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Monday, July 6, 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.

Warning on trout hatcheries could force changes (San Francisco Chronicle)
Hatchery-raised steelhead trout pass on genetic defects that hamper survival of even their wild-born offspring, according to a study that biologists say could lead to a radical shift in the way salmon breeding programs operate on the West Coast. The recent Oregon State University study found that even hatchery fish whose parents were wild develop and pass on genetic defects severe enough to hamper the reproductive ability of their offspring.

China mulling new air quality regulations
(Reuters)

China is considering new air quality regulations as it looks to build on its success clearing Beijing’s skies during the Olympics, environmental officials from the capital said on Friday. U.S. scientists who came to Beijing to measure air quality during the Games said particulate pollution was about 30 percent higher than reported by Chinese environmental experts. It was far worse than other recent Olympics and two to four times that of Los Angeles on an average day, according to research done before, during and after the Games by a team from Oregon State University. (See also The Independent and The Guardian)

$2 million devoted to spud pests (Capital Press)

A $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund a four-year study aimed at improving pest management in Northwest potato fields. The research will be conducted by scientists at Washington State University, Oregon State University, the University of Idaho and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

Microchips in cattle? Ranchers not so sure (Bend Bulletin)
“It’s meant to help track animals that have disease — should there be some sort of outbreak,” said Barbi Riggs, a livestock agent with the Crook County office of Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “There is still controversy and confusion. If it should become mandatory, who would pay for the costs and who has access to the information. … Most people in the West are reluctant to buy into it. We already have established some identification inspections.”

Small Business Centers get funding cut (Oregonian)
“It gave me a pathway and helped me to get to where I am,” said Karrie Birrer, owner of Florio Bakery in Northeast Portland. Birrer opened her businesses, which sells frozen pastry doughs, after taking a course offered jointly by PCC’s SBDC and Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center.

Older forests store more carbon (UPI)
Letting Pacific Northwest forests age longer would increase carbon storage and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, researchers in Oregon said. If, for example, the region’s forests were allowed to increase in age by 50 years, their potential to store atmospheric carbon would increase by 15 percent, researchers at Oregon State University, Corvallis, said. (See also The Examiner and The Money Times)

Huebsch is teaching pro at Evergreen (Statesman Journal)

After graduating from Silverton, pro golf teacher Griffin Huebsch attended Oregon State University, earning a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with the hopes of getting a teaching job eventually. But a life-long infatuation with golf led him to a different type of teaching first. “Some people gamble,” he said. “My addiction is golf.”

C. Ore. campus offers new masters in education (Oregonian)
Oregon State University-Cascades Campus has started a master of arts in teaching program for middle and high school teachers. The program’s first class has 25 students with widely varied backgrounds.

A feast of fish: Researchers assessing impact of avian predators (News Tribune)
A short walk through brush and Russian olive trees reveals a blind where Correll, an avian ecologist from Oregon State University who is the team leader, and other observers come often during the summer to watch Caspian terns catch and feed juvenile chinook salmon and steelhead to their young.

Eating healthy: Fresh vegetables and new skills (Oregonian)

Vancouver Vineyard minister, Steve Fish, who once spent two years at the Oregon State University School of Agriculture, designed a system of covering the crops with Visqueen black plastic and fish emulsion, which might not qualify as a revelation to farmers but has had a considerable impact on the ground here.

Biologists hope to give Columbia River predator birds other nesting options (Daily News)

Dan Roby, associate professor of fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, said in a 2003 research paper the increase of fish-eating birds in recent years “might be sufficient to inhibit recovery of some Columbia River Basin salmonid stocks in serious decline.”

Upcoming Events

The OSU Summer Blood Drive takes place July 14-16, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and July 17, 9:3 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event takes place inside the Red Cross Bloodmobile, which will be parked on Jefferson Way by the OSU Book Store. Sign up at givelife.org (sponsor code OSU) or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

News for Employees

INTO Oregon State University will be hosting two groups of teachers from around the world for a two week program through the U.S. State Department.  We are in urgent need of people to host one or two teachers for dinner on July 23, with a 5 p.m. pick-up at The Gem residence hall on Monroe Street and Kings Boulevard. We also need dinner hosts for a second group of teachers on Aug. 6, with a 5 p.m. pick-up from The Gem residence hall. If you would like to host one or two teachers for dinner on either or both dates, please email Candy Pierson-Charlton — candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu or call her at 541-737-6981.

