OSU Today

Thursday, May 12, 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.

Ceremony blesses site of Native American Cultural Center (Gazette-Times)

During summer orientation before beginning her first year at Oregon State University, Christy Jones stepped through the doors of the Native American Longhouse and never left. (See also KEZI, LIFE@OSU)

Are Mom and Dad’s problems keeping baby up at night? (TIME)

“Even if they’re not able to cognitively comprehend what’s going on, if there’s some level of stress, it can still influence an infant in some way,” Anne Mannering, an instructor in human development and family sciences at Oregon State University. (See also UPI, Daily Mail, WebMD, KEZI)

New cultural norm: Too much debt (LiveScience)

Oregon State University Assistant Marketing Professor Michelle Barnhart said their case studies showed many who struggled with debt never discussed with parents the issue of credit spending, or finances at all.

Three Corvallis startups announce $20m in venture backing (Oregonian)

Inpria Corp.: The thin-film company has completed a “Series A” round. It’s developing its technology for the semiconductor and solar industries. ONAMI said the technology started at the Keszler lab at Oregon State University.  Inpria reported $160,000 in funding in a regulatory filing last fall.

Grants, Kearneys honored for their philanthropic spirit (Columbian)

Lee and Connie Kearney won the day’s biggest prize — the foundation’s 2011 Philanthropist of the Year award. They are noted for their financial support of numerous local facilities. Perhaps most of all, they are known for their support of their alma mater and the place they met, Oregon State University, where their name is on the building that houses the civil and construction engineering programs.

Film series features Robinson, ex players (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University film series focused on social justice and the struggle for equality will feature OSU basketball coach Craig Robinson and former coach Paul Valenti as part of a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. May 17 in the Founders Loge at Reser Stadium.

High number of barred owls in PNW forests (USGS)

David Wiens was an Oregon State University doctoral student during this study. The USGS has been the leader and major sponsor of this and a related 4-year research project in western Oregon to investigate competitive interactions between spotted owls and barred owls.

Waldport graduate receives writing award (South Lincoln County News)

A 2010 graduate of Waldport High School was one of five winning writers chosen for “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes,” the first annual sustainability writing contest for Oregon State University students. Winners received $100 and a chance to help shape the future.


Spring blood drive: The OSU Spring blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9-12 in the MU Ballroom. To schedule your appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS or sign up at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code OSU. To volunteer, to go http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/11623456321431780105

Fulbright student program: A Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session for OSU students interested in applying to a Fulbright grant for graduate study, research or teaching abroad during the 2012-13 academic year is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Office of International Programs (448 Snell Hall).

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. For more information, shepherr@onid.orst.edu.

The Campaign for OSU: On its way to raising $850 million, the campaign is remaking the face of the university. At today’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Shawn Scoville of the OSU Foundation will discuss recent milestones. Triad meets in MU 109 at noon. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Research Integrity candidate: The Research Office invites campus to attend the Director of the Office of Research Integrity candidate Doreen Lawson’s Open Forum from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. in MU 213.

Faculty senate: Today’s 3 p.m. Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20110512.html. The meeting is in the OSU Theatre in Withycombe Hall. Webcast – The meeting will not be webcast because it is in the OSU Theatre. The next scheduled webcast is June 9.

Food and society: Deborah Pearsall, a professor at the University of Missouri, will deliver the lecture, “Food and Society at Real Alto, a Prehistoric Community in SW Coastal Ecuador,” in the MU Journey Room. The free public event begins at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history

Upcoming Events

NEW! Avel Gordly – Remembering the Power of Words: Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm in the LaSells Stewart Center. Avel Gordly was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate. She will speak and sign copies of her memoir, published in March 2011 by Oregon State University Press. Former State Senator Cliff Trow will introduce Gordly. More information.

NEW! 2011 Engineering Expo: Friday May 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center. More than 100 student-built projects from all engineering disciplines featured. Don’t miss the Sustainability Showcase, Robo*Palooza, and O.H. Hinsdale Wave Lab tours. Free and open to public. Info: 541-737-3101 or http://engr.oregonstate.edu/expo2011/.

NEW! Body acceptance: Get a fresh perspective on body image and learn about size acceptance and body positivity. Come learn some new information about your body that will teach you to appreciate yourself in a whole new way! May 16, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

NEW! Salmon is Everything play: Theresa May, whose book of the same name will be published by OSU Press next fall, is directing her play that documents how a community-based theater project in the Klamath River watershed has served as a powerful forum for community healing. The play runs May 20-June 4 at UO Theatre. http://pages.uoregon.edu/theatre/201011-season

NEW! University Honors College Thesis Fair: The University Honors College invites all members of the OSU community to our annual Thesis Fair on Wednesday, May 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main floor gallery and rotunda of the Valley Library. The fair celebrates the diverse research accomplishments of the UHC’s graduating seniors.

NEW! President of AAUP: At noon on Wednesday, May 25, in MU 208, Professor Cary Nelson, President of the American Association of University Professors, will speak and invite discussion about the nation-wide threat to higher education, the fight back by faculty, students, and staff, and the repercussions for Oregon and Oregon State University.

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.

Disability expert: Dr. Richard Pimentel, a Vietnam vet whose life story is told in the movie “The Music Within” is coming to OSU on May 13, 6 p.m. MU 109. Richard is one of the leading experts in the nation on overcoming educational attitudinal barriers, creating jobs for people with disabilities, attitude change, and workplace diversity. Facebook: http://on.fb.me/kFAKNu

Haiti Benefit: Yvenson Bernard is hosting a Haiti Benefit Festival on May 14, 5 to 9 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The I Heart Haiti Festival will be a combination of Haitian culture, plus live music by Root Down, local food vendors and more. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children and students.

