OSU Today

Thursday, May 16, 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.

Using beer waste to create green power (Portland Tribune)

Portland’s Widmer Brothers Brewing is partnering with a Corvallis startup company, Water2Watergy, that is working on a fuel cell that could simultaneously clean the brewery’s wastewater, reduce the amount of water it sends to the city sewage treatment plant and generate renewable energy. Water2Watergy, created by a pair of Oregon State University researchers, recently won a grant from the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center to help commercialize its invention.

Marbled murrelet in steep decline (Portland Tribune)

“With a decline of 10 percent in Washington state, it doesn’t look good for the species,” says Kim Nelson, a research wildlife biologist at Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. “The protections in place don’t seem to be helping.”

Proclamation can’t replace state funding for weed control (Capital Press)

Under a directive to cut $1.2 million in lottery funding, the department has proposed cutting $518,896 from its weed program, or about 25 percent of its state funding. If sustained, the cut will cost the department three of its 11-member staff, including two field staff and a grant coordinator, ODA Director Katy Coba said.  Andy Hulting, extension weed specialist at Oregon State University, characterized the loss as “pretty devastating.”

Tiny nematode, big losses to Eastern Oregon’s wheat (Corvallis Advocate)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered the cause behind $51 million annual losses in the Northwest’s wheat industry. Five times smaller in diameter than a human hair and half a millimeter long, the root-lesion nematode has been found in 90 percent of fields. In 60 percent of fields in Oregon and Washington, it exists in numbers large enough to reduce crop yields.

Single-payer activists keep dream of universal healthcare alive (Lund Report)

Chunhuei Chi, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, told The Lund Report the study would aim for transparency, be replicable and available for peer review. The Oregon Health Authority could either choose Oregon State or another entity to conduct the study.

Distractions increase surgeons potential for mistakes (23ABC News)

Another study, published last year by researchers at Oregon State University and the Oregon Health and Sciences University, showed that young surgeons in their second, third or research year of residency made mistakes nearly half the time when they were distracted during a simulated gall-bladder removal.

Integrated pest management committee closer to reality (Capital Press)

The bill stipulates that Paul Jepson, Oregon’s IPM coordinator, will lead the effort. Jepson is an Oregon State University professor and director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Integrated Plant Protection Center.

Video of OSU Kenya trip now available (LIFE@OSU)

A team of five Oregon State students, plus a technical mentor, traveled in July 2012 to the Kenyan village near Lake Victoria. The team oversaw drilling of a well and construction of a rainwater catchment system, culminating three years of work and planning.

Benefits of goji (Huffington Post)

Camu camu berries are the world’s richest source of vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C and its role in collagen synthesis make it a vital molecule for skin health. An Oregon State University study demonstrated that vitamin C may help prevent and treat UV damage.

OSU students make an impression at Portland Startup Weekend (LIFE@OSU)

Three Oregon State computer science students sacrificed sleep to test their entrepreneurial skills at the Portland Startup Weekend on April 26-28.


NEW! Purple Up: OSU Classified Workers:  Local 083 / SEIU bargaining team would like to remind you that we are in bargaining negotiations at Portland State University in Portland, OR on May 16-17.  We will be continuing to try to negotiate a fair contract for classified workers.  Please show your support by wearing and or displaying purple.

Diet and health conference: The Linus Pauling Institute invites you to the  Diet & Optimum Health Conference  May 16, 17, 18. Public Session:  Whole-Food Approaches to Disease Prevention, Saturday May 18.

Strategic plan forums: OSU Strategic Plan steering committee will be conducting seven open forums over the next few weeks to solicit input for Strategic Plan III.  The first forum will be for the Division of Systems Science.  It will be held this Thursday May 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.  Click here for discussion questions and dates of other forums.

TEK conference: “Resilient Relationships across Cultural and Ecological Landscapes,” Thursday May 16, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. OSU Native American Longhouse. A Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) conference, featuring many tribal wisdom keepers and native scientists.  Full schedule: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

Printing and Mailing Services morning closure: Printing and Mailing Services (100 Cascade Hall) will be closed from 9 to 11 a.m. May 16, for an all-staff meeting. We will be open before and after the meeting. Please email Lindsay.middleton@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

Wearable sensors: At the May 16 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Patrick Chiang of the College of Engineering will discuss sensors that he has developed for non-invasive health-care monitoring. Triad meets in the MU, room 109A, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Research Development Director Candidate Open Campus Forum:  Jennifer Marcy, Thursday, May 16, 1:30 pm, LPSC 402

Plant sale: OSU’s Pi Alpha Xi (Horticulture Honor Society) is hosting a plant sale from 2:30 to 6 p.m. underneath the Cordley-ALS bridge on May 16. Ornamental plants of all shapes, colors and prices (free to $30). Sale includes blackspot resistant roses, bonsai juniper, herbaceous perennials and more.

