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Monday, Dec. 21, 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.

Oregon scientist on team that witnessed undersea volcano erupt (Oregonian)
Scientists have recorded the deepest erupting undersea volcano ever seen, capturing for the first time video of fiery molten lava bubbles exploding 4,000 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean. “It was an underwater Fourth of July,” said Bob Embley, a marine geologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, in a news release.

Northwest Scientists Keeping An Eye On Carbon (OPB)
Rain or shine or snow, Kent Davis keeps Oregon State University’s carbon monitoring network humming.

OSU economist: Oregon has low taxes (MSN Money)
A new study by an Oregon State University economist comparing Oregon’s taxes with national averages has found that taxes are lower in Oregon than in most states, and so are some public services. (See also Portland Business Journal)

How to fix the BCS before Congress does
(USA Today)

“The BCS has destroyed football traditions, prolonged the season at the expense of students, and de-stabilized college football. A playoff would do less harm while satisfying more fans.”— OSU’s Michael Oriard, author, Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era

College Bowl Preview (Wall Street Journal)
College football’s bowl season has arrived, and with it the annual question of which conference is supreme. The answer is simple: Trust the Pac-10.

Higher education task force looks at future of region (Bend Bulletin)
A new group of education administrators and community leaders is once again taking on the issue of higher education’s role in Central Oregon.

Most US kids aged two to five get little exercise (Argentina Star)
Most American children aged two to five years don’t get enough physical activity and are overexposed to TV. A study of about 300 home-based childcare providers by Oregon State University’s (OSU) Stewart Trost sheds light on both positive and negative aspects of family day-care providers. (See also Gazette-Times, Science Blog, Palm Beach Post, KTVN)

Study: Hypoxia tends to increase as climate warms (Gazette-Times)
A new OSU study of Pacific Ocean sediments off the coast of Chile has found that offshore waters experienced systematic oxygen depletion during the rapid warming of the Antarctic following the last “glacial maximum” period 20,000 years ago. (See also Examiner)

All I want for Christmas (LIFE@OSU)
The place to go for Beaver fans.

OSU Press to publish original fiction in 2010 (Oregonian)

Oregon State University Press will publish its first original fiction next year, a novel called “Mink River” by Brian Doyle of Portland.

Historic house gets a life (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University is pretty quiet this week; classes are on hold for winter break. So Monday morning, few students had a chance to see when the large, two-story 100-year-old house at 645 N.W. 17th St. became a “mobile home” for its round-about relocation.

OSU professor, journalist Bailey dies at 87 (Gazette-Times)
A good reporter. A good writer. A good man. That’s how friends, colleagues and family remember Sam Bailey.

Economists weigh in on bailout (Bend Bulletin)

Julie Elston, who teaches international business at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, says it’s too early to tell whether the stimulus bills have been successful.

Skubinna leaving 4-H after collecting years of stories

Tammy Skubinna’s office in Oregon State University’s Benton County Extension Office is a collection of photographs, award banners, trophies and notebooks stuffed with study materials for programs such as livestock judging, fiber arts and dog training.

Principal of the Year listens — and he learns (Oregonian)
OSU graduate Chris Mills has been named Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year.

College names Scott as president (The World)
No introductions will be necessary for Southwestern Oregon Community College’s new president. On Monday night, the college’s Board of Education announced it would make Dr. Patty Scott its permanent leader. Scott has served as the interim president since October 2008. She has a doctoral degree in education in community college leadership from Oregon State University. (See also SOCC)

Reaching out to teens who would be first in their families to go to college (Bend Bulletin)
Close to 200 students from around Central Oregon packed the small auditorium inside the Oregon State University-Cascades Campus Thursday to listen to a presentation on how to prepare for college education.

Study finds some popular bait kills salmon (East Oregonian)
Shaun Clements with ODFW and fellow researchers Rob Chitwood and Carl B. Schreck at Oregon State University tested a random sample of commercially available cured eggs and found some juvenile fish died after ingesting some brands.

Beaverton man writes novel based on experiences at vet school (Tigard Times)
Growing up, Mark Burgess’ interest in animals went beyond cats, dogs, and other traditional pets. He carried his interest in non-traditional animals to veterinary school at Oregon State University.

OSU Cascades program helps high schoolers connect dots before college (Bend Bulletin)

LaPine senior Laura Jackson knew she wanted to go to college, but she wasn’t sure what she wanted to study or how to go about applying. That’s where a new program called Connections to College came in. Now, thanks to the OSU Cascades Campus program, combined with the statewide ASPIRE program, Laura is preparing for college.

