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Monday, March 23, 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.

NOAA Set for Larger Policy Role Under First Female Chief (Washington Post)
Jane Lubchenco, the newly confirmed head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, decided to dedicate her life to the sea 40 years ago when she became fascinated with a tiny species of mud-burrowing clam.

The Story Artist (New York Times Book Review)

The early chapters of Oregon State University’s Tracy Daugherty’s admiring, comprehensive and painstaking biography of Donald Barthelme, “Hiding Man,” emphasize the challenging education he received in taste and theory from his father.

Weyerhaeuser gives $500K to OSU forestry (Albany Democrat-Herald)
The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to Oregon State University, home to one of the premier academic forestry programs in North America.

Oregon State engineers move into ‘geomatics’

One of the latest high-tech buzzwords is “geomatics,” and Oregon State University engineering students are embracing it.

Publishers Face Pressure From Libraries to Freeze Prices and Cut Deals (Chronicle of Higher Education)
the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have talked about coordinating database cuts so that they don’t both end up axing the same useful resource.

Research comparing drugs and medical treatments is in short supply (Kansas City Star)
Oregon State University researchers recently found that doctors were prescribing antipsychotic medications to Medicaid patients for depression, anxiety and insomnia. These powerful drugs are approved only for severe disorders such as schizophrenia, can cause dangerous side effects and cost much more than the appropriate medications.

Coach Robinson on Rachel Maddow show (MSNBC.com)
OSU Coach appears on popular show.

Producer featured on local morning talk show (KPOJ)

Patti Duncan speaks about her work on the documentary “Finding Face.”

Planting Seeds of Change (NAFSA)
Study abroad article discusses relationship between OSU and Lincoln University in Christchurch New Zealand.


Spring break begins

Upcoming Events

NEW! 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Ebadi’s tireless efforts to promote the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran made her the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ebadi currently works and lives in Iran as a lawyer and defender of human rights. Her talk kicks off the 2009 PeaceJam N.W. Youth Conference, held in OSU’s Memorial Union April 25-26. The conference web site and registration forms can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

5 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

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program will be offered again this year to recognize and encourage scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and potential societal contributions by among students purusing graduate education in Oregon.  Nomination will be accepted up until April 13th, 2009.  For this and any other information regarding Fellowships, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

NEW! The Admissions Office is recruiting for an Assistant to the Director. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work creatively in a high volume detail oriented environment and will demonstrate strong administrative support skills and supervisory skills.  To review full posting description and to apply, go to http//oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0003997. Closing date: March 29.

NEW! Counselor, part-time (.40 FTE), 12-month fixed-term position in the Oregon State University Counseling Center.  Provide direct clinical and counseling services, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of student clients, as well as consultation, programming, workshops and outreach, and training of pre-doctoral interns.  Anticipated start date is May 1, 2009.  Required qualifications include Earned Masters of Social Worker (MSW) from an accredited institution or doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited program and internship or equivalent are required. Eligible for licensure as a Psychologist or Social worker in the state of Oregon within one year of employment.   Advanced knowledge of current counseling and psychological practices and methods.  Ability to maintain an appropriate counseling/therapy relationship. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. For full position description and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003988.  Closing Date: 04/03/09. OSU is an AA/EEO.

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

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to repairs to the building hot water system, all domestic hot water services in Nash hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all restrooms and break-rooms on all floors throughout the building. This shutdown is necessary to repair several leaks on the domestic hot water line. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. on March 24 and should end by 2:30.

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.


Today will be rainy and windy with a high of 45 and an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow should be showery and around 52.

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