OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 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.

Rising carbon dioxide levels at time of Ice Age not linked to Pacific Ocean (Red Orbit)

“Frankly, we’re kind of baffled by the whole thing,” says Alan Mix, a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University and an author on the study. “The deep North Pacific was such an obvious source for the carbon, but it just doesn’t match up. At least we’ve shown where the carbon wasn’t; now we just have to find out where it was.” (see also Science Daily, Science Codex, Le Scienze)

Study: Forest management creating problems (UPI)

Traditional management for wood production, such as clear-cutting, site preparation and replanting, tend to produce young forests with uniform structures and low diversity, scientists at Oregon State University said. (see also Oregonian)

Ranks of top OSU students growing (Gazette-Times)

Like the rest of campus, the University Honors College at Oregon State University is seeing an enrollment increase as more students meet tough academic standards, said Dan Arp, the dean of the Honors College.

Party honors garden, harvest (Gazette-Times)

The Working Organically to Research & Master Sustainability youth garden is part of a two-year research project dubbed “Producing for the Future.” The project, which is being funded by the National Health Institute, is a collaboration between low-income youth and young adults, local churches and Oregon State University researchers.

Keeping guns off our public university campuses (Oregonian)

Editorial piece.

Key to treating infertility in men and women uncovered (Star Global Tribune)

A new analysis, published online in the journal Pharmacological Research, noted that previous studies on the potential for antioxidants to help address this serious and growing problem have been inconclusive, but that other data indicates nutritional therapies may have significant potential. The findings were made by Tory Hagen, in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and Francesco Visioli, lead author of the study at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Spain.

Making dinitrogen (Chemical and Engineering News)

Now researchers believe that as much as half of atmospheric N2 comes from the anammox process, says Daniel J. Arp, a professor of botany and plant pathology at Oregon State University. Anammox is also of interest as a way to remove nitrogen from wastewater streams.


Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $26 (cash, check, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Research Commercialization: Free on-line series of lectures designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Oct. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements, and Oct. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants. Register at http://center.ncet2.org/ – or join OCCD in Memorial Union Room 206 to participate.

Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House will be held Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322 and are not limited to OSU employees. The 13-week session begins Oct. 11. Employees must complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Bring the code to the first meeting. For more information, call 541-737-3106.

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.

Beetle horns: Doug Emlen of the University of Montana will give a talk on the origin and evolutionary diversification of beetle horns today at 3:30 p.m. in ALS 4001 as part of the Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series. For more information see http://ecoevo.oregonstate.edu/

Upcoming Events

NEW! China in the 21st Century: Julie Ann Elston, Ph.D associate professor and Newcomb Fellow at OSU-Cascades will give the “It’s in the Bag” lecture on “Bamboo Capitalism: The Economic Rise of China in the 21st Century,” at noon on Oct. 5 in Cascades Hall Room 118. Bring lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages.

NEW! Public health talk: Public health is more than flu shots and anti-smoking campaigns. At the Oct. 6 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Tom Eversole of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences will discuss OSU’s public-health initiative. Triad meets from noon to 1 p.m. in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, by Oct. 4  to save a seat.

NEW! Tour of OSU Special Collections: Chris Petersen of OSU Libraries, will offer a tour highlighting the amazing legacy of documentation from alumnus Linus Pauling and other gems in the OSU Library’s Special Collections. The tour is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m., Oct. 5 in Special Collections on the fifth floor of the Valley Library.

NEW! PFLA event: You are invited to join PLFA (Professional Faculty Leadership Association) for a networking event, Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Lounge. Come meet your colleagues, build some new connections across campus; enjoy some fun networking, and learn more about PFLA.

NEW! Workshop: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping,” with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This workshop includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Friday, Oct. 7,  10 to 10:50 a.m. Location: Waldo 120.

NEW! 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 discuss Podcast Producer, a lecture capture system available in some OSU classrooms. Friday, Oct. 7, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! 4-H Information Night: Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at the Benton County Fairgrounds auditorium. Teens, children and their families can learn about 4-H and the many project areas available in Benton County. If you cannot attend 4-H Information Night but still want information on the Benton County 4-H program, call the OSU Extension Service, Benton County office at 766-6750 or http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/4h

NEW!  Music a la Carte: The Music à la Carte concert series resumes on Friday, Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. The opening performance features an OSU faculty recital by Rebecca Jeffers and Angela Carlson performing piano for four hands. Their program will include the OSU premiere of a newly commissioned work by Oregon-born composer Jesse Benjamin Jones.

Starbucks: Howard Behar, the founding president of Starbucks International, will give a free public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Oregon State University, where he will speak about putting people first in a consumer-oriented business. Part of the College of Business’ Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Faculty/Staff Christian Fellowship: The group meets weekly to discuss contemporary issues and ideas within the context of a Christian worldview. Its first 2011-12 meeting will be Oct. 5 at noon in MU 208 during an informal brown bag event. Subsequent meetings will be Wednesdays at noon in COVL 129.

Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store: We’re open for our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. All furniture is 50% 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.

Pioneering rock musicians: June Millington and her sister Jean will be at OSU on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a talk and a free concert open to the community. The talk begins at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 109 and the free public concert and CD release will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Geoengineering lecture: Kristine C. Harper, Associate Professor of History, Florida State University and Visiting Associate Professor, Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark will speak on “Experiments in Geoengineering: Controlling the Weather in 20th century America” at 7 p.m., Oct. 5 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Wedding ring found: A gold wedding band with an engraving inside has been found on campus. Anyone missing a ring should contact campus security at 541-737-3010 and identify the ring in order to claim it.

NEW! Faculty Assessment Academy: The Faculty Assessment Academy promotes assessment activities in academic and academic support units as an ongoing institutional process that enhances student learning experiences for all undergraduate and graduate students. This will establish networks to support ongoing assessment at all levels. It takes place Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Willamette Room 115, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/faa2011/

NEW! Research blog: What are the bumper stickers our VP for research brought back from D.C.? See what federal agencies are saying, at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/09/30/federal-agencies/

Myers Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) workshop: OSU Women’s Network (OWN) and Career Services are hosting a two-part series, which will be held on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 from noon – 1 p.m. at the Willamette East/West room, third floor of Valley Library. $14 fee. Register by Oct. 7. For more information, contact Adry Clark at adry.clark@oregonstate.edu or 737-0519.

Travel Awards: The Graduate School is pleased to announce new centrally administered travel awards for students presenting their scholarly or creative work at prestigious national and international conferences. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit nominations for these awards. Click http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/GraduateSchoolTravelAwards.pdf about the awards and application process.

2011 OSU Training Days: Mark your calendars – OSU Training Days – Nov. 9-10 at the LaSells Stewart Center, including tours of the newly constructed International Living & Learning Center (ILLC) and Peet’s Coffee, Cascadia Market, etc.

Oregon Archives Month Display: The OSU University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit celebrating its 50th Anniversary! The exhibit can be found on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case and will be up through October. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog and check out both digital collections in Flickr Happy Birthday OSU Archives & Under Glass and In PowerPoint. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the OSU Archives.

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

Traffic and maintenance

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.


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

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: “For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” Edwin Teale. We’re in for more rain today, with a high of 64 and a low tonight of 48. Showers continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Twenty percent chance of showers before 11 a.m., mostly cloudy with a high of 61 and a low of 43. There is a small dog alert due to wind gust of 29 m.p.h. South wind is between 6 and 16 m.p.h.

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