OSU Today

Friday, Sept. 18, 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.

New ag dean thinks outside the box (Capital Press)
Some Oregon State University professors might want to read up on speed dating. The new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences once employed speed dating as a way to introduce Purdue University professors to one another and the work they were doing.

OSU and Heartland team up on pet adoptions (Gazette-Times)
If you go into Corvallis’ Heartland Humane Society during the week of Sept. 22 to 27 wearing Oregon State University logo attire – or even orange – you will get 25 percent off the adoption fee. The same goes if you are an OSU student or alumnus, even if you forget to wear orange.

Can you judge a wine by its label? (KVAL)
New research from Oregon State University marketing professor Keven Malkewitz shows consumers have pre-determined conceptions about the price and quality of wine, based on the label.

Nanotechnology Provides Advances in Eyeglasses, Solar Energy (Nanotechnology & Development News)
Eyeglasses that cost less and work better may be the result of a new technology invented by chemical engineers at Oregon State University.

New pest triggers concerns (Capital Press)
Today, some fear the vinegar fly could emerge as one of the worst insect pests to invade the valley and potentially the entire Northwest in years. “We’re working with OSU (Oregon State University), the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis and we’re researching literature and checking with other countries to see if we can do something about it.”

Congress moves to revise student loan system (Gazette-Times)

A bill that could make paying for college much easier moved one step closer to reality Thursday. Doug Severs, the director of financial aid and scholarships at Oregon State University, said it would enable OSU to offer more students assistance and increase students’ financial aid packages.

Evolutionary mutation is caused by oxygen (Examiner)
DNA damage by oxidation is the primary cause of mutation. The nucleotide guanine is most easily affected by oxidation and accounts for most of the DNA alteration. DNA changes include rearrangement of sequence, deletions, and additions. The study was done by researchers at Oregon State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida and University of New Hampshire, in studies supported by the National Institutes of Health. The research was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kiwifruit is a hit in Oregon orchards, yards (Mail Tribune)
A new breed of hardy kiwifruit is gaining popularity in Oregon as it becomes a commodity for commercial growers and a delight for home gardeners. The relatively new kiwifruit has a smooth skin and is about one inch long, according to Oregon State University Extension berry crops professor Bernadine Strik.

Three days of peace, love and harmony (Gazette-Times)
Shady Athamneh, an Oregon State University student from Palestine and leader of the local Poetry Slam, will present an original peace statement, and proclamations from the Benton County commissioners and Corvallis City Council will be read.

Powered by Orange!

Get Powered by Orange on Sept. 21 as a series of events on campus help us celebrate some of the great things we’re doing at OSU. At 10 a.m., join College of Science Dean Sherman Bloomer, Mayor Charlie Tominson and others in the Women’s Building for a briefing on OSU’s growing research, academic and economic impact. Then, at noon, you’re invited to a Powered by Orange Party in the Memorial Union Quad featuring food and drinks, prize giveaways, photos with Benny and more. Finally, join faculty, staff and students and other OSU supporters for a Powered by Orange After Hours at Squirrel’s, 100 S.W. Second St., in downtown Corvallis from 5 to 7 p.m. There are other events/activities taking place over the course of the week in Corvallis and Portland. For a full schedule and other information, visit http://poweredbyorange.com


You are invited to stop by the Dixon Recreation Center between 2 and 4 p.m. for coffee and cookies.  Step away from your workplace for a few minutes to tour the RecSports facilities, check out the fall programming and new equipment, ask questions and offer suggestions.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Come to the “Mind Spa Open House” and indulge. The Mind Spa is a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit. Come explore an experience like on other no campus: relax in the full body massage chair and unkink that last stubborn muscle; practice a meditation routine or biofeedback program; enjoy some delicious snacks. The open house takes place Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Snell Hall. In addition, there will be a session on “Wellness Skills to Make College Fun,” at the same time.

NEW! The Vistas & Vineyards exhibit will be returning to the LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit will be open from Oct.1 with a 6:30 p.m. reception in the Giustina Gallery. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30. This exhibit, sponsored by the outdoor painting group, Vistas & Vineyards, focuses on landscapes from around the area.

NEW! Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting an OSU faculty luncheon on Oct. 1 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Newman Center, 2127 N.W. Monroe Ave. The Newman Center will provide snacks and drinks, bring your own lunch. The goal is to build bridges between the campus ministry and OSU faculty. RSVP to illorente@socsj.org or call 541-752-6818.

