OSU Today

Friday, May 13, 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.

The championship-winning Oregon State team you’ve never heard of (Oregonian)

Call them Oregon State University’s unheralded group of champions – the 80-plus students that represent OSU’s Formula SAE motorsport team, and who currently sit atop the world rankings in the series.

Studying tsunamis to save lives (KING5)

Researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis have found a way to study the potential impact of tsunamis by bringing the waves down to size.  It’s called the Tsunami Wave Research Facility and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

When a Japan scale quake hits Oregon, experts expect death, destruction (Oregonian)

Chris Goldfinger, an Oregon State University marine geology professor, happened to be in Japan on March 11 and experienced the magnitude-9 quake, which cut short an earthquake conference he was attending.

Oregon State, North Carolina emerging as title contenders (USA Today)

Oregon State’s rise has been all the more remarkable because of a rash of injuries that have dogged the Beavers all season. They lost starting pitcher Taylor Starr for the year, and spark plug catcher and top hitter Andrew Susac has missed 19 games (he could return this weekend). Three other key players have been on the shelf for significant stretches.

NBA players choke under pressure, researchers confirm (Oregonian)

Graduate student Zheng Cao and professor Daniel F. Stone at Oregon State and professor Joseph Price at Brigham Young analyzed NBA free-throw data from the 2002-03 through 2009-10 seasons.

How debt is becoming the American Way (Yahoo)

Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State College of Business, and Lisa Penaloza, professor of marketing at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord in Roubaix, France, interviewed 27 white, middle-class Americans about their finances and philosophies toward debt in granular detail from 2005 to 2006. The study appears in the May issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.

Oregon State names new university librarian (Gazette-Times)

Faye Chadwell, who has led the Oregon State University Libraries on an interim basis since last fall, has been named University Librarian at OSU. She succeeds Karyle Butcher, who retired last year.

Save your food, save some dough (Chicago Sun-Times)

It’s also worth looking at the temperature of your refrigerator, which ideally should be 40 degrees, says Carolyn Raab, a registered dietician and food and nutrition specialist with Oregon State University’s extension program. If you keep it at 45, your milk and other perishables won’t stay good as long. (See also CNBC)

Linus Pauling film to show May 21 (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon Public Broadcasting film on the life of Linus Pauling, an Oregon State University alumnus and the only two-time recipient of an unshared Nobel Prize, will be previewed on Saturday, May 21, at OSU.

OSU competes in Avia Wildflower Triathlon (LIFE@OSU)

An Oregon State team has taken second place in one of the largest triathlon events in the United States.

OSU film series opens with panel featuring Craig Robinson, ex-players (LIFE@OSU)

Faculty members from Oregon State University have developed a film series focused on social justice and the struggle for equality and the inaugural event on May 17 will feature OSU basketball coach Craig Robinson and former coach Paul Valenti as part of a panel discussion.

Marital discord disrupts baby’s sleep (Parent Dish)

Researchers say babies exposed to marital discord have more trouble sleeping. Face it. You can’t win. You may now whimper pitifully if you wish. Researchers at Oregon State University would understand. (See also International Business Times, Know About Health)


Northwest Reproductive Sciences Symposium (NWRSS): Today, Salbasgeon Suites, McKenzie Center, 1730 N.W 9th St., and Saturday, 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.

Music ala Carte: Noon, MU Lounge. Contemporary piano music with John Nilsen.

Living center reception: The International Living-Learning Center is having an informational reception 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 today at 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Film series: AFAPC has developed a film series focused on social justice and equality and the inaugural event on May 17 will feature OSU basketball coach Craig Robinson and former coach Paul Valenti as part of a panel discussion. It begins at 5 p.m. in the Founders Loge at Reser Stadium. For disability accomodations: 541-737-0865.

NEW! Finding Balance through Yoga: Spring term, we have the opportunity to come together, slow down, and practice yoga at the OSU Women’s Center every Tuesday morning. Relax, re-energize, and re-connect with the body’s great wisdom and health in a supportive and welcoming environment.  May 17, 9- to 10 a.m.

NEW! Fanourakis Retirement: Shannon Fanourakis, Purchasing Analyst with Procurement and Contract Services is retiring after 30 years at OSU.  Please join us in wishing her well at a reception held on May 26, 2 to 4 p.m., in MU 213.  Information: 541-737-2067 or via email at kelly.kozisek@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Reser Movie Night: Student Athlete Advisor Committee will sponsor Reser Stadium Movie Night on May 22.   Gate 7 will open at 7:30 p.m. for OSU students with ID.   The movie begins at 8:30 p.m.  Donations to Community Outreach are being requested. Items requested include bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo/conditioner, disposable razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products and diapers.

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 today.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lecture, seminars and symposiums

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Research blog: Keep up with OSU research by subscribing to The Spin on Research. Topics of recent posts:  Post-Docs and Gender Parity; NSF comes to Town;  Messing Around in Boats while Communicating about Research; Coming Attractions – Web-Based Proposal Submissions.

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

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

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, 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.

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 #0007220. Closes today.

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.

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.

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: It may be Friday the 13th, but don’t be superstitious. Today’s going to be a lucky day! The sun will be out most of the day and the high should reach 69. Showers are likely for the weekend, light on Saturday and heavier on Sunday.

Central Oregon: It’s another sunny day in central Oregon and the high may reach 71, but enjoy it while you can, as showers return this weekend and we may see snow by Sunday night.

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