OSU Today

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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 to study impact of offshore wind turbines on birds (Portland Tribune)

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, based at Oregon State University, scored a three-year, $600,000 grant to study the impact of off-shore wind towers on seabirds and bats. The grant came from the U.S. Department of Energy. (see also OPB, Daily Astorian, the Chronicle)

How will global warming affect Oregon? (Think Out Loud)

How will Oregon be affected by climate change as global temperatures rise and glaciers melt around the world? That’s the question that Willamette Water 2100 — a team of scientists and economists from Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon — is trying to answer. With near consensus in the scientific community that global warming is occurring, these researchers are looking at how to get the Willamette Valley prepared.

Dr. Shanaka de Silva answers your questions about supervolcanoes, Uturuncu and more (Wired)

I asked Eruptions readers to submit questions for Dr. Shan de Silva from Oregon State University, who has been in the news for research at the inflating Uturuncu volcano (below) in Bolivia.

Mount Hood eruption ‘style’ studied (UPI)

Researchers at Oregon State University say the way in which magma mixes under the volcano, which has towered over the landscape for half a million years, appears to have kept it from erupting violently over the millennia.

Former OSU professor died Tuesday (Gazette-Times)

William Brown of Corvallis died early Tuesday morning of pneumonia. Brown, 87, was a retired agriculture professor at Oregon State University. He still was engaged in research there until Jan. 9, when he was involved in a collision while riding his bicycle that sent him to the hospital.

 Life among arthropods (Gazette-Times)

Chris Marshall started collecting insects as a little kid, and he still finds them endlessly fascinating. “I’ve always been a bug person,” he confessed. And now, as the curator and collection manager of the Oregon State Arthropod Collection, he spends his working days surrounded by them.

Contraceptive practices among young Latinos related to sexual decision-making (Health News)

Research has shown many young adults from all backgrounds eschew contraception for many reasons including the mistaken belief that they or their partners cannot get pregnant. “The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy calls this ‘magical thinking,’” said Jocelyn Warren, a public health postdoctoral fellow at OSU. “

Oregon State hires Rod Perry as secondary coach (Oregonian)

Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley announced Tuesday the hiring of Rod Perry as the secondary coach. Perry’s appointment is contingent on Oregon State University’s Administration and Human Resources’ approval.

Tsunami debris slowly makes way to coast (The World)

Last week, Sen. Ron Wyden was briefed by representatives from NAOO, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University and local emergency management officials about the effects the debris may have on the coast.

Interest growing in new PNW food barley varieties (Capital Press)

Streaker, developed by Pat Hayes, a professor of barley breeding at Oregon State University, is the first winter hull-less barley variety adapted to the Pacific Northwest and one of several new human food barley types entering the market.

Oregon ballot measure would help fund ag research (Capital Press)

Malheur County’s agricultural community has the signatures needed for a ballot measure designed to save Oregon State University’s Malheur County experiment station. Now they need the votes.

“Vampire” parasite found entombed in amber (American Scientist)

George Poinar, Jr., an expert on insects preserved in amber at Oregon State University, discovered the bat fly in a mine in the Dominican Republic. Although the newfound genus is extinct, bat flies still exist today, feeding exclusively on bats’ blood. Some of the insects have even become specialized to live on specific bat species.

Beer of the future (Willamette Week)

In 2009, Solberg and Worthington set up Indie Hops. Their plan: to sell hops to craft brewers. To do that, they first need a unique product, which is why, in May 2010, Indie Hops promised $1 million to Oregon State University to recharge the school’s once-vaunted hop research program.

Two OSU employees honored with ‘Our Hero’ award (LIFE@OSU)

Two Oregon State University professional faculty members have recently been honored with the PFLA (Professional Faculty Leadership Association)’s “Our Hero” award. Karren Cholewinski, assistant to the Director of Administrative Services and the Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning, for Finance and Administration, and Terralyn Vandetta, Unix administrator for Forest Computing Resources, were both presented with awards and flowers this month by members of PFLA.


