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Thursday, March 5, 2009

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.

Local residents testify on global warming (Mail Tribune)
Mark Harmon, a professor in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, testified Tuesday before a congressional subcommittee on the role of federal lands in battling climate change.

Science lectures hit the brew pub (Gazette-Times)
A new lecture series in downtown Corvallis aims to prove those are two good things that go great together. Oregon State University, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Downtown Corvallis Association have organized “Science Pub Corvallis,” which will starts on March 9 with a presentation on beer.

Newborn Blue Whale Caught on Film — A First (National Geographic)
For the first time, a newborn blue whale has been captured on camera, according to a National Geographic documentary to air Sunday. “Oh, tell me that one of them is a small blow, please,” Bruce Mate, of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says in the documentary.

Let’s celebrate new Port Orford cedars (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The Port Orford cedar is back. The collection, called the Guardian series and developed at Oregon State University, includes ‘Blue Surprise,’ ‘Golden King,’ ‘Silberstar’ and ‘Yvonne.’

Hatchery Research Center has five advisory committee openings (Statesman Journal)
There are five openings available to serve on the Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Committee. The committee is an advisory body to the center, which is jointly operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University for scientific research on hatchery/wild fish interactions.


A two-day Oregon Water Rights Workshop takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Owen Hall. Cost is $280.

Join us today on Beaver Boulevard where Ideas Intersect for what is sure to be fabulous food and fun event prior to the OSU Event Planners’ Tradeshow. Brunch and a fun educational presentation will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by a special presentation by Jan Roberts-Dominguez, an award-winning, nationally recognized food and wine writer, artist and consultant. Presentation is titled “Don’t Let Your Guests Be Eaten By Wildlife!”  The event takes place at the LaSells Stewart Center Cost is $15 per person and it can be billed to your index. Please register online at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=328

A Brown Bag Lunch/Time with Kaush Arha, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, U.S. Department of Interior, takes place from noon to 2 p.m. in Richardson Hall room 107.

Martin Goebel of Sustainable Northwest in Portland is giving the next Starker lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in 107 Richardson. He will be discussing “Building Sustainable Communities & Healthy Ecosystems in the Northwest.” Live streaming video will be available at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/starker/ For questions regarding accommodation requests related to a disability, please contact Nathalie Gitt at 541-737-4279

The SAO sponsored Corvallis Video Gaming SIG meets today at 5 p.m., in New Media Communication’s GameLab – STAG 400 – to discuss local game development projects and game theory. More Info: http://groups.google.com/group/sao-corvallis-gaming-sig and http://oregonstate.edu/cla/nmc/

Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. How to Keep Up Via Sharing and Snooping:  Social Bookmarking, RSS and Slideshare, 5 to 6 p.m., Autzen Classroom. Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For more information contact Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “Environmental Degradation as a Human Rights Issue,” by Steven Vanderheiden, UC Boulder, Colo., at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Oregon State University Theatre will produce Neil LaBute’s thought-provoking play, “The Shape of Things,” March 5-8 in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way on the OSU campus. The performances are: March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/ or at the University Theatre Box Office, 541-737-2784. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday the week of performances, 6:30 p.m. on evenings of performances, and at 1 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, $5 for general students and $4 for OSU students.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Two candidates will be on campus the week of March 9 to interview for the OSU Seafood Education and Research Center Director.  They are Christina De Witt and Jacek Jaczynski.  De Witt will present an industry seminar at 10 a.m. March 9 in 274 Kidder and an academic seminar at 3 p.m. March 10 in 278 Kidder. Jaczynski will give an industry seminar at 10 a.m. March 11 in 274 Kidder and an academic seminar at 9 a.m. March 13 in 274 Kidder.

NEW! Oregon State University, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Downtown Corvallis Association have organized “Science Pub Corvallis,” which takes place March 9 with a presentation on beer by fermentation expert Jeff Clawson. The lecture will be at 6 p.m., at the Old World Deli & Cafe, 341 S.W. Second St.

NEW! The Corvallis City Club’s March 9 meeting will address the needs of English language learners in our community. Three panelists, including Kathryn Ciechanowski, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at OSU, will focus the discussion on the best practices for integrating non-English speakers into the community, the obstacles that these learners face, and how their success can positively impact our community. The event takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Monroe.

The Current Economic Situation: How did we get here and where do we go from here? A joint dinner meeting of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Forest Products Society and the Oregon Wood Innovation Center will be held March 19 in 107 Richardson Hall at 6 p.m. Art Ayre – Economist, Oregon Employment Department, David Ford – Director, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and Craig Adair – Director of Market Research, The Engineered Wood Association  will address how we got into this economic situation, the implications for forest landowners and the forest products industry, and how can we position the industry to be ready when the economy turns. Register at http://owic.oregonstate.edu/FPS-WVC

The seventh annual Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival takes place March 6-8. It’s an opportunity to sit and be entranced by stories. For a full schedule of events, see www.tchateemanwistorytelling.com

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php

News for Employees

NEW! INTO OSU seeks applications for a Housing and Student Services Coordinator. This is a 12-month, full-time position with a salary range of $32-36,000 (commensurate with experience). The position description is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/into-osu/, and applications may be directed to recruiterINTOUSA@gmail.com. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Valerie Rosenberg at Valerie.Rosenberg@oregonstate.edu.

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2009. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the 2009-10 Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship.  Qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, including eligible students at OSU Cascades Campus are encouraged to apply. Nominations must be received by the Graduate School by April 6. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found at the following Graduate School web address: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/

Do you have an idea for a new product or service? If so, enter The 2009 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition. Sponsored by The Austin Entrepreneurship Program, The Enterprise Challenge is an opportunity for all OSU students to take an idea for a new product or service, build a business plan describing how they would take that idea to market, and present their business plan for review by successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors. First prize $10,000*, second prize $5,000* and third prize $2,500*. Business plans for The Enterprise Challenge are due by noon on March 16, at Weatherford Hall room D106; the finals will be held on April 17, 2009 at LaSells Stewart Center.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is accepting applications for its new Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which will train scientists to commercialize their technology innovation into start-up businesses. The program is for postdoctoral researchers in the sciences. Foundation deadline: May 1. Visit the Kauffman Foundation web site for complete program information: http://sites.kauffman.org/postdocs/index.cfm If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or mailto:martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu

The INTO Oregon State University Center, formerly known as the English Language Institute (ELI), is in urgent need of host families to host one or two Japanese university students from Bunkyo University for a two-night homestay.  There are three home stay weekends to choose from and interested hosts may choose to host one, two or three weekends.  Home stays are the weekends of April 17-19. April 24-26 and May 1-3.  They are currently short about 20 families. For more information call 541-737-6981 or email: candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu


Today will be rainy, with a high of 49. Tonight’s low will be 34. Friday will be a little less wet.

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