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Thursday, January 15, 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 State University to open D.C. office
(Associated Press)

To generate more research dollars and federal funding, Oregon State University plans to place a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Kate Cusack oversees federal relations for OSU and is scheduled to operate from an office in the nation’s capital beginning this spring.

Oregon State to fill in grant gaps
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will help bridge the funding gap for more than 3,400 students whose Oregon Opportunity Grants will be reduced during the spring term, but no extra aid is in sight for students who attend Linn-Benton Community College.

Oregon envisions gas tax based on miles, not gallons

Gov. Ted Kulongoski wants the state to become a center for the production of electric vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation is in the early stages of an experiment to meet the expected decline in gas tax revenue by developing a transportation tax system that is based not on gallons purchased at the pump but on miles traveled within the state. ODOT conducted the pilot project with help from engineers from Oregon State University.


Join the OSU Retirement Association for a wrestling practice session and a tour of the Sports Performance today at 3:30 p.m. Join OSURA again for the wrestling meet Jan. 18, 2:00 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. E-mail Carol Kronstad or call 752-6892 for more information and if you are interested in attending one or both of these events.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues with the return of Sirens; an oboe, flute and piano trio from the Oregon Chamber Players (OCP) of Portland. The free, 45-minute, public concert begins at noon in the lounge of the Memorial Union.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “How Human Rights Came About: Some History and some Philosophy,” by Bill Uzgalis, of the OSU department of philosophy, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

Martin Tobias, a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in technology and clean energy solutions, will speak at a free public lecture titled “Building a Green Business: Lessons and Opportunities” hosted by the Oregon State University College of Business Austin Entrepreneurship Program at noon, Jan. 29, at the Construction and Engineering Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center. For more information, contact the College of Business at 541-737-6020 or visit http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/about/entrepreneurship_lecture.htm.

Join the OSU Retirement Association at one of the exciting programs listed below:

Feb. 7,“Arcadia,” Withycombe Theater: Join us at 6:00 p.m. for finger food in the Green Room at Withycombe Hall. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. If interested, e-mailNancy Evans or call 757-0289.

Feb. 27, Gymnastics vs. UCLA: 5 p.m. light dinner at LaSells Stewart Center prior to the 7 p.m. match at Gill Coliseum. Contact Kathy Heath or 541-752-1096 for reservations. Dinner is $10 and game tickets are $2 each.

The Memorial Union will be broadcasting the Presidential Inauguration live in the main lounge. The event takes place Jan. 20, beginning at 7 a.m. with the broadcast of music festivities. Refreshments will be served at 8 a.m., and the call to order begins at 8:30 a.m. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by calling 541-737-2650.

“Non-Profit Opportunity Expo” Sponsored by OSU Career Services and Student Leadership and Involvement takes place noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 22, in the Memorial Union ballroom. Events include keynote speaker Steve Pascal, an expo, and discussions on volunteering and servant leadership. For more information, see http:oregonstate.edu/career or contact Melissa Brazeale or Adry Clark or call 541-737-4085.

Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities in Oregon State University’s history department, will deliver a lecture titled “Do animals have a history, and why should we care?” at 4 p.m., Feb. 2, in the Memorial Union, room 109. This is the second lecture in the 2008-2009 Horning Lecture Series organized by the OSU Horning Endowment in the Humanities. Guerrini is Horning Professor in the Humanities and professor of history at OSU. For more information, contact the history department at 541-737-8560 or visit http://oregonstate.edu.cla/history/lectures.

News for Employees

NEW!Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award
The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/application/llstewart/index.html. The applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

NEW!The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee has announce dthat two new research awards have been approved and nominations are being accepted for presentation at University Day 2009.
Promising Scholar Award – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/criteria.html.

The Promising Scholar Award recognizes the scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium.
OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship – http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact.

The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. The award consists of a $2,500 honorarium and the recipient will be invited to present highlights of their work at a one-hour presentation that is open to the public. Nomination materials for these two awards must be submitted by April 3: Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203. The required online nomination form can be accessed from http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/individual.html in late January.

The academic advising professional development scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m., has been cancelled due to technical issues associated with the webinar. Please stay tuned for notice of future development opportunities.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services invites the campus community to attend the open forum presentations for the CASA Director position: Jan. 16, Isabel Sanchez MU 211 at 1 p.m.; Jan. 22, Oscar Montemayor, MU 208 at 2 p.m.; Jan. 23, Gustavo Martinez-Padilla, MU 206 at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Alicia Ortega.

As part of the concluding event of the Philosophy Department’s “Ideas Matter” lecture series “The UN Declaration of Human Rights at 60” the philosophy department and the Corvallis Health Equity Alliance will be sponsoring a session on health, health care, and justice at 7 p.m. March 12, beginning with a panel discussion, which will be focused on the relationship between the social determinants of health and social justice issues related to health and health care. The event will include a reception and poster session at 8 p.m. in which the work done at OSU more broadly on the relationship of health issues to social justice issues will be highlighted. Faculty members as well as graduate and undergraduate students may submit proposals for posters to Jonathan Kaplan by Feb. 10.

If you have not sent in your 2008 Charitable Fund Drive Forms, please do so before Monday, Jan. 26. Your forms can be sent to 2008 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center. Contact: 541-737-6442 or Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

Technology Across the Curriculum at OSU is offering a series of Blackboard workshops this term. All Blackboard 8 Grade Center workshops are in Waldo 132. Here is the January schedule: Jan. 19, 12-12:20; Jan. 20, 8-8:20; Jan. 21, 9-9:50.

Construction, Traffic & Maintenance

Due to repairs to the sanitary sewer system, all parking spaces reserved for “Service Vehicles” between Education Hall and the Pharmacy Bldg, will be temporarily shut down between Jan.15 – 21. During this time, access to the loading dock at the Pharmacy Bldg., may also be restricted, due to construction work associated with these repairs.

Due to the replacement of the generator at Kerr Admin, five parking spaces closest to McAlexander Fieldhouse, extending east into the parking lot, will be temporarily shutdown. These are marked as ADA parking spaces and will be relocated in the parking lot and clearly marked for ADA parking.

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