OSU Today

Monday, June 22, 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.

OSU statewide services in line for 10 percent cut (Capital Press)
After previous talk of cuts ranging from 15 to 30 percent, heads of the statewides said 10 percent was a good thing. “It’s strange when 10 percent sounds good, but in this environment it does,” said Bill Boggess, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Experiment Station at Oregon State University.

How smoggy was it? (LA Times)
Air samples were collected from atop the seven-story geology building of Peking University for two weeks before the Olympics, two weeks during the games and a month afterward. Researchers (from Oregon State University and Peking University) discovered that 81% of the time, levels of coarse particulate matter exceeded safe levels as determined by the World Health Organization. And a whopping 100% of the time they reached unacceptable levels for smaller particulate matter, considered more dangerous because it can be inhaled more easily into the lungs. (See also The Associated Press)

Iraqis visit Oregon to learn about ‘green’ building (Oregonian)
University presidents and engineering professors from Iraq will visit Oregon in August for two weeks of workshops on “green” building and renewable energy led by researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

OSU club takes honors for reusable water bottle venture (Oregonian)
A student-run business that sells reusable water bottles earned third place in a national competition for the Oregon State University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise.

Guidance program promising
(Honolulu Star)

A new study shows that fifth-graders in Hawaii who took part in a schoolwide behavioral program called “Positive Action” were about half as likely to try drugs, alcohol, weapons or sex as their peers in other schools. Positive Action, a kindergarten-to-12th-grade curriculum, was created more than two decades ago, but this was the first randomized, scientific trial of its efficacy, according to Brian Flay, principal investigator in the study. “The philosophy of the program is focused on teaching what behaviors are positive,” said Flay, a professor of public health at Oregon State University.

Oregon State University has state’s first college campus historic district (Oregonian)

A new Historical Walking Tour brochure guides the way around the newly designated National Register of Historic Places district at Oregon State University.

School Program Cuts Problem Behaviors In Fifth Graders In Half (Science Daily)
A study by Oregon State University researchers suggests that school-based prevention programs begun in elementary school can significantly reduce problem behaviors in students.

Think Out Loud: Wave Energy (OPB)
OPB Radio’s series The Switch has explored everything from wind to geothermal power. Next we go to the sea with some OSU experts.

Man with Oregon ties photographs aftermath of Iran’s disputed election
When a 25-year-old with strong links to Oregon found himself in the midst of Iran’s election and its volatile aftermath, he took out his camera and started snapping away. A native of Slovakia and graduate of South Salem High School and an Oregon State University alum, the man asked not to be identified for safety purposes. (See also the Gazette-Times)

Berry eludes genetic ID (Capitol Press)

Researchers from USDA sought to find the true identity of a historic strawberry cultivar, but even cutting-edge genetic technology wasn’t able to solve the puzzle. The experience goes to show that real life doesn’t often follow the same plot as television, said OSU Extension berry specialist Bernadine Strik. “Technology is making us even more confused,” she joked.

Getting ready to roll (Bend Bulletin)

Victoria Kropf, 17, slowly maneuvered a tractor between cones Tuesday, keeping her back straight and her big eyes wide open. The Lebanon-area student was new to tractor driving, but after three days in the tractor safety training course offered by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Deschutes County, she was getting the hang of it.

Happy-hour discussion examines morality (Gazette-Times)

Oregonians had an opportunity to join writer Ursula K. Le Guin and Oregon State University philosophy professor Lani Roberts for an interactive discussion exploring morality and self-deception at Think & Drink, a series that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. (Listen to a recording of the evening here: http://www.oregonhum.org/think-and-drink.php )

Happiness at Oregon State University (Oregonian)

A non-traditional student talks about his experiences at OSU.

District working on diversity issues (Gazette-Times)

More than 40 persons learned about the work of the Corvallis School District’s diversity and inclusion committee Wednesday evening at the administration building and were invited to provide input of their own before an action plan is developed in the fall. Jeanne Holmes, incoming assistant superintendent, and Terryl Ross, director for community and diversity at Oregon State University, facilitated the two-hour meeting.


START new student orientation begins today.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSU Alumni Association will host a retirement reception to honor Steve Smith on June 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center in the Giustina Living Room.  Smith is retiring as associate director for finance and alumni center operations with 16 years of service to OSU.   All are welcome to attend the reception and celebrate Steve’s retirement.  Please contact Kristin at kristin.brogdon@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

NEW! Please be advised that an “OSU Sound Permit” has been issued to the Knights Baseball Club, Inc. for the purpose of hosting the “Corvallis Knights Fireworks Nights,” July 3 and Aug. 8, 9:45-10:30 p.m. in Goss Stadium.

