Moore Lappé, author of the best-selling book “Diet for a Small Planet,” will give the 2011 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. Info: http://bit.ly/i4ioIS

NEW! Taylor retirement: Larry Taylor will be retiring after 19 years as Health and Human Sciences Supervising Issue Agent, Langton Hall Locker Room.  There will be a reception May 5, 2 to 4 p.m. in 119 Milam Hall.  If you are unable to attend and would like to send a card this may be mailed to Michelle Mahana, 123 Women’s Building.

NEW! Africa Night: A night of shows and acts highlighting the treasures of Africa. Saturday, May 7, 5 to 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $5 and available at Snell 149.

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.

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.

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

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

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

NEW! Art About Agriculture: The work of 17 artists will be showcased in the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences’ 29th annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition May 6–27 in the Giustina Gallery in LaSells Stewart Center. The theme for the exhibit is “Ways into the Region.”

NEW! Attention OSU Managers and Supervisors! If you have not attended the Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors training program, you are invited to register for the upcoming session June 2-3. This course includes up to 16 hours of prerequisite online training programs that must be completed before attending the the classroom training. Early registration is suggested. Visit the OSU Professional Development Central Registration Web Site for the course description and to register.

Faculty leadership award: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and service within their department and/or in programs and organizations at the University. Deadline to submit nomination packets is May 9. For details visit http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/awards/karel-murphy Contact Angela Haney with any questions.

Homestay families wanted: Students from Bunkyo University in Japan who are spending Spring term at OSU studying English with INTO-OSU are seeking a weekend homestay. The homestay is an opportunity for them to experience American family life. There are two weekend opportunities for hosting, May 13-15 and May 20-22. The weekends start on Fridays at 5 p.m. and end on Sundays at noon. For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay or call 541-737-8754.

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:

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.

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.

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: Come what May , rain or shine (and we’ll have both this week), things are certainly looking up in the weather department. While rain is in the forecast today, it will lighten up tomorrow and we’ll have sun by Wednesday. Today’s high will be 57 with a low tonight of 37,

Central Oregon: Yesterday’s phenomenal weather should be back tomorrow. In the meantime, we may see some clouds and a 40 percent chance of showers, with highs in the mid 50s.

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