OSU Today

Thursday, May 5, 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.

Snake in the dishwasher (KVAL)

OSU herpetology PhD student Josef Uyeda comments on a strange snake situation. (See also KGW, OregonLive)

Dan Savage keynote speaker at OSU Pride Week (KVAL)

Dan Savage, co-creator of a campaign called “It Gets Better,” which is designed to address the epidemic of gay teen suicides, will speak at Oregon State University on Monday night as the keynote speaker for OSU’s Pride Week celebration.

Three Oregon universities get money to build life sciences building (Oregonian)

PSU, Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University all are contributing to the $190 million project, called the Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

Information on preparing for earthquakes, tsunamis (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professor Bob Yeats and Althea Rizzo of Oregon Emergency Management are scheduled to speak in Corvallis from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Linus Pauling Middle School Auditorium, 1111 N.W. Cleveland Ave.

Oregon researchers investigate microfluidic sensor to detect biological weapons (Azosensors)

A research team at the Oregon State University is working on a Microfluidic sensor technology that could use unique iron oxide nanoparticles to detect chemical and biological weapons.

‘Diet for a Small Planet’ author delivers OSU peace lecture (KLCC)

Long before Michael Pollan, food activist Frances Moore Lappé published the bestselling Diet for a Small Planet–and 17 other books since then. Wednesday night, she’s delivering the 2011 Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace.

NKN teacher wins educator award (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

Beth Gienger, a science teacher at Neah-Kah-Nie High School, is one of this year’s recipients of the Outstanding High School Educator Award. The five honorees will be recognized at Oregon State University’s 2011 College of Business Alumni & Business Partner Awards dinner May 3, in Portland. Each will receive a $500 award to use in advancing educational programs at their school.

Dinner proceeds will help pre-med students serve poor in Ecuador (Bend Bulletin)

Six pre-medical students from Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University will be heading to Ecuador this summer, and Friday offers a chance to help them on their way.

Bird sightings: Caspian tern (Salt Lake Tribune)

Yasuko Suzuki, a member of the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, confirmed that the tern photographed by Young had been banded as a chick in June 2005 at Crescent Island in the Columbia River near Pasco, Wash.


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/

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 hanging fuchsia baskets, hanging petunia baskets, geraniums, scented geraniums, hydrangeas, bedding plants, and Sarcoccoca confusa.  All proceeds go to the OSU Horticulture Club and Horticulture Department.  For more information shepherr@onid.orst.edu.

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 from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. in MU 213.

Long Way from Home: INTO Students at OSU. At today’s 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. 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 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.

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

Evolutionary medicine: The influence of evolution on medicine is the focus of the next Horning Lecture, which will be held 4 p.m. 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

Inaugural Editorial Festival: Four editors from prominent literary magazines and book publishers will hold two free, public panel discussions: “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.

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

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., in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Pride Brunch: Pride Brunch 2011: Powered by Rainbow, takes place Sunday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. CH2M Hill Alumni Center. All OSU LGBTQQIAA/Queer community members and their guests come together in celebration – children are welcome.  Mothers will be honored at this event.

NEW! Dan Savage: Sex columnist Dan Savage will speak at Oregon State University on Monday night as the keynote speaker for OSU’s Pride Week celebration. Savage’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Persons with OSU ID will be admitted beginning at 6:30 pm.; all others will be admitted beginning at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free.

NEW! MUvies Special Screening: “Some Days Are Better Than Others,” screening on May 10, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. Question and answer reception with OSU alum and star of the film Renee Roman Nose and director of the film Matt McCormick, 7:30 p.m.-8 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

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.

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.

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.

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! Saturday Academy summer camps: Saturday Academy is offering a variety of camps, including those for younger and older students. Camps include Introduction to Lego Robotics, Engineering, Video Game Design, Health Nutrition & Environment, Science Quest, Science & Art and Forensic Science CSI. Please visit our website (http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu) for more information, Scholarships available to all students who qualify. All Albany Mill City Public School students pay no more than half-price.

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.

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:

Accounting Technician: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business invites applicants for a full time, 12 month, classified Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007300.  Closes May 18.

The University Library is recruiting for a full time, 12-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor. Posting #0007278. For full consideration apply by June 3, 2011.  Closes June 30.

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: It won’t be quite as gorgeous as yesterday, but partly sunny skies and a high of 66 is nothing to complain about, especially since showers are on the way for the weekend.

Central Oregon: Yesterday sure was a nice day, and today should be no different. Highs in the upper 60’s and clear skies for the most part, though some clouds may move in as the day progresses.

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