OSU Today

Tuesday, May 17, 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.

OSU maps barley genome in search of hardier crop (KVAL)

Oregon State University researchers, supported by a major new initiative to produce climate-change tolerant crops, are working on a hardier variety of barley that can be grown in frostier regions of the United States – and have improved yields and traits allowing growers and processors to become more competitive in the global market.

They be pitied? (Ottowa Citizen)

In Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood and Why It’s Good For Everyone, social scientists Richard Settersten (OSU) and Barbara Ray argue that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to be in a position like Pagnello’s.

Oregon Humane Society reaches spay and neuter milestone with Charlie the cat (Oregonian)

The society’s veterinary team, with help from Oregon State University veterinary students and faculty, performs 45 surgeries a day, on average.

New OSU Cheese Lab is churning the curds and whey (KLCC)

Brian Humiston came to OSU from Utah in 2002 to study beer-making. All his fermentation science classmates wanted jobs at one of the state’s nearly 100 craft breweries. So, upon graduation, Humiston turned to cheese-making instead.

OSU rates another green listing (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has received plenty of recent green accolades. Last month, the university was named the  Pac-10 Conference champion in a recent Environmental Protection Agency renewable energy competition and also scored a listing in the Princeton Review’s “Green Guide to 311 Colleges.”

Fungus harming island arbutus (Vancouver Sun)

“Once diseases are established in the main stem, there’s not much you can do; no fungicide is known to be effective,” an Oregon State University study said.

First African-American woman in state senate speaks at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Avel Gordly, the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Senate, will speak and read excerpts from her recently released memoir Tuesday evening at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center.

Ferngren, Moore honored by University Honors College (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University professors Kathleen Dean Moore and Gary Ferngren have been selected by OSU’s University Honors College for its Eminent Professor Awards for 2011.

Glumac opens office in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

Sustainable engineering firm Glumac celebrated the opening of its new offices, across the street from Oregon State University, on Thursday.

Entrepreneur to speak Thursday at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Entrepreneur Fred Ziari will explore water and energy conservation in a presentation on Thursday at Oregon State University.

Working the Woods a benefit for Coos Historical and Maritime Museum (KVAL)

Bill Robbins, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History at Oregon State University, is the author or editor of more than 11 books. He is best known on the south coast as the author of “Hard Times in Paradise,” an assessment of Coos County’s economic condition and prospects based on interviews with local residents, first published in 1996 and updated in 2008.

Cosy up to curvier furniture (LA Times)

People react more positively to, and prefer to socialize in, spaces filled with curvy forms and shapes, as opposed to rectangles, according to a new study from Oregon State University.


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. 9- to 10 a.m.

Film series: AFAPC has developed a film series focused on social justice and equality and the inaugural event  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.

Avel Gordly – Remembering the Power of Words: Today 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Lunch and Learn: “The Art of Mindful Eating: Your Brain vs. a Banana Split,” Wednesday, May 18, noon to 1 p.m., MU 208. Lunch is provided. RSVP sandi.cleveland@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Public Sale at the OSUsed Store. We’re open for our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. All furniture is 50 percent off this week. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Weatherford Fireside Chat: Bert Sperling, Founder and President, Sperling’s Best Places, will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. May 19 in Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford, as part of the Austin Fellows Program. RSVP carol.hahn@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! OSU MBA Program Information Session: 6 to 7:30 p.m., OSU Campus, Bexell Hall 323. Find out more information about how the MBA Program will prepare you to compete in the new economy in as little as nine months. Information: 541-737-5510 or OSUMBA@bus.oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Craft night: Ever wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, or turn your favorite old shirt into a pillow? Here’s your chance! Workshops include basket making, art journaling, and t-shirt reconstruction. May 20, 6 o 8 p.m., at the Women’s Center.

NEW! International Women’s Speakers Series : May 18 at noon, Kristina Milaj, a Civil Engineering student at OSU from Albania will share her story as the first girl in her rural village to attend high school and then to travel to the U.S. for college at the OSU Women’s Center. More details at: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/

NEW! Lunch and Learn: “Got Weight Loss? Get Skinny on Dairy,” May 20, noon to 1 p.m., MU 109. Lunch is provided. RSVP sandi.cleveland@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Visiting novelist: “An Evening with Andrea Barrett,” at the LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium, May 20, 7:30 p.m. National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Andrea Barrett will read from her latest novel, The Air We Breathe, followed by a book signing. Presented by the OSU Visiting Writers Series and the Horning Endowment in the Humanities.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lecture, seminars and symposiums

NEW! Forest symposium: The 2011 Forest Ecosystems and Society Graduate Student Research Symposium takes place May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Richardson Hall 107. The symposium showcases current graduate student research, through oral presentations and posters. This year’s symposium features keynote speakers Jonathan Kusel from the Sierra Institute, and Andrea Thorpe from the Institute for Applied Ecology. For more information, contact fes-GrRp@oregonstate.edu

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! APA style workshop: The Valley Library Graduate Student and Faculty APA Style Workshop takes place May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m., (Valley 2082, Autzen Classroom)!  Read the full session description and register to save your seat today:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656.  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu with questions.

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.

Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Scholarship: The Graduate School has announced the 2011-12 Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Scholarship, http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/flyfisher.php. Funding for the scholarship is provided through a donation from the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support for graduate students pursuing a course of study involving endemic wild stocks of fish within watersheds in Oregon. Nominations must be received in the Graduate School by June 1, 2011.

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/

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:

Head Advisor – International Degree & Education Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Head Advisor position. Posting # 0007229. Closes June 10.

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.

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.

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.

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: Sunbreaks made yesterday rather pleasant at times, despite a little rain. Hope you had time to mow the lawn if you didn’t catch up this weekend. Showers are likely today, but should lighten up by Wednesday, and Thursday is whispering promises of sunshine. Today’s high will be 62 with a low of 41.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers and even a few thunderstorms will keep things hopping today as highs reach 57 before dipping to 35 tonight. Tomorrow a chance of showers remains.

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