OSU Today

July 9-13, 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 names Sandra Woods dean of the College of Engineering (Portland Business Journal)

Sandra Woods, a former Oregon State University environmental engineer who has led the engineering program at Colorado State University for the past seven years, was today named dean of the OSU College of Engineering. (see also Gazette-Times, LIFE@OSU)

Environmental Outlook: Rising sea levels (NPR)

Featuring OSU Professor Phil Mote.

Land-grant universities and agriculture’s future (NPR)

The Morrill Act of 1862 began a transformation of American agriculture. Congress donated 30,000 acres of public land to each state to establish what became known as land-grant colleges and universities. Now, with looming environmental challenges, land-grant institutions are more important than ever.

National festival features OSU exhibits (Gazette-Times)

Looking inside the growth of a multibillion-dollar seafood industry. Examining solutions to limit damage from a destructive tsunami. And giving schoolchildren experience with robotics. Those are the themes of the exhibits Oregon State University is hosting in this year’s National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. (see also Breaking Waves, KVAL)

Questions raised again about scientific whaling (Radio Australia)

Scott Baker is the Associate Director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. He says there’s no need for scientists to kill whales. “Non-lethal methods have been shown to be much more powerful for answering almost all of the questions that are of interest to the management of whaling.”

OSU’s Ask an Expert is fourth busiest in nation (Gazette-Times)

As of Friday afternoon, an Internet-based service offered through Oregon State University’s Extension Service has helped to resolve 3,565 questions since March 2011.

Curtail your toddler’s tantrums (Parents.com)

A study from Oregon State University and various contributing institutions found that parents who over-react and anger easily have toddlers who experience more meltdowns than normal for their age.

OSU energy engineering program grows in Bend (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The Oregon State University – Cascades campus in Bend will welcome 20 transfer students in the fall, all of them headed to a one-year-old program designed to train the next generation of energy systems engineers.

Potato disease found in Twin Falls County (Magic Valley)

“The presence of zebra chip in the region has the potential to be economically devastating,” Wenninger and colleague Nora Olsen wrote in a report published by the Oregon State University Extension Service. (see also Capital Press, KPVI, Daily Reporter)

 OSU-Cascades Campus reaches milestone (OPB)

Administrators at Oregon State University-Cascades campus say they’ve passed a significant milestone in the quest to bring a four-year university to Central Oregon. (see also KTVZ, LIFE@OSU, Daily Astorian)

Bend law firm pledges $25,000 to OSU-Cascades (KTVZ)

Oregon ranks 45th in the nation when it comes to funding higher education, according to report in the Oregonian. Karnopp Petersen has been instrumental in advocating for better support of higher education in Central Oregon.

 OSU students donate 20,000 lbs of items as they move off campus (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University students moving out of campus residence halls in June donated more than 20,122 pounds of housewares, food and other items that would otherwise have ended up in area landfills. (see also KEZI)

Michael Kondo, head gardener of the Portland Japanese Garden, is a force of nature (Oregonian)

Born in Portland to Japanese parents, Kondo started working on Japanese gardens at 17. Not because he loved the gardening style, but because it was a job. His attraction grew over time. At Oregon State University, he earned a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in landscape architecture. He started at the Portland Japanese Garden in 1977, with two years off to work on a Japanese garden for Portland philanthropists Jordan and Mina Schnitzer.

Physical health problems bring mental health problems, demands for services (Health Behavior News Service)

“Health care reform, by design, is supposed to improve coordination between different care providers such as the surgeon and psychiatrist,” said lead author Jangho Yoon, Ph.D., MSPH, assistant professor of health policy at Oregon State University. “I view our results as baseline data to determine how to transition to a system that provides coordinated physical and mental care.”

Schools alter critter control (Register-Guard)

Because children are still growing and developing, they are more susceptible to harm from such chemicals, said Tim Stock, Oregon State University’s integrated pest management education specialist.

Move ahead with Affordable Health Care Act (Gazette-Times)

An As I See It by OSU’s Tom Eversole.

Extreme climate events will focus minds – NOAA boss (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

“We are no longer at a point where we are questioning whether climate change is happening, although some continue to,” Jane Lubchenco, a former Oregon State University oceanographer, told the conference.

Nature of Words sets festival guest authors (KTVZ)

Tracy Daugherty is the author of four novels, four short story collections, a book of personal essays, as well as biographies of Donald Barthelme and Joseph Heller. At Oregon State University, he helped found the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, and is now Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Earth Talk (NJ Today)

Scientists from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center confirmed the presence of dozens of species native to Japanese coastal waters—including barnacles, starfish, urchins, anemones, amphipods, worms, mussels, limpets, snails, solitary tunicates and algae—that were on a large floating dock in Japan that washed ashore at Agate Beach near Newport, Oregon in June 2012.

Holt and OSU in Ethiopia: A photo essay (Holt International Blog)

In June, 13 Oregon State University (OSU) student-athletes and two adoptive parents traveled to Ethiopia to build houses for families in Holt’s family preservation program.

Coffee: Not so bad after all (The Age)

As Jane Higdon and Balz Frei of Oregon State University reported in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, when the same type of coffee was bought from the same store on six different days, the caffeine content varied from 130 milligrams to 282 milligrams in a regular cup.

Oregon fisheries net more value in 2011 (Alaska Native News)

The influx gave the state’s struggling coastal communities a much-needed boost, say ODA marketing experts, who have worked diligently for years to promote Oregon seafood in various export markets. Among them are the researchers with the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service, Oregon Sea Grant, and Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), the university’s campus for research, education and outreach in marine and coastal sciences located in Newport’s South Beach district.

