OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 7, 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.

Donors pledge $2M for OSU-Cascades campus (OPB)

Oregon State University announced today it’s received a $2 million commitment to fund the school’s academic programs in Central Oregon. The gift comes from two OSU Alumni, Carmen and Mike Cutting, as part of their estate plans. (See also KTVZ)

Power poll: OSU’s Ed Ray top vote-getter (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray was the top vote-getter in our survey seeking to identify the mid-valley’s most powerful people.

In Corvallis: Solar panels that rival fossil fuels? (Ecotrope)

The money will go toward resolving technical issues and developing an anti-reflective coating to allow more sunlight into the cells. Oregon BEST researcher Chih-hung Chang, an Oregon State University chemical engineering professor, is developing a low-cost coating for the company to use.

The most amazing science images of the year (Wired Science)

A spider attacks a wasp: A minute, everyday event, something that’s happened billions upon billions of times in these antagonists’ evolutionary history, each incident lost to time. But not this meeting, entombed by tree resin 100 million years ago in what’s now Myanmar. The resin turned to amber, a time capsule both beautiful and informative. Image: Oregon State University/Flickr

Valley’s weather offered year of extremes (Statesman Journal)

Salem and the rest of the Mid-Willamette Valley experienced what Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, called it a “Jekyll and Hyde type of year” that went from wet to dry.

Scientists find Japanese writing, invasives on likely tsunami debris dock (OPB EarthFix)

Oregon State University Professor Jessica Miller was part of a tsunami debris response team that hiked to the remote landing site Friday. Miller says the dock with Japanese writing on it is being pounded and “sandblasted” by high surf.

Delays litter long road to vehicle rearview rules (Yahoo Finance)

One recent study by a researcher at Oregon State University found that only one in five drivers used a rearview camera when it was available, but 88 percent of those who did avoided striking a child-sized decoy.

New hope for treatment for eczema sufferers as scientists discover protein behind dry and scaly skin (Daily Mail UK)

Researchers at Oregon State University found the condition, which affects millions around the world with dry, itchy and inflamed skin lesions, can be triggered by a malfunctioning protein known as Ctip2. (See also Doctor Tipster, Science Newsline)

OSU tests quinoa as NW crop for global demand (Natural Resource Report)

Researchers from Oregon State University are exploring the potential for quinoa to grow in the Northwest’s diverse climates. (See also OregonLive)

Atheist kids and bullying (Take Part)

Courtney Campbell, Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, says he encountered the same case with his own children who were told at a very early age by some of their “friends” that they were “going to hell.” Though there were no physical beatings, the “psychic bullying” may have been worse.

Broken pipe causes major damage to OSU building (Gazette-Times)

It likely will be three months or so before workers can completely repair the damage caused last week when a water pipe broke at the Linus Pauling Science Center on the Oregon State University campus, sending water cascading through the building and inundating more than a dozen offices. (see also KMTR, Register-Guard, KATU)

Portland food entrepreneurs enjoy a special class to help get food recipes to market (Oregonian)

Getting Your Recipe to Market is a partnership between Portland Community College’s CLIMB Small Business Development Center and Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center.

Oregon State faculty helping farmers in other countries (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are helping feed the world through an international program that helps foreign farmers improve crop production.

Bird diseases can be avoided by keeping feeders clean (Oregonian)

Feeding birds is a pleasure, but also a responsibility. Keeping feeders clean helps avoid making birds sick, says Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University works to develop rice with higher thiamine (Grainnet)

Oregon State University aims to create rice with higher levels of vitamin B1 to make it more nutritious and at the same time, resistant to two crop-damaging diseases. (see also AgriMarketing)

Plan allows canola in the Valley (Register-Guard)

The lucrative seeds are shipped to farmers around the world, and this region produces nearly all of the world’s European cabbage, Brussels sprouts, rutabaga and turnip seeds, according to a 2010 study by Oregon State University. (see also Capital Press)

Beyond the kiss, mistletoe helps feed the forest, study suggests (New York Times)

David Shaw, a forest health specialist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, pointed to the van-sized “witches’ brooms” formations in old-growth Douglas fir trees in the northwest United States produced by dwarf mistletoe parasites. At onetime, foresters would have pruned those away. Today, they are trying to protect the brooms because they are important nesting sites for the endangered northern spotted owl. (see also Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Multnomah County program focuses on food needs (Oregonian)

The first is the county’s Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship program. Co-sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service, it’s an intensive eight-month regimen that includes 500 combined hours of rigorous classroom instruction and small-business training, and two full days each week touring area farms and doing field labor.

