OSU Today

June 25-29, 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.

As tsunami debris crosses Pacific, dangers emerge (NPR)

Earlier this month, a 65-foot-long floating dock washed up near Newport, Ore. It “felt like looking at a spaceship or something,” says John Chapman, a biologist at Oregon State University who specializes in invasive species. “It was an island that had drifted across from Asia.” (see also Seattle Times, KVAL)

OSU researchers finding ag pest gaining ground (OPB)

Oregon State University researchers say the brown marmorated stink bug has turned up in the orchards of Hood River and the Rogue River Valley. (see also Register-Guard, Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State’s Ed Ray weighs in on local boards (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray on Thursday weighed in on the biggest issue facing the state’s seven public universities — whether each should have its own board of directors. (see also Register Guard)

Parents, not TV, turn kids into couch potatoes (Huffington Post)

Researchers from Oregon State University examined how parenting style – whether a strict but loving parent or a less-involved and more permissive parent – was associated with sedentary behaviour. (see also New York Daily News, Psych Central, KVAL)

First Asians in the Americas 2000 years earlier than thought (Examiner)

A new study led by Nicole Misarti of Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews on June 21, 2012 is the first concrete proof that Asians could have migrated into parts of Alaska 1500 to 2000 years earlier than present theories suggest. (see also Terra Daily)

Artist protests death penalty by painting prisoners’ final meals (NPR)

Artist Julie Green (Oregon State University) stumbled upon these morbid menus in her morning paper when she lived in Oklahoma, which has the country’s highest per-capita execution rate. Over her tea and toast one day, Green read of a final request for “three fried chicken thighs, 10 or 15 shrimp, tater tots with ketchup, two slices of pecan pie, strawberry ice cream, honey and biscuits and a Coke.”

West Coast marine threat (The Scientist)

“It shows us that the windows of opportunity for organisms to succeed get smaller and smaller,” added George Waldbusser, an ocean ecologist and biogeochemist at Oregon State University.

Carcinogens linked to cancer stem cells, but spinach can help (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University have for the first time traced the actions of a known carcinogen in cooked meat to its complex biological effects on microRNA and cancer stem cells. (see also Daily Mail, R&D Magazine)

Global warming predicted to raise sea levels on west coast by four feet in some places (Oregonian)

Oregon will probably see the least impact of the three states because aren’t many big towns close to sea level, said Oregon State University’s professor of oceanography, Rob Holman.

Dave King and OSU Extension win awards at national conference (LIFE@OSU)

Dave King, associate provost for Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University, has been awarded the 2012 Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Professional Award—the highest award conferred by ACE.

Federal report shows little progress in the Everglades (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Unless near-term progress is made to improve water quantity and restore water flow, ecosystem losses will continue, many of which would require decades to centuries to recover,” said William Boggess, chair of the NRC committee that wrote the report and a professor at Oregon State University. (see also Miami Herald, FOX, MSN)

National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. features Oregon State programs (KVAL)

One of the nation’s most popular summer fairs, the National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., will feature hands-on exhibits created by Oregon State University. (see also Oregon Live)

Southern right whales prefer local mates (Daily Astorian)

The first paternity study of southern right whales has found a surprisingly high level of local breeding success for males, scientists say, which is good news for the overall genetic diversity of the species, but could create risk for local populations through in-breeding. Results of the study, by researchers at the University of Auckland, Oregon State University and the New Zealand Department of Conservation, have just been published in the journal Molecular Ecology. (see also Science Daily)

Hosting First Lady Michelle Obama (KMTR)

“It was all about the message of how students at Oregon State and other young people can – across the nation – shape their future and the future of the nation,” explained OSU Vice President of Marketing Steve Clark.

Questions keep coming for OSU Extension’s Ask an Expert (Democrat-Herald)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is being inundated with questions — electronically, that is. Since its debut on the OSU Extension website in March 2011, Ask An Expert has fielded 3,425 questions from across the state and country, and even from overseas.

Check out video of Dana Reason’s ‘Currents’ (Gazette-Times)

OSU faculty member Dana Reason is featured.

Oregon public schools limiting pesticide use as of July 1 (Oregonian)

The law, passed in 2009, is to focus on ways to limit use and provide a clean environment for children. The Oregon State University Extension Service and the Department of Human Services are helping schools. (see also Portland Tribune)

LGBT groups, with key assist from Nike, set course for opening sports for all (Oregon Live)

Planning for the event started about nine months ago when Kirk Walker, the Oregon State University softball coach, told Cyd Zeigler, Jr., co-founder of the publication Outsports.com, he should contact Goman of Nike.

