OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 4, 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.

Oregon races to catch up to Europe in wave energy (Forbes)

On a tour last Friday, the Oregon Wave Energy Trust took visitors to Oregon State University‘s wave flume and to the tsunami wave basin, where researchers conducted a test of a small-scale device by Columbia Power Technologies (CPT), a developer based in Corvallis. Then the tour traveled to Newport for a visit to the Ocean Sentinel.

Fossil ‘lemur’ no primate – it’s a fish (UPI)

Classified as a mammal since it was first described in 1898, Arrhinolemur scalabrinii will at last take its rightful place among its fishy brethren following a detailed analysis by scientists from Argentina, Oregon State University and the Smithsonian Institution. (see also Huffington Post, KVAL, Yahoo News)

Power outage affects heart of city for most of work day (Gazette-Times)

A blown fuse and a vehicle crash cut power to the heart of Corvallis for most of Wednesday, affecting schools and businesses and slowing traffic. Among the most impacted were businesses along Corvallis’ commercial district on Ninth Street, six schools and Oregon State University — about 11,500 Pacific Power customers in all.

Onset of flu season raises concerns about human-to-pet transmission (Health Canal)

Veterinary researchers at Oregon State University and Iowa State University are working to find more cases of this type of disease transmission and better understand any risks they pose to people and pets. “We worry a lot about zoonoses, the transmission of diseases from animals to people,” said Christiane Loehr, an associate professor in the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “But most people don’t realize that humans can also pass diseases to animals, and this raises questions and concerns about mutations, new viral forms and evolving diseases that may potentially be zoonotic. And, of course, there is concern about the health of the animals.” (see also Science Daily, KTVZ)

New animal sciences complex is state-of-the-art (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has a new animal sciences teaching facility that provides state-of-the-art teaching and research opportunities.

OSU/city workgroup debates on-campus housing issue (Gazette-Times)

What role should the city of Corvallis have as Oregon State University works to provide more on-campus housing for its growing enrollment?

Japanese educators to tour Corvallis (LIFE@OSU)

A group of university professors, a high school principal and a graduate student, all from Japan, will visit Corvallis next week to learn about local education. The tour has been organized by Randy Bell, associate dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University.

State police: Get your game plan ready for Corvallis, Eugene (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) again urge UO, OSU, UW, and WSU football fans and other travelers to start planning now if you are driving this Saturday when both major Oregon universities have home games.

Oregon and Washington agriculture departments unite for regional projects (OregonLive)

As updated federal legislation takes effect during the next couple years, specialty crop farmers and processors will need training to meet food safety requirements. Oregon State University, Washington State University and the University of Idaho have teamed up for a training project.

4-H awarded $5 million to continue expansion of national mentoring program (Fox 23)

Across the country, state 4-H programs will select from three identified best practice 4-H youth mentoring programsto implement in their local communities: 4-H Mentoring: Youth & Families with Promise, created by Utah State University; 4-H Tech Wizards, created by Oregon State University; and 4-H Life, created by the University of Missouri.

Sex predator working as cook at OSU raising concerns (Register-Guard)

Some food workers at Oregon State University have raised concerns about a cook who rushes to serve children, even though that’s not his job. They told KATU they found out the 39-year-old is a registered sex offender with a record of assaulting a 5-year-old girl. (see also KVAL)

Three Sisters in Oregon: A volcanic gem (Wired)

I might be biased thanks to the fact I did my Ph.D. at Oregon State, but the central Oregon Cascades are one of my favorite places on the planet. Not only are they incredibly picturesque, but they also host a multitude of volcanic features.

Oregon State cancels blackout as racially insensitive (KING 5)

Oregon State University has canceled its promotion to “wear black” at a couple of football games this season because it is seen by some as racially insensitive. The athletic department had printed “wear black” or “wear orange” on tickets, posters and its website to promote school colors at different games in Reser Stadium.


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

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.

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

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

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.

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 .

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/

NEW! Vistas and Vineyards Art Reception: LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Science Pub: At the Oct. 8 Corvallis Science Pub, Kathie Dello will delve into Oregon’s perfect storm, the weather event that still stands as one of the state’s most damaging natural disasters. The deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service warns that it could happen again. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

NEW! AOP October Brown Bag Lunch: Tuesday, Oct. 9, noon to 1 p.m. at the West Dining Hall East Conference Room. Speaker: Rick Spinrad, OSU Vice President for Research, speaking about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the connections to OSU. Door prize. Please R.S.V.P to Laura.Frye@oregonstate.edu

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

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

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.

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

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Tsunami seminar: Professor Harry Yeh will discuss the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami in Fukushima on Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. in Kearney Hall, Room 112. Yeh will discuss the ecological impacts by tsunami and the persistent effects in the environment due particularly to the absence of human influence in the area, as well as the performance of coastal protective structures, primarily seawalls. Based on our analysis, a failure-resistant seawall design is proposed.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who are not tenured and have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among apportionment units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Tenured faculty are typically apportioned in their tenure apportionment unit. Please contact Vickie Nunnemaker no later than Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between, the unit with which you prefer to be apportioned, and include ‘Apportionment’ in the subject line.

NEW! Gates Foundation: Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Round 3: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the third round of its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge designed to prototype a means of dealing effectively and cost-efficiently with human waste for the 2.5 billion people on earth who currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. Full description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/watersanitationhygiene/Pages/loi-round3-reinvent-toilet-challenge.aspx. Information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 8.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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


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.

30th Street: Due to paving, 30th Street between Jackson and Johnson will be closed. Detour routes will be in place at Orchard and Harrison, directing traffic to use 35th Street. This will take place Friday.

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: “Swinging on delicate hinges the autumn leaf almost off the stem.” — Jack Kerouac. Although we’re nowhere near the peak of the season, the fall colors are already starting to shine. But so is the sun, as we have another long stretch of blue skies ahead of us. Highs will be in the mid 70s today and tomorrow, with lows tonight of 47. Fire danger is still very high in the valley.

Central Oregon: More chilly days ahead, with highs in the 60s and lows dipping to 18 tonight. Fall has certainly settled in.

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