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Thursday, Sept. 10, 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 Researchers Help Map ‘Potato Famine’ Pathogen (OPB)
Researchers say they’re one step closer to defeating the culprit behind the Irish Potato Famine and countless other crop disasters. Several scientists, including some at Oregon State University, announced Wednesday that they’ve mapped out the genome behind a notorious pathogen. (See also Gazette-Times)

Ocean Center Hopes For Expansion (KEZI)
The Hatfield Marine Science Center is looking to expand their marine mammal facilities which would further solidify research on the Oregon Coast.

What Climate Change May Mean To Coastal Farms (OPB)

There’s a climate change bill pending in Congress, and a climate treaty summit coming up this winter in Copenhagen, Denmark. To understand how climate change is likely to affect Oregon, Christy George is profiling the tiny south coast town of Denmark. Scientists like forest physiologist Barbara Bond are trying to understand how a warming climate will affect Oregon’s forests.

OSU launches Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families (LIFE@OSU)
On Sept. 9, at 9:09 a.m., Oregon State University launched the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

Workshops set on handling the Oregon rain (Oregonian)
The Oregon Environmental Council is teaming up with Oregon State University’s Extension Service and other partners to offer a series of “Stormwater Solution” workshops this fall.

OSU women enjoy camaraderie, golf on Marysville course (LIFE@OSU)
For the OSU women who comprised the Marysville Ladies Club, the regular weekly gathering is a time to decompress from the stresses of academic life, to sharpen golf skills and to enjoy a bit of nature.

Ocean experts meet in Anchorage to discuss climate change (KTUU)
“Probably the most significant part of this meeting will be to see the importance of setting aside parts of the oceans to ensure that the ocean can roll with the punches of climate change,” Oregon State University zoologist Dr. Mark Hixon said.

Is having a baby not so carbon friendly? (Gresham Outlook)
Paul Murtaugh, a statistics professor at Oregon State University, knows how touchy the subject is. While he normally studies mundane topics like the growth rates of endangered species of fish, his interest in the effects of family size was piqued one day when he took an online “carbon calculator” quiz to determine his footprint on the environment.

Healthcare and Christianity (LA Christian Literature Examiner)
Released right in the midst of our country’s debate over health care reform, OSU historian Gary Ferngren’s new book, Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity, examines the early church’s approach to such a weighty topic.

Church hosts food canning sessions (Gazette-Times)
With gardens and orchards producing more than gardeners, families and their co-workers can possibly eat fresh, a local nonprofit, church and Extension Service expert are teaming up to offer an enticing deal: You bring the produce, recipe, jars and lids; they’ll provide the facilities and know-how to preserve summer’s bounty to enjoy all winter.

Wood recyclers go whole hog into biomass (Clackamas Review)
Biomass facilities end up emitting no net carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to the energy department. “On the whole, it’s probably much better than the pollution that is going to come out of the coal power plant,” says Hal Salwasser, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry.

Oregon grass seed stays connected to fall sports (Oregon Natural Resources Report)
“Athletic fields- which include everything from little league baseball to high school soccer to college football fields- have been an important consumer to the grass seed industry,” says Rob Golembiewski, turfgrass specialist with Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Science Pub-Corvallis presents “Hydrogen: Power Potential from the Most Unlikely Sources,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis. OSU researchers have charted a long and growing list of important advances in this area and are partnering with top scientists elsewhere on the leading edge of hydrogen power research. Roger Ely is among OSU’s leaders in the development of hydrogen power. An associate professor of biological and ecological engineering, he will speak on the topic of hydrogen power.

NEW! Amy Greenberg of Pennsylvania State University will speak on “1847: America’s First Antiwar Movement and why it mattered” at 4 p.m., Oct. 5 in the Memorial Union Journey Room as part of the 2009-10 American Culture & Politics speaker series.

NEW! Stormwater Management: One Backyard at a Time, a video and panel discussion, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 17, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s Main meeting room. For more information contact Adam Stebbins at adam.stebbins@co.benton.or.us
More than 180 photographs of wildlife found in North America are featured in the exhibit, North American Wildlife, now showing in the Giustina Gallery. The photographers, Sharon and Larry Rosenkoetter, are both affiliated with OSU. The exhibit, which is co-sponsored by OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will show through Sept. 30. An artist’s reception will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 11. It is free and open to the public.

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.

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

News for Employees

Any interested international student or OSU professor who would like to create a cultural booth for the Sept. 19 International Peace Day Fair in Central Park can do so for free, by contacting Leah Bloger at 541-207-7761.

Announcing the brand new people.oregonstate.edu web site! What is changing?  ONID personal web sites, previously available at http://oregonstate.edu/~username, will be moving to their own web site at http://people.oregonstate.edu/~username on Sept. 14. What do you need to do?  Update any information that references your previous page by replacing http://oregonstate.edu/~username with http://people.oregonstate.edu/~username.  We will automatically redirect requests from the old web site to the new web site. We do not expect these changes to impact your current site.  In the event that your site is no longer functional, please first check your site for places where you will need to specify people.oregonstate.edu and update your configuration.  If your site is still not functioning, please open a help ticket at: https://access.cws.oregonstate.edu/helpticket/visitors/entry/ and select “Systems” as the General Subject.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program. Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Sept. 28. The program limits to two the number of proposals that can be submitted by OSU for the RET program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full details for the NSF-RET program can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ret.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

Facilities Services is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 2.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Sept.14.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Attention: Transit & Parking Services will be closed all day Sept. 11 for a staff in-service day.

Waldo Hall: Due to the renovation project at Waldo hall, 14 motorcycle, two loading dock, and two reserved spaces in the parking lot south of Waldo Hall will be temporarily shutdown. The ADA space in this parking lot will remain open during this time. This shutdown should end by Dec. 15.

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 should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 15.


Some September days are so sharp it’s like biting into a crisp apple, while others feel more like diving down under a fluffy gray blanket. The morning is starting out like the latter, but by this afternoon, clear blue skies and a high of 84 will make us forget it’s mid September at all. Tomorrow’s high of 91 will harken back to mid July.

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