OSU Today

Friday, Sept. 28, 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.

Semi-dwarf trees may enable a green revolution for some crops (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University recently outlined the latest findings on reduced height growth in trees through genetic modification, and concluded that several advantageous growth traits could be achieved for short-rotation forestry, bioenergy, or more efficient water use in a drier, future climate. (see also Newswise, Wood Business, The Working Forest)

Oregon State creative writing program named one of top 25 in country (OregonLive)

Oregon State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is among the top 25 in the country, according to the 2013 MFA Index reported in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

Workforce skills worry Portland business executives (Portland Business Journal)

That’s something Johnston at Leupold & Stevens is already doing, at least on the college level. Johnston participated in the Business Journal’s manufacturing roundtable and said that following the event his company began working more closely with Oregon State University’s various engineering programs.

Former OSU player speaks about his Mt. Everest climb (Gazette-Times)

Why would Craig Hanneman, a former farmer, Oregon State and NFL player, Polk County commissioner and someone who had a career in the forest products industry want to endure endless deprivations at age 63 and climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak?

Willamette Valley canola controversy pits biofuels against organics (Huffington Post)

Given those risks, the 2010 Oregon State study concluded that “precaution suggests not allowing canola production at this time.” Those concerns haven’t changed, said professor Russ Karow, the study’s author.

OSU novelist imagines encounters that might have been (Statesman Journal)

Susan Jackson Rodgers, who teaches creative writing at Oregon State University, is the author of a new novel,  “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6.”

Oregon State University sells cows to help with dairy repair costs (Oregonian)

Facing budget pressure after a manure spill that reached a creek, the Dairy Center at Oregon State University has sold its milking cows, 120 of them, and doesn’t expect to resume production until the middle of next year. (see also Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times, Herald & News)

Grant funds largest wave research site in US (Northwest Public Radio)

The project will be connected to the electrical grid on-shore so that researchers can test how much power the buoys convert into electricity. Belinda Batten is with Oregon State University and will direct the facility. She says the project will help developers make wave energy more commercially available with large-scale technology.

New 500,000 square-foot building takes shape at OHSU (FOX 12)

The first component of the Schnitzer Campus is taking shape at Oregon Health Science University. The OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building will include teams from OHSU, Oregon State University and Portland State University under one roof.

Campus security alert

Oregon State Police and the OSU Department of Public Safety wants the campus community to be aware that a predatory sex offender who has recently been released from prison is now living near campus. Brian K. Downer targets college age females and minor age females.  If you see this individual on OSU owned or controlled property contact the University Patrol Office of the Oregon State Police at 541-737-3010 for non-emergencies or 541-737-7000 for emergencies. For a full description see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/security/sites/default/files/downerbriankenneth.pdf


Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Gary H. Perdew, Ph.D, Smith Professor of the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis, Penn State University, will present a seminar – “The Ah receptor plays an underlying role in inflammatory signaling” at noon, Sept. 28 in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

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.


Kids Day for Conservation: The tenth annual Kids Day for Conservation will be held Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena building. It is a natural resource event organized by more than 40 organizations, agencies, and businesses. There are a variety of activities suitable for children and young adults. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC or to volunteer call 541-766-6750.


Harvest Party: A harvest party with music, cider pressing, garden tours and kids’ activities will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, in Corvallis. The free event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the WORMS Youth Garden at Westside Community Church, 4000 S.W. Western Blvd. The public is invited to tour this community garden, where there will be produce for sale, a raffle for prizes, and many activities for children including a scavenger hunt and face painting.

Greek tragedy: Open auditions for the fall production of Sophocles’ tragedy, “Oedipus Rex,” will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, and Monday, Oct. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage in Withycombe Hall, 30th Street and Campus Way. The production calls for at least five adult males, two to three adult females, two younger girls and a large chorus.The play is scheduled for Nov. 8-10 and 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. For information, contact director George Caldwell, 541-737-4627 or george.caldwell@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! Lt. Dan Choi, Queer History Month Keynote Speaker: The acclaimed LGBT rights and veterans’ health activist, known for his work opposing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will present on his experiences with the policy and his diverse identities. This event will be free admission for all on Oct 3. at LaSells Stewart Center/Austin Auditorium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/406864366035025/

NEW! TAC Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Design | Teaching Tactics, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve slide design/creation skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Oct. 2, 3 to 3:50 p.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=650 .  Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information about TAC webinars.

