OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 30, 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.

The bloop mystery has been solved: It was never a sea monster (Wired.UK)

Wired.co.uk spoke to NOAA and Oregon State University seismologist Robert Dziak by email to check it out. He confirmed that the Bloop really was just an icequake — and it turns out that’s kind of what they always thought it was.

Sharing their love of music (Entertainer)

Marlan Carlson, the music director for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, likes to brag about the quality of the student musicians who perform with the orchestra.

Newport works to attract OSU tidal power research facility (Oregonian)

A Newport advisory committee hoping to win a wave energy test site for Newport, laid out their cards for what they hope will be a winning hand when Oregon State University decides where to locate its wave energy testing site off the Oregon Coast.

Young surgeons face special concerns with operating room distractions (Science Newsline)

This study, published in Archives of Surgery, was done by researchers from Oregon State University and the Oregon Health and Science University, in the first collaboration between their respective industrial engineering and general surgery faculty. (see also KTVZ, Science Blog, Health, Medical and Science Updates)

‘The Earth is a unique planet’ (KVAL)

“This is only the second major hotspot system that has been fully analyzed and it finally gives us something to compare to the Hawaiian hotspot,” said Anthony Koppers, an Oregon State University marine geologist and lead author on the study. “It appears that there is no global mantle wind, which means the whole of the Pacific mantle doesn’t move in a synchronous way.”

Stagnant budgets demand creativity in ag education (Capital Press)

“How do we create sustainable programs for beginning farmers that outlast the grants?” asked Garry Stephenson, small farms specialist with the Oregon State University Extension.

Zebra chip vector aided by common weed (Capital Press)

“The bacterium is heat sensitive,” said Silvia Rondon, an Oregon State University Extension entomologist. “In temperatures above 90 (degrees Fahrenheit), the bacteria shut down.”

Talk focuses on role models in media (Bend Bulletin)

Elizabeth Daniels, an Oregon State University — Cascades assistant professor of psychology, will discuss how the media targets adolescents and the skills necessary to combat those messages.

Kids go ‘Beyond the classroom’ (Democrat-Herald)

About 2,000 elementary and middle-school students visited Oregon State University on Thursday to watch the women’s basketball team play a noon game against Cal State Bakersfield.

New book recounts history of Sherman Institute (NewsWise)

“The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute,” written and edited by historians connected to the University of California, Riverside, recalls those experiences through the voices of Sherman students and photographs from the school’s extensive archives. Published this month by Oregon State University Press, the book is the first collection of writings and images about an off-reservation Indian boarding school.

Check plant’s hardiness rating (Olympian)

This year, USDA finally introduced its own updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map. This map was developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group.

Health benefits of white and green tea consumption (Health News)

In this study, OSU scientists did experiments with a compound in green tea, a polyphenol called EGCG, which is believed to be responsible for much of its health benefits and has both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer characteristics. They found it could cause a higher production of regulatory T cells. Its effects were not as potent as some of those produced by prescription drugs, but it also had few concerns about long-term use or toxicity.

Science lecture at McMenamins (Bend Bulletin)

The Oregon State University-Cascades “Science Pub” lecture series will resume Dec. 13, with a free talk by OSU medical anthropologist Melissa Cheyney on the politics and science of being born. The Science Pub will be held at McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School in Bend

The Oregonian’s Civil War Gigapan allows you to tag your friends (OregonLive)

The Oregonian’s Civil War Gigapan photograph shows a panorama of Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium during the game.

10 facts about Christmas cacti (Charlotte FOX)

A horticulturist at the Oregon State University Extension Service recommend only adding water to the soil that a Christmas cactus is planted in when the soil is dry to the touch.

Grazing study doesn’t ‘necessarily’ reflect views of OSU, administrator says (Capital Press)

An Oregon State University College of Agriculture administrator said a report authored by an OSU College of Forestry professor that was critical of grazing on public lands does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the university.

UCSB receives $1.6 million from DOE to develop hybrid technology (Noozhawk)

The two additional principal investigators are David Ji, an assistant professor with Oregon State University, and Shannon Boettcher, an assistant professor at the University of Oregon. Ji and Boettcher previously worked in Stucky’s lab.


Building Community through Diversity: An introduction to the NCBI model, Nov. 30, 9 to 11:30 a.m., MU 206. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to this annual presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the principles and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute’s award-winning community-building model. Everyone welcome. Pre-registration appreciated https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2748&cmd=survey. Contact jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu for needs related to accessibility.

The 32nd Annual Holiday Marketplace: A festive arts fair with over seventy Oregon artisans plus musical performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 30th and Saturday, Dec. 1, 
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Support Oregon talent and buy local; Fine arts, handmade crafts and specialty foods will be featured. A free event/open to the public. 

