OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 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.

How to find the best college for your kid (TODAY Show)

Oregon State University is featured as a school for foodies on this TODAY Show clip (starting at marker 5:04)

‘Our robot was walking three days after it was built’ (KVAL)

An era of walking robots that can help people with physical disabilities, take on dangerous missions or aid in disaster response is about to begin, experts say, as recognized Tuesday by Popular Mechanics in honoring researchers with one of its “Breakthrough Innovator” awards of 2012. The science in this field is rapidly expanding, said Jonathan Hurst, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, who received the award along with his colleague, Jessy Grizzle, at the University of Michigan. (see also TMC)

Utah fourth-graders become Beaver Believers (LIFE@OSU)

Helmandollar’s fourth graders are infused with Beaver spirit, and not just because their teacher is a proud alum of Oregon State University, graduating in 2009 with a business management degree.

The changing tides of government (Nature)

Jane Lubchenco, head of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, discusses her roller-coaster time in Washington, D.C.

‘It’s hard to prepare for a once-a-century storm’ (KVAL)

Some people have called it the perfect storm, but in truth, it was three separate storms, says Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. (see also KATU, Lincoln City News Guard)

Tons of fun in Thailand (Statesman Journal)

That all changed this year when the 27-year-old Oregon State University student, who occasionally volunteers her time abroad through the International Student Volunteers organization, worked at Elephant’s World, a nonprofit organization in Thailand. She previously has helped at a dolphin rescue in Costa Rica.

Oregon, UK moving forward with wave energy test sites (IBTimes UK)

“This grant, which will help establish a new ocean energy test facility in the Pacific Northwest, cements the role of Oregon State University and the State of Oregon in the forefront on wave energy research,” says Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. “Oregon is well on its way to having world-class, off-shore testing facilities sought after by wave energy development companies from around the world.”

 Industry, GOP warns EPA wants pre-emptive veto (Grounded)

“We do have concerns of course with the fact that because this is theoretical, because you don’t know exactly how it’s being built, you really can’t evaluate with any degree of specificity what the potential effects are associated with that,” said panel member William Stubblefield, a senior professor at Oregon State University and environmental toxicology expert. “It doesn’t contain a lot of detail about how mitigative strategies could and potentially will reduce exposures.”

Creative profits (Register-Guard)

They placed just behind an Oregon State University team that proposed a sports league for disabled children in Benton County. These south valley teams competed with 15 others from urban and regional universities around the state during the Oregon Social Business Challenge at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, which was organized by the Oregon University System.

Academic minute: Preschoolers, attention and academic success (Inside Higher Ed)

In today’s Academic Minute,Megan McClelland of Oregon State University explains what a preschooler’s ability to pay attention reveals about their odds of future academic success.

Zinc deficiency linked to decline in elderly (Business Standard)

Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences found that it is especially important for elderly people to get adequate dietary intake of zinc. (see also Global Food Mate, Zimbio)

Environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore to speak at UD (University of Delaware)

Although climate change is certainly a scientific and technological issue, it is fundamentally a moral issue that calls for a moral response, according to Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University.


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

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.

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.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Sean Megason, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School, will present a seminar “In toto imaging and modeling reveal higher scale principles of embryonic patterning” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

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.

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

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.

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.

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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk, with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Every Friday morning throughout the term we will check out a variety technologies of interest to faculty and staff at OSU. Segments include TAC News, Going Mobile, Tech Tips and Tricks. This week we’ll also have a visit from Steve Roberts who has recently joined TAC’s staff. Oct. 5, 10 to 10:30am. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=683

NEW! TAC Webinar: NEO – New Educator Organization | Professional Development, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Are you new to teaching at OSU? This webinar addresses commonly-asked questions and gives an overview of support available to instructors of all stripes (experienced faculty, GTA’s, researchers, etc.). Oct. 5, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=651

NEW! German film festival: The “Biber Blick I – German Film Festival,” takes place in Corvallis Oct. 8-12. It celebrates both recent releases and a retrospective of films from the 1970s and 1980s by East German filmmaker Iris Gusner. The festival is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. All films are subtitled and will play at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.

NEW! Latino issues panel: “Reaping the Seeds of our Heritage,” panel presentation on the history of Latinos in Oregon. Monday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Valley Library main floor rotunda. Natalia Fernández, José-Antonio Orosco, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry and Susana Rivera-Mills will discuss the Bracero program, Cesar Chávez, and current demographics of the Latino population. Music by local guitarist Jim Garcia. This is the inaugural reception for OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement. Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

NEW! Socratic Club debate: “Is Christianity Good for American Politics?” is the subject a Socratic Club debate on Monday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center.  Speakers are Dinesh D’Souza, co-director of the documentary movie, “2016:  Obama’s America,” and Michael Shermer, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society.  The debate is free and open to the public.  For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic.

