OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 27, 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.

Oceanographers track tsunami debris across Pacific (KMTR)

Oregon State University oceanographers heard from a ship recently that items were found near Midway Island, West of Hawaii. The debris is spread out across the ocean, but traveling about 10 miles per hour a day. (see also Sign On San Diego,

Many older buildings not ready for the big one (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce)

Geologist Chris Goldfinger, professor at Oregon State University, considers Portland and Seattle to have a 10 to 15 percent chance of experiencing a Sendai-like magnitude 9.0 subduction earthquake in the next 50 years.

Historian to speak about changes to food (Democrat-Herald)

Perspectives on how growing, cooking and sharing food has changed over time will be shared in lectures to be held Nov. 8, 10 and 11 on the Oregon State University campus.

Population is just a sidekick to the real big baddie, consumption (Guardian. uk)

The new report, inflated though its figures seem to be, will gravely disappoint the population obsessives. It cites Paul Murtaugh of Oregon State University, whose research shows that:”An extra child born today in the United States, would, down the generations, produce an eventual carbon footprint seven times that of an extra child in China, 55 times that of an Indian child or 86 times that of a Nigerian child.”

A shout out from Afghanistan (Video link)

Maj. Bradley Riley and Maj. Megan Brogden send a shout out to the Oregon State Beavers as they serve in Afghanistan.

Local rugby club plans special event (Gazette-Times)

More than 120 former players will be on hand as the Oregon State University Rugby Club celebrates its golden anniversary on Saturday with its annual alumni game followed by a banquet at the CH2M Hill alumni center.

Benton County and OSU host disaster planning workshop (KMTR)

Oregon State University and Benton County Offices of Emergency Management held a free workshop Wednesday regarding earthquakes, seismic events and what our area should expect when ‘the big one’ hits.


Career Fair: Engineering Career Fair, Oct. 27. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs-events

“Taste of the ‘Chives” Recipe Showcase: OSU Special Collections and Archives will offer a chance to sample various dishes from recipes featured in OSU-related publications, drawing upon sources of international recipes dating from 1928 to 2008. Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Library’s Willamette Room (3rd floor). Want to prepare a recipe for this event? Check the blog.

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/

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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

NEW! Poetry and comedy: Joaquin Zihuatanejo, a poet and spoken word artist, and Nancy Giles, a comedian and actress, will perform at a social justice conference hosted by the Division of Student Affairs on Nov. 2. Zihuatanejo will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Giles at 7 p.m. The event is being held in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

NEW! Creating Change: New Ideas for Inspiring Action for Climate Sanity:  Join us for this workshop with famed writer, activist and fine human being, Bill McKibben.  Nov. 17, 2 – 5 p.m.  Registration required, space is limited.

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.

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 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.

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.

Women’s soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer plays #1 Stanford on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Kick Cancer Match and Cal on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. Wear pink Friday to show support for breast cancer awareness. Games are played at the Paul Lorenz Soccer Complex off Western Blvd. Admission is free, however, we do collect canned food items for Community Outreach.

Coast conference: Ocean and coastal researchers from OSU and elsewhere will present and discuss a wide range of topics at the seventh annual Heceta Head Coastal Conference in Florence Oct. 28-29. The conference, co-sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant at OSU, is one of the few Oregon coast science conferences intended for the public. More information and conference registration are online at http://www.hecetaheadconference.org/

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.

Open house: Printing & Mailing Services invites you to our annual Halloween Open House, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for fun and games while touring the facility at 100 Cascade Hall. Enjoyprizes and food from our vendors: BASF, the OSU Bookstore, West Coast Paper, Papa’s Pizza, Qdoba, Jimmy John’s, and many more.

Documentary: Invisible Children is showing the documentary “Tony.” on Nov. 1, 7 p.m., show start at 7:30. MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public. 
A Ugandan war survivor will be on hand to answer questions after the film.

Entrepreneur talk: Bert Sperling, Founder and President, Sperling’s Best Places and the Entrepreneur in Residence, will speak on “Create Your Own Brand and Control Your Destiny” Nov. 1, noon to 1:20 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center. Sperling is an internationally recognized expert who will discuss how his accidental path is relevant for anyone seeking success in today’s challenging economy.

News for Employees

Call for proposals: Oregon State University’s 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference on Sex Trafficking in the United States: Researching Vulnerable Populations, is seeking submissions that examine issues of trafficking of ethnic minority women and rural women in the US . The conference takes place Feb. 16-18, 2012, at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/sextrafficking2012/

Spin on Research: What happens to all those Facilities and Administration (also known as F&A, overhead, and indirect costs) dollars faculty bring in via grants and contracts? Fielding this age-old question, Rich Holdren reveals all, at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/ You’re welcome to chime in on the subject.

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 You must register by Nov. 4 to attend this event.

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 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:

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.

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. New closing date Nov. 1.

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.

The Facilities Services Department, is seeking a Grounds Maintenance 2 for their Landscape department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008242. Closes Nov. 4.

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 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.

Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chief Risk Officer Position. Posting #0008246, Closes Nov. 13.

The University Library is inviting applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor Data Management Librarian position. Posting #0008089. Closes Nov. 30.


Corvallis:  We’re in for another day of autumnal bliss and mellow fruitfulness as blue skies and sunshine bless us with their presence yet again. Today’s high will be 59 with a low tonight of 34. Rain is expected tomorrow, but sun should return for the weekend, just in time for any spooky parties you might be attending.

Central Oregon:  Looks like our warm weather is coming back. Sunny, with a high near 58 and a low near 24. Light and variable wind.




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