OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 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.

Finding the answers within (LIFE@OSU)
Paul Biwan believes that the answers to our success really do lie within ourselves. But sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us realize that potential. Biwan is the Training and Professional Development manager for Oregon State University, and his office provides free services to OSU employees. From workshops tailored to specific departments, to one-on-on consultations, there is a range of opportunities available to help faculty and staff discover their potential.

Natural compounds, chemotherapeutic drugs may become partners in cancer therapy (ScienceBlog)
Research in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University suggests that some natural food compounds, which previously have been studied for their ability to prevent cancer, may be able to play a more significant role in treating it. (See also Gazette-Times)

Impact of positive parenting can last for generations (Science Daily)
A new Oregon State study that looks at data on three generations of Oregon families shows that “positive parenting” – including factors such as warmth, monitoring children’s activities, involvement, and consistency of discipline – not only has positive impacts on adolescents, but on the way they parent their own children.

A public option: health care in the American grain (Oregonian)
Ben Mutschler, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University, wrote this opinion piece about the public health care debate.

Contest aims to promote nutrition (Statesman Journal)
The contest is part of the “Food Hero” nutritional campaign sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service, a statewide educational outreach of the university, the state Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Finance majors shrug off recession, stay the course (Portland Business Journal)

A look at Oregon schools offering finance departments.

Stolen camera doesn’t curb student’s passion for pictures (Gazette-Times)

When supervisors at Oregon State University’s KidSpirit discovered Zach Rifai’s chief hobby was snapping pictures, they had their employee shoot photos of children participating in activities.

Cause of apartment fire still unknown (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has offered to house the displaced residents in dormitories for the next 12 days.


The 2009 Bike Commute Challenge starts today. Now through Sept. 30, you can ride your bicycle to work and reap some sweet rewards! More than 10,000 riders from 1,000 workplaces across the region are taking the Challenge! To register for the Challenge, go to http://www.bikecommutechallenge.com, press “Sign up now,” select Oregon State University as your team, and enter your information. The Captain for OSU is Rainier Farmer, 541-737-7080, rainier.farmer@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

NEW! There will be a Subsurface Biosphere Initiative (SBI) undergraduate interns poster session, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, in MU 109. This is a good opportunity to meet with the students and learn about their research and experience with the SBI internship program. Thirty undergraduate interns have been working on research related to the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative with faculty members in the colleges of Agricultural Science, Engineering, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, and Science. To RSVP or if you have questions,, please e-mail garrett.jones@oregonstate.edu .

NEW! Local nonprofit AIDS Service organization, Valley AIDS Information Network (VAIN) will host a fundraising event called Beach Blanket Babylon at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Osborn Aquatic Center’s Otter Beach, located at 1940 NW Highland Dr.  The family-friendly event is open to the public. Participants will have access to the Otter Beach section of the water park and hamburgers and sodas will be served. Admission is $20 for adults (18+), $10 for all students with student ID, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult and a donation of a can of food. Food donations will be given to Linn Benton Food Share. The event will be emceed by local drag queen personalities LaVerne Lydell and Lucilla DeMoore.

NEW! Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing Sept. 15, regarding a proposal to revise regulations governing the use of motor vehicles. The amendment would permit OSU to have vehicles towed that are parked in reserved parking spaces or handicapped spaces. The purpose of the hearing is to give the public a chance to provide feedback and comments on the proposed action. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 206. It is open to the public.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins Sept. 15.  If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Regence you may call 800-826-9813 to get a WW access code for the work WW group. You will need the ID number from your Regence card and also a P number that is not listed on that card. You can find that number on your ODS card. You will present that access code at the meeting on Sept 15. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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

News for Employees

Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position as Vice President for Research. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. For details go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting number 0004640. This position closes Oct. 27.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide primary support to the Sr. Director of Strategic Communications and Donor Relations and Associate Campaign Director and to the staff in this department. For a complete job description and information about the OSU Foundation, go to www.osufoundation.org.  Interested candidates should direct cover letter and resume to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, at osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu, 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, 97333.  This position will remain open until filled.

Administrative Program Assistant (INTO-OSU): Graduate School.  Full time. To review posting and apply, go to  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004615 . Closing date: Sept. 4.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Science Master’s Program (SMP). Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full details for the NSF – SMP program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/smp.html.  Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by 3 p.m. Sept. 9. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The International Welcome Center, housed in ISOSU’s new International Resource Center & Lounge (to the right of the main MU Lounge in the Memorial Union), is where you can meet and greet other Oregon State University students and welcome the new members of our ‘‘Beaver’’ family. Hours are: Mon – Fri, Aug. 31-Sept. 11,11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sept. 14 – Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. – Sun, Sept. 19 & Sept. 20 , 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon – Fri
Sept. 21  – Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Owen Hall: Due to installation associated with the fourth floor lab remodel in Owen Hall, the bldg’s compressed air and vacuum system will be temporarily shut down. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by noon.

Benton Hall and Milne Computer Center: Due to tree maintenance, the Parking Lots South and West of Benton Hall & East of Milne Computer Center will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Sept. 3 and should continue through 5 p.m.


Oregon Septembers are known for being exceptionally beautiful. While this one is starting out a little gray, before too long, we’ll be seeing turquoise skies and amber and crimson leaves. Enjoy the autumnal show in a multiplicity of colors this month. There will be occasional showers today with a high of 81. Tomorrow should be mostly sunny and 82.

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