OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 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.

Learning in preschool (Think Out Loud)

New research out of Oregon State University is challenging how strongly preschools should focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Instead of these academic skills, lead researcher Megan McClelland says self-control skills should be encouraged.

As Arctic ice melts, so does the snow, and quickly (All Things Considered)

Researchers say global warming is no doubt contributing to this early melting of spring snow. And Philip Mote at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute says there may be a relationship between the rapid loss of sea ice and the early snowmelt.

Oregon State campus now ‘smoke-free’ (KGW)

Students at Oregon State University started their school year Monday, on a “smoke-free” campus. (see also Longview Daily News, Gazette-Times, Bend Bulletin)

Tests for kindergartners on their first day of school (Oregonian)

Megan McClelland, an associate professor at OSU’s Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families, led the OSU team that researched and recommended tests and checklists.  She is particularly excited that Oregon schools will be using the behavior checklist because new research, including studies she has led, show that so-called “executive function skills” — focusing, paying attention, following multi-step directions, delaying gratification and suppressing some urges — are extremely important to school success.

CONNECT Picnic focuses on healthy eating (LIFE@OSU)

The annual CONNECT New Student Picnic is an opportunity for students to unwind, socialize and visit a large group of resource booths scattered around the Quad, and this year’s event offered a way for OSU organizers to showcase some of the university’s healthier eating options.

Changes on the horizon for OSU’s horse barn (KVAL)

Oregon State University’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team, or I.H.S.A, is facing big changes for the 2012-13 school year. Team captains gathered early Monday morning with their coach, Dawn Ross, for what was described as an important meeting.

El Nino expected to bring warmer, drier weather to the Northwest (Missoulian)

An El Niño weather pattern is expected to develop in the Pacific Northwest sometime within the next month, bringing with it above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation, according to Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Fish protein could be future of fat reduction in fried foods (Fish Update)

Thanks to  donations from the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF), researchers at Oregon State University have been working on a project that drastically reduces the fat content in fried seafood using fish protein found in surimi.

Freshmen enrollment increases at OSU (KEZI)

Oregon State University is seeing an increase in freshman enrollment this year.


Hatfield candidate forum: Rob Suryan, candidate for the Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, will present an open forum discussing his vision for the Hatfield Marine Science Center and his experience on Sept. 25 from 9-10 a.m. at the HMSC Library Seminar room in Newport. The open forum is open to the public and will be streamed live at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/video/live.html

Upcoming Events

NEW! Film screening: Two screenings of the American independent film “Must Come Down” will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. The screenings will be held at the Darkside Cinema. Jon Lewis, film professor at OSU, will introduce the film and moderate a question-and-answer session with the director. The screenings are free and open to public.

NEW! Be Well Walk & Run: All are welcome to attend the Be Well 5k Walk & Run on Friday, Oct. 12, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the MU Quad. The run is a 5k (3.1 mi) distance while the walk is a 1 mile distance. The event is free and open to all of the OSU community. Check-in for the event is at 3 p.m. Registration will be available soon on our Be Well blog.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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: http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused.

Triad meeting: Who are those new students on campus? At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Noah Buckley, director of admissions, will describe the incoming class. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome and pay $11 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Salmon Disease Laboratory Open House: Join us Sept. 27 from 3-5:30 p.m. to see what the facility has to offer and the diversity of research conducted. Tours at 3:30 and 4:30. Refreshments provided. Directions to the laboratory at

Book signing: Oregon State University Press, The Spring Creek Project, and Grass Roots Books & Music are pleased to present a reading, conversation, and book signing with Robert Michael Pyle and Jennifer Sahn to celebrate the publication of The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion, on Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., at the Old World Deli, 241 SW 2nd St.

Faculty art reception: The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit invites the public to a closing reception at 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Fairbanks Gallery.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant student symposium:  Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) invites the public to its inaugural Scholars Day Symposium to be held Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Joyce Powell Leadership Center Journey Room. Attend for all or part of the afternoon. Join us for a panel discussion, a poster reception, and eight presentations by students currently or recently supported by OSG’s marine and coastal science programs.  For agenda and information, visit seagrant.oregonstate.edu/education. Questions: seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Heather Lintz of OSU will present “Tree species decline and migration: What is happening now in the Northwest? And Why?” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 2 pm in ALS 4000.

Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Todd Jarvis of the Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) will present “Swimming the Hydro-Trifecta: Negotiations through the lens of Water Security, Water Conflict Transformation, and Water Diplomacy” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Artist lecture: Photographer, calligrapher and book artist Michael Cherney will be speaking as part of the Visiting Artist and Scholars Lecture Series hosted by the Department of Art at Oct. 1 at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.

CL@SE research symposium: The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites you to participate in its first Research Symposium to be held at the Valley Library Willamette Seminar Room on Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m. It will consist of a poster exhibit of current (or recent) studies that OSU faculty and/or community organizations are involved in regarding Latino/a issues. If you are interested in participating, please send a poster summary by Sept. 24 and bring your completed poster by 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. Submit any summaries or questions to: Daniel.Lopez-Cevallos@oregonstate.edu

Tribal archives discussion: The OSU Library Faculty Association’s 2012/2013 Library Faculty Seminar Series will begin on Oct. 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Moving from Institute to Network: Reflections on the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute chronicles a two-year project including the culminating event, the OSU-hosted Oregon Tribal Archives Institute held in August. The presentation will take place in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (VL 3622): For more information: uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! RecSports: Recreation Services Desk Extended Hours: Summer memberships, annual memberships, and summer locker rentals will expire on Friday, Sept. 28. Fall membership and locker rental sales are available at the Recreation Services Desk, (541) 737-3736. The desk will have extended hours until Friday, Oct. 5 (M-R 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Interested in Payroll Deduction? Download the form from our website.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2012: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf . Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390. Deadline for submission: Nov. 12.

NEW! Bike Commute Challenge: The 2012 edition of the statewide Bike Commute Challenge is underway! So far, OSU has tallied more than 4,000 miles biking to and from work. There’s still time to join the Challenge, and you only need to bike to work seven times in September to be eligible for discounts from local bike shops. Join your coworkers in this healthy and fun competition. More at http://oregonstate.edu/atac/#bcc

NEW! Research blog: OSU’s system for submitting funding proposals has been completely transformed. Make sure you know about the Cayuse electronic system – see The Spin on Research

Faculty and staff training: Training and Organizational Effectiveness has scheduled several no-cost workshops for OSU faculty and staff during fall term: Getting Off to a Great Start, Delivering Exceptional Service, Understanding Communication Styles, Understanding Conflict and Moving to Resolution, and Foundations for Running Effective Meetings. Visit the Training and Professional Development Central Registration Website at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 for workshop descriptions, session dates/times, and to register.

OSU Interdisciplinary Network on Climate Change: You are invited to join the new OSU Climate Network list-serve. The goal of the list-serve is to facilitate local networking and knowledge sharing on the topic of climate change. It will provide information such as seminars, events, and opportunities, and is designed to target a local audience of subscribers who think about climate change and its related connections to our community and the natural world. It will offer invitations to social gatherings designed to strengthen interdisciplinary ties among local researchers. To join the list, click here:

NPMR and HyperNiche Workshop: Learn how to analyze data with complex interactions using Non-parametric Multiplicative Regression (NPMR) and the HyperNiche software package. A two-day workshop will be offered at OSU Nov. 15-16. Information on the workshop can be found here: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~lintzh/NPMRworkshop.html E-mail Heather Lintz to register for the workshop: hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu

Cooking classes: Lane County Master Food Preservers are offering three “Friday Night Specials” classes this fall. Oct. 19 – Juices & Cider. Nov. 9 – Sushi. Dec. 7 – Holiday Breads. All classes will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 1485 Gilham Road in Eugene from 6-8:30 p.m. Registration information and forms are available on the OSU Lane County Extension website http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/food_safety. Cost of classes is $15 per person, or take all three for $35. Class size is limited so early registration is advised.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2012-13. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390. Submission Deadline: Nov. 5.