INTO Oregon State University will be hosting two groups of teachers from around the world for a two-week program through the U.S. State Department. We are in urgent need of people to serve as conversation partners for our first group of teachers. Conversation partners will meet with two teachers from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 21 and July 28. We also need conversation partners for our second group of teachers. Conversation partners will meet with two teachers from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. If you would like to be a conversation partner please email Candy Pierson-Charlton — candace.pierson-charlton@orst.edu or call her at 541-737-6981.

Office Specialist 2, supporting International Degree and Education Abroad within International Programs. Part time. Duties include: maintaining student participation lists and database of education abroad participants; entering student budget and enrollment information into Banner; and enrolling students in OUS study abroad insurance. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004387.  Closing date July 13.

Project and Business Analyst – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, full time, $42,000-52,000 plus benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: July 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Full time.  This recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004384.  Closing date: July 12.

International Student Advisor & SEVIS Coordinator. Full time, 12-month fixed term professional faculty appointment. For detailed description of duties, and to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, posting number 0004362. Closing date: July 17.

Traffic and Maintenance

May Way: Weather permitting, TAPS will be repainting the May Way parking lot east of the Parking Structure, causing parking spaces to be temporarily shutdown and brief access interruptions. Signage will be posted at affected parking areas. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 7 and should end by 5 p.m.,

Langton Hall: Due to the installation of a new steam meter, all steam services in Langton Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect heating in all rooms and all floors.  This will not affect hot water.  The shutdown will begin at 7a.m. July 7 and should end by 5 p.m.

Campus Way: Due to resurfacing work by the City of Corvallis in conjunction with Benton County, Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect Campus Way from 35th Street to 53rd Street.  Access will be closed to thru traffic (i.e. bicycles, pedestrians and thru vehicles).  Campus Way will remain open for emergency use as well as building personnel use, although temporary delays should be expected. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 7 p.m. July 7.

Owen Hall: Due to installation of a new steam meter, all steam services in Owen Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect heating in all rooms and all floors.  This will not affect hot water. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 8 and should be completed by 5 p.m.

Bexell Hall: Due to installation of a new steam meter, all steam services in Bexell Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect heating in all rooms and all floors.  This will not affect hot water. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 8 and should be completed by 5 p.m.

Gladys Valley Gymnasium: Due to installation of a new steam meter, all steam services in Gladys Valley will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect heating in all rooms and all floors.  This will not affect hot water. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should be completed by 5 p.m.

Gilbert Hall: Due to repairs to the building water system, all industrial cold water services to Gilbert Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. July 8 and services should be restored by 5 p.m.

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. today.

Please note the following parking lot and road closures due to daVinci Days activities July 17-19.  The following roads and parking areas will be closed from 7 a.m. July 17 through 8 p.m. July 19: 11th St. between Monroe and Jefferson; Campus Way between 11th St. and 14th/15th streets; Madison between 11th and 7th streets; Jefferson and 15th St. parking lot (Visitor parking lot East of intersection); Jefferson and 11th St. parking lot (behind McNary Hall); Residential Hall lots adjacent to 11th St., which specifically includes Oxford House parking lot on July 18 from noon to 10 p.m.
July 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the Electrothon Race, the following parking lots will be closed: Northwest of Kerr Administration Building; South of Kerr Administration Building; Facilities Services Shops; Benton Place on-street parking, both sides between Washington and Jefferson; Waldo Place service vehicle parking between Jefferson and Campus Way; Campus Way service vehicle parking between Waldo and 14th; Pioneer Place and Benton Place at Campus Way, which includes all parking by Benton Hall, Women’s Center and Milne Computer Center
The following roadways will be closed at 5:30 pm July 17 and reopen at 7:30 pm: Intersection of 14th St. and Campus Way; 14th St. between Campus Way and Jefferson; Intersection of 14th/15th streets and Jefferson; 15th St. between Jefferson and Washington; Washington between 15th and Benton Place; Benton Place between Washington and Jefferson; Jefferson between intersection at 14th/15th and Waldo Place; Waldo Place between Jefferson and Campus Way; Campus Way between Waldo Place and 14th.
July 18, 6 a.m. to noon for Electroton Race, the following parking lots will be closed at 6 a.m. and will reopen at noon: South and West Reser Stadium parking; Parking closest to 26th St. by LaSells Stewart Center still open; access via 26th St.; Parking closest to Valley Football Center still open; access via 30th St.
More information about 2009 daVinci Days activities and program details can be found at www.davinci-days.org

Weather

After the weekend’s scorching heat, today’s gray morning skies may seem positively dismal, but fear not. The sun will return this afternoon, but temperatures shouldn’t get much above 72, with an overnight low of 52. Tomorrow will be more of the same, with morning clouds clearing in the afternoon and similarly cool temperatures.

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