OSU Today

Wednesday, July 22, 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.

Underseas exploration (BBC)
Oregon State University’s Jake Hamblin is interviewed as part of this broadcast (note to listeners, Hamblin’s university is misidentified by the BBC)

OSU researchers say wood fiber can make car tires more energy efficient, less expensive

An Oregon State University researcher who developed a non-toxic adhesive for kitchen cabinetry says he has found a way to use wood fibers to make car tires better for the environment. (See also Science Centric)

Stress Test (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University associate professor of engineering Jamie Kruzic spends his days breaking things. If he doesn’t, then planes fall out of the sky, hips shatter and bridges collapse.

Broad Coalition Formed to Promote Benefits and Adoption of Open Source Software in Government (Fox Business)

Today, a broad cross-section of more than 70 companies, academic institutions including Oregon State University, communities, related groups and individuals joined together to announce the formation of Open Source for America, an organization that will serve as a unified voice for the promotion of open source software in the U.S. Federal Government arena.

‘For those four days, I wasn’t sick’ (KVAL)
Kari Karrs isn’t like most 19 year old: She has liver disease. Her liver failed at age 8. She received a transplant at 14, which her body has fought ever since. Going to college at Oregon State University was not guaranteed. “My first term there I ended up getting a lung infection,” Kari said, “and I was trying to do eight IVs a day and go to class and all that.”

Edible coating may make fish healthier (UPI)
An edible coating that extends the freshness of fish may also increase health benefits, OSU researchers said.

Da Vinci Days, annual Corvallis summer festival, lives up to its name (Examiner)
Offered the third weekend in July of every year, da Vinci Days features an abundance of musical, artistic, engineering, scientific, and technological research events to stimulate the creative juices of most everyone. Children love the hands-on activities and prospective college students can talk to engineering and science college students at Discover OSU (Oregon State University, a top research institution in Corvallis) and at various open lab events on campus.

Gnat Creek has learning covered (Daily Astorian)

Oregon State Extension Service brings all the sixth graders in the area to the Gnat Creek facility one day each year.


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

OSU Summer Term concerts, Noon to 1 p.m., on the brick courtyard by the OSU Bookstore. This week: With an unbridled love for their music, Corvallis-based Three Fingered Jack taps into the deep roots of the Celtic world.

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 .

Upcoming Events

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.

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

NEW! Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is seeking internal applicants for an Office Specialist 2 position. To apply for this posting please go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and look for posting 0004482. The closing date for OSU applicants is July 31.

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.

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.


It felt a little like waking up at the beach this morning, but those coastal gray skies will turn blue by afternoon when highs reach 84. More clouds tonight with a low of 54, but they clouds will clear out again tomorrow.

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