OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 10, 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.

$42M in a month: Researchers show OSU the money (KVAL)

Faculty at Oregon State University, already among the nation’s leading four-year research universities, have set a sizable new institutional record in monthly contracts and grants, earning nearly $42 million in September. (See also: OregonLiveGazette-Times)

Undersea quake evidence found off West Coast (San Francisco Chronicle)

Submarine landslides triggered by major quakes on land have sent layers of sediments onto the seabed, and by dating those sediments researchers led by Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University, have calculated that the temblors rupture the ground roughly every 240 years on what is called the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Iso happy to leave pro game to follow dreams at OSU (Japan Times)

Iso, who worked for the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers as an assistant athletic trainer for the past nine seasons, became head trainer for the Oregon State University football program over the summer.

OSU aims for diversity in the 21st Century (Gazette-Times)

Recent staffing vacancies at Oregon State University have prompted the university to both reorganize diversity-related offices and launch a study of its diversity programs and procedures.

New Northwest Climate Center director announced (USGS)

Gustavo Bisbal has been selected as the center director of the Department of the Interior’s Northwest Climate Science Center, headquartered at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., with additional resources and capabilities at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., and the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Lessons from Linus (Gazette-Times)

Pauling was a Portland native who graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). He died in 1994 at the age of 93. OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute continues his work and preserves his legacy.

Oregon farms open up through website (Western Farm Press)

Oregon’s rich diversity of farms and farmer’s markets can now be explored digitally through a new website. “The Oregon Farm Explorer presents a wonderful opportunity to learn about the bountiful food produced in Oregon,” said Anita Azarenko, head of Oregon State University’s horticulture department, “including what is raised here, where it is produced, and where to find it.”

Groundbreaking set for Collaborative Life Sciences Building (Portland Tribune)

The 500,000 square foot building is joint project between the Oregon University System and the Oregon Health & Sciences University. It will house programs from OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University under one roof.

Hop harvest time: When and how do you know? (In Hop Pursuit)

These are some of the questions that drive Indie Hops to fund hop ‘maturity’ studies at Oregon State University. We are pleased to announce that the results of our first effort to wrestle with this topic will be presented at this year’s Craft Brewers’ Conference in San Francisco by OSU Professor Dr. Tom Shellhammer on Saturday, March 26th.

Tour stops at OSU to promote organic farming (Gazette-Times)

“Any free food is good,” joked Oregon State University senior Robert Manwell in between sips of Organic Valley low-fat vanilla milk.

Grape harvest at mercy of Oregon weather (Western Farm Press)

Questions have been coming in to Oregon State University Extension Ask An Expert online about how grapes will be affected by the summer’s cool weather.

Toxic avenger (Medford Mail Tribune)

Now an Oregon State University professor is studying algae strains at a series of Oregon waterways to determine whether these individual strains can produce toxins capable of sickening and killing people or whether they are nothing more than gross, smelly scums producing no greater public-health danger than swimmer’s itch.

More housing bad news (Natural Resource Report)

One unrelated piece of good news: College student interest in forestry is up. At a meeting at Oregon State University this week, Forestry School Dean Hal Salwasser reported that that OSU has 1000 students in the Forestry School this Fall. That’s the most since the 1970’s. As the Baby Boomers continue to retire in large numbers, over 10,000 per day across the country for the next 19 years (in all jobs) there is hope that these students will find jobs, even in a slow economy.


Corvallis Science Pub: Representatives of Engineers Without Borders and Beavers Without Borders will discuss their efforts to bring clean water and safe shelter to families in Central America and Africa at tonight’s Science Pub at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.  The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. See more at http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/.

