OSU Today

Dec. 27, 2011-Jan. 3, 2012

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.

Study of Hood River steelhead finds natural selection in hatcheries causes rapid productivity decline in the wild (Oregonian)

Earlier studies on the Hood River had already identified declining productivity in Hood River hatchery steelhead. The latest research shows it comes from domestication of young fish in hatcheries that can be passed on when hatchery fish breed with wild fish, not from a temporary environmental effect, said Mark Christie, an Oregon State University genetic researcher and the study’s lead author. (see also Daily Mail, UPI, Earth Fix)

Freeze will affect some OSU jobs (Gazette-Times)

Pernsteiner called for public universities to continue hiring vacant education, research and academic support positions, including financial aid support jobs and contracted positions for graduate students. Also, he said, open student jobs will be safe.

Geologists wonder if Pacific Northwest is up next for a giant earthquake (Oregonian)

But the data is less than convincing to some experts, who think it’s possible that short-term risk of a great earthquake has increased in the Northwest.  “There is a possibility that maybe we should be worried about this,” says Oregon State University geologist Chris Goldfinger. “I definitely do not dismiss it.”

Of Mars, microbes and the Cascades (KVAL)

This microbe is from one of the most common genera of bacteria on Earth,” said Amy Smith, a doctoral student at Oregon State University and one of the authors of the study. “You can find its cousins in caves, on your skin, at the bottom of the ocean and just about anywhere. What is different, in this case, is its unique qualities that allow it to grow in Mars-like conditions.”

Silverton native Pettit is back in space (Statesman Journal)

Pettit, 56, a graduate of Silverton High School and Oregon State University, last went into space aboard the now-defunct shuttle Endeavour in 2008. (see also NASA, KOIN, KATU)

Forest thinning not carbon answer (Fire Engineering)

While there are valid reasons to thin forests, including restoration of forest structure or health, wildlife enhancement or public safety, increased carbon sequestration is not one of them, scientists at Oregon State University said. (see also Portland Tribune, Innovations Report, Science Codex)

Lifelong learning for advanced ages (Gazette-Times)

Around 85 people, many of them retirees, attended the event. They snacked on 40 types of cheese, samples of red and white wines and listened to a lecture from Floyd Bodyfelt, retired dairy expert from Oregon State University Extension — that’s where the Savory Science part came in.

Oregonian readers’ most shared stories of 2011 (Oregonian)

We sorted a year’s worth of science news to find the stories most often shared by readers of The Oregonian. #1: How Corvallis exceeds New York City: A view from theoretical physics.

Student centered, community focused (Oregon Live)

In coastal communities, downtown Portland, the wheat fields of Eastern Oregon and the forests of the Cascades — in public health departments, tribal governments, schools and state and federal agencies, people are working with Oregon State University faculty members and students to solve problems, lead healthier lives and build businesses.

Despite an unusual run of giant earthquakes, the Northwest’s risk likely unchanged (Oregonian)

But Oregon State University geologist Chris Goldfinger says the picture is more complicated than that.

Council OKs moving ahead on OSU-city project (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council on Monday named the people who will work together for the next two years to resolve issues of growth, housing, parking and partying, among other issues related to a fast-growing Oregon State University — and a Corvallis eager to retain its livability.

When you’re here, you’re family (Gazette-Times)

AlFedaih and AlImbrahim, both 19, are from Saudi Arabia. The two are staying in Bryson’s north Corvallis home as part of Oregon State University’s homestay program with Bryson and her 16-year-old granddaughter, Nikita Dir.

Two years later, Power Up Challengers still thriving (LIFE@OSU)

Triumphing over tragedy, these Power Up participants used the skills they gained during the Challenge to face hard times.

OSU makes sure fancy foods are safe to eat (Food Safety Network)

That’s where food scientists from Oregon State University come in. They can help keep your million-dollar idea from becoming a million-dollar lawsuit. They advise makers of specialty foods how to make their products safely.

 Random acts of deviance (Gazette-Times)

Hendricks’ random act of kindness wasn’t entirely random: She was completing an assignment for sociology professor Michelle Inderbitzin’s deviant behavior and social control class at OSU, which studies the concept of social deviance and how it can vary based on history and context. (see also Statesman Journal, The Republic)

The life of Joseph Heller by Tracy Daugherty (Telegraph)

Joseph Heller wrote Catch-22 50 years ago and Tracy Daugherty has written the first biography of one of America’s greatest writers.

OSU posts 100 years of farming research, homemaking advice online (Ag Weekly)

More than 6,000 documents from Oregon State University that cover a century of agricultural research and homemaking advice are now available to the public online.

Corvallis student apartment project faces opposition (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The Harrison Apartments building is planned as a replacement for the former Corvallis General Hospital structure, which has unreinforced masonry and asbestos inside. The building is owned by Samaritan Health Services; it selected Project Ecological Development to redevelop the site.

