OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 9, 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 says that with more wolves and fewer elk, trees rebounding at Yellowstone (Chicago Tribune)

Stands of aspen, willow and cottonwood are expanding in areas where for decades dense elk populations prevented new growth, said study author William Ripple from Oregon State University. (see also ABC, News Channel 10)

Wolf arrival sparks debate in Central Oregon (Capital Press)

In evaluating the benefit of wolves in an ecosystem, Bill Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University, is focusing on streamside plants in Yellowstone National Park. There are about 100 wolves in the park and, as in Idaho, they’ve been back for a decade and a half.

Tight budget spreads Extension thin (Capital Press)

Years ago, when Oregon State University extension agents retired, they were usually replaced, said Bryan Ostlund, an executive of several agricultural trade organizations. “But somebody stopped putting the new personnel on the conveyor belt,” Ostlund said. “All of a sudden, it is just blank behind these guys.”

An evolutionary step (International Water Power and Dams)

“As scientists we tend to look at things through our own tiny little drinking straw, studying our one narrow field,” says Bryan Tilt, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University in the US. “When it comes to dams we felt a broader perspective was needed. Because when you put up a dam it affects whole ecosystems and whole communities.

Undergraduate research launches students to new heights (Gazette-Times)

When Sam Bartlett ran into his advanced organic chemistry professor, Chris Beaudry, at the near-campus coffee shop Interzone in spring 2010, he had more than a caffeine quest on his mind. Bartlett, a chemistry major at Oregon State University, approached Beaudry and asked if there were any undergraduate positions available in Beaudry’s research group.

Extension history goes online (Capital Press)

Willamette Valley farmers interested in growing root crops for cattle feed should consider mangels, according to a 1920 bulletin from George Hyslop, professor of farm crops for the Oregon Agricultural College Extension Service. (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon experts react to ‘zombie bee’ discovery (KDRV)

Entomologist Rick Hilton at the Oregon State University extension office says these parasitic flies take over honeybees’ bodies by laying eggs inside the bee, causing the bee to leave their hives and eventually die. Hilton says these “zombie flies” have already taken over other insects in the past and now are taking over bees. (see also KEZI)

All hands on deck (Newport News Times)

An intrepid group of volunteers and staff members from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) toured the NOAA homeport facilities and the Pacific research fleet’s newest vessel Wednesday morning.

Transgender fish perform reverse sex flip (New Scientist)

“Because of our frame of reference, we think of gender being fated one way or another,” says fish ecologist Scott Heppell of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “These animals are a lot more flexible than some species.”

OSU study: Building character skills help improve education (KEZI)

An Oregon State University study has found that a focused program to build social, emotional and character skills resulted in significantly improved overall quality of education.

Klaus appointed vice president for University Services (Princeton)

Chad Klaus, a member of Princeton University’s Facilities Organization staff for 11 years, has been named vice president for University Services. A graduate of Oregon State University, Klaus previously worked in the facilities department there for nine years, ultimately serving as assistant director for marketing and customer service.

Rising cost of child care (La Grande Observer)

The report from Oregon State University says that while child care costs throughout the state have risen, wages have remained flat or increased only slightly over the past decade. It’s resulted in what researchers call “a crisis for families.” (see also OPB)

Science Pub mulls river issues (Gazette-Times)

“The Willamette River in a Changing Climate” is the topic of the next Science Pub Corvallis. The monthly event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St.

OSU hires Robert Zemetra to head wheat breeding program (SeedQuest)

Oregon State University has hired a wheat breeder from Idaho to head its internationally recognized wheat variety development program.

MLK observance begins Monday at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will mark its 30th annual celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a celebration Monday through Jan. 21. The events are organized around what would have been the civil right’s leader’s 83rd birthday. He was born Jan. 15, 1929, and was assassinated April 4, 1968.

New student housing popping up in Corvallis (KEZI)

It’s been a topic of concern for many Corvallis residents. Oregon State University’s continued growth is bringing in more students and with that comes more student housing. One of the newest soon-to-be student housing complexes is located on Northwest 29th Street between Polk and Tyler Avenues.

OSU Vet College hosts equine workshop (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a four-day workshop in February to provide horse owners and veterinarians with information on reproductive management for mares and stallions.

Agriculture director sees bright future for industry (Statesman Journal)

I think there is going to have to be advances in research and development. I’m a little concerned about how that’s going to be funded. We’re seeing cuts certainly here at the state level. Oregon State University is scrambling to keep support for their experiment stations and extension service going at the level that it should be going.

