OSU Today

Wednesday, June 5, 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.

Ray: OSU must decide board issue (Gazette-Times)

With a pair of bills aimed at reshaping Oregon’s higher education governance structure gaining steam in the Legislature, Oregon State University President Ed Ray told a small group of faculty and staff on Monday that it’s decision time for OSU. (see also Daily Barometer)

Never give up? That could be a mistake (Inc.com)

The researchers found that when the entrepreneurs had an opportunity to gain higher value, they still resisted leaving their current businesses. According to a quote from a press release, one of the researchers–Bobby Garrett, Jr., an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Oregon State University–observed that it was an issue of the existing investment in the current venture.

Butterflies help predict climate change (KGW)

Chasing butterflies is not just for fun anymore. Researchers say the hobby can also help them better predict climate change. That’s because butterflies are sort of like a “canary in the coal mine,” said Kathleen Prudic, an ecologist at Oregon State University and the founder of eButterfly. (see also King-5)

Black Cultural Center’s past to be honored (Gazette-Times)

The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center at Oregon State University is getting ready for its new home. Construction starts on its new building in late summer, with completion expected by June 2014. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Building a new curriculum: Queer studies (Gazette-Times)

 Driskill has been charged with creating OSU’s new Queer Studies program, which starts summer quarter with an Introduction to Queer Studies course.

Disincentives to energy efficiency can be fixed (Science Daily)

Author Inara Scott, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, outlines ways to increase the amount of energy utilities save each year through efficiency programs. (see also Science BlogBuildings Magazine)

Get Outdoors event planned at Peavy Arboretum (Gazette-Times)

The OSU College Forests and OSU Extension Service, Benton County, are hosting the first National Get Outdoors Day event at Peavy Arboretum north of Corvallis.

Wet May doesn’t offset dry year in Oregon (Statesman Journal)

“If you were to bet that January or May would be wetter, you would always bet January, but this year it was May,” said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

Lung cancer treatment may improve with new chemotherapy deliver system (Asbestos)

Researchers at Rutgers University, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Oregon State University, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, compared their findings to the traditional intravenous delivery of chemotherapy.

Cooler weather could usher in stripe rust (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension Cereals Specialist Mike Flowers said growers are either planting resistant varieties or have sprayed to combat stripe rust. He recommends growers continue to walk their fields to look for problems and adhere to fungicide application dates.

Assay developed to rapidly detect disease that hurt oyster industry (Phys Org)

Scientists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University have developed a new, inexpensive and precise way to detect the toxin secreted by Vibrio tubiashii, a bacterial disease that a few years ago caused millions of dollars in losses to the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest. (see also the Fish Site)

Book shares Ava Helen Pauling’s life beyond her famous spouse (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University Press has published “Ava Helen Pauling: Partner, Activist, Visionary,” the first biography of the woman best known as the spouse of scientist  Linus Pauling.

OSU-Cascades names distinguished students (KTVZ)

The Distinguished Student award is one of the top honors given at Oregon State University – Cascades.


Advisor Coffee Talk: Susie Brubaker-Cole and Jeff Malone will be joining us to facilitate a two hour professional development session on MyDegrees and note taking best practices for OSU advisors. There will be time to ask them questions, share your experiences and mingle with your peers. We will provide coffee, tea and breakfast foods. June 5, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Milam 213.

2013 Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Show: Come and meet “The Whole Dam Family” at this year’s Oregon State University Graphic Design Senior Show! We will host two events — on campus and in Portland: June 5, Wednesday, MU Ballroom, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lonnie B. Harris Cultural Center: Work on the new Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center will be under way when we return in the fall.  Join us in celebrating the center’s rich history at Oregon State on June 5, 1-2 p.m.  The formal program will take place in a tent next to the original building, and will be followed by historical tours and refreshments.  For more information contact University Events at 541-737-0724.

Hanson retirement: Pam Hanson will retire from 18 years of service to OSU. Hired in 1995 by the office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Pam moved to work for the Chair of Health & Human Performance Public Health in 1998, received recognition in August of ’99 and was nominated for a Service in Excellence Award in 2003. In May of 2004 Pam came to work for the Memorial Union as Reservationist.  Reception takes place June 5 in 109B Memorial Union from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Welcome Waggers therapy dogs at OSU’s Valley Library: Feeling stressed?  Relax with some dogs at the library. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to Valley Library’s Autzen Classroom, on the 2nd floor, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday June 5 and Thursday June 6, to visit dogs and people from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

Psychological Science series: “Assessing Street Smarts: The Beaver Interpersonal Sensitivity Project”  The final talk of the School of Psychological Science spring colloquium series, given by Frank Bernieri. June 5, 4 to 5 p.m. Willamette West Room in the Valley Library. Admission is free and open to all OSU researchers.  For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

Water Resources Seminar Series: Joan Nassauer, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan, will speak about “Sprawl in the carbon cycle: Parcel size and household behaviors carbon storage on large lots.” She will speak on June 5 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Room 4000. A reception will follow in ALS3006.

