OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 12, 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.

State of the University speech: Seeing the Landscape (LIFE@OSU)

The text of President Ed Ray’s State of the University speech, given Oct. 11 in front of the OSU Faculty Senate.

OSU aims at 28,000 in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

How many students can Oregon State University accommodate on its Corvallis campus without overwhelming the community’s capacity? Oregon State University President Ed Ray sets the number at 28,000. (see also Statesman Journal)

Can Oregon rule the waves? (Portland Tribune)

Led by an Oregon State University effort, which recently got a boost with a $4 million federal grant, testing for the right way to create wave energy continues off the Oregon Coast.

Oysters’ future imperiled as oceans acidify (MSNBC)

Burke Hales, a chemical oceanographer at Oregon State University who looked into the upwelling, told LiveScience that while oyster hatcheries have failed in the past, the persistent failures of the past few years signaled something else was going on. (see also Yahoo)

Researchers say doctors are using powerful antibiotics too often (WRBL)

Researchers say doctors are using powerful antibiotics too often for a common condition in women. Antibiotics treat urinary tract infections but a study from Oregon State University found more and more physicians use strong versions of the drug as a first line of treatment. (see also Science Daily, Health Canal, Innovations Report)

Northwest dry spell almost at an end (NPR)

Kathie Dello is deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. She says dry summers are common in the Northwest, but … Dello: “What’s different this year is that normally we would see some rain in September, certainly the first few weeks of October. So we’ve been spoiled by a few dry months and now it’s going to hit us hard.”

OSU recognizes Moon Tree as living history (Gazette-Times)

Astronaut Stuart Roosa didn’t take much with him on his trip to the moon in 1971. What did make the trip, though, were about 500 tree seeds, as part of an experiment by NASA and the U.S. Forest Service about seed germination during space travel. Apparently unaffected by their trip, the seeds sprouted into seedlings. One of the resulting seedlings ended up in 1975 being planted in the rich soil near Oregon State University’s Peavy Hall.

Hatfield Marine Science Center and neighbors successfully complete evacuation drill (Gazette-Times)

Individuals at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Centerand surrounding businesses and organizations successfully completed a tsunami evacuation route with that goal in Newport Thursday morning.

50 years later, Columbus Day windstorm still ranks as greatest (KATU)

The Columbus Day storm was the fiercest windstorm in Oregon’s recorded history. Here, workers examine damage to the Van Buren Street Bridge in Corvallis. (photo courtesy of Oregon State University Archives)

OSU to celebrate Title IX in November (OSU Beavers)

The Oregon State University Department of Athletics is proud to announce the Parade of Champions Dinner, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, Sat., Nov. 10 at the Club Level of Reser Stadium. The event is being presented by OSU’s Varsity O, a membership group of former Beaver student-athletes.

Join us in a Celebration of Life for Jen DeVries (NIRSA)

Jennifer de-Vries, an inimitable professional within our field, passed September 16, 2012 after a courageous 1½ year battle with cancer. Her kindness and expertise inspired the colleagues and students she touched through her 22 years of dedicated involvement with NIRSA. A Celebration of Life will be held for Jen Friday, November 9, 2012 from 3-5pm at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Lounge.

Exploring the versatile and wonderful world of tomatoes (Idaho Statesman)

A tie between Big Rainbow and Indigo Rose developed in the contest for prettiest tomato. Indigo Rose is a new variety on the market, conventionally bred by Jim Myers at Oregon State University to be exceptionally rich in anthocyanins. These tomatoes are plum-sized and dark purple-colored.

Zinc harder to absorb in old age, animal study shows (US News & World Report)

The researchers, from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., conducted tests with mice and found that, although their diet contained adequate amounts of zinc, older mice showed signs of zinc deficiency and had a heightened inflammatory response.

OSU grad to share book about hiking along across Oregon (Gazette-Times)

Author Aaron Nicholson it scheduled to share his book about hiking 460 miles across Oregon alone at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 S.W. Second St. Corvallis. He chronicled his journey in “The State of Determination.”


Global Opportunities Fair: Friday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., MU Ballroom. International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) organizes this annual fair to showcase the education abroad opportunities available to OSU students.

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

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.”