Women ‘can feel more empowered during home births’ (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics)

The study was conducted by Oregon State University assistant professor of medical anthropology Melissa Cheyney in the US and published in the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Study cites value in retaining Oregon farmland (KTVZ)

Citing an Oregon State University study of agriculture’s economic footprint, the ODA report lists the impact of all agricultural-related goods and services as being the state’s second largest industry by most measures, only behind high tech.

Filtration systems improve taste, clarity of OSU water (LIFE@OSU)

While OSU’s water has been tested for harmful contaminants, the taste and appearance can sometimes be off-putting for users, which is why OSU Facilities Services can be called in to install filtration systems that keep the water sparkling, soft and tasty.

Lone wolf roams state’s northern border (Sign On San Diego)

A study released Wednesday by scientists at Oregon State University reported “a quiet but profound rebirth of life and ecosystem health is emerging” in Yellowstone National Park 15 years after wolves were reintroduced there. (see also Science Codex, Innovations Report)

Cold and dry, thanks to La Nina (Tillamook Herald)

Despite the presence of a second consecutive La Niña event, this has been anything but a normal end to the year, according to analysts at the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Canning seafood made safe and simple, thanks to Oregon State publication (Newberg Graphic)

For people who like to preserve their own food, Oregon State University has a new booklet on safely canning seafood.

Friends remember Oakland Tech grad Fred Thompson (Contra Costa Times)

A song was being performed at Saturday’s funeral services for Fred Thompson, the 19-year-old former Oakland Tech High football star who died last week of a heart attack, when mourners pointed to a flock of seagulls that appeared above the field where he once excelled.

A greener wood glue (Isla Earth)

Researchers from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University recently received a Presidential citation for developing an environmentally friendly wood adhesive.

Tiny new beetle found in Idaho (Great Falls Tribune)

With the help of David Maddison from the University of Arizona and now at Oregon State University, they compared DNA and body structures with the beetle’s relatives in southern Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.

Research station takes unique funding approach (Capital Press)

The Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center is asking growers for financial support based on which crops they grow and how much.

Portland unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent (Oregonian)

Benton County, which includes Corvallis and Oregon State University, has the state’s lowest jobless rate — 6.1 percent.

Miss Rodeo America Pageant 2012 (Bridle & Bit)

Mackenzie Carr graduated from Lower Columbia College with an Associate of Arts degree in Speech Communications. Her further educational goals are to return to Oregon State University to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management Engineering with a minor in Speech Communications. Carr will be able to put to good use the $20,000 educational scholarship she will receive at the completion of her reign.

Fatherhood can be the birth of positive change (Seattle Times)

“You can’t easily turn your back on a criminal lifestyle or drinking and smoking,” says study lead author David Kerr, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University in Corvallis and lead author of the study, which was published in October in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

Wyden-Ryan Medicare proposal proves to be polarizing (Statesman-Journal)

Progressives in Oregon could be similarly upset, said Bill Lunch, a political scientist at Oregon State University.

Chamber program guides students to careers (Oregon Live)

During the culinary career day, for example, she brings in a chef, a food inspector, and talks up the food science program at Oregon State University.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store closures: The OSUsed Store is closed to the public – meaning no personal purchases may be made – until our Welcome Back Sale on Jan. 11. We remain open to OSU departments on Mondays through Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except on Jan. 2. Located at 644 SW 13th St. More information: 737-7347 or http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

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! Reduce Electronic Waste:  Is this the season for a new computer?  Wondering what to do with your old machine?  Well, don’t throw it out — recycle it! The December tech tip from Greening IT, an initiative of Information Services, also includes information on maximizing your computer’s lifespan and reducing resource consumption.

NEW! Women in Higher Ed conference: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women [PCOSW] encourages OSU faculty, staff and students to attend this year’s annual conference of Oregon Women in Higher Education, Jan. 27 at Portland State University. Registration deadline Jan. 13. This year’s topic is Leading Change: Personal Perspectives & Collective Growth See http://www.owhenet.jigsy.com/annual-conference

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Bates Hall and Fairbanks Hall: Due to parking lot maintenance the, paved parking spaces west of Fairbanks Hall  and north of Bates Hall will be temporarily closed. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Dec. 27 and should end by 4:30 p.m.

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 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.

INTO Oregon State University is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years administrative assistant experience with skills in human resources or payroll a big plus. Position closes on Jan. 2. Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking a dynamic team member to oversee all Student Services Trips and Activities within the INTO OSU center to enhance our international student’s university experience. $27,040 per yr., plus full benefit package. For further information or to apply, contact rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Closes Jan. 3, 2012.

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.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services is seeking an LGBT Services & Outreach Coordinator. Posting #0008465. Closes Jan. 16, 2012.


Corvallis: “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.” – Neil Gaiman. As we head toward the New Year, rain and warmer temperatures will help move us out of the December drought and into something a little more usual for Oregon. Steady periods of rain are expected through the end of the week, with temperatures staying in the 40s. The snow level may drop toward the weekend, but so far valley snow is not expected.



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