OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 1, 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.

Death warmed over (Portland Mercury)

In July 2002, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received a deluge of reports from Oregon crabbers that their traps were coming up full of dead crabs. Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) later concluded the sea critters were suffocating to death because there wasn’t enough oxygen in their coastal waters.

Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat (Washington Post)

And last year, a team of researchers led by Oregon State University professor George Waldbusser found that the pH in the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay is declining at a rate that’s three times faster than the open Pacific Ocean, partly because of increased nutrient runoff from farming and other activities. (see also OregonLive)

OSU studying ‘semi-dwarf’ trees for greener forest management (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University researchers are studying how growing shorter trees can lead to more sustainable and productive forest management practices. (see also Domestic Fuel)

The science of stowaways (The Scientist)

“We have already identified very bad things on this debris,” says John Chapman, an expert on marine invasive species at Oregon State University. “We can already see things that we definitely do not want.”

Drought, forest fires force ranchers to look for efficiencies (NPR)

Oregon State University beef scientist Tim DelCurto is working with ranchers and feedlot owners to analyze alternatives. He says there are options for lower cost feed: Grass seed straw, distillers grains leftover from ethanol production, cannery waste and potato processing byproducts such as misshapen green beans, carrots and even French fries.

Child farm labor in Oregon and the U.S. (Oregonian)

When the government created safety standards for children in the fields in the 1960s, far less was known about the long-term consequences of farm work done by children like Elvin and Diana. “From my own perspective, a lot of that labor doesn’t involve machinery. It’s very low-risk work,” said Bruce Sorte, an Oregon State University agricultural economist. “And when I was out there picking, the whole family was there.”

El Nino could bring bad news for skiers (Idaho Press-Tribune)

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.

Valley divided by canola plan (Gazette-Times)

Executive Director Roger Beyer said the council supports limiting canola production in the valley to 750 acres a year, coupled with a comprehensive management plan to contain the threat of contamination and extensive research by Oregon State University into canola’s potential impact on other crops. (see also Iowa Public Television)

Farmers working on merging irrigation technology into one system (Water Environment Federation)

But while these tools are valuable, they aren’t working as well as one system, said Lori Rhodig, the nonprofit’s initiative manager. And farmers have to compile the data themselves instead of having it in one interface, said Charles Hillyer, Oregon State University assistant professor for senior research. That’s why part of the project is working on one interface. (see also Tri-City Herald)

OSU to hold Queer History Month, Iraqi war veteran, activist will speak (Democrat-Herald)

A gay activist who was discharged from the U.S. Army under its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is delivering the keynote address at the Queer History Month celebration at Oregon State University.

Kids Day for Conservation marks 10 years (Gazette-Times)

It’s for the community,” said Maggie Livesay, another event coordinator, who is with Oregon State University Extension. “It’s about recreation as well.”

Reedsport and Newport finalists for $8 million wave energy facility (KVAL)

Officials at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) at Oregon State University said these locations offer advantages in cost, distance to shore and other factors over the two other sites that had also been considered, at Coos Bay and Camp Rilea near Warrenton.

Nutrition volunteers sought (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University Extension Service of Deschutes County’s Nutrition Education department is seeking volunteers.


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Open Enrollment & 2013 HEM Help Sessions:  Oct. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Valley Library Barnard Classroom (5th floor #5420). Benefits Staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance in completing Open Enrollment and/or the HEM online health assessment.  For a complete listing of the Help Sessions, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment#help-sessions

NEW! TAC Workshop: Excellence in Media: The Pedagogy of Video | Professional Proficiencies, with Steve Roberts (TAC-CTL). What are effective uses of video in the classroom? Why use video at all? How does this overlap with what research tells us about effective education? Bring laptops. Oct. 3, 3 to 3:50 p/m., Milam 215. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=647.  Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops for more information about TAC webinars.

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused.

