OSU Today

Friday, Sept. 30, 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.

USDA awards $9.8 million to Oregon State biofuel researchers (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday that it will receive two five-year research grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study wood-based aviation fuels and develop a bioenergy education program. The $5.4 million in grant money goes for work under the Northwest Aviation Renewables Alliance, a project studying how to make aviation fuel from biomass.

Northwest Passage (KLCC)

Audio interview with OSU History instructor Carmel Finley.  Her new book is “All the Fish in the Sea – Maximum Sustainable Yield and the Failure of Fisheries Management”.

Warning: Common berries can be poisonous (KEZI)

“Be aware of the different plants that you have around. If they are poisonous, make sure that those are removed,” said Ross Penhallegon with the OSU Extension Service.

Oregon State officially breaks ground for new track (OSU Beavers)

Head coach Kelly Sullivan has been dreaming of hosting his own track meet since he began coaching here at Oregon State in 2004, and on Monday Sept. 26, that dream took the first steps to becoming a reality.

Italian scientists face prison sentences as earthquake manslaughter hearing resumes (Scientific American)

“One of the issues in L’Aquila was how much attention should have been paid to the foreshocks leading up to the earthquake,” says Robert Yeats, a professor emeritus in geoscience at Oregon State University in Corvallis and co-author of the article “Hidden Earthquakes” in the June 1989 issue of Scientific American.

‘Thinking Community’ event is already full (Gazette-Times)

Participants scheduled to appear include OSU philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore, an author and director of the Spring Creek Project; nationally known science and nature write Barry Lopez, author of “Arctic Dreams” and Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of “The Happiness Myth.”

Oregon Association of Nurserymen sweeps out on sweeping e-Verify requirements (Perishable News)

A study conducted by William K. Jaeger, Ph.D, a professor with Oregon State University affirms that immigrant labor contributes significant value to Oregon’s economy and is inexorably linked to key industries, such as agriculture.

USDA fuels specialty crop competition (Capital Press)

A $122,000 grant to the Idaho Bean Commission will be used to help University of Idaho and Oregon State University researchers develop a virus-resistant yellow bean seed for export to Mexico as well as domestic sale.

Sassy, bold and good (Entertainer)

“What the sisters brought to the table was expertise in playing their instruments and sophisticated writing and singing,” says OSU Associate Professor of History Mina Carson, who, with Drs. Susan Shaw and Tisa Lewis, coauthored 2004’s “Girls Rock: Fifty Years Of Women Making Music,” which features interviews with the Millingtons.

50 years on, ‘Catch-22’ still resonates (Yahoo News)

Despite its slow pacing and repetitiveness, “remarkably, college students are still reading it,” said Tracy Daugherty, a professor of English at Oregon State University and author of this year’s “Just One Catch”, a major new biography of Heller. (see also the Jakarta Globe)

OSU-Cascades has 10 percent enrollment jump (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades launched the academic year this week with an anticipated enrollment of 750 junior, senior and graduate students, which translates to an increase of about 10 percent in head count and 16 percent in full-time equivalent students over fall 2010.

Rorrer to lead School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (LIFE@OSU)

Gregory Rorrer, a professor of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, will lead the School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering after returning from a two-year appointment with the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.

Visual art, writing combined in new exhibit (LIFE@OSU)

“Darkfire” and “The Waiting Room,” an exhibit by Sean Caulfield, with collaborators Sue Colberg and Jonathan Hart, opens Oct. 10 in Fairbanks Gallery.


Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, we will examine MediaSpace, an online media management system hosted by Media and Central Web Services. 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. To register visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Rietveld retirement: The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Beth Rietveld, Women’s Center Director who is retiring after 32 years of service to OSU. The reception will be held at the Women’s Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Keith Scribner reading: Award-winning author Keith Scribner, an Oregon State University faculty member, will read from his newly released novel, “The Oregon Experiment,” at OSU’s Valley Library main rotunda. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing follows.


Open mic: An open-microphone event called “Performing for PEACE,” sponsored by groups from OSU and the Corvallis community, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Corvallis. Spoken word and performing artists are invited to showcase their talents on the theme of peace.

