OSU Today

Thursday, Sept. 3, 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.

OSU to launch Ford family center Sept. 9 (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University will launch the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families with a research symposium and a ceremony next Wednesday, Sept. 9.

OSU scientists help map the ocean floor

A $6 million project involving OSU is featured.

Part of vast ocean observing network will be in Newport (Oregonian)
Not long after landing the Pacific fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Newport is getting another feather in its cap. The coast city will soon be home to one piece of a $386 million world-wide ocean observing network announced today. Oregon State University researchers will spend $14 million over the next five years to create a network of surface moorings, seafloor platforms and undersea gliders in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Newport and Grays Harbor, Wash. (see also Gazette-Times)

Timber Investment Management (OPB)
Think out Loud looks at a topic OSU has examined recently. This academic take on TIMOs shows that the recent Weyerhaeuser sale is part of a trend over the past two decades of lumber companies unloading timber land to focus more on manufacturing and marketing.

HIV study seeks gay men in relationships

An Oregon State University graduate student is embarking on “The Boyfriend Study,” to learn more about why HIV infection rates are increasing among gay male couples.

Ralph Peterson, former CH2M Hill executive, dies (Oregonian)
Ralph R. Peterson, longtime CEO of CH2M Hill, died Tuesday at his Denver home following a long battle with cancer. Peterson joined the international engineering company — founded in Corvallis by Oregon State University alums — in 1965 as its 148th employee. From 1991 through 2008 he served as chief executive officer.

15 Top College Websites Named ‘Best in SEO’ by WordStream Internet Marketing Blog (Search.sys.com)
WordStream, Inc., a provider of keyword research and organization solutions for continuously optimizing and expanding pay-per-click (PPC) and search engine optimization (SEO) efforts involving large numbers of keywords, has announced the Top SEO College Websites on their Internet marketing blog. Oregon State University was among those recognized.

Green bosses tend to over-comply with environmental rules
(Oregon Natural Resources Report)

A business is more likely to “over-comply” with environmental regulations if its senior management believes in protecting the environment and that it makes financial sense in the long term, according to a new study by an economist at Oregon State University.


The Women’s Center will be hosting a coffee hour from 4 to 5 p.m., for international women students to discuss academic success. Mary Prindiville from the Academic Success Center will be facilitating a conversation with any students who wish to attend. The coffee hour is open to anyone in the university community and the intent is to help international women forge relationships and build networks with others at OSU and with each other.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Dr. Donald Mattson was a long time member of the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty. He passed away Aug. 25.  A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4, at Calvary Chapel of Corvallis, 2125 N.W. Lester Ave.

NEW! A Corvallis Transit System route rRevisions public meeting will take place at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 9. The meeting will look at the elimination of Route C4 (Saturday Downtown Circulator) , reduction of service on Route C3 (Southwest Commuter), as well as other changes. The meeting will be held at 500 S.W. Madison Avenue in the Madison Avenue Meeting Room. Current maps and schedules are available at www.corvallistransit.com, or by calling 541-766-6998.

A memorial service is being held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, for former OSU Human Resources employee Deb Fernandez. The service will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center. Memorial contributions can be made to an account in her name at any OSU Federal Credit Union. The money will go toward supporting Safe Haven Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter in Linn County. Student parking spaces are available for attendees to this service.

The Valley Library will be closed for an annual in-service day for faculty and staff during intersession, Sept. 9. Although the library will not be open the main entrance on first and second floors will be unlocked for access to the outer lobby, ATM, phones and Java II. For more information please contact Kerrie.Cook@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-4633.

There will be a Subsurface Biosphere Initiative (SBI) undergraduate interns poster session, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, in MU 109. This is a good opportunity to meet with the students and learn about their research and experience with the SBI internship program. Thirty undergraduate interns have been working on research related to the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative with faculty members in the colleges of Agricultural Science, Engineering, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, and Science. To RSVP or if you have questions,, please e-mail garrett.jones@oregonstate.edu .

