OSU Today

Dec. 19-Dec. 26, 2011

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.

Clues to life on Mars found on Earth (Voice of America)

Scientists think they’ve uncovered clues to what life might exist on Mars – from a discovery made right here on Earth. The team from Oregon State University collected microbes from ice within a lava tube found in the Cascade Mountains in America’s Northwest. (see also The Scientist, UPI, Daily Mail)

In Oregon, a new marine fishery that should help scientists document fish travels (Public Radio International)

Tom Calvanese, a biologist and Oregon State University graduate student, studies the nearly 40 rockfish species that live along the Oregon coast. They’re popular to look at because of their menacing spines and vibrant colors, but they’re also popular for eating.

A conversation with Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (The Atlantic)

In her professional career, Dawn Wright, chief scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (on hiatus from Oregon State University), has mapped what lies beneath and uses that knowledge to influence sustainable coastline designs.

Into the future at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

Leaders from Oregon State University and the city of Corvallis have pledged to make changes addressing some of the long-simmering “town and gown” tensions over parking, housing and neighborhood conflicts relating to partying. But while those tensions have been heightened by OSU’s explosive growth over the past five years, that same growth is driving changes to the campus as well.

Oregon’s unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent (Oregonian)

“Similar to the national data, the drop in the rate of unemployment is due to the number of people who exited the labor force by no longer looking for work,” said Patrick Emerson, an Oregon State University economist, writing on his blog.

Cancer from fetal exposure to carcinogens depends on dosage, timing (Science Daily)

The research sheds further light on the way in which toxic damage early in life can later manifest themselves as cancer, due to “epigenetic” changes in cells. It was done by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and other institutions, in laboratory studies with mice. (see also Examiner)

Material Girl (Portland Magazine)

An OSU student’s bold take on Pendleton wools wins Portland Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer competition.

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators (PBS)

This documentary features interviews with OSU’s Bill Ripple and Cristina Eisenberg.

Oregon astronaut prepares to return to space (KPTV)

Don Pettit and his crew are scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan on Dec. 21 for a trip to the International Space Station, NASA officials said. Pettit is a graduate of Oregon State University.

Biomass mandate may put Eastern Oregon processors at risk (Capital Press)

PGE is working with three growers and the Oregon State University Extension Service in Hermiston to determine if giant cane is suitable for the area.

Family, friends remember 19-year-old Richmond football player (KTVU)

At 6’4″, 300 pounds, the Oakland Tech graduate went to Oregon State University on a football scholarship, but 10 days ago, he died of a heart attack from a pre-existing heart problem.

Breakthrough could double solar energy output (LA Times)

Just two weeks ago we heard about researcher Douglas Keszlar at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who is studying the photovoltaic potential of fool’s gold– pyrite – and discovered instead that some more ordinary materials could make improved photovoltaics, especially iron silicon sulfide. Once again, the advantage would be that it’s hyperefficient and cheap.

Midwives use rituals to send message that women’s bodies know best (Medical Xpress)

These are some of the findings from an Oregon State University researcher and licensed midwife who witnessed more than 400 home births in order to document an extensive list of practices utilized by midwives to express the symbolic difference between home and hospital births. (see also Health News, Zimbio)

Thinning Oregon forests develops spotted owl habitat, chases away flying squirrels (Oregonian)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers indicates that thinning Douglas firs, which gives them more room to grow and develop the old forest characteristics favored by northern spotted owls, is bad news for the threatened bird’s primary prey.

Rural America’s timber dilemma (LA Times)

A working paper put out last month by the Oregon State University Rural Studies program estimated that Oregon (with about half of its land owned by the federal government) stands to lose about 4,000 jobs and would have to make deep cuts in school funding unless the bill is reauthorized. And Oregon is just one of many states affected. (see also Oregonian)

Wolf warning (East Oregonian)

“I’m not really nervous about Casey’s presentation,” said Douglas Johnson, professor of ecology and rangeland management at Oregon State University, Corvallis. “I guess I wouldn’t put this as any kind of us against them. The way we look at it is an issue that we really need some hard information so people can make policy decisions.”

Alexandria Moseley recognized by National Engineers Week as promising engineering student (Quality Magazine)

Alexandria Moseley, a manufacturing and engineering student at the Oregon State University (class of 2013)—has been recognized as one of 15 most promising college engineering students in the United States and across the world by National Engineers Week. The finalist hails from Newburg, OR, and has been supported with scholarship funding provided by the SME Education Foundation. (see also Oregon Live, Automotion, Society of Manufacturing Engineers)

The untimely passing of Deanna Kingston (NSF)

Deanna was a pioneer in exploring the intersections of Native knowledge and Western science and ways to combine attributes from both domains for the betterment of all and especially for her beloved community of King Island, Alaska. (see also First Peoples: Blog)

Oregon State offers new MBA options (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University plans to introduce two new MBA options in the fall of 2012: one a joint MBA and doctor of pharmacy degree, the other an MBA in Accountancy, or MBAA.

