OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 20, 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.

Largest ocean science project in history launches soon off Oregon coast (Oregonian)

News these days from the Oregon State University seems to have taken its cue from Jules Verne. There’s talk of underwater gliders, ocean observatory platforms and coastal profilers. This, however, is no sci-fi plotline, but the Ocean Observatories Initiative, the largest ocean science project ever funded by the U.S. government – and a big chunk of it is happening right here off our coast. (see also Newport News-Times)

Rapidly inflating volcano creates growing mystery (Our Amazing Planet)

“I call this ‘volcano forensics,’ because we’re using so many different techniques to understand this phenomenon,” said Oregon State University professor Shan de Silva, a volcanologist on the research team.

A look inside OSU’s bicycling and driving simulator laboratory (Bike Portland)

A research laboratory at Oregon State University in Corvallis is the first in the nation to integrate an advanced driving simulator with a bicycling simulator. When the two are connected, researchers can collect real-time data on how vehicle operators react in an extremely realistic, three-dimensional roadway environment.

Wave energy planning generating public interest (Seaside Signal)

Belinda A. Bratten, Director of NW National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University suggested that the wave energy development has the potential of developing thousands of jobs along the Oregon coast.

Tau Science targets solar energy with assistance from OSU (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Tau Science has partnered with Oregon State University to develop a beta version of its latest solar product for use at the school.

New technologies to study birds, other species (USAgNet)

The Lab of Ornithology and Oregon State University received a $2.2 million National Science Foundation grant to fund BirdCast, a project focused on forecasting bird migrations.

‘Albedo effect’ in forests can cause added warming, bonus cooling (Science Daily)

“On a global scale, warming caused by increased carbon dioxide still trumps everything else,” said Beverly Law, a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. (see also Innovations Report)

Online accessibility resources roundup (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Oregon State University’s new policy on IT Accessibility “establishes minimum standards of accessibility for particular [OSU] websites and web-based content that will take effect February 22, 2012.”

Discovery offers new therapy approach for Lou Gehrig’s disease (Health Canal)

The findings were reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by researchers from the Pasteur Institute of Montevideo, Clemente Estable Institute and the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

OSU student body chief faces impeachment (Gazette-Times)

Milikaleakona “Tonga” Hopoi’s decision to sever Oregon State University’s ties with a lobbying organization has put her status as president of the Associated Students of Oregon State University in doubt. (see also Oregonian)

Students learn how to succeed in grad school (Gazette-Times)

It costs a faculty member an average of $120,000 to fund a graduate student on a research project for three years — a huge investment for both the faculty mentor and a student working toward a graduate degree. “They want to find the best match,”  Brenda McComb, the dean of Oregon State University’s Graduate School, told a class of 45 undergraduates Tuesday evening.


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.

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.

General Membership Meeting:  All classified employees are invited to our October SEIU sub-local083 general meeting today, Oct. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 208, the Pan Africa Room.  Come with your questions about the new contract.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Mood disorder expert: Kay Redfield Jamison, an international authority on mood disorders, will deliver a talk at Oregon State University that focuses on her research in the area of mental health on Oct. 24, 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. She will also lead a discussion at OSU on Oct. 25 based on her book, “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness,” on Oct. 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., in the CH2M-HILL ballroom.

NEW! CSMC Kick-Off:  The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, a $20M National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation, invites the OSU community to its launch on Oct. 24 & 25 in the Construction and Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center.  Learn about Center outreach, education, research, and commercialization activities and participate in discussions with leading industrial technology innovators. For information: http://pages.uoregon.edu/grnchem/

NEW! Entrepreneur talk: Bert Sperling, Founder and President, Sperling’s Best Places and the Entrepreneur in Residence, will speak on Nov. 1, noon to 1:20 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Women’s Soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer is hosting Washington State on Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm and the University of Washington on Sunday, Oct. 23 at noon. Games are played at the Paul Lorenz Soccer Complex off Western Blvd. next to the Softball Complex and Hilton Hotel. Admission is free, however, they collect canned food items for Community Outreach.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Zombies: The annual Humans Vs. Zombies (HVZ) event is set to take place on the OSU campus Oct. 21-30. As in the past, it has been made clear to the organizers that OSU does not openly promote or support the event. The organizers are mindful of the possible impact and reception their participants may have on bystanders who may become very alarmed and disturbed about the actions of the participants.

NEW! NSF – Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – SEP program. The program calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in science, engineering, and education by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Dec. 5. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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 Nov. 1.

OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator position. Posting # 0008218. Closes Nov 6.

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.


Corvallis: Cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures today will make for nice strolling weather. The high will be 65 with a low tonight of 46. Tomorrow will be similar, providing perfect conditions for the Be Well 5K at 3:30 p.m. in the MU Quad tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Central Oregonians can expect mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s today, with a similar forecast through the weekend.


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