OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

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.

Oregon State launches solar research center (PV Society)

A newly created signature research center at Oregon State University (OSU) could position the region as an international leader in solar cell innovation and manufacturing.

OSU celebrates King (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a host of local events that began Jan. 6 and continue through Jan. 23.

Those massacred for gold get a memorial, 122 years later (Northwest Asian Weekly)

An Oregon State University Press book gets strong reviews, sells out.

Oregon State expert predicted Haiti quake a week ago (KVAL)

An international earthquake expert at Oregon State University predicted one week ago that one of the world’s most at-risk locations for a major, destructive earthquake is the fault that runs through Haiti and near Port-au-Prince. (See also KGW and Gazette-Times)

OSU student spend holiday in war zone (Gazette-Times)

Jessica Campbell, now 21 and an Oregon State University senior in bioinformatics, joined other students and people from 43 countries in the Gaza Freedom March, an event organized to bring attention to the conflict between Israel and Gaza and the plight of the Palestinian civilians caught in the crossfire.

Duncan challenges NCAA to change (Inside Higher Ed)

“There is a sense that Myles did do an excellent job as a former president,” said Ed Ray, chair of the NCAA Executive Committee and president of Oregon State University. “In some sense, maybe that’ll have some impact on presidents and chancellors to consider the possibility. But, from our standpoint, we’re not interested in pedigrees. We’re interested in values and getting the right person, someone with a kind of integrity and a dogged commitment to getting things done.”

Legislature gets earful on canola restrictions (Capital Press)

Russ Karow, head of the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University, said three years of tests by the College of Agriculture showed seed shatter was significant in canola, giving rise to concerns of volunteer canola spread.

Tammy Bray chairs health improvement plan committee (Lund Report)

Tammy Bray has been named chair of the Oregon Health Improvement Plan Committee by the Oregon Health Policy Board.

Mark & Dave Show Podcast (KEX)

OSU Professor of Economics William Jaeger talks about Measures 66 & 67. (See also Register-Guard)

Rachel Corrie returns to stage (Democrat-Herald)

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. Second St. The event is a one-time only encore performance that follows a series of performances of the play at Oregon State University in October 2009.


Today is College Colors Friday so don’t forget to wear orange!

Join U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley for a Benton County Town Hall at 11 a.m. in the Benton County Fairgrounds auditorium, 110 S.W. 53rd St.

Come celebrate the OSU College of Business 102nd birthday on the third floor of Bexell Hall. We’ll be serving cake and Monster from noon to 2 pm, so come get your sugar and energy fix. Also at noon, we will unveil our vivid poster series that represents our seven business disciplines. For more information contact Thuy Tran at trant@bus.oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6020.

Learn more about the Power Up Challenge at an informational session today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in MU 206.  Presenters will explain how to sign up and track points.  The Power Up Challenge is a 19 week health and wellness event that allows you to set and strive for your own goals while tracking healthy behaviors.  Events and presentations will be integrated into the challenge as well.

Today’s Cultural Movie presentation, “But I’m a Cheerleader,” takes place at 5 p.m. at the Pride Center.

A faculty/staff night will be held tonight at the OSU wrestling meet against UC-Davis. Our wrestling team is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation. The event starts at 7 p.m. For a PDF of the necessary coupon see http://www.osubeavers.com/photos/schools/orst/sports/m-wrestl/auto_pdf/Wrestlingvs.pdf.

Ballroom workshops for beginners, tonight and Jan. 29, 7 to 9 p.m. Each workshop features basic steps and technique in several popular dances like Waltz, Cha-Cha, Salsa and Swing. Cost: $20 per 2-hour workshop, or $13 per hour. Instructor: Jenny Pelka. For more information e-mail jennifer.pelka.cdc@gmail.com


After a successful run of its production, “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Oregon State University theater program will perform the play one more time Jan. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. The play, which details the experience of a student at Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, received rave reviews during its October run at OSU. The Jan. 17 production will be a benefit for the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 541-738-7469 or online at www.majestic.org


The annual MLK Peace Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Featured events at the breakfast include a keynote address by Lapchick, presentation of the Phyllis S. Lee & Frances Dancy Hooks Coalition Builder Awards (among other honors), a video created by Director of Community and Diversity Terryl Ross and a performance by Outspoken, OSU’s men’s a cappella group. Tickets will be available at the door, but organizers advise patrons to buy tickets in advance from the MU business office, as the event regularly sells out. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for students; children ages 5 and under will be admitted free. Call 541-737-4381 for more information.

Auditions will be held on Jan. 18 and Jan. 22 for Tony Kushner’s historical drama, “A Bright Room Called Day,” to be presented as part of Oregon State University’s Holocaust Memorial Week in April. Auditions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 22 in Withycombe Hall’s lab theater. For more information email Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming events

NEW! Campus forums for Dean of Pharmacy candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty.
Gary Pollack, Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Jan. 19, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room
Rodney Ho, Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center at University of Washington, Seattle: Jan. 25, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU 213
The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. They will be recorded and will be posted to the web for viewing, along with Bob Sindelar’s forum, on Jan. 25. A link for the recordings will be announced on the 25th. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Food for Thought Series is featuring “The Ethics of Modern Agriculture,” a talk by Robert Paarlberg, at 7 p.m., Jan. 19 at LaSells Stewart Center. Paarlberg is a professor of political science at Wellesley College and an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His latest book, “Starved for Science:
How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa,” explains why poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, particularly genetically engineered seeds with improved resistance to insects and drought.

NEW! Edward Kulakowski, Senior Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence at UCLA, will speak at OSU from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Valley Library’s Willamette Room (third floor). He will speak on internship and career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.  A foreign service oral assessment prep session will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. in the same location.

