OSU Today

Friday, June 14, 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.

Young researcher shaking up science (Gazette-Times)

Linus Pauling won the 1954 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his description of the chemical bond that holds protein molecules together. Now an undergraduate researcher at Oregon State University, where Pauling did his own undergrad work, is prompting scientists to take a hard look at that model.

10 great family-friendly museums (USA Today)

It’s easy to add a bit of education to your family vacation. Museums have upped the wow factor in recent years, creating galleries and programs that engage the mind and imagination. “These are cool places where you get to see things that aren’t in your everyday life,” says Lynn Dierking, a science and math education professor at Oregon State University and co-author of Museum Experience Revisited.

How do oysters spell climate change relief? A-n-t-a-c-i-d (NBC News)

Scientists observed that the larvae were most sensitive to these more corrosive waters in the first few days after fertilization. New research published Tuesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters provides “the direct evidence to explain why,” George Waldbusser, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author, told NBC News. (see also FIS)

Genetically modified wheat in Oregon raises a seeds versus pollen question (OPB)

Carol Mallory-Smith is with Oregon State University. She says wheat pollen usually travels only a few feet. In most of the Monsanto tests, Zemetra says, “you left a pretty wide distance between where the trail was being conducted and any type of spring or winter wheat.” (see also Capital Press)

Forests on reservations underfunded, report says (Bend Bulletin)

The report was issued by a panel led by John Gordon, former dean at Yale School of Forestry, and John Sessions, professor of forest engineering at Oregon State University. It said funding and staffing levels for tribal forests are lower than they were when the original review was done in 1993, and well below those for national, state and private forests.

OSU commencement will honor 5,221 graduates (LIFE@OSU)

Although rain lingered this week, Oregon State University faculty, staff and students will be relieved to know that the sunshine will return Saturday for the 144th annual commencement ceremony.

Hill-hopping gives thrilling rides, deadly consequences (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University physics instructor David Bannon once conducted an experiment — not for thrills but for science — on NW Independence Highway, which intersects Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis.

Plans pay off in debt-free diploma (Gazette-Times)

Kara Hansen is about to graduate debt-free. “I’ve never had a student loan,” she said. “I’ve always had a fear of owing anybody anything.” The Oregon State University speech communication major avoided borrowing for school by planning ahead, working hard and staying focused on her goal.

NW researchers talk nitrogen timing for biennial canola (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension soil scientist Don Wysocki and University of Idaho professor, plant breeder and geneticist Jack Brown offered their tips during the field day June 11 at OSU’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center station in Pendleton, Ore.

Samples taken from multiple seed dealers in GMO probe (Capital Press)

USDA investigators have taken samples from more than one seed dealer as part of a probe to discover the source of unauthorized genetically modified wheat discovered in a northeast Oregon field.

Online tool helps farmers manage pests (Western Farm Press)

Growers can now easily identify and manage insects while in the field using smart phones and tablets with a new online tool developed by Oregon State University and partners.

Study to help managers identify regions with multiple threat potential (GeoConnection)

The study, Mapping Multiple Forest Threats in the Northwestern United States, was coauthored by PNW Research Station scientists Kline and Kerns; Michelle Day, a Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University (OSU); and Roger Hammer, an Associate Professor of Public Policy, at OSU.

Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products (AgInfo)

An Oregon State University study demonstrates dairy cows that are fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk.

The Afternoon of the Song (Gazette-Times)

Roger Weaver is retired from a career teaching poetry and the literature of minorities at Oregon State University. He is the author of five collections of poetry and the founding editor of an international poetry anthology, “To Topos,” published periodically


Happy Birthday Gilkey Hall:  Stop by the main entry and room 109 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities & services Tuesday, June 18 at 12:10 p.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the Recreation Services lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

CORRECTED TIME! Office Closure: Printing and Mailing Services will be closed on Friday June 21, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Campus Mail and Express Shipping services will still be available throughout the afternoon.  Print orders may be placed 24 hrs a day using our online order form or placed in the after-hours drop box on the South side of the building. Questions or concerns: 541-737-4941 or digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Innovation WebinarCenter for Sustainable Materials Chemistry will host a webinar, “Research Discovery to Innovation: Strategies for Success” June 20 at noon. Register here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/696399535  You will receive a link to join the webinar. For more information. http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/news-event/events/research-discovery-innovation-strategies-success

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today reminder: OSU Today will switch to a weekly summer schedule starting next Monday, June 17. In order to have your submissions appear in the weekly edition, please submit them before 4 p.m. the previous Friday to osutoday@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! UHDS Fall 2013 Opening and Early Arrival Information: Fall 2013 Move-In will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Sept. 25. OSU departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Move-In must complete the Early Arrival Request Form by Aug. 1. Visit http://bit.ly/uhdsearlygrouparrival for further details and contact information.

