OSU Today

Monday, Aug. 3, 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.

Reconstructing Historical Climate From Tree Rings and Clam Shells (KUOW)
An Oregon State University researcher is having success using long–lived trees and sea creatures to lengthen our climate record.

Tie your tubes and save the planet? (LA Times)
Now comes a study by statisticians at Oregon State University focusing on the elephant in the room. If you are serious about your carbon footprint, think: birth control. (See also KVAL)

Quotas on the way to Oregon fisheries, bolstering stocks (Oregonian)
This year NOAA, led by former Oregon State University professor and oceans expert Jane Lubchenco, convened a task force to make recommendations for applying catch shares to more of the nation’s fisheries.

At work: Julie Schablitsky (Baltimore Sun)
Assistant division chief and chief archaeologist, State Highway Administration Julie Schablitsky is an OSU alum.

Researchers test automated crop production in Royal City (News-Tribune)

Sanjiv Singh and Tony Koselka, vice president of engineering for San Diego-based Vision Robotics Corp., were leading testing efforts in the Royal City orchard this week for the “auto-nomous prime mover” and a vehicle known as the scout, a trailer carrying eight cameras mounted on a 10-foot tower. Washington State University is one of the partners of the project, along with Oregon State University, Purdue University, Pennsylvania State University and several private companies.

Research budget cuts should be reconsidered (East Oregonian)
Editorial piece.

Earthquake study planned in Oklahoma (KTUL)
Oklahoma will be part of a national research project intended to help scientists better understand earthquakes. Eight earthquake monitoring stations have been installed in western Oklahoma as part of the Oregon State University project called EarthScope. (See also KSWO)

New form of sneaky whaling increases threat to Minke whales and other protected species (Examiner)
Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, says DNA analysis of whale-meat products sold in Japanese markets suggests that the number of whales actually killed through this “bycatch whaling” may be equal to that killed through Japan’s scientific whaling program – about 150 annually from each source.

Scented success (Malaysia Star)
While studying at Oregon State University, Pimarn Tovanabootr visited a local fair where she saw soap being hand-made for the first time. Her interest piqued, she took it up as a hobby. Little did she know that it would one day turn into a business venture for her.

Natural Clues to NW Climate History (KPLU)
Heat wave records were certainly in abundance this week. But there’s a caveat. Northwest weather records don’t date back very far, relatively speaking. They’re spotty prior to the 1940’s. Now an Oregon State University researcher is having success using long lived trees and sea creatures to lengthen our climate record. KPLU’s Tom Banse reports.

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:

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

News for Employees

NEW! The summer edition of Campus Recycling’s quarterly newsletter, The Recycler, has been released and can be downloaded at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.cfm. In this issue: new composting program at OSU, residence hall move-out week successes, home compost stories, toner cartridge recycling, and more! To subscribe to the quarterly newsletter, go to http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Transit and Parking Services Administrative Office will be closed to front counter business every Friday for the month of August.  You may still contact us by phone from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 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.


Summertime and the living is easy, at least it should be this week. Temperatures will hover in the mid 80s, with a chance of some summer rain rolling in by Wednesday. But even the rain won’t cool things off too much, as highs remain in the low 80s through the weekend.

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