Oregon State holds conference to help small farms (Oregonian)

The 12th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference happens Feb. 25 on the Corvallis campus.

Western innovator: Cacti captivate farmer’s interest (Capital Press)

Stan Armstrong is growing test plots of about 50 soybean varieties developed at Oregon State University to see which lines may be viable. Research by Armstrong and other cooperators has zeroed in on two cultivars that seem adapted to the climate and may be ready for commercialization in the near future, said Dan Curry, director of seed services at OSU.

Oregon higher ed board votes to raise summer tuition on every campus (Oregonian)

Summer tuition and fees at Oregon’s seven public universities will jump an average 8.9 percent this year as campuses adjust rates to the regular school year.

Oregon Sustainability Center: Education is key to prosperous future for Portland (Oregonian)

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building was a major step forward. This facility will feature OHSU’s world-class scientists; its nationally recognized health care education programs in dentistry, medicine and nursing; OSU’s pharmacy school; and PSU’s research and programs in biology and chemistry.

Scientist, novelist to speak at OSU (Gazette-TImes)

Best known as the “father of the birth control pill,” chemist and novelist Carl Djerassi will visit Oregon State University for a speech and performance on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Oregon poets to read Jan. 20 (Gazette-Times)

Two Oregon poets will read from their recent collections as part of the Literary Northwest Reading Series on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Oregon State University.


Candidate forum: The Risk Management Office (RMO) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the second of four candidates for the position of Chief Risk Officer on Jan. 9 from 9 to 9:45 a.m., in Memorial Union Journey Room.

Meditation walk: United Campus Ministry will be hosting an open labyrinth walk Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MU 109.  This ancient tool for prayer and meditation can help you find peace and balance in the midst of your busy life.

President’s Commission on the Status of Women: The OSU community is welcome to attend the meeting of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women [PCOSW], Monday, Jan. 9, 1 to 2 p.m at the Women’s Center.  For information, http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/, or call 541-737-0665

Climate change pub talk: John Bolte, OSU Department Head for Biological and Ecological Engineering, will speak on “The Willamette River in a Changing Climate,” at Science Pub Corvallis Jan. 9. The free event at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. goes from 6 to 8 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Staff art exhibit: The OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit is on display in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria through Feb. 7.  An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria, as we celebrate the talent of the staff at Oregon State. The event is sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals and the Professional Faculty Leadership Association.

NEW! Teach-In on Amending the US Constitution: Should corporations have constitutional rights?  Report from David Cobb of MoveToAmend.org; legal questions answered by Law Professor, Susan Smith. Info on local actions, planned 
protests in conjunction with the 2nd anniversary of landmark Citizens United
 Supreme Court decision. Wednesday, Jan. 11; Owen Hall 102 at 7 p.m., cosponsored by the OSU Peace Studies program.

NEW! MLK speech: On Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, Robert Thompson, professor of Ethnic Studies, will speak about poverty as part of the annual Corvallis event to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Highland Gospel Choir and Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir also will perform.

NEW! Tips to declutter: Start your year off in an organized and de-cluttered way! Kristen Bertilson from Queen B Organizing will be presenting tips on de-cluttering your home and life. The event is held in room 211 of the Memorial Union from noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 11. Bring a sack lunch and come learn more about this valuable topic. All OSU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. For more information, familyresources@oregonstate.edu  or 541-737-4906.

NEW! Random Review: Cristina Eisenberg, OSU College of Forestry, will be reviewing “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold, on Jan. 11 at noon, as part of the Random Reviews series at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. Cristina Eisenberg is an Aldo Leopold scholar who was mentored by Nina Leopold, Aldo’s daughter. She will be showing some archival photos of Leopold and images she took at his property.

NEW! Thompson memorial: A “Celebration of Life” honoring the late Fred Thompson of the Oregon State University football team will be held Thurs., Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. The celebration is open to the public. Thompson, a freshman from Richmond, Calif., passed away from natural causes Dec. 7 on the OSU campus.

NEW! Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position.  The first candidate presentation will be by Kent Kuo on Jan. 18 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.  The second candidate presentation will be by Dennis Wells on Jan. 20  from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. in Kidder 202.

Matzke retirement: Mary Ann Matzke, Head Advisor for the College of Science, is retiring after over 26 years at OSU.  Join us for appetizers and cake at a reception in her honor on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in MU 109A.  Please stop by to congratulate her.

Staff and faculty art: January is the Giustina Gallery’s “OSU Invitational” Exhibit. Stop by to see OSU staff and faculty show their artwork, beginning Jan. 4. Reception – Jan. 10, 5 to 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.

