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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 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.

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.

Iraqis Learn Green Techniques in Oregon (New York Times)

Iraq may have obligations that are more pressing than green building — but that has not stopped 19 of the country’s academics from touring Oregon for two weeks of seminars on the subject.

Great white shark caught off Oregon coast (Los Angeles Times)

The carcass of the already gutted shark was confiscated by the officer and released to the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University, where Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists identified it as being a great white.

Pesticide potency can depend on bug’s clock (Science News)

Louisa Hooven of Oregon State University and her colleagues now show that vulnerability to pesticides are among things that oscillate with a bug’s internal rhythms — its biological clock.

OSU scientist pinpoints Earth’s freeze and thaw (Register-Guard)

Researchers led by a professor at Oregon State University said they finally have confirmed what some scientists have believed for some time: that the last ice age ended because of a slight shift in the Earth’s orbit.

Google gives $300K to OSU Open Source Lab (KVAL-TV)

In yet another show of support for open source projects, Google has made another $300,000 gift to the Oregon State University Open Source Lab, increasing its cumulative support of academia’s premiere open source development and hosting operation to more than $1 million.

Researchers Pry Climate Change Record from Giant Clams (Scientific American)

The long necks protruding from a geoduck’s giant shell have led some to believe that the world’s largest burrowing clam is an aphrodisiac. Whether or not that is true, the sea creature may offer another—albeit less sexy—benefit for humanity, according to new research.

Purple fingerling potato comes to Klamath Basin (The Packer)

Klamath Basin Fresh Direct, an association of growers along the Oregon-California border, will grow and market the Purple Pelisse, a new spud created through a joint effort of Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to an Oregon State news release.

They Say: A Green Baby Is An Oxymoron (Strollerderby blog)

A new Oregon State University study confirms that “having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors.”

Corvallis Transit System (CTS) is holding a public meeting at 8:20 a.m., 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.

Tour the Mind Spa & Put into practice: Yoga poses, Mindfulness strategies, and biofeedback tools to enhance your life balance. This open house to be held on the fifth floor of Snell Hall is facilitated by the Clinical Staff at CAPS & OSU Women’s Network. Walk in between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrance is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 713-9243 for more information.

The Deadwood Revival performance at noon has been cancelled due to health reasons. It is not being rescheduled.

OSUsed store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.

The Oregon State University Summer Choir presents the eighth annual “Cool Choral Music for a Hot Summer Night” finale concert at 7:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. The concert is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

A celebration of Oregon’s food and agriculture is featured in a traveling exhibit of award-winning photos called Savory Images now on display at LaSells Stewart Center. An opening reception will be held Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Murdock Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres provided by OSU Catering and wine available for purchase by the glass from WineStyles.

Join President Ray, Provost Randhawa, VP Cassady, and the Research Office Team for the 2009 OSU Research Orientation, Nov. 13 in LaSells Stewart Center, 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program will introduce new faculty to the Research Enterprise at OSU. In addition to an overview of the many services offered by the Research Office to support faculty success; this year the orientation experience has been re-vitalized by adding first hand information from knowledgeable faculty about how they have made successful use of the OSU system. There will be lively discussion, interaction with specialists, helpful handouts, breakfast, lunch, and an opportunity to network with future collaboration partners. Sign up through the OSU Registration Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/ under course title “Research New Faculty Orientation.”

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. 13 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 and help us celebrate with Helen.

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! Congratulations to the t-shirt winners in our OSU Today subscription contest. We’ll be bringing more contests to you in the next few months. Our winners are: Gail Baggett, Parcella Provence, Karen Chrisman, Thuy Tran, Janine Kobel, Dawn Moyer, Laura Smithers, Linda Hunn, Brad Townsend, Judy Butler and Jessica Abblitt.

NEW! The College of Health and Human Sciences announces a position opening for an Academic Advisor. Application available online: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Position # 0004564. For more detail about the position and requirements/qualifications visit: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55401. Deadline to apply is Aug. 25.

If you are interested in obtaining a license for an Adobe Connect Pro virtual classroom – now is your chance.   Extension will be renewing our annual contract with Adobe on September 1.  The cost for a license is $150/year.   Each room requires at least one person to hold a license and be the named ‘organizer’ of that room.  Each Connect room can hold 100 attendees with communication via VOIP or Chat.  Additional information can be found at: http://tss.oregonstate.edu/softdist/adobe_connect/index.shtml.

In the past year Extension has made use of the Connect rooms for training, meetings, and presentations – enabling us to connect with colleagues across the state without incurring travel costs.  If your department or college is interested in purchasing rooms on this contract, please Karen Watte at Karen.Watte@oregonstate.edu with the number of rooms you would like to purchase and the index to charge.  Please note that we will provide initial setup but that we cannot provide extended support to non-Extension license holders.  Please contact Karen no later than Aug. 19, with your request.

Systems Analyst/Programmer Position Opening in Central Web Services: Electronic application available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0004561
For more detail/requirements of position visit the jobs site or the direct link at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55398. Deadline to apply is Aug. 18. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only.

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.

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

NEW! Due to roadway maintenance, both east and west sides of Benton Place will be temporarily closed between Washington Way and Jefferson Way causing parking spaces to be temporarily shutdown and brief interruptions to access. The shutdown begins 7 a.m. Aug. 14 and will be complete by 5 p.m. the same day.

Waldo Hall northwest parking lot: Due to repair of a waterline and sinkhole, access to service vehicle parking will be intermittently shutdown, while construction crews are working. Service vehicle parking on the southwest side of the building will be open for use during this time. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should be complete by 5 p.m. Aug. 13.

All buildings: Due to testing of the steam distribution system from the new Energy Center, contractors have scheduled steam to be sent from the Energy Center to all campus buildings. During this period you may experience fluctuations in steam pressure, this will affect all equipment utilizing steam services. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Aug. 17 and should continue through Aug. 28.

Ralph Miller Lane:
Due to the basement remodel project at Gill Coliseum, Ralph Miller Lane will be closed to accommodate the use of a crane. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should end by 2 p.m. The process will be repeated Aug. 17.

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.


We’re getting a drink from Mother Nature today with a few sprinkled showers through the afternoon and overcast skies. Today’s high will reach 75, and tonight will cool down to 57. Tomorrow will be a little warmer with highs reaching 77.

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