OSU Today

Dec. 17, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013

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.

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco stepping down in February (Washington Post)

In fact, her letter to staff makes clear family matters are driving her decision – in particular her desire to return to the West Coast. Prior to her appointment as NOAA Administrator, Lubchenco was a professor at Oregon State University. (see also Oregonian, Gazette-Times, LIFE@OSU)

Extension loses beloved food and and nutrition specialist Carolyn Raab (LIFE@OSU)

Carolyn Raab, an Oregon State University Extension food and nutrition specialist and professor with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, died Thursday, Dec. 6 at her home. She was 64.

The shell shock: Saving Oregon’s hazelnuts (Portland Monthly)

Then early this year a slate of articles heralded a hero in the fight against the blight: Shawn Mehlenbacher, an Oregon State University researcher, and the new strain of tree he developed, dubbed Jefferson, after the US president.

New OSU cheese available (Capital Press)

Watch out, Cougar Gold, there is a new cheese on the block. Beaver Classic, made, marketed and sold by Oregon State University students, is now for sale and ready to go head-to-head with Washington State University’s prize winning Cougar Gold.

President Ray receives 2013 CASE Leadership Award (LIFE@OSU)

Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State University, has been named the 2013 Leadership Award honoree by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII, the CASE VIII Board has announced.

A greener wood glue (Isla Earth Radio)

Researchers from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University recently received a Presidential citation for developing an environmentally friendly wood adhesive.

Study shows gamblers prefer slots to table games (Gaming Today)

According to a recent study by Oregon State University an estimated 70% to 90% of gamblers prefer to play slot machines compared to table games. Penny slots offer the most fun for the player and the best returns for the casino. Together this is why penny slots are the majority of the slot machines you’ll see on the casino floor.

Are cloud data security fears overblown? (Forbes)

It can also leave a company liable under consumer protection law. According to Nancy King, associate law professor at Oregon State University, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can compel businesses to make reparations and to take preventative action on security breaches. However, the regulatory position—the 1986 Electronic Communications and Privacy Act—hasn’t kept pace with change, and may leave businesses in the dark regarding their obligations.

Quinoa to be grown in Pacific Northwest (AgInfo)

Steve Petrie, one of the researchers on the project and the director of Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center says quinoa might be a future crop for Northwest farmers.

 Big trees vanishing across the globe, study finds (McClatchy)

Forestry experts have long been aware of the decline of big trees, said Oregon State University professor Mark Harmon, who was not involved in the analysis. (see also Daily Columbian)

Mastering bee knowledge (Gazette-Times)

Offered through the Oregon State University Extension Service, the program just wrapped up its first year. Its main goals are to educate people about honeybees and to teach them how to be responsible beekeepers.

Save soil, nutrients, money with cover crop (Corn and Soybean Digest)

That is why Oregon State University (OSU) Extension specialists have spent six years studying the role cover crops play in fertility management, to the benefit of hundreds of farmers in the highly productive Willamette Valley.

USDA awards $10M for bioenergy, biobased R&D (Biofuels Digest)

Fiscal year 2012 awards include Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $349,624

Study finds less aggressive type of zebra chip (Capital Press)

Furthermore, she said Oregon State University is researching if volunteers are more apt to sprout from tubers infected with type I, potentially creating a new source of the bacteria.

The big picture: Staff size fluctuates by segment (Food Service Director)

Rich Turnbull, associate director of University Housing & Dining Services at Oregon State University in Corvallis, says new operations were a big reason for the increase in his workforce.

Learning the ins and outs of birthing a calf (Herald and News)

Jim Zeller, of Klamath Falls, got some hands-on experience learning how to assist a calf during birth at the Oregon State University Extension Service calving school during the Ag Expo last Friday.

5 reasons trees are becoming endangered (Care2.com)

Carbone and the study’s lead author, Oregon State University professor Christopher J. Still, have found that fog and low-stratus clouds play a crucial role in the coastal ecosystem, keeping temperatures cooler and increasing the amount of moisture in the soil. As the seas warm, fog and low-stratus clouds could decline, with effects on the pine tree population in California.

