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Monday, July 13, 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.

Governor blunts impact of rising tuitions (Statesman Journal)
Kulongoski says he will veto budget cuts that would have raised students’ costs even higher. The veto also would restore $1.9 million for Oregon State University’s agriculture, forest research and extension services.

Support urged for state colleges (Statesman Journal)
Frohnmayer said the University of Oregon generated $7.5 million in the past year from “technology transfers,” patents and inventions drawing on university research. He said that’s more than the state’s three other public universities combined. He said research grants have tripled in 12 years and now top $100 million; Oregon State University has twice that.

Oregon’s cattle country is on the ropes (Oregonian)
In Oregon and the nation, cattle are among the top agricultural moneymakers, as well as the biggest consumers of corn. Oregon has 605,000 beef cattle in 11,500 operations, mostly in the southern and eastern parts of the state. Raising cattle on pastures consumes about 60 percent of the state’s 17 million acres of farmland, according to an Oregon State University Extension Service report. (See also Daily Mail)

Crabbers partner with scientists in ocean research (Oregonian)

In the near future, crabbers in Oregon may be able to add another ally to their effort: science, thanks to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between 10 fishermen here and Oregon State University.

RH Reality Check Interviews Melissa Cheyney, Midwife (RH Reality Check)
Birth is a big part of Melissa Cheyney’s life – especially right now. As a new mother, having given birth in May of this year to a beautiful girl, as well as a practicing midwife and homebirth advocate, Cheyney has devoted much of her life to bringing new life into this world. In fact, the weekend after we conducted this email interview, Cheyney attended her first birth as a midwife since her daughter’s arrival. But it is her work as a professor of medical anthropology and reproductive biology at Oregon State University that recently caught my eye.

Research Vessels Conduct Gulf of Alaska Bottom Trawl Survey (SIT News)
NOAA scientists on three vessels chartered by NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center are bottom trawling to survey groundfish and invertebrates in the Gulf of Alaska. In addition to staff scientists from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, researchers are also participating from the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Grant aims to retrieve fishermens’ lost crab pots (AZ Central)

Every year, 10 percent of the 150,000 pots Oregon crabbers put out are lost, said Cyreis Schmitt, marine policy project leader at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who wrote the proposal that won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant. Federal money will charter 10 boats and hire 48 people – including 31 fishermen who make winning bids – to join in the effort for two seasons. “This puts to work the people who know the water best,” said Jan Lubchenco, the head of NOAA and a former Oregon State University marine ecologist who returned this week to promote the project. (See also the Register-Guard and the Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Fighting fire with science (Bend Bulletin)
An OSU-Cascades student is collecting plant samples to help Forest Service and other agencies predict fires.

Newport’s Mark Hatfield Marine Science Center a good place to learn about life at sea (Oregonian)
The Hatfield center is in south Newport, on Yaquina Bay, very close to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. With admission by donation ($4 for adults) to the Hatfield center, some visitors use it as an inexpensive alternative to visiting the aquarium. The aquarium, of course, is well worth its admission fee, but anyone visiting Newport should also stop at the science center, which is operated by Oregon State University as a public education center for its marine programs and research.


Selina Heppell, an associate professor in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak today 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

The following Drupal training session is available today: Overview Presentation on new Drupal 6 OSU Themes: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Valley Library, Willamette East/West Seminar Room 3622.

Upcoming Events

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 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Ralph Miller Lane: Due to the exterior renovation project at Gill Coliseum, parking spaces along Ralph Miller Lane will be temporarily shutdown. This area will be fenced off to accommodate large equipment.  The shutdown is necessary to coat the south side of Gill Coliseum. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 14, and should end by Aug 10.

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


Morning showers will clear by afternoon with a high of 74 today and an overnight low of 51. Tomorrow is the first of a long stretch of warm, sunny days head.

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