OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 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 Researchers Find Global Warming May Spur Increased Growth in Northwest Forests (KEZI)
Researchers at Oregon State University say global warming in the next century could cause a significant increase in production Pacific Northwest high-elevation forests. However, their study also suggests that forests at lower elevations could face a decline in growth. (See also LA Times, Oregonian, R&D)

Ferret gets swine flu from its owner, a first (Oregonian)
A ferret, whose owner had shown flulike symptoms, tested positive for swine flu on Oct. 8. It was tested at an Oregon State University lab, which found genetic markers for the strain of H1N1 that’s infecting humans. A lab of the U.S. Department for Agriculture confirmed the finding on Oct. 9.

One-on-One (KPTV)
A new book from Portland Tribune columnist Kerry Eggers is a complete history of Oregon State Beavers football.

Algae blooms on increase in state; officials cite changing conditions, better monitoring (Oregonian)

Some scientists say the frequency and intensity of toxic algae blooms are increasing, according to a July 2009 study published by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Many Willamette Basin streams too warm (Gazette-Times)

A new state study has found that nearly 70 percent of the rivers and streams in the Willamette Basin are too warm to protect salmon, trout and other cold-water fish. The study sampled 650 sites throughout the Willamette Valley, consolidating work done by government biologists, watershed councils and Oregon State University researchers.

Move it to keep it moving (Mail Tribune)
OSU Extension’s Sharon Johnson talks about the benefits of physical activity.

Hometown U.S.A.: Corvallis, Ore.: In Oregon, an eight-year antiwar protest
(LA Times)

When asked if the protesters ever imagined that they would still be standing on the sidewalk eight years later, Charlie Miller, a retired professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, said, “No. We thought the war would eventually end.”

Visiting artist to lecture Wednesday (Gazette-Times)
New York-based artist Luba Lukova is scheduled to lecture on her poster art, illustrations and essential themes of the human condition. The event is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union in the Joyce Powell Leadership Room.


Oregon State Police will begin a special week of enforcement of motor vehicle and pedestrian laws today 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.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the lobby of Moreland Hall, OSU will celebrate the first National Day of Writing, coordinated by the English department, the Writing Programs, the English Students Association, and the Writing Minor. Anyone may contribute writing – everything from essays to poems – to be posted to this site. Writing may be contributed electronically to OSU’s online Gallery of Writing OSU’s which is now live and which will be “unveiled” for viewing on Oct 20. Please feel free to visit our site at http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/392228 Laptops will be available in the lobby for submitting work.  Bring a flash drive or type on the spot. Contributions may also be in hard copy  —  people may bring a printed copy, or write during the event to hang their contribution on the local “tree.”

OSU Career Fairs are happening today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The University Wide Career Fair takes place today, and the Engineering Career Fair takes place Oct. 21. Come prepared – research companies by major, industry, or position type.  Click on Employers at https://oregonstate-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php to see who will be there.

The Voices Project resumes its monthly brown bag lunch series today with part two of “Being Latina/o….” Hosted by the office of Community and Diversity, the screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy the most recent title in the Voices Project series. Questions or accommodations: 737-4381.

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. Today the tables will be set up from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Moreland Hall Foyer.

Norm Galvin of ORM Consulting, Inc. 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?” at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.  The speakers are Marcus Borg and Martin Emmrich.  The debate is free and open to the public.

Today the Austin Entrepreneurship Program is launching 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.

Upcoming Events

This week

NEW! Panel on open access mandates, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. , Valley Library, Rotunda. Join us in the library rotunda for a lively panel discussion about Open Access Policies. Last year OSU Libraries’ faculty voted to adopt an Open Access mandate, making them the first library faculty in the world to do so. Come hear from the experts themselves as panel members share their experiences spearheading these efforts and add your voice to the dialogue.

NEW! Ruminal microbes might not be your first choice for saving the planet, but Morrie Craig, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, can explain why they might be your second or third. Find out and be a guest at the weekly meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Oct. 22, room 109 in the MU. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to reserve a seat.

NEW! All are invited to an open house for Student Health Services at Dixon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Dixon Recreation Center. Meet the practitioners and ask them questions about acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, sports medicine, athletic training, nutrition and health coaching. Students are especially encouraged to attend. Free chair massages will be available, as well as demonstrations of acupuncture, physical therapy and athletic training. Enjoy refreshments and enter a raffle to win a stability ball or other health and fitness equipment. For more information, call SHS @ Dixon at 541-737-7556.

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: Oct. 22, 9-10:30 a.m., 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. The session will be held Oct. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Seminar Room

Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer, and science policy advocate, will speak at OSU on Oct. 23, in LaSells Stewart Center. Shiva’s speech, which begins at 7 p.m., is in conjunction with OSU’s symposium, “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology.” The full schedule for the conference can be found at: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu For more information, contact Charles Goodrich, program director for the Spring Creek Project, Charles.Goodrich@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6198.

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! OSU Libraries is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Library Research Travel Grants for the fall funding period.  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. The deadline is Nov. 16. For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell at 541-737-8528 or faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.


It was incredibly hard to get out of bed this morning, thanks to a thick cloak of fog and darkness. Nothing emphasizes the approach of winter quite like an early morning commute, as the shortening days are all too apparent. Today will be foggy with a high of 65 and a low of 45. Tomorrow rain returns with a high of 60.

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