Bayer building honeybee research center (Capital Press)

The mite is a top concern, said Oregon State University researcher Ramesh Sagili, who has been studying bees for 10 years.

Cloud Forest trees drink from the fog (Science)

The new study makes a “pretty conclusive case” that cloud forest trees do indeed hydrate using the clouds, says forest ecologist Christopher Still of Oregon State University, Corvallis who was not involved with the study. “There’s always been this notion that this [ecosystem] is tied to the clouds, but it’s hard to really show that.”

Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure (CBS San Francisco)

“Whether from foods or from juice, you are seeing a consistent effect of nitrates in lowering blood pressure,” says registered dietitian Norman Hord, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. “It’s probably the most potent blood-pressure-lowering component of the diet.”

Roughstalk bluegrass emerges as problem in grass seed fields (Capital Press)

In some cases, growers will be wise to pull out stands earlier than planned, according to Andy Hulting, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences weed control specialist.

New OSU Extension crop specialist to start in March (Democrat-Herald)

Although he grew up in Emporia, Kan., and is completing a doctorate at Purdue University in Indiana, new OSU Extension seed crop specialist Paul Marquardt is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest. (see also Seattle Times, KNDU)

DWFritz Automation Sponsors Oregon State University Robotics Club (Vision Online)

DWFritz Automation Inc., headquartered in Tualatin, Ore.,  announced sponsorship of the Oregon State University Robotics Club, a student organized club of over 100 engineers and enthusiasts. The club is a part of the OSU College of Engineering, and their purpose is to enable the ambition and initiative of students to build robots for fun and competition, through a community of like-minded roboticists. (see also Automate 2013)

Oregon State to begin producing its own solar power in January (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will begin generating its own solar power in January. (see also OregonLive)

The benefits of an on-campus event (ASAE Center)

“Our goal first and foremost is to showcase [Oregon State University] faculty, so any time we can include them as a speaker or in an event, we do,” says Donna Williams, assistant director of conference services at OSU, which offers 80,000 square feet of meeting space in two dedicated conference centers.


NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Monday, Jan. 7, 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.

NEW! Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Slide Design, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning. Mon. Jan 7, 3-4 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMyCE

NEW! Early Registration for Clean Energy: OSU is hosting the 2013 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference Jan. 27-29 and early registration ends Monday, Jan. 7.  Harvesting Clean Energy is the Northwest’s premiere gathering centered on practical and profitable applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency at rural operations, businesses, public buildings and homes. The event draws hundreds of attendees and provides a chance to network with top industry innovators. Register today: http://harvestcleanenergy.org/events/conference

Upcoming Events

NEW! Art exhibit: The Last Supper, a series of painted plates illustrating final meal requests of death row inmates in the United States by OSU associate professor of art Julie Green, will be exhibited in Corvallis starting Tuesday, Jan. 8. through Feb. 16 at The Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Green will give a brown bag talk at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Both events will be at The Arts Center.

NEW! Webinar: Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Tues. Jan 8, 3-3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMBhN

NEW! OSU-Cascades It’s in the Bag lecture: On Jan. 9, during OSU – Cascades’ next “It’s in the Bag” lecture, assistant professor Kathleen Cowin will present “Teachers Mentoring Teachers” and explore how this training period can be refined so that beginning and experienced teachers are best prepared to educate future generations. Noon to 1 p.m., Cascades Hall, Room 118, College Way, Bend.

NEW! Childcare and Family Resources Lunch and Learn: Jan. 9, noon to 1 p.m., MU 211. Join us for an informative hour discussing sibling rivalry in relationship to developmental milestones and some strategies for guiding and supporting our children and maintaining our patience and hopefully our sense of humor. RSVP to amy.luhn@oregonstate.edu

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.

NEW! OSUsed Store Welcome Back Event: Come by our public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and celebrate our first sale of 2013 with a complimentary hot beverage while you shop! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays. Learn more on our website.

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: Saturday Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to take part in this event and celebration. 8+ service projects will be offered for the 2013 event. Pre-registration is required. Participants will assemble at McAlexander Fieldhouse. Continental breakfast and hot tea/coffee and a hot lunch will be provided upon return to campus. The 2013 MLK Day of Service is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Student Events and Activities Center, and HandsOn Willamette. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/mlk-day-service-projects.

