OSU Today

Thursday, May 23, 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.

Oyster shells are an antacid to the oceans (New York Times)

“Oyster shells are made out of calcium carbonate, so they’re sort of like an antacid pill,” said George Waldbusser, an assistant professor of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences at Oregon State and an author of the study, which appears in the journal Ecology. (see also Daily Press)

OSU study: ‘Boys will be boys’ in U.S., not Asia (KTVZ)

In the United States, girls had higher levels of self-regulation than boys. Self-regulation is defined as children’s ability to control their behavior and impulses, follow directions, and persist on a task. It has been linked to academic performance and college completion, in past studies by Oregon State University researchers. (Medical Xpress, Medical Daily, ANI News)

Building homes with better materials and better techniques (KMTR)

A professor in Corvallis thinks about tornadoes every day. He is working to develop new materials and building techniques that may save lives. (see also Total Mortgage)

eButterfly project helps kids become citizen scientists (Mother Nature Network)

“What we need, and what we believe eButterfly will provide, is thousands of individuals collecting data on butterfly sightings all over the U.S. and Canada, for decades to come,” said Katy Prudic, a research scientist at Oregon State University and founder and director of this project in the U.S.

Research offers promising new approach to treatment of lung cancer (Medical Express)

The findings were made by Oleh Taratula at Oregon State University and Tamara Minko and O. Garbuzenko at Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. They were just published in the Journal of Controlled Release. (see also Nature World News)

New OSU wheat varieties promise yield, rust resistance (Capital Press)

Two new Oregon State University soft white winter wheat varieties are being touted for their high yield potential and stripe rust resistance. OSU wheat breeder Bob Zemetra said Bobtail and Rosalyn topped variety trials in Oregon — and some in Washington.

Pioneering wave power farm renews hope for green energy (New Scientist)

Wave energy researcher Ted Brekken at Oregon State University in Corvallis says it was natural for wave energy companies to initially try to harness the most powerful waves possible, but pursuing the most energetic waves at any cost doesn’t necessarily make sense.

Dog poisonings from one slug bait down, problems from another up (Oregonian)

Dog poisonings from metaldehyde-based slug bait declined dramatically from 2005 to 2011, according to a study by the National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University. But problems from newer baits made with iron phosphate have increased.

Dean of students leaving OSU for Florida post (Gazette-Times)

Mamta Accapadi has been named vice president of student services at Rollins College. She will begin her new job in August.

OSU reprints essays by philosopher Moore (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Press has issued a new edition of a 1999 collection of essays by Kathleen Dean Moore.

Changes to OSU’s insurance structure (LIFE@OSU)

 Oregon State University is announcing several changes to its insurance coverage that will potentially impact faculty and staff.

 The fighting power of phytonutrients (ChiroEco)

The researchers at Oregon State University found that sulforaphane, which is found at fairly high levels in broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables, is an inhibitor of an enzyme that plays a role in whether certain genes are expressed or not, such as tumor suppressor genes.

South Metro STEM partnership adds more community partners (Oregon Tech News)

The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership celebrated the addition of seven new members at its quarterly meeting on April 29, 2013. The seven new partners,Autodesk, First Tech Credit Union, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, NASA/Oregon Space Grant Consortium, Newberg School District, Oregon ASK, and Xeroxhave joined the coalition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Partners, organized by Oregon Tech and Oregon FIRST Robotics, to catalyze Oregon students to achieve more STEM degrees and certificates, and engage students in experiential learning.


