OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 14, 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.

‘Catch-22′: A paradox turns 50 and still rings true (NPR)

In August 1944, Heller flew on a mission over the French town of Avignon. Sitting in the plexiglass nose cone of a B-25 bomber, Heller faced the very real possibility of death for the first time. That mission, says Heller biographer Tracy Daugherty, an OSU professor, shaped the way Heller thought about war, a sensibility that permeates his novel.

State of the University (LIFE@OSU)

President Ed Ray gave his State of the University address on Thursday. (see also Gazette-Times)

Universities celebrate start of $295 million South Waterfront campus (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and Oregon State University united to develop the aptly-named Collaborative Life Sciences Building, 2750 S.W. Moody Ave. It will contain a mix of teaching facilities, laboratories, offices and retail space.

Microcensus to delve deep for Earth’s invisibles (Yahoo)

“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.

Nuclear startup NuScale finds savior in Fluor (CNN Money)

NuScale’s technology initially came from Oregon State University, which licensed it to NuScale in 2007. (see also Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon economist says NBA lockout will have ‘minimal’ impact on Portland economy (Oregonian)

Patrick Emerson, an associate professor of economics at Oregon State University, predicts that the “overall effect to the Portland metro economy is likely to be minimal” should a significant portion of the Blazers’ season be wiped away because of the lockout.

 OSU crowd questions health screenings (Gazette-Times)

About 70 Oregon State University students, faculty and staff gathered in Weniger Hall on Wednesday evening for a heated town hall-style meeting about a proposed online health-risk assessment added to public employee insurance coverage.

Super-volcano trigger found (Discovery)

Super-volcanoes are the worst natural disaster the Earth can face, besides a meteor strike, said Patricia Gregg, a post-doc at Oregon State University and lead author of a study that may have found what triggers the massive eruptions.

In a world with dying coral reefs an artist sets out to create a new one (Oregonian)

Oregon State University coral biologist Virginia Weis notes recent research suggests the planet could lose 20 to 30 percent of its coral reefs in the next 30 years as oceans become warmer and more acidic.


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.

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.

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

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: The grand opening of the Linus Pauling Science Center takes place 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Professional Development Workshop:  The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Nora Vitz Harrison  presenting “Make it Sticky: How to Communicate so People Remember and Act on Your Ideas!”  Whether you’re in business or higher education, you’ve got messages that you need to communicate. Nov. 1  from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit:  http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

NEW! The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger:  The 18th annual Magic Barrel is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Oct 21, Corvallis HS Theater.  Fine writers, including OSU’s Jon Lewis, Karen Holmberg, and Keith Scribner read samples of their work, Sideways Portal contributes music, local chefs provide delicacies.  $7 or give what you can.  Proceeds to Linn Benton Food Share. www.magicbarrel.org.

NEW! Webinar: “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.  Tuesday October 18, 4 to 4:50 p.m. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars, register, and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! 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). Tuesday Oct. 18, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars and register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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

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.

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.

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

NEW! Hubble lecture: APS NW Featured Lecturer Dr. Mario Livio will speak on “The Greatest Scientific Achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope,” on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Weniger 151.

News for Employees

NEW! Costume donations sought: The Women’s Center and INTO OSU are throwing a Halloween party for international students on Oct. 31 and are seeking new or gently used Halloween costumes and accessories for the students’ use. To donate, drop off items at the Women’s Center or email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Graduate School newsletter: Click here to read the latest Graduate School newsletter.

NEW! American Physical Society Northwest Section Meeting: Oct. 20-21 at the La Sells Stewart Center. For information on registration see conference website: http://www.physics.orst.edu/nwaps2011

Sustainability stewards: Are you into energy saving and sustainable living practices at home? Become a Neighborhood Sustainability Steward! Increase your knowledge, be part of a team, and give back to your community 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/

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Online parking services: Transit and Parking Services now offers to the OSU Community the option to purchase parking permits, pay citations, as well as submit appeals to a citation, all online.  For more information, please visit our website at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/

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:

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:  A little rain snuck in yesterday afternoon but today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 65. This weekend will be partly sunny with highs in the low 60s. Next week looks like more sunshine and mild temperatures are on their way.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny, with a high near 66 and a low near 39. Calm wind becoming west between 8 and 11 mph. “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.”  ~Patrick Young

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