OSU Today

Thursday, February 12, 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.

Low Humidity Levels Help Flu Germs Spread (US News and World Report)
Flu viruses survive longer and are more easily transmitted when humidity levels are low, such as in the peak flu months of January and February, Oregon State University researchers say. (This story also appeared at CNN, the Daily Telegraph, Scientific American, Discover, the Oregonian, and a number of other publications)

Beavers help students map a career (Gazette-Times)
Wednesday morning, 12 members of the Students in Free Enterprise program at Oregon State University, Junior Achievement members and staff from the OSU Federal Credit Union provided insight into the world of work and market economics to all K-8 Franklin School classes.

Scientists Work On Forecasting ‘Red Tides’ (KUOW News)
Seafood lovers know them as “red tides.” Scientists prefer to call them “harmful algal blooms.” Oregon State University oceanographer Pete Strutton says the capability to make algal bloom forecasts is now entering the realm of the plausible.

Strong link found between Alaska’s Yukon River and Meiji Drift (Planet Earth)
The Bering Sea between Alaska and Siberia has long intrigued scientists, not least because it may be the route humans took when first migrating from Asia to North America. Now researchers have traced the path of sediment particles across the same stretch of water, in a discovery that could greatly improve our understanding of the area’s geological history. This research was carried out by an international team from the University of Aberdeen in the UK and Oregon State University in the US.


The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its February workshop today.  This month’s topic is the new face of poverty. Take a closer look at what the impacts of poverty in general and the recent economic events in particular have had on Linn and Benton Counties. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: leo.soto@co.benton.or.us

Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. EndNote Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m in the Autzen Classroom. Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For more information contact Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Support the OSU Food Drive and take part in the “What A Crock” lunch event at The Valley Library Staff Lounge on the 3rd floor behind the Willamette classrooms from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Fill up on various crock pots full of delicious, savory items for only $5.

“E.O.E (Equal Opportunity Employment),” a band currently on tour from New Orleans, performs music that is rooted in the rhythms of Latin America, Cuba, and Africa. Members of the band will perform and talk about the roots of today’s Reggae, Jazz and Hip Hop music at Music à la Carte at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the Oregon State University Campus. Admission is free.

The Faculty Senate meeting will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall beginning at 3 p.m. The agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/02.html.

Artist Karen Kunc will be presenting a lecture as part of the Visiting Artist & Scholars Program sponsored by the OSU Department of Art. The lecture will take place in the Memorial Union room 109 at 7 p.m. There will be a reception for the artist in the same location at 6 p.m. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “Immigration, Human Rights, and Global Justice Framework,” by Jorge Valadez, Philosophy Department, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas, at 7 p.m., in Gilfillan Auditorium. For more information see http://ideasmatter2009.wordpress.com/

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues being performed at OSU. Part of OSU’s V-Week events, performances are at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow in LaSells Stewart Center (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Tickets are $8 for students with ID and $10 for faculty, staff and community, and at the door. Tickets are available at MUPC, OSU Women’s Center, Peer Health Advocates (SHS 337) or Grass Roots Books in Corvallis. Go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/peer-health-advocates/vagina-monologues for more information on all V-Week events.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Jennifer Pozner, journalist and media critic, who regularly writes and lectures on how gender, race and class are depicted on television, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb.  23, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center. For additional information or accommodations call the OSU Women’s Center at 541-737-3186.

NEW! The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a series of workshops for Faculty/Staff and Students during Campus Wellness Week.  Workshops include:  Balancing Work & Family; How Much to Save for Retirement; Finding the Right Investment Strategy; PERS-OPSRP Early Career; and PERS 1-year to Retirement.  For more information regarding the workshops, please visit the Office of Human Resources webpage at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! The search committee for the Director of the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program is pleased to inform you that the following individuals will interview for the Director position.  These candidates are scheduled for open forums with the campus community at the following times: Feb. 20, Katharine Field 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., MU Journey Room. Feb. 24, Patricia Muir, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. MU 109.

NEW! Visit the OSU Food Drive Fair Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union quad for your chance to purchase items from some of the units participating in the drive.  Need a taste?  There will be baked goods, silent auction items, raffle items including two beautiful quilts, art cards, and a chance to win two tickets to the men’s basketball game Feb. 19! Visit http://oregonstate.edu/events/fooddrive/ for more information.

NEW! The AOP (Association of Office Professionals) is hosting a brown bag lunch with guest speaker President Ed Ray on Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Conference Room at Marketplace West.  President Ray will be speaking about current and upcoming changes to OSU.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Steve.Shaw@oregonstate.edu by February 16.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is There a Rational Road to Faith?” Feb.16, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus.  The speakers are Kenneth Funk and Richard Daniels.  The debate is free and open to the public.

The students of the University Honors College will host an open presidential forum regarding the current economic crisis and its impact on higher education on Wednesday, Feb.18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 109-B. President Ray and panelists will discuss their perspectives on current economic crisis and answer your questions. This forum is an opportunity for the OSU community to voice concerns and to hear how OSU will be impacted by the economic crisis. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Auditions for the West Coast premiere of “Shakespeare’s Journey,” by Leroy Clark will take place Feb. 16-17, 7 p.m., Main Stage, Withycombe Hall.  Excellent roles for men and women and an 11 year old (male or female) to play Shakespeare’s son Hamnet. For more information, contact the director, Charlotte Headrick at 541-737-4918.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? Open House meetings will be held on Feb. 24, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services Building. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. Please plan on attending to learn more about making positive lifestyle changes, and to meet your Leader, Jena Hedding. For more information, please contact Kathi Carley at 541-737-3106.

Three candidates will be on campus the week of Feb. 23 to interview for the Outreach & Engagement Associate Provost, OSU Extended Campus and Communications. They are Curtis Guaglianone, Monica DeTure and Dave King. Guaglianone will give a seminar Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m. in 278 Kidder. DeTure will give a seminar Feb. 24, 8:15 a.m. in 278 Kidder, and King will give his seminar at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 25 in 278 Kidder.

From Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, campus will be abuzz with wellness activities. Campus Wellness Week will provide programs across the spectrum of wellness.  Plan for retirement, learn relaxation techniques, play games you haven’t played since elementary school, go for a walk, attend a diversity summit and more. Check out the full schedule here at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/cww.

An OSU Parking Forum focused on proposed increases to OSU parking fees and a look at regulations takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 in Memorial Union 213.

The OSU Archives is hosting an open house celebration to showcase their new Flickr Commons project on Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m in the Autzen classroom on the second floor of The Valley Library. Staff will be present to answer questions about The Commons and the Archives, show off our images, and learn from you.

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php

News for Employees

NEW! The winter edition of Campus Recycling’s quarterly newsletter, The Recycler, has been released and can be downloaded at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/The_Recycler_W09.pdf. In this issue: Recyclemania update, state of the recycling market, New Year’s resolutions, electronic media recycling, and more! To subscribe to the quarterly newsletter, go to http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news.

After the theft of 23 keys from the office of Orchard Court Apartments, University Housing and Dining staff have been replacing locks on all apartment doors affected by the theft. Staff also is currently working with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety to possibly increase patrols of Orchard Court. Beyond this Orchard Court staff will be making regular rounds of the complex.  Suspicious activity should be reported to Oregon State Police at 737-3010. Until this situation is completely resolved residents are encouraged to utilize their bar and chain locks. If you have concerns about the operability or repair of these locks please contact the office or submit a maintenance request online at : http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/forms/fix_my_room.php. Questions regarding the lock change process may be directed to the UHDS Central Office by calling 737-4771.

The Civic Action Network is looking for student, faculty and staff organizations and groups who would like to promote service events and fundraisers taking place during Spring Term that are open to the entire campus community. Some of these events will be included in a shared marketing campaign called “The OSU Spring Season of Service.” To see if your event meets the criteria for inclusion, send a description of your event to csc_director@oregonstate.edu by March 2.

OSU Students of Color: Barriers and Facilitators of Success. In order to learn more about barriers and facilitators of the success of OSU students of color, please check out the last two issues of the OSU Perspectives at the following link: http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/assessment/osuperspective.html

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Feb. 16.  Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically.  Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Traffic & Maintenance

NEW! Due to testing of the building generator, all electrical service to Kelley Engineering will be temporarily shutdown from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Feb. 13.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors.

Due to replacement of a section on the main water supply line, all domestic cold water services in Shepherd Hall will be shutdown between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Due to repairs on the storm sewer system, 26th Street will be closed to south bound traffic from Campus Way for approximately 240 feet through Feb. 13.  All south bound traffic is asked to detour east onto Campus Way.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.


There’s a 20 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. today, and the high should reach 44, with a low of 34 overnight.

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