OSU Today

July 1-5, 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.

 How the Cold War created environmental science (Think Out Loud)

OSU’s Jake Hamblin is interviewed.

Calming the waters (Gazette-Times)

“Water management,” says Aaron Wolf, “is conflict management.” He should know. Wolf, an Oregon State University geography professor and director of the university’s Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, has traveled the world mediating some of the planet’s most intractable water disputes.

‘Eliminating the virus’ (Democrat- Herald)

Researchers at Oregon State University, working with scientists around the world, have discovered a potential screening tool for diagnosing cervical cancer and determining the best avenues for treatment.

Uttarakhand’s dam dilemma (Wall Street Journal)

Researchers from the Oregon State University (OSU) spent five years studying the Nu river, which flows from to Myanmar and Thailand from China. The Nu river basin is considered one of the most ecologically fragile and diverse places in the world. The findings could be equally applicable to other countries, such as India. (see also OPB)

We know exercise is good for us, so why don’t more people exercise? (ABC News)

Physical education requirements are also scarce at four-year colleges and universities, a new study by researchers at Oregon State University shows. Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sport science and colleagues, randomly selected 354 colleges and looked at their physical education requirements going back to 1920.

Cases could yield grower, location of GM wheat find (Capital Press)

The plaintiffs must agree upon a pre-trial schedule before they can ask Monsanto to turn over evidence, but they’ve already asked Oregon State University — which initially tested the biotech wheat — for information, Stephens said.

In Eastern Oregon, an emerging drone issue: Keeping potatoes happy (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized the use of drones to fly over Oregon State University potato fields in search of unhealthy plants, such as those have don’t have enough water or fertilizer.

Independent boards now a possibility for Oregon’s four regional universities too (Oregonian)

The Oregon Legislature opened the door Wednesday to Oregon’s four regional universities possibly being allowed to set up independent governing boards as the University of Oregon and Portland State University are going to do. (see also Register Guard)

Climate change threatens forest survival on drier, low-elevation sites (Science Codex)

Researchers from Oregon State University concluded that moisture stress is a key limitation for conifer regeneration following stand-replacing wildfire, which will likely increase with climate change. This will make post-fire recovery on dry sites slow and uncertain. (see also OregonianKTVZLebanon Express)

Ticket vendor reports security breach (Gazette-Times)

People who bought tickets to events at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union or University Theater in March or April may have been the victims of identity theft.

Dogwood Days: My Quixotic effort to nudge a tree to flower (Wall Street Journal)

Plant expert Ross Penhallegon at Oregon State University says a number of things can keep a tree from blooming. Maybe, he suggests, I’m giving it too much fertilizer, which can prompt a plant to put out lush leaves but not flowers. But I’ve never fertilized my dogwood.

OSUsed Surplus Sales: ‘We’re really saving the school a lot of money’ (KVAL)

From office supplies to household furniture, the “OSUsed” surplus sale has just about everything for sale inside their warehouse located off the Oregon State campus.

Jane Lubchenco headlines at da Vinci Days speakers series (LIFE@OSU)

Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University professor and former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will give the opening night keynote address at Corvallis’ annual da Vinci Days festival on Friday, July 19.

How and why are polyphenols in fruits beneficial? (Science World Report)

“There is good evidence, both from basic research and human studies that certain polyphenols can improve blood vessel relaxation and lower blood pressure in patients with heart disease and/or hypertension,” notes Balz Frei of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, USA.

NuScale Power’s small modular reactor chosen as preferred technology by Western Initiative for Nuclear (Smart Grid)

“I applaud today’s announcement of the coalition to help develop and deploy NuScale Power’s small modular nuclear reactors,” said Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon. “This carbon-free generation technology originated in the labs of Oregon State University and NuScale currently employs 250 people in Portland and Corvallis, showing how Oregon-based ingenuity is once again at the forefront of energy innovation.”

Targeting younger populations may decrease annual influenza transmission cycle (Healio)

“In most cases, the available flu vaccine could be used more effectively and save more lives by increasing the number of vaccinated children and young adults,” study researcher Jan Medlock, PhD, of the department of biomedical sciences at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said in a press release. “

Oregon bans dinotefuran after bee deaths (KOIN)

Caron is an affiliate professor of horticulture atOregon State University. He said the pesticide was sprayed on the trees at exactly the wrong time: early in the day when the full bloom on the trees would have been most attractive to the bees.

