OSU Today

Tuesday, July 21, 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.

Update: Previously Unidentified Black Blob ID’ed (Discover)
A few days ago, we wrote about a mysterious black blob floating off of Alaska’s coast. At that point, experts hadn’t been able to identify what the goo was made of. New information, however, brings an end to the speculation: Authorities say it’s a gigantic algae bloom. “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.

Oregon researcher proposes Scottish wolf reintroduction (Oregonian)
Researchers including an Oregon State University wolf expert are proposing that wolves be reintroduced at a test site in the Scottish Highlands to help control growing populations of red deer and help repair damaged ecosystems. (See also Science Centric)

OSU research finds trout are better models for cancer research than mice (Oregonian)

A rainbow trout can inspire and inform. George Bailey knows all this and has plenty of fish stories. As a professor, he spent three decades studying disease with trout in his aquatic laboratory at Oregon State University.

Oregon universities seek to apply their research (Oregonian)
A startup called Inpria, co-founded by Intel veteran Andrew Grenville, has licensed technology developed at Oregon State University for thin-film display applications. The company has raised $100,000 from Oregon’s University Venture Development Fund.

Obesity delays potency of ‘The Pill’

Researchers recently have identified a potential reason why oral contraceptives often are ineffective at preventing pregnancy in users who are obese. The study was published in the journal Contraception last week and included research from scientists from Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Colorado at Denver, Oregon National Primate Research Center and the University of Southern California. It was funded by the National Institute for Health.

No barriers to art (Gazette-Times)
It’s the last day for Julie Hardenburger’s clay class at the Oregon State University Craft Center, and it’s time for her students to glaze their work.

NOAA’s chief poses ‘grand’ ocean challenge (South Coast Today)
The chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is challenging the nation to reverse the decline of oceans and coasts and restore them to a “healthy, productive and resilient state” while tackling the issue of climate change. “In our fisheries, the rich biodiversity of life swimming in and flying above the oceans, and our own well being all depend upon the actions we take this year and this decade,” said Jane Lubchenco, a marine ecologist who taught at Oregon State University before President Barack Obama appointed her as head of NOAA.

Hmm, wasted fruit, needy folks; think I’ll jam (Oregonian)
Laura McCandlish, a writer in Corvallis has just completed her master food preserver certification through the Oregon State University Extension Service. Here she writes about food preservation and hunger.


The Oregon State Police SWAT Team will be conducting a training exercise today from 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.

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. To register for this class go to http://oregonstate.edu/training

Upcoming Events

NEW! A Taste of Culture, 11 a.m. to noon July 27 in the MU Quad. Come learn about each Cultural Center’s unique role on campus and enjoy delicious snacks and beverages with the Cultural and Resource Centers.  Sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Cesar Chavez Centro Cultural, Native American Longhouse, Pride Center, Women’s Center and SOL: The LGBT Multi-Cultural Support Network. For questions or disability accommodations contact the office of Diversity Development at 737-6341

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

The following free Drupal workshops are being offered this month (register at http://oregonstate.edu/training):
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.

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 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.

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.


Anyone have a popsicle they’re willing to share? Today’s high will be 89, with an overnight low of 56. Tomorrow will reach 87.

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