NEW! Discover “Wellness Skills to Make College Fun!” Learn different ways to manage your stress and benefit from what science is confirming about the paths to happiness. Discover how to enhance pleasurable experience and ways to cultivate a deep happiness  Curious? A session will be held Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

NEW! Been running around since you got back to college? Come restore your soul and “Rejuvenate Your Spirit.” Learn ways to enhance your life-school/work balance, get a massage, listen to soothing music, and eat delicious snacks. You can also get a tour of the Mind Spa: a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit and relax in a full body massage chair. The event takes place Sept. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

OSU’s HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), will hold its 11th annual symposium beginning Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in ALS 4001 and continuing through Sept. 25. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

On Friday, Sept. 25, Central Web Services is offering overview presentations of Drupal 6 and Media Manager for the OSU community.  The “What’s New With Drupal 6″ presentation is at 9 a.m. and the “Introduction to Media Manager” presentation is at 10:30 a.m. Both presentations will be in the Willamette West Seminar Room, Valley Library, 3rd Floor.  See all training courses offered by CWS at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14

The first lecture in the 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing borders, crossing cultures,” will be given by David Luft, Horning Professor in the Humanities at Oregon State University, on Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

Three panelists who go by the title, “Interfaith Amigos,” will address the prospects for success of Pres. Obama’s new beginning initiative from Christian, Islamic, Jewish and interfaith perspectives. The “Interfaith Amigos,” Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don MacKenzie, and Shaikh Jamal Rahman, will hold a panel discussion on Oct. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at Oregon State University. The free public event will be held at Gilfillan Auditorium, 2601 S.W. Orchard Ave. The event is part of the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture lecture series at Oregon State.

Get a head start on Fall term and “Meet Your Library” on Sept. 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Libraries’ Autzen Classroom.  This event is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff to the suite of resources and services offered by OSU Libraries. Staff from several departments will also be available to answer your questions.  Register here:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For more information contact Uta Hussong-Christian at uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

Registration for the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” on Friday, Oct 2 from noon to 4 p.m. is now open. Annually, this event draws together 2000+ Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year. Registration for University Departments & Student Clubs and Organizations is free and available at:  http://www.chamberorganizer.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=CBCC&evid=3263641 For more information, contact Danté Holloway at dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu

PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

Carlene Pelroy will be retiring from Oregon State University Sept. 30. Carlene has worked for OSU for more than 32 years, beginning her career in the Microbiology Department where she worked for 24 years, followed by eight years at Extended Campus. She recently relocated to the University Administrative Business Center where she has been working as a Human Resources Consultant 1. Please join her Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 to celebrate.

Larry Miller, president of the Portland Trail Blazers, will discuss strategies to build the brand and reputation of an organization in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Sept. 30. Miller’s talk, “Unify in the Championship Culture,” is sponsored by OSU’s College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The center is located at 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

Looking for a way to connect your spiritual life and your life at the university?  Bring a lunch to the Liturgy of the Hours every Monday at 12:10 starting Sept. 28, at the Newman Center Chapel, 2127 N.W. Monroe.  All faculty and staff are welcome.  For more information, contact Chris Anderson at canderson@oregonstate.edu

All new Oregon State University employees are invited to a welcome breakfast and conversation about being a part of the OSU community on University Day, Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Reser Stadium Loge. This event is hosted by Provost Sabah Randhawa, and will include President Ed Ray and other OSU colleagues. RSVP no later than Sept. 18: Kourtney.goya@oregonstate.edu. If you have questions regarding this event, email gigi.bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Registration is open for the Symposium on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics at LaSells Stewart Center on Oct. 2. The event is in honor of Max Deinzer’s 36-year Career in Mass Spectrometry at OSU. We invite Professor Max Deinzer’s friends, students, advisees, colleagues and mass spectrometry enthusiasts to join us in celebrating his distinguished career. Get more information and register at http://ehsc.oregonstate.edu/deinzersymposium

OPSRP members, how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

Amy Greenberg of Pennsylvania State University will speak on “1847: America’s First Antiwar Movement and why it mattered” at 4 p.m., Oct. 5 in the Memorial Union Journey Room as part of the 2009-10 American Culture & Politics speaker series.

