OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 9, 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.

More kids starving for nourishment (Oregonian)
At some point, the kid’s need is less an emergency food box than an internist — who’ll be playing catch-up. Which is part of why Anne Hoisington, a dietitian working for Oregon State University Extension Service, argues about child hunger, “We see this as a public health issue, not just a social problem.”

Kitzhaber to discuss health reform at OSU
(Statesman Journal)

Former governor John Kitzhaber will give a seminar about health care reform Thursday at Oregon State University.

Biotech startup has options for growth (Democrat-Herald)
Life Microsystems might well be a poster child for a certain kind of economic development in the mid-valley. The startup biotechnology company, with five employees, uses technology licensed from Oregon State University.

Civil War blood drive competition begins (Gazette-Times)

For the eighth year, the Oregon State University Beavers and University of Oregon Ducks are out for blood, but it’s not on the gridiron. “The Rivals for Life” competiton sees which school’s students, alumni and fans can donate the most blood through Nov. 21. The event started Thursday.

Efforts to save reefs backed (Honolulu Advertiser)
Visitors and recreational ocean users who enjoy Hawaii’s coral reefs generally support whatever management is needed to protect them — even if it means closing off public access, according to a study by researchers from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and Oregon State University. (See also Scientist Live)

Big trouble for little pharmacies (East Oregonian)
Wayne Kradjan, a dean of the Oregon State University/ Oregon Health and Science University College of Pharmacy, wrote in an email to the state that the AWP reduction could spell the end for some.

Snow time? (Bend Bulletin)

El Niño is expected to be the dominant climate factor this winter in the Northwest, according to Philip Mote, director of Oregon Climate Services at Oregon State University.


The bright green Road Trip Nation bus will pull onto the Oregon State campus today, and students interested in learning more about the student-driven adventure series on PBS should stop in and find out how they can participate in their own road trip. Last year, three College of Engineering students from OSU took a sponsored Road Trip to the Bay Area to interview folks from Nvidia, Wired Magazine and Google, and blogged about their trip on the Road Trip Nation web site. Footage from that team’s trip will be debuted during the bus’s visit to OSU, and pizza and live music will be provided. The bus will be parked in the Memorial Union Quad between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The video debut will take place between 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Interested in sustainability and reducing waste at OSU? “Talkin’ Trash,” a gathering for all those interested in reducing waste at OSU, is scheduled today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St). Hour one will focus on recycling training and Q & A and hour two on involvement and brainstorming projects. Newcomers are welcome, as are people who can only attend part of the meeting. Sponsored by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 737-5398.

Today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a kick-off reception for students interested in both the SisterScholars mentoring program and the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the OSU Women’s Center. SisterScholars is a student peer to peer mentoring program that provides training, events, speakers and networking activities leading to personal/academic growth and connection  to resources on campus and in the community. The Women’s Leadership Initiative likewise provides events and speakers as well as classroom and service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Beth Rietveld at 541-737-1330.
Science Pub Corvallis takes place tonight. OSU’s Prof. Bill Ripple explores what happens to ecosystems when top predators like cougars and wolves are removed. The unintended consequences have radically changed the landscape in places ranging from Yosemite National Park to the Scottish Highlands. Learn what’s happened and what Ripple and others say ought to be done. Tonight, 6 p.m., Old World Deli in Downtown Corvallis. Get there early, we’re expecting a crowd.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Department of Zoology is organizing a special seminar on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. with Wayne Maddison from the University of British Columbia.  Maddison will be giving a public lecture in Gilfillan Auditorium entitled “In search of new species: Spiders in the jungles of Papua New Guinea”.  This seminar is open to the public.

NEW! Max Rameau, a Haitian-born Pan-African theorist and organizer will give a talk Nov. 12, 7 p.m. in 305 Pharmacy. He founded Take Back the Land in 2006 and in October of that year, the organization seized control of a vacant lot in the Liberty City section of Miami. They built Umoja Village, a full urban shantytown to house part of the massive homeless population in Miami. For more information contact Lani Roberts at lroberts@oregonstate.edu.