Divine Nine Greek: YARDFEST, May 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, MU Quad. See what the various organizations within the Divine Nine have to offer. The D9 organizations represented at OSU will be tabling in the quad providing information on the achievements and goals of their specific organizations. Contact: divine9.oregonstate@gmail.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/638257842855322/

“Boys, men, fathers: A 30-year intergenerational study of how fatherhood impacts men and their families:” A talk by David Kerr, with the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Hallie Ford Center, room 115, on the OSU campus. The talk is part of Oregon Parenting Education Week: http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/oregon-parenting-education-week

LinkedIn’s Higher Education Leader: John Hill, LinkedIn higher education evangelist, is leading an exclusive session with advisors and staff to share best practices and strategies on how you can advise students to utilize LinkedIn to brand and market themselves online, network with alumni and professionals in their field, and leverage their brand and network in the job and internship search.  Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m. to noon, CORD 2113 (Limited seating/room capacity 77). Students are invited to a separate LinkedIn session on May 22 from 6-7 p.m. – ILLC 155

RecSports Wellness Workshop: Relaxation; participate in a 50 minute muscle relaxation exercise and guided imagery session. Thursday May 23, 13 from noon to 1 p.m. or 5 to 6 p.m.; Dixon Lower Classroom.  Free to OSU community. Register here!

Discourse on Climate: At the May 23 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Gregg Walker of Speech Communications will discuss his research on discourse at negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change . 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 Larry Pribyl, 541-737-3817, to save a seat.

“Latinos in Oregon: Current Issues and Future Challenges:” A seminar sponsored by The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE), will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Memorial Union Journey Room on the Oregon State University campus. Panelists will include Laura Isiordia (CAPACES Leadership Institute), Erlinda Gonzales-Berry (Casa Latinos Unidos), Marcela Mendoza (Centro LatinoAmericano), and Consuelo Saragoza (Oregon Latino Agenda for Action). Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/centers-and-initiatives/center-latin-studies-and-engagement

Campus Creature Census Celebration: Master naturalist and prize-winning author Robert Michael Pyle will be the featured guest at the Campus Creature Census Celebration, Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., in International Living and Learning Center 155, 1701 SW Western Blvd. Winning artwork and photography will be on display, and prose and poetry winners will share their entries. http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

OSU Jazz at the Majestic II: The Jazz Combos, directed by Neal Grandstaff will perform on Thurs., May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty are free with their ID card. Youth under 18 also free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Recreational Sports Memorial Weekend: All Fit Pass classes are cancelled on Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27. Recreational Sports facilities will be open with standard Spring Term hours during these dates and Fit Pass classes will resume Tuesday, May 28.

Jan’s retirement celebration: Jan Cyrus is retiring from the department of fisheries and wildlife. A celebration will be held on her behalf May 24, 1 to 3 p.m., Nash 032.

Divine Nine Step Show: The 11th Annual Step Show will be Saturday, May 25 at the LaSells Stewart Center. There will be a BBQ (included in ticket price), starting at 2 p.m., and the show will start 3:30 p.m.. Tickets are $8 in advance at MU 103, or $10 at the door. For questions or for accommodations related to disability, contact: OregonStateBSU@gmail.com.

Corvallis Young Pros Event: Upcoming graduates and OSU faculty/staff are invited to join Corvallis Young Pros for its  monthly networking event. This will be an ideal opportunity for new graduates to network with local professionals and learn of job opportunities in Corvallis. When: Tuesday, May 28 from 5-7 p.m. Where: CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Willamette Room. OSU Catering will be provided, alcohol for cash purchase.

Well Water testing: Sustainable Living Clinic: Thursday, June 6, 1 to 5 p.m. Bring 1/2 cup of well water in a clean container for screening, groudwater educator will be on hand to answer questions about groundwter, septic systems, and wells. Benton County Sunset Building Lobby, 4077 SW Research Way. Free and open to the public

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Strategic Plan forums: The Strategic Plan Committee invites everyone to attend at least one of the six open forums being held the week of June 3.  We will begin with the Outreach and Engagement forum, at  8 a.m. on June 3.  This is the only forum that will be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu.  Click here for date and times of the other 5 forums.

NEW! “Google Apps for OSU: The Essentials:” Sessions on May 28-29. Google Apps for OSU will be enabled for the entire OSU community in July. To learn more about why OSU is adopting Google Apps and how it can foster collaboration with our colleagues and communities, please register for one of our 60 minute in-person sessions in the Valley Library at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=387. The presentation will include brief demos. Subsequent in-person sessions and online webinars will be announced this summer at http://oregonstate.edu/google.

