OSU Today

Monday, Aug. 17, 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.

Happy cows make happy dairy farmers (KMTR)
The price of milk and milk exports are plummeting, sending dairy farmers out of business in herds.  Oregon State University researchers may have a solution.

Tribal effort to fix broken world hinges on condor (New York Times)
Researchers from Oregon State University and the Oregon Zoo are computer mapping areas throughout the Northwest where condors can nest in big trees and rocky cliffs, and soar over steep hillsides with the kind of sustained winds that draw hang gliders.

Salem seniors air health care concerns (Statesman Journal)
Barack Obama has put the prestige of his 7-month-old presidency behind the latest effort to overhaul health care. The House has three separate bills, which must be merged into one. The Senate has one so far, and its Finance Committee is still working on a bipartisan version. “That kind of uncertainty reinforces the public angst and confusion that has been evident this month,” said Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University.

I-5 south leads to off-freeway adventures (Oregonian)

Take the Oregon State University historical campus walking tour, play in the fountain downtown at Riverfront Park and pretend you’re back in college by lunching at Block 15 Brewing Co.

Insurers tell Eastern Oregon landowners to prevent wildfires (East Oregonian)

Bob Parker, Oregon State University Extension forester for Baker County, said some landowners can’t afford fire mitigation and thinning projects due to the recession, low prices for log prices and slash that such projects usually produce. (See also Oregonian)

Biological Clocks Of Insects Could Lead To More Effective Pest Control (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that the circadian rhythms or biological “clocks” in some insects can make them far more susceptible to pesticides at some times of the day instead of others.


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 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.

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.”

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 Sept. 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

Bloss Hall: Due to construction associated with the Bloss Hall roof replacement project, 10 parking spaces in the South parking lot along Western Ave., will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and will continue through Sept. 11.

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.

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 weather deities aren’t ready to let go of summer yet. In fact, they’ve sneaked over and cranked up the thermostat again, which means the high will reach 90 today, and 94 tomorrow, with Wednesday arriving as a crispy 96.

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