OSU Today

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 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.

American babies are ruining everything (Wall Street Journal)
The most recent example of anti-birth thinking comes from Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax of Oregon State University. In a study called “Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals,” they suggest that if you truly care about the environment, it’s not enough to trade your SUV for a Prius, use the right lightbulbs, or limit your lawn to organic fertilizers. To the contrary, you need to start thinking about something way more important: i.e., having one less child. (See also US News & World Report)

Iraqi Delegation Looks at Sustainable Rebuild (KEZI)
A group of Iraqi engineers ascended upon the Oregon State University campus to learn more about how environmental technologies can be applied to their country.

Exploring the oceans: A moonward gaze from a tidal shore (Oregonian)
Guest editorial by Jane Lubchenco.

Extension offers paths to health (Mail Tribune)
Extension’s Sharon Johnson talks about her organization’s contributions to Southern Oregon.

New G.I. Bill Takes Effect This Week
(KBND)

Veterans who have served since 911 may be able to get most of their college paid for under the new G.I. Bill that takes effect this week.  Blake Gordon, with the Veterans and Students Association at Oregon State University, says it doesn’t make sense for all veterans to use it and they should research it carefully.

Oregon ranks 13th for beach water quality
(Register Guard)

Frank Burris, an Oregon State University watershed extension agent, studied several beaches on the south coast that have shown high levels of bacteria in recent sampling, to determine potential sources.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Please join the office of Community and Diversity as we release the newest Voices Project video, Being Latina/o… The screening and discussion will be held Au.t 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. In Being Latino/a, OSU faculty, staff and students share the opportunities and challenges of being Latina/o at OSU and in Corvallis. They address issues such as what they like to be called and why; positive and negative aspects of their culture portrayed in the media; barriers they have overcome; whether the Spanish language is an important part of their identity; their views on immigration; their involvement in the community around their cultural traditions; their advice to people who want to know more about their culture and what they see in the future for Latina/os in the U.S. Meet PROMISE Intern and director Amalia Martinez and hear from a panel of participants in this, the latest addition to the Voices Project.

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2009-10 Academic Year release (Winter term 2010 or Spring term 2010). Applications are due in the Research Office by Aug. 17. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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 today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Hall parking lot: To accommodate project construction associated with the new Linus Pauling Science Center, the Sackett Hall parking lot (West of Nash Hall, on the corner of 30th & Campus Way), will be shutdown. The main entry to parking lot will remain open for public access.  The parking spaces North of Sackett Hall, including the ADA spaces adjacent to the project site, will remain open for the duration of the project.  The four ADA spaces within the construction site (NE corner of the parking lot) will be temporarily relocated to the West side of Cordley Hall. Due to construction there may be periods of increased traffic congestion in this area. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 10 and will continue through August 2011.

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.

Weather

The weather nears a state of perfection today as cool morning breezes evaporate and highs reach a warm but not sizzling 84. Tomorrow should be a few degrees cooler, and we may even see some evening showers by tomorrow night, but they have an elsewhere to be, and will depart quickly.

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