OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 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.

Report: OSU professor says deforestation caused many deaths in Haiti quake (Oregonian)

The Corvallis Gazette-Times has a provocative interview with Robert Yeats, professor emeritus in geoscience at Oregon State University, who said prior to this week’s devastating earthquake that Haiti was at risk for such a catastrophe. (See also Salem News)

Employers seek well-spoken, problem-solving grads (Oregonian)

Erin Shroll, an Oregon State University graduate student, studies the ecoroof atop the Portland Building with Tom Lipton (left), a Portland Bureau of Environmental Services stormwater management specialist and Ed Snodgrass, an author and ecoroof nurseryman. In a new survey, employers say they are looking for college graduates who can work in teams solving real-world problems.

Lessons in equality (Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress was one of nine children participating in a “Kids for Equality” event at the Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University.

Merkley: Harnessing wave power to create electricity for the future (BigNews.Biz)

“Oregon State University is a pioneer in the development of groundbreaking technologies that will harness the ocean’s waves and push our clean energy economy forward,” said Senator Jeff Merkley.

Choice is between higher taxes, lower public services (Statesman Journal)

This piece by OSU economist William Jaeger looks at Ballot Measures 66 & 67.

4.3 quake hits off coast (Coos Bay World)

Oregon State University marine geologists have noticed surprises along the Juan de Fuca Plate over the past several months.

Chlorophyll blocks absorption of toxic carcinogens (Natural News)

A recent study conducted by researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) has found that chlorophyll works effectively to block bodily absorption of aflatoxin, a fungal contaminant found in many grain and legume stocks.

Online students as trustworthy as traditional ones (Suburban Journals)

A study by two professors at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and a professor at Oregon State University in Covallis, Oregon suggested that students in traditional college settings and students who take courses online cheat about the same amount of the time.

Lecture addresses body politics (Gazette-Times)

From the dead of the Vietnam war, televised from a war zone into living rooms, to the beatings and shooting of anti-war protesters, the intersection of the physical body became political is the topic of a lecture Thursday at Oregon State University.

Same-sex marriage debate set for Thursday (Gazette-Times)

Two national speakers will present divergent points of view on the subject of gay marriage during a debate scheduled for Thursday, sponsored by the Oregon State University Socratic Club.


The campus forum for Dean of Pharmacy candidate Gary Pollack, Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, takes place today from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room

The campus forum for OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidate Susan Shaw, Director and Professor, Women Studies; Director, Difference, Power and Discrimination Program, takes place from noon to 1:15 p.m., MU 213

Edward Kulakowski, Senior Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence at UCLA, will speak at OSU from noon to 1 p.m.  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.

Wayne Embree, founder and managing partner of Reference Capital, will speak 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 tonight 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.

The presentation “What It Takes to Win” takes place tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1001. Led by last year’s Enterprise Challenge teams. Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Business Plan Series to learn best practices from local experts to prepare for The Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition to be held April 16. For more information contact Mary McKillop  at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! How do scientists envision the future of climate? Phil Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, will address this question at the weekly lunch meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty club, at noon Jan. 21, in the Memorial Union, room 109. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

NEW! Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues on Jan. 21 with a performance by “Chanson du Soir.” The duo, comprised of Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Issacs, guitar, will perform at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

NEW! East Meets West, a collection of Oregon artists with eastern influence, is now on display at the Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center.  A reception takes place Jan. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by OSU Catering and wine available for purchase from WineStyles.

Campus forums for Dean of Pharmacy candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty. 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.

Join us for an all campus retirement celebration for Vice President of Research John Cassady, 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. 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. Power Up! participants can use Beaver Strides as part of their effort to improve their health.

News for Employees

NEW! Each year, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center at Oregon State University presents the Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women.  We need your help identifying possible recipients of the 2010 Women of Achievement Awards. For more information see: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter

Lightly used professional business attire is being sought for the Fifth 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.

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.

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

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, 224 OSU employees have donated a total of $112,255. 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.

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.


After a windy but not too wet three-day weekend, it’s time to get back into gear, and as we celebrate the legacy of  Martin Luther King, Jr., we start the work week with a quote from him, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Rain is likely all week with a high of 54 today and an overnight low of 37.

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