OSU Today

Tuesday, April 28, 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.

‘Popular Science’ recommends eight geeky getaways (USA Today)
The magazine’s May issue includes Oregon State University’s Tsunami Research Center on its list. See the article here.

Intel, OSU among biggest green power buyers

Intel heads the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Top 50 list of green-power buyers, with Oregon State University making the cut as the 49th biggest purchaser in the nation.

OSU researchers use pedometers to measure cow happiness

When you see a cow laying down on the job, it’s a good thing. And Oregon State University researchers are using computer-linked pedometers to measure when a cow lays down.

Still no cases of swine flu in Ore. (KDRV)
The Oregon State University Extension Service sent out an email to swine farmers Monday morning. The email included information on what farms should be currently doing in order to ensure their animals will remain healthy if the swine flu outbreak moves into Oregon.

Big hearts are stronger (Medford Mail Tribune)
Studies show that people who volunteer are much healthier, says OSU’s Sharon Johnson.

Farley leads county staffers through service (Gazette-Times)
Born and raised in Albany, Teresa Farley worked for Oregon State University Extension through the 1980s before leaving to be a legal secretary in Camas, Wash.

Jeffrey J. McDonnell to receive John Dalton Medal (European Geosciences Union)

Jeff McDonnell holds the Richardson Chair in Watershed Science at Oregon State University. At the European Geosciences Union 2009, Jeffrey J. McDonnell will receive the John Dalton Medal.


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 II more potential biases/opportunities; effective participation as an AASA, 9 a.m. to noon today and 2 to 5 p.m. April 29. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143

Joseph Orosco, an associate professor in the department of philosophy, will sign his new book, “Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence,” and give a talk as part of Cesar Chavez Tribute Month today on campus. The free event begins at 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 208.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Bud Lane, tribal council vice-chairman and language and traditional arts instructor with the Siletz Tribe, will speak at Oregon State University’s Gilfillan Auditorium at 6 p.m., April 29. Lane will speak on “A Discussion of the History and Status of the Athabaskan Language,” as part of an ongoing series on Native American Philosophies.

A joint special session of the Faculty Senate and ASOSU Senate will be held on April 30 in 224 Gilbert to address the current budget situation. The session is designed to have up-to-date information on:
•    Projected budget situation;
•    The university’s approach to address shortfalls; and will include
•    An open discussion with OSU’s leadership regarding the university’s approach to address shortfalls.
This session is open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

NEW! Did you know that one in 8 women in the United States will be affected with breast cancer? Do you know what you should be doing to be aware of your own breast health? Faculty, staff and students are invited to join us April 30, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center for a mamma-care program presented by Joann Stutzman, R.N. and Sue Merrill, R.N. from the Corvallis Clinic on new techniques for checking your own breasts.

NEW! Burt Davis, from the University of Kentucky, this year’s Pauling Resident Research Scholar, will give a 45-minute presentation to the OSU community on the results of his month-long research with the Paul Emmett Papers at Oregon State University. The talk will be in the Special Collections Reading Room, fifth-floor of the Valley Library, beginning at 4 p.m. on April 30. Davis has been working on a biography of Paul Emmett.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Ronald Herring, professor of government at Cornell University, will be giving two presentations May 5 on campus. At 12:30 he will speak on Contentious Knowledge: Science, Social Science and Social Movements, Gilkey Hall 305. At 7 p.m. he will talk on “Playing God? Monsters, Miracles, and the Politics of Genetic Engineering” at LaSells Stewart Center. Herring has served as the John S. Knight Professor of International Relations, Director of the Einaudi Center for International Studies, advisor to the State Department, UNEP, UNDP, World Bank and other international organizations, and most recently won the 2008 Dudley Seers Prize for his book Transgenics and the Poor. For more information see:  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/about+fft08-09#her

NEW! The Willamette Angel Conference will be held on Oregon State University’s campus at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, on May 14. This will be an all day event; features Dave Hersch from Jive Software as the Keynote speaker; a commercialization panel from OSU, ONAMI, HP and others; Rob Wiltbank from Willamette University will be talking about why Angel Investing is cool; The evening will include a social networking event. Discount registration is available to OSU students. For additional information and to register, please visit http://www.willametteconference.com

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/

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to mechanical room torch cutting, Nash Hall building supply air will be shut down nightly. The shutdown will begin at 5 p.m. today and we anticipate restoring services by 3 a.m. each day. This will continue nightly through May 8.

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 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 will be rainy with a high of 53 and an overnight low of 40. Showers continue Wednesday with a high of 58.

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