OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 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.

For the advertisers sake, the Super Bowl better be close (Forbes)

From the advertiser’s perspective, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses the Super Bowl — but it definitely matters how they play the game, says a new study from Oregon State University to be published in the spring issue of The Journal of Advertising. (see also Outcome Magazine, UPI, KOHD)

 Democrat favored in Oregon congressional election (Reuters)

The special election is generally not seen as a referendum on President Barack Obama, said political analyst and retired Oregon State University professor Bill Lunch. “The focus has been on the characteristics of the candidates themselves,” he said. (WTKR)

OSU, state loses valuable problem solver with the death of Gail Achterman (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon lost a dedicated natural resources and environmental problem solver last week when Gail Achterman died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 62. Achterman had recently retired as director of the Institute for Natural Resources (INR) at Oregon State University, and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Forest Resources. (see also Register-Guard, Statesman Journal)

Intel still leads nation in green power (Sustainable Business Oregon)

In addition, the EPA found that Oregon State University ranked No. 4 in the nation for green power usage among colleges and universities, getting 100 percent of its energy needs met either by on-site generation or renewable energy credits purchased through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. OSU used 95 million kilowatt hours of green power last year.

Oregon State University launches purple tomato (Fresh Fruit Portal)

Like so many stories in the history of fruit breeding, the origin and development of Oregon State University’s (OSU) purple tomato “Indigo Rose”  spans many continents and decades in the making. (see also Nutraingredients)

Steer-a-year (Ag Info)

There are a lot of good ag programs at various colleges around the country but one in particular is getting a lot of attention. Jim Males, with Oregon State University talks about the Steer-A-Year course.

Father of birth control pill 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 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Boxwood blight appears in Oregon (Capital Press)

The Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Association of Nurseries are working with the department to eradicate the disease, Hilburn said.


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

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.

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

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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Styrofoam Collection Week: Now through Friday, Feb. 3, bring clean Styrofoam blocks, sheets and packing peanuts to one of eight drop sites across campus for free recycling. Personal items are allowed. Sites include the recycling warehouse, UHDS service centers, Women’s Center, MUPC, APCC and ALS. See open hours and addresses on OSU Campus Recycling’s calendar.

NEW! Valentine’s fundraiser: Phi Delta Chi is fundraising on Valentines Day by selling single red roses ($4) and balloons ($2). Pre-order by contacting Rhianna.taniguchi@yahoo.com or visit their table on Feb. 9 in the MU Quad from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be able to pick up your order on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Quad, Pharmacy Building, Dixon Rec. Center, and hopefully outside the Longhouse. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/127499747371660/

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! Food Drive Fundraiser – Chili Feed hosted by AMBC:  Feb. 3 at Hovland Hall Rm 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come enjoy some homemade chili and cornbread with a donation of $2 per bowl or all you can eat for $5 or a donation of the equivalent in canned food.  Contact: gabrielle.thompson@oregonstate.edu for more details.

News for Employees

NEW! Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by March 5. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

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

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/.

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.

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:

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.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month Office Specialist 2 to coordinate activity at the Recreation Services desk. Posting #0008595. 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: Welcome to February. We’ll have a lingering chance of rain this morning, but it should be dry if cloudy by afternoon. The rest of the week looks promising, with fog in the mornings and clearing in the afternoons. Today’s high will be 50 with a low tonight of 33.

Central Oregon: A chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers. Snow level rising to 4,100 feet. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 48. South wind 11 to 17 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.



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