Webinar: “Clickers: Managing Grades with Results Manager and Blackboard,” with Darren Forrest (TAC). Learn how to use the Results Manager software to manage and upload clicker points data to your Blackboard Gradebook. Oct. 10, 3 to 4 p.m. Online Webinar. Register here. To learn about our webinars and more information please visit the TAC website or contact TAC@oregonstate.edu

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Performance artist: The OSU Pride Center continues the celebration of Queer History Month by hosting Tim Miller, an internationally renowned queer performance artist and activist on the OSU campus on Wednesday, Oct 12 , 7 to 9 p.m. in the International Forum, Snell Hall. For more information contact the OSU Pride Center: 541-737-9161 or pride.center@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Daugherty reading: OSU professor Tracy Daugherty will read from his new book, a biography of “Catch-22” author Joseph Heller, titled “Just One Catch,” on Thursday, Oct. 13, at OSU’s Valley Library. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda; a book signing follows.

NEW! Flu Shot Clinic for Students/Faculty/Staff: Thursday, Oct. 13, in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 2 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.

NEW! Employee Benefits Fair: Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MU Ballroom. Meet with Health and Retirement providers and get all of your questions answered. Representatives from Providence, ODS, Willamette Dental, VSP, Standard Insurance, UNUM, EAP-Cascades Centers, PERS, OSGP, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA), Dixon Recreation, Faculty Fitness, Orange Rewards, Tobacco Cessation, Student Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety  Public Safety, Child & Family Resources, and Weight Watchers. For more information visit the OHR website:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html#benefitsfair

NEW! Medicare Workshop: Oct. 13, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., MU Room 208. Do you have Medicare or do you help a family member with Medicare issues? Learn the ABCs & Ds of Medicare and Medicare Supplemental plans. Workshop provided by the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA). More information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html#benefitsfair

NEW! Disability Workshops: Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and 11:30 – Noon, MU Room 208. Learn how the short-term and long-term disability policies work, including waiting periods, process, etc.  more information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html#benefitsfair

NEW! Symphony Season Opener: “Local Virtuosos” on Oct. 13 features several OSU faculty and students as soloists under the baton of Marlan Carlson. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. This opening concert is free to all staff, faculty and students with valid OSU ID card while seats last. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For information: http://www.cosusymphony.org/

NEW! Equity and Inclusion lunchtime forum: Join the staff to discuss ongoing efforts and upcoming initiatives. Cold beverages will be provided.  October’s discussion will focus on addressing gender equity in a transitional, integrated approach to equity and inclusion.  The forum will be held on Oct. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 206.  For additional information visit http://oregonstate.edu/oei

NEW! 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/

NEW! Triad Meeting: Since 1915, the Oregon Stater magazine has been chronicling the people of Beaver Nation and the events that shape the university. At the Oct. 13 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Stater editor Kevin Miller will share some of the stories behind the headlines. Triad meets in the MU, room 109 from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, by Oct. 11 to save a seat.

Webinar: “Narrating PowerPoint with Adobe Captivate,” with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Learn how to add narration your PowerPoint presentations and upload them into your Blackboard course(s). Oct. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars ad register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Retirement party: A retirement reception for Carol Andrews will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3 to 4 p.m. in MU 208. Andrews has been with the university for more than 20 years, creating the university’s first official web presence as well as helping to roll out the latest, award-winning version.

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.

HEM forum: AAUP is sponsoring a HEM forum on Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Weinger room 151. OSU faculty Patti Watkins,
Clinical Health Psychologist and Rick Hangartner, Patient Advocate/HIT Specialist will present their research on the lack of science in the HEM program, and the implementation of HEM programs across the country. Joan M. Kapowich, RN, PEBB and OEBB Administrator will also be in attendance at the forum. She will present the benefits of the HEM program.

