OSU Today

Friday, Aug. 7, 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.

Are Babies Bad for the Environment? (Scientific American)
A new study by statistics professors at Oregon State University finds that the biggest impact a U.S. citizen can have on this climate change problem is perhaps not so much surprising as difficult to accept: have fewer children.

OSU offers physical therapy for pets

You’ve heard of massage and physical therapy for humans. What about for pets? Oregon State University offered some unconventional treatment to pet owners and they’re seeing results.

Kids learn how to grow their own grub (KCBY)

Close to 20 kids are taking part in the week-long OSU Extension Service “Growin’ Yer Grub” Summer Day Camp in Coquille. The goal is to teach kids how to grow their own food, and what to do after they grow it.

Long debate ended over cause, demise of ice ages — may also help predict future (ScienceBlog)
Oregon State researchers have largely put to rest a long debate on the underlying mechanism that has caused periodic ice ages on Earth for the past 2.5 million years — they are ultimately linked to slight shifts in solar radiation caused by predictable changes in Earth’s rotation and axis. (See also Albuquerque Express)

NREL gets $20M from DOE for solar (Denver Business Journal)
The U.S. Department of Energy reported Thursday that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden will get $20 million over five years, for utilizing new materials to produce solar energy. Researchers from Northwestern University, Oregon State University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory near Stanford University in California will partner with NREL.

Use home remedies to get rid of garden pests (Albany Democrat Herald)
A few of several safe household chemicals to use are vinegar, dishwashing soap and rubbing alcohol, according to an Oregon State University Extension Service publication called “Using Home Remedies to Control Garden Pests,” (EC 1586). The publication, complete with photos, is available free of charge online.

‘Midsummer madness’ (Gazette-Times/Democrat Herald)
Oregon State University’s popular Bard in the Quad program is back this summer with William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night.”

Marcus Borg named canon theologian at Trinity Cathedral in Portland (Diocesan Digest)
Marcus Borg, internationally known biblical scholar, was installed on May 31 as the first canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. He was the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.


It’s the first Friday of the month, which means lunch is planned for you at the University Motor Pool. Hot Diggity Dog! The menu includes hot dogs and/or chili dogs, spicy green beans, fried potatoes, chips and desserts. All the fixins’ for this casual event provided by the staff (and generous donors) so please drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Oregon State University head football coach Mike Riley will be the guest of national television personality Jim Rome today at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. Riley will appear on the Jim Rome is Burning program live from Reser Stadium. Riley is the second Beaver head coach to appear on the Jim Rome is Burning Show; men’s basketball head coach Craig Robinson appeared live from the Los Angeles studio on March 6.

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

NEW! Corvallis Transit System (CTS) is holding a public meeting at 8:20 a.m., Aug. 12 to discuss a new route to serve the Crescent Valley Area. This public meeting will be held in conjunction with the Citizens Advisory Commission on Transit meeting. Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting takes place in the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 501 S.W. Madison Ave. Current maps and schedules are available at www.corvallistransit.com or by calling 541-766-6916.

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

NEW! University Housing and Dining Services is ready to accept welcome materials to be placed in student residence halls!  As in previous years, we are able to put fliers and welcome materials in residence halls prior to student arrival. This opportunity is limited to OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups.  To participate, please contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-5622 for important details.  Deadline for welcome materials is Sept. 8.

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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.

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 today.

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

Oak Creek Building: Due to the installation of new flooring, the south entrance (main door) to Oak Creek Building will be temporarily closed. The doors to the back parking lots, and the door on the south side of the west wing will remain open. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 10 and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 11.

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.


This sudden Autumnal weather has people looking as baffled as a second grader in a spelling bee trying to tackle the word “ichthyology.” But don’t worry, the summer should be back by next week. In the meantime, highs will reach 72 today, and Saturday should be 78.

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