OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 28, 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.

Housing Boom Near Preserves Hamstrings Conservation (New York Times)
Roger Hammer, an Oregon State University demographer and a co-author of the study, said protected areas have become an amenity that attracts housing development.

Television fills day for kids in child care (Oregonian)
Two-thirds of Oregon home-based child care providers have a television on most of the day, according to a recent study by Stewart Trost, a researcher for Oregon State University. (See also Register-Guard and KGW)

While James and Jacquizz Rodgers star at Oregon State, their father reflects on missed opportunities in a Texas prison (Oregonian)
The 41-year old father of Oregon State football stars James and Jacquizz Rodgers will wake up today at 5:30 a.m. under the watch of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Food scientist puts pressure on (Capital Press)
Oregon State University scientist J. Antonio Torres is under a lot of pressure these days. And he loves every minute of it.

Young farmer bucks aging trend (Capital Press)
After graduating from college, many twenty-somethings don’t always head straight into the career field they studied. Not Nick Moxley. The 23-year-old from Bonanza graduated in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management from Oregon State University. He then drove straight to his nearly 400-acre farm near Klamath Falls in southern Oregon and got to work.

Q&A with NIST’s Dr. Kate Remley (Fire Chief)
Kate Remley received a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1999. Shortly afterwards, she joined the electro-magnetics division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Magic Dome of Learning (LIFE@OSU)
The typical argument for open access revolves around such dry statistics as journal costs, citation rates and author fees. But not when John Willinsky gets up to talk.

Cattle researcher analyzes temperament, productivity (Capital Press)
Improving the temperament of a cow herd can benefit production and can increase fertility, an Oregon State University Extension beef cattle specialist says.

Youth volunteers lend a hand (Gazette-Times)
The kitchen often has volunteers who are Oregon State University students, she said, many of whom start out volunteering to fulfill course requirements. But they find that they like it, and come back to help – even after they’ve graduated. Plus, the kitchen can use the help.

Brett Favre at 40: Still holding court (Minneapolis News)
“His ruggedness, his no-nonsense attitude, his pleasure in what he’s doing—you don’t think about him as an overly marketed guy,” says Michael Oriard, a former professional football player and professor of English at Oregon State University.

New, Virulent Strain of MRSA Poses Renewed Antibiotic Resistance Concerns
(Science Daily)

A new study by pharmacy researchers at Oregon State University has identified two antibiotics that appear less likely to cause future antibiotic resistance, and others that if used would allow resistance to emerge more quickly.

Doctor gives ill, injured animals another chance (Statesman Journal)

For the past three and a half years, Dr. Arlene Brooks of Homestead Veterinary Clinic in Turner has been a Santa of sorts for area animal-rescue groups. Brooks received a degree in veterinary medicine in 1990 in a dual program with Oregon State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

Stick to the principles on Oregon forests bill (Oregonian opinion)
On Dec. 15, Sen. Ron Wyden announced plans to introduce a bill designed to restore forest landscapes, protect old growth forest, and create jobs in Oregon’s eastside forests. Jerry Franklin, professor in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington, and Norm Johnson, professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, were pleased to see that the bill resulting from that negotiation contains the scientific principles of forest conservation. It is important that they be retained in any further negotiation that may be needed to move the bill through Congress.

New books by locals ’09 (Gazette-Times)
Earlier this month, Tracy Daugherty, a distinguished professor of English and creative writing at Oregon State University, was recognized on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009 list for his latest book, “Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme.”

Mosses deserve a closer look
(San Francisco Chronicle)

“Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, printed by the Oregon State University Press, is featured.

Former Philanthropist of the Year Lematta dies (The Columbian)

One of Southwest Washington’s most successful businessmen and generous philanthropists, Wes Lematta, died Christmas Eve at age 82. Among his philanthropic efforts was a $1 million donation to the Oregon State University College of Forestry to endow a Lematta Professor of Forest Engineering. (See also the Oregonian)

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. To date, 166 OSU employees have donated a total of $84,432. 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

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.

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. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

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

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

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 Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the NSF – Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship (RNTS) program. Guidelines for letters are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rnts.html There are two Noyce tracks in this solicitation: The Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track and the NSF Teaching Fellows/Master Teaching Fellows Track. The program limits to one (1) the number of proposals that can be submitted by OSU per track. Letters of Intent submission to the Research Office deadline is Jan. 11 and should be submitted as a MS Word or PDF document to: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu  For more information call 541-737-8390.

Corvallis Transit System (CTS) and the Philomath Connection buses will not operate Jan. 1 in observance of New Years. CTS service resumes Jan. 2. PC service resumes Jan. 4.

The LaSells Stewart Center will be closed on Dec. 28 and Jan. 1.

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.

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.


Administrative Program Assistant: The College of Science Deans Office 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 #0005080.  Closing date Jan 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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 today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Student lots are now open, no permit required through Jan 8. Additionally, Transit & Parking Services Administration will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.


As if it wasn’t hard enough to get motivated after a long holiday weekend, Monday started off icy with the threat of freezing rain looming. But temperatures should rise by Tuesday, as freezing fog and rain turn to the plain old stuff, and the week remains showery into the New Year.

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