OSU Today

Monday, May 4, 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.

Lifestyle and the Carbon Cap (New York Times)
As governor, Kulongoski has strongly supported renewable energy development — not only luring foreign solar manufacturers like SolarWorld and Sanyo and wind companies like Vestas and Iberdrola, but also supporting emerging technologies such as wave power, which Oregon State University is working to develop.

Ice Sculptures for Science: Chain Saws, Pickaxes, Methane Hydrates and Climate Change (Popular Mechanics)

A team from Oregon State studying methane’s role in climate change found themselves in this last category, enduring cold, grueling weeks cutting through walls of ice. Here is how one scientific query—how much methane was in the atmosphere 12,000 years ago?—was answered with chain saws, pickaxes and hundreds of 50-pound blocks of ice.

Testimonials, pleas greet Oregon Legislature’s budget tour (Oregonian)
An eastern Oregon farmer talked about going from near poverty to wealth after learning modern techniques from the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Fame’s not all relative for Craig Robinson (Southtown Star)
Sure, Robinson is President Obama’s brother-in-law, but that’s not why he’s inducted at Mount Carmel. (See also Chicago Sun Times)

Oregon House passes ‘Rooney Rule’ bill for state colleges (USA Today)
“In passing HB 3118 we are creating an inclusive, more robust pool of candidates who will compete for the leadership of Oregon’s sports teams,” said Rep. Mitch Greenlick. “Ultimately, this bill will be a victory for the fans and players of Eastern Oregon University, Oregon State University and all the rest of Oregon’s great school teams who can find the best coaches and athletic directors in the country.”

Derby Dames duke it out (Gazette-Times)
It was all part of the fun as the Sick Town Derby Dames, a Corvallis-based roller derby league, hosted a scrimmage Saturday night at Oregon State University’s McAlexander Fieldhouse. The team includes members from OSU.

Fires reignite burnout controversy
(Redding Record Searchlight)

John Bailey, an associate professor of silviculture (the agriculture of trees) and fire at Oregon State University, said that although “old fire dogs” like Rhodes have good intentions, the rapid-suppression tactics of years past don’t apply in today’s overgrown and rapidly drying forests.

CBC, OSU partner for new ag program (Tri-City Herald)
Wanted: People with a passion for agriculture who are looking to pursue a career in the industry.
Interested students have a new option as a result of a recently formed partnership between Columbia Basin College and Oregon State University. The two schools are offering a bachelor’s degree in production agriculture.

Nature’s success (despite us) inspires green-building mimics (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University chemist studied mussels clinging to rocks at a Newport-area beach and found a naturally occurring chemical model for a new adhesive to replace the formaldehyde that commonly emits toxic fumes in kitchen cabinets.

Sustainability coordinator helps slash excess costs (Willamette Live)
When Salem native Elin Shepard visited France as an exchange student during her junior year at Oregon State University, she discovered a world far beyond Oregon and began to appreciate its complexities, complexities that led her to think globally, but act locally.


Intercultural Communication Week kicks off today with a variety of events. From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., learn about “Communication, Culture and Complications: Customer Service,” will focus on frontline staff. From 1 to 3 p.m., “Values, Cultures and Conflicts: Advising Across Cultures,” will aid professional faculty. And from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., “Building Intercultural Competence for Educators” will help teaching faculty. All workshops take place in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center room 111, and will repeat Tuesday (see Upcoming Events).

Hung-yok Ip, Center Research Fellow and Associate Professor of History, OSU will speak on  “Beyond Engaged Buddhism: Mohism, the Mahayana Tradition, and Nonviolence,” at 4 p.m. at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson.

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

The F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award Lecture presented by Peter Clark will look at “Ice sheets present, past and future: What we have learned about what to (maybe) expect.” A reception takes place at 6:30, followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center.

The Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture is 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! A variety of events are taking place during Intercultural Communication Week. On May 5, the following workshops are available to faculty and staff: From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., learn about “Communication, Culture and Complications: Customer Service,” will focus on frontline staff. From 2 to 4 p.m., “Values, Cultures and Conflicts: Advising Across Cultures,” will aid professional faculty. And from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Building Intercultural Competence for Educators” will help teaching faculty. All workshops take place in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center room 111.
Writing Across Borders: A Conversation about International Students, Writing and the University, takes place May 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in CH2M Hill room 114, and 8:30 to 10 a.m. May 7 in Memorial Union room 206. Lost Boys of Sudan, a documentary, will be screened May 6, 6 to 8 p.m. in Kelley Engineering room 1001. And In This World, a docudrama, will be screened May 7, 6 to 8 p.m., in Kelley Engineering room 1001. For more information call 541-737-7972.

NEW! An Active Learning Lecture Ware workshop takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m. May t6 in Waldo Hall room 115A. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

NEW! May 7 there will be a poster presentation in the MU Ballroom for an event called Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence. The event runs 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. More than 70 projects will be on display from students representing all colleges across campus. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/events/cue/

NEW! Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues May 7, with Jubilate!, the women’s choir of Corvallis. The free concert begins at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

NEW! Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities Association presents “Ethiopia: An evening of film, music and discussion.” The event includes the screening of the documentary “Kids Got a Song to Sing.” This story of a love of music and survival follows two young Azmari performers in Gondar, Ethiopia. Learn the regional dance of Corvallis’ Sister City to the music of the masenqo. A panel discussion with OSU African Student Association, Gondar government representatives and Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities members will follow, including Badege Bishaw of the OSU College of Forestry. It takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. May 13 in Milam Auditorium.  For more information see www.sistercities.corvallis.or.us/gondar or call 541-754-5608.

NEW! “American Oceanography at Mid-Century” is the subject of a conference to be held May 14 and 15, in the Memorial Union’s Joyce Powell Leadership Center. The conference coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the Oceanography Department at Oregon State University. Noted historian of science and geoscientist Naomi Oreskes will deliver the keynote speech on May 14, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Titled “The Crucial Experiment That Wasn’t: Acoustic Tomography of Ocean Climate,” Oreskes’s talk will examine a mid-1990s experiment called ATOC (Acoustic Tomography of Ocean Climate) that  aspired to provide definitive proof of global warming. For a full schedule of conference events, see www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history.

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.

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.

“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

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/

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

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.


Today will be rainy with a high of 57 and an overnight low of 49. Tomorrow will be more of the same, with a high of 59.

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