OSU Today

Wednesday, April 15, 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.

His job is to help … even save a life (Oregonian)
One of the busiest and most important behind-the-scenes figures on the Trail Blazers is Oregon State University alum Geoff Clark. He is assistant athletic trainer. His duties include equipment manager, liaison to the visiting team and referees, and responsibility for scheduling practices on the road.

Diatoms boost dye-sensitized solar cell efficiency (EE Times Asia)
Researchers at the Oregon State University (OSU) and Portland State University claim that microscopic algae called diatoms could help triple the electrical output of experimental, dye-sensitized solar cells.

Local bike club holds memorial ride (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
The Mid-Valley Bicycle Club plans to dedicate its Saturday ride to the memory of Midge Cramer, who died in 1997. Cramer was a bicycle advocate who taught bicycle touring for Oregon State University, served on the local bike commissions and was a standout on the State of Oregon Bicycle Commission.

The Jungle in the Workplace (Thomasnet.com)

Several studies show similarities between people functioning in the business world and animals coping in the wild. A recent study by scientists at Oregon State University and the University of Hawaii observes that spinner dolphins, which are known for their teamwork in capturing prey, have evolved a strategy that allows them to not only feed but also maximize their energy intake.


The OSUsed Day Store is open today, offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices. Vehicles, bicycles, computers, cabinets, scientific equipment, furniture and more will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis.

Please plan on attending a forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the MU Ballroom to update the OSU community on diversity-related issues on campus.  Specifically, you will hear from some key diversity leaders and get an opportunity to provide input for the diversity goals in new strategic plan.  The agenda for the meeting includes a welcome by President Ray and updates on: Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC); Cultural Centers Renovations; Diversity Planning Process; Faculty Senate Diversity Council; Intercultural Student Services; International Programs; National Coalition Building Institute; NCAA Certification on Gender Equity, Diversity and Student Well-Being; Oregon University System (OUS) Diversity Summit; OSU Student Diversity Summit; Strengths Quest; Student Affairs; Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity (WAGE). This is an informational forum and is meant to serve as a precursor to a larger and more interactive diversity summit in the future.  Please RSVP Corrine Gerig if you plan on attending at (541) 737-4381 or Corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu.

Take Back The Night takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight in the Memorial Union Quad. As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, come march and rally through the campus and streets of Corvallis. There will be a speak-out after the march, where people will have the opportunity to support survivors of sexual assault and/or share their own experiences and stories.

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. at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $12 to $30. OSU students get in free.  For more information see www.symphony.peak.org

Upcoming Events

NEW! A celebration of life will be held to honor Carol Colton at 5:30 p.m. April 17 in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Hall. A reception will follow in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. Colton served the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine for 19 years. She worked as a veterinary technician in several areas of the College, including large animal medicine, pharmacy, student teaching and, more recently, radiology.

NEW! Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will give a free public talk April 17, at Oregon State University. His presentation begins at 3:30 p.m. at the C&E Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

NEW! Faculty Women’s Network (FWN) is a 22 year old organization that served women in unclassified positions at OSU. The WAGE office accepted charge last year and expanded it to include all non-student female employees at OSU. The organization is now called OWN or OSU Women’s Network. Our hope is to provide opportunities for personal and professional development for all women at OSU. An OWN Open house takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1, in 109A in the MU. There will be food, door prizes and entertainment.

NEW! In honor of sexual assault awareness month, all students, faculty, and staff are welcome to hear Lori Robinson (author of I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse) give the following presentation: Sexual Violence and Intertwined Oppressions, 10:30 a.m.-noon, April 16, MU Journey Room. Robinson will address her experience of rape and healing, the history of race-based sexual violence in the United States, and how it impacts people of all races today. She will also dispel common rape myths and expose basic facts about sexual assault and abuse.

The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity offers more opportunities to attend the Affirmative Action Search Advocate 2-Workshop series during the second half of April.  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).
Part I: overview; potential biases/opportunities to promote diversity in the search process, 9 a.m. to noon April 21, and 2 to 5 p.m. April 22. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II  more potential biases/opportunities; effective participation as an AASA, 9 a.m. to noon April 28 and 2 to 5 p.m. April 29. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143

The Oregon State University Robotics Club’s 2009 University Rover Challenge Team will host a demonstration of their new rover design on Saturday, April 25. The team will test their new rover design while performing tasks in biology, geology, soil analysis, emergency navigation and construction.  The event will be at the first covered picnic area in Adair County Park north of Corvallis.  After a brief project introduction at 11 a.m., the team will begin testing the new rover design until approximately 2 p.m. For more information regarding the University Rover Challenge, sponsored by the Mars Society, please visit the official website at http://www.marssociety.org/portal/c/urc.
The annual Degree Partnership Program (DPP) Summit will be held at LBCC on May 15.  Anyone with an interest in assisting students who are now or may be planning to enroll in DPP will find the Summit beneficial. To learn more about the Summit and to register please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/partnerships/educators/summit/

Center for Humanities Lectures, 4 p.m. April 20 at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Avenue. Suburban Panics: Lost Innocence and Moral Crusades in California Politics by Matthew Lassiter, Center Research Fellow, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan.

