OSU Today

Wednesday, April 29, 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.

OSU receives $3 million grant for energy research (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University’s College of Engineering and College of Science have been notified by the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House that it will receive a five-year, $3 million grant to help develop a Center for Inverse Design.

Oregon university students in Mexico amongst swine flu outbreak (KVAL)
There are no reported cases of swine flu in Oregon, but the flu is still affecting some Oregonians. The University of Oregon and Oregon State University combined have about 25 students currently studying abroad in Mexico. Right now, all of those students have been accounted for and are healthy.

OSU scientists lead study on danger of certain air pollution (Oregonian)
Scientists at Oregon State University and China’s Peking University hope a new partnership will help understand the health impact and cancer-causing potential of certain air masses and where they come from.

New Diagnostic Advance Seen For Head, Throat Cancer
(Science Daily)

Pharmacy researchers at Oregon State University today announced the discovery of a genetic regulator that is expressed at higher levels in the most aggressive types of head and neck cancers, in work that may help to identify them earlier or even offer a new therapy at some point in the future.

OSU to head major national program to study health risks of ‘PAH’ toxins (Science Centric)
Oregon State University has been chosen as the home of a new Superfund Basic Research Program, and will use a $12.4 million, four-year grant to study the health risks and impacts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – an increasing health risk due to air pollution coming from Asia.

OSU makes waves with new “hurricane” maker (Portland Business Journal)
The Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University has completed installation of a new $1.1 million “hurricane” wavemaker.

Inactive female volunteers needed for OSU bone study (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s Bone Research Laboratory is seeking female participants ages 8-12 and ages 75-90 for two studies.

Bend’s OSU branch hangs in the balance (Bend Bulletin)
A meeting scheduled tonight at OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend could prove pivotal in determining the future of higher education in Central Oregon.

Tribal leader to lecture on native languages tonight at OSU

Bud Lane, tribal council vice-chairman with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, will speak at Oregon State University’s Gilfillan Auditorium tonight at 6 p.m.


OSU FeelGood and the OSU Hunger and Poverty Committee are making and giving away grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Quad. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to local and international hunger projects.

OSUsed Store, noon to 3 p.m.,offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. 644 SW 13th St.

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, 2 to 5 p.m.

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. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Please join us for Music a la Carte this Thursday, noon in the Memorial Union Lounge, featuring The Oregon Symphony’s “Bassoon Brothers” with a special appearance by a surprise featured guest from the OSU music department! As seen on Oregon Art Beat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrOa5dvp4RY or check them out at www.bassoonbrothers.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2009-10 Academic Year release (Winter term 2010 or Spring term 2010). Applications are due in the Research Office by Aug. 17. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Academic Success Center invites applications for the position of September Scholars Bridge Program and Peer Education Coordinator. This coordinator position is appointed by, and reports to, the Director of the Academic Success Center. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting # 0004109. Closing Date: May 8, 2009. OSU is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to repairs on the city water main, all domestic water services in facilities services shops, the indoor target range, McAlexander Field House, the heat plant and the network services building, will be temporarily shutdown.  The water fire line will experience temporary disruption of service due to main line repair in the alley at the Facilities Services Shops.  The alley way between the facilities services shops building and the heat plant will be closed to through traffic while city crews excavate and repair the water main. This shutdown is necessary to make emergency repairs to the city water main. The shutdown began last night and services should be restored by 5 p.m. today.

Due to mechanical room torch cutting, Nash Hall building supply air will be shut down nightly. The shutdown will begin at 5 p.m. each evening 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.


Showers continue today with a high of 57 and an overnight low of 38. Tomorrow should be sunny with a high of 65 and a low of 40.

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