OSU Today

Monday, July 27, 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.

Community economist studies small farms (Eastern Oregonian)
Bruce Sorte is a community economist in the Oregon State University Eastern Oregon Rural Studies Program. His office is at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, but he often parks his Airstream trailer at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Education Center.

Putting Plankton in Perspective, from Sea to Sky (Physorg)
Mike Behrenfeld, a phytoplankton ecologist and physiologist at Oregon State University, studies the floating ocean plants in the lab and out in their natural environment.

UW, OSU researchers work on community drug test (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
The researchers, from the University of Washington and Oregon State University, are doing testing at 10 sites in Oregon and 10 in Washington to measure the concentration of byproducts of cocaine, Ecstasy and methamphetamine use. They can then estimate the daily drug load per person for each community. (See also the Oregonian and the Statesman Journal)

Car tires made from trees? It could happen (Chicago Sun Times)

Researchers at Oregon State University have been studying the potential of microcrystalline cellulose — which can be made from almost any type of plant fiber — to partially replace silica as a reinforcing filler.

Dig uncovers part of Oregon’s past (Seattle Times)
An Oregon State University team has been digging at the site where fur trappers established the first locally organized government in the Oregon Territory in 1843. The team is learning how the homesteaders, many of them French Canadian, English and American fur trappers, built their homes, raised livestock and lived their day-to-day lives.

Smart machines: What’s the worst that could happen? (New Scientist)

Some of the world’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) researchers are concerned enough about the potential impact of advances in AI that they have been discussing the risks over the past year. Panel member Tom Dietterich of Oregon State University in Corvallis pointed out that much of today’s AI research is not aimed at building a general human-level AI system, but rather focuses on “idiot-savants” systems good at tasks in a very narrow range of application, such as mathematics.

Forest service mulls ways to fight invasive weeds (Oregonian)
Noxious weeds cost Oregon an estimated $125 million a year, according to an Oregon State University report.

State of Black Oregon Reveals Stark Disparities (Salem News)
Seven months after the inauguration of the first Black president, a statewide report on the condition of African Americans in Oregon reveals that black Oregonians remain at or near the bottom of every meaningful social and economic measure. Robert Thompson of Oregon State University contributed to the report.

Tillamook: the town that cheese built (Oregonian)
Butter requires refrigeration. Because cheese was easier to preserve, interest shifted, says Floyd Bodyfelt, an Oregon State University professor emeritus of food science, who was raised on a Tillamook County dairy farm.

Oregon’s public forests need a fresh start (Mail Tribune opinion piece)

Studies from Oregon State University show that Oregon’s coastal, old-growth forests store more carbon per acre than almost any forest on earth.

Today

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. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training

A Taste of Culture, 11 a.m. to noon 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Registration for the “Where It’s At:” Beaver Community Fair on Oct 2 from noon to 4 p.m. is now open. Annually, this event draws together more than 2,000 Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year.  Registration for University Departments & Student Clubs and Organizations is free and available at:
http://www.chamberorganizer.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=CBCC&evid=3263641

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 as professional development 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. There are just a few seats remaining, so please contact Corrine Gerig today at (541) 737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu to register. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

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 noon to 1 p.m. July 29  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.

OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops on PERS. Find out how PERS fits into your retirement plan. The next OPSRP opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon, July 29, in the Memorial Union Allworth Conference Room 207.
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 following free Drupal workshops are being offered this month (register at http://oregonstate.edu/training):
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.

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

News for Employees

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 Aug. 4.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

LARC; VRL; Truax Indoor Practice Facility; Vet. Med. Barn; Poultry Barn; Slab Seacore Coolers; Tennis Pavilion: Due to construction associated with the Energy Center Project, all electrical services will be temporarily shut down to the above listed buildings. This will affect all rooms, on all floors.  This shutdown is necessary for Pacific Power to switch electrical feeds.
The shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. today and end by 11 a.m. July 28.

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.

Weather

The National Weather Service is referring to this week’s weather as “oppressive,” which is not a good way to start a Monday. Excessive heat warnings are listed for across Oregon, with a high today of 99 and an overnight low of 59. Tomorrow will be even hotter with a high of 102. Keep yourself and your pets hydrated and in the shade, and check to make sure elderly neighbors are doing okay.

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