OSU Today

Monday, Aug. 10, 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.

Spreading Lionfish Invasion Threatens Bahamas (NPR Weekend Edition)
“In 2005, the first lionfish showed up, and we didn’t pay much attention to it,” says Oregon State University zoology professor Mark Hixon, who has studied reef fish here for almost two decades. “The next year, we saw a few more. Then in 2007 there was a population explosion. There were so many lionfish around that they were eating the fish we were studying, and we had to start studying the lionfish. There was nothing else to do.”

Purple potato to make its debut (Tri-City Herald)
A new purple fingerling potato developed by Oregon State University, Washington State University, the University of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be grown and marketed exclusively by Klamath Basin Fresh Direct, an association of potato farmers along the Oregon-California border.

Iraqi academics visit OSU

The new ordinary life for about 20 Iraqi university presidents and engineering professors, including Alyasiri and Jawad, included a two-week trip to Oregon this summer. The Iraqis are learning about sustainable building and design and green energy during a series of workshops that will last through Thursday. Most of the sessions so far have been held at OSU

Warning on trout hatcheries could force changes (San Francisco Chronicle)
Hatchery-raised steelhead trout pass on genetic defects that hamper survival of even their wild-born offspring, according to a study that biologists say could lead to a radical shift in the way salmon breeding programs operate on the West Coast. The recent Oregon State University study found that even hatchery fish whose parents were wild develop and pass on genetic defects severe enough to hamper the reproductive ability of their offspring.

One poll indicates voters would side with Legislature on tax increases (Statesman Journal)

A public opinion survey released last week suggests that Oregon voters might uphold the Legislature’s budget-balancing increases in personal and corporate income taxes for high-end earners. Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University, said a lot will depend not only on the campaign itself, but on which voters choose to return their ballots.

Perry elected OSU alumni board (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Bill Perry has been elected the new president of the Oregon State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition, the OSU Alumni Association has named Tami Ellingson as its new controller.

Help honeybees (Oregonian)
Bees are necessary to the production of many food crops. In fact, “honeybees are the premier pollinator of agronomic crops around the entire world,” according to Oregon State University entomology professor Michael Burgett.

Industrial hemp growth in Oregon faces challenges (KGW)
Legislation requires industrial hemp to have very low levels of THC, and the law also redefines “marijuana” and “controlled substance” under Oregon law to further distinguish industrial hemp.
The DEA has put restrictions on hemp research, said Mark Mellbye of Oregon State University.

Know your bees from your wasps (Oregonian)

“Yellow jackets can be very aggressive, and they get more aggressive” as summer turns into fall, says Chip Bubl, Oregon State University extension agent. “If they’re in a location with a lot of human traffic, yellow jackets have a way of communicating and calling out the reserves quickly.”

Extension plans open house (Mail Tribune)
Learn about recycling, get plant questions answered and take a hay ride during an open house Sept. 12 at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point.

Stretching imaginations (Gazette-Times)

Santiago Flores’ summer camp experience has been different than most. “I like being a scientist,” said Flores, who is one of 48 Oregon middle school students at the two week-long ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, which continues through Saturday at OSU.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Helen Richardson will be retiring from Oregon State University after 32 years of dedicated service in various departments across campus. She recently relocated from Extended Campus to the University Administrative Business Center, where she is serving as the Purchasing Agent. Helen will be greatly missed by those who know her and have worked with her. Please join us on Aug. 14 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 and help us celebrate with Helen.

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

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.

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.


The soft murmur of summer has returned, casting off last month’s blazing mantle and last week’s chilly haze. We should hear few complaints this week as highs hover around 81, while tonight’s low of 56 should be repeated all week.

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