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Monday, February 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.

Stream Temperature (OPB)
OSU’s John Selker is featured in this Oregon Field Guide video.

Oregon veterinarian helps keep koi ponds healthy (Oregonian)

Oregon State University veterinarian Tim Miller-Morgan is getting a reputation as the koi doctor. And that’s k-o-i, as in the brightly colored species of carp developed by the Japanese.

Ore. firm hopes small reactor equals big profits (Associated Press)
An Oregon company and a venture capital firm are betting that worries over global warming will supersede any lingering anxiety over nuclear power. NuScale Power, a privately held company based in Corvallis, was formed in 2007 to commercialize new reactor technology developed at Oregon State University.

Chasing the condor’s shadow (Oregonian)
Susan Haig, an Oregon State University professor, and other scientists are investigating lead and other risks, and the challenges condors might face, should they return to the Northwest.


A Blackboard 8 Grade Center Workshop takes place from noon to 12:20 p.m. today in Waldo Hall 115A. This 20 minute session give a quick, but comprehensive, overview of the Grade  Center tools. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac. A more in-depth workshop takes place tomorrow, from 11 to 11:50 a.m.

The OSU department of zoology is offer the free seminar, “Cooperation and Conflict in Social Amoeba,” Joan Strassmann and David Queller, Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess professors, Rice University, Houston, Tex, at 3:30 p.m., in ALS room 4001.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Support the OSU Food Drive and take part in the “What A Crock” lunch event at The Valley Library Staff Lounge on the 3rd floor behind the Willamette classrooms: Feb. 12 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Fill up on various crock pots full of delicious, savory items for only $5.

NEW! This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues being performed at OSU. Part of OSU’s V-Week events, performances are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 in LaSells Stewart Center (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Tickets are $8 for students with ID and $10 for faculty, staff and community, and at the door. Tickets are available at MUPC, OSU Women’s Center, Peer Health Advocates (SHS 337) or Grass Roots Books in Corvallis. This performance is produced by the Peer Health Advocates and sponsored by Student Health Services, Health Promotion Department. Go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/peer-health-advocates/vagina-monologues for more information on all V-Week events.

NEW! University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), in collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center http://mu.oregonstate.edu/blackcc/, will be hosting Soul Food Café on Feb. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. in McNary Dining Center. Cost is $7. The event is a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as a continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series.  Entrée menu items will include: Cajun Catfish, Shrimp Creole, Tofu Creole, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Virginian Glazed Pit Ham, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Collard and Mustard Greens, and other regional culinary favorites. The event will feature live soul and R&B music from SolStarr and an interactive rhythm jam with Common Pulse.

NEW! The OSU Admissions Office is holding a bake sale to raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share. The sale takes place from Feb. 18-20 in the Kerr Lobby in front of Admissions from 10 to 2 or until the food runs out.

NEW! What Planet Are You From?!”  – a seminar to learn to lighten up to communicate more effectively.  PFLA is proud to present Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant on March 10 in the Alumni Center Ballroom from 1 to 5 p.m. Leigh Anne, who has a masters in public health, is a talented motivational speaker and expert in stress management. The cost is $15 for PFLA members and $40 for non-PFLA members, please RSVP to Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu.  You may pay with an index or personal check.

NEW! The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its February workshop Feb. 12.  This month’s topic is the new face of poverty. Take a closer look at what the impacts of poverty in general and the recent economic events in particular have had on Linn and Benton Counties. Panel presenters from Corvallis 509-J, Community Services Consortium and Community Outreach will talk about what their agencies are experiencing and what they do to help the community. Part of the discussion will be about organizational strategies to support employees during the current economic down turn. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: leo.soto@co.benton.or.us

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.

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.

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

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

The winter term diversity book club discussion of The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley will be held Feb. 11 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Willamette Room. Don’t miss this absorbing personal story of the most dynamic leader of the Black Revolution. It is a testament of great emotional power from which every American can learn much. Read the book or watch the movie, bring your lunch and join the conversation. For more information or to request accommodation, call 541-737-4381.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Women’s Center at Oregon State University is seeking nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 6. The awards will be presented April 24. For a nomination form, contact Beth Rietveld at beth.rietveld@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by March 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically to mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu and one original paper copy delivered to the Research Office, A312 Kerr Admin. Bldg. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm

NEW! To better serve OSU’s international students, the International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) section of International Programs will divide its office. Staff concerned with international student immigration and advising and the Conditional Admissions Program will relocate to the main floor of Kerr Administration Building (A110). This move will occur during the week of Feb. 9, and normal operations will resume Feb. 16. Telephone and fax for international student services in Kerr will be—phone: 541-737-6310; fax: 541-737-6226. Staff concerned with international faculty and scholar support, Crossroads International, and the International Cultural Service Program will remain in Snell Hall, 4th floor.  Contact information for international faculty and scholar services remains unchanged—phone: 541-737-3006; fax: 541-737-6482. Additional information can be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/international/atosu .

NEW! The Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center is showcasing a new exhibit, Sustaining the Spirit of Oregon’s Bounty: Our Fish Story. It features art from more than 30 Northwest artists. The exhibit runs through March 10. An accompanying exhibit, Striking Renderings of Oregon’s Rivers, Mountains and Valleys by Susan Rudisill, will be displayed in the Murdock Gallery. For information call 541-737-2402 or see http://oregonstate.edu/lasells

NEW! Wait! Don’t throw that away! OSU is currently ranked #1 among Pacific Northwest universities but only 53rd nationally in Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities. We need your help moving us up the ranks by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard.  Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/.

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.

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.

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.

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, Feb. 16, from 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. See NEC/TEC guidelines at: www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm


We can expect showers today with a high of 41 and a low of 29, with more showers on the way tomorrow, and a high of around 38, dipping down to 35.
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