OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 24, 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.

Cheesemakers find whey to launch business, thanks to OSU (KCBY)

“Companies can come in, make cheese for 9 to 12 months and sell it, because it’s a licensed dairy facility, and they they will move on to their own facility eventually,” said OSU associate professor Lisbeth Goddik. “A number of cheeses that are sold in Oregon right now have been developed here.” (see also KVAL)

 Freaking out at your kids isn’t a good thing (San Francisco Chronicle)

n the study, researchers from Oregon State University, Oregon Social Learning Center followed 361 adoptive families in 10 states, collecting genetic data from birth parents as well as the children. (see also MSN, US News & World Report, Baby Center)

‘We’ve got a billion dollar problem but we don’t have a billion dollars’ (KVAL)

“Just in Oregon we’ve got a billion dollar problem, but we don’t have a billion dollars,” said Scott Ashford, professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, and one of the international engineering experts who toured the affected area in Japan last year shortly after the disaster.

A prehistoric discovery (Democrat-Herald)

What Kessi and his power shovel unearthed that morning turned out to be the jaw of a mastodon, an extinct elephant-like creature that roamed North America until the end of the last Ice Age. Moorefield is in discussions with Loren Davis, a paleoarchaeologist at Oregon State University, about conducting a full-blown excavation after the rainy season ends.

Research podcast debuts at Oregon State University (Oregonian)

Terra Talk, a new podcast about research at Oregon State University, has debuted with a focus on — what else? — beavers.

Does 20 percent of the population really use 80 percent of the healthcare dollars? (PolitiFact)

To get a more current take on the situation, we phoned Stephanie Bernell, a professor with Oregon State University’s Health Management and Policy Program who specializes in the economics of health care.

Beaverton’s Haley Johnson on making the ‘American Idol’ Top 24 (Oregonian)

Now, her family, friends and former classmates at Oregon State University knew it, too. “I’m so excited, and so nervous,” Johnsen says, calling from from Los Angeles. “It’s unbelievable.”

Why LeBron can’t take the heat (Miller McCune)

For a study published in the Journal of Sports Economics, researchers led by Oregon State University economist Zheng Cao analyzed free-throw data from the 2002-03 through the 2009-10 seasons. They found players “shoot on average 5 to 10 percentage points worse than normal in the final seconds of very close games.”

Negative refraction opens avenues to new products and industries (Photonics Online)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to make a low-cost material that might accomplish negative refraction of light and other radiation – a goal first theorized in 1861 by a giant of science, Scottish physicist James Maxwell, that has still eluded wide practical use.

Study tracks organic production (Capital Press)

Milk production in organic dairy herds averages 31 percent less than in conventional herds, according to a new study. “This is probably related to feeding management more than anything else,” said Mike Gamroth, an Oregon State University College of Animal Sciences professor.

Workouts may not be the best time for snacks (Seattle Times)

There’s no set rule on what they should eat and drink before, during and after exercise, said Melinda M. Manore, a sports nutritionist at Oregon State University who was an author of the position paper.

College Republicans highlight free speech (Gazette-Times)

As part of First Amendment Week, OSU’s College Republicans have gone through a large piece of butcher paper every afternoon this week (with the exception of Monday, when they used a smaller piece of paper), with between 40 and 50 postings on each day.


CTL candidates: The search committee for the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting open forums for two candidates who are interviewing for the Director position. Kay Sagmiller will present Feb. 24, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Milam 215. Hong Lin will present Feb. 27, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Milam 215. For more information, please contact Sara Eklund at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu or search committee chair, Milo Koretsky at milo.koretsky@oregonstate.edu.

The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Presentation: John Russell, the History Librarian at UO, will give a talk about the ODNP’s history, demonstrate the features of the Historic Oregon Newspapers site, and talk about where the program is headed. Day and Time: Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette rooms in the Valley Library. Please contact Natalia Fernández for more information.

TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, Feb. 24, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll continue the Multimedia and PowerPoint.series with “Optimizing images for Powerpoint.” Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Stuff the Van: We only have one week left to reach our goals in supporting Linn-Benton Food Share! Please join the University Motor Pool in the Quad on Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and help them “Stuff the Van”. We will also have a photo booth available provided by S.I.F.E. (Students In Free Enterprise) so stop by, drop off your food donations and get your picture taken. Currently, the Motor Pool’s drop off location has collected slightly over 36,000 pounds of food. Please help us reach our goal of 50,000 pounds.

$5 Fridays: The Organic Grower’s Club will again be sponsoring “Fabulous Five Dollar Fridays in February!”  This year it will be held in the comfortable student lounge in ALS 4018. We serve a hot lunch, for a suggested donation of five dollars. All money raised goes to the OSU Food Drive. Noon to 1 p.m.

OSU Anthropology’s Tan Sack Lecture: Friday Feb. 24, noon, Waldo 201A – Jonathan Lipman (Mount Holyoke College), “Frontier Heterodoxies: Ma Zhu and Qing Dominion in Yunnan”

Seminar, Geriatric Pet Care: Dr. Mary Gardner, co-owner of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice will present a seminar on Caring for Pets in the Final Stages of Life. Dr. Gardner will speak in the Magruder Hall auditorium from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24.

Gail Achterman memorial: Please join the Institute for Natural Resources, Gail’s friends, and colleagues as we celebrate this life well lived. A forum for sharing your thoughts, poetry, prayers, stories, inspirations: Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. Contact Julie Bain (julie.bain@oregonstate.edu) if you have questions or need additional information.


Locavore’s Winter Table: Feb. 25, 1 – 5 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Rd. Discover the abundance of food available in winter and how to use it. Event includes a panel discussion, workshops, and a food tasting and community fair. This event is brought to you by First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op and is sponsored in part by OSU’s SSI. To learn more visit, http://firstalt.coop/locavores-winter-table

Upcoming Events

NEW! Winter water film series: Feb. 28, 4 p.m. –Water Life Pt. #1 – Water’s journey from streams entering Lake Superior to the mouth of the Saint Lawrence Seaway takes 350 years. The narration establishes the importance of the Great Lakes for the U.S. and Canada’s fresh water. Sponsor: OCCRI – La Raza Room 208

NEW! Equity and Inclusion candidates: Candidates for the position of Equity Specialist will be giving open forums during the next two weeks. They will speak on “Conflict Resolution as an Aspect of Community Building.” Scott Etherton presents on Feb. 28, 1:15-2:15 p.m. in Memorial Union 213. Contact jennifer.almquist@oregonstate.edu with questions.

NEW! Library winter term workshops: This week’s workshops focus on the IRB Process (2/27), Publishing Your Research (2/28) and round out with two more free citation manger sessions, Mendeley (2/29) and EndNote Web (3/1).  Read complete session descriptions and register to save a seat at:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty. Questions?  Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

Blackboard Webinar Series: Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) invites instructors and TA’s to attend a 6-part webinar series called The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. The first webinar is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m: Wikis, Blogs, Forums, Journals – Which One Do I Use and Why? Find out more about this series and how to register on the TAC home page. Contact Jon Dorbolo or Lynn Greenough if you have questions.

Equity and Inclusion candidates: Candidates for the position of Equity Specialist will be giving open forums during the next two weeks. They will speak on “Conflict Resolution as an Aspect of Community Building.” Richard Fields presents on Feb. 27, 1:15-2:15 p.m. in Memorial Union 213. Contact jennifer.almquist@oregonstate.edu with questions.

Wind symphony: The Premiere of “Currents” by composer and OSU faculty member Dana Reason, performed by Oregon State Wind Symphony and conducted by Dr. Chris Chapman, takes place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Woman Citizen Film Series, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears: Bill Husband, professor of History, will host a free public showing of the Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy about three Russian women struggling to make it in 1960s and 1970s Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

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?” Racheal Aragon will present on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4 to 5 p.m., in MU 207. Contact janine.kobel@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Brown bag talk on mental illness: “Shattering Mental Health-isms: Continuing the Conversation.” Come and explore how mental illness interfaces with the cycle of oppression. March 1, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206. Small group work will provide a platform for participants to share their voice and help build inclusive communities that shatter mental health-ISMs.

