OSU Today

July 16-20, 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.

Alcohol does a body good? Study finds it boosts bone health (TIME)

The new study, which was published in the journal Menopause and led by Urszula Iwaniec of Oregon State University, sought to examine how alcohol might affect bone turnover in women, who are at especially high risk for fractures late in life. (see also ABC News, US News & World Report, Daily Mail)

From coal to gas: The potential risks and rewards (NPR)

Philip Mote is the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University and one of the authors of the NOAA report. He and a team looked at last year’s drought in Texas and compared what happened there with climate models going back five decades.

Ancient people discovered in Oregon may shake up understanding of first Americans (Oregonian)

The first Americans may have had neighbors, according to a new study from University of Oregon and Oregon State University researchers published today in the journal Science. (see also CBCScience 360, KVAL)

Global warming makes heat waves more likely (New York Times)

“This is hot new science,” said Philip W. Mote, director of the Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University, who led the research on the Texas heat wave and drought. “It’s controversial. People are trying different methods of figuring out how much the odds may have shifted because of what we have put into the atmosphere.” (see also Wall Street Journal, Earth Fix, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Alexis Walker remembered as dedicated teacher, amazing mentor (LIFE@OSU)

Alexis Walker, Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Chair in Gerontology and Family Sciences, died July 8 of chronic lymphoma. She was 60.

The Chain Saw Circle: Women of the Woodlands (New York Times)

“We were newbies, but we wanted to fully embrace the experience of forest ownership,” Kathryn Kemp said. They would soon would find camaraderie and support through the Oregon Women Owning Woodlands Network, an education program founded in 2006 by the Oregon State University forestry extension program to address the needs of woodland owners like themselves.

‘Stink bug’ threatens northwest farms, vineyards (KGW)

About three weeks ago, Oregon State University post doctoral researcher Nik Wiman discovered a well established population of the bug in Hood River, a city surrounded by agriculture.

Oregon hazelnut industry sidesteps blight (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University plant breeder developed blight-resistant varieties, allowing growers to replace dying trees. The successful breeding program, carried out over more than two decades, has brought the industry to a promising intersection.

To manage forest fires, we need a clear and consistent policy (New York Times)

An opinion piece by Kevin Boston, associate professor of forest engineering, resources and management at Oregon State University.

Viruses linked to algae that control coral health (Phys. Org)

“We’re way behind in our knowledge of how viral disease may affect coral health,” said Adrienne Correa, a researcher with the Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University. “If viral infection is causing some bleaching, it could be important in the death of corals and contribute to reef decline. This potential threat from viruses is just starting to be recognized.” (see also Innovations Report, Sustainable Business Oregon, KVAL)

Is your toddler sitting too much? (NY Daily News)

In one study, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., researchers looked at 200 families with children ages two to four to determine how parenting styles affect children’s physical activity levels.

Future Beavers learn the ropes (Gazette-Times)

Exciting. Academic. Novel. Musical. Fun. Eighteen-year-old Sage Gustafson summed up what she wants out of her university experience in those five words. The West Albany High School graduate was one of about 400 new students ready to begin their college careers on the Oregon State University campus Thursday for START, a two-day orientation with tours, academic presentations, advice and registration that prepares students enrolled for the summer or fall term at OSU.

Pac-12 networks launch Aug. 12, check out the OSU sizzle (OSU Beavers)

More fans will see more Oregon State sports on more channels than ever before when the Pac-12 Networks launches on August 15.

Q&A with Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering at OSU (Dolan Company via Daily Journal of Commerce)

After serving as the dean of the College of Engineering at Colorado State University for seven years, Sandra Woods is preparing to take the same position at Oregon State University, where she started her career as an engineer in 1984.

Full Circle Creamery brings new energy to cheese-making (Willamette Live)

Brian was interested in Oregon State University’s Food Science and Fermentation program, but he was most interested in brewing beer. While studying at OSU, Brian learned how to prepare several fermented foods, including wine, beer, and sauerkraut.

Bridge engineers say they have less control over projects (Daily Journal of Commerce)

If it were up to the engineering community, the long-delayed and highly controversial Columbia River Crossing project would be completed by now, according to Christopher Higgins, a Slayden Construction faculty fellow and an engineering professor at Oregon State University.

Food science deserves a place at the table (Nature)

A key component of this spending is the $705 million allocated to the US National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) where Sonny Ramaswamy was sworn in as director on 7 May. Ramaswamy is the former dean of agricultural sciences at Oregon State University and an entomologist by training. His research has focused on the fundamental nature of the relationships between plants and insects, and the development of tools for managing insect pests.

