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Thursday, July 30, 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.

Leader of OSU campus ministry dies at 49 (Catholic Sentinel)
The dean of Oregon’s Catholic campus ministry has died. Sue Gifford, campus minister at Oregon State University here for more than 20 years, died in her sleep last weekend. She was 49.

Problem areas mar Oregon’s beaches

Frank Burris, an Oregon State University watershed extension agent who led the work, said Oregon’s beach water quality is pretty good overall. But the study found a clear correlation between the amount of development near the beach and high bacteria levels on the beach, with most pollution originating inland.

Web Monitor (BBC)
Yale University’s Environment 360 journal is advocating more wolves for Scotland. It lays out the argument that wolves would be bad for red deer but good for Scottish ecology because, as Science Now reports, red deer have been a little bit greedy, “grazing the hillsides bare”. William Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University in Corvallis said the benefits were far-reaching.

Douglas-fir, geoducks make strange bedfellows in studying climate change
(Science Blog)

Oregon State scientists are comparing annual growth rings of the Pacific Northwest’s largest bivalve and its most iconic tree for clues to how living organisms may have responded to changes in climate.

Bard in the Quad: Twelfth Night (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s popular Bard in the Quad program is back in 2009 with William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. This outdoor production in the MU Quad at the heart of the OSU campus runs August 5-9 and 12-16. (See also Eugene Weekly)

Taking the temperature of Corvallis (Gazette-Times)
Philip Mote, the former Washington State climatologist, is moving to Corvallis this week to direct the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University. He also will be a professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.

OSU Extension offers food safety help (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Extension Service can help. Its statewide toll-free food safety and preservation hotline (800-354-7319) that operates each summer is now open.

Author April Henry will visit Sandy library (Oregonian)
A native Oregonian, Henry graduated from Oregon State University. She has written six mysteries and thrillers, plus two young adult thrillers. She also writes for Writer’s Digest magazine and reviews books for The Oregonian.

Tires from Trees Could Mean Cheaper Production (Western Farmer-Stockman)
Wood science researchers at Oregon State University have made some surprising findings about the potential of microcrystalline cellulose – a product they say can be made easily from almost any type of plant fibers – to replace silica as a reinforcing filler in manufacture of rubber tires.


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. 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:

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 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

Parking lot south of Gilmore Hall: Due to hazardous conditions associated with the roof of Gilmore Hall, approximately ten parking spaces directly south of the bldg will be temporarily closed. The double door entrance on the east side Gilmore will also be affected and closed temporarily. This shutdown will begin immediately and the lot should be open by 5 p.m. today.

Central Campus Memorial Lot (between Milam and Gilkey): Due to pavement maintenance and parking lot re-striping, the parking spaces in the above listed parking lot will be temporarily shutdown. During this time there will be brief access interruptions, signage will be posted in affected parking areas. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. July 31 and should end by 2 p.m.

Bexell Hall:
Due to repairs to the building hot water system, all domestic hot water services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. July 31 and should be complete by 4:30 p.m.

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.


This week’s heat wave means our clothes are sticking to us like a lamprey on a trout, but relief is in sight. Temperatures will reach 91 today, and should remain that way through the weekend.

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