OSU Today

Friday, Aug. 21, 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.

Oregon State develops interactive computers (KGW)
Oregon State University researchers are working on the design of computers that try to learn from people. The so-called “rich interaction” computers learn to change their programming by “listening” to the computer user and comparing what it “hears” to its own internal logic. (See also KTVZ)

Scientists Create First Three-Dimensional Global Map of Electrical Conductivity in Earth’s Mantle (US News & World Report)
researchers created the first global three-dimensional map of electrical conductivity in the mantle. Results of their study are published this week in the journal Nature. The areas of high conductivity coincide with subduction zones–places where tectonic plates are being subducted beneath the Earth’s crust, say the Oregon State University (OSU) scientists who performed the research.

Tax may rescue extension office (Capital Press)
The Polk County Extension Service is down to its last option. Minus a jolt in funding, the extension service office — now open just three days a week — will close next year.

Salad days of fall and winter (Mail Tribune)
If you sow seeds in August or early September, you can enjoy salad greens throughout the fall and even during the winter. When you plant depends on the crop, according to Jim Myers, Oregon State University vegetable breeder.

Gov. Kulongoski asks you to read “Stubborn Twig” in 2009, our 150th birthday (Examiner)
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and the Oregon Library Association have asked us to read “Stubborn Twig” by Lauren Kessler this year. The book was published by the OSU Press.

Upcoming Events

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

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

NEW! OSU leadership invites you to complete an electronic survey to provide input on the goals and direction of the draft OSU Climate plan. The survey can be found at
In addition to the survey, comments or questions can be sent to OSU’s Sustainability Coordinator at brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu. Participants are asked to respond by Aug. 31.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Bates Hall: Due to repairs on the building water system, the domestic cold water services to Bates Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 26 and should end by 2 p.m.

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. today 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.


Today’s gray blanket of clouds will remain for most of the afternoon, with highs reaching 80. This weekend will be the perfect time to finally get to those outdoor chores you’ve been putting off because of the heat. Highs will be 80 tomorrow and 77 on Sunday.

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