OSU Today

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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.

Lasers help researchers predict birds’ preferred habitat (NASA)

As recently as May 2010, an Oregon State University doctoral student dislocated her shoulder while using a rudimentary pole to demonstrate how scientists once measured tree branches from the ground — and to show how and why the science of studying birds has changed.

Low-dose aspirin guidelines changing for younger diabetics (CNN)

“If you have diabetes, aspirin may not be as effective as we otherwise felt. And it can have some potential risks,” explained Craig Williams, an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, and one of the experts on the recent review panel.

To the woods (Think Out Loud)

Evelyn Searle Hess, author of the new OSU Press book To the Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home, will be a guest on OPB’s Think Out Loud today.

Undergraduates mentor high school writing students (LIFE@OSU)

It’s apt that a new program pairing Oregon State students with high school student writers would bear the acronym OWL. The undergraduates are able to pass on their newly acquired writing wisdom to the high school students, and gain a better understanding of the subject at the same time.

Klinge Corporation picked to store cold history (York Daily Record)

Dr. Ed Brook, an Oregon State University geosciences professor, travels to Antarctica and Greenland to pick up ice core samples, analyzing their carbon dioxide and methane contents.

OSU grad to be one of first women on Navy sub (Statesman Journal)

A graduating Oregon State University student is set to become one of the first 19 women to serve on a Navy submarine.

Slew of allegations leads to coach’s firing (Register-Guard)

Oregon State has begun the process of searching for a new women’s basketball coach. (See also Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times, KPIC)


The office of Community and Diversity presents the final title in the Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series for the academic year today with “Greek Life.” In this film, students involved in a wide variety of fraternities and sororities share their stories of what Greek life really means to them. They address such issues as what motivated them to join a Greek house; whether it meets their needs; how the community views the Greek system; biggest misperceptions portrayed by the media and addressing the biggest stereotypes. The screening and discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know your community better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4382.

Christopher Wolsko, research associate in psychology at University of Oregon, will speak on “Why not Gross National Happiness? Contemporary Obstacles to Psychological Well-Being,” from noon to 1 p.m. today at Oregon State – Cascades Campus as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118.

Oregon State University Theatre presents 13 student-directed one-act plays starting June 2 and ending June 6. Ten student directors will direct 26 actors. There are two panels of plays to be presented. Panel A will be performed 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 and Friday, June 4 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Panel B will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 and Saturday, June 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Performances will be on the main stage of Withycombe Hall. Tickets are $8, $6 seniors, $5 children and $4 for OSU students and can be purchased at the box office in Withycombe Hall beginning Tuesday, June 1 at noon. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Tickets can now be purchased online at www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre. Information: 541-737-2853 or 541-737-2784.

Upcoming events

NEW! “The Panza Monologues,” based on women’s stories and experiences about their panzas (bellies), is performed and directed by students in Ethnic Studies 499/499, Chicana Feminism. The performance will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 3 in the MU International Forum. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! Crossroads International is sponsoring a special Worldview event, titled Perspectives: India – A Rising Power, Saturday, June 5, 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 SW Ninth St. This event is free and open to the public, and will commence with a 30-minute Indian cooking demo, followed by short presentations given by OSU faculty members, including Sally Duncan, Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul, Sunil Khanna, and Ram Ravichandran. The program will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience and a reception. There will also be activities for children to enjoy. See http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/events for more details and additional information on Crossroads International.

NEW! The President and Provost have scheduled a campus forum to discuss the budget landscape and plans for the next year and the biennium on June 7,
3 to 5 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Auditorium. This forum is open to OSU employees and students, and will
be streamed live at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1.

NEW! The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven M. Zielke, will complete its performance season with the sixth annual President’s Concert on Saturday, June 5, at 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information contact the OSU Department of Music at 541-737-4061, or go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

NEW! The Heart of the Valley Children’s Choirs (HVCC), under the direction of Carol Nelson, will present the annual Elizabeth Powell Memorial Scholarship Concert on Sunday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Campus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis, Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany and at the box office prior to the concert. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

The OSU Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show will take place in two locations this year; on campus and in Portland. The Corvallis show is on Friday, June 4 at the MU Ballroom from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Portland show is on Friday, June 11 at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

News for Employees

NEW! Starting June 7, OSU Today will switch to a weekly (Monday) distribution for the summer. In order to make sure your announcements make it into OSU Today, you must send them to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by Friday morning of the week previous to when the announcement should run. OSU Today will return to a daily basis at the beginning of Fall Term.

