OSU Today

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 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.

Study: Bacteria can make salt water drinkable (MSNBC)
Microbial fuel cells can create pure, drinkable water. It may also remove most of the salt from water to make conventional purification methods cheaper by reducing the amount of electricity necessary. 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.

Oregon State science club investigates bottling sunshine (East Oregonian)

The Hydrogen Club at Oregon State University is on a mission to develop new technologies to tap the sunshine. Inspired by processes that already occur in nature, they’ve found several surprising biological and chemical ways to make hydrogen fuel.

DOE selects projects to develop sensors and controls for next-generation power plants (Environmental Expert)
Oregon State researchers will work to provide a comprehensive solution to the problem of sensor coordination by deriving criteria for assessing sensor effectiveness and system impact and by demonstrating effectiveness and reconfigurability of sensors to changing performance criteria.

Ice Ages Follow the Sun (Astrobiology Magazine)

In the journal Science, researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions conclude that the known wobbles in Earth’s rotation caused global ice levels to reach their peak about 26,000 years ago, stabilize for 7,000 years and then begin melting 19,000 years ago, eventually bringing to an end the last Ice age.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins Sept. 22.  If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized.  If you have Regence you may call 800-826-9813 to get a WW access code for the work WW group. You will need the ID number from your Regence card and also a P number that is not listed on that card. You can find that number on your ODS card. You will present that access code at the meeting on Sept 22. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

NEW! Aug. 27 will mark the second annual Power IT Down Day, in which participants can pledge to turn their computers off at the end of the day, as well as printers, monitors and other IT devices that won’t be used overnight.  By participating in Power-IT-Down Day, we can join other state agencies in Oregon and contribute to a national event, as well as help support the University’s commitment to reducing energy consumption. This is focused on desktop computers and peripherals and is not intended for network and data center related equipment.

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.

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 Printing & Mailing is employing new order procedures for OSU Stationary and Business Cards.  Please refer to the new link to find details and place orders. http://printmail.oregonstate.edu/node/102

NEW! Call for UHDS Residence Hall Opening Volunteers – Sunday, Sept. 20.  Please join UHDS and OSU to welcome up to 4000 students as many experience their first day at OSU moving into their residence halls. This is the perfect opportunity to interact with students and their families to demonstrate the exceptional spirit and depth of the OSU community. Volunteer a minimum of two hours to receive a free t-shirt.  Volunteer for four hours or more to receive a $5 meal card usable in any UHDS Dining Center that day along with the free t-shirt. Please follow the link to view the variety of volunteer opportunities and sign up at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/openingvolunteers/ or contact Dave Warneking at (541) 737-5622 for information.

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 http://groups.google.com/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.

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

Burt Hall: Due to repair work on the building’s R.O. system (reverse osmosis), all de-ionized water services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all floors and all rooms. The shutdown will begin 8:30 a.m. Aug. 27 and should end by 10 a.m.

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 should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 28.

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. today 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.


Is there any felicity superior to an August day as fine as this one? It’s a day just asking for croquet and sweet tea and the convenient shade of a front porch. Today’s high will reach 88, with an overnight low of 50. Things will heat up a bit tomorrow, with highs reaching 91, so keep a little sweet tea left over ‘til then.

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