The Spotted Owl’s New Nemesis (Smithsonian Magazine)
Eric Forsman tramped across the spongy ground with one ear tipped to the tangled branches above. I had come to see one of the planet’s most-studied birds—the Northern spotted owl—with the man who brought the animal to the world’s attention. It was here, not half a mile away, above a trickle of runoff called Greasy Creek, that Forsman saw his first spotted owl nest in 1970. He had grown up chasing great horned owls in the woods outside an old strawberry farm near Eugene, and as an undergraduate at Oregon State University he prowled the forests in search of rare breeds.
Obama assembles ‘science dream team’ (Chemistry World)
Throughout his election campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly promised to usher in a ‘new era’ of innovation and restore US scientific and technological standing in the world. The new president’s picks for executive science posts, including two Nobel laureates and many well-known academics, appear to back up that rhetoric. Completing the trio of Obama’s ‘science dream team’ is Oregon State University marine biologist and ecologist Jane Lubchenco – the president’s pick to head the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Helping health care providers root out hunger (Oregonian)
We asked the hunger initiative’s Anne Hoisington, a registered dietitian with the Oregon State University’s extension program, to explain why doctors, nurses and others need training to spot childhood hunger.
“Unity Is…” Join students and faculty at 3:30 p.m. for a conversation on unity and how it affects campus, in the Memorial Union, room 206.
Climate Change and Agriculture is a talk being presented from 4 to 5 p.m. by Dave Olszyk, US Environmental Protection Agency Ecologist. The talk takes place in Kidder Hall, room 278.
Blue Gold: World Water Wars Part II, part of the Institute for Water and Watersheds Film Series, is being screened from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 208. The film is based on the book Maude Barlow co-wrote with Tony Clarke, Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water. For the complete Film Series Schedule, see http://water.oregonstate.edu/news/2009/2009FilmSeries.pdf
An evening of song and poetry takes place at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is an open mic to share thoughts on Civil Rights and Dr. King
The Corvallis Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program takes place at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. The keynote address is by OSU associate professor of philosophy Joseph Orosco on the topic “He spoke of unity, are you listening?”
NEW! Students are encouraged to attend Linda Hirneise’s Fireside Chat event Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in Weatherford Residential College’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. After 26 years at J.D. Power and Associates, Hirneise retired from full-time employment and remains a Special Advisor to J.D. Power and Associates. Prior to retirement, Hirneise had overall international responsibility, including performance improvement, for the Global Travel and Hospitality Practice, which includes the airport, rental car and hotel/hospitality industries.
NEW! You are invited to a retirement reception for Emilio Vejil, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Memorial Union Main Lounge. Cake and punch will be served. Emilio has been a valued member of the OSU Community for more than 35 years. Please wish Emilio well in his many years of enjoying retirement!
NEW! Edmund Burke III, one of the nation’s leading historians of French colonialism, will deliver the Twenty-sixth Annual George and Dorothy Carson History Lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 9, in the Construction and Engineering (C & E) Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. Entitled Extreme Ethnography: French Exploration and the Conquest of North Africa, the lecture is free and open to the public. Currently holder of the Presidential Chair at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for World History, Burke is the author and editor of numerous books, including the newly published anthology Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory.
Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon will be holding a presentation at the Corvallis-Benton County Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1. Bacon examines immigration from the perspective of those whose lives are most affected—sometimes devastated—when Congress passes a trade bill or votes on immigration reform legislation. This event is in conjunction with a series of presentations across Oregon organized by the Oregon Rural Organizing Project. In Corvallis, he is being sponsored by Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County and OSU CAMP and OSU Casa Latina/o.
The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues on Jan. 22 at noon with the screening and discussion of “Being Black” in the MU Journey Room. “Being Black” looks at the experiences of African American faculty, staff and students at OSU and in Corvallis and is being shown as part of the MLK, Jr. Celebration 2009. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.
Non-Profit Opportunity Expo” Sponsored by OSU Career Services and Student Leadership and Involvement. Come connect with local and national non-profits and discover how you can put your passions to work! The event takes place starting at noon in the MU Ballroom with a keynote address by Steve Pascal-Joiner from Idealist.org and continues with an expo and lectures through 5 p.m. For more information call 541-737-4085.
