OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 22, 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.

Editorial: Treat OSU growth plan as real possibility (Gazette-Times)
As we continue to ponder the implications of the ambitious plan for the future of Oregon State University recently outlined by OSU President Ed Ray, we keep focusing on the plan’s projections for the growth of the student body.

Oregon State sophomores prepare for charity rally across Africa (L

Oregon State University sophomores Keegan Warrington and Tate Koenig are preparing to set out on the biggest adventure of their lives.

Licensing Executives Society Announces 2009 Deals of Distinction Awards (Reuters)

HP collaborated with Oregon State University (OSU) to develop transparent transistor technology, also known as multi-component oxide (MCO) semiconductors. Xtreme Energetics, a solar energy system developer, entered into a technology collaboration and licensing agreement with HP to adapt this technology for use in a solar energy system designed to generate electricity at twice the efficiency and half the cost of traditional solar panels.

‘Philosophy Talk’ looks at environmental responsibility at OSU event (Oregonian)
Philosophy Talk, the quirky, compelling public radio show that brings “philosophy in action” to everyday topics, will touch down this week at Oregon State University to debate “Is it Wrong to Wreck the Earth?”

Changing Crime Scene Investigations

A crime analyst at Oregon State University is helping authorities speed up the time line of criminal investigations by narrowing down the pool of suspects.

Teen square dancer calls his first dance (Oregonian)
Now, as a teenager considering a college degree in musical theater and a Broadway career, Jonny Roberts hopes to help pay his way through Oregon State University by calling square dances.

Human transmits H1N1 flu to ferret (Statesman Journal)

The OSU lab initially diagnosed the ferret with pandemic influenza H1H1, and it was confirmed Oct. 9 by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Ames, Iowa.

Family law, thefts from elderly lecture topic (Gazette-Times)
How and why family members steal from elders is the topic of a lecture today at Oregon State University. Katherine C. Pearson, a law professor at Penn State University, is also the 2009-10 Petersen Visiting Scholar in Gerontology and Family Studies at OSU.

OSU Society of Women Engineers names fellow (Gazette-Times)
Toni Doolen, an associate professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, has been named a 2009 Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers.

We savor bits of good economic news (Gazette-Times)
A Corvallis company, Precision Plant Systems, won the top prize at last week’s Bend Venture Conference, nabbing $120,000 in investment funding. Precision Plant Systems is a company that is using technology developed at Oregon State University.

If fish could talk: ‘It’s too darn hot in here’ (KVAL)
Biologists said it’s going to take time to reverse years of damage to the Willamette Basin. The study sampled 650 sites throughout the Willamette Valley, combining work done by scientists, watershed councils and Oregon State University researchers.


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: Today, 9-10:30 a.m., or tomorrow, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, third floor, Valley Library

All are invited to an open house for Student Health Services at Dixon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 541-737-7556.

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, room 109 in the MU. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to reserve a seat.

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 noon to 2 p.m. in the “knuckle” between Peavy and Richardson Halls.

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 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Seminar Room

The nationally syndicated public radio show Philosophy Talk will be taped before a live participatory audience at Oregon State University.  The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction & Engineering Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

“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

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.
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/

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

News for Employees

NEW! Introduced one year ago, the OSU Alert system has proven to be an effective way to communicate critical information quickly to tens and thousands of Oregon State University students, faculty and staff and other members of the university community. To access the site, OSU students, faculty and staff should go to http://alert.oregonstate.edu/ and select the “Enter your emergency contact information” link.  The site requires users to supply an OSU “ONID” e-mail address and nine-digit OSU identification number. All students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to log in to the system, whether or not they are new to OSU, to ensure currency of their information. Individuals who have obtained a new cell phone number or who have moved and gotten a new home phone number, for instance, should be aware that there is no way for that information to be updated automatically in the OSU Alert system; users must take care of that themselves.

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.

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.


Oregon University System International Programs, IE3 Global Internship Program invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number: 0004863.

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

Kerr Admin: Due to the replacement of the south ADA access ramp into Kerr Administration Building, the south ADA ramp will be temporarily shut down.  Temporary ADA access will be through the eastern entrance.  All ADA parking spaces directly adjacent to the southwestern side of Kerr will be temporarily relocated to the paid (metered) parking spaces located on the southeastern corner of Kerr. Reserved spaces will be relocated within the southern area of the parking lot.   We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is necessary to accommodate construction equipment and crews. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 26, and we anticipate restoring services by 5 p.m. on Dec. 28.

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. Due to renovation in Room 212, some noise may be experienced between 8 a.m. Oct. 26 and 5 p.m. Oct. 27.


This morning the stars were out in force, but then the fog rolled in and covered everything so efficiently that some of the buildings on campus have temporarily disappeared. Things should clear up by 11 a.m. and temperatures will rise to 65. Tonight clouds continue with a low of 46, and rain returns tomorrow.

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