OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 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.

Sure, recession’s over; so why not in Oregon? (Oregonian)
This opinion piece by President Ed Ray was printed in the Sunday edition of the Oregonian.

OSU economist debuts in film about local food movement (Portland Food & Drink)
An agricultural economist at Oregon State University has hit the silver screen in a new documentary that examines and promotes the local food movement and that will show in Portland starting on Friday. (See also the Oregonian and Oregon Natural Resources Report)

Can water negotiations point the way to peace? (Peace Talks)
OSU Professor Aaron Wolf discusses why water conflict has an impact on world peace.

Facing the facts on the future of Northwest salmon (Oregonian)
Robert Lackey, a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, wrote this opinion piece.

Brewster’s garden shows passion for dahlias (Gazette-Times)
Until the days shorten, the temperatures cool and the rains come, an explosion of color can still be found at the home of Bill and Carol Brewster in Corvallis. Bill is retired from the weed science department at OSU.

International research team cracks potato genome (3 News, New Zealand)
“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 KATU)

Champagne’s aromatic chemistry (Chemistry World)

Michael Qian from the food science and technology department at Oregon State University, US, says that much wine research is currently looking at what compounds are important for varietal aromas of wines, with some looking more at the viticulture side – how to impact flavour compounds and precursors in wine grapes.

Oregon State business students travel across nation, state to promote hunger awareness (Trading Markets)

This last summer, a group of students from Oregon State University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) traveled 8,000 miles across the United States touring several non-profit agencies in the “Hunger in the Homeland Tour.

Energy storage system shipped to OSU (Examiner)

This past Friday ZBB Energy Corporation announced that it has shipped its ZESS 50 (TM) unit to the Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility in Oregon as a part of the previously announced contract with Oregon State University (OSU).

Oregon Finds Kiwifruit for Growers in Beaver State (Western Farmer-Stockman)
A new breed of kiwifruit, hardy enough for Oregon climate, is gaining popularity in the Beaver state for commercial producers. The newcomer has a smooth skin and is about an inch long, according to Oregon State University Extension berry crops professor Bernadine Strik in Corvallis.

Gravity Always Wins: 2009 Red Bull Soapbox Race (LAist)
Students from Oregon State University brought their entry down the coast on a trailer, giving it sixteen hours of amateur wind tunnel testing but only two trial runs. Dubbed the Eager Beaver, it looked like a parade float of their school mascot.

Overcoming barriers to sustainable living (Mail Tribune)

OSU booklet helps people live the green life.

Oregon grass seeds stay connected to fall sports (Athletic Turf)
“Athletic fields- which include everything from little league baseball to high school soccer to college football fields- have been an important consumer to the grass seed industry,” says Rob Golembiewski, turfgrass specialist with Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture.


The Department of Human Services will be on campus today to assist students in filling out applications for food stamps. They will be in Snell Hall Room 233 (the ASOSU Human Services Resource Center) from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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.

A special session of the Faculty Senate will be held from 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. It will be taped for later viewing on-line. The agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/09.html.

Gary Ferngren, Professor of History, will be interviewed by Jody Seay on Back Page tonight at 7:30 on Oregon Win, which can be seen locally on Comcast Ch. 27.  Ferngren will discuss his most recent book, Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity, which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  The program will also run at 10 p.m. Oct. 4 on OPB-Plus, and again on Ch. 27 on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents The Enterprise Challenge Networking Night, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Trysting Tree Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. The Enterprise Challenge Network Night is the kick-off event to The 2010 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition, where prize money totals $17,500. Here is an opportunity to meet other students, hear ideas, get help with your idea, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and find out what The Enterprise Challenge is all about. All Students are Welcome For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Associated Students of Oregon State University is holding their seventh annual
Fall Golf Classic, a tournament to benefit the Student Leadership Fund. The tournament is an 18-hole scramble tournament, with up to four person teams. Enter for the chance to win a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The tournament takes place Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. A barbecue and awards reception follows the event. Super Tickets are $75 general registration fee, $65 for students.  Super Ticket Registration includes all contest entries and 1 mulligan. Regular tickets are $60, $50 for students. Mulligans may be purchased for $5, teams are allowed up to four. For more information see http://asosu.oregonstate.edu/page/Fall_Golf_Classic

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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! The latest edition of the College of Health and Human Sciences’ news magazine, Synergies, is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

NEW! Accounting Technician, University Administrative Business Center. Full time.  Internal OSU search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004759.  Closing date: Oct. 2.

NEW! Human Resources Consultant 1, University Administrative Business Center. Full time.  Internal OSU search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004750.  Closing date: Oct. 1.

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.

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.

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.

A number of changes to Corvallis Transit System (CTS) routes are now in effect. 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

Traffic and Maintenance

Strand Ag: Due to fire alarm testing, fire alarms, horns and/or bells will sound during the testing session. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. and should end by 10 a.m.

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.


Damp earth and sodden leaves make for a heady perfume as autumn rain begins to fall. Thunderstorms are likely today and the high will be 58, with an overnight low of 42. Tomorrow will continue our chance for showers, with a high of 64.

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