OSU Today

Friday, June 5, 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.

Lightning strike claims house (Gazette-Times)
A lightning strike that hit a tree ignited the house of an Oregon State University official and burned it to the ground. James Coakley, who is an associate dean for academic and student services at Oregon State University’s College of Business, arrived to the scene to see his house burning, and so did daughters Cellen and Annabritt.

Fearless Brewing hires an assistant Brewster (Oregonian)
Sarah Billick has joined Fearless Brewing Co. as the new brewer. The Estacada brewpub is best known for its signature Fearless Scottish Ale, and has been aggressively expanding territory over the past year, and is now distributed throughout the Portland metro area, west to Spirit Mt. Casino, east to Bend and south to Eugene. Billick holds a degree in Food Science Technology with an option in Fermentation Science from Oregon State University.

Tsunami-resistant research could help Cannon Beach (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Experts at Oregon State University in Corvallis are currently working with state and federal officials and Cannon Beach residents to create a new city hall. The building is planned to be the first structure in the country to be built specifically to survive the force of a tsunami. (See also this Journal article)

Undersea Volcanic Eruptions Spotted in Action (Discovery)
About 100 meters from Hades, another vent, Prometheus, flung chunks of lava into the ocean. Though the water’s crushing pressure damped the explosion, bursts of gas pushed ash and rocks 20 meters above the vent. “The degassing is pretty spectacular,” William Chadwick of Oregon State University, said.

NW universities coordinate on Clearfield (Capital Press)
Three Pacific Northwest state universities are close to negotiating an agreement to use a network of Clearfield wheat seed dealers. Jim Peterson, wheat breeder at Oregon State University, said the Oregon university has 26 companies licensed to grow and sell seed of its Clearfield varieties.

Corvallis council gives OK to ZGF-designed Linus Pauling Center at OSU (Daily Journal of Commerce)
The proposed Linus Pauling Science Center at Oregon State University received an OK this week from the Corvallis City Council

Oregon State student honored for achievements (Statesman Journal)
Andrea Doyle of Salem was among graduating seniors honored by the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

May teacher of the month: Nancy Treneman (Curry County Reporter)

Nancy Treneman, science teacher at Gold Beach High School, has been named teacher of the month. She earned her undergraduate degrees at Oregon State University and Portland State University. Her master’s degree was earned at Oregon State and UC Davis. She is certified to teach Biology, Integrated Sciences, and Physics.

Study examining organic,conventional milk production
(American Veterinary Medical Association)

A four-year, $1 million study will examine the health and welfare of dairy cows at 200 organic farms and 100 conventional farms in New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding the study, which involves researchers from UW-Madison, Oregon State University, Cornell University, and the Organic Centre in Oregon.

OSU labyrinth will be dedicated Saturday (Gazette-Times)
A meditation labyrinth at Oregon State University, a gift from the class of 1959, will be dedicated during a ceremony that starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Science Pub looks at super dogs (Gazette-Times)

The Iditarod is the focus of the next installment of Science Pub Corvallis, “The Toughest Race on Earth: The Science Behind the Iditarod.” The free presentation is slated for 6 p.m. Monday at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

Today

No Woman Left Behind, a campaign to end sexual assault that has a chapter at Oregon State will be featured on the ABC News program 20/20 tonight. In March 2007, Lauren Chief Elk (a current OSU student in political science), April Grolle and Lauren Bryeans stepped in and saved a young woman from being gang raped at an off-campus college party at De Anza College. Watch 20/20 to hear their story, and come by the center to pick up a NWLB Bracelet. Here is a preview:  http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7746552

Saturday

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven M. Zielke, will finish its performance season with the fifth annual President’s Concert 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

Sunday

Oak Creek Tour and Water Fair: Forest, Farms, and Football, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see how land use practices from forest roads & grazing sheep to dams & the football stadium impact the creek as it flows through Corvallis. Meet community members involved in stewardship efforts and find out how you can make a difference in this urban watershed.  The event is sponsored by the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, the OSU Sustainability Center, the City of Corvallis and Willamette Watershed Productions. Because of travel logistics, RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Taylor by phone:753-7208; or e-mail: tbortz@bentonswcd.org.  Please let her know if you would like to join the bike group or carpool or if will you use your own transportation.

The College of Veterinary Medicine will hold its 27th annual commencement 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.”

Upcoming Events

NEW! June’s Science Pub Corvallis features a chilly subject for a hot month, “The Toughest Race on Earth: The Science Behind the Iditarod,” by Oregon State University animal researcher Erica McKenzie. The event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St., Corvallis.

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. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com. (Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P.(CFS) are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federall insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value. Representatives are employed by OSU Federal Credit Union, and registered through CFS. OSU Federal is in partnership with CFS (Member FINRA/SIPC)

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 Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com. (Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P.(CFS) are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federall insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value. Representatives are employed by OSU Federal Credit Union, and registered through CFS. OSU Federal is in partnership with CFS (Member FINRA/SIPC)

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

News for Employees

NEW! The last evening for the Beaver Bus for the summer is June 6. The Beaver Bus operates from 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on weeks when OSU is in session and will return Oct. 1. For routes and other information, visit the CTS web site at www.ci.corvallis.or.us/cts or call 541-766-6998. For information regarding this news release, contact Tim Bates, Transit Coordinator at 541-766-6916

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to repairs to the building water system, all industrial cold water services to Gilbert Hall will be temporarily shutdown today. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. and should be over by noon.

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.

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. today and will end by 10 p.m.

Weather

There will be showers today, with a high of 72 today and an overnight low of 51. Saturday will be 70, and Sunday, the day should be mostly cloudy with a high of 73.

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