OSU Today

June 24-28, 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.

Work to identify genetically modified wheat raises OSU department’s profile (Oregonian)

But it also put a spotlight on an Oregon State University department that more typically toils in obscurity doing the technical and even arcane work of agricultural research.

Monsanto heightens talk of sabotage (Wall Street Journal)

An accidental release of the genetically modified wheat seems implausible, but concluding there is sabotage because other scenarios have been ruled out “is not the best scientific approach,” said Bob Zemetra, an Oregon State University professor involved in the initial testing of the Oregon wheat. (see also The GuardianNASDAQ, Register-Guard)

OSU tuition and fees to increase 4.5 percent in the fall (Gazette-Times)

Tuition and mandatory fees at Oregon State University will increase by 4.5 percent for the 2013-14 school year. The State Board of Higher Education voted 10-3 Friday to approve increases recommended in May by its Finance and Administrative Committee.

Online quality control (Inside Higher Ed)

As colleges and universities across the country move to start or expand online education, professors at Oregon State University worry their university isn’t doing enough to control quality at its longstanding and fast-growing online program.

Organ donation and the free market (The Blaze)

With hospitals facing a shortage of organ donors, we ask if there is a free market solution that can solve the shortage and save lives. OSU philosophy professor Courtney Campbell weighs in.

Craft brewing renaissance hits college campuses (USA Today)

“It’s an academic field that is growing like crazy,” says Thomas Shellhammer, a professor in Oregon State University’s food science and technology department.

A head for beer (Gazette-Times)

With a clink of glass, a hiss of compressed air and a chunk of machinery, a line of beer bottles moved through the automated production line at Oregon State University’s small on-campus brewery Thursday afternoon. (see also Statesman Journal)

OSU Coach Pat Casey leaves lasting memory at children’s hospital (Minor League Ball)

Oregon State college baseball coach Pat Casey and several members of his coaching staff and team stopped by Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha Wednesday morning to offer a little encouragement to children who desperately need it.

Study: Small hydro can harm more than large (KTVZ)

Oregon State University researchers conclude in a new report that a global push for small hydropower projects, supported by various nations and also the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may cause unanticipated and potentially significant losses of habitat and biodiversity. (see also ForbesPower TechnologyPhys.Org)

Student social climbing, but on an indoor bike (New York Times)

Brad Cardinal, an Oregon State professor who has studied college-student fitness, said that universities’ recreation centers (membership in which students have already paid for through activity fees) are becoming ever more lavish.

Smithsonian names new director of Global Marine Observatory Network (Smithsonian)

“I think this is a great start,” says marine ecologist Bruce Menge at Oregon State University, Corvallis. In 1999, he helped set up the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), which now includes 80 sites along the West Coast of North America doing the same sorts of measurements that Duffy has planned for his network. “Because there’s a lot of complexity along the coast, there’s a need for a fairly dense network especially initially,” Menge says. The Smithsonian network would benefit from having more than one site in each region, he notes.

No Concessions: Fast & Furious 6 and the rise of the perpetual franchise machine (The Fader)

So, how did we get to this point of perpetual sequels? To find out, I reached out to two film professors, Dana Polan of NYU and Jon Lewis of Oregon State University. “B movies, like Frankenstein, would be sequelized, but it was largely seen as more typical of genre pictures,” Professor Lewis told me over the phone.

A successful university in Bend will boost Oregon: Guest Opinion (Oregonian)

We’re at a threshold today in central Oregon, the state’s only metropolitan region lacking a four-year-university infrastructure, where attractive real estate prices and community support for higher education can leverage the state’s investment many times over.

Research finds adding selenium to alfalfa boosts calf growth, immunity (AgInfo)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers has found that adding selenium to fields planted with alfalfa will allow the perennial forage crop to “take up” the important mineral in its tissues, providing better feed for calves and other livestock. Many areas throughout the Pacific Northwest is deficit in the mineral selenium.

