OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 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.

Monitoring of high-risk medications unchanged despite FDA warnings (Science Centric)

‘The existing baseline screening and ongoing monitoring of glucose and lipid levels in these patients was already pretty low, and the FDA warning really had no impact in changing that,’ said Daniel Hartung, an assistant professor of pharmacy instruction in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University.

Scientists at Oregon State University’s department of geosciences, using data from buoys far offshore, have concluded that wave heights and the power of winter storms have been on the upswing over the past nearly 30 years.

Marriage debate hits Federal Court…and OSU (Oregon Faith Report)

A two sided formal debate on the subject of same sex marriage is being held next week at OSU.

Tax levy would help fund 4-H, Master Gardeners (KVAL)

Supporters of Lane County’s extension service held a rally Tuesday night in support of a property tax increase. Money raised through the levy would help finance the extension service, which had one-third of its budget cut in 2008 by the Lane County Board of Commissioners. The rest of extension’s funding comes from a mix of federal and state revenue. The program is administered by Oregon State University, Oregon’s land-grant school.

OUS budget reduction planning

At its meeting last Friday, the State Board of Higher Education approved plans for budget reductions of 5 percent and 10 percent for Oregon University System campuses. The plans were developed as contingencies in the event that either or both of the measures on the January ballot, 66 and 67, are rejected by Oregon voters. The approved plans are available at http://www.ous.edu/state_board/meeting/dockets/ddoc100108-bgt.pdf. Provost/Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa will review the Board’s report at Thursday’s OSU Faculty Senate meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. in the
Lasells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.


The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series today with “Being Black,” as part of OSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2010. In this film, OSU students, staff, and faculty share the opportunities and challenges of being black at OSU and in Corvallis. They address issues of terminology; obstacles they have faced; assimilation; racism; media portrayal of Blacks; what they see as strengths and advice for others. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know each other better. Questions or accommodations: 737-4381.

Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU, from 4 to 8 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Please join us for this free two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. Dinner included. Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU, will present. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop at 541-737-8044 or email mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring an election forum on Ballot Measure 66 and 67 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The January 14 Faculty Senate agenda can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/01.html.  Agenda items include: Installation of Elected Officials, Approval of Parliamentarian, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Meeting Recap, Emergency Preparedness Presentation and Reports from both the Provost and Faculty Senate President.

NEW! Join U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley for a Benton County Town Hall on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. in the Benton County Fairgrounds auditorium, 110 S.W. 53rd St.

NEW! A faculty/staff night will be held Jan. 15 at the OSU wrestling meet against UC-Davis. Our wrestling team is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation. The event starts at 7 p.m. For a PDF of the necessary coupon see  http://www.osubeavers.com/photos/schools/orst/sports/m-wrestl/auto_pdf/Wrestlingvs.pdf.

NEW! Come celebrate the OSU College of Business 102nd birthday Jan 15, on the third floor of Bexell Hall. We’ll be serving cake and Monster from noon to 2 pm, so come get your sugar and energy fix. Also at noon, we will unveil our vivid poster series that represents our seven business disciplines. For more information contact Thuy Tran at trant@bus.oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6020.

NEW! Beaver Strides is a free pedometer-based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “step it up”!   There is a fee of $10 for faculty/staff. Winter term Beaver Strides registration is happening now.  Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Jan. 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Beaver Strides registrants will receive their pedometers and tracking booklets. There’s a chance to win prizes, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec.

OSU nuclear engineer Jose Reyes will discuss the latest advances in nuclear energy technologies at this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Jan. 14 in MU 109. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat for lunch by contacting Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is holding “Religion in the Workplace,” its January workshop, 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. To register contact salvador.miramontes@co.benton.or.us

“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.

Ballroom workshops for beginners, Jan. 15 and Jan. 29, 7 to 9 p.m. Eac workshop features basic steps and technique in several popular dances like Waltz, Cha-Cha, Salsa and Swing. Cost: $20 per 2-hour workshop, or $13 per hour. Instructor: Jenny Pelka. For more information e-mail jennifer.pelka.cdc@gmail.com

After a successful run of its production, “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Oregon State University theater program will perform the play one more time Jan. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. The play, which details the experience of a student at Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, received rave reviews during its October run at OSU. The Jan. 17 production will be a benefit for the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 541-738-7469 or online at www.majestic.org

Three-time award winning Native American singer and actor Litefoot is performing at OSU at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the MU Ballroom. This is an all-age event sponsored by the Native American Longhouse on campus.

