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Wednesday, February 4, 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.

Oregon State gets grant to test nuclear reactors (Associated Press)
Oregon State University researchers have gotten a 5-year, $6 million grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to test and study new designs for nuclear reactors.

Eugene company GloryBee Foods caught up in peanut recall (Oregonian)
A fifth Oregon food manufacturer was swept into the peanut-related recall Tuesday in a nationwide salmonella outbreak that appears to be slowing — but shows no signs of ending soon. Caroline Raab, food microbiologist at Oregon State University, said the bacteria is killed when it’s heated at 140 degrees for 10 minutes or 160 degrees for a few seconds. But all bets are off when the salmonella is in peanut butter.

Turkish foods spice up any kitchen (News Review)
The Browns brought both Turkish foods and a casual, upbeat attitude to the January Oregon State University Extension Service “What’s for Dinner” class at the Sutherlin Community Center.


Buy some great books and support the OSU Food Drive!  The College of Forestry is holding its annual Book Sale today through Feb. 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. today, and there are a dozen soups to try for only $5 (bread, crackers and beverages also provided).

OSUsed Evening store takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13 St. From bookshelves to computers, office chairs to bicycles, there are plenty of bargains available.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Bryan Sims and Tom Loika of brass/MEDIA in Corvallis are hosting a Fireside Chat event 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in Weatherford Residential College’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, as part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program. Students are especially encouraged to attend.

NEW! A President’s Day celebration is taking place at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at LaSells Stewart Center. The event features the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble and the Corvallis Community Band, with guest conductor James Douglass and special guest David Ogden Stiers, an Emmy-nominated film, stage and television actor, best known for his work on M*A*S*H. Tickets are $10 at the door. OSU students, staff and faculty are admitted free with an ID card. The event is sponsored by the OSU Department of Music and ASOSU.

NEW! The OSU Library Faculty Association (LFA) invites all interested colleagues and friends to attend a Library Seminar Presentation at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6, in The Valley Library, Willamette Industrial Rooms (3622). Faye Chadwell, OSU’s Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management and Andrea Wirth, OSU’s Geosciences and Environmental Sciences Librarian, will present Rights Well. This hands-on seminar seeks to help library authors learn why author rights are important and what rights an author should try to retain. Participants will work through actual copyright transfer agreements (CTAs) within the LIS field.  Learn how to interpret and amend CTAs to meet authors’ needs. Bring a CTA from a publisher with whom you have published or would consider publishing. Refreshments will be served.

NEW! PERS Workshops will be held on campus Feb 17, in the Memorial Union, room 208. The Early Career Workshop for OPSRP employees takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., and the One-Year to Retirement takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. To register, please go to the OSU Professional Development website at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/.  If you have any questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 737.2805 or email employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

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

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.

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

News for Employees

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.

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

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.

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


Keep the sunglasses out because today is going to be another bright and cheery one, with a high reaching 57 degrees. Enjoy it while it lasts. Showers move in tomorrow.

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