OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 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 farmworkers experience a warming climate (Northwest Public Radio)

Farm labor has always been strenuous. Dealing with the heat has always been a part of the job. But researchers say climate change is causing more outdoor workers to get sick more often. Jeffery Bethel is with Oregon State University. He’s been studying the connection between warming temperatures and farmworker health. Bethel’s climate models show average summer temperatures in the Northwest are increasing. By mid-century, they could be as much as 9 degrees higher than they are today.

Oregon affected immediately (Register-Guard)

At the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Newport, a couple of dozen Oregon State University researchers and support staff were booted out of a now-shuttered National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building. OSU improvised Internet connections for them in another building, but it’s not a tolerable situation in the long run, said Rick Spinrad, the OSU vice president for research. (see also Gazette-Times)

Shutdown could delay research funding (KEZI)

The government shutdown is affecting research funding on campuses across the country, including Vitamin E studies at Oregon State University.

Nurturing startup success (Oregon Business)

Through programs such as Oregon InC’s High Technology Extension service, the state finds these startups and connects them to state-of-the-art research and development laboratories at signature research centers like the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST).

Covering Oregon: Opening day jitters (Medford Mail Tribune)

Cover Oregon continues to train people to assist consumers. Marian Traina of Central Point is waiting for the call to step forward to do just that. She is connected with the Oregon State University Extension Office for Jackson and Josephine counties.

Egyptian concern for Nile water security spurs cooperation over Ethiopia’s new dam (Mint Press)

That approach, it turns out, has led to successful water-sharing compacts and treaties for centuries. Aaron Wolf, a geographer and transboundary water expert at Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds, has analyzed the history of international water negotiations.

Agriculture’s top legal gun (Capital Press)

In Oregon it’s the second leading economic force, behind high-tech. A 2011 study by Oregon State University’s Rural Studies Program estimated agriculture is responsible for or connected to 15 percent of the state’s economic activity. More than 420,000 jobs, ranging from field production and transportation to retail service, are linked to agriculture. It adds an estimated $22 billion to the state’s economy annually, according to the report.

Play it safe (Register-Guard)

Craig Williams, clinical associate professor at the Oregon State University Department of Pharmacy Practice, in Corvallis, says the number of medications an older person takes, and the way the drugs interact with each other, can contribute to adverse reactions in brain functioning.

Tobias Wolff named recipient of Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement (Albany Tribune)

Acclaimed author Tobias Wolff is the second winner of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. (see also Gazette-Times)

September was valley’s wettest month (Democrat-Herald)

An unusually strong early-autumn storm made this September the wettest ever for the mid-Willamette Valley, with 7.06 inches of rain at Oregon State University’s Hyslop Research Farm. “It destroys the old record” of 4.27 inches from 1911, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at OSU.

Committee names first four Corvallis heritage trees (Gazette-Times)

The Magruder Hall oak, a 340-year-old tree located just north of the School of Veterinary Medicine on the Oregon State University campus.

Visit Uganda via talk, photos Tuesday in Salem (Statesman Journal)

Ramsey, a professor emeritus of statistics at Oregon State University is the guest speaker at the monthly free Birders Night session sponsored by the Salem Audubon Society and Willamette University’s Tri‐Beta Biological Honor Society.

Dams provide resilience to Columbia from climate change (Space Daily)

“The dams are doing what they are supposed to do, which is to use engineering – and management – to buffer us from climate variability and climate warming,” said Julia Jones, an Oregon State University hydrologist and co-author on the study. “The climate change signals that people have expected in stream flow haven’t been evident in the Columbia River basin because of the dams and reservoir management. That may not be the case elsewhere, however.”

Pass the salt (Oregon Business)

By melting and absorbing heat at a critical moment during a “magnesiothermic reaction,” the salt prevents the collapse of the nanostructures that researchers are trying to create, says David Xiulei Ji, an assistant professor of chemistry at Oregon State University.

