OSU Today

Friday, February 6, 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 program makes splash in Google Earth’s “Ocean” (Oregonian)
Browsers on Google Earth can now dive into the digital ocean to take undersea trips to deep trenches, scout out prime surfing spots and explore coral reefs. The program also uses research from the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, based at Oregon State University, to explore marine reserves, a promising approach to conserving biodiversity and restoring marine wildlife back to health.

Hard-fought milestone celebrated privately (Gazette-Times)
Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the day that same-sex couples in Oregon could go to the courthouse, pay $60, fill in some paperwork and receive in return a certificate giving them many of the same legal rights as married couples. Christian Matheis, a student advocate at Oregon State University, and his partner, Isaac Magana, who works in information technology for the Extension Service, the day was much like any other.

About that beach house…
(LA Times)

According to a paper published Friday in the journal Science, sea levels would be affected differently in various regions of the planet if the massive ice sheet were to shrink as a result of global warming. Oceans around Antarctica would actually retract, according to researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Toronto.

Census: Farms Grow (Capital Press)
The number of U.S. farms inched up 3.5 percent between 2002 and 2007, largely due to an increase in small operations and very large ones, according to the new Census of Agriculture, which was release Wednesday, Feb. 4. Farmers in areas without many alternative sources of employment are more likely to sell their property to other growers who have an eye on expansion. Or, they may simply cease leasing land, said Thorsten Egelkraut, an agricultural economist at Oregon State University.


The OSU Library Faculty Association (LFA) invites all interested colleagues and friends to attend a Library Seminar Presentation at 10 a.m. in The Valley Library, Willamette Industrial Rooms (3622). Faye Chadwell, OSU’s Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management and Andrea Wirth, OSU’s Geosciences and Environmental Sciences Librarian, will present Rights Well. This hands-on seminar seeks to help library authors learn why author rights are important and what rights an author should try to retain. Bring a CTA from a publisher with whom you have published or would consider publishing. Refreshments will be served.

The OSU campus is invited to tour the completed renovation of our historic 1900 Apperson Hall, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The rejuvenated building created in the renovation, Kearney Hall, now serves as a teaching tool for our CCE students as well as a classroom facility: structural elements and key mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are all exposed. There are windows into shafts and places where students can see the reinforcing steel within the concrete. Join us for light refreshments and short building tours hosted by many of our student groups. See the renovation timeline and photos, http://engr.oregonstate.edu/prosperity/appersontokearney

Tom Stoppard’s play, Arcadia runs now through Feb. 7 and Feb. 12-14, 7:30 p.m. The play will be performed on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage. Tickets are available by calling the OSU Box Office 541-737-2784 or online at oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre and are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for students and youth, and $5 for OSU students. For more information contact Angie Weeks at 541-737-2853.

This weekend

A President’s Day celebration is taking place at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at LaSells Stewart Center. The event features the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble and the Corvallis Community Band, with guest conductor James Douglass and special guest David Ogden Stiers, an Emmy-nominated film, stage and television actor, best known for his work on M*A*S*H. Tickets are $10 at the door. OSU students, staff and faculty are admitted free with an ID card. The event is sponsored by the OSU Department of Music and ASOSU.

The 2009 Crossroads International Film Festival will feature films from India, Africa, Dominican Republic, Bhutan, Uruguay, Europe, Middle East, and USA, on consecutive Sundays in February at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth Street in downtown Corvallis. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children or students with ID. On Feb. 8, the following films are being screened:
1 p.m. “Kirikou & the Sorceress,” Africa (animated, suitable for children), (74 min.) After the film, there will be a performance of dances from Guinea.
4 p.m. “Travelers and Magicians,” Bhutan (108 min. in Dzongkha)
6:30 p.m. “Le Grand Voyage,” Europe/Middle East (108 min. in French & Arabic)

Upcoming Events

NEW! Piers Hale, Assistant Professor of the History of Modern Science in the Department of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver a lecture titled “The Post-Darwinian Natural Theologies of Asa Gray and Charles Kingsley” on 4 p.m., Feb. 20, in the Memorial Union, Room 208 (La Raza Room). This is the second lecture in the Horning Endowment–sponsored “Darwin 1809–2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

NEW! The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is sponsoring a free Web seminar, “Creative Utilization of Technology in Academic Advising”, Feb. 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Wenigar 201.  At the conclusion of the webinar Brett McFarlane from the College of Engineering will discuss an intervention project being piloted jointly by his College, the College of Forestry, UESP, and the Academic Success Center. He will provide an overview of the project and specifically address how they are using web resources as a means to deliver success strategies to students who find themselves in academic difficulty. For more information and to print the handout, visit http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/onDisk.htm – 20. This “webinar” is presented by the National Academic Advising Association.

