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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 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.

New unifying method describes ‘electronegativity’ (R&D)

Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new, unifying method to describe a basic chemical concept called “electronegativity,” first described almost 80 years ago by OSU alumnus Linus Pauling and part of the work that led to his receiving the Nobel Prize. (see also Science Daily, PhysOrg)

A friendly face for all students (Gazette-Times)

Wherever there’s an Oregon State University athletics team, Utoikamanu “Ika” Fifita is probably not far away.

OSU hosts state public health conference (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon Public Health Association’s 67th annual conference will be held Monday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

What Vitamin D does to your body (International Business Times)

In 2009, Future Microbiology published the findings of a  study initiated by researchers at Oregon State University. Headed by Adrian Gombart, the report said that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent across the world.

Bug sucks up worm’s guts (New Scientist)

The video was filmed by Christopher Hedstrom, a research assistant in the Walton Horticultural Lab at Oregon State University, who was feeding the voracious bug when he noticed the worm deflating. By perching a camera on a microscope, he was able to capture the critter downing its liquid meal and later sped up the 15 minute session in a time-lapse.

Oregon State launching Food for Thought series (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The Food for Thought community lecture series will begin its seventh season this month at Oregon State University, bringing in internationally known experts to discuss new options for producing food and fuel.

Heat-powered cooling system (Speed Magazine)

Engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have created a prototype that can use waste heat for cooling applications or for the production of electricity.

Series to examine changes in climate (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University will host a fall lecture series examining the potential of “geoengineering” to mitigate the impacts of future climate change, bringing three prominent scientists to Corvallis to present the latest research in this emerging field.

Rising CO2 levels at end of last Ice Age not tied to Pacific Ocean (Science Blog)

“If we can improve our understanding of the carbon cycle in the past, we will be better positioned moving forward as CO2 levels rise due to anthropogenic causes,” said David Lund, an assistant professor in the U-M Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Lund’s co-authors are Alan Mix of Oregon State University and John Southon of the University of California, Irvine. (see also Environmental News Network)


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/

Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 percent 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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Flying Club Open House – Corvallis Airport, Sunday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come talk to members, see our aircraft and learn about the Oregon State Flying Club first hand.  OSU & LBCC student, alumni, staff & families are eligible for membership.   Visit:  http://flying.oregonstate.edu/openhouse.php

NEW! Reception for Ron Adams: Ron Adams will soon begin his appointment as Executive Associate Vice President for Research. The OSU community is invited to a reception to recognize his 13-year leadership as dean of the College of Engineering: Friday Oct. 7, 3 – 5 pm, MU 109.

NEW! Candidate forums: Presentations and open forums for the Facilities Services Assistant Director candidates take place on the following days: Oct. 7, Edward Guy MU 211 1:40-2:30 p.m.; and Oct. 12, Dan Kermoyan MU 211 1:40-2:30 p.m.
Oct 6

NEW! Living center open house: The grand opening of the International Living-Learning Center Grand Opening takes place Oct. 10. The International Living-Learning Center is the new home for INTO Oregon State University and OSU International Programs. 4 p.m. main presentation and ribbon cutting 4:30 – 6 p.m. open house and self-guided tours. For more information visit the grand opening website.

NEW! Navajo film: An award-winning documentary film will be shown on Friday, Oct.7, beginning at 5:15 p.m., with a discussion about uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation following the screening. The free public event will be held in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

NEW! Music a la Carte:
OSU’s Music à la Carte concert series resumes on Oct. 7 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. The first concert features an OSU faculty recital by Angela Carlson and Rebecca Jeffers, who have been performing together for nearly 30 years. Their four-hands piano program includes a newly commissioned work by Oregon-born composer Jesse Benjamin Jones.

NEW! Wood Magic: Oregon Wood Magic, the interactive experience designed to educate elementary students about the wonders of wood as a material, will take place on the OSU campus from Oct. 11-13 in Richardson Hall. More than 1,000 local school children are expected to participate in the event.

NEW! Research Office New Faculty Orientation: The Research Office is offering a new faculty orientation for professorial-ranked faculty and support staff on Nov. 11 from 7:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. The orientation will provide an overview of Research Office services that support faculty success. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Register at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

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! University Day recap: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald gave a great keynote talk at this year’s University Day. Did you miss it, or do you want to see it again?  You can! Mark your calendar for next year’s event, Sept. 20, 2012.

NEW! Attention Public Employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2011: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2011 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research.Deadline for submission: Nov. 14. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Parking permits: Faculty and staff have until 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, to pay for their 2011-2012 parking permit via payroll deduction over one, three, or nine months.  Go to Taps Online Services to purchase your permit or visit the TAPS Office at 100 Adams Hall.

Moreland Hall parking lot: Due to maintenance on the path of travel between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec; service, motorcycle and several other parking spaces will be temporarily closed in the parking lot behind Moreland Hall.  The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 and should end by 5 p.m.

Parking strip, Memorial Union: Due to maintenance, the parking strip on 26th Street on the west side of the Memorial Union, will be temporarily closed. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 7 and should end by 5 p.m.

INTO north and west parking lots: Due to maintenance areas of the north and of the west parking lot, adjacent to the International Living Learning Center, will be temporarily closed. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 6 and should end by 3 p.m.

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.

Accountant 2: The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for a Accountant 2 position.   This is a full-time, 12-month classified Posting #0007850.  New closing date is Oct. 10.

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: Rain and the possibility of thunderstorms will keep most of us indoors today, but we could see some clearing by tomorrow. Today’s high will be 60 with an overnight low of 43.

Central Oregon: Showers likely, mainly before 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 47 and low around 35. West wind between 6 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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