OSU Today

July 2-6, 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.

Megacity + Megaquake = Time bomb (KVAL)

At the beginning of 2010, Oregon State University geologist Bob Yeats told a national reporter that Port au Prince, Haiti, was a “time bomb” for a devastating earthquake because of its crowded, poorly constructed buildings and its proximity to the Enriquillo Fault. (see also KATU, Alaska Native News)

Tsunami debris fears spark cleanup in U.S. (CBC)

John Chapman, an invasion ecologist at Oregon State University says it was coated with almost two tonnes of marine life — some of it foreign — including mussels, algae and a voracious species of starfish. (see also PBS, Oregonian)

Dying trees set stage for erosion and water loss (Red Orbit)

New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years, setting the stage for further ecological disruption. The findings were published in the journal Ecohydrology by scientists from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and the Conservation Biology Institute in Oregon. NASA supported the work. (see also International Business UK, Terra Daily, Science Line)

Experts working to identify ‘living cargo’ on tsunami dock (OPB)

Experts at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center are studying the Japanese dock that washed ashore on Agate Beach. It also carried enough living cargo to keep marine scientists busy for decades.

How did the first Americans spread across the continent (ABC)

“We’re not saying people definitely did that,” Nicole Misarti of Oregon State University in Corvallis, lead author of the study, said in a telephone interview. “All we’re saying is the barrier was not there.”

How an ancestral fungus may have influenced coal formation (NSF)

Joseph Spatafora, a professor at Oregon State University and co-author on the study, agrees with Hibbett’s assessment that the group’s findings could alter biology and geology texts. “When you look at this particular phenomenon of the decrease of coal deposition, by far the majority of explanations have been abiotic and that doesn’t seem like that should be the entire story,” he said. (see also PhysOrg, Science Daily, Oregonian)

Local reactions to Supreme Court decision on Affordable Care Act (Gazette-Times)

Stephanie Bernell, an associate professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, called the decision “a major coup for the uninsured,” saying it represents the greatest expansion of health care access since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965

Maness named dean of OSU College of Forestry (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Provost Sabah Randhawa announced June 29 that forest economist and OSU professor Thomas Maness has been named dean of the university’s College of Forestry. (see also Gazette-Times, KTVZ, LIFE@OSU)

Ten years of ‘Death with Dignity’ (New Atlantis)

A piece by Courtney S. Campbell, the Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture at Oregon State University.

College football playoff approved for 2014 season (New York Times)

When asked how the revenue system might change, Ed Ray, the Oregon State president, had a succinct but apt prediction. “Up,” he said.

Deputy chief named for forest division (Statesman Journal)

Liz Dent is the new deputy chief of the State Forests Division, which manages 830,000 acres of state-owned forest land under the Oregon Department of Forestry. Dent earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Humboldt State University in California before earning her master’s degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University in 1993.

Reporting for duty (Gazette-Times)

Ashland High School senior Erin Keoppen has spent the past four years of her life thinking of synonyms for the word “said.” But at the High School Journalism Institute, an eight-day camp at Oregon State University for young journalists, Keoppen’s editors told her to use simple words and to avoid fancy “ten-dollar” words. (see also Oregonian)

OSU athletes bless Ethiopia (Oregon Faith Report)

This week Holt Senior Writer Robin Munro joins 14 Oregon State University (OSU) athletes traveling to Silti, Ethiopia. On this exciting trip, the athletes — volunteers with OSU’s Beavers Without Borders — will build homes for struggling families in Holt’s family preservation program.

OSU ag grad in a class all her own (Capital Press)

Oregon State University has produced many notable graduates over the years, but few ever accomplished in school what 2012 agriculture major Alyssa DuVal did. The daughter of Jerry and Cynthia DuVal of DuVal Farms near Silverton, Alyssa, 22, not only graduated summa cum laude from OSU but along the way amassed nearly 25 scholarships that paid most of her expenses.

Wheat researcher surprised by taste test (Capital Press)

Pat Hayes, from the Oregon State University barley breeding program, works in collaboration with the WSU team. He said the goals are low-temperature tolerance, disease resistance and input use efficiency.

ARRA report (Science 360)

OSU’s Ed Brook’s work on ice cores is featured at 5:00 in the video.

OSU begins construction for new gateway (Gazette-Times)

Construction of a new entrance to Oregon State University’s campus, complete with a traffic signal, freshly painted street lines and a large brick monument, is under way at the intersection of 26th Street and Western Boulevard. (see also KMTR)

 What to wear to an interview: The new rules (CNN)

A well-tailored outfit suggests that you’re conscientious and detail-oriented in other areas, says Frank Bernieri, PhD, associate professor in the psychology department at Oregon State University.

Nike Swoosh Span instead of Freemont Bridge? (Oregonian)

In the end, Patrick Emerson, an Oregon State University economist, said the public and policymakers may be forced to weigh the “contingent valuation” of the roads and bridges they use.