Eco2Go reusable to-go container program: A reusable to-go container pilot program is taking place at Arnold Dining Center. By buying a token for $7, you will be able to have meals purchased at Arnold Dining packed in an Eco2Go container, and will save 20 cents off each meal. Use it 3-4 times per week and it pays for itself in one term, all while preventing the use of disposables and allowing you to get food on the go.

Printing and Mailing office hours change: Printing and Mailing Services has resumed its regular operating hours for the school year. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 24-hour job submission can be made on-line at printmail.oregonstate.edu. For questions, please call 541-737-4941 or e-mail digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Libraries travel grants: The Oregon State University Libraries is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Library Research Travel Grants for the spring funding period (November 2012-March 2013). Up to $2000 per individual will be granted for travel to out-of-state libraries and collections. The award must be used for the exclusive purpose of helping to defray the scholar’s long-distance research travel expenses, which include transportation and per diem expenses only. Deadline is Nov. 1. See http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/travel-grant for more information. For questions, 541-737-8528 or shan.sutton@oregonstate.edu.

Braceros in Oregon Exhibit: The Oregon Multicultural Archives is celebrating Latino/a Heritage Month with a display and online exhibit of The Braceros in Oregon Photograph Collection. The collection includes 102 photos documenting the migrant workers brought to Oregon by the Mexican Farm Labor Program in the 1940s. The exhibit can be found at Valley Library 5th Floor exhibit case through Oct. 26. Info: Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and Online Exhibit. Contact: Natalia Fernández, natalia.fernandez@oregonstate.edu

Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 10 an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Full description: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx . For information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961. Deadline: Nov. 7.


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

The Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications invites applications for a Publishing Leader. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, professional faculty position. Posting # 0009623. Closes Sept. 26.

The College of Science Administration department invites applications for an Health Professions Advisor position. This is a 1.00FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0009658. Closes Sept. 27.

The Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Instructional Designer position. The Instructional Designer writes copy for web pages, develops stories and crafts newsletters about how our courses and programs have positively impacted students and communities. Posting number #0009666 Closes Sept. 30.

Office Specialist II, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Major duties include website management, event planning, and newsletter & publication preparation. Posting # 0009669.  Closes Oct. 1

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking qualified applicants for a Resident Director, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position for the current academic year. Posting # 0008497. Closes Oct. 1.

Internal candidates only: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Education Program Assistant 2 position for Oregon’s 4-H Youth Development Program at OSU. This position will be located in Roseburg. Posting # 0009673. Closes Oct. 1.

Full-time Accountant 1 position in OSU’s Business Affairs/Office of Post Award Administration Office. Posting #0009716. Closes Oct. 8.

The Research Office  invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare.  Posting # 0009690. Closes Oct. 15.

Chief Startup Officer. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with executive experience in at least two startup companies to facilitate the development and growth of new companies based on OSU research. Posting# 0009709. Closes Oct. 22.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean.  The role of the Associate Dean is to help provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the University Honors College.  Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty.  This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment.   Posting # 0009640.  Closing date is Oct. 31.
The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position will primarily develop and implement programs in California – home to more than 16,000 OSU alumni. www.osualum.com/jobs

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

Win a parking permit: Car in the jar is back! Stop by the Transit & Parking Services office located at 100 Adams Hall to guess how many cars are in the jar to win an annual parking permit for the 2012-2013 year.

30th Street: Due to a sanitary sewer pipeline replacement project, 30th Street between Jackson and Johnson Avenues will be down to one lane, bi-directional traffic, at various times through the week. Flaggers will be on hand during any lane closures. Wednesday and Thursday will involve repaving, during which time the likelihood of closures is higher.

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.


Corvallis:  Having trouble adjusting to the new school year? Try to find your sense of humor again, because we’ve only just begun. Today’s high will reach a pleasant 75 degrees, with an overnight low of 41. Cool mornings and warm afternoons continue throughout the week.

Central Oregon: A bit of wind has cleared some of the smoke, but it will likely build up again in the next few days. Today’s high will be 77 with a low tonight of 41.

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