OSU Today

Monday, Sept. 28, 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.

International research team cracks potato genome (AP)
On Sept. 14, a scientific team announced success in mapping the genome of the late blight pathogen, which still causes billions of dollars in damage to potato, tomato and other crops each year. “This is probably the most costly plant pathogen, per acre, that we’ve ever had to deal with,” Oregon State University plant pathologist Nik Grunwald said in announcing that breakthrough. (See also Huffington Post)

Guests and donors sign beam at site of Linus Pauling Science Center (Gazette-Times)
The name of Linus Pauling, the famed scientist and Oregon State University alumnus, will be front and center on the Linus Pauling Science Center when the building is finished in June 2011.

OSU joins intiative to help with medical isotope shortage (Statesman Journal)
Oregon State University is participating in a national initiative to increase supplies of scarce radioactive isotopes that are used in medical treatments.

Message In a Wine Bottle (Wines & Vines)

Discovering what consumers respond to in wine packaging is the goal of ongoing research by Dr. Keven Malkewitz, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University.

Hunger project raises awareness (Statesman Journal)
This opinion piece was written by Andrea White, a senior majoring in business administration at OSU.

Students dig in for day of caring (Gazette-Times)
Madeline Benoit didn’t mind getting a little dirty Friday afternoon clearing brush around Dixon Creek at the corner of Beca Avenue and 16th Street. “This isn’t hard at all,” the Oregon State University freshman said. “I’ve pulled a ivy before. We did a lot of ivy pulls when I was in high school for National Honor Society.”

Students’ habits foster spread of H1N1 (Gazette-Times)
Todd Simmons, the director of OSU’s news and communications department, said key student leaders such as resident assistants in the dorms and the heads of the sororities and fraternities have been advised to encourage students to “self-isolate” whenever they get sick, regardless of whether its H1N1 swine flu or seasonal flu.

Students cope with tuition hikes, budget cuts at Oregon’s universities (Oregonian)
Students might not notice much of a difference this fall, but university leaders say their quick fixes might erode academic quality if Oregon does not find a better way to pay for public higher education.

OSU economist in film on local food (Gazette-Times)
An agricultural economist at Oregon State University has hit the silver screen in a new documentary that examines and promotes the local food movement. It will show in Portland.

OSU honors faculty, staff with awards (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University recognized the achievements of more than two dozen leading faculty and staff members in 21 award categories with some of its most prestigious annual awards this week as part of University Day, the annual kick-off of the new school year.

OSU expects 250 new international students (Democrat Herald)
Oregon State University is expecting about 250 new international students this fall through the new INTO OSU Center, one year after becoming the first American institution to sign an agreement with INTO University Partnerships to bolster student recruitment abroad.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Student Health Services is offering seasonal flu shots for students, faculty and staff on Sept. 29-30 at the Memorial Union, Room 109. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The cost is $15 for students and $30 for faculty and staff. If you are covered by PEBB the fee will be billed directly to Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon. Otherwise, faculty and staff may pay on site by cash or check and students may elect to bill their OSU student accounts.  Please bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.  No appointment is necessary.  Please wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm in order to expedite the vaccinations. Please note:  At this time, no H1N1 vaccinations will be available at these MU clinics.

NEW! As a Commons member institution, the OSU Archives is hosting Common Ground, a community-curated meet-up of fans of the Flickr group “The Commons.” The event includes a slideshow on the side of Kidder Hall – which housed the library until 1963. It takes place Oct. 2, 5 to 9 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Full time.  Internal OSU search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004781.  Closing date: Oct. 6.

NEW! Accountant I – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Closing Date: Oct. 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 2. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm For more information contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu 541-737-8390.

NEW! A number of changes to Corvallis Transit System (CTS) routes become effective Sept. 28. They include: Elimination of Route C4 (Saturday downtown circulator); Route C3 will no longer travel south of Philomath Boulevard, making the service a 30-minute run; On Saturdays, Route C3 will operate back-to-back runs for the morning and afternoon schedules; The final Route 3 run (Mon-Fri) will return to Downtown Transit Center, instead of ending at Technology Loop and Research Way; The final Route 8 (Sat) run will return to Downtown Transit Center, instead of ending at 35th Street and Birdie Drive; The final Route 1 run (Mon-Fri) will end on Walnut Blvd. and 9th Street, instead of ending at Walnut and Rolling Green; Route 5 added  a 7:15 p.m. Mon-Fri run; Route C2 added a 12:15 p.m. run (Mon-Fri); Route 7 will depart the Downtown Transit Center at 30 minutes after the hour on all of its runs. Monday – Friday hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

CH2M Hill Alumni Center: Due to repairs to the building hot water system, all domestic hot water services will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 30 and should continue through 3:30 p.m.

Weather

As students flood campus for the first day of classes, the skies are filling up with clouds at the same rapid rate. We could see a few showers this afternoon as temperatures rise to a modest 69 degrees, and rain and thunderstorms will hang around all week, making back to school a bit soggy.

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