The 10 best cities for Millennials (Road Runner)

Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, providing millennials with higher education opportunities. As a result, 26 percent of residents hold a bachelor’s degree, while 22 percent have a graduate degree, the fifth highest in the nation’s metropolitan areas. (see also MSNBC)

Helping sexual assault survivors (LIFE@OSU)

In an effort to further protect the privacy of sexual assault survivors on campus, Oregon State University is changing how it collects data on sexual assaults. But the change will not affect how sexual assault survivors access resources, or how OSU staff and faculty should respond to a student or co-worker informing them that they’ve been assaulted.

The handmade movement brings sewing your own clothes back into fashion (Oregonian)

In the 1970s, mothers still often made their children’s clothing to save money, and department stores still carried bolts of fabric. Then large retailers began to offer less expensive clothing, and more women — who tend to be the sewers — began entering the workforce and had less time to make garments, said Leslie Burns, associate dean for the School of Design and Human Environment at Oregon State University.

Colorado State University set to power trucks using gas from your oven (The Balance Sheet)

CSU and Oregon State University-Cascades Campus have received a $700,000 grant from the US Department of Energy to do away with the chicken or maybe the egg. One of them anyway — the compressed natural gas pump.

Two young boys who were garage sale pioneers (Statesman Journal)

While there are no records to confirm Mark Rutherford’s and Kent Sumner’s place in local history, I think it’s safe to say they were pioneers. Today, nearly five decades later, both have done well for themselves. Rutherford is a lawyer and city council member in Westlake Village, Calif., where he served three terms as mayor. Sumner is an administrator at Oregon State University who works with student programs.

Land idling program a double-edged sword (Herald & News)

Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center director Willie Riggs said idling is a trade off in the Klamath Basin, an area where agriculture creates a $1 billion economic component, he said.

Oregon Humane Society offers first-ever open house (Oregonian)

While the hospital cares for thousands of animals yearly – it spayed and neutered 11,500 animals and performed 1,046 surgeries in 2011 – it also has a partnership with the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine that allows students from the college to a perform two-week-long residency. Up to six students work with the hospital at one time, along with an Oregon State faculty member.

Field day teaches youth about farm technology (Capital Press)

The addition of activities that teach youth about farming may have helped buoy attendance at Malheur County experiment station’s annual Summer Farm Festival July 11. The field day is still centered around showing local farmers the latest research being conducted at the Oregon State University research station.

Purple hue the star of festival (RGJ)

Notable this weekend will be the public unveiling of a home microwave distillation kit. Developed by a team at Oregon State University, the machine uses an ordinary kitchen microwave to extract the flavor and aroma from lavender and other herbs, Johnson said. She particularly likes using it for rosemary, cilantro, parsley and geranium.

Pedal Power (Gazette-Times)

Thousands of Cycle Oregon participants gathered on the Memorial Union quad at Oregon State University campus Friday to check in and prepare to ride the mid-valley this weekend.

OSU-Cascades offers social science degree (KTVZ)

This summer, Oregon State University – Cascades added a new bachelor’s degree program in social science to its growing slate of offerings.

American’s leading creative class metros (The Atlantic)

Nationwide, the creative class totals more than 40 million workers, more than a third of the total workforce, including professionals in the fields of science and technology, design and architecture, arts, entertainment and media, and healthcare, law, management and education. Corvallis came in #8 with 42 percent of its workforce in the creative class.

OSU alums plant trees in Ethiopia (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State alumni made their mark on the other side of the world May 20 when they helped plant 1,100 native trees in a newly created park in Goba, Ethiopia.

Oregon dairy industry looks to the next generation (Ag Weekly)

Perrin’s education included a degree in general agriculture from Oregon State University. He’s also attended numerous conferences and trainings, including the ODA field day. But it was the life-long job training gained by working alongside his father that has most given him the skills to be successful.

OSU wheelchair basketball team gets new sport chairs thanks to grant (KMTR)

A group at Oregon State University is $3,000 dollars more thankful due to a grant that has bought them new sport chairs. (see video)

University of Washington sends Seattle high-tech on high road (Oregonian)

Oregon State, the closest major research university to what Oregon likes to call the Silicon Forest, can point to considerable advances in its technology research capacities and outreach. The university has built stronger ties with the electronics industry and is setting a pattern of university-inspired business spinoffs.

First-class track under construction at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Hand-crafted still means something, especially where track surfaces are concerned. That’s what Oregon State is getting for the Jim Whyte Track on the south side of campus bordering Highway 34.

Food Share to hold colorful cooking class (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Extension summer intern Amy Comer will show how to make red, white and blue food. Participants will make a fruit flag, patriotic parfait, and cranberry and blueberry muffins.

High school journalism institute (Gazette-Times)

This story about Benton County’s needle exchange program was one of the stories reported by the Oregon high school journalism students who attended this year’s High School Journalism Institute, held annually at Oregon State University.

