OSU Today

Friday, June 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.

Study: Child care costs in Oregon up 13 percent (OPB)

The cost of child care in Oregon continues to rise even as wages in the state decline, according to a new report from Oregon State University released Thursday morning. (see also Gazette-Times, KTVZ, Portland Business Journal)

Washington State farmers sue Monsanto over GMO wheat (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane on behalf of all domestic soft white wheat growers and seeks class action status.

Study links speciation to changes in body size in fish (Christian Science Monitor)

But the direction of causation is unclear: “Does speciation drive morphological change, or does morphological change drive speciation?” asks co-author Brian Sidlauskas, an ichthyologist at Oregon State University. “It will be really exciting to try to tease that out.”

Olympics rekindled love for gymnastics (Yahoo Australia)

The part-time Zumba instructor said she would almost certainly have given gymnastics away had she not taken up a four-year scholarship at Oregon State University after Beijing.

New navigation system for airplanes modernizes old technology (Phys.Org)

Research at Oregon State University has developed a new airplane navigation system based on concepts that were developed in the 1940s but are still popular and affordable, and it uses new technology to make the system even smaller, simpler and more accurate.

OSU study: Let’s reward renewable-friendly utilities (Sustainable Business Oregon)

An Oregon State University study suggests that utilities should be rewarded more for adopting energy efficiency programs.

“You cannot help but be optimistic about the world when working with college students” (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Ph.D. alumna and current Clinical Assistant Professor and Athletic Training Education Program Director Kim Hannigan-Downs has shared her knowledge through teaching Oregon State students for more than 10 years.

Businesswoman Joan Austin remembered as ardent supporter of the arts (Portland Tribune)

The Austins have also been longtime supporters of Oregon State University, donating several million dollars to create the Austin Family Business Program in 1985 and contributing $10 million toward the construction of Austin Hall, the new home of OSU’s College of Business. (see also Gazette-Times)

Small dams can add up to big problems (Earth Techling)

“Small dams have hidden detrimental effects, particularly when effects accumulate” through multiple dam sites, said Kelly Kibler, a water resources engineer who led the study while at Oregon State University. “That’s one of the main outcomes, to demonstrate that the perceived absence of negative effects from small hydropower is not always correct.”

‘Bennys’ award winners at OSU (KVAL)

Oregon State University football player Jordan Poyer and gymnast Makayla Stambaugh took home the top honors at the 15th annual Bennys Thursday night at Gill Coliseum. The event is an end-of-the-year celebration commemorating the achievements of student-athletes at OSU.


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

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

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Memorial for Alexis White: Corvallis Central Park Gazebo, June 11, 4 p.m. Please join us to honor the memory of Alexis White, OSU graduate  student, teacher, poet and friend, who died one year ago. Bring poems, stories, songs, or memories to share, or come to listen and remember.

NEW! Busse retirement: Please join the University Honors College in celebrating Laurel Busse’s retirement.  After 28 years at OSU Laurel is retiring.  Join us for a farewell celebration, Wednesday, June 12, 5 to 7 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall, Room 233.  Appetizers will be served and we will also have a no-host bar.

NEW! Happy Birthday Gilkey Hall:  Stop by the main entry and room 209 of Gilkey Hall on Friday, June 14 between noon and 2:30 to help celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.  There will be a timeline, and an opportunity to learn more about the art that’s behind the name of Gordon Gilkey.  Additional details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/celebrate-gilkey

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Open Forums for Community Conduct Coordinator: The campus community is invited to attend candidate presentations focusing on the strengths and challenges to both the OSU community and the greater Corvallis community given the current enrollment increase and the OSU enrollment goal of 35,000 students by 2025. Presentations are June 10at 10:15 a.m. AND 4:15 p.m. in MU 211, and June 11 at 4:15 p.m. in MU 206.

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.

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.

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/.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Prescription drop-box: OSU now has an unwanted prescription drop box housed in the OSP lobby (Cascades Hall).  This drop box is for faculty, staff, and students to depose of  unwanted Rx drugs.  It is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The purpose is to keep drugs out of the hands of those who may be suicidal or who struggle with drug abuse and dependence, and to keep drugs out of waterways via improper disposal.

NEW! Career Services newsletter: Find out the latest with the June 2013 edition of the Career Services newsletter: http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/june_2013_newsletter.pdf

NEW! 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!

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.

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:

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.

VP for Research is accepting applications for one full-time Program Representative 1. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number 0010821. Closes June 17.

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.

Be Well Today

Balance:   1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise;  2. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc. These balance exercises will help improve your balance and movements throughout each day. Integrate these actions and experience the benefits : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub0GzvlBhIQ


Corvallis: “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” James Russell Lowell. We’ll have mostly sunny skies today and a high of 81, with a low tonight of 50. Sunny throughout the weekend with a high of 81 tomorrow and 78 on Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny with highs in the low 80s all weekend and lows in the upper 40s.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today with a high of 58 and a low tonight of 50. Sunny tomorrow with a high of 58 and sunny Sunday with a high of 57.

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


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