NEW! Did you know that as an OSU Faculty/Staff member you are eligible to purchase up to two discounted season tickets for Football?  For the 2010 season, the OSU Faculty / Staff discounted rate is $ 204 per season ticket. Depending upon where you would like your seats located, there may be an accompanying per seat donation to the BASF. Season Tickets are available at this time by visiting the Ticket Office in Legendary Gill Coliseum (Room 107), calling 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS.  Locations will be assigned at the time of purchase. The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Your OSU Staff ID number will be needed at the time you place your order.

We’ve had a great response from the campus, but we still need your input! Take five minutes and fill out the OSU Internal Communications Survey at http://bit.ly/b9S5lq.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Academic Year 2010-11 for Fall, Winter and/or Spring Term(s). Application are due in the Research Office by June 7. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm . If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for a wide variety of 2010-11 Scholarships to be awarded during the Fall term. The deadline for applications is June 30. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to students attending Oregon Space Grant affiliate institutions. These OSGC scholarship programs support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging career goals in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the aerospace industry. Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium website at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/fellow.html#Scholarships. A 2010-11 Scholarship Guide is available for download. Please direct any questions to 541-737-2414 or spacegrant@oregonstate.edu.

We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by June 3. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award, go to


Human Resources Consultant 1, Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month Professional Faculty.  To review posting 0005678 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing date is June 13.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Facilities Services is seeking a Campus Planner. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position, reporting to the Planning Department of Facilities Services. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Position closes June 15. Posting #0005705.

The Office of Technology Transfer invites applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. To review posting and apply,
go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56622. Closing date June 7

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. The Associate Dean will provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the College. Serving as a key team member, the Associate Dean will assist the Dean in all matters related to the management and direction of the UHC. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment reporting to the Dean of the University Honors College. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Application Deadline is June 8. For further details or to apply, visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/ Posting number 0005680. Questions may be directed to Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6404.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Gift Planning Associate. Located in Portland, Oregon and reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, this position will coordinate the daily operations of the gift planning programs and will provide programmatic and administrative assistance and support to the Gift Planning staff and to Development Officers working on planned gifts. To review a full job description, salary range and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/. This position will be open until filled. The OSU Foundation makes hiring decisions on the basis of merit and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Traffic and Maintenance

Fire alarms: During the week of June 13-18, quarterly fire alarm testing is scheduled to take place in the following buildings:  Crop Science, Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Kidder Hall, Magruder Hall, Pharmacy Bldg, Plageman (Student Health). The testing will begin at 6 p.m. June 13 and should end by June 18.

Benton Hall: Due to tree maintenance, six parking spaces to the south east of Benton Hall will be temporarily shut down. These spaces need to remain free of all vehicles. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 4 p.m.

Education Hall: Due to repairs to the emergency lighting system in the stairwells at Education Hall, testing of the fire horns, bells, and/or alarms is required. Please be advised during this testing period, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms may be audible. The testing should end by 3 p.m. June 4.

Heat Plant: Due to the investigation of an underground storage tank, the parking lot on the east of the Heat Plant will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles. There also will be no vehicle access from Benton Place. This shutdown should end by 1 p.m. June 3.

Milam Hall: Due to renovation of both the Men’s and Women’s restrooms on the second floor of Milam these restrooms will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown is necessary to bring these restrooms into ADA compliance. The shutdown will end by 5 p.m. July 2.


Corvallis: It was a dark and stormy Wednesday. If it looks a bit like the setting of a Gothic novel outside your window, don’t be surprised. Heavy rain is expected throughout the day, with a high of 65. Tomorrow the downpour will turn into occasional showers and the temperature will increase to a muggy 69.

Central Oregon: You may be staring hard at your calendar, wondering how June became March, but get used to it. Today’s rain will turn to showers the rest of the week but it will remain soggy through the weekend. Today’s high will reach 62 with an overnight low of 43.

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