OSU Today

Tuesday, June 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.

Corals’ “Internal Communication” Process Critical to Maintaining Healthy Reefs (Science 360)
Disruptions in these biological and communication systems are the underlying cause of the coral bleaching and collapse of coral reef ecosystems around the world. “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.

Amid Efforts to Give Foods More Antioxidant Punch, Mysteries Remain (Washington Post)
Victoria Drake, a research associate at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, put it this way in an e-mail: “Looking at the epidemiological data we have to date, we know . . . that diets rich in fruits and vegetables (antioxidant-rich foods) can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases. But evidence that very high doses of individual micronutrients or phytochemicals can do the same is inconsistent and relatively weak.”

Council approves revised Pauling Center (Gazette-Times)
By a narrow margin, the Corvallis City Council decided Monday that Oregon State University’s proposed Linus Pauling Science Center met the spirit, if not the letter, of historic district regulations. The council voted 5 to 4 to accept OSU’s revised proposal for the building, overruling a decision by the Historic Resources Commission.

OSU students want you to walk the red carpet (KVAL)
Design & Human Environment at OSU is celebrating its 101st year. DHE students are welcoming the community to their ‘Designer Affair’ spring fashion show.

Oregon man named Juneau schools superintendent (KTVZ)
The Juneau School Board has reached outside the state to pick a new superintendent of schools, Glen Gelbrich of Salem. He has a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University.

Intervention Program Also Effective In Curbing Teen Pregnancy Rates (AHN)

A program aimed at preventing criminal behavior in at-risk teenage girls has yielded an unexpected, positive side effect – it also reduces the teens’ pregnancy rates, according to a new study. The study, conducted by Oregon State University researchers, involved girls ages 13 to 17 with histories of criminal behavior who had been court-mandated to receive out-of-home treatment.

Hermiston extension center to celebrate 100th anniversary (TriCity Herald)
Learn about the history of the center, see exhibits by 4-H, master gardeners, researchers, Oregon State University academics and more, as well as lab and field tours and kids’ entertainment.

Mystery of missing humpbacks solved by Soviet data (Travel Dive)
Scott Baker, now a conservation geneticist at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, quickly learned that “the locals were right. There weren’t any humpbacks.”


A special session of the Faculty Senate will be held 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 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU staff and faculty are invited to attend the OSU Merchant Expo at LaSells Stewart Center on June 4.  Vendor representatives will be there to provide information on new technologies, products, services and solutions for your business needs. The event is hosted by OSU Procurement and Contract Services and a free lunch will be served.  Register online here, http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/, before May 25 for a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer Gift Certificate.

NEW! Attention Academic Advisors: Let’s Celebrate! Our last gathering of the year will be 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 3, in the Weatherford Boardroom, fifth floor. Please join in and take this opportunity to connect and re-energize with advising colleagues from across campus—we’ll unwind, share, and also generate ideas for next year’s development opportunities. Please bring a snack to share, beverages will be provided. Contact Susie Leslie for more information, 541-737-8083 or susie.leslie@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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 now through Sept. 7.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! To accommodate “Student Move Out Days” the roadway parking along Jefferson street (between 30th St and the driveway into Fairbanks Hall parking lot) will be temporarily shutdown. University Housing and Dining will be facilitating this event. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on June 8 and parking should reopen by 9 p.m. June 12.

NEW! Due to repair work on the building’s water system, all domestic and industrial hot and cold water services in Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors, including labs and bathrooms. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. June 5 and will end by 10 p.m.

NEW! Due to repair work on the building’s water system, all domestic and industrial hot water services in Burt II will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors, including labs and bathrooms. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. June 3 and should be completed by 1:30 p.m.

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.


Warm showery weather continues this week with highs in the high 70s and lows in the 50s.

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