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Friday, March 6, 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.

Experimenting with beer at O.S.U. (KMTR)
OSU students are learning the basics of fermentation science, to solve beer’s big problems for future generations of consumers.

Euthanasia doesn’t open floodgates (Sydney Morning Herald)
In 1998 the Death with Dignity Act came into operation in the American state of Oregon. Someone who’s studied the available data is Courtney Campbell, a professor in religion and culture at Oregon State University.

Columbia Forum discovers you are what you eat (Daily Astorian)

Anita Azarenko shared her experiences selling produce to schools in Corvallis, where she owns a three-acre organic apple orchard. Azarenko is head of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, where she is also a professor.

Vet keeps sled dogs on straight and narrow (Capital Press)
About 20 years ago, with steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs gaining prominence, mushers grew concerned some of their competitors at the Iditarod were cheating. Enter Oregon State University toxicologist Morrie Craig.

Global collaboration key for US, says Obama’s Science Director-designate (Science Business)
With the senate confirmation hearings on presidential science director-nominee John Holdren and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator-nominee Jane Lubchenco complete, their appointments were expected to be completed by the end of February.


Swan Lake, performed by the Eugene Ballet Company, takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors, or $10 with university student ID, on sale at the door.

Oregon State University Theatre will produce Neil LaBute’s thought-provoking play, “The Shape of Things,” in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way on the OSU campus. The performances are: tonight and March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.oregonstate.edu\dept\theatre or at the University Theatre Box Office, 541-737-2784. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, $5 for general students and $4 for OSU students.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate Change” presents: “The Great Warming, or the Story of the Silent Elephant in the Room” by Brian Fagan, Univ. California, Santa Barbara, March 11 at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. Refreshments served beforehand.

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.

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.

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

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

News for Employees

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

OSU Libraries is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Library Research Travel Grants for the spring funding period.  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. Deadline is March 31. See http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/news/travelgrant.html for more information.  Also please direct questions to Faye A. Chadwell, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management at 737-8528 or faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu


Today will be sunny with a high of 50 and a low of 33. The weekend looks showery with highs in the mid 40s. Don’t forget that Sunday is Daylight Savings time!

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