Oregon House OKs community college, university budgets (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon House voted today to approve budgets containing more than $1 billion for Oregon’s 17 community colleges and state universities in the next two years.

Oregon State University constructing a new black cultural center (The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education)

The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis is getting a new home.

House OKs budget for state services (Capital Press)

The Oregon House has passed a 2013-15 budget for the Oregon University System that will allow Oregon State University’s statewide public services to continue operating at their existing service levels.

Women in their 50s face changes, choices like hormone therapy (Oregonian)

While the research is not conclusive, an Oregon State University study last year found striking evidence that very moderate intake of alcohol after menopause can help prevent the deterioration of bones. The study focused on women consuming an average 1.4 drinks per day.

Graduation celebrations (LIFE@OSU)

A number of different celebrations took place on campus to celebrate commencement.

Like birds? Oregon 2020 project seeking citizen scientists for bird surveys (The Columbian)

Oregon State University researchers are hoping to tap into the state’s growing population of bird-watching enthusiasts to create a volunteer team of “citizen scientists” to gather data on Oregon’s resident and visiting birds. (see also Gazette-Times)

Bullfrogs may help spread deadly amphibian fungus, but also die from it (Bio-Medicine)

The findings, made by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Pittsburgh, show that bullfrogs are not the sole culprit in the spread of this deadly fungus, and add further complexity to the question of why amphibians are in such serious jeopardy. (see also Science World Report)

Group to look at options for OSU’s cooperative housing program (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University housing and dining officials have announced the closure of the four aging co-op housing units on campus. Now they are evaluating how any future co-op program might look and where it might be located after the houses close in June 2014.

Genetics of cervical cancer raise concern about antiviral therapy in some cases (Medical Xpress)

“It’s been known for decades that only women with prior infection with HPV get cervical cancer,” said Andrey Morgun, an assistant professor and a leader of the study in the OSU College of Pharmacy. “In about 90 percent of cases it’s naturally eliminated, often without any symptoms. But in a small fraction of cases it can eventually lead to cancer, in ways that have not been fully understood.” (see also Science Daily)

Easy ways to move more at work (Yahoo Health)

“There’s a major decline in physical activity from 18 to 19 years old,” says Bradley Cardinal, PhD, a professor of social psychology of physical activity at Oregon State University, who says there can be another when you enter the workplace — particularly if you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day long. Plus, as you move up the ranks, you typically run around doing errands for the company less frequently, says Cardinal — so you’ll likely spend more time parked at your desk as you climb the corporate ladder.

West Nile virus discovered in mosquito pools in Malheur County (KBOI)

Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine found the virus Friday evening in two mosquito pools from Harper/Little Valley area of the county. (see also Oregonian, KVAL)

iPhone all helps farmers manage insects (Natural Resources Report)

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: Utilities still lack incentives for efficiency (MidWest Energy News)

“Now we want to encourage completely different things, but the rate structures have remained the same,” said Inara Scott, whose assessment [PDF] of the impediments to energy efficiency is in the current issue ofEnvironmental Law. Scott is an assistant professor in the College of Business at Oregon State University.

Not a zero-sum game (Register-Guard)

An op/ed about the possibility of institutional boards at Oregon’s three biggest public universities.

Subcommittee passes revised canola bill (Statesman Journal)

HB2427 calls for Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences to produce up to 500 acres of canola in the valley for research purposes for three years, keeping intact isolation distances between canola and specialty seed crops that equal or exceed industry-recommended isolation distances. (see also Capital Press)

Oregon university students face tuition hike (Associated Press)

Tuition and fees at Oregon State University will jump 4.5 percent, to $8,502.

Central alum appointed as associate dean at OSU (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University announced this week that Marion Rossi, who grew up in Independence and attended Central High School, has been appointed associate dean in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Be Well. Be Orange. Be Healthy. The success behind OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiative (Million Ideas)

Last week, Our Healthy Life Director, Alexa, attended Oregon State University’s Be Well. Be Orange. Celebration that highlighted the many great Healthy Campus Initiative programs, resources and services offered to OSU students, faculty, and staff. OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiative and Be Well program encourages the OSU Community to Be Active, Eat Healthy, Manage Stress and stay Smoke-Free.

