OSU Today

Monday, April 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’s Jane Lubchenco takes over at NOAA, says the president values science (Oregonian)
Oregon marine biologist Jane Lubchenco recently assumed the helm of the federal agency that strives to explain our world “from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun.”

Search of river goes on for missing student (Oregonian)

Deschutes County search and rescue resumed its search Sunday for an Oregon State University student who disappeared Saturday afternoon on the Crooked River.

Plant reverts plastics to oil (Associated Press)

A Brooks company, Agri-Plas, is turning waste plastics back into the oil the plastics were made from. A process developed by Oregon State University graduate Kevin DeWitt burns the plastics at 1,100 degrees. The released gases are condensed to produce oil.

Big earthquake coming sooner than we thought, Oregon geologist says (Oregonian)
The latest findings come from Chris Goldfinger, director of the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Lab at Oregon State University.

Kavanaugh building a better world (Gazette-Times)
This is a life-altering spring for Taylor Kavanaugh at many levels, and only a small part of it has to do with his role on the Oregon State football team.

Oregon Hedges its Bets By Courting Solar Industry (NuWire Industry)

A $1.34-million grant for solar energy research will be divvied between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, which will use it to create the Photovoltaics Laboratory of the Oregon Support Network for Research and the Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing, respectively.

Finding Face (World Pulse)
In Finding Face, filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Oregon State University’s Patti Duncan present a startling portrait of a young woman’s life forever altered by an inhuman crime. While difficult to witness, this film’s harrowing story is deeply important to acknowledge.

Two parents, two kids, two jobs … and only 24 hours in a day (Oregonian)
Bobbie Weber, a researcher with Oregon State University’s family policy program, says our own state’s data hint at an emerging trend of low-income families increasingly avoiding paid child care.

Health worries may keep aging adults on the couch (Reuters Health)
“Our research shows that a key component to avoid walking difficulty in older adults is to resolve health worry issues earlier in life,” Bradley Cardinal, of the department of nutrition and exercise science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who was involved in the study, noted in a university-issued statement.

OSU’s GOP rallies for gun rights on campus (Democrat Herald)

Thursday’s rally in Corvallis drew about 100 people, including Portland radio commentator Lars Larson. It was organized by OSU College Republicans to make the point that people with concealed handgun licenses are entitled under state law to carry a handgun on campus even though university rules prohibit weapons.


Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OSU Campus Recycling will conduct a “trash audit” in the Memorial Union Quad. They will remove the contents of a campus dumpster and sort it into trash and recyclables so that we can see what percent of our landfill-bound trash could have been recycled.

Ishmael Khaldi, Deputy Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. April 20 in the Memorial Union, room 109. Khaldi is the first Bedouin to be appointed an Israeli diplomat. He will speak on what it means to be a non-Jewish minority citizen in one of the Middle East’s only democratic states.

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

In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a series of small group conversations with President Ray and faculty. Today’s conversation from 3 to 4 p.m. will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 20 faculty. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/comment.php to register.

Center for Humanities Lectures, 4 p.m. 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.

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.

The French department is re-launching the “Café-Rencontres francophones” with a new meeting time and place for Spring term. Please join us today 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. For more information, contact: Elaine Hayashi, French Instructor, Elaine.Hayashi@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3953

Public talk by Claudia Koonz, professor of history at Duke University, “How the Nazis Made Anti-Semitism Respectable,” 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 26th St. & Western Blvd.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 2009 Commencement Countdown: April 21-22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., MU Ballroom. Graduating Seniors are encouraged to attend Commencement Countdown hosted by the OSU Bookstore to help prepare for Commencement 2009.  Graduating Seniors will enjoy one-stop convenience for all their graduation needs – regalia, invitations, class rings and alumni items.  Participants will also be able to visit with other OSU departments/organizations like the Alumni Association, Career Services and the OSU Foundation.  The Registrar’s Office will be available to answer last minute questions.  More information at: http://www.osubookstore.com/GradCenter.asp

NEW! The Annual Earth Week Community Fair will be held April 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. Over 50 OSU and community groups will be present to provide info and activities about environmental conservation and sustainability. Sponsored by Campus Recycling, SSI, and ASOSU. To see a list of participants, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/organizationList.cfm.
Would like to learn more about bike repair or work to build your own bike? “Get to Know your Local Bicycle Co-Op” is an Earth Week event being held on April 23, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center, 738 SW 15th St (near 15th & Western). Stop by this open house to meet other bikers, learn how to get involved, and enjoy free food.
Campus Recycling will host Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation April 24, 3to 4:30 p.m. in 109 Strand Agriculture Hall for a presentation called “Synthetic Sea, Synthetic Me: Plastics in the Ocean.” They will share their voyage riding on a raft made from 15,000 recycled bottles to Hawaii to visit the plastic debris “island” forming in the North Pacific Ocean. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cup for free smoothies made with a bike-powered blender!

