OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 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.

The colorful lure of carp (Japan Times)
Oregon State University-based vet Tim Miller-Morgan attended the ZNA show for the first time this year, and explained: “We’re running a program to train vets so they can add ornamental fish to their practice,” he said.

A year’s reading (New Yorker)
OSU Professor of English Tracy Daugherty’s “Hiding Man” is listed on the New Yorker’s list of Reviewers’ Favorites for 2009.

Held together by a fragile clasp (Gazette-Times)
This Willamette Stage production features some strong OSU talent.

Stimulus estimate: Nearly 10,000 jobs in Oregon (Democrat-Herald)
Economists say that estimating whether and how much Oregon has benefited involves making “what if” assumptions about the course of the economy had there been no package, and they are of divided opinion. “The truth is, we will never really know how much it helped, we can only make educated guesses,” said Patrick Emerson, associate professor of economics at Oregonia State University. (See also Statesman Journal)

Mill closure: Strictly business (Gazette-Times)

Refusal to sell mothballed containerboard plants is “standard procedure” in the industry, according to Eric Hansen, a professor of forest products marketing in the Oregon State University College of Forestry.

Cold stalls diesel vehicle drivers (Bend Bulletin)
Ganti Murthy, assistant professor of biological and ecological engineering at Oregon State University and a biofuels researcher, said a 2 percent biodiesel blend shouldn’t have any significant effect on engine performance.

OSU offers gifts for gardeners (Hillsboro Argus)
If you have a gardener on your holiday gift list, consider one of the several books and booklets that are available through the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Drinking beer prevents prostate cancer? (Food Consumer)
A study conducted by Emily Ho and colleagues from Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University suggests that beer may prevent prostate cancer. (See also CCTV)

Don’t fall for age-old tree care myths (The World)
Specialists from Oregon State University and Washington State University are debunking some of the common urban myths about Christmas tree care.

Festive gifts for healthier lives (News-Sentinel)
If you have a bicycle enthusiast on your list, there’s “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities,” by Jeff Mapes, (Oregon State University, 2009).

Charitable Fund Drive Update

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which state employees can make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Last year, OSU employees donated $117,568, which benefits organizations like United Way. This year, we’re falling far short of that goal. To date, 146 OSU employees have donated a total of $72,987. Meanwhile, UO has had 514 employees who donated $193,903 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating to a cause that’s more important now than ever. You have until Jan. 31.


Starting today, OSU Today will be published on a weekly basis until the beginning of Winter Term, so be sure to submit your events and news items as early as possible to make sure they’re included. We’ll be back to a daily schedule starting Jan. 4.

A two-story house located at the corner of 17th and A Street is scheduled to be moved to its new home starting at around 9 a.m. today to the new location between 202 and 220 N.W. 15th Street. The move should be completed by 1 p.m. The moving company will have pilot cars, warning signs, flaggers and utility companies working throughout the move to help with traffic control and facilitate any necessary movement of utilities.  They would like to ask the public to avoid the move route from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Additionally, there will be ‘no parking’ signs posted this weekend along the move route in order to ensure a clear path on Monday morning.

Vice President for Research candidate Michael Pazzani will be on campus today from 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room. He will give a presentation followed by open forum sessions for questions and answers.  Their presentations and forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty. Your comments are welcome. An evaluation form will be available at the forums.  Please note that your input regarding the candidates is due on Dec. 18. Your input will be held in strict confidence. Please contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu, if you need additional information.


Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The next 13-week session begins on Dec. 15. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Regence you may call 800-826-9813 to get a WW access code for the at-work WW group. You will need the ID number from your Regence card and also a P number that is not listed on that card. You can find that number on your ODS card. You will present that access code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Dec 15. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.


Vice President for Research candidate Bradley Fenwick will be on campus Dec. 16 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 206. He will give a presentation followed by open forum sessions for questions and answers.  Their presentations and forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty. Your comments are welcome. An evaluation form will be available at the forums.  Please note that your input regarding the candidates is due on Dec. 18. Your input will be held in strict confidence. Please contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu, if you need additional information.

