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Monday, March 2, 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.

Coastal Exercises (OPB)
The Navy held a public meeting Thursday in Tillamook on its proposal to expand warfare training exercises off the Oregon coast. Bruce Mate, Director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute at the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Newport, was one of the guests at the meeting.

OSU scientists worry about parasite ravaging key coastal shrimp (Register-Guard)

Humans don’t eat mud shrimp, a species known to hide in tunnels at the bottom of waterlogged sediment. But birds, fish and other estuarine animals gobble them up routinely. And the shrimp also filter as much as 80 percent of the water in some estuaries as they feed. That’s why scientists at Oregon State University are greatly concerned about a new threat to the tiny critters.

Oregon State University to cut $13.4M from budget (Oregonlive.com)
Oregon State University officials say they plan to cut $13.4 million from the school’s current budget. In a letter to staff, OSU President Ed Ray and Provost Sabah Randhawa said they anticipate the school’s budget will be reduced by 5 percent as the Legislature works to rebalance the state’s budget.

Planet protector John Matthews (Willamettelive.com)
A native Californian who spent most of his formative years in Hawaii, Matthews moved to Oregon to study oceanography at Oregon State University.

Researchers say soybeans good new Oregon crop (KTVZ)
Oregon State University researchers say that soybeans are a potentially valuable new crop for the Pacific Northwest, especially in Malheur County in Eastern Oregon.


Ex USDA Undersecretary Mark Rey will speak at 3:30 in RH 107 on “The Spread of Cooperative Conservation as the Fourth Chapter of the American Conservation Experience.” There also will be a brown bag event with Rey on March 2, noon to 2 p.m. Live streaming video will be available at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/forestry

A Blackboard 8 Grade Center: Quick Overview takes place from 3 to 3:20 today in Waldo Hall 132. This 20-minute session give a quick, but comprehensive, overview of the Grade Center tools. To register see http://oregonstate.edu/tac

The Department of Geosciences Winter Seminar Series continues today with Steve Susman of Susman Godfrey LLP, who will speak on “Climate Change Litigation: The Courthouse Effect,” at 4 p.m. in Gillfillan Auditorium.

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.”  The event takes place at 7 p.m., in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Martin Goebel of Sustainable Northwest in Portland is giving the next Starker lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 5 in 107 Richardson. He will be discussing “Building Sustainable Communities & Healthy Ecosystems in the Northwest.” Live streaming video will be available at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/starker/ For questions regarding accommodation requests related to a disability, please contact Nathalie Gitt at 541-737-4279

NEW! The Willamette Angel Conference is an investors’ conference, connecting early stage and seed businesses with Angel and venture investors.  Entrepreneurs and Start-ups can submit their business plans for review and coaching, ultimately vying for a $150,000 investment . The conference will be held at theCH2MHill Alumni Center on May 14. For more information, see http://www.willametteconference.com/
NEW! The seventh annual Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival takes place March 6-8 . It’s an opportunity to sit and be entranced by stories. For a full schedule of events, see www.tchateemanwistorytelling.com
NEW! Join us March 5 on Beaver Boulevard where Ideas Intersect for what is sure to be fabulous food and fun event prior to the OSU Event Planners’ Tradeshow. Brunch and a fun educational presentation will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by a special presentation by Jan Roberts-Dominguez, an award-winning, nationally recognized food and wine writer, artist and consultant. Presentation is titled “Don’t Let Your Guests Be Eaten By Wildlife!”  The event takes place at the LaSells Stewart Center Cost is $15 per person and it can be billed to your index. Please register online at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/ocs/register.php?event=328

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.

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

News for Employees

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 Creswell 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

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

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to tree maintenance, 10 parking places on the north side of the pay lot east of the Memorial Union will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. March 3 and should end by 4:30 p.m.


It should be a showery Monday with a high of 55 and a low of 39. The rest of the week looks wet until Friday.

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