OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 30, 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.

Report isn’t accurate gauge of hunger (Los Angeles Times)
“The focus was on, did you find yourself in a circumstance that you had to make some very unsavory choices to get your family through,” said Mark Edwards, a professor of sociology at Oregon State University and an expert on food insecurity.

Protecting the forests, and hoping for payback (New York Times)
Beverly Law, a professor of global change forest science at Oregon State University, pointed to the Deschutes project as an example of the Forest Service protecting against climate change while potentially improving carbon storage.

UO vs. OSU: Who wins the academic Civil War? (Oregonian)
What sets OSU apart is its more than $250 million in research funding in 2008-09. It was No. 87 in the nation for research funding in 2006, according to the National Science Foundation. UO came in at No. 157.

Fraternity runs for cancer (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Many Oregon State University students and football fans are having a hard time getting tickets for the Civil War game this year and are worried how they will be a part of the historic game.

Climate Change Melts Oregon Snowpack (OPB)
Oregon State University researchers reported Tuesday that they’ve found a dramatic long-term decrease in the winter snowpack in parts of the state.

Local students work on solar car (KOHD-TV)
The Oregon State University solar car team brought their own car to Bend, part of a joint effort to raise money for the project.

Civil War of the Ages (KEZI-TV)
Many Oregon State University students and football fans are having a hard time getting tickets for the Civil War game this year and are worried how they will be a part of the historic game.

Attorney General advises to look out for fake Civil War tickets (Siuslaw News)
With the enthusiasm for the upcoming Civil War football game between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University comes an increased risk of fake ticket sales.


Beaver Strides, a weekly walking group, meets at noon in front of the Plageman Building (Student Health Services) for a 45 minute walk.

Professor Michael Ruse, Florida State University, an authority on history and philosophy of Charles Darwin, will give a public lecture – timed to correspond as closely as possible to the publication date of “The Origin of Species” – 150 year ago. The lecture takes place at 4 p.m.  in Withycombe Hall Room 109. The lecture is sponsored by Fisheries & Wildlife department.

Upcoming events

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on Wednesday, Dec. 2 with “Saudi Students.” With the influx of international students at OSU, it becomes more important to understand the experiences of our students from growing community. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.  Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4381.

“Where Does Our Food Come From?” A conversation with Gary Nabhan and Frank Morton, takes place 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Mary’s River Grange, Grange Hall Road south of Philomath (near Gathering Together Farm, next to Greengable Farm). The event is a benefit for Ten Rivers Food Web. Advance tickets (sliding scale, $7 to $20) available at Corvallis Brewing Supply, 119 S.W. Fourth St. and Grassroots Books and Music, 227 S.W. Second St. For more information, contact Joan Gross at 541-737-3852, or Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198.

Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU, Dec. 2 and Jan. 13, 4-8 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Please join us for this free two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. Dinner included. You must RSVP by Nov. 30 for the Dec. 2 event. Space is limited. On Dec. 2, Christopher Klemm, Director, Austin Entrepreneurship Program and Jeff Bock, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, will present. On Jan. 13, Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU, will present. For more information and to RSVP contact Mary McKillop at 541-713-8044 or e-mail

The Vice President for Research candidates will be on campus over the next couple of weeks. The candidates will give presentations followed by open forum sessions for questions and answers.  Their presentations and forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty.  For your information, Dr. Booze’s vita is attached.  The remaining vitas will be distributed next week.  A link to the video of the presentation and forum sessions will be posted in OSU Today on Dec.17-18.
Dr. Rosemarie (Rose) Booze – Dec. 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Dr. Michael (Mike) Pazzani – Dec. 14, 10 -11 a.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Dr. Bradley (Brad) Fenwick – Dec. 16, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 206
An evaluation form will be available at the forums. For more information contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu

President’s Winter Coffee, Thursday Dec. 3, 8:30-10 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break from finals week for holiday treats and gourmet coffee.  Join President and Mrs. Ed Ray in celebration and conversation. Special guests include Beth Rietveld at the piano and Benny! Stop by to get your picture taken with Benny. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug. More information or for special accommodations call 541-737-0724

Creative thinker and author on the topics of digital scholarship and open access, John Willinsky will present a talk entitled “Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning” Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Willamette classroom on the third floor of Valley Library. OSU Libraries will also host viewing opportunities in the Barry Fisher Room at the Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, and at the OSU-Cascades Campus, Cascades Hall 217, Bend.  Founder of the Public Knowledge Project, Willinsky developed the Open Journal Systems, a journal management and publishing system that expands and improves access to research.  For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell, faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8528.

“Alternative Gifts: Creative, Cheap, and Green” will be held Dec. 2 at 4:30-6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St), just in time for the holidays! Come learn and share ideas for gifting sustainably as well as work on crafts such as cloth gift bags, tin candle holders, journals from reused materials, CD jewelry, and more. Sponsored by OSU Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5398.

Business suit donations needed. Lightly used business attire is being sought for the 5th Annual Career Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 11, 2010 in the MU Ballroom.  The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services and the generous sponsorship and support of Campbell’s Cleaners.

While OSU goes into the winter break, the Corvallis Dance Center will continue to offer classes and dance events. The classes are all taught by OSU students. The December lineup includes ballroom, pilates, social dances and more. Details at http://www.corvallisdancecenter.org or call 541-602-5297.

The annual OSU Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night will take place Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  There will be big discounts, free gift wrap, door prizes, music and more. Just bring your OSU ID, or the postcard invitation if you received one via campus mail.

“Biking and Quilting for Joe the Plumber.” Kreg Lindberg, associate professor at OSU-Cascades, will speak on the economic impact of Central Oregon’s special events. His talk takes place from noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 2, in the Cascades Hall Room 118 on the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend.

News for Employees

Reminder – Nominations for the OSU Distinguished Service Award are due Dec. 1. Information about the award is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/hd/.

Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level.” This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by Dec. 10. To submit a nomination go to http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

The university’s State of the Budget Web site, available from the OSU home page, now includes a blog, where readers can post comment, respond to calls for input and dialogue with each other on matters related to the university’s ongoing budget and strategic realignment processes. Visit the blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/stateofthebudget/

The Association of Office Professionals has adopted the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) as their service organization and is collecting gifts to donate for children ages 6-8 years. A list of gifts suggested by CARDV is online at  http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/CARDV_0911.pdf All gifts must be collected by Dec. 10. If you’d like to donate either toys or wrapping paper and bows, please contact : Lois Lessert, lois.lessert@oregonstate.edu.


OSU’s Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking a F/T Accounting Technician, starting at $2,138/monthly + benefits. Major duties include document processing, office and payroll support. This position works with student government, student organizations, and leadership training in a positive and rewarding environment. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004963. Closing date: Dec 7. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2: OSU Extended Campus is seeking applicants for the position of Testing Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details can be found at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55839. Closing date is Dec. 1.

Professional Faculty, Grants and Contracts Officer: (Internal to OSU Employees Only). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004979.  Closing Date: Dec. 6.

Office Specialist 2 – Production Assistant – University Marketing. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004970.  Closing Date: Today.

Accounting 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 0004968.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.  Closing date is Dec.4.

Fiscal Coordinator 1, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $3,250-4,742/monthly + benefits. Internal search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0004956. Closing date is today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to repairs associated with the Nash Hall Project the building exhaust system will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all fume hoods in all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 5 and  should end by 3 p.m.


The fog settles in today, with patches of sun in the afternoon if the weather goddess smiles on us. High temperatures today and tomorrow around 50.

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