OSU Today

Friday, February 20, 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.

Potentially fatal airborne fungus found in Oregon (Seattle Times)
A new and potentially fatal strain of an airborne fungus, related to one that killed several people on Canada’s Vancouver Island, has turned up in Oregon and researchers, including some from Oregon State, say they don’t know how it got here.

Do you know where you can go to Power a Laptop from your Workout? (Examiner)
Oregon State University is now a college that can offer machines in the gym that you can workout on and give a power trip to help charge your laptop, iPod or even a small energy efficient house if they wanted to.

Sales Grow on Oregon Farms for Sixth Consecutive Year (KTVL.com)
Oregon farmers and ranchers posted a record $4.9 billion in sales last year to mark the sixth consecutive year of growth. A new report by Oregon State University said that 2008 sales improved 1.2% over a revised figure of $4.8 billion generated in 2007.

California’s poet laureate to read, answer questions at Oregon State (Gazette-Times)

California’s poet laureate, Carol Muske-Dukes, will visit the Oregon State University campus for a reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Valley Library main floor rotunda, 201 S.W. Waldo Place.


From his perspective as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, Wayne Huber will discuss the history of water development in the Everglades from 10 to 11 a.m. in Kearney Hall room 112.

Jean Bonifas will be facilitating this workshop. “How Not to Get Shot!” consists of 8 of the 21 non-verbal patterns of communication developed by Michael Grinder in his book The Elusive Obvious – The Science of Non-verbal Communication. The workshop takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in Memorial Union room 206.

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.

Piers Hale, Assistant Professor of the History of Modern Science in the Department of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver a lecture titled “The Post-Darwinian Natural Theologies of Asa Gray and Charles Kingsley” at 4 p.m., in the Memorial Union, room 208 (La Raza Room). This is the second lecture in the Horning Endowment–sponsored “Darwin 1809–2009” series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.


The 2009 Crossroads International Film Festival will feature films from India, Africa, Dominican Republic, Bhutan, Uruguay, Europe, Middle East, and USA, on consecutive Sundays in February at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth Street in downtown Corvallis. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children or students with ID. On Sunday, the following films are being screened:
1 p.m. “Arranged,” USA (90 min.). After the film there will be a discussion of arranged marriages in Jewish and Muslim cultures in the US today.
4:00 p.m. “Le Grand Voyage,” Europe/Middle East (108 min. in French & Arabic)
6:30 p.m. “Swades: We the People,” India (189 min. in Hindi and English)

Upcoming Events

NEW LOCATION! Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English at Oregon State University, will be reading from and signing his new book, “Hiding Man,” in Memorial Union Room 105 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 4.

NEW! A conversation between Oregon’s first woman Supreme Court justice and the director of a group that provides leadership training programs to college women in Oregon is the kick-off event for a series of Women’s History Month programs being presented by the Women’s Center.
The dialogue between Justice Betty Roberts and professor Melody Rose, founder of NEW Leadership Oregon and chair of political science at Portland State University, takes place Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union’s Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

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/.

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.

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 accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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

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.

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 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.

Due to tree maintenance, there will be intermittent lane closures in the northbound and southbound lanes of 26th Street, between Campus Way and Orchard Ave. Also affected will be 15 parking spaces on the east end of the parking lot south of Bates Hall, adjacent to 26th street. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Feb. 24 and should end by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.


Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 57, and a low of 38. Saturday will see a few showers and a high of 54 and a low of 42. Sunday will be rainy with a high of 53 and a low of 39.

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