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Friday, July 10, 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.

OSU’s ‘thrill ride’ to compete in Germany (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University students have built a car that goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, corners like it’s on rails and stops on a dime.

Pioneering climate change researcher speaks at OSU (Gazette-Times)
Temperatures are increasing. Glaciers are melting. Oceans are rising. “It’s only going to get bigger,” said James Hansen, one of the pioneering researchers of global warming, in a free lecture at Oregon State University on Thursday night. “We are going to continue to see larger climate changes, and we’re going to have to find a way to deal with it that is different than what’s being done now.”

OSU developing tool to gauge impacts of dam construction (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Researchers at Oregon State University are working to develop a new tool for gauging how dam construction affects the environment, including socioeconomic, geopolitical, and physical impacts.

Curbing forest fires versus storing carbon (KVAL)
Should we thin forests to curb wildfires — or keep the trees to suck carbon out of the air? That’s the dilemma laid out in two new studies from Oregon State University.

NOAA chief talks up removal of old crab pots (KGW)
The head of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration — former Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco — is coming to the Oregon Coast.

State plans service cuts (Capital Press)
Lawmakers tapped reserves, increased corporate taxes and boosted income taxes on individuals who earn more than $125,000 to buffer the blow to state resources. But in the end, no natural resources agency or state-supported university program escaped budget cuts. Hardest hit among the agencies and the Oregon State University statewide public services appears to be OSU’s Forest Research Laboratory. The laboratory, which is funded in large part by harvest taxes and general funds, is losing 11.5 percent in general funds and 10 percent of its harvest tax revenue.

Jeff Mapes: Bicycle author sees changes (San Francisco Chronicle)
Oregon political reporter Jeff Mapes talks about his OSU Press Book “Pedaling Revolution.”

OSU Press author on the US Forest Service (Jefferson Public Radio)
Jerry Williams will be discussing his forthcoming OSU Press book (“The U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest: A History,” pub date November 2009) and OSU Library’s Gerald W. Williams Collection this morning on Jefferson Public Radio’s Jefferson Exchange. The program can be heard live from 9 to 10 a.m. or downloaded as a podcast at www.ijpr.org

How to make direct farmer-to-consumer marketing work (Oregon Natural Resource Report)

A wealth of details on how to make farmer-to-consumer marketing work is available in a series of newly revised publications from Oregon State University Extension Service.

A deadly issue: Race horse fatality (Mail Tribune)
If the racing commission approves the committee’s recommendations, veterinarians will begin performing random checks on horses prior to racing. Horses that die as a result of a catastrophic racing injury may receive a post-mortem examination at Oregon State University, said Stacy Katler, the commission’s senior veterinarian.

Oregon Ranchers Split On Use Of Microchips In Cattle
(Cattle Network)

Some Central Oregon ranchers are wary of how much the program could cost them and of giving the government too much control. Plus, they’re worried the program could become mandatory. “It’s meant to help track animals that have disease – should there be some sort of outbreak,” said Barb 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.”

Upcoming Events

NEW! Selina Heppell, an associate professor in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak July 13 at Science Pub Corvallis on the topic: Catch of the Day: Sustainable or Not? Heppell serves on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and her coastal research focuses on fishermen and women, populations of various fish species, and ways to harvest them sustainably. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. Come early for food, drink, and to get a seat

NEW! The public is invited to tour an agricultural gene bank and research farm on the outskirts of Corvallis on July 18. The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oregon State University’s Lewis-Brown Horticulture Research Farm and the adjacent U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Clonal Germplasm Repository, which is at 33447 S.E. Peoria Rd.

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

Free and expanded bus service during da Vinci Days. Avoid the traffic congestion and the search for a parking place…ride the bus, your transportation alternative.  The Corvallis Transit System will provide free bus rides on July 18 to 19 during da Vinci Days. CTS buses will run their regular routes; hours of operation are as follows: Saturday – Regular Saturday routes and hours.  Sunday – 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Schedules are available in the buses, City Hall, WinCo, Albertson’s, Rite-Aid, Richey’s Market, the Library, Downtown Corvallis Association office, and at these OSU locations:  MU Business Office, Parking Services, Valley Library, and the OSU Bookstore. If you have questions, please call 541-766-6998 or visit the CTS web site at corvallistransit.com

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.

Analyst Programmer, OSU’s MECOP Office, College of Engineering. F/T. 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!

Traffic and Maintenance

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


It should be close to 84 degrees today with partly cloudy skies and an overnight low of 55. The sun and warm weather will continue Saturday, but there may be a few showers Sunday as the high dips to 70.

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