OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 30, 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.

 OSU researchers roll out new tomato (OPB)

Oregon State University has rolled out the “Indigo Rose.” It’s a dark purple tomato OSU grew using natural genetics, rather than lab engineering. OSU has been looking into dark tomatoes for years, in part because they tend to be high in antioxidants. (see also Western Farm Press)

Gail Achterman, Portland lawyer and lifelong public servant, dies of cancer at 62 (Oregonian)

Achterman had recently retired as director of the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University and as chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission, having served for 10 years on the commission. Earlier, she worked as assistant for natural resources to Gov. Neil Goldschmidt from 1987-1991. (look for a piece on Achterman in LIFE@OSU later this week)

How a tiny fungus is starving out Douglas fir trees (OPB)

“Bryan was able to correlate increases in winter temperature with changes in tree ring width and growth declines,” says Jeff Stone, an expert in tree diseases at Oregon State University who is also studying Swiss needle cast.

Author Joyce Carol Oates to receive inaugural $20,000 prize from OSU (KLCC)

The prolific novelist Joyce Carol Oates will receive Oregon State University’s inaugural Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in May.

Deep Life (Science News)

“Right now you can get some idea of that by looking at the sorts of energy sources that are present in the subsurface,” says census leader Rick Colwell, a microbiologist at Oregon State University.

OSU professor: Douglas fir forests need clearcuts (KVAL)

An Oregon State University professor says Douglas Fir forests can provide environmental and economic concerns. Mike Newton, Professor Emeritus at O.S.U., says the catch is that they need to be managed. Newton told members of the Douglas Timber Operators that many of the rules on the timberlands are counter-productive.

Rare whale swims past Oregon en route to Mexico (KVAL)

Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, whose team tagged the endangered whale in September and has watched her make the 6,000-mile-plus trek over the past two months.

Documentaries to focus on salmon in the Klamath River (Herald and News)

“Saving Salmon” is about research at Oregon State University, where associate professor Jerri Bartholomew is leading studies on C. shasta, a lethal salmon parasite that can infect up to 80 percent of out-migrating Klamath River juvenile salmon.

Siuslaw forest HQ moves into new home (Gazette-Times)

After nearly 27 years in the same building, the U.S. Forest Service headquarters of the Siuslaw National Forest has moved to a new location at Oregon State University.

Giving up gracefully (Jerusalem Post)

According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, Vitamin E disappears faster in smokers than in non-smokers. Vitamin E plays a crucial role in protecting lung tissue. Both vitamins C and E work more effectively together as antioxidants to fight disease.

Extension offering local classes for small woodlot owners (Register-Guard)

The service, run by Oregon State University, will bring OSU forestry experts assigned to other counties to Lane County, to hold a series of one-day classes that will cost $25 per attendee.

Pair arrested, charged in trailer thefts (Gazette-Times)

On Tuesday, a trailer owned by the Oregon State University chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ was reported stolen from a parking lot at 2719 N.W. Arnold Way.

OSU wins college fishing event on Shasta (Wired2Fish)

The Oregon State University team of Zach MacDonald, of Willits, Calif. and William Sparks, of Corvallis, Ore. won the National Guard FLW College Fishing West Conference event on Lake Shasta Saturday with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the West Conference Regional Championship.

Chlorophyll helps prevent cancer (International Business Times)

For the study, researchers at the Oregon State University used 12,360 rainbow trout fishes as laboratory models instead of rodents where chances of carcinogen exposure are much higher.


College of Forestry bake sale: Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Richardson Hall 2nd Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

Contaminant Webinar: Kim Anderson from Dept. of Environmental Toxicology will be presenting a free webinar on Monday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. entitled “Innovative Technologies Used to Quantify Environmental Contaminant Bioavailability and Characterize Environmental Exposure”. It is jointly sponsored by the OSU Superfund Research Program and EPA Region 10. For more information and to participate go to CLU-IN Registration at http://tinyurl.com/6sue9yx

Plant Sciences Seminar Series: Jan. 30, 4 p.m. ALS 4000. Speaker: Alfred Hartemink, Associate Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin. Topic: A New Digital Soil Map of the World.

The Joy of Looking at Soils: The Harward Endowment Lecture Series presents Alfred Hartemink, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Hartemink is pedology professor who has worked in Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Alfred is the Secretary General of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and joint editor-in-chief of Geoderma. He will speak Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m., La Sells Stewart Center

Upcoming Events

NEW! Graduate student forum: An open forum on graduate education at OSU is being held Jan. 31, 1 to 2:30 p.m., in MU 109. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. To RSVP: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

NEW! Hunger organization: The on-campus student organization “Feel Good at Oregon State” is holding an information session Feb. 1,  5 p.m. in MU 211. Refreshments will be provided. The group is part of a national organization which strives to end world hunger. For more information: feelgood@oregonstate.edu.

NEW!  Leap into Savings at the OSUsed Store: Come by our special public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St where you can buy any two items and get any one item of equal or lesser value for free. For more information, visit our website.

Winter water film series: Jan. 31, 4 p.m., –Bull Run – Eric Cain – The Bull Run watershed has one of the prettiest big dams in Oregon. But to protect the water from contamination, the entire area has long been closed to public access. Sponsor: OCCRI La Raza Room 208

National Health Care: A Medical Humanities table talk will take place Jan. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Hovland 104. Mike Huntington with Mad as Hell Doctors will discuss “A Physician’s Case for National Health Care.”