News for Employees

NEW! Beyond Demographics: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents a seminar/forum titled “Beyond Demographics: The Human Side of Diversity and Inclusion in STEM” at 4 p.m. Jan. 8, in Kidder 202. Larry Roper, Michelle Bothwell and Derron Coles will lead a conversation that will challenge your thinking about diversity and inclusion. Come and share your insights and experiences. This forum will be available via Polycom to Cascades campus and streaming http://live.oregonstate.edu. Information: http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/Events or email Julie.Risien@oregonstate.edu

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.

NEW! Faculty Funding Opportunity: Instructors who teach large-enrollment Bacc Core Courses are encouraged to submit proposals to participate in the Spring 2013 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community. Funding of $3,000 per course available. Download the Request for Proposals at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants. Apply by Jan. 21. For more information contact Cub.Kahn@oregonstate.edu at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

NEW! Food Drive: OSU’s Food Drive takes place next month. Is your department participating? Find out by checking the Coordinators List. If you’re not listed, there’s still time. Submit your unit’s coordinator to University Events so that they can join us for the orientation kickoff on Jan. 15.

NEW! Book Arts: Student projects from the first Book Arts class at OSU, taught by Professor Yuji Hiratsuka, are on display on the 5th floor of the Valley Library. The projects combine hand binding techniques, printmaking, digital art, letterpress, and photography to create unique works of art. Displayed in collaboration with the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, “Continuum of Inspiration” is on display through Jan. 31.

NEW! Training courses: Join us at Training & Organizational Effectiveness for no-cost skill building workshops to start the New Year. Courses offered this quarter include: Stretch Goals: Taking Your Performance to the Next Level, Principles of Moving from Good to Great, Handling and Turning Around Complaints, Delivering Exceptional Service, Working Through Problems, Managing People Through Change, Understanding Conflict and Moving to Resolution. For registration and details, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23.

NEW! Become a Master Recycler: This once-a-week- 8-week class will explore all aspects of recycling. Free to residents of Linn and Benton counties who agree to pay back what they learned through 30 volunteer hours of service. Registration required: http://tiny.cc/recycclass. Classes are Jan. 8-Feb. 26, 6:15 to 9 p.m., 305 Kearney Hall.

NEW! Healthy New Year from RecSports: Let RecSports help you reach your wellness goals this New Year! Learn more about our facilities, services, membership options and more!  Winter Term and 9-month memberships are on sale now.

NEW! CAPS re-accredited: OSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been re-accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc., a Virginia-based organization of U.S., Canadian and Australian counseling agencies. The Counseling and Psychological Services was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

NEW! Pruning classes: The OSU Extension Service, Lane County, Farms & Gardens Program has scheduled Pruning, Growing Great Tree Fruit, and evening gardening classes starting in January. The 2013 class schedules are available on the web at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens. Certified Pruning Specialists will give demonstrations ($10 donation per person suggested). Contact OSU Extension Service – Lane County to reserve your spot, 541-344-5859.

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 its 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. Information: contact Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2999.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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. 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.


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

Systems Development Engineer-Business Solutions Group-The College of Business is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty position.  Posting #0010042.  Closes Jan. 11.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0010083. Please contact Beth Dyer if you have any questions at beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu. Closes Jan. 11.

Career and Internship Coordinator-The College of Business is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty position.  Posting #0010069.  Full consideration Jan. 7.  Closes Jan. 14.

Banquet Manager, OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services. Filling one F/T Professional Faculty position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Salary range of $38,000 – $43,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Posting #0010092. Closes Jan. 18.

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. 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.

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.

INTO OSU is recruiting for Human Resources Manager. Primary duties include performing generalist duties in a human resource manager role, with additional office administrative tasks. Salary is $50,000 to $55,000 plus benefits. Position is open until filled. For a full description and/or immediate consideration, reply to the link https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=5018712

Traffic and Maintenance

Snell Hall:  Due to replacement of the main water supply back flow device, the domestic water in Snell Hall will be temporarily shut off from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jan. 8.  This will affect the entire building.

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


Corvallis: We’ll have rain today and a high of 51 with a low tonight of 44. There’s a chance of rain tomorrow. Things could get interesting at the end of the week as the possibility of snow is expected. 

Central Oregon: There’s a chance of rain today with a high of 41 and a low of 37. A slight chance of rain remains tomorrow.

Newport: Rain is expected today with a high of 50, and a low tonight of 46. A chance of rain remains Tuesday.

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