OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 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.

Waves Start to Make Ripples in Renewable Energy World (New York Times)
“Wave energy technologies are still in the preliminary stages of development, where wind turbines were approximately 15-20 years ago,” said Annette von Jouanne, one of the leading researchers in the field, of Oregon State University.

Building Tsunami-resistant Cities (National Science Foundation)

Oregon State’s Mary Beth Oshnack describes her undergraduate and graduate research to understand tsunami wave forces and improve building construction in hazard-prone coastal communities.

Global Warming Could Spur Growth in Northwest Forests – Study (New York Times)

Over the next century, global warming could boost forest growth in the Pacific Northwest, a new study has found. Warming temperatures could lead to a significant increase in the productivity of high-elevation forests in the region, researchers at Oregon State University and the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station found.

Breast cancer vigil set for Thursday at OSU (Gazette-Times)
A candlelight vigil to raise awareness and to support those who have been affected by breast cancer will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Oregon State University’s Black Cultural Center, 2230 S.W. Monroe Ave.

Wheeling out microcrystalline cellulose (Materials World)

Partially replacing silica with renewable microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) could make tyre production and use more energy efficient, claim researchers at Oregon State University

A need to connect (Indian Country Today)
Kelly Gonzales, a Ph.D. candidate in Public Health at Oregon State University, is Cherokee, and is the first generation to go to college in her family, and hand wrote her acceptance letter. While at college, her mother begged her to return home. Despite feeling the pressure, she wanted to enter a career that would benefit Native communities.

My Name is Rachel Corrie at OSU this Week (Salem News)
A play at Oregon State University that begins Wednesday recounts the sacrifice of a young woman from the Northwest, Rachel Corrie, who gave her life trying to protect homes of Palestinian people from an Israeli bulldozer.

Spotted Wing Pest Found in Oregon Wine Grapes (Western Farmer-Stockman)
Once the tiny fly was first confirmed in Oregon this summer, there have been an increasing number of reports of its occurrence in a variety of fresh fruits. Now, grapes can be added to the list of targeted crops, according to Amy Dreves, a research entomologist at Oregon State University.

Dean Fred Cholick has followed his passions, admires that in others (Kansas State Collegian)

Fred Cholick believes in people following their passions. The dean of the College of Agriculture found this to be true during his time in college at Oregon State University.

Baumholtz is Oregon PE Teacher of the year (Newberg Graphic)
Oregon State alum Frank Baumholtz, physical education teacher and varsity baseball coach at Newberg High School, was recently named Oregon’s PE teacher of the year by the Oregon Association for Physical Education.


Panel on open access mandates, 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.

The Engineering Career Fair is happening today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Click on Employers at https://oregonstate-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php to see who will be there.

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. 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.

OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.

Assistant Professor Michael Olsen (Geomatics) recently traveled to American Samoa with Jennifer Donahue of Geosyntec as part of the GeoEngineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance team following the devastating Sept. 29 tsunami. This team was sponsored through the National Science Foundation. Olsen will talk about his trip at 1 p.m. in Kearney Hall Room 202.

“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.

Upcoming Events

This week

NEW! 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. 22 the tables will be set up from noon to 2 p.m. in the “knuckle” between Peavy and Richardson Halls.

NEW! An open government discussion will be livestreamed from the University of Oregon on Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon. It can be viewed on campus in the Valley Library’s Willamette Room. Carl Malamud, who is one of the best-known advocates nationally for Open Access to primary legal materials, will discuss the current Oregon case of a UO faculty member who questioned the state Attorney General’s assertion of copyright in and potential restriction of access to legal materials.

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.

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.

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 the Office of 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., 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! Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? The Journey Into Leadership Program is seeking participants from all positional levels of OSU as well as a mix from both main and off-campus sites for a balanced group that represents the diverse facets of the OSU community. This program promotes the belief that you can effectively lead from whatever position you hold within the institution. To learn more about this series, visit the website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership Those interested in participating must submit an online application (available on the website) no later than Friday, Nov. 13.

How would you like to participate in training programs at anytime and from anywhere? Training & Professional Development has developed several online training programs available through OSU’s Blackboard Academic Suite to assist you in being a more effective employee, supervisor, manager and/or faculty member. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration.html and follow the instructions under the “Online Trainings” heading to take advantage of these “no cost” training sessions.

NEW! Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine, the research magazine for the Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station, is now online at: http://oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu Food is a handshake between rural and urban communities, the thing most closely shared among all Oregonians.  The Fall 2009 issue tells a cultural, political and economic story of Food in Oregon.

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 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

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.


The rains returned with a bang, quite literally as thunder rattled rooftops and lightening woke some of us up long before the alarm clock did. It will be rainy most of the day with a high of 60 and an overnight low of 44. Tomorrow will be foggy with a high of 63, and rain returns Friday.

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