Industrial hemp’s future as a crop in Colorado awaits federal action (Steamboat Pilot & Today)

Hermann is recognized as one of the foremost experts in North America on the cultivation of industrial hemp for its valued fiber and oil, and she will be teaching a groundbreaking e-course on the subject at Oregon State University this fall.

‘Grimmfest’ attracts Oregon’s digital media producers (Oregonian)

The NBC television series “Grimm” makes viewers believe in witches, wolfmen and Oregon State University fans who are, literally, beavers.

Building a better book club (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU associate professor of English Evan Gottlieb.

Virtual health (Gazette-Times)

Researchers at Oregon State University are hoping to use avatars to teach healthy habits to a seemingly healthy group — high school soccer players. Research has found that what a person does with her virtual character affects her real-world behavior, said Dorbolo, associate director of Technology Across the Curriculum, an Oregon State program that promotes use of technology at OSU.

Six bad excuses for overeating (ABC News)

And when only a super sugary treat will do, “have your special food—just don’t buy a whole box of it,” says Melinda Manore, PhD, professor of nutrition and exercise at Oregon State University. “Get one cookie and eat just that.”

Potato potassium uptake calculator released (AgProfessional)

In his 2006 publication, “Best Management Practices for Fertilizer”, Mikkelsen points to a study done by Oregon State University in which potatoes removed approximately 515 lb./A of potassium from the soil, and approximately 34 lb./A of sulfur, in addition to other nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium (Table 1, Addendum).

New 4-H Marine Vessel sets sail for camp (Yahoo)

 On Sunday, Oregon 4-H launched a new marine research vessel, Ocean Watch, which set sail from San Francisco Bay, heading north to Newport, Oregon. The vessel, complete with a new 69-foot spinnaker featuring the 4-H emblem and web address, will serve as a marine research platform for the 2013 Ocean Watch 4-H Marine Ambassadors Camp hosted by Oregon State University. The camp takes place the week of June 30.

Report blasts teacher prep at Western Oregon, UO, Lewis & Clark (Oregonian)

The report rated Oregon State University’s master’s degree program in math and science teaching as tops in Oregon, giving it 2 1/2 stars out of 4. Oregon State’s program got kudos for requiring rigorous study of math and science and for assuring that graduates have deft classroom management skills.

Oregon field day to cover water efficiency, sweet potato trials (Capital Press)

The July 10 field day will be held at the Oregon State University research station near Ontario and will include a presentation that covers irrigation management and planning, the use of soil moisture sensors and the efficiency of different irrigation systems.

Delicious diversity (Mail Tribune)

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

Survey: Oregon State University among country’s most ‘underrated colleges’ (CBS Seattle)

 According to a new report from Business Insider, Oregon State University is considered the 17th most underrated college in America.

Scientists developing wheat for celiac sufferers (Western Produce)

While the gene suppressing technology is promising, Bob Zemetra, a wheat breeder an Oregon State University, wonders if it will be suitable for celiac sufferers.
 “The issue that I would have and that’s the challenge of that (research) is you would need to have, in my mind, complete suppression,” said Zemetra, who collaborated with von Wettstein and others on the research.

Different spinach for different seasons (Record)

Last summer, Oregon State University Vegetable Farm researchers found two varieties of spinach to tolerate summer’s long days and heat without bolting — Correnta and Spinner. These are good to plant in the late spring and early summer.


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.


NEW! Bonnichsen retirement: A reception for Technology Support Services employee Melani Bonnichsen takes place June 27, noon to 2 p.m., in the Journey and Talisman rooms in the Memorial Union. Bonnichsen has a combined 25 years of service to OSU and has worked all over campus, first at Internal Audit, followed by Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Engineering, Athletics and finally Technology Support Services. 

