OSU Today

Wednesday, May 13, 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 reveals doctor, midwife conflict (UPI)
Two Oregon State University researchers have uncovered a pattern of distrust and some outright antagonism between physicians at hospitals and midwives.

Conference reviews oceanography’s past (Gazette-Times)
A conference on “American Oceanography at Mid-Century” will be held Thursday and Friday at Oregon State University, and 50 scholars from throughout the United States are expected to attend.

Nonstick chemical pollutes water at notable levels
(Science News)

A new study finds evidence that people may be exposed through drinking water to a persistent nonstick chemical at levels approaching those that trigger adverse effects in laboratory animals. Abby D. Benninghoff, a PFOA toxicologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, finds the proposed New Jersey safety limit for PFOA pretty convincing.

Winter Weather May Harbor Swine Flu (H1N1) and Other Influenza (Accuweather.com)
Studies have shown that influenza flourishes when the air is generally dry and cold. One study done by the Oregon State University indicated that low humidity alone is the key.

Radio Disney and Oddwater Will Kick Off Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Summer Season (Zoo and Aquarium Visitor)
Local Ocean Seafoods co-owner, Laura Anderson, is a third generation commercial fisherman. Her experience working summers on her father’s fishing boat salmon trolling and Dungeness crabbing has given her an authentic understanding of product quality and sourcing. With a Master’s Degree in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University, Anderson has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement in Oregon.

Today

Oregon State University Extended Campus (Ecampus) is hosting their second annual Spring Faculty Forum 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

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.

Who are trans individuals and what does it mean to be one? Panel members will share their perspectives and experiences with being identified as transsexual/transgender member of the LGBTQQIA community. Joe Stevens, of Coyote Grace, will be a special guest panelist. 11 a.m. to noon, Memorial Union room 206.

OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. 644 SW 13th St., www.surplus.oregonstate.edu

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 today. 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.
Congratulate OSU authors of 2008 at a reception 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.

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.

Get ready to queerify your ears while listening to three stellar queer performers, including Athens Boys Choir (a gender-deviant, multi-media, spoken-word/homo-hop group), Katastrophe (a San Francisco based rapper and producer), and Coyote Grace (an acoustic alt-folk, upbeat folkgrass, broody funk performer). They’ll rock your socks off! 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in MU East International Forum/ Club Escape.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Robert Daverman of the University of Tennessee will speak on “Mysteries of the Cantor Set” during the Lonseth Lecture at 3:45 p.m. May 19 in LaSells Stewart Center. The Cantor set exhibits captivating and, occasionally, bizarre phenomena in diverse branches of mathematics. And it is a fundamentally important object — anyone who completely understands the Cantor set is assured of mathematical success. An awards ceremony takes place at 3 p.m., and a reception follows the talk.

NEW! Ron “Yogi” Blodgett is retiring after 22 years with OSU. Come share your favorite stories about Yogi on May 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Hall 104.  For questions, please contact Lucas Turpin at lucas.turpin@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Lieutenant Commander Danny McGrane of the British Royal Navy and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) briefing officer will speak at OSU May 19, 4 p.m., in Cordley Hall room 1109.  He will speak on NATO’s history and transformation post Cold War, NATO in Afghanistan and other theaters of operations, the costs and benefits of NATO membership and NATO in the 21st Century. This event is open to all Oregon State University students, faculty, and staff. All ROTC students and officers are highly encouraged to attend.  Sponsored by Air Force ROTC. For more information call  541-390-8939 of greenjoe@onid.orst.edu

NEW! The First Presbyterian Chancel Choir will join with the Heart of the Valley Festival and Chamber Choirs in a concert on 3 p.m. May 17 featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” The concert, directed by Carol Nelson, is free and open to the public. It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St.

NEW! Oregon State University Department of Music presents an afternoon of jazz on May 17 at 3 p.m. in the Corvallis High School auditorium, featuring the Max Planck High School Big Band of Schorndorf, Germany, directed by Martin Drechsler. Admission is $10 at the door. Also performing will be the OSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Chapman, and the Corvallis High School Jazz Band, directed by Marshall Price.

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.

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

A University Honors College Thesis Fairwill 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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ari-r2.html . The NSF – ARI-R2 program site is http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09562/nsf09562.htm . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 29 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI-R2): Recovery and Reinvestment program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri-r2.html The NSF – MRI-R2 program site is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09561/nsf09561.htm . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 29 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/step.html The NSF – STEP program site is http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 29 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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

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

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 maintenance work in a lab, the building air supply (ventilation) to ALS room 2111A will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. May 14 and should be concluded by 5 p.m.

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 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.

Weather

Light rain will develop by afternoon with a high of 57 and an overnight low of 49. Showers continue tomorrow morning with sun appearing later in the day and a high of 61.

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