OSU Today

Thursday, July 16, 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.

Testing the Waters for Illegal Drugs (KPLU)
If you flushed a toilet in Oregon on March fourth last year, chances are you took part in a drug test. Don’t worry. The urinalysis was not traceable to individuals says Oregon State University chemist Jennifer Field. (See also KEZI and Science Daily)

Training planned for people backing Extension Service
(Statesman Journal)

A training meeting for petition signature gatherers supporting Polk County’s OSU Extension Service taxing district was held yesterday in Salem.

Douglas County is catching the wave (NR Today)
Ted Brekken, an Oregon State University assistant professor in energy systems and co-director of the university’s Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility, explained some of the mechanics of wave-powered electric generation.

A possible reason why birth control pills more often fail obese women (Oregonian)
Birth control pills make take days longer to build to effective levels in obese women than in women of ideal weight, according to a new study by Oregon State University scientists. The research could explain why birth control pills seem to fail more often in heavy women, leading to unplanned pregnancies.

Scientists try to watch Oregon forests breathe (KVAL)
No other scientific debate attracts more attention these days than global warming and what’s causing climate change. Forest scientists near Blue River, Ore., think part of the answer is blowing in the wind. “We’re very focused on this one little basin,” says Barbara Bond, forestry professor at Oregon state University and one of the leaders of the Airshed Project.

Da Vinci Days celebrates all things oceanic (Gazette-Times)
In its 21st year, the Corvallis-based da Vinci Days festival is teaming up with Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences for a wet weekend.

OSU tuition, fees to jump 7.5 percent (Gazette-Times)
Annual tuition and fees at Oregon State University will jump 7.5 percent — or $470 — to $6,727 for resident undergraduates for the 2009-10 school year.

University prepares to cut jobs, programs (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University President Ed Ray has approved a series of recommendations to deal with budget cuts this biennium, including the elimination of as many as 225 to 300 full-time jobs statewide, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

An Elizabethan flair in Hillsboro (Oregonian)
When the script calls for Romeo to focus his entranced gaze on Juliet, Shakespeare didn’t factor in the passing ice cream truck blasting “The Entertainer.” The bard also neglected to include the basketball dribbler entering stage left when Romeo discovers his dead lover. These are the realities of outdoor performances that former Oregon State director Scott Palmer knows all too well. But they won’t deter the artistic director from taking theater to the streets where honking cars and barking dogs are expected.


This month’s edition of LIFE@OSU comes out today. Check for it in your department today or tomorrow morning, and also check it out on-line at http//oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/

The OSU Summer Blood Drive takes place today from 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

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.

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 .

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)

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 session is available for free to OSU employees:
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! INTO Oregon State University is in need of home stay hosts to host one or two Japanese students from Toyo University for a three-night home stay August 28-31.  Students stay with area hosts in order to practice speaking English, to learn more about American culture and to make new friends.  Home stay hosts may host one or two students.  INTO OSU pays a $20 per night stipend per student to help with hosting. For more information call 541-737-6981 or email Candace.pierson-charlton@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Office of Community and Diversity is seeking participants for an Ethics of Diversity class, taught by Lani Roberts M-Th, 10 a.m to noon, Aug. 3-Aug. 27.  This class is being offered to all OSU faculty and staff, free of charge, as a follow-up to the “This is My OSU: A Destination of Choice ” diversity essay contest. Seating is limited, so please contact Corrine Gerig by July 24 at (541) 737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu to register. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

NEW! The Office of Human Resources is seeking applicants for the position of Academic Human Resources Officer. For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0004392.  Closing date for internal applications is July 22.

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


Make sure to take two 15-minute lemonade breaks today as the high is expected to reach 89. Things should cool down to around 57 tonight, but tomorrow will break 90.

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