OSU Today

Wednesday, March 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.

Federal oceanic agency grants may sprout green jobs (Oregonian)
The federal agency now led by former Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco is handing out $170 million for habitat improvement projects aimed at helping species such as endangered salmon.

Older Adults’ Concern for Personal Health Linked to Walking Difficulty (Senior News.com)
Older adults who worry about their health engage in less physical activity, and those who participate in less activity are more likely to report having difficulty walking, find the authors of a new study. The research was conducted by lead author Kin-Kit Li of The University of Hong Kong when he was a doctoral student at Oregon State University, and coauthored by Bradley Cardinal and Samuel Vuchinich, faculty members at OSU. (See also Health News Digest)

McKenzie Books nears $10 million in revenue after only eight years in business (Portland Business Journal)

It’s been eight years since Jim Smith sold his first used book, a bright green textbook originally discarded by Oregon State University’s book buyback service.

Workshops target low-impact development, protecting watersheds (Oregonian)
The Oregon Environment Council is staging a series of low-impact development workshops in Oregon’s growing communities. The workshops, in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension/Oregon Sea Grant, cover sustainable stormwater management practices to protect watersheds from urban runoff.

More OSU workers may cut salaries

The Oregon University System has asked 67 executives at Oregon State University to take a voluntary work reduction of one-day a month this school year, and the corresponding drop in pay will save the university approximately $200,000, OSU representatives said.

Gas prices, good weather put more bikers on roads (Hillsboro Argus)
High gas prices and the promise of better weather keep local motorcycle safety officials busy training riders for state-required drivers license endorsements. Funded fully through course tuition and fees on motorcycle endorsements, TEAM Oregon was developed as a partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State University to provide state-of-the-art motorcycle rider safety and skills training.

U.S. to spend $170 million in stimulus on coastal habitat restoration (Oregonian)
“Restoration of coastal wetlands, shellfish, coral ecosystems and fish migration routes along coastal rivers is a significant source of green jobs,” said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, until recently an Oregon State University professor.

Upcoming Events

2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Ebadi’s tireless efforts to promote the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran made her the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ebadi currently works and lives in Iran as a lawyer and defender of human rights. Her talk kicks off the 2009 PeaceJam N.W. Youth Conference, held in OSU’s Memorial Union April 25-26. The conference web site and registration forms can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

5 Survival Skills for Instructors, 10 a.m. to noon, March 31, Milam 215. This session will be of particular interest to instructors new to teaching, but serves as an excellent review of some of the best practices used in classrooms today. Issues such as establishing the teaching/learning environment, discipline in the classroom, effective teaching behaviors and motivation will be addressed. Resources to support teaching at OSU will be reviewed. The Center for Teaching and Learning handbook will be provided to attendees. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

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

News for Employees

NEW! RecSports FREE Week: March 30 – April 5. Free access to Dixon Recreation Center and free fitness classes for all OSU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates.

Show your Beaver Pride by cleaning your office? That’s right! We are in the final week of Recyclemania, the nationwide, 10-week competition between universities to see who can recycle the most. What better motivation to clean out all your old papers from previous terms, helping OSU bring in extra material before the competition ends? To learn what can be recycled on campus, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. To view competition results, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/index.cfm

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program will be offered again this year to recognize and encourage scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and potential societal contributions by among students purusing graduate education in Oregon.  Nomination will be accepted up until April 13.  For this and any other information regarding Fellowships, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

The Admissions Office is recruiting for an Assistant to the Director. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work creatively in a high volume detail oriented environment and will demonstrate strong administrative support skills and supervisory skills.  To review full posting description and to apply, go to http//oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0003997. Closing date: March 29.

Counselor, part-time (.40 FTE), 12-month fixed-term position in the Oregon State University Counseling Center.  Provide direct clinical and counseling services, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of student clients, as well as consultation, programming, workshops and outreach, and training of pre-doctoral interns.  Anticipated start date is May 1.  Required qualifications include Earned Masters of Social Worker (MSW) from an accredited institution or doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited program and internship or equivalent are required. Eligible for licensure as a Psychologist or Social worker in the state of Oregon within one year of employment.   Advanced knowledge of current counseling and psychological practices and methods.  Ability to maintain an appropriate counseling/therapy relationship. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. For full position description and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003988.  Closing Date: 04/03/09. OSU is an AA/EEO.

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to the installation of a catch basin near 26th and A Street, traffic will be temporarily congested. Both streets will remain open. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.  The work will affect the northbound lane of 26th Street only.  This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and end by 5 p.m.

Transit & Parking Services will be closed today from noon to 5 p.m. for staff training.  Student lots are now open from March 23-April 3, no permits required.

Due to re-grading work, the gravel parking lot west of the Motor Pool building will be temporarily shutdown.  All parking will be shut down, and access to the Clark Meat Lab will be disrupted. This shutdown should conclude by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to sewer line repairs, the Graff Hall parking lot off Monroe will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all staff, student and handicapped parking spaces. This shutdown should be completed by 5 p.m. March 27.

Due to parking lot maintenance, the gravel parking lot at 12th and Washington Way will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all parking in this lot. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. on March 27.


Today will be rainy with a high of 49 and an overnight low of 34. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a high of 58.

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