OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 7, 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.

What’s missing from the Nobel Prizes? Scientists weigh in (LiveScience)

Jim Moum, an oceanographer at Oregon State University: Well, if you look at Nature or Science articles [two scientific journals] over the past couple of decades, papers involving climate science have been published, I think, with increasing regularity. This is a topical subject involving the physical, chemical, and biological responses of and feedbacks with the fluid earth (atmosphere and ocean). I think there is only on Nobel Prize to date that is related to this (1995 chemistry). It seems this is a topic worth of greater recognition.” (see also Yahoo News, NBC News)

Government shutdown costing OSU research $600,000 a day (Gazette-Times)

Every day that the federal government is shut down costs Oregon State University $600,000 in lost research funding, OSU officials say. Since the shutdown began Tuesday, “we’ve already spent $2.4 million on being idled,” Rick Spinrad, OSU’s vice-president for research, said Friday.

Let your daughter play in the mud. Her immune system will thank you (Bust Magazine)

Researchers at Oregon State University are finding that immunity later in life can be linked back to the play habits of young children.

Government shutdown puts Oregon State research in peril (KVAL)

Traber said her work will be compromised if she can’t submit her grant on Monday. The government shutdown has brought grant proposals and reviews to a halt. “Am I a little bit pissed off? “No, I am a lot pissed off,” Traber said. “But we’re not supposed to say that as a serious scientist, right?” (see also Oregonian)

Corvallis rental market softening (Gazette-Times)

At a meeting Sept. 24 of property managers and landlords, Jim Brady had a story to tell. Brady noted that a property he was offering at the corner of Northwest 14th Street and Monroe Avenue, a stone’s throw from the Oregon State University campus, didn’t rent immediately. He was stunned.

Oregon’s values and beliefs surveyed (OPB)

The DHM team surveyed almost 4,000 people from across the state in April and May of this year. More also people participated in online surveys later in the year. The survey was sponsored by OPB, Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Acclaimed writer to visit Oregon State (Gazette-Times)

Writer Nick Flynn will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

How do you achieve neighborhood livability (Gazette-Times)

Some of the key players involved in helping Oregon State University officials keep a watchful eye on the off-campus behavior of students gathered Friday to talk about how that process will work – and how best to send the correct message to students who are causing problems.

Martian craters could be ancient supervolcanoes that radically reshaped the Red Planet (PBS)

But this new hypothesis was met with skepticism by some scientists. Talking with NBC News, Shan de Silva, a volcanologist at Oregon State University, said the scientific community should be skeptical about finding Earth analogs for features on Mars.

New cooling system aims to slash energy use in data centers (Sustainable Business)

The combined support will fund testing and data analysis by Oregon State University’s Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) at the City of Gresham’s data room. It will also fund, in partnership with the City of Gresham, installation of an IT Aire system in the data room that will be compared to the City’s current cooling system.

Be Well 5K takes place Oct. 11 (LIFE@OSU)

The fourth annual event is free and also features a one-mile walking course.

We need to invest in men (and get men to ‘woman up’) (Oregonian)

Guest opinion by OSU’s Richard Settersten.

Great pink hope (Register-Guard)

Anyone who spotted Oregon State University mascot Benny Beaver has Leslie Parra of Corvallis to thank for that. Because Eugene is the closest Komen event to her hometown, Parra thought involving the mascot — especially considering the event is at Autzen Stadium — would help OSU fans feel more welcome.

Governor signs law inspired by Sisters woman (KTVZ)

Jenna Sneva of Sisters was a national gold medalist at 19, but after 10 concussions, she’s not only had to hang up her ski poles, she told the House Health Committee that she struggles just to stay focused on her studies at Oregon State University, as she suffers from post-concussion syndrome.

Book chronicles wolf’s return to Oregon (KVAL)

The reappearance of wolves in Oregon and the impact this apex predator has on people from ranchers to conservationists to attorneys is the subject of a new book by the Oregon State University Press. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Stink bug takeover (International Business News)

And their large numbers this year means an equally increased threat for late-season crops that they feed on, details an alert from Oregon State University researchers.

