OSU Today

Monday, May 11, 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.

OSU raises $500 million (Associated Press)
The economic downturn doesn’t seem to be hurting Oregon State University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The university said The Campaign for OSU recently hit the $500 million mark and is on track to meet its goal of raising $625 million by 2011. (See also the Gazette-Times)

Life aquatic with OSU needs a new research ship (Oregonian)
The R/V Wecoma headed out this week for another voyage of discovery, carrying Oregon State University oceanographer Jim Moum, 11 other researchers and their custom-built deep-sea pressure gauges to measure ocean changes along a turbulent reef.

UW-Madison partners on 3-state dairy cow study (Chicago Tribune)
UW-Madison, Oregon State University and Cornell University received nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the four-year study of cows on 300 dairy farms in Wisconsin, New York and Oregon.

Volunteer days engage scattered alumni (USA Today)

On Saturday, Oregon State University alums will help the U.S. Forest Service in Bend, Ore., manually root out spotted knapweed, an invasive species.

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.

Spotted owl threatened again, but not by humans this time (KATU)
In the coast range outside of Eugene, a pair of spotted owls is among those tracked for the last two years. “One of the things we’re beginning to see here is the birds do appear to be competing for old forest nesting habitat,” said Dave Wiens, a graduate student at Oregon State University.

OSU Socratic Club will debate roots of morality (Gazette-Times)
The OSU Socratic Club will feature a debate on the topic “Who Makes Morality?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Campus.

Aphids cause sticky situation (Statesman Journal)
Because there are so many kinds of aphids with varying life cycles, I asked Amy Dreves, an entomologist at Oregon State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Science, for some least-toxic strategies for keeping aphid populations in check in the home garden.

Witness snake mating season near Winnipeg, Canada (Dallas News)

We met Bob Mason, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University who is visiting with a few graduate students. They’re tagging snakes for study. “We’re continuing to unravel the fantastic story of the snakes of Narcisse,” he says.

Thursday event honors OSU’s history (Democrat Herald)
A ceremony honoring Oregon State University’s rich history, architectural legacy and newly formed OSU National Historic District will be held Thursday on campus. A new National Historic District marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m.

Meeting to discuss look of Willamette Valley in future (Statesman Journal)
The panelists are David Hulse from the University of Oregon, Institute for a Sustainable Environment; Sara Vickerman, a senior director for biodiversity partnerships at the Defenders of Wildlife; Gail Achterman, director of the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University; Rick Bastaasch of the River Renaissance Initiative at the city of Portland.


An Innovation Lecture takes place at 10:30 a.m. 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.

Join us for the opening BBQ of Queer Pride Week, with free food in the quad. A note to BBQ purists: the meal won’t be traditional barbeque food, although it will be tasty – and include vegetarian options. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union Quad.

Career Development LGBTQ Style. Ever wonder whether or not it is safe to come out at work? Or how being LGBTQ might effect your future career choices and opportunities? Or how about what types of LGTBQ activities should you include on your resume? This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions related to career development, as well as cover topics of self-awareness, disclosure, marketing yourself, finding inclusive employers and learning about federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. 3 to 5 p.m., Career Services, basement of Kerr.

Grace Gill, associate professor in the department of anatomy and cellular biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, will speak 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.

Science Pub Corvallis takes place at 6 p.m. 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. Folks are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 to get dinner and a good seat.

Slumber Party at the Pride Center, 8 p.m. Celebrate with the LGBTQQIA community in a relaxed social in the Pride Center with an atmosphere of lots of exciting activities. Bring some friends along or join us for fun, festivities throughout the night – this event is free and open to everyone!

Upcoming Events

NEW! Managing Your Life: Your Financial, Physical and Mental Health. Join us for a morning sure to enrich, enlighten and inform. Our speakers will cover topics relating to financial, mental and physical health. The event takes place 8:30 am. to noon May 26 in the East Conference Room of West Dining Center. Registration fee: $10 Association of Office Professionals members or $25 for those who wish to register and join AOP ($15 is membership fee for 09-10 academic year) Registration deadline is May 21. Fill out your online registration form and then forward via campus mail to Lois Lessert, Student Media, 118 MU East. For more information contact Lois Lessert at lois.lessert@oregonstate.edu or 737-3374 with questions.

NEW! Congratulate OSU authors of 2008 at a reception May 13, at The Valley Library, Willamette classrooms on the 3rd floor from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Provost & Executive Vice President, Sabah Randhawa, will open the event followed by several authors presenting their works. For more information contact Kerrie.Cook@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4633.

NEW! The May 14 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/05.html. Agenda items include: Athletics Update by President Ray and Athletic Director Bob DeCarolis, Category I Name Change Proposal from Department of 4-H Youth Development Education to the Department of Youth Development Education, College Level P&T Recommendations. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

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

“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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Get your RecSports (Dixon Recreation Center) – Half-Term Spring Memberships now!  Purchase your membership for $38 today and get seven weeks of access.  Spring memberships expire June 26. Those eligible at this rate are OSU Faculty & Staff, Faculty & Staff spouses or partners, and Faculty & Staff dependents. Visit RecServices in Dixon for more information, 737-3736. http://oregonstate.edu/recsports

NEW! The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices go into effect today.

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

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.

How to Help

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 construction, a section of the gravel parking lot on the south side of Magruder Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. May 12 and should be complete by 5 p.m. May 22.

NEW! Due to the OSU National Historic District Celebration the westbound lane on Jefferson Way at the intersection of 14th/15th St, will be temporarily re-routed.  Please expect traffic delays. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The shutdown will begin at 11 a.m. on May 14 and should end by 3 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 showery with a high of 59 and an overnight low of 43. Tomorrow will be more of the same, with a high of 56.

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