Soup lunch: Wednesday Feb. 15 at The Valley Library 3rd floor staff lounge. Up to nine different soup varieties, lots of vegetarian choices. Enjoy for $5, get dessert and a hot beverage (courtesy of Java II) and also a chance to purchase a handcrafted pottery bowl and pot stickers! Support the OSU Food drive, buy lunch for your student workers, friends and colleagues, we will even run a tab! Brought to you by OSU Libraries/E-Campus. For more information contact JoLynn.Ohearn@oregonstate.edu .

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website .

College of Forestry Soup Lunch:Feb. 15, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

Visiting Scholar Lecture (Religion in America):Dr. Heather Rachelle White is visiting the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be presenting “Gay Liberation at the Church of the Holy Apostles: Situating Religion in Gay Rights History” on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Furman Hall, Room 215.

Upcoming Events

NEW! UHDS candidates: Candidates for Associate Director of Residential Education will be giving open forums this week. Both will speak on “Residential Education @ OSU: Creating Dynamic Living/Learning Opportunities for Students.” Ann Marie Klotz presents on Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to noon in Memorial Union 206.  Edwin Hamada will speak Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to noon, MU206.  Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu for more information.

NEW! OSU Anthropology’s Tan Sack Lecture: Friday Feb. 17, noon, Waldo 201A – Rebecka Daye (OSU), “Alternative Agrifood Movements in an Age of Industrialized Agriculture: An Ecuadorian Case Study”

NEW! Visiting Scholar Lecture (Moral Theory): Stephanie Jenkins is visiting the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and will be presenting “The Philosophical Implications of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: Developing a Chronic Pain Ethic” on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in Hovland Hall, Room 104.

NEW! Academic Success Center candidate: The Academic Success Center search committee is holding open forum presentations for candidates for Supplemental Instruction Coordinator. Candidates will present on the topic, “What makes Supplemental Instruction work?” Marjorie Coffey is the first candidate, and she will present on Friday, Feb. 17, 4 to 5 p.m., in Milam Hall 215. Please come and give the search committee your important feedback. Contact janine.kobel@oregonstate.edu for more information.

NEW! Science workshop at OSU for middle school girls: This annual free OSU sponsored workshop for encouraging middle school girls to pursue careers in science and engineering will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the new Linus Pauling Science Center auditorium. For information, contact Sujaya Rao at sujaya@oregonstate.edu

SEIU general meeting: All classified workers are invited to the SEIU 083 General Membership Meeting Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon till 1 pm in MU 213. Topics for discussion are nominations for our local’s officers and the election timeline, promoting a bake sale benefit for Food Share, the formation of a committee to look at improvements in our Constitution and By-laws, retirement security and your issues as well.

Authors present work: Fiction writers Julie Orringer and Ryan Harty will team up for a combined reading at Oregon State University, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.16, at OSU’s Valley Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

The New Face of OSU: At the Feb. 16 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Sabah Randhawa will discuss the evolving structure of the university. Triad meets in the MU, room 109, from noon to 1. Guests are free to attend and pay $10 if they eat lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, to reserve a lunch.

Medical Humanities talk: Kristin Barker, associate professor of sociology, will discuss “Patient Expertise in the Internet Era” during the Medical Humanities Table Talk on Feb. 16, 4 to 5 p.m. in Hovland Hall Room 104.

Cartoonist on campus: Leigh Rubin, creator of Rubes and a nationally syndicated cartoonist, will speak on “A Twisted Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” Feb. 16, 4 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

Diversity and higher education lecture: PCOSW and Equity and Inclusion have collaborated to bring Daryl Smith, professor at Claremont, to present practical and meaningful approaches to integrating diversity into the fabric of higher education. The free lecture will take place Feb. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 155 of the Living-Learning Center.

Gender Your Cookie: Express yourself through an afternoon of cookie decorating with us at the Pride Center on Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be an open discussion on gender identity and gender expression.

Academic Success Center candidate: The Academic Success Center search committee is holding open forum presentations for candidates for Supplemental Instruction Coordinator. Candidates will present on the topic, “What makes Supplemental Instruction work?” Marjorie Coffey is the first candidate, and she will present on Friday, Feb. 17, 4 to 5 p.m., in Milam Hall 215. Please come and give the search committee your important feedback. Contact janine.kobel@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Recreational Sports Outdoor Used Equipment Sale: An outdoor gear sale will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at McAlexander Fieldhouse. There will be a Gear Preview on Friday, Feb. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. in Dixon Lower Gym. Contact the Adventure Leadership Institute, 541-737-3630, for more information.