Ore. House backs 5-year ban on canola in Valley (KTVZ)

The bill would require Oregon State University to further study whether canola and vegetable-seed fields can co-exist. (see also Register-Guard, Statesman Journal, Oregonian)

Eugene, Corvallis both make list of ‘Brainiest Cities’ (KVAL)

Much like other studies that rank cities based on things like amount of retirees, work commutes orbike-friendliness, the study too that information and compiled a list of the overall smartest cities. The study ranked Corvallis at 22nd overall smartest city in the nation, alongside many other college towns.

Community colleges, universities take stock of state-aid budgets (Statesman Journal)

The amount is not enough to cancel the increases approved last week by the Board of Higher Education. For Oregon State University, undergraduate tuition and fees rose 4.5 percent for the next year; for the University of Oregon, 5.8 percent, and for Western Oregon University, 3.4 percent for the base rate, and 7 percent for new entrants in a four-year promise program that freezes rates.

Pacemaker implants help pooches live longer lives (Mother Nature Network)

A few thousand dogs have gotten the lifesaving implants over the past two decades. The numbers have risen from 100 to 200 implants a year in the 1990s to the current 300 to 500 a year, said David Sisson, an Oregon State University professor of cardiovascular medicine. (Medical Xpress)

New dispatch system could save money for trucking industry, make life easier for drivers (ECN)

Engineers at Oregon State University are studying a new approach to organize and route truck transportation that could save millions of dollars, improve the quality of life for thousands of truck drivers and make freight transportation far more efficient. (see also The TruckerTrucking Info)

Growers get a preview of new wheat varieties (Capital Press)

Local wheat farmer Tim Wallender regularly attends the Oregon State University Extension Service’s winter wheat variety trials field tour. “It gives us a glimpse into the future,” Wallender said. “It lets us plan ahead for releases of new varieties.”

Drought emergency declared in Malheur County (Oregonian)

Most irrigation reservoirs in Malheur County, which is slightly bigger than Vermont, began the summer at one-third capacity, and some smaller irrigation districts have already run out of water, said Stuart Rietz, an Oregon State University extension agent in Vale.

There had been a national move toward science education and I benefited from that” (Chemical Heritage Foundation)

Nye is a professor (retired) at Oregon State University (OSU). She completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin, and received a Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Wisconsin.

A life in pictures (Democrat-Herald)

Dave Nishitani started working at the Oregon State University Bookstore during his student days in the early 1970s and never left. An avid photographer, he rose through the ranks to become the manager of the store’s extensive camera department.

What’s holding back local meat? (Farm & Dairy)

“Farmers say, ‘There aren’t enough processors.’ But how can processors stay open, let alone grow, without enough steady, consistent business to pay their bills?” said lead author Lauren Gwin, a researcher at Oregon State University. “’I’ll call you when I need you’ is convenient in the short term but doesn’t give either side any long-term stability or growth.”

Pears at risk (Mail Tribune)

At least for Comice trees, it’s as bad as any year in memory,” said David Sugar, a plant pathologist at the Oregon State University Southern Oregon Experiment Station. “It’s particularly severe in Comice and Bartlett trees, but not as bad in Bosc.”

Acid oceans threaten billion dollar oyster business (Climate Central)

Oysters seem unusually sensitive to changes in pH, but marine biologist George Waldbusser and research colleagues at Oregon State University report in Geophysical Research Letters that the failure of the oyster harvest isn’t a simple case of acid waters dissolving calcium carbonate shells.

Editorial: OSU-City group mustn’t lose its focus (Gazette-Times)

We’re more than a year into the Collaboration Corvallis effort, that sprawling three-year project to craft solutions to preserve the livability of the city in the wake of continuing enrollment growth at Oregon State University.

Russian knapweed has value as cattle feed, experts say (Capital Press)

Russian knapweed, a purple-flowered broadleaf plant that invaded the West more than a century ago, possesses qualities similar to alfalfa when supplementing lower-quality feed for beef cattle, according to researchers at Oregon State University and USDA.

Children with delayed motor skills suffer more socially (Science Codex)

Lead author Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. She is an expert on the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder. (see also Medical Xpress)

Frozen organic baby food brand launched in Portland (Oregon Business)

Our approach is to create a product that’s as fresh as homemade,” says company founder and Portland mom Katie McNamara, who began work on her product a year ago after winning the American Food Fight competition put on by Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center.

My nest is full: Intergenerational relationships at midlife (Dug Dug)

Karen Hooker: I’m the Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University.  Over my career I have studied how one’s personality guides a person through developmental transitions throughout life.  My previous work has shown that personality significantly influences mental and physical health of caregivers.

