OSU Today

Tuesday, May 31, 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.

Fukushima debacle risks Chernobyl like ‘dead zone’ as radiation in soil soars (Bloomberg)

The most cost-effective solution may be to allow the cesium to move down into the soil to decay, Kathryn Higley, a radiation health physicist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, said in a telephone interview. Cesium has a half-life of about 30 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Innovative class blends theory and practice of yoga (Elephant)

Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon is known for their academic achievements–now they can add the study of yoga to their list. After flexing their intellectual muscles during a rousing discussion of ancient cultures, the students in Stuart Sarbacker’s philosophy class take out their yoga mats and demonstrate a different type of flexibility in the form of Ujjayi Pranayama breath control and sun salutations. (See also Gazette-Times, Healthy Net)

OSU business group among top 20 in nation (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, a business-oriented student group that tackles social issues, was named one of the top 20 teams in the nation earlier this month at the SIFE National Exposition in Minneapolis.

Corvallis ‘Build Your Own Box’ homeless awareness (KEZI)

A group of OSU students is going to the extreme to raise awareness about homelessness.

OSU scientist: Coastal communities can fight ocean acidification (Gazette-Times)

“Certainly, ocean acidification on a global level continues to be a challenge, but for local, non-fossil fuel-related events, community leaders don’t have to sit back and wait for a solution,” said George Waldbusser, an Oregon State University ecologist and co-author of the paper. “Many of these local contributions to acidity can be addressed through existing regulations.”

Fatemeh Fakhraie: A feminist Muslim breaks stereotypes (Oregonian)

Fakhraie works full-time at INTO OSU, a partnership that encourages foreign students to study at Oregon State University. She does not attend a mosque, but considers herself part of a progressive, global Muslim community. Committed to her own faith, she is open to that of others.

‘Saudi Sir Edmund Hillary’ calls Al-Houby role model for youth (Arab Times)

Farouk Saad Hamad Al-Zuman, the first Saudi who conquered Mount Everest in 2008, has congratulated Palestinian climber Suzanne Al-Houby for becoming the first Arab woman to scale the world’s highest mountain and for sending a message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians from the “Rooftop of the World.” A Palestinian by origin, who lives in the UAE, Al-Houby, 40, is a graduate of Oregon State University, who joked that such a feat is even more difficult for Gulf Arabs, used to hot temperatures outside and comfortable air-conditioned interiors.

OSU to break ground on student center (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will break ground Tuesday on a $14 million Student Success Center that will provide both the general student population, and student-athletes, with a variety of academic support services.

Underwater mushroom found in Rogue River makes Top 10 new species list (Ashland Daily Tidings)

“I tried to identify them. I looked and looked and couldn’t identify it. I thought, gee, am I stupid or something? Then OSU (Oregon State University) said this is a new species.”

Mob celebrates end of school year with impromptu dance party (Gazette-Times)

All was quiet on the Oregon State University campus on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend — except for the mob of dancing, crowdsurfing students, that is.

Top students honored at annual ceremony (LIFE@OSU)

The annual All-University Student Recognition Awards and Reception took place Wednesday, May 25 in the Memorial Union ballroom on campus.


Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide: 1-3 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, Portland State University, and a moderated conversation on the new OSU Press book Toward One Oregon with two county commissioners and a University of Oregon professor.

Rulemaking hearing: OSU will hold a rulemaking hearing at 1 p.m., MU 206 to set fees and charges for services during fiscal year 2011-2012. A list of these fees and charges may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information: Barbara Melton at barbara.melton@oregonstate.edu.

Student Success Center: OSU will break ground today on a $14 million Student Success Center that will provide both the general student population, and student-athletes, with an array of academic support services. A brief ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the site of the center, which will be located at the intersection of Southwest 26th Street and “A” Avenue, just north of the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center.

Spring concert: At 7:30 p.m., the Wind Symphony, directed by Christopher Chapman, Symphonic Band, directed by Brad Townsend, and Campus Band, directed by Robert Brudvig will perform at the LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty will be admitted for free with their OSU ID.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Pat Newport Retirement: Pat Newport, Director of Marketing and Advancement in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is retiring June 30 after 14 years at OSU. Please join us for a farewell reception on Thursday, June 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. (short program at 4 p.m.)  in the Women’s Building Lobby. Send cards or notes to Michelle Mahana, #123 Women’s Building.

NEW! Film premiere: The U.S. premiere of the once-banned 1973 German film “The Dove on the Roof” will take place on Thursday, June 2 in Corvallis. There will be two free, public screenings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. Screenings are sponsored by OSU’s School of Language, Culture, and Society, and the DEFA Film Library.

