Riding safely (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Water beaded on Stacy Brock’s sport bike as she pulled into a parking lot at Oregon State University on Tuesday. The 28-year-old OSU Blackboard administrator loves motorcycling and rides to work nearly every day, except when it’s icy, so a bit of rain wasn’t a problem.
Absence of wolves causes imbalance in US ecosystem, say scientists (Guardian)
A team of Oregon State University biologists says the loss of wolves in the early 1900s
left a hole in the Northwest landscape that scientists say they are just beginning to grasp. The ripples extend throughout what is now Olympic National Park, leading to a boom in elk populations, overbrowsing of shrubs and trees, and erosion so severe it has altered the very nature of the rivers.
Michelle Obama’s brother working on a book (Associated Press)
Michelle Obama’s brother is working on a book, part tribute to his family and part inspirational guide. Craig Robinson, who coaches men’s basketball at Oregon State University, introduced his sister last summer at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Dance Against Hunger, One Step At A Time…From 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Milam Auditorium. A showcase of performances by individuals who value the end to world hunger. The event is hosted by OSU FeelGood and all proceeds go towards The Hunger Project. The event will include a variety of dance styles including, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballroom, and Break Dancing! $5 at the door.
Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon will be holding a presentation at the Corvallis-Benton County Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 1. Bacon examines immigration from the perspective of those whose lives are most affected—sometimes devastated—when Congress passes a trade bill or votes on immigration reform legislation. This event is in conjunction with a series of presentations across Oregon organized by the Oregon Rural Organizing Project. In Corvallis, he is being sponsored by Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County and OSU CAMP and OSU Casa Latina/o.
NEW! Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Guttentag will visit OSU Feb. 5, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Guttentag will show clips from his work and discuss storytelling for the screen, the business of film and future trends in the film industry. Guttentag will give a talk, followed by a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a 5:30 p.m. screening of his documentary film, “Nanking,” on the same date. The lecture and film screening will take place at the C&E Auditorium of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.
NEW! Annual Soup & Bread Buffet, sponsored by the statistics department, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in 128 Kidder Hall. The cost is $5 for all you can eat. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.
NEW! An open forum on drafting OSU’s climate action plan will occur from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Memorial Union room 208. During the session, OSU’s sustainability coordinator, Brandon Trelstad, will update participants on action to date and present a draft conceptual framework for moving forward. Smaller group meetings will be arranged at a later date to focus on topics in the draft framework found at: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/energy/climateplan.html
NEW! Author Max S. Power will deliver a lecture titled “America’s Nuclear Wastelands” on Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 109B. Power will address the complex issues of public policy, cleanup, and accountability that are involved in the cleanup of nuclear weapons production, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history/lectures
NEW! The Oregon State Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheer clinic Feb. 28 beginning at 10 a.m., for kids in grades K – 8. The clinic is limited to the first 150 participants that sign up. The clinic includes a t-shirt and a ticket for the participant to the game. All participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes and must have the permission form signed by a legal guardian. For more information, call the Oregon State Cheerleading office at (541) 230-0590. Cost: $25; Siblings $10.
The Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center is showcasing a new exhibit, Sustaining the Spirit of Oregon’s Bounty: Our Fish Story. It features art from more than 30 Northwest artists. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Light appetizers will be provided by OSU Catering and wine by the glass will be available for purchase. The exhibit runs through March 10. An accompanying exhibit, Striking Renderings of Oregon’s Rivers, Mountains and Valleys by Susan Rudisill, will be displayed in the Murdock Gallery. For information call 541-737-2402 or see http://oregonstate.edu/lasells
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. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php
News for Employees
NEW! Provost Randhawa is accepting submissions for the 21st annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU. The prize consists of an award of $500 and publication for on-campus distribution. The literary work can be fiction, poetry (including a group of poems), or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Oregon State University, who may submit their own work or have work nominated by faculty members. Submissions must be the student’s original work, typed, no longer then 20 double-spaced pages for prose, or 8 manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. Deadline for submission of work for consideration is 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Submissions should be turned in to the Provost’s Literary Prize Committee via Keith Scribner in the English Department Office (Moreland Hall 238). Questions may be directed to Professor Scribner at 541-737-1645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Academic Year release. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 23. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm
The Israel and Palestine Film Series is a timely film series that spotlights Israeli and Palestinian culture, history, politics and art. Members of the OSU Geo Club and the Hydrophiles will travel to Israel and Palestine this spring. In an effort to create a forum for learning and discussion, they have put together this series of contemporary award-winning films and documentaries on Mondays nights in Owen 103 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
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. 27.
Traffic & Maintenance
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. today and restrooms should be back in operation by midnight.
Today will be cloudy with a high of 43. The weekend looks pretty good, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures reaching the mid 40s. It doesn’t appear that the rain will return until late next week.
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