OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 7, 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.

Tracy Daugherty on the 50th anniversary of “Catch-22″ (Reader’s Almanac)

To mark the fiftieth anniversary this fall of the publication of Catch-22, Tracy Daugherty, author of Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller, offers this guest blog post.

State leaders convene around reaching aggressive education goals (Oregon Live)

Sponsored by the State Board of Higher Education and the Oregon University System (OUS), the symposium, From Goal to Reality: Achieving 40-40-20 in Oregon, was a first step in spanning the boundaries between the PK-20 education sectors. (see also Oregonian)

Tobacco cessation program helps student get back on track (LIFE@OSU)

When Adam Fargher saw a poster for a free tobacco cessation program through Student Health Services at OSU, he decided to reach out, even though it hurt his pride. (see also Tobacco.org)

Farmers weather a stormy season (Register-Guard)

Because of cool wet weather, the strawberry crop ripened weeks late this spring and farmers were still picking on the back end of July, said Ross Penhallegon, a Lane County agent for the Oregon State University Extension Service. (see also Gazette-Times)

OSU to debate absolute morals (Oregon Faith Report)

The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is There is an Absolute Basis for Morality?” on Monday, November 14, in Milam Auditorium (Milam 26) on the OSU campus at 7 p.m. The speakers are Father Lucas Laborde and Daniel Barker.

Compost worm bin enriches soil and recycles (Gazette-Times)

A new 13-page booklet by the Oregon State University Extension Service gives detailed instructions on how to compost with worms in a process called “vermicomposting.”

Tree change in American (Environmental News Network)

Although some disturbances may be attributed to fire suppression policies, which have resulted in fuel accumulation and denser stands prone to insect attack, climate change is more likely the cause, based on recent surveys and analyses of natural mortality by a new study by Oregon State. (see also Environmental News Service)

‘Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays’ (Entertainer)

On Monday, Nov. 7, the Majestic Theatre, in collaboration with the Oregon State University Women Studies and Theater Arts departments, will participate in a nationwide staging of “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” making it one of only two Oregon theaters that will stage the production.


Meditation walk: United Campus Ministry will be hosting an open labyrinth walk Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MU 109.  This ancient tool for prayer and meditation can help you find peace and balance in the midst of your busy life.

Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with a candidate on Monday, Nov. 7, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. D.A. Graham, Principal Consultant, DNA Consulting LLC, is the candidate.

Talk on Paul: Lane McGaughy, Charter fellow of the Jesus Seminar & Westar Institute, will speak about the experience of translating Paul’s meaning rather than just his words, Nov. 7 MU Journey Room 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Campus Ministry at Westminster House.

“Happy” documentary: The award winning documentary “Happy” will be shown Nov. 7, 7:15 p.m. in   Milam Auditorium.  The  director, Roko Belic, will be available after the film for questions and answers regarding his journey across the globe to understand what makes people happy. The trailer can be found at http://www.thehappymovie.com/

Community play: “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays” will be produced Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater. Several Oregon State faculty, retired faculty, students, staff, and community members will be taking part. The evening is being produced by the Majestic Theatre with support from Oregon State Women’s Studies and the University Theatre. It is a free event. The program contains mature content, adult language. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Film festival: The third International Film Festival , showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, will be held Nov. 7-11 in Corvallis. The International Film Festival is organized by OSU faculty teaching film courses in the foreign languages and literature areas to showcase the variety of international cultures. Free and open to the public. Screenings are held at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. in Corvallis.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

NEW! Lessons of Holocaust Week: For 25 years, OSU has evoked memories of the Holocaust as a window on genocide and the struggle for human rights. At the Nov. 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Paul Kopperman of the Dept. of History will discuss lessons learned in these events. Triad meets in MU 109 from 12 to 1. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Food lectures: 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. Historian Ken Albala will give a series of three lectures on “Perspectives on Eating from the Past” starting on Tuesday, Nov. 8 – all in Memorial Union Room 109. The free, public lectures begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and at noon on Friday.

OSU Women’s Network: The OSU Women’s Network Fall Social takes place Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hallie E. Ford Center
Room 115. It includes refreshments, social time and a presentation at 12:15 p.m. by Carmen Ford Phillips about her mother, philanthropist Hallie Ford. The event is free.

Child, elder care needs: Care.com gives OSU students, staff, and faculty access to finding caregivers for children and adults. A brown-bag lunch to learn how Care.com can help your family with immediate and back-up care needs takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Memorial Union room 211. For information: 541-737-4906.

Breakfast with Bill McKibben: A breakfast with Bill McKibben  takes place Nov.18.  Register by Nov. 10 to be part of this conversation.  The DISCOVERY Lecture Series brings prominent scientists, acclaimed writers and key policymakers to OSU to present on matters of national and international importance.  Learn more about the inaugural presentation in this lecture series at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/discovery

Lectures and seminars

Dirt and DNA: Clinton Epps with Fisheries & Wildlife at OSU will speak on “Dirt and DNA – inferring population connectivity at different temporal scales,” Nov. 8, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in ALS 4001. For more information, http://EcoEvo.oregonstate.edu

Ethics of biotechnology: Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics at the University of California, will speak on “Should genetically engineered salmon be allowed?” at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

New Product Commercialization: The Industry Affiliates Board is providing a guest speaker as part of the Professional Development Series. Jake VanderZanden is a Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of Blount International and will be speaking about delivering financial value, team building, and other topics. Dearborn 118, 6 p.m., Nov. 9.