Kids Day for Conservation: Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena building. Join over 40 organizations, agencies, and businesses for a day of fun with a variety of hands-on natural resource activities for children of all ages. For more information call 541- 766-6750. Volunteer opportunities available.

Campus tour: On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2:30-4 p.m. join OSU archivists OSU Archivists Larry Landis and Tiah Edmunson-Morton for an outdoor historical walking tour of campus buildings. Discover the “forgotten landscapes” of campus. To join the tour, email tiah.edmunson-morton@oregonstate.edu. Meet in the Valley Library on the 3rd floor in Archives reference room. Click here for more Oregon Archives Month events.


Harvest party: A free family harvest party with music, cider pressings, garden tours and kids’ activities will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the new WORMS Youth Garden, built as part of an OSU project, at Westside Community Church, 4000 S.W. Western Blvd.

Theater auditions: Oregon State University Theatre will hold open auditions for John Cariani’s romantic comedy, “Almost Maine,” on Oct. 2 and 3 on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way, at 6 p.m. The production will perform Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-18 and Nov. 20. All persons are welcome to audition although most of the roles call for actors in their 20s and 30s.

Upcoming Events

NEW! PEBB presentation: PEBB presentation on the 2012 Healthcare Plans and the Health Engagement Model (HEM).  Oct. 6, LaSells Stewart Center Construction & Engineering Hall.  Times: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.  Seating capacity is 200 and is on a first come basis.  Presenter is Wendy Edwards, PEBB’s Director of Operations.

NEW! Discussion on anti-gay programs: Author, activist, columnist, and public speaker, Wayne Besen present on “ex-gay”  or corrective programs and the dangers they pose. Oct. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m., MU Journey Room.

NEW! Generation Organic Tour: Stop by for free organic string cheese and organic milk, play “Wheel of Farming,” and discuss sustainable agriculture with the young farmers of Generation Organic, Organic Valley Cooperative’s young farmer campus tour.  Oct.6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the brick mall just east of the M.U. Quad. Student groups will also have information and displays.

NEW! Sustainable agriculture presentation: Members of Generation Organic, of Organic Valley Cooperative’s young farmer campus tour, will present “Know Your Farmer, Drive Your Future.” Oct. 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Agriculture and Life Sciences (ALS) room 4001.

German films: A retrospective of films from Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” will be shown Oct. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 2 in Corvallis. All films are free, open to the public and will show at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. The films will be introduced by Sebastian Heiduschke, an assistant professor of German at Oregon State University.

Craft party: Campus Recycling invites all those interested in recycling and the environment to a fun get together and craft party to kickoff the year, Oct. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. in the warehouse. Snacks and music provided.

Diversity summit: The Division of Student Affairs presents OSU’s second diversity summit, themed “[c.a.r.e.] harmonize our voices, transform our world,” on Nov, 2-3, in the in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The summit will include a variety of nationally renowned keynotes, engaging program sessions, and opportunities geared towards OSU students, staff, and faculty. Register at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/care/registration/

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Eco-friendly farming: Permaculture guru Wes Jackson will speak about combining planet-friendly farming practices with whiz-bang new plant breeds and genetic technologies during a lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 6, in the LaSells Stewart Center. Jackson is the founder and current president of The Land Institute.

Extinction talk: The OSU Zoology Department presents Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, who will speak on “Has Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?” as part of the department’s fall 2011 Lecture Series: Our Grasp of Nature. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, in ALS 4001.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty and staff choir: University Chorale is a conducting lab for graduate students in choral conducting. This is a non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays each term from 1 to 2 p.m. in Benton Hall 204. This term’s final concert will be held Dec. 2 at Noon in the First Methodist Church. For more information, contact Steven Zielke at szielke@oregonstate.edu .

Promote fair searches: Learn about obstacles to effective faculty searches and how to advocate for better search practices. Participate in a two-part workshop and become an OSU Search Advocate to enhance the quality of university searches. For more information, scroll to the bottom of the OSU Professional Development website

Research blog: The Spin on Research begins this blogademic year with a quiz that will show you more than you knew you knew. Quick ‘n easy. And the winner of the University Day Research Office quiz drawing is announced!

