OSU Today

Tuesday, May 3, 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.

Oregon University System lacks grasp of how professors work, audit says (Oregonian)

The Oregon University System does not have a grasp of how much time professors spend in the classroom, and less than one-fifth of its budget goes to instruction.

Welcome to the urban-rural divide (Daily Astorian)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is 100 years old. Gov. John Kitzhaber commemorated that birthday recently by proclaiming a special day in its honor. The news release noted the OSU off-campus education outreach program results in faculty working in every county in Oregon.

Waiting for a wave (Sustainable Industries)

Columbia’s breakthrough technology was developed in the wave research tank at Oregon State University and funded by Portland venture capitalists, the United States Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy.

Horning Lecture looks at medicine evolution (Gazette-Times)

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

Bend voters face $30 million transportation bond (OPB)

Bill Lunch is a professor of political science at Oregon State University.  He says the fact that the city is looking to its own residents to fund the projects is a reflection of the greater economic reality.

Insect identification course (Ag Info)

Oregon State University Extension Specialist Silvia Rondon and her team are gearing up to offer a fourth Insect Identification Train-the-Trainer short course. Rondon along with other University faculty from Oregon and Washington have already trained 3 groups of volunteers that learned to identify insects of the Pacific Northwest and then help others do the same.


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/

Pizza with CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services invites you for a “Talk Tuesday” with pizza and conversation from noon to 1 p.m. in 500 Snell Hall.

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.

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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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

NEW! Poetry slam: CAPS is hosting a “Weaving Words Wednesday” poetry slam from noon to 1 p.m. at Java Stop in the MU. Prizes will be available.

NEW! Faculty authors recognition: A celebration of the latest books by OSU authors, published in the last year, will take place May 5, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the Valley Library rotunda, second floor. 12 authors from various colleges will read from their work.

NEW! Long Way from Home: INTO Students at OSU. At the May 5 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Bob Gilmour of INTO-OSU will discuss the experiences of students from China, Saudi Arabia and other countries. Triad meets in the MU Journey Room, noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Thanksgiving Thursday: CAPS is hosting a postcard-making event from noon to 1 p.m. May 5 in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge to remind people what they can be thankful for.

NEW! Inaugural Editorial Festival: Four editors from prominent literary magazines and book publishers will hold two free, public panel discussions on May 5: “Getting into Print: A Discussion and Q&A with Notable Editors” at 4 p.m. in MU Room 213, and “The New Landscape of Literary Publishing” at the Corvallis Public Library at 7 p.m.

NEW! Feel Better Friday: Speed Counseling sessions will take place from noon to 1 p.m. May 6 in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge.

NEW! LGBT Faculty/Staff Kneads Assessment: May 11, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Crop Science Room 026. Learn artisan-style bread baking techniques and build your network with Beth Wasylow, Counseling & Psychological Services and Andrew Ross, Associate Professor in Crop and Food Science. Register by 5 p.m., May 6 at Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu. Fee: $5 and you get to keep the bread.

NEW! WIC Spring Lunch: Writing Intensive Curriculum Program 2011 Spring Lunches,  “Ethics and Writing Across the Curriculum,” noon to 1 p.m., May 6, Waldo 121. Claudia Ingham, Animal Sciences, and Janet Tate, Physics, will discuss ethical aspects of writing in academia and the workplace, and incorporating an understanding of ethics in WIC courses.

NEW! Music a la Carte: The Music à la Carte concert series is serving up an eclectic lunch hour performance this week by Portland ensemble Thousand Waves. Their program on May 6 at noon in the Memorial Union lounge will blend the sounds of Japanese koto, Spanish classical guitar, violin, and transverse flute on traditional and modern works.

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.”

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 .

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! Evolutionary medicine: The influence of evolution on medicine is the focus of the next Horning Lecture, which will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in the MU Journey Room. Stephen Stearns, professor at Yale University, will give a talk in “Major Themes in Evolutionary Medicine.” Info: 541-737-8560 or www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history

NEW! Ocean lecture: Mark Hixon, professor of zoology, will present the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award Lecture on “Oceans of Life,” at 7:15 p.m., May 5, in the LaSells Stewart Center.

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

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.”

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

Moreland Hall Lot/ 26th Street: Due to the Native American Long House ground breaking ceremony, the Moreland Hall Parking Lot #3264 and 26th Street just south of Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed. Expect traffic delays and detours in that vicinity. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. Date: May 11, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 today.

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: After the morning clouds finally clear, we should have a sunny day with a high of 61, not exactly sunbathing weather but some folks will still try it. Tomorrow will be a much warmer day with sun and a high of 73.

Central Oregon: Tuesday will dawn clear and bright, daytime temps will reach for the upper 50s, just in time for the tulips starting to poke out around town.

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