OSU Today

Monday, April 6, 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 chief’s challenge: Make science useful (Denver Post)
“Science is back.” That is the message of Jane Lubchenco, the new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Oregon in running for Norwegian car plant (Oregonian)
Oregon State University engineering Dean Ron Adams, who chairs the Oregon Energy Planning Council, said the state trains engineers who could help manufacture and design electric vehicles.

Undersea eruptions (Oregon Field Guide)

Featuring OSU’s Bill Chadwick of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Sea Level Rise Could Hit North America Hardest (Scienceline.com)

“The impact of these other effects is significant in some parts of the world, and that’s really quite an important distinction,” says Peter Clark, a geoscientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and a co-author of the study.

Multivitamins: Do his and hers make a difference?
(LA Times)

Still, it seems likely they have value to people who don’t get enough nutrients in their diets — which is pretty much everyone, says Victoria Drake, a Linus Pauling Institute research associate at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Many state-funded shovel-ready jobs aren’t (Oregonian)
Lowell Fausett, an architect and project manager with Oregon State University, said he didn’t put 27 projects out for bid until after a March 13 meeting in Bend.

You are what you grow (Register Guard)
Oregon State University’s Extension Service lists containers including “barrels, flower pots, milk jugs, bleach bottles, window boxes, baskets and cinder blocks,” as long as they have a depth of 6 inches or more and drainage holes to let excess water out.


OSU Media Manager Introduction. This is an overview presentation regarding the new media converter and manager being released to the OSU community. The first presentation takes place today in the MU Journey Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The second will be smaller, with space for about 20 participants, on April 10 in the Valley Library Willamette West Conference Room from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“When Computers Were Human” presented by Dr. Alan Grier. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Qwizdom Audience Response System. This 50 minute session is an in depth and participatory look at the Qwizdom Audience Response System. Noon to 12:50 p.m. April. 7, Waldo Hall room 115A. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac
The OSU Women’s Center is sponsoring a week of events celebrating pioneering women in the field of computer science. “Mothers of Computers” features five days of events focused on the history of women and computers. The following is a list of events: April 7:  “Women in Computer Science” presented by Chris Wallace. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. April 8:  “Geek is Chic” A Q&A Tutorial for ladies by ladies! Bring your laptop! 4 to 5 p.m. at Kelley 1001. April 9:  “Evening With Betty Jean Bartik” One of the first female computer programmers. 4 to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. April 10: “Ice Cream Social” Free! Featured speaker Elle Bublitz. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center

What’s New With Drupal 6? This is an overview presentation regarding the upcoming Drupal 6 upgrade.  Here we will be explaining a few things, such as: module changes, permission set and access role changes and general improvements. There will be two presentations, one on April 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and one on April 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Both presentations will be held in the Valley Library Willamette West Conference Room.

Throughout the month of April, the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) plans to co-sponsor a series of events to heighten awareness related to minority health risks, and disease prevention. The first event will be held in conjunction with OSU Student Health Services, Beaver Strides and the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day Campaign (http://www.americanheart.org). April 8, there will be a series of 30 minutes walks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. which will start in front of the Kerr Administration Building. For more information see http://mystartonline.org or contact Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram at 541-578-1640 or Malinda Shell at 541-737-2776.

Oregon State University is hosting the 2009 PeaceJam Northwest Youth Conference April 25 and 26. This conference is for youth ages 14 to 18.  2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi will work personally with the youth, providing a great opportunity for youth to learn how to create positive change in themselves, their communities and the world.  The conference will take place at the Memorial Union. The cost is $75. Registration forms are available at http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information, please contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

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

News for Employees

The Office of Community and Diversity is currently accepting applications for both sponsors and interns for the PROMISE program. The PROMISE program is a 10-week internship program conducted between late June and late August. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/promise/index.html. Application deadline is April 15. For information, call 541-737-4381 or Corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, The Valley Library (Oregon State University), and Benton County Historical Museum (Philomath) invite one and all to view a special exhibit of Oregon’s Native American heritage, Oregon Is Indian Country, showing now through April 26.
Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to present information never-before-assembled in one exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures. The Valley Library (Oregon State University) is hosting “Traditions That Bind.”  Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will feature the portion of the exhibit called “The Land. Benton County Historical Museum (Philomath) will present “Federal Indian Policies.”

Fiscal Coordinator I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $3250-4742/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing Date: April 10.

Employee Award Program for Classified and Professional Faculty Employees. Do you have a classified or professional faculty 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 and/or attached Word file for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2008. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by April 15. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

Traffic and maintenance

Due to repairs on the building water system, the domestic and industrial water services to Gilbert Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to install a pipe on the fire hose line. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. April 7 and should be completed by 9 a.m.


It looks like we might reach 75 today, with a low of 41. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a high of 70 and mostly cloudy skies by afternoon.

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