OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 28, 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.

Bad behavior could be down to a child’s genes (Daily Mail UK)

Researchers at Oregon State University – Cascades believe genetics explain why some children thrive at preschool while others develop behavioural problems. (see also KTVZ, Science Daily, Psych Central)

Not your imagination: Fall colors have been especially good this year (Boise Public Radio)

If you remember from grade school, leaves change color when the process of turning the sun’s rays into food winds down. There’s no objective scale for measuring a region’s autumnal brilliance. But Oregon State University forestry instructor Paul Ries says this year’s colors are among the best. (see also OPB)

Climate change, pollution increasing toxicity of algal blooms (Nature World News)

Scientists from Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina determined that as nutrient enrichment increases, so do toxin-producing strains of cyanobacteria in harmful blooms.

Oregon agriculture – not just a commodity (Oregon Business)

But ag’s “economic footprint” as estimated by Oregon State University’s Extension Service – production, processing, support services, food and drinking establishments, wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing – generated direct and indirect sales of $49.1 billion in 2009. That’s 17% of statewide economic output, supporting 422,891 or 19% of total jobs. That’s a huge footprint, yet so low profile and geographically vast that it’s easy to miss.

Transparency before launch hurt Cover Oregon’s image (Statesman Journal)

“I would have considered it a small miracle had it all worked well right away,” said Rene Reitsma, business information systems professor at Oregon State University.

Exercising diabetes (Statesman Journal)

About 25.8 million people in the U.S., or 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. Ex-Oregon State University football player Spencer Powell was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as an adult.

Speciality food sector offers growers market options (Capital Press)

Growers looking for marketing options are in luck. The specialty foods sector is going nuts, or even chestnuts, which was one of the products on display Oct. 24 at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland.

‘We Stand Together:’ Crowd of 2,500 thwarts Westboro Baptist Church protest at funeral of soldier Cody James Patterson (Huffington Post)

That’s when Oregon State University students Matt Enloe and Lexie Lynn Merrill decided to take a stand. The pair organized a Facebook event to invite members of the community to a peaceful counter-protest. (see also Daily Mail)

Battling bacteria at the genetic level (Gazette-Times)

A new type of antibacterial agent that attacks its target at the genetic level may offer a fundamentally different way to battle bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics, researchers at Oregon State University say. (see also Daily Express)

Using raisins instead of sodium nitrate to preserver jerky for human consumption (Examiner)

Raisins in your jerky soup, all of them doing loop-de-loop? Raisins instead of sodium nitrite or other preservatives may be the way to go. Sacramento’s famous California raisins may be starring in a new role: keeping beef jerky tasty, more nutritious and safe, according to a new study from Oregon State University. You don’t need to use sodium nitrite to preserve your jerky. You can use raisins instead.

‘Gridiron Chef’ contest touts the best in tailgating fare (Gazette-Times)

Julie Jacobs knows a lot about good nutrition — and how to whip up a crowd-pleasing bean dip. The nutrition educator for Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute is in charge of its Healthy Youth Program. When the Moore Family Center at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences launched its first healthy tailgating recipe contest, she rose to the occasion.

Parading home with college spirit (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Marching Band, a color guard and nearly 40 floats paraded through downtown Corvallis to campus Thursday night in the annual Homecoming Parade.

Tobias Wolff wins biennial Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement (Stanford Dish)

English professor and acclaimed author Tobias Wolff  is the recipient of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.

Hermiston, Ore., dealing with armyworm invasion (Columbian)

Though a fairly typical pest, the sheer number this fall is prompting dozens of calls to Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, which has caught the attention of entomologist specialist Silvia Rondon.

Volunteers conduct smoke alarm campaign in near-campus neighborhoods (Gazette-Times)

Sororities participating were Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Kappa.

Fearless feminists (AAUW)

As a bilingual and biracial Latina, Moise has faced many obstacles, all of which have made her a fighter. When she began graduate school at Oregon State University, she realized that her responsibility was to give a voice to anyone and everyone who has been silenced.

Gardening basics: Quick ways to diagnose a plant problem (Oregonian)

Ask a series of systematic questions to diagnose and effectively address the cause of the malady, advises Neil Bell, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Northwest poets to read from collections Nov. 8 (Albany Tribune)

Poets Charles Goodrich and Mary Szybist will read from their most recent poetry collections at Oregon State University on Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda.


OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (OPAW): Enjoy the celebration of the annual OPAW, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, hosted by the OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Programs. The week will be filled with events, including the popular Postdoc Poster Session with wine and cheese, a vendor show, and a fundraiser at the Laughing Planet.

Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Doug Bateman, USGS, will speak on “Forest management and headwater fish: What do policy makers need to hear when they see the New Alsea and Hinkle Creek data?” at 10 a.m., Oct. 28, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

NEW! The Dharma of Mountains and Waters: Buddhism, Nature, and the Wild: William Edelglass will explore the relationship between some aspects of Buddhism and environmental thought focusing on the work of the thirteenth century Zen thinker, Dogen and how his writing inspires modern thinking about contemporary environmental challenges. Oct 28, noon, MU 206.