Starker Lecture: “Oregon’s Biomass Experience: An Integrated Approach to Forest Biomass,” part of the Oregon State University Starker Lecture series, which is focused this year on the topic: Forest Biomass — Energy and Beyond, will be held Thursday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m. Matt Krumenauer, senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy, will speak in Richardson Hall, room 107, on the OSU campus. Info: http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

WiN Pub Talk: “Do This, Don’t Do That” – Panelists are 3 mobile app/game developers Patrick Thompson or Inkstone Mobile, Chris Skaggs of Soma Games & Code Monkey, and Chris Vanderschuere creator of the iPhone and iPad application Moon+May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Corvallis Country Club, $10 at the door or $5 with student ID. http://www.willametteinnovators.com/events

Healthy Masculinity Conference 2013: Critically acclaimed slam poet and performer Carlos Andrés Gómez, will provide the keynote May 16 at 6 p.m. in the MU for OSU’s two day “Healthy Masculinity Conference 2013” May 16-17 in the MU. Join Carlos and other OSU members in “Exploring Masculinities,” and discovering how healthy masculinity can improve our lives. Register for free here to be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Carlos’ book.

TEK conference keynote address: Robin Kimmerer and Gregory Cajete will speak May 16, 7:30 p.m., in the Linus Pauling Science Center room 125.

Upcoming Events

Engineering ExpoThe 14th annual Engineering Expo, featuring student projects that range from across all engineering disciplines, will be held Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center. The senior design showcase with more than 150 student-built projects is combined with a “Robo*Palooza,” and the event is free and open to the public.

The University Honors College Thesis Fair is scheduled for Friday, May 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of graduating Honors students.  Free refreshments are provided with many students on hand to discuss their thesis work, whether complete or still in progress. For more information visit: http://honors.oregonstate.edu/thesis-fair

Engineering Expo: The 14th annual Engineering Expo, featuring student projects that range from across all engineering disciplines, will be held Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center. The senior design showcase with more than 150 student-built projects is combined with a “Robo*Palooza,” and the event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Staff Fitness 4th annual TRY-Athlon: Run, walk or swim on your college tag team. Just pass the baton.  25 yards in the Langton Pool, 40 yards walking or 50 yards running, both at Reser Stadium. May 17, noon to 1:30.  To form a team, call 7-3222 or 7-6786.  Forms for registration can be found at: http://health.oregonstate.edu/faculty-staff-fitness

Grand Opening for the Native American Longhouse – Eena Haws:  Please join us Friday, May 17; the main program begins at 4 p.m. followed by tours and refreshments.  Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/nal

Free health coaching session: Are you interested in improving your overall health, wellness, and nutrition?  Dedra Demaree (OSU faculty), Bob Kerr (OSU staff) and Heidi Neuffer (certified health coach) invite you to join us from 4-5 p.m. May 17 in Weniger 212 for a free session focusing on weight loss help including diet, movement, and healthy habits.  Sponsored by the Argentine Tango Club.

Dance performance: The OSU Ballroom Dance Company will present “Ballroom in Black,” featuring Cool Shoes and New Shoes, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at the Corvallis High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door.

“The Misanthrope:” The Oregon State University Theatre will present Molière’s wild and witty comedy classic “The Misanthrope.” Performances are scheduled May 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. at OSU’s Withycombe Hall Theater. Tickets for the production are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students. For more information or ticket purchases, contact OSU Theatre Box Office 541-737-2784 or purchase tickets online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

OSUAA Community Day of Service, May 18: Join the OSU Alumni Association in giving back to OSU’s hometown during our annual community day of service. On Saturday, May 18 from 9 to noon we will be cleaning various sites around Corvallis. Visit www.osualum.com/service for more information and registration.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence: OSU Undergrads will be presenting the projects they’ve created, the research they’ve conducted, and the things they’ve invented in the MU Quad on Tues, May 21 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Come see their creative accomplishments!   This event is part of Recognizing Excellence.

US Student Fulbright Program: Informational meetings for the US Student Fulbright program will be held during spring term. Deadline: Monday Sept. 30, 2013 for 2014-15 academic year abroad. All applications of students currently enrolled at Oregon State must apply through the Campus Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) LeAnn Adam. The application cycle for the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. student program will open in May. Meetings are May 21, 3 to 4 p.m.; and June 3, noon to 1 p.m., all at Heckart Lodge 205. More Info: LeAnn Adam (leann.adam@oregonstate.edu) OSU Fulbright Program Adviser, and see the US Student Fulbright Web site: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Weight Watchers Information:  A 13 week session of WW begins May 28. WW Open House meetings will be held on May 21 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322.  The next 13-week session begins May 28. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website (required). Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session.  For more information, call 541-737-3106.