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

News for Employees

Join in on the fun!  Focus on your fitness in the company of other faculty and staff (Faculty/Staff/GTA’s, and retirees qualify) Faculty/Staff Fitness registration has begun for fall classes and locker rentals. See the fall schedule at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/faculty-staff-fitness-fsf-program/ Click on “Fall 2009 Activity Schedule”.  The Faculty/Staff Fitness Office, located in Langton 123, is open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 737-3222 for questions or inquiries.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation and Oregon State University’s Department of Public Health have announced the establishment of a new doctoral fellowship program: “PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators.” ASSE says the program is designed to support and encourage future occupational safety and health educators and more evidence-based research in the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions.” Link to complete news release: http://ohsonline.com/articles/2009/09/06/asse-foundation-has-new-doctoral-fellowship.aspx

Seed Certification is seeking a Software Designer/Engineer. This is a full-time, professional position.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Details can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0004683.  The position closes Sept. 25.

The 2009 edition of the statewide Bike Commute Challenge is underway! So far, OSU has tallied over 4,000 miles biking to and from work. There’s still time to join the Challenge, and you only need to bike to work seven times in September to be eligible for discounts from local bike shops. Join your coworkers in this healthy and fun competition. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/groups/atac/bcc.htm

Recreational Sports fall sales have begun for membership, classes & lockers. See the fall schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports click on “Term Schedule”. Payroll deduction is available to OSU faculty & staff who purchase a 9-month or annual membership between Sept. 8 and Nov. 6.  Download the form at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees or pick one up at the Recreation Services desk. This week, the Recreation Services desk is open M-W, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and R-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2010. Guidance for preparation of nominations to the Research Office and full details for the Pew Scholars Program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Nominations should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 25. For more information call 541-737-8390.

Fall Term Staff Fee Privilege Deadlines Approaching. For employees whose departments have an operational Business Center, please submit your forms directly to your Business Center for processing.  For those that do not have an operational Business Center at this time, please submit your form to Central HR for processing.  Deadline information is located at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/deadlines.html.  To view contact information for Business Centers, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee.html

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office Oct. 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 For more information call Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund for Fall 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by Oct. 26. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm For more information call Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program. Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Sept. 28. The program limits to two the number of proposals that can be submitted by OSU for the RET program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full details for the NSF-RET program can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ret.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

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Place: Due to the placement of a temporary building on the east side of Plageman Student Health Center, Memorial Place will be temporarily closed between Campus Way & Monroe Ave.  This shutdown will also affect the bike path and service vehicle parking spaces in this area.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 23 and will end by 5 p.m.

Nash Hall: During the morning of Sept. 23, the Corvallis Fire Department will be on-site conducting fire extinguisher training.  Smoke will be present for the duration of this training. The shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and should end by noon.

Richardson Hall: Due to extensive repairs to the building Reverse Osmosis system, all R.O. water services to Richardson Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors. Facilities is working to expedite repairs and restore services. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 21 and should end by noon.

Nash Hall: Due to the construction project at Nash Hall, the roadway that runs along the parking lot on the south side of ALS & Nash Hall will be temporarily closed.  The street will be closed intermittently, with one-way traffic only. Flaggers and traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.  The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 18, and we anticipate restoring services by 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

26th Street: On Sept. 22, 26th Street between Jefferson and Campus Way will be closed starting at 3 p.m. for the New Student Picnic taking place in the Memorial Union Quad.  Emergency vehicles will have access as needed during this time. Also, there will be temporary closures of Jefferson at 26th and Washington at 26th for the New Student Walk/Convocation from the MU Quad down to Gill Coliseum starting at 3:30 p.m. (lasting about 20 minutes) and then again at 5 p.m. (lasting about 20 minutes) for the walk back up to the MU Quad.

Oak Creek: Due to the installation of a new kitchen sink, the industrial and domestic (hot and cold) water supply lines will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 22, and should end by noon.

Campus core: Student/Visitor and Faculty/Staff spaces on Jefferson Way, between Adams Avenue and Washington Ave and 13th Street & 15th Street, and in front of Finley, Halsell and Bloss Halls will be closed from 7 a.m. Sept. 20 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 to accommodate “Student Move-In Days.”

Waldo Hall: Due to the renovation project at Waldo hall, 14 motorcycle, two loading dock, and two reserved spaces in the parking lot south of Waldo Hall will be temporarily shutdown. The ADA space in this parking lot will remain open during this time. This shutdown should end by Dec. 15.


Today’s gorgeous sunny skies and high of 83 won’t last, but a few showers this weekend won’t dampen the hearts of Beaver Believers. After all, in the fall even the trees are Powered by Orange! And by Sunday afternoon the sunshine will return.

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