OSU Today

Friday, July 17, 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.

Obama Admin Scraps Logging Plan in Ore. Carbon Sinks (NY Times)
Converting Oregon’s older forests to younger ones might release anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of the carbon they contain, according to Mark Harmon, a forest ecologist at Oregon State University who studies the state’s forest carbon.

Ocean current switch due to warming could be slower than feared

The nightmare global warming scenario which provided the plot for a Hollywood blockbuster — the Atlantic Ocean current that keeps Europe warm shuts down and triggers rapid climate change — has long worried scientists. But a study published Thursday in the journal Science found it may not occur as quickly as previously feared. It appears as though the current rate of glacial melt is occurring at a more gradual pace which will “give ecosystems more time to adjust to new conditions,” said study coauthor Peter Clark, a professor of geosciences at Oregon State University.

Slower absorption by obese women raises concern about the Pill (Globe and Mail)

Medical evidence has long suggested the birth-control pill is less effective at preventing pregnancy in obese women, and now a new study has provided fresh evidence on why the popular contraceptive might fail these women. The study revealed that it takes about twice as long as normal for the oral contraceptive to reach an effective dose in the bloodstream of obese women. That suggests there is a “window of opportunity” every month when the contraceptive may not be at a therapeutic level to stop a pregnancy, said one of the researchers, Ganesh Cherala of Oregon State University.

OSU Makes Changes To Meet Limited Budget (OPB)
Oregon State University has approved a set of budget cuts that could eliminate as many as 300 positions in Corvallis and on the extension campuses. (See also KEZI)

Oregon State University Finds Edible Coating Makes Fish Fillets Last Longer, Possibly Healthier (Food Processing)

Consumers may be able to eat longer-lasting, potentially healthier fish fillets if research at Oregon State University makes its way to the supermarket.

McNair’s death ignites more infidelity discussions (Nevada Appeal)
Pro athletes — particularly retirees — often seek women to validate themselves, even though they have the perfect set up at home. In seeking out such women, Steven Ortiz, an associate professor of sociology at Oregon State University, said pro athletes often fall victim to groupies — women who make themselves accessible to the players — and who can be quite persistent.
“It’s like a fast-food sex mentality,” said Ortiz, who interviewed 47 wives of pro athletes over a four-year period and is currently writing a book based on his findings. (See also the Telegraph Journal)

New OSU program will turn you into a master naturalist (Oregonian)
A new volunteer program to encourage environmental stewardship begins next spring through the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Start-up costs limit supply of Marionberries (Capital Press)
Farmers would need to sell Marionberries for nearly twice as much, or roughly double their yields, to justify investing in new fields, according to a new cost-of-production study from Oregon State University.

Educators receive crash course in ag (East Oregonian)

A group of kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from across the state came together for a hands-on course through Oregon State University’s summer agriculture institute.

Master gardener hotline celebrates new home (Oregonian)
Rookie vegetable gardeners and those who simply have gardening questions are invited to an open house Friday to celebrate a new home for the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener hotline.


The OSU Summer Blood Drive takes place today from 9:30 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

The following Drupal training session is available for free to OSU employees:
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 College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a series of events today through Sunday. Click here for a list of events. They are celebrating in conjunction with da Vinci Days. Discover OSU, located on the north west lawn of da Vinci Day’s main area on campus, will host a variety of OSU booths including a 52 foot whale named Miles.  Come down on Saturday and Sunday and ride a Segway, learn about bio-diesel, solar hydrogen, view the solar car up close and personal on your way to the rocks and water exhibit. Be sure to watch out for the exploding volcano and get your picture taken with Miles. The colleges of Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, COAS, Science and the Oregon Sea Grant will be sure to fill your day and put a smile on your face.  After you have had your fill in Discover OSU, cool down in the nice air-conditioned Kearney Hall for a tour of the beautiful building.


The public is invited to tour an agricultural gene bank and research farm on the outskirts of Corvallis. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Oregon State Police SWAT Team will be conducting a training exercise on Tuesday, July 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Reser Stadium. Police vehicles and a large contingent of officers will be on site. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to note this, so that no one is unnecessarily alarmed during the training. Questions or concerns regarding may be directed to OSP Senior Trooper Ian Gardner at 737-3010.

NEW! Rehearsals for the Oregon State Summer Choir begin July 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 202 of Benton Hall on the OSU campus, and continue on subsequent Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. OSU students may register for credit (University Chorale MUS 199/399/599) and community members may participate for a $15 fee. All levels of singers are welcome. Solo opportunities will be available. A final concert will take place Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Corvallis. Admission will be free. For more information, contact the OSU music department: 541-737-4061 or go to: summer.oregonstate.edu

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

News for Employees

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

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.

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

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


Thank goodness for casual Fridays, ‘cause shorts are the only way to combat 93 degree highs. Tonight should cool down to 58, and the weekend should be in the 80s.

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