OSU Today

Thursday, April 16, 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.

Bicyclists are changing our streets and cities (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Here’s hats off to the Oregon State University Press for publishing one more lucid, consistently interesting book about Northwest life.

Real ads, real clients: 14 students head to Spokane for advertising competition (Bend Bulletin)

Business students from Oregon State University-Cascades Campus will head to Spokane, Wash., this morning and be the first from the OSU system to compete in the National Student Advertising Competition.

Baran: Research Shows Lipoic Acid May Lower Triglycerides (The Observer)
A new study, published in the professional journal: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, In Press, Corrected Proof, available online, Judy A. Butler, Tory M. Hagen and Régis Moreau, conducted with laboratory rats at the Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University has shown that lipoic acid supplementation lowered triglyceride levels up to 60%.

New Emergency Alerts at COCC (KOHD-Bend)
COCC says it plans to mainly use the notifications for campus closures due to weather.  Both Oregon State University-Cascades and in Corvallis use the same system.

Ag Expo details the links from farm to market (Gazette-Times)

Bill Young, OSU Extension Service, and his wife, Carol, provided facts about the crop for which the Willamette Valley is famous: grass seed. They invited the students to guess how many seeds it took to make up a pound of grass seed.

Scientists: Ocean Conditions – Not Pumps –to Blame for State’s Salmon Collapse (Valley Voice)
Bill Peterson, a fisheries biologist with NOAA who is based at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, says last year’s salmon debacle can be traced back to unusual ocean conditions in 2005.

Today

LIFE@OSU comes out today so look for it in your mailboxes. Learn about ways in which OSU is strengthening ties with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Meet a staff member who spends his free time coaching women’s tackle football, and listen to a student facing the tough job market with a hopeful attitude.

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

Join us tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at Arnold Dining Center for Sabor Latino: a journey through culture and cuisine! Sabor Latino is a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Latin and Caribbean culture.  Entrée menu items will include: Conch Fritters, Cuban Chicken, Jerk Pork Loin, Coconut Lime Tilapia, Vegan Pelau (tempeh, rice, pidgin peas and Hubbard squash), Yucca with garlic and lemon, Fried Plantains, Tropical Fruit Salad, Rice and Black Beans, Coconut Rum Cake, and other regional culinary favorites. Arnold Dining Center is located at the south end of campus on 30th and Washington, next to the Parking Garage. Cost: $7 (tickets available in advance at any UHDS Dining Center, or at the door).

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, 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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Come hear the latest developments in alternative transportation options in the region, within Corvallis and at OSU. The OSU Sustainability Office and City of Corvallis will host an alternative transportation panel on April 20 from 12:30-1:30 in MU 211. Speakers from OSU and the City will discuss specifics of carpool/vanpool, transit, biking, walking and dynamic ridesharing, and answer any of your questions about transportation options. Refreshments provided.  For more information: brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Brigette Whipple, an OSU alumnus and renowned beading artist from Warm Springs, will be doing a presentation on her beading craft on April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Valley Library’s Willamette Industries seminar rooms. Joining Brigette will be her apprentice, Sharlayne Garcia.  The presentation is part of “Oregon Is Indian Country” exhibit current on display during April in the Valley Library.  Other components of the exhibit are on display at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library and the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath.

NEW! This year’s the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial lecturer is Steven T. Wax, the federal public defender for Oregon, who has been cited for his efforts to protect human rights and Constitutional guarantees, in particular through his defense of Brandon Mayfield and seven of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Wax will speak at 7:30 p.m., April 21, in the LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium, 26th Street and Western Boulevard, Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public.

NEW! The College of Forestry invites you and your family to join us for the 77th Annual Fernhopper celebration on May 2. This year’s Fernhopper activities will take place in the morning and provide an opportunity for you to also participate in several other fun campus activities: OSU Pet Day, Mom’s Weekend, Spring Football scrimmage, and a Baseball game. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m for registration, refreshments, and catching up with friends. The program will feature an update by the Dean and highlight current work by faculty and students. The program adjourns at 11:30 a.m. so you can participate in the other events. An optional OSU Campus tree ID walking tour is scheduled at 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is equested to help us plan but walk-ins are welcome.

NEW! The annual Holocaust Memorial Week at Oregon State University brings world-renowned scholars to campus to discuss the subject of: “Germans and the Holocaust: Then and Now,” April 20-24. The events are centered around the questions surrounding Germans’ participation and leadership in the Holocaust, as well as talks on how the Holocaust has shaped the identity of modern Germans. All the main events on campus are free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m., April 20, C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 26th St. & Western Blvd. Public talk – Claudia Koonz, professor of history at Duke University, “How the Nazis Made Anti-Semitism Respectable”
7:30 p.m., April 21, Memorial Union Lounge, 26th & Jefferson Way, public talk – Rolf Schuette: “The Holocaust’s Role in the Identity of Today’s Germans”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, public talk – George Wittenstein: “A Personal Account of the White Rose”
7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, Kelley Engineering Center, room 1001, 26th St. & Campus Way. Film showing – “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days”
Additional information on OSU’s Holocaust Memorial Week program is available online at: www.oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! Provost Sabah Randhawa invites OSU students, faculty and staff to submit proposals to the Technology Resource Fee Committee, who will review and make recommendations to the Provost for a final funding determination. The deadline for proposals is May 11 at 5 p.m. with recommendations to the Provost scheduled for late May.

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

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. today and we anticipate completing repairs and restoring services by noon of the same day.

Weather

Today should be mostly cloudy with a high of 61 and an overnight low of 46, as rain comes in late.

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