OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 31, 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.

Now showing: Anatomy of a disaster in 3-D (msnbc)

“The idea is that it’s a virtual world you can explore without being physically present in that dangerous environment. You can move through it in the software,” said Oregon State University assistant professor Michael Olsen, an engineer who presented work on the use of LiDAR in disaster areas at the recent Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis.

OSU-Cascades buys building in Bend (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University -Cascades expects to close Friday on a building to anchor its plan to become Bend’s comprehensive university. (see also KTVZ)

NFL ratings beating new network shows (NPR)

This interview features OSU’s Michael Oriard.

Advice for women entrepreneurs seeking Angel funding (FOX)

“One possible explanation for why few women would ask is, well if they’re always being told ‘no,’ it doesn’t make sense for them to ask,” explained John Becker-Blease, assistant finance professor at Oregon State University and research affiliate with the UNH Center for Venture Research.

Climate expert to talk at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Richard Alley, a geologist, glaciologist and climate change scientist, will present the 2011 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Oregon State University.

OSU’s family business program announces their 2011 winners (Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program announced the winners Friday of its longstanding annual family business awards.

University of Idaho chief to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Duane Nellis, president of the University of Idaho and an alumnus of Oregon State University, will give a free public lecture on the OSU campus on Friday, Nov. 4, as part of the university’s Homecoming Weekend.

Performers scheduled for diversity summit (Gazette-Times)

Performers Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Nancy Giles, who help create dialogue on society and social justice, plan to perform during Oregon State University’s Diversity Summit Nov. 2 and 3.

Stress linked to higher mortality rate among men (MSNBC)

“Being a teetotaler and a smoker were risk factors for mortality,” lead study author, Carolyn Aldwin, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, said in a university news release. “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 Lounge)


Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with the first of three candidates on Monday, Oct. 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.

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. Enjoy prizes and food from our vendors: BASF, the OSU Bookstore, West Coast Paper, Papa’s Pizza, Qdoba, Jimmy John’s, and many more.

Zombie Zumba: Monday, Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p..m., McAlexander Fieldhouse. Free. No zombie or Zumba experience required. Free t-shirts to the first 200 participants. Come as your best zombie (optional) or visit the on-site makeup table. Prize for best costume.

Halloween Party: The Women’s Center would like to invite International and American students to a cross-cultural celebration of American Halloween traditions at a Halloween party Oct. 31, 7 to 10 p.m. in the MU ballroom. Activities include food, candy, music, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and more! Prizes will be given for best costumes.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Dia de los Muertos: Come celebrate the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., in McNary Dining Center. There will be free tamales, Mexican hot chocolate, sugar skull painting and a community altar to honor the departed. Sponsored by University Housing & Dining Services’ Community Relations Facilitators, Centro Cultural César Chávez and Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán.

NEW! Candidate forum: OSU Extended Campus invites the campus community to attend the Presentation and Open Forum for Claire Cross, candidate for Summer Session Director on Nov. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. in The Valley Library 3622 East (Will. Ind. Sem. Room). This is the first of three presentations by candidates for this position.

NEW! Evening Harvest Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St for 20-50 percent off specially-marked items and refreshments. 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! Gender in the Classroom:  This workshop will focus on how gender dynamics impact student/teacher engagement, boundary setting, and rapport building?  The panel discussion will focus on capacity building for handling difficult situations and creating respectful and supportive classroom environments. Nov. 3, noon to 1 p.m., Valley Library Willamette East/West.

NEW! Larison reads from new novel: Celebrated fiction writer and Oregon State University faculty member John Larison will read from his newly released novel, “Holding Lies,” on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda of the Valley Library on the OSU campus. A book signing follows.

NEW!  NASA student symposium: The Oregon Space Grant Consortium will host the 2011 NASA Student Symposium on Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium

NEW! Conversations with Ed Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray register for one of the below sessions. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis, and take place Nov. 4, 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Dec. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

NEW! The Nature of Oregon: The Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center will be featuring the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild Nov. 2-30. All artwork exemplifies the beauty of Oregon through photographs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A reception will be held Nov. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NEW! Ava Helen Pauling: At the Nov. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mina Carson of the Dept. of History will discuss the life of the peace activist and inspiration for Linus Pauling’s activities leading to the Nobel Peace Prize. Triad meets in MU 109 12 to 1 p.m.. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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

NEW! Call to artists:  All classified employees, professional faculty and OSU affiliates are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the second annual OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit.  Get the submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit  and share your talent by Nov. 28.  The exhibit will run Jan. 6 through Feb. 7, 2012 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on Jan. 10.  Dust off your skills over the break and share your creativity with campus.

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.

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:

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 Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accounting Technician position.  Posting #0007985.  Closes Nov.8.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grants/Contracts Technician position. This is an internal position open to current OSU employees only. Posting #0008274. Closes Nov. 8.

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 Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position.  Posting #0008265.  For full consideration, apply by Nov. 8.  Closes Nov. 18.

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 Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE) 12 month, Instructor in Microbiology.  Posting #0008189.  Full consideration date, Dec 1.

Associate Director for Communications and Marketing: The Oregon State University Alumni Association is looking for an experienced professional to develop and lead comprehensive marketing and communications programs and services for the association. For full consideration apply by Dec. 2. Position is open until filled. Position description and application information at www.osualum.com/jobs

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:  “Everything is black and gold, black and gold tonight: Yellow pumpkins, yellow moon, yellow candlelight.” Nancy Byrd Turner. It’s Monday, which means we all wanna go home. But at least the weather is clearing up decently for any outdoor plans you might have for the evening. Today’s high will be 57 with an overnight low of 34. Sun continues tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Like last week we are in for another cold spell after a nice weekend.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49 low around 23. Northwest wind between 6 and 15 mph.





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