OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 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.

Pet Talk: Reaching beyond Oregon to help animals (Oregonian)
For the third year in a row, a group of students from Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, led by four veterinarians and one technician, went to the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.

Modern, but not minimalist (Bend Bulletin)
Jeff Garren, who’s an Oregon State University graduate in construction engineering, knows his way around an engineering dilemma, and after excavating a subterranean foundation and building a retaining wall, he was then able to build his young daughter’s room, a family room, a guest room, a bathroom with a built-in hot rock sauna and a wine cellar in the “basement.”

Pain Management Failing as Fears of Prescription Drug Abuse Rise (Science Daily)
Millions of Americans with significant or chronic pain associated with their medical problems are being under-treated as physicians increasingly fail to provide comprehensive pain treatment — either due to inadequate training, personal biases or fear of prescription drug abuse. A pharmaceutical expert in pain management in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University says the issue is reaching crisis proportions.

Building the local farm team (Mail Tribune)
Bob Bradford, 71, who owns the 120-acre Bradford Family Farm along with his wife, Janice Sondag Bradford, a semi-retired veterinarian who still practices a couple of days a week in Grants Pass, turned to the Oregon State University Extension for advice on farming.

OSU forensics team 3rd at tourney (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University’s forensics team rounded out the first term with a solid showing at the 79th annual Mahaffey Memorial Speech and Debate Tournament at Linfield College recently, taking home a third-place Division II sweepstakes award.


Building Your Business Plan Series, 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 today 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Curious about OSU’s “Power-Up Challenge”? “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!   Find out more about “Power Up Challenge” details and how you can join the challenge, by stopping in at the Memorial Union from 11 a .m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6-7 (near the MU’s “Bites” convenience store).  Dixon Rec-Center will host a Wellness Fair kick-off event for OSU’s “Power Up Challenge” on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m., where you can meet “Power Up Challenge” contestants in Dixon’s Atrium and learn about the wealth wellness resources and services available at OSU.  Come check out the prizes that will include a raffle for a relaxing massage!

NEW! Three candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month: Bob Sindelar, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia; Rodney Ho, Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center, University of Washington, Seattle; and Gary Pollack, Executive Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend these candidate forums, located on the OSU campus:
Sindelar: Jan. 7, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room
Ho: Jan. 14, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room
Pollack: Jan. 19, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU Journey Room
The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. The forums will be recorded and will be posted to the web on January 20 (the link to the site will be distributed at a later date).

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.

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

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, 204 OSU employees have donated a total of $102,304. Meanwhile, UO has had 585 employees who donated $221,724 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extension Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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 through 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 today and should send by 4 p.m.


Technically, the daylight hours are slowly lengthening, but the reality for most of us is we get to work in the dark, and leave in the dark. Those daylight hours we do view out our windows will be fairly rainy today, but the showers should taper off toward afternoon, with a high of 54 and an overnight low of 47. Tomorrow morning rain will return but will be followed by clearer skies.

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