Mott T. Greene, John Magee Professor of Science and Values at the University of Puget Sound, will deliver a lecture titled “Charles Darwin, The Man & The Myth,” Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. This is the first lecture in the Horning Endowment–sponsored “Darwin 1809–2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history/lectures.
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.html.
News for Employees
NEW! The fourth annual OSU Career Makeover Wardrobe Event is back. Last year OSU staff and alumni donated high quality suits and separates that allowed hundreds of students to purchase professional clothing at low prices, from $15 for a suit to $5 for separates, and $1 for ties. This year’s event is happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Memorial Union ballroom, and organizers are asking that you bring gently used business-appropriate clothing items to the OSU Bookstore Beaver Fan Shop,121 S.W. Morrison #120, Portland, and OSU Career Services, 8 Kerr Administration. Donations are being accepted through early February and are tax deductible. The event is sponsored by MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences), OSU Career Services, and Campbell’s Cleaners. Questions and employer site pickup arrangements can be directed to Wanda Crannell at 541-737-2999.
NEW! Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the Enterprise Challenge. Have an idea for a new product or service? Pitch your idea to successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors at The 2009 Enterprise Challenge. Prizes range from $2,500 to $10,000. See NEC guidelines at www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm. Deadline for submitting business plans is March 21. For information email: email@example.com or call 541-713-8044
OSU faculty are encouraged to nominate students whose papers or projects reflect outstanding information literacy skills and the extensive and sophisticated use of OSU Libraries’ services, resources and collections. The Library Undergraduate Research Award recognizes and rewards OSU students who, through the comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship and originality in writing a paper or completing a project. To be eligible, students must have written their papers, or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2008 calendar year. Nominating letters and a nomination form must be submitted with the research paper with a short essay from the student detailing their library experience. Applications must be turned in by Jan. 31. For more information on this award please visit http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/ugresearchawards.html or contact Faye Chadwell, Associate University Librarian at Faye.Chadwell@oregonstate.edu
The Diversity Book Club returns winter term with The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the absorbing personal story of the most dynamic leader of the Black Revolution. Read this book or watch the movie and join the campus community on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from noon – 1:30 pm at the Valley Library Willamette Room for the winter book club forum. For more information/accommodation call The Office of Community and Diversity at 541-737-4381 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/
The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by, Feb. 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm
Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Manager for the Arts and Sciences Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $97,000 – $107,000/yr. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.
“The Rhetoric of Choice,” a discussion on the language of reproductive rights, takes place at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the OSU Women’s Center. The featured speaker is Nancy Russo.
“Personal Peace.” Find and maintain personal peace and relaxation in the midst of hectic schedules and busy lives. Come learn the art of yoga at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the OSU Women’s Center. This presentation features OSU Yoga instructor Linda Baskerville.
The OSU Women’s Center is hiring staff for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Are you enthusiastic, motivated and caring? Come pick up an application at the OSU Women’s Center or online at www.oregonstate.edu/womenscenter. Applications are due back to the Women’s Center by 5 p.m. Feb. 20. For information call 541-737-3186.
Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award
The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/application/llstewart/index.html. The applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 2.
The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee has announced that two new research awards have been approved and nominations are being accepted for presentation at University Day 2009.
Promising Scholar Award – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/criteria.html
The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium.
OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact/
The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. The award consists of a $2,500 honorarium and the recipient will be invited to present highlights of their work at a one-hour presentation that is open to the public. Nomination materials for these two awards must be submitted by April 3: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203. The required online nomination form can be accessed from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/individual.html in late January.
Construction, Traffic & Maintenance
Due to repairs to the sanitary sewer system, all parking spaces reserved for “Service Vehicles” between Education Hall and the Pharmacy Bldg, will be temporarily shut down through today. During this time, access to the loading dock at the Pharmacy Bldg., may also be restricted, due to construction work associated with these repairs.
Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 43. Showers will roll in overnight, with a low of 35, and those showers will continue on Thursday.
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