OSU Today

July 8-12, 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.

Experts see new normal as hotter, drier west faces more huge fires (New York Times)

In the West in the 1990s, more than 2.2 million housing units were added in these fire-prone areas, according to testimony by Roger B. Hammer, a demographer at Oregon State University and a leading authority on the issue.

OSU names Ohio State executive to head its Alumni Association (OSU News)

Kathy Bickel, vice president for outreach with The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association, has been named executive director of the Oregon State University Alumni Association. She also will serve as vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State.

Homes keep rising in the West despite growing wildfire threat (New York Times)

“Up until 2006 to 2008, the trend accelerated,” said Roger Hammer, a sociology professor at Oregon State University who has studied the issue for years. He called the recession “a speed bump” that “isn’t going to change the trend at all.” (see also Ashville Citizen Times)

Poor motor skills tied to difficulty in social interactions for autistic children (Yahoo Health)

While previous studies have shown that children with autism often struggle with interpersonal relationships, new research suggests a corresponding lack of motor skills—such as catching and throwing—may exacerbate those social deficits. Megan MacDonald, an expert on the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder, led a study at Oregon State University of younger children and adolescents with the diagnosis. (see also The Lund ReportMedical Daily)

Harvest of uncertainty (OPB)

Oregon State University wheat breeder Bob Zemetra said the university is putting together recommendations for farmers with regard to fall planting. He emphasized planting certified seed, which has a history, can be tracked more easily and fields have been inspected. (see also Capital Press)

 In Oregon, a demand for safety, but not on their dime (New York Times)

“It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said Bruce A. Weber, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University and the director of the Rural Studies Program. And with federal spending programs in retreat and the state budget under continued stress, he said, no fix is easy.

Computer visionary who invented the mouse (New York Times)

Douglas Carl Engelbart was born in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 25, 1925, to Carl and Gladys Engelbart. He spent his formative years on a farm in suburban Portland, graduated from high school in 1942 and attended Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). Toward the end of World War II, he was drafted. (see also San Francisco GateDesign & Trend)

Strange eats: Scientists who snack on their research (LiveScience)

Climate scientists who pull up ice cores stretching back 100,000 years regularly plunk broken core pieces into their drinks. The cubes fizz like soda as they melt, because of compressed gas bubbles trapped in the buried ice. “I actually made drinking glasses out of 40,000-year-old ice by hollowing out the inside of a waste core, a byproduct of the sampling we did,” said Ed Brook, a professor of geosciences at Oregon State University. (see also Huffington Post, Business Insider)

NuScale project seeks to WIN over the west (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon and other Western states have agreed to work a demonstration project aiming to study the “deployment of safe, affordable nuclear energy” from small modular reactors produced by a Corvallis company. (Oregonian, Business Wire, )

OSU once again named Best Buy School by Fiske (Albany Tribune)

Oregon State University is among 41 “Best Buy Schools” named in the 2014 edition of “The Fiske Guide to Colleges.” (see also KEZIStatesman Journal)

Gay couples left out by the law — again (LA Times)

An op-ed piece by OSU’s Rick Settersten, professor and Hallie E. Ford Center Endowed Director.

Antifreeze, cheap materials may lead to low-cost solar energy (PhysOrg)

Engineers at Oregon State University have determined that ethylene glycol, commonly used in antifreeze products, can be a low-cost solvent that functions well in a “continuous flow” reactor – an approach to making thin-film solar cells that is easily scaled up for mass production at industrial levels. (see also R&D MagazineScience BlogSilo Breaker)

Child care costs take a bigger bite in C. Oregon (KTVZ)

According to a new report from Oregon State University, only two other states charge more. The average annual cost of toddler care at a child care center in the state is now $11,064, up from $10,392 in 2011

Sheep death toll rises above 30 (Statesman Journal)

It struck Gene Pirelli, a regional livestock specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service, as strange too. “That’s probably the biggest number that I’ve heard of in 35 years,” Pirelli said. “You’ll get one or two that will die when it’s hot out, and typically it’s an older animal that can’t take the heat. … I’ve never really run across 30 dead sheep in Western Oregon in one lump sum.” (see also KOIN)

