OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 1, 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.

Science of tsunami (CBS Evening News)
OSU’s Dawn Wright talks about the science behind the power of tsunamis.

Tsunami hit Indonesia, Samoa: Is Oregon next? (KVAL)
Researchers at Oregon State University who have studied and mapped in detail the subsea terrain near Samoa and Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean say this event – which appears to have killed 100 or more people in the resulting tsunami – happened deep beneath the sea in a complex geological site where two of the Earth’s great plates collide. (See also Gazette-Times)

OSU receives more than $5 million in medical grant funding (Gazette-Times)

A new round of research grants funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act geared toward medical research will deliver nearly $5.3 million in support to Oregon State University.

Public invited to view shark dissection (Democrat Herald)

A 12-foot white shark – popularly known as a great white shark – that died in August after becoming entangled in the ropes of a crab pot, will become the focus of scientists this week during its dissection at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Weighing risks and benefits of sports (Herald & News)
There are a long list of mental health benefits when youth play sports, from better motor skills to developing social skills and self-confidence, tools needed to be successful in life.     There can be negative impacts but they can be prevented and the positive rewards of athletics can be critical in the development of youth. “It can open up doors for people,” said Brad Cardinal, professor of sports psychology at Oregon State University.

Whale forensics highlights threat to species (New Scientist)
The finding, from a forensic DNA study of meat bought on Japanese markets, suggests that either Japan’s scientific whaling programme is taking more animals from this population than previously estimated, or accidental “by-catch” of the whales in fishing nets is larger than officially reported. Vimoksalehi Lukoschek of the University of California, Irvine, and Scott Baker of Oregon State University in Newport, along with their colleagues, bought samples of whale meat in Japan and used DNA analysis to determine in each case not only the species of whale, but also which population it came from.

Taxes again on county radar (Register-Guard)
Wednesday’s was the first scheduled discussion of a public safety measure since voters trounced an income tax proposal in May 2007. The board also discussed tax proposals that could make the ballot next year for human services and the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Brooke Wilberger memorial event Oct. 11 (KVAL)
Law enforcement officials, volunteers, businesses and individuals who participated in the search for Brigham Young University student Brooke Wilberger will be recognized at an appreciation ceremony on Oct. 11 at Oregon State University. (See also Gazette-Times)

WL student hopes to wow world in African rally (West Linn Tidings)
A 2007 graduate of West Linn High School, Keegan Warrington became fast friends and Chi Phi fraternity brothers with Koenig and Zach Lowry when he went to Oregon State University. What they shared was a love of adventure, and when the Africa Rally came across their sights they were instantly intrigued.

Green notes (Willamette Live)
Horticulture and native plant expert Wilbur Bluhm teaches a two-part class Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 on identification of Oregon conifers and where to find them. Bluhm is Oregon State University Extension Service professor emeritus.

Late-night Beaver bus starts rolling again in Corvallis
(Democrat Herald)

The Corvallis Transit System and the Associated Students of Oregon State University have partnered again to offer the late-night Beaver Bus service, which kicks off another year of operation on Thursday.


For many years, Angela Carlson and Rebecca Jeffers, pianists and Oregon State University music faculty members, have “shared the bench” in four-hands piano concerts to launch OSU’s annual Music á la Carte concert series. For this, the 40th anniversary season of Music à la Carte, the duo has planned a special program with additional guest performers and an appearance by the series’ very first chamber duo. The free, weekly concerts begin again at noon today, in the lounge of the Oregon State University Memorial Union.

Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting an OSU faculty luncheon 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.

The Vistas & Vineyards exhibit will be returning to the LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit will be open tonight 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.

Upcoming Events

This Week

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! It will be Oregon State University faculty and staff night when the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra opens its 104th concert season on Oct. 7, with “Classic Vienna I.” The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 27th & Western Blvd., Corvallis, under the baton of music director Marlan Carlson, chair of the OSU music department. OSU staff and faculty may receive two free tickets at the box office with their OSU ID card for this first concert of the season.

NEW! A welcome reception for Gus Bedwell, Campus Veteran Service Officer, will be held Oct. 7 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the main lounge of the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served.

NEW! The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is celebrating “100 Years of Inquiry” with a symposium featuring four notable speakers, including James Carrington, recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and the Bonnie C. Templeton Lecture. Everyone is welcome. It takes place Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., ALS 4001.
For more information see http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/bpp/100birthday_symposium.htm

NEW! The Corvallis Transit System (CTS) will hold its 17th annual “Try Transit Week” Monday through Saturday, Oct. 5-10. Rides will be free all week.  On Oct. 6, 7 to 9 a.m., come by the Downtown Transit Center at 5th & Monroe to enjoy morning refreshments. Albany Transit System, the Linn-Benton Loop, and the Philomath Connection will also participate by offering free rides October 5-10.

NEW! Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series, now in its 40th year, continues on Thursday, October 8, with solo acoustic guitarist James Falkner. The free concert begins at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

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! The Corvallis Transit System and the Associated Students of Oregon State University have partnered again to offer the late night bus service.  Funding is provided through OSU student fees and the City of Corvallis. Beginning Oct. 1, the Beaver Bus will operate from 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on weeks when OSU is in session. Three routes will serve the community and provide more frequent service to Downtown, OSU and Monroe Avenue.  All routes begin and end at the Downtown Transit Center (5th & Monroe), and serve the NE, NW, SE, and SW quadrants of Corvallis. For routes and other information, please visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com/bb or call 541-766-6998.

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.

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: Today.

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

Radiation Center: Due to construction related to the Radiation Center Addition, the southern portion of the gravel parking lot (located at the northwest corner of the Radiation Center) will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 2 and should end by Jan. 1, 2010.

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. today and should end by 9 a.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.


The nights have been so chilly that some of us have already given in and turned on the heat at home, But today things will warm up to 65 under mostly cloudy skies, as rain returns tonight and temperatures drop to 46. Tomorrow expect scattered showers and a high of 61.

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