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar: Michael S. Denison, PhD, Fellow ATS, RKGAAGS, Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis  –“Translation of Toxicological Mechanisms into Bioassays for Chemical Detection and Site Characterization: Dioxins and Related Chemicals”  at noon on Friday, May 24, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

Brown Bag Discussion: Why Social Media? Climbing the Mountain and Seeing the Light. A grant-funded science center perspective. Facilitator: Naomi Hirsch. May 29, noon to 1 p.m., Marketplace West Dining Large East Room. The is the first of a series of events sponsored by a new group on campus, OSU Science Communicators.

Brown-bag session on Professional Faculty Issues: May 31. The Faculty Senate is hosting a brown-bag listening session to hear concerns from professional faculty. Because these colleagues are major constituents of the Faculty Senate, the Executive Committee needs to understand their unique issues in order to better advocate on their behalf. You are invited to participate in the May 31 session from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Kidder Hall 202.

News for Employees

Bard in the Quad auditions: Open auditions for Bard in the Quad will take place May 28-29, beginning at 6 p.m. at Withycombe Hall’s main stage, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis. This summer, Bard in the Quad will present Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors.” This tale of comic misunderstanding, mistaken identity, and love lost and found will be transported to the wild world of the reality television show “Jersey Shore.” Performance dates for “Comedy of Errors” are Aug. 8-11 and Aug. 15-18. Rehearsals will begin on June 16. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/auditions or contact director Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

New voicemail platform: On Tuesday, May 28, OSU will be migrating to a new voicemail platform called Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging. If you access your voice messages only by calling the 7-7111 access number, you are a “voicemail-only” user. Please contact your department telephone coordinator to receive your temporary PIN for the new system.If you receive your voice messages in your email, you are a “converged” voicemail user. You will receive an email on May 28 from the system welcoming you to Unified Messaging; the welcome message will contain your new PIN. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/microsoft-exchange-unified-messaging

Undergraduate internship opportunities: Applications are now open for two paid undergraduate internships in the OSU Libraries and Press.  See the application Web page for full descriptions and requirements. Colegio César Chávez Collection Online and Physical Dual Language Exhibits.  This intern will create a dual language (English and Spanish) online exhibit of the Colegio César Chávez Collection and a dual language physical exhibit. Ellie’s Log Web Site. This intern will create, update and moderate content on the Ellie’s Log Web site and may contribute content to other Libraries or Press Web sites.

U-Fit Faculty/Staff Series with Rec Sports: Join Rec Sports this summer for a faculty/staff beginners exercise program. U-Fit is for individuals who want to build skills and confidence to become regularly physically active. Learn more here!

Traffic and Maintenance

Valley Library: Due to elevator cable replacement, elevators 4 & 5 will be temporarily shut down in the Valley Library while contractors complete repairs May 22, 9 a.m. to May 28, 5 p.m.  All other elevators will remain open.  Signage will be in place.

Langton Place: Due to constructed related activities, Langton Place will be closed May 24 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Washington Ave NE: Due to the Greek Week Bonfire, the far east section of the Washington Ave. NE lot will be closed May 23-24 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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

Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a Full time Animal Attendant for employment in the Large Animal Hospital.  The hospital is part of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and provides excellent benefits and a competitive salary.  Posting #0010604.  Closes May 24.

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. Extended 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.

Office Specialist 2 – full-time position for the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Posting #0010684. Closes May 25.

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.

Administrative Program Specialist – International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting #0010727. Closes May 30.

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.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0010706.  Closes June 3.

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

Education Abroad Advisor – International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Education Abroad Advisor position. Posting #0010728. Closes June 6.

Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a part-time (.49 FTE), 12-month, Associate Professor Senior Researcher position. The person in this position will be special Advisor to the VP for Program Development and Strategy. Posting # 0010719. Closes June 7.

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: The thought of a three-day weekend may have you dancing, but we have a few more days to go yet. Up to half an inch of rain expected today, with a high of 57 and a low of 48.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and/or snow today with a high of 52 and a low tonight of 31.

Newport: Rain today and showers tonight. High of 54, low of 48.

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


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