Recreational Sports Willi Unsoeld Celebration Wednesday, May 22: From 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Adventure Leadership Institute Lounge (Dixon East Entry), Recreational Sports will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of OSU alumnus, Willi Unsoeld, and his historic ascent of Mount Everest. Drop in and see how the spirit of Unsoeld lives on at the OSU Adventure Leadership Institute.

Albany Garden Tour: OSU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting the Albany Garden Tour on Saturday, June 15. Seven private gardens will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. Cost is $10. Tickets are available at Tom’s Garden Center, Nichols Nursery, Albany Visitor’s Association, U & D Nursery and Garlands.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Research Development Director Candidate Open Campus Forum:  Janet Nelson, Monday, May 20, 11 a.m., LPSC 402.

TAC Webinar: TAC.FM,  with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) and Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL).  Drop in on our Friday morning TAC webinars. Each week we will take a look at technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Check out our program offerings, topics and show notes at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/tacfm. Fri. May 17, 10-10:50 a.m.. Do drop in: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac  (Enter as a guest.)

The University Honors College Thesis Fair: Friday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of graduating Honors students.  Students will be on hand to discuss their thesis work, whether complete or still in progress. Information: http://honors.oregonstate.edu/thesis-fair

Eating-to-Learn WIC Spring Lunch: “Cultural Rhetoric in the Writing Classroom.”  Rebecca Valdovinos (INTO OSU) will discuss how the culture in which students grow up influences their writing.  Rebecca will address this sensitive subject as fundamental to all students’ development as writers in a diverse world.  Register for this seminar here.  May 17, noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 215.

2nd Annual Open Forums on Graduate Education at OSU: Current graduate students are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Open Forums on Graduate Education at OSU project. Two ways to provide feedback, concerns and ideas: 1) Online Survey: www.tinyurl.com/OSUgraduateforum or 2) In-person Forum: Monday, May 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in MU 109. Light refreshments and door prizes provided.

How to Create a Successful Hybrid Course: Effective Practices and Support – The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to attend this workshop to learn effective practices for hybrid (“blended”) course design and delivery, and to find out how to receive instructional design support and funding from the OSU Center for Teaching and Learning to develop a hybrid course.  Monday, May 20, 3 to 4 p.m., in Milam 215.  For information and registration:   http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/83301/

Oregon Parenting Education Week seminar series: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families May 20, 21 and 23 in this year’s seminar series to learn more about parenting education. Schedule: http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/oregon-parenting-education-week The events, held in Hallie Ford Center room 115, are free and open to the public.

Africa Initiative – Climate-Smart Agroforestry in Ethiopia and Kenya.  Join the next  Africa Initiative meeting, Wednesday, May 22, noon to 1 pm. in Heckart Lodge where College of Forestry’s Dr. Badege Bishaw will present a recently completed synthesis paper carried out in partnership with the World Agroforestry Center.  All are welcome.  If you would like to receive future email announcements to Africa Initiative activities and events, please be sure to subscribe to our new listserv.

NIH SBIR: Applying to the NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants, June 3 and 4, 5 p.m., PT. RSVP or questions please contact Jianbo at jianbo.hu@oregonstate.edu 7-2366. The NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants is a very practical step-by-step, four-hour online “How-To” workshop over two evenings to help researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs and entrepreneurs create a SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program in August of 2013.

News for Employees

Requests for Service of Alcohol at University Events: Risk Management Reminder: Patrick Hughes, Chief Risk Officer at OSU, reminds the campus community that all events where alcohol is served must be registered through the Office of Risk Management. Request must be submitted using the online registration form: http://risk.oregonstate.edu/alcohol-service. Requests must be submitted at least 21 days prior to the event date.

Day of Caring Service Projects: Friday May 31 Students, staff, and faculty and their children/partners/family members are invited to participate! 10 different service projects are available. Check in will occur between 1 and 1:15 p.m., at Dixon Lower Courts. Projects will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m., May 31. Transportation will be provided. Projects are a collaboration between United Way, HandsOn Willamette, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Pre-registration is required: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/day-caring-2013-service-projects.

