OSU Today

Friday, March 12, 2010

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 professor takes cue from dolphins (Daily Astorian)

One of scientists’ biggest barriers to studying animals in the ocean is a lack of visibility underwater. But Kelly Benoit-Bird, an associate professor at Oregon State University’s School of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences, has a way around that obstacle.

Memorial planned for homeless OSU student (Gazette-Times)

Doug Meuler came to Oregon State University with a lot of baggage – literally. Homeless and hard of hearing, Meuler, 57, would arrive in class with all his worldly possessions.

A chance to take home OSU art (LIFE@OSU)

Come to the Information Center in the Memorial Union to see a brilliantly painted, weatherproof and waterproof fiberglass Beaver that could be yours to take home. The proceeds of the ticket sales to win the fruit and flower-covered statue will benefit the Corvallis non-profit, Old Mill Center for Children and Families.

U.S. project takes Earth’s pulse (Omaha World Herald)

Most of the machines, which measure the movement of the Earth’s surface, are left in place for about two years before being pulled out and leapfrogged to another state farther east.Those two years are important, said professor Anne Trehu, director of the EarthScope national office, which is based at Oregon State University.

Urban legends (About.com)

The popular site lays to rest a new rumor about OSU Coach Craig Robinson.

Lack of sleep can age you, or worse (Portland Examiner)

We’re beginning to identify some of the underlying mechanisms that may help explain why organisms age,” said Natraj Krishnan, a research associate in the Oregon State University Department of Zoology.

OSU prof heads to Chile for quake info (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professor Scott Ashford travels to Chile next week on a mission of inquiry. The head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Ashford is one of about 30 members of a scientific team sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and its “Learning from Earthquakes Program.”

Green town hall, fair draws hundreds (Gazette-Times)

Daniel Force, a member of the OSU Sustainable Student Initiative program, talked about the student-funded campus center that contains a bike co-op to offer cheap, green transportation.


It’s College Colors Friday. Beat the gloom by wearing orange!

Charles Drum, Assistant Director for Public Health, Community Outreach and Policy in the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center of Oregon Health and Science University. will speak on The Oregon Community Engagement Initiative: Improving Health Care Access for Oregonians with Disabilities and Families, at 9 a.m. today in the Memorial Union Room 213. A reception follows.

IWW Special Seminar: High-frequency field-deployable isotope analyzer for hydrological applications, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson 107. Speaker: Manish Gupta, OSU Department of Chemistry. This seminar will be presented live at OSU and as a cyberseminar to the CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science) network. Gupta is an analytical and environmental chemist who works on the development of innovative, laser-based techniques and their application to environmental issues. The seminar is sponsored by the Institute for Water and Watersheds.


Share a unique and exciting cultural exchange opportunity with an international student by becoming a Host for the OSU Homestay Program managed by University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS). As a host, you will be providing an amazing living- learning op­portunity both for the students and for your household. Hosts are provided compensation to cover expenses. We are currently seeking short term and long term hosts. There will be an informational orientation on March 13 at 10 a.m. in the Large East Conference Room at Market Place West Dining Center on Campus. For more information, please visit our web site: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay/ or call 541-737-8754

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis and the Oregon State University Beavers have scheduled the fifth annual free OSU Youth Football Clinic to enable interested young people to learn football from some of their Beaver gridiron icons. Boys and girls in grades three through eight are eligible. The event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 13 at the Truax Indoor Center, located northwest of Reser Stadium. OSU head football coach Mike Riley, his coaching staff and players will be there to teach football skills and running drills. Registration is not required, but a $5 donation to help support the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis athletic scholarship fund is suggested. All participants should wear warm indoor/outdoor clothes and football or gym shoes.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Joni Huntley was one of America’s greatest women high jumpers; she employed the “Fosbury Flop” to make the 1976, 1980 and 1984 U. S. Olympic teams. Huntley set the American outdoor high jump record at the New Zealand Games in 1975 at 6-2 1/2. Several months later she set the American indoor record at the same height while competing at a USA-USSR meet and was later the recipient of the Hayward Trophy as Oregon’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete. Huntley won the Olympic bronze medal in 1984; she was ranked number 1 in high jumping five times during her career.  Huntley graduated from Oregon State in 1975. JoAnne Trow will speak about the history of women at OSU on March 30, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., in La Raza Room, 208 Memorial Union. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/wage/celebrating-history-women-osu-dr-jo-anne-trow

Upcoming events

NEW! “The Commanders” – Jazz Ensemble of the Air Force Band of the Golden West is performing at the LaSells Stewart Center on March 15, at 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the LaSells Stewart Center, Gazette Times and 106.3 KLOO FM.

