OSU Today

Monday, June 15, 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.

A ‘time bomb’ for world wheat crop (Los Angeles Times)

“It’s a time bomb,” said Jim Peterson, a professor of wheat breeding and genetics at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “It moves in the air, it can move in clothing on an airplane. We know it’s going to be here. It’s a matter of how long it’s going to take.”

The Switch: Oregon Well Situated For Ocean Energy (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

So when you mix all of those factors in with Oregon’s passion for the environment, it’s easy to see why the state is well placed to develop wave power.

And nowhere is that development going faster than at this big old laboratory at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Businesses taxed more, people still taxed most in Oregon (Oregonian)

Jared Moore, assistant professor of accounting in the College of Business at Oregon State University, said recent research he completed with colleagues examined a national trend: Corporations overall pay a smaller share of state taxes.

Ore. lawmakers head into final stretch (KGW-TV)

As political analyst Bill Lunch explains it, looking at this session is like looking at Pearl Harbor the day after it was bombed. There are a lot of damaged ships given that the Legislature’s budget writers have made about $2 billion in cuts. “There are lots and lots of losers,” he said. “We’re looking at which ships are still afloat even if they’re damaged.”

Teen program reaps surprise drop in pregnancy (Statesman Journal)

More than 160 girls, ages 13 to 17, with histories of criminal behavior and who had received court-mandated out-of-home treatment were studied by a team that included Oregon State University psychologist David Kerr and researchers from the Eugene-based Oregon Social Learning Center.

New plant recycles asphalt shingle material (KGW-TV)

Todd Scholz at Oregon State University’s school of civil and construction engineering is studying the impact of recycling shingles into pavement.

Global warming can impact monsoons and lower crop production (Science 360-NSF)

In an article to be published in the June 12 issue of the journal Science, researchers from the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Oregon State University present their findings after comparing oxygen isotopes in air that was captured in ice cores and previously published data from ancient stalagmites found in caves.

Watering Down the Fishery Gene Pool (Scientific American)

Researchers at Oregon State University (O.S.U.) found that not only do hatchery-raised steelhead—a Pacific trout sharing the same genus, Oncorhynchus, as salmon—produce relatively fewer and weaker offspring once back in a natural environment, but so do their wild-born spawn.

Sports teams’ all-you-can-eat tickets a hit (Oregonian)

The gap between Americans’ calories consumed and calories burned is widening, said Melinda Manore, a certified specialist in sport dietetics and professor at Oregon State’s College of Health and Human Sciences. All-you-can-eat specials fuel the obesity epidemic, she said.

Supporters recognized for helping graduates through college career (Gazette-Times)

They came wearing mortarboards bedecked and bedazzled. They came in high heels, flip-flops and boots. They came carrying cell phones and cameras.

Most of all, as Oregon State University’s 140th commencement began Saturday morning, the graduates streamed into Reser Stadium with smiles.

Scientists Say ‘Super Volcano’ May Be Brewing Beneath Mount St. Helens (Fox News)

Not all scientists are convinced that Mount St. Helens may be capable of a giant eruption. Magnetotellurics specialist Gary Egbert of Oregon State University in Corvallis says he’s cautious over the idea of that a super volcano sits under Mt. St. Helen.

Growing Possibilities (Bend Bulletin)

But a trial plot at the Jefferson County Oregon State University Extension Service a couple of years ago showed that canola planted in the fall would flower at a different time than the vegetable seeds, avoiding competition for the bees’ attention.

OSU plans parking for empty lots (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is set to build two parking lots this summer — at 11th Street and Washington Avenue and 13th Street and Washington Avenue — as part of a $700,000 project that will create nearly 200 new parking spaces, said Vincent Martorello, facilities services director.

Today

OSU Today will be on hiatus the rest of this week, but will return June 22.

Spring Term final grades are due by noon today in the Registrar’s Office.

Upcoming Events

An international group of scholars will meet June 19-21 at OSU to discuss the works of Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. All conference sessions will be held at the Center for the Humanities, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., and are free and open to the public. A keynote speech takes place at 5:30 June 19, and an original play takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., June 20 at the University Lab Theatre. Tickets to the play are $5.

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud,” a radio talk show that invites listeners to comment by phone or e-mail, comes to OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport June 16 for a discussion about wave energy. The episode is part of the series’ ongoing feature, “The Switch,” which is exploring energy options. Taping of the program, which is scheduled for broadcast the following day, starts at 7 p.m. sharp in the HMSC Visitor Center’s Hennings Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p. m., and seating in the 160-seat auditorium is first-come, first served. Read more about “Think Out Loud” on OPB’s Web site, www.opb.org.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Transit and Parking Services (TAPS) office at 100 Adams Hall will be closed from 11:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 18 for a meeting.  For more information call 541-737-2583.

Faculty Research Assistant – Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing. Provides biocomputing research support, software development, and network/system support for the CGRB. See full announcement at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date: June 25.

Admissions Advisor – Office of Admissions. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. This is a professional faculty, full-time position. Must hold a bachelor’s degree, have excellent public speaking skills, and the ability to travel and work unusual hours (including nights and weekends). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date: June 24.

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.

Lynn Weingardt will retire on June 30 from Network Services where she has assisted customers with cell phones and audio/video conferencing services for the past 10 years at OSU. Feel free to send messages of congratulation and appreciation directly to Lynn. For information, contact Judy Ivey at judy.ivey@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to parking lot maintenance, various parking lots and street parking will be temporarily shutdown from June 15-19, including: Parking spaces in the 26th St. North parking lot, parking spaces on Jefferson Street south of the Memorial Union, the parking area on the north side of the Alumni Center and the gravel lot at 14th and Washington Ave will be temporarily shutdown

Due to pavement resurfacing, Memorial Place from Monroe Ave to Campus Way will be closed from June 16-17 and Jefferson Way between 30th and 35th streets will be closed from June 19-22.

The Weniger parking lot, located between Weniger and Gilbert halls, will be closed on Tuesday, June 16 due to scheduled maintenance.

Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut-down all steam services to the campus.  This will affect all hot water and heating services.  This shutdown is necessary to conduct annual maintenance on the steam system and heat plant. The shutdown will begin at noon June 14 and should be done by midnight June 20.

Quarterly fire testing will take next week. 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 today and tomorrow: 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. today and we anticipate concluding scheduled testing by 11 p.m. on June 19.

Weather

Today will be cloudy with a high of 77, and an overnight low of 54. Tomorrow will be more of the same.

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