OSU Food Drive

NEW! Hair Dyeing for the food drive: The Memorial Union is looking for $300 in donations by the end of the month. If they reach their goal, Deb Mott and Parcella Provence have agreed to change their hair to a bright neon color at the beginning of March. Food Drive cash donations will be accepted at the MU Info Desk through closing time on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

NEW! Soup Feed with Printing and Mailing: Printing and Mailing Services will host an all-you-can-eat soup lunch and theme basket raffle to support this month’s Food Drive. Come enjoy a delicious assortment of home-made soups and bread on Thursday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 100 Cascade Hall. Raffle drawing will be held at 12:30 p.m..  A $5 donation is suggested.

College of Forestry Dessert Bake-off: Feb. 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Richardson Hall First Floor Knuckle. Proceeds benefit OSU Food Drive.

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

Dessert Bake-off: College of Forestry from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 28  Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle

Tasty Tuesdays: CEOAS Admin Lounge, Feb. 28  Come on over and see what treats we have for purchase!

Soup and Bread Buffet: Department of Statistics all you can eat buffet for $5! Kidder Hall room 70. Feb. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.

Soup and Bread Buffet: Department of Statistics all you can eat buffet for $5! Feb. 29 Kidder Hall room 70. 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Baked potato & Salad Bar Lunch: Tuesday, Feb 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., at Cordley 2035.  A $5 donation is suggested.  Come and donate to a good cause, eat a great lunch, and visit with the friendly people at ASBC.

OSUsed Store Food Drive Discount: Bring 3 or more food donation items to our public sale Feb. 29 noon to 3 p.m. and receive 25 percent off your entire purchase (excluding spot bid and online sales items)! The OSUsed Store is located in the Property Services Building, 644 SW 13th St.

Soup and Bread Lunch: AREC (Argiculture and Recource Economics) will have a soup and bread lunch made by the faculty and graduate students on Feb. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall room 200C

International Lunch: College of Forestry from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 29, Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle

Quilt Raffle Drawing: College of Forestry at 1 p.m., Feb. 29 in the Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle

Soup Bar: Linn County Extension Office is having a soup lunch from 11:30 – 1 p.m., March 2, 104 Fourth St. SW, Albany.

WEB Auction – OSU Information Services, Library and E-Campus Food Drive Fundraising online silent auction is now taking place. To bid on items go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/computing/FoodDrive/Auction/index.htm. Bid now, bid again, and keep bidding. Then view the auction items in person and make your final bid on Feb. 29 Willamette Room 3rd floor Library, 11a.m.. to 3 p.m. – Cookies, coffee and Tea provided.

Cash raffle: College of Vet Med is holding a cash raffle. The winner will receive 50 percent of all the money raised with the remaining 50 percent to go to the Linn Benton Food Share. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the Magruder Hall lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 through March 1. The drawing is March 2.

Rummage Sale: The Research Office is holding a Food Drive Rummage sale in the lobby of the third floor of the Kerr Administration building from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 20 – 24. Items for sale include books, movies, household décor and more! All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.

Buck-A-Book! Visit the CEOAS Admin Lounge and pick up a book for only $1! If you would like to donate a book, simply add it to the inventory.

Prettiest Pet contest: Does your pet have what it takes to be the prettiest? Enter the Grad School’s Prettiest Pet contest to benefit the OSU Food Drive. Our deadline is extended! Entries will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 24! Submit a photo (up to 8.5×11) along with a $1 entry fee to us at 300 Kerr Admin Bldg. Vote for the prettiest pet by donating funds. The pet with the most donations will win a $50 gift certificate to Animal Crackers & bragging rights; runner up will receive a $25 gift certificate. Questions? E-mail jessica.king@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

Quilt raffle: This week is the final full week to purchase your tickets! 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.

