OSU Today

Thursday, February 19, 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.

Oregon legislation considers reissuing unused prescriptions (Oregonian)
An estimated 3 percent of drug prescriptions nationwide go unused — lost, ignored, replaced or no longer needed. In Oregon, that translates to more than 1 million drugs a year. One example — a bottle of anti-cancer pills worth about $3,000 — sits on a cupboard shelf in the Corvallis home of Oregon State University associate professor of anthropology Deanna Kingston.

Ore. exercise machines to generate power (KATU)
Students at Oregon State University who use cardio exercise machines to lower stress after exams or stay in shape soon will become a part of the renewable energy movement.

OSU faces recession (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University still has plenty of uncertainties before officials know what kind of budget cuts might be made this school year and next biennium, but a federal stimulus package signed into law Tuesday will help soften the blow, said President Ed Ray.

2008 a good year for farmers and ranchers (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon’s farmers and ranchers reported record sales in 2008. Farmers and ranchers had estimated sales of $4.9 billion last year, which is the largest total in the state’s history and the sixth consecutive year of sales growth, according to a new report by Oregon State University.

Today

A Winter Engineering Fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Find and maintain personal peace and relaxation in the midst of hectic schedules and busy lives. Come learn the art of yoga at 1 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. This presentation features OSU Yoga instructor Linda Baskerville.

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.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “Are Women Human Yet? (With a Nod to Catharine MacKinnon),” by Lani Roberts, OSU department of philosophy, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. For more information, see http:// ideasmatter2009.wordpress.com

The 2009 Starker Lecture Series, Sustaining Forests, Homes, & Communities, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107. Jerry Yudelson looks at preparing the forest product industry for sustainable marketplaces.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The ninth annual OSU Extension Small Farms Conference takes place Feb. 21 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on campus. Cost is $35. The keynote speaker is Michael Rozyne, founder of Red Tomato. Breakout sessions will cover a range of topics of interest to growers, market managers, and community food advocates. For more information and to register, go to smallfarms.oregonstate.edu

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.  All three lectures will be video streamed at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/forestry/.

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.

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.
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! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Academic Year release. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 23. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2009. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

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.

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 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.

Weather

Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 54, and a low of 36.

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