NEW! Encourage sophomores to attend focus group:  OSU is conducting focus groups with sophomore students to learn more about what will help make for a more positive first year experience for future students.   The first focus group will be held in Milam 215 on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.  Free pizza. For information: Allyson.Dean@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Employee Benefits Fair: Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MU Ballroom.  Representative from all of the PEBB Insurance programs will be available as well as representatives from Social Security, PERS Health, SHIBA (Medicare Information) and a variety of OSU resources.  For additional information, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment#benefits-fair

NEW! OSU Veterans Services: At the Oct. 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, veterans services adviser Gus Bedwell will discuss the steps he and colleagues are taking to meet veterans’ needs. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! PEBB 2013 Open Enrollment & 2013 HEM presentations:  Oct. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m., MU 206.  PEBB will present an overview of 2013 plan changes and changes to the 2013 HEM. Seating is limited, so please register at:  http://oregonstate.edu/training/  (class name is PEBB Open Enrollment Updates).  This presentation will be streamed live the day/time of the event and also recorded/posted http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment#benefits-fair

NEW! Sopranos actor visits OSU: Joe Pantoliano will speak about the stigma of mental health and screen segments of his documentary “No Kidding, Me 2!!” on Oct. 11, 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets not required but seating is limited. DVD and books will be available for purchase.

NEW! Research Office New Faculty Orientation: New faculty are invited to come Oct. 11, to hear an overview of services that support faculty success in research such as navigating rules and regulations, successes in funding and more. Includes a panel discussion on working with Federal agencies. Breakfast and lunch provided. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php For more information: 541-737-3467.

NEW! University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Conference: Advancing the Engagement Mission. Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Barbara Holland and Dr. Judith Ramaley, both leaders in the area of community engagement and faculty at Virginia Tech’s Engagement Academy, followed by a faculty panel discussion and reception. The three-day conference will take place Oct. 29-31, with the keynote on Oct. 29, 1:45 p.m at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Learn more and register online at outreach.oregonstate.edu/conference.

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.

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/

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/

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.

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.”

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Susan M. Smith, Ph.D, Professor of Nutritional Sciences,  University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present a seminar – “Environmental and Genetic Influences on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Tale of Iron, Calcium and β-catenin”  at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct.  2  in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Seth Wiggins of OSU will present “Rangeland Carbon Sequestration on Pacific NW Rangelands” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Denise Lach of OSU’s School of Public Policy will present “Salmon: A crucible for translational ecology in the Pacific Northwest” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

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

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

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. For a full list of CL@SE inaugural week events, go to: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

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 http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/education/sea-grant-scholars/scholars-symposium.  Questions: seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! Mandatory Open Enrollment for 2013 PEBB Benefits & 2013 HEM:  Oct. 1-Oct. 31.  Benefit Eligible Employees – If you do not complete the Open Enrollment process, PEBB will assess you the tobacco and spouse/domestic partner surcharges and your medical plan deductible will be increased by $100 per person.  For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment

NEW! Research blog: The Faculty Innovator Award 2012 celebrates a faculty member whose extraordinarily high impact innovations from research have been translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress. http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2012/09/27/faculty-innovator-award-2012/

NEW!  STEM teacher scholarships: The College of Education’s Professional Teacher Education Master’s Program in Science and Mathematics Education prepares science and mathematics teachers for teaching in grades 6-12. Scholarships for 2013-14 are available for qualified underrepresented graduate students who are interested in teaching in underrepresented schools: http://bit.ly/SUNOcL.  Students receive their initial teaching license and Master of Science degree in either Science Education or Mathematics Education. For more information: askcoed@oregonstate.edu

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.


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.

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.


Corvallis: It may be October, but Mother Nature is making up for a soggy spring with a spectacular fall so far. Today’s high will be 81, so make sure to get out during your lunch break and enjoy some outdoor fun. A few clouds will roll in tonight, meaning temperatures tomorrow will only rise to around 72. Tonight’s low will be 49.

Central Oregon: We won’t quite hit 80 today, but it will be a very pleasant fall afternoon, with a high of 79 and a low tonight of 50. Partly cloudy skies will keep temperatures in the low 70s tomorrow.

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