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Thursday, February 5, 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.

Ancient trees win the tortoise versus hare race (Oregonian)
Ancient forests bring to mind tall, stately trees, with mammoth trunks that grow in a straight line to the sky. But the oldest trees in the forest usually are slow-growing, homely and tenaciously living in a difficult microclimate, according to a new report by an assistant professor of forestry at Oregon State University.

Open Source: Narrowing the Divides between Education, Business, and Community (EDUCAUSE Review)

The OSU Open Source Lab is the home of growing, high-impact open-source communities. Its world-class hosting services enable the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, the Drupal content management system, and more than fifty other leading open-source software projects to collaborate with contributors and distribute software to millions of users globally.

Oregon State hires bee specialist to investigate hive collapse (Oregonian)
Oregon State University has hired a honey bee specialist to help Northwest farmers avoid the the baffling collapse of bee colonies that has struck other agricultural areas. Ramesh Sagili, who holds degrees from an India agricultural university and a doctorate in entomology from Texas A&M University, will begin work in Corvallis Feb. 27.

Navy plan to increase warfare training off Oregon coast draws objections (Oregonian)

Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says there’s not enough information on the location and timing of sonar use to assess the risk. The Navy rejected the idea of seasonal shutdowns or avoiding key habitat areas.


Mott T. Greene, John Magee Professor of Science and Values at the University of Puget Sound, will deliver a lecture titled “Charles Darwin, The Man & The Myth” at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. This is the first lecture in the Horning Endowment–sponsored “Darwin 1809–2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Following Greene’s lecture, cake will be served in honor of Darwin’s birthday.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “Human Rights and Linguistic Subterfuge in the Bush League,” by J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Department of Philosophy, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. For more information, see http://ideasmatter2009.wordpress.com/

On Feb. 5, Linn Benton Community College, with support from OSU, will host several events for the National Teach-In on Global Warming (http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/events.html) , a nationwide dialogue between students, community members and decision makers around climate change policy.  Events begin at 10 a.m. in Albany. An afternoon session will bring together students from LBCC and OSU to discuss their vision for global warming solutions and a green curriculum for the two institutions. Students are encouraged to attend.

Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Guttentag will visit OSU today, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Guttentag will show clips from his work and discuss storytelling for the screen, the business of film and future trends in the film industry. Guttentag will give a talk, followed by a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a 5:30 p.m. screening of his documentary film, “Nanking.”. The lecture and film screening will take place at the C&E Auditorium of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Bryan Sims and Tom Loika of brass/MEDIA in Corvallis are hosting a Fireside Chat event 7 p.m. in Weatherford Residential College’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, as part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program. Students are especially encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Events

A President’s Day celebration is taking place at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at LaSells Stewart Center. The event features the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble and the Corvallis Community Band, with guest conductor James Douglass and special guest David Ogden Stiers, an Emmy-nominated film, stage and television actor, best known for his work on M*A*S*H. Tickets are $10 at the door. OSU students, staff and faculty are admitted free with an ID card. The event is sponsored by the OSU Department of Music and ASOSU.

The OSU Library Faculty Association (LFA) invites all interested colleagues and friends to attend a Library Seminar Presentation at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6, in The Valley Library, Willamette Industrial Rooms (3622). Faye Chadwell, OSU’s Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management and Andrea Wirth, OSU’s Geosciences and Environmental Sciences Librarian, will present Rights Well. This hands-on seminar seeks to help library authors learn why author rights are important and what rights an author should try to retain. Participants will work through actual copyright transfer agreements (CTAs) within the LIS field.  Learn how to interpret and amend CTAs to meet authors’ needs. Bring a CTA from a publisher with whom you have published or would consider publishing. Refreshments will be served.

