OSU Today

Tuesday, May 5, 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.

Clearing the air in the AG’s office (Oregonian)
Steve Duin says John Kroger should follow the lead of Mark McCambridge, the vice president for finance and administration at Oregon State University.

Marine Scientists Return From Expedition to Erupting Undersea Volcano (NSF)
Scientists, including OSU’s Bill Chadwick, who have just returned from an expedition to an erupting undersea volcano near the Island of Guam report that the volcano appears to be continuously active, has grown considerably in size during the past three years.

Discovery may aid in treatment of head and neck cancer (Health Jockey)
Oregon State experts have discovered a particular genetic regulator which is believe to be expressed in the most destructive types of head and neck cancers.

Waiting for Her Own Mother’s Day (The Chronicle)

Kim Hall has been working on her master’s degree in resource economics from Oregon State University for the last three years. She recently completed and submitted her thesis and will be facing a board to defend the paper this week.


The following Intercultural Communication Week workshops are available to faculty and staff today: 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.

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.

Ronald Herring, professor of government at Cornell University, will be giving two presentations today 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. For more information see:  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/orb/about+fft08-09#her

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University Theatre will perform the West Coast premiere of Leroy Clark’s “Shakespeare’s Journey” May 7-9 and May 14-16 on campus. The performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m., will be on the main stage theater in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Tickets, priced at $12 general, $9 for seniors, $7 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students, are available by calling 541-737-2853 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

NEW! Brent Merrill, Grand Ronde Tribal member, will speak on “What kind of Indian name is Brent Merrill? And why was learning to smoke a cigarette so important,” as part of the Native American Philosophies lecture series. His talk takes place at 6 p.m. May 6 in Gillfillan Auditorium. Merrill’s documentary film work has been shown at the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA and at the Native Voice Film Festival, Rapid City, SD. For more information, contact Kurt Peters,  OSU Ethnic Studies, 541-737-5668 or Tony Vogt,  OSU Philosophy Department, vogtbl@onid.orst.edu

A variety of events are taking place during Intercultural Communication Week. 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.

An Active Learning Lecture Ware workshop takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m. May 6 in Waldo Hall room 115A. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

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/

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.

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.

“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.

“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

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 58 and an overnight low of 49.  Tomorrow rain continues with a high of 57.

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