Music à la Carte: Popular Russian duo “White Fort,” (aka “The Two Siberians,”) is comprised of Yuriy Matveyev, guitar, and Artyom Yakushenko, violin, who both originally hail from Irkutsk, Siberia. They will perform at noon, Oct. 12, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admission is free.

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.

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.

Speech Communication Colloquium: Gerald Voorhees will present “The Sportification of Games: Neoliberalism, Masculinity and the Erasure of Play” on Friday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106. This research examines the cultural implications of the refiguration of digital games as sports.

Local author reading: “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6,” a reading by Susan Jackson Rodgers, will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library on the OSU campus. Rodgers is the author of two books of stories: “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6” (2012) and “The Trouble With You Is” (2004). For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/wlf/literary-northwest-series


UpBeat Cafe: The monthly Paths to Happiness workshop, led by OSU’s Winston McCullough, takes place Oct. 13, in Dennis Hall, corner of 9th and Monroe. There is Meditation from 11:30-noon, Yoga from noon-1:30, and the workshop from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The theme this month is “Virtue”. In the evening is the Upbeat Café. The evening starts with a dinner, accompanied by a live band, followed by a brief presentation by McCullough. For more information, go to www.upbeatcafe.org

Upcoming Events

NEW! St. John’s Bible Presentation:  Jim Triggs, Executive Director of the Heritage Program for the Saint John’s Bible, will share two volumes from the Heritage Edition of the Bible–the Pentateuch and Gospels and Acts—with a video on the making of the original manuscript.  He will speak on Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to noon at the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, 5th Floor, Valley Library. For more information, contact Anne Bahde, 541-737-2083.  http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/

NEW! The Red Room Improvised Music Series: Featuring Mathew Shipp Trio from NYC. Tuesday Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Interzone Cafe, 1563 NW Monroe Ave. All ages- $5 at the door. Supported by the OSU music department. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Red-Room-Improvised-Music-Series/432200180154944?fref=ts

NEW! How to Find Hidden Jobs:  Did you know that up to 80 percent of jobs are “Hidden Jobs”?  Learn how to find and apply for them!  Loni Hartman will present on Monday Oct. 22 from 11 to noon in OSU Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – How to Make them a Part of Your Job Search: Lea McLeod, Founder of Degrees in Transition will be speaking on using social media in your job search on Tuesday Oct. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in the OSU Library: Willamette East & West Rooms.

Training Days: Register now for the 2012 Training Days event, Nov. 13-14 – offering 78 unique training sessions covering a broad spectrum of topics. Ken Thrasher, former President and CEO with Fred Meyer and OSU alum is our keynote. Training Days Reception sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn Corvallis will follow keynote. For more information and to register for this event, go to: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Horticulture seminar: Gerhard Pietersen, entomologist with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, will speak on “Towards Improved Cross Protection to Control Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV) in South Africa,” Oct. 16, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

NEW! Dept. of Chemistry Linus C. Pauling Lecture: Speaker Robin Hochstrasser, the Donner Professor of Physical Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Tracking water molecules in proteins” on Friday Oct. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center (Construction and Engineering Hall). A reception will follow the lecture from 6 to 7.30 p.m.

NEW! P&T overview: Henri Jansen, Chair of the Faculty Senate Promotion and Tenure Committee and Becky Warner, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs are giving an overview of the promotion and tenure (P&T) process/guidelines on Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Owen 102.  This session is designed for department heads and chairs, as well as chairs of P&T committees.  An additional forum will be held this Spring and will focus on faculty members who are going up for promotion and/or tenure in the near future. RSVP to sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu before Oct. 24. This session will also be streamed live via the web. at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Peggy Cherng, co-founder of Panda Express will present “Projecting Passion: Inspiring the Panda Culture” on Oct. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Peggy Cherng, an OSU alumna, will share how a small business grew into a global company and created a culture of its own. Free. For more information: 541-713-8044 or business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls

University Outreach and Engagement Strategic Conference: “Advancing the Engagement Mission,” featuring a keynote address by Barbara Holland and 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.