The Summer Institute on Research Methodology will be held July 7 to 10, hosted by the College of Health and Human Sciences. Introductory and advanced courses are offered by the Methodology Core over a period of four days (one day – introductory course; three days – advanced course). The 2009 introductory course provides instruction in the use of Mplus. Participants are expected to be comfortable with the General Linear Model. The advanced course focuses on the analysis of change using Mplus and will assume prior experience with Mplus, which may be obtained in the introductory course. These two courses can be taken independently or combined. July 7: Introduction to Mplus (Alan Acock). Participants will learn how to use the Mplus software. July 8-10: Latent Growth Curve Modeling using Mplus (Alan Acock, Lesa Hoffman, Fuzhong Li). This workshop will introduce latent growth curve and longitudinal multilevel modeling using the Mplus software, and will extend to time-varying predictors, binary and count  outcomes, and growth mixtures (i.e., group differences in trajectories).
Registration fees are as follows: Mplus course: $175, Growth Models course: $425, both courses: $500. (Graduate students:  $125 – introductory course; $275 – advanced course; both courses  – $350)  These fees include all workshop materials, use of a laptop computer containing all relevant software and programs (each shared between two individuals), lunch and coffee breaks every day, and one dinner reception on July 8. Please register using the online form available on the website, http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/summerinstitute/ Further information regarding the College of Health and Human Sciences Methodology Core can be found at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/methodology/core.html .

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

News for Employees

NEW! Summer Instruction Opportunities at the Academic Success Center: The BEST Summer Bridge Program is in need of instructors for ALS courses for three sessions of the bridge experience. Complete position descriptions, session dates and application instructions are available at http://success.oregonstate.edu/. Application deadline is 4 p.m. July 29. The highly structured three-and-a-half week academic program is designed to help student athletes adapt to the college environment. The goals of the BEST Program are to help student athletes to understand their roles as students first, to increase their academic success and to facilitate their full integration into the life of the university. For more information please contact Mary Prindiville at 541-737-7975 or mary.prindiville@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Fall, Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by June 26. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm . For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

NEW! The Office of Research Integrity in the Research Office has recently launched its online Conflict of Interest System and will implement it throughout this summer. This will improve the methods for faculty to disclose potential, perceived or real conflicts of interest as per OSU institutional policy. As the system is activated college-by-college, faculty will be notified and requested to complete a “declaration” form online. Until a college is on the new system, its faculty still uses the Word document form, “Academic Staff Report of Non-University Activity,” which may be printed from the COI home page (http://oregonstate.edu/research/ori/coi/conflictofinterest.htm) under “OSU Forms and Guidance.”

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 seven 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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to road work, 26th street will be closed to all traffic at the railroad crossing. Traffic delays and slow traffic conditions can be expected. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.  It is recommended that thru traffic use alternative north-south routes on 15th, 17th and 30th street. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and we anticipate reopening the road by 7 p.m. June 24.

NEW! Due to pavement resurfacing, Jefferson Way between 30th and 35th Street will be temporarily closed. Please expect short traffic delays and plan accordingly.  On-street parking will be closed during construction.  Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. This shutdown will begin June 25 at 7 a.m. and should end by 7 p.m.

NEW! Weather permitting, TAPS will be repainting several parking areas during the week of June 22nd. As a result, the following parking lots and spaces will be temporarily shutdown: Campus Way – east of 14th/15th to 11th (lot #3211), Monroe Weniger Lot – between Weniger and Gilbert (lot #3222), Memorial Place – on-street parking from Monroe Ave. to Campus Way. Signage will be posted at affected parking areas. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today, and should end by 5 p.m. June 26.

NEW! Due to pavement rehabilitation and resurfacing work at the north and south parking lots at Oak Creek, parking and access will be temporarily closed while the repair work is taking place.  All vehicles that typically utilize these lots should temporarily relocate to adjacent parking at Reser Stadium.  Some building entries / exits will be limited to emergency use only.  These entries / exits will be marked accordingly. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. June 23 and we anticipate reopening these parking lots by 7 p.m. June 25.

Due to excavation work, the parking lot north of Burt Hall on 27th St. will experience intermittent traffic flow delays.  Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The delays should last through June 25.


Welcome to summer! Mostly sunny skies today will help the temperatures rise to 72, with an overnight low of 49. Tomorrow should be 79 with mostly sunny skies, and temperatures continue to rise throughout the week.

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