OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 21, 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.

High to moderate levels of stress lead to higher mortality rate (Toronto Sun)

“Being a teetotaler and a smoker were risk factors for mortality,” said Carolyn Aldwin, lead author of the study and a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University. “So perhaps trying to keep your major stress events to a minimum, being married and having a glass of wine every night is the secret to a long life.” (see also Health Canal, Top News- Arab Emirates, Ohio Standard)

NOAA selects OSU to lead Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies (NOAA)

NOAA has selected Oregon State University (OSU) to continue a federal/academic research partnership that extends NOAA’s ability to study marine resources in the Pacific Northwest. (see also Sound Ocean)

Rapidly inflating volcano causes growing mystery (FOX News)

“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.

Runners, walkers invited to 5K event Friday (LIFE@OSU)

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 at Oregon State University. The event is sponsored by Be Well and the OSU Healthy Campus Initiative.

OSU donation comes with some strings attached (Capital Press)

The Oregon Wheat Commission on Oct. 17 voted to give Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences $300,000 — with some strings attached. Under an agreement between the college and the commission, a new wheat industry advisory committee will monitor the college’s wheat and barley research programs.

Earthquake workshop scheduled at OSU (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Emergency Management and Benton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management offices are sponsoring an earthquake readiness workshop running 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Public sculptor to speak at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

Alice Aycock, internationally known for her large scale, contemporary public sculptures, is the first speaker in this year’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lectures program, hosted annually by the Department of Art at Oregon State University.

OSU to screen film on death with dignity (Gazette-Times)

An award-winning documentary about Oregon’s death with dignity law will screen at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Oct. 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Cool weather could be a plus for Oregon 2011 wine vintage (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Cool weather which is slowing development of Oregon wine grapes may just be a plus for quality, Oregon State University researchers believe.

Protecting the forest, one film at a time (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry, Student Sustainability Initiative, and International Forestry Students Association, in collaboration with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Majestic Theatre, are hosting an International Forest Film Festival in Corvallis to celebrate International Year of Forests.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Open Access talk: As part of Open Access Week, OSU Libraries will host a talk by MacKenzie Smith, Science Fellow at the Creative Commons, on the impact of Open Access and research data.  Her talk is entitled, “Open Access to Research Data:  the Next Frontier.” Her talk will highlight this event on Oct. 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the OSU Libraries 2nd floor Main Rotunda. For live streaming visit:  http://live.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! International Forest Film Festival: Now through January, in celebration of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests 2011. Films will be shown every other week, all of which are free and open to the public. Opening night will feature “Of Forests and Men,” commissioned by the United Nations to kick off Forests 2011, and “The Queen of Trees,” winner of the best in festival award. They will be shown Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, and Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107 on the OSU campus.

NEW! Webinar: “What’s new in Blackboard 9.1,” 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.  Monday October 24, 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. PST. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars, register, and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Diversity summit: The Division of Student Affairs presents OSU’s second diversity summit, themed “[c.a.r.e.] harmonize our voices, transform our world,” on Nov. 2-3, in the in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The summit will include a variety of nationally renowned keynotes, engaging program sessions, and opportunities geared towards OSU students, staff, and faculty. Register at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/care/registration/

NEW! Workshop: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping,” with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This workshop includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Tuesday, October 25,  2 to 2:50 p.m., Waldo 120.

NEW! Death With Dignity documentary: An award-winning documentary about Oregon’s death with dignity law will screen at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Oct. 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The free public event begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

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.

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/

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.

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! NSF – Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – NCN program. The program provides an opportunity to compete to reconfigure the NCN. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ncn.htm Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 11. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Development RFP: The OSU Venture Development Fund is announcing a Request for Proposals to facilitate the further development of OSU applied innovations and commercialization. This is a competitive process open to OSU faculty eligible for principal investigator (PI) status. Students who wish to apply for a grant must identify an OSU faculty member who will serve as the PI for the student proposal. Approximately $400,000 is available for this round of proposals. Additional details can be found here:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/occd/osuvf-funding-opprtunities. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

NEW! 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!

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.

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. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/sep.htm. 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 Oct. 29, 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

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:

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.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. This is an internal position open to current OSU employees only. Posting #0008220.  Closes Oct. 27.

Fiscal Coordinator 1: College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a Fiscal Coordinator 1 for the Ocean Observatories Initiative.   This is a full-time, 12-month position.  Job posting #0008227. Closes Oct. 28.

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.

Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.  0.30 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #00088204.  Closes Nov. 12.


Corvallis:  For those of you planning to get outside today, now’s the time to jump in the line. The rain should hold off most of the day, but showers are expected by tonight and may occur on and off throughout the weekend. Today’s high will be 64 with a low tonight of 49. Frost is expected by early next week so take this weekend to bring sensitive plants indoors or cover them outside.

Central Oregon:  Well folks, enjoy the warm weather while we have it because the cold is coming. Partly sunny, with a high near 66 low near 35. West wind between 5 and 7 mph.



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