Is bigger, better?  The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum for Nov.10, (Weniger 116) from 4 to 6 p.m. to hear from all ranks of faculty and staff regarding potential changes and directions of the University.  This will be a facilitated democratic forum to express issues of concern, identify unanswered questions, and explore solutions – you do not need to be a member of AAUP to attend or to participate in the forum.  Additional information can be found at: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

The Idea Challenge, sponsored by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, is an opportunity for students to pitch their business idea or come to hear other students pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. It takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003. Find out if your idea has what it takes to go forward. This is a great preparation for the 2010 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition, where the prize money totals $17,500. Winners of the Idea Challenge will receive $50 and be paired with a mentor to prepare for The Enterprise Challenge to be held on April 16, 2010. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. For more information email Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

How Much Should I Save for Retirement, presented by Oregon Savings Growth Plan: OSU Training Days:  Nov. 11, LaSells Stewart, Two Session: 11 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is designed to help individuals calculate a savings goal based upon current income, estimates of pension benefits, other retirement savings and social security income.  Register at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

Investing for Life’s Goals, presented by TIAA-CREF: OSU Training Days:  Nov. 11, LaSells Stewart, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions. Register at http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

Former Governor John Kitzhaber will give a free public lecture at Oregon State from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in Gilfillan Auditorium. The topic is Health Care Reform for the 21st Century. His lecture is part of a seminar course on health care policy and is not an endorsement of his candidacy for governor.

Join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s guest speaker, Pati Palmer, CEO of Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, who will talk about Dreams on Paper, noon to 1:20 p.m., Nov. 12, in LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. She will discuss creativity, timing, promotion, and partnering in an inspiring and sometimes humorous presentation. She established the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, and in 2008 she was inducted into The American Sewing Guild’s Sewers Hall of Fame. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu Faculty are also invited for a luncheon meeting with Pati Palmer from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu  by Nov. 9 and note the name of event. Seating is limited.

News for Employees

NEW! The 2009 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive has begun, and OSU employees should have received the blue envelope with packet explaining how they can help support more than 850 individual charities. The campaign allows every state employee to be a philanthropist by deciding how much to give and where your money goes. State of Oregon public employee goal is to raise $1.2 million.  With over 4,500 employees at OSU, if each one of us donated just $5 per month, we could more than double the amount of contributions made last year from $118,000 to $270,000. Although the CFD has moved to a web-based process, employees also have the option of using the enclosed form in the packet to participate in giving. Online giving site – www.givingnexus.org/_cfduniversities OSU information online at – http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ If you have not received the information in the packet, or need additional information, please contact Courtney Pedersen, 2009 CFD-OSU Assistant, OSU Conference Services (Email: conference.assistants@oregonstate.edu or by phone at 541-737-6441).  If you choose to use the form, please send completed form to – CDF 2009, OSU Conference Services.

NEW! Between November 5 and November 21, UO and OSU fans, friends, students, parents and alumni will roll up their sleeves at blood drives around the state to give for a good cause.  The top team will be announced at the Civil War football game and the winning alumni association will receive the coveted civil war trophy. The OSU campus drive is taking place November 9-12 at the Memorial Union Ballroom from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.  Appointments can be made online at www.givelife.org sponsor code OSU or by calling 1-800-Give-Lif

NEW! Take advantage of the online resource the Multicultural Resource Calendar by going here: oregonstate.edu/diversity/2009divcal/index.htm


Accountant I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Nov. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Specialist, OSU Extended Campus is seeking applicants for the position of Summer Session Specialist. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55797. Position closes Nov. 20.

The College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office is seeking a LSAMP/Undergrad Programs Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. See posting details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu Posting #0004932. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Closing date is Nov. 22.

The Washington County Extension Office of OSU invites applications for an Office Manager position. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. See posting details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu Posting #0004849. Closing date is Nov. 13.

Facilities Services is seeking an Accounting Technician.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Nov.10.  Posting #0004912.

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) is seeking applicants for a Head Academic Advisor.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Head for Undergraduate Education in the School of MIME.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Position closes Nov. 10.  Posting #0004898

OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is seeking a F/T Custodian, starting at $1854/monthly + benefits. Major duties include general institutional custodial duties. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004900. Closing date: Nov. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 1, located at OSU’s Benton County Extension Office on Ninth Street. Full-time, $1923/monthly + benefits. Must already be an OSU employee. Req. skills: Reception, web maintenance, data entry, word processing and desktop publishing. For complete announcement and application go to https://jobs.oregonsate.edu/hr and view posting # 004753. Closing date is Nov. 13.


If we had to sum up this weekend in one word, it would probably be soggy. Drippy and soaked also apply. That trend continues today with rain and a bit of wind coming in from the south, and a high near 52. Tonight’s low will be 42, and Tuesday will be a little less sodden.

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