105F. 193 laps. 661 miles. Only solar energy: OSU ‘Phoenix’ wins (KVAL)

In bright sun and 105-degree heat, the solar vehicle team at Oregon State University drove “The Phoenix” last week to victory in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix competition in Austin, Texas – 193 laps, or 661 miles, around the Circuit of the Americas raceway on nothing but solar energy. (see also Gazette-TimesKMTR, Earth Techling)

Fruit flies infesting crops (Register-Guard)

A pesky foreign fruit fly has been wreaking havoc for local berry and cherry farmers in the past few years. And this year may be worse than last, which was the worst on record, according to the Oregon State University Extension Service. (see also OPB)

More Americans want government to stay out of international affairs (Phys.Org)

Nichols, an assistant professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at OSU, is an expert on isolationism, internationalism, and the history of U.S. roles in the world and military interventions abroad. (see also Kenya Star, North Korea Times)

Beyond narcissism and evil: The decision to use chemical weapons (OUP)

A post by OSU’s Jacob Hamblin.

Poverty in America: Who is to blame? (Media and Public Opinion Post)

Marisa Chappell, professor of history at Oregon State University, notes that blaming the government for poverty has historically emerged during times of societal stress: “It has only been in periods of intense economic, social, and political disruption – the Great Depression, for example, and the Civil Rights era – that the nation has forthrightly acknowledged social responsibility for economic well-being.”

Canola bill goes to  governor (Capital Press)

HB2427 also stipulates the state will back research efforts in the valley to study canola’s impact on the specialty seed industry. Oregon State University researchers have asked for $679,000 to conduct the research. (see also Oregonian)

Legislature winding down amidst flurry of votes (Statesman Journal)

Lawmakers also took preliminary steps Sunday night to approve $640 million in state bonds for construction projects, including new buildings at Chemeketa Community College, Western Oregon University and Oregon State University.

Website calling all lovers of butterflies (Statesman Journal)

Where did it start?: Close to home; the founder and director of the U.S. efforts is Katy Prudic, a research scientist at Oregon State University.

It’s a bird! It’s a drone! It’s a potato watcher? (Oregonian)

Last week, reported the East Oregonian, Phil Hamm of the Oregon State University extension center at Hermiston told a Hermiston Chamber of Commerce panel that the center was flying two battery-powered Boeing-built drones over local potato fields to check things out. (see also KIMA TV)

OSU and 4H partner to offer marine science camp (Lebanon Express)

Campers were given design guidelines and asked to build a structure from the plastic bricks strong enough to protect a Lego figure from a devastating wave. Then the structure was tested in a small wave generator in the wave lab at Oregon State University to see how the figure fared.

Book makes the case for restoring California condors to the Pacific Northwest (Bend Bulletin)

Jesse D’Elia needed a topic worthy of his time and effort as he pursued his doctor of philosophy degree at Oregon State University. His professor, Susan Haig, served on a blue-ribbon panel evaluating the status of critically endangered California condors and efforts to achieve their recovery.

How to control lionfish? Try a knife and fork (Sun Sentinel)

“Lionfish can eat anything that’ll fit in their mouths,” said Stephanie Green, a lionfish researcher at Oregon State University.

Climate change may hinder regeneration of conifers after forest fires (Environmental News Network)

According to researchers from Oregon State University, moisture stress is a key limitation for conifer regeneration following major forest fires that occur on dry, low-elevation sites. As a result, reforestation post-fire recovery on dry sites may be slow and uncertain. (see also Statesman Journal)

Cutting fossil fuel pollutants may reduce lung cancer deaths (Statesman Journal)

High emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be linked to lung cancer deaths in the United States and countries with a similarly high socioeconomic rank, including Canada, Australia, France, and Germany, according to a study by Oregon State University. (see also Environmental News Network, Azo Cleantech)

Cows that eat juniper risk losing calves (Ag Info)

Cows that eat bark, berries or branches from western juniper trees late in pregnancy are more likely to abort their calves or give birth early according to Oregon State University research.

