OSU Today

Monday, May 16, 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.

Tornado damage raises building questions (UPI)

Scientists from Oregon State University said while there is no practical, economical way to build structures that could stand up to the EF5 strength tornadoes that occurred in the outbreak, damage from lesser storms could be reduced by better building practices and better enforcement of existing codes.

Oregon State motorsports team wins second straight Formula SAE national title (Oregonian)

“That margin of victory is like an NFL team winning 54-3 in the Superbowl,” said OSU’s faculty advisor Robert Paasch. “We won overall in static and dynamic events; that’s all there is (available to win). Nobody does that.”

Signs proclaim the end times (Gazette-Times)

Courtney Campbell, the Hundere professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, said it’s not surprising that such a dire pronouncement should happen now, when the world is beset by climate change, war, terrorism and economic uncertainty.

Cosmic quirk of physics found in molecule (MSNBC)

“Have you ever been caught in a speed trap? You know what the Doppler shift is then,” said T. Darrah Thomas, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Oregon State University. “When light or any radiation is either reflected off of, or transmitted from, a moving object, it gets its wavelength shifted. That’s how the speed trap works.”

Building hazard resistance in coastal communities (NOAA)

Oregon Sea Grant takes tsunami preparedness very seriously. The coast of Oregon is on the Cascadia subduction zone – a 600 mile long fault line similar to the one near Japan.

Formerly banned German film to make US debut June 2 (KVAL)

Sebastian Heiduschke, an assistant professor of German at Oregon State University, won the right to premiere the film in the U.S. from the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tips help you save your food and your dough (USA Today)

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.

OSU says curves are cosier (Mail-Tribune)

People react more positively to, and prefer to socialize in, spaces filled with curvy forms and shapes, according to a new study from Oregon State University. (See also Bend Bulletin)

OSU Robotics Club to show off Mars Rover (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Robotics Club will demonstrate the capabilities of its 2011 Mars Rover from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Researcher uses Facebook to aid crowd-sourcing science (Albuquerque Express)

Led by Oregon State University’s Dr Brian Sidlauskas, the goal was to find out which species of fish live in the Cuyuni and get a good estimate of their abundance. (see also Sify, CIOL)


Access workshop: Access 101: Practical Tips for the OSU Community, 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.

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” from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall Room 231.

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!  5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! All Classified Employees: Contract Bargaining still in progress. The Contract ends June 30, then what? Our General Meeting is May 19 at noon in the MU, room 206. Please join us for lunch and hear what is happening with negotiations, find out about the “Better Way Rally” and what YOU can do.

NEW! Theater auditions: OSU Theatre will host auditions for this summer’s Bard in the Quad production of “As You Like It” at 6 p.m. May 19-20, as well as a special workshop for actors at 4 p.m. May 18. Auditions are open to all and will be held in the Withycombe Lab Theatre. For more information, call 541-737-4917 or go to http://oregonstate.edu/bardinthequad/

NEW! Fashion show: Students in OSU’s Department of Design and Human Environment will hold their annual fashion show, titled ““Equinox: Where Dark Meets Light” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for standing room. For more information, go to http://hhs.oregonstate.edu/dhe/7th-annual-fashion-show, or email equinoxdesgin2011@gmail.com.

NEW! Frankenstein talk: Miranda Burgess, associate professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia presents a free public talk titled “Frankenstein’s Worldliness and the Science of Feeling” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in the Memorial Union room 206. The talk is sponsored by OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

NEW! Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide: Tuesday, May 31, 1 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room. The Rural Studies Program Spring Symposium will feature a keynote on the rural-urban divide in Oregon by Sheila Martin, Director of the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, PSU, and a moderated conversation on the new OSU Press book “Toward One Oregon.”

NEW! Fish for Dinner? An OSU-led aquaculture research program in Asia, the Americas and Africa supports sustainable local fish production. At the May 19 meeting of Triad, OSU’s staff and faculty club, OSU aquaculture specialist Hillary Egna will describe results of a five-year $8.9 million project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, noon to 1. Guests pay $10 for a catered lunch and can save a seat by calling Larry Pribyl, 541-737-3817.

NEW! Entrepreneurs in Residence Series: Fred Ziari, founder of ezWireless and IRZ Consulting and an innovative leader in water and energy conservation technologies, will give a talk entitled “Do What is in Front of YOU ”, Thursday, May 19 at noon at LaSells Stewart Center’s C & E Hall. Faculty luncheon at 1:30 p.m. RSVP for the luncheon, contact mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.  Hosted by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program.

NEW! OSU Community Day of Service: Get your work gloves on and help us take the community service spirit of Beaver Nation to the streets, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon. There are two projects in Corvallis, Children’s Farm Home and Starker Arts Garden for Education. Learn more at www.osualum.com/service.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

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.

Lecture, seminars and symposiums

NEW! Science education brown bag: On Friday, June 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in Owen 106, a Special NSF-Supported 2020 Vision Brown Bag Seminar, entitled “How to engage practitioners from across the learning landscape in the research enterprise: Deconstruction of the inquiry” will be presented by Eugne Matusov, Professor of Education at the University of Delaware.

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! OSU Marine Council: The OSU Marine Council was established in 2010 by the Provost to enhance University collaboration, cooperation and coordination on coastal and marine issues.  Membership includes 18 deans, directors, and department chairs; Oregon Sea Grant Director, Stephen Brandt, is the Council Chair. To learn more, visit the Marine Council website; and you can join the public listserv.

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.

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

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.

Sound permits: Permits have been issued for the June 3 Battle of the Bands and June 4 Flat Tail Festival, both in the MU Quad. The permit allows for amplified sound from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, and 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.


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

Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center at OSU is seeking applicants for an Accounting Technician, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007358.  Closes May 27.

Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center at OSU is seeking applicants for a Human Resources Consultant 2, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting #0007352.  Closes May 27.

Office Specialist 1 – OSU Extension Service Benton County invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month Office Specialist 1 position.  Posting # 0007123.  Closes May 27.

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 today.

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: “An optimist is the human personification of spring.”-  Susan J. Bissonette. Despite warnings of showers, the weekend was pretty dry, and although the threat of showers continues through mid-week, we should mainly see gray skies with highs in the low 60s.

Central Oregon: There’s a 50 percent chance of showers today with a high of 58 and an overnight low of 34.

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