OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 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.

The future of public higher education (OPB Think Out Loud)
OSU President Ed Ray is one of the guests during this discussion.

Tiny Parasite May Have Brought Down Mighty T. Rex (US News & World Report)
A common avian parasite may have brought down one of the world’s most famous Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs, a study appearing online September 29 in PLoS ONE suggests. The new study is very interesting because “it supports our view that dinosaurs were infected by many pathogens,” says paleobiologist George Poinar of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “I think more people will be looking for this now.” (See also Science News)

FDA Expert Local Food Gatekeeper (KEZI)
Oregon State University professor and FDA food expert Mark Daeschle is the first in line to make sure new food products in Oregon are safe for customer consumption.

Can architecture protect against a tsunami? (KATU)
Japan has about a dozen such buildings that have been around 15 to 20 years, said Harry Yeh, the Edwards professor of coastal and ocean engineering at Oregon State University. But in other areas, the idea has not been popular, largely because tsunamis do not occur that often.

Experts draw up ocean-drilling wish list (Nature.com)
More than 500 scientists — almost twice as many as organizers had initially expected — gathered last week in Bremen, Germany, to discuss priorities and research goals for the second phase of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. “We’re not done,” says Alan Mix, a marine geologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Actually, we ain’t seen nothing yet.”

OSU urges sick students to isolate themselves (Gazette-Times)
Despite receiving a seasonal flu shot Tuesday at the Memorial Union, Caroline DeVico isn’t worrying about the possibility of a H1N1 flu outbreak at Oregon State University.

Booklet offers tips on sustainable living (Oregonian)
Interested in ways to improve the quality of life and reduce negative impact on the environment? A booklet, “Living Sustainably: It’s Your Choice,” is available online and in print from Oregon State University Extension.

Thin-film depositing technique (The Engineer)

Chemical engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new technique to deposit nanostructured films on various surfaces, a process that may first be used to produce coatings for eyeglasses.

Western University Researchers Receive Grant to Improve Endangered Species Breeding Programs (Veterinary Practice News)
The research team will collect DNA samples of snow leopards and determine a draft of the snow leopard genome to identify specific genes associated with immune function. Project partners include Todd Mockler, Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

Unlocking The Secrets Of The Seafloor
(Red Orbit)

Alan Mix of Oregon State University pointed out that the current level of CO2 injection into Earth’s atmosphere soon will bring the CO2 concentration to a level not seen for many million of years and on par with that of severe greenhouse conditions of the geological past.


Student Health Services is offering seasonal flu shots for students, faculty and staff 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.

Carlene Pelroy will be retiring from Oregon State University today. 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 to celebrate.

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 today from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

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 today. 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.

Upcoming Events

This Week

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Next Week

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity will be hosting the next in a series of Inclusive Corvallis forums Oct. 5 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library main conference room. Please extend this invitation to your friends and colleagues. This forum is open to all people. Forum notes and other details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/inclusive.html.  Please RSVP to Corrine Gerig at 541-737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu

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 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Did you know that as an OSU Faculty / Staff member you are eligible to purchase up to 2 discounted season tickets for both Men’s and Women’s Basketball?  For the 2009-10 season, the Faculty / Staff discounted rate is $ 273 for Men’s Basketball and $ 80 for Women’s Basketball.  For Men’s Basketball, depending upon where you would like your seats located, there may be an accompanying per seat donation to the BASF. Season Tickets for both sports are available at this time by visiting the Ticket Office in Legendary Gill Coliseum (Room 107), calling 737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS.  The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Your OSU Staff ID number will be needed at the time you place your order.

NEW DATE! Transit & Parking Services is now selling annual and term parking permits. The current Faculty/Staff permits which expire Sept. 30 have been extended through Oct 9. The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Adams Hall, 606 S.W. 15th St. The website for the permit forms is located at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Education Hall: Due to repairs to a drinking fountain, all domestic hot & cold water services will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 1 and should end by 9 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. today and should continue through 3:30 p.m.

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. Oct. 2 and should end by 9 a.m.


Last week’s morning skies were painted red and pink like a child’s valentine, but this week subtler hues of peach and violet have arrived alongside rain clouds. We’ll have scattered showers today and a high of 64, with an overnight low of 44. Tomorrow scattered showers will continue as temperatures rise to 67.

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