News for Employees

NEW! Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): START program for Winter/Spring Term(s) 2011-12. This program is open to first year students, sophomores, and students who have recently transferred to OSU from other institutions. (This is separate from the regular URISC program.) Deadline: Dec. 2. View guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT 2011-12 Winter (Spring term release) program. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 14. Guidelines for applications: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

More free grad student and faculty workshops at Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Fall 2011 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series continues with a wide variety of upcoming sessions. Attendees will learn to use or hone their skills with citation manager tools, eReaders, Web of Science and explore ways to make smart decisions about the author rights they turn over publishers. Register here. For more information, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Exploration: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 8 an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Deadline: Nov. 17. Full description. For more information, Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961.

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor will be on campus for individual consultations Dec. 6-8. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To reserve a time, call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601.

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. The new configuration will be restructured as a stand alone Cyber Platform and three new Nodes (NanoBIO, NanoMFG and Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation). Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ncn.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 11. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Joy Drive: It’s time for the Childcare and Family Resources fourth annual Joy Drive. The Joy Drive provides OSU student families in need with gifts from the support and generosity of the OSU Community. Individuals, departments and units can join to adopt a family. Email FamilyResources@oregonstate.edu and indicate the size of family you or your department are willing to sponsor. Reply no later than nov. 15. You will be provided the family’s wish list no later than Nov. 18.

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2011: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2011 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Complete program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm. Deadline for submission: Nov. 14. Information debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

PEBB Open Enrollment: PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2012 is mandatory for selecting a 2012 medical and dental plan or to continue to Opt-Out of the medical or medical/dental plans. If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2012 medical plan by Nov. 15, PEBB will move you to the Employee-only tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2012. You will also be charged the Tobacco and HEM Surcharges, a total monthly charge of $45. http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html

Faculty development fund: The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funding of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. The due date is Nov. 15. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.

Traffic and maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due tree maintenance and sidewalk improvements, Jefferson Way’s west bound lane, between 30th and 35th, will be temporarily closed to facilitate construction traffic and operations for construction work.  Please expect congestion in this area. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 7 and should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

Milam Hall: Due to electrical work all electrical services to Milam Hall will be shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to install new breakers to feed electricity to new basement labs. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 and should end by 10 p.m.

Campus Way: Due to telecom upgrading, Campus Way (west of 35th Street), will be temporarily closed. Pedestrian and bike access will not be affected. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 14 and should end by noon, Nov. 18. Campus Way east of 35th street will also be closed from 7 a.m. Nov. 16 to noon Nov. 18 for telecom upgrading.

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 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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 for UABC. Posting #0008273. Closes Nov. 9.

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.

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

The Office of Human Resources is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, fixed term HR Technical Lead. Posting #0008107. Closes Nov. 13.

Faculty Research Assistant – Research Information Management Specialist, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University 0.30 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #0008204. Closes Nov. 14.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008220. New closing date Nov. 15.

The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing is inviting applications for full time, 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0008287. Closes Nov. 15

The College of Science Information Network (COSINe) invites applications for a Linux Administrator. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0008291. Closes Nov. 15.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Analyst Programmer competency level 2. Posting #0008304. Closes Nov. 16.

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is inviting applications for Research Associate (Post Doc) – OHRC Salmon Homing position. Posting #0008236. Closes Nov.18.

Academic Advisor, College of Business, Oregon State University. This is for three, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term positions. Posting #0008303. Closes Nov. 27. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Analyst Programmer competency level 1. Posting #0008300. Closes Nov. 23.

Counseling and Psychological Services – CAPS invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, Counselor. Posting #0008306. Closes Nov. 23.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks an experienced, innovative and dynamic History of Science Collections Librarian in its Special Collections & Archives Research Center.  This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Posting #0008245. For full consideration apply by Nov. 30.

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is inviting applications for Research Associate (Post Doc) – Surrogate Chinook position. Posting #0008243. Closes Dec. 1.

The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position. Posting #0008265. The “for full consideration date” has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20. Closes Dec. 4.

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 Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Electronic Resources Unit Supervisor. Posting #0008294. Closes Dec. 9.

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:  Today’s commute was a lot lighter, thanks to that extra hour we tacked on yesterday. But it’s still going to be gray and damp today as a few showers continue. Today’s high will be 53 with a low tonight of 38. Showers will cease tomorrow but will return later in the week.

Central Oregon: Better bundle up the kids before catching the school bus, as we are in for a very cold and foggy morning. Patchy freezing fog before 10 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 47 low near 24. Southwest wind between 5 and 7 mph.



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