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Wednesday, April 8, 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.

Participants wanted for ‘Biggest Loser’ study (KXL, KEZI, Statesman-Journal)
If you’re a regular viewer of the NBC reality TV show “Biggest Loser,” you may be eligible to participate in a new study. Tucker Readdy, a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Oregon State University, is seeking people 18 years of age or older to be part of a research study. Participants must have watched all episodes of season six, which aired from September to December 2008.

Using heat to cool (Forbes)
Heat is valuable stuff. But as often as it’s used–to bake a cake or push a turbine around to generate electricity–it is vented into the ether, wasted. As engineers grope for ways to make systems more efficient, their fat target is heat. Whether it’s generated intentionally, like in a power plant, or it’s a waste product, like from an internal combustion engine, researchers are finding ways to gather more of it and put it to work. Researchers at Oregon State University are taking this quest to the micro scale.

Study: Most of Portland’s jobs are near its core (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Roger Hammer, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Oregon State University, said the “major factor” preventing Portland’s job sprawl has been the urban growth boundary. Seattle, in contrast, has about 56 percent of its jobs more than 10 miles from the city center. But Hammer attributed that to the fact that Seattle, like Detroit, has seen its “major industrial centers already suburbanized.”

Warm Springs tribes, OSU sign new agreement (Gazette-Times)
On Monday, leaders of the Warm Springs tribes came to Corvallis to celebrate 50 years of partnership with Oregon State University and to sign a new memorandum of understanding with OSU that could help guide the tribes to success in the future.


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 ). Today, 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 Michael Anthony Ingram at 541-578-1640 or Malinda Shell at 541-737-2776.

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. It takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library Willamette West Conference Room.

Blackboard 8 Grade Center: A quick overview, from 11:30 to 11:50 a.m., Waldo Hall room 115A. This 20 minute session is an in depth and participatory look at the Grade Center. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac

OSU is hosting a visit by the Renault-Nissan Alliance of its new “zero emission vehicle,” a full-size, all-electric car powered by a lithium-ion battery that can go 100 miles on a single charge and will cost less for fuel than gasoline-powered vehicles. It will be available for a sneak preview from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the northwest corner of the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus. Other student-built solar cars will also be on display. The event is free and open to the public.

“Geek is Chic” A Q&A Tutorial for ladies by ladies! Bring your laptop! 4 to 5 p.m. at Kelley 1001.

Input from Professional Faculty and Academic Advisors on the Bacc Core is being requested from 4 to 5 p.m. today in MU 207.

The Student Insurance Office and PacificSource are holding an informational meeting for all graduate research and teaching assistants from 4 to 5:15 p.m., in Gilfillan Auditorium. A representative from PacificSource will give a brief overview of the graduate insurance plan and will be available to answer questions.  Benefit packets will be handed out and enrollment forms can be completed and turned in. Packets must be turned in by April 30. For more information contact Erin Palmer at  (541) 737-7568 or erin.palmer@oregonstate.edu

Cheerleading and Dance Tryouts are taking place this week, and they are actively recruiting athletic males. A free open clinic takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in Gill Coliseum or in Prothro Field if the weather is nice.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring the combined OSU choirs and the Corvallis Repertory Singers, conducted by Steven Zielke. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $12 to $30. OSU students get in free.  For more information see www.symphony.peak.org

NEW! University Housing and Dining Services, in collaboration with the Centro Cultural César Chávez  and the CASA Latina/o de OSU of the Intercultural Student Services Office, will be hosting Sabor Latino: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Latin and Caribbean culture. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 16, in Arnold Dining Center, and will feature live Latin jazz music from the Bobby Torres Ensemble. Cost: $7.

The April 9 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/04.html . The agenda items include the following reports:
·       Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity (WAGE)
·       Integrated Marketing Communications
·       Interinstitutional Faculty Senate
·       Proposed Revisions to the Promotion and Tenure College Review and Recommendations
·       Budget and Tuition Update Based on Legislative Actions
Two special sessions of the Faculty Senate have been scheduled to discuss budget issues on April 30 and June 2 from 3-5 PM – the locations have not yet been determined. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public. Senators should arrange for a proxy if they are unable to attend the meeting; contact the Faculty Senate Office for clarification of eligible proxies if needed.

An Ad Hoc Review Committee has been charged by the Executive Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate to review the Bacc Core, determine whether updates are needed, and if they are, recommend specific changes for the purpose of enhancing undergraduate education at OSU. The Ad Hoc Committee views input from OSU faculty and students as a vital component of our review process.  We are hosting a series of spring quarter focus groups in order to gather campus views about the structure and implementation of the Bacc Core:
For Undergraduates: 4 to 5 p.m. April 14-15, MU 207
For Teaching Faculty: 4 to 5 p.m. April 21, MU 207, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., April 23, MU 222
For GTAs: 8 to 9 a.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. April 28, MU 207.No registration required.
For more information contact: john.bailey@oregonstate.edu

John Beatty of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, will present a series of three lectures at Oregon State University April 14, 16, and 17, on “Evolutionary Contingency and Its Broader Significance, from Charles Darwin to Stephen Jay Gould,” in the Memorial Union, Journey Room. The lectures take place at 4 p.m. each day. They are as follows:

April 14, Charles Darwin: “The Details Left to Chance,” April 16, “The Water-Babies (1862): An Evolutionary Parable,” and April 17, “Stephen Jay Gould: Replaying Life’s Tape.”

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

News for Employees

Committee Interest Forms will be accepted through April 24. If you’d like to volunteer to serve on a university or faculty senate committee, the online form can be accessed at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/forms/cif/2009/ . If you have questions or wish to resign from current committee membership, please either contact your committee chair or e-mail vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include your name, the name of the committee from which you wish to resign, and your effective date of resignation.

OSU Alumni Association is offering a $3500 scholarship to support a summer internship in Washington, D.C. Do you know a deserving student? All undergraduate majors and fields are eligible for this great opportunity. Application and more information at osualum.com . Deadline is May 1.

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

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.


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