Student loan rates might double (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University student leaders were optimistic that Congress still might pull out an 11th-hour change after the Independence Day holiday.

Oregon moves closer to ‘free’ college tuition (KTLA)

A bill currently awaiting Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s signature could radically change the way in-state public university students pay their way through college.

Exercise good sense: Get off the couch (Go San Angelo)

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.

Meal outreach (Gazette-Times)

A collaboration between the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the Community Outreach Inc. shelter is providing nutritious meals to homeless families. The program is the brainchild of the institute’s Simone Frei and Ty Pos of Community Outreach. Every Tuesday at 5 p.m., they help put together healthy meals that the whole family can prepare together: homemade fruit smoothies; spaghetti; taco salad — all made on site at Community Outreach from scratch, with fresh ingredients.

Majority of surveyed voters do not support proposed surcharge (Mail Tribune)

ackson County Commissioner Don Skundrick proposed the surcharge in May to avoid cutting general fund support to sheriff’s patrols, veteran’s services, health and human services, the Oregon State University Extension Service and county libraries.

Poetry reading, book launch will be held in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

Charles Goodrich’s newest collection of poetry is “A Scripture of Crows” from Silverfish Review Press. Goodrich serves as Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.

Fever in the Forests (Earth Island Journal)

“Swiss needle cast does not kill trees, it just slows growth,” says Jeff Stone, a plant pathologist and professor at Oregon State University. The conventional wisdom was wrong. Stone and his colleagues eventually concluded that the pathogen that had always been present at low levels in the Pacific Northwest had turned into a full-blown disease outbreak.

Parents key to whether kids get enough exercise, studies find (Medicine.Net)

In one study, Oregon State University researchers looked at 200 families with children ages 2 to 4 to determine how parenting style affects children’s physical-activity levels.

Controversy-hit Monstanto hands shareholders $2bn (Agrimoney)

Mr Grant’s speech came hours before the US Department of Agriculture revealed that the discovery of the unapproved genetically modified wheat, which an Oregon farmer had sent to Oregon State University after noticing that it was not responding to glyphosate weedkiller.

Book review: ‘Counter Clockwise’ details quest against aging (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Elsewhere, she sorts the wheat from the chaff about vitamins, examining information from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (yep, that’s the vitamin C guy’s namesake) and their researchers who spill the real deal on supplements such as resveratrol, omega oils and daily pills you might be taking.

Do it for the birds: OSU calls for citizen bird scientists (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University, in collaboration with Cornell University’s eBird database, seeks to change that by asking bird enthusiasts to participate in Oregon 2020. Oregon 2020 is an effort to get a foundation of information about Oregon’s 500-plus species of birds, especially their abundance and distribution.

Purple haze (Medford Mail-Tribune)

The Rinaldis, along with three other Applegate Valley farms and the Oregon State University Extension Service’s lavender demonstration garden in Central Point, will open their farms for the event.

Federal money could aid local recreation obesity prevention (Athletic Business)

“Research is now showing that there’s a close correlation between public health and recreational opportunities, both close to home and in state parks,” says Randy Rosenberger, an associate professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, referencing a recent statewide study conducted jointly by scientists at OSU, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service.

Birdbooker Report 277 (Guardian)

Burke, Thomas E.. Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest. 2013. Oregon State University Press. Paperback: 344 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S


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! 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.

#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.”


NEW! SEIU hoedown: SEIU will be bargaining with OUS on the Oregon State University campus July 11-12.  The Classified Worker Bargaining Table has been assigned to be in the Ag Sci Room in the LaSells Stewart Center. OSU classified workers are encouraged to sit in and see the bargaining process. On July 11 a classified workers’ lunchtime hoedown will take place in the Library Quad. Wear purple, straw hats, jeans, and/or gingham checks.

Upcoming events

NEW! Wellness Workshop: Sit Less, Move More: Learn about the Sit Less Move More campaign from the Department of RecSports. Take away some tips on being more active during the workday and a free pair of orange shoelaces. Bring your athletic shoes; workshop includes 20 minute walk. July 23, noon to 1 p.m., Dixon Lower Classroom, free to OSU community. Register here!

