OSU Today

Monday, June 1, 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.

Bike messenger (New York Times Book Review)
David Byrne reviews “Pedaling Revolution,” by Jeff Mapes, an OSU Press book.

Corals’ “Internal Communication” Process Critical to Maintaining Healthy Reefs (US News & World Report)

“We’ve known for some time the general functioning of corals and the problems they are facing from climate change,” said Virginia Weis, a zoologist at Oregon State University.

Oregon Ag Research Foundation Marks 75 Years (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The Agricultural Research Foundation is celebrating its 75 years of operations by granting more than $500,000 to Oregon State University researchers.

Insect expert writes ‘Living With Bugs’ (Oregonlive)

Jack DeAngelis, Oregon State University Extension entomologist, has written a new book, “Living with Bugs: Least-toxic Solutions to Everyday Bug Problems,” which has just been published by the OSU Press.

Satellite survey of phytoplankton fluorescence measures ocean health (CBC)
Scientists have figured out how to measure the red glow emitted by marine phytoplankton, giving them an important new tool for assessing the ocean’s health. “Until now we’ve really struggled to make this technology work and give us the information we need,” Oregon State University botanist Michael Behrenfeld said.

People turn to college courses during troubled economic times (Statesman Journal)
Jeannie Sloan went back to school for her degree. She completed her Oregon State University degree in natural resources in December, but she’s keeping her full-time job as an operations manager for the rescue nonprofit Salem Friends of Felines while she searches for a switch.

In Beaver state, higher ed plucked like a turkey (Oregonian)
“I’m an economist,” says Oregon State University President Ed Ray, a point he often makes to explain his calmness as the Oregon University System goes off on the fiscal roller-coaster rides that tend to leave the universities still dropping after the ride stops.

Science And Beer, A Marriage Made In, Well, Pubs Of Course
It’s 7 o’clock on a Thursday night and the Mission Theatre in Northwest Portland is packed. Nearby, Bill Chadwick, nurses a beer. He’s a research professor at Oregon State University and he’s tonight’s speaker.

Will Daddy’s little girl alter his vote? (The Star)

Rebecca Warner of Oregon State University studied fathers in Detroit and Toronto and found that Canadian men who parent only daughters are much more likely to hold egalitarian views than men who parent only sons.

History is on Sam Adams’ side in recall (Oregonian)
The signature threshold is the first obstacle. “That’s a very high mountain to climb,” said Oregon State University political scientist Bill Lunch. “Not impossible, but tough.”

Oregon State University graduates (Gresham Outlook)
Oregon State University in Corvallis will graduate one of its largest classes ever during the university’s 140th commencement Saturday, June 13.


There will be an informational meeting for OSU students who are interested in applying to the 2010-11 Fulbright U.S. student program for study, research or teaching abroad from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 448 Snell Hall.

Luanne Lawrence, Vice President of University Advancement, is speaking on ways to “Promote Yourself”, specifically catering her presentation to the needs of graduate students and new professionals. This program is sponsored by the Women’s Center, Graduate Women’s Network and ASOSU Women’s Task Force and will be between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in MU 213.  For more information call 541-737-3186.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The annual Yunker Lecture at Oregon State University will be presented June 3 by Paul McEuen, a leading expert on the science and technology of nanostructures. In his talk, “Small is All: Nano, Bio, and the Future of Technology,” McEuen will explore the continuing shrinkage and miniaturization of technology, and how nanotechnology will change the future. The presentation will be in Weniger Hall Room 151 at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

NEW! Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Wednesday, June 3, regarding changes to three of OSU’s Oregon Administrative Rules. The hearing will be held in the Memorial Union room 206 and it is open to the public. Times are indicated below. The hearing includes adopting a list of fees and charges for fiscal year 2009-2010 at 1 p.m., changes to regulations regarding the use of motor vehicles on campus at 2 p.m., and changes to OSU’s alcoholic beverage policy at 2:30 p.m. The list of fees and charges may be reviewed at the OSU Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning from 8 am to 5 pm, or at the Valley Library circulation desk. The text of current regulations governing the use of motor vehicles, with proposed changes showing, and the text of the proposed change to OSU’s current alcoholic beverage policy, are available by emailing Barbara Melton at barbara.melton@oregonstate.edu

A special session of the Faculty Senate will be held on June 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the OSU Theatre (Withycombe Hall) to address the current budget situation. The session is designed to have up-to-date information including: the projected budget situation; the university’s approach to address shortfalls; and will include an open discussion with OSU’s leadership regarding the university’s approach to address shortfalls. This session is open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? Open House meetings will be held on June 2 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services Building. The next 13-week session begins on June 9.  If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized.  The PEBB details will be shared at this Open House. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

Due to renewed interest in Apple computer systems on campus, the OSU Mac User Group (MUG) is reforming. The first meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., June 3 in the Willamette Rooms on the 3rd floor of the Valley Library. All employees and students with an interest in Apple
computers are welcome to attend. RSVP to Dave.Nevin@oregonstate.edu Those interested can also subscribe the Mac User Group mailing list at the following website: http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/macusers

The Oregon State University AAUP/AFT group is hosting Lisa Klein, professor of material science and engineering at Rutgers University, at 3:30 p.m. June 3 in the Kelley Engineering Building, room 1003. Klein, who serves as chapter president of Rutgers AAUP/AFT will discuss how collective bargaining has strengthened the institutions that have agreements.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Corvallis Transit System and Philomath Connection are pleased to announce the return of the Summer Youth Transit Program for 2009, thanks to a donation from Allied Waste.  Youth 17 and under ride free from June 1 through Sept. 7.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – International Research Network Connections Program Area 1: Production Network Connections and Services (IRNC:ProNet) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/irnc.html NSF – IRNC:ProNet program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09564/nsf09564.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. June 22, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390.

Accountant I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is June 3.

Business Services is recruiting for an Accountant 1. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. The position posting can be accessed on the OSU Jobs Page http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and is posting number 0004193.  The closing date is today. For information contact Lori Schmidt, at lori.schmidt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3345.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to excavation work at the intersection of 26th Street and A Street, traffic will be temporarily congested.  Both streets will remain open.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. June 2 and should be completed by 5 p.m. June 3.

NEW! Due to maintenance work on the building air supply (ventilation) to Weniger Hall, all building air services will be temporarily shut down.  This shutdown is necessary to replace filtration devices on the building air supply system. This shutdown will begin at 7 p.m. on June 3 and should be over by 10 p.m.


Thunderstorms roll in today with a high of 82 and an overnight low of 56. The rest of the week looks to hover in the high 70s with occasional showers.

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