Aerial photographs reveal invasive juniper in eastern Oregon (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University research team has measured the extent of so-called “woody encroachment” over the past 20 years and found that tree removal has potential for success, according to a new paper published in the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management.

OSU Visiting Poet’s work to be on display at new medical center (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University Visiting Poet Jennifer Richter has been chosen as one of seven Oregon poets to have their work on permanent display at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center, which is set to open next year in Hillsboro.

Parenting affects kids’ activity level (Bend Bulletin)

A new study from researchers at Oregon State University showed that parenting plays a major role in how active young children are.

Undersea volcano gave off signals before eruption in 2011 (Ocean News & Technology)

Bill Chadwick, an Oregon State University geologist and lead author on one of the papers, said the link between seismicity, seafloor deformation and the intrusion of magma has never been demonstrated at a submarine volcano, and the multiple methods of observation provide fascinating new insights.

Oregon scientists find dreaded stink bugs (Good Fruit Growers)

Scientists at Oregon State University are on the trail of the brown marmorated stinkbug, which they found near the train station in downtown Hood River, Oregon, earlier this month.

Azarenko named associate dean (LIFE@OSU)

Anita Azarenko has been named associate dean for the Graduate School.

OSU-Cascades honors faculty (Bend Bulletin)

Several Oregon State University-Cascades Campus faculty members were recognized by the university for their achievements.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Summer Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series runs July 24-26.  Sessions focus on citation manager tools (EndNote/EndNote Web, Mendeley, Zotero) and data management.  Sign up today to save your seat: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops.  Questions?  Contact Hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu .

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on July 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Barnard Classroom.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 40.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2012.

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! Free Beaver Strides Summer Sessions: Beaver Strides is a physical activity program that provides prizes and other incentives to help motivate participants to “step it up” and increase their movement throughout the day.We will be running two 4-week sessions this summer, July 16-Aug. 10 and Aug. 20-Sept. 14. Visit  http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup to sign up. Contact Malinda Shell: malinda.shell@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-2776 for more information.

NEW! OSUsed Store closed July 4th: The OSUsed Store will be closed for Independence Day on July 4 and thus will not have our weekly public sale. Departments may shop the other weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. View our full calendar online.

NEW! Weight Watchers Information:  If you are interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group on campus the WW Open House meetings will be held on July 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322.  The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins July 31.  The first thing you need to do is complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website.  This is required by Pebb.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on April 24th.  For more information please call 866-454-2144 or Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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.

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


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

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.

Psychiatrist – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Psychiatrist position. Posting #0009164. Closes July 5.

Grocery & Espresso Manager – University Housing & Dining Services invites Internal OSU employees to apply for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty-Grocery & Espresso Manager position.  Posting #0009259.  Closes July 6.

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.

Faculty Research Assistant – College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, unclassified position. Posting #0009218. Closes July 7.

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

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 July 11.

University Events is accepting applications for a full-time Office Specialist 2. This is an administrative assistant position with limited event planning. Posting #0009184. Closes July 13.

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

Registered Nurse – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, RN1. Posting #0009267. Closes July 15.

Medical Aide – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (.5 FTE), 9-month, Medical Aide position. Posting #0009293. Closes July 15.

The Extension Family and Community Health (affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences) is inviting applicants fill one full-time Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Family and Community Health in Portland, Oregon at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # 0009279. Closes July 16.

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

The College of Forestry College Forests invites applications for a full-time Recreation Manager position. Posting #0009248. Closes July 25.

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: Due to repairs, all steam services will be temporarily shut down at the Womens Building.  This will affect steam heat, hot water and all equipment utilizing steam throughout the building .This shutdown necessary for repairs related to the pool project. This shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. July 2 and should end by 2 p.m.

Parking lots: Cycle Oregon will be holding their weekend ride on the OSU Campus on July 13-15. The increase of vehicles may impact some parking lots on campus. The lots likely to see the most impact are, but not limited to, the Student/Visitor lots south of McNary, Wilson, and Callahan, the Crop Science lot and the May Way lot in front of Finley and Halsell. The Memorial Place lot between Milam and Gilkey Halls will be closed starting Friday morning and continuing through the weekend. There will also be RV’s parking in the Reser Stadium lot. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Tanya Andersson with TAPS at Tanya.Andersson@oregonstate.edu or Tara Corbin with Cycle Oregon at 503-880-2912 or tara@cycleoregon.com

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: We’ll be taking off in the middle of the week to celebrate the birth of America, but we’ll also be celebrating the return of the sunshine. Monday will be partly sunny, with a bit of rain possible Tuesday, but it will be sunny and in the mid 70s by Wednesday, continuing through next weekend.

Central Oregon: Nearly perfect weather is in store for Independence Day week. Sunny skies and temperatures ranging from the high 70s to low 80s will dominate. The evening lows drop into the high 30s to low 40s.

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