OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 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.

Can Condoms Combat Climate Change? (Slate.com)
An earlier study performed at Oregon State University found that each American birth eventually adds 1,644 tons of carbon dioxide, 91 times as much as a birth in Bangaldesh, for instance.

Food heroes (KPTV)
OSU Extension’s Anne Hoisington appears on this morning show to demonstrate how to make a healthy salad.

The boyfriend study (Just Out)

How an OSU Ph.D. student aims to change the way we look at HIV treatment.

OSU: Wine buyers judge a bottle by its label (Gazette-Times)

Customers do judge a wine by its label, so wine producers who slap a plain white label on a premium bottle of wine could be short-changing themselves. Keven Malkewitz, an assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University, and Ulrich Orth, professor at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel in Germany, co-wrote the paper, which is one of the few that looks at the way consumers set price expectations based on package design. (See also KLCC)

Americans turn to backyard chickens for food, security (AFP)

If the underlying ethos is self-sufficiency as a buffer against an uncertain economy, then layer hens, or pullets, are a practical undertaking requiring little space, time and expense, said Jim Hermes, extension poultry specialist with the animal sciences department at Oregon State University.

Complete image of Himalayan fault created (UPI)
Oregon State University Associate Professor John Nabelek, lead author of the study, said the team 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.

Northwestern United States could face more tamarisk invasion by century’s end (Science Blog)
In the study, Becky Kerns and her Forest Service and Oregon State University colleagues compiled distribution data for all species of tamarisk in the region and used the information to develop habitat suitability maps, which helped to identify those areas most susceptible to invasion.

OSU junior combines gym workouts with racquetball (Oregonian)
Grant Stalley, a junior at Oregon State University, had a busy summer. He worked as a day-camp counselor and still managed to spend many hours in the gym. He pulled it off by arriving at the Beaverton Family YMCA as early as 5:30 a.m.

Obama administration strengthens NW salmon protection plan by adding measures to Bush plan (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The chief of NOAA, former Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco, said the additional measures recommended by the Obama administration take into account the uncertainties mentioned by critics and tries to adjust for them.

Brush with disaster brings perspective to prescribed burns (The Daily Courier)
Prescribed burns are a relatively new Australian procedure, said Bruce Shindler, a professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society. He recently spoke at a workshop in Australia and toured the areas that burned in February.

Today

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Upcoming Events

NEW! On Sept. 17, Constitution Day will be celebrated on campus.  This year, the Office of the Provost, the Library, and the Political Science Department are sponsoring an event at the Valley Library. Computer stations in the Autzen classroom will be set up to play a variety of online games that test and teach knowledge of the constitution, our founding, and our rights. There will be light refreshments and small prizes. The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

NEW! Get Powered by Orange on Sept. 21 as a series of events on campus help us celebrate some of the great things we’re doing at OSU. At 10 a.m., join College of Science Dean Sherman Bloomer, Mayor Charlie Tomlinson and others in the Women’s Building for a briefing on OSU’s growing research, academic and economic impact. Then, at noon, you’re invited to a Powered by Orange Party in the Memorial Union Quad featuring food and drinks, prize giveaways, photos with Benny and more. Finally, join faculty, staff and students and other OSU supporters for a Powered by Orange After Hours at Squirrel’s, 100 S.W. Second St., in downtown Corvallis from 5 to 7 p.m. There are other events/activities taking place over the course of the week in Corvallis and Portland. For a full schedule and other information, visit http://poweredbyorange.com

NEW! Get a head start on Fall term and “Meet Your Library” on Sept. 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Libraries’ Autzen Classroom.  This event is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff to the suite of resources and services offered by OSU Libraries. Staff from several departments will also be available to answer your questions.  Register here:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For more information contact Uta Hussong-Christian at uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Registration for the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” on Friday, Oct 2 from noon to 4 p.m. is now open. Annually, this event draws together 2000+ Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year. Registration for University Departments & Student Clubs and Organizations is free and available at:  http://www.chamberorganizer.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=CBCC&evid=3263641 For more information, contact Danté Holloway at dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu

NEW! PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. 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.

NEW! Carlene Pelroy will be retiring from Oregon State University Sept. 30. Carlene has worked for OSU for more than 32 years, beginning her career in the Microbiology Department where she worked for 24 years, followed by eight years at Extended Campus. She recently relocated to the University Administrative Business Center where she has been her Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 to celebrate.

NEW! Larry Miller, president of the Portland Trail Blazers, will discuss strategies to build the brand and reputation of an organization in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Sept. 30. Miller’s talk, “Unify in the Championship Culture,” is sponsored by OSU’s College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The center is located at 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

Looking for a way to connect your spiritual life and your life at the university?  Bring a lunch to 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 American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation and Oregon State University’s Department of Public Health have announced the establishment of a new doctoral fellowship program: “PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators.” ASSE says the program is designed to support and encourage future occupational safety and health educators and more evidence-based research in the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions.” Link to complete news release: http://ohsonline.com/articles/2009/09/06/asse-foundation-has-new-doctoral-fellowship.aspx

NEW! Seed Certification is seeking a Software Designer/Engineer. This is a full-time, professional position.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Details can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0004683.  The position closes Sept. 25.

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,s 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

Campus core: Student/Visitor and Faculty/Staff spaces on Jefferson Way, between Adams Avenue and Washington Ave and 13th Street & 15th Street, and in front of Finley, Halsell and Bloss Halls will be closed from 7 a.m. Sept. 20 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 to accommodate “Student Move-In Days.”

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.

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.

Weather

This month, many OSU staff and faculty are participating in the annual Bike Commute Challenge, and so far, OSU folks have logged more than 5,300 miles on their bike commutes. With classes starting soon, there will be lots more bikes on the road, and with mornings getting darker and rain starting to roll in, they’ll be harder to see, so always be aware and share the road. Today could be a bit rainy with a high of 73, but sunshine and warmer temperatures return tomorrow.

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