The public is invited to enjoy free food and live music at the seventh annual Earth Day Hoo Haa on a student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis on April 22.The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University’s Organic Growers Club, will take place from 3-7 p.m. A free shuttle van to the farm will depart from the OSU Bookstore every 15 minutes. To drive to the farm, take state Route 34 east after crossing the Willamette River, then turn left onto an unnamed dirt road after the Trysting Tree Golf Club.

This week’s Austin Fellow is Dennis Powers, Managing Partner, Cornerstone Management Resources. His Fireside Chat event will take place 7 p.m., April 16. in Weatherford Residential College’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. Powers is currently the Managing Partner of Cornerstone Management Resources (CMR).

Beatles At OSU, the musical alliance that has brought five epic rock recreations to Corvallis will once again attempt the impossible — presenting the Beatles’ eponymous double album, better known as the White Album, in its entirety live in concert.  The cast includes members of local bands Break As We Fall, The Badfish Band, Stairway Denied, Pseudoboss, and Audiophilia, as well as other Corvallis musicians.  The concert will be held at Oregon State University’s Milam Auditorium on 7 p.m. April 24, and May 2. This performance is being sponsored by Oregon State University’s Music Department and Women’s Center, and all proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). With the community’s support, previous shows have brought in about $20,000 for CARDV.Admission to the event is $5. Advance tickets are available at the OSU Women’s Center or online at http://www.beatlesatosu.org.

Join author Lauren Kessler for a reading, Q&A, and signing on April 17, 7 p.m., in the Valley Library Rotunda. Kessler’s award-winning book, Stubborn Twig (published by OSU Press), a classic story of immigrants making their way in the new land, is a selection in the statewide Oregon Reads program [http://www.oregonreads2009.org].

The Enterprise Challenge hosted by The Austin Entrepreneurship Program takes place April 17, LaSells Stewart Center. Team presentations 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. and 10:20 to 11 a.m. Team finals 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 pm, with an awards ceremony following. Will you be using cedar and citrus bug repellent instead of DEET? Will your computer be liquid cooled and fuel cell powered? These are just some of the business ideas that will be featured at The 2009 Business Enterprise Challenge. 12 team finalists will pitch their ideas to successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors.  For more information see www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

An active learning workshop using lecturewares takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m. April. 16 in Waldo Hall 115A. To register go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

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

News for Employees

NEW! The French department is re-launching the “Café-Rencontres francophones” with a new meeting time and place for Spring term. Please join us on Mondays at 5 p.m. at McMenamin’s on Monroe St. for casual French conversation. OSU and Corvallis community members are welcome and all levels of fluency are invited. There’s no grading or correction, just the joy of speaking French in a comfortable setting. For more information,  contact: Elaine Hayashi, French Instructor, Elaine.Hayashi@oregonstate.edu, 541- 737-3953

Student Internship at West Virginia University. A position is available for a student with programming skills to help develop and extend a simulation model that is being used to explore the factors controlling movement and establishment of transgenic trees in natural and managed settings. The position will be hosted by Stephen DiFazio at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. and Steve Strauss of Oregon State University. Proficiency in C or C++ programming is required. Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems would be desirable, but not essential. Interested applicants should send a CV and names and contact information for two references to Dr. DiFazio (spdifazio@mail.wvu.edu).

OSU staff and faculty are invited to attend the OSU Merchant Expo at LaSells Stewart Center on June 4.  Vendor representatives will be there to provide information on new technologies, products, services and solutions for your business needs. The event is hosted by OSU Procurement and Contract Services and a free lunch will be served.  Register online here, http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/, before May 25 for a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer Gift Certificate.

How to help

(This section will appear occasionally to alert faculty and staff of opportunities in our community to serve the needs of non-profits and local schools)
Lincoln K-8 is recruiting tutors to provide support to students needing additional assistance in preparing for upcoming state exams.  These efforts are critical to helping Lincoln successfully meet Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks as defined by No Child Left Behind legislative mandates. Volunteer tutors are needed anywhere from one to five days a week between the hours of 3:15-3:45 p.m. through May 8. Any level of commitment is greatly appreciated.  Bi-lingual tutors are especially needed. For more information contact Alejandro Ramirez, Lincoln 4th/5th grade teacher, at 541-757-3856 or alejandro.ramirez@corvallis.k12.or.us

Traffic and maintenance

Transit & Parking will be closed from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today.

Due to performing an upgrade on the water meter on the roof, fume hoods in Rogers Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect fume hoods on the 3rd and 4th floors, in rooms 330, 334, 432, 434, and 442A. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. and we anticipate restoring services by 10 a.m. today.

Due to mechanical failure on the Women’s Building swimming pool, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all classes or events scheduled and begins immediately. We anticipate re-opening the pool by 8 a.m. April 16.

Due to a leaking pipe in the Nash Hall hot water system, all domestic hot water services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on the first and second floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. April 16 and we anticipate completing repairs and restoring services by noon of the same day.


Today should be partly cloudy with a high of 57 and an overnight low of 38.

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