OSU Today

Jan. 6, 2014

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.

FAA decision clears the way for testing of drones in Oregon (OPB)

Oregon, along with the other sites, will play a role in making sure that’s done safely, said Rick Spinrad. He’s vice president for research at Oregon State University, one of the partners in the consortium. (see also KATU, KEZIGazette-Times)

Plant sex preserved in 100-million-year-old chunk of amber (KMTR)

Researchers from Oregon State University and Germany published their findings on the fossils in the Journal of the Botanical Institute of Texas.  (see also EarthSky, International Business Times, National Monitor)

Review: Most clinical studies on vitamins flawed by poor methodology (Lund Report)

Many projects have tried to study nutrients that are naturally available in the human diet the same way they would a powerful prescription drug. This leads to conclusions that have little scientific meaning, even less accuracy and often defy a wealth of other evidence, said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, in a new review published in the journal Nutrients. (see also Examiner, Financial Express, Portland Business Journal)

OSU president Ray heads economic forecasting forum (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray will headline a panel that will discuss prospects for the Corvallis-area economy Jan. 8 at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual economic forecast luncheon.

OSU lands $1 million grant for bioenergy study (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was providing $1 million in funding for a study that could help increase the productivity of trees used for bioenergy. (see also Hispanic Business)

West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem (Los Angeles Times)

“We are likely to see more local events like this if sardines disappear or redistribute along the coast and into deeper water,” said Selina Heppell, a fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University.

Larson named head of OSU Housing & Dining (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has named Dan Larson executive director of University Housing & Dining Services, which operates residence halls and related facilities on the Corvallis campus.

 Jackson named new Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services (LIFE@OSU)

Korey Jackson has been named the new Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at Oregon State University Libraries and the OSU Press.

OSU faces questions on site selection (Bend Bulletin)

A representative of southwest Bend neighborhoods says Oregon State University administrators need to do a better job of explaining why they chose the area for the new four-year Oregon State University-Cascades Campus.

Big Ten and Pac-12 commemorate 100 years of the Rose Bowl game (Big Ten)

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon and Oregon State President Ed Ray presented the resolution at a reception hosted by Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins and Rose Bowl Management Committee Chair Libby Wright.

Lectures in History: Father Devine, Jim Jones and modern Utopias (C-SPAN)

Oregon State University professor Amy Koehlinger looks at the idea of modern religious utopias, focusing on Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement and Jim Jones People’s Temple.

Voices 2014: Wolves may soon be in the 503 area code (Willamette Week)

Turns out, that’s not such a good thing. Oregon State University scientists studying “trophic cascades” have shown that losing an apex predator wreaks havoc on ecosystems.

OSU spinoff gets federal money to fund nuclear power research (KVAL)

A spinoff company out of Oregon State University is working on a project that could be the next advancement in nuclear energy. The NuScale project is working on small, modular nuclear reactors that run underground.

Oregon wolf depredation prevention program gets $37,782 in new funding (Western Farmer Stockman)

Umatilla County Oregon State University Extension livestock specialist Randy Mills, who administers the program in his area, says the program is working out for ranchers in terms of providing a  human presence on the range. Umatilla uses part of its funding for “fladry,” a term applied to use of electrified rope on which colored flagging is attached, considered to be a deterrent to wolves.

Board of Trustees to meet Thursday, Friday (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 9-10, on the OSU campus.

Rooftop gardens are the future of farming (Statesman Journal)

So many of our horticulture students at Oregon State University are enthralled with the thought of becoming organic farmers despite the fact there seems to be an overabundance in the Willamette Valley already.

2013 was a dry year for Oregon (KLCC)

2013 was a really dry year for Oregon. Climate scientists at Oregon State University say it was the driest on record for Eugene despite a soggy September.

OSU-Cascades report suggests stormwater management issues (Bend Bulletin)

The ground at the proposed Oregon State University-Cascades Campus is prone to compressing when wet and could present a hazard to certain types of buildings, according to a geotechnical report released Saturday. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Dr. King’s Lessons for the Climate Justice Movement (Common Dreams)

An opinion piece by Joseph Orosco of the OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Oregon bill would limit household pesticide use to protect bees (Jefferson Public Radio)

Paul Jepson is the director of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center. Part of his job is looking for pesticide alternatives and studying their effectiveness. He’s been asked to study alternatives to the neonicotinoids that would be restricted in Reardon’s bill.

The 7-Eleven meal plan (GQ Fitness)

As a protein source, nuts and seeds are great standbys. But sorry, that jar of honey-roasted Planter’s or the nougat inside a Snickers won’t cut it. “You want to buy unsalted,” says Mary Cluskey, an associate professor of nutrition from Oregon State University. “Just don’t fill up on them, as they can be high-calorie.” Bonus, those seeds are less fattening than nuts are.

Flapless flight (The Scientist Magazine)

“It’s quite impressive to see—even with the strongest winds that you might see out in the ocean, you’re wondering if you’re going to survive, and the albatrosses just seem to be gliding by at ease,” says Rob Suryan, a seabird researcher at Oregon State University.

Here’s the best new edible plants of 2014 (PennLive)

‘Indigo’ tomatoes: Oregon State University last year brought us a break-through new tomato color – true dark purple – in ‘Indigo Rose.’ It’s that color because it’s rich in anthocyanin, a disease-fighting antioxidant.

Q&A with Tami Parr, Northwest cheese historian (Seattle Times)

Parr’s most recent book, “Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History,” was released by Oregon State University Press on Sept. 3. It is the second book she has published as part of the Pacific Northwest Cheese Project, which she started in 2004.

Torrance residents will be part of study (MV Telegraph)

The extension office will participate in an Oregon State University study called Generating Rural Options for Weight (GROW) — Healthy Kids and Communities. The study aims to identify where healthful resources are lacking in a community, and implement solutions to encourage physical activity and nutritious eating. (see also Albuquerque Journal)

Tree sitters protest logging viewed as new model for BLM (Portland Tribune)

Eng’s arch nemesis in this conflict, apart from the squirrel, isn’t necessarily Roseburg Forest Products, or even the BLM. It’s a pair of forestry professors: Norm