OSU Adopts Eduroam for Roaming Wireless: Information Services is pleased to announce that OSU has joined eduroam, a federated roaming access service for the academic community that enables mobility and collaboration. In plainer terms, eduroam is like a large, worldwide wireless hotspot for higher education. Learn how the OSU community and our peers visiting OSU can use eduroam at oregonstate.edu/is/osu-adopts-eduroam-roaming-wireless.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on May 28 at 1 p.m., MU 206. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment regarding changes to the University’s Fee Book, as well as updates to the process for requesting use of tables, carts, booths and similar structures for free speech activities.  For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules, and to make arrangements for accommodations, please contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Street closure: Due to the Engineering Expo and Robo Palooza event, Memorial Place will be closed May 17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

26th Street closure: Due to the opening of the new Native American Cultural Center, 26th street from Intramural and Jefferson street will be closed May 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

Parking lots near Goss: Oregon State University will no longer cover the cost of repairs for damages caused to vehicles parked in the faculty/staff and student lots near Student Legacy Park, Goss Stadium, the Softball Complex, or Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium.  As a result, damage caused by fly/foul balls should be reported to private insurance carriers beginning June 1, 2013.  Signs identifying these parking areas as “park at your own risk” lots will be installed in the coming weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy change, please contact the Office of Risk Management at (541) 737-7252.


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

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Education Program Assistant 2 position for the Extension Family and Community Health Program (FCH) at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Oregon City. Posting #0010683. Closes May 17.


The Extension 4-H Youth Development program (4-H), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences  is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1 position for. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Ore. Posting # 0010635. Closes May 20.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Polk County office of OSU Extension Service at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is located in Dallas. Posting #0010652. Closes May 21.

Receptionist – Radiation Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 1 position. Position will be filled utilizing the OS1 pool applicants. Posting #0010378. Closes May 21.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Trades/Maintenance Coordinator position. Posting #0010615. For full consideration apply by May 7.  Closes May 21.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP)  seeks a Communication and Outreach Manager, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0010601. Extend to May 24.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) seeks a Faculty Research Assistant (Training, Gender, and Capacity Building Coordinator), full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting # 0010602. Extended to May 24.

Office Specialist II, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, F/T, starting at $2170/month plus benefits. Major duties include website management, event planning, and newsletter & publication preparation. Posting # 010684. Closes May 24.

Outreach and Engagement invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinators. One position will serve the Mid-Columbia Region and the second position will service the South West Region. The job location for each of these positions will depend upon the Region. Posting # 0010607.  Closes May 24.

Accountant 1, Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University.  F/T, starting at $3048/monthly + benefits.  Posting # 0010681.   Closing Date: May 26.

The Marion County Extension Services are accepting applications for one part-time, intermittent (approximately 4 hours per week as needed) Office Specialist 1 position. This position will be located in Salem, Oregon. Posting # 0010691. Closes May 27.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part time (approximately 18 hours per week) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 2 for the Oregon Open Campus Program in Crook County at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 2 years from the appointment begin date. This position will be located in Prineville, Oregon. Posting # 0010695. Closes May 27.

The Extension Morrow County Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term 4-H Program Coordinator position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the 4-H/FCH Program Leader and the Columbia Plateau Regional Administrator.  This position is located in Heppner, Oregon. Posting #0010666. Closes May 27.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Apply to posting #0010651.  Closes  May 27.

International Scholar Advisor – International Scholar and Faculty Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Scholar Advisor position. Posting #0010489. Closes May 31.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 30.  Applications will continue to be accepted after the “for-full consideration” date, until the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

E-Campus Instructor.  Department of Zoology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, E-campus instructor.  Posting # 0010647. Closes June 1.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor – Statistics position. Posting #0010598. Closes June 1.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor – Business Law position. Posting #0010600. Closes June 1.

Professional and Non-Credit Education (PNE) is accepting applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 1. Posting # 0010697. Closes June 2.

Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),  12-month, fixed-term Print/Interactive Design Manager position. Posting # 0010693. Closes June 2.

Quality Assurance Program Manager – Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes June 3.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. This position will serve Malheur County. Malheur County is located in the southeastern portion of Oregon and almost 10,000 square miles of primarily rangeland. This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. Posting #0010665. Closes June 10.

Oregon State University Extension Service – Marion County is looking for an AmeriCorps member to recruit and train college students as mentors to youth grades 7 through 12. The Mentor Development & Youth Retention Project Coordinator would work in Salem. For more information: Dan Hoynacki,  503-551-3455, Dan.hoynacki@oregonstate.edu.

The Department of Pre-College Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator position. Posting #0010678. Closes June 14. Full consideration date is May 31.


Corvallis: Now that the clouds have returned, Adrian Gombart of the Linus Pauling Institute reminds us that when we’re not getting our vitamin D3 from the sun, intake of vitamin D is essential. Showers are likely today and throughout the rest of the week. Today’s high will be 65 with a low of 49.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today with a high of 59 and a low of 41.

Newport: Showers likely. High of 58, low of 49.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/


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