OSU Today

Tuesday, May 12, 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.

A volcanologist reveals how undersea eruptions can be a boon for some species (Nature)
From 3–17 April, a research team led by Bill Chadwick of Oregon State University in Newport observed the eruption of Northwest Rota–1, a massive undersea volcano in the Pacific Ocean.

‘Body farms’ and other must-see sites for the geek in you (Baltimore Sun)
If your interests run more to science than surfing or sunbathing, you may find yourself shouting “Eureka!” when you discover the list of geeky getaways in Popular Science magazine’s May issue, which includes Oregon State University’s Tsunami Research Center.

What role may the weather play in the spread of H1N1? (Wichita Eagle)
There has been some evidence suggesting that influenza can survive outside the body longer under cold, dry conditions. A recent study done by Oregon State University indicated that low humidity of air alone could be a determining factor.

4-year-old prepares for life-changing medical trip

With only two weeks to go before Corvallis residents Jinger and Mark Cain take their 4-year-old son, Dylan, to Durham, N.C., for what they hope will be a life-changing infusion of stem cells, the couple are “getting really excited.” To assist the family, the Oregon State University women’s volleyball team will host a “Wine and Dine” benefit dinner June 1 at the Aqua Seafood Restaurant & Bar, on First and Monroe.

FuturaGene unit in collaboration deal with Oregon State University (Proactive Investors)

FuturaGene PLC (AIM: FGN)  said its unit CBD Technologies Ltd has entered into a collaborative agreement with Oregon State University under which it will provide professor Steven Strauss’ research group at the Forest Biotechnology department with a proprietary eucalyptus clone and a highly efficient eucalyptus transformation protocol.

Adrian High’s little band primed for big contest at Oregon State

Adrian High School, which will make its third state appearance in as many years, is one of the smallest schools competing in the Oregon School Activities Association band and orchestra state championship beginning Wednesday at Oregon State University. (See also the Statesman Journal)

OSU to offer tours of designated historic campus (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University on Thursday will hold a formal ceremony to honor its newly formed OSU National Historic District. (See also Gazette-Times)

Trammell Crow president is honored by OSU (Daily Journal of Commerce)
The president of Trammell Crow Company’s development and investment group, John Stirek, last week was recognized by his alma mater Oregon State University for his success in business.

OSU Extension Service hosts open house (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon State University Extension Service of Benton County will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the agency’s office, 1849 N.W. Ninth St. — the first such event in recent memory, organizers say.


In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a series of small group conversations with President Ray and faculty. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 20 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/comment.php to register.  Requests for times will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. Today, 10 to 11 a.m.

A Sexual Assault Awareness panel discussion regarding resources available in the community, how allies can help, what sexual assault looks like in the queer community, and current statistics. This panel is aimed at presenting a comprehensive view of what is actually happening in the community in regards to sexual assault. Noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union room 208.

A program on Gender variance 101 will utilize a variety of creative outlets – including poetry, film, and performance art – to introduce participants to a variety of gender identities and expressions. A panel of individuals will discuss these topics based on their own experiences living within or outside of the gender binary. 1 to 2 p.m., Memorial Union 206.

Single and hating it? Budding relationship got you confused? Sex life banal? This 30-minute course is designed to educated and entertain as we discuss relationship dynamics in the LGBT community. We cover the first date, steamy beginnings and maintaining a healthy love life. We focus on gay/lesbian relationships but all people are encouraged to attend. 4 to 5 p.m., Pride Center, 1553 S.W. A Ave.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) co-hosts a community building event for OSU students, staff and faculty who currently have, or are thinking about creating, an LGBTQ family with children. This gathering offers a safe, welcoming space for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents to ask questions, share concerns and gather support from LGBTQ parents and others who are in the process of creating their families. Facilitators include CAPS staff and parents who have created their families in different ways. A dinner of pizza and salad will be provided. 5 to 8 p.m., Memorial Union 206.

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. 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.

