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Thursday, April 9, 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.

Electric car sparks interest at OSU (Gazette Times, KVAL-TV)
In 1967, when Oregon State University President Ed Ray purchased his first car, a Plymouth Valiant, he hoped his next vehicle would be powered by electricity. Although decades late, his dreams soon may come true. Wednesday afternoon, in front of the Kelley Engineering Center, Ray sat in an EV-02 electric vehicle prototype from Renault-Nissan that can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge, seats five people comfortably and will be priced competitively with other compact automobiles in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. The story was featured last night and this morning on KVAL’s newscasts – see the video here .

Beginning of the end of OSU-Cascades? (Bend Bulletin)
Concern is growing that a dire budget situation in the Capitol could mean drastic cuts or outright elimination for Oregon State University-Cascades Campus in Bend. At a time when state lawmakers are looking to close a projected gap of $4.4 billion in the state’s general fund budget, Rep. Judy Stiegler, D-Bend, said that her sense from talking to other lawmakers is that Cascades is in “a lot” of danger and is “sticking up there like a sore thumb” for lawmakers looking to make cuts. “I’m working my butt off to save (it),” she said, adding that although nothing has been announced formally, she believes the idea is being discussed in back channels of “the higher stratosphere: Ways and Means,” referring to the Legislature’s powerful budget committee.

Program cuts child’s viewing of violent TV (United Press Intnl.)
U.S. researchers say a classroom-based intervention reduces the amount of violent TV that children watch. The study, scheduled to be published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, found the intervention resulted in an 18 percent reduction in violent TV viewing among first- through fourth-grade children. Lead author Lawrence Rosenkoetter, retired professor at the Oregon State University, Sharon Rosenkoetter and Alan Acock, both at Oregon State University, said the classroom-based intervention included 496 children in 32 elementary classes.


The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its April workshop today. This month’s topic is Hiring and Supporting People with Disabilities in the Workplace. Take a closer look at updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act, medical challenges facing returning veterans, hiring individuals with developmental disabilities and providing accommodations for differently-abled individuals. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Music a la Carte: Trilogy, featuring Laura Zaerr on harp. Noon in the Memorial Union Lounge.

Today’s Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/04.html  . The meeting takes place at 3 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. 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

“Evening With Betty Jean Bartik” One of the first female computer programmers. 4 to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

The Other Side Talent Show & Silent Auction will be held today. It is sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee of Oregon State University and is an annual showcasing of “the other side” of your student-athletes; the talents that don’t show up on the course, court, field, mat, pool, pitch, water or even in the classroom. Silent Auction bidding will open at 6:30 p.m. and the Talent Show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the La Sells Stewart Center. This is a family oriented talent show; adults are $5, students are $3 and children under 5 are free. Tickets are available only at the door. Half of the funds raised through the silent auction to the OSU IMPACT Program which is a community based program serving children with disabilities. For information, call Linda Johnson at 541-737-6804.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Join OSU faculty for an evening of food, drink and enlightenment during the second Science Pub Corvallis, which takes place 6 p.m. April 13 at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. This month’s topic is “Eat Smart, Get Active, Age Well,” and features OSU’s own Kathy Gunter and Emily Ho.

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.

NEW! International Student and Faculty Services is hosting an Open House on Friday, April 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in A110 Kerr Administration Building. To celebrate our new International Student Services office in Kerr, please stop by to tour our new office and enjoy treats and beverages.

NEW! An Affirmative Action Search Advocate 2-workshop series will be offered on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, during the annual Extension Spring Training. The sessions explore and apply theories, principles, strategies, and practices that can add value to any internal or external search (especially during economic crisis when hiring opportunities are limited and the stakes are particularly high). Web registration is closed; to register, reply to anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu

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

to both the promise and peril of America. Bring your lunch and join the conversation. For more information or to request accommodation, call 541-737-4381.

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.

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.


A high of 53 is expected today along with a 70 percent chance of rain.

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