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Friday, January 16, 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.

Changing Forest Policies Proved Difficult For Bush Administration


Conservationists in Oregon worried eight years ago that President George W. Bush’s election would spell disaster – especially when it came to logging. Dean of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, Hal Salwasser, concludes that the Northwest Forest Plan is basically broken.

Addicted to birds: Oregonian chases passion, penguins, in Antarctica

Noah Strycker, 22, a 2008 graduate of Oregon State University’s Fisheries and Wildlife program, is in the midst of a three-month stint at Cape Crozier, the most easterly point of Ross Island in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, as an intern in the PenguinScience program.

Fallen oak offers study aid
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Usually, when a tree falls on the Oregon State University campus, it’s cleaned up after a business day or so. In mid-December, however, OSU had other priorities, given that Corvallis looked like the center of a snow globe

EPA finds toxins throughout Columbia Basin
(Associated Press)

The Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Thursday that toxins remain at levels harmful to people, fish and wildlife throughout the Northwest, despite decades-long cleanups. A 2007 survey by EPA and Oregon State University found mercury in every fish and every river sampled in 12 Western states.


Oregon State University’s Student Health Services diagnosed their first two cases of influenza Tuesday. These patients had classic influenza symptoms. Flu vaccine is still available for faculty, staff and students, and will be available as long as supplies last. The campus community can stop in at Student Health Services from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to receive their vaccination. To contact Student Health Services, call 541-737-9355 or go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/

At 1 p.m. today, the campus community is invited to attend the open forum presentation by Isabel Sanchez for the CASA Director position in Memorial Union room 211.

“The Way Home” Video & Discussion, 6 to 8 p.m., OSU Women’s Center. The Way Home is a film about race, gender and class in the US. Over the course of eight months, 64 women, representing a cross section of cultures in the US, met in councils according to ethnicity. Open forum following the viewing.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The 27th annual Peace Breakfast takes place at 7:30 a.m., Jan. 19 in the MU Ballroom. Tickets are $10 for non-students and are available at the door or from the MU Business Office and the Office for Community and Diversity. A children’s event, “Kids Supporting Social Justice,” will take place in MU room 206 during the breakfast. “Kids for Equality,” at the Longhouse follows the breakfast. A birthday party for Dr. King, followed by a candlelight vigil to the steps of the MU, and a round table discussion, takes place beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lonnie B. Harris Cultural Center.

NEW!Mott T. Greene, John Magee Professor of Science and Values at the University of Puget Sound, will deliver a lecture titled “Charles Darwin, The Man & The Myth” on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. This is the first lecture in the Horning Endowment sponsored “Darwin 1809 to 2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Following Greene’s lecture, cake will be served in honor of Darwin’s birthday. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history/lectures.

Martin Tobias, a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in technology and clean energy solutions, will speak at a free public lecture titled “Building a Green Business: Lessons and Opportunities” hosted by the Oregon State University College of Business Austin Entrepreneurship Program at noon, Jan. 29, at the Construction and Engineering Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center. For more information, contact the College of Business at 541-737-6020 or visit http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/about/entrepreneurship_lecture.htm.

Join the OSU Retirement Association at one of the exciting programs listed below:

Feb. 7,“Arcadia,” Withycombe Theater: Join us at 6:00 p.m. for finger food in the Green Room at Withycombe Hall. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. If interested, e-mailNancy Evans or call 757-0289.

Feb. 27, Gymnastics vs. UCLA: 5 p.m. light dinner at LaSells Stewart Center prior to the 7 p.m. match at Gill Coliseum. Contact Kathy Heath or 541-752-1096 for reservations. Dinner is $10 and game tickets are $2 each.

The Memorial Union will be broadcasting the Presidential Inauguration live in the main lounge. The event takes place Jan. 20, beginning at 7 a.m. with the broadcast of music festivities. Refreshments will be served at 8 a.m., and the call to order begins at 8:30 a.m. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by calling 541-737-2650.

“Non-Profit Opportunity Expo” Sponsored by OSU Career Services and Student Leadership and Involvement takes place noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 22, in the Memorial Union ballroom. Events include keynote speaker Steve Pascal, an expo, and discussions on volunteering and servant leadership. For more information, see http:oregonstate.edu/career or contact Melissa Brazeale or Adry Clark or call 541-737-4085.

News for Employees

NEW!The Diversity Book Club returns winter term with The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the absorbing personal story of the most dynamic leader of the Black Revolution. This book shows the Malcolm X that very few people knew, the man behind the stereotyped image of the hate preacher, a sensitive, proud, highly intelligent man whose life was cut short by assassin’s bullets. Read this book or watch the movie and join the campus community on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from noon to 1:30 pm at the Valley Library Willamette Room for the winter book club forum. Books are available at the Valley Library, Corvallis Library, Grass Roots Books, Borders, and the OSU Book Store. Everyone is welcome. For more information/accommodation call The Office of Community and Diversity at 541-737-4381 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/

NEW!The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by, Feb. 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm

NEW!Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Manager for the Arts and Sciences Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $97,000 – $107,000/yr. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.

NEW!“The Rhetoric of Choice,” a discussion on the language of reproductive rights, takes place at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the OSU Women’s Center. The featured speaker is Nancy Russo.

NEW!“Personal Peace.” Find and maintain personal peace and relaxation in the midst of hectic schedules and busy lives. Come learn the art of yoga at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the OSU Women’s Center. This presentation features OSU Yoga instructor Linda Baskerville.

NEW!The OSU Women’s Center is hiring staff for the 2009 – 2010 school year. Are you enthusiastic, motivated and caring? Come pick up an application at the OSU Women’s Center or online at www.oregonstate.edu/womenscenter. Applications are due back to the Women’s Center by 5 p.m. Feb. 20. For information call 541-737-3186.

Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award
The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/application/llstewart/index.html. The applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee has announced that two new research awards have been approved and nominations are being accepted for presentation at University Day 2009.
Promising Scholar Award – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/criteria.html.

The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium.
OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact.

The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. The award consists of a $2,500 honorarium and the recipient will be invited to present highlights of their work at a one-hour presentation that is open to the public. Nomination materials for these two awards must be submitted by April 3: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203. The required online nomination form can be accessed from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/individual.html in late January.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services invites the campus community to attend the open forum presentations for the CASA Director position: Jan. 22, Oscar Montemayor, MU 208 at 2 p.m.; Jan. 23, Gustavo Martinez-Padilla, MU 206 at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Alicia Ortega.

As part of the concluding event of the Philosophy Department’s “Ideas Matter” lecture series “The UN Declaration of Human Rights at 60” the philosophy department and the Corvallis Health Equity Alliance will be sponsoring a session on health, health care, and justice at 7 p.m. March 12, beginning with a panel discussion, which will be focused on the relationship between the social determinants of health and social justice issues related to health and health care. The event will include a reception and poster session at 8 p.m. in which the work done at OSU more broadly on the relationship of health issues to social justice issues will be highlighted. Faculty members as well as graduate and undergraduate students may submit proposals for posters to Jonathan Kaplan by Feb. 10.

Construction, Traffic & Maintenance

Due to additional floor work in Kearney Hall, all restrooms, on all floors will be temporarily shutdown. The shutdown is necessary to apply a non-toxic sealant to all the restroom floors. It begins at 5 p.m. Jan. 16 and will be completed by midnight.

Due to repairs to the sanitary sewer system, all parking spaces reserved for “Service Vehicles” between Education Hall and the Pharmacy Bldg, will be temporarily shut down between Jan.15 – 21. During this time, access to the loading dock at the Pharmacy Bldg., may also be restricted, due to construction work associated with these repairs.

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