OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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.

Civil War can engender family feuds; just ask the Widmers (Oregonian)
It’s not even 10:30 a.m. at the Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. and already the trash-talking has begun. “I really don’t see the Ducks scoring more than 65 points in this game,” University of Oregon grad Kurt Widmer  says, looking forward to Thursday’s Civil War matchup with Oregon State University. His brother Rob, an Oregon State alum, sits next to him. Rob is not laughing.

Civil War inspires Oregon Cure Relay (KMTR)
It was a long Sunday trek for Oregon State University fraternity members looking to help fight cancer.The men of Phi Gamma Delta ran the 44 miles between Reser and Autzen Stadiums, carrying a football the whole distance.

Signs of Lucrative Change Ahead for Oregon Wheat Farmers (KEZI)
Shifting to grow more wheat in place of grass seed isn’t just unique to this field; it’s popping up in record numbers all across the Valley. Wheat researchers at Oregon State University say the shift is not only good for the wallets of farmers, but it’s also smart to diversify crops.

UO and OSU Students Compete in Energy Civil War (KEZI)
The University of Oregon and Oregon State University are going head to head to see which school can generate the most energy.

Neurotoxic heavy metal can slow the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease (News-Medical.net)
New discoveries have been made about how an elevated level of lead, which is a neurotoxic heavy metal, can slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease – findings that could point the way to a new type of therapy. The research was just published in Neurobiology of Disease, a professional journal, by researchers from the Instituto Clemente Estable and the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, and at Oregon State University. The research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health.

How science is done right (Democrat Herald)
Because of the e-mails purloined from a university in England, climate science got a black eye in the last couple of weeks. But at about the same time, Oregon State University publicized a new study that sounds like a model of how scientific conclusions are supposed to be reached.

Jon Graves opens doors for students to realize their dreams (Daily Astorian)

Jon Graves wishes Oregon’s graduates had a better chance at success after secondary school.  Graves knows just what he’d prescribe to fix what ails many students who aspire to go to college but can’t afford the steep cost. Graves holds a master’s degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University and bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and geology from Bowdoin College.

Barack Obama Basketball PHOTOS: Obama Family Attends Oregon State-George Washington Game
(Huffington Post)

President Obama attended today’s Oregon State-George Washington University basketball game to cheer on his brother-in-law, Beavers coach Craig Robinson. The first lady, Malia and Sasha Obama, and President Obama’s mother-in-law Marian Robinson were in attendance as well.

All I want for Christmas (Mail Tribune)
OSU Extension’s Sharon Johnson talks about adopting a dog.


The annual OSU Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night will take place tonight 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. “Sonic Tonic” will play “jazz standards” and includes Mike “Zeppy” Zittle (Radiation Safety, Drums), John Bliss (Forestry, Guitar), and Page Hundemer (Bass).

“Where Does Our Food Come From?” A conversation with Gary Nabhan and Frank Morton, takes place 7 p.m. at 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The 29th Annual Holiday Marketplace takes place Dec. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom, featuring handcrafted items from over 50 Oregon artisans. Live entertainment will be provided. For more information go to http://osumu.org/craft_holiday.htm or call 541-737-2937.

NEW! Who wants to eat a purple potato? At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Dec. 3, find out how research is changing this venerated vegetable and get a taste of things to come. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to be our guest.

The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on 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.

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.

“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

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 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.


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 extended to Dec.8.

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 today.

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.

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.

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. on Dec. 5 and should end by 3 p.m.


This morning’s foggy cloak will be shrugged off by afternoon, sliding away to reveal blue, chilly skies. With a high of 47, you won’t feel much like sunbathing, but soak in a little of that Vitamin  D before it disappears again. Tonight’s low will dip down to 32, and tomorrow will be a repeat, with fog followed by sunshine.

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