OSU Today

Wednesday, June 3, 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.

The Sixth Extinction (New Yorker)
OSU zoology professor Andrew Blaustein is interviewed in this New Yorker piece about disappearing amphibians. The link goes to an excerpt, only subscribers can view the full article.

Report looks at effect of tsunami on the Oregon Coast (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Experts from Oregon State University, state and federal officials and residents of Cannon Beach are hoping to create a new city hall and what they say could be the first structure in the U.S. built specifically to survive the force of a tsunami.

NASA Research Could Help Policymakers Restrict Carbon Emissions (CNSNews)
“Phytoplankton are important (because) they’re responsible for about half of the net photosynthesis on earth. This photosynthesis helps take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” Oregon State University scientist Michael Behrenfeld said at the news conference. (See also Environmental Research Web)

Council OKs Pauling building at Oregon State (KTVZ)

The Corvallis City Council has approved a revised plan for a Linus Pauling Science Center at Oregon State University.

Feelin’ their oats (New-Review)
When two Roseburg women wanted to market a homemade product, they took their recipes to the Food Innovation Center in Portland, which is affiliated with Oregon State University. Some suggestions were made and the recipes tweaked.

Young teens tackle big issues (Gazette-Times)
Although it was billed as a “mock” Congress, the issues facing students from Cheldelin Middle School on Tuesday and today are real and hard-hitting. The third annual event continues today at LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University for more than 200 eighth-grade students.

Today

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., 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

Attention Academic Advisors: Let’s Celebrate! Our last gathering of the year will be 3 to 4:30 p.m., 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 Oregon State University AAUP/AFT group is hosting Lisa Klein, professor of material science and engineering at Rutgers University, at 3:30 p.m. 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.

The annual Yunker Lecture will be presented today 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.

OSU Evening Store, 5:30 to 7 p.m., offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. 644 S.W. 13th St.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven M. Zielke, will finish its performance season with the fifth annual President’s Concert on June 6, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe St. Admission to the President’s Concert is $10 at the door. For more information contact the OSU Department of Music at 541-737-4061, or go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

NEW! The College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its 27th annual commencement on June 7, in  LaSells Stewart Center. The ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. The commencement speaker will be Baxter Black, a former veterinarian now better known as a poet, storyteller and humorist, whose work is featured regularly on National Public Radio. Black has been featured in numerous national outlets, including the New York Times, which called him the country’s “most successful living poet.”

NEW! PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is June 9, noon – 1 p.m. at the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207.  Please reserve your spot by calling Kirsten at 541-714-4296.

NEW! OPSRP Members – how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS offers complimentary brown bag workshops.  The next OPSRP opportunity is June 9, 11 a.m. – noon at the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Please reserve your spot by calling Kirsten at 541-714-4296.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! OSU commencement will be broadcast live on OPB-Plus (not OPB HD or OPB) on June 13  starting at 11 a.m. This change is due to the digital transition taking place on June 12. Commencement Ceremony channel line ups:  OVER-THE-AIR: Baker City: 13.3; Bend: 3.3; Corvallis: 7.3; Eugene: 28.3; La Grande: 13.3; Portland: 10.3 / ON CABLE: BendBroadband: 175; Comcast: 310; Clear Creek Telephone & TeleVision: 168; Crestview Cable Communications: 116; Verizon FiOS in Washington County: 470.

NEW! Recreational Sports (Dixon Recreation Center) summer membership and locker sales have begun. Check out the options for you and your family members – http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees. Invest in your health and wellness by visiting RecServices in Dixon Recreation Center, Monday through Fridays 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 541-737-3736.

NEW! Accountant I – College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0004258 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is June 9.

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 today.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Quarterly fire testing will take place in two weeks. Night testing will be done in the following buildings on June 17, 18 and 19: Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Magruder Hall, Plagemann Student Health, Valley Library. Day testing will be done in the following buildings on June 15 and June 16: Crop Science, Kidder Hal, Pharmacy. This will be a live test. Fire alarms, strobes, horns and bells will sound during testing. The testing will begin at 7 a.m. on June 15 and we anticipate concluding scheduled testing by 11 p.m. on June 19.

NEW! To accommodate project construction associated with the new Linus Pauling Science Center, the Sackett Hall parking lot (West of Nash Hall, on the corner of 30th & Campus Way), will be shutdown. The main entry to parking lot will remain open for public access. The parking spaces north of Sackett Hall, including the ADA spaces adjacent to the project site, will remain open for the duration of the project. The four ADA spaces within the construction site (NE corner of the parking lot) will be temporarily relocated to the West side of Cordley Hall. Due to construction there may be periods of increased traffic congestion in this area. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. June 15 and we anticipate reopening the parking area after project completion, during the summer of 2011.

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.

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.

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. today 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. today and should be over by 10 p.m.

Weather

There may be scattered thunderstorms today with a high of 83 and an overnight low of 56. Tomorrow will be more of the same, with a high of 75.

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