Trees, shrubs can cut winter blues (Forest Grove News-Times)

“Fall is often a better time of year to plant trees and shrubs because the soil is still warm and plantings can get their roots established,” said Barb Fick, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “It’s also a forgiving time of year if you forget to water your plantings because of seasonal rainfall.”

Source of Oregon GM wheat still remains a mystery (Capital Press)

The drama began in late April when an unidentified Oregon farmer noticed some volunteer plants that had sprouted in a fallow 125-acre field did not die when he sprayed them with glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide. An Oregon State University weed scientist tested plant samples and determined they carried a gene that made them resistant to glyphosate. USDA scientists confirmed the testing result.

Bumblebee GPS (Seed Quest)

Oregon State University will design miniature wireless sensors to attach to bumblebees that will provide real-time data on their intriguing behavior.

Beetle basics (Hood River News)

Oregon State University Extension Service is holding a presentation and discussion session on the bark beetle infestations affecting trees in the Hood River area.


NEW! First basketball practice: Craig Robinson, OSU Head Men’s Basketball Coach, invites all OSU faculty and staff to watch the first practice of the season today, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. Join Coach Robinson and the team for coffee and light snacks as you watch the first practice of the season.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: William Muller, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University, Canada, will present a seminar “Oncogene-mediated signal transduction in transgenic models of breast cancer” on Wednesday, Oct 2, at 3:30 p.m., in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: John Wiens, Winthrop Research Professor, University of Western Australia; Chief Scientist, Point Blue Conservation Science, will speak on,“A river runs through it: Wildlife and water in the California Delta.” Oct, 2, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

Evening Public Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th, and all desks, tables and filing cabinets will be 50 percent off. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Student Media Open House: Student Media welcomes new and returning students to its open house Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the KBVR TV Studio in Snell Hall. Students will have an opportunity to meet with editors/managers to discuss involvement opportunities in Student Media. Student Media includes; Beaver Yearbook, The Daily Barometer newspaper, KBVR FM, KBVR TV and Prism art and literary magazine and all related digital and social media.

Upcoming events

NEW! Music à la Carte: The lunch hour concert series opens on Friday, Oct. 4 in the MU Lounge with OSU pianists Rebecca Jeffers and Angela Carlson. The piano for four hands duo will perform a newly commissioned piece called “Shuffle,” by Joseph Yungen, a Medford native who currently studies collaborative piano at the Juilliard School in New York. Also on the program will be four hands works to commemorate Wagner, Verdi, and Benjamin Britten

NEW! Saturday Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our monthly Saturday public sale on Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, at which all desks, tables and filing cabinets will be 50 percent off. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Concert opera: Cascadia Concert Opera will wrap up its 2013 season with Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Christ 4515 S.W. West Hills Road, Corvallis. Sponsored by Friends of OSU Opera, this concert is free and open to the public, and will feature a pre-concert lecture by dramaturge Julianne Graper. The opera will be presented in concert version with piano accompaniment and will be performed in English.

NEW! Beaver BarCamp 12: The Open Source Lab will host an informal conference, Beaver BarCamp 12, at the Kelley Engineering Center on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participate in sessions throughout the day or propose a session on a project, hobby or research interest. Breakfast and lunch provided. Free registration at www.beaverbarcamp.org.

American Winter:Community Services Consortium sponsors a free screening of the award-winning documentary about eight Oregon families struggling in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The film shows the human impact of decreased social services funding and the shrinking middle class. Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center.

“Difficult Conversations”: Join us for a no-cost faculty and staff workshop led by the Center for Learning & Organizational Development on Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union, Room 211. You will gain tools to handle difficult conversations, and increase the likelihood that they will be productive and have positive outcomes. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=2255 to register.

