OSU Today

Thursday, Sept. 24, 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.

OSU researchers bring in $252 million from outside grants and contracts (Oregonian)
Oregon State University brought in more than $252 million in external science contracts and grants in 2008-09, generating spin-off companies and boosting Oregon’s economy, the university announced this week.

Oregon State receives rare books by Malamud (Oregonian)
Howard Mills, who once owned a bookstore in Corvallis, has donated three rare books by Bernard Malamud — including an inscribed first edition of “The Natural” — to Oregon State University.

Nuclear power is part of carbon-free energy solution (Statesman Journal)

This opinion piece was written by John C. Ringle, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University.

OSU students duck disaster, safely land balloon

In hindsight, it may have been an enterprise doomed by circumstance: Oregon State University students lost control of a hot air balloon Wednesday morning, although they managed to land it safely in the Timberhill area.

Preindustrial People Had Little Effect on Atmospheric Carbon Levels (Science Now)
As the researchers report tomorrow in Nature, it was predominantly natural, a combination of vegetation buildup after the ice age and, more prominently, the slow reaction to this change by ocean chemistry. But humans, the team concluded, played a small part. “It’s a much better picture than we previously had,” says geochemist Edward Brook of Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Recovery, Powered by Orange (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is making headlines this week for receiving more than a quarter-billion dollars last fiscal year in scientific contracts and awards. That staggering amount is indicative of the high level of research that Oregon State faculty and students are conducting on campus every day.

Rural towns share successes (East Oregonian)
The keynote speaker was Bruce Sorte, a self-defined “Garrison Keillor” economist from Oregon State University Extension. He said successful communities do two things: retain their population and keep their young people.

OSU: Better than ever before (Barometer)
In case you didn’t know, OSU is kind of a big deal. To show the world just that, OSU officially launched the Powered by Orange campaign Monday with several events, including a public announcement that brought in Corvallis Mayor Charles Tomlinson and the Corvallis district’s state representative Sara Gelser.

Editorial: The Beavs are back in town, and we’re glad (Gazette-Times)

It’s a sure thing: Oregon State University is just about to begin its fall term, and so another chapter of our community’s relationship with the university and its 20,000-plus students has commenced.


Today is University Day on campus, and that includes a whole variety of events. The following is today’s schedule:
8 – 9 a.m. Loge at Reser Stadium. Provost’s Welcome Breakfast for all New Employees
9 – 10 a.m. Loge at Reser Stadium. For all New Employees – “focus on building community”
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, Opening Coffee Reception
10:30 a.m. – Noon LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Remarks by President Ed Ray and President of the Faculty Senate, Paul Doescher. Keynote Address by Dr. Shaun Harper on “The Consequences of Remaining Silent: Engaging the Realities of Race on Campus”. Special presentation of the 2009 faculty and staff award recipients. Presentation of 2009 Beaver Champion Award. Prize drawing
Noon – 2 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Lunch and Expo. Take your Mentor to Lunch: Graduate students are encouraged to invite their advisor or mentor to lunch in the Alumni Center Room 111 and then attend the 2:00 pm session with University Day keynote speaker Dr. Shaun Harper. Graduate students and their advisors should serve themselves at the University Day lunch buffet and then proceed to Room 111 where special seating is reserved for you.
2 – 3:30 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. University Day Symposium with Dr. Shaun Harper

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. A session will be held today from 11 a.m. to noon 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 today 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The seventh annual Kids Day for Conservation will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 3 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. This family event is free, fun, and focused on hands-on natural resources education designed to help kids make a difference for conservation in their community. Numerous natural resources-connected organizations and businesses will be on hand to present a wide variety of activities suitable for children of all ages.

NEW! Oregon State University Theatre will be one of 100 theaters in the world to premiere “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” an epilogue to the highly acclaimed play, “The Laramie Project,” which is one of the most performed plays in America of the last decade. The premiere will take place on Oct. 12, at OSU’s Withycombe Hall main stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.

NEW! Oregon State University will launch its 2009–10 American Culture & Politics speaker series with a lecture about this country’s first anti-war movement. The talk, “1847: America’s First Antiwar Movement and Why It Mattered,” will be given by Amy S. Greenberg of Pennsylvania State University on Oct. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! The nationally syndicated public radio show Philosophy Talk will be taped before a live participatory audience at Oregon State University on Oct. 22.  The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction & Engineering Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

A special session of the Faculty Senate will be held Sept. 29 – 3 to 5 p.m., in the OSU Theater (Withycombe Hall) to address the current budget situation. The session is designed to have up-to-date information on: Projected budget situation; the university’s approach and proposed decisions to address shortfalls; and an open discussion with OSU’s leadership regarding the university’s approach to address shortfalls. This session is open to the public; all are encouraged

Linus Pauling’s legacy, which now includes the Linus Pauling Institute and its vital research on micronutrients and disease prevention, continues on Sept. 25 when OSU will celebrate the commencement of construction of its new Linus Pauling  Science Center. The public event will begin at 4 p.m. at the construction site.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is pleased to announce its 2009-10 workshop series, which kicks off Oct. 8 with a workshop on retaining a diverse workforce. The workshop will be held at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library’s public meeting room from 3 to 5 p.m. The Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is a consortium of local employers who are dedicated to celebrating diversity in our communities and providing opportunities for employers to learn more about how they can support differences in the workplace. Because OSU is a partner, all faculty, staff and student employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: katrina.HOPKINS@Co.Benton.OR.US Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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

News for Employees

Transit & Parking Services is now selling annual and term parking permits.  The current permit is valid through Sept. 30.  The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The location is Adams Hall, 606 S.W. 15th St. Website for the permit forms is located at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html

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.

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 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Owen Hall: Due to the lab remodel on the fourth floor of Owen Hall, the building fire sprinkler system will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors.  Building personnel will be responsible for fire watch, during the time the sprinkler system will not be operational.  This shutdown will take place from 8 a.m. to noon today

Waldo Hall: Due to fourth floor renovation in Waldo Hall, four service parking spaces in the surrounding parking lot will be temporarily shutdown.  These are the two service vehicle spaces on the northwest side of the building, and the two service vehicle spaces on the southwest side of the building. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m., Dec. 18. Additionally, the first floor west exits will become “emergency exits only” – Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.


Today is University Day, a time to celebrate the birth of a new school year and all the new faces that it brings. The weather should stay a balmy 74 today, with temperatures rising tomorrow to 80.

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