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Monday, Sept. 14, 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.

Image created of Himalayan fault (Scientist Live)
Researchers discovered that as the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, the Indian lower crust slides under the Tibetan crust, while the upper mantle peels away from the crust and drops down in a diffuse manner. “The building of Tibet is not a simple process,” said John Nabelek, an Oregon State University geophysicist and lead author on the Science study. “In part, the mountain building is similar to pushing dirt with a bulldozer except in this case, the Indian sediments pile up into a wedge that is the lesser Himalayan mountains.

Student rides the waves for research (Nashua Telegraph)

Emily Batt and her counterparts were supporting the research of an Oregon State University professor studying wave moment off the coast of Massachusetts.

Demands of being a small-town elected official drive some to quit (Oregonian)
“People who run maybe don’t realize how complicated the issues are,” said Oregon State University political scientist Bill Lunch. “They have no idea how time-consuming it is.”

Grass seed growers hurting and optimistic (Bend Bulletin)
In Jefferson County in 2008, the grass seed market grossed $11.4 million, from a crop produced on 8,000 acres, according to Rich Affeldt, an Oregon State University extension crop scientist. The county’s highest-value crop is carrot seed, which for 2008 grossed $11.8 million, using 2,700 acres.

What is Obama’s plan for the Northwest’s imperiled salmon? (Oregonian)
“Fundamentally, salmon need the same things that humans need. So it’s a competition, and it’s a zero sum game,” said Robert Lackey, a former senior fisheries biologist at the Environmental Protection Agency and a professor at Oregon State University.

As Newport readies for NOAA, questions remain afloat (Register Guard)
The government’s presence here will help Newport bill itself as a hub of science, layered upon the work that takes place at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Oregon Marine Mammal Institute, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and other institutions in Yaquina Bay.

OSU: Toxic algae in Elk Creek killed dog (KATU)

Tests confirmed blue green algae killed at least one of the two dogs that died along Elk Creek last month, according to Oregon State University.


Science Pub-Corvallis presents “Hydrogen: Power Potential from the Most Unlikely Sources,” at 6 p.m. 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! All new Oregon State University employees are invited to a welcome breakfast and conversation about being a part of the OSU community on University Day, Sept. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Reser Stadium Loge. This event is hosted by Provost Sabah Randhawa, and will include President Ed Ray and other OSU colleagues. RSVP no later than Sept. 18: Kourtney.goya@oregonstate.edu. If you have questions regarding this event, email gigi.bruce@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Registration is open for the Symposium on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics at LaSells Stewart Center on Oct. 2. The event is in honor of Max Deinzer’s 36-year Career in Mass Spectrometry at OSU. We invite Professor Max Deinzer’s friends, students, advisees, colleagues and mass spectrometry enthusiasts to join us in celebrating his distinguished career. Get more information and register at http://ehsc.oregonstate.edu/deinzersymposium

Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on 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.

OPSRP members, how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

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.

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

News for Employees

OSU Classified employees are invited to attend the September general member meeting on Sept. 17, noon to 1 p.m. in MU-110. Details of the tentative collective bargaining agreement between the Oregon University System and SEIU will be presented. For further information, see the Local 503 website at http://seiu503.org/.

Recreational Sports fall sales have begun for membership, classes & lockers. See the fall schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports, click on “Term Schedule”. Payroll deduction is available to OSU faculty & staff who purchase a 9-month or annual membership between Sept. 8 and Nov. 6.  Download the form at  http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees or pick one up at the Recreation Services desk. The Recreation Services desk will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F.

The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2010. Guidance for preparation of nominations to the Research Office and full details for the Pew Scholars Program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Nominations should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 25. For more information call 541-737-8390.

Fall Term Staff Fee Privilege Deadlines Approaching. For employees whose departments have an operational Business Center, please submit your forms directly to your Business Center for processing.  For those that do not have an operational Business Center at this time, please submit your form to Central HR for processing.  Deadline information is located at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/deadlines.html.  To view contact information for Business Centers, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee.html

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office Oct. 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm For more information call Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund for Fall 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by Oct. 26. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm For more information call Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

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 Bolger at 541-207-7761.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. The work should be completed by 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

Campus core: OSU will be welcoming approximately 4000 students on campus Sept. 20 to Sept. 22.  Traffic will be very congested in the campus core particularly in the vicinity of Buxton/Hawley.  Student/Visitor parking spaces surrounding residential facilities will serve as 30-minute unloading zones, and the staff/faculty spaces on Jefferson between Fairbanks and 30th will be closed for move-in.

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.


While we’ve been busy barbecuing and working in our gardens this weekend, cunning artists have spent their weekend adding a crimson and gold shimmer to the edges of campus trees, hinting at the leafy display on tap for later this month. Today’s high will reach 75 with a chance of sprinkles, and an overnight low of 53. Tomorrow should be sunnier and 84.

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