NEW! Beaver Strides presents Move It Mondays: Move It Mondays is a group walk that takes place every Monday during the academic year – rain or shine! We meet at the SE corner of Plageman Student Health Services at noon, and walk around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods until 12:45 p.m. Free and accommodates all walking speeds. On Oct. 28, SHS dietician Lynn Cordes will join the group to answer questions.

Zoology seminar: Jan Medlock – OSU Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Professor will speak at 3:30  p.m, Oct. 28 in ALS 4001.

Statistics Seminar Series: “Letting Go of Sample Survey Methods That No Longer Work and Inventing New Ones,” by Don A. Dillman, Regents Professor, WSU.  Oct. 28, 4 p.m., Owen 102.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSUsed Store Halloween Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and try your hand at drawing a coupon for 25, 50 or 75% off one item! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Poetry reading: Poets Charles Goodrich and Mary Szybist will read from their most recent poetry collections at Oregon State University on Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow. This is the first reading of the 2013-2014 Literary Northwest Series.

Be Bright! Be Seen!: A pedestrian and bike safety event and alternative transportation fair will be held Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MU Quad. Register your bike with Campus Public Safety, receive free safety and visibility giveaways, learn about the many ways you get to campus that don’t involve driving, and have a chance to win a coveted illuminated umbrella. For more information:  http://oregonstate.edu/main/be-bright

Oregon State University welcomes football Hall of Famer, Dick Butkus to campus on Friday, Nov. 1:  A Q&A session with the legendary linebacker will be held in the Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center at 12:30 p.m.  The presentation will be made up entirely of your questions.  For more details, or to submit a question visit http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/butkus.  Here, you can also find more details regarding parking and a chance to win a personalized football signed by Dick Butkus!  Free and open to the public.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Darwin’s Sacred Cause: James Moore questions the established view of Darwin as an objective scientist, showing how passionate opposition to slavery motivated his research and gave him courage to challenge the scientific and religious establishment of his day. Oct. 29, 4 p.m. MU Journey.

NEW! TAC Webinar:  Introduction to Mind-Mapping with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn what mind-mapping is and how you might utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features.  Wednesday, October 30, 9-9:50 am.  Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1gbE6ly

NEW! Higher Education in Mexico: The challenges: Enrique Fuentes Flores of the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Mexico, will speak about the impact of social and political challenges in Mexico on universities and faculty, Wednesday, Oct. 30, noon in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting.  Weds. Oct 30; 1-1:50 p.m.  Register here: http://bit.ly/13ZFVzp

NEW! Women in technology workshop: From College to Careers – Workshop for Women in Technology. Featuring a panel of dynamic women in technology. They will share their insights on technology careers and reveal how to go after the job of your dreams and get it. Network with peers, professionals and panelists. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. event. CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom. Register here: http://www.netappsled.com/OSU/osuReg.php

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Damien Fordham, ARC Super Science Fellow, University of Adelaide, Australia, will speak on “Extinction risk and climate change: from models to molecules,” Oct. 30, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Constantine the Pious: In his lecture Professor Leithart will survey Eusebius’s account of Constantine’s Christian convictions and examine later legends of Constantine to focus on the changing notions of how successive emperors wished to portray their faith in an imperial context. Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium.

NEW! Fall Climate Social: Climate Change Success Stories.  The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative invite you to gather together across the disciplines on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, LSC Ag Production Room.  Space will be limited, so please be sure to RSVP here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5B93JQ6

Horticulture Seminar Series: Jana Lee of the USDA ARS in Corvallis will give a seminar on “Spotted Wing Drosophila and FAQs.” She will speak on Oct. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (OPAW): All faculty, staff, students, and postdocs are welcome to celebrate the yearly OPAW, hosted by the OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) and the Office of Postdoctoral Programs, and acknowledge the work of OSU postdocs at the Postdoc Poster Session in the MU ballroom Oct. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m., accompanied by wine and cheese. Don’t miss out on the vendor show (2.30-6.30 p.m.) and free chair massages for participating postdocs (2.30-4.30 p.m.)

News for Employees

NEW! 2013 Joy Drive: Childcare and Family Resources is looking for sponsors (departments, individuals, clubs, etc.) to buy gifts for the children of student parents at OSU this holiday season. For more information and to sign up to be a sponsor contact Childcare and Family Resources at familyresources@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Keck Foundation – Call for Concept Papers: The Keck Foundation seeks to support outstanding basic research in science, engineering and medicine that will have a significant impact in solving complex issues and problems. The Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/keck-foundation. Information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.Coleman@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 18.

NEW! The Source: The Fall edition of The Source, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences’ e-newsletter is now available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/october  It has stories about the interesting variety of teaching, research and engagement work that our faculty, staff and students experience in the College, and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.  The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon’s principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide.