Animal sciences pavilion rises at OSU (Capital Press)

Construction is well under way on an $8 million-plus facility that will expand the capabilities of Oregon State University’s Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department.

Branding Oregon beef (Beef Magazine)

The 1,200-acre Harvey Ranch in southeastern Oregon was donated to Oregon State University in 1987 by Glenn and Mildred Harvey. The original homestead provided pasture for sheep, and since 1917 the ranch has been producing beef cattle. For the last quarter century, OSU’s Harvey Ranch managers have kept the ranch profitable, even during volatile times for the industry.

Extension online help center busy in first nine months (Democrat-Herald)

Since its launch in late March, the Oregon State University Extension Service’s online help center has answered more than 2,600 questions about everything from how to sanitize birdhouses to how to make compost with manure.

Season’s Greenings (Register-Guard)

Whitewater Ranch, which grows Christmas trees on 120 acres in the McKenzie River area, is the only grower in Lane County to be certified “sustainable” under a new program developed with the help of Oregon State University Extension.

Farmers, ranchers on pace for a banner year (Herald and News)

“We rely on the good years to get us through the bad ones,” said Willie Riggs, agriculture economist with Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

Sleep better with exercise (Bend Bulletin)

A new study out of Oregon State University said that getting at least 150 minutes of exercise per week can improve adults’ sleep at night and alertness during the day. (see also Sleep Review)

Four fine wine books and a big beer chaser (Chicago Sun-Times)

Voodoo Vintners (Oregon State University Press, $19) by Katherine Cole is an exploration of the fascinating world of biodynamic winemaking, specifically in Oregon.

 Natural selections for the holidays (Oregonian)

Carmel Finley is an instructor in history at Oregon State University and a former correspondent for The Oregonian. Her new book “All the Fish in the Sea: Maximum Sustainable Yield and the Failure of Fisheries Management” shows how a policy developed in the early 1950s and based on factors not supported by science led to overfishing and the collapse of numerous fisheries, particularly halibut, tuna and salmon.

Animal Nature (Oregonian)

Two Washington writers concerned about the ways human activity threatens Northwest butterfly species combine forces in “Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies” (Oregon State University Press, 448 pages, $35).

 Wells Fargo donates $10,000 for OSU-Cascades scholarships (KTVZ)

Wells Fargo has donated $10,000 to the recently launched Energy Engineering Management (EEM) B.S. degree program at Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend.

What it takes to grow an organic Christmas tree (Ecotrope)

Almost all the Christmas tree crops in the U.S. – 99 percent, according to Oregon State University’s extension service – are grown using some kind of chemical inputs.

Effort begins to return beavers to Benton County (KGW)

To bring beavers back to Benton County, Oregon State University and governmental agencies are examining relocation efforts, as well as introducing beaver-friendly foliage.

Strange bedfellows: Magnetism and climate (Terra)

Stranger yet is where Chuang Xuan, a postdoctoral scientist at Oregon State University, is looking for clues to solve this mystery: the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Xuan has joined an expedition on the research ship JOIDES Resolution to drill deep into the seafloor where the Mediterranean Sea flows into the Atlantic.

Placer High graduate shares her rare wolverine sighting (Auburn Journal)

Currently, Moriarty is working toward earning her PhD at Oregon State University and works for the U.S. Forest Service. Her specialty is in studying martens. She said the loss of predators, like martens and wolverines, has an impact on many species.

Mark Abbott named recipient of Jim Gray eScience Award (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University oceanographic leader Mark Abbott has been named the 2011 recipient of the Jim Gray eScience Award, presented by Microsoft Research.

University Outreach and Engagement 2011 Vic Provost Awards for Excellence (LIFE@OSU)

A list of this year’s winners.

Research grants, faculty release time announced (LIFE@OSU)

A current list of recipients of grants from the Research Council and Spring Term faculty release.


Retirement Reception for Karen Brown: Karen has decided to retire after almost 32 years at OSU. Join us in congratulating her on Monday, Dec. 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in 228 Milne.

Corvallis International Forest Film Festival: Monday, Dec. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m., fifth installment in series of free films celebrating United Nations International Year of Forests 2011. Feature film “Climbing Redwood Giants” from National Geographic features OSU alumnus Steve Sillett’s research in the hidden world of the redwood forest canopy. Short film “Wild Places: Banff National Park” was shot by student filmmakers celebrating the 125th anniversary of national parks in Canada. For more information: http://international-programs.forestry.oregonstate.edu/.