Oregon City baby doctor retires after 30 years, 3,000 deliveries (Oregonian)

Dr. Arthur “Art” Cooper, an Oregon City obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered more than 3,000 babies, retired last week. Cooper graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in pharmacy in 1970. Four years later, he entered medical school at Oregon Health and Science University.

Fungi marked the end of the coal age (Astrobiology Magazine)

Joseph Spatafora of Oregon State University who is a co-author on the study said, “It’s a really exciting time in fungal biology, and part of that is due to the technology today that allows us to address the really longstanding questions.”

Former University Library Rodney Waldron has died (LIFE@OSU)

Former Oregon State University librarian Rodney Waldron died June 22 in Mt. Angel. He was 92 years old. Waldron served as University Librarian at OSU from 1965 to 1984. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Parents key to whether kids get enough exercise (U.S. News & World Report)

In one study, Oregon State University researchers looked at 200 families with children ages 2 to 4 to determine how parenting style affects children’s physical-activity levels. (see also iVillage, Star Gazette, KATV)

Memorial service announced for Thomas Bedell, former Extension specialist (LIFE@OSU)

Former Oregon State University Extension rangeland resources specialist Thomas Bedell has died. He was 80.

Chemistry instructor challenges job loss (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University chemistry instructor whose contract wasn’t renewed by OSU says he still doesn’t know the reasons why and is considering legal action.

Forest Grove’s Amparo Mata succeeds through community leadership programs (Oregonian)

Even after learning English, her passion for math continued. This fall, the recent Forest Grove High School graduate will begin studying math at Oregon State University. Once she completes her undergraduate degree, Mata wants to get her master’s in teaching.

County move to Sunset Building nears completion (Gazette-Times)

The local office of the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Benton County Juvenile Department were expected to finish moving in Tuesday.

Oregon State University workshop explains how to attack pests with rival bugs (Oregon Live)

o spread the word, the North Willamette Research and Extension Center is hosting a series of workshops and tours Monday and Tuesday. The event, titled “Bugs in the System,” begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the center, 15210 N.E. Miley Road, Aurora.

4-H Hall of Fame inducts Pederson (Bend Bulletin)

Deschutes County resident Barbara Pederson was recently added to the Oregon State University 4-H Hall of Fame because of her work volunteering as one of the youth program’s horse leaders for more than 40 years.

Extension service to move to Ellendale office (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University Extension Service announced that the Polk County Extension office will be closed Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 as the staff makes preparations to move the office and services to a new location.


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.”


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


Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. 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.

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 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.”


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Memorial for Geoff Tomlinson: A celebration of life for OSU graduate and KidSpirit employee Geoff Tomlinson will take place Saturday, July 21, 1 p.m. a the First Presbyterian Church at 8th and Monroe.

NEW! Memorial for Thomas Bedell: Former Oregon State University Extension rangeland resources specialist Thomas Bedell has died. He was 80. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd, at 1 p.m., July 21.

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 .

News for Employees

NEW! Attention all public employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

NEW! Call for abstracts on women’s advancement: OSU researchers concerned with women’s advancement/empowerment  or issues impacting the academic and/or professional world of women are being sought by the OSU Women’s Research & Resource Symposium committee. Submissions for the Annual OSU Women’s Research & Resource Symposium, Oct. 17, are now being accepted. Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or pilot research projects addressing any topic relevant to women’s advancement either as professionals or as students. To enter, please register at https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=5039 before July 30. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words. Researchers whose abstracts have been accepted will be informed via email by Sept. 3.  Questions? Email: mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Career Services July 2012 Newsletter is Available: For the latest on what’s happening in Career Services at Oregon State University, engaging students, staff, and faculty in career development, visit http://oregonstate.edu/career/monthly-newsletter

NEW! AmeriCorps position: OSU Extension Service, Columbia County (St. Helens) is recruiting for a year-long AmeriCorps Financial Literacy Educator position.  Find out today how you can share your passion for personal finance with rural Oregon youth. The full position announcement and instructions for how to apply are located on our webpage: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/columbia/announcements/americorps-financial-literacy-educator-position-now-open

NEW! Cat workout: The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OSU is a leader in the use of rehabilitation to improve the lives of pets with health issues. Dogs and cats with arthritis or those recovering from joint surgery often benefit from regular sessions on the underwater treadmill. Although cats are notorious avoiders of water, Daisy regularly works out on the treadmill: Watch her very vocal commentary.

NEW! Research blog: Steve Durkee offers insights via a national advocacy group: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2012/07/02/research-animals-are-lifesavers-also/

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.

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 24. For more information please call 866-454-2144 or Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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:

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.

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 15.

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 half-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.

Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Engineering, Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009361. Closes July 23.

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

Please note the following parking lot and road closures due to da 2012 Vinci Days activities July 20-22, and please plan accordingly.

Jefferson Street Visitor lot: a few parking spaces will be closed 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. , July 19, due to festival grounds setup

Campus Way EAST parking lot: Closed July 20 to July 22

Jefferson Street Visitor lot: Closed starting at 5 p.m. July 20 through July 22.

Road closures: July 20-22: Campus Way EAST between 14th & 11th Streets; 11th Street between Jefferson & Monroe Streets.

Wilson Hall: Due to safety concerns with the construction associated with the Wilson Hall Project, Adams Street in front of Wilson Hall will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will end at 5 p.m., Aug. 31.

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: The sunlight has returned! The old saw about Oregon summers not starting until the Fourth of July is proven true yet again. We’ll be sunny all week with highs in the 80s, and overnight lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: The rumblings of summer storms have arrived. Central Oregon will see mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 90s this week, with a chance of thunderstorms.

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