News for Employees

Recreational Sports Pac-12 Fitness Challenge: Did you take a walk today? Simple activities that are already a part of your daily routine can earn you prizes and help the Beavers gain points for the week of Oct. 22-28. Go to the pac12fitnesschallenge on Facebook to log points during that week! There will be many fun and free opportunities to be active during the fitness challenge week: Oct. 22, Sports Conditioning, 4-5 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse. Oct. 24, Beaver Bootcamp, 5:15-6:15 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse. Oct. 26, Singles Table Tennis Tournament, 5-10 p.m., McAlexander Fieldhouse. Oct. 27, Zumba Party, noon – 1 p.m., Dixon Lower Gym.

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Financial Counselor for Nov. 6-8, call (800) 732-8353 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., or schedule online, https://publictools.tiaa-cref.org/tools/appmanager/toolsportal/desktop?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=advice_and_counseling_page .

Staff/Faculty Child Care Subsidy: Friday, Oct. 12, noon is the deadline for application
The child care subsidy for staff and faculty is made possible through an endowment at the OSU Foundation and the volunteer work of the Friend Raisers, who oversee the subsidy program. It is a need-based subsidy created to help augment the high cost of child care. Visit our website or drop by our office for application materials: http://oregonstate.edu/childcare/home


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

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.

University Housing & Dining Services – Dining Unit is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Assistant, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009757. Closes Oct. 17.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 10 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1 for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (1 year, with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. This position will be located in the Marion County Extension office in Salem. Posting # 0009747 Closes Oct. 17.

Printing & Mailing Services is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Assistant-Pre-Press/Graphic Design Customer Representative, full-time 1.0 FTE position. Posting #0009731. Closes Oct. 17.

The Clackamas County Extension Office in Oregon City invites applicants to apply for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. The position provides Tree School clerical and registration support, registration processes for Small Farms School and other Extension educational activities. This position will be located in Oregon City, Oregon. Posting # 0009778 to apply. Closes Oct. 18.

Program Representative 2 – The Office of Sponsored Programs invites applications for two (2) full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Representative 2 positions (working title is Assistant Grant and Contract Officer). Posting #0009763. Closes Oct. 19.

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 Office of Business Affairs/Office of Post Award Administration Office invites applications for an Office Specialist 2. Posting #0009782. Closes Oct. 19.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Systems Integration Manager at OSU. The System Integrations Manager is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. Closes Oct. 21. To apply or for additional information, please contact Rhonda Maillard at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0009777. Closes Oct. 22.

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.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC). EESC is the educational media support unit for the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Posting # 0009779. Closes Oct. 24.

OSU Conference Services is seeking a full-time Marketing Manager for a fast paced/growing conferences office to promote OSU as a Conference Destination. Position #0009751. Closes Oct. 26.

The Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty and Course Development Specialist position. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting # 0009785. Closes Oct. 26.

Outreach and Industry Relations Coordinator – The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking an Outreach and Industry Relations Coordinator for its Construction Engineering program. Posting # 0009787.  For full consideration, apply by Oct. 30.

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.

INTO OSU invites applications for the position of Manager, International Admissions and Academic Support. The Manager of International Admissions and Academic Support is responsible for the oversight and direction of the enrollment process including initial inquiry and application for students to all programs handled by the OSU Office of International Admissions and the matriculation, enrollment and progression from all INTO OSU-administered programs. For immediate consideration, please contact Rhonda Maillard at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu

INTO OSU invites applications for an Executive Assistant to provide support to the OSU Academic Programs, International Admissions Directors, and Center Director. For immediate consideration, please contact HR Manager, Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8899. Position open until filled.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to the Power Grid Upgrade Project, Jefferson Way between 26th & 30th Street will experience congestion, delays, parking closure & one way traffic.  The east bound lane will remain open, only the west bound lane & parking will be closed. Oct. 8, close the first 8 parking spaces on Jefferson & 30th. Oct. 15, extend the closure to Sackett Way. Oct. 22, extend the closure to 26th.

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 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.


Corvallis: Well it’s finally here, and the real question is, can you stand the rain? The rainfall will likely be light today and tomorrow, mainly after 11 a.m., but the real fall storm might arrive Sunday night, as forecasters predict some very heavy rains could occur by Monday morning. If that’s the case, some localized flooding could occur. Highs will be in the 60s all weekend with lows in the upper 40s.

Central Oregon: Rain may arrive by tonight, but the showers should be light, at least until the beginning of next week. Highs will be in the 60s with lows overnight in the mid 40s.

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