OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 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.

Case of insect interruptus yields a rare fossil find (New York Times)

George O. Poinar Jr., a paleoentomologist at Oregon State University, who wrote about those flies, said he did not know of any other fossil of froghoppers copulating, probably because “they’re so big they don’t stick in amber.”

Scientists close in on planet’s oldest ice (Scientific American)

“What we hope to do is galvanize other people to be interested in the topic and help join us in doing all the geophysics research to help us find the right place,” said Edward Brook, a geochemist at Oregon State University who was also a co-author on the paper.

Eating wild blueberries can add years to your life (Yahoo News)

A similar study conducted by researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University analyzed the effect that red grapes and blueberries had on the human immune system. In particular, the research team was interested in stilbenoids known as resveratrol and pterostilbene that fight fungal pathogens in plants, but may also benefit our immune system when combined with vitamin D.

Just get on the bus, Gus! (The Source Weekly)

Jeff Monson, Executive Director for Commute Options, has a vision for Oregon State University’s soon to be expandedCascades Campus: A student approaches campus from a winding trail, hops off her bicycle and locks it up at a covered rack. She is joined by classmates who have walked from their dorms or neighborhood apartments, and by friends who have sauntered over from the nearby transit terminal, and even others who pour out of a car share. Yes, it is a 21st century commuters’ dream.

Researchers study effect of forest fragmentation on hummingbird behavior (OPB)

Hummingbirds flitting through the fragmented forests of Costa Rica have caught the attention of Oregon State University researchers.

UO-OSU collaboration leads to breakthrough in understanding aluminum (Oregonian)

Researchers in the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, a collaboration of the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, have developed the first platform to fully study and understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum – one of the world’s most important metals. (see also Hispanic Business)

What’s the best rail route through the Willamette Valley? (KATU)

Glencora Borradaile, a computer science professor at Oregon State University, is waging a petition campaign on moveon.org — a website that promotes progressive change — asking the rail leadership council not to overlook Corvallis.

Campus health centers expand services (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

The fee-based funding models on many campuses allow physicians and staff to spend more time assessing their patient’s needs without the pressure of meeting insurance company demands, explains Ketcham, also associate director of health promotion at Oregon State University. Staff can also engage students in conversations about lifestyle choices and behaviors that can impact their wellness for life.

Oregon to post hemp rules by planting time (Capital Press)

Russ Karow, head of the Crop and Soil Science Department at Oregon State University, will be among the committee members, Pokarney said.

Report details growing concern over climate change (KGW)

A new report published by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University details numerous areas of concern as we move forward toward the year 2100.

Problems continue with inappropriate prescription of antipsychotic drugs (Health Canal)

The findings were made by researchers from Oregon State University, Oregon Health and Science University, theUniversity of Colorado and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. They were published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, in work supported by the National Institutes of Health.

OSU to fungal genes: Talk to the hand (Corvallis Advocate)

Researchers from Oregon State University have discovered a gene in the fungal cereal pathogen Fusarium graminearum that suppresses the expression of over 2,000 other genes within the organism.


CANCELLED: Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn:“Positive Parenting and Setting Behavorial Expectations.”.

Copyright and Qualtrics Workshops at The Valley Library: The Fall 2013 OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series continues with Week 6 sessions: Qualtrics survey software (Nov. 7). For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Raising the Curtain on OSU’s Performing Arts: At the Nov. 7 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Marion Rossi, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, will discuss initiatives and partnerships in theater, music and other areas. Triad meets in the MU, room 213, 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.

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  Justin Teeguarden, PNNL, will be presenting a seminar – “What is on YOUR X-axis?  How Science and the Media Created the Hysterigen Bisphenol A”- at noon on Thursday, Nov. 7, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

Forest Ecosystems and Society seminar: Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, will discuss Ethics in Advocacy at 4 p.m., Nov. 7, in Richardson Hall 313.

Director of Shared Services forum:The Director of Shared Services is responsible for the oversight and guidance of OSU’s Business Centers. Candidates will answer the question,”Given the unique position OSU is in related to changes in our governance (i.e. we will have an independent Board as of July, 2014), what implications and opportunities does that have regarding our balance between risk, compliance and customer service?” followed by 45 minutes for questions and answers.  Kimi Lucas: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2:15-3:15 p.m., MU 208.

Upcoming events

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 Nov. 11, SHS health coach Malinda Shell will join the group to answer questions.

NEW! Queer film festival: The Corvallis Queer Film Festival will run from Nov. 11-15 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, with all shows beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to free screenings each night, one of the films’ directors will visit Corvallis and participate in a panel discussion. Highlighting the week is the appearance on Friday, Nov. 15, of Del Shores, director of “Southern Baptist Sissies,” which depicts the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern Baptist Church. On  Nov. 13, a reading of Shores’ play, “Sordid Lives,” will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. The play is about a colorful family in a small Texas town dealing with the death of the family matriarch and her secrets. For schedule: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/main/queer-film-fest-comes-corvallis

NEW! CL@SE Open House: Following the PCUN discussion, the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) will host an open house Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 to 6 p.m., in Gilkey Hall, Room 200.  Light refreshments will be served.  Meet new staff of CL@SE and learn more about Latino/a research and engagement activities at OSU.