Green tie makeover on the tracks (KVAL)

Tests on the functionality and environmental impacts of green ties are underway at Oregon State University. KVAL News talked with OSU wood science professor Dr. Jeff Morrell over the phone on Monday and asked whether green ties are more eco friendly.

OSU’s new natural resources academy has global appeal (LIFE@OSU)

Students and professionals from around the world are on the Oregon State University campus this month to take part in a pair of weeklong natural resources leadership seminars.

OSU Open Source Lab receives $300,000 from Google (The H Open)

The Open Source Lab (OSL) at Oregon State University (OSU) has received a $300,000 donation from Google to further its open source development and hosting operations. OSU’s Open Source Lab provides hosting services including mirroring for a number of well known open source projects and organisations; these include The Apache Software Foundation, BusyBox, CentOS, Debian Linux, Eclipse and Fedora, as well as Kernel.org and The Linux Foundation.

Visitor Center morphing into ‘Free Choice Learning Lab’ (South Lincoln County News)

Folks familiar with the exhibits at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will find a changing landscape in the visitor section. The initial phase of work to establish a high-tech free-choice learning lab is underway, beginning with the addition of three wave tanks in one big corner of the main exhibit area.

County jobless rate at 5.9 percent (Gazette-Times)

In the public sector, Oregon State University’s growth continues to buoy hiring. State government (which includes OSU) has packed on 240 jobs since May 2011, offsetting losses of 10 jobs in the federal government and 60 in local government.

Tattoo removal offers youths in correctional sites a clean slate (Statesman Journal)

Sarah Ferrer, a senior in the Oregon State University honors college, is part of a program that offers Hillcrest youths a different type of identity reclamation.

Motomochi headed to Ethiopia after receiving special honor (OSU Beavers)

Jonnie Motomochi will get on a plane on Tuesday to join the Beavers Without Borders team in Ethiopia as a recent recipient of the prestigious Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

Full Sail announces Chris’s Summer Delight (All About Beer)

With each Brewer’s Share series beer, Full Sail picks a local charity or organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Chris has chosen to support the Oregon State University Brewing Sciences Program, from which Chris is an alumnus.

When crab isn’t crab, it’s surimi (RGJ)

Oregon State University’s Seafood Lab recently hosted the 20th annual Surimi School, a gathering of global industry representatives and researchers that made Astoria, Ore., for one week the epicenter of expertise on the widely popular gelatinous fish protein you’ve likely had in one form or another.

Target date funds and do-it-yourselfers both beat brokers’ advice in 401 (k) (Forbes)

The study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, compared the returns earned from 1999 to 2009 by workers in Oregon State University’s 403(b) plan—essentially a 401(k) for public education workers.

Some Oregon university presidents get pay raises and new contracts (Oregonian)

The board approved a $15,000 pay raise for Ray, boosting his total salary to $260,700. In addition, the OSU foundation is raising its salary and deferred compensation supplement for Ray by $32,705 to a total $327,005. (see also Gazette-Times)

19 diverse student journalists gather at OSU for High School Journalism Institute 2012 (Oregonian)

Nineteen talented student journalists from diverse backgrounds have gathered at Oregon State University this weekend for the 2012 High School Journalism Institute.

Is the ‘New Father’ a myth? (Huffington Post)

That image isn’t quite accurate, or so say Oregon State University professor Richard A. Settersten Jr. and assistant professor Doris Cancel-Tirado in their comprehensive study, “Fatherhood as a Hidden Variable in Men’s Development and Life Courses,” which was published in Research in Human Development.

OSU Extension classes for gardeners (Upper Rogue Independent)

OSU Extension in Jacksonville is offering a variety of classes that may appeal to a number of Rogue Valley Residents. They range from growing ferns to winter gardening for veggies to commercial viticulture.

Intercropping popular in new hazelnut orchards (Capital Press)

Aman said that the new Oregon State University varieties are highly precocious. “You can get 200 to 300 pounds per acre in the fourth or fifth year, easy, double that for double density,” he said.

So unexpected, and it hasn’t really sunk in’ (KVAL)

At the end of May, Nicholas Drapela –  a senior instructor of chemistry at Oregon State for 10 years – was told his contract would not be renewed for the next academic year, he told KVAL News.

Drone development in Northwest poses no privacy threats (Oregonian Editorial Board)

The openness and availability of sparsely populated terrain in the Northwest are, in part, behind a proposal being assembled by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon State University and Economic Development for Central Oregon, among others. In that proposal, drones could be tested in airspace southeast of Bend, where the land opens up to windblown desert, or over wide-open Warm Springs reservation lands.

