OSU Today

Tuesday, July 14, 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.

Water Negotiator Aaron Wolf Spreads Liquid Hope (Utne Reader)
In the early ’90s, as Aaron Wolf was finishing his doctoral dissertation, the Madrid Middle East peace process was just getting under way. The two sides decided to tackle five sets of regional issues, including the equitable division of water resources. As a budding expert on the subject—his research focused on the Jordan River and its dual role as “a flashpoint and a vehicle for dialogue”—Wolf agreed to advise the U.S. team designing the talks. Fifteen years later, one remnant of that failed attempt at Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking remains: the water negotiations. “They still go on,” OSU’s Wolf says.

Self-Regulation: The Key to Successful Students? (Education.com)
New research suggests that children who learn to mind their mind their P’s and Q’s may also have an easier time learning their ABC’s and 123’s.  In a new study conducted by the University of Virginia’s Claire Cameron Ponitz and Oregon State University’s Megan McClelland, the researchers found that kindergartners who had high levels of “self-regulation” in the fall did better on tests of reading, vocabulary, and math in the spring when compared to children with low levels of self-regulation.

Mail-In Voting Could Change Westfield Political Landscape (Westfield Patch)
New Jersey’s change over to a partial vote-by-mail system will change the way local candidates will have to campaign and could change the entire voting landscape, according to officials in Oregon, which has had partial or full vote-by-mail for decades. Bill Lunch, the chairman of the Political Science Department at Oregon State University, disagrees with some of the turnout projections of mail-in voting that Smith and Hamilton are trumpeting. He said several studies have not shown a large change in turnout in the state. The only exception was a small increase in voting by mothers with young children.

Farmer looks to kick start olive oil industry in S. Oregon (KDRV)
More than 130 acres between Jacksonville and Medford are the beginning of what some hope will be an olive oil industry in the Rogue Valley. The Oregon State University extension service in Southern Oregon is also experimenting with 60 trees in a test plot.

U.S.-Mexico Border Wall May Hurt Wildlife (Post Chronicle)
Oregon State University Assistant Professor Clinton Epps and University of Arizona biologist Aaron Flesch looked at the potential effects of the security wall on two species — the pygmy owl and bighorn sheep. (See also UPI)

Crab pot recovery program brings $700,000 to Oregon Coast (Northwest Cable News)

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 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant. The 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 Jane Lubchenco, the head of NOAA and a former Oregon State University marine ecologist who returned this week to promote the project. (See also KGW)

Students seek donations for Nicaragua trip (Gazette-Times)

A group of 15 Oregon State University veterinary students is taking its show on the road, and it’s asking the public to help. In anticipation of its third year of travel to Nicaragua in September to perform free veterinary exams and procedures, the International Veterinary Students’ Association at OSU is scrambling to collect supplies and donations from the community.


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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Wednesday, July 15, regarding adoption of a new OSU Oregon Administrative Rule. The hearing will begin at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 206 and it is open to the public. The hearing will address the proposed adoption of a Faculty Records Rule to ensure the continued confidentiality of faculty personnel records, and is modeled after the Oregon State Board of Higher Education’s Faculty Records Rule.

NEW! College of Forestry Computing Workshop: Introductory MS Office 2007, July 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 203 Richardson Hall, with instructor Kathy Howell. An overview of the common interface changes in Office 2007 – transitional tools and tips for navigating what’s new, customizing the interface, and covering the changes in all the applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word). Please register:  http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=129 or contact Jerry Mohr (jerry.mohr@oregonstate.edu)

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Facilities Services is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 2.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Position closes July 21.

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

Ag & Life Sciences Building: Due to repair work on the building’s R.O. system (reverse osmosis), all de-ionized water services will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 4 p.m. today and services should be restored by 10 p.m.

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


The sun has returned from a minibreak and is ready to get back to work. Today’s high will be 82 with an overnight low of 51, and tomorrow should be close to 87.

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