OSU Today

Monday, April 27, 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 names new dean of ag college (Capital Press)
Sonny Ramaswamy, an agricultural leader from Purdue University, has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. (Also see The Oregonian and The Gazette-Times)

Trying to fill a gender gap (Chicago Tribune)

Still, it seems likely they have value to people who don’t get enough nutrients in their diets, which is pretty much everyone, says Victoria Drake, a Linus Pauling Institute research associate at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Need a job? Oregon utilities hunt for new workers (Oregonian)

“About 50 percent of the utilities’ work force will be reaching retirement age in the next five years,” according to Annette von Jouanne, professor of power electronics/energy systems at Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Study: Medicaid patients get wrong drugs (Statesman Journal)
Scientists from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, Oregon Health and Science University and Columbia University’s psychiatry department reviewed records for 830 Oregon Medicaid patients who had been given antipsychotic medications approved for conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

OSU Extension Master Gardener 7th Annual Plant Sale and Clinic (Gazette-Times)

The OSU Benton County Extension Service Master Gardener Association is hosting its annual plant sale.

Oregon water demand opens door to special interests (Oregonian)

The state’s water cutbacks weren’t creating a modern Dust Bowl. “It hasn’t turned off a farm,” said Don Horneck, an agronomist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Pedometers used to study cows (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University researcher Aurora Villarroel is hoping that computer-linked pedometers can make dairy cows more efficient, and help farmers’ bottom lines.


Charles Baer, assistant professor in the department of zoology at Florida State University will speak on “Quantifying the de-canalizing effects of spontaneous mutations in rhabditid nematodes,” at 3:30 p.m. in ALS 4001.

Mark Porrovecchio, Center Research Fellow, will give a talk at 4 p.m. on The Rhetoric of Repetition: F.C.S. Schiller and the Style of Pragmatic Humanism. Schiller was a British pragmatist from the early 1900s. Porrovecchio’s talk takes place at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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 April 28 on campus. The free event begins at 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 208.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to the initial firing up of the new steam boilers at the Energy Center, there will be significant intermittent noise, possibly heard throughout campus.  It might sound like the loud roar of steam being released. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this start-up is a necessary step in towards the completion of the Energy Center project.
This work will begin at 6 a.m. today and should be completed by 9 p.m. on June 12.

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.


Today there will be showers and a high of 58, with an overnight low of 42. Showers continue tomorrow with a high of 54.

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