OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 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.

Scientists investigate riddle of rapidly inflating volcano (Daily Mail)

It’s one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth,’ said Oregon State University professor, Shan de Silva. (see also Wired, Yahoo)

Student fashion designer catapulted to fame (Gazette-Times)

Amanda Grisham, 21, was both the only student and youngest finalist competing in Catapult: Emerging Designers Competition earlier this month at Portland Fashion Week. But the Oregon State University senior won the competition with her 14-piece collection, beating out a former “Project Runway” contestant and giving Grisham’s label, Grishley, valuable name recognition in Portland’s growing fashion scene.

Fewer marten detections in California forests linked to habitat decline (Phys.Org)

The reclusive American marten is getting even harder to find in the Sierra Nevada, according to a study by a team of researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University. (see also UPI, Post Chronicle, Science Daily)

OSU pear, cherry expert makes fruit a top priority (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University has hired a scientist in Hood River to help the area’s growers produce fruit that can travel the globe and still look and taste like it was just picked.

A different way to sell real estate (Register-Guard)

The Eugene residential real estate company launched by Bryan and Kelly Ranstad has attracted 60 real estate agents, claimed 4.7 percent of the local real estate sales volume — year to date — and is the first and only real estate firm to be recognized in the 24-year history of the Austin Family Business Program awards.

Study says using forest waste for energy adds to carbon emissions (Portland Tribune)

A major effort to use forest waste to produce energy from West Coast forests would add to carbon dioxide emissions at least 14 percent, compared to current forest operations, according to a study published Sunday in the journal “Nature Climate Change.” The study was conducted by scientists from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and colleagues in France and Germany. (see also KEZI, KPLU)

Breaking news about stress (Portland Examiner)

Here is Aldwin’s latest expression of one of her gifts: Her work with the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences. (see also Technorati, Fox 59, Medical News Today)

Town hall in works on OSU-City issues (Gazette-Times)

Local leaders such as Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and City Manager Jim Patterson met Monday with Oregon State University President Ed Ray and city employees to tackle some long-standing issues between the city and the campus.

Howard receives OSU award (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Dunn Carney’s Elizabeth E. Howard this year received Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Luminary Award.

This is an extremely unique piece of habitat (Daily Astorian)

Between 150 and 200 species of wildlife could be inhabiting the acreage, according to Brenda McComb, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in forest and wildlife ecology.


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

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Joey Spatafora will give an Ecological and Evolutionary Biology Seminar on the evolution of insect pathogenic fungi: phylogenetics to phylogenomics, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., ALS 4001, http://EcoEvo.oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! Flu Shots at Student Health Center for Students/Faculty/Staff : Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $26 (cash, check, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu. The clinic will be held downstairs in Plageman, Room 115. Please enter via the southeast entrance to the building.

NEW! Play auditions: Auditions for the play, “The Sugar Wife,” will be held on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 in the Lab Theatre at OSU. The auditions will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and again on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The play will be performed March 1-3 and March 9-11. Auditions are open to all. Scripts are available in the OSU Theatre office in Withycombe Hall on campus. For information contact the play’s director, Charlotte Headrick, cheadrick@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4918.

NEW! Online Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC) Friday, Oct. 28, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Topics and guests will vary, and we will announce them on our web site. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Occupy Corvallis teach-in: Members of Occupy Corvallis and Occupy Portland will join Oregon State University faculty on Thursday, Oct.27 at 4 p.m. in Strand Agricultural Hall (STAG) 109 for a teach-in to analyze and discuss the Occupy Wall Street Movement.   The event is free and open to the public.

NEW! New Zealand poet laureate: Brian Turner, renowned poet and prose writer, and the 2003 poet laureate of New Zealand, will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 28, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda.

NEW! Online Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC), Friday, Oct. 28 2:30-3:30 p.m. Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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. 26 at 7 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107 on the OSU campus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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

Halloween With Harry Potter: A concert by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra takes place at LaSells Stewart Center on Sunday, Oct. 30. At 3 p.m. the orchestra will perform music from the first three Harry Potter movies. Beginning at 1 p.m., those with tickets to the concert are invited to come to the lobby of LaSells Stewart Center for a pre-concert, “Diagon Alley” themed, interactive community business fair. All tickets are $10 available online at cosusymphony.org and at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music and the door prior to the concert. Doors and box office open at 1 p.m.

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

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.

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!

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

Campus security alert: There has been a recent rash of vehicles being vandalized on campus by being “keyed” (scratched deliberately with the tip of a key).  One suspect has been arrested for two of the reported eight occurrences.  The university community is being asked to be especially watchful for any suspicious activity around parking areas where  seemingly “out of place subjects” appear to be hanging out and about for no legitimate purpose.  Please contact the Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center at (541) 737-3010 if you observe any unusual activity.

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.

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 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.

Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics invites in house applicants for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0008232. Closes Oct. 28.

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.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Administrative Program Specialist. Posting 0008235. Closes on Nov. 11.

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


Corvallis: “I like the fall, the mist and all, I like the night owl’s lonely call, and wailing sound of wind around.” ~Dixie Willson. Today will be sunny with a high of 60, but tonight temperatures dip cold enough that frost is expected around 2 a.m. Tomorrow will be sunny again, with a chilly high of 56.

Central Oregon: “My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.”  ~Terri Guillemets. Sunny, with a high near 47 with a low near 21. Calm wind becoming north between 6 and 9 mph.



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