OSU Today

Monday, Nov 18, 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.

Water under pressure (Aljazeera)

“This is as big as HIV/AIDS or malaria, and it’s bigger than just about anything else in terms of destruction. It’s bigger than tsunamis, earthquakes, all the wars in any given year put together,” Aaron Wolf, Oregon State University.

Beware, your inbox wants you to spend more than you probably should (Financial Post)

When we did store shopping, we could predict when items would go on sale. You’d wait for the sales,” says Minjeong Kim, an associate dean for the school of design and human environment at Oregon State University. “With online, you have a lot of flash sales. You now have more urgency to buy because you don’t know when the next sale will come. It creates more impulse purchases.”

Students create light-up dance suits (KEZI)

Three Oregon State University Engineering students have created light-up dance suits that will be worn by professional dancers on a national tour.

Forestry professor publishes guide to shrubs (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University forestry professor Edward Jensen and a supporting cast of OSU Extension Service staff, plus OSU students, have produced a 145-page guide for those interested in the topic.

FDA extends produce rule comment period for a week due to website glitches (Oregonian)

He said Taylor was receptive to looking at research from Oregon State University’s experiment station in Malheur County, indicating a low risk for contamination. “This evidence-based research is very helpful in showing that the rules as currently drafted just don’t make any sense,” Walden said.

New statin guidelines stir controversy (Philly.com)

Matthew Ito, an Oregon State University pharmacist who leads the organization, said the new guidelines are a “huge paradigm shift.” They are based only on top-quality clinical trials (which, critics point out, were industry-funded.) Ito said that “other levels of clinical evidence” clearly support the idea that lower levels of cholesterol are better.

Oregon wheat farmers ponder GM future (Capital Press)

Bob Zemetra, wheat breeder at Oregon State University, advised farmers to stop thinking of genetically engineered wheat as only herbicide resistant.

TED talks come to Salem with great fanfare (Statesman Journal)

James Davidson, director of the Oregon State University glee choir, is one of the speaker during the first TEDxSalem, at the Historic Grand Theatre, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Sea of nature – the next cancer killer (OPB)

Sponge-like sea creatures could hold key to fighting, killing cancer cells, according to Oregon State researcher.

Pumpkins fly for fifth year of engineering challenge (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University mechanical engineering student Justin Rowe evoked cheers from participants and spectators as he announced the beginning of OSU’s fifth annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ Competition on Friday afternoon.

Medical research foundation honors top Oregon scientists, mentors (Lund Report)

The Discovery Award was presented to P. Andrew Karplus, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University. Karplus’ contributions to biomedical research include discoveries about the structure-function relationship of a diverse array of proteins, many of which are important to the understanding of problems in human health and agriculture.

5 foods you’re not eating correctly (Yahoo News)

Heat, water, storage, and exposure to air can all cause certain foods to lose their nutrients in different ways, says Mary Cluskey, Ph.D, R.D., associate professor of nutrition at Oregon State University.

Pesky problems should disappear (LaGrande Observer)

Paul Oester of the Oregon State University Extension Service said it’s not uncommon to see swarms of the insects around this time of the year.

Obamas to attend Maryland game (ESPN)

President Barack Obama and the first family plan to continue their annual rite of watching Oregon State play a game in the Washington area. The Beavers, after all, are coached by Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s older brother.

Physical activity and the brain (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation)

The brain plays a major role in regulating physical activity behavior and exercise performance. Regular physical activity may also play a key role in the prevention and treatment of various neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and cognitive function. (OSU’s Brad Cardinal is a co-author).

KBREC makes its move (Herald & News)

The Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC) consolidated its two locations this week. Now all the offices, research and education classroom are at 6923 Washburn Way, at the south end of Klamath Falls.


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.  Monday, Nov. 18, 9-9:50 a.m.. Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1gbEEI8

“Hydrology shapes taxonomic and functional diversity in desert stream communities”: As part of the OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Monday morning meetings, Tiffany Schriever of OSU’s Department of Zoology will give a talk. Nov. 18, 10 a.m., Nash Hall, Room 32.

Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Tiffany Schriever, department of zoology, OSU, will speak on “Hydrology shapes taxonomic and functional diversity in desert stream communities,” at 10 a.m., Nov. 18, in Nash Hall Room 32.

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. 18, Rob Reff from Student Health will join the group to answer questions.

“Marine Resource use by Modern and Holocene Coyotes (Canis Latrans) on the California Coast”: Rachel Reid of UCSC, Earth Sciences Graduate Student (visiting in the OSU Zoology Terry Lab) will speak. Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m., Agriculture & Life Sciences, room 4001.

