OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 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 Bookstore plans to move to new site (Gazette-Times)

Officials of the Oregon State University Bookstore Inc. announced plans Monday to build a new store and move closer to the school’s athletic complex.

Discovery helps explain progress of Lou Gehrig’s disease (eBio News)

Researchers in Uruguay and Oregon have discovered a previously unknown type of neural cell that appears to be closely linked to the progression of amytrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, that they believe will provide an important new approach to therapies. (see also MedIndia)

Career fairs scheduled for next week (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Career Services will sponsor two career fairs next week at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on campus.

Volunteer honored by Extension Service (Herald & News)

Robbin Volk of Klamath Falls was surprised to learn she’d won the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Master Gardener of the Year award for Klamath County.

Column on herbicide dangers soaked in misinformation (Register-Guard)

An editorial by Michael Newton, Forest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt Emeritus.


Linus Pauling film: Showing of “Oregon Experience” documentary on Linus Pauling: OSU Special Collections and Archives will present a recent production by Oregon Public Broadcasting on the life of OSU alumnus and Nobel Prize winning chemist/peace activist Linus Pauling, whose collection of personal papers resides here at OSU, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette East room on the third floor of the Library.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Zinc and health: As a dietary micronutrient, zinc has shown promise in reducing the risk of cell damage leading to prostate cancer. At the Oct. 20 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Emily Ho of the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Public Health and Human Sciences will discuss her research on zinc and prostate cancer. Triad meets noon to p.m. in MU 109. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Earthquake workshop: OSU, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Corvallis Fire Department present a day-long workshop on local earthquake hazards and construction techniques for earthquake safety. It will be held on Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. All events are free and open to the public. Homeowners, contractors and business owners are  encouraged to attend. For more information, call 541-766-6864.

NEW! Break-Dance Event: Pharmacy Executive Council celebrates American Pharmacist Month with “Breakin’ Down the MU – Dancing Towards Personal Health” on Friday, Oct. 21.  The event begins at 5 p.m. with a Health Fair in the MU Ballroom followed by a Break-Dance Battle at 7 p.m..  Tickets available at Snell 149.  $11 General Admission, $9 with valid student ID.

NEW! Music a la Carte: The Music à la Carte concert series at Oregon State University resumes this week with a recital by Roger Kaza, the principal French horn player of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Kaza will be accompanied by his wife, pianist Patti Wolf. The free, lunch-hour concert begins at noon on Friday, Oct. 21, in the Memorial Union lounge.

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.

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 us at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars to see what else we’re up to. Friday, Oct. 21, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

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.

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.

Career Fair: All Campus Career Fair, Oct. 26. Engineering Career Fair, Oct. 27. Join us for the all-campus career fair in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Prior to the career fairs, join Career Services for one of our great lunchtime workshops on Oct. 19-25. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs-events

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! Faculty senate apportionment: Faculty who are not tenured and have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Faculty Senate purposes. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Contact the Faculty Senate Office no later than Oct. 24 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. Provide your name, the units you are split between, and include ‘Apportionment’ in the subject line.

NEW! Faculty senate elections: The Faculty Senate is preparing for fall officer and senator elections. All faculty, other than continuing Senators, are eligible to be elected as a Senator. If you wish to decline nomination, please send a message to the Faculty Senate Office and include ‘Decline’ in the subject line. Your name will not appear on the nomination ballot, but you will still be eligible to vote on the senator nomination and election ballots. If declining nomination, please respond by 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

NEW! Rec Sports membership: Payroll Deduction for RecSports membership is available for the 2011-2012 year until Friday,  Nov. 4. Any faculty and staff looking to purchase annual or 9-month memberships may choose to pay  through monthly installments November through May. Forms can be filled out at the RecServices desk or here .

NEW! Outreach award: University Outreach and Engagement is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Award winners receive $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter from the nominator demonstrating how the individual or team has provided outstanding contributions in the following categories: Service, Strategic Impact, Program Support, Innovation, Diversity.  Letters of nomination must be received by Oct. 28.

NEW! Beaver Bar Camp: The Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) is scheduled to host its 8th annual Beaver BarCamp on October 29, 2011, with sponsors Mozilla and SAO Corvallis. The event, hosted at OSU’s Kelley Engineering Center in Corvallis from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features facilitated discussions, group hacking and collaboration. For more details please visit http://beaverbarcamp.org. To sign up for the mailing list, visit http://groups.google.com/group/beaverbarcamp

NEW! Beaver Open House: On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Office of Admissions will be hosting approximately 1000 guests for Beaver Open House. Prospective students and their families will be attending academic sessions, touring campus and attending workshops throughout the day in the Memorial Union and throughout campus.  Please note that there will be increased foot traffic at campus retail locations and impact on campus parking areas.

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

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.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Coordinator (Internal to OSU Employees Only)– Academic Success & Engagement invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 9-month, fixed term Undergraduate Research Coordinator position. Posting # 0008205. Closes Nov 1.

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.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, tenure-track Associate University Librarian position. Posting #0007879. Closes Nov. 7.

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:  After a beautiful fall day, today’s drizzle might be a bit disappointing, but after the water we should see a bit of clearing in the afternoon. Today’s high will be 64 with a low of 36.

Central Oregon:  Looks like another warm day tomorrow with a very small chance of rain. A slight chance of sprinkles before 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66 low near 36. West wind between 3 and 9 mph.


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