OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 13, 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.

State of the University address:

President Ray will deliver his annual State of the University Address to the OSU Faculty Senate today. The Senate meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center. President Ray is scheduled to begin his address well into the meeting. Seating in the hall is limited to 200. The archived stream and the text of the president’s remarks will be available on Friday at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/president/speeches-and-statements.

Secrets of volcanic super eruptions (Daily Mail)

Scientists at Oregon State University presented the finding of their study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis. (see also Science 360, International Business Times, UPI)

Expert in depression, bipolar disorder visits Corvallis (Oregonian)

Kay Redfield Jamison, a celebrated psychologist and prolific writer known for detailing her own struggles with manic depression, travels to Corvallis this month for a free lecture at Oregon State University, plus a public discussion based on her book, “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness.”

Microbe census to delve deep for ‘Earth’s invisibles’ (Our Amazing Planet)

“This is what you could call ‘invisible life’ — without the right tools,” said project head Rick Colwell, a geomicrobiologist at Oregon State University who gave a talk here yesterday at the meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Student aims to solve devastating maternal health problems in Uganda (Oregon Live)

At Oregon State University, Ruder is pursuing master’s degrees in medical anthropology and in international public health. In Uganda she will combine these disciplines by studying cultural attitudes toward obstetric fistulas, a medical condition that affects 2 to 3 million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries.

OSU senior named emerging designer (Oregon Live)

Oregon State University student Amanda Grisham won the Emerging Designers Competition in conjunction with Portland Fashion Week last week.

NuScale completes $30 million rescue deal (Oregonian)

A tumultuous nine months have come to an end for Corvallis-based NuScale Power, which has completed a $30 million rescue package from the big Texas energy services company Fluor Corp. Scientists and industry observers have praised NuScale’s reactor design, based on patents licensed from Oregon State University. It could offer a cheaper and possibly safer way to generate nuclear energy.

Want broccoli benefits? Eat the whole vegetable (Western Farm Press)

The study, published by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, is one of the first of its type to determine whether some of the healthy compounds found in cruciferous vegetables can be just as easily obtained through supplements. (see also UPI, Science Business)

Fall carnival at Parker Plaza (OSU Beavers)

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is sponsoring the 6th annual Fall Carnival on Sat., Oct. 15 prior to the football game at Parker Plaza from 10 a.m. to Noon.  Come and trick or treat with your favorite Beaver student-athletes; play games and enjoy various carnival activities.  Prizes and candy will be given to all youngsters.


Flu Shot Clinic for Students/Faculty/Staff: 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.

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

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

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

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.

Showing of OSU films from the 1960-70s: OSU Archivist Karl McCreary will offer a glimpse of campus and student life by showing of 3 films produced by OSU from 1968 to 1974. Two of the films were made to attract minority students to study pharmacy and media services at OSU while the third honors the centennial of OSU in 1968. The showing is scheduled for Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette East room on the third floor of the Library.

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

President’s State of the University Address: President Ray will deliver his annual State of the University Address to the OSU Faculty Senate today. The Senate meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center. President Ray is scheduled to begin his address well into the meeting. Seating in the hall is limited to 200. The archived stream and the text of the president’s remarks will be available on Friday at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/president/speeches-and-statements.

Faculty senate: The Oct. 13 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20111013.html. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

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 Oct. 13, at OSU’s Valley Library. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda; a book signing follows.

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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Wild willow: Weaving art,  humanities, and science:  An evening  with  artist  Patrick  Dougherty together  with Tom  Kaye, Executive  Director  of  the  Institute  for  Applied  Ecology, and Margaret  Mathewson,  OSU  Anthropology. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart  Center. A public reception will follow. Visit OSU’s People’s Park (just west of Gilkey Hall) to see Dougherty’s latest installation.

All Things Oregon: An Overview of the Oregon Encyclopedia: Larry Landis and Mina Carson will give a talk about the Oregon Encyclopedia, a comprehensive compendium about Oregon’s history and culture. Landis and Carson will discuss the development, content, future, and how you can be involved. Friday, Oct. 14 from 10 to 11:30 in the Willamette rooms in the Valley Library.

Shakespeare’s Songbook: The Toronto Consort, a nine-piece medieval music group from Toronto, Ontario, Canada will present a lecture-recital titled “Shakespeare’s Songbook,” on the Oregon State University music series Music à la Carte, on Friday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge.

Workshop: “What’s new in Blackboard 9.1,” with Jon Dorbolo (TAC). This session is a survey of the new features and enhancements in the Fall 2011 upgrade to 9.1 version of Blackboard. Friday October 14, 3 to 3:50 p.m. Location: Milam 215

Linus Pauling Science Center: Save-the-date for the grand opening of the Linus Pauling Science Center, Oct. 14. Sample offerings from Ava’s Cafe, tour the facility and learn about the research taking place in the building. Tours 1-6 p.m., main program at 3 p.m., auditorium presentations starting at 4 p.m.

Book launch: A book launch party for OSU professor of English Chris Anderson’s new book of poetry, “The Next Thing Always Belongs,” takes place at 7 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Corvallis Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. A reading, refreshments and music will be provided.

Fall carnival: The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is sponsoring the 6th Annual Fall Carnival on Oct. 15 prior to the BYU Football game in Parker Plaza from 10 a.m. to noon. Come and trick or treat with your favorite Beaver athlete; play games and enjoy various carnival activities. Prizes and candy will be given to all youngsters.

