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Friday, April 24, 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.

Breaking new ground in ocean protection (NBC Nightly News)
Bill Chadwick of Oregon State University could barely conceal his excitement. “Around half the species we’ve found are new to science, It’s really a fantastic frontier,” he told me.   We’d met Chadwick in Guam on board the RV Thompson, at the start of an expedition he was leading to study a bubbling underwater volcano off the North Mariana islands in the Pacific.

Service set for Aloha teen who disappeared in Crooked River (Oregonian)
A memorial service for a young man from Aloha who is believed to have drowned in Central Oregon last weekend has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at the Life Church in Aloha.

Professor honored for work with women (Gazette-Times)
Patti Watkins teaches women’s studies classes at Oregon State University, and touches on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assaults, eating and anxiety disorders and body-image issues.

Lawmakers take show on road (Capital Press)
“If the people who depend on the (Oregon State University) statewide public services and the state agency priority programs don’t make their views known, the statewides and these programs will get swept under the carpet,” said Terry Witt of Oregonians for Food and Shelter.

‘White Rose’ fought Nazis (Gazette-Times)
Dr. George Wittenstein dared to speak out against the Nazi regime while living in Germany during World War II, and dared to denounce the persecution and killing of the Jews. Wittenstein spoke at Oregon State University about the White Rose.

Oregon State University Athletics Threaten Sports Cuts (OPB)
Oregon State Beavers athletic director Bob De Carolis says the economy has put them on defense. This week, in a letter to donors, De Carolis says worst-case cutbacks in Corvallis could mean the loss of some sports teams.

Women engineers meet about today’s tough job market (Gazette-Times)
Wednesday evening, the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers — a couple of them between jobs — heard a presentation by Deborah Walker of Alpha Advantage. “You can’t depend on a company any longer, no matter what industry,” the career coach told the 25 women gathered at Oregon State University’s Covell Hall.

Let Master Gardeners At Oregon Zoo Show You How To Do A Backyard Makeover
(Zoo and Aquarium Visitor)

Located between the Insect Zoo and Lorikeet Landing, the Backyard Makeover exhibit is staffed daily by Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners, who offer expert advice and present fun gardening activities for all ages.

OSU author to sign his Chavez book (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University faculty member Joseph Orosco, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, will sign his new book and give a talk as part of Cesar Chavez Tribute Month on Tuesday on campus. The free event begins at 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 208.

Getting their hands dirty (Gazette-Times)
Bridget Chipman is studying horticulture at Oregon State University, and at times, her major can be pretty theory-heavy.

Today

Oregon State University is participating in an earthquake preparedness drill today, and as part of that, will be performing a test of its Emergency Alert System at 10 a.m. Questions? Please e-mail jack.rogers@oregonstate.edu or todd.simmons@oregonstate.edu

Join administrators, faculty and student leaders as OSU commits to maintaining a Women’s Center on campus into the future by signing the Women’s Center Charter. Similar to the charters that were drawn up to sustain the cultural centers and the Pride Center, the commitment is being extended to the Women’s Center, 11 a.m.-11:45a.m. in the MU Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

Campus Recycling will host Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation 3 to 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!

The Women’s Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Women of Achievement Awards. A public reception will be held today from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Memorial Union main lounge to honor these outstanding women. Award recipients are: Joann Stutzman, Sue Merrill, Jenny Woodson, Lynn Steele, Patti Watkins, Carrie Giese, and Jennifer Jabson.

The Beatles at OSU: The White Album, a benefit for CARDV. 7 p.m. Milam Auditorium. Tickets $5, available at the Women’s Center.

2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. 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 and she announced Wednesday that she was joining the legal team defending an Iranian-American journalist convicted of spying and jailed in Iran. 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.

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.,. 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

Saturday

Between the Cracks: A Forum for Music Science, Art and Ideas, featuring OSU music instructor Dana Reason, professor of philosophy Flo Leibowitz and student Greg Kise. Takes place at 6:30 p.m. at 3400 S.W. Willamette Ave. $10 suggested donation. For more information see www.danareason.com

Oregon State University is hosting the 2009 PeaceJam Northwest Youth Conference Saturday and Sunday. This conference is for youth ages 14 to 18.  2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi will work personally with the youth, providing a great opportunity for youth to learn how to create positive change in themselves, their communities and the world.  The conference will take place at the Memorial Union. The cost is $75. Registration forms are available at http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information, please contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

The Oregon State University Robotics Club’s 2009 University Rover Challenge Team will host a demonstration of their new rover design today. 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.  Funding and materials for the 2009 University Rover Challenge Team are provided by the Oregon State University College of Engineering, the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium, and AJK Precision Sheet metal.  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.

Sunday

The Oregon State University Department of Music presents the final performance of the 2008-2009 Steinway Piano Concert Series: “Triple Play!” featuring pianists Rachelle McCabe, Robin McCabe and Craig Sheppard, on April 26 at 4 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. This unusual concert will feature the three virtuoso pianists in rotating duos, performing on two Steinway concert grand pianos. Tickets are $12 each, $10 for seniors, and are available in Corvallis at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music, and Beard’s Framing. They are also available at the Box Office at LaSells Stewart Center, one-half hour before the concert. Children ages eight through 18 are admitted for free, as are OSU students with their ID card. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

Upcoming Events

NEW! Lt. Col. David S. Jeffery, commanding officer of the Oregon State University
Detachment 685 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, invites the public to attend a Joint Service Review May 1, at 11 a.m., in the Memorial Union Quad. A reception will follow.

NEW! Monday, May 4, the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture will be sponsoring a visit by Andrew Fiala, a professor at Cal State-Fresno, including an evening lecture, “What Would Jesus Really Do?,” which will draw on his critically-acclaimed book of the same title.  The lecture is at 7 pm in Wenigar 151.

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

News for Employees

The Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award recognizes a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. The award also honors a legacy of providing ongoing, strategic, and progressive leadership and service among Professional Faculty and other OSU employees. This award was created by PFLA and the Dean of Engineering in order to memorialize the legacy of Karel J. Murphy, and recognizes professional faculty who unselfishly provide and model ongoing exceptional leadership and service to the OSU community. To review details of the award and criteria requirements, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/murphy/

INTO Oregon State University is searching to fill three positions: Academic Support Manager, Academic Support Assistant, and Receptionist. The application deadline for all three is April 27. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/into-osu/ for complete position descriptions.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to the replacement of a transfer switch, electrical services to the UPS and Computing Lab in Kelly Engineering will be temporarily shutdown. Electrical services will be shutdown at approximately 10 a.m. April 25, and we anticipate restoring electrical services by 6 p.m.

Due to repairs on the building hot water system, all domestic hot water services in Strand Ag will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown began Wednesday and we anticipate completing repairs and restoring services by 3 p.m. today.

Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut-down all steam services to the campus.  This will affect all hot water and heating services. The shutdown will begin at 6 p.m. on June 14 and we anticipate restoring services by 12 a.m. June 20. If you have any questions concerning the steam shutdown, contact Les Walton at 541-737-4395.

Weather

Today will be sunny with a high of 62 and an overnight low of 37. This weekend will be partly cloudy and in the high 50s, with a few showers Sunday. Monday the sun returns but the highs will only reach the low to mid 60s next week.

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