OSU Today

Friday, May 15, 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.

Business teacher Dixon gets high school award (Statesman Journal)
John Dixon of South Salem High School is among four Oregon teachers recognized with a state Outstanding High School Business Educator Award. The awards also recognized teachers from Elkton, Merrill and Lake Oswego. The awards are presented by the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers and the Oregon State University College of Business.

Oldest Example Of Mutualism: Termites And Protozoa Discovered Together In Ancient Amber (Science Daily)
The analysis of a termite entombed for 100 million years in an ancient piece of amber has revealed the oldest example of “mutualism” ever discovered between an animal and microorganism, and also shows the unusual biology that helped make this one of the most successful, although frequently despised insect groups in the world. The findings were made by George Poinar, an Oregon State University researcher and international expert on life forms found in amber.

Hoffman finishes renovation of historic OSU hall (Daily Journal of Commerce)

A $12 million renovation of a historic academic hall at Oregon State University has been completed by Hoffman Construction Company.

Oregon hazelnut acreage climbs (Capital Press)
How does Oregon State University hazelnut breeder Shawn Mehlenbacher assess the progress made in delivering Oregon from eastern filbert blight? “I would put it this way,” he said. “The latest (National Agricultural Statistics Service) tree survey showed an increase (in acreage).

International Student Scholarship Aids in Diane Pego Attending Oregon State University (Voice of America)
Oregon State University is the place Diane Pego chose to attend. “I’m from Brazil and back at home we were going with the education system here and so I came here three years ago as an exchange student and that really help me to figure out what I really want to do and where I want to study and I feel in love with the American system and you guys are very organized and everything works smoothly,” she says.

Noted scholar, scientist and civic servant dies after being struck by car near Olympus High (Salt Lake Tribune)
An 83-year-old, award-winning scholar and scientist has died after he was struck by a car Wednesday afternoon while fixing sprinklers in a yard across the street from Olympus High School. Cyrus McKell earned a Ph.D. from Oregon State University and later won various awards for his work and research, including the governor’s medal for science and technology.

Agenda set for Hyslop field day (Capital Press)
New wheat varieties – including one showing promise in the Willamette Valley – and the impact increased wheat acreage is having on disease pressure will be discussed at Oregon State University’s annual Hyslop Farm Field Day.

Cool Shoes & Friends kick up their heels (Gazette-Times)
Cool Shoes, the distinguished Oregon State University Ballroom Dance Troupe, will perform its 19th annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, at Corvallis High School

Today

President Obama has proclaimed today as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 10 through May 16 as Police Week. OSU flags will be flown at half-mast today in honor of the occasion.

The annual Degree Partnership Program (DPP) Summit will be held at LBCC today.  Anyone with an interest in assisting students who are now or may be planning to enroll in DPP will find the Summit beneficial. To learn more about the Summit and to register please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/partnerships/educators/summit/

The 10th annual Engineering Expo takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 in the Kelley Engineering Center. More than 100 student-built projects, representing OSU’s best undergraduate engineering talent, will be featured at the popular event which is free and open to the public.

A public grand opening of Kearney Hall will be held today, recognizing the successful $12 million renovation of Apperson Hall. Tours of Kearney Hall will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Engineering Expo being held the same day on the OSU campus. The grand opening, which is free and open to the public, will be from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in front of Kearney Hall, at the intersection of 14th and Monroe streets in Corvallis.

The sordid secrets and hilarious truths of your favorite Gay celebrities—Dan Savage, Danny Roberts, Dina Martina and more! The food, the landmarks, the riots, the Drag Queens, the Stars–part survival guide, part travel manual, part oral history, Adrian Ryan’s Way Too Gay Gay Seattle Field Guide gives is all to you. 4 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union room 206.

Oregon State University Theatre will perform the West Coast premiere of Leroy Clark’s “Shakespeare’s Journey” tonight and tomorrow night 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. 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/

The annual drag show takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Poison Waters (Portland’s famous drag queen) emcees this glamorous, raucous drag show. Doors open at 7:15, all ticket holders must be in by 7:50 p.m. or forfeit ticket. Limited availability general admission opens at 7:50 p.m.

Scottish-born novelist Margot Livesey will visit the campus to read from her most recent work, the award-winning novel “The House on Fortune Street.” A question-and-answer session and a book-signing will follow the reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library’s first floor rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday

The OSU Alumni Association Community Day of Service is set for today 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.

Sunday

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

The graduate students of the new Dept of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) are holding their first annual FES Graduate Student Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. May 22, 107 Richardson Hall. For more information go to http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/cof/fs/events.php .

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.

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

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

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 mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu or call 713-8044.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! A Faculty Forum Paper titled ‘On Straining Out Gnats and Swallowing Camels,’ authored by David A. Bella, is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/ffp/200905.html. Faculty Forum Papers were established in 1968 for the exchange of faculty opinions on any subject relevant to university affairs. Archived Faculty Forum Papers are online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/ffp/.

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the competition for the 2009-10 Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship.  Funding for the fellowship is provided through the generous donation of the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon. For more information regarding the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship, please visit the following website http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/flyfisher.html

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.

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

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

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to a leak from a hot water line, all industrial hot water services to Wiegand Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown is necessary to replace a copper pipe in the ceiling of room 004. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. today and should be completed by 1 p.m.

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 grand opening ceremony at Kearney Hall, a one-block section of Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown today. 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., and should end by 6 p.m.

Weather

Today will be sunny with a high of 71 and an overnight low of 45. The weekend looks gorgeous, with highs of 78 tomorrow and 80 on Sunday. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

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