NEW! Gregory retirement: Stan Gregory, Distinguished Professor, is retiring after 32 years on the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.  A reception in his honor will be held on Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 PM in room 20 of the Forest Sciences Laboratory (3200 SW Jefferson Way, just west of Richardson Hall).  Please join his department in thanking him for his many years of service to OSU, and to wish him well in his retirement.

NASA Student Symposium: The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium will host the 2013 NASA Student Symposium on Friday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room. The Symposium features posters and presentations by student interns, scholars, and research teams.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information, http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium.

Music à la Carte: OSU Chamber Choir and the West Albany High School Concert Choir. Friday, Nov. 8 , noon, MU Lounge. For more information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music/music-la-carte-concert-series

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.

Children’s Concert: Dogbreath Express and Bubbles. Kenji Bunch, viola and Monica Ohuchi, piano. Presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International and Friends of the Library.  Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m., Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room, 645 NW Monroe, free. Information: corvallispiano.org

International Cultural Service Program celebrates 30 Years: ICSP began at OSU three decades ago and now exists at several other Oregon universities. It is one of our signature scholarship programs for international students, enabling the campus and community to learn about dozens of countries and cultures each year through speaking engagements and other forms of outreach. Celebrate the program and its participants Nov. 13, 3 p.m., MU Lounge.

Open House Event: Speaker Victor Kuhns, director for Vets Helping Vets HQ on veteran programs, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OSU Veterans Lounge in the MU. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Public Policy brown bag: The School of Public Policy brownbag series for Fall concludes this Friday, Nov. 8, when Alison Johnston will present “Holding Governments to Account for Policy Reform?: The Electoral Consequences of General Strikes and Social Pacts in Western Europe”. The brownbag will run from noon-1 p.m. in Fairbanks 304.

NEW! OSU Libraries Fall Workshop Series concludes with EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, and Data Management workshops: The Fall 2013 OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series concludes with Week 7 sessions on citation managers and data management: Basic EndNote & Intermediate/Advanced EndNote Nov. 11, EndNote Web, Nov. 13, Zotero, Nov. 14, and Intro to Data Management (11/14). For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings:  Kate Boersma, Department of Zoology, OSU, will speak on “Direct and indirect effects of drought on aquatic invertebrate communities in fragmented streams,” at 10 a.m., Nov. 11, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.

NEW! Native American Cultural Geographies Lecture: Natchee Barnd, Professor of Ethnic Studies at OSU and current Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, will speak on “The Art of Native Space”, Monday, Nov. 11,  at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

NEW! Statistics seminar series: Members of the OSU statistics faculty will speak on ” Introduction to Research Conducted by the OSU Statistics Faculty,” Nov. 11, 4 p.m., in Strand Ag 203.

NEW! IMPACT Open Session:  IMPACT is an education-based prevention program that focuses on reducing high-risk alcohol and other drug use among students. Consider attending one of the two open sessions to learn more about the program. Monday, Nov. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. or Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 to 11 a.m., MU Room 208 – La Raza:For more information visit: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/open-impact-session

NEW! Horticulture Seminar Series: Laurent Deluc, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on “Grape berry synchronization: Evidence of the naturally occurring plastic nature of the ripening program.” He will speak on Nov. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Immigration Reform and Leadership Transition:  Jaime Arredondo, Ramon Ramirez and Larry Kleinman will discuss PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste/Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) leadership transition and update on immigration reform update.  PCUN is Oregon’s farmworker union and the state’s largest Latino organization. Event sponsored by OSU’s CL@SE.  Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Waldo 201A.

Zoology seminar:  Tom Newsome – OSU Forestry, Postdoc (2013 Fulbright Scholar) University of Sydney Research Fellow, will speak on “The Big Bad Wolf and Baby Stealing Dingo: A Cross Continent Comparison of Two Controversial Top-Predators,” Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project information session on Phase 2 of the communication:  Salary Structure for Managers/Supervisors of Professional Faculty:  Monday, Nov. 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115 OR Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115.  Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited to supervisors/managers of professional faculty positions; both sessions will be live streamed, recorded and available on the project website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/job_category/

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered on Nov. 14 and Dec. 6.

Social Media Bootcamp for Campus Communicators: Siouxsie Jennett,  an award-winning digital media professional, PSU instructor and national speaker will lead a bootcamp tailored for higher education communication professionals.  Thursday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in MU Room 211. Cost: $150. See pne.oregonstate.edu/smbootcamp to register and submit topic preferences.