Near-Earth Asteroids: Threats and Opportunities – With the recent fireball in the morning skies above Russia’s Ural Mountains, the near-earth passing of Asteroid 2012 DA14, and the upcoming earth-pass of Asteroid 1998 QE2, NASA Astronaut Stanley G. Love, Ph.D., will discuss asteroids, how to protect the Earth from them, and how we might send people to explore them in a lecture in the Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center, on Wednesday, June 5, 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: Michael Pope, Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust: Land Trusts and Conservation: Connecting Communities to Lands of Natural Beauty, June 5, Nash 206, 4 p.m.

Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. More information on our website.

Band concert: Three of the four Oregon State University concert bands will present their final concert of the school year on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. Tickets are $10 at the door, with open seating in the auditorium. OSU students, staff and faculty will be admitted for free with a valid OSU ID card.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Winds of Nagual: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Chapman, presents its final concert of the school year. Program includes saxophone soloist Nathan Boal on Fantasia for Alto Saxophone by Claude T. Smith. Brad Townsend will also guest conduct. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6 at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10 at the door, general admission seating. OSU staff, faculty and students will be admitted for free with ID. Youth under 18 also free.

NEW! 2013 Classes Without Quizzes: Classes Without Quizzes is a program developed for the Golden Jubilee reunion attendees, and we invite OSU faculty, staff, students and alumni to drop into the sessions for free. The sessions will be held throughout the day on Friday, June 7 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, and include topics such as: Travel Smart, Pack Light; Nutrition. No registration is required. Information: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=2639

NEW! Get Outdoors: OSU’s College Forests and Extension Services is hosting a National Get Outdoors Day event at McDonald Forest. It takes place June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be many family activities including guided hikes, fishing,  and pictures with Smokey the Bear. For more information: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/cf/files/Go%20day%20flier%208.5x11_color_2.pdf

NEW! President’ Concert: Oregon State University Chamber Choir presents the annual President’s Concert, directed by Steven Zielke. Program includes premiere performance of two student works: “Lux Beatissima,” by Joshua Rist, winner of the 2013 Kraft Choral Composition Challenge, and “Tribute to John Wooden,” by Alicia Baker, runner up.  7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Advance tickets are available until 12 p.m. Saturday for $8 (no service fee) at TicketTomato.com. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. OSU students and youth under 18 will be admitted for free while seating is available.

NEW! Cooley retirement: A retirement celebration will be held for Valerie Cooley on Tuesday, June 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the MU, Room 109.  Val is retiring after 31 years at OSU.  Almost every student and employee that comes to OSU goes to the Campus ID Center, and Valerie has welcomed them all with a wealth of knowledge and a warm smile.

University Chorale concert: The University Chorale will hold their spring term concert at noon, June 6, in the atrium of the Kelley Engineering Center. Each piece is led by a different student conductor.

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.

Donna Thwing’s retirement reception: The department of Procurement and Contract Services in the division of Campus Operations will celebrate the career and retirement of Construction Contracts Supervisor Donna Thwing. Donna’s career at OSU has spanned over 30 years. The open-house reception will be held in the Ag Production Room at La Sells Stewart Center from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

Retirement Reception for Barbara Cusimano and Ann Asbell:  The School of Biological and Population Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences will celebrate the careers of Barbara Cusimano and Ann Asbell.  The reception will be held in the Women’s Building Lobby from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7.  Remarks will start at 3:30.

Free health coaching session: Are you interested in improving your overall health, wellness, and nutrition?  Dedra Demaree (OSU faculty and health coach), Bob Kerr (OSU staff and health coach) and Heidi Neuffer (certified Health Coach) invite you to join us from 4-5 p.m. on Friday,  June 7 in Weniger 212 for a free session.  Learn specific components of building a healthy lifestyle and some of the current practices that people commonly confront in achieving their health goals. The session is sponsored by the Argentine Tango Club at OSU.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! TAC.FMwith 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. June 7, 10-10:50 a.m. Do drop in: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/tac  (Enter as a guest.)

Saving Green: Advancing Sustainable Business Practices in Corvallis: A free and public presentation on sustainable business practices will take place on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. This event will feature presentations by OSU graduate students, done on behalf of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Corvallis community. The presentation will identify different steps that can be taken to encourage Corvallis businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. Learn more about the event on the Coalition’s website.

Export control forum: The Research Office invites you to attend an Open Forum with Michael Miller, candidate for the Export Control Officer position. The title of his discussion is “Export Control Implications & Challenges in University Research”.  This position is an important regulatory position and will assist all researchers to be aware of the requirements we must follow. The forum will be held at the Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 402 on June 7, from 9 to 10 a.m.