NEW! Beaver Strides Online Registration and Kickoff Open House: Fall term Beaver Strides online registration is happening now. http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides The Beaver Strides Kickoff Open House takes place Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.in Plageman 322. Register ahead of time and pick up your free pedometers, tracking booklets and be entered to win prizes.  Beaver Strides is a free physical activity program that encourages our participants to “step it up.”

NEW! Terry Baker film: See historic film footage of Beaver athlete and Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker. Clips include game highlights and “a day in the life.” Showings are scheduled for Oct. 4, noon to 1 p.m., Willamette Room West and Oct. 20  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Special Collections and Archives reading room, fifth floor of the Valley Library.

TAC Webinar: Beyond Blackboard Basics | Teaching Tactics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers several useful features in Blackboard, including Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; and more. Oct. 1, 3 to 3:50 p.m.. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=64 . Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops for more information.

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.

OWN Social: Join us for the 2012 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Fall Social; Oct. 4, 4 to 5:30 pm, Memorial Union, Journey room. Dr. Marisa Chappell will speak on the topic of ‘Woman Suffrage and Women’s Citizenship.” Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Come reconnect with colleagues and friends and make new connections! All are welcome. To find out how you can support OWN, subscribe to our listserv or for information about OWN visit: oregonstate.edu/own/

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Horticulture seminar: Tom Cook, emeritus professor with OSU Department of Horticulture, will speak on “Searching for Sustainability, Adventures in Writing a Text Book, on Oct. 2, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

NEW! Candidate forum: Robert Cowen, 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 October 4 from 11 a.m. to noon at the HMSC Library Seminar room in Newport. The open forum is open to the public and will be streamed live at

Deadline extended! 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 Oct. 1 and bring your completed poster by 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. Submit any summaries or questions to: Daniel.Lopez-Cevallos@oregonstate.edu

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

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Development: Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due Oct.31. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Beginning this year, up to two grants for $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome.  Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants

University Chorale needs singers: University Chorale is a conducting lab for graduate students in choral conducting and needs singers. This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays each term from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Benton Hall 204. This term’s final concert will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 at Noon in the First Methodist Church. For more information, stop by Benton 204 today or Tuesday at 1 p.m., or contact Steven Zielke at szielke@oregonstate.edu

Accounts & Technologies Guides: Information Services has developed Accounts & Technologies guides for new students and for new faculty and staff. These guides cover the essentials of OSU accounts, mobile device settings, computing resources, help and consulting resources, classroom technologies, and more. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/is/osu-accounts-technologies-guide to get started.

Mealbux for students: The OSU Human Services Resource Center is accepting applications for Mealbux, which is a subsidy given to students based on need, for a few supplemental meals on campus every term. Faculty and staff are encouraged to guide students to this resaource. For more information, go to www.oregonstate.edu/hsrc. You can also contact the HSRC Coordinator at clare.cady@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9127.

Conversations with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two Fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. Faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Sessions are Oct. 31 from 2:30-4 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 9: to 10:30 a.m. First come, first serve basis. To register: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/

Student childcare at Dixon: Our Little Village (OLV) Childcare is now open in Dixon Recreational Center. Any currently enrolled student may drop off their child or children ages six months to 10 years old for up to two hours a day, free of charge. Students must remain in Dixon Recreational Center while their child is being cared for. Hours: MTW, 2:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

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.


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

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 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.

The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a Human Resources Consultant 2. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0009713. Closes Oct. 5.

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 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

Campus-wide: To accommodate the 2012 Engineers Without Borders Run for Running Water – 5K Run/Walk, various roadways will be temporarily impacted on campus. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The race begins at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 and should end by 1 p.m.

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: “Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” — Samuel Butler. Sunny skies continue with a high of 80 today, leading into a warm weekend, with highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon: It’s going to be sunny but you may not notice, as the phrase of the weekend appears to be ‘patchy smoke.’ Highs will be in the low 80s with overnight lows in the 40s.

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