Woman Citizen Film Series, Killing Us Softly 4: Dwaine Plaza, professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, will host a free public showing of Killing Us Softly 4, Jean Kilbourne’s updated examination of images of women and femininity in American print and television advertising, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Lecture-Recital on Debussy: Paul Roberts, English author, speaker, concert pianist, and specialist on French Impressionism, will present “1862 to 2012: Debussy 150 Years On” on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. Roberts is the author of “Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy,” published by Amadeus Press. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students are free.

Chemist, novelist speaks at OSU: 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. The free, public event will be held at the Construction and Engineering Hall of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center.

Deanna Kingston Celebration of Life: Monday Feb. 6, 1 to 3 p.m., in the MU ballroom. The Native American Longhouse at OSU invites you to a celebration of Deanna Kingston’s life. There will be singing, drumming, dancing, and sharing memories. Light refreshments will be served. To do a blessing or give a performance for Deanna, contact Cat Osborne-Gowey know (cathleenosbornegowey@gmail.com). This event is open to everyone.

Baby Boomers Unite: Working Through Issues Together: Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m., MU 208. Gather with your peers and share to share knowledge and experiences relevant to issues faced by those in the Baby Boomer generation: Estate Planning; Wills vs. Trusts; Advance Directives; Caring for Aging Parents; Extended Family Households; what else? For special accommodations, call 541-737-2729.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! College of Forestry Soup Lunch: Feb. 1, Richardson Hall 2nd Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series: Jan. 31, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., ALS 4001. Chris Mundt with Botany & Plant Pathology at Oregon State University will speak on “Studies of epidemic invasion, landscape heterogeneity, and spatial scale: Long-term head-scratching and occasional insights.”

News for Employees

NEW! Library Workshops in Full Swing: On tap for the week of Jan 30 are two sessions of the Literature Review (for graduate students wanting an overview the process) and more citation manager options with EndNote Web and Mendeley, both web-based citation managers.  Join us for these sessions and many more by registering at:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty  Questions?  Contact Hannah Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Source now available: The Winter edition of The Source, e-newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, is now available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2012/january.  In it, you will find photos and fascinating stories about the work and experiences of the dedicated faculty, staff and students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

NEW! Windows 7 seminar: If you do not have Windows 7 yet, come see what all the fuss is about. If you are already using Windows 7, lean more about its powerful new features.Feb. 1 and Feb. 16, 10 a.m., Willamette Conference rooms, third floor, Valley Library. Register Now: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=311

Last days for Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU will end on Jan. 31. To date 205 OSU employees have donated a total of $105, 463 – still 11 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total of $118,400. Meanwhile, at UO 736 employees have donated $235,411. 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

Going Paperless – Tips for Reducing Resources: If every student in the university printed 100 fewer sheets of paper per year, or the equivalent of 20 assignments at 5 pages each, we would save 13 tons of paper annually! Specific tips for reducing your paper consumption are available at Going Paperless , the newest Greening IT article from Information Services.

Search Advocate workshop: Session I of the Search Advocate Workshop Series introduces the search advocate role, provides foundation concepts (legal framework,diversity, cognitive and structural biases), explores potential bias risks that can arise even before the search opens, and recommends strategies to address those risks. Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to noon. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php

Participants needed for Satisfaction Survey: ISOSU is looking for students both domestic and international to fill out a satisfaction survey which will poll the level of satisfaction based on your experiences in and out of the classroom. If you are interested in helping ISOSU work towards the betterment of the on-campus community, please fill out our survey here.

NSF – IGERT Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letter of Intent guidelines. Research Office submission deadline: March 5. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

Significant Policy Changes Affecting Travel: Several broad-reaching fiscal policies (http://oregonstate.edu/fa/manuals/fis) have been updated which can affect individuals who travel or purchase on behalf of OSU as part of their work.  These changes 1) limit personal reimbursements to $100 or less; 2) establish a maximum 60 day submittal period to the appropriate Business Center (FIS 407); 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.

Crossroads International Film Festival: Films from around the world will be featured at the 2012 OSU Crossroads International Film Festival. It opens Feb. 5 at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th St, and continues for four consecutive Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults or $7 for children or students with ID. Passports for $40, good for 6 admissions, may be purchased in advance at the Darkside or by calling 541-737-3929. All proceeds go to Crossroads International. More information available at http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012: March 1, LaSells Stewart Center. This one-day conference and continuing education event is designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees. The conference is for those interested in Oregon forests, particularly foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, and woodland owners. Cost: $85. Graduate students can attend free. Registration website: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/foresthealth2012


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

Fiscal Coordinator 1, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008541. Closes Jan. 30.

Analyst Programmer – Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position. Posting # 0008521. Closes Jan. 31.

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a FSW 3. Posting #0008571.  Closing date is Feb 7.

The College of Science invites applications for an Advisor-Academic/Pre-Health position. This is a 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0008549. Closes Feb. 10.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications for the full-time position of Communication Center Specialist (Office Specialist 1). Posting #0008560. Closes Feb 12

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a director of events for the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Find information regarding how to apply and view the position description at: www.osualum.com/jobs


Corvallis: “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” — Langston Hughes. January has been a month of weather surprises and challenges, from snow storms to floods to freezing fog, but we’re leaving January with some mild Oregon rain. A high of 51 and a low of 38 are expected today.

Central Oregon:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48 low around 32. West wind between 8 and 11 mph.





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