OSU Today

Tuesday, July 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.

Researchers Project Intense Fire Season in the West (New York Times)
Ron Neilson, a professor of botany at Oregon State University and a bioclimatologist with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, said it appears an El Niño is beginning and there may be tentative shifts in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, both of which are large climatic forces that can affect weather on broad regional or global scales. That may produce the type of conditions for the broad, turbulent storms that can produce a lot of lightning to start fires. (See also the Oregonian, the San Jose Mercury News, ABC 15 and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Oregon State vet hospital offers advanced rehab for pets’ health woes (Oregonian)
Tana the yellow Lab is a patient in the Small Animal Rehabilitation Unit at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The treatments provided to patients and taught to students here were scarcely available a decade ago.

Lawmakers pushback against costly ballot measures (New York Times)
Bill Lunch, a political scientist in Oregon, believes voters in the state have become fatigued by the long list of initiatives. At the same time, voters “want to have the initiative process available as a backstop in case they need it,” said Lunch, who teaches political science at Oregon State University in Corvallis. (See also the Miami Herald)

Forest service mulls ways to fight invasive weeds (KATU)
Once weeds spread through an area, they’re expensive to get rid of. Noxious weeds cost Oregon an estimated $125 million a year, according to an Oregon State University report. (See also KGW and the Capital Press)

Oregon to explore wave energy (Oregon Natural Resources Report)

Oregon State University is studying wave energy at its Hatfield Marine Science Center and plans to expand that research.

Today

ISOSU Coffee Hour, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the new International Resource Center and Lounge, off the main lounge in the Memorial Union. International Students of OSU invites students, faculty and staff to gather for light refreshments and an opportunity to meet new people and learn about campus services and activities. ISOSU will host summer coffee hours every other Tuesday.

Upcoming Events

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

NEW! The School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science is recruiting for an Office Manager/Assistant to the School Head. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position, reporting to the School Head. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0004494. Posting closes Aug. 5.

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 end by 11 a.m.

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

Anyone else break into a sweat simply by putting on clothes this morning? Welcome to the rest of your day. Temperatures were already in the 70s by early morning, and highs are expected to reach 104 today, cooling down only to 59 tonight. Tomorrow we break 100 once more.

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