OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 23, 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.

Preparing for a Better Future: OSU President Ed Ray comments on dealing with budget challenges facing OSU in coming months, keeping the university moving forward even as tough times persist and working together to prepare for a much better future. Read his message today in LIFE@OSU.

Using Trees To Curb Climate Change Not So Simple (NPR)
Forests may also grow differently in the future. It’s already warmer, and climate scientists say it will keep getting warmer. Gregory Latta, a forest economist at Oregon State University, says that in some parts of the Northwest, warming could slow growth, and that means less carbon in the bank.

‘Philosophy talk’ taping packs center (Gazette-Times)
The national radio program that bills itself as “The program that questions everything … except your intelligence” drew an overflow audience Thursday, when producers of National Public Radio’s “Philosophy Talk” came to Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center to tape the hour-long talk show.

Paving the way for Oregon State interior design students (Barometer)
Third-year OSU interior design student Teressa Hartley received a unique opportunity this past summer to apply her knowledge and education to improve the OSU campus.

Oregon tsunami expert teaches survival
(Oregon Natural Resources Report)

Two weeks after tsunamis in Sumatra and American Samoa initiated by powerful earthquakes killed hundreds of people, a growing number of Oregonians are wondering how people living along the West Coast will fare when a large – and possibly overdue – quake shakes our own soil. “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.

Contractor leads list of OSU family biz awards (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University’s College of Business announced Thursday the winners of its 2009 Excellence in Family Business awards. The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment and community involvement. (See also MSN Money)

OSU students aim for new ‘Thriller’ record (KPIC)
The Oregon State University Student Alumni Association will attempt to set a new record for the number of people performing the dance to the Michael Jackson song “Thriller,” beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Reser Stadium. (See also KVAL)

OSU renews leader search (Capital Press)
Oregon State University officials and wine industry leaders are giving a push to a research institute that for two years has failed to gain traction.

Authors lend voices to fight hunger (Gazette-Times)

Nine accomplished Oregon authors will turn stories and poems into food for the hungry at “The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger,” an annual benefit for Linn Benton Food Share.

Global warming may spur some forest growth (UPI)
Researchers at Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest Research Station say global warming during the next century could spur some forest growth.

Creating career confidence (LIFE@OSU)
For years, Oregon State students have been learning the ins and outs of landing and keeping a good job through the annual career symposium. This year, organizers took a different approach to strengthening career-building skills.


An open government discussion will be livestreamed from the University of Oregon 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.

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, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, third floor, Valley Library

Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer, and science policy advocate, will speak at OSU tonight 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

“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.


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/

Upcoming events

Next week

NEW! The next session of Public Healthy Policy and Politics in Oregon will address menu labeling and HB2726. Most chain restaurants in Oregon will soon be required to list the calories on their menu items. This will be discussed by Thomas Aschenbrener, President of the Northwest Health Foundation, Hon. Tina Koten of the Oregon House of Representatives and Alejandro Queral, Director of Government Affairs for the American Heart Association. The discussion takes place from 4 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Oct 26 in Kearney Room 112.

NEW! Steven Running, an OSU Alumni Fellow award recipient, will speak Oct. 30 on “How a tree physiologist became a ‘rocket scientist’” from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107. Running is presenting the Alumni Fellow Seminar during Homecoming week at OSU.

NEW! On Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe, the combined choirs of Oregon State University and the Oregon Youth Festival Chorus will join together in a special concert on behalf of the mid-Willamette Valley’s most vulnerable citizens. This unique, first-time event, “Raise Your Voice,” will be conducted by international composer, conductor and clinician, Eric Whitacre, and will include a special performance by Grammy Award-winning soprano, Hila Plitmann. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Community Outreach. Tickets to Raise Your Voice are $13, $18 and $22 and are available on line at: https://community-outreach.ticketleap.com and at Gracewinds Music and Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus

NEW! PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

NEW! OPSRP members, how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

News for Employees

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/.


Accounting Technician:  The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician 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 0004803.  Closing date is Nov. 1.

Office Specialist 2– The department of Geosciences is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004880.  For consideration apply by Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way: Due to repairs on the water services to the East Greenhouse, Campus Way, between 26th & 30th street will be temporarily shutdown.  Construction will also affect the north sidewalk on Campus Way, which will be included in the roadway shutdown.  Congestion in this area can be expected, traffic control devices will be in place. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m., Oct. 23 and the area will reopen by 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

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.


Today’s warm but rainy skies will keep most of us indoors, but Saturday will give us a brief and sunny respite before rain returns on Sunday, so get your biking, hiking and gardening out of the way during the first half of your weekend. Today’s high will be 60, with an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow will be 61 and will start out foggy.

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