OSU Food Drive

Gift cards: The College of Education is holding a raffle to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Prizes include an antique silver ring from Alta’s Antiques, as well as gift cards or certificates to local businesses, including: Block 15, Darkside Cinema, Del Alma, First Alternative Co-op, Garland Nursery, Laughing Planet Café, New Morning Bakery, Peak Sports, The Retreat, Sibling Revelry, Stargazer Premier Florist, and Vertebrata Chiropractic. Contact Amy at amy.beaderstadt@oregonstate.edu for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Drawing will be held Feb. 29.

Book and music sale: OSU News & Research Communications is holding a week-long book and music sale from, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth floor of Kerr Admin, in the lobby. Books, CDs and even vinyl will be available, with new selections added daily. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.

Prettiest Pet contest: Enter the Graduate School’s Prettiest Pet Contest to benefit the OSU Food Drive. To enter submit a photo of your pet (up to 8.5” x 11”) along with a $1 entry fee to the Graduate School. Cast your vote for the prettiest pet with your donations. The pet with the most donations will win a $25 gift certificate to Animal Crackers. All entries will also be entered into a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Animal Crackers. Entries will be accepted Feb. 13-22. For questions about entries and voting please e-mail Jessica at jessica.king@oregonstate.edu

College of Forestry Book Sale: The College of Forestry hosts its annual Book Sale to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share. A wide variety of books, DVDs, CDs, etc. will be for sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 17 in the Richardson Hall first floor knuckle (where Richardson meets Peavy Hall). Prices drop each day, and new selections are typically added throughout the week.

Chocolate lover alert: Come to the Chemistry office in Gilbert 153 and see the GIANT flask full of chocolate that you could win! For only $1, you can guess how many pieces are in the flask; the person who is closest without going over will win both the flask and the candy. Proceeds go to the Linn Benton Food Share.

Potato Bar Lunch: Wed, Feb 22, 11:30-1:30 p.m., 3029 Cordley.

Chili Dogs: Tues, Feb 28, 11:30-1:30 p.m., 3029 Cordley.

Faculty, staff, and family service project: Please join us Feb 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Linn Benton Food Share. Participants will pack non-perishable foods to be distributed to local food banks. Register here: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4819&cmd=survey. Participants are asked to provide their own transportation. Children are welcome as long as they are closely supervised by their parent /guardian. Space is limited to 50 participants.

Quilt raffle: The Academic Success Center is selling tickets for a beautiful queen-sized (84” x 100 “) scrap quilt in shades of blue, green, and turquoise for only $1 a ticket as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. Purchase tickets at Waldo 102 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For photos and more information see: http://success.oregonstate.edu/asc-quilt-raffle-osu-food-drive-fundraiser. The drawing will be held Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Waldo 102.

Book Resale: Information Services has collected used books, CD’s, VHS, etc for resale. “You pick your price!” Take a look, read, and decide how much you want to pay. Located in Milne room 224. For more information contact Carla Cogburn, 7-2671.

E-Campus/OSU Libraries have setup a site with Van Bourgondien where we get 50 percent of all sales for the Food Drive. Their bulbs are guaranteed and they ship directly to you. Please share this site with your friends and family and we can raise money for Linn-Benton Food Share in a colorful way! https://www.dutchbulbs.com/fg/2012linnbenton orders will be taken through the end of February. Contact Kerrie Cook with questions – 541-737-4633

Free soup and bread lunches: AREC (Agricultural and Resource Economics) has the following events planned – from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 200C. Feb. 22, soup/bread by graduate students. Feb 29, soup/bread by faculty and graduate students. $5 suggested donation.

Lectures and seminars

Oregon Forests and Water Symposium: Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., OSU CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This all day symposium will provide updates on current issues, including paired watershed studies, herbicides, and point source vs. non-point source pollution. For more information: http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

News for Employees

NEW! Terra podcast: Leave it to the beavers. Terra Talk, a new podcast about Oregon State university research, debuts this week on Terra, oregonstate.edu/terra. Listen to Dylan McDowell, a sophomore in fisheries and wildlife and the University Honors College, interview graduate student Vanessa Petro about relocating “nuisance beavers” to restore Coho salmon habitat in the Alsea River watershed.

