OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 28, 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.

 Good news for grads: Hiring is up 19 percent (Gazette-Times)

Chris Shriver-Munsch won’t know if she’s been accepted into veterinary school for another four months. So the recent graduate of Oregon State University’s animal sciences master program stopped by the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on Wednesday afternoon for Career Services’ University Career Fair to look for a job for the interim — or long term.

OSU students ID’d as victims in single-car crash west of Corvallis (Oregonian)

Two Oregon State University students were killed after their car struck a power pole west of Corvallis early Wednesday morning. Officials identified the victims as Fan Yu and Zhaoxuan Dong, both 21, of China. (see also OPB, Gazette-Times)

New day for Division 1 athletes (Inside Higher Ed)

The goal is to change the reward-risk calculation, to “make people who behaved badly wish they hadn’t,” said Ed Ray, chairman of the working group and president of Oregon State University.

Research shows guard dogs relax sheep (Capital Press)

Oregon State University supplied GPS collars to record the elevation, location and velocity of the sheep every second. Webber plotted the data with mapping software to depict movement. Students with the ISU GIS club volunteered to observe the behavior of the sheep.

OSU’s rare book collection has some historic gems (LIFE@OSU)

Some of Oregon State University’s most rare collections rarely see the light of day, but part of the McDonald Rare Book Collection got an airing this week when library technician Trevor Sangathe brought a handful of pieces out of hiding.

OSU Diversity Summit features Chicano poet (LIFE@OSU)

Acclaimed performers Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Nancy Giles, who use their talents to create thought-provoking dialogue on society and social justice, will give public performances at Oregon State University during the OSU Diversity Summit being held Nov. 2-3.

Chronic stress has serious implications (KVAL)

Stress is something we all deal with from time to time. But a new study from Oregon State University shows that too much of it could shorten your life.

Being mentally active helps reduce the effects of aging (Garden City News)

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a grant to Oregon State University researcher Hiroko Dodge to conduct a pilot study on keeping people socially engaged using computers.

Portland Schools Foundation is now named All Hands Raised to engage a broader audience (Oregonian)

“All Hands Raised” evokes students participating in the classroom as well as adults agreeing to step up and help, according to Oregon State University marketing professor Jim McAlexander, who was not involved in choosing the name. “It is us, as adults, opting in, saying, ‘Yeah, count me in,'” he said. “For me, this name works.”

Tomato woes often caused by environment (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University Horticulture Department has bred a litany of early-season tomato varieties that perform well in our Oregon conditions, including ‘Legend,’ ‘Willamette’ and ‘Oregon Spring.’


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.

Music a la Carte: Laura Zaerr, harp and David Rogers, guitar, performing music from Spain and England. Music à la Carte, Friday Oct. 28, noon, Memorial Union Lounge. Free.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with the first of three candidates on Monday, Oc. 31, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. Sue Theiss, Director of the University Ombuds Office at the University of Arkansas, will discuss her vision for the University Ombuds role at Oregon State University.

NEW! Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Nora Vitz Harrison presenting “Make it Sticky: How to Communicate so People Remember and Act on Your Ideas!” Whether you’re in business or higher education, you’ve got messages that you need to communicate. Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

Leaf venation discussion: Lawren Sack, professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, will discuss “Leaf venation:  function, evolution and impacts on ecosystems past, present and future,” Tuesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ALS 4001

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Steam shutdown: A number of buildings will be without steam heat or hot water on Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m., as repairs are made at the Heat Plant. These include Adams, Cascade, Snell, Kerr and McAlexander, as well as a number of residence halls on the south side of campus.

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.

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.

Office Specialist 2, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University.  1.0 FTE, 12-month. Posting #0008254.  Closes Nov. 4.

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.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #0008255. Closes 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.

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Banking Operation Supervisor. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.


Corvallis:  After a nice stretch of sunshine, rain returns today, but it doesn’t plan to linger, and should skedaddle by Saturday afternoon. Today’s high will be 59 with a low tonight of 43. The high tomorrow will be 61, with a low dropping to 39 as the cloud cover thins. Sunday the chance of rain returns.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63 low around 41. Southwest wind between 7 and 13 mph. 30 percent chance of rain Friday night.





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