OSU Today

Monday, Aug. 31, 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.

Fire destroys Corvallis apartments (Gazette-Times)
An early-morning blaze destroyed a Corvallis apartment complex Saturday. Several of the tenants were OSU students and alums.

Spraying for bugs? Check the time (Voice of America)
Oregon State University scientists have found that the effectiveness of some insecticides depends on what time of day they’re used. The results may also have implications for how people respond to medicines and to toxic chemicals.

Report: Critical Forest Streams Don’t Need Help Post-Fire

Critical forest areas along streams can recover quickly from forest fires– if they’re left alone. That’s according to a new study from Oregon State University researchers. (See also Oregonian)

Registration open for online Master Gardener training (Democrat-Herald)
A limited number of spots are open for the Oregon State University Master Gardener online course, Option One, which runs for 12 weeks, from Sept. 7 to Dec. 14.

Bottling sunshine (Ashland Daily Tidings)
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.

Inmates work to help homeless teenagers in Salem (Statesman Journal)
The 7th Step Club and state Department of Corrections employees created a joint effort with students from Oregon State University for the donation drive, which brought in socks, food, kitchen supplies, hygiene products such as sun block and clothing.

Tasty tree-ripe peaches (Gazette-Times)

Harry Lagerstedt, a former Oregon State University horticulture professor and U.S. Department of Agriculture research horticulturist, said he loves having locals stop by his property to buy fruit and chat.

First Climate Friendly Nurseries project launched in Oregon (Oregon Natural Resources Report)
Ecos Consulting and Oregon State University will serve as resources for the Climate Friendly Nurseries project.


The office of Community and Diversity will be hosting the next in a series of Inclusive Corvallis forums today from noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library main conference room. Please RSVP to Corrine Gerig at (541)737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

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 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! Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position as Vice President for Research. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. For details go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting number 0004640. This position closes Oct. 27.

NEW! The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide primary support to the Sr. Director of Strategic Communications and Donor Relations and Associate Campaign Director and to the staff in this department. For a complete job description and information about the OSU Foundation, go to www.osufoundation.org.   Interested candidates should direct cover letter and resume to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, at osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu, 850 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, 97333.  This position will remain open until filled.

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.

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.

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Owen Hall: Due to installation associated with the fourth floor lab remodel in Owen Hall, the bldg’s compressed air and vacuum system will be temporarily shut down. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 9 and should end by noon.

Benton Hall and Milne Computer Center:
Due to tree maintenance, the Parking Lots South and West of Benton Hall & East of Milne Computer Center will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Sept. 3 and should continue through 5 p.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 should conclude by 5 p.m. Sept. 18.


In the words of Sleater-Kinney, “My whole life looks like a picture of a sunny day.” That’s a pretty apt description of what we’re in store for today. Highs will reach 82 with sunny skies throughout the afternoon. Tomorrow will be more of the same with a high of 79.

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