OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 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.

Oregon State coach is enjoying his Barack Obama connection (LA Times)
Craig Robinson has a famous sister (soon-to-be First Lady Michelle Obama), but, at heart, he’s still the Oregon State University head basketball coach. Though most of Saturday’s news conference dealt with the Beavers’ 61-57 overtime loss to Washington State, Robinson fielded a few questions from reporters about how he’s dealing with Tuesday’s inauguration of brother-in-law Barack Obama.

Presidential election seen as fulfillment of King’s legacy (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University junior Brittany Joseph is black, and for her, the election of Barack Obama symbolizes hope and change.
“I never thought the day would come where I’d see an African-American president,” she said after OSU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Breakfast on Monday.

Artwork celebrates MLK Day (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
The tall, flag-lined walls of the concourse at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union echoed Monday morning as volunteers broke into song while they painted a large mandala on a stretched canvas.

Shellfish best Oregon aquaculture bet, OSU says (Oregonian)
The best option for developing an aquaculture industry off the Oregon coast may be shellfish. Oregon State University professor Chris Langdon says sea scallops or mussels could be the basis for developing a new shellfish industry with fewer political and environmental problems than other fisheries.


A live broadcast of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take place in the Memorial Union beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing through 11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided at 8 a.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon will be holding a presentation at the Corvallis-Benton County Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1. Bacon’s writings have appeared in The Nation, American Prospect, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Bacon examines immigration from the perspective of those whose lives are most affected—sometimes devastated—when Congress passes a trade bill or votes on immigration reform legislation. This event is in conjunction with a series of presentations across Oregon organized by the Oregon Rural Organizing Project. In Corvallis, he is being sponsored by Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County and OSU CAMP and OSU Casa Latina.

NEW! The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues on Jan. 22 at noon with the screening and discussion of “Being Black” in the MU Journey Room. “Being Black” looks at the experiences of African American faculty, staff and students at OSU and in Corvallis and is being shown as part of the MLK, Jr. Celebration 2009. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.

Mott T. Greene, John Magee Professor of Science and Values at the University of Puget Sound, will deliver a lecture titled “Charles Darwin, The Man & The Myth,” Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. This is the first lecture in the Horning Endowment–sponsored “Darwin 1809–2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history/lectures.

Martin Tobias, a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in technology and clean energy solutions, will speak at a free public lecture titled “Building a Green Business: Lessons and Opportunities” hosted by the Oregon State University College of Business Austin Entrepreneurship Program at noon, Jan. 29, at the Construction and Engineering Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center. For more information, contact the College of Business at 541-737-6020 or visit http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/about/entrepreneurship_lecture.htm

Join the OSU Retirement Association at one of the exciting programs listed below:
Feb. 7,“Arcadia,” Withycombe Theater: Join us at 6:00 p.m. for finger food in the Green Room at Withycombe Hall.  The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. If interested, e-mail Nancy Evans at nccevans@comcast.net or call 757-0289.
Feb. 27, Gymnastics vs. UCLA: 5 p.m. light dinner at LaSells Stewart Center prior to the 7 p.m. match at Gill Coliseum. Contact Kathy Heath, heathk6@comcast.net or 541-752-1096 for reservations. Dinner is $10 and game tickets are $2 each.
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.html.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU faculty are encouraged to nominate students whose papers or projects reflect outstanding information literacy skills and the extensive and sophisticated use of OSU Libraries’ services, resources and collections. The Library Undergraduate Research Award recognizes and rewards OSU students who, through the comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship and originality in writing a paper or completing a project. To be eligible, students must have written their papers, or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2008 calendar year. Nominating letters and a nomination form must be submitted with the research paper with a short essay from the student detailing their library experience. Applications must be turned in by Jan. 31. For more information on this award please visit http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/ugresearchawards.html or contact Faye Chadwell, Associate University Librarian at Faye.Chadwell@oregonstate.edu

The Diversity Book Club returns winter term with The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the absorbing personal story of the most dynamic leader of the Black Revolution. Read this book or watch the movie and join the campus community on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from noon – 1:30 pm at the Valley Library Willamette Room for the winter book club forum. For more information/accommodation call The Office of Community and Diversity at 541-737-4381 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by, Feb. 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Manager for the Arts and Sciences Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $97,000 – $107,000/yr. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.

“The Rhetoric of Choice,” a discussion on the language of reproductive rights, takes place at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the OSU Women’s Center. The featured speaker is Nancy Russo.

“Personal Peace.” Find and maintain personal peace and relaxation in the midst of hectic schedules and busy lives. Come learn the art of yoga at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the OSU Women’s Center. This presentation features OSU Yoga instructor Linda Baskerville.

The OSU Women’s Center is hiring staff for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Are you enthusiastic, motivated and caring? Come pick up an application at the OSU Women’s Center or online at www.oregonstate.edu/womenscenter. Applications are due back to the Women’s Center by 5 p.m. Feb. 20. For information call 541-737-3186.

Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award
The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/application/llstewart/index.html. The applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee has announced that two new research awards have been approved and nominations are being accepted for presentation at University Day 2009.
Promising Scholar Award – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/criteria.html
The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium.
OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact/
The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. The award consists of a $2,500 honorarium and the recipient will be invited to present highlights of their work at a one-hour presentation that is open to the public. Nomination materials for these two awards must be submitted by April 3: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203. The required online nomination form can be accessed from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/individual.html in late January.

As part of the concluding event of the Philosophy Department’s “Ideas Matter” lecture series “The UN Declaration of Human Rights at 60″ the philosophy department and the Corvallis Health Equity Alliance will be sponsoring a session on health, health care, and justice at 7 p.m. March 12, beginning with a panel discussion, which will be focused on the relationship between the social determinants of health and social justice issues related to health and health care. The event will include a reception and poster session at 8 p.m. in which the work done at OSU more broadly on the relationship of health issues to social justice issues will be highlighted. Faculty members as well as graduate and undergraduate students may submit proposals for posters to Jonathan Kaplan at jonathan.kaplan@oregonstate.edu by Feb. 10.

Construction, Traffic & Maintenance

Due to repairs to the sanitary sewer system, all parking spaces reserved for “Service Vehicles” between Education Hall and the Pharmacy Bldg, will be temporarily shut down between Jan.15 – 21. During this time, access to the loading dock at the Pharmacy Bldg., may also be restricted, due to construction work associated with these repairs.


The skies will be mostly sunny today with an expected high of 47 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Tonight’s low will be 31 degrees. Wednesday should bring more of the same.

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