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

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

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.

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.

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/

“Who’s Your Doctor Now? Maybe the Church”: Free talk by The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. His talk will examine recent debates over reproductive rights, President Obama’s healthcare plan, and religious opposition to contraceptive coverage. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/slcs/home

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.

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.

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.”

Indonesian climate change expert: Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Indroyono Soesilo, the Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare for the Republic of Indonesia, and a senior advisor on climate change, will speak at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, on “Global Climate Change: Role of Indonesian Archipelago and Global Challenges,” in the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Lifelong STEM Learning  Seminar: Oct. 9, 4 to 5 p.m., Kidder Hall Room 202. The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents the 2012-2013 Lifelong STEM Learning Seminar and Forum series. Dr. Bouwma-Gearhart will kick-off the series by exploring the trend of university-based centers of STEM education, including the motivations and missions of organizations pushing their creation, and the associated perils confronted and promises afforded at major research universities. More info at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/Events including url for streaming and broadcast locations.

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

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Charlene McQueen, Ph.D., Director of the Integrated Systems Toxicology Division at USEPA, will present a seminar – “The Arylamine N-Acetyltransferases (NAT) Conundrum: Solving the Puzzle” at noon on Oct. 4 in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

News for Employees

NEW! Restrictions on political activity: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

NEW! Weight Watchers Information:  If you are interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group here on campus the WW Open House meetings will be Oct. 30 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322.  The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins Nov. 6.  The weekly meetings are at 11:30 or 12:30 with weigh in beginning at 11 a.m. or noon. First 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.  Present the code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Nov. 6.  For more information please call WW/PEBB at 866-454-2144 or Kathi at 541-737-3106.

NEW! NSF – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/major-research-instrumentation-nsf-mri-program. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Nov. 12.

NEW! Federal jobs application assistance: To learn more about the federal jobs application process and the latest career opportunities at the Department of Energy (DOE), contact your Energy Student Ambassador, Ahmad Mohammad.  He is available from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15 and Nov 29 in Career Services, Kerr, B008. Or e-mail for an appointment: Ahmad.mohammad@hq.doe.gov

Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: Thursday, Oct. 4; Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Tuesday, Nov. 13, all in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $28 (cash, check, debit/credit, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Undergraduate Research Awards Program (URAP) 2012-13: College of Public Health and Human Sciences undergraduate students are eligible to apply for URAP 2012-2013. It’s a great opportunity to learn research methods, gain skills for your career or graduate school and earn a stipend. Stipends are $500 or $1000 per project, depending on student’s level of research experience. View faculty research opportunities on Oct. 12. Student applications are due Oct. 22. Call 541-737-2689 or visit http://health.oregonstate.edu/urap.

Recreation Services Desk Extended Hours: 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: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/payroll-deduction.

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

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


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

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.

Veterinary Technician 2 Pool – College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9 month limited duration position. Posting #0009494. Closes Oct. 9.

University Housing & Dining Services Residential Education Unit is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009740. Closes Oct. 19.

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 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 # 0009737. Closes Nov. 16.

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: Due to repairs associated with switching from generator mode to electrical mode at the Energy Center, the campus may experience an intermittent fluctuation of steam.  This will affect all steam supplied heat and associated hot water. This fluctuation in steam will between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Oct. 4.

Gilbert Addition: Due to renovations, restrooms 2 and 3 in Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shut down.  Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. This closure will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 3 and should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Dearborn: Due to renovations, rooms 106A and the adjoining room 107 in Dearborn Hall are going to be renovated to create two new ADA restrooms.  Room 0001A will be used by the contractor to install new plumbing for the restrooms.  Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours.  Demolition will occur Oct. 3 and there will be noise throughout the day. The room closures will end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Truax: Due to electrical work associated with the Merritt Truax Indoor Practice Center Renovation Project, all electrical services to the building will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 4 and should end by 5 p.m.


Corvallis: We have both fire and frost warnings to contend with today. Sustained winds and low humidity, along with weeks of almost no precipitation, have combined to make critical fire weather conditions across much of the region. Additionally, areas of near to subfreezing temperatures are likely across the Willamette Valley tonight, so sensitive plants should be protected. Today’s high will be 70 with a low tonight of 36.

Central Oregon: Summer is officially behind us, which means temperatures are dipping. Today’s high will be 63 with a low tonight of 28.

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