News for Employees

NEW! Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 19 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading the latest edition of Synergies. This month’s features include photos and videos from the CPHHS’ signature event – Celebration of Excellence, a Public Health student who created the new Type 1 Beavers Club to support those with diabetes, a video of the 20th Annual Wheel-A-Thon event and a feature on Athletic Training Education Program Director Kim Hannigan-Downs. http://bit.ly/13D2zs3

NEW! MOOC Faculty Forum: Dave King and Lisa Templeton, from Extended Campus, and Kevin Gable, Faculty Senate President, facilitated a discussion on May 24 related to Massive, Open Online Courses (MOOCs). What are they, where are they coming from and, most importantly, how should OSU faculty respond to them? They explored many of the factors relating to how MOOCs have affected higher education and where the topic is likely to take us. The webcast and materials presented during the forum are online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/webcast/mooc/. Faculty are encouraged to forward comments related to MOOCs to faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! eProcurement Initiative Survey:  OSU is considering an initiative to implement an eProcurement system that would provide an electronic shopping environment similar to Amazon.com.  If you purchase goods or services on behalf of OSU, please fill out this 3-5 minute online survey.  If you do not purchase goods or services on behalf of OSU, but wish to provide feedback, please visit this online feedback form.  The survey will be available until June 20.

Weeknight games: Pac-12 universities are required to play two Thursday or Friday night games at home every three years. There will be one in 2013 and one in 2014. The OSU Athletic Department and TAPS are working together to develop a parking plan for that day that will minimize the impact to overall campus parking and operations, and also allow for game-day parking for University supporters and fans.  More information will be distributed later. The first scheduled weekday game is Friday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., OSU vs USC.

Recreational Sports – Summer Term Memberships: Purchase your Summer Term Membership to Rec Sports today, valid until Sept. 27. Prioritize your health and wellness this summer and enjoy an air conditioned facility, outdoor tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, group fitness classes, and more! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information or visit Dixon’s Recreation Services Desk.

Girls’ basketball camp: Oregon State Women’s Basketball invites your daughter to participate in summer camp. We offer two different camps for girls entering K-9th grade. Pee Wee Camp runs June 18-20 while Girls Hoop Camp starts June 17 and ends June 20. To register and find out more information about camps: www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com

Exemplary Employee Award: The Call for 2013 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended until Monday, June 17. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review nomination information at:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html.  Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Monday, June 17.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 10 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Place: Due to construction and the safety of pedestrians, Langton Place between Waldo Hall and Langton Hall will be closed June 3-7, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sackett Place: Due to sink hole repair work, the northern extents of the Sackett Place will be closed June 5, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park Terrace East Lot: Due to the Celebrate the Legacy of the Black Cultural Center Ceremony a portion of the Park Terrace East Lot will be closed June 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benton Place: Due to the College of Engineering Barbeque, the Benton Lot Place across Mac Alexander Field House will be closed June 7, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Campus metered lot (east of bookstore): Due to the construction of the new Student Experience Center, the metered lot in the center of campus will close permanently beginning June 17.

Washington Ave NE Lot closure: Due to construction of a new residence hall,  the Washington Ave NE (gravel lot) will permanently close starting June 17.


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

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Housing and Arrivals Assistant.  This position is responsible for ensuring delivery of superior services for INTO OSU students needing airport transportation and arriving to OSU campus by working closely with OSU University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), INTO OSU internal departments, HUT Airport Shuttle and others.  This is a part-time position with an hourly range of $11-$13 per hour.  For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=7151502 please apply by June 9.

Oregon State University Malheur County Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Assistant Professor position in Rangeland and Livestock. This 12-month position is 0.75 FTE tenure track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed term funding. This position is responsible for the Rangeland and Livestock Extension program in Malheur County, Oregon. Posting #0010665. Closes June 10.

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.

Cashier 2 – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Cashier 2  position. Posting #0010799. Closes June 17.

HR Business Analyst – The Office of Human Resources is seeking a Human Resources Business Analyst.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0010751.  Closes June 17.

Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a part-time, 0.75 FTE, fixed-term, Extension FCH Program Coordinator in Lane County.  This position provides leadership for the nutrition education program in Lane County. Posting #0010742. Closes June 17.

Research Associate – The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Research Associate position.  Posting #0010793. Closes June 23.

Digital Applications Librarian  – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010782. Closes June 28.

Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010796. Closes July 2.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus and Special Initiatives Leader position.    Posting # 0010747. Posting opens May 30 at 6 p.m. and closes July 7.

Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services position.  Posting #0010781. Closes July 8.

The OSU Foundation has a job opportunity for a Receptionist at the Corvallis Office.  This position will serve as first contact between Foundation employees and their callers and visitors and will provide excellent customer service to donors, visitors, special guests, and Foundation staff.


Corvallis: “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” –  L. M. Montgomery. A blissful week of sunshine and sleeveless dresses. We’ll have a high of 83 today with a low tonight of 51. Tomorrow should be around 80.

Central Oregon: Sunny and 84 today with a low tonight of 55. Tomorrow the high should reach 84 again.

Newport: Foggy and cloudy today with a high of 60 and a low of 54. More clouds tomorrow.

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


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