Oregon bass anglers head to collegiate invitational (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University is sending three pairs of anglers: Ryan Bell and Colton Thomas, both from Corvallis; Zach MacDonald of Willits, Calif., and Ryan Sparks of Gearhart; and Derek Mathes of Corvallis and Zach Martinez of Linden, Calif.

China honors Oregon State researcher for decade of scientific collaboration (Albany Tribune)

Major advances against some of the world’s most devastating plant diseases are starting to emerge from more than a decade of international scientific collaboration led by Brett Tyler, director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University.

OSU debate: Jesus & Buddha (Oregon Faith Report)

The first Socratic debate of the new academic year will be held on Wednesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. The topic is “Buddhism and the Teachings of Jesus: Two Perspectives.”

Speaker to address federal forestlands (Daily Astorian)

Guest speaker Jim Reeb will present “Oregon Federal Forestlands” at 7 p.m. There is no cost, and the public is welcome. Reeb, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources with Oregon State University, will explore Oregon’s federal forestland health issues in his presentation.

Copper in the body and in the home (Santa Fe New Mexican)

The multiple roles of copper in physiologic processes as well as a listing of foods high in copper are provided in a publication by the Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center at Oregon State University.

Helping people with mental health issues live independently (Medical News Today)

A new analysis by Oregon State University researchers of California’s mental healthsystem finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness transition to independent living.

Colorful trees, shrubs cut winter gloom (Hillsboro Tribune)

“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.”

Teen lacked means to carry out threat (Lebanon Express)

An Oregon State Police investigation has determined that a 16-year-old suburban Portland boy lacked the means to carry out an online threat that targeted Oregon State University.


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)”

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.

“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.

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.

“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.

Upcoming events

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.

NEW! Faculty senate meeting: The agenda for the Faculty Senate Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center is now available on the Faculty Senate website:

NEW! 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, Oct. 11. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Learn more here.

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.

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.

“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.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar:  Improving PowerPoint Slide Design with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning.  Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10-10:50 a.m.

NEW! Arts and Engineering Lecture Series: Shona Kitchen, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and designer, will give a public lecture on technology and the artistic process. She will speak on Oct. 10 in Owen Hall, Room 102, from 6-7 p.m.

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.

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! Computer Help Desk: The OSU Computer Help Desk is a free on-campus resource for students, faculty, and staff. We assist with diagnosing and repairing personal laptops, general software support, and resolving issues with Blackboard and ONID accounts. Our knowledgeable staff help customers over the phone or in person at our walkup location on the main floor of The Valley Library. No appointment necessary.

NEW! Career Services newsletter: Check out the October newsletter here: http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/october_2013_newsletter.pdf

NEW! KBVR: Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on KBVR that invites OSU graduate students to share about their research and experiences. The purposes of the program are to provide opportunities to: 1) inspire others, 2) inform the scientific community, 3) conduct outreach, and 4) practice speaking to a diverse audience. There are also opportunities for undergraduates interested in scientific journalism! To hear past epsiodes, see the upcoming schedule, or find out how to get involved visit: http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration

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).

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 .

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.

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Jefferson Way from 15th St to 26th St will experience delays Monday – Friday during class change times.  Traffic will be stopped hourly from 15 til to 5 after the hour.  These delays are a safety measure to protect the students and staff (pedestrians) during construction of the Student Experience Center.  We are asking all people who drive this area as a short cut through campus to use an alternate route.  Also, any people scheduling deliveries be aware of these delay times and try to schedule deliveries at the bottom of the hour.

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.

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.

Extension Family and Community Health is accepting applications for one part-time,  (approximately 26 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Oregon.  Posting # 0011430. Closes Oct. 14.

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.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position. This position will serve Malheur County. This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. To apply, visit Posting #0011413. Posting closes Oct. 30.

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: After a gorgeous October weekend, it’s hard to face a rainy Monday, but do so we must. Showers today and tomorrow, with some possible sunshine mixed in. High of 61, low of 46.

Central Oregon: Isolated showers today with a high of 59 and a low of 33. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers expected today and tomorrow. High today of 58, low of 49.

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

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