NEW! The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate
Change” presents “Polar Warmth, Ice Sheet Stability and Sea-level Rise: Past Perspectives” by Bette Otto-Bleisner, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Cordley 1109.

PERS Workshops will be held on campus Feb 17, in the Memorial Union, room 208. The Early Career Workshop for OPSRP employees takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., and the One-Year to Retirement takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. To register, please go to the OSU Professional Development website at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/.  If you have any questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 737.2805 or email employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

Got the next best idea for a new business?  Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in the 2009 OSU New Enterprise Challenge? Then you’ll need some skills.  Learn about Intellectual Property: patents, trademarks and copyrights, in a skills business session with Dan Lykins from the College of Business. It takes place Feb. 16, 4 to 5:50 p.m. in Room EG01, Weatherford Hall. For further information, e-mail: mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu , call 541-713-8044 or see www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

Edmund Burke III, one of the nation’s leading historians of French colonialism, will deliver the Twenty-sixth Annual George and Dorothy Carson History Lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 9, in the Construction and Engineering (C & E) Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. Entitled Extreme Ethnography: French Exploration and the Conquest of North Africa, the lecture is free and open to the public. Currently holder of the Presidential Chair at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for World History, Burke is the author and editor of numerous books, including the newly published anthology Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory.

An open forum on drafting OSU’s climate action plan will occur from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Memorial Union room 208. During the session, OSU’s sustainability coordinator, Brandon Trelstad, will update participants on action to date and present a draft conceptual framework for moving forward. Smaller group meetings will be arranged at a later date to focus on topics in the draft framework found at: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/energy/climateplan.html

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

News for Employees

NEW! There will be no Internet access to/from the main OSU Campus for approximately 30 minutes starting at 10 p.m. Saturday night. The Update Border Router will be given a new code to fix a bug which Network Engineering believes caused a crash several weeks ago. If you have questions or concerns about this outage please contact your Community Network Team at 541-737-8787.

NEW! Lambing visits have begun, and continue through March 13. The public can view the ewes and lambs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and weekends. Small groups may go on self-guided tours. Groups of more than 12 visitors should first arrange an appointment by sending an e-mail to Lambing.Barn@oregonstate.edu, an out-of-office reply will be returned to you with further instructions. For additional questions call Tom Nichols at 541-737-2903. The barn is located at 7565 N.W. Oak Creek Dr.

NEW! Career Services is seeking applicants for the position of Employer Relations Coordinator. The position is responsible for all phases of building and maintaining relationships with state, regional, national and international employers for recruitment of the university’s students. This is a fulltime, 12-month fixed-term position.  To review complete posting including list of required and preferred qualifications and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0003819.

Facilities Services is seeking to hire an Assistant to the Director of Facilities Services. This is a 12-month unclassified position, open only to current employees of OSU. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in general office management with strong organization, communication and anticipatory skills. Applicants must also be highly proficient with all Microsoft Office products and Photoshop. For complete details please see posting #0003829 at: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/.  Closing date is Feb. 17.

Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Colleges of Business and Engineering Business Center.  For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003832.  Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 23.

Fidelity & TIAA-CREF Representatives are on campus in February for individual consultations to discuss your workplace savings plan benefits (TDI) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). For additional information and to schedule your confidential consultation visit the OHR website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

Oregon State University invites applications for the position of Associate Provost, International Programs. The Associate Provost will provide leadership and vision to the internationalization of Oregon State University by enhancing existing programs, building networks across campus and with key external constituencies, and developing new opportunities for international activities and support.  To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003784. Closing Date: Feb. 27.

With generous donations of fabric, sewing skills and a long-arm quilting machine, the College of Forestry has two quilts for raffle to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Tickets will be on sale from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Helpdesk (PVY 222) now through Feb. 25. Tickets are one for $1, or six for $5.  For more information, see the flyer at http://www.cof.orst.edu/internal_web_items/quilt_flyer.pdf


Today showers will continue with a high of 47 and a low of 33. Saturday will provide a brief respite from the rain, but showers return on Sunday and will continue next week. Keep an eye on the falling temperatures, we could have an unseasonably late snow toward the end of the week. Anyone dreaming of a white Valentine’s Day?

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