OSU Today

Thursday, January 22, 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.

Study on herbal remedy and dementia (The Guardian)
Research has already shown that the herbal remedy Gingko biloba may help with symptoms like forgetfulness in people who have dementia. Now researchers have carried out a study to look at whether Gingko could help prevent dementia in the first place. The study was done by researchers based at Oregon State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Oregon Health and Science University. It was published in a journal called Neurology, which is owned by the American Academy of Neurology.

Oregon leaders detail $175 million stimulus package (Oregonian)
Legislative leaders unfurled details Wednesday of a $175 million stimulus package aimed at combating the highest unemployment rate Oregon has seen in more than two decades. There would be money for new projects, and state universities and all 17 community colleges would get the largest chunk of the stimulus package.

Big grant to help OSU study tiny life (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University scientists have received a three-year, $5 million grant to study microscopic organisms in low-oxygen areas of the ocean off the coast of Oregon and Chile.

Far from tar: Ecoroofs take root in Portland (Oregonian)
If ecoroofs are sprouting up in the suburbs, does that mean they’ve gone mainstream? Not quite. But it could mean that vegetated or green roofs, as they’re also known, are near a tipping point. Since the movement took off in Portland in the late 1990s, enthusiasts have learned lessons about soil type, depth and plants. Scientists at Oregon State University are studying the systems more, and city environmentalists have their eyes on a few green roofs owned by businesses and homeowners willing to experiment.

Today

The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues at noon with the screening and discussion of “Being Black” in the MU Journey Room. “Being Black” looks at the experiences of African American faculty, staff and students at OSU and in Corvallis and is being shown as part of the MLK, Jr. Celebration 2009. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.

Cellist Gideon Freudmann performs with “Caravan Gogh” at Music à la Carte at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the Oregon State University campus. The Portland quartet plays original compositions that blend acoustic strings with doses of rock, swing, funk, jazz and “mysterioso.” Admission is free.

Non-Profit Opportunity Expo” Sponsored by OSU Career Services and Student Leadership and Involvement. Come connect with local and national non-profits and discover how you can put your passions to work! The event takes place starting at noon in the MU Ballroom with a keynote address by Steve Pascal-Joiner from Idealist.org and continues with an expo and lectures through 5 p.m. For more information call 541-737-4085.

At 2 p.m. today, the campus community is invited to attend the open forum presentation by Oscar Montemayor for the CASA Director position in Memorial Union room 208.

“The Rhetoric of Choice,” a discussion on the language of reproductive rights, takes place at 3 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. The featured speaker is Nancy Russo.

An interfaith prayer service will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the MU Journey Room. It is a time to reflect on the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many faiths will be represented.

The 2009 Starker Lecture Series, Sustaining Forests, Homes, & Communities, begins its free lecture series with James E. Brown discussing sustainability and forest management, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Richardson Hall, room 107.

A Legacy of Hope panel discussion will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Union room 206. Students and faculty will reflect on King’s legacy and how it affects Latinos as well as African Americans.

OSU is undergoing its cyclical re-accreditation by the NCAA. Members of the university community and the public are invited to provide input as part of that process from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room

Students are encouraged to attend Linda Hirneise’s Fireside Chat event at 7 p.m. in Weatherford Residential College’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. After 26 years at J.D. Power and Associates, Hirneise retired from full-time employment and remains a Special Advisor to J.D. Power and Associates.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “The Declaration at 60: The Journey from Rights to Goals,” by Ibrahim Gassama, Law, UO Knight School of Law, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. Literature Review Workshop,
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 3 and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Willamette East Seminar Rooms.
EndNote Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 12 and 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18, Autzen Classroom. Zotero workshops, 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 16 in the Autzen Classroom. How to Keep Up Via Sharing and Snooping:  Social Bookmarking, RSS and Slideshare, 5 to 6 p.m., March 5, Autzen Classroom.
Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656
For more information contact Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

You are invited to a retirement reception for Emilio Vejil, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Memorial Union Main Lounge. Cake and punch will be served.  Emilio has been a valued member of the OSU Community for more than 35 years. Please wish Emilio well in his many years of enjoying retirement!

