OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 4, 2010

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.

The sorry state of in-home day care (Newsweek)
Oregon State University researcher Stewart Trost and his team surveyed almost 300 Kansas home day care directors who care for kids aged 2-5. The high point of the OSU results is some surprisingly good news about the food served to kids.

Anybody need a robotic cockroach? (ABC News)
“Cockroaches are just amazingly stable and robust when they are running,” engineering professor John Schmitt of Oregon State University said in a telephone interview. (See also Runners World and Scientific Computing)

Does insurance discrimination play a role in health care quality? (Oregonian)
One new study by Oregon State University’s Sheryl Thorburn found that pregnant Oregon women with annual incomes below $50,000 were three times more likely than other pregnant women to report getting worse treatment at the doctor because of their insurance.

OSU College of Business wins $1 million gift (Gazette-Times)
A $1 million gift to support an international exchange program in Oregon State University’s College of Business has brought the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign past the $550 million milestone on its way to its $625 million goal. (See also Portland Business Journal)

Picking the decade’s top stories in Oregon tech (Oregonian)
Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab hosts the Linux kernel, the Apache Web server, Drupal and many other open source projects.

OSU student to join march in Middle East (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University student Jessica Campbell will join 100 marchers who will cross into Gaza as part of the Gaza Freedom March on Wednesday.

The top OSU stories of 2009 (Democrat-Herald)
Some snapshots of some of the big news stories from the year.

Extension course gives tips in farm management (Mail Tribune)
Local small farmers looking for an edge in today’s economy are encouraged to take a course offered by the Oregon State University Extension Service called “Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management.”


Move it Monday with Beaver Striders, noon to 12:45 p.m. Join students, staff and faculty for a group walk. Meet at Student Health Services near the east entrance.

Upcoming events

NEW! Dixon Rec-Center will host a Wellness Fair kick-off event for OSU’s “Power Up Challenge” on Jan. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.  “Power Up Challenge” is a health and wellness event open to the entire OSU community that challenges you to set a goal, strive for balance, and Power Up!
Meet “Power Up Challenge” contestants in Dixon’s Atrium and learn about the wealth of wellness resources and services available at OSU.

NEW! Oregon State University – Cascades Campus’ annual “It’s in the Bag” lecture series continues on Jan. 6 in Cascades Hall with a presentation titled “Doing Business in the Southern Cone:  Argentina, Chile, Peru.” The noon lecture will be given by James Sickler of OSU-Cascades’ business administration program. Sickler, an adjunct professor with more than a decade of business management experience in South America, will examine the continent’s “Southern Cone,” the most prosperous macro-region in Latin America, and highlight the numerous business opportunities in countries in that region, as well as the business risks. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking. For more information visit www.OSUcascades.edu or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

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.

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 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

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

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.

News for Employees

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.

Nominations are being sought for the 22nd annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU.  The prize consists of an award of $500, a plaque and publication for on-campus distribution in Prism magazine.  The work can be fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction.  The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students, who may submit their own work or have work nominated by faculty members.  Submissions must be the student’s original work, typed, no longer than 20 double-spaced pages for prose, or eight manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. Deadline for submission of work for consideration is 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Submissions should be turned in to Keith Scribner in Moreland Hall 238.  Questions may be directed keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu

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.

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. We’re starting to catch up to that goal, but have a way to go. To date, 203 OSU employees have donated a total of $100,364. Meanwhile, UO has had 584 employees who donated $221,304 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


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 6. 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 today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Student lots are now open, no permit required through Friday, Jan 8.

Nash Hall/Sackett Hall parking area: The parking area to the north of Sackett Hall will be closed between 7 a.m. Jan. 4 and midnight Jan. 8. Handicapped parking and load\unload spaces will remain open.

Dryden Hall parking lot: Due to the installation of a new generator at Dryden Hall, the NE corner of the west parking lot, will be temporarily shutdown. Traffic flow may be disrupted during this time and may affect parking east of Richardson Hall. This shutdown will begin at noon Jan. 5 and should send by 4 p.m.


January has announced its presence by the squish of sodden lawn beneath our feet and the steady rat-a-tat-tat of rain against our window. Late December’s ice and snow are behind us, at least for now, but the rain is determined to stay, at least through midweek. Today’s high will reach 52 with an overnight low of 44, and rain will turn to showers by Tuesday.

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