OSU Today

July 23-27, 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.

Penn State penalties include $60 million fine and bowl ban (New York Times)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray has released a brief statement on the NCAA’s decision: “The historically unprecedented actions taken by the NCAA today are warranted by the conspiracy of silence that was maintained at the highest levels of the university in reckless and callous disregard for the children. There is incredible interest in what will happen to the Penn State football program. But, the fundamental story about this horrific chapter should be on the innocent children and the powerful people who let them down.” When asked by media about the scope of the actions by the NCAA, Ray said: “Does this send a message? The message is that the presidents and the chancellors are in charge.” He said that it is time for all universities to do a “gut check” and ensure that a proper balance is maintained between athletics and academics. (see also Inside Higher Ed, Wall Street Journal, CNN)

Medical problems lead people to seek mental health care (Psych Central)

A wide range of physical health problems – including back pain, cancer and diabetes — were linked to seeking mental health services, say Oregon State University researchers. (see also Statesman Journal)

Oregon researchers sic a tiny wasp on crop-killing stink bug (Oregonian)

Tests are under way at Oregon State University, where researchers are raising colonies of brown marmorated stink bugs and the parasite wasps. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with OSU on the project. Among the questions to be answered: Will the wasps harm native species that don’t pose a problem to crops?

Program allows for OSU undergraduate summer research (Gazette-Times)

It’s a continuation of research that she started years ago — even though the 20-year-old isn’t a doctor, professor or even a graduate student. She’s a chemical engineering senior at Oregon State University and one of 70 undergraduates in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute program at OSU.

Pelicans attack murre colony near Newport (KGW)

An Oregon State University professor says pelicans are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of murre chicks at a seabird colony near Yaquina Head near Newport. (see also New York Daily News)

 Worry more about under-involved parents (New York Times)

An op-ed piece by Rick Settersten, a professor of social and behavioral health sciences at Oregon State University.

Among the frail elderly, higher blood pressure may be a good thing (Oregonian)

The counterintuitive finding by Michelle Odden, the study’s lead author and an Oregon State University public-health epidemiologist, simply means that scientists should consider taking a much closer look at the role of high blood pressure and its treatment across the broad spectrum of the aging population. (see also the Fox News, LiveScience, Women’s Health)

Northwest states mapping liquefaction susceptibility (OPB)

The major population centers of the Pacific Northwest lie a similar distance from the likely origin of our Big One. That’s why a reconnaissance tour of liquefaction damage in Japan made a big impression on earthquake engineer Scott Ashford of Corvallis. Ashford is now interim dean of Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. (see also Boise Public Radio)

OSU program catches bright kids early (Gazette-Times)

It was show-and-tell time on Friday for students participating in Oregon State University’s Outside the Box precollege program, and so 13-year-old Brad Stein of Corvallis was showing off the details of a game he designed on a small laptop computer.

Biocontrols win pest wars (Capital Press)

“It’s a long learning curve,” Oregon State University Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta said. “This is an area within pest management where the more knowledge you have, the more successful you can be. But people can have success right away,” Rosetta said.

Bill would give state universities greater autonomy (Gazette-Times)

Jock Mills, the director of government relations at Oregon State University, said the Special Committee on University Governance is trying to work through a number of issues raised by the idea of creating governing boards at individual universities, and the proposal to limit tuition increases to 5 percent at institutions with the boards is part of that process.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the beach cleanup myth (Forbes)

It sounds silly, but it does actually matter. The thing is, last year when a researcher at Oregon State University pointed out that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was neither a patch nor really comprised of garbage, people everywhere who would like to see the end of any sort of regulation on packaging seized the opportunity, equating the lack of a “patch” to the lack of a problem when in fact the reality–an ocean of plastic soup–is that the problem is bigger than we thought. If it really were a patch or an island, it could feasibly be cleaned up.

Higher RDA for Vitamin C needed (EMax Health)

According to the authors of the new study, led by vitamin C expert Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, most people do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, which is five to nine servings per day. (see also Science Daily, Albuquerque Express)

Environmental concerns increasing infectious disease in amphibians, other animals (Phys Org)

“There’s more and more evidence of the role of disease in the biodiversity crisis, in both amphibians and other types of animals,” said Andrew Blaustein, a distinguished professor of zoology at Oregon State University and author of the recent analysis. (see also I4U News, Science Newsline)

Nightly glass of wine may protect Boomer women’s bones (NPR)

During menopause, the rate of resorption increases, according to researcher Urszula Iwaniec of Oregon State University. “And the formation [of new bone] doesn’t keep up with resorption.” As a result, bone loss can occur. (see also CBS)

Do Oregon Coast visitors know enough about whales? (KVAL)

Gray whales aren’t the only species of whale that can be seen off Oregon, according to experts at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute.