Student Teaching Application Meeting: Education Double Degree students planning to student teach during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to a free, informative application meeting on Monday, Nov. 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Furman 303.  Student teaching applications due April 1, 2014 with prior admission to the Provisional Level (Level 2).   http://education.oregonstate.edu/information-students

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Half term memberships: Half Term memberships to Recreational Sports will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 11. Half Term memberships are valid until 1/3/2014. The cost for faculty/staff/affiliates/dependents is only $41 and student affiliates/dependents only $34. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

NEW! Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins Dec 3.  WW Open House meetings will be held Nov. 26, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322.  The new 13-week series begins Dec. 3 in a new location, the Moore Family Center, Milam 105. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

NEW! Synergies newsletter: See a video highlighting the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ first GridIron Chef Contest and Homecoming Trivia Bowl and read stories featuring students helping with Cover Oregon, an HDFS student’s research trip abroad, a Public Health grad’s advice to current students, Bob’s Red Mill founder Bob Moore’s recent visit and more in this month’s Synergieshttp://bit.ly/1cEHhDe

International Education Week 2013: Creating Visibility of the World at OSU Today, Nov. 11-15. More than 25 events, including documentaries, panel discussions, information sessions, festivals and a photo contest are planned throughout the week.  For the calendar and description of events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew

International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) has mid-year applications: Do you know an international student who is passionate about sharing their culture and needs financial assistance?  To honor the 30th anniversary of ICSP, we have the unique ability to re-open the International Cultural Service Program scholarship applications to offer a mid-year award to qualified international students. Please encourage students to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, Dec. 2, and awards will be given for Winter and Spring 2014.  Application details can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/international/ICSP/applying.

OSU child care survey: OSU is seeking input about the child care needs of the OSU community. If you are a parent of a child ages newborn to 12, or expect to have a child within the next two years, please participate in a survey that will be sent out via INFORM on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The survey must be completed by Nov. 19.

12th Annual Rivals for Life: Civil War Blood Drive: Beavers fans please join in between now and Nov. 24 in this friendly competition with the Ducks to increase community blood donations prior to the critical holiday season! Visit www.civilwarblooddrive.com to find a donation site near you and to check on the scoreboard.Fans, students and alumni are encouraged to donate on behalf of their team at any American Red Cross or Lane Blood Center blood drive in Oregon. The university with the most submitted ballots will be announced prior to the Civil War game in Eugene. All participants may enter a drawing to win tickets to the Civil War football game.

Register Now for Intergroup Dialogue: Intergroup Dialogues are 9-week sustained learning communities carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict and community. Two dialogues will be offered during the winter 2014 term. One dialogue will involve identity groups defined by race & ethnicity, and the second will focus on sexual orientation and sexual identity. The priority deadline for registration is Sunday, Dec. 1. For more information, or to register please visit our site: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/igd.

Traffic and Maintenance

Adams Street: Due to trench filling for the installation of new steam lines for the new resident hall, Adam’s street will be closed between 13th & 14th on Nov. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington Ave. lot closure: Due to the installation of telecom conduits for the new resident hall, various parking spaces located in the Washington Ave lot will be closed Nov. 6-27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for the position of Student Care Administrative Program Specialist.  This is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE classified appointment.  Posting # 0011493.  Closing Nov. 10.

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.

Director-Strategic Development– The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting # 0011518. Closes Nov. 12.

College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants to utilize the pool (posting #0011033) to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month Vet Tech 2 position AND one temporary Vet Tech 2 position. Closes Nov. 12.

Accountant 1 – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Posting #0011536.  Closes Nov. 14.

The Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Asian & Pacific Cultural Center Coordinator This position is a 12 month, full-time, administrative position. Posting # 0011526. Closes Nov. 15.

Advisor-Academic– The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011516. Full consideration date, Nov. 8; Closes Nov. 15.

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.

Research Program Administrator, College of Forestry, Oregon State University. F/T. Reports to the Director of Research. Identifies and pursues funding opportunities. Manages the pre-award grants, contracts, and agreements efforts of Forestry faculty and research cooperatives. Posting #0011519. Closes Nov. 18.

Advisor-Academic – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011555. Full Consideration Date, Nov. 25; closes Dec 2.

OSU is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Position 1 – Organizational Change: This scholar’s focus will be to research the project’s attempt to secure wider organizational change. Position 2 – Student Gains: This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with a priority submission deadline of Dec. 1. Full announcement attached and can be found at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/postdocs-announcement.

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:May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.” Irish Blessing. Rain, up to half an inch, and a strong breeze will make staying inside preferable today. High of 54, low of 44. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today and showers tonight. High of 54, low of 34. Clearing tomorrow.

Newport: Rain, heavy and times, and breezy, with a high of 53 and a low of 45. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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

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