OSU Today

Wednesday, July 15, 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.

Dinosaur plague (NOVA/PBS)
An Oregon State University professor is being credited with developing a new theory about the extinction of dinosaurs. (See also KGW)

The pill is less effective in the obese (LA Times)
Obese women starting to take the birth control pill should also use an alternative method of contraception for at least 10 days, and perhaps for as long as 20 days because it takes that long for effective levels of the drug to build up in the blood, Oregon State University researchers reported today. In women of normal weight, such a buildup only requires about five days, they found. (See also Science Daily)

Hidden Gems From the Flickr Commons (Wired.com)
Oregon State University’s Celilo Falls Set forms a multigenerational cultural and environmental narrative. This is a documentary series as vital as any photojournalism on community and land resources.

Group hopes voters will keep extension service operating
(Statesman Journal)

Groups and people most closely tied to the Polk County OSU Extension service met July 9 to set out on a strategic plan to save it.

Bush’s court appointments emphasized ideology over diversity (Yahoo)

A new analysis has indicated that the judicial appointments of former president George W. Bush suggest that his motivation for appointing nontraditional judges was driven more by ideology and strategy than concerns for diversity. The analysis was done by Jennifer Segal Diascro, a professor of government at American University’s School of Public Affairs, and Rorie Spill Solberg, a professor of political science at Oregon State University.

Brother’s death hits harder than most (Chicago Tribune)
Oregon State University’s Pam Cytrynbaum witnessed her brother Joe’s life from start to finish.
She was there on the day her parents brought Joe home in a baby blanket, and she, 6 years old and jealous, thought, “Take it back.” And she was there on Saturday in the hospital when Joe died of a cerebral aneurysm. He was 37 and she thought, “He was my best friend.”

Editorial: Studies point to a carbon fix (Democrat-Herald)

Research at Oregon State University has determined that Northwest forests have a profound effect in keeping excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Big Island Abalone’s business booms (Honolulu Star Bulletin)
Nothing can be all things to all people, but Big Island abalone hits the mark on many fronts. The sustainable ocean product is top quality yet economically priced, allowing it to make appearances in home kitchens as well as on the tables of fine-dining restaurants. Algae is another facet of the sustainable operation. It was developed specifically for the farm by scientists who founded the company. Since most of the founders hail from Oregon State University, the company joined with the school to develop the special strain.

Hillsboro native brings the Bard to town
(Forest Grove News-Times)

The Hillsboro Scott Palmer left 23 years ago to attend college is not the same town he returned to in 2008 after eight years abroad and one teaching at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Tribes take own road to wind research (East Oregonian)
With wind projects going up seemingly all around them, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation aren’t ready to make that leap into wind development. Not yet, anyway. Figuring out where to put an anemometer takes plenty of thought in itself. Helping with that process is Stel Walker, director of Oregon State University’s Energy Resources Research Laboratory in Corvallis.


The OSU Summer Blood Drive takes place today through July 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

OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment at great prices. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. 644 SW 13th St.

Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing today 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of events Friday through Sunday, July 17-19. The events include wave lab tours, music, a science symposium and more. Click here for a list of events.

NEW! The Science, Music, and Marshmallows 2009 natural resource campfire program will be held Wednesday evenings from July 22-Aug. 26. Sponsored by the Science Education Partnerships program at OSU and the Mary’s Peak Natural Resource Interpretive Center, the program is designed to promote an understanding of the role science plays in our everyday lives and to introduce people of all ages to investigative science. “Family Fun” activities will be held outdoors from 7 to 8 p.m., and guest speakers will talk from 8:30-9:15 p.m.  Participants are invited to join the speakers around the campfire for questions and marshmallows. The event will be held at the Old Clemens Mill behind the Philomath Community Chamber of Commerce on Hwy 20/34. For a schedule of speakers, visit www.seps.org .

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)

NEW! PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 members: How does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops on the topic. The next opportunity is July 23, noon to 1 p.m. at the MU in the Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve your spot by calling 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products offered through CUSO Financial Services L.P. (CFS) are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed, and may lose value.

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! Accounting Technician, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, F/T, $2138-2960/monthly + benefits. Internal search. To review posting 0004368 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Closing date is July 22.

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

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 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


Get ready to hydrate, because the next three days are going to be scorchers. Highs today should reach 88, with an overnight low of 55. Tomorrow and Friday look to be 89, and it won’t cool down, if you can call 82 cool, until Saturday.

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