Marge Stevens is retiring! Come show appreciation of her 18 years of service to the OSU community by joining her for free bowling and cake Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., at the MU Basement Beaver Den and Bowling Alley. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the OSU Student Emergency Food Pantry if you can. Questions? Contact: Cindy Newberry 541-737-2716 or Cathy McBride 541-737-8692

Upcoming events

NEW! Central Web Services has posted the Drupal 6 workshops for January and February 2010.  You can view them at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14 We are offering a new Drupal workshop – Drupal 6 How to use Views : Quickly create custom queries, high impact data tables, helpful data filtering tools, and customized page and block displays.

News for Employees

NEW! H1N1 Priority Groups Have Been Lifted – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for all OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Come to Plageman Student Health Center, Monday-Friday, 9: to 11:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the fee will be billed directly to Regence. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355.

NEW! The First OSU Building Energy Challenge is gearing up for February 2010!  Sponsored by the Sustainability Office and driven by students, the Building Energy Challenge will foster competition between building occupants in an attempt to reduce OSU’s $10 million energy bill.  We’re currently looking for people to become Energy Challenge Reps, who will promote the Challenge in their building.  Prizes to weekly and overall winners.  For more information, contact Greg Smith at greg.smith.oregonstate.edu, Brandon Trelstad, Brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu, or go to the Building Energy Challenge Web page at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/building-energy-challenge-winter-2010.

Just in time for the holidays!  Facilities Services now has the winter issue of their Campus Works newsletter posted on the main page of the Facilities Services website.  Campus Works can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/index.html.

Dixon RecCenter will remain open through Winter Break to serve the OSU community, friends and family.  Specific hours are posted at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/hours .  Questions?  Contact Tina Clawson at 737-6830 or tina.clawson@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Printing and Mailing can help you spread your holiday cheer and support for OSU with our OSU Holiday Cards.  Packages of customized OSU cards are available at OSU Printing and Mailing for $10 for 6 full color cards and matching envelopes.  Also available through OSU Printing and Mailing are personalized calendars.  All you need to do is bring in your 13 favorite photos and we can make your personalized calendar.  These make a great gift for friends and family to enjoy throughout the year.

Power Up is soliciting event and/or presentation proposals!  Throughout the duration of Power Up, our two featured teams along with other members of the OSU community will be competing in different events and attending presentations.  If you or someone in your department has a great idea for an engaging event as a part of this program, we would love to read your proposal.  For more information on the proposal process, please view the proposal form or contact Kaila LaMarche at Kaila.LaMarche@oregonstate.edu.


Professional Faculty, IE3 Global Internship Program Coordinator: The Office of OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term IE3 Global Internship Program Coordinator position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0004863.  Closing date Dec. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Research Associate, Oregon State University, full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term.  Open to internal regular OSU employees only. To review job posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005009.  Closing Date: Dec. 21.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Professional Faculty, Web Communication Editor: The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a half-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Web Communication Editor position.  This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0005001.  Closing date today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to construction associated with Nash Hall the roadway behind the building will be reduced to one-lane traffic. This will also affect the loading dock on the south side the bldg. Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to guide traffic, temporary delays should be expected. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Dec. 17 and should end by 2 p.m.

30th Street: Due to construction associated with the Linus Pauling Science Center project, 30th St., will experience heavy construction related traffic. Be advised to use extreme caution when traveling in both directions on 30th St, due to construction trucks accessing Campus Way and Jefferson Way. This shutdown will begin at 5 a.m. today and we anticipate reopening these parking areas by 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.


Who knew 36 degrees could feel balmy? After last week’s frigid temperatures and the weekend’s ice storm, this week is going to feel positively tropical in comparison. A tropical rain forest, that is. We’ll see rain all week, with highs in the 50s and lows in the low 40s.

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