OSU Today

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 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’s 50 Best Wines (Portland Monthly)
“Most instructors only talk about aroma,” says Conde Cox, who teaches a course called Wine Sensory Evaluation at Oregon State University’s extension campuses. “You need to use tactile taste.”

Age Masters (Mail Tribune)
Older adults can earn college credit and a certificate in the mastery of aging well through a new Web-based program developed by Oregon State University.

Grant aimed to increase math, engineering degrees for minority students (Puget Sound Business Journal)

The National Science Foundation has given a $2.6 million grant to increase the number of bachelor degrees awarded to minorities in science, technology, engineering and math. The UW is the lead institution in the grant, which also includes Boise State University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and Washington State University.

Nursery group launches climate-friendly project (Capital Press)
Ecos Consulting, a Portland firm that helps clients reduce energy use, is working with Oregon State University to help identify methods nurseries can adopt to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Bacteria Desalinate Water, Generate Power (Discovery News)

The exact purity of the water can be changed depending on the needs of the scientists or the desalination industry, if the process is scaled up commercially. These microbial fuel cells can create pure, drinkable water. Whatever the resulting salinity, “this is the first time that any one has used a microbial fuel cell for desalination,” said Hong Liu, a scientist at Oregon State University also developing microbial fuel cells.

Willamette River development risks rise (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Raw industrial waste has saturated the Portland harbor portion of the Willamette River for the better part of a century, and new research from Oregon State University indicates that the environmental problems may be more complex and sweeping than previously thought.

Too many gaps in Arctic research (University of Oxford)
Oregon State University anthropologist, Deanna Kingston, is from King Island, west of Alaska, and has maintained her links with the King Island Inupiat who now live on the mainland. She said many Alaskans lived at subsistence levels and were dependent either on marine mammals, such as whales and walrus, or on land mammals like Caribou. (To hear an interview with Kingston, see http://www.box.net/shared/9r6otccdgx)


Information Services is holding an all staff event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Staff in the Extension Computer Unit will be answering phones for any emergencies that may arise. Requests will be addressed when staff and students return from the event.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store, Aug. 26, noon to 3 p.m. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. 644 S.W. 13th St.

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 . 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.

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! As part of Quilt County, a series of quilt exhibits coordinated in Corvallis and Philomath by the Mary’s River Quilt Guild, the OSU Women’s Center invited women quilters affiliated with Oregon State to display their work in the Women’s Center gallery. Titled “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts” this show both honors the beauty of traditional women’s craft work and the artistry of modern art quilts. “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts” can be viewed at the Women’s Center Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through mid October.

Campus Recycling would like to start collecting compost and increase recycling collection at OSU events, but we need your help! We are looking for people interested in volunteering at events to help attendees sort their “waste” into the proper bins. Sign up to receive an email a few times per month and reply when you’re interested in helping: go to our Google Group, OSU Recycling Volunteers , click on Join this group on the right hand menu, and create an account if needed. Or, email Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu with questions or requests to be subscribed.

Grants and Contracts Technician: Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.  Full time.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004614.  Closing date: Sept.7.

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
https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3227&cmd=survey 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 today.

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 today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Gilbert Hall: Due to equipment installation on the roof of Gilbert Hall, the west parking lot will be temporarily shutdown. The parking spaces should reopen by 3:30 p.m. today.

All buildings: Due to required annual testing of the fire sprinkler and fire stand-pipe systems, Crown Fire Systems will be on-site conducting testing and inspections. During this testing period audible bells on the exterior of the buildings may sound.  This bell indicates that water is flowing and the systems are functioning properly. Please note, if a fire alarm sounds on the interior of the building during this time, this is not part of the testing or inspection and you will need to exit the building immediately. The testing began at 8 a.m. today and should conclude by 5 p.m. Sept. 18.

Linus Pauling Science Center: Due to construction related to the new LPSC project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. This work is necessary to drive steel sheet supports for the shoring portion of the project. This work will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 28.

Weigand Hall
: Due to repairs on the building water system, all domestic and industrial water services to Wiegand Hall will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect all water to the building, in all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. today and should end by 9:30 a.m.

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.

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.


Summer is a saucy season. Yesterday’s turquoise skies have been replaced by a heavy mist, and temperatures are dropping to a high of 77, but tomorrow sunny skies will return and highs will reach 87 once more.

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