U of Colorado assistant band director hired to direct OSU band (Gazette-Times)

Dana Biggs, the assistant director of bands at the University of Colorado, has been hired as the new director of athletic bands at Oregon State University.

New OSU potato breeder seeks new varieties (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s new potato breeder, Sagar Sathuvalli, is looking at 1,800 selections in his plots at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Potatoes take center stage at field day (Capital Press)

With dozens of potato research projects ongoing at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, choosing which ones to highlight at the annual potato field day can be a challenge.

Oregon voters will decide student aid endowment (Statesman Journal)

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler’s proposal for a state endowment for student aid will go to Oregon voters in November 2014.

Oregon State course aims at better brewing (San Antonio Express)

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.

OSU-City Work Group to discuss rezoning (Gazette-Times)

The Collaboration Corvallis neighborhood planning workgroup will continue its discussion of rezoning properties within the neighborhoods surrounding Oregon State University when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 N.W. Highland Drive.


NEW! OSUsed Store Independence Sale: Come by our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St, where many of our items will be marked 25-75% off. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.


NEW! Recreational Sports Facilities & Services closed July 4 – We will be closed in honor of the Fourth of July holiday and will resume normal summer hours July 5. Be Well!


NEW! OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: Attend our public sale Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, where many items will be 25-75% off. We have sales every first Saturday of the month in addition to our Wednesday sales. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; details on our website.

Upcoming events:

NEW! Students in crisis: “Guidance on What to do Regarding Students in Crisis “ will be offered to all  OSU Faculty and Staff, July 10, noon-1:30, Gilbert 324.  This interactive workshop will provide information about ways to recognize/respond effectively to students who experience high levels of emotional or psychological distress as well as how to distinguish distressed behavior from disruptive behavior.  Participants will have opportunities to share cases and learn about available community resources.

NEW! #beBEAVERBOLD Block Party: The Student Events & Activities Center and OSU Summer Session are partnering to provide community gatherings weekly now through Aug 14 on Wednesday nights in Snell Hall International Forum. This event starts at 8:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of fun-music, performers, games, food, etc. followed by the showing of a feature MUvie. July 10, “Wreck It Ralph.”

Lectures and webinars

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! Vet Med stories now online. Animal Connection newsletter, from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, is now online with new stories: Read about a Labrador Retreiver who toughed-out four surgeries to get back in the swim, a veteran trail horse who survived cancer, and many other heart-warming stories.

NEW! Grains, Nuts, and Health: See the newest post on the Linus Pauling Institute blog to learn about the effects of whole grains and nuts on cardiometabolic syndrome risk factors.

NEW! Recreational Sports U-Fit: Faculty/StaffLAST CHANCE! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to our 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 and register today!

NEW! NSF – ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF-ADVANCE program. The program goal is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-advance. Submit to Debbie Delmore. Deadline: July 19

NEW! Attention all public employees: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

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.

Introducing Fulbright Flex AwardsThe 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

 Withycombe Hall driveway and north parking lot: Due to the construction of  accessible parking, ramps, raised crossing across the driveway, landscaping, and upgraded entrance to the north side of Withycombe, the south bay of the west portion of the parking lot north of the building will be closed. July 2-Aug. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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

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.

Extended Campus is accepting applications for one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. Position #0010904 closing on July 9.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant to the Director position.  Contact Marcey Bamba at (541) 737-2131 or Marcey.bamba@oregonstate.edu with questions.  Posting #0010929.  Closes July 12.

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.

EXTENDED! 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 July 15.

Advisor—The College of Engineering is seeking between one and four Academic Advisors (.5-1.0 FTE) to provide advising support to first-year pre-engineering students. Posting #0010911. Closes July 15.

Primary Care Physician –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Physician. Posting #0010955. Closes July 19.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Associate/Full Professor (Tenure/Tenure-Track) in Forest Operations.  Posting #0010905.  For full consideration, apply by July 31. Closes Aug. 31.

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: It’s been so blazing hot that the only reasonable thing to do has been sit in front of the fan and play on the Internet. A heat advisory is still in effect but things should cool down to more reasonable temperatures by Fourth of July. Mid 90s through Thursday, when it drops to the high 80s. Lows 60 through mid week, then dropping to the 50s.

Central Oregon: Highs in the upper 90s through mid week, then dropping to the high 80s. Overnight lows around 60. Isolated thundershowers possible until Thursday.

Newport: Morning fog with highs around 69 and lows in the upper 50s. Possibly the only sensible place to be this week.

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


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