CPHHS GridIron Chef and Homecoming Trivia Bowl: Think you have what it takes to create a healthy tailgate recipe? Like trivia? The College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Moore Family Center invite you to join their new Homecoming tradition! Enter your unique, healthy tailgate recipe by Oct. 4. Winners will be voted on and announced at the Homecoming Trivia Bowl from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the Hallie Ford Center. Find out more.

LAST CHANCE – Be Well 5k Walk & Run: Enjoy the start to fall with your friends, colleagues, and Corvallis community members and participate in the FREE 2013 Be Well 5K Walk & Run (and 1 Mile Walk) on Friday, October 11. Register early for a free t-shirt. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Learn more here.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  Olena Taratula, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, will be presenting a seminar – “Nanomedicine-based drug delivery systems for combinatorial anticancer therapy” – noon, Oct. 3, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

NEW! Psychological Science series: “Bias in Perceptual Judgments of Physical Size: The Influence of Prior Knowledge and Executive Control”  The first talk of the School of Psychological Science fall colloquium series, given by Christopher Sanchez. Oct. 4, 4 to 5 p.m. in Reed Lodge #111. Admission is free and open to all OSU researchers.  For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

Ice cores reveal the Greenland temperature response to climate forcing during the last deglaciation” a free talk by Oregon State University geologist Christo Buizert will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Wilkinson Hall, room 108, on the OSU campus.

Parking at OSU: Separating fact from fiction. At the Oct. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Steve Clark, vice president of University Relations and Marketing, will discuss plans to change parking regulations on and off campus. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: “Librarianship in the Land of Fields: Report of a Sabbatical in Poland,” by Richard Sapon-White, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at OSU. Come hear about Richard’s Fulbright experience in Warsaw, Poland, where he taught library science courses at the University of Warsaw and lectured throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. Friday, Oct. 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.

News for Employees

NEW! Quilt raffle: SEIU Local 083 is raffling off this beautiful hand-sewn quilt to raise money for the hardship fund. The drawing takes place Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m., Room 111 Strand.To buy raffle tickets via PayPal using a credit card please visit:  http://tinyurl.com/SEIUraffle.  We will enter 1 ticket with your name on it for every $5 you contribute. If you would like to buy a ticket with cash, please contact Deborah Carroll at 737-7284.

NEW! New employee orientation: New to OSU? Attend an upcoming monthly New Employee Orientation session designed to help faculty and staff 1) understand the “big picture” of OSU; 2) learn about campus resources and services; 3) understand terms and conditions of employment; and 4) learn about health insurance benefits and optional insurances. Presented by topic experts who can answer your questions.  No registration required. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/orient/newemplres for a list of upcoming dates.

NEW! Beaver Strides: Register online for Beaver Strides now through Friday, Oct. 18. This walking program is free for OSU students ($20 for faculty and staff). All participants will receive a starter pedometer and tracking booklet. Keep track of your steps for six weeks, and “get your move on”! http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides

NEW! Faculty and staff training: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development can help you work smarter, not harder by providing faculty and staff at all levels with training, consultation and facilitation services in support of your professional and organizational development.  Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration for a list of no-cost services and training opportunities.

NEW! Emergency Ride Home: If you commute to work by bike, bus, carpool/vanpool, or walking, you may be concerned with how to get home in case of an emergency. The Cascades West Rideshare Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program is here to help. This new FREE program is open to anyone who works in Linn, Benton or Lincoln Counties. Sign up today! See the full program description and enrollment instructions at http://oregonstate.edu/atac/emergency-ride-home

Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction: All payroll deduction forms for Recreational Sports memberships and lockers are due to Recreational Sports by Friday, Nov. 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to use payroll deduction to purchase your membership/locker. Forms can be found by clicking here. For more information: Ali Casqueiro

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2013-14. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: Nov. 4.

Write to Harry Potter: If you like to write and are a fan of Harry Potter, consider an entry in the Corvallis-OSU Symphony’s Letters to Harry Writing Contest! You could win a ticket to the Oct. 27 Halloween with Harry Concert! All ages are welcome to participate. Deadline is Oct. 15. Details at: http://visitcorvallis.com/events/corvallis-osu-symphonys-halloween-with-harry-letter-contest/ and http://cosusymphony.org.