NEW! Seeking Career Fair Volunteers on Feb. 22 and 23: Career Services is looking for a few more people to volunteer for the Winter Career Fairs on Feb. 22-23.  We will take volunteers in 1 hr or longer shifts.  If interested, pleases contact Caitlin.Flynn@oregonstate.edu for volunteer times and duties.

NEW! International Programs moving: The Division of International Programs is moving from offices in Kerr Administration and Snell Hall to the first and second floors of Heckart Lodge during the week of Feb. 20.  Some International Student Advising and Services staff will remain in the International Living Learning Center (ILLC).  Drop-in international student advising will continue at the ILLC every afternoon between 2 and 4:30 p.m. The Office of the Associate Provost will remain in the ILLC. OUS International Programs will move from Snell Hall to Heckart Lodge during the week of March 26.  If you have questions regarding these relocations, please contact Jackie Bangs, 541-737-6468.

NEW! Student writing/video contest: “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from the Student Sustainability Initiative.The Great Work is open to written and video entries in any genre: documentary, essay, opinion, creative.  Winning written entries will be published in an insert in the Daily Barometer, and winning videos will be screened at a special event in the spring. Winners also receive $100 awards. Deadline is March 5. Contest guidelines and submission information can be found on the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! PFLA: Nominations for PFLA Board Members are being accepted for the following positions: President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Services Director, Professional Development Director, Membership Director and Marketing Director.  To serve on the PFLA Board, you must be or become a member of PFLA and you must hold professional faculty/staff status.  The position descriptions are available at http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/bylaws. The terms of office are Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013. Deadline is March 30, 2012. Contact Deb Walker (deborah.walker@oregonstate.edu) or Janet Ekholm (janet.ekholm@oregonstate.edu ) with your nominations.

OSU Travel Survey: OSU is reviewing transportation on main campus. Faculty/staff and students are requested to complete a brief, online travel survey about typical morning and evening trips. The survey is completely anonymous, and the information you provide will be combined with other responses to help determine what types of infrastructure improvements are needed on campus. The survey can be completed through Feb. 17. Survey link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/379732/OSU-Travel-Survey-2012-February-2012

Winter Career Fairs: University Wide Career Fair, Feb. 22 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Engineering Career Fair, Feb. 23 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CH2MHill Alumni Center. There will be over 100 employers from various industries and graduate schools at the Career Fair to network with students and alumni, offer jobs and internships, and provide many other future career opportunities. Admission is free and all OSU students and alumni are encouraged to attend. To learn more visit http://oregonstate.edu/career.

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Deadline for submission: March 19. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

Housing for interns and scholars: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Rates start at just $14 per night per person for a double room. Space is limited and we expect to fill up quickly, so reserve a spot today by calling (541)737-9195 or emailing UHDS Residential Conferences at uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and maintenance

Kerr Admin: Due to necessary repairs, all steam services to Kerr Administration Building, A side will be temporarily shut down.  This will only affect steam heat, hot water and all equipment utilizing steam throughout the A side of the building.  This shutdown is necessary for contractors to repair a steam trap on the building main steam supply. The shutdown will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 15.


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

Office Specialist 2: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 for the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008596. Closing date: Feb. 16.

International Student and Faculty Services is hiring an Analyst Programmer. Position # 0008423. Closes Feb. 17.

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit invites applications for a Faculty Research Assistant to conduct research on the Pacific lamprey throughout the Willamette River Basin. This is a 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0008585. Closes Feb. 17.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Purchasing Analyst 3 Position. Posting # 0008589, Closes Feb. 19.

The Department of Public Safety at OSU is seeking applicants for a Campus Dispatcher. Posting #0008599. Closes Feb. 20.

The Graduate School at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2, position. For full details, please visit posting #0008473. Posting closes Feb. 20.

The Registrar’s Office at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008602. Posting closes Feb. 24.

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: After a dark and foggy morning, skies will clear and sunshine will warm us up this afternoon. By evening, showers may return and the rest of the week looks damp. Today’s high will be 47 with a low tonight of 32.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43 low 24. North wind between 3 and 5 mph.





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