PERS Workshops will be held on campus Feb 17, in the Memorial Union, room 208. The Early Career Workshop for OPSRP employees takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., and the One-Year to Retirement takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. To register, please go to the OSU Professional Development website at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/.  If you have any questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 737.2805 or email employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

Got the next best idea for a new business?  Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in the 2009 OSU New Enterprise Challenge? Then you’ll need some skills.  Learn about Intellectual Property: patents, trademarks and copyrights, in a skills business session with Dan Lykins from the College of Business. It takes place Feb. 16, 4 to 5:50 p.m. in Room EG01, Weatherford Hall. For further information, e-mail: mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu , call 541-713-8044 or see www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

The OSU campus is invited to tour the completed renovation of our historic 1900 Apperson Hall, Feb. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The rejuvenated building created in the renovation, Kearney Hall, now serves as a teaching tool for our CCE students as well as a classroom facility: structural elements and key mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are all exposed. There are windows into shafts and places where students can see the reinforcing steel within the concrete. Join us for light refreshments and short building tours hosted by many of our student groups. See the renovation timeline and photos, http://engr.oregonstate.edu/prosperity/appersontokearney

The Provost has invited five candidates to interview for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/node/512 for candidate bios, CVs, photos, and the evaluation form. Once finalized, the full interview schedule for each of the candidates will also be available at this site. Campus forums for faculty and staff have been scheduled as shown below.
Feb. 11, Steven Lommel, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU Journey Room
Feb. 16: Craig Beyrouty, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU Journey Room
Feb. 18: Gregory Bohach, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 213
Feb. 23: Sonny Ramaswamy, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 208
These conversations will be recorded and will be available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/node/512 no later than Feb. 24.

Edmund Burke III, one of the nation’s leading historians of French colonialism, will deliver the Twenty-sixth Annual George and Dorothy Carson History Lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 9, in the Construction and Engineering (C & E) Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. Entitled Extreme Ethnography: French Exploration and the Conquest of North Africa, the lecture is free and open to the public. Currently holder of the Presidential Chair at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for World History, Burke is the author and editor of numerous books, including the newly published anthology Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Facilities Services is seeking to hire an Assistant to the Director of Facilities Services. This is a 12-month unclassified position, open only to current employees of OSU. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in general office management with strong organization, communication and anticipatory skills. Applicants must also be highly proficient with all Microsoft Office products and Photoshop. For complete details please see posting #0003829 at: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/.  Closing date is Feb. 17.

Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Colleges of Business and Engineering Business Center.  For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003832.  Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 23.

Fidelity & TIAA-CREF Representatives are on campus in February for individual consultations to discuss your workplace savings plan benefits (TDI) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). For additional information and to schedule your confidential consultation visit the OHR website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Oregon State University invites applications for the position of Associate Provost, International Programs. The Associate Provost will provide leadership and vision to the internationalization of Oregon State University by enhancing existing programs, building networks across campus and with key external constituencies, and developing new opportunities for international activities and support.  To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003784. Closing Date: Feb. 27.

With generous donations of fabric, sewing skills and a long-arm quilting machine, the College of Forestry has two quilts for raffle to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Tickets will be on sale from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Helpdesk (PVY 222) now through Feb. 25. Tickets are one for $1, or six for $5.  For more information, see the flyer at http://www.cof.orst.edu/internal_web_items/quilt_flyer.pdf

Nominations are requested for the 2009 Mason Prize for Integrity and Moral Courage.  The prize is intended to honor, encourage, and empower people at Oregon State University whose work demonstrates academic virtues such as truth-telling, courage, integrity, open-mindedness, moral imagination, and independence of mind. University faculty, staff, students, and groups are all eligible for the prize. Deadline for nominations is March 20. Full details of the nomination process are available at the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/  Email or mail the nomination to The Mason Prize, The Spring Creek Project, Philosophy Department, 101 Hovland Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331

Provost Randhawa is accepting submissions for the 21st annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU. The prize consists of an award of $500 and publication for on-campus distribution. The literary work can be fiction, poetry (including a group of poems), or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Oregon State University. Deadline for submission of work for consideration is 5 p.m. Feb. 25.  Submissions should be turned in to the Provost’s Literary Prize Committee via Keith Scribner in the English Department Office (Moreland Hall 238).  Questions may be directed to Professor Scribner at 541-737-1645 or keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu


Showers are expected today with a high of 51, and a light rain will continue Friday with a high of 46.

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