NEW! XPress Stop – Mailing Services: The Bookstore’s Post Office substation will close on July 31. However, Printing and Mailing Services (P&M) will open an XPress Stop in the MU at the end of July. The XPress Stop will provide an array of mailing and quick copy services to the OSU community in a centralized, convenient location. The goal is to seamlessly transition the Bookstore’s mailing services to the new XPress Stop with minimal inconvenience to customers. If the opening of the XPress Stop is delayed for any reason, utilize P&M’s mailing services at 100 Cascade Hall in the interim. More information on the grand opening of P&M’s XPress Stop is coming soon. Contact Lindsay.middleton@oregonstate.edu with questions.

OSU Press request for proposals to publish an open access textbook: OSU faculty are invited to submit a proposal to create an Open Access textbook. Sponsored by OSU Press and OSU Extended Campus, this initiative’s goal is to promote the creation and adoption of open educational resources on the OSU campus. More details can be found on the RFP. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15.

Honoring Faculty Privacy: OSU faculty are being targeted by a technology vendor with an aggressive marketing strategy,  offering a “freemium.”  Jon Dorbolo, Associate Director of Technology Across the Curriculum, has asked the vendor to cease and desist but may need to take further action.  If you have been so targeted or are interested in the situation, an open letter and invitation to converse is available at: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/open-letter-honoring-faculty-privacy

Google Apps for OSU launches in July: Everyone with an ONID account, including all OSU employees and students, will be able to access Google Apps for OSU in July. Read LIFE@OSU and discover how our community will have a new and powerful set of tools for collaborating with OSU students, faculty, researchers, and external partners. The Google Implementation Team also invites you to complete a brief survey on Google Apps; we seek your input and feedback.

Promote in residence halls: Plan your fall student resident promotion! University Housing and Dining Services is pleased to provide a free promotional opportunity for OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups again this fall.  UHDS will accept posters and fliers for placement in UHDS residence halls and cooperative houses just prior to student resident arrival.  Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-5622 for important details. We will accept materials Aug. 28 to Sept.11.

EmpCenter Training and Open Labs: Training is now available online for employees that will begin using EmpCenter on June 16 (Classified Hourly employees, Unclassified Hourly employees, and Students/Temps). In addition, Open Labs have been scheduled for the next week.  Training can be found at mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-training.

Seeking home stay families: Interested in sharing Independence Day with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their 4th of July festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, July 1.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Electrical shutdowns: On June 16, the following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, McNary, Wilson, Callahan. These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.: Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building, Snell, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Pharmacy, Women’s Center, Education, Kerr Admin.

Fire alarm testing: Starting next week, Simplex will be testing the audible portion of the Fire Alarm Systems on Campus.  They will be starting with the following buildings: Valley Library, Valley Football Center, Benton Hall, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Book Storage.

Free parking: June 14, TAPS will be offering free parking in all student and visitor parking lots to allow parents, family, friends and OSU alums easier access to campus to participate in commencement-related ceremonies and activities and to help students with their move-out process.  Additionally, TAPS staff will be out and about with maps and information to assist your guests in getting around and parking on campus.  For more parking information please see the Commencement website at: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/sites/default/files/maps/2013-comm_parking.pdf


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

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.

Administrative Manager  – The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Administrative Manager.  Posting #0010771. Closes June 21.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a 1.0 FTE, or full-time 12-month, Research Associate (Postdoc) position. Posting # 0010785. Closes June 22.

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.

Assistant Manager – Vendor Payment Operations – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Manager for Vendor Payment Operations  position. Posting #0010832, closes June 24.

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.

Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), limited duration (approx. 2 years), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes June 25.

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: Whether you’re sticking to home or heading around the world, it’s time to celebrate because summer is here! Mostly sunny skies today with a high of 73. The high will reach 79 tomorrow, and Father’s Day will be partly sunny and 78.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 71 and a low of 40. Mostly sunny Saturday, high of 81, and a chance of thunderstorms Sunday.

Newport: Partly sunny today with a high of 61 and a low of 48. Partly sunny for the weekend.

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



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