OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 4, 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.

Oregon State boosts Open Source Lab by bringing it into academic fold (Oregonian)

Oregon State University is giving its Open Source Lab a major promotion, moving it from a services role within the university into an academic department as part of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The switch will raise the Corvallis lab’s profile and involve dozens more students every year in a program that helped make Oregon a global hub for open source activity. (see also Bloomberg Business Week)

Innovative approach could ultimately end deadly disease of sleeping sickness (Science Newsline)

A tag team of two bacteria, one of them genetically modified, has a good chance to reduce or even eliminate the deadly disease African trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, researchers at Oregon State University conclude in a recent mathematical modeling study. (see also NewsMedical)

OSP: Teen not equipped to carry out OSU gun threat (Gazette-Times)

The 16-year-old boy arrested last week in connection with an online threat targeting Oregon State University did not have the means to carry out the threat, according to an Oregon State Police investigation.

OSU E-Campus enrollment up (KEZI)

Oregon State University says it expects roughly 28,000 students to enroll this year, but they’re not all studying in Corvallis. Many are enrolled online through e-campus or at theCascades Campus in Bend.

Not yet Portlandia, but change underway in Central, Southern Oregon (OPB)

In Bend, a fledgling tech sector is springing up around the established tourism and outdoor recreation sectors, ground is being broken for a new branch of Oregon State University and the best known tech companies in Silicon Valley have spent hundred of millions on server farms in Prineville and The Dalles. (see also Register-Guard)

China’s rarest seabird benefits from colony restoration (BirdLife International)

In early May 2013, a team from the Xiangshan Ocean and Fishery Bureau, the Jiushan Islands National Nature Reserve, the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and Oregon State University cleared vegetation and placed 300 tern decoys on Tiedun Dao.

OSU sets International Film Festival for Oct. 14-20 (Gazette-Times)

The fifth International Film Festival, showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, will be held Oct. 14-20 in Corvallis. (see also Albany Tribune)

Music ala Carte begins its 44th year (Lebanon Express)

Now in its 44th year, the Music à la Carte lunch hour concert series at Oregon State University opens on Friday, Oct. 4, with OSU pianists Rebecca Jeffers and Angela Carlson.

Westside campus location chosen for OSU-Cascades (Oregon Legal Journal)

The Oregon State University-Cascades expansion project has made major progress toward the four-year university program that has been talked about for the past couple of years.

Latino arts and culture transforming Oregon (El Hispanic News)

In support of arts and cultural development, facilities such as Centro Cultural in Cornelius, the Centro Cultural César Chávez at Oregon State University, and the new Eugene Arte Latino provide hubs for performances and cultural gatherings. In addition, significant mainstream events such as Oregon State Fair are now creating special pavilions that highlight Latino heritage for the whole community to enjoy.

Unprecedented die-off of swallows that bolster crops, public health (Oregonian)

The birds apparently starved to death, Gillin said. Pathologists at the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory found nothing in their stomachs or upper gastrointestinal tracts.

Twenty-five notable gluten-free friendly colleges for 2013 (Celiac.com)

Oregon State offers students a list of all of the gluten-free options served in each on-campus dining hall or cafe. At some locations, these options may be limited, but at larger dining halls, gluten-intolerant students will find a wide range of safe, healthy and tasty gluten-free food. A registered dietician is on hand to make sure that dietary considerations are met.

OSU scientists use GPS to track bumblebees (KGW)

Imagine a GPS unit small and light enough to fit on the back of a bumblebee. Researchers down at Oregon State University plan to build one. (see also NBC Seattle, King 5)

Gray wolves may lost status, but not without a fight (NBC News)

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.

Grapes and cranberries could boost immune system (EuroWeeklyNews)

According to a study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (USA) published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, the compounds, known as stilbenes, work with vitamin D and have a significant impact on the innate immune system and the body’s capacity to fight bacterial infections. This is important, because many antibiotics no longer have any effect.

