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Thursday, June 25, 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.

Catching a Wave, Powering an Electrical Grid? (Smithsonian Magazine)
Electrical engineer and OSU professor Annette von Jouanne is pioneering an ingenious way to generate clean, renewable electricity from the sea.

American stories about global warming
(Union of Concerned Scientists)

OSU’s Mark Hixon has a chapter in this new on-line anthology.

Wyden’s draft for forests is opposed (Mail Tribune)

Tom Towslee, spokesman for Wyden, said the proposed bill hasn’t been introduced, and the “discussion draft” commissioners are referring to is intended to elicit comments and feedback from a variety of groups and forest-industry leaders. He expects the legislation will be introduced in about a month. As to the age determination for old growth and other findings, Towslee said the plan is based on scientific studies from Oregon State University and the University of Washington. “There is nothing arbitrary about it,” he said.

Chamber Coalition reviews leader’s plans, economy (Gazette-Times)
The incoming board chairman of the Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition laid out his goals for the next year, and chamber members heard Oregon State University President Ed Ray’s assessment of national economic trends and some local challenges, at the chamber’s annual meeting Wednesday.

Groups showcase pride in weekend festival

Tristen Shay, who works for Oregon State University, has long been active with LGBTQ issues. She grew up in Philomath and attended Philomath High School, where she helped found the now-defunct Gay-Straight Alliance. She also helped start Out N About, a community-based youth support group.

Tuna, packed in questions (Philadelphia Inquirer)

A study by Oregon State University’s Seafood Laboratory showed that “troll-, bait-, and line-caught albacore off the West Coast of the U.S. had lower levels (of mercury) as their size is smaller than albacore caught in tropical waters by long-lines.

New brewer has all the right ingredients (Estacada News)

Sarah Billick, who holds a bachelor’s degree in food science, with a minor in fermentation science, from Oregon State University, first became interested in the industry while participating in Future For Agriculture (formerly known as Future Farmers of America).

Endangered whales return to Greenland coast (Canada.com)

The whale “vocalizations” may represent only a handful of individuals, but “even that number is significant” given the dire state of the species, says Oregon State University marine biologist David Mellinger.

Upcoming Events

NEW! This Friday OSU Media Services and Oregon WIN will videotape the last three Back Page programs for the year.  Back Page is hosted by Jody Seay and videotaped in the OSU Media Services studios in Kidder Hall. Guests this Friday include Cynthia Kirk, Communications Manager, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Lawson Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate. The Back Page interview with OSU author Kathleen Dean Moore is scheduled to air on OPB Plus starting July 5.To date, Back Page has produced 72 interviews with Oregon and Northwest authors since December 2006.  A sampling of the interviews is available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/filter/qzkhn

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.

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. 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! Accounting Technician- College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0004368 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is July 3.

NEW! The College of Health and Human Sciences has a new blog called Synergies which can be found at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

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 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

Traffic and Maintenance

Moreland Hall parking lot: Due to geo tech work, the Moreland parking lot will be temporarily shutdown. This is the parking lot on 26th Street, south of the Native American Longhouse and Moreland Hall. All parking spaces will be affected between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 6.

Park Terrace: 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.

26th Street: 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.

Jefferson Way: 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.

Weniger lot/ Memorial Place: 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.

Oak Creek: 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. The lots should be reopened by 7 p.m. tonight.

Burt Hall: 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 today.


Morning clouds should give way to afternoon sun, with a high of 72 and an overnight low of 48. Things warm back up tomorrow with sunshine and a high of 75.

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