Department of Food Science and Technology fall seminar: Alan Bakalinsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Increasing Acetic Acid Tolerance in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae for Improved Biofuel Production from Plant Biomass” Nov. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132.

Statistics seminar series: Leigh Ann Starcevich, statistical consultant and OSU alumna, will speak on ecological consulting experiences on Nov. 18, 4 p.m., in Strand Ag Room 203.

WiN Expo 2013: Connect. Collaborate. Innovate. Be part of the largest convergence of talent, innovation, and thought leadership in the Willamette Valley! Network with your peers, industry leaders, cutting-edge researchers, and local dignitaries Showcase your organization’s newest innovative development! Meet potential new employees and partners, Nov. 18 from 4-9 p.m., OSU LaSells Stewart Center & Alumni Center.

Design It New:  Elizabeth Sheehan, Center for the Humanities Fellow and Professor of Literature in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will explore the relationships between early 20th-century avant-garde fashion and fiction in her lecture, “How Modernism Matters: D.H. Lawrence, Fashion, and Enchanting Objects,” on Monday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Developer: OSU AIAA will host Paul Bevilaqua, the former chief engineer of “Skunk Works,” Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP). Bevilaqua played a leading role in developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and he invented the dual cycle propulsion system that enables the Marine’s version of the aircraft to take off and land vertically. Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 125.

Omani National Day: Come join the Omani Student Association on Monday, Nov. 18, in celebration of Omani culture. Memorial Union Lounge 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free Omani traditional food and gallery. For more information:  541-745-8006, 541-745-8002

Upcoming events

NEW! Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. Open to students, staff and faculty. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., OSU Craft Center.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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! November Repair Fair: Bring your broken belongings for free repairs or attend a drop-in demonstration at the Repair Fair Wednesday, Nov. 20 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the OSUsed Store. Demonstrations are on changing out bicycle tubes, basic vacuum maintenance and fixing sock holes. See the schedule and a list of repair skills being offered at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

NEW! Faces of Homelessness Panel: Local individuals share personal experiences of homelessness. Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Human Services Resource Center, Join us Wednesday Nov. 20, from 6-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Canned food donations requested at the door; proceeds will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Community Outreach, and the OSU Food Pantry.  Refreshments will be provided.

My Hands are a City: The OSU Concert Bands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $10 at door. K-12 and OSU students, staff and faculty, free with ID. Information: bands.oregonstate.edu

Exploring the Small Farm Dream workshop: This workshop will provide  an overview of the key factors to consider before starting a small farm business. This class will be taught by Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service and will be offered on Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. on the LCC main campus in Eugene.  The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required.  For more information, descriptions of the other 8 classes being offered or to register go online to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events or call OSU Extension Service at (541) 766-3556.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! UHDS Executive Director Candidate Open Forum Presentation – University Housing & Dining Services invites the public to attend our second candidate’s 30-minute presentation.  Topic: Talk about a time you had to initiate, develop and deliver a strategic organization-wide project that included both partners across campus and community-wide. How did you inspire multiple constituencies to “buy in” to the vision and plan?  Sandra (Sandy) Schoonover – University of Montana, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the MU Journey Room.

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Early Literacy” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to familyresources@oregonstate.edu. Nov. 20, noon, MU 213.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blended Learning – How (and Why) to Create a Successful Hybrid Course, with Cub Kahn (CTL)  A growing number of OSU faculty are redesigning classroom courses as hybrids, which combine significant online learning activity with a reduced amount of on-campus “seat time.”  This webinar will demonstrate effective methods for designing and teaching a hybrid course, as well as reasons that you might consider a blended approach.  Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1 to 1:50 p.m. Register: http://bit.ly/16OrSOj

NEW! “International wildlife conservation and the critically endangered Chinese crested tern”: As part of the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar, Professor Daniel D. Roby will give a talk Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Nash Hall, room 206.

NEW! “Scientific Assertions that Muddle Ecological Policy”: OSU professor Robert Lackey gives the next talk in the Water Resources Seminar series. Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Owen Hall, room 102.  Information: bweatherford@coas.oregonstate.edu

NEW! “Constantine in Context:”  For two centuries, Constantine scholarship has revolved around a single question: Was he a sincere convert to Christianity or simply a political opportunist? Hal Drake of UCSB will try to answer this question by applying the tools of public policy analysis to examine his reign. Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium.

NEW! High-speed rail in the Willamette Valley: At the Nov. 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Emily Ho of the Linus Pauling Institute will discuss research on diet, the immune system and cancer. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to save a seat.

PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members:Current changes and updates! How does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the MU Board Room. Reserve your seat by calling Kirsten at (541) 714-4296, or by email at kallam@osufederal.com.