Feces study gets the poop on gorillas’ diet (Science News)

Other studies have measured isotopes in animal bone, tooth enamel or hair, but these types of measurements tend to reflect average diet over months to years. Using feces instead of animal tissue gets at shorter-term changes in diet, says ecologist Donald Phillips of Oregon State University. And, “it’s a lot easier to get samples than if you had to capture a gorilla every time,” he adds.

Who are you calling old? How elderly consumers negotiate their identities (Science Newsline)

“Managing money serve as a means of identifying someone as old and a venue for working through conflicts that arise when older consumers who do not identify as old are treated as an ‘old person’ by family members and service providers,” write authors Michelle Barnhart (Oregon State University) and Lisa Peñaloza (Bordeaux Management School).

Young surgeons may be easily distracted (WOWK)

“This research clearly shows that at least with younger surgeons, distractions in the operating room can hurt you,” said the study’s lead author, Robin Feuerbacher, assistant professor of energy systems engineering at Oregon State University, Cascades, in a university news release.

Denali National Park and Preserve announces 2013 artists-in-residence (Fairbanks Daily News)

Stephen Hatcher, Wendy Klemperer and Kathleen Dean Moore (OSU) will each have the opportunity to experience the park during summer 2013 while living in the historic East Fork cabin.

Home Dialysis Plus now calls Californian home (Oregonian)

HD Plus did not return a call seeking comment on its current status, but Baker said the company has three or four people still working in Oregon — in addition to him, and retains ties to Oregon State University.

New potato breeder hired at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Potato Pro)

Oregon State University once again has a plant breeder leading its potato development efforts after filling a position that was vacant for nearly two years.

Offering context (Oregon Humanities)

Jo Anne Trow appreciates context when considering history. In 2012, as part of the centennial celebration of Oregon’s suffrage law, the retired vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University shared her knowledge of women’s suffrage and offered some much needed historical context.

Frailty and food (Many Years Young)

A study indicates that people who are frail are five times more likely than those who are not frail to report not having enough to eat. Researchers used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, looking at adults, 60 and older. Ellen Smit, at Oregon State University, led the study.

University of Montana vice president Bob Duringer dies (Montana Standard)

Duringer served in the Army and retired as a colonel. He worked at West Point Academy, Oregon State University and the University of Maine before starting at UM in 2000, the Missoulian reported.

Tillamook’s Dale and Jackie Buck inducted into the Farm Bureau Hall of Fame (Tillamook Herald)

An advocate for Oregon State University’s agriculture programs, Dale was honored by OSU with a Diamond Pioneer Award in 2008. This year, he also was named the Oregon Agribusiness Council’s 2012 Agriculturalist of the Year.

Dec. 17

Campus Dining -Cash Only Dec. 17-19: Monday thru Wednesday all restaurant and food locations will be impacted by a register system software upgrade. JavaStop, Bites, e. Café, JavaII, Peet’s and Cascadia Market will only be able to accept cash. Marketplace West locations will accept cash and meal plans for those signed up for winter break housing. Togo’s and Panda Express will be the only locations able to accept credit cards and cash. None of the locations will be able to accept Orange Rewards. All other locations will be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

NEW! ID Card Office Closed Monday, Dec. 17: The ID Center located in the Kerr Administration Building basement will be closed for card services all day on Monday, Dec. 17 due to an upgrade of the computer system.

Dec. 18

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour  of RecSports facilities Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 12:10 p.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.

Dec. 19

NEW! OSUsed Store End of Year Clearance: Come by our last public sale of 2012, Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Much of our merchandise will be 75 percent off, plus all housewares will be 50 percent off. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website .

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., MU 206 to receive public comment on proposed rule changes regarding fees; the faculty mediator for grievances; student immunizations and background checks for critical or security-sensitive applicants, employees and volunteers. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules, contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu. Please direct requests for accommodations related to disability to Beth Giddens by Dec. 10.