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 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.

OSU SACNAS Chapter Revival Meeting: The campus community is invited to hear Dana Sanchez and Wanda Crannell discuss the possibility of starting a SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter at OSU, Jan. 11, 2012, 4:30-6 p.m. in Kearney 212. Contact: Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or Dana.Sanchez@oregonstate.edu

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.

SEIU contract changes training: The Office of Human Resources is providing training for classified employees and supervisors on the 2011-13 SEIU contract. Sessions take place Jan. 12, 10:30 to noon, MU Journey Room; Jan. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., MU 206, and Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon, MU Journey Room. For more information: jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! Professional development award: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) recognizes classified, professional, or faculty member who excels in supporting and encouraging OSU employees to participate in professional and/or educational development opportunities. Deadline for nomination: Jan. 31. Criteria and forms at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/profdevelop/

NEW! Safe Space training: OSU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Advocacy Team invite students, faculty, and staff to attend Safe Space Training Jan. 19, 6 to 9 p.m., Snell Hall fifth floor.  Safe Space Training is for those who are interested in becoming allies to the LGBT community. The training will focus on basic LGBT concepts & theories; strategies on how to create a safe and inclusive environment; and skills on how to confront homophobia. This training is not a forum for debating LGBT issues. RSVP  Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu. Dinner is provided.

NEW! Campus Mailing Retraction: On Wednesday, Dec. 28, Printing and Mailing sent out an inter campus mailing in regards to choral scholarships. The contents of the mailing were two choral posters and a letter regarding the scholarships. This material was not intended to be sent to personnel on campus. You are welcome to keep the posters, recycle them, or send them back to the Music Department via campus mail.

Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships: The Graduate School has announced the continuation of fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding students for graduate study at OSU.  The target population is newly admitted doctoral students and newly admitted master’s students in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist at OSU.  Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to actively recruit students and submit up to three nominations for fellowships per graduate major to the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and no more than one nomination per graduate major for the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program.  Both domestic and international applicants will be considered.  Submission deadline is Feb. 6.  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/ProvostDistinguishedGradAward_Form.pdf.

Significant Policy Changes Affecting Travel: Several broad-reaching fiscal policies have been updated which can affect individuals who travel or purchase on behalf of OSU as part of their work.  These changes 1) clarify personal reimbursements to generally $100 or less; 2) establish a maximum 60 day submittal period to the appropriate Business Center for personal reimbursements (FIS 407) and travel (FIS 411-07); and establish mandatory procedures regarding the use of non-contracted vendors for airfare travel (failure to follow the policy could result in loss of a future reimbursement (FIS 411-01)).  If these changes affect your OSU business, be sure to review the complete policy as noted in brackets.

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.

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

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.

Girls After-School Science & Engineering Clubs: High School Girls Science & Engineering Club: Saturday Academy at OSU, AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) program. For 9-12th grades. High school club will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 29, from 4:30-6 p.m. Please contact Saturday Academy (541-737-8139) or visit the Saturday Academy website (http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu) 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 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.

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU will end on Jan. 30. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6 percent decrease compared to the previous year. To date 176 OSU employees have donated a total of $93,382 – still 21 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total. Meanwhile, at UO 736 employees have donated $233,411. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form or checks to 2011 CFD,100 LaSells Stewart Center.  If you need an additional form, please send a request to Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Peavy Hall: Due to necessary repairs, the building water system in Peavy Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however, this shutdown is necessary to test and repair the back flow device for the main water supply to Peavy Hall. The shutdown will begin at 1 p.m. on Jan. 10 and service should be restored by 3 p.m.

Campus wide: Facilities Services in collaboration with the Office of Disability Access Services and Network Services, will survey wireless access points to create a virtual map of campus building. Facilities Services employees will be accessing various rooms throughout the buildings to calibrate the virtual maps with the access points. For information contact Lisa Nemes at 541-737-6269 or Lisa.Nemes@oregonstate.edu.

Free parking: Student/visitor lots open, no permit required, through Jan 13.


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

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.

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

Accountant I, Payroll: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Central Payroll Office. Posting #0008516.  Closes Jan. 22

Accountant I, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008515.  Closes Jan. 22.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 23 (new closing date).

Office Specialist II: F/T at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. Posting #0008502. Closes Jan. 27.


Corvallis: Rain will welcome everyone to Winter Term as it rolls in about 10 a.m. this morning. The high will be 48 with a low tonight of 36. Fog rolls in tomorrow.



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