Bloomsday bash (Gazette-Times)

Bob Wess, a retired Oregon State University English professor, said he wasn’t concerned about reading from the controversial novel at Grassroots.


NEW! Information session regarding the Position Description Questionnaire: As part of the Professional Faculty Grouping and Compensation Project, this session will provide a broad overview of the project and the process of the Position Description Questionnaire. All professional faculty will be asked to complete the online questionnaire between June 25 and July 9. The information session takes place June 25, 10 a.m. to noon, at Hallie Ford Center room 115.  From 10 to 11:30 a.m. we will train on the role of the employee in completing the PDQ tool; 11:30 to noon we will do an overview of supervisor/manager responsibilities as they pertain to the PDQ process. If you are unable to attend the session, it will be recorded and posted on the project’s website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/job_category/.


Retirement Celebration: Please join the advising community in celebrating Gene Compton Newburgh and her 30-plus years at OSU. The retirement celebration is June 26, 3:30-5 p.m. in Milam Hall 119, Hawthorne Suite.


Two Public Sales at the OSUsed Store: Come to our weekly public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m., plus our special Saturday Sale June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesday mornings. For more information, visit our website.

Patterson Retirement: Gail Patterson of AMBC will be retiring from OSU after 31 years of service with OUS/OSU. A celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 27 , 3-5 p.m., in MU 109B. Refreshments will be served.


Community Art: Giustina Gallery at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center is hosting a free (Non-Jury) community art exhibit open to all ages and skill levels who work or play in Linn and Benton Counties. Last Day for Submission: June 28. For more information and application forms: http://www.oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

Ivey Retirement: Network Services is celebrating Judy Ivey’s retirement, following a combined 30 years of service with OUS/OSU. A reception to honor Judy is planned for Thursday, June 28 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Ag Production Room at La Sells Stewart Center.

International Design: Muneera Umeldy Spence, School of the Arts in Qatar, gives a talk on “Internationalizing the International: Contextual Understanding in Design Education” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the International Living-Learning Center Auditorium 155. Spence researches curriculum development and collaborative environments, pertaining to design education in the international context. Information: Andrea Marks, 737-5014.

Upcoming Events

NEW! International Water Lectures: The OSU Institute for Water & Watersheds is sponsoring two guest lectures in July. Lunch (first come, first served basis) immediately prior to the lecture will be provided. Strand Ag Room 106, noon to 1:50 p.m. July 9 – Tara van Dijk from the University of Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands will speak on “Water Apartheid? The politics, practices and prospects of water provision in Mumbai, India.” July 11 – Jeff Connor from CSIRO in Adelaide, South Australia will speak on “The role of science and economics in Murray Darling Basin Environmental Water Reforms.”

Host a Teacher: Share Corvallis hospitality with a visiting teacher from Mexico. Have a teacher over for dinner, or just meet for conversation. INTO OSU is hosting 30 English teachers from all over Mexico from July 10 to Aug. 8. For details on being a dinner host, conversation partner, or both please e-mail Benjamin.Kibler@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Summer Hours and IM Leagues – Summer hours can be found on the RecSports hours page. Family access is extended to all hours of operation. Par 3 Golf and Sand Volleyball Intramural Leagues are offered this summer.

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Winter or Spring 2012-13 release solicitation. The FRT program provides limited funding for faculty developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program guidelines and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt . Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390. Submission Deadline: June 25.

Researchers on Radio: Inspiration Dissemination is a program focused on students actively involved in research on OSU’s radio station, KBVR. The program is scheduled every Sunday at 7 p.m. and will run throughout the summer. The show is seeking guests to feature. If you are interested in talking about your research, send an email with the subject “SCIENCE.” Listeners can tune in on 88.7 FM or www.kbvr.com/listen.

Proposal Submission: Please note that the process to submit proposals to the Office of Sponsored Programs is changing. Some differences will go in effect July 1, others July 30. See The Spin on Research for information. Training is still available – contact sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu. Questions, contact Pat Hawk, Director of Sponsored Programs, 541-737-6699.

HEM Deadline: July 15 is the deadline to complete the two online e-lessons for the Health Engagement Model. If you and/or your enrolled spouse/partner elected to participate in the HEM, you and/or both of you must complete the two online e-lessons to avoid being assessed the surcharge. For additional information on completing the HEM requirements visit the OSU OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/hem

Dreyfus Foundation: The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is accepting applications for the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry. Deadline: August 20. Applications should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Guidelines: http://www.dreyfus.org/awards/postdoctoral_program.shtml Information: Debbie Delmore, (541) 737-8390.


