OSU Today

Tuesday, January 27, 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.

Can an Ecologist Push NOAA Up the Food Chain? (Science)

Marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco launched her career studying the complexity of the intertidal zone–who eats whom, for example, and how ecosystems are affected by internal dynamics and external forces. Her colleagues expect that intellectual background to serve her well in the turbulent waters of U.S. federal politics if, as expected, she’s confirmed as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce.

Letters: President Obama: The First Days (New York Times)

OSU associate professor Andrew Valls writes: On Tuesday afternoon in my class on American political thought, we watched the Inaugural Addresses of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, as well as Barack Obama’s. While President Obama borrowed from both, what stood out to me and my students was that Kennedy’s and President Obama’s emphasized unity and shared challenges.

The Cove wins Sundance audience award (Variety)
OSU associate professor Scott Baker appears in this award-winning documentary, which was just given the Sundance Audience Award for best US documentary. Read a review here.

Students, Parents Hit With Combination Of Financial Crises

Oregon State University president Ed Ray is worried that the problems throughout higher ed will lead to an undereducated generation.


Please join the office of Community and Diversity today  for an all campus social from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Bring a friend and join your colleagues, students and friends for food, drinks and great conversation. Everyone is welcome.

“Confronting the Climate-Energy Challenge” by Dan Schrag, Harvard University, takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Cordley Hall, room 1109, as part of the Geosciences/COAS Global Climate Change and Frontiers of Science Series

Join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program for a matchmaking evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. where students looking for help with their idea and students looking for ideas to help can connect. The business plans for The Enterprise Challenge are due on March 16, and the finals will be held on April 17 at LaSells Stewart Center. The teams selected as finalists will have mentors assigned to them to help refine their plans and presentations. For more information, contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 713-8044.

Upcoming Events

NEW! PEBB has worked with the insurance companies so that employees can enroll in Weight Watchers for free. Employees can join either a local group, an on-line group, or OSU’s at-work group. We will have our open house meeting on Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The weigh in is 1/2 hour prior to the meeting start time. Anyone is welcome to register and listen in on the meeting. We encourage all PEBB members to have their access codes in hand when they arrive at the Open House. The first meeting of the 13-week series will begin on March 3.

NEW! On Feb. 5, Linn Benton Community College, with support from OSU, will host several events for the National Teach-In on Global Warming (http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/events.html) , a nationwide dialogue between students, community members and decision makers around climate change policy.  Events begin at 10 a.m. in Albany and feature Mayor Charlie Tomlinson, Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, David Van’t Hof, Sustainability Advisory to Governor Kulongoski and Dan Whelan, Field Representative and District Aide to Congressman Peter DeFazio. An afternoon session will bring together students from LBCC and OSU to discuss their vision for global warming solutions and a green curriculum for the two institutions.  Both events will provide time for audience questions and participation.  Free bus service connects the two campuses, and food will be provided during the afternoon session. RSVP appreciated, but not required. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, email brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

NEW! A Middle Eastern Valentine, a fundraiser dinner to support the OSU GeoClub’s upcoming field trip to Israel and Palestine, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb 14 at the Corvallis Senior Center. The event includes traditional Middle Eastern fare served buffet style, traditional music, a poetry reading by Shady Athamneh, a talk on water conflicts and geopolitics in the region by OSU’s Aaron Wolf, and a silent auction. Cocktail attire is preferred. Childcare is provided. Admission is $75, and RSVPs must be made by Feb. 6 by contacting Lauren Parker at geodinner@gmail.com

Winston Wilkinson, outgoing director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights, will speak at Oregon State University 7 p.m. Jan 29 in Milam Auditorium on campus. He will be speaking on the topic, “Social Justice: The State of the Union.”

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

News for Employees

NEW! International Programs invites applications for the position of Associate Provost for International Programs. The Associate Provost is appointed by, and reports to, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position.  To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003784.  Closing date: Feb. 13.

Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities, has begun and we need your help reaching #1 by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard during the competition, which runs through March 28. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/.

Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Arts and Sciences Business Center.  For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003794.  Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 13.  OSU is an AA/EO employer.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to the installation of a monument near the intersection of 15th Street and Jefferson Avenue, there will be increased traffic congestion in this area. Use caution when traveling through this intersection.

Due to construction associated with the new Student Success Center, the first seven interior parking spaces directly south of the parking structure on the east side of the parking lot will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary to accommodate constructions crews and technicians drilling for geo-technical information. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Jan 28 should end by 1 p.m.

Due to additional floor work required to properly seal the restroom floors in Kearney Hall, all restrooms on all floors will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown is necessary for contractors to apply a non-toxic sealant to all the restroom floors. The shutdown will start at 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 and we anticipate reopening the restrooms by 12 a.m. Jan. 31.


Rain showers will turn to steady rain later in the day, with about a quarter of an inch possible, and a high of 43. Rain will taper off to showers again tonight, with a low of 38.

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