OSU Today

Wednesday, June 24, 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.

Oregon students weed garden (Arizona Star)
Oregon State University students help weed a garden after getting a tour at the Marana Heritage Farm. The students on Tuesday were taking part in a 15-city Hunger in the Homeland Tour aimed at increasing awareness of childhood hunger in the United States. After weeding vegetables, the students were off to work at the Community Food Bank.

Journalism Camp 2009 well under way in Corvallis (Oregonian)
The annual Newspaper Institute for Minority High School Students, sponsored The Oregonian and Oregon State University, is under way again. It is supported by a generous grant from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation in Oklahoma.

Program Helps 1st Graders Stay Safe Long-Term (US News and World Report)
This study demonstrates that a comprehensive, school-wide social and character development program can have a substantial impact on reducing problem behaviors of public health importance in elementary school-age youth,” principal investigator Dr. Brian Flay of Oregon State University said in a news release from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (see also Statesman Journal, Forbes.com, MSN Health and Kansas City Infozine)

Bycatch whaling a growing threat to coastal whales (Science Centric)
Scientists are warning that a new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where the commercial sale of whales killed as fisheries ‘bycatch’ is threatening coastal stocks of minke whales and other protected species. Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says DNA analysis of whale-meat products sold in Japanese markets suggests that the number of whales actually killed through this ‘bycatch whaling’ may be equal to that killed through Japan’s scientific whaling program – about 150 annually from each source. (See also Science Daily)

Oregon case puts reliability of science itself on trial (Oregonian)
This opinion piece was written by Pamela Cytrynbaum, a former Chicago Tribune reporter, who is on the New Media Communications faculty at Oregon State University, where she teaches courses in multimedia writing, reporting and wrongful convictions.

GEAR UP revs youths’ college interest (Gazette-Times)
Andrea is one of 24 Sweet Home Junior High School seventh-grade students who is attending a five-day Ocean Science Camp at Oregon State University this week. They conducted experiments Tuesday in Graff Hall under the guidance of Laura Dover, a doctoral student in marine resource management.

Documentary on Polish Poster Art Shows at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (Art Daily)

A documentary directed by an Oregon State University professor is showing as part of an exhibit on Polish poster art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Beijing Olympics had most polluted air (UPI)
U.S. researchers found particulate air pollution in Beijing was far worse than other recent Olympic Games. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, was done before, during and after the 2008 Olympics by scientists from Oregon State University and Peking University.

Higher ed budget puts tuitions in position to climb (Register-Guard)

The university system budget for the coming biennium caps tuition and fee increases at the state’s three largest schools — the UO, Oregon State University and Portland State University — at an average of 8 percent in each year of the biennium.

Improved cancer risk test developed (UPI)
U.S. scientists have completed the largest animal toxicology study ever conducted, challenging some concepts concerning cancer-causing compound levels.

Closely Supervised Foster Care Linked With Reduced Pregnancy Rates For Delinquent Teens, Study Says (Medical News Today)

Teenage girls with a history of delinquency who were placed in individualized foster care programs were less likely than their peers to become pregnant, according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. David Kerr, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University, is lead author of the new study.


Summer concert in the brick courtyard by the OSU Bookstore at noon. This week’s performers are the Severin Sisters.

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. 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). 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! The new issue of Update, the Research Office Newsletter, is available at
http://oregonstate.edu/research/news/update/0903.html Stories include Conflicts of Interest, Proposal Deadlines, Institutional Review Board Student Hours, Oregon Portal: A Door to Your Innovations, Partnerships with Industry, Interview on the Float: Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

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.

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

NEW! Due to road work, Park Terrace from Monroe Ave to approx. the Kelly Engineering Bldg will be shutdown.  Adjacent parking lots will remain open from 26th Street and Memorial Place entries/exits.  Traffic delays and slow traffic conditions can be expected. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.  Memorial Place and 26th Street are suggested alternative routes for north-south traffic. The road should be open by 7 p.m. June 29.

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 sunny, with a high of 78 and a low of 54. Temperatures cool to the high 70s later in the week.

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