Science communicators brown bag: “IS IT SAFE?” Talking about Risk with Kaci Buhl, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center room 402. As a long time veteran of the National Pesticide Information Center, Kaci Buhl has taken thousands of phone calls about risk. She has also trained staff, state agencies, and EPA personnel in these topics.

Horticulture Seminar Series: Louisa Hooven, Research Associate in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on the “Effect of Fungicides on Development and Behavior of Honey Bees.” She will speak on Nov. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.

TEDTalk Hunger Discussion: In a world filled with food, why are people still suffering from starvation? Watch Josette Sheeran, head of the UN’s World Food Program, discuss global hunger & learn what’s going on in your own backyard. Join us Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Valley Library, Willamette Room. This event is part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Refreshments provided.

OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Oregon State University – Cascades continues its fifth consecutive year of Science Pub offerings with a presentation by nutrition professor, Melinda Manore.  Manore, a professor and researcher at OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences will present “Eating for Health and Performance: Small Steps – Big Rewards” on Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins in Bend. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.

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.

Rulemaking hearing: OSU will hold a rulemaking hearing on Friday, Dec. 6, to set or change fees and charges for services from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. A list of these fees and charges may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including a copy of the proposed rule, and to make accommodation requests related to a disability, contact Beth Giddens, Senior Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel, beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in MU 206 and is open to the public.

News for Employees

NEW! Alternative Spring Break: Choose from three service trips in San Francisco, Yakima and Ashland. This is an opportunity to dedicate a week to positively impacting a community, while having fun with fellow OSU students who have made an active commitment to learning and growing through service. Applications are due Dec.2, and can be found at oregonstate.edu/cce/alternativebreaks.

Student Sustainability Project Grants Available: The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is now accepting applications for project grants. The SSI strives to address all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Any individual OSU student or student group can apply for up to $6,000 in funding. More information can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/funding/projects. Applications are due Dec. 15.

Recreational Sports Half Term Memberships – As the holiday seasons approach, don’t miss out on ways to get and stay active! Recreational Sports is here for you. Purchase a Half Term membership for only $41 (faculty/staff/affiliates/associates) and $34 (student affiliates/dependents). Memberships are valid until Jan. 3, 2014. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

Call for Student Art:  Submit your art to the Student Success Center (SSC) for display in the building.  Selected art will be featured in an Open House winter term.  Art must be consistent with the SSC environment and able to hang on the wall.  Email your submission to ssc.student@oregonstate.edu by Friday, Nov. 22. For full details, visit http://success.oregonstate.edu/SSC_Programming

Energy Civil War: The Energy Civil War is a competitive event hosted by the Student Sustainability Initiative and RecSports to promote renewable energy and physical activity at OSU and UO. Between Nov. 18-22, students are asked to workout on the ReRev ellipticals located in the main cardio room in Dixon Rec Center. These machines are a source of renewable energy on campus. We will be measuring which school can generate the most watt-hours. Please sign up for a shift to ensure the ellipticals are always powered during non-peak hours: http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/feature/20131105-5th-annual-energy-civil-war .

Non-Perishable Food & Toiletries Drive: Nov. 11-22. Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Human Services Resource Center, and OSU Panhellenic Council. Boxes will be placed at MU info desk, Java II, EBGBs, Cascadia Market, Main Squeeze, Dixon Recreation Center, and Kerr Administration. All donations will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Community Outreach, and the OSU Food Pantry.

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed starting Nov. 14 and will run through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

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.

Career Services Coordinator – OSU-Cascades invites applicants for a full time (1 FTE) 12-month Career Services Coordinator position.  Posting #0011578. Closes Nov. 18.

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.

The Graduate School are accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 1.  This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 6 months from the appointment begin date.  Posting # 0011527. Closes Nov. 19.

Service Center Operations Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting #0011498.  Closes Nov 22.

Communications Specialist – Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invite applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), communications specialist and science writer to support the communications activities of Climate Impacts Research Consortium.  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu   Posting # 0011585. For full consideration apply by Nov. 25.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Posting #0011564.  Closes Nov. 25.

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.

Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees position. Posting # 0011535. Closes Nov 30.

News and Research Writer – University Relations and Marketing – News and Research Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term News and Research Writer position. Posting #0011589. Closes Dec. 1.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Agricultural Science and Marine Science Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources Consultant 1.  Posting # 0011551.  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.


Corvallis: “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” ― Chad Sugg. Rainy today with a high around 55. A storm is rolling into the area tonight with strong winds and plenty of rain, bringing the potential for downed limbs and flooding, especially in combination with fallen leaves clogging drains. Low tonight around 45.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today with rain increasing tonight. High of 49, low of 40. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: There’s a high wind warning for the coast today as a storm blows in. Rainy, windy and generally unpleasant. High of around 55, low of 45.

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

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