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Monday, July 20, 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.

Birth control pill takes longer to work in obese women (Baltimore Sun)
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 researchers report.

Arctic Mystery: Identifying the Great Blob of Alaska (TIME)
Scientists are trying to identify an organic blob off Alaska. “We’ve observed large blooms in the past off Barrow, although none of them at all like this,” Barry Sherr, an Oregon State University professor of oceanography, said in an e-mail.

OSU College of Education could be Bend-bound (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University might move its College of Education to the Cascades Campus as part of a plan to save money and consolidate programs.

Burn ban casts pall on grass seed growers’ future (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
In the current economy, grass seed growers pay more to produce grass seed than to sell it, says Bill Young, a grass seed specialist at Oregon State University. (See also Forbes and CNBC)

Hemp Hubbub: Oregon’s potential as a crop-growing hub excites some (Register-Guard)

So how well would hemp grow in Oregon? According to a 1998 research paper by an Oregon State University crop and soil scientist, hemp is unlikely to become a major commodity in the Pacific Northwest. For all the precipitation that befalls Oregon, not enough of it rains down during hemp’s summer growing season, wrote OSU’s Daryl Ehrensing.

OSU to host SWAT team training (Oregonian)
Staff and students at Oregon State University in Corvallis should expect to see SWAT team members and vehicles on campus Tuesday, the Oregon State Police said today.

Study finds high drug use in Eugene-Springfield area (Register-Guard)

OSU and UW researchers sampled untreated wastewater for concentrations of three illegal drugs. (See also KMTR)

Don Kahle: Celebration needs to add the university as a partner (Register-Guard)
Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They scheduled their reunion to coincide with daVinci Days.

Distinguished alum returns to College of Pharmacy (LIFE@OSU)
A distinguished alumnus of the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, Class of 1982, returned to campus from his native Cameroon in June to receive an award for the work he has done in his home country.

People in business (Mail Tribune)
The Oregon State University Foundation has hired Mike Keller as regional director in the Beaver Athletic Student Fund department, covering Southern and Central Oregon, along with the southern Willamette Valley.

Sudden shut down of ocean current unlikely (Portland Examiner)
A major study involving OSU researchers reported in the journal Science July 17 predicts gradual changes in the ocean current system and not the abrupt shut down originally theorized.


Drupal 6 Basics  Workshop: 1:30 pm in  the Bernard 5420 Valley Library Fifth floor –  to register for this class go to http://oregonstate.edu/training 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.

Rehearsals for the Oregon State Summer Choir begin today 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! International Women’s Coffee Hour, 4 p.m. July 24, OSU Women’s Center. Come for coffee and a discussion.

NEW! The following free Drupal workshops are being offered this month (register at http://oregonstate.edu/training):
July 21, Drupal 6 Content Types: 1:30 p.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. 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 24, Drupal 6 Formatting  Blocks: 1:30 pm in Room 5420 Valley Library.
July 27, Drupal 6 Basics Workshop: 10:30 a.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. 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.
July 29, Drupal 6 Basics  Workshop: 1:30 p.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. 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.
July 30, Drupal 6 Content Types: 10 a.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. 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 31, Drupal 6 Site Structures: 10 a.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. 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 Room 5420 Valley  Library 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.

NEW! Oregon State’s fifth annual Football Workshop for Women is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 15 at the Valley Football Center and Reser Stadium. The increasingly popular event is an exciting opportunity for women to gain more understanding of the sport. This year’s Workshop for Women will be hosted by the OSU football coaching and support staff.  Participants will be involved in on-field instruction, including defensive and offensive drills. Participants must be at least 18-years-old to attend.  Sports attire and athletic shoes are required. If you’d like to receive a registration form please email sports.marketing@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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.


Highs will reach 91 today with an overnight low of 57. Tomorrow will “cool” down to 89 degrees, and it should stay in the 80s this week.

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