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: American Dream, 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 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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Alcohol to Zebrafish: Current Work at OSU’s Skeletal Biology Lab. Associate Professor Urszula Iwaniec, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, will speak on bone health across a lifespan. Tuesday, Feb. 28, noon to 1 p.m., Magruder Hall 102. Sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  Dr. John Peterson Myers, CEO and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, who co-authored “Our Stolen Future”, which explores the threats posed by man-made chemical contaminants on fetal development and human health will present on “Scientific lessons from endocrine disruption, and how green chemists might avoid its hazards” on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001.

NEW! Sustainable Growth in the EU: What Role for Environmental Policy?: Anne Burrill is the Deputy Head of International Relations and Enlargement at the European Commission’s Environment Directorate General. She oversees environmental relations with the EU’s neighbors which aim eventually to become EU Member States. In this public lecture, she will discuss the role of environmental policy in the EU’s (sustainable) 2020 growth strategy, and how it may be supported or undermined by the current European debt crisis. Feb 28, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Milne 202

Plant Sciences Seminar Series: Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Speaker: Jeff Miller, Professor, OSU Horticulture. Topic: Exotic Insects and Exotic Travels: Pest Threats and Threatened Species. ALS 4000

Speech Communication Colloquium: “Finding Authority in a Non-Authoritarian Community” presented by Natalie Dollar, Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., has been changed to meet in Owen 101.

GEM Geospatial Intelligence and Planning Seminar: Brian Shaw, Dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence, National Intelligence University, will speak on “The National Intelligence Enterprise and Geosciences” at 4 p.m., Feb. 28, in Wilkinson 108.

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! 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 Monday, March 5. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

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

HEM (Health Engagement Model) Computer Lab Sessions: PEBB benefit eligible employees that elected to participate in the HEM plan, must complete the health survey by March 15. OHR Employee Benefits is offering computer lab sessions to allow employee to complete the HEM requirements. Dates: Feb. 24, March 1, 7, and 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

Time and Attendance Project: OSU is working on the early stages of implementing a new electronic system to collect and report employees’ working hours and leave used, which will replace our current paper-based timesheets. OSU has purchased WorkForce’s “EmpCenter” product and the project team is working to implement it during 2012. The beta-versions of the configured product will be tested starting mid-Spring. OSU is developing a training and support program for EmpCenter. Implementation of EmpCenter is expected to begin in late Summer or Fall. View the project website at http://oregonstate.edu/fa/time-attendance/

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: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-education-and-research-traineeship-nsf-igert-program. Research Office submission deadline: March 5. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

College savings workshop: College Savings/Funding workshop sponsored by the State of Oregon. Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Corvallis. To register visit the Oregon College Savings Program (529 Plan) website at: https://www.oregoncollegesavings.com/news/seminar.shtml

Equity and Inclusion Forums: Your participation is needed! President Ray has charged a self-study team to engage the OSU community in conversations about the direction of the university with regard to equity and inclusion. The self-study team has organized forums that will take place between Feb. 20 and March 9 and community participation is crucial to their success. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/study/forums

Traffic and maintenance

Gilkey Hall: Due to repairs, the building water system will be shutdown to Gilkey Hall. This will affect all rooms on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 and should end by 12:30 p.m.


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

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.

Office Specialist 2, University Honors College at Oregon State University. F/T, starting at $2170/monthly + benefits.Posting # 0008643. Closes March 1.

OSU is looking for an Accounting Technician in the Office of Student Accounts, Office of Business Affairs. This is a full-time position with a salary range of $2170-3004/mthly +benefits. Posting # 0008640. Closes March 5.

LaSells Stewart Center invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008660. Closes March 6.

The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Advisor-Student Success Specialist. Posting # 0008646. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 16.

Director of International Graduate Admissions – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #0008630. Closes March 16.


Corvallis: We’re starting out with a beautiful sunny morning but rain is expected by 1 p.m. today, and showers should continue through the weekend. Today’s high will be 55 with a low of 37, and it will be slightly cooler on Saturday and Sunday.

Central Oregon: Warm, sunny day but possibly cold and snowy this weekend. Rain likely after 4 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55 low around 26. South wind between 8 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


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