OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 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.

Designing wildlife corridors in the digital age (US News & World Report)

Schwartz started working with Claire Montgomery, a forest economist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who had been developing methods to address both animal populations and timber management strategies.

OSU research may boost bamboo business (Daily Journal of Commerce)

After visiting Bamboo Revolution’s showroom in Southeast Portland, two Oregon State University students were inspired to look more deeply into what they consider an up-and-coming sustainable material. Mike Pullen, owner of Bamboo Revolution, is donating materials to the research; he says the results could be a boon to his fast-growing business.

 Supply chain — two tales in one city (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A case study from Oregon State University.

Learning-based tourism an opportunity for industry expansion (Science Daily)

“The idea of travel as a learning experience isn’t new, it’s been around a long time,” said John Falk, a professor of science education at Oregon State University and international leader in the “free-choice learning” movement.

Metabolic errors can spell doom for DNA (R&D Magazine)

Chris Mathews, a professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University, says the finding could help researchers better understand how defects in purine metabolism produce disease.

Urgent care, pharmacy, cardiac rehab fill SamFit Building (Democrat-Herald)

“We have been pretty busy, but we can get a prescription out in about five minutes,” said Nguyen, a 2010 Oregon State University pharmacy graduate.

Housing a large portion of student spending (Gazette-Times)

When Oregon State University President Ed Ray told an audience of 60 at LaSells Stewart Center during a presentation on the university’s $2.06 billion economic impact Jan. 19 that students annually spend about $11,000 on non-academic expenses, he didn’t divulge the details of this area of the report

Gail Achterman, Portland lawyer, dies at 62 (Bend Bulletin)

Achterman had recently retired as director of the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University and as chairwoman of the Oregon Transportation Commission. She served for 10 years on the commission.

‘A really, really purple tomato that can be as black as an eggplant’ (KVAL)

The “Indigo Rose” tomato steps out this year as the first “really” purple variety to come from a program at Oregon State University that is seeking to breed tomatoes with high levels of antioxidants.


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

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.”

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Memorial service for Anderson-Wilk: A memorial service for Mark Anderson-Wilk will take place on Wed., Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Corvallis​, led by his Rabbi. A burial will follow in Yachats at the Yachats Memorial Park at 2 pm. Anderson-Wilk was Publishing Leader and Assistant Professor with OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications.

NEW! Graduate student forum: An open forum on graduate education at OSU is being held Feb. 1, 9 to 10:30 a.m., in MU 109. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. To RSVP: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

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.

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.

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! FY2013 Technology Resources Fund (TRF) Grant Proposals due Feb 21: Through the TRF, more than $7.4 million will be available for FY2013 projects that improve student learning at the University through better access to information technology and technology services. Past grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1.2M. Faculty, staff and sponsored student organizations are invited to submit proposals by Feb. 21. For more details, see the TRF website: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/trf

NEW! Transportation conference: More than 200 transportation professionals from the Pacific Northwest are expected to participate in the 2012 NW Transportation Conference, Feb. 7-9 at OSU’s CH2M-HILL Alumni Center. In line with the conference theme of Transportation and the Economy, sessions will include innovations in safety and preservation, walkable communities, sustainable transportation, operations strategies to improve safety, and a workshop covering recent updates to the national Highway Safety Manual. Registration and information: http://kiewit.oregonstate.edu/nwtc/.

NEW! NPMR and HyperNiche Workshop: Learn how to analyze data with complex interactions using Non-parametric Multiplicative Regression (NPMR) and the HyperNiche software package. A two-day workshop will be offered at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on Feb. 28-29. A second workshop will be held at OSU with a date yet to be finalized. Information on the workshop can be found here: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~lintzh/NPMRworkshop.html E-mail Heather Lintz to register for the workshop: hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu Indicate date preference on a doodle poll for the OSU workshop: http://www.doodle.com/bfaav87pnmcu84x9

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.

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.

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.

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

Traffic and maintenance

Wilkinson Hall:  Due to necessary repairs, the heating air supply will be shutdown to Wilkinson Hall.  This will affect the building heat, however, will not affect every room.  Unfortunately, it will be impossible to pinpoint the exact locations that will be affected.  The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Feb. 1 and continue through 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

Truax Practice Center: Due to parking lot maintenance, a portion of the parking lot south of the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, will be temporarily closed. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Feb. 2 and should end by 4:30 p.m.


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

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: Where did January go? We find ourselves facing February, and will end the month with a bit of late afternoon rain, which may linger into tomorrow, before clearing skies and drier days return. Today’s high will be 50 with a low tonight of 39.

Central Oregon: Another warm,sunny day in Central Oregon. A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 50 low around 33. Southwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.





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