Phil Histand retirement celebration: Phil Histand is retiring from Student Health Services after 23 years. A celebration in his honor takes place Dec. 19, 3 to 5 p.m., MU 109.

Dec. 20

NEW! Wayne Gibson Retirement Celebration:  Wayne Gibson is retiring from Oregon State University after 30 years.  A celebration in his honor will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering Center, Rm. 2001 – turn left outside the elevators.  Please stop by to wish him the best.

Jan. 2

NEW! Job search webinar: The Alumni Career Speaker Series in January will feature Tony Beshara  on Jan. 2  (online) from 5 to 6 p.m. Beshara is the owner and president of Babich & Associates, established in 1952 and the oldest placement and recruitment service in Texas. It is consistently one of the top contingency placement firm in the DFW area, as recognized by the Dallas Ft. Worth Business Journal. To register for this free webinar, visit www.osualum.com/webinars

Upcoming Events

NEW! Chinese cultural event: The Huaxia Orchestra Henan Museum and the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team will be making an appearance at OSU on Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the event is free.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today: This is the final OSU Today of 2012. It will resume daily delivery on Jan. 7, 2013.

NEW! Sea Grant relocating: Instead of “Decking the Halls” this year, Oregon Sea Grant will be “relocating their halls” as the 322 Kerr Administration Office Suite AND the 307 Ballard Extension Hall Office Suite move to 1600 SW Western Blvd, Suite 350, Corvallis OR 97333. The actual move will occur Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 18 and 19. During this time, Sea Grant asks your patience as employees may not have immediate access to their desk, phone, or e-mail. Staff and services should be back in working order sometimes on Dec. 20.  All employee phone numbers will remain the same.

NEW! Office Hours Change: Printing and Mailing Services will have adjusted holiday hours starting Monday, Dec. 17 through Monday, Dec. 31.  The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for regularly scheduled holidays.  Normal office hours will resume on Jan. 2.  Please contact digital.printing@oregonstate.edu for questions.

NEW! OSU Directory: The 2012-13 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, kami.hammerschmith@oregonstate.edu, or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

NEW! Animal Connection: Can acupuncture help vultures? Find out in the latest issue of Animal Connection  from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Also in this issue: The Science of Baby Making, Unusual Expert Help, Dog Days of Summer, and Vets Are More Than Pet Doctors.

NEW! NSF – Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – EESE program. The program funds research and educational projects that improve ethics education in all fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ethics-education-science-and-engineering-eese. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission deadline: Jan. 14, 2013.

NEW! URSA-ENGAGE: The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty willing to serve as mentors for undergraduate researchers in a new research program called URSA-ENGAGE. Information for Faculty and Faculty Application: http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/. Contact: Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu. Deadline for Faculty Research Project Proposal Application: Jan. 18, 2013.

NEW! STEM Academy AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for 6th-12th grade girls: Middle School Club meets Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 22 to Feb. 26. High School Club meets Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 pm, from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27. Topics include mapping, chemistry, food science and more. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $75. Scholarships available.

NEW! Honors College courses: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2013-2014 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/current/courses/proposals.  For information, toni.doolen@oregonstate.edu  or 541-737-5974.  Deadline is Jan. 28, 2013.

NEW! General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2013: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2013 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Complete program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 4, 2013.

NEW! Funding Opportunity for Faculty:  Instructors who teach large-enrollment Bacc Core Courses are encouraged to submit proposals to participate in the Spring 2013 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community.  Download the Request for Proposals at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/hybridflc/?p=425. For more information contact Cub.Kahn@oregonstate.edu at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Research blog: Brian Paul has been honored for achieving extraordinarily high impact innovations through research collaborations with industry. The Research Office, and the Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development, announced a new award this year. Please see The Spin on Research, which links to a short presentation with details about Paul’s contributions.

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).