Exhibit showcases eclectic family art (Ashland Daily Tidings)

Amy Charron, his wife and Henson’s daughter, shares her husband’s love of sculpting. A graphic designer for Oregon State University, Amy has been making playful, vibrant sculptures for a decade in her free time.

Fall edibles from unexpected sources (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University campus features perennial displays of such plants as echinacea, rudbeckia, tricyrtis and aster. Some maples are beginning to color up, such as the amur maple (Acer ginnala) with its many cultivars. But what most of us pay little attention to are the wild and ornamental plants that are edible.

Pac-12 Networks programming agreement with Fox sports channels (Advanced Television)

Pac-12 Networks, the content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, has reached an exclusive multi-year agreement with Fox International Sports Channels (FIC Sports), a division of  21st Century Fox’s international multi-media business, to distribute Pac-12 Networks sports programming worldwide, outside of the United States.


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

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


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! Fruit and veggie performance: A Broadway-style performance in flash mob-style will take place at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6 during the Marketplace West Fall Food Festival. The performance will highlight the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and will include free fruits and veggies. The festival takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Marketplace West.

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.

Upcoming events

NEW! “Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life:” Join us for a unique multimedia performance by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer based on ethnographic fieldwork among young Chicago Muslim activists who use hip hop to do ‘Muslim Cool‘ – a way of thinking about and being an American Muslim that has shaped hip hop’s preoccupations with race and place and the history of Islam in America. Monday Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Memorial Union, Ballroom.

NEW! Art exhibit closing: The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit invites the public to a closing reception at 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 9 in Fairbanks Gallery. Steve Anchell, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Sandra Brooke, Kathleen Caprario, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andy Myers and Felix Oliveros are included in this exhibit.

NEW! Science Pub: “Finding Our Way Through the Controversy over Genetic Engineering in Agriculture:  The good, the bad, and the righteous.” The Science Pub platform is an informal and interactive setting open to any members of the public where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! Oct 14, 6-8 p.m., Majestic Theatre http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/

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.

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.

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

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.

“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!  “Hip Hop and Islam in America:” To some the idea of “Islam and hip hop” is puzzling, to say the least. This lecture will explore that history and the ways Islam and hip hop shape each other today. Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room.

NEW! Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Oregon State University: Defining the Path Forward: OSU engaged in a comprehensive self-study of equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts university-wide during the 2011-2012 year. The result is a set of recommendations that will make OSU a model equitable, inclusive, and diverse university. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU 206. Contact 541-737-3556 for accommodations.

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.

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)”

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.

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! OSU staff discount to men’s basketball: As a thank you to faculty and staff,  the athletic department is offering a discount on men’s basketball single game non-conference and season tickets. Use the promo code OSUSTAFF to get up to 40 percent off non-conference games and 20 percent off season tickets with valid OSU ID (limit two).

NEW! Faculty and staff choir: University Chorale is a conducting lab for graduate students in choral conducting and faculty and staff are needed to be their singers. This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels, directed by Steven Zielke and OSU graduate teaching assistants. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.  in Benton Hall 204. No audition or singing experience required. For more information, stop by Benton 204 at 1 p.m. or szielke@oregonstate.edu .

NEW! NSF – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – MRI program. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-mri. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: Oct. 7.

NEW! General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2013: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Fall 2013 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Oct. 14.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 26 hours per week),  Education Program Assistant 1.  This postion will be located in Central Point.  Posting # 0011428. Closes Oct. 14.

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: “All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”- Thomas WolfeAfter a near-freezing morning, things will warm up as the fog lifts, and we should see sunshine and a high of 63 today. Tomorrow and Sunday will be similar, with sunshine and highs in the upper 60s, lows in the lower 40s.


Central Oregon: Sunny and brisk through Sunday, with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid to upper 30s.

Newport: A pleasant weekend on the coast with morning fog and afternoon sunshine. Highs in the 60s, lows in upper 40s to low 50s.

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

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