OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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.

A New Look beneath the Waves: Ocean Observatories Initiative Gets Underway (NSF)
Giving scientists never-before-seen views of the world’s oceans, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) have signed a Cooperative Agreement that supports the construction and initial operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and its partners, Oregon State University and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, are responsible for coastal and global moorings and their associated autonomous vehicles.

Tsunami hit Indonesia, Samoa: Is Oregon next? (KATU)
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.

Use more salt, but eat less of it (Mail Tribune)
Sharon Johnson, an associate professor in health and human sciences at Oregon State University, talks about ways to use salt that don’t involve eating it.

Vitamin C Provides Powerful Health Benefits (Natural News)
Recent research conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute has discovered breakthrough evidence that Vitamin C has a positive effect in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.

OSU, British teams to debate legalization of drugs
(Democrat Herald)

The Oregon State University forensics team will host its third annual public debate against the British national debate team on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Withycombe Hall lab theater on campus.

New book outlines impact of tall fescue (Democrat Herald)

A new book co-edited by an Oregon State University professor sheds light on the importance of tall fescue, a grass grown in Oregon for seed and used around the world for turf and forage.

New public health class engages students in current policy (Barometer)
In the midst of the current debate over national health care reform, OSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences is looking to engage students in the discussion of public health policy in Oregon by offering a new course this fall entitled Public Health Policy and Politics.

OSU approves four new degrees (Democrat Herald)
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has approved four new bachelor degrees for the College of Business at Oregon State University at its recent meeting.


The OSU Women’s Network presents: Hitting the snooze button on your tenure clock: What does it mean to ‘extend’ your tenure clock?  Panelists: Becky Warner, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & International Programs, Jane Ishmael-Leid, Associate Professor – College of Pharmacy, and Deborah Rubel, Associate Professor -College of Education.  It takes place from 11: 30 am to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, third floor, Valley Library. This event is free and is open to all.

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents The Enterprise Challenge Networking Night, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 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

Upcoming Events

This week

NEW! OSU’s Office of the President and Career Services present Oregon State University Internship Symposium: Creating meaningful experiential education for students while meeting employers’ demand for a well prepared workforce, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, LaSells Stewart Center, Ag Sciences room. Internships are an important aspect of the Career & Professional Development Community at Oregon State University; employers and students have a great stake in improving our internship processes. Meet to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and resources available today for creating outstanding internship experiences for students and employers. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Adry Clark, at 541-737-0519, or adry.clark@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Oct. 8 Faculty Senate agenda can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/10.html. Please note that the meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the OSU Theatre (Withycombe Hall). President Ray will present his State of the University Address, titled “Setting Our Course,” as well as talk about the attributes we should attain by 2025 to be on track to be a top ten land-grant university, review where we stand today, and indicate specific investments, strategies, and changes we must make now to continue in that direction. Additional agenda items include: a proposed Bylaws Revision, H1N1 Planning and PEBB-Open Enrollment. The meeting will be taped for later viewing on-line.

NEW! The OSU Study Abroad Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the MU Ballroom.  It is a chance for students and the campus community to learn more about study abroad, international internships, and the International Degree.  For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/international/studyabroad

NEW! Imagine a 225-mile journey from Jacksonville to Corvallis on foot, on horseback, and in a Conestoga wagon. Hear the story of how the Jackson County 4-H Empirebuilders Club made this 13-day trek in observance of Oregon’s Centennial in 1959. Glenn Klein, Jackson County 4-H Agent and chief organizer of this event, will talk about his adventures “on the road” and show film footage and a slide show of images from the trek. It takes place Oct. 8, noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room.  For more information see http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/2009OregonArchivesMonthEvents.html

Parent Lunch & Learns are directed at parents within the OSU community. The first presentation will be held at the MU in room 109A at noon on Oct. 7. The topic will be Maternity Leave at OSU and will be presented by OSU’s HR office. More information can be found at our website at http://oregonstate.edu/childcare under the “Events & Activities” tab.