NEW! Piano recital: The OSU Self-Taught Piano Guild is holding a recital on Thursday, June 2 at 2 p.m. in Benton 204 The performance will feature the composers Bach, Clementi, Chopin, Debussy, and Tcherepnin.

Pines of Rome: On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m., the OSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Chapman, will perform a concert titled, “The Pines of Rome,” at the LaSells Stewart Center. The title song is a symphonic poem written in 1924 by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty will be admitted for free with their OSU ID.

Graphic Design: The annual OSU Graphic Design senior portfolio show takes place June 2, 5 to 8 p.m., at 107 SE Washington St., Portland, and June 10, 2 to 5 p.m., Fairbanks Hall Room 116, OSU. The event highlights the work of this year’s graduating class.

Merchant Expo: The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, June 2. Find out additional information and register online to attend. Those registering to attend before May 27 will have a chance to win a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.

Lecture, seminars and symposiums

Summer Institute on Research Methodology for Faculty and Graduate Students: Alan C. Acock, University Distinguished Professor for Family Research, will be leading the Summer Institute July 12-15 in Autzen classroom, OSU Valley Library. Stata & Multilevel/Longitudinal Models using Stata July 12-13. Mplus and Longitudinal Modeling Using Mplus July 14-15. No background using Stata or Mplus is necessary.

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 Eugene Matusov, Professor of Education at the University of Delaware.

News for Employees

NEW! Recsports: RecSports Summer Memberships are now available for purchase at $79 per person. Summer access starts immediately and lasts through Sept. 30, with two weeks of closure in late August. Youth access is extended to all hours of operation during summer break. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/

Worm Bin Workshop: A worm bin composting class led Master Gardeners takes place June 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the OSU Extension Service at 1849 N.W. 9th St. in Corvallis. Cost is $40 per bin (two people may share). Participants will learn to maintain a worm bin effectively. Registration deadline is today. Register at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/announcements/worm-bin or 541-766-6750.

Electronic proposal submission: The Research Office selected Cayuse as vendor for an electronic proposal development/submission system. Implementation will be by unit, over the next six months. The system will enable multi-year and multi-PI budgets, uploading research plans, importing subcontractor subaward proposals and budgets, templates, routing and approving, and linking with protocols of the Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, reducing duplication of effort and enhancing funding success.

OSU Women’s Basketball Girls Hoop Camp: Help the athlete in your family improve their game by playing with the OSU basketball team this summer! Online registration is available at http://www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com. Girls Hoop Camp is offered for female players entering third through eighth grade. OSU staff families receive a 15 percent discount off registration. Contact Ashley Shearer, WBB Director of Operations at 541-737-2800 with any questions.

Traffic and maintenance

Campus wide: Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut down all steam services to the campus from 6 p.m. June 12 to noon June 15. This will affect all hot water and heating services.


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

Sea Grant Education Program Leader – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Sea Grant Education Program Leader position. Posting #0 0007439. Closes July 10.

OSU’s Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) is seeking a Coordinator of Events and Operations. This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting  #0007433. Closes June 15.

Oregon State University Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Training Development Manager position. Duties include but are not limited to; Development and Delivery of Training, Assessment of Training Needs, Organizational Development, Training Days Coordinator, and Training Administration. Posting # 0007423. Closing date June 8.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Procurement Analyst 3 position. Posting # 0007403. Closing date June 1.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Director of Development for Athletics.  This position is located in the Portland Center office.  For a complete job description and more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Contracts Officer position.  Posting# 0007394. Closing date June 6.

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 today.

Printing and Mailing invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Associate Director of Printing and Mailing position. Posting #0007350. Closes today.

Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center at OSU is seeking applicants for a Finance Coordinator, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007373. Closes today.

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12‐month Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007375. Closes June 3.

INTO OSU invites applicants for a full-time Programmer Analyst/Data Administrator for its Academic Services department. 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 June 5.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant– OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0007388. Closes June 10.

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.

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.

Instructor — Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Instructor position. Posting #0006769. Closes June 24.

University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Online Marketing Specialist. Posting #0007369. Closes June 27.

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.

Instructor/Internship Coordinator — Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instructor/Internship Coordinator position. Posting #0007203. For full consideration application should be received by June 1; closes June 30.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of the President’s Circle to join the Annual Giving Programs team. For more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a Director of Gift Accounting to join the Finance Department and will be responsible for managing the areas of gift processing and receipting. For more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/


Corvallis: We’re leaving May-vember behind us and moving straight into June-uary. A dark, rainy morning will lead into a showery afternoon with possible thunderstorms and a high of 66 with a low of 47. Showers will continue throughout the week.

Central Oregon: Don’t get out the sun tan lotion quite yet. Heavy showers are expected today and tomorrow, with highs around 60 and lows around freezing tonight. Showers are expected through the weekend.

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