NEW! Leaming Retirement Reception:  Please join University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) in celebrating Lyle Leaming’s retirement.  After 31+ years of dedicated service to UHDS and OSU, we’d like to thank and honor Lyle, and wish him all the best!  The retirement reception will be Thursday June 27, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Weatherford Library (5th floor).  Refreshments and goodies will be served.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Experiencing Wine: Lessons for the Enthusiastic Beginner: Elizabeth Tomasino, Assistant professor of Enology, OSU, is offering a four week summer program in wine evaluation and tasting. The program begins on July 30 in Wiegand 238 at 6:30 p.m.  Registration is $250, with a 10 percent discount for OSU faculty and staff.  For more information, please visit: http://owri.oregonstate.edu/featured-events. Preregistration is required.

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! MU Retail Food Service Summer hours: Our summer hours have changed, we are here happy to serve you! To see our hours of operation for summer please visit: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/murfs/. We look forward to making your summer more appetizing.

NEW! Introducing Fulbright Flex Awards: The Fulbright Scholar Program welcomes applications from faculty and researchers who propose multiple, short-term stays in the host country over a period of two to three years. Flex Awards are also designed for scholars who require multiple visits abroad to accomplish their research objectives. In addition to their research activities, Flex award scholars will be required to give public talks, participate in seminars, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community.For more information about this new program model, visit our website or the Fulbright Scholar Blog.  Guidance for Project Statements can also be found online or contact, Julie Walkin at Julie.walkin@oregonstate.edu. Deadline to Apply: Aug. 1.

NEW! Recreational Sports Spring Term/Half Term/9-Month Memberships and Lockers Expire June 28: Renew your membership and locker today. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back if we clean your locker out for you. Questions? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, 541-737-4883.

NEW! Family Swim & Climb at Recreational Sports – Bring your family to Recreational Sports this summer and enjoy Family Swim and Family Climb. Family Climb: Monday-Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. in Dixon’s Climbing Center & Family Swim: All hours of operation.

NEW! Recreational Sports – Intramural Par 3 Golf League: All Recreational Sports Members (Students, Faculty, Staff, and Affiliates) and OSU community members can participate in the Par 3 Golf League. Registration is open until June 28. Register online or at Recreation Services in Dixon.

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.

NEW! Daily Access to Recreational Sports –Participate in Recreational Sports for only  $6/day with your OSU ID card.

NEW! Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program: The program funds clean technology incubator and accelerator programs along with research and development projects involving universities and colleges. It supports building a framework for entrepreneurs seeking to provide scalable solutions in the low carbon economy. This is a limited submission. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/wells-fargo. Information: Debbie Delmore. Deadline to the Research Office: July 8

NEW! Giustina Gallery accepting art: The 8th Annual Community Art Show is currently accepting work.  All ages are welcome at any skill level.  Work must be smaller than 30″ wide and cannot weigh more than 20 lbs.  All work must be framed and ready to hang with a sturdy hanger.  Limited 3D work will be accepted. The date to accept work is June 26, 4 p.m. Bring work to the Giustina Gallery at 875 SW 26th St.

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall 2013-14 Solicitation (Winter or Spring 2014 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: August 13.

“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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Electrical shutdown: On June 23, the following buildings will be without power from approximately 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

•             Withycombe

These buildings will have the power shut off at 9am and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m.. Then de-energized at 6 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 7 p.m.

•             Nash

•             Gilmore

•             Ballard Extension

•             Women’s Building

Washington Way: Due to extensive field maintenance, a portion of Washington Way will be closed for equipment and materials staging from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 24-26.

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


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

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 p.m.

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Staff Psychologist/Practicum Coordinator position.  Contact Brett Vicario at brett.vicario@oregonstate.edu with questions.  Posting ##0010871. Closes July 12.

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: “If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe… “~Evelyn Waugh. Showers likely through Thursday, when the sun is set to return. Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s until the end of the week when we could get back into the 80s.

Central Oregon: Showers this week with sun by the weekend. Highs in the 60s to 70s, lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Newport: Showers until the weekend, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s.

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


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