OSU Today

Monday, June 29, 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.

Astoria’s Jordan Poyer wins Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year award (Oregonian)
Two students headed to Oregon State are featured.

Feathered fuel tank soaks up hydrogen (Oregonian)
Engineers have discovered a way to store large amounts of hydrogen fuel using carbonized downy fluff, which could help pave the way to clean, green cars. “It’s the most energy-rich material we have,” says Roger Ely, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in hydrogen, “It’s three times the energy content of gasoline on a pound-for-pound basis.”

Love affair with cacti: Plants that pokes back (Democrat Herald)

For somebody who admits he might rub people the wrong way, cactus plants seem like the perfect fit. “I like them because they match my personality — difficult to get along with,” says Steve Cook, senior instructor of geosciences, who teaches sustainability at Oregon State University.

Polk OSU Extension Office to reduce its hours (Statesman Journal)
Polk County OSU Extension Service Staff Chairman Jim Hermes said the reduction in office hours is because of budget cuts.

Oregon State dedicates historic district (KGW)
Oregon State University has dedicated a new National Register of Historic Places District, a first for an Oregon campus. (See also the Oregonian)

FBR Capital Markets Makes Senior Hires in Investment Banking (CNN Money)

FBR Capital Markets Corporation, a leading investment bank serving the middle market, today announced hires within Investment Banking, including David Grove, who joins the Technology, Media & Telecom group in San Francisco. Grove holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Oregon State University.

Teaching the Teachers (Bend Bulletin)

A new OSU-Cascades program will educate instructors for the middle and high school classroom.

No Woman Left Behind

It was summer of 2008, and Lindsay Schnell, an Oregon State University student, was talking to new students about the Women’s Center on campus.

Why the drop in Crooked River trout? (Bend Bulletin)
Fisheries biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University, as well as a number of volunteers, spent the week electrofishing on the Crooked River just downstream of Bowman Dam, south of Prineville.

Levy steps up to chair state agriculture board (East Oregonian)
The State Board of Agriculture has named Bob Levy of Echo as chairman. Born and raised on a farm near Pendleton, Levy graduated from Oregon State University with a master’s degree in agricultural economics.

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! Fiscal Coordinator 2, Limited Duration (4+ months) – College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T. To review posting (0004376) and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing date is July 6.

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

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. tonight.


The near perfection of the weekend continues this week with sunny skies. Today’s high will reach 77 with an overnight low of 48. Tomorrow will be 79, and by Wednesday we’ll see highs reach the mid to high 80s.

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