OSU Today

Thursday, June 6, 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.

Joan Austin, Newberg philanthropist and A-dec Inc co-founder, dies at 81 (Oregonian)

The family seeded a state-of-the-art business school at Oregon State University with a $10 million donation and helped launch programs that focus on family-run businesses and entrepreneurship. (see also Business JournalGazette-Times)

Scientists unswayed by Monsanto findings on rogue wheat (Bloomberg)

“We don’t know where in the whole chain it is,” said Carol Mallory-Smith, the weed science professor at Oregon State University who tested the initial wheat plants and determined they were a genetic variety Monsanto had tested. “I don’t know how Monsanto can declare anything. We obviously had these plants in the field.”

Wish Oregon strawberry season was longer? (Portland Tribune)

Those in the know say we are in for an early harvest thanks to the warm spring weather we experienced. But, alas, the season is short. It generally lasts through the month of June. But Oregon State University and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service are putting their heads together to see how the Oregon strawberry season can be extended.

Oregon farmers optimistic after Hep A outbreak: “Local produce is fine” (KPIC)

Oregon State University specialist Ross Penhallegon said the public needs to understand the process of how crops become contaminated — from farm to consumption.

Klamath County OSU Extension Service mulls funding options (KOBI5)

The future of the O.S.U. extension office in Klamath Falls is in jeopardy…and taxpayers may be asked to help provide a financial lifeline.

New oyster disease test could give aquaculture a hand (FIS)

Scientists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University (OSU) 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.

How the cold war spawned the environmental movement (New Scientist)

A review of “Arming Mother Nature” by OSU’s Jacob Hamblin.

(Don’t) finish what you start: In defense of not reading a book cover to cover (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU associate professor of English Evan Gottlieb.

As I See it: It’s wrong for OSU to profit from climate destruction (Gazette-Times)

An op-ed piece by OSU College of Education associate professor Ken Winograd.


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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Wagner memorial: A memorial tribute for the late Berny Wagner will take place on Saturday, June 8 at 6 p.m. on the high jump apron at the Whyte Track and Field Center. All are welcome to attend. The Whyte Track and Field Center entrance is located east of the 26th and Western intersection, between the Hilton Garden Inn and the OSU Softball Complex. Free parking is available in the gravel lot adjacent to the facility.

NEW! Thompson Retirement: Gabrielle Thompson of AMBC will be retiring from OSU after 30 years of service.  A celebration will be held on June 20, 1-3 p.m., in Hovland Hall room 9.  Refreshments will be served.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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! Corvallis Science Pub: Karen Hooker and Carolyn Mendez-Luck on caring for people with Alzheimer’s. June 10, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.

NEW! Export control candidate: The Research Office invites you to attend an open forum with Joe Valentine, candidate for the Export Control Officer position. The title of his discussion is “Export Controls and Research Compliance”.  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 11, from 10 to 11 a.m.

NEW! Open Forum for Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation, & Planning: The campus community is invited to attend candidate presentations focusing on the support of the Division of Student Affairs in further developing the culture of inquiry in alignment with the OSU Learning Goals for Graduates, and the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Initiatives. Pablo Mendoza, June 11, 1:45-3 p.m. in MU 208. List of candidates and details available at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/83792/.

NEW! Investigating Lifelong Science Learning: Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is hosting a presentation and discussion examining our growing understanding of how the public learns science across their lifetime. John Falk will share insights provided by research on when, why and where people learn science, followed by a discussion on science education research. This talk is derived from an NSF Distinguished Lecture and will take place on Tuesday June 11, 4 to 5 p.m. in Kidder 278.

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.

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.)

News for Employees

NEW! Attendee Survey for Merchant Expo:  If you attended Merchant Expo on May 30 and would like to provide feedback for the event, please fill out the Attendee Survey, which will be open through June 12.  Those who submit a survey will be entered into a random drawing for a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

ESOL/Bilingual Instructor – The College of Education invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 9-month, fixed–term Instructor position in the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program.  Posting #0010784.  Closes June 15.

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. Please contact Beth Dyer if you have any questions at beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu.  Posting #0010810.  Closes June 20.

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.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0010773.  Closes June 24.

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: “What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.” – Gertrude Jekyll. Sunny today with a high of 84 and a low tonight of 50. Partly sunny tomorrow with a high of 80.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 87 and a low tonight of 51. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Clouds turn to sunshine today with a high of 61. Low tonight of 50. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

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


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