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Friday, March 20, 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.

OSU’s Lubchenco confirmed as head of NOAA (Oregonian)
Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco has been confirmed as the new undersecretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for oceans and atmosphere. (Also in the LA Times and OPB)

Obama’s Science Team is Official (New York Times)
The Senate, by unanimous consent, has approved the nominations of John Holdren as President Obama’s science adviser and Jane Lubchenco as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to the office of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader.

Oregon researchers work to turn water and sunlight into energy (KVAL)
According to engineers at Oregon State University, it should be possible to meet much of the world’s energy needs with nothing more than the combination of water, sunlight and cyanobacteria.

Sonar in the sea (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence)
Podcast with Kelly Benoit-Bird.

Gliding Bristletails Give Clues On Evolution Of Flight (Science News)
Last year, Yanoviak, Kaspari and Dudley, in collaboration with nematode specialist George Poinar, Jr. at Oregon State University, made waves in the bug world with their research about a parasite that can so dramatically transform the look of its host – an ant – that the ant comes to resemble a juicy red berry, ripe for the picking in the jungles of Central and South America.

Renowned theologians discuss ‘new ways of being church’ (Church Executive News)
Today’s church is in the midst of a “hurricane of change,” popular speaker and author the Rev. Brian D. McLaren told a sellout crowd at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on the opening night of a four-day theological symposium. McLaren, a leader in the “emergent church” movement, joined influential scholars Marcus J. Borg and Diana Butler Bass in discussing the theme “New Ways of Being Church” at the seminary’s annual Festival of Theology, March 15–18. Borg, a professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, is the author of 16 books.


“Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice” … On Becoming a Woman,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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.


Senator Jeff Merkley will be holding a town hall meeting 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 15 Survival Skills for Instructors, 10 a.m. to noon, March 31, Milam 215.
This session will be of particular interest to instructors new to teaching, but serves as an excellent review of some of the best practices used in classrooms today. Issues such as establishing the teaching/learning environment, discipline in the classroom, effective teaching behaviors and motivation will be addressed. Resources to support teaching at OSU will be reviewed. The Center for Teaching and Learning handbook will be provided to attendees. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

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

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/

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Office of Academic Affairs & International Programs and the Center for Teaching and Learning wish to support faculty and instructors in their innovative teaching and learning projects and scholarship. A limited number of $2000 grants will be awarded this term to projects supporting and improving teaching and student learning. The goal of this program is to recognize and reward teaching excellence and encourage instructors to engage in the creation of innovative learning experiences for their students and scholarship focused on teaching and learning. All board appointed, tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as professional faculty, full time instructors and staff with teaching responsibilities may participate in this program.
Applications must be submitted by May 15 to the Center for Teaching and Learning, 116 Waldo Hall. Application and instructions are available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl.

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

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to re-grading work, the gravel parking lot west of the Motor Pool building will be temporarily shutdown.  All parking will be shut down, and access to the Clark Meat Lab will be disrupted. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 23 and should conclude by 5 p.m. March 27.

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.


Spring has officially arrived, and with it comes more rain. It will be 53 and showery today with an overnight low of 40. Saturday and Sunday will bring more of the same, with highs in the low 50s and lows reaching 34 by Sunday.

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