OSU Today

Tuesday, May 26, 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.

OSU Beavers Return to College World Series (OPB)
Oregon State University’s baseball team will get the opportunity to compete in the College World Series, thanks to a post-season bid announced this morning. Rob Manning has more. (See also the Oregonian)

OSU-Cascades Campus names new vice president (KTVZ)

The Oregon State University-Cascades Campus’ interim leader has been named its new vice president. OSU President Ed Ray announced Rebecca Johnson’s appointment Thursday, and commended her for leading the school during tough economic times.

Ancient termite spilled its guts in amber (MSNBC)
One hundred million years ago a termite was wounded and its abdomen split open. The resin of a pine tree slowly enveloped its body and the contents of its gut. “The chances of finding a termite with its body open like this are rare,” said George Poinar, an amber expert at Oregon State University who led the research. (See also Live Science)

Care providers at risk (Statesman Journal)

Many child-care providers in low-income areas, such as Marion County, get a substantial portion of their income from subsidized clients, said Bobbie Weber, who coordinates the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership at Oregon State University.

Colleges eye non-resident students (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon’s budget-ravaged universities want migrating students to help boost their bottom lines.
The seven public schools in the Oregon University System will continue recruiting more out-of-state and international students as they address steep — 15 percent — budget cuts over the next two years.

Fresh eyes, fragile deal on Columbia salmon (Oregonian)

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Obama’s leader on fish issues, arrives to take up the conflicts swirling on the Columbia River

OSU ranks first in NW for recycling challenge (Statesman Journal)
Oregon State University recycled more per person than any other Northwest college or university in the 2009 Recyclemania, a national recycling and waste-reduction competition.

200 attend state’s first renewable energy conference (Juneau Empire)
Robert Paasch, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, a joint Oregon State University and University of Washington project, discussed the long-range potential for ocean energy systems, including wave and tidal action power projects.
“Ocean energy has tremendous potential. If just 0.2 percent of the energy in ocean waves could be harnessed it would provide enough power for the entire world,” Paasch said at the conference.

Film about acid-scarred singer airs Tuesday (Gazette-Times)
The documentary film “Finding Face,” which recently premiered at The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, will make its Northwest premiere at Oregon State University on Tuesday.

Having sons will turn fathers right wing, study suggests (New Zealand Herald)
In a joint paper, sociologist Rebecca Warner from Oregon State University and the economist Ebonya Washington from Yale University found that support for policies designed to address gender equity is greater among parents with daughters. The result, they say, is particularly strong for fathers. (See also the Guardian)

OSU to host 2009 Hyslop Farm Field Day (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Extension Service specialists and researchers from OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science will host the annual Hyslop Farm Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the farm, six miles northeast of Corvallis on Granger Road, just off U.S. Highway 20.

Pauling plans get no prize from Ore. Commission

Linus Pauling’s place in history is secure. A building named for him, however, has flunked with the Corvallis Historic Resources Commission.


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 in the East Conference Room of West Dining Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Lois Lessert at lois.lessert@oregonstate.edu or 737-3374 with questions.

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., in the Memorial Union Lounge.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Due to renewed interest in Apple computer systems on campus, the OSU Mac User Group (MUG) is reforming. The first meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., June 3 in the Willamette Rooms on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. All employees and students with an interest in Apple computers are welcome to attend. RSVP to Dave.Nevin@oregonstate.edu Those interested can also subscribe the Mac User Group mailing list at the following website: http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/macusers

NEW! The University Theatre program will offer its 2009 Spring One-Act Festival beginning May 28. The student-written and directed one-act plays will be held May 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on May 31. The event will be at the Withycombe Hall Main Stage, 2901 S.W. Campus Way. These original one-act comedy plays were written and developed as part of the OSU Theatre’s playwriting classes. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and youth, and $4 for OSU students and are available by calling the OSU box office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

NEW! Having trouble getting your synchronized swimming routine in sync? Should your credit card have finger I.D. on it? Are you still in the dark ages using a cleaver and a knife when you could be using a Snide? These are some of the ideas that will be pitched to judges in the 2009 Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Idea Challenge. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Enter to win a free term membership with Recreational Sports (Dixon Rec Center) by taking 15 minutes to complete our Faculty/Staff survey. Go to http://studentvoice.com/oregonst/facultystaffusesat09 to participate.

NEW! The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Fall, Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by June 26. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm.For more information contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu  or 541- 737-8390.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to equipment installation on the roof of Graf Hall, the “Faculty/Staff” parking lot will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. May 28 and should be completed by 9 a.m.

NEW! Due to maintenance work on the building air supply (ventilation) to Weniger Hall, all building air services will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 7 p.m. today and should be finished by 10 p.m.


If you’re still basking in the glow of a three-day weekend, don’t despair. Things are just going to get warmer and sunnier. Today’s high will be 73 with an overnight low of 47, and tomorrow it will warm up to 76, with 81 by Thursday.

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