Radical Social Movement: Andrew Cornell, author and cultural historian, will discuss his new book, Oppose and Propose!: Lessons from Movement for a New Society, at Oregon State University on Sunday, May 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 109A.

Access workshop: Access 101: Practical Tips for the OSU Community, May 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m., MU 109. In this workshop we will discuss what is the ADA, tips on accessible web design and provide information about planning an accessible event/program. Sponsored by Student Life with support from Intercultural Student Services and the Memorial Union. RSVP: mckenzie.pfeifer@oregonstate.edu by May 13.

Lecture, seminars and symposiums

NEW! Biological & Ecological Engineering lecture: Chad Higgins, research associate and lecturer at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL), will give a seminar on “Land Atmosphere Interactions in Irrigated Landscapes” on Monday, May 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall Room 231.

Nuclear Society Response to Reactor Accident in Fukishima, Japan: Wednesday, May 18, 4:30 pm, Milam Hall Auditorium, Room 026. Eric Loewen, President-elect of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) will speak about ANS efforts to improve public understanding of the accident and their work helping Japan with scientific and technical challenges.

Northwest Reproductive Sciences Symposium (NWRSS): Friday May 13, Salbasgeon Suites, McKenzie Center, 1730 N.W 9th St., and Saturday May 14, 102 Magruder Hall, OSU. Keynote Presentation- Dr. Robert Millar, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria- “Novel Neuroendocrine Regulators of Gonadotropins: Targets for Contraception and Hormone-Dependent Diseases.” Registration fee: $75 for faculty, $25 for students. Please contact timothy.hazzard@oregonstate.edu for more information.

News for Employees

NEW! Flyfishing scholarship: The Graduate School is announcing the competition for the 2011-12 Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Scholarship, provided by the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon. The scholarship supports graduate students pursuing a course of study involving wild stocks of fish within watersheds of the State of Oregon. Nominations must be received in the Graduate School by June 1. For information:http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/flyfisher.php

NEW! Volunteers needed for Commencement: About 50 volunteers are needed to serve as information specialists and assist guests during the commencement ceremony. Commencement volunteers play an important service and public relations role. As a volunteer, we seek your assistance in: Providing directions and programs; family and friends of our graduates finding seats; assisting guests with special needs, etc. Please register online at http://tinyurl.com/6droe8a

NEW! Technology Entrepreneurship: I2V @ OSU is an interactive workshop on Technology Entrepreneurship and the opportunities that exist to commercialize research and ideas. It takes place May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lasells Stewart Center. This year, the workshop will focus on alternative energy sources in the transportation industry. Experts in the field will be talking about the entrepreneurial aspects of their business ventures. To register: http://www.invention2venture.org/osu2011/

Disabilities Service award: Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities. This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the award criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/criteria.html and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu

Tsunami fundraiser: International business students have created a local coupon card which is available for $10 and contains $80 worth of discounts at 13 local retailers. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross effort in Japan. Cards are available at the OSU Bookstore, American Dream Pizza, Dutch Bros., and Great Harvest Bread.

Family Friendly Faculty Award: The Childcare & Family Resources Office is accepting nominations for The Family Friendly Faculty Award. The award is for faculty or staff that has provided exemplary support to an OSU student with children. The nomination should include nominee’s name and department, and examples of ways they have helped families be successful at OSU. Nominations are due to olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu or delivered to the Childcare & Family Resources office before May 18.

Compost in your department: Campus Recycling is now offering several new options for OSU departments and buildings to collect material for composting. Check out the options, frequently asked questions and how to sign up at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/deptcompost.cfm or contact us at Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5398.

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Place: Due to the Engineering Expo & Robo Palooza Open House in and around the Kelly Engineering Center, the south end of Memorial Place (between Kelly Engineering and Bexel Hall) will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. May 20 and will continue until 6 p.m.


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

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position.  Posting #0007205. For full consideration, apply by June 10.

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.

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 Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), classified Office Specialist 2. Posting # 0007310. Closes May 18.

Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center is seeking applicants for a Payroll Coordinator , full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007334. Closes May 20.

INTO Oregon State University is currently recruiting for a Student Care and Conduct Coordinator. This position is designed to address issues of student safety, well-being, and success at the INTO OSU center. The goal is to provide a high level of support services to students to enhance satisfaction and retention. For a full job description or further information, or to apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to into.hr@oregonstate.edu . Position closed May 20.

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services is recruiting for multiple positions, including: Generalist Psychologists or Social Workers posting #0007324, Psychologist-Assessment Specialist posting #0007321; and Case Manager, posting # 0007319. Closes May 27.

The Oregon Sea Grant Program is now recruiting for a 12-month, 1.0 FTE (full-time), fixed term Assistant Professor, Extension Aquaculture Specialist located in Newport, Oregon. Posting #0007298. Closes May 31.

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.

The College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a Sponsored Research Program Administrator. Posting #0007323. Closes June 15.

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. Closes June 30.


Corvallis: Pouring rain turned to icy windshields and now the sun is out. Just another Oregon Spring. There’s a slight chance of showers today but for the most part we’ll see partly sunny skies and a high of 62. Things should keep from frosting over tonight as the low only dips to 40. Friday’s looking pretty appealing as sun continues and the high reaches 70.

Central Oregon: Peek outside and feel that high desert sunshine pouring down. Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 59 and an overnight low of 33. Tomorrow temperatures could reach 69 under sunny skies.

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