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Thursday, Aug. 6, 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.

Population vs. Environment (CNN)
New evidence of overpopulation on the environment by Oregon State University researchers.

Iraqi faculty visit OSU (KMTR)
Oregon State University helps Iraqi universities rebuild sustainably.

How Many Kids is Too Many? Any, If You Care About Your Carbon Footprint (Nerve.com)

According to a study released by Oregon State University, having too many kids is bad for the planet. We already know the world is overpopulated, but the study points out all the ways in which having just one child will increase your carbon footprint.

Our children, the rude houseguests (The New York Times)
“Parents are not sure when to step in or step back, or whether they’re doing too much or too little,” said Richard Settersten, a MacArthur researcher and a professor at Oregon State University.

Are grocery organic$ worth the price? (Bend Bulletin)
The higher price, which can vary depending on the product and the season, can be traced back to several different requirements for the organic stamp of approval. “The issue is that people have, in America, been accustomed to cheap food,” said Dana Martin, small-farm agent with Oregon State University’s extension service in Redmond.

Bonneville Power Administration Sponsors Competition To Predict Shifting Northwest Winds (North American Wind Power)
This month, one team from the U.S. and another from Germany will begin projecting winds at four Oregon and Washington wind projects based on 2007 conditions. Oregon State University (OSU) researchers will assist a national peer review team in assessing the predictions against actual meteorological data.

Shark populations need protection, your honor
(Statesman Journal)

With the decline of shark populations around the world, it appears that sharks have more to fear from hungry humans than vice versa. To support that point, I call witness Wade Smith, a shark researcher and doctoral candidate in fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University.

Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting (ScienceBlog)

Charles Miller of Oregon State University says that ocean fertilization could create a rise in iron-limited phytoplankton populations, which by dying and sinking would use enough oxygen to create extensive dead zones in the oceans. In addition, he says, the maximum possible rate of ocean iron fertilization could only offset a small fraction of the current rate of carbon burning by humans.

Ryan Kaiser Named Director of Athletics at Warner Pacific College (Oregonian)

Warner Pacific College announces the hiring of Ryan Kaiser as director of athletics. Kaiser holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University and a master of education degree from Defiance College (Defiance, Ohio).


Bard in the Quad: Twelfth Night. This outdoor production in the MU Quad at the heart of the OSU campus runs August 5-9 and 12-16. All performances begin at 7:30 P.M. Seating is not provided, so audience members are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. Tickets are available over the phone at 541-737-2784, through the Memorial Union office and in the center of the Memorial Union Quad prior to each performance between 6:30 and 7:30 P.M. Ticket prices are $14/Adult, $10/Senior (over 55) and Student, and $7/OSU Student.

Upcoming Events

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 Aug. 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.

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

News for Employees

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NEW! The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment invites applications for an Assistant to the Director & Curriculum Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting # 0004530.  Posting closes Aug. 21.

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. 9.

OSU Extended Campus is recruiting for a Course Coordinator.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position (Administrative Program Assistant).  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Position closes Aug. 7.

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

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is looking for internal applicants for an Office Specialist 2 position.  If you enjoy connecting people with the help they need, like a job that grows with you and want to work with a great group of people in an office that is growing and expanding its services, this is the position for you.  To apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and look for posting 0004482.  The closing date for OSU applicants Aug. 14.

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Hall: Due to annual tree maintenance, the sidewalk on the west side of Langton Hall, between Langton Hall & Moreland Hall (from Jefferson Street to Dixon Recreation Center) will be temporarily closed. Please expect heavy traffic congestion in this area, traffic control devices will be in place. The shutdown began yesterday and the sidewalk should reopen by 5 p.m. today.

Strand Ag:
Due to the installation of new plumbing lines, the industrial and domestic (hot and cold) water supply lines will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 5 a.m. and should be complete by 9 p.m.

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.


Don’t tell me you’re cold. Last week, you said it was too hot. You’re a regular weather Goldilocks, aren’t you? Today’s high should reach 72, with an overnight low of 55. Tomorrow will be 71, and it should warm up to 78 by Saturday.

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