OSU Today

Friday, May 22, 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.

Snow, with a chance of fun (Gazette-Times)
Thursday afternoon’s weather was sunshine and temperatures in the 70s. But the Memorial Union Quad was covered in about 10 tons of snow.

Students cross state line to get ag degree (Capital Press)
Two Pacific Northwest institutions have teamed up to provide a four-year production agriculture degree. Participating are Pasco, Wash.-based Columbia Basin College and Oregon State University’s agriculture program at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Ore.

Budget slashes natural resource agencies (Capital Press)
Tuition increases of 7 percent to 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 funding shortfalls, pointed out OSU lobbyist Jock Mills. They are looking at 15 percent less than what is needed to maintain existing service levels.

Earl Newman (Oregon Art Beat)
Local printmaker Earl Newman is featured. His work is currently on display in the MU Concourse Gallery. The show repeats May 24, 6 p.m.

Teens, Frogs & Climate Change (Science Central)
Oregon State University zoologist Andrew Blaustein says monitoring amphibians is important because they are especially sensitive to environmental changes.

Endangered right whales go home (Inside Science)
Scientists have been listening for whale conversations in the North Atlantic.  For this, David Mellinger and his team from Oregon State University and NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab used acoustic sensors stationed in the Cape Farewell Ground.

Dean announces her resignation (Advocate)
Charmagne Ehrenhaus is leaving Mt. Hood Community College in June, and said she will miss the faculty the most. In her spare time, which she does not have much of, she is working on her doctoral degree in community college leadership at Oregon State University. With this degree she hopes to continue in her quest to help students achieve their goals.

Wheat farmers win praise for aid (Capital Press)

Dryland wheat farmers Joe and Donna Rietmann of Ione, Ore., have been honored for their cooperation with the Oregon State University Morrow County Extension Service.

OSU addresses concerns about building’s design (Daily Journal of Commerce)
The project to build the Linus Pauling Science Center at Oregon State University hit a snag on its way to receiving final approval from the city of Corvallis.


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 .

Students from the Nutrition and Food Management class are once again taking over Pangea Café this week. Today’s entrees include kalua pork, shoyu chicken, strawberry chicken salad, beef teriyaki skewers and haupia with mango sauce.

Today is the last day to vote on the ‘This is My OSU: A Destination of Choice’ diversity essay contest. The office of Community and Diversity received submissions from 101 students in the contest, outlining their best idea for making OSU a destination of choice for people who are committed to diversity and inclusion. Please join hundreds of OSU faculty, staff and students in taking 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 years worth of tuition at the undergraduate, in-state rate. Voting is open until 5 p.m. The winner will be announced during the week of June 1.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Today will not be sent out Monday, May 25, because of the Memorial Day holiday. We will resume on May 26.

NEW! The Oregon State University AAUP/AFT group is hosting Lisa Klein, professor of material science and engineering at Rutgers University, at 3:30 p.m. June 3 in the Kelley Engineering Building, room 1003. Klein, who serves as chapter president of Rutgers AAUP/AFT will discuss how collective bargaining has strengthened the institutions that have agreements.

NEW! International Feminist Film Festival presents “Finding Face,” a documentary film on acid attacks in Cambodia, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 26, Gilfillan Auditorium.

NEW! Wayne Huber is retiring after 19 years as Professor of Water Resources Engineering in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. The university community is invited to a morning reception in his honor from 9:30 to 11 a.m., June 11, in the Kearney Hall Atrium.

Edie Williams celebrates nearly 30 years of service to OSU at a retirement reception on May 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Agricultural Science Room at LaSells Stewart Center.  Please join Network Services as we honor Edie.  Please contact Judy Ivey at judy.ivey@oregonstate.edu with questions.

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.

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 today 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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Business Services is recruiting for an Accountant 1. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. 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. For information contact Lori Schmidt, at lori.schmidt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3345.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NIH – Recovery Act Limited Competition: NCMHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase (R24) 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/r24.html NIH program site for request for applications (RFA) number RFA-MD-09-006: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-09-006.html Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 27 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 737-8390.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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. today.


Today will be 72 and sunny, and the weekend looks gorgeous. Lows will be in the 40s and highs in the low 70s, but next week the temperature should creep up toward 80.

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