Family Members at other institutions: Staff fee privilege (tuition discount): deadline as listed by OUS is Dec. 24 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2012-13. Since this date falls on a University closure, forms will be accepted until the next business day. Dec. 26. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

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.


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

Accounting Technician – The Auxiliary & Activities Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position.  Posting # 0010026 .  The position’s primary responsibilities will be to serve as a member of the AABC Payroll team.  The posting closes Dec. 17.

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.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Public Safety Officer.  This is a permanent full time position. Posting #0010038. Closes. Dec. 28.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position.  To view the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and search for Posting #0010037.  Closes Dec. 30.

Academic Advisor – The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. Posting # 0009943. Closes Dec. 30.

The OSU extension office in Washington County is recruiting for one full-time Public Information Assistant. This position is located in Hillsboro. Posting #0010031. Closes Dec. 31.

The Washington County Extension Office is seeking a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Metro Regional Administrator. This position is located in Hillsboro. Posting #0010012. Closes Dec. 31.

Extended Campus at Oregon State University (OSU), invites application’s for fill one full-time Program Representative 1 position. OSU Extended Campus is comprised of Ecampus (online education) and Summer Session. Posting # 0010017. Closes. Dec. 31.

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with a background in engineering and technology transfer to be a Licensing Associate. Posting # 0010000. Closes Dec. 31.

Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Marketing Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # 0010013/ Closes Dec. 31.

Office Specialist 2 – The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0010041.  Closes Jan. 1, 2013.

Instructor – The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructor for the Forestry Field School.  Posting #0010016. For Full Consideration by Jan.15, 2013.  Closes Jan. 31.

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 Oregon State University is recruiting for a Student Care & Conduct Coordinator to address issues of student safety, well-being, success, and to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU center and at the University. Salary is $32,000 to $34,000 plus benefits. For additional information or immediate consideration, please email your cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Power outage: Pacific Power & Light restored service to the Corvallis campus at approximately 4:45 this morning. All of the affected buildings now have power, with Facilities Services working to address any remaining issues resulting from the outage.

Free parking on campus: Open parking no permit required in student lots only, Dec. 10-Jan. 11.

Tree removal: 24 Trees along the north side of Jefferson Way between Fairbanks and Sackett Halls will be removed to accommodate the construction of two new buildings: Austin Hall and Asian Pacific Cultural Center. This area will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 17-28.

Tree removal: Due to structural root issues resulting in the potential for failure the Deodar cedar tree on the southeast side of Gilkey Hall will need to be removed. A replacement tree will be planted in 2013. The walkways along the south & east sides of Gilkey Hall will be closed to all pedestrian traffic for the duration on the removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 17-21.

Tree removal: Advancing structural root disease and significant root loss indicate a potential for failure which requires a maple tree on Park Terrace to be removed. Park Terrace and the associated sidewalks as well as the south sidewalk along Monroe Street will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic tor the duration of this removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 18-21.

Electrical outage: Peavy Hall, West Dinning, Buxton, Hawley, Cauthorn Halls and Heckert & Reed Lodges – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Pacific Power & Light, is scheduling the repair of the equipment that failed on Nov. 28. This repair is expected to require 8-10 hours and will impact the seven bldgs. listed above. Peavy Hall will be without power the duration of the outage, the remaining six bldgs. will lose power for about an hour at the beginning and end of the repair.

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.


Corvallis: While your mind may be focused on what you’re doing for New Year’s Eve, we’ve still got some serious weather to slog through before we get there. We’ll be cleaning up fallen tree limbs in the rain today, but tomorrow we might be dealing with snow, before rain returns Tuesday night and continues through the rest of the week. Highs in the mid 40s, lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: After getting through today’s blizzard warnings, we’ll have a snowy week leading up to Christmas Eve. Snow is expected every day this week, with highs in the low 30s and lows in the teens.

Newport: Showers today could turn to snow briefly tomorrow before rain returns and hangs out the rest of the week. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.

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