OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 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.

Recreational activities help curb obesity (UPI)

Randy Rosenberger, an associate professor at Oregon State University, says some of the health issues that plague overweight and obese people can be alleviated by a stronger commitment to recreational opportunities.

Dogs help truffle hunters find the ripest, most valuable specimens (Oregonian)

Charles Lefevre, an OSU-trained mycologist, envisions a broader benefit of hunting with hounds: boosting the culinary reputation of Oregon’s native truffles.

Hunt for dioxin substitutes to fight autoimmune disease (Health Digest)

Oregon State University are hunting for substitute chemicals for a toxic dioxin to fight diseases that are triggered by haywire immune systems attacking the body.

Speaker to recall role in 1964’s Mississippi summer (Gazette-Times)

Ruth Koenig will speak about the Freedom Riders at OSU tonight.

Oregon adoption agency to help bring Haitian children to the Willamette Valley (Oregonian)

In the early 1990s, Holt teamed with Peter Fontana, a former Oregon State University physics professor, and the Hope for Haiti Foundation he and his family founded. They built Holt Fontana Children’s Village, an orphanage and child-welfare program near the coastal village of Montrouis.

Kelvin Koong (NCAA Champion Magazine)

Kelvin Koong, faculty athletics representative at Oregon State, is featured.

Northwest golf courses hit hard by winter (KGW)

“If grass doesn’t naturally harden up, it becomes injured very easily with the sub-freezing temperatures. Because of that, the ‘poa’—which is the dominant grass grown on the greens in western Oregon— it becomes very sensitive to cold snaps. And because of that, we saw a lot of winter damage”, says Rob Golembiewski, a turf grass specialist from Oregon State University.

New study reveals red grouper to be Frank Lloyd Wright of the sea (Science Centric)

To the casual observer in the Gulf of Mexico, the seemingly sluggish red grouper is more of a couch potato than a busy beaver. But a new study led by researchers at The Florida State University reveals the fish to be both architect and ecosystem engineer. Oregon State researchers participated in the study.

Forum planned on faith healing (Democrat-Herald)

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

Portland mayor recall effort No. 2 starts today (Oregonian)

Bill Lunch, chairman of the political science department at Oregon State University, said the number of signatures gathered the first time was impressive given that organizers eschewed paid workers.


OSU President Ed Ray will deliver a “State of the University” address at the OSU Business Roundtable today at 11:30 a.m. at the Gerding Theatre , 128 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland.

The OSU Day Store is open today from noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment.  Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.

A kick-off event for Recyclemania – a nationwide recycling competition between universities – will be held in the Memorial Union Quad today at 1 to 4 p.m. Come observe or even join in the largest trash audit on campus – sorting materials from a campus dumpster to see what could have been recycled. Also learn about the competition, recycling on campus, and ways to get involved.

Join a discussion about what equality means from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in MU 208, La Raza Room.

Ruth Koenig will share her experiences in the cross-country civil rights activism she participated in during the 1960s. She will speak in the Arnold Hall Gold Room from 5:30 to  p.m. tonight. For more information, call 541-737-8268.

Student and faculty will present on the legacy of Martin Luther King and how it relates to the African American and Latino and Chicano community. It takes place at 7 p.m. in MU 206.

Upcoming events

NEW! Former Austin Entrepreneurship Program student Ryan Kirkpatrick will speak Jan. 28 at OSU on creating two successful start-ups. Faculty are invited for a luncheon meeting with Kirkpatrick from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. Please RSVP at RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu  by Jan. 25 and note the name of event. Students are invited to a Fireside Chat from 3-4 p.m. in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall. This is your chance to meet one-on-one with our guest speaker. RSVP at RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu  and note the name of event.  For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

How do scientists envision the future of climate? Phil Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, will address this question at the weekly lunch meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty club, at noon Jan. 21, in the Memorial Union, room 109. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues on Jan. 21 with a performance by “Chanson du Soir.” The duo, comprised of Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Issacs, guitar, will perform at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

East Meets West, a collection of Oregon artists with eastern influence, is now on display at the Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception takes place Jan. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by OSU Catering and wine available for purchase from WineStyles.