In preparing kids for school, Oregon suffers ‘pilot-itis’ (Statesman Journal)
“We have plenty of evidence that when children arrive at kindergarten with inadequate skills, that they don’t catch up, and that delay stays with them,” said Bobbie Weber, a faculty research associate at Oregon State University.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which state employees can make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Last year, OSU employees donated $117,568, which benefits organizations like United Way. This year, we’re falling far short of that goal. To date, 163 OSU employees have donated a total of $83,152. Meanwhile, UO has had 535 employees who donated $202,668 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating to a cause that’s more important now than ever. You have until Jan. 31.

Upcoming events

NEW! Auditions for the 2010 OSU performances of “The Vagina Monologues” will be held Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 in the Memorial Union Room 109 from 6 to 9 p.m. All women from OSU and the surrounding community are invited to audition. Callbacks will be Jan. 7 in the Memorial Union Journey Room from 6 to 9 p.m. Rehearsals will be every Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 10, until the performances on Feb. 11-12. For more information, contact Cait O’Brien at 541-737-7880 or cait.obrien@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its January workshop, “Religion in the Workplace” on Jan. 14 at the Corvallis Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop will feature a panel of leaders from the local faith community talking about their religious culture and traditions and how those might play out in the workplace, with plenty of time for discussion and questions from the audience. The Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is a consortium of local employers who are dedicated to celebrating diversity in our communities and providing opportunities for employers to learn more about how they can support differences in the workplace. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents “Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU,” Jan. 13, 4 to 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Dinner included. You must RSVP to mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu by Jan. 8.  This is a two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. It includes Early Stage Funding by Nick Fowler of Orion Ventures, LLC, and Introduction to Technology Transfer by Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU

NEW! Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series, Jan. 19, Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall, noon to 1:30 p.m. RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and reference this event. This month’s presentation will be given by Wayne Embree, founder and managing partner of Reference Capital. His talk is titled “Is Venture Capital for You?” This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044

NEW! Building Your Business Plan Series, Jan. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1001. Guest speaker is Ray Jenski, owner of an intellectual property law practice. He will speak on Intellectual Property.

News for Employees

NEW! The following campus restaurants are open through Dec. 23. Remember, patronizing these restaurants supports student programs: Bites in the Memorial Union, Dixon Café in the Dixon Rec. Center, e.cafe in Kelley, Java II in the Valley Library, JavaStop in the Memorial Union, Togos and Panda Express in the Memorial Union.

NEW! Corvallis Transit System (CTS) and the Philomath Connection buses will not operate Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas.  CTS service resumes Dec. 26.  PC service resumes Dec. 28.  Buses will not operate Jan. 1 in observance of New Years.  CTS service resumes Jan. 2. PC service resumes Jan. 4.

NEW! The LaSells Stewart Center will be closed on Dec. 25, Dec. 28 and Jan. 1, 2010.

Central Web Services has posted the Drupal 6 workshops for January and February 2010.  You can view them at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14 We are offering a new Drupal workshop – Drupal 6 How to use Views : Quickly create custom queries, high impact data tables, helpful data filtering tools, and customized page and block displays.

H1N1 Priority Groups Have Been Lifted – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for all OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Come to Plageman Student Health Center, Monday-Friday, 9: to 11:30 a.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.

The First OSU Building Energy Challenge is gearing up for February 2010!  Sponsored by the Sustainability Office and driven by students, the Building Energy Challenge will foster competition between building occupants in an attempt to reduce OSU’s $10 million energy bill.  We’re currently looking for people to become Energy Challenge Reps, who will promote the Challenge in their building.  Prizes to weekly and overall winners.  For more information, contact Greg Smith at greg.smith.oregonstate.edu, Brandon Trelstad, Brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu, or go to the Building Energy Challenge Web page at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/building-energy-challenge-winter-2010 .


Professional Faculty, Coordinator for IE3 Latin America Programs: The Office of OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator for IE3 Latin America Programs position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0005051.  Closing date Jan. 4. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The Office of OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for an Administrative Program Assist.  This is a full-time, 12-month 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 #0005070.  Closing date Dec. 27. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Professional Faculty, IE3 Global Internship Program Coordinator: The Office of OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term IE3 Global Internship Program Coordinator position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0004863.  Closing date Dec. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Student lots are now open, no permit required through Friday, Jan 8. Additionally, Transit & Parking Services Administration will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 8.


On this Winter Solstice, we ask the question P.B. Shelley once asked, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” Longer, brighter days lie ahead, but for now, we’re stuck in a dark and rainy cycle. Rain will turn to showers and taper off by mid week, and Rudolph’s nose may be needed Christmas Eve as patchy fog rolls in and continues through Friday.

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