OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 19, 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.

OSU’s sustainability path draws nationwide attention (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University’s graduate certificate in sustainable natural resources has drawn a national following in just two and a half years.

Oregon geology: ‘The next ‘Big One’ is imminent’ (KVAL)
“Unfortunately, our fascination with the physical phenomena eclipses our interest in preparing to survive our next big earthquake and tsunami,” said Patrick Corcoran, a hazards outreach specialist with the Oregon Sea Grant program at Oregon State University.

Oregon job losses hit predicted turnaround point (KGW)
Patrick Emerson, an associate professor of economics at Oregon State University, said he doesn’t expect the job losses to end soon.

Prof’s research helps analyze crime (Gazette-Times)
Byron Marshall thinks a combination of human intuition and artificial intelligence (AI) could offer a streamlined way to help investigators get to the bottom of things. Marshall, an assistant professor in information management at Oregon State University’s School of Business, has been working on a method that allows investigators to identify people of interest in a case based on relationships.

Multnomah County begins David-and-Goliath food fight

“Multnomah County is absolutely asking the right questions,” said Beth Emshoff,  a metro specialist for OSU’s extension service. “It’s very difficult for a state or a city to say we are going to buck the system. Having said that, there are many things we can do and if anybody can do it, it would be a place like Portland. And if we can do it here it will have implications across the country.”

OSU alums invited to help at parade (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon State University Alumni Association is spreading the invitation to all its alumni: Help wanted with the 2009 Homecoming parade. Anyone interested in decorating floats, participating in the marching band, student and community groups, dance teams, mounted groups or novelty acts are encouraged to get involved as soon as possible.

Oregon vigil against Afghan war marks 8th year (Boston Globe)
It started the way things do in a small town. It was the autumn of 2001, New York’s World Trade Center had been attacked, there were reports that the US military was planning to invade Afghanistan, and local people were talking about what should be done. Then some of the professors at Oregon State University organized seminars to explain who the players were.

Swine Flu Hitting Oregon Universities (KEZI)
The swine flu virus has officially been confirmed at Oregon State University, while the University of Oregon reports nearly 1,000 students have come down with flu-like symptoms.

Public invited to view renovated OSU greenhouse (Gazette-Times)
Researchers using Oregon State University’s west greenhouse no longer need to avoid dripping water or worry about slivers of glass falling from rotting wood casings over their heads.

Today’s college applicants shun pen-and-paper essays (Boulder Daily Camera)
Bridget Cuddy, left, a senior at Regis High School, talks with Kimmy Gustafson about Oregon State University at a college fair held at Monarch High School in Louisville earlier this month.


James Oldfield, Professor Emeritus, Animal Sciences, OSU, has been selected by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for their Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award.  Bill Sanchez, president of the local chapter of ARPAS, and James Males, Head, Department of Animal Sciences, OSU, will present the award at 11 a.m. in 117 Withycombe Hall on campus.

Don Robert, CEO of Experian, will discuss the information services industry and the elements of a successful business model in a free public lecture at OSU. Robert’s talk, “The Power of Information,” is sponsored by the OSU 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. Attendees will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of Experian. For more information see http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/news/message.htm?messageID=1785.

Upcoming Events

This week

In celebration of Open Access Week, the OSU Libraries will be hosting staffed information tables in several departments on campus in an effort to answer questions from students and faculty about Open Access issues, specifically addressing authors’ rights and traditionally published journals.  Information on these topics, as well as ScholarsArchive (OSU’s institutional repository) will be available. On Oct. 20 the tables will be set up from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Moreland Hall Foyer.

Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Business Plan Series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing your ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition to be held April 16, 2010. On Oct. 20, the series focuses on marketing and sales. The speaker is Norm Galvin of ORM Consulting, Inc. He will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1003. All students welcome.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does the World Need Jesus?” on Oct.  20, at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.  The speakers are Marcus Borg and Martin Emmrich.  The debate focuses on what–if anything–the Jesus of the Bible has to offer to a world of relativism and cynicism.  Why should his voice be heard?  Is it merely one among the appeals of many pundits that compete in the marketplace of ideas?  The debate is free and open to the public.

On Oct. 20 the Austin Entrepreneurship Program will launch its monthly Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series. The guest speaker will be John Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies. He will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Weatherford Hall, Room D107. Gardner will share his experiences as someone who has successfully navigated the dual worlds of university and corporate life. This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. RSVP by Oct. 19 to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu. . Please note the name of the event in your response. Contact Mary McKillop mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu if you have further questions.

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.

“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.

The nationally syndicated public radio show Philosophy Talk will be taped before a live participatory audience at Oregon State University on Thursday, 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.

