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Friday, February 27, 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.

“Blood-sucking” parasite decimating coastal mud shrimp (Oregonian)
An Oregon State University researcher is tracking the apparent collapse of mud shrimp populations in coastal estuaries along the West Coast.

An intimate look at the awakening giant (Oregonian)
The sleeping giant is awake. And the world is shaking — but in its mostly Chinese-made shoes. “There’s always fear,” says Jun Xing, chairman of Oregon State University’s ethnic studies department. “Human nature is to be afraid of difference.”

Gill Coliseum to receive exterior shell renovation (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Construction bids were due yesterday for an extensive exterior renovation of the historic Gill Coliseum on Oregon State University’s campus, in Corvallis.

Oregon State U. Releases Photo Collections to Flickr Commons
(Chronicle of Higher Education)

In an effort to broaden access to its image archives, Oregon State University has become the first university to join Flickr Commons, a section of the popular photo-sharing service devoted to making historic images available to the public.

Goetze soon to dominate valley wheatscape (Capital Press)
From all indications it appears that the new soft white winter cultivar Goetze will rule wheat production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Named in honor of former Oregon State University cereal extension specialist Norm Goetze, the cultivar has several desirable traits, most notably its strong resistance to the bugaboo fungus stripe rust.


The OSU department of philosophy’s Flo Leibowitz and Tony Vogt will present the Spring Creek Project Fellows Seminar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Hovland 104 today. Leibowitz will speak on “Picturing Nature in the Hubble Photographs” and Vogt will discuss “Toward an Ethic of Solidarity.”

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. 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.

Nominations for the below awards are due today. 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

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

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 March 5 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! Vanpooling is a great way to reduce stress on you and the environment, as well as save money.  Two Eugene-area to OSU vanpools have seats available. One comes from Cresswell through Springfield, the other from Eugene.  Costs range from $125/month to $160/month, less than half the cost of driving alone.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/docs/eugenevanfeb09.doc

NEW! The Winter ’09 issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine is now
online at http://oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu/ In this issue, we head east, to the Zumwalt Prairie, where cattle and conservation work together; and to the John Day River, where tools designed for space exploration take the pulse of earthbound watersheds; and to Beijing, to monitor air pollution that surrounded the Summer Olympics. We also look at where food begins, in soil and seeds. And we witness the moment when food arrives on our taste buds, observed by scientists who can tell us what we like to eat—and why.

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

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.  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. 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

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. today and we anticipate completing repairs and restoring services by 3:30 p.m.


We should see some patchy fog before 10 a.m. today, before the sunshine returns. The high will reach 48, with an overnight low of 30. Rain rolls back in for the weekend, and through next week.

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