OSU Today

Wednesday, July 29, 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.

Dire forecast for fire season in the West (San Francisco Chronicle)
Much of California – particularly the Central Valley, the Bay Area and the region north of Los Angeles – will remain “extremely dry,” the worst possible fire condition, or “severely dry,” through December, said Ronald Neilson, a Forest Service researcher and botany professor at Oregon State University. (See also San Diego Union-Tribune)

There’s no urban-rural divide on one thing: drugs (Oregonian)

The most recent regional study on the subject of drugs was conducted by scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Washington and McGill University. The team tested untreated wastewater from 96 Oregon wastewater treatment facilities located all over the state.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night comes to Quad (LIFE@OSU)
Oregon State University’s popular Bard in the Quad program is back this summer with William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “Twelfth Night.” This outdoor production will be held in the Memorial Union quad and runs Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16, with all performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.

An inspirational tour (Bend Bulletin)

The 16th Annual High Desert Garden tour, presented by the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Central Oregon Master Gardeners, was a mix of gardens from 2 to 32 years old.

High temps can damage lawns, crops (Ashland Daily Tidings)
“Anything over 90 to 95 degrees will shut down plants,” said Phil Van Buskirk of the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Central Point. “It harms the sizing of grapes and pears — it’s not a good thing. It just shuts down everything as far as the growth of fruit. At a time when you want everything growing, it will slow it down or stop it completely.”

OSU uses edible coating to make fish fillets longer-lasting (Oregon Natural Resources Report)
Consumers may be able to eat longer-lasting, potentially healthier fish fillets if research at Oregon State University makes its way to the supermarket.

Evolution Meets Creation in Biomimicry (Reuters)
A professor from Oregon State University, wondering how mussels could hang on to rocks in the face of pounding surf, learned that the shellfish secrete proteins allowing them to get a grip. Soy proteins could act in much the same way, he found.

Today

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, 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Weniger Hall: Due to the replacement of an electrical transformer, all electrical services to Weniger Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown is necessary to properly remove and replace a building transformer. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 1 and power should be restored by 11 p.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

Go outside and take a picture of the sky, and then send it to all those relatives who claim it rains all year long in Oregon. And then get back inside, because it’s hot out there! Today’s high should reach 106, with an overnight low of 62. Tomorrow will cool slightly, with a high of 95.

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