OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 14, 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.

Haiti earthquake disaster little surprise to some seismologists (Scientific American)

In an interview last week for an unrelated story, Robert Yeats, a professor emeritus in geoscience at Oregon State University, said that an imminent big west coast earthquake concerned him far less than a “big one” that might occur in Haiti.

Africa Journey beset by perils (LIFE@OSU)

When we first caught up with OSU sophomores Keegan Warrington and Tate Koenig in October, they were scrambling to gather donations and get their 1986 Suzuki Samurai ready for a long charity trip through Europe and Africa starting in December.

Campaign to save Extension Service kicks off (KMTR)

A tax levy on the Lane County ballot in May could save the Oregon State University’s Lane county Extension Service. (See also Burns Times Herald)

Local aid agencies see response for Haiti need (Gazette-Times)

A former Oregon State University football player, Yvenson Bernard, who has relatives living in Haiti, has set up boxes at sites in Albany and Corvallis to take donations from local residents.

To save the world (Huffington Post)

Cassandara Selberg is a nurse practitioner at Oregon State University. Over ten years of practice, she developed a keen professional interest in women’s health, and reproductive medicine.

Knitters dreaming of yarn can see it in the fleece at OSU (Oregonian)

Every February, Oregon State University lets the public come see the new lambs at the school’s sheep center.

Oregon State sets auditions for historical drama (Gazette-Times)

Auditions are scheduled for Jan. 18 and Jan. 22 for roles in Tony Kushner’s historical drama, “A Bright Room Called Day.”


The Memorial Union is acting as a collecting and communication agent for Haitian Quake relief.  The MU has a pre-existing partnership with Mercy Corp out of Portland for past efforts on disasters.  ISOSU has agreed to act as the fund dispersing account, with their unrestricted fund in the MU Business Office for donations raised on campus.  A large display will be set up today that will act as a place to track group, organization, departmental cash contributions.

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 3 p.m. 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.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is holding “Religion in the Workplace,” its January workshop 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

Today’s Cultural Movie presentation, “The Great Debaters,” takes place at 5 p.m. at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural 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., in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Upcoming events

NEW! The January Science Pub Central Oregon takes place Jan. 19 at the Bend McMenamins. The topic, presented by Natalie Dollar of the OSU-Cascades Liberal Studies program, is “The Grateful Dead and American Culture.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

NEW! Join us for an all campus retirement celebration for Vice President of Research John Cassady, Thurs. Jan. 21 in the Memorial Union Journey Room at 2:30 p.m. (3:15 p.m. Presentation). During Dr. Cassady’s tenure at OSU, university research awards increased by over 40% from $177.5 million in 2004 to over $252 million in 2009. Not only did research funding increase, he was also the force behind establishing OSU’s Interdepartmental Centers, facilities available to all investigators across campus for pursuing cutting edge research. After five very productive years at OSU, he is now ready to focus on his golf swing and spend more time with his family.  Join us in celebration as we bid him farewell.

NEW! Campus forums for OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty.
Susan Shaw, Director and Professor, Women Studies; Director, Difference, Power and Discrimination Program: Jan. 19, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU 213
Chris Bell, Academic Programs Director, INTO Oregon State University; Professor of Civil Engineering: Jan. 25, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU 206
Joey Spatafora, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology: Jan. 26, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU International Forum
Ray Brooks, Professor of Finance, College of Business: Jan. 27, 10 – 11:15 a.m., MU 206
The forums will include a 20 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. Feel free to bring your lunch to the forums scheduled at noon. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Two nationally prominent speakers, who have appeared in many debates across the country on the subject of gay marriage, will present divergent points of view on the issue at an upcoming Oregon State University Socratic Club event.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at LaSells  Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium, located at 875   S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

NEW! A Brown University scholar will lecture at Oregon  State University as part of the American Culture & Politics series, exploring how the physical body shaped the social movements of the 1960s. The lecture, by Robert O. Self, will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, Memorial Union Room 109.

NEW! The Corvallis Swing Dance Society is hosting a free swing dance Jan. 31 at Oddfellows Hall, 223 S.W. Second St. Beginners lessons are from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by dancing from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information go to http://corvallisswing.com

NEW! Should parents whose children die because of religious-based medical neglect be prosecuted? Experts will discuss that question and more at Oregon  State University. The event, “What More in the Name of God? Faith Healing and the Death of Children,” will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library.

NEW! Auditions will be held on Jan. 18 and Jan. 22 for Tony Kushner’s historical drama, “A Bright Room Called Day,” to be presented as part of Oregon State University’s Holocaust Memorial Week in April. Auditions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 22 in Withycombe Hall’s lab theater. Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff, and to community members. Scripts are available for checkout from Angie Weeks in the Theatre Arts office in Withycombe Hall. Contact the director, Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu with any questions. The play is April 14-18. Actors who want to be considered must be available for a cast meeting and reading on Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular rehearsals begin Feb. 22.

NEW! Franklin Burroughs, a writer whose essays about the natural world have captivated generations of readers, will speak at Oregon State  University on Friday, Feb. 5.  “An Evening with Franklin Burroughs” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library on the OSU campus with a reading and question-and-answer session with the author, followed by a book-signing. The literary event, sponsored by the OSU Visiting Writers Series, is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

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 541-737-6423 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 position 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: Due to remodeling activities and upgrades to the building HVAC system, all elevator services will be temporarily shut down for four hours.  All stairways will remain open during this time. This shutdown is necessary to upgrade the HVAC system, thus interrupting electrical circuits to the elevator. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Jan. 17 and should end by 10 a.m.

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.


We received several weather gifts yesterday afternoon, including several sunbreaks, some blue sky, and at least two rainbows that spanned campus. Today we’ll enjoy partly sunny skies and a high of 50. Tonight a bit of rain returns and the temperature drops to 40, and rain rolls in for more serious purposes tomorrow.

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