Classic cars take a tour at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

The Oregon Tour, a gathering of vintage car club members from around the West Coast, spent the morning of July 18 touring the OSU greenhouses.

History on the move (Gazette-Times)

Branches of the big trees that line streets on the Northwest side of Oregon State University were being trimmed Wednesday to make room: A big, historically significant house is set to be moved past them.

da Vinci Days brings a Renaissance flair to Corvallis campus (KVAL)

The Da Vinci Days festival wrapped up Sunday after three-days of  arts, sciences and fun filling the streets and grounds near the Oregon State University campus.

Oregon State athletes take part in Beavers Without Borders (Gazette-Times)

When Taylor Kavanaugh took a personal trip to Guatemala in 2008, his life was forever changed. After returning home, he shared his experiences with his Oregon State football teammates. It inspired them as well. That inspiration led Kavanaugh to forming the Beavers Without Borders project.

Fruitful harvest (Register-Guard)

It’s been a weird year for weather, says Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension service.

Chicago Fringe Festival announces 2012 design winner (Broadway World)

The Chicago Fringe Festival has announced the winners of the 2012 design contest are Andrew Gen, Richard Hibbert and Maschell Cha of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

Fruit growers looking at new pest control options (Capital Press)

It’s not yet labeled for use, but Oregon State University integrated pest management specialist Joe DeFrancesco, said blueberry growers may soon have a control option for symphylans in non-bearing blueberries.

Woods named dean of College of Engineering (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Sandra Woods, a former Oregon State University environmental engineer who has led the engineering program at Colorado State University for the past seven years, recently was named dean of the OSU College of Engineering.

OSU seeks grower help in finding stink bug (Capital Press)

An Oregon State University entomologist at a blueberry field day here July 12 asked farmers to keep an eye out for the brown marmorated stink bug and report findings.

New dean ready to dig in at Great Falls College – MSU (Great Falls Tribune)

Wolff started at the two-year campus on Monday, after having spent the last eight years at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Ore., lastly serving as the chief academic officer. She is a native of Hall, Mont., attended high school in Drummond, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in home economics, before going on to earn advanced degrees in educational leader-ship and community college leadership from Oregon State University.

OSU-Cascades prof wins award (Bend Bulletin)

An Oregon State University-Cascades Campus associate professor was recently given Oregon State University’s highest teaching award.

OSU looks to randomly drug test student athletes (KEZI)

In the wake of the ESPN magazine report suggesting Duck football players use marijuana, the University of Oregon is looking to implement random drug testing of its student-athletes. Oregon State University is also juggling a change, and have been for awhile. (see also KDVR)

Chemists create new heat-resistant paint (NBC)

Scientists at Oregon State University have discovered new “colors” that reflects heat.

Keeping fresh fruits and veggies on hand (Herald and News)

What is your fresh-food philosophy? Organic? Locally-sourced? Trying to get the most mileage out of your dollar?No matter what your answer said Pattie Case, an associate professor with the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, it should involve meal planning

OSU students’ abandoned household goods provide boon to local non-profits (Gazette-TImes)

Oregon State University students who left behind their unwanted furniture and other household goods when they moved out last month have provided more than 20,000 pounds of materials to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

 Reuter wins Elizabeth P Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award (LIFE@OSU)

Ron Reuter, an associate professor in the natural resources program at Oregon State University – Cascades was recently named OSU’s 2012 Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor.  The award is the highest teaching honor given by Oregon State University and encourages and recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Oregon State names new dean of engineering (Democrat-Herald)

Sandra Woods, a former Oregon State University environmental engineer who has led the engineering program at Colorado State University for the past seven years, has been named dean of the OSU College of Engineering.

US blueberries still under scrutiny in Japan (Capital Press)

According to Oregon State University integrated pest management specialist Joe DeFrancesco, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is considering lowering the testing requirements under a request from the U.S. blueberry industry.

Oregon State’s new online program a remedy for public health workforce issues (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oregon State University is answering the call of state officials – and addressing a nationwide need – by introducing an online Graduate Certificate in Public Health, designed to provide flexible training opportunities for industry practitioners.


