OSU Today

Friday, May 1, 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.

Summer to Kill Swine Flu in U.S. and Mexico? (National Geographic)
“If [the new swine flu strain] is like other types of influenza that have been tested, it would have a lower transmission rate in the summer,” said Jeffrey Shaman, an assistant professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who studies how the water cycle affects the spread of disease.

Moms flock to OSU for a big weekend (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s Mom’s Weekend starts today, and includes a full slate of events such as pottery workshops, tours of campus facilities and fashion shows.

Researchers make big waves at OSU with tsunami simulator

On Wednesday OSU researchers rolled out the school’s biggest man made tsunami ever.

Beavers recycle better (Oregonian)
Oregon State University may have lost the Civil War football game last year, but at least the Beavers can claim they crushed the Ducks in recycling.

Oregon State engineering alumni honored (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Forty-two alumni from Oregon State University’s College of Engineering were honored recently during the university’s annual Oregon Stater Awards.

Science fair delivers knowledge, fun for youth (Argus Observer)
Malheur County is a long way from the ocean, but local children and their parents secured the opportunity Saturday to learn about the sea without leaving the area as two professors from Oregon State University and some helpers delivered a special presentation.

OSU names new ag dean (Capital Press)
Sonny Ramaswamy of Purdue University has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.

Robinson says club has winning attitude (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University Beavers men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson knows what it takes to “Be Great.”


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, at 11 a.m., in the Memorial Union Quad. A reception will follow.

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. in 109A in the MU. There will be food, door prizes and entertainment.


The College of Forestry invites you and your family to join us for the 77th Annual Fernhopper celebration. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration. The program will feature an update by the Dean and highlight current work by faculty and students. An OSU Campus tree ID walking tour is scheduled at 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested to help us plan but walk-ins are welcome. Details available at http://fernhopper.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

One of Oregon State University’s most popular spring events will celebrate the human-animal connection on Saturday when the College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its 22nd annual Pet Day on campus. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the college will open its doors to two- and four-legged visitors for tours, demonstrations, exhibits and socialization. The event annually draws some 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, many bringing their pets (which should be on leashes).

Mom’s Weekend Fashion Shows will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom.

The OSU Spring Football game begins at noon at Reser Stadium. General admission tickets are available at the stadium.

The Beatles at OSU: The White Album, a benefit for CARDV. 7 p.m. Milam Auditorium. Tickets $5, available at the Women’s Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSU Faculty Senate held the first of two special sessions with the ASOSU Senate yesterday to discuss the current budget.  The Provost’s presentation can be viewed on the State of the Budget web site: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/ and is located under the “Supporting Documents” section.  The next special session of Faculty Senate to discuss the budget will be held June 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the OSU Theater in Withycombe Hall.

NEW! Benjamin “Benji” Lewis, a Marine Corps veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq, will speak at Oregon State University May 5, about his refusal to accept involuntary activation and redeployment. The talk begins at noon in Strand Agricultural Hall Room 132 and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the OSU Peace Studies Program.

NEW! “Growing More Rice with Less Water…The Trouble with You Economists” will be presented by Randy Barker, Professor Emeritus with Cornell University at 3:30 p.m. May 8 in Ballard Extension Hall, room 200C.
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

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

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

News for Employees

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

NEW! Due to necessary repairs on the building water system, all domestic hot water services to the Oak Creek Bldg. will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all sinks and all restrooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin immediately and we anticipate restoring services by 5 p.m. May 19.

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.


Showers return today, with a high of 70 and a low of 51. The weekend will be wet and in the low 60s.

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