OSU Today

Tuesday, February 3, 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.

Climate change might be altering waters along US west coast (Guardian)
After Oregon fishers reported sickly catches, and divers described seeing bottom-dwelling fish in high waters or schools of fishes massing near an invisible wall – behind which was low-oxygen water – scientists from Oregon State University, along with state and federal marine experts, began investigating.

We all lie about sex, and justify it as a form of self preservation

Robert A. Nye, Horning Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus at
Oregon State University, writes: Social scientists have discovered the same thing that priests in the confessional have always known: that it is devilishly hard to get people to tell the truth about their sexual thoughts and behavior

Oregon golfer gets Northern Trust Open’s Sifford exemption (Los Angeles Times)
Vincent Johnson is a 22-year-old golfer with a total of three professional mini-tour events on his resume. He understands the stairway to a successful career on tour can be long and steep. A graduate of Oregon State, where he was the golf team’s MVP in 2005-06 and co-captain in 2007-08, Johnson won the PGA minority collegiate golf championship by 12 strokes in 2007, has played in a couple of U.S. Amateurs and turned professional late last summer.

Recession On The Farm: Oregon Hay Prices Drop (OPB)
Farmers in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest sell most of their hay to dairy farmers across the country – and the world. But a number of factors mean dairy farmers are buying less hay this winter. And yet, the same growers who complain about today’s low hay prices — were seeing record tallies last year. Mylen Bohle works for the Oregon State University extension office in central Oregon.


Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. Literature Review Workshop,
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 3 in the Willamette East Seminar Rooms. Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For more information contact Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Fruit Tree Rx: Maintaining Healthy Fruit Trees, part of the Gearing Up for Gardening series, takes place from 12:10 to 1 p.m. today at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. It is hosted by Anita Azarenko, Professor and Head of OSU Department of Horticulture.

The Campus Alliance for International Resources (CAIR) is hosting the kick-off event for the new International Resource Center at today’s ISOSU Coffee Hour in the MU Learning Lounge (to the left of the main MU Lounge) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Starting this winter term, CAIR has the MU Learning Lounge every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2 pm – 7 pm for events, meetings and activities related to internationally-minded students and groups. Come join us for music, food, and the opportunity to learn more about the International Resource Center. The event is free and open to all students, staff, faculty and the OSU and Corvallis communities.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Buy some great books and support the OSU Food Drive!  The College of Forestry is holding its annual Book Sale Feb. 4 -6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy).  There are hardbound and paperback books as well as DVDs, CDs, videos, magazines, and some vintage vinyl. All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share.

Support the OSU Food Drive and take part in the soup lunch at The Valley Library Staff Lounge on the third floor, behind the Willamette classrooms. It takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb 4, and there are a dozen soups to try for only $5 (bread, crackers and beverages also provided).

The OSU campus is invited to tour the completed renovation of our historic 1898 Apperson Hall, Feb. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The rejuvenated building created in the renovation, Kearney Hall, now serves as a teaching tool for our CCE students as well as a classroom facility: structural elements and key mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are all exposed. There are windows into shafts and places where students can see the reinforcing steel within the concrete. Join us for light refreshments and short building tours hosted by many of our student groups. See the renovation timeline and photos, http://engr.oregonstate.edu/prosperity/appersontokearney

The Provost has invited five candidates to interview for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/node/512 for candidate bios, CVs, photos, and the evaluation form. Once finalized, the full interview schedule for each of the candidates will also be available at this site. Campus forums for faculty and staff have been scheduled as shown below.
Feb. 11, Steven Lommel, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU Journey Room
Feb. 16: Craig Beyrouty, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU Journey Room
Feb. 18: Gregory Bohach, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 213
Feb. 23: Sonny Ramaswamy, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 208
These conversations will be streamed via the web and available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/node/512 within 24 hours of each scheduled interview.

The 2009 Crossroads International Film Festival will feature films from India, Africa, Dominican Republic, Bhutan, Uruguay, Europe, Middle East, and USA, on consecutive Sundays in February at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth Street in downtown Corvallis. Some showings will include special cultural activities, ethnic food, or discussions. The schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/crossroads-international-film-festival-2009 provides times for each showing, as well as additional discussions or activities provided for some films.

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.

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.

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

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Colleges of Business and Engineering Business Center.  For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003832.  Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 23.

NEW! Fidelity & TIAA-CREF Representatives are on campus in February for individual consultations to discuss your workplace savings plan benefits (TDI) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). For additional information and to schedule your confidential consultation visit the OHR website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Oregon State University invites applications for the position of Associate Provost, International Programs. The Associate Provost will provide leadership and vision to the internationalization of Oregon State University by enhancing existing programs, building networks across campus and with key external constituencies, and developing new opportunities for international activities and support.  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.

NEW! Got the next best idea for a new business?  Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in the 2009 OSU New Enterprise Challenge? Then you’ll need some skills.  Learn about Intellectual Property: patents, trademarks and copyrights, in a skills business session with Dan Lykins from the College of Business. It takes place Feb. 16,  4 to 5:50 p.m. in Room EG01, Weatherford Hall. For further information, e-mail: mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu , call 541-713-8044 or see www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

NEW! With generous donations of fabric, sewing skills and a long-arm quilting machine, the College of Forestry has two quilts for raffle to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Tickets will be on sale from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Helpdesk (PVY 222) now through Feb. 25. Tickets are one for $1, or six for $5.  For more information, see the flyer at http://www.cof.orst.edu/internal_web_items/quilt_flyer.pdf

Nominations are requested for the 2009 Mason Prize for Integrity and Moral Courage.  The prize is intended to honor, encourage, and empower people at Oregon State University whose work demonstrates academic virtues such as truth-telling, courage, integrity, open-mindedness, moral imagination, and independence of mind. University faculty, staff, students, and groups are all eligible for the prize. Deadline for nominations is March 20. Full details of the nomination process are available at the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/ Email or mail the nomination to The Mason Prize, The Spring Creek Project, Philosophy Department, 101 Hovland Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331

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 keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu.

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


Monday’s gorgeous weather is going to be followed up by an even nicer day. Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 56 degrees. Tomorrow the high will reach 54.

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