Bone marrow registry: The Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be partnering with Be The Match for a registration drive which offers you the unique opportunity to possibly be a life-saving bone marrow transplant donor. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match registry to find a life-saving donor. Join the 75 student athletes, coaches and staff who have already registered with Be The Match this Saturday, Oct. 15 in Parker Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Bollywood workshop: The OSU Asian Pacific Cultural Center invites you to a Bollywood dance workshop at the Women’s Building Room 116, on Oct 15 at 5:30 p.m. Neha Neelwarne, an OSU student and former Bollywood dance teacher at Faculty/Staff Fitness, will teach participants how to dance to a Bollywood song. No prior experience in dance is needed, but please make sure to dress comfortably.

Apocalypse panel: The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Will the World End Soon? Apocalyptic Visions of the Future” on Monday, Oct. 17. The free public debate will take begin at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus. A panel of four experts will discuss and evaluate widespread claims that the end of human life on Earth is near.

Ethnic studies film: A public showing of the film “Precious Knowledge,” takes place Oct. 18, 7 p.m., in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center, followed by a discussion with producer Eren McGinnis. The film is a response to an Arizona law that prohibits the teaching of ethnic studies courses.

Lectures and seminars

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Preview OSU: On Friday, Oct. 14, the Office of Admissions will be hosting approximately 1000 guests for Preview OSU. Prospective students and their families will be touring campus and attending workshops throughout the day in the Memorial Union.  Please note that there will be increased foot traffic at campus retail locations and impact on campus parking areas.

RFI notice: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has put out a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input from stakeholders regarding recommendations for harnessing biological research innovations to meet national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment while creating high-wage, high-skill jobs. The public input provided through this Notice will inform the as OSTP works with Federal agencies to develop a National Bioeconomy Blueprint. The Blueprint “will identify strategies to meet grand challenges, promote commercialization and entrepreneurship, focus research and development investments in areas that will provide the foundation for the bioeconomy, expand workforce training to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for the bioeconomy jobs of the future, identify regulatory reforms that will reduce unnecessary burdens on innovators while protecting health and safety, and describe appropriate public-private partnerships to accelerate innovation in key areas.” Responses are due by Dec. 6, 2011.

Historic forestry photos: Now though Dec 31, there will be a photo exhibit in Richardson Hall (ground floor) entitled “Rarely Seen Forestry Photos of 70 to 100 Years Ago”. The collection was obtained by Robin Rose at the National Archives. The photos show aspects of forest regeneration, seedlings, logging practices, and log transport systems. The latter part of the exhibit shows some never before seen photos of the 555th Paratroop Infantry – an all Black smoke jumper group that fought fire from a WWII US Army base in Pendleton, Oregon from 1943 to 1949.

Beaver Strides: Fall term Beaver Strides online registration is happening now. The Beaver Strides Kickoff party takes place Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plageman Building, Student Health Services room 322. Registered Beaver Striders will pick up their FREE pedometers, tracking booklets and be entered to win prizes. Register in advance at: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides

Online 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. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars Friday, Oct. 14, 10 to 10:50 a.m. for an online Webinar.

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor will be on campus Nov. 1-3 for individual consultations during November. He can answer questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To reserve a spot call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601.

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT 2011-12 Winter (Spring term release) program. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 14. Guidelines for applications: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Nov. 21. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

Library Research Travel Grants – The Oregon State University Libraries is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Library Research Travel Grants for the fall funding period. These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. Deadline is Nov. 4. See for more information. For information contact Jennifer Nutefall at 541-737-8527 or jennifer.nutefall@oregonstate.edu

Drupal assistance: Starting Oct. 14, CWS Training will be scheduling Open Lab hours throughout October, November, and December. The OSU Drupal 6 Open Lab is intended to assist those users who have specific questions related to their organization’s Drupal sites. Consultation will be available for OSU Drupal 6 module and theme use and configuration. Register to ensure a spot. Drop-ins are welcomed as availability allows.

NSF – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): Acquisition or Development Program: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – MRI program. The program serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 18. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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 should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.


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

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.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Purity Supervisor position. Posting # 0007973. Closes Oct. 15.

The Registrar’s Office is inviting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0008150. Closes Oct. 16.

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 Oregon Explorer Program Manager position in the Oregon Explorer Program. Posting # 0008119. Closes Oct. 21.

OSU Extension is seeking a full time (1.0 FTE) Technology and Media Support Coordinator. Job posting #0008110. Closes Oct. 21.

The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Human Resources Technical Lead. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting # 0008107. Closes Oct. 23.

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.

The Office of Business Affairs is inviting applications for a Program Representative 1. Posting #0008009. Closes Oct. 24.

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.

Director of College Forests: The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time Director of College Forests, a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #0008152. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 6.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month fixed term Veteran Services Advisor. Posting #0008134. Closes Nov. 6.

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: With a wave of her leaf-topped wand, the Autumn Fairy has made the rain disappear, and left partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies in its place. The threat of showers have gone, leaving a pleasant stretch of days ahead. Today will be party sunny with a high of 65 and a low tonight of 44.

Central Oregon: “Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.”  ~Carol Bishop Hipps. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 and a low near 36. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph.

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