After over 12 years of service in the Surplus Property Department Patsy Hendricks is retiring. Business Services will be holding a retirement reception for her in MU 208 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on March 15. Please come join us in thanking her for all her hard work over the years.

A second March Science Pub Central Oregon takes place March 16 at the Bend McMenamins. Frank Bernieri, associate professor in the OSU Department of Psychology, will speak about “First Impressions.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

Classified staff are invited to a conversational meeting with President Ray and Provost Randhawa from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 16, in MU 208 La Raza.

Oregon State graduate students in Mechanical Engineering will present their beta prototype of products they’ve created for Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center clients on March 18, 6 p.m., at the Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1853 Airway Rd., Lebanon. To RSVP call 541-258-8121.

News for Employees

Faculty/Staff Fitness(FSF) spring term registration begins Monday, March 15. All faculty, staff, GTAs/GRAs, spouses/partners, retirees, and affiliates of the university qualify. Online schedule of classes can be found at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/fsf-activity-classes-spring-2010-schedule . Have a question? email pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.

L.L. Stewart Faculty Scholars Program Nominations are due no later than March 29, to the Office of Academic Affairs, 628 Kerr Administration Building. Additional information regarding the nomination and evaluation process can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/documents/Stewart Scholars.doc

Approval has been received for the OSU Outreach and Engagement Award which replaces the OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award. This award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The criteria and nomination form is available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/outreach/; the deadline for nominations is April 5.

Do you know a business that is Powered by Orange? One owned by an Oregon State alum, or that has lots of OSU alums working there or are just friends of OSU. PBO businesses drive innovation, support economic growth and serve the community. Starting in April, one business a month will be selected for the Orange Spotlight including a feature story, promotion on OSU’s social networks, and more.
To nominate a business, go to poweredbyorange.com/2010/03/01/orange-spotlight/.


Assistant to the Director for the Office of Community and Diversity. F/T Office Specialist 2, $2138 – $2960/monthly + benefits. Responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative support to the Director, clerical, administrative and business activities of the office. Sensitivity to cultural differences and needs is paramount to the effectiveness of the office. To apply and for a complete position announcement see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005376. Closing date: March 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants and Contracts Technician: The Arts and Sciences Business Center invites applications for a Grants and Contracts Technician. This is a Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005350. Closing date is March 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The College of Science Deans Office invites applications for an Administrative Program Assist. This is a full-time, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005080. For full consideration apply by March 17, closing date is March 26. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accounting Technician, College of Forestry Business Office at OSU. F/T, $2,138 -$2,960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005341. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE

Director – Extension Family and Community Health Nutrition Education Program, Oregon State University, Full-Time. To review posting and apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56025 Closing Date April 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: March 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Hall: Due to necessary repairs to the pools filtration system, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all classes or events scheduled. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 26.

Gilbert Addition: Due to necessary repairs on the building water supply system, all industrial and domestic hot & cold water services to Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 24.

Wilkinson Hall: Due to emergency repairs to the building air supply fan, the building air services (ventilation) to Wilkinson Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all room on all floors. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. today.


Corvallis: Sunday is Daylight Saving Time, so don’t forget to “Spring ahead” and turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. And then savor the confusion of waking up in the dark again on Monday morning, feeling like it’s way too early to be up. Today we can expect showers and a high of 52, with an overnight low of 37. Saturday there’s a chance of showers but things should dry out a bit on Sunday, and Monday could be sunny and 64 if our luck holds.

Central Oregon: Famous country music singer and businessman Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”  Don’t let the wind get you down today, let it lift you up with gusts coming in as high as 37 miles per hour, indubitable rain showers, and a high  and low near 47 and 26 respectively. Some snow late at night and early on in the weekend should lead us into a gorgeous Sunday.

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