OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 17, 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.

OSU to slow growth, raise faculty pay (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University president Ed Ray said the university will try to slow the growth of student enrollment and raise the pay of the faculty over the next 18 months. (see also KEZI)

New chief hired for climate center (Portland Tribune)

A science policy expert for the U.S. State Department is the new director of the Northwest Climate Science Center at Oregon State University.

A Pauling helps mark big step for science (Gazette-Times)

In a packed auditorium at the new Linus Pauling Science Center on Friday afternoon, more than 200 guests listened as Linus Pauling Jr. told the story of the re-emergence of his father’s brain trust, the Linus Pauling Institute. (see also Oregon Live)

Sticking up new art on campus (Gazette-Times)

For the past two weeks, artist Patrick Dougherty has been weaving and sculpting in unprocessed wood, as it comes from the tree. The medium for his creation is thousands of sticks, twigs, branches and even tree trunks. It is emerging as a series of 15-foot-tall hut-like structures west of Gilkey Hall at Oregon State University.

Linus Pauling Center opens at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Room-flooding natural light; multi-level three-dimensional artwork; a large west-facing terrace. These aren’t the specs of a new multimillion-dollar house, but rather Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Science Center.

Oregon university projects face delay because of legislative action (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The planned Student Experience Center is expected to fill Oregon State University’s need for a new student union – the existing one was built in 1928, Opsis Architecture principal James Meyer said. The OSU student body in May 2010 voted to approve a $48-per-term student fee to pay for construction of the building. However, state-backed bonds were needed to cover up-front costs.

Severe drought permanently alters ecosystem (Earth Times)

Severe, repetitive cycles of drought have the potential to cause “catastrophic regime change” in ecosystems, making it unlikely that many species will manage to recover. That’s the conclusion of a new eight-year study published recently in the journal Freshwater Biology by researchers at Oregon State University.

OSU debates the end of the world (Oregon Faith Report)

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, October 17, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus at the corner of Monroe and Arnold Way.

 Website showcases Oregon’s farms (Democrat-Herald)

“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.”

Singers get look at college-level performance (Daily Chronicle)

Thursday, seven choirs from the DeKalb region and the Chicago suburbs got to sing for each other and music educators from Northern Illinois University and guest clinician Steven Zielke, director of Choral Studies at Oregon State University.

Farmers’ markets thriving, floundering in Kern (Bakersfield.com)

Still, new markets often have a tough time. Even as the “foodie” and “local” trends spread, nearly a quarter of new markets fail during or after their first year, according to an Oregon State University study. Reasons include too few vendors, not enough variety and poor organization, the study said.

Novelist Tracy Daugherty reads next week at CAC (Lahontan Valley News)

Coming up on Oct. 22, the Arts Council will present a prose reading by the award-winning fiction writer Tracy Daugherty at the Art Center. (see also The Star)


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Walk and Run: Runners, race walkers and anyone looking for a brisk fall stroll are invited to participate in a 5-kilometer run/ 1-mile walk on Oct. 21. The event kicks off with a health fair in the MU at 3 p.m. At 3:30, a short program will take place, followed by the run and walk. Registration is free and the first 400 pre-registration participants receive a T-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged to avoid lines the day of the event. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/bewell.

NEW! Networking: Austin Fellows Program presents a networking event with Michael Curry, Faculty in Residence, and Michelle Curry, Artist and Entrepreneur, 7 to 8 p.m., Oct. 20 in Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. RSVP to carol.hahn@bus.oregonstate.edu, 541-713-8040

NEW! Webinar: “Narrating PowerPoint with Adobe Captivate,” with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). has been rescheduled for Tuesday Oct. 18, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars and register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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.

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! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

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! Annual Compliance With OUS Code of Ethics: In compliance with Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) Policy and Procedures and the OUS Procurement and Contracting Code, now is the time for all OSU staff involved in any aspect of purchasing to review the OUS Code of Ethics and demonstrate compliance.  Instructions and a link can be found on the Ethics section of the PaCS website:  http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/ethics

NEW! 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.

NEW! Training Days: Finance and Administration is sponsoring Training Days, Nov. 9-10.  Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU.  For more information : http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays  Registration ends Nov. 4.

Oregon Immersive Education Days (OiED): Conference showcasing best practices in teaching, outreach, and research-related projects making innovative use of virtual learning environments—that is virtual worlds, video games, and augmented reality applications. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-22nd in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information and registration visit: http://oregon.immersiveeducation.org.

Fitness Challenge: The PAC12 Fitness Challenge is a competition between the 12 PAC Universities with a goal to log the most minutes of physical activity during the week of October 24-30.  “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/Pac12BestoftheWestFitnessChallenge to add your minutes of activity, earn badges, win prizes, and help the Beavers lead the PAC!

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.

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

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/

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:

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.


Corvallis:  Fog is hovering over lower campus this morning, but things should clear up, and brighten up, by later this afternoon. We’ll have a high of 67 with a low of 42. Tomorrow will be downright summer-like with a high of 74.

Central Oregon: Sun, we missed you yesterday, don’t go away again for a long long time. Sunny, with a high near 66 low near 31. South wind at 6 mph becoming east.

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