OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 24, 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.

Oregon’s first female governor shares her story (Statesman Journal)

“Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship,” by former Gov. Barbara Roberts, has been published by the Oregon State University Press as part of its Women and Politics in the Pacific Northwest series.

OSU study shows downside of biomass power generation (Register-Guard)

In a four-year study OSU describes as the largest and most comprehensive to date, researchers say managing the forests for biofuel production will increase carbon dioxide emissions from the forests by at least 14 percent. (see also The Olympian, Innovations Report, Environmental News Service)

Expanded learning (Democrat-Herald)

Misha Thompson is a veterinary medicine student at Oregon State University, but Wednesday afternoon she was part of a medical team diagnosing a 3-year-old girl’s elusive disease.

Beaver fever invades Pioneer Courthouse Square (KPTV)

Beaver fever invaded Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday. The Oregon State University Marching Band, cheerleaders and dance team stopped by around noon for a quick performance on their way to Seattle to root on the football team.

Oregon growers try several tricks to salvage wine grape season (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Viticulture Extension Specialist Patty Skinkis said vineyards experience challenges with every harvest. It wouldn’t be fair to try to predict the outcome of this year’s late vintage this early, she said.

Stressful life leads to earlier death (UPI)

A new study finds that persistent moderate stress over a number of years takes a heavy toll on a man’s life expectancy. The new study, published in the Journal of Aging, concluded that men who experience moderate to high-level stressful life events repeatedly are 50 percent more likely to die than their chilled-out peers. (see also KLCC, Earth Times, Truth Dive)

Film on child soldiers in Uganda shown at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

“Invisible Children,” a new documentary about child soldiers in Uganda, will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Oregon State University Memorial Union Ballroom in Corvallis.

CFD, OSU Greeks check for fire safety today (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis Fire Department and members of Oregon State University’s Greek community are teaming up for residential fire safety.

Dwindling Oregon education group seeks new members (Oregonian)

Many of the members participate for the social bonding, said Kelly Streit, the food nutrition director for OSU Extension who collaborates with FCE.

Books’ art and writing on display (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is showing two collaborative artist’s books, “Darkfire” and “The Waiting Room,” through Nov. 2.


Vegetables: Pangea Café at the Memorial Union is offering All-You-Can-Eat Vegetables for $5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday this term. So head on over to Pangea Café on Mondays for a healthy and tasty lunch.

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/

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 Oct. 24, 2 to 2:50 p.m.. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars, register, and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Zoology talk: On Monday Oct. 24, Fiona Tomas Nash, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Ecology & Marine Resources at the Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados will speak on “Genetic and Anthropogenic Influences on a Marine Herbivore – Plant Interaction” at 3:30 p.m. in ALS 4001.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! German culture: David Luft, the Horning Endowed Professor of Science and Humanities at OSU, will speak on the relationship between German culture in the 18th century and the emergence of a modern Czech culture. His lecture begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is part of the 2011-12 Horning Lecture Series, which is focused on modern European intellectual history.

NEW! Tour of McDonald Rare Book Collection: Trevor Sandgathe of OSU Special Collections and Archives will offer a peek at OSU’s oldest and rarest volumes in this tour of the Library’s fascinating McDonald Rare Book Collection, which includes cuneiform tablets, incunabula, and fine bindings. Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Special Collections in the Valley Library.

NEW! Great Pumpkin Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St for holiday treats and 20-50 percent off specially-marked items. Get a promotional code for an extra 10 percent off on our website. While departments may shop any weekday (except Wednesday mornings), personal purchases must be made during public sales.

NEW! Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping,” with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Wednesday, Oct. 26,  4 to 4:50 p.m. To learn about webinars, register, and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Canine Cancer: Experimental treatments for dogs point the way to new therapies for people. At the Oct. 27 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Stuart Helfand of the College of Veterinary Medicine will discuss new approaches in treating hemangiosarcoma, a deadly form of canine cancer. Triad meets noon to 1 p.m. in MU 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

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/

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, Oct. 25, 2 to 2:50 p.m., Waldo 120.

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.

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

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.

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/

News for Employees

NEW! Student Affairs: Student Affairs Fall OSU Perspective on line. October contents include:  New Student News, Division of Student Affairs Receives Commendation from the NW Commission on Colleges and Universities, Compliance Assist, Student Affairs Assessment Council, Sanderson Named Teagle Assessment Scholar, Who’s New in Research, Evaluation and Planning, New Office Name–New Duties.

NEW! Faculty Senator retirement: Senators whose terms extend beyond Dec. 31, but who are retiring at the end of fall term are no longer eligible to serve as a senator. Those on committees and councils should also check on their status. Contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu so a replacement can be identified to complete the remainder of your term.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Women’s Building: Due to hole drilling in the Womens Bldg Field, the sidewalk and walkway on the north side of the building will be temporarily closed. This is necessary for construction crews to drill holes for sample testing. This drilling will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

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: “Sing the song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall!” Robert Louis Stevenson. Sunday’s bright blue skies and warm temperatures were the perfect accent to the firey colors of fall trees. Today will bring sunny skies but cooler temperatures as the high only reaches 60. Tonight’s low will drop to 36.

Central Oregon: Hope everyone enjoyed the 60 degree weather we had this weekend because it looks like the cold weather is settling in. Today will be sunny with a high near 49 and a low near 27. Calm wind becoming north between 6 and 9 mph.



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