OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 7, 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.

Sea lions showing up in Oregon (San Francisco Chronicle)
Kim Suryan, a biologist with the Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, part of Oregon State University, said she’s been tracking the arrival of California sea lions and Steller sea lions at Sea Lion Caves and a haul-out area at nearby Heceta Point since 2005.

A national agony impasse (Register-Guard)
Kathyrn Hahn, chairwoman of the state’s Pain Management Commission and a 15-year affiliate faculty member with Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy, asserts in one of her articles that recent studies show that low-back pain alone is costing Americans nearly $86 billion annually. (See also UPI)

OSU seeks to recognize outstanding women (Gazette-Times)
If you know a woman who, in your estimation, has made history through her efforts, the Women’s Center at Oregon State University wants to hear about her.

Wheat disease seminar comes to town
(East Oregonian)

Richard Smiley, an Oregon State University plant pathologist at the Agricultural Research Center, is collaborating on a wheat project.

Cayman Islands divers trained to fight lionfish invasion (Caribbean News)
Native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, red lionfish have no natural predators in the Caribbean and can produce 30,000 eggs each month. Within five weeks they can consume all the juvenile and small fish on a reef, threatening the delicate ecosystem, said Mark Hixon, a marine biologist at Oregon State University.


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. 7 (near the MU’s “Bites” convenience store).

A candidate for Dean of Pharmacy will visit OSU today. Bob Sindelar, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia will speak at 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the MU Journey Room.

Dixon Rec-Center will host a Wellness Fair kick-off event for OSU’s “Power Up Challenge” 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!

Kathleen Dean Moore, Director of the Spring Creek Project, will speak today about, “To Save the Future: New Alliances of Science and Ethics,” in the OSU Geosciences Department winter seminar series, at 4 p.m. in 108 Wilkinson Hall. Moore can also be heard tonight at 8 p.m. on OPB Radio as a guest on “Philosophy Talk.”

Upcoming events

NEW! Join U.S. Senator Ron Wyden for a Benton County Town Hall Meeting at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon.), Jan. 10, in the Linus Pauling Middle School Commons Room, 1111 N.W. Cleveland Ave.

NEW! State Representative Sara Gelser, House District 16, will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the state budget crisis and its foreseeable impact on OSU on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

NEW! The League of Women Voters is sponsoring an election forum on Ballot Measures 66 and 67 on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe St. The forum will be moderated by former State Representative Tony Van Vliet.

NEW! Advances in science are providing researchers with ever more effective means to understand human behavior – why we do the things we do. Two Oregon State University psychology professors will discuss some of the most interesting insights in this dynamic field in a Science Pub Corvallis presentation Monday, Jan. 11, at the Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis. “Getting Inside Your Head: Empathy, Stress & First Impressions” gets underway at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Associate Professor Frank Bernieri and Assistant Professor Sarina Rodrigues will discuss their own fascinating research projects as well as other new and emerging developments in psychological studies.

Counseling and Psychological Services and the OSU Craft Center invites you to participate in the MLK Project which will be displayed in the Art Underground in Fairbanks Hall from Jan. 25-Feb. 4. Pick up a phrase (e.g., “…I am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own hometown”) from MLK’s speech “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on the fifth floor of Snell Hall in the Counseling and Psychological Services office anytime the week of Jan. 4 -8 and register to create an artistic “response” to the phrase that you are given.  The response must fit flat into an 8×10 frame with glass and can be an art medium (collage, photography, watercolor or fabric) or a verbal response (poem or a written work printed on paper). Please return your response to the Craft Center.

!Transforming Turmoil into a New Economy, a presentation by John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” and “The Secret History of the American Empire,” takes place at 7 p.m., Jan. 14 in the LaSells Stewart Center.  This is a unique and excellent opportunity to learn more about our global economic crises, and how we can enact social change to better improve the lives of all humans in our global community.

Candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month, including
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: 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 Jan. 20 (the link to the site will be distributed at a later date).

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

NEW! The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May. Grant applications are due by Jan. 15. For more information please visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/osufund/womens/apply_grant.htm. Or contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

The Student Employee of the Year is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. A student must meet all of the following to be considered for the award: Must meet eligibility requirements and be employed by an OSU college/unit/department; Must have completed or expect to complete a minimum of either three (3) months full time employment or six (6) months part-time employment during this academic year, June 1 to May 31; A student employed on an academic appointment (Graduate Assistantship) or any other manner not paid through the Student Employment payroll process is not eligible for nomination. The nomination form is online at http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/seoty_nomination_form_osu_12-30-09.pdf Email the form to Mike Mays at mike.mays@oregonstate.edu by 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Faculty and staff Noon Prayer:  every Monday at the OSU Newman Center on Monroe.  People of all faiths are welcome.  Bring a lunch and pray the Liturgy of the Hours.  For more information, contact Deacon Chris Anderson, canderson@oregonstate.edu

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, 205 OSU employees have donated a total of $102,604. 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.


Accounting Technician – Business Affairs invites applications for an Accounting Technician.  This is a full-time limited duration appointment for six months, with a possible extension to 18 months, not to exceed two years from the appointment begin date. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0005138.  Closing date Jan. 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

Dryden Hall: All power to Dryden Hall will be temporarily shutdown as part of the generator project. This will affect all rooms and all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Jan. 9 and should end by noon.

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 from 7 a.m. Jan. 10 through midnight Jan. 17. Handicapped parking and load\unload spaces will remain open.


After all that rain, this morning’s vivid sunrise (http://twitpic.com/x26w8) was almost shocking, making you feel like a black and white Dorothy Gale opening her eyes to a Technicolor Oz. Today will be partly sunny with a high of 47, but a chance of rain returns tonight, and Friday through the weekend we will be back to soppy skies.

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