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

Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking a Construction Engineering Management (CEM)) Industry Liaison. Posting #0009171.  For full consideration, apply by June 25.

The Extended Campus is inviting applications for a full-time Instructional Design Specialist position. Posting #0009149. Closes June 25.

The Office of Business Affairs is accepting applications for a full-time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting #0009159. Closes June 25.

The University Administrative Business Center is accepting applications for a full-time, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0009187. Closes June 26.

The University Administrative Business Center is accepting applications for a full-time, Human Resources Manager position. Posting #0009189. Closes June 26.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for a full-time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting #0009235. Closes June 29.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a Director of Alumni Career Services. The person hired will have a significant opportunity to shape the planning, development and implementation of career programs, services, and volunteer opportunities targeted primarily to the University’s alumni population. Closes June 29.

The Office of Admissions is accepting applications for two full-time, fixed-term Admission Advisor positions. Posting #0009219. Closes June 30.

Information Services – Media Services Central Web Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Project Manager-Business Analyst position. Posting # 0008908. Closes June 30.

Work/Life Coordinator – The Office of Academic Affairs invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Work/Life Coordinator position. Posting #0009070. Review of applications will begin on June 6, closes June 30.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for an Assistant Director Student Conduct and Community Standards, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009215. Closes July 1.

Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position as a Human Resources Specialist. Posting #0009098. Closes July 2.

Faculty Research Assistant – Klamath Basin Research & Extension Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, unclassified position. Posting #0009237.  Closes July 4.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for two (2) full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Staff Psychologist/Counselor positions. Posting # 0009220. Closes July 6.

Ecampus Project Development and Training invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Instructional Design Specialist. Posting #0009149. Closes July 9.

Web Developer/Designer – Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting #0009147. Closes July 14.

The Valley Library is accepting applications for a full-time, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting #0009172.
Closes July 20.

Three open rank faculty searches in genomics and systems biology. The positions are: Nucleic Acid Sequence Bioinformatics, Posting#0009027; Systems Biology of Host-Microbe Interactions Posting #0009034; Applied Discrete Mathematics in Systems Biology #0009025. Full consideration: June 30. Closes July 30.

Director of Commercialization, College of Engineering, Oregon State University.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009200.  Closes July 31.

The Oregon State University Foundation has begun the search for a Research Analyst.  This position provides support to major gift fundraising activities of the Foundation and the University by compiling and analyzing comprehensive background information on individuals and organizations for use in advancing prospective donors’ relationships with the institution.

Traffic and Maintenance

Women’s Building north parking lot: Due to construction related to ADA parking corrections, Facilities will be temporarily closing portions of the Womens Bldg. north parking lot.  The partial closer will involve many of the designated ADA parking spaces.    The closure begins 8 a.m. June 26 and should end by 5 p.m.

Burt Hall north parking lot: Due to construction related to ADA parking corrections, Facilities will be temporarily closing portions of the Burt Hall north parking lot.  The partial closer will involve two ADA parking spaces. The closure begins 9 a.m. June 26 and should end by 5 p.m.

Gleeson Hall: Due to plumbing repairs, the first floor restroom in Gleeson Hall will be temporarily closed.  This closure will begin at 7 a.m. on June 25 and should end by 10 p.m.

26th St: Due to roadwork and signal installation, the north/south bound lanes & sidewalks between LaSells Stewart Center & Western Blvd. on 26th Street will be temporarily closed.  Signage and traffic control will be in place to direct traffic. This closure will begin at 8 a.m. June 25 and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 24.

Wilson Hall: Due to construction, the parking spaces south of Wilson Hall facing the building will be closed through Aug. 31.

30th Street: Due to the installation of the new ADA intersection at 30th and Campus Way, north and southbound traffic on 30th from Orchard Ave. to Jefferson Way will be closed through Aug. 13.

Swimming Pool: Due to mechanical system upgrades the swimming pool at the Women’s Building will be closed through Aug. 31.


Corvallis: First full week of summer, and while we may think we’ve finally earned lawn chairs and sunglasses, rain showers are keeping us humble. We’ll have showers Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 70s. Wednesday looks sunny with a high near 80, but a chance of showers may return by Thursday.

Central Oregon: Rain showers Monday and Tuesday will keep things cool, but by Wednesday sunshine and highs in the upper 70s will return, and the weekend looks warm and bright.

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