OSU Today

Thursday, Sept. 17, 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.

Want to join the new economy? Get wired in, in Corvallis (National Geographic)
Corvallis has become the research capital of the Pacific Northwest in spite of a pretty big obstacle: its location. Drive 15 minutes west and you’re mountain biking Marys Peak in the Coast Range. An hour west and you’re kayaking the Pacific. If the mood hits, you can even drop a canoe in the slow-flowing Willamette River, which runs right through town.

Climate change could mean more tamarisk in Oregon (Oregonian)

A warming climate could invite to Oregon greater numbers of an invasive shrub that is endemic in the southwestern United States, OSU researchers say.

OSU seeks towing power under new rules (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University wants to add more teeth to its campus parking rules, and has proposed a change to allow vehicles to be towed if they are parked without authorization in reserved spaces.

Bones May Suffer From Green Tea Consumption (U.S. News & World Report)
Green tea may weaken bones, suggests a U.S. study on mice. It’s not clear whether similar effects occur in humans, according to the researchers, from Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut. (See also MSN Fitness & Health)

Ina Jeanne Daily, obituary (Gazette-Times)
Ina Daily worked for the State of Oregon from 1965 to 2006. In that length of time, she worked for the Extension Service in Corvallis and Albany, and then worked for Affirmative Action on the Oregon State University campus until her retirement.

Wine Labeling Corks Consumers

Shopping for wine can be a frustrating experience with hundreds of different brands sitting on store shelves, forcing consumers to rely on the look of a bottle. A group of marketing experts from Oregon State University say that’s why the look of a bottle plays a huge role into consumers selecting wine.

Potential Fruit Fly Invasion Serious Threat for Oregon Fruit (Salem News)
Officials are very concerned about what this could mean for the state, and discussions are taking place between the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University.

A baseball bat, a business pitch (Bend Bulletin)

When a Bend builder couldn’t find work, he decided to pursue an idea to create, sell a more durable bat. Helping him write a business plan is Pam Stevenson, an adjunct business professor at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus.

Computers stolen from OSU offices (Gazette-Times)
Several computers were recently reported stolen from offices at Oregon State University, according to information from the Oregon State Police.

Get ready for it (Dalles Chronicle News)
The common assumption is that disasters only happen elsewhere. Or that if they do happen here, they’re going to happen and there’s not much we can do about it.
“That’s a dangerous, irresponsible attitude,” says Lynette Black of Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Sea Salt or Table Salt: Which is Healthier? (Epicurious)
For more on the amounts of iodine in various foods, see this very comprehensive article from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.


OSU Classified employees are invited to attend the September general member meeting today from 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/.

Constitution Day is being celebrated on campus today.  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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! You are invited to stop by the Dixon Recreation Center Sept. 18 between 2 and 4 p.m. for coffee and cookies.  Step away from your workplace for a few minutes to tour the RecSports facilities, check out the fall programming and new equipment, ask questions and offer suggestions.

NEW! OSU’s HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), will hold its 11th annual symposium beginning Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in ALS 4001 and continuing through Sept. 25. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

On Friday, Sept. 25, Central Web Services is offering overview presentations of Drupal 6 and Media Manager for the OSU community.  The “What’s New With Drupal 6″ presentation is at 9 a.m. and the “Introduction to Media Manager” presentation is at 10:30 a.m. Both presentations will be in the Willamette West Seminar Room, Valley Library, 3rd Floor.  See all training courses offered by CWS at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14

NEW! The first lecture in the 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing borders, crossing cultures,” will be given by David Luft, Horning Professor in the Humanities at Oregon State University, on Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! Three panelists who go by the title, “Interfaith Amigos,” will address the prospects for success of Pres. Obama’s new beginning initiative from Christian, Islamic, Jewish and interfaith perspectives. The “Interfaith Amigos,” Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don MacKenzie, and Shaikh Jamal Rahman, will hold a panel discussion on Oct. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at Oregon State University. The free public event will be held at Gilfillan Auditorium, 2601 S.W. Orchard Ave. The event is part of the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture lecture series at Oregon State.

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 Tominson 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

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

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

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.

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 working as a Human Resources Consultant 1. Please join her Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 to celebrate.

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! Join in on the fun!  Focus on your fitness in the company of other faculty and staff (Faculty/Staff/GTA’s, and retirees qualify) Faculty/Staff Fitness registration has begun for fall classes and locker rentals. See the fall schedule at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/faculty-staff-fitness-fsf-program/  Click on “Fall 2009 Activity Schedule”.  The Faculty/Staff Fitness Office, located in Langton 123, is open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 737-3222 for questions or inquiries.

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

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

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. 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

Nash Hall: Due to the construction project at Nash Hall, the roadway that runs along the parking lot on the south side of ALS & Nash Hall will be temporarily closed.  The street will be closed intermittently, with one-way traffic only. Flaggers and traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.  The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 18, and we anticipate restoring services by 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

26th Street: On Sept. 22, 26th Street between Jefferson and Campus Way will be closed starting at 3 p.m. for the New Student Picnic taking place in the Memorial Union Quad.  Emergency vehicles will have access as needed during this time. Also, there will be temporary closures of Jefferson at 26th and Washington at 26th for the New Student Walk/Convocation from the MU Quad down to Gill Coliseum starting at 3:30 p.m. (lasting about 20 minutes) and then again at 5 p.m. (lasting about 20 minutes) for the walk back up to the MU Quad.

Oak Creek: Due to the installation of a new kitchen sink, the industrial and domestic (hot and cold) water supply lines will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 22, and should end by noon.

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.”

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.


Fog drapes a beautiful cloak of mystery over a familiar landscape, as this morning has proven, but it will soon waft away to reveal cloudy skies. Today’s high will be 76. Fog returns tomorrow morning, but a sunnier afternoon will follow.

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