Oregon Marine Debris Team asks for volunteer help cleaning beaches (Beach Connection)

Four nonprofits have joined forces to create the Oregon Marine Debris Team: CoastWatch, Surfrider Foundation, SOLVE and Washed Ashore, along with academic partner Oregon Sea Grant. Together they’re collaborating on citizen-based efforts to track and clean up debris generated by the tsunami that struck Japan in March, 2011.

OSU Extension to move by year’s end (Herald and News)

Oregon State University’s extension services in Klamath County will give up about half its office space on Vandenburg Road in exchanges for a pair of used modular buildings by year’s end.


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.


Summer Blood Drive: The campus blood drive is taking place Tuesday, July 17 through Friday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Several blood types are at critical levels.  Please consider participating! The bloodmobile will be located at the Memorial Union Brick Mall.  Appointments are recommended, but drop-ins are also welcome.  You may schedule in advance at www.redcrossblood.org  sponsor code OSU or call (503) 779-1266.


NEW! 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


NEW! Classified Workers Meeting: July 19 at noon, Will be held in the Linus Pauling Institute Building, Conference Room #402.  Discussion in part about General Council and the Resolutions.  Join us for lunch and bring a coworker.


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Library webinar: “GSU, Copyright and Your Library.” OSU Libraries is sponsoring a live 90-minute webcast of the Association of College & Research Libraries Georgia State, Copyright, and Your Library. The viewing will take place on July 25, 11 a.m, in Willamette Industries Seminar Room, East (Valley Library Room 3622). Further description at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/georgiastate Questions? Contact Margaret Mellinger margaret.mellinger@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Community art reception: A reception for the annual Community Art Exhibit at LaSells Stewart Center takes place 5 to 7 p.m., July 26. The community art exhibit is open to all ages and skill levels who work or play in Linn and Benton Counties. Exhibit dates are July 5- Aug. 28.

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! Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program: The program is seeking to fund research and development projects taking place at the university, college, and industry lab level, which are helping to address our greatest environmental and energy challenges. This is a limited submission. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/wells-fargo-clean-technology-and-innovation-grant. Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Aug. 6. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! NSF – EarthScope – SAFOD Management Office (SMO): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. This solicitation invites single or collaborative proposals for a new SAFOD SMO. The SMO will ensure that SAFOD is operated, managed, and maintained in a manner that facilitates ongoing use of SAFOD for independent PI-driven Earth science research. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf_earthscope_safod_management_office_smo.  Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Aug. 13. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! NSF – Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) – Track 2: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. The OEDG program is designed to address the fact that certain groups are underrepresented in the geosciences relative to the proportions in the general population. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf_oedg_track2 . Research Office, Incentive Programs Deadline: July 30. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Employees and dependents at OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is July 19 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Summer 2012.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Beaver Champion Award: The Beaver Champion Award is given each year at University Day to an individual or individuals for outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The President’s office invites nominations for the 2012 Beaver Champion Award, which will be awarded on Sept. 18. Please send your letter of nomination to President Edward Ray, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Administration Building, OSU, Corvallis, OR 97331.  Deadline for submission is Aug. 24.

NEW! Research blog: Please enjoy the newest post in the summer-light blog . A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Morrill Act got our VP thinking about where Oregon State stands.

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

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

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

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.


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

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  Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Coordinator of CASA Latina/O de OSU. This position is a 12 month, full-time, administrative position with a salary commensurate with education and experience. Posting #0009253. Closes July 20.

Receptionist – Radiation Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 1 position. Position will be filled utilizing the OS1 pool applicants. Closes July 20.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 2 – Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, unclassified position.  Posting #0009376.  Closes July 24.

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

Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking applicants for a Community & Cultural Food Program, Program Advisor position in the Student Events and Activities Center, full-time, 10 month, posting #0009393. Closes July 26.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for an Analyst Programmer, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting #0009389.  Closes July 30.

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.

Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking a Construction Engineering Management (CEM)) Industry Liaison. Posting #0009171. Closes July 31.

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.

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

INTO OSU has an immediate need for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Finley Hall parking lot: Due to new construction, parking spaces east of the parking structure located in the Finley Hall parking lot will be temporarily closed.  It is necessary for construction of the new OSU Bookstore. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on July 23 and should reopen by 5 p.m., Sept. 2.

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.

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.

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.


Corvallis: Summer is in full bloom now, but after last week’s stretch of beautiful weather, we’re going to see a chance of thunderstorms and showers for the next few afternoons, before highs climb back into the high 70s and the sunshine returns full force.

Central Oregon: Warm temperatures continue this week with highs in the mid 80s and overnight lows in the 50s. There’s a chance of thunderstorms through mid week, and lightening could cause some new wildfires, so watch out.

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