NEW! Faculty development fund: Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund are due Oct. 31. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants for a maximum of $4,400 may be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants

NEW! Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction – deadline Friday: All payroll deduction forms for Recreational Sports memberships are due to Recreational Sports by Friday, Nov. 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to use payroll deduction to purchase your membership! Forms can be found by clicking here. Please contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

NEW! Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on KBVR 88.7fm: This program was created by two graduate students and is completely organized and produced by student volunteers without any financial support. Currently the hosts of the program are seeking undergraduate students interested in science communication to get involved in the program. Opportunities for interested students include scientific and promotional journalism, podcast creation, web development, graphic design and more. To hear an episode, find more information, contact the hosts, or see who is currently involved, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration

Parking on campus Nov. 1: A rare weekday home football game will complicate parking on campus Nov. 1. Employees are encouraged to utilize alternative transportation that day, or to park either in designated parking areas (see map here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/10275103273/ ) or at the Benton County Fairgrounds between noon and 5 p.m. (a free shuttle to and from campus will be provided during those hours). For more detailed information on which lots are open and closed to faculty and staff on Nov. 1, see http://bit.ly/1fYf1vS

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2013: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2013 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 11.

Oregon Women in Higher Education conference: Proposals are being accepted for either a concurrent session or poster to the OWHE conference happening on Jan. 24, 2014 at OSU. Deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 4.  See http://owhenet.jigsy.com/ for more details. All conference presenters whose proposal has been accepted will receive free registration if they present at the conference and agree to facilitate one OWHE webinar during 2014-15. Students, faculty and staff of all genders and from both 4-year and 2-year institutions are encouraged to submit proposals and attend the conference. For info: Mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

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.

“Google Apps for OSU: Drive & Sites”– new sessions.  Google Apps for OSU has been enabled for the entire OSU community. This 60 minute session focuses on Google Drive, its configuration and sharing capabilities, and the files you can create in Drive, including Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. A brief introduction to Google Sites will be included as well.  More info is available at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule.

Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction: All payroll deduction forms for Recreational Sports memberships are due to Recreational Sports by Friday, Nov. 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to use payroll deduction to purchase your membership. Forms can be found by clicking here. Please contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions. Be well!

Traffic and Maintenance

Fairbanks: Vacuum excavation for a new water line along the sidewalk north of Fairbanks Hall will require an approximate 4-week sidewalk closure.  ADA access to Fairbanks Hall will remain open by using the south-accessed (at Jefferson Street) parking lot on the west side of Fairbanks.  The two ADA parking spaces and lift for the building will be available for the duration of the sidewalk closure, Oct. 21-Nov. 25.


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

Cook 2 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Cook 2 position.  Posting #0011470.  Closes Oct. 28.

Food Service Worker 3 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 3 position.  Posting #0011490.  Closes Oct. 29.

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.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is currently recruiting for a 1.00 FTE fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant, Posting # 0011200.  Closes Oct. 31.

Research Coordinator.  OSU Zoology Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position PISCO-ODFW Marine Science Integration Researcher for a two-year project.  This is a new position that will serve as a formal bridge between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Posting #0011408.  For full consideration: apply by Oct. 31.

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 Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011469. Closes Nov. 1.

OSU International Degree & Education Abroad (IDEA) is hiring an Administrative Program Assistant.  This is a full time classified position. Posting # 0011513. Closes Nov. 3.

Office Specialist 2 –  Oregon Sea Grant at Hatfield Marine Science Center invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0011512. Closes Nov 3.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator– The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011476. Full consideration date, Nov. 1; Closes Nov. 6.

OSU Extended Campus is seeking a Project Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011474. Closes Nov. 3.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term faculty position in the in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture. This position will serve Benton, Lane and Linn Counties, with primary responsibility for community horticulture. The primary work station will be either Benton or Linn County Extension office and will be determined in consultation with the West Central Regional Administrator. Posting # 0011448. Closes Nov. 3.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice. This position is located in McMinnville. This is a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture. This position will serve Yamhill County with primary responsibility for community horticulture. Posting # 0011447. Closes Nov. 3.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 2 position.  Posting #0011489. Closes Nov. 4.

Medical Aide-Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month Medical Aide. Posting #0011485. Closes Nov. 4.

Human Resources Manager– The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Manager position. Posting #0011486. Closes Nov. 4.

Food Service Worker 3 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Food Service Worker 3 position.  Posting #0011496.  Closes Nov 5.

Administrative Program Specialist– The Office of Dean of Students invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting # 0011493. Closes Nov 10.

The College of Education is currently recruiting for a part time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011483.  Closes Nov. 12.

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Student Services Coordinator position.  Posting #0011367.  Apply by Nov. 15.

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: The weather is definitely feeling pumpkiny this week. Areas of fog this morning, otherwise sunny most of the day. High today of 57, with a low tonight of 30 and a risk of frost. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow showers likely today with clearing by this afternoon. High today of 37, low tonight of 26. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy morning fog followed by afternoon sunshine. High of 57, low of 36.

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

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