OSU Today

Thursday, Aug. 20, 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.

Measurements of conductivity suggest water in mantle associated with subduction (Nature)
A team of scientists from Oregon State University has created the first global three-dimensional map of electrical conductivity in the Earth’s mantle and their model suggests that that enhanced conductivity in certain areas of the mantle may signal the presence of water.

Vast oceans lay beneath surface of the Earth
(Daily Telegraph)

OSU scientists believe areas of enhanced electrical conductivity in the mantle – the thick region between the Earth’s crust and its core – betray the presence of water. (See also ScienceBlog)

Adding personality to the college admissions mix (Wall Street Journal)
Using recently developed evaluation systems, colleges are aiming to quantify so-called noncognitive traits such as leadership, resilience and creativity. Colleges say such assessments are boosting the admissions chances for some students who might not have qualified based solely on grades and traditional test scores. At Oregon State University, every would-be undergraduate must now provide 100-word answers to six questions that are part of what the school calls its “Insight Resume.”

Portland filmmakers’ documentary, ‘Finding Face,’ screens Sunday (Oregonian)
Documentary filmmakers are famously passionate about their craft, a necessity for work that usually requires major commitment on minimal budgets. But for their film “Finding Face,” Portlanders Skye Fitzgerald and Oregon State University’s Patti Duncan weren’t just committed to telling a story. They quite possibly held the lives of their subjects in their hands.

Scientists Take a Closer Look at Oregon’s Seafloor (KLCC)

OSU’s Chris Goldfinger says the new maps will be used to locate marine ecosystems and improve tsunami preparedness.

Homeowners find a design-build team that shares their vision (Oregonian)
Northwest Oak Creek Drive rolls out of this college town and into the farmland and lush hillsides that surround the bustle of Oregon State University. It is here — a mere five minutes from the heart of campus — that two OSU professors found their haven.

Rich Interaction’ May Make Computers A Partner, Not A Product (Science Daily)

Oregon State University researchers are pioneering the concept of “rich interaction” – computers that do, in fact, want to communicate with, learn from and get to know you better as a person.

Water chief sees county as world leader (Petaluma Argus-Courier)
Chief engineer and general manager at Sonoma County Water Agency Randy Poole earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering from Oregon State University in 1976.

Trillium FiberFuels gets grant for cellulosic technology (Biomass Magazine)
Trillium FiberFuels has been awarded a $750,000 grant to commercialize its technology for creating fuel-grade ethanol from straw and other biomass. One of Trillium’s founders is Vince Remcho, Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in OSU’s College of Science. Trillium works jointly with OSU to explore cellulosic technology.

‘Eco’ Managers Likely to Over Comply With Regulations (Environmental Leader)
Senior managers with a strong commitment to protecting the environment who also believe it makes financial sense to implement sustainable business practices are more likely to over comply with environmental regulations, according to a new study by an economist at Oregon State University (OSU).

In Iraq: Troops pull out of cities, not relationships with Iraqis

Inside the armored vehicle hangs a pair of orange and black dice, a good luck charm in Oregon State Beaver colors from Justin Wrightman previous deployment to Iraq in 2007. Today, he stands guard near his Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, which is adorned with stickers of the Oregon State University Beavers.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity will be hosting the next in a series of Inclusive Corvallis forums on Aug. 31 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library main conference room.  To date, nearly 50 community members, many of them OSU staff, faculty and students have gathered to work together on a plan to make Corvallis a more welcoming and inclusive community. Please extend this invitation to your friends and colleagues. This forum in open to all people. You can see the meeting notes and other details here http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/inclusive.html . Please RSVP to Corrine Gerig at (541)737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The 2009 Bike Commute Challenge is right around the corner! From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, you can ride your bicycle to work and reap some sweet rewards! More than 10,000 riders from 1,000 workplaces across the region are taking the Challenge! What’s in it for you as a biker? Everyone who rides at least seven days during the month is eligible to receive 10 percent discounts on bike gear and parts from participating bike dealers, four of them in Corvallis. Find out how it works at http://www.bikecommutechallenge.com – and read about discounts, tips for bikers, and more. To register for the Challenge, go to http://www.bikecommutechallenge.com, press “Sign up now,” select Oregon State University as your team, and enter your information. The Captain for OSU is Rainier Farmer, 541-737-7080, rainier.farmer@oregonstate.edu.

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

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. Position closes on Aug. 25.

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 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.

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

Kerr Admin west parking lot: Due to pavement maintenance and parking lot re-striping, the parking spaces west of Kerr will be temporarily shutdown.  During this time there will be brief access interruptions, signage will be posted in affected parking areas. The area needs to be free of all vehicles during this shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow and we anticipate reopening the street by 2 p.m.

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 continue through Sept. 11.

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.


Yesterday’s furnace blast of an afternoon may have shriveled our petals, but today promises to be a bit milder, with highs reaching 87. Tomorrow will be an even more reasonable 83.

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