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Wednesday, July 8, 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.

U.S.-Mexico border fence isolates wildlife (LA Times)
Walls built along the U.S.-Mexico border don’t just keep human families apart. Biologists say the barriers also threaten such wildlife species as bighorn sheep and pygmy owls, isolating populations and narrowing the gene pool. Pygmy owls, who sometimes fly low to the ground, may find their flight patterns disrupted by high fences or walls. “This has happened so fast, there was no time for a pre-fence study,” said Clinton Epps, a wildlife biologist at Oregon State University and a co-author of the study. (See also Discovery News)

Studies foresee dilemma over forest carbon storage (Seattle Times)
Two studies from the Oregon State University Department of Forest Science appear in the journal Ecological Applications. One of the studies, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for the U.S. Carbon Cycle Program, examined the amount of biomass – living and dead trees and brush – on 9,000 test plots in Oregon and Northern California from a Forest Service inventory, plus 200 plots monitored by OSU. (See also LA Times, Capital Press, the Las Vegas Sun and the Spokesman Review)

Let’s party all night with these movies (Houston Chronicle)
“I think teen films are generally about the end of adolescence, kind of like Westerns are always about the end of the West,” said Jon Lewis, who teaches English at Oregon State University and wrote The Road to Romance and Ruin: Teen Films and Youth Culture. “What marks the end of adolescence? High school graduation, the last day of summer — they kind of find a rite of passage.”

Prevention the best approach to tomato late blight (Oregonian)
Ross Penhallegon, Oregon State University Extension horticulturist, talks about tomato blight.

Growing along with my garden means starting over (Oregonian)
There are many resources locally for first-time gardeners. There’s Metro’s demonstration garden, which has free presentations. There’s the Oregon State University online gardening encyclopedia and much more.

Independence day in Iraq (Oregonian)
J.B. Maguire, former battalion administrative officer for the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion in Iraq talks about memories of Fourth of July in Iraq. He is currently the administrative technician and webmaster for the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Oregon State University.

Is Open Source Software More Secure than Proprietary Products? (Government Technology)

“The things that keep me awake at night are the things I don’t know about. It’s the things that I have no idea are out there that the hackers know that I don’t, that are going to cause us problems on our security operation front,” said Jon Dolan, chief information security officer of Oregon State University.

Today

OSUsed Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment, including computers, bicycles, furniture and more.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The following Drupal training sessions are available for free to OSU employees:
July 13, Overview Presentation on new Drupal 6 OSU Themes: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. located in Valley Library, Willamette East/West Seminar Room 3622.
July 16, Drupal 6 Basics Workshop:  10 a.m. in the Bernard 5420 Valley Library 4th floor. Focuses on basic elements of using the Drupal 6 Content Management System (CMS).  This workshop is slow-paced, interactive, and geared toward beginning Drupal users.
Drupal 6 Content Types: 1:30 p.m. in the Bernard 5420 Valley Library 4th floor. Learn about all of the different content types available in Drupal 6.  This workshop is slow-paced, interactive, and geared for the beginning Drupal user.
July 17, Drupal 6 Site Structures: 10 a.m. in the Bernard 5420 Valley Library 4th floor. Learn about the different site structures that can help provide order and optimization to your Drupal 6 site.  This workshop is geared for the intermediate Drupal user.
Drupal 6 Exploring OSU Themes: 1:30 p.m. in the Bernard 5420 Valley Library 4th floor. Learn how to change and configure themes on your Drupal 6 site with a focus on using the OSU Grey and OSU Orange themes.  This workshop is geared for the intermediate Drupal user.
Please register in advance at http://oregonstate.edu/training/. If you have any questions regarding these training classes please contact Central Web Services at 737-1189.

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

NEW! Hatfield Marine Science Center Business Office Manager. Full-Time, 12-month, Fixed-term. This is an internal recruitment, open to current OSU employees only. Major duties include managing business aspects, accounting functions and human resources for OSU departments housed at HMSC. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0004415. Closing Date: July 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! Analyst Programmer, OSU’s MECOP Office, College of Engineering. F/T, $3766-$6673/month + benefits. Major duties: programming, systems development, database analysis, data administration & support, application design/modification, systems analysis, applications installation & maintenance. To review posting and apply, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0004369. Closing date is July 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

TOUR Program Coordinator, Office of Admissions.  Full Time. This recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search.  To review posting and apply, got to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004410.  Closing date: July 27.

As the weather warms, more people are getting out into the garden and enjoying seasonal summer produce. So what do you do with all that yard and food waste? Answer Campus Recycling’s Question of the Quarter , “What do you compost and what method do you use?” by July 20 and your response may be featured on our website or in an upcoming newsletter! Also sign up to receive our newsletter each quarter!

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@oregonstate.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@oregonstate.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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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. 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. 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. and services should be restored by 5 p.m.

2009 da Vinci Days Parking Lots & Road Closure Information

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

Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 70 and an overnight low of 50, but things will warm up tomorrow as temperatures reach 76.

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