NEW! Wayne Embree, founder and managing partner of Reference Capital, will speak Jan. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Weatherford Hall, Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. He will speak on “Is Venture Capital for You?” The event is a brown bag lunch. For more information email mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

The January Science Pub Central Oregon takes place Jan. 19 at the Bend McMenamins. The topic, presented by Natalie Dollar of the OSU-Cascades Liberal Studies program, is “The Grateful Dead and American Culture.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

Join us for an all campus retirement celebration for Vice President of Research John Cassady, Thurs. Jan. 21 in the Memorial Union Journey Room at 2:30 p.m. (3:15 p.m. Presentation). During Dr. Cassady’s tenure at OSU, university research awards increased by over 40% from $177.5 million in 2004 to over $252 million in 2009. Not only did research funding increase, he was also the force behind establishing OSU’s Interdepartmental Centers, facilities available to all investigators across campus for pursuing cutting edge research. After five very productive years at OSU, he is now ready to focus on his golf swing and spend more time with his family. Join us in celebration as we bid him farewell.

Campus forums for OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty. Susan Shaw, Director and Professor, Women Studies; Director, Difference, Power and Discrimination Program: Jan. 19, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU 213
Chris Bell, Academic Programs Director, INTO Oregon State University; Professor of Civil Engineering: Jan. 25, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU 206
Joey Spatafora, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology: Jan. 26, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU International Forum
Ray Brooks, Professor of Finance, College of Business: Jan. 27, 10 – 11:15 a.m., MU 206
The forums will include a 20 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. Feel free to bring your lunch to the forums scheduled at noon. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Two nationally prominent speakers, who have appeared in many debates across the country on the subject of gay marriage, will present divergent points of view on the issue at an upcoming Oregon State University Socratic Club event.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m.  Jan. 21, at LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium.

A Brown University scholar will lecture at Oregon State University as part of the American Culture & Politics series, exploring how the physical body shaped the social movements of the 1960s. The lecture, by Robert O. Self, will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, Memorial Union Room 109.

Three-time award winning Native American singer and actor Litefoot is performing at OSU at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the MU Ballroom. This is an all-age event sponsored by the Native American Longhouse on campus.

Beaver Strides is a free pedometer-based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “step it up”!  Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Jan. 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec.

News for Employees

NEW! Lightly used professional business attire is being sought for the 5th Annual Career Makeover Wardrobe event scheduled for Feb. 11, in the MU Ballroom.  The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services.  Donations help OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and may be dropped off until Feb. 5 at OSU Career Services in the basement of Kerr Admin., Strand Agriculture Hall 137,  by contacting Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu, 541 737-2999 to arrange pick up in the Corvallis area, or drop off location in Portland at the Beaver Fan Shop 121 SW Morrison #120.

NEW! H1N1 Shots Available – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for all OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Come to Plageman Student Health Center, weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Statewide Health Insurance Plan, the fee will be billed directly to your insurance. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355.

NEW! The Graduate School offers three graduate student financial support programs aimed at advancing inclusiveness in graduate education, enriching the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives, and preparing students for their future roles as leaders in a diverse society. Eligible graduate students must be nominated by their graduate programs to receive consideration in the competitive selection process.
The Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship provides an annual fellowship stipend ranging from $15,620 to $25,000 plus tuition remission for one year. Subsidized health insurance will be included with the fellowship.
The Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus provides $5,000 nonrenewable recruitment scholarships for the first academic year of graduate study.
The Thurgood Marshall Graduate Fellowship provides a $4,000 fellowship stipend plus tuition remission for one year. For a complete schedule of centralized graduate student financial support programs offered by the Graduate School for 2010-11, please refer to our web: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/2010-11%20Fellowship%20Table.pdf

The University Advancement’s Power Up Challenge team, The Spin Doctors, challenges the rest of campus to form their own teams and participate in Power Up, a campus-wide wellness program that spans Winter and Spring terms. To find out more, go to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/powerup/, and Power Up!

Charitable Fund Drive Update

We are very close to reaching last year’s Charitable Fund Drive total. We’re only $7,000 away from the 2008-2009 amount of $117,568, which benefits organizations such as United Way. To date, 220 OSU employees have donated a total of $110,275. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


Accounting Techncian in Crop & Soil Science.  This is a full-time position.   To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004968.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.  Closing date is Jan. 25.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Creative Director, Special Events to develop the creative look for specific events and assist with coordination of other events. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/Student Based Programs Manager to oversee the Student Telephone Outreach Program, create the Student Philanthropy Program and continue to grow the Senior Class Gift Program. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences seeks a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is grant funded. Job description, application requirements, and OSU employment information are all available at http:/oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005133. Contact Ford Evans at 541-737-6423 for more information. Closing date Monday., OSU is an AA/EOE

Accounting Technician – Business Affairs invites applications for an Accounting Technician. This is a full-time, limited duration appointment for six months, with a possible extension to 18 months, not to exceed two years from the appointment begin date. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005138. Closing date Sunday. OSU is an AA/EOE

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Traffic and Maintenance

Autzen Auditorium: Due to necessary repairs to the building heating system, all heating services to Autzen Auditorium will be temporarily shutdown.  This shutdown will end by 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

Adams Hall: Due to upgrades being performed on the building’s only ADA access to Adams Hall, the western entrance/exit will be temporarily closed. All personnel without disabilities are asked to utilize the northern and eastern entrances of the building. A temporary call box will be installed near the building’s eastern entrance to allow building services to be obtained outside the building. Signage will be in place to assist visitors to open the building entries. This shutdown  should end by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.


We’re heading into a three-day holiday weekend, and it looks like it may be a good time to go fly a kite. Quite literally. High winds are expected to hit the coast and may travel into the Willamette Valley this weekend, along with cloudy skies and showers. Highs will be in the mid 50s to high 40s.

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