NEW! The Baccalaureate Core Curriculum has been in existence at OSU since 1988, and it is time to review it to determine whether it meets the needs of students in these times. 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. A series of spring quarter focus groups have been scheduled in order to gather campus views about the structure and implementation of the Bacc Core; the remaining sessions are:
For Teaching Faculty: April 21, 4 to 5 p.m., in MU 207 and April 23, from 8 to 9 p.m. in MU 211
For GTAs: April 28th from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. in MU 207. No registration required.  For more information contact: john.bailey@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues April 21 at noon with the screening and discussion of “I Am A….” in the MU Journey Room. OSU faculty, students and staff discuss the different ways they identify (i.e. by gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation, political affiliation, race, etc.). They address issues such as what they want people to know about their group; their opinions of others; how they feel about how the media portrays their group and other groups; the triumphs and downfalls of their groups; advice to their groups and their hopes for the future. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.

NEW! Oregon State University Extended Campus (Ecampus) is hosting their second annual Spring Faculty May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The forum will showcase current Ecampus instructors’ courses and will provide opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods.  All OSU faculty are invited to attend.  Concurrent sessions will be held throughout the day emphasizing OSU’s immediate opportunities to reach distance learners through online courses and degree programs. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online by May 6 at 5 p.m.: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/forms/faculty-forum.htm

NEW! The Corvallis Transit System is celebrating Earth Day April 22.  In recognition of this event, CTS, the Philomath Connection, Albany transit System, and the Linn-Benton Loop will provide free bus rides all day, April 22.

The spring term diversity book club discussion of Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler will be held on April 22 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Willamette Room. Don’t miss this classic story of immigrants making their way in Oregon beginning in the years before statehood. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American. This award-winning book bears eloquent witness 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.

The OSURA membership services committee is sponsoring a program scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on April 22 in the Construction and Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center. The program is titled “Your Health and Medicare: How to be a Savvy Consumer” and will be presented by Lee Strandberg and Christie Lynch from the Managed Care Pharmacy from Samaritan Health Plans. This presentation will be in two parts:
1. How to compare your Medicare health insurance options. The purpose of this presentation is to provide individuals with a tool to evaluate their options in Medicare health insurance.
2.  What do you need to know about Part D drug coverage? The purpose of this presentation is to help individuals better understand and navigate the pharmacy benefit under Medicare Part D. No registration is necessary; this session will not be taped. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Steve Davis at: steven.l.davis@oregonstate.edu.

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will present a free concert by its popular music group “Mobility,” at LaSells Stewart Center at 7:30 p.m., April 24. The concert will focus on a variety of styles, including rock, jazz, blues, and country. Mobility dazzles with creativity, rearranging a song by The Police as a jazz tune, taking improvised solos, updating old blues standards with an original modern sound, and many other musical innovations

A seminar on surviving the recession will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. April 21 in Valley Library Willamette West. “Lifting Out of Recession With Competence 2.0” is being led by Donald Norris, president and founder of Strategic Initiatives Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in leading and navigating change, crafting and executing strategy and enhancing enterprise performance.

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.

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. The program will feature an update by the Dean and highlight current work by faculty and students. An OSU Campus tree ID walking tour is scheduled at 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested to help us plan but walk-ins are welcome. Details available at http://fernhopper.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

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 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

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the 140th Commencement Ceremony to be held on June 13 at Reser Stadium. This year’s ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.  Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to assist with one of the oldest traditions at OSU.  Volunteers work with guests to assist them to finding seats within the stadium and meeting the needs of over 15,000 family and friends of our graduates. For additional information and to sign up online please visit – http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/volunteers

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 weekend sun is spilling over into the work week. We’ll have a high of 77 today and more sun on the way tomorrow. The overnight low will be 47.

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