Senior staff from the offices of US Senator Jeff Merkley and US Congressman Kurt Schrader will discuss the appropriations process and recent federal funding trends including federal earmarks at a briefing hosted by the OSU Government Relations office, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in the LaSells Agriculture Production room. Presenters include Suzanne Kunse, District Director for US Representative Kurt Schrader and Dan Whelan, Willamette Valley Field Representative for US Senator Jeff Merkley. The presentation will be moderated by OSU’s Kate Sinner and include time for a question and answer period.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Triad is powered by orange! OSU’s faculty lunch club is open to all tenure track and professional faculty and meets on Thursdays at noon in room 109 of the MU. Be our guest on Oct. 8 and hear what Megan McClelland has learned about getting our youngest ready for school. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat. A complete fall program is at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/triad/schedule.html

Employee Benefits Fair– Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MU Ballroom. Meet with Health and Retirement providers and get all of your questions answered.  Representatives from PEBB, Providence, ODS, Willamette Dental, VSP, ASIFlex, Standard Insurance, UNUM, EAP-Cascades Centers, PERS, OSGP, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Social Security, Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance, Dixon Recreation, Faculty Fitness, and more will be there.  For more information visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html Medicare workshop – Oct. 9, noon to 2 p.m., MU Room 208. Learn the in-and-outs of Medicare and Medicare Supplemental plans. Workshop provided by the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA).  More information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Next week

NEW! The Corvallis Science Pub presentation, “The Cheese Stands Alone: The Science behind Oregon’s Acclaimed Artisan Cheeses,” featuring Lisbeth Goddik takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

NEW! Fall term Beaver Strides registration is happening NOW!  Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Beaver Strides registrants will receive their pedometers and tracking booklets. There’s a chance to win prizes, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec, and join us for the fun!

NEW! An OWN open house, sponsored by OSU Women’s Network (OWN) and International Student & Faculty Services (ISFS), will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in 448 Snell Hall. This is a chance to network and discuss ways in which OWN can support the unique professional/personal needs and concerns of the international women of OSU. Bring your lunch, coffee, tea, and dessert provided.

NEW! “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play detailing the experience of a student from Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, will show at Oregon State University Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 25.

NEW! Art Of Imagination” starring Las Vegas illusionist Garry Carson is coming to Corvallis Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. See exotic animals, comedy magic, and grand illusions. Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22 then $25. All proceeds benefit all Corvallis public schools’ “Student Opportunity for Success Fund”. Tickets available at GraceWinds Music, All About Kids, Frogs & Pollywogs, all Corvallis Public schools and at www.cpsfoundation.org. For VIP tickets or for tickets on Free and Reduced lunch program call 757-5857

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.

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

News for Employees

PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2010 is mandatory for selecting a 2010 medical plan OR to continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans.  If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2010 medical plan during October, PEBB will move you to the Employee-ONLY tier of the Statewide Plan and your dependents will lose medical coverage effective Jan. 1, 2010. Open Enrollment is also the time of year you can make changes to your benefit elections. For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/2010openenrollment.html

Training and Professional Development has scheduled several courses this term for OSU faculty and staff entitled, “Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty,” “Difficult Conversations,” “Stretch Goals-Taking Performance to the Next Level,” “Handling and Turning Around Employee Complaints,” and “A Brick of a Gift? – Giving and Receiving Feedback.” These workshops are presented as a service to employees and offered at no-cost. For course details and to register online, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training and log in (ONID username and password required).

The Graduate School announces a call for nominations under the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund. This fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Deadline: Oct. 21. For complete details see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html

The Graduate School is currently accepting applications under the Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan Program. These non-need-based loans are available on a one-time basis to enrolled graduate students to assist with educational and/or research expenses associated with their advanced degree. Loans up to $5,000 may be requested. Deadline: Oct. 28. See Graduate School web for details: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/jessebell.html

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.


The Arts & Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician Position, $2138-$2960 + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 000480.  Closing date is Oct. 18.

Facilities Services is seeking a Management Analyst 1. This is a half-time position, reporting to the Senior Planner of Facilities Services. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0004808.  Position closes Oct. 16.

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: Today.

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

Oak Creek Building: Due to necessary repairs on the building water system, all domestic hot water services to the Oak Creek Bldg. will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all sinks on all floors. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

Oak Creek Building:
Due to upgrades on the building network system, all network services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all desk top and/or laptop computers connected to the Oak Creek building network system.  Prior to the close of business on Oct. 7, please shutdown all computers and/or laptops. If devices are not successfully shut down, please be sure to restart all devices October 8th, this includes all network printers. The shutdown will begin at 9 p.m. on Oct. 7, and should end by 10 p.m.


Even the raccoons frolicking in front of Kidder Hall this morning looked like they could have used some mittens, because it’s downright chilly today. But things should warm up to 65 under sunny skies, followed by an overnight low of 40. The slight warming trend continues as we edge toward the 70s later this week.

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