OSU Today

Thursday, March 19, 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.

Lincoln City seminar focuses on self-reliance (Newport News-Times)
Oregon State University chemical engineer professor David Hackleman will speak about the evolution of bio-diesel and how it works. In 2006, Hackleman traveled across the United States using a vehicle powered by a bio-diesel engine.

Do nations go to war over water? (Nature)
Researchers, such as Aaron Wolf at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and Nils Petter Gleditsch at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, point out that predictions of armed conflict come from the media and from popular, non-peer-reviewed work.

Antarctic ice melt could shift Earth’s rotation: Study
(Calgary Herald)

The collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, while a big concern, is not imminent and may not occur for centuries. “But these findings do suggest that if you are planning for sea level rise, you had better plan a little higher,” says co-author Peter Clark at Oregon State University.

Marine mammal researcher shortlisted for space program (The Province.com)
Before becoming an animal physiologist, Allyson Hindle studied Weddell seals in the Antarctic as part of an Oregon State University team.

Report: Salmon booms and busts tough to change (Associated Press)
Selina Heppell, an associate professor of fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, said the researchers “did a good job” assessing the problems.

Rare wolverine sighting reported near Truckee (Sacramento Bee)
Last year, an Oregon State University graduate student took a photo of a wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest, about 15 miles from the videocamera location.


Check out today’s LIFE@OSU, which should appear in your departments by this afternoon. Featured inside: A doctoral candidate in public health competes in her first Ironman competition and survives. Corvallis Fire Prevention Officer Jim Patton inspects campus buildings. And first graders in Palm Springs dream of becoming OSU’s Class of 2020.

Susan Schwarz will be facilitating a women’s leadership workshop entitled “How To Say It For Women” today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 206. The event is free and open to the public.

Lawrence H. Roth, Deputy Executive Director of ASCE in Washington, DC will discuss “What Went Wrong with the Levy System in New Orleans?” during a talk at noon today in Kearney Hall, room 112.

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice” … On Becoming a Woman,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, March 20, Memorial Union, room 206. Learn about female gender identity development and the complicated interplay of societal forces on this process. Presenters are Dr. Michele Ribeiro, psychologist and Dr. Ayesha Nagra, psychologist.

NEW! Become a trained Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA).  Two-part workshop series next month examines unconscious/unintentional bias, inclusive/affirmative search practices, and roles of AASA, hiring official, search chair, and search committees from PD development through new hire integration. Part I: overview; potential biases/opportunities to promote diversity in the search process, 9 a.m. to noon April 21 or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142. Part II : more potential biases/opportunities; effective participation as an AASA, 9 a.m. to noon April 28 or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 29. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
ONID username and password required to register–call 541-737-3556 with questions

Senator Jeff Merkley will be holding a town hall meeting this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (http://www.thebestlibrary.net/joomla/), 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions about the challenges facing Oregon and America.

Gary Rhoades is AAUP’s new General Secretary. He is coming to OSU March 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. in MLM Room 234 and will be discussing the current state of Higher Education and Faculty Shared Governance. Rhoades has been a professor for over 20 years, most of it at the University of Arizona. His research has focused largely on higher education professions, collective bargaining, university restructuring, and science and technology issues in higher education. For more information contact Dwaine Plaza at 541-737-5369 or dplaza@orst.edu

“Introduction to Media Manager” – is a new media tool to assist in posting video media to websites in a Youtube like fashion.  We will be giving a public demonstration on April 6 in the MU Journey Room from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.. We also have a “What’s new in Drupal 6 ”  presentation on April 8 at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Q & A afterwards in Valley Library Willamette Seminar West – 3rd floor.

Free entertainment for you and your family over spring break. There will be a free family-friendly professional juggling show Mar. 28 at 7 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. This is part of the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention sponsored by the OSU Juggling Club and Corvallis Juggling and Unicycle Club. If you or your family also wants to practice or learn how to juggle/unicycle for free, stop by OSU’s McAlexander Fieldhouse anytime that weekend.  For more information, email Brenda.Sallee@bus.oregonstate.edu or view the convention blog at http://www.jugglingconvention2009.blogspot.com/

“To Swim with the Salmon: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest” a one-day conference, takes place April 25 at the LaSells Stewart Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its purpose is to bring academic and faith communities together in dialog about the ways in which spiritual values intersect with concerns for earth care in our region. John Hart, Boston University School of Theology professor of Christian ethics, and Native American storyteller, poet and artist Elizabeth Woody will give major talks. Breakout sessions on a variety of practical topics, an artists gallery, and lunch are included as part of the conference. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 students. The conference web site and online registration can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/swimwithsalmon2009/. Early registration is advised.

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

News for Employees

NEW! There is no BeaverBus service from March 15 through April 1. There is also no service on Corvallis Transit System’s Route C1 from March 23 through March 29.

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 Delson Bridge to the Future Fund.  This fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies.  Master’s and doctoral students in the final phase of their graduate programs may be eligible for this award.  Requests may include only students who have an extenuating financial emergency that would result in their attrition.  For more information regarding this and other graduate funding, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school
Nominations are now being accepted for the Clara L. Simerville Award for International Education, recognizing an outstanding undergraduate student at Oregon State University. The award will be given to an OSU undergraduate student who has voluntarily contributed to international understanding through personal relationships, scholarship and research, and involvement in campus or community organizations supporting international understanding.  Contact Cynthia Cox at Cynthia.cox2@oregonstate.edu for a nomination form. Nominations are due by April 6.

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to sewer line repairs, the Graff Hall parking lot off Monroe will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all staff, student and handicapped parking spaces. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on March 23 and should be completed by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to parking lot maintenance, the gravel parking lot at 12th and Washington Way will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all parking in this lot. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on March 23 and we anticipate reopening the parking spaces by 5 p.m. on March 27.

During the week of March 23-27, quarterly fire alarm testing is scheduled to take place in the following buildings: Benton Hall, Burt 3, Burt 4, Cascade Hall, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Child Care Center, Gill Annex-Sports Performance Center, Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, Milne Computer Center, OSU Parking Structure, Parking Services Building (A.K.A. Book Storage, building 0045, just south of Kerr), Reser Stadium and Valley Football Center. This will be a live test, fire alarms, horns and bells will sound during the session.

Due to the replacement of cooling coils damaged during freezing weather, the Ag & Life Sciences Building supply air will be temporarily shut down. It is necessary to shut down the supply fans one at a time in order to replace these cooling coils in air handlers in the basement. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 23 and we anticipate restoring services by 5 p.m. on March 27.


Showers are expected today with a high of 58 and a low of 45. Rain continues tomorrow with a high of 52, and the weekend looks showery with highs 50 and below.

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