OSU Today

Monday, March 9, 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.

Stem cells announcement speaks for Barack Obama’s science policy (Daily Telegraph)
Another environmental scientist, Lubchenco is professor of marine biology at Oregon State university. Her work has been about climate change and its effect on the oceans. She is now head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which performs much of the Government’s own environmental research.

Antarctica is heating up fast, a Kansas researcher and other scientists warn (Tri-City Herald)
A recent paper in the journal Science predicted it would shift the planet’s axis by a third of a mile and send rising waters sloshing northward. “It’s the difference between spinning a ball with a lump of something on the side, or taking that material and distributing it more evenly around the surface,” said Peter Clark, a geosciences professor at Oregon State University.

Eastern fishing interests skeptical of Lubchenco

From across the country, the Gloucester Daily Times – doesn’t just the name of the newspaper make you think of fishermen in a storm-tossed sea? – says questions are being raised in New England about Oregon’s Jane Lubchenco.

Nat Geo’s Kingdom of the Blue Whale a no miss (Monsters & Critics)

Aboard Oregon State University’s research vessel the Pacific Storm, scientists use state-of-the-art equipment to find, study and listen to the Eastern North Pacific blue whale population.


The Corvallis City Club’s meeting today 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.

OSU Seafood Education and Research Center Director candidate Christina De Witt will present an industry seminar at 10 a.m. today in 274 Kidder.

Submitting Your Proposal Through OSU — Next Steps, 2 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union 211. This workshop presents information on what happens to proposals when they are received in the Office of Sponsored Programs. It will include a brief discussion of the review and approval process as well as how approved proposals are either electronically submitted or returned to principal investigators. The workshop will also discuss how awards are received, reviewed/negotiated, accepted and then transmitted to the Office of Post Award Administration for set-up.

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

Israel and Palestine Film Series, Water. Land. People. Peace, 7:30 to 9 p.m. A timely film series that spotlights Israeli and Palestinian culture, history, politics and art. The screening takes place in Owen Hall.

The OSU Jazz Ensemble performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Cost is $10, students free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its March workshop March 12. This month’s topic is Religion: Welcoming Employees From Different Faith Communities in Our Workplaces. Take a closer look at developing sensitivity to different religious traditions of employees; designing the workplace to better meet the needs of employees from various faith backgrounds; and watch “Beyond Differences,” the Bill Moyers film that explores the common threads that unify the world’s religious traditions. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Albany Public Schools district office, 718 Seventh Avenue S.W., in Albany. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: leo.soto@co.benton.or.us

NEW! The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does God Exist?” on March 12, at 7 p.m. in Withycombe Auditorium on the OSU campus.  The speakers are Michael Gurney and Martin Erwig.  The debate is free and open to the public.

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 this week 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.

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

NEW! The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for two new research awards: the Promising Scholar Award (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/) recognizes scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award; and the OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact/index.html) that recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. Nomination materials for these two awards must be submitted by April 3 to the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203.

NEW! The Winter Term 2009 Enrollment Summary is now available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page. The Winter Term 2009 total enrollment was 19,645, increased by 685 students or 3.6% from Winter Term 2008.

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

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.

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

Traffic and maintenance

To accommodate project construction associated with the new Linus Pauling Science Center, the Sackett hall parking lot (West of Nash hall, on the corner of 30th & Campus Way), will be shutdown. The main entry to parking lot will remain open for public access. The parking spaces North of Sackett hall, including the ADA spaces adjacent to the project site, will remain open for the duration of the project.  The four ADA spaces within the construction site (NE corner of the parking lot) will be temporarily relocated to the West side of Cordley hall.  Due to construction there may be periods of increased traffic congestion in this area.  Please be aware of possible delays and plan accordingly. If you have any questions concerning this shutdown, please contact John Gremmels at 541-737-9692. This shutdown will begin March 23 and will reopen in the summer of 2011.


The frosty morning may yield some snow, but the snow level should rise by this afternoon, and highs will reach 44. Tonight may be showery, with a low of 28. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a high of 46.

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