End of Year Clearance at the OSUsed Store: Come by our last public sale of 2011 Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St, where much of our merchandise will be 75 percent off! Our next public sale will not be until Jan. 11. For more information, visit our website.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House meetings will be held on Jan. 10, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322. The next 13-week session begins Jan. 17.  Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present that confirmation code at the first meeting.  For more information, call 541-737-3106.

Food Drive Kick-off Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. We will be meet at the home of OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry – International Forum Room, southwest corner of Snell Hall/MU East. We would like start updating our coordinator list. Visit the food drive website to view last year’s list. We will be updating this list for the 2012 drive. Notify Kate Sanders (541-737-6522, kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu) if you have any updates or additions.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU: There’s an app for that: OSU’s official iPhone app is now public available in the iTunes store. Find office addresses, staff, faculty and student contact info, navigate the campus and get the latest news and announcements while you’re on the go.

NEW! Professional training: Looking for a training course or refresher to start your new year off right? Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/training to view and register online for winter term courses posted in the “Professional and Organizational Effectiveness” category. These courses are sponsored by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, are FREE to OSU employees, and include Principles of Moving from Good to Great, Stretch Goals: Taking Your Performance to the Next Level, Road Trip: The Art of Managing Expectations, Dejunking Your Life, and Running Effective Meetings.

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor in January, call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. The sessions will be held on Jan. 10-12.

NEW! NSF – Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – EESE program. The program funds research and educational projects that improve ethics education in all fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/eese.html. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Jan. 16, 2012. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Girls After-School Science & Engineering Clubs: Saturday Academy at OSU, AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) program. For students in 6th-8th grades or 9-12th grades. Middle school club will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m. High school club will meet Wednesdays, Jan.25-Feb. 29, from 4:30-6 p.m. Contact Saturday Academy (541-737-8139) or visit the Saturday Academy website for more information.

Directories are here: The 2011-12 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, , or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

Business suit donations needed: Lightly used professional business attire is being sought to assist OSU students for the Annual Career Wardrobe Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 9, 2012 in the OSU MU Ballroom. For more information or to request pick up contact Wanda Crannell, 737-2999.  Current campus drop off locations are 8 Kerr Administration – Career Services and 137 Strand Agriculture Hall, and beginning Jan. 1 the downtown OSU BEAVER Store in Portland 538 SW 6th Ave.

Classified evaluation: Effective Jan. 1, 2012, all classified non-information technology performance evaluations will be completed through EvalS. EvalS is an electronically-driven performance evaluation system designed to assist supervisors and employees to complete their annual goal-setting and appraisal tasks. Register soon for the “Intro to Classified (Non-IT) EvalS for Employees and Supervisors” training at Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=309.

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs from Oct. 24, 2011 to Jan. 30, 2012. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6 percent decrease compared to the previous year. This year, 123 OSU employees have donated a total of $48,755. Meanwhile, UO has had 580 employees who have donated $189,638 so far. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form to 2011 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Traffic and maintenance

Free parking: Student/visitor lots open, no permit required, Dec 12 to Jan 13.

Fairbanks Annex: Due to a scheduled ceiling project, Fairbanks Annex will be temporarily closed. This closure is necessary for the safety of the OSU community while contractors remove the ceiling and make necessary repairs. The shutdown should end by 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6, 2012.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Public Information Representative 2: College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 2 (Online Communications Specialist/Writer) position. Posting #0008411. Closes Dec. 21.

Career and Internship Coordinator : The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Career and Internship Coordinator position. Posting #0008376. Closes Dec. 22.

Business Affairs Student Accounts Scholarship Accountant. This is a F/T Accountant 1 position at OSU’s Student Accounts Office. Posting #:0008447 Closes Dec. 26.

Public Information Representative 1 – University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 1 (Social Media/Marketing Writer) position. Posting # 0008404. Closes Dec 28.

Administrative Program Assistant: College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean invites applications for a full-time, classified position. Posting #0008422. Closes Dec. 30.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for 12-month fixed term Digital Production Unit Supervisor position. Posting # 0008394. Closes Dec. 31.

Equity Specialist: The Office of Equity and Inclusion is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Equity Specialist position. Posting #0008425. Full consideration Dec. 20. Closes Jan 5.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 6, 2012.

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning – The Office of Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. Posting # 0008293. Closes Jan. 6

Research Associate (Post Doc). The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Posting # 0008193. Closes Jan. 15, 2012.


Corvallis: “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn. In that spirit, love will keep you warm as we head into an extended holiday weekend. Foggy mornings will continue to keep things interesting during early commutes this week, with cloudy afternoons and a chance of rain by Tuesday. Freezing fog may be in store Wednesday and Thursday. It may get a bit sunny Saturday, but Sunday looks to be rainy. Highs this week will be in the mid 40s with lows hovering around freezing.



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