OSU Today

Wednesday, May 4, 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.

Candlelight vigil at OSU seeks healing (Gazette-Times)

More than 50 people gathered at Oregon State University on Tuesday night to offer support and condolences in the wake of a tragedy that they said affected the OSU community.

Bracing for the ‘Big One’ (KVAL)

“We all saw the videos of the tsunami of Sundai in Japan,” said Bob Yeats, professor emeritus from Oregon State University. “We would expect something very similar here.

Oregon public universities are efficient, leaders tell legislators (Oregonian)

Leaders defended the efficiency of Oregon’s public universities and their professors during a legislative hearing Tuesday on an audit that raises questions about how professors spend their time.

Same tax figures, different conclusions (Register-Guard)

Bill Jaeger, a professor of applied economics at Oregon State University, who supports the income tax, said it’s misleading to focus only on income taxes.

OSU shares $9m late blight management grant (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University is part of a 17-institutiion consortium that will share a grant of $9 million to study late blight, one of the world’s most significant plant diseases, which hits potatoes and tomatoes.

Weyerhaeuser sees potential in Japan as rebuilding gets underway (OPB)

Weyerhaeuser’s Chief Financial Officer  says the Northwest timber giant is well-positioned to supply timber to Japan when the country starts to rebuild after this year’s earthquake and tsunami. Patricia Bedient was the keynote speaker at an Oregon State University business summit in Portland Tuesday.

Surf’s up, natural resource use down (Willamette Live)

Newport will soon be the first place in the United States to have a wave energy test program. The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a collaboration of Oregon State University and the University of Washington, announced their decision in late April.

Tribe will manage forestland (The World)

Officials say they’ll employ sustainable harvesting principles, under the guidance of forestry experts Norm Johnson from Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington.

Scientists seek to save Nassau grouper (Sea Technology Magazine)

“Nassau groupers form large aggregations to spawn,” said Scott Heppell, a fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University. “The same trait that promotes their reproductive success, however, also makes them extremely vulnerable to fishing.”

OSU’s “Green” accolades keep piling up (OregonLive)

Oregon State University may be Powered by Orange, but as far as sustainability is concerned, it’s definitely “Green.”

Oregon State’s Energy Center cogen handles 50 percent of electricity needs (Contractor Mag)

Oregon State University’s new Energy Center, which contains a cogeneration facility that combines heating and electricity generation, allowing OSU to generate approximately half of its electric needs, recently received U.S. Green Building Council Platinum LEED certification.

Expert tips on talking to your kids about Osama bin Laden (Oregonian)

Some parents may choose to keep the television off and not bring up the topic with very young children, said Kathryn Becker-Blease, a development psychiatrist at Oregon State University who researches child trauma.


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/

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.

Learning Technology: OSU faculty and others on campus interested are invited to attend a live webinar from 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/

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.

PFLA meeting: Don’t miss the next PFLA meeting scheduled for 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.”

Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store. The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale from 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

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. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. Info: http://bit.ly/i4ioIS

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. 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 .

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Composers The OSU Composers Forum will perform on Between the Cracks Forum. Saturday May 7 at 7 p.m. 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. Students free. $10 at the door, $5 for Art Center Members.

NEW! Science Pub: At the May 9 Corvallis Science Pub, Oregon State University’s Sam Chan will describe how the state gears up for invasive species – and the surprising new places from which these non-natives originate. Corvallis Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis.

NEW! Office of Research Integrity: The Research Office invites campus to attend the Director of the Office of Research Integrity candidate Michele Johnson’s Open Forum on Thursday, May 5th from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. in MU 213.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Biological & Ecological Engineering lecture: Venkat Sridhar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Boise State University, will give a seminar on “Climate Change Impacts, Water Sustainability and Irrigation Feedbacks in the Pacific Northwest ” on May 9 from 2 to 3 pm in Gilmore Hall Room 234.

NEW! Cuba and American foreign policy: Center for the Humanities Spring Lecture: “The Curious Case of Cuba in American Foreign Policy,” by David Bernell, Center Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Public Policy, OSU. May 9, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

NEW! Math/ecology seminars: Two Mathematical Biology/Ecology Seminars have been jointly sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the IGERT Ecosystem Informatics program. John Mayberry, University of the Pacific will present “Evolving Predator-Prey Systems” on May 9 at 4 p.m. in room 350 Kidder Hall. Cheryl Schultz, Washington State University, will present  “Response of butterflies to structural and resource boundaries” on May 10 at 10 a.m. in room 203 Wilkinson Hall.

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

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

NEW! Pacific Island exhibit: In Celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting OSU’s long history of Asian Pacific Islander student groups on campus. Third floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case, May 1-27. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr.

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.


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

Employer Relations Manager –  OSU Career Services invites applications for an Employer Relations Manager position.  Posting # 0007214, closes May 8.

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: Today will be sunny with a high of 73.  It’s a good time to sit outside and read poetry, or even better, write it. Tomorrow sun and warm temperatures continue.

Central Oregon: Well, if yesterday was to your liking, you will likely enjoy today as well. Blue skies and sunshine across Central Oregon, daytime highs approaching the 70s.

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