OSU Today

Friday, Aug. 28, 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.

H1N1: Be Prepared

President Ed Ray has posted a message for the campus community on H1N1 Influenza and what we all should do now to ensure we’re prepared in advance of flu season. You’re urged to read the message here, http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/president/h1n1-be-prepared-8-27-09.html, on the president’s Web site.

Spud harvest outlook mixed (Capital Press)
Oregon State University Extension agronomist Don Horneck has projected potato yields would be down.

Listen to climate experts, whether or not you like conclusions (Statesman Journal opinion)

The scientists at the Past Global Changes conference at Oregon State University are the ones who do the hard, dirty work of science.

Retired teacher is Benton’s tree farmer for 2009 (Gazette-Times)
OSU alum Nancy Hathaway was named Benton County’s 2009 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.

To multiply perennials, you must first divide (Mail Tribune)
“What gardener is not guilty of planting things too closely?” asked Barb Fick, home horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension in Benton County. “Or, it’s often the case that plants live longer or grow larger than we expect they will.”

Donald Mattson (Gazette-Times)

Donald Eugene Mattson passed away at his home from brain cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 25. He was a professor at Oregon State University for 39 years, teaching immunology and some graduate classes, and was the director of the virology section of the Oregon State Diagnostic Laboratory.

Time magazine’s food trends — goat meat (Oregonian)
Gene Pirelli, an Oregon State University professor and the district extension specialist for livestock and forage in Washington County, identifies the growing trend among ranchers.

Upcoming Events

DATE CHANGE: Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held Sept. 8 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. 15.  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 15. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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.

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

News for Employees

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant (INTO-OSU): Graduate School.  Full time. To review posting and apply, go to  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004615 . Closing date: Sept. 4.

NEW! The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Science Master’s Program (SMP). Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full details for the NSF – SMP program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/smp.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 3 p.m. Sept. 9. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

NEW! The International Welcome Center, housed in ISOSU’s new International Resource Center & Lounge (to the right of the main MU Lounge in the Memorial Union), is where you can meet and greet other Oregon State University students and welcome the new members of our ‘‘Beaver’’ family. Hours are: Mon – Fri, Aug. 31-Sept. 11,11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sept. 14 – Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. – Sun, Sept. 19 & Sept. 20 , 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon – Fri
Sept. 21  – Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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 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. today.

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.


Into everyone’s lives a little rain must fall, and apparently that will hold true this afternoon. So if you’ve temporarily forgotten you live in Oregon, you’ll get a damp reminder today. Highs should reach 78. The weekend should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s.

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