OSU Today

Monday, Sept. 21, 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.

Wolves: majestic symbol or bloodthirsty predator? (Oregonian)

Bill Moore, who earned a wildlife biology degree from Oregon State University, also warns that Oregon hikers could be in for a shock. Hikers in the northern Rockies “have had their dogs killed right in front of them” by wolf packs, he says.

Get flu vaccine now, agencies say (Gazette-Times)
Flu clinics for students and employees at Oregon State University have been scheduled for mid-October.

US: Kiwifruit is a hit in Oregon orchards
(Fresh Plaza)

The relatively new kiwifruit has a smooth skin and is about one inch long, according to Oregon State University Extension berry crops professor Bernadine Strik.

New nanostructure technology provides advances in eyeglass, solar energy performance (Chemie.de)
Chemical engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology to deposit “nanostructure films” on various surfaces, which may first find use as coatings for eyeglasses that cost less and work better.

Green Tea Extract May Hamper Bone Growth (World Tea News)
In a recently published study, mice fed green tea extract while their bones were growing ended up with relative smaller bones. Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut conducted the study.

Promoting Peace (Gazette-Times)
Dr. Joseph Orosco, director of Oregon State University’s Peace Studies program, shared a similar message. “When we talk about peace, we’re talking about respecting differences,” he told the crowd. “When we can do that … that is the basis for peace.”

Address the causes of toxic algae (Mail Tribune)
An Oregon State University researcher also believes that cyanobacteria may make surface water hazardous for irrigation use because the toxin can damage plants, accumulate in crops and affect human health.

Grass Seed Growers Hurting But Optimistic (WTJV)
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.

Powered by Orange!

Get Powered by Orange today 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

Today

Come to the “Mind Spa Open House” and indulge. The Mind Spa is a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit. Come explore an experience like no other on campus: relax in the full body massage chair and unkink that last stubborn muscle; practice a meditation routine or biofeedback program; enjoy some delicious snacks. The open house takes place from 11 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Snell Hall. In addition, there will be a session on “Wellness Skills to Make College Fun,” at the same time.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Transit & Parking Services will be closed Sept 23rd from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting an OSU faculty luncheon on Oct. 1 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Newman Center, 2127 N.W. Monroe Ave. The Newman Center will provide snacks and drinks, bring your own lunch. The goal is to build bridges between the campus ministry and OSU faculty. RSVP to illorente@socsj.org or call 541-752-6818.

Discover “Wellness Skills to Make College Fun!” Learn different ways to manage your stress and benefit from what science is confirming about the paths to happiness. Discover how to enhance pleasurable experience and ways to cultivate a deep happiness. A session will be held Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

Been running around since you got back to college? Come restore your soul and “Rejuvenate Your Spirit.” Learn ways to enhance your life-school/work balance, get a massage, listen to soothing music, and eat delicious snacks. You can also get a tour of the Mind Spa: a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit and relax in a full body massage chair. The event takes place Sept. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Avoid the traffic congestion and the search for a parking place…ride the bus, your transportation alternative.  The Corvallis Transit System will provide free bus rides during this weekend’s Fall Festival.  CTS buses will run their regular routes; hours of operation are as follows: Saturday – Regular Saturday hours, Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com.

NEW! The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is pleased to announce its 2009-10 workshop series, which kicks off Oct. 8 with a workshop on retaining a diverse workforce. The workshop will be held at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library’s public meeting room from 3 to 5 p.m. The Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is a consortium of local employers who are dedicated to celebrating diversity in our communities and providing opportunities for employers to learn more about how they can support differences in the workplace. Because OSU is a partner, all faculty, staff and student employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: katrina.HOPKINS@Co.Benton.OR.US Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Transit & Parking Services is now selling annual and term parking permits.  The current permit is valid through Sept. 30.  The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The location is Adams Hall, 606 S.W. 15th St. Website for the permit forms is located at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Waldo Hall: Due to 4th floor renovation in Waldo Hall, four service parking spaces in the surrounding parking lot will be temporarily shutdown.  These are the two service vehicle spaces on the northwest side of the building, and the two service vehicle spaces on the southwest side of the building. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 21 should end by 5 p.m., Dec. 18.

Memorial Place: Due to the placement of a temporary building on the east side of Plageman Student Health Center, Memorial Place will be temporarily closed between Campus Way & Monroe Ave.  This shutdown will also affect the bike path and service vehicle parking spaces in this area.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 23 and will end by 5 p.m.

Nash Hall: During the morning of Sept. 23, the Corvallis Fire Department will be on-site conducting fire extinguisher training.  Smoke will be present for the duration of this training. The shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and should end by noon.

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.

Weather

Apparently somebody didn’t get the memo that tomorrow is the first day of Fall, because the whole week is going to be as hot and sunny as mid July. Today’s high of 92 will be followed by tomorrow’s high of 94. Along with this hot weather, there is an extreme fire hazard due to prolonged hot weather and low humidity, so be cautious when enjoying the outdoors.

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