OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

OSU’s enrollment estimate: 28,000 total, 24,600 in Corvallis (Democrat-Herald)

Classes began this week at Oregon State University, and campus officials say they expect about 24,600 students on the main campus in Corvallis this fall.

Ancient supervolcanoes on Mars? Claims set off scientific rumble (NBC News)

Not everyone is convinced that the hypothesis holds up. “My reading is that it’s speculation piled upon speculation,” Shan de Silva, a volcanologist at Oregon State University, told NBC News. “I’m not convinced that these are volcanic. They’re interesting features, but none of the criteria that they use to eliminate impact craters is definitive. If it’s not volcanic, why are we even talking about this being a supervolcano?”

Hey look, a grand bargain in Oregon (Washington Post)

Legislators appropriated the savings to the state’s public schools, which has had to cut teaching jobs and school days in recent years. Some of the money will also go toward keeping tuition down at Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and other higher education campuses.

Getting robots to walk (Machine Design)

At Oregon State University, Professor Jonathan Hurst and his teams are developing walking robots based on a simple, stripped-down model of the legs on humans and other two and four-legged animals.

University of Oregon: State to pay just 5 percent of operating costs this year (Oregonian)

Assuming the board adopts the budgetary plan that university system staffers have recommended, Oregon State University will have 10 percent of its operating budget, or $84 million, paid by the state, The Oregonian determined. Portland State University, with a $57 million state allocation, will be 11 percent state-funded.

Wet and windy weather cause of swallow die-off (Tillamook Headlight-Herald)

A number of birds were examined at the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and pathologists determined the swallows were thin and had not eaten recently with their cause of death most likely being weather-related starvation. (see also KCBY)

Oregon wine industry keeps on growing (Capital Press)

Oregon State University has stepped up its role in the industry by devoting more staff and laboratory resources to its Wine Research Institute. The five-year-old institute draws upon campus experts in vineyard operations, wine making, entomology, soils, taste chemistry and other fields. Among the current research projects: Determining if vineyards can maintain quality while increasing yield.

Film ‘American Winter’ shows Oregon’s poverty (Gazette-Times)

Panelists will include Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning, OSU sociology professor Mark Edwards and 211 operator Emily Berndt.

The great growth disconnect (The Atlantic)

Corvallis ranked #1 in the Top 10 Metros with the Highest Annualized Productivity Growth.

California’s new mental health system helps people live independently (The Almagest)

A new analysis by Oregon State University researchers of California’s mental health system finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness transition to independent living. (see also Lund Report,  Science Codex, News-Medical)

Gray wolves may lose endangered status, but not without a fight (Live Science)

Cristina Eisenberg, an ecology researcher at Oregon State University, added that “wolves travel up to a thousand miles to find a mate and establish new territory.” Eisenberg, who is working on a book about conservation policy for large carnivores, told LiveScience that delisting wolves on a nationwide basis means that states like Colorado and Utah are unlikely to have a wolf population in the future. (see also Yahoo News)

Wolves economic bite on cattle goes way beyond predation (Beef)

Doug Johnson from Oregon State University had also been doing GPS collar work on range cattle in northeast Oregon with a collar design of his own.

Researchers creating bee sensors (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University recently received a half-million dollar grant, allowing them to develop a sensor to track bumblebees.

Enter your address, get your home’s energy saving potential (Sustainable Oregon)

For years, Oregon State University graduate Hannes Hapke traveled the world helping wind giant Vestas make deals. But for Hapke, a German native, the utility-scale approach to renewable energy development wasn’t fast enough. If major banks and hedge funds could get into the game, why was it so difficult for homeowners to invest in energy projects?

West Nile detected in horse in Umatilla County (KVEWTV)

Umatilla County officials confirmed that the West Nile virus has been detected in a horse north of Hermiston in Umatilla County. Testing at the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Corvallis, Oregon confirmed the results Friday, September 27th. (see also NBC News)

Symphony of soil (Willamette Live)

his October selection for the Salem Progressive Film Series reveals the complexity of soil – its origins and structure and the food web in which it participates.  James Cassidy, Senior Instructor of Soil Science at Oregon State University, who will speak following the film, calls soil “the most diverse habitat on earth….a four dimensional complex habitat, more diverse than the oceans.”

OSU Dairy Judging Team places third at nationals (Capital Press)

The Oregon State University Dairy Judging team placed third at the national contest in Madison, Wis. That comes on the heels of a second-place finish earlier in an intercollegiate contest.


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.

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.

Bites is giving away free juice: Today starting at 2 p.m. until it is gone, come into Bites and get a free Odwalla juice.

Fall graduate student seminar: The Purpose and Value of Advocacy and Proper Roles for Science, Oct. 3, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Richardson 313.

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.

American WinterCommunity 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Faculty forum on OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel companies: This brown bag forum will be a discussion of the upcoming proposed resolution to the faculty related to the OSU Foundation divestment out of fossil fuel investments. Oct 7, noon to 1 p.m., Kelly 1087. This resolution will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate later in the quarter. This is the first of a series of October university-wide forums to discuss OSU divestment.

NEW! Auditions for “After the Fall:” Auditions Oct. 7, and Oct. 8, for the OSU Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall.” Auditions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Withycombe Hall main stage theater. Rehearsals will start Oct. 15 and run Sundays through Thursdays. The play opens Nov. 14.The cast includes parts for five males and six females. Check out scripts from Withycombe Hall Room 141.

NEW! Showing of Historic Films– A Peek Into The VHS Vault: OSU Special Collections and Archives will show recently transferred films that haven’t seen the light of day since the last century. In observance of Oregon Archives Month, we’ll share glimpses of campus history. Oct. 8, noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room in the Library. For more information:  http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/archivesmonth.html

NEW! Vistas and Vineyards: A juried show to celebrate 24 years of painting as a plain air artists group in and around the Willamette Valley. Oct. 2-30, Guistina Gallery, La Sells Stewart Center. Artist’s reception Oct. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Paul Mayer, Chief, Ecological Effects Branch, Corvallis EPA Lab, will speak on “Buried streams and the loss of ecosystem services in urban watersheds,” at 10 a.m., Oct. 7, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

NEW! Future of Food Politics: The Rural Studies Program is presenting a seminar by Dr. Hugh Campbell from the University of Otago, New Zealand, on Monday Oct. 7 from noon to 1:30 PM in Ballard Extension Hall Room 200C. His talk is entitled “The Future of Food Politics (or Why Food is Not Coal)”

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Megan Woltz, at the USDA ARS in Corvallis will give a seminar titled, “Relationships between landscape structure, coccinellid activity density, and aphid suppression in soybean.” Oct. 8, 4 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4000.

NEW! Resume:  Can You Pass the 10 Second Rule?   Writing a stellar resume can be challenging!  Learn how to grab the employer’s interest in 10 seconds! Lea McLeod from Degrees of Transition LLC will present on Friday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the OSU Valley Library:  Willamette East & West.  Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

Dad’s Weekend: 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.  Please send the date, time, and brief description of any activities you have planned to Caitie Karcher or Jessica Hammock no later than Friday, Oct. 4by 4 p.m.

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.

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.

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 Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011419.  Closes Oct. 22.

Information Technology Manager  – The Office of Enrollment Management invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Information Technology Manager position. Posting # 0011421. Closes Oct 31.

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: Looks like there are sunny days ahead, at least a few, and boy do we need them. Cloudy after morning fog, gradually becoming sunny. High of 61, low of 38.

Central Oregon: Sunny today and tomorrow. High of 51, low of 32.

Newport: A foggy morning, gradually becoming sunny. High of 58, low of 39.

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

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