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Tuesday, February 17, 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.

Clear Opportunities (New Electronics)
In a January cover story for New Electronics, a trade and technical magazine serving the electronics design community, OSU Electrical and Computer Engineer professor John Wager discusses the future of transparent electronics.

OSU student exercise to generate power (Oregonian)

Thousands of college students regularly hit the cardio exercise machines to work off stress after an exam or stay in shape. Oregon State University is harnessing the energy the machines can generate and converting it to electricity to feed back into the power grid.

Kang secures narrow success in Malaysia (CNN)
Former Oregon State University golfer Anthony Kang secured the biggest win of his career after rolling home a short birdie putt on the final hole to claim a one-stroke victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Jane Lubchenco testifies before Congress (Senate.gov)
Oregon State University’s Jane Lubchenco’s opening statement.


OSU Career Services Presents Beaver Career Week with a series of events, including three workshops today in Career Services, B008 Kerr. They include: 11 a.m. to noon, Finding an Internship, noon to 1 p.m., Success at the Career Fair, 2 to 3 p.m. Resume Writing.

Visit the OSU Food Drive Fair 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.

A Blackboard 8 Grade Center Workshop takes place from 11 to 11:20 a.m. today in Waldo Hall 115A.  This 20 minute session give a quick, but comprehensive, overview of the Grade Center tools. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac

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.

The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues today at noon with the screening and discussion of “Disabilities” in the MU Journey Room. OSU students, staff and faculty with a wide range of disabilities share their stories of being differently-abled at OSU and in life. They address issues such as the changes they have made to cope with their disabilities; the biggest misconceptions others have about them; things they would like people to understand; how they would like to be approached by others; advice to someone with a similar disability and advice to people who want to be allies.

PERS Workshops will be held on campus today in the Memorial Union, room 208. The Early Career Workshop for OPSRP employees takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., and the One-Year to Retirement takes place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. To register, please go to the OSU Professional Development website at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/.

The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate Change” presents “Uncomfortable Knowledge About Climate Policy” by Roger Pielke, Jr., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, at 4 p.m. in Cordley 1109.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Peace Corps representatives will be on the OSU campus on Feb. 19, from 6:30-8 p.m., in Memorial Union Room 206, to discuss the Peace Corps Master’s International program that allows a graduate student to get a master’s degree while also doing a full 27-month service project in the Peace Corps. They’ll also be discussing other Peace Corps opportunities.

Food Drive Fundraiser: Super Sale Wednesday held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Valley Library third floor Willamette West classroom. Books, DVDs, CDs, baked goods, Kitty Boutique and 18 silent auction items as well as some gently used knick-knacks all available.

NEW! Battlefield Band, playing Scottish music with rare passion and joy, will perform March 15, 7:30 p.m. at Milam Auditorium. Tickets will be available at Grass Roots Bookstore, and WineStyles. Tickets:  $18 in advance, $20 at the door ($2 off for CFS or OSU students).For more information see www.battlefieldband.co.uk
NEW! The Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture presents The 2009 Ike S. Kampmann Jr. Lecture, “Progressive and Religious,” by Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. Jones is president of Public Religion Research and author of “Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming Public Life.” 7 p.m., March 2, Gilfillan Auditorium. This event is open and free to the public.
NEW! Jerry Yudelson of Yudelson Associates in Tuscon, Ariz., will be giving a Starker Lecture presentation Feb. 19, 7 p.m. in Richardson Hall, room 107. He will speak on “Preparing the Forest Product Industry to Compete in a Sustainable Market Place.

Come join environmental activists Gweneth Cravens and D.R. Anderson for a discussion on “Why Going Green Means Going Nuclear.” It takes place Feb. 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, C & E Room. A reception will follow.

Prabhu Pingali, Head of Agricultural Policy and Statistics, Agriculture Development Division, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will speak on “Tackling chronic hunger and poverty through Agricultural Development: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Strategy and Approach,” at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Memorial Union room 213.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Stage the Wave and have a chance to win an HD video camera and college gear. The College Colors Friday community is launching a “Stage the Wave” video contest on YouTube. Visit collegecolorsfriday.com for details on how you can win gear from Portland State University, Oregon State University or the University of Oregon. Gather your friends, deck them in their college colors and film them doing ‘the wave.’ Get creative, spread the word and win prizes.

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Finance and Accounting Manager for the Arts and Sciences Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. The deadline for applications is Feb. 27. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs

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.

Traffic & Maintenance

To accommodate project construction associated with the new Hallie Ford center, six parking spaces and one motorcycle space, in the parking lot on the south side of Bates hall, will be temporarily shutdown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Due to repairs to the building water system, all domestic, industrial, and dechlorinated water services to the east side of Cordley will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all floors and all rooms on the east side of the building, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 21.


Today should be mostly cloudy with a high of 51 and a low of 35. Tomorrow might start out with a few showers but will soon dry out, with a high of 49 and a low of 35.

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