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Library summer workshops: OSU Libraries will offer the Summer Workshop Week from July 23-26. Session topics 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

NEW! Work-Life brown bag: Achieving work-life balance in today’s higher educational environment can be challenging. This “brown-bag” session will identify strategies and tools for helping students, faculty and staff more effectively manage their many work-life demands. “Work Life Balance” will be offered twice for your convenience, and is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff.  Sessions will be held on  July 24 and July 31 from noon-to 1:30 p.m. in GILB 324.

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! EmpCenter June/July Timesheet Open Labs: Do you need assistance with your June or July timesheet in EmpCenter?  Are you a new supervisor in EmpCenter and have questions about viewing your employees’ timesheets or using the Multiple Assignment system?  Come to one of the scheduled open labs for individual help.  See http://mytime.oregonstate.edu/announce/junejuly-timesheet-open-labs for details.

NEW! Fall 2013 On-campus Housing Move-In:  This coming Fall 2013 move-in for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Tuesday Sept. 24 and Wednesday Sept. 25. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. As always, we appreciate your support as we prepare to welcome our students to OSU.  To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.  Move in details are soon coming and if you have questions please contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Employees and dependents attending OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is July 19 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Summer 2013.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Surplus Property closed July 18-30: During this timeframe, Surplus Property will be rearranging its warehouse and thus will not be able to pick-up surplus from departments, and the OSUsed Store will be closed to all shoppers. Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

NEW! Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the President awards the Beaver Champion Award to an individual (or individuals) for outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality.  The President’s Office is seeking nominations for this award.  Please send nomination letters to Edward J. Ray, President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg. or to pres.office@oregonstate.edu.  The submission deadline is Friday, Aug. 16.

NEW! Healthy Dietary Patterns in the Prevention of Breast Cancer and Metabolic Syndrome: See the newest post on the Linus Pauling Institute blog  from the series “Whole-Food Approaches to Disease Prevention.”

NEW! Recreational Sports – Outdoor Equipment Rental – OSU community members are all eligible to rent outdoor equipment from Recreational Sports. Rent camping equipment, climbing gear, items for water activities and more! Visit the Adventure Leadership Institute rental desk Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. to rent your items. Recreational Sports members & students receive discounts.

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.

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Place Road: Due to the installation of steam, telecom and electrical underground for Austin Hall, Sackett Place Road will be closed from July 10-Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jefferson East, Co-Op Quad, Campus Way East and Adams Northeast lot: Due to daVinci Days, the Jefferson East & 14th lot will be closed starting July 18-21 and the CO-OP Quad, Adams Northeast and Campus Way East Lot will be closed July 19-21.

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:

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.
Office Specialist 2-Copyright Specialist: Printing & Mailing invites applicants for a part-time (.50FTE), Academic year, (10-month), Office Specialist 2-Copyright Specialist. Posting # 0011003 Closes July 12.

Academic Advisor- The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position.. Posting # 0010945. For full consideration apply by July 12. Closes July 31.

Academic Advisor- The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0010948. For full consideration apply by July 12. Closes July 31.

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.

Accounting Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified.  This posting will be used to fill two positions. Posting #0010958. Closes July 17.

The Benton County Extension Office is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 32 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position. Posting # 0010987. Closes July 19.

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.

Emergency Preparedness Manager: Enterprise Risk Services invites applicants for full time Professional Faculty Emergency Preparedness Manager. This position will research, analyze, and develop emergency preparedness procedures for the OSU main campus and external holdings. Posting #0010999  Closes July 21.

Assignments and Room Management Coordinator: University Housing & Dining Services. Posting # 0010959. Closes July 28.

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: Always hard to come down from a holiday weekend but with sunshine outside, it’s alright. Sunny all week with highs in the 80s early on, and in the upper 70s by the end of the week as some daytime clouds roll in. Lows in the 50s. 

Central Oregon: Sunny and clear with highs in the 80s and 90s and lows hovering around 50 degrees.

Newport: Cloudy with a bit of sun all week, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s. Chance of some drizzle by the weekend.

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


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