OSU Today

June 17-21, 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.

OSU Commencement: A sense of optimism (Democrat-Herald)

With the economy still struggling to regain its pre-recession momentum, Oregon State University students who graduated on Saturday face uncertain job prospects. But while some of the record 5,221 OSU grads receiving degrees this year expressed concern about being able to find employment in their field, most exuded a sense of optimism and a feeling that everything would be fine for the Class of 2013.

Bentz urges young Oregonians to consider service (OPB)

The first women to achieve the rank of Major General with the Oregon National Guard delivered Oregon State University’s commencement address Saturday.

Tuition increases likely for community, state colleges, with budget ready for vote (Statesman Journal)

Though the amount for universities is slightly less than Kitzhaber proposed, there is enough to cancel his proposed reductions in statewide services run by Oregon State University, such as the county-based extension service and agricultural and forestry research.

Oregon university independence push hits snag (Columbian)

University of Oregon and Portland State University insist they can bring in big checks from donors and elevate their prestige if they can loosen the chains that tie them to the State Board of Higher Education. After initially opposing the idea, Oregon State University said it might be interested in similar independence. (see also NW Cable NewsStatesman JournalGazette-Times)

The OSU Class of 2013: Honor cord gives veterans their due (Gazette-Times)

When Kyle Hatch walks across the stage at Reser Stadium today to receive his diploma from Oregon State University, he’ll be wearing an honor cord draped around his neck.

Rossi gets associate dean post in liberal arts (Gazette-Times)

Marion Rossi, the director of the School of Arts and Communication and associate professor of theater arts, has been appointed associate dean in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Two weeks into probe of genetically modified Eastern Oregon wheat, investigators report no new findings (Oregonian)

Researchers at Oregon State University determined the plants carried a gene that allowed them to resist glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weedkiller. (see also NBC NewsBusinessweek)

Is social networking changing the face of medicine? (Medicine.net)

The reaction to the task force’s recommendations “was a great illustration of how two worlds collide,” said Kristin K. Barker, a sociologist at Oregon State University, and lead author of a new study. “On the one hand, you had the science that was saying mammography for women in their 40s might not be as effective as we thought, and on the other hand, you had the personal experiences of the women who believed they were saved by having a mammogram.”

Oregon philanthropist Joan Austin remembered (KGW)

Austin passed away in her sleep on June 5. She and her husband Ken Austin were very involved in philanthropic work. They supported The Special Olympics, education, and helped promote family-run businesses, including a $10 million donation to Oregon State University to build a state-of-the-art business school.

‘Full Rip 9.0′ review: The next big thing, warnings of megaquake (Oregonian)

If Atwater’s story deserves to be more widely known, so, too, does the work of Oregon State University professor Chris Goldfinger, whose sampling of ocean sediments has confirmed 19 full-rip Cascadia megaquakes during the last 10,000 years, and revealed another 23 temblors affecting only Oregon and Northern California. Goldfinger’s findings suggest that the average interval separating major Cascadia quakes is 250 years. With the current quiet interval at 313 years and counting, Seattle is scarcely the only Northwest ZIP code whose residents have reason to be sleepless.

Portland Metro Area High Achievers (Oregonian)

Oregon State University continues to draw a high number of Oregon’s top high school students. In the last five years, 261 Portland Metro Area valedictorians/high achievers listed OSU as their next stop, more than any other Oregon school.

 Six exotic vegetables for Oregon gardeners to try (Albany Tribune)

A varied collection of plants can also reduce the potential for pests and diseases in a garden, said Jim Myers, a vegetable breeder with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Past mega-quakes left mark on Canadian coast (Yahoo News)

Chris Goldfinger, a geologist at Oregon State University who was not involved in the research, said the study “was a very nice piece of work.”

Ocean acidification killing oysters by inhibiting shell formation (Space Daily)

“From the time eggs are fertilized, Pacific oyster larvae will precipitate roughly 90 percent of their body weight as a calcium carbonate shell within 48 hours,” said George Waldbusser of Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, who is a marine ecologist and lead author on the study. “The young oysters rely solely on the energy they derive from the egg because they have not yet developed feeding organs.”

Fighting bugs with bugs (AgInfo)

Researchers are discovering a unique and very effective means of doing that by finding a natural enemy of the bug you want to eliminate, grow it in a lab and then let it loose to attack the targeted pest. Dr. Peter Shearer, Entomologist at Oregon State University has been working on this “spider ate the fly” approach.

Two men arrested in sword stabbing incident (Democrat-Herald)

Isaac J. Granberry suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and remained at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on Saturday evening. Police didn’t provide his age, but he is an incoming junior at Oregon State University. (see also KVAL)


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.


Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.


Innovation Webinar:  Center 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

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 to 3 p.m., in Hovland Hall room 9.  Refreshments will be served.


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! Library summer workshops: *Save the Date* for OSU Libraries’ Summer Workshop Week, July 23 – 26. Session topics will include citation management, data management and survey software. Check out the full offerings and reserve your seat today:  http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions?  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! U-Fit: Faculty/Staff: Don’t miss out! Register today for this faculty/staff-only physical activity program for beginner exercisers! Learn more here!

NEW! “Google Apps for OSU: The Essentials” – new sessions in June and July: 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 will foster collaboration with our colleagues and communities, please register for one of our 60 minute in-person sessions in Richardson Hall, INTO, Milam Hall, and the Valley Library. Online sessions will be scheduled soon. More info is at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule. The presentation will include brief demos.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Free parking: Student/Visitor lots open (green signed) no permit required, June 17-June 28.

Fire alarm testing: Beginning this 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.


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

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.

Procurement and Contract Services, a department in Campus Operations, has an opening for a Contract Services Student Assistant.  This part-time position will handle all aspects of file tracking from data entry and responding to phone and email requests to ensuring the signature process and the file is complete.  It will also include designing and implementing the Contract Services webpage. For a complete posting visit the Beaver Job Network.  Application deadline is July 1, 5 pm.

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: To all those currently enjoying their summer vacation, congratulations! To those of us who are here for the summer, we will survive! Despite a beautiful Monday morning, this week calls for cloudy skies, a chance of showers and highs in the upper 60s and low 70s, with lows hovering around 50. The sun returns Friday.

Central Oregon: A chance of isolated thunderstorms for the first part of the week, with the possibility of showers. Highs ranging from 72 today down to 55 mid week. Sun returns Thursday.

Newport: Showers possible all week with highs between 58 and 60 and lows in the lower 50s.

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


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