OSU Today

Wednesday, February 18, 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.

Donald Barthelme: America’s Weirdest Literary Genius (TIME)
Donald Barthelme is often regarded as a dead, twisted branch on the evolutionary tree of American letters. The first major biography of him, Oregon State University Distinguished Professor of English Tracy Daugherty’s “Hiding Man,” should help correct that.

Sweat power is green power (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University women worked up a sweat on elliptical training machines at Dixon Recreation Center on Monday afternoon, using up plenty of energy. But the students were generating energy, too.

A Workout That’s Also Good For The Environment (KEZI)
Oregon State University has retrofitted 22 elliptical exercise machines and is collecting the power produced by students and feeding it back into the power grid.

OSU pharmacy research may lead to new cancer therapies (Democrat Herald)
Pharmacy researchers at Oregon State University have identified a protein that’s essential to life but, when “expressed” at too high a level in cells, can lead to their death.


The Department of Art invites you to join us for a cup of coffee or tea this morning from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Fairbanks Gallery, 26th Street and Jefferson Way.

Gregory Bohach, the fourth of five candidates for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, will interview this week. His schedule will include a presentation at a campus forum for faculty and staff today, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., in MU 213. You may learn more about Bohach, and the other candidates, by visiting http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/dean-candidates. The forums will be streamed via the web.

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.

Winter Career Fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

OSUsed Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Featuring: computers, bicycles, furniture and more.

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, 4 to 6 p.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

The students of the University Honors College will host an open presidential forum regarding the current economic crisis and its impact on higher education today 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.

University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), in collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center http://mu.oregonstate.edu/blackcc/, will be hosting Soul Food Café today from 5 to 8 p.m. in McNary Dining Center. Cost is $7. The event is a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as a continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series.  Entrée menu items will include: Cajun Catfish, Shrimp Creole, Tofu Creole, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Virginian Glazed Pit Ham, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Collard and Mustard Greens, and other regional culinary favorites. The event will feature live soul and R&B music from SolStarr and an interactive rhythm jam with Common Pulse.

Upcoming Events

NEW! On March 2-4, Dean of the College of Forestry Hal Salwasser is bringing ex USDA Undersecretary Mark Rey to campus. On March 2 at 3:30 in RH 107 he will discuss “The Spread of Cooperative Conservation as the Fourth Chapter of the American Conservation Experience.” On March 3, same time and place he will present his thoughts on “The Growth of Private Markets for Ecosystem Services:  A Potential New Revenue Stream to Support Conservation Work.”
On Mar. 4-6 Kaush Arha, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, will be on campus. Kaush will lecture on Climate and the Endangered Species Act on March 4, 3:30 in RH 107.
A Brown bag lunch/time with each speaker is also scheduled with Rey on March 2 from noon to 2 p.m., and with Arha on March 4 from noon to 2 p.m.

NEW! Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English at Oregon State University, will be reading from and signing his new book, “Hiding Man,” at the OSU Bookstore from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 4.

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.

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
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.
Jerry Yudelson of Yudelson Associates in Tucson, 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

Do you have an innovative idea for a new business?  Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in The 2009 OSU Enterprise Challenge? Learn about preparing business plans in a skill-building session with Joe Tanous, Innovation Liaison from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Come Feb. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to the Trysting Tree Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. For further information, e-mail Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu, or call (541) 713-8044 or go to the provided website at www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

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

News for Employees

NEW! LIFE@OSU was originally scheduled for publication on Feb. 19. However, the issue is being delayed for distribution until the afternoon of Feb. 23, in order to bring you the latest news on the state revenue forecast and the OSU budget situation. We appreciate your patience.

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

Due to repairs on the storm sewer system, all on-street parking along Park Terrace will be temporarily shutdown. Traffic delays and congestion can be expected in this area. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic through Feb. 20.

Due to repairs on the hot water storage tank, all hot water services to the Valley Football Center will be shutdown today from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will affect all rooms on all floors. The shutdown is necessary to repair a leak on this storage tank.

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 will be partly cloudy with a high of 54, and a low of 36. Tomorrow looks like a perfect copy of today’s weather.

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