OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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.

The Revolutionary (Sports Illustrated)
A feature on OSU alum Dick Fosbury.

New ‘adjuvant’ could hold future of vaccine development (R&D Magazine)
Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a new “adjuvant” that could allow the creation of important new vaccines, possibly become a universal vaccine carrier and help medical experts tackle many diseases more effectively. (See also Science Centric)

Oregon State University Microbiologist Gives Food the ‘Acid Test’ for Safety (Quality Assurance Magazine)
Oregon State University food scientist Mark Daeschel aims to make sure that no one gets sick from newly developed acidified foods like mustards, salsas, pickles and salad dressings that are heat-processed in Oregon. About 150 such products passed through his lab last year, he said.

When It Comes to Pollution, Less (Kids) May Be More (Washington Post)
What is new, in the British study and in a separate report from Oregon State University, are statistics that show exactly how much each life — and especially each American life — adds to the world’s emissions.

New study shows river runoff decreases in driest years in Oregon, Northwest (Oregonian)

Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University, says the new findings are important and “potentially very worrisome.”

‘Green’ labels can confuse consumers (Statesman Journal)
OSU’S Dayna Simpson says the question of whether or not a green product really contributes to helping the environment does not offer an easy answer.

City Club talks startups and venture capital (Gazette-Times)
Wayne Embree and Terri Fiez, the head of Oregon State University’s Electrical and Computer Science Department, talked about startups and venture capitalism in Oregon at Monday’s meeting of the Corvallis City Club.

The third chapter of life (Mail Tribune)

OSU Extension’s Sharon Johnson talks about making plans later in life.

Addressing Climate Change Using Transportation System Planning (Northwest Hub)

Gail Achterman, chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission and director of the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University, discussed the development of transportation policy plans. The question is, she said, on a federal, state and local level: How do we think about this future?


Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing today 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW DETAILS! 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. The event also will be streamed live at OSU and can be viewed via computer at http://eces.wsu.edu/video/stream.html.  For more information contact Adam Stebbins at adam.stebbins@co.benton.or.us

NEW! Looking for a way to connect your spiritual life and your life at the university?  Bring a lunch and join us for the Liturgy of the Hours every Monday at 12:10 starting Sept. 28, at the Newman Center Chapel, 2127 N.W. Monroe.  All faculty and staff are welcome.  For more information, contact Chris Anderson at canderson@oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The 2009 edition of the statewide Bike Commute Challenge is underway! So far, OSU has tallied over 4,000 miles biking to and from work. There’s still time to join the Challenge, and you only need to bike to work seven times in September to be eligible for discounts from local bike shops. Join your coworkers in this healthy and fun competition. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/groups/atac/bcc.htm

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/recsport, 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. This week, the Recreation Services desk is open M-W, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and R-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

26th Street: Due to roadway maintenance, the northbound lane on 26th Street (between Campus Way and Orchard Avenue) will be temporarily closed. Traffic delays and slow traffic conditions are to be expected due to increased congestion. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 16 and should be done by 10 a.m.

Weniger Hall: Due to repairs on the steam distribution system, all steam services to Weniger Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all equipment utilizing steam services in all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 3 p.m.

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.


Anyone else notice the squirrels are looking fluffier these days? Wonder what the Farmer’s Almanac would have to say about that. Today’s high will be 84 with sunny skies, but rain will roll in tomorrow.

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