OSU Today

Thursday, April 30, 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.

Wave machine wows ’em in Corvallis (Oregonian)
As experiments go, the test Wednesday at Oregon State University’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory was a wild success.

OSU Researchers Test New Wavemaker To Learn About Tsunami And Hurricane Damage (OPB)

Researchers at Oregon State University tested out a new $1.1 million wavemaker Wednesday.  The device is designed to accurately simulate waves created by both tsunamis and hurricanes.

Teacher, students win state awards (Sandy Post)

Trisha Dunn, Sandy Union High School’s FFA adviser, was named the Oregon Young Agriculture Teacher of the Year. Dunn, who has taught at the high school for four years, earned her master’s degree in agriculture education from Oregon State University.

OSU Cascades’ Early Struggles Focus Of Lawmakers’ Criticisms (OPB)
The lawmakers who craft the state budget, members of the Ways and Means Committee, are on a series of field trips around the state. They’ll meet in Bend Wednesday, on Oregon State University’s Cascades campus – which just so happens to be threatened by the budget knife.

Many of them said: Save our campus (Bend Bulletin)
More than 70 people signed up to address state lawmakers about the state’s dire budget situation in front of an overflow legislative hearing at OSU’s Bend branch.

Sunset High senior may have solution to energy crisis (Beaverton Valley Times)
Ashutosh Patra is doing his part to find efficient ways to tackle our energy crisis. At 17, the Sunset High School senior has designed a low-cost microbial fuel cell, which produces electricity and forms clean water while treating wastewater in the process. His research led him Hong Liu. Liu started a microbial fuel cell (MFC) lab at Oregon State University and allowed Patra to check it out.


Look for the latest edition of LIFE@OSU today. Get to know new Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi, and learn how Linus Pauling treasured humor in academia. See photos from OSU Day at the Capitol and read how an OSU alum honored her parents through a special donation.

Music a la Carte takes place at 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 today from 3 to 5 p.m. 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 from 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. Davis has been working on a biography of Paul Emmett.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Attention Academic Advisors: The next development opportunity is an afternoon visit with Craig Robinson, our Men’s Basketball Coach. Craig will address issues related to the life of student athletes—balancing demands on time, public perceptions/stereotypes, unique needs, and how all of our efforts to support athletes can be maximized to the fullest potential. Coach Craig Robinson on Student Athletes, May 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Loge Level of Reser Stadium.  Please contact Susie Leslie for more information, 541-737-8083 or susie.leslie@oregonstate.edu

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 Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the 140th Commencement Ceremony to be held on June 13 at Reser Stadium. This year’s ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.  Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to assist with one of the oldest traditions at OSU.  Volunteers work with guests to assist them to finding seats within the stadium and meeting the needs of over 15,000 family and friends of our graduates. For additional information and to sign up online please visit – http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/volunteers

Oregon State University Extended Campus (Ecampus) is hosting their second annual Spring Faculty Forum May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The forum will showcase current Ecampus instructors’ courses and will provide opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods.  All OSU faculty are invited to attend.  Concurrent sessions will be held throughout the day emphasizing OSU’s immediate opportunities to reach distance learners through online courses and degree programs.  Some scheduled topics include: Engaging students in an online discussion; Advanced library research tools; Technology petting zoo; How to get online students working in effective groups; Hands on labs in online science courses; and Getting started with Ecampus-a novice’s experience.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online by May 6 at 5 p.m.: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/forms/faculty-forum.htm

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. 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

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

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus) is accepting proposals for grant funding in an effort to encourage research, development and scholarship of faculty and/or departments in the area of distance/online education. The expectation is that the funded proposals will further the strategic and programmatic objectives articulated in the University Strategic Plan, in particular as it relates to extended education, access and instructional excellence.  Priority will be given to proposals that help OSU improve the effectiveness and “quality” of online and distance education.  The proposal deadline is May 29.  For more information, visit http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/faculty/grants/

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

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

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. 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.


Today should be sunny after morning fog with a high of 65 and a low of 43. Showers return for May Day, with a high of 65 and a low of 49. The weekend will be wet.

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