OSU Today

Tuesday, March 10, 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.

Share my ride (New York Times)
The business of American car sharing originated in a bathtub in the Pacific Northwest some 15 years ago. Dave Brook, an energy-conservation agent for Oregon State University, was examining the advantages of low-flow showerheads for a local utility.

Panel calls for National Climate Service outside of NOAA (New York Times)
President Obama’s pick to head the agency, Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, has said she favors creating a National Climate Service but isn’t sure what it should look like.

End to sad tale of whale (Register-Guard)
“He’s pretty beaten up,” said Craig Hayslip, research assistant at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, noting the scars on the whale’s skin from “cookie cutter” shark attacks and parasites. “It is an abnormally skinny animal.”

Faces in the crowd (Sports Illustrated)
Leslie Mak, a freshman at Oregon State, was awarded scores higher than 9.9 in the uneven bars in back-to-back meets against Utah (9.950) and Arizona State (9.925).

Master the arts of aging well (Mail Tribune)
Sharon Johnson, an associate professor in health and human sciences at Oregon State University and on the faculty of the OSU Extension, writes about healthy aging.


A 50-minute in-depth look at Qwizdom Audience Response System will take place from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Waldo Hall 115A. To register go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

A 50-minute Blackboard basics session is available to those new to Blackboard or who need a refresher session. It takes place at 3 p.m. today in Waldo Hall 115A. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

OSU Seafood Education and Research Center Director candidate Christina De Witt will present an academic seminar at 3 p.m. in 278 Kidder

Upcoming Events

NEW! Conversational Skills for Convening People and Influencing Decisions and follow-up trainings presented by Paul Axtell are scheduled the week of April 6. Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell/ for session details and to enroll online by March 21. There is no charge for current OSU employees to attend.

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

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does God Exist?” on March 12, at 7 p.m. in Withycombe Auditorium.  The speakers are Michael Gurney and Martin Erwig. The debate will explore the age-old question of whether a personal God exists, with the two speakers presenting widely-differing points of view.  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. 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! Nominations are now being accepted for the JoAnne J. Trow “Woman of Distinction Award.” Nominate any currently enrolled undergraduate female student, part time or full time, who has sophomore status or above, who meets the following criteria: Demonstrated leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, promotion of diversity and willingness to accept others, commitment to others, ability to deal with adversity, significant contribution to OSU, actualization of goals. Applications from nominees will be due to Student Events and Activities (MU 103) by 5 p.m. April 7.  Award finalists will be selected to interview with the selection committee.  The winner will be announced at the All-University Recognition and Awards Banquet and $250 will be credited to their OSU account. Please email all nominations and the nominees’ email addresses to linda.howard@oregonstate.edu by March 13.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by March 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically to mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu and one original paper copy delivered to the Research Office, A312 Kerr Admin. Bldg. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm For more information call 541-737-8390.

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.

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

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Transit & Parking Services will be closed March 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. for a meeting.
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.


Monday’s mercurial weather is behind us, for now. It should be mostly sunny by afternoon with a high of 45 and an overnight low of 24. Tomorrow will be sunny with a high near 49.

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