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Tuesday, June 23, 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.

Planting seed technology (Portland Business Journal)
OSU among universities creating local spinoffs (subscription article)

Aspirations put on hold (Portland Observer)
The Oregon legislature has killed a bill that would have given in-state tuition at Oregon’s public universities to undocumented immigrants. Bill Lunch, the chair of the political science department at Oregon State University, said that the Democrats could only tackle so many contentious issues without some Democratic legislators from more conservative districts losing support back home.

OSU professor: Early Christians accepted medicine (Oregonian)
As an Oregon City couple stands trial next week in the faith-healing death of their daughter, a new book argues that early Christians used secular medicine and did not rely solely on prayer or divine intervention. In “Medicine & Health Care in Early Christianity,” Gary B. Ferngren, who teaches ancient history at Oregon State University, focuses on the first five centuries of Christianity. (See also Letters)

Beijing Olympics’ Air Pollution: Worse Than L.A. (LiveScience)
Air pollution at the Beijing Olympics last summer was bad on several counts, and the Chinese hid the extent of it, new research suggests. Particulate pollution levels were about two to four times higher than that of Los Angeles on an average day, according to research in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. And these air pollution levels constantly exceeded those considered excessive by the World Health Organization, and were about 30 percent higher than has been reported by Chinese environmental experts, said researcher Staci Simonich, an Oregon State University associate professor of environmental and molecular toxicology. (See also Daily Telegraph)

Making a match down on the farm (Oregonian)
Oregon lacks a Farm Link program to help transition farms and ranches to the next generation. In February the Oregon Agriculture Department convened a “Growing Opportunities” summit at Oregon State University, gathering novice and veteran farmers together to address the issue.

OSU baja team wins international race (Upper Rogue Independent)
Oregon State University students in the Baja SAE off-road racing competition roared back in the final event – a four-hour endurance race – to move from fourth place to first, lapped the field and won the national championship for the second time in four years.

Free concert series starting this week (Gazette-Times)
OSU has presented free weekly summer concerts since 1989, but the early years tended to focus more on local folk-music groups. This year’s concerts run a somewhat wider gamut.


“Before COAS – The Oceanography of Wayne V. Burt” by Craig Biegel, M.A., J.D., Doctoral candidate at Florida State University (on leave from OSU’s History of Science graduate program), takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Burt Hall room 193. This special COAS Physical Oceanography seminar is a precursor to the COAS 50th Anniversary Celebration July 17-19: http://www.coas.oregonstate.edu/50

Upcoming Events

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.

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).  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! Time to shake the dust off the art of quilting! The OSU Women’s Center is seeking quilt submissions from OSU affiliated students, faculty, staff and retirees for a fall exhibit showcasing women artists. As part of Quilt County 2009 with Mary’s River Quilt Guild, pieces will be on display at the Women’s Center from late August 2009 to October 2009. In keeping with our theme, Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt we are looking for art quilts, embellished quilts, paper-pieced quilts and quilts using a variety of fabrics, techniques, or themes. Due to space requirements submissions should be no smaller than 2’ and no larger than 5.5’ Submissions must be received at the Women’s Center before Aug. 15. For more information call 541-737-1330 or beth.rietveld@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Business Services is recruiting for an Analyst Programmer. The position posting can be accessed on the OSU Jobs Page http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and is posting number 0004316.  The closing date is June 26. For information, contact Lori Schmidt, at lori.schmidt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3345.

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.

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.

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

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 end 7 p.m. June 24.

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.

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 should end by 5 p.m. June 26.

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.


Today should be 80 with mostly sunny skies and an overnight low of 52. Tomorrow will be just as sunny, with a high of 81. Temperatures cools to the high 70s later in the week.

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