OSU Today

Friday, May 8, 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.

Cow study will compare organic, traditional (The Capital Times)
Are organic cows healthier than “normal” cows? The U.S. Department of Agriculture is willing to spend $1 million to find out. Cornell University and Oregon State University are taking part in the study as well as the UW-Madison.

Battling over birth? (OPB)

An OSU study on midwives by Melissa Cheyney sparks a debate on OPB’s Think Out Loud.

WWII-era ships threaten Yaquina Bay, confound officials (KATU)
Port of Newport officials must decide whether two mammoth ships that have been the foundation for docks at the edge of Yaquina Bay for 61 years should be removed or contained to reduce their threat to the estuary. OSU marine ecologist Jessica Miller responds.

Oregon universities trying out electric cars (KGW)
Oregon’s two major universities are going green by adding several electric cars to their fleets. Staffers at OSU say the vehicles not only help save the environment, they save time, said Angela Haney, who works in the OSU catering department.

Annual Wheel-A-Thon raises money, awareness (Gazette-Times)
Rolling around in a wheelchair is a lot harder than it looks, said Paul Johnson, an able-bodied Oregon State University sophomore, who is a member of the OSU Pre-Therapy and Allied Health Club.

Hazelnut growers see hope for life beyond blight (Capital Press)
Thanks in large part to Oregon State University, it appears that hazelnut growers in the state have turned the corner in their 22-year battle against Eastern filbert blight.

‘Shakespeare’s Journey’ (Gazette-Times)

The great loves, losses and conflicts that shaped the early career of William Shakespeare form the backdrop for The University Theatre of Oregon State University’s spring production, “Shakespeare’s Journey.”

Former Marine tells grim episodes (Gazette-Times)
Benji Lewis was willing to go to jail rather than be involuntarily deployed to Iraq for a third tour, but on April 16, he received news that the Marines canceled his orders. Yet the 23-year-old Corvallis activist continues to speak against the military. On Tuesday, about 15 people at Oregon State University listened to Lewis blast the Iraq War.


“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: Spend an afternoon 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, 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


A candlelight vigil in the Memorial Union Quad takes place from 8 to 9 p.m. to honor the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots as part of Queer Pride Week on campus.

Join SOL, Oregon State’s LGBT multicultural support network, for a night of bowling, video games, and billiards in the MU basement! The event will take place at 9pm following the traditional candlelight vigil.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Rainbow Continuum is proud to present the 2009 Queer Pride Celebration, happening May 10 through May 15. Check out fun-filled events, such as the Opening BBQ, Bowling, LGBT Family Night, Trans Panel, Music Festival, Guess the Het panel, Open Mic Night and of course, the ever popular Drag Show on Friday. For more information and a full schedule of events, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/groups/rcosu

NEW! Grace Gill, associate professor in the department of anatomy and cellular biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, will speak Monday at 3:30 p.m. in ALS 4001 on “Regulation of gene expression by SUMO modification.” Her talk is part of the Zoology 2009 Spring Seminar Series.

NEW! The OSU Socratic Club will feature a debate on the topic, “Who Makes Morality?” at 7 p.m. on May 12, in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU Campus. In this debate two all-student panels, reflecting different points of view, will discuss whether morality is subjective and culturally conditioned or objective and ultimately derived from God. The event is free and open to the public.  It is the last Socratic Club debate of the school year. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic

NEW! “A Taste of the World.” Take a tour of the world with OSU International Cultural Service Program students from Ghana, Japan, Mexico and India.  Each presenter will share information about his or her homeland and will serve a taste of a food or drink from that country. The afternoon event will finish with dances by the Fiesta Mexicana 4H group.  Participants are encouraged to dress up to reflect a favorite place to travel. The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. May 19 and is sponsored by the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Senior Center.  Call 766-6959 to sign up or stop in at the Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler, to register. The fee is $5 per person.

AEP Idea Challenge 2009. Do you have an idea for a new product or a new business? Do you have an idea for a Senior Project, or is there some idea bubbling around in your lab that has commercial potential? If so, the Idea Challenge is designed for you. The Challenge provides an opportunity to submit your written Idea and, if you are selected for the finals, to present your Idea to a panel of experts and a live audience. Submit a two-page (maximum) description of your Idea. Tell us what it is, how it works, who could use it, and why you think it is going to be a hit. Open to all OSU students. Reviewers will select the 12 most interesting Ideas. The written description of your Idea must be submitted by noon on May 21 to Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28.

A panel discussion / open forum on “Does Race Still Matter? Interrogating “Post-Racial” Notions in the Age of Obama” takes place at 6 p.m. May 12 in Memorial Union, room 213. The event is presented by Oregon State University Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) and sponsored by the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.

Science Pub Corvallis takes place at 6 p.m. May 11 at Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis. This month’s topic is “Organic Food, Down & Dirty.” OSU Soil Science Instructor and Organic Growers Club advisor James Cassidy promises to “dish the dirt” on what’s essential for a healthy underground. Joining in the presentation will be Professor Anita Azarenko, head of the OSU Department of Horticulture.

An Innovation Lecture takes place at 10:30 a.m. May 11 in LaSells Stewart Center, Civil and Construction Engineering Hall. Patrick Murphy will speak about “Stimulating the Commercialization of Research-based Innovations: Re-structuring the IP Assessment Process and Seed-Stage Venture Fund Model.” He will present an overview of the risks involved at each stage of the commercialization process involving university and externally created IP, disclose real-world examples and experiences with unsuccessful commercialization attempts, and give an overview of how their fund is attempting to restructure the process to increase the value for each stakeholder as well as the success rate.

On May 15, Scottish-born novelist Margot Livesey will read from her award-winning 2008 novel The House on Fortune Street. A discussion and book-signing will follow. The literary event will be held at 7:30 pm in The Valley Library, first floor Rotunda, and is free and open to the public.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? Open House meetings will be held on June 2 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services Building. The next 13-week session begins on June 9.  If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized.  The PEBB details will be shared at this Open House. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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).

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

News for Employees

The new issue of Update, the Research Office Newsletter is available at

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 DATE! The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a 1.0 FTE Office Specialist 2 as a Reservations 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 18. 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: Today. OSU is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Help

NEW! A benefit bake sale for the Science Olympics State Champions ‘Franklin Middle School’ is going on this morning from 8:30 to 11 in the lobby of Nash Hall. Funds raised will support Franklin’s trip to compete in the National Science Olympics in Augusta Georgia later this month.

NEW! The OSU Alumni Association Community Day of Service is set for May 16 in six cities. This is a day for Beavers to get together and get busy helping. Alumni, students and friends of OSU will work together in Corvallis, Portland, Seattle, Bend, San Jose and San Francisco – during what will become an annual day of service.  Register to volunteer at: www.osualum.com/volunteer_day. Call the OSU Alumni Association at 541-737-2351 with any questions.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to a basement remodeling project, all steam services in Gill Coliseum will be temporarily shutdown.  Building heating in all rooms and all floors will be affected.  This will not affect hot water. The shutdown began at 7 a.m., and services should be restored by 3:30 p.m.

Due to the grand opening ceremony at Kearney Hall, a one-block section of Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown May 15. This will affect Campus Way from Benton Place (just east of Milne Computer Center) to 14th/15th Street.  Traffic flow and OSU Shuttle Service will be temporarily re-directed, including traffic exiting the two Pioneer parking lots. Please expect delays and plan accordingly. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The shutdown will begin at 4 p.m. May 15, and should end by 6 p.m.


Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 65. It will remain sunny through the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 60s.

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