NEW! OSU Scientific Diving and Boating Programs: Resources, Requirements, and Results –Tuesday July 24, 10 a.m., Hatfield Marine Science Center. Dive Safety Officer Kevin Buch presents opportunities for individuals/programs. All welcome. For a dedicated meeting for you/ your group, that day or another, contact Kevin.Buch@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Associate University Librarian for Learning and Research candidate presentations: The OSU community is invited to attend finalist presentations for this position. Presentations are to be held in the Willamette Seminar Rooms in Valley Library: Cheryl Middleton, OSU, 9:15-10 a.m., July 24.

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 .

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.

NEW! Rule change hearing: A hearing regarding changes to OSU’s rules concerning the Alcoholic Beverage Policy, and the Athletic Department Substance Use and Drug Testing will be held July 24, 1 p.m., in MU 206. The time period for public comment end at the close of business, July 26. For more information contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.


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

Summer concert: The Wednesday@Noon summer concert features “Little Rascalz.” The duo showcase their own brand of electronic infused pop music. The concert takes place in the brick mall by the OSU Bookstore.

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! Bill Baker Retirement Reception: After more than 22 years of service to Oregon State University, most of which was in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Bill Baker will be retiring.  A retirement reception is being held in the Hawthorne Suite of Milam Hall on Wednesday July 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Please stop by to wish Bill well and to help us thank him for his many years of dedicated service.

NEW! International scholars event: International Scholar and Faculty Services is sponsoring an event for international scholars and their families at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) at 128 SW Ninth St. on July 25, 3 to 4 p.m. Guest speakers from Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Corvallis Sports Park, OSU Family Services, & the CMLC will share information on activities and resources for families and children in Corvallis.  Light refreshments will be served.


NEW! Associate University Librarian for Learning and Research candidate presentations: The OSU community is invited to attend finalist presentations for this position. Presentations are to be held in the Willamette Seminar Rooms in Valley Library: Leslie Reynolds, Texas A&M, 9:15-10 a.m., July 26.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Associate University Librarian for Learning and Research candidate presentations: The OSU community is invited to attend finalist presentations for this position. Presentations are to be held in the Willamette Seminar Rooms in Valley Library: Carrie Donovan, Indiana University, 9:15-10 a.m., July 30.

NEW! BBQ with the Beavs: The annual barbecue takes place Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Football Center parking lot, immediately following the second full-gear practice of the season. Cost of the event is $15, $5 for kids 12 and under. The second BBQ with the Beavs is Aug. 31 at Portland’s World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St. The event begins at noon; cost is $20, $10 for kids 12 and under. The World Trade Center is located at Benny Beaver will make appearances at both events, as will OSU’s cheerleaders and band. There will also be inflatable games for the kids. To register to attend BBQ with the Beavs: https://www.ourbeavernation.com/events/

News for Employees

NEW! Smoke free campus: OSU will become a smoke-free campus on Sept. 1. Learn more about the non-smoking policy, download educational materials, and request printed items to distribute within your department or to visitors who will be coming on campus. Find it all at http://oregonstate.edu/smokefree

NEW! Recreational Sports Summer Half-Term Membership Sales: Summer memberships are available at half-price beginning on July 16. You can purchase a membership at the Recreation Services Desk, located near Dixon West Entry, (541) 737-3736. The pass will give you access to all RecSports facilities until Sept. 28. Note: Dixon Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Aug. 20 – Sept. 3. McAlexander Fieldhouse & Student Legacy Park will be open for regular summer hours during this time. For more information visit our membership and hours  pages.

NEW! NSF – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) – Type 1: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. The STEP program seeks to increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within STEM. Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Letter of Intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf_step_type1. Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Aug. 8. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

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

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

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

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.

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


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

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.

The OSU Extension Service Nutrition Education Program is seeking applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position working in Columbia County (St. Helens). This position will work .80 FTE on a 10 month appointment.  Posting # 0009419. Closes July 26.

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.  Closes July 30.

Advisor-Bioenergy/PSM Internship Coordinator full-time, 12 month position.  Apply to posting # 0009375. Closes Aug. 31.

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.

Student Health Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Associate Director, Information Services.  This position is a 12 month, full time, fixed term position. Posting 0009416. Closes Aug 8.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position.  Posting #0009368.  Closes Aug. 13.

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

Jefferson: Due to the installation of new underground utilities, Jefferson St. from 35th to 26th St. will experience intermittent congestion and delays up to 20 minutes.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic.  The shutdown will end by 4 p.m. Sept. 28.

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.


Corvallis: We’ve got a beautiful week ahead, with sunny warm days, and crisp evenings that will make you want to serenade the moon. Highs will be in the mid 80s, with overnight lows in the high 50s.

Central Oregon:  A long stretch of gorgeous weather will keep folks happy this week, with highs in the mid 80s and lows in the high 40s and low 50s.

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