OSU Today

Thursday, Dec. 3, 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 professor explores the rural environmental crisis from China’s burgeoning economy (Oregonian)
The Chinese people Bryan Tilt talked to in rural Sichuan Province lived in a cloak of pollution. Tilt, an anthropologist at Oregon State University, interviewed workers, state and company officials, farmers and scientists to unravel the complex issues of achieving sustainability within an economy growing at break-neck speed.

Community celebrates Civil War (LIFE@OSU)
Here in Corvallis, folks have been gearing up for the game all week long. (See also Gazette-Times, Oregonian, Mail Tribune and the Bend Bulletin)

GAO upholds appeal of NOAA move to Oregon (Seattle Times)

The Government Accountability Office has upheld an appeal of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s decision to move its research fleet from Seattle to Oregon. The GAO said Wednesday it was upholding an appeal by the Port of Bellingham, Wash., which also bid for the fleet. A GAO spokesman said the ruling does not overturn NOAA’s decision to base the fleet at Newport, Ore., about 130 miles southwest of Portland.

Life for wives of pro athletes no ‘fairy tale’ (CNN)
Steven Ortiz, an associate professor at OSU who interviewed more than 40 wives of professional athletes for a forthcoming book on sports marriages, said these women learn early on to be guarded about their personal lives and their emotions.

The Denmark Project: Facing The Changes Climate Change Will Bring (OPB)
Science writer Joseph Cone of Oregon Sea Grant was on the lookout for a coastal town where decision-makers were preparing for climate change, to test a new way to communicate about climate change.

Color-goaded (Register Guard)
Wearing OSU garb on the UO campus (and vice-versa) draws a passionate response (See also Gazette-Times)

California sea lion surplus seen on Oregon coast (LA Times)
Jim Rice of Oregon State University says the OSU Marine Mammal Stranding Network has gotten plenty of calls in the past month about the sea lions.

PSM, BEST are us at our best (Lake Oswego Review opinion)
Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin highlights the development and expansion of Professional Science Masters (PSM) Degree programs in the Oregon University System.

Paige Bailey becomes third generation Pendleton R-Up royalty (Wallowa County Chieftain)
Paige Bailey, 18, Joseph, has been named as a princess of the 2010 Pendleton Round-up Court, following in the bootsteps of her grandmother, mother and aunts. Bailey reigned as Chief Joseph Days queen in 2008. She is now a freshman at Oregon State University, majoring in pre-physical therapy.

Plover numbers at 20-year high (Bandon Western World)

“This year’s data is really encouraging,” said Dave Lauten, a wildlife biologist with Oregon State University’s Oregon Natural Heritage Information Center, which monitors plovers and their nests on the southern Oregon coast.


President’s Winter Coffee, 8:30-10 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break 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 and feel free to bring your own coffee mug. More information or for special accommodations call 541-737-0724.

Who wants to eat a purple potato? At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon, 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 Corvallis Boys & Girls Club is holding a Civil War sale from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Children will be selling pillows and Santa’s stuffed with a chocolate bar and they are making everything from scratch (except the chocolate bars).  They are doing both OSU and U of O colors of these items and they will be for sale at tables in the front lobby of the club today. The Boys & Girls Club is located at 1112 N.W. Circle Blvd.

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. 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 – today, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Memorial Union Program Council is hosting its annual Children’s Holiday Party this coming Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 in the main concourse of the MU.  Online pre-registration is available at: https://plus32.safe-order.net/osumu/forms/events_children.htm. The party is one of the MU’s longest running traditions dating back to the early 1950’s.  This year’s theme is the Wizard of Oz, and children will participate in a variety of art and craft activities including OMSI’s Science Festival.  The event is free and open to all children between 5 and 10 years of age.

NEW! The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon State University Department of Music invite you to celebrate the season at what has become a popular Corvallis tradition — the annual holiday concert. This year’s performance will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. Advanced purchase is highly recommended as this concert frequently sells out. Tickets are available at Beard’s Framing, Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, and Sid Stevens Jewelers. Seats can also be reserved by calling 541-758-6822 or by sending an email to tickets@COSUSymphony.org

Tchotchkes, mementos from across the globe and cultural items for sale! Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (128 SW 9th Street). All proceeds will go to OSU’s Crossroads International. For more information call 541-737-6480.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! The voting deadline is 5:00 PM December 8 for Faculty Senate President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senator. Ballots were electronically distributed to all eligible faculty voters on Nov. 17. Senator election ballots were electronically distributed yesterday to all eligible faculty voters. All ballots must be cast by 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Please contact vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu to determine eligibility if you did not receive these ballots.

Just in time for Christmas! The OSU classified employees union, SEIU Local 083 Hardship Fund-Raiser: Local 083, is selling tickets to win one of two twin-sized Disney character quilts. All proceeds go to the Local 083 Hardship Fund. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 and are on sale December 1–14. The drawing will be held Dec. 15. For tickets and pictures of the quilts, visit the Local 083 home page at http://local083.seiu503.org/ and click on the Quilt Drawing Fund-Raiser! link.

Student Conduct and Community Standards has moved from Snell Hall to the basement of Kerr in B058.  They are now collocated with Career Services and New Student Programs and Family Outreach.  All other contact information and phone numbers remain the same.   Student Conduct and Community Standards also has a new website that we encourage faculty and staff to utilize at http://oregonstate.edu/studentconduct/home/.

Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Over the Holidays – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for OSU students, faculty and staff who fall into one of the following high-risk categories: Pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, all people through 24 years of age, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza. Those eligible to receive the vaccine may come to Plageman Student Health Center, Monday-Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the fee will be billed directly to Regence. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/swineflu.

Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Professor honor. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Hence, emeritus professors are not eligible.  Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU.  They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Dec. 4. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/awards.html

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


Professional Faculty, Web Communication Editor: The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a half-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Web Communication Editor position.  This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0005001.  Closing date Dec. 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

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.


An orange full moon rose over campus last night (http://bit.ly/7el0K0), revealing that even the night skies are gearing up for tonight’s Civil War game. Today’s icy morning will warm a bit to around 47, but tonight dips down to 26.Tomorrow will be almost as sunny, with a high of 44.

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