Local nonprofit AIDS Service organization, Valley AIDS Information Network (VAIN) will host a fundraising event called Beach Blanket Babylon at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Osborn Aquatic Center’s Otter Beach, located at 1940 NW Highland Dr.  The family-friendly event is open to the public. Participants will have access to the Otter Beach section of the water park and hamburgers and sodas will be served. Admission is $20 for adults (18+), $10 for all students with student ID, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult and a donation of a can of food. Food donations will be given to Linn Benton Food Share. The event will be emceed by local drag queen personalities LaVerne Lydell and Lucilla DeMoore.

Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing Sept. 15, regarding a proposal to revise regulations governing the use of motor vehicles. The amendment would permit OSU to have vehicles towed that are parked in reserved parking spaces or handicapped spaces. The purpose of the hearing is to give the public a chance to provide feedback and comments on the proposed action. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 206. It is open to the public.

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.

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

News for Employees

There will be no CTS or Philomath Connection bus service Monday, Sep. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Normal service resumes Sept. 8.  A new Crescent Valley Area (CVA) service will begin Sept. 8. The new service will provide two morning runs and two early evening runs to the Crescent Valley area. Commuter Route C1 also returns Sept. 8 for morning and afternoon service. For information about routes and schedules for the transit system, call 541-766-6998 or www.corvallistransit.com

Transit & Parking Services sixth annual Car in the Jar contest! Please come by our office located at 100 Adams Hall to view the cars in the jar and guess how many there are to win a free annual parking permit. The winner’s name will be drawn Oct 15.

The Health Sciences Business Center is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month fixed term position as Human Resources Consultant 2. This is an internal recruitment open to OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004653 . Closing date: Sept. 11.

The Arts and Science Business Center is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Accountant 2. The Arts & Sciences Business Center (ASBC) is responsible for providing administrative, human resources, and business services to the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, and the Honors College. This is an internal recruitment open to OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004656. Closing date: Sept. 13.

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Manager for the Business Center 7  which will serve Business Services, Conference Services, Counseling Services, Facilities, Housing & Dining Services, Memorial Union, Public Safety, Recreational Sports, Student Health Services, and Athletics.  This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $95,000 – $105,000/yr. This position will initially be housed in Business Services. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The deadline for applications is Sept. 11. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.

Fall 2009-2010 parking permits are now on sale at Transit & Parking Services.  For all the parking permit updates, access the information online at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html Click on either the ‘staff & faculty’ or ‘student’ located under the ‘parking permits’ for the correct forms to fill out.  The OSU ID card is required for purchasing any permit.  Term permits are also available.

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Monroe and 14th St: Due to required maintenance on the Monroe & 14th street signal pole, the right-hand turn lane on Monroe & 14th street will be temporarily closed.  Suggested detour routes are south at the intersection of 15th street and Jefferson Way.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 9.

Adams; Ag Life Sciences, Cascade Hall, Crop Science, Dearborn, EH&S Annex, Heat Plant, Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Kerr, Magruder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Own Hall, Plageman, Reser, Richardson, Peavy, Valley Library: In association with required annual generator maintenance, Facilities Services will be performing load and service testing for the above listed buildings.  During this time building generators will be operating for a two-hour duration.  The engine noise may vary by building and proximity. The testing will begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 and we anticipate concluding testing by 5 p.m. Sept. 15.

Buxton, Hawley, Cauthorn, Poling, Reed, Heckart Lodge, West Dining Hall, Peavy Hall:
Due to the installation of new electrical services to Heckart Lodge all electrical services to the above listed buildings will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors, in each building. The first outage period will begin today at 8 a.m., restoring power by 9 a.m.,  and the second outage period will begin at 4 p.m., restoring power at 5 p.m.

Benton Hall and Milne Computer Center: Due to tree maintenance, the parking lots south and west of Benton Hall and east of Milne Computer Center will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should continue through 5 p.m.


Fall is not making a quiet entrance this year, she’s bursting onto the scene. Notice that it’s dark in the mornings now, and that a few trees are already showing some colored leaves? Today and tomorrow we’ll see a summery high of 78, but the holiday weekend is expected to be rainy and in the high 60s.

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