Traffic and maintenance

30th Street: Due to maintenance on the west side of the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, a portion of the sidewalk and the curb on the east side of 30th Street will be temporarily closed.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. Congestion should be anticipated.  The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 3 and should end by 4 p.m.

Jefferson Way: Due to sidewalk and landscape improvements, Jefferson Way from 30th street to 35th street and the sidewalk will be temporarily closed. We will attempt to allow one lane access, but portions of the street will need to be periodically closed. Congestion should be anticipated. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown should end by 6 p.m. Oct. 4.

Parking lot between Rogers and Graf: Due to the use of a crane lift, associated with the project at Rogers Hall, parking lot shared by Dearborn Hall, Graf Hall & Covell Hall, will be temporarily closed. This lot is to be empty of all vehicles by the end of the day on Oct. 6. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 7 and should end by 5 p.m.

Parking lots: Free parking in student/visitor lots only now through Oct 7.


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

Academic Programs/Assessment/Accreditation invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director for Assessment position. Posting #0007944. For full consideration, apply by Sept. 30.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications for the leadership position of Summer Session Director. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0007816. Closes Sept. 30.

The Financial Aid/Scholarship department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Assistant Director position.This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting #0008010. Closes Sept. 30.

Regional Network Director: The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position will primarily work to develop and implement programs in California – home to more than 16,000 OSU alumni. Email cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to: osualum@oregonstate.edu. Include position title in subject line of email. For full consideration please apply by Sept. 30. Position posted at www.osualum.com/jobs

OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0008044. Closes Oct. 2.

The College of Education invites applications from within the university for a half-time (0.5 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Posting # 0007849. Closes Oct. 2.

The search for Interim Dean of Engineering is underway. This is an internal search. Posting #0008018. Closes Oct. 3. Email Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu for a complete position description.

Oregon State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion seeks applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Outreach and Communications Specialist. Closes Oct. 7. Posting #0008004

Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is hiring a Public Information Representative 1. Major duties include preparation and presentation of public information to promote public awareness, understanding and acceptance of NERHP programs, activities, policies and procedures. Posting #0008058. Closes Oct. 7.

The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Professor (Assessment Librarian), tenure track position. Posting #0007950. Closes Oct. 9.

The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time, 9-month, fixed-term Service Learning Faculty Development Coordinator position. Internal to OSU Employees Only. Posting # 0008084. Closes Oct. 9.

Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Associate Director of OUS Services. Posting #0008043. Closes Oct. 9.

Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Director of Enterprise Computing Services. Posting #0008046. Closes Oct. 10.

Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer (Competency Level 3) position. Posting #0008055. Closes Oct. 10.

The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Librarian, tenure track position. Posting #0007879. Closes Oct. 10.Human Resources Consultant 1 – Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0008061. Closes Oct. 12.

OUS International Programs invites applications for a part-time (0.45 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Regional Advisor position housed at the University of Washington, Seattle. Posting #0008069. Closes Oct. 13.

Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0008103. Closes Oct. 16.

Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst (Competency Level 2) position. Posting #0008050. Closes Oct. 19.

Media Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Equipment Systems Specialist (Competency level 2) position. Posting # 0008100. Closes Oct. 30.

Digital Media Coordinator– Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Digital Media Coordinator position. Posting #0008034. Closes Oct. 30.

Operations Management – College of Business invites applicants for a part-time, fixed-term instructor of Operations Management winter term. Apply to instructor pool. Posting # 0007284

College of Business invites applicants for part-time, fixed-term instructors of Entrepreneurship and Business Quantitative Methods winter and spring terms. Masters Degree required. Apply to instructor pool posting # 0007284.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/ Student Based Programs Manager to work at the Corvallis Office. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/


Corvallis: “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” ~Elizabeth Lawrence. Today we’ll see the last of sunny skies for awhile as highs reach 79. Showers roll in this weekend and by Monday straight up rain replaces all this warm sunshine. 

Central Oregon: It will be a mixed bag of thunderstorms and rainshowers this weekend, with clearing and the possibility for sunshine on Sunday. But rain is expected to return by Monday. Highs today will reach 87, and then drop to the 70s this weekend.

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