Civil War LAN is a computer and console gaming party hosted at both the University of Oregon (EMU Ballroom) and Oregon State University (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.  Civil War LAN will feature interactive video so gamers can meet each other face-to-face, web cams that will broadcast what is happening at each location, tournaments, free swag, snacks, drinks, prizes, and 24 hours of nonstop gaming of every kind.  Jan 22-23, 4 p.m. to 4 p.m., info and registration at:  http://civilwarlan.com/

Campus forums for Dean of Pharmacy candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty. Rodney Ho, Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center at University of Washington, Seattle: Jan. 25, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU 213 The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. They will be recorded and will be posted to the web for viewing, along with Bob Sindelar’s forum, on Jan. 25. A link for the recordings will be announced on the 25th. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Join us for an all campus retirement celebration for Vice President of Research John Cassady, 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.

Campus forums for OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty. 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 20. 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.

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. Jan. 21, at LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium.

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. Jan. 21, Memorial Union Room 109.

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.

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”! 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. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec. Power Up! participants can use Beaver Strides as part of their effort to improve their health.

News for Employees

NEW! Attention all public employees. The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

NEW! Are you interested in meeting new colleagues and old friends during your lunch hour? We all are becoming increasingly busy with our work and other activities, but sometimes it can be refreshing to belong to and contribute to an organization right here on-campus. The Association of Office Professionals (AOP) may be the right place for you! Learn more about AOP by visiting http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/  and get involved today! Contact Cindy Alexis at 541-737-0903 or cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu if you have questions regarding membership.

Each year, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center at Oregon State University presents the Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. We need your help identifying possible recipients of the 2010 Women of Achievement Awards. For more information see: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter

Lightly used professional business attire is being sought for the Fifth Annual Career Makeover Wardrobe event scheduled for Feb. 11, in the MU Ballroom. The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services. Donations help OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and may be dropped off until Feb. 5 at OSU Career Services in the basement of Kerr Admin., Strand Agriculture Hall 137, by contacting Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu, 541 737-2999 to arrange pick up in the Corvallis area, or drop off location in Portland at the Beaver Fan Shop 121 SW Morrison #120.

H1N1 Shots Available – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for all OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Come to Plageman Student Health Center, weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Statewide Health Insurance Plan, the fee will be billed directly to your insurance. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355.

The Graduate School offers three graduate student financial support programs aimed at advancing inclusiveness in graduate education, enriching the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives, and preparing students for their future roles as leaders in a diverse society. Eligible graduate students must be nominated by their graduate programs to receive consideration in the competitive selection process.
The Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship provides an annual fellowship stipend ranging from $15,620 to $25,000 plus tuition remission for one year. Subsidized health insurance will be included with the fellowship.
The Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus provides $5,000 nonrenewable recruitment scholarships for the first academic year of graduate study.
The Thurgood Marshall Graduate Fellowship provides a $4,000 fellowship stipend plus tuition remission for one year. For a complete schedule of centralized graduate student financial support programs offered by the Graduate School for 2010-11, please refer to our web: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/2010-11%20Fellowship%20Table.pdf

Charitable Fund Drive Update

We are very close to reaching last year’s Charitable Fund Drive total. We’re only $7,000 away from the 2008-2009 amount of $117,568, which benefits organizations such as United Way. To date, 224 OSU employees have donated a total of $112,255. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs.  The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. This accountability also involves the management and development of the academic support team.  Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

Accounting Techncian in Crop & Soil Science. This is a full-time position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0004968. Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information. Closing date is Jan. 25.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. 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 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.

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

Kerr Admin: Due to testing on the fire alarm system, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms will sound during this time.  Facilities crews will be working to test and reset the building fire system.  This testing is necessary to ensure the building fire system is functioning properly. The testing will begin at 11 p.m. Jan. 30 and should conclude by 5 a.m. Jan. 31.

Autzen Auditorium: Due to necessary repairs to the building heating system, all heating services to Autzen Auditorium will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will end by 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

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 eastern 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 should end by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.


Snowdrops are popping up in local gardens, and daffodils are already pushing their green heads up out of the soil. January has been positively pleasant at some points so far, and despite some rain showers, it will remain relatively warm this week. Today’s high will be 52 with an overnight low of 40, and tomorrow’s high will reach 54.

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