Edmund Burke III, one of the nation’s leading historians of French colonialism, will deliver the Twenty-sixth Annual George and Dorothy Carson History Lecture at 7 p.m., Feb.  9, in the Construction and Engineering (C & E) Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. Entitled Extreme Ethnography: French Exploration and the Conquest of North Africa, the lecture is free and open to the public. Currently holder of the Presidential Chair at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for World History, Burke is the author and editor of numerous books, including the newly published anthology Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory.

Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon will be holding a presentation at the Corvallis-Benton County Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1. Bacon examines immigration from the perspective of those whose lives are most affected—sometimes devastated—when Congress passes a trade bill or votes on immigration reform legislation. This event is in conjunction with a series of presentations across Oregon organized by the Oregon Rural Organizing Project. In Corvallis, he is being sponsored by Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County and OSU CAMP and OSU Casa Latina/o.

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

News for Employees

NEW! As part of Sexual Responsibility Week in March, the SEXapalooza team is in the process of designing a “Condom Art Competition” catering to the artistic expression of themes around safer sex practices and health.  This event is open to submissions from OSU students, faculty and staff, and competition packets are available now at Student Health Services in Room 310.

NEW!
The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Eric Englund Memorial Post-graduate Scholarship – Applicants must have completed at least one degree from OSU and must pursue graduate study in agricultural and resource economics or home economics. For a complete schedule of centralized graduate student financial support programs offered by the Graduate School for 2009-10, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/2009-10%20Fellowship%20Table.pdf

The fourth annual OSU Career Makeover Wardrobe Event is back. Last year OSU staff and alumni donated high quality suits and separates that allowed hundreds of students to purchase professional clothing at low prices, from $15 for a suit to $5 for separates, and $1 for ties. This year’s event is happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Memorial Union ballroom, and organizers are asking that you bring gently used business-appropriate clothing items to the OSU Bookstore Beaver Fan Shop,121 S.W. Morrison #120, Portland, and OSU Career Services, 8 Kerr Administration. Donations are being accepted through early February and are tax deductible. Questions and employer site pickup arrangements can be directed to Wanda Crannell at 541-737-2999.

Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the Enterprise Challenge. Have an idea for a new product or service? Pitch your idea to successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors at The 2009 Enterprise Challenge.  Prizes range from $2,500 to $10,000. See NEC guidelines at www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm. Deadline for submitting business plans is March 21. Looking for help with your idea or for a team to join? Connect with Fellow Entrepreneurs from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in Weatherford Hall’s Trysting Tree Conference Room. All students are welcome. For information email: mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044

OSU faculty are encouraged to nominate students whose papers or projects reflect outstanding information literacy skills and the extensive and sophisticated use of OSU Libraries’ services, resources and collections. The Library Undergraduate Research Award recognizes and rewards OSU students who, through the comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship and originality in writing a paper or completing a project.  To be eligible, students must have written their papers, or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2008 calendar year. Nominating letters and a nomination form must be submitted with the research paper with a short essay from the student detailing their library experience. Applications must be turned in by Jan. 31. For more information on this award please visit http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/ugresearchawards.html or contact Faye Chadwell, Associate University Librarian at Faye.Chadwell@oregonstate.edu

The Diversity Book Club returns winter term with The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the absorbing personal story of the most dynamic leader of the Black Revolution. Read this book or watch the movie and join the campus community on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from noon – 1:30 pm at the Valley Library Willamette Room for the winter book club forum. For more information/accommodation call The Office of Community and Diversity at 541-737-4381 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by, Feb. 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Manager for the Arts and Sciences Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $97,000 – $107,000/yr. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.

“Personal Peace.” Find and maintain personal peace and relaxation in the midst of hectic schedules and busy lives. Come learn the art of yoga at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the OSU Women’s Center. This presentation features OSU Yoga instructor Linda Baskerville.

The OSU Women’s Center is hiring staff for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Are you enthusiastic, motivated and caring? Come pick up an application at the OSU Women’s Center or online at www.oregonstate.edu/womenscenter. Applications are due back to the Women’s Center by 5 p.m. Feb. 20. For information call 541-737-3186.

Weather

Showers will dampen the town today, with a high of 52. Things should clear up by the afternoon, and tonight’s lows will dip to 35. Friday should be partly cloudy and around 50.

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