Supervisors and Classified Employees:  SEIU Furlough Days focus and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  If you’d like to hear about changes that will be affecting your department please attend one of two open forums hosted by Human Resources. The room capacity is 40 people, seating will be based on a first come basis.  Classified employees are expected to obtain their supervisor’s approval before attending: Oct. 22, 9-10:30 a.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library or Oct. 23, 1:30 – 3 p,m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library

Technology Support Services (TSS) is once again offering an orientation session for all new Community Network customers. We will be presenting information about our support structure, the many services we offer and where to find help. We would strongly encourage anyone new to your department as well as anyone else who would like a refresher on TSS support to attend this session. The session will be held Oct. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Seminar Room

Nine highly seasoned Oregon authors will turn stories and poems into food for the hungry at The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger, a benefit for Linn-Benton Food Share to help relieve hunger in the mid-Willamette Valley.  This year’s reading will held Oct. 24, 7 p.m., in the Corvallis High School Theater. Admission is a suggested donation of $7 at the door, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information, call Charles Goodrich at 541-737-6198, or visit the Magic Barrel website: http://www.magicbarrel.org/

Next week

Get your costume ready for the fourth annual Oregon State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)/Oregon State University Athletics Fall Carnival Oct. 31.  For the first time the Carnival will be held in conjunction with the Beavers’ Homecoming football game at Reser Stadium against the UCLA Bruins. The festivities begin at either 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. (check osubeavers.com the week of Oct. 19 for exact time) at Parker Plaza outside the east entrance to Reser Stadium and will last approximately two hours.  Admission is free and kids ages 4-12 will be able to trick or treat at the student-athlete booths and enjoy the game-day inflatables.  Plus, there will be prizes for kids including backpacks and mini footballs, and of course candy.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Oregon State University Alumni Association is spreading the invitation to all its alumni: Help wanted with the 2009 Homecoming parade. Anyone interested in decorating floats, participating in the marching band, student and community groups, dance teams, mounted groups or novelty acts are encouraged to get involved as soon as possible. Details, entry forms and full Homecoming schedules are available online at www.osualum.com, by mail or fax from the alumni association, 541-737-2351, or for pickup at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Corvallis Benton Chamber Coalition. Student organization entries are $10; all others are $15.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Oct. 26. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State Police will begin a special week of enforcement of motor vehicle and pedestrian laws next Tuesday on the OSU campus. OSP troopers have noticed an unusually high amount of violations regarding stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks and other similar issues that directly threaten the safety of students, employees and campus visitors. You’re encouraged to do your part in observing all relevant laws and be aware that OSP will be watching closely during this special period.

International Education Week is Nov. 16-20. Colleges, departments and student groups are encouraged to plan events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU. Publicity deadline is Nov. 2. For information on planning and registering an event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/.

Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award are due Nov. 2. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants in the amount of $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php For information, contact Evelyn Riat at eriat@oregonstate.edu.

According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office (faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu) prior to Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned.

The weather is cooling down, colorful autumn leaves are falling, and all those holiday meals are just around the corner. The Question of the Quarter from Campus Recycling is How do you celebrate holiday meals sustainably? Answer this by Oct. 29 and if we choose to feature your response in our next newsletter, you’ll win a stainless steel mug! Answer now at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/quarter.cfm

OSU is participating in the second annual Fall Campus Challenge, which pits OSU against other colleges and universities in a nationwide competition to see who can get the most number of participants to get to campus using alternative modes of transportation.  Participation is free, and two participants are selected each week during October to receive $10 Fandango movie tickets.  More prizes, including iPod Nanos, are given away in November after the event concludes.  Go to http://commuterchallenges.com/cchome.asp and click on the 2nd Annual Fall Campus Challenge banner, and select OSU as your school once you’ve registered.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) program for release for Spring term 2010. Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 16. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Association of Office Professionals is holding a drawing to give away two tickets to this year’s homecoming game with UCLA on Oct. 31.  $2/ticket or 3 for $5.  Proceeds to benefit the ASOSU Human Services Resource Center.  The HSRC provides programs, education and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty.  Please help us with this very important cause.  The drawing will be held at the AOP luncheon on Oct. 20.  You need not be present to win.  Contact Terri Cook 541-737-9189 or Vickie Nunnemaker 541-737-6268 for more information or to purchase tickets.


The Department of Agricultural Education & General Agriculture is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Apply to posting #0004848. Closing Date: Oct. 28.

Grants and Contracts Technician:  Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences. Full time position. This is an Internal search — open to regular OSU employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004821.  Closing date is Oct. 23.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.

Administrative Program Specialist– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Resource Management Program, part-time (.50 FTE), $2,484-$3,566/monthly @ 1.0 FTE + benefits. To review posting 0004819 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date is Oct. 20.

Traffic and Maintenance

Gill Coliseum: Due to required electrical upgrades in Gill Coliseum, electrical service will be temporarily shut down.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is required to upgrade electrical service. The shutdown will occur between 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 and 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Dixon, Finley, Arnold and Bloss: Due to required electrical upgrades in Gill Coliseum, electrical service will be temporarily shut down in these buildings. The shutdown will occur between 9 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 23 and between 5 and 6 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. This work is necessary to drill anchors into concrete originating in Room 210. This work will begin immediately and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Gill Coliseum: Due to required upgrades, the electrical service to Gill Coliseum will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 and should end by 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.


It’s that time of year, when the elevators are full of the fragrance of hand sanitizer, and an errant cough will earn you dour looks. But despite the gloomy forecast and ominous health watch, there are still some bright spots, like the beauty of fall on campus, as seen here: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2009/fall-colors/ Today we can expect a few showers and a high of 58. Fog rolls in tonight as the low reaches 43, and tomorrow should be a foggy 62.

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