OSU Today

Wednesday, May 6, 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.

Life thrives at active underwater volcano (MSNBC)
An active underwater volcano near Guam has become a hotspot for a booming population of ocean critters, despite continuous eruptions at the site. The volcano is so active that it has recently built a new cone that reaches 131 feet high and extends to 984 feet wide. “That’s as tall as a 12-story building and as wide as a full city block,” said Bill Chadwick, a volcanologist at Oregon State University. (Also Science Daily)

‘Sobering’ Decline Of Caribbean’s Big Fish, Fisheries: Overfishing Deemed Most Likely Cause (Science Daily)

“Lionfish are minor players on their native Pacific reefs, yet they are undergoing a population explosion and overeating small fishes in the greater Caribbean region,” said Professor Mark Hixon of Oregon State University, Stallings’ doctoral advisor at OSU. “Preliminary evidence suggests that lionfish are less invasive where large predatory native fishes are abundant, such as in marine reserves,” Hixon said.

Oregon State prepares for possible job cuts (Democrat Herald)
Up to 300 jobs could be at stake at Oregon State University, according to plans that may require 30 percent reductions to offset an expected shortfall in state revenue for the 2009-2011 budget period.

Oregon State University Study Reveals Conflict between Doctors, Midwives over Homebirth (Health News Digest)
Two Oregon State University researchers have uncovered a pattern of distrust – and sometimes outright antagonism – among physicians at hospitals and midwives who are transporting their homebirth clients to the hospital because of complications.

Climate change study yields good results (Your Hub)
Methane bound up in ocean sediments and permafrost, called methane clathrate, has been a concern to scientists because of its huge volume, greenhouse gas potency and potential for release during periods of warming, said Vasilii Petrenko, a CU-Boulder postdoctoral fellow and lead study author. OSU was a co-author.

Barden named NL Rookie of the Month (MLB.com)
Brian Barden, who has played all over the Cardinals’ infield and hit everywhere, was saluted for his productive versatility as the April recipient of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award. He is a product of Oregon State University.


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.

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

The OSUsed Evening Store takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tonight at 644 S.W. 13th St. Items include computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. For more information see www.surplus.oregonstate.edu

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. 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Economic Vitality Partnership and the Prosperity That Fits Steering Committee is inviting the public to the fourth annual Prosperity That Fits Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. May 7 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom, OSU Campus. The keynote speaker is Robert Young, a University of Oregon Professor and renowned expert on Sustainable Cities. To register go to www.prosperitythatfits.us or contact Lynn Roylance, EVP Coordinator, at roylance@cbchambercoalition.com.

NEW! Auditions are set for May 10 at 2 p.m. for the Oregon State University Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which will be performed on campus this summer. Auditions will be held at the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theater on the OSU campus. Callbacks will be held in the quad of the Memorial Union at 5:30 p.m. May 11. All OSU students and members of the community are welcome to audition. The show is part of the annual Bard in the Quad series, which features an outdoor summer production of a Shakespeare play. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute Shakespeare piece. The piece can come from any Shakespeare comedy (except “Twelfth Night”), drama, or sonnet. Actors wishing to be considered for the role of Feste should prepare an additional one minute song.“Twelfth Night” will run Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16 (with a pick-up rehearsal/photo call Aug. 11).

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/

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.

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.

“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

NEW! Active woman with menstrual dysfunction between the ages of 18 and 35 may be eligible to participate in a new study and an intervention at Oregon State University. Participants receive a no-cost bone density scan, maximal aerobic capacity test, muscle strength and power assessments, body composition analysis, quadricep fiber type determination, nutrition and energy expenditure measurements, and a full blood panel including analysis of iron, lipids, and vitamins. In addition, participants will receive $50 upon completion of the initial measurements, including the muscle biopsy, $50 after completion of post-intervention measures, and $25 after each follow-up (nine and 12 months). Persons invited to participate in the six-month intervention will also receive $25 for each month of participation. The study involves six visits, approximately 90 minutes each, over a one-month period for all participants and includes a blood draw, muscle biopsy and assessments of aerobic capacity, muscle strength and power, bone health, menstrual status, body composition, dietary intake and energy expenditure. If interested, contact Lynn Kam at (541) 497-7189 or cialdell@onid.orst.edu

NEW! The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a .8 FTE Office Specialist 2 as an Activity and Program Support Specialist. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. The information for the position is available on the HR web site, and the posting number is 0004129. The closing date is May 8. If you have any questions, please contact Jen de-Vries, at jen.de-vries@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6828.

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 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 road repairs, portions of Jefferson Way between 30th Street and 35th Street will be temporarily closed.  Suggested detour routes are Campus Way and Washington Way.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. May 7 and we anticipate reopening this portion of the road by 5:30 p.m. on May 11.


Today rain continues with a high of 57 and a low of 46. Tomorrow there will be morning showers with afternoon clearing and a high of 59.

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