Join us for a variety of films that explore the diverse and unique experiences of LGBTQ folks around the world. Tonight’s films include “The Believers,” which documents the first ever transgender gospel choir and shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion, and “The Year of Paper” which documents three newlywed couples in the first year of marriage. How different is “gay marriage” from a heterosexual one?  7 to 10 p.m., West International Hall Lounge.

The OSU Socratic Club will feature a debate on the topic, “Who Makes Morality?” at 7 p.m. 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on our faculty. The 2009 Distinguished Professors will present their lectures to the campus community May 13. Alan Acock will present “A Typology of Marital Relationships: An Application of Latent Class Analysis” at 10 a.m. Acock is a professor in Human Development and Family Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences. At 2 p.m., Jeff McDonnell will present “Where does water go when it rains?” McDonnell is an Endowed Chair in the department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management within the College of Forestry. MU Journey Room.

NEW! 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. 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

NEW! Roger and Sharon Detering Agricultural Entrepreneurship Endowment Fund & Austin Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur in Residence Series presents, “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Agriculture” a lecture by Karla S. Chambers, VP/co-owner
Stahlbush Island Farms, noon to 1:20 p.m., May 21, LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Auditorium. As an entrepreneur and fourth-generation Oregon farmer, Chambers has helped her husband build a successful 5000 acre farming and food processing operation. They grow and process fruits and vegetables for sale under their consumer brands “Stahlbush Island Farms” and “Farmers Market”.  For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu or call 713-8044.

NEW! The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its final workshop of the 2008-09 season on May 14. This month’s topic Diversity Initiatives in the Workplace. Take a closer look at diversity initiatives from around the valley with panel members representing Lane County, 509 J School District, OSU, CH2M Hill, City of Corvallis and Benton County. You’ll learn about the process they went through, what worked and what didn’t, and lessons learned as their initiatives have taken place, as well as valuable networking contacts and resource information. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at LBCC’s Alsea-Calapooia Room in the College Center building, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW in Albany. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration:  Katrina.Hopkins@co.benton.or.us

NEW! A University Honors College Thesis Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 20 in Valley Library. Graduating seniors from the University Honors College will display their senior thesis/project and share their original research and unique work with the general public.  Come and see innovative and interactive displays, and talk with UHC students about their projects and thesis experience, on such varied topics as Aural Experiences in Ecuador – An Intercultural Dialogue Through Sound; Use of Artemisinin to Treat Mycoplasma haemolamae in Llamas; and Dental Amalgam Fillings: The Scientific Evidence for Safety.

NEW! Oregon State University Theatre will perform the West Coast premiere of Leroy Clark’s “Shakespeare’s Journey” 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. The dramatist will be on campus May 14 for a discussion after the show. 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/

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The spring edition of Campus Recycling’s quarterly newsletter, The Recycler, has been released and can be downloaded at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.cfm. In this issue: Recyclemania results, volunteer opportunities, Earth Day activities, paper recycling, and more! To subscribe to the quarterly newsletter, go to http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news

NEW! Business Services is recruiting for an Accountant 1. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search, and we would like to ensure that as many interested persons as possible know.  The position posting can be accessed on the OSU Jobs Page http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and is posting number 0004193.  The closing date is May 29.
If you have any questions contact Lori Schmidt, at lori.schmidt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3345.

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

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 is now in effect.

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 survey work, the Facilities Services Shops parking lot (the section east of the shops building and the strip south of the Landscape Shop) will be temporarily shutdown.  These areas need to be free of all vehicles during this time. This shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. today and we anticipate reopening the parking lot by 2:00 p.m.

NEW! Due to excavation work, the eastbound lane on Jefferson Way between Benton Place & 15th St., will be intermittently shutdown. Adjacent sidewalk will also affected. Please expect traffic delays. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. and should be completed by 5:30 p.m. today.

NEW! Due to repairs on the water system, all industrial hot water to Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. on May 14, and we anticipate restoring services by noon the same day.

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.

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.


Showers should be expected throughout the day. Today’s high will be 56, with an overnight low of 39. Tomorrow showers will increase and the high will reach 58.

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