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Thursday, February 26, 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.

Higher ed institutions prepare to teach more with less (Oregonian)
Oregon’s public colleges and universities are bracing for more students and less money in the next two years as the recession deepens and the state’s budget shrinks. Oregon State University is not planning to raise tuition this spring, said President Ed Ray. But he is telling staff: “Don’t spend any money you aren’t locked into spending.” That means leaving jobs open and deferring other expenses.

The College Wage premium is large and increasing (Oregonian)
OSU’s Patrick Emerson, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, talks about why more Oregonians should be getting a college education in this response to an opinion piece.

An analysis of Obama’s speech (KPAM)
OSU’s Andrew Valls discusses Obama’s political capital during an interview with Bob Miller.

OSU’s global recruitment good for Corvallis (Gazette-Times)
Some recent news out of Oregon State University suggests how the university is reaching out beyond this country’s borders to find new students. It’s a worthy goal, and one that makes good sense for OSU and Corvallis.

Bye bye dentures? Researchers isolate “tooth growing” gene (Discover)
Have no fear, the tooth fairy gene is here. Researchers at Oregon State University have found the gene responsible for growing tooth enamel, a discovery that could transform the much-hated trip to the dentist.


Graduate Women’s Network Meet & Greet Brown Bag Lunch, noon to 1:15 p.m. 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.

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 today at 1 p.m. in 502 Kerr; Doug Severs, today 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.

A Kundalini yoga class will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. It is open to everyone.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “Sequels of Political Violence in Refugees: Providing Reparation and Treatment with the Human Rights Frame” by Ruth Vargas Forman, Torture Treatment Center of Oregon, OHSU, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Michael Shellenberger, Environmental strategist and president of the think tank the Breakthrough Institute will explore how political agendas regarding environmental problems like climate change often create their own obstacles to finding the solutions they seek, and discuss the need to shift political focus from issues and interests to core needs and values, during a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. March 4 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Two candidates will be on campus the week of March 9 to interview for the OSU Seafood Education and Research Center Director.  They are Christina De Witt and Jacek Jaczynski.  De Witt will present an industry seminar at 10 a.m. March 9 in 274 Kidder and an academic seminar at 3 p.m. March 10 in 278 Kidder.  Jaczynski will give an industry seminar at 10 a.m. March 11 in 274 Kidder and an academic seminar at 9 a.m. March 13 in 274 Kidder.

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.

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 10 in the Alumni Center Ballroom from 1 to 5 p.m. Leigh Anne, who has a masters in public health, is a talented motivational speaker and expert in stress management. The cost is $15 for PFLA members and $40 for non-PFLA members, please RSVP to Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu.

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! The Graduate School is pleased to announce the extension of the 2009-2010 Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus Program. The program is designed to augment recruitment-based departmental assistantship and fellowship offers to incoming graduate students with meritorious records and demonstrated potential for graduate study by offering bonuses to students from divergent and/or nontraditional backgrounds.

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

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 31. 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

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

The INTO Oregon State University Center, formerly known as the English Language Institute (ELI), 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 TWO NIGHT 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, Student Services Manager, INTO Oregon State University Center, if you can help, 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.

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.


We woke up to some white stuff, and things will stay wet and cold as we see a high of 42 and a low of 29 today. Tomorrow looks to be sunny with a high of 46 and a low of 31.

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