OSU Today

Friday, Aug. 14, 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.

Solar rays could become clean hydrogen energy available house to house (Oregonian)

The Hydrogen Club at Oregon State University is on a mission to develop new technologies to tap the sunshine. Inspired by processes that already occur in nature, they’ve found several surprising biological and chemical ways to make hydrogen fuel.

Oregon $50 lobbyist gift limit challenged in court (Associated Press)

If the court rules in VanNatta’s favor, they’d likely be out of step with voters, who overwhelmingly approved a limit on campaign contributions before the Oregon Supreme Court rejected it, said Bill Lunch, an Oregon State University political science professor.

Insect circadian rhythms are studied (United Press International)

Researchers at Oregon State University said their finding might make it possible to identify the times a target insect is most vulnerable to a specific pesticide, and use that information to increase the effectiveness, reduce costs and decrease the amounts of pesticide necessary for insect control.

New GI Bill offers Oregon vets help and hope (Oregonian)

Students at Oregon State started the Veterans and Family Student Association in the spring to create an on-campus network for veterans, said Blake Gordon, founder of the group.

Weekly Mulch: Why’s Your Carbon Footprint So Big? (Huffington Post)

Few have considered the carbon impact of children. Air America’s Avery Trufelman reports that a child produces 5.7 times more carbon than an average female adult, according to a study conducted by Oregon State University. A child’s carbon footprint will outweigh their mother’s environmentally conscious practices, including recycling, driving less or using energy efficient light bulbs.

County calls a West Nile emergency (East Oregonian)

Thus far, Oregon State University diagnosticians have documented 78 mosquito pools with West Nile virus from Morrow County; 24 pools from Umatilla County; six pools from Baker County; and five from Malheur County.

Currents: Art of years past (The News-Review)

Now the assistant director of Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center and gallery curator, Green-Price can look back and say that it was Bell who challenged her as an artist and forced her to revisit the building blocks of art.

Shelbie Carmony will end 10 years of 4-H (Oregonian)

In Clackamas County, more than 4,000 students participate in 4-H programs each year, said Wendy Hein, an agent with the Extension Program of Oregon State University, which directs the 4-H Club. The club expects that number to double, benefiting from a recent tax increase that will raise about $1.5 million for the agricultural extension and 4-H service district.


Bard in the Quad: Twelfth Night. This outdoor production in the MU Quad at the heart of the OSU campus runs through Aug. 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

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.”

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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.

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.


Tired of this weather yet? Didn’t think so. There will be more of it coming up this weekend, and meanwhile, today’s high will reach 79 with an overnight low of 56.

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