OSU Today

Wednesday, January 28, 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.

OSU to test newest nuclear energy concepts (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University soon will have a “nuclear” reactor on campus. The reactor will not include any nuclear materials. The university has received a five-year, $6 million grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to research a a new “super hot” type of nuclear reactor.

Willamette Valley Sees Energy Spending (OPB)
Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley is seeing substantial investments this week to update two old technologies with the aim of cutting carbon emissions. Oregon State University has received six million dollars to study a greener kind of nuclear power.

Corvallis tops green cities list (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

When it comes to green energy consumption, Corvallis is tops. Officially. Oregon State University is the largest single purchaser of green power in Corvallis, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the city’s total, thanks to a “green energy” measure approved by students in 2007. OSU buys nearly 67 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually — enough to meet about 75 percent of its purchased electricity use.

Over three Centuries later, Quake still resonates (KCBY.com)
Monday was the 309th anniversary of the Great Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and experts say odds are 1 in 7 that we could see a similar event in the next half-century. Daniel Cox, an engineering professor at Oregon State University says geologic records show these will occur every 300 to 600 years, which means there’s a 14 percent chance of another earthquake within the next 50 years.


OSUsed Day Store will be open from noon to 3 p.m. today, at 644 S.W. 13th St. There is a special today, with up to 75 percent off selected items. The store features computers, bicycles, furniture and more.

Upcoming Events

PEBB has worked with the insurance companies so that employees can enroll in Weight Watchers for free. Employees can join either a local group, an on-line group, or OSU’s at-work group. We will have our open house meeting on Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Student Health Center room 322. The weigh in is 1/2 hour prior to the meeting start time. Anyone is welcome to register and listen in on the meeting. We encourage all PEBB members to have their access codes in hand when they arrive at the Open House. They can get those codes by calling 1-800-826-9813. The first meeting of the 13-week series will begin on March 3.

On Feb. 5, Linn Benton Community College, with support from OSU, will host several events for the National Teach-In on Global Warming (http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/events.html) , a nationwide dialogue between students, community members and decision makers around climate change policy.  Events begin at 10 a.m. in Albany and feature Mayor Charlie Tomlinson, Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, David Van’t Hof, Sustainability Advisory to Governor Kulongoski and Dan Whelan, Field Representative and District Aide to Congressman Peter DeFazio. An afternoon session will bring together students from LBCC and OSU to discuss their vision for global warming solutions and a green curriculum for the two institutions. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, email brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

A Middle Eastern Valentine, a fundraiser dinner to support the OSU GeoClub’s upcoming field trip to Israel and Palestine, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb 14 at the Corvallis Senior Center. The event includes traditional Middle Eastern fare served buffet style, traditional music, a poetry reading by Shady Athamneh, a talk on water conflicts and geopolitics in the region by OSU’s Aaron Wolf, and a silent auction. Cocktail attire is preferred. Childcare is provided. Admission is $75, and RSVPs must be made by Feb. 6 by contacting Lauren Parker at geodinner@gmail.com

Winston Wilkinson, outgoing director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights, will speak at Oregon State University 7 p.m. Jan 29 in Milam Auditorium on campus. He will be speaking on the topic, “Social Justice: The State of the Union.”

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

News for Employees

NEW! Costco has issued a warning to anyone who bought Austin or Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers between July 1, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2009. The products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. If you or your department has purchased these products, they should not be consumed, but should be taken back to Costco for a full refund. For more information, see http://www.keebler.com.

NEW! The Israel and Palestine Film Series is a timely film series that spotlights Israeli and Palestinian culture, history, politics and art. Members of the OSU Geo Club and the Hydrophiles will travel to Israel and Palestine this spring. In an effort to create a forum for learning and discussion, they have put together this series of contemporary award-winning films and  documentaries on Mondays nights in Owen 103 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

International Programs invites applications for the position of Associate Provost for International Programs. The Associate Provost is appointed by, and reports to, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position.  To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003784.  Closing date: Feb. 27.

Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities, has begun and we need your help reaching #1 by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard during the competition, which runs through March 28. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/.

Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Arts and Sciences Business Center.  For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003794.  Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 13.  OSU is an AA/EO employer.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Traffic & Maintenance

NEW! Due to extensive repairs to the building R.O. system, all R.O. water services to Magruder Hall will be shutdown between 7:30 a.m. and noon, Jan. 29.  This will affect all rooms on all floors.

Due to the installation of a monument near the intersection of 15th Street and Jefferson Avenue, there will be increased traffic congestion in this area. Use caution when traveling through this intersection.

Due to construction associated with the new Student Success Center, the first seven interior parking spaces directly south of the parking structure on the east side of the parking lot will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary to accommodate constructions crews and technicians drilling for geo-technical information. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Jan 29 and should end by 1 p.m.

Due to additional floor work required to properly seal the restroom floors in Kearney Hall, all restrooms on all floors will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown is necessary for contractors to apply a non-toxic sealant to all the restroom floors. The shutdown will start at 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 and we anticipate reopening the restrooms by 12 a.m. Jan. 31.


Showers will taper off early today, with a high reaching 46. Winds will be light and variable. It will be cloud overnight with a low of 35. Thursday looks more pleasant, warming up to 48 and partly cloudy.

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