Sustainability Steward: Become a Neighborhood Sustainability Steward by joining the OSU Extension Service Benton County volunteer program: The Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards. Course starts Oct. 18 and meets at 6 p.m. for eight consecutive Tuesdays. $50 covers all your materials. For more info contact Jody Einerson 541-766-6311 or http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/

Halloween With Harry Potter: A concert by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra takes place at LaSells Stewart Center on Sunday, Oct. 30. At 3 p.m. the orchestra will perform music from the first three Harry Potter movies. Beginning at 1 p.m., those with tickets to the concert are invited to come to the lobby of LaSells Stewart Center for a pre-concert, “Diagon Alley” themed, interactive community business fair. All tickets are $10 available online at cosusymphony.org and at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music and the door prior to the concert. Doors and box office open at 1 p.m.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Coastal ecosystems: OSU professor Sally Hacker with Zoology will give a talk on beach grass invasions, climate change, and flooding risk in coastal dune ecosystems as part of the Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series in ALS 4001 on Tues., Oct. 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Intercultural communication: Elizabeth Root will present her research titled “The Voice at the Front of the Room: Identity Dialectics of the Intercultural Communication Instructor,” on Oct. 14, 4 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106. This paper is based on an autoethnography conducted by Root and three of her colleagues; together they explore how their identities and intercultural experiences impact the teaching of course content.

Cultural insights: William Wei (Wei Xueming), a visiting scholar from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications,will share cultural insights that he as gained from living and studying at OSU for several terms. His talk takes place Nov. 11, 4 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106.

News for Employees

NEW! Campus restaurants: Peet’s Coffee and Tea, featuring coffee, tea and pastries, and Cascadia Market, featuring fresh produce, groceries, milk, and specialty items are now open in the International Living-Learning Center.  Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to visit the new restaurant locations.  For daily hours of operation visit Food@OSU.

NEW! Workshop: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Effective use of presentation tools workshop designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning.  Thursday, Oct. 13, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Milam 215

Emergency Alert Test: OSU will test the campus Emergency Alert System on Wed., Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. The system will send test messages to every employee and student with an OSU e-mail address. Make sure you’re prepared – log in to the system now at alert.oregonstate.edu under the “Enter your contact information” tab, using your e-mail address and OSU ID number. Input your best contact info and specify the priority for how you should be reached – text, e-mail and voice call options are all available. Read the alert test news release for more information.

NEW! Parent Lunch & Learn: Come enjoy your lunch with fellow parents from the OSU community.  This month, Dr. Melissa Cheyney from OSU’s Reproductive Health Lab will be speaking about birthing options. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in  MU room 211 from noon to 1p.m. All OSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Info: Childcare and Family Resources, 737-4906.

NEW! OSUsed Store: See the new video of our store to see what we’re all about, then come by our public sale Wednesday, noo to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases must be made during public sales. More information: http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

Paperless Payroll System: Business Affairs is in the process of implementing a new paperless time/attendance and payroll system expected to save the university hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in data entry time and minimize further an already low error rate. Visit the project website for the system to learn more about implementation, view demos, ask questions and more: http://oregonstate.edu/fa/time-attendance/.

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.

Grad Student and Faculty Workshops: The OSU Libraries Fall 2011 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series kicks off on Oct. 12-13 with sessions on EndNote, EndNote Web and Zotero, all great citation manger tools. Register at: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451

Traffic and maintenance

Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 and should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.


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

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. Closes 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 Adviser position housed at the University of Washington, Seattle. Posting #0008069. Closes Oct. 13.

Oregon State University, Facilities Services Department, is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 1. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Job posting #0008145. Closes Oct. 14.

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.

The Smile Program invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Administrative Program Specialist position at Oregon State University. Posting #0008131. Closes Oct. 20.

The Institute of Natural Resources invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Manager position in the Oregon Explorer Program.  Posting # 0008119. Closes Oct. 21.

Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Fiscal Officer position to oversee grants management, coordination, budget administration and compliance for over $6.5 million annual Sea Grant funds for this statewide program. Posting #0008138. Closes: Oct. 23.

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: October gave us one of those rare, beautiful gems on Saturday with warm, sunny weather. Today we’re reminded what fall is really about as showers abound, but don’t let that make you weep. Rain continues tonight and tomorrow, with a slight chance of showers by midweek.

Central Oregon: Today’s forecast calls for rain. The high will be near 57 with a low near 38. Southwest wind between 7 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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