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Friday, June 26, 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.

Scientists warn of emerging form of unregulated whaling in Asia (Christian Science Monitor)
Based on DNA samples taken from commercially sold whale meat, a team from Oregon State University and the University of California at Irvine estimate that by-catch takes in 150 whales a year on average — about the same number the Japanese government officially acknowledges taking in its own scientific whaling program.

Bush’s court appointments emphasized ideology over diversity
(e! Science News)

The judicial appointments of former president George W. Bush suggests that his motivation for appointing nontraditional judges was driven more by ideology and strategy than concerns for diversity, a new analysis shows. The analysis appears in an article in the current issue of Judicature and was written by Jennifer Segal Diascro, an assistant professor in the Department of Government at American University, and Rorie Spill Solberg, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Oregon State University.

Journalism students keep lively blog (Oregonian)
Teens attending camp at OSU post their thoughts.

As seniors live longer they find ‘love expectancy’ also grows (The News-Tribune)

Good men are hard to find. Unmarried women aged 65 to 74 outnumber men of that age by more than two to one, according to the census. And the disparity grows with age. Pickings can be especially slim in rural communities, said Liz Levaro, a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University in Corvalis who’s writing about new romance among the elderly. Her finding: “If a guy’s got his own teeth and can drive and dance, he’s a hottie.”

Hatfield Marine Science Center hosts seventh annual SeaFest celebration in Newport (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its seventh annual SeaFest celebration on Saturday, June 27, in Newport.

Faculty art on display at Fairbanks Hall (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit will run through Oct. 7 in Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University. A closing reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Western Extension Budget Cuts Create Vacancies, Trigger Restructuring (Western Farmer-Stockman)
Oregon State University, expecting a 15% budget reduction as well as a 4.6% salary rollback, faces hard decisions. “As a result, we have to plan for nearly a 20% reduction overall,” says OSU Extension Director Scott Reed. It is the biggest cut he has seen since taking the job in 2005.

Platter: African cuisine with a twist (Oregonian)

Alem Gebrehiwot is opening Afrique Bistro — a two-story, 80-seat restaurant that spotlights the diverse cuisine of the world’s second-largest continent. Gebrehiwot, a 48-year-old Ethiopia native who studied food science at Oregon State University, says Portland deserves an African restaurant that goes beyond the now-familiar flavors of Ethiopian and Eritrean cooking.

Robyn Darbyshire named 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Curry County Reporter)

Robyn Darbyshire knows how to teach students and to mentor teachers. Noting her exceptional work this year, the Columbia-Willamette chapter of Sigma Xi has recently presented Darbyshire with its Outstanding Teacher Award for 2009. Darbyshire obtained a Master’s degree in Forest Science from Oregon State University.

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.

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.

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 today. 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Benton Hall/Cordley Hall: Weather permitting, TAPS will be repainting several parking areas during the week of June 29. As a result, the following parking lots will be temporarily shut down: Pioneer South Lot, south and west of Benton Hall, and Cordley West Lot, west of Cordley Hall. Work will begin at 7 a.m. June 29 and should be done by 5 p.m. July 2.

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.

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. today.


We should see nothing but sun and a high of 75 today, with temperatures rising to 83 tomorrow. Sun continues into next week, with temperatures in the high 70s.

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