OSU Today

Wednesday, May 20, 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.

Ag and water agencies escape draconian cuts in proposed budget (Capital Press)
Tuition increases of between 7 percent and 9 percent are expected to help Oregon’s higher education system get through the next two years. Oregon State University’s Extension Service, Experiment Station and Forest Research Laboratory, however, can’t raise tuition to offset loss of revenues.

Budget Proposal: OSU Cascades Will Remain (OPB)
University students and teachers in Bend Monday breathed a sigh of relief when they saw state Democrats’ budget proposal. Under the latest state budget proposal, Oregon State University’s regional campus in Bend would remain open.

An ocean without oxygen (Oregon Coast Magazine)
Julie Howard of Oregon Sea Grant looks at how scientists and fisherman cooperate in studying the causes and effects of low-oxygen waters along Oregon’s coastline (article not available on-line)

Spotted knapweed? Good luck spotting any more after these folks were finished (Bend Bulletin)
A group of OSU students and alumni headed out Century Drive on Saturday to take on an invasive species.

Perry wins in Corvallis school vote (Gazette-Times)
Gregory Perry, 53, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University, will be the new face on the Corvallis School Board, representing Position 5.

New site for smaller processors
(World Poultry News)

“The market for niche meats is growing steadily around the country as more livestock producers and consumers jump onboard. However, they often find a lack of appropriate infrastructure — slaughterhouses and further processors — to be the barrier,” said Lauren Gwin, Oregon State University researcher and a coordinator of the network.

County turns from jail plan (Register Guard)

Many in attendance at the Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting spoke in favor of increasing jail capacity. Others who spoke at the meeting urged the budget committee to recommend funding the Oregon State University Extension and county animal services, among other programs.

Top investment award goes to new Corvallis company (Register Guard)
A Corvallis startup firm won the $125,000 investment prize at the first annual Willamette Angel Conference. CenterSpace Software won the prize at this year’s conference, which was held at Oregon State University. The event will alternate between Corvallis and Eugene in future years.

Author Daugherty to give book reading Thursday

Tracy Daugherty, professor of English at Oregon State University, will read at 7 p.m. Thursday from his latest book, “Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme.” The reading is at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.


OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day takes place today in the MU Brick Mall.

Students from the Nutrition and Food Management class are once again taking over Pangea Café this week. Today’s entrees include spinach and mushroom crepes, Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich, ratatouille, nicoise salad and strawberry crepes with chocolate hazelnut sauce.

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.

University Honors College Thesis Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.

OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices, including computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.

The Department of Ethnic Studies and Intercultural Student Services will present the third and final part of their Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Series. This Student Symposium will be presented at noon in the Willamette Room of the Valley Library with a reception to follow.
Ron “Yogi” Blodgett is retiring after 22 years with OSU. Come share your favorite stories about Yogi from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Hall 104.  For questions, please contact Lucas Turpin at lucas.turpin@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! Seminars on Sustainable Management of Planted Forests will take place May 28 in Richardson Hall, room 107. The two College of Forestry finalists for the N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professor of Forest Management will present their visions for disciplinary leadership in teaching, research and outreach for sustainable management of planted forests. Doug Maguire will speak at 9 p.m., and Claire Montgomery will speak at 11 a.m. Receptions to follow. Candidates’ resumes available at http://www.cof.orst.edu/Giustina.php.

During winter term, all OSU students were invited to submit a one-page essay outlining their best idea for making OSU a destination of choice for people who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the ‘This is MY OSU: A Destination of Choice’ diversity essay contest. The Office of Community and Diversity received 101 submissions. Please take a few moments to read the five finalist essays and vote on your favorite at http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/ . The winner will be awarded one academic year’s worth of tuition at the undergraduate, in-state rate. Voting is open until 5 p.m. May 22.

Brian Flay will be the speaker this spring for the Duncan and Cynthia Campbell Lectures on Childhood Relationships, Risk, and Resilience in the College of Health and Human Sciences. He will be giving two talks on May 21:  9 to 10 a.m., Research Talk: Two School-Based Randomized Trials of a Positive Youth Development Program: Theory, Methods and Results, Kelly Engineering 1007. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., public lecture with reception and refreshments following: Positive Youth Development: Theory, Results and Implications for Education and Public Health, Memorial Union Journey Room.

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@oregonstate.edu. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28.

Oregon State University Department of Music’s Symphonic Band, directed by Brad Townsend, and Campus Band, directed by Robert Brudvig, will perform a free, outdoor concert for campus and community on May 21 at 7 p.m. in Parker Plaza.  Branden Hansen, graduate teaching assistant for OSU Bands will be a guest conductor.  For more information on OSU Bands: http://osumb.oregonstate.edu

May 28 will mark the 10th anniversary since the dedication of the expanded and renovated Valley Library. There will be a celebration in the quad on that day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a special attention to students, who pledged $1 million in student fees to support the construction of the new library.

Frank Ragulsky is retiring after 28 years as Director of OSU Student Media. The university community is invited to a reception in his honor from 3 to 5 p.m., May 26, in the Memorial Union Lounge.

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 .

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.

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 – Math and Science Partnership (MSP) – Targeted Partnerships program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/msp2.html NSF – MSP – Targeted Partnerships program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09507/nsf09507.htm . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. June 15 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Enrich your summer with a Saturday Academy class! Our programs at OSU are for any middle and high school student who wants to explore new topics and likes to learn by doing. Openings are available in ALL of our programs this summer.  Classes this summer include Engineering Camp, Science Camp, DaVinci Days Art, and many more!!  Visit our website for details and to enroll in a class today:  http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu Please call 541-737-8139 or email Saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu for more details.

Due to the announcement that PEBB is replacing Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield with the Providence Health Plan as the OUS health care provider beginning January 2010, the Faculty Senate has invited PEBB and Providence representatives to attend the June 11 Faculty Senate meeting. Because we have heard concerns regarding this decision, all employees are encouraged to share concerns via an anonymous online comment form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/pebb_comments/comment.php; comments will be forwarded to PEBB and they will be requested to address these concerns during the Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

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/.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Several trees around Kerr Administration Building will be removed Thursday. These trees are being removed as part of a larger landscaping project. They will be replaced with more appropriate trees to the site conditions. The City Forester has been notified and new trees will be replanted within two weeks. The occupants of the building may experience some excess noise levels during the removal of the trees.

Due to the building chiller failure, the chilled water system for Rogers Hall will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect the cooling of all rooms on all floors.  This shutdown is necessary to troubleshoot and repair the chiller.

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.


Blue skies are back and temperatures should reach 68, with an overnight low of 42. Temperatures should hover in the mid 70s through the weekend.

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