TAC Webinar: TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk, with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC) and Stevon Roberts (TAC). Every Friday morning we’ll check out technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Program segments include TAC News, Going Mobile, iPad and Android apps, TAC Tech Tips and more. Nov. 30, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UTDJ18. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops for more information.

DPD Brown Bag Conversations: Friday, Nov. 30; Noon to 1 p.m., Women’s Center. Please join us for the final DPD Brown Bag event of the term, a place for informal conversation and community building among faculty teaching social justice content. This week we’ll discuss current OSU coursework and research in the area of disability studies, and identify a path towards building a more robust curriculum in this area. All faculty welcome. Questions? Contact Michelle Bothwell: bothwell@engr.orst.edu

Music a la Carte: Nov. 30: Special Seasonal Program, The University Chorale and the Corvallis Community Choir, conducted by OSU grad students and David Servias. NOTE: This concert is at the First United Methodist Church at 11th & Monroe in Corvallis. Noon.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Lecture: Rani Borkar, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Development Group, will speak about the new era of computing with the advent of mobile devices in a free lecture on Nov. 30. Her talk will be held in room 1001 of the Kelley Engineering Building from noon to 1 p.m.

“Research to Commercialization” seminar series: The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute and OSU’s Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development are co-sponsors of a seminar series on the commercialization resources, networks and facilities available to transform innovative research at OSU into real-world products and services. All of the seminars are from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 30: The Entrepreneur’s Role in Research Commercialization.

Book talk, signing: Literary Northwest presents acclaimed essayist and new Oregon State University faculty member Elena Passarello, reading from her debut collection, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room on the OSU campus. A book signing will follow.


Flyover: There will be a military flyover during Saturday’s football game at Reser Stadium. Two F-18 Super Hornets will flyover after the National Anthem at approximately 11:24 a.m., according to officials.

Oregon State Glee presents the second annual Sing Off: Featuring OSU Glee, Outspoken, Divine, Wilsonville High School’s Soul’d Out and Covallis High School’s Spartacappella. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. $10 General Admission, $5 students and youth.


Holiday Concert featuring the Corvallis-OSU Symphony and Oregon State University Choirs: Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Program includes Vivaldi Concerto, op. 3, No. 10 in B minor, Vaughan Williams’ “Dona nobis pacem,” holiday favorites, a sing-along and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” Several faculty conductors and student and faculty soloists will be featured. Reserved and general admission seats available. OSU students free with ID card. Tickets available at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music, and online at http://cosusymphony.org

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Libraries Winter Break Workshop Series: Wondering what to do with all that downtime the first week of Winter Break?  Stop in at the Valley Library for one or more of the Winter Break Workshops, including citation manager software skills and data management plans. Dec. 11-12. Sign up now to save your seat: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451 Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Monday, Dec. 3 at 8:15 a.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the RecServices lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! OSU Libraries Seminar: In 2011 four OSU library faculty members began a year-long qualitative investigation into eReader adoption by 30 of their OSU Libraries & Press colleagues. In “Studying ourselves: eReaders and Adoption at OSU Libraries & Press,” the investigators will present what they learned. Dec. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (VL 3622). Information: Uta Hussong-Christian, uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Friends of OSU-Cascades receive ski discount: As part of its philanthropic partnership with OSU-Cascades, Mt. Bachelor is providing a special deal for $49 ski vouchers to all friends of OSU-Cascades.  This is in contrast to the $76 they charge for an individual single day ski pass.  For information: http://www.mtbachelor.com/winter/planner/promotions/osu-tickets

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club’s Annual Poinsettia sale will be held in the East Green House, outside of Cordley hall, and at Kerr Admin. Building Monday-Friday from 10-5 p.m. until the end of the term. If you have a pre-order, please pick them up at the East Green House.

Salem to Corvallis Vanpool in Operation: OSU employees commuting from Salem are invited to join a vanpool that accommodates an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. work schedule from Monday – Friday. Monthly fee: $135. For more information contact Tom Court (tom.court@oregonstate.edu).

Recreational Sports Winter Break: Winter Break hours will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 7 until Sunday, Jan. 6. All RecSports facilities will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, and Jan. 1 for the holidays. The guest limit will be suspended, so bring a few friends to work out with! Family access will be extended to all operating hours during the break. For more information, view our hours page.

Recreational Sports Winter Sales: Beat the lines in January and purchase your 9-month membership today! A 9-month membership will last until Sept. 27, 2013. A Winter Term membership will last until April 5, 2013. Contact Recreation Services for more information, (541) 737-3736.

MLK award nominations sought: The Office of Equity and Inclusion is accepting nominations for the Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks Awards, which are presented by President Ray at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast. These awards honor OSU community members who exemplify the work of Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks, including a dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. King, building bridges across cultures, and showing courage in promoting diversity. The deadline is Dec. 7, 5 p.m. For details: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/community-awards

Business attire donations: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) Chapter is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our annual Career Wardrobe event, Feb. 7, in the MU Ballroom. The event helps OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Donation drop off locations are 137 Strand Agriculture Hall (Stag) and Career Services B008 Kerr. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center located at 538 SW 6th Ave. For more information: contact Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2999.

Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2012 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31, 2013. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2012 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Attention all DAS Shuttle Users: Due to changes in SB242 and the new distribution model that was adopted, a form is being instituted to better enable OSU Printing and Mailing Services to keep this valuable service operating under optimal conditions. This form will be available on the Printing and Mailing Web site and at Printing and Mailing Services. As of Jan. 1 all packages being sent via DAS Shuttle will require the form be attached to them. Information: Judy Bankson, 737‐3979.

Blanket and pillow drive: OSU Extended Campus and The Valley Library have teamed up to collect blankets and pillows to donate to Community Outreach, Inc. Bring your new blankets and pillows of all types to the 4th floor reception desk in the Valley Library from Nov. 26 – Dec. 11 during office hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check donations made out to Community Outreach will also be accepted. Email beth.caudill@oregonstate.edu with any questions.


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

OSU Printing and Mailing is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE) Marketing and Customer Service Manager. Posting #0009959. Closes Nov. 30.

Office Specialist 2 – The OSU Academic Success Center (OSU) is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. This position works directly with students and requires excellent customer service skills. Within the ASC, this position will work closely with Academic Coaching and University Exploratory Studies Program. Posting #0009954. Closes Nov. 30.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, Associate Dean of Healthy People. The Associate Dean will lead the division through a period of rapid enrollment growth, significant campus transition, and disruptive change in the way higher education is delivered. The anticipated start date for this position is the summer of 2013. Posting #0009794. Closes Nov. 30.

Library Technician 2 – Oregon State University Libraries invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Library Technician 2 position. Posting #0009973. Closes Dec. 3.

Purchasing Analyst 1 – Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS), invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Purchasing Analyst 1 position. Posting #0009937. Closes Dec. 3.

The Lane County Extension Office is recruiting to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, limited duration (1 year) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 for the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program in Lane County. This position requires travel. Posting #0009967. Closes Dec. 7.

Training Associate -The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. Posting #0009951. Closes Dec. 7.

Office Specialist 2 – The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0009974. Closing date is Dec. 11.

Director of Technology Support Services – The Office of Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director of Technology Support Services. Posting #0009946. Closes Dec. 12.

Business Consultant – Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #0009992. Closes Dec 14.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator position. The Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator provides mental health case management, coordination and support for OSU students. Posting # 0009960. Closes Dec. 14.

Public Information Representative 1 – Web Communications is recruiting to fill one full-time position(1.0 FTE). The Public Info Representative 1: Web Editor position in the Web Communications office edits, curates and creates content for OSU’s home page and top tier websites. Posting #0009947. Closes Dec. 15.

Faculty Research Assistant Position Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University.  Salmon research.  Required qualifications include B.S. and 1 year work experience or an advanced degree. Posting # 0009983.  Closes Dec. 17.

International Student Advisor – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Student Advisor position.  Qualified applicants must have a minimum of 6 months experience advising F-1 international students in a higher education setting or English Language School and meet federal requirements for access to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  Posting # 0009963. Closes Dec. 21.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty position. The individual in this position will develop and lead a hospitality management program to be offered at OSU-Cascades. Posting #0009798. Full consideration Nov. 30. Closes Feb. 15, 2013.

INTO OSU has an immediate need for a System Integration Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU, and to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. Salary $75k to $85K per year, plus full benefit package. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and successful fundraiser to work in partnership with the OSUAA as Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of OSUAA Annual Giving Programs. This position will be based in the OSU Foundation’s Corvallis, Oregon office. Submit a cover letter, resume, and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources at osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Foundation is seeking an Assistant Director, Information Technology Services (ITS). The ideal candidate for this position brings a comprehensive knowledge of programming techniques and protocols, relational databases, and data structures, values and understands the need for documentation at multiple level. Submit a cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney , Senior Director, Human Resources.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to the tree removal associated with the Austin Hall Project all parking spaces along the north side of Jefferson Way from Sackett Place east to the Fairbanks parking lot will be closed.  This will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 17 and end at 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 2013.

Cordley Hall: Due to an elevator replacement, the west elevator in Cordley hall will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3 and reopening on March 18, 2013.

Wilkinson Hall: The women’s restroom in room 244 will be closed for renovations from 8 a.m., Nov. 21 through 5 p.m., Dec. 21.


Corvallis: Although briefly warm and dry this morning, showers continue today and throughout the weekend, which gives you a better excuse to stay indoors and prepare for finals week. Today’s high will be 57 with a low of 45. Rain continues through at least Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Rain is expected today but could turn to snow by Sunday before switching back to rain again. Today’s high is 49 with a low tonight of 34.

Newport: Heavy rain throughout the weekend. High today of 54 with a low of 48.

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