OSU Today

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 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.

Pesticide potency relies on toxic timing (Toronto Star)
Using pesticides at certain times of day can double or triple their potency and could dramatically cut the amount of poisons spewed into the atmosphere, says a new study out of Oregon State University.

A Hinkle in Time – 10 year logging impact study enters final phase (NR Today)
“If you’re going to study cumulative impacts, you have to study at the size of a watershed,” Arne Skaugset, an Oregon State University forest hydrologist and science lead on the Hinkle Creek study, said at a tour of the study site on July 30.

What should the US Forest Service Do? (Gazette-Times editorial)
We are increasingly aware of the vital role that forests have to play in those areas — and, in fact, recent research at Oregon State University has focused on the importance of forests in carbon sequestration.

Oregon’s consumer chief a former corporate defense lawyer (Legal Newsline)
Oregon State University political science Professor Bill Lunch said it is “a bit unusual” for a former corporate defense lawyer to serve as an attorney general’s consumer protection chief. Lunch said Kroger is charting a different course than his predecessor.

Shift in Earth’s axis caused end of ice age (Union-Tribune San Diego)
Researchers from Oregon State University believe they have put to rest a long debate on the underlying mechanism that has caused periodic ice ages for the past 2.5 million years. They attribute the ice’s arrival and departure to slight shifts in solar radiation caused by predictable changes in Earth’s rotation and axis.

Tribal effort to fix broken world hinges on condor (KVOA Tucson)

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. (See also MSNBC)

Research suggests EPA pesticide exposure test too short, overlooks long term effects (Science Centric)
Andrew Blaustein, a professor in Oregon State University’s nationally ranked Department of Zoology, who is familiar with the study, said the results raise concerns about standards for other chemicals and the delayed dangers that might be overlooked.

Chicago Bears: Al Afalava (Bleacher Report)
I know that they have said good things about Al Afalava, but this is probably the biggest question on my mind right now. Why is our sixth round draft pick slated at the starting FS spot over Craig Steltz? Afalava didn’t even practice as much as he should; he was finishing classes at Oregon State University when the OTAs were taking place.  He was turning heads in training camp, he was making plays, but I didn’t realize it was to the extent it was.

Upcoming Events

A memorial service for an agronomist who studied oilseed and fiber crops and worked at Oregon State University for nearly 30 years will take place on campus on Aug. 21. Daryl Ehrensing died in Corvallis on Aug. 10. He was 57. Ehrensing earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science from OSU in 1976 and began working for the university in 1981. At the time of his death, he was a senior faculty research assistant who studied alternative crops, including meadowfoam, fiber flax, canola, camelina, hemp and wild rice. He was also exploring the use of Russian dandelion as a source of natural rubber. The service will take place at 3 p.m. at OSU’s CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Casual dress is preferred.

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

Analyst Programmer position opening in the MECOP office (Multiple Engineering Co-op Program).  Electronic application available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0004369.  The closing date has been extended to Aug. 28.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Institutes of Health – Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01). Only one application per college or school within a university will be accepted by NIH. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full detail for the NIH – ONES program can be found at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ones.html. Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at:  debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 8. For information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

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 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.


Rain last week and now highs in the 90s? If you’re anything like us you are accumulating some crazy tan lines at this point. Today’s high will reach 94 with an overnight low of 55. Tomorrow will be a blistering 97, and there’s a heat advisory out for the area, so take the usual precautions.

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