Dad’s Weekend: As the school year is quickly approaching, that means that Dads and Family Weekend is right around the corner on Nov. 1-3. The Memorial Union Program Coordinators are in the process of planning the program for the weekend, and would love to include any activities that you have going on. Send the date, time, and brief description of any activities you have planned to Caitie Karcher or Jessica Hammock no later than Friday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to repairs on the building steam system all steam services to Nash Hall will be temporarily shut down Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will affect all heat & equipment utilizing steam.

Beef Barn: Power will temporarily be shut down at the Beef Pole Barn (#365), Animal Physiology Lab (#350), Beef Barn (#347) & Stocking Judging Pavilion (#378) while crews remove electricity from the Beef Barn. Oct. 3, 8 to 10 a.m.

Free parking: Aug. 19 – Oct. 11, student lots open (green signs) no permit required.


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

Administrative Program Assistant– The Lab Animal Resource Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0011362. Closes Oct. 2.

Professional and Noncredit Education is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0011358. Closes Oct. 3.

Tillamook County Extension Service is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will be located in Tillamook. Posting # 0011377, Closes Oct. 3.

Extension Service Administrative Office is accepting applications for one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting # 0011279. Closes Oct. 3.

The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Student Services Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011332. Closes Oct. 4.

Office Assistant: Printing and Mailing is recruiting for a part-time, .25 FTE, (not benefits eligible) Office Assistant position. This is an on-call position that will work with Printing and Mailing’s Document Services team on scanning and processing documents. This position will follow established processes, have critical attention to detail, accuracy and meeting project deadlines. Posting #0011345 Closes Oct. 4.

The Child Development Lab is accepting applications for a part-time (.50 FTE) 9 month Instructor/Family Advocate position for OSU’s Head Start Prekindergarten Program. The position requires bilingual Spanish/English language skills. Posting #0011294. Closes Oct. 4.

Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer Competency Level 2 position. Posting # 0011351. Closes Oct. 6.

Manager-Finance and Accounting – The Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time, 12-month fixed-term Finance and Accounting Manager position. Posting # 0011307. Closes Oct. 6.

Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) is accepting applications for one part-time, (approximately 32 hours per week). Education Program Assistant 1. This position will be located in Lebanon, Oregon. Posting # 0011364. Closes Oct. 8.

Tillamook County Extension Office is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will be located in Tillamook, Oregon. Posting #0011412. Closes Oct. 9.

Coordinator, Community Outreach – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Coordinator, Community Outreach position. Posting # 0011384. Closes Oct 17.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – The Environmental Health Science Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator position. Posting #0011309. Closes Oct. 20.

Douglas County Extension Office is seeking an Office Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011319. Closes Oct. 21.

Director – The Center for Lifelong STEM Learning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director position. Posting #0011233, closes for full consideration on Oct. 21.

The College of Forestry is recruiting for a Professor and Department Head, in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES). The College of Forestry seeks an established and broad thinking scholar, an effective and inspiring leader, and a highly competent administrator for this position. FES is an energized and interdisciplinary department containing leading scholars whose expertise ranges from the biophysical to the social sciences, from policy to ethics. Posting #0011321. Closes Nov. 15.

Regional Network Director – OSU Alumni Association invites applications for a full-time, alumni relations professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks and alumni programs in Oregon (other than Portland) and Boise, ID. Position description and application info at: www.osualum.com/jobs


Corvallis: “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence. More showers today, with the chance of a thunderstorm that could bring heavy rains with it. High of 60, low of 42. Clearing tomorrow after morning fog.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today with some showers possible tonight. High today of 52 with a low tonight of 34. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today with a possible thunderstorm. Showers tomorrow early, with clearing by afternoon. High of 60 with a low of 45.

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

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