CivilWarLAN is a computer gaming LAN party hosted at both UO and OSU in the Reser Stadium, Club Level. UO and OSU players will be on one local network, gaming with each other, even though they will be 50 miles apart. CivilWarLAN will feature interactive video so gamers can meet each other face-to-face, web cams that will broadcast what is happening at each location, free swag, snacks, prizes, and 24 hours of nonostop gaming of every kind. Jan. 22-23 http://civilwarlan.com

The Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology invites you to join them for the First Annual EMT Research Day from 8:30 am. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the MU Ballroom. The event features platform talks and posters from EMT students and faculty, and keynote speaker Ilona Jaspers (UNC Chapel Hill), who will be speaking on “From cells-t0-mouse-to-human: Effects of air pollutants on influenza infections.” Come learn  how toxicologists study the effects of chemicals on humans and the environment, create safer foods and consumer products and prtect the environment and public health.  Go to http://emt/oregonstate/edu to register and to find additional information. Registration is due by Jan. 21

News for Employees

NEW! The University Advancement’s Power Up Challenge team, The Spin Doctors, challenges the rest of campus to form their own teams and participate in Power Up, a campus-wide wellness program that spans Winter and Spring terms. To find out more, go to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/powerup/, and Power Up!

Do you know a young person who wants to be a scientist or engineer? Currently Saturday Academy is offering an internship program called Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE). ASE is an eight-week summer internship program for ninth-eleventh graders. A variety of internships will be offered. ASE gives students the opportunity to build their resume and gain valuable work experience. In order to apply you must first submit a preliminary application due by Jan. 5, and then submit the final application due March 2. For more information see http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu

The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2010-11 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2010-11 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. Nominations may be submitted by the student’s graduate program director, department chair or head, or by the dean of the program in which the student is enrolled. The Bayley Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $4,000. Meritorious domestic and international degree-seeking graduate students may be eligible. The Yerex Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $12,000. Eligibility is limited to meritorious graduate students who are pursuing study in a scientific or technological field and who are US citizens or permanent residents. International graduate students are not elegible. Deadline is Feb. 5. For details see http://oregonstate.eud/dept/grad_school/current/fellowships.html

The 2009-10 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, call Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379 or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

Applications for the LL. Stewart Faculty Development Award are due Feb. 1.  The L.L. Stewart award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. In addition, up to two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Applications are available at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IERT) Program. The IGERT program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduation education for students, faculty and institutions by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letters of intent are due by Feb. 8 in the Research Office. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/igert.htm Letters of intent should be submitted to Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information call 541-737-8390.

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund Spring 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Feb. 8. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm For more information call 541-737-8390.

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 such as United Way. We’re close to catching up this year. To date, 214 OSU employees have donated a total of $107,275. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Creative Director, Special Events to develop the creative look for specific events and assist with coordination of other events. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/Student Based Programs Manager to oversee the Student Telephone Outreach Program, create the Student Philanthropy Program and continue to grow the Senior Class Gift Program. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences seeks a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is grant funded. Job description, application requirements, and OSU employment information are all available at http:/oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005133. Contact Ford Evans at 541-73706423 for more information. Closing date Jan. 18., OSU is an AA/EOE

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 psoition of Extended 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

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall/Sackett Hall parking area: The parking area to the north of Sackett Hall will be closed through midnight Jan. 17. Handicapped parking and load/unload spaces will remain open.

Adams Hall: Due to upgrades being performed on the building’s only ADA access to Adams Hall, the western entrance/exit will be temporarily closed. All personnel without disabilities are asked to utilize the northern and eastern entrances of the building.  A temporary call box will be installed near the building’s western entrance to allow building services to be obtained outside the building.  Signage will be in place to assist visitors to open the building entries. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Jan. 14 and should end by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.


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