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Wednesday, February 25, 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.

Blue Whales (National Geographic)
Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, is the world’s most inventive and prolific satellite-tagger of whales.

Green expertise turns to gold (Oregonian)

As in Oregon, job creation is No. 1 right now, says Hu Tao, a researcher for a Chinese think tank associated with the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Hu is on a teaching assignment at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

Astronaut Don Pettit visits OSU (KMTR)
OSU alum Don Pettit dropped in to visit with engineering students at the university.

Who caught my tuna? (OPB)

A test that just got underway at two grocery stores will allow seafood consumers to trace back the fillet in their hand to the fisherman who caught it and the port that processed it. Oregon State University seafood specialist Jeff Feldner says the innovation sprouted in the produce aisle.

OSU makes breakthrough with tooth genetics (OPB)
Researchers at Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy say they’ve solved the genetic riddle of how teeth get their protective coating of enamel.


Silent Auction for the OSU Food Drive, Business Affairs, 2 to 4 p.m., B100 Kerr Conference Room. Auction items include: Fishing Trip on the Siletz River, 9 Holes with Aaron Howell at Trysting Tree, Beaver Birthday Singing Telegram, Dessert-a-Month Club (8 months), Lunch with the Boss (Aaron Howell), Limited Edition, Signed B/W Print by Mary Van de Bogart, Original Pastel Painting, Collectible Dolls, Ethiopian Traditional Scarf….and much, much more.

Three candidates will be on campus this week to interview for the Outreach & Engagement Associate Provost, OSU Extended Campus and Communications. They are Curtis Guaglianone, Monica DeTure and Dave King. King will give his seminar at 11:15 a.m. today in 278 Kidder.

Three candidates for the position of Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be on campus this week. Tyler Pruett will meet with stakeholders today at 1 p.m. in B214 Kerr.

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 tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union’s Joyce Powell Leadership Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter will host a screening of the public television documentary “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure.” The screening, followed with a community discussion, will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 4 in room 112 of Kearney Hall. “Liquid Assets” tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater.

Three candidates for the position of Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be on campus this week. The candidates will be available to meet with campus stakeholders. Don Black is available Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. in 502 Kerr; Doug Severs, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in 502 Kerr.  Input from the campus community is invaluable to the search process, please plan to attend.  Contact Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu for information.

Graduate Women’s Network Meet & Greet Brown Bag Lunch, noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Women’s Center. Bring your lunch and come to the Women’s Center to meet friends, discuss issues, and find out what the GWN is all about.

The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate
Change” presents “Satellite Studies of the Contribution to Sea Level Rise from Greenland
and Antarctica Ice Dynamics” by Eric Rignot, NASA and Univ. California, Irvine, at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in Cordley 1109. On March 2, Steve Susman of Susman Godfrey LLP, will present “Climate Change Litigation: The Courthouse Effect” at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?!”  – a seminar to learn to lighten up to communicate more effectively.  PFLA is proud to present Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant on March 10th in the Alumni Center Ballroom from 1 to 5PM. Leigh Anne, who has a masters in public health, is a talented motivational speaker and expert in stress management. To date, more than one-quarter million people have seen her presentations. The cost is $15 for PFLA members and $40 for non-PFLA members, please RSVP to Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu.  You may pay with an index or personal check.

Ex USDA Undersecretary Mark Rey will speak March 2 at 3:30 in RH 107 on “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.” There also will be a brown bag event with Rey on March 2, noon to 2 p.m. Kaush Arha, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior will lecture on Climate and the Endangered Species Act on March 4, 3:30 in RH 107, and will be part of a brown bag event from noon to 2 p.m.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Finance and Administration has re-opened the search for the Manager for the Arts and Science Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $97,000 – $107,000/yr. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. The deadline for applications March 9. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs

NEW! OSU Libraries is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Library Research Travel Grants for the spring funding period.  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon.
Deadline is March 3. See http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/news/travelgrant.html for more information.  Also please direct questions to Faye A. Chadwell, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management at 737-8528 or faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Nominations for the below awards are due Feb. 27. Information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/; for further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker at vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu.
•    Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award
•    International Service Award
•    D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award
•    OSU Academic Advising Award
•    OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award
•    OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award
•    OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
•    OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award
•    Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
•    Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award
•    Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award
•    Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award

NEW! The English Language Institute (ELI) at Oregon State University is in great need of host families to host one or two Japanese university students from Bunkyo University for a two-night homestay.  There are three home stay weekends to choose from and interested hosts may choose to host one, two or three weekends.  Home stays are the weekends of April 17-19. April 24-26 and May 1-3. Students will be picked up from campus on the Friday of the home stay at 5 p.m., and returned to campus on the Sunday of the home stay weekend at 5 p.m. The ELI pays a $20 per night stipend per student for this homestay.  Host families may host one or two students as long as the students sleep in separate beds. These students are here for a term-long language/culture program. The home stay provides an opportunity for these students to practice speaking English and learn more about American culture. Host families can live in Corvallis or surrounding areas like Albany, Lebanon, Salem, Eugene, etc. Please email or call Candy Pierson-Charlton, ELI Coordinator of Student Services, if you can help at 541-737-6981 or candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu

The current issue of Update, the Research Office Newsletter, is available at http://oregonstate.edu/research/news/update/0901.html. News and features about and for the OSU community, including:  the Search, and the Human in the Research; New Research awards; Vice President for Research Retiring; Sponsored Programs Awards; COAS Anniversary;  Incentive Funds – Put to Good Use; and more.

Watch out! The U of O Ducks are catching up to us in Recyclemania, the nationwide competition to see which university can recycle the most! We have collected 3.4 pounds of recyclables per person so far and they have collected 3.1. Help us stay ahead, and compete against other universities, by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. For more info, contact Andrea at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

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

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to repairs to the building water system, all domestic cold and hot water services to Shepard Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all floors and all rooms in the building. This shutdown is necessary to replace a galvanized line, on the main cold water line. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 27 and we anticipate completing repairs and restoring services by 3:30 p.m.

Transit & Parking Services will be closed from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today due to training.

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. today and should end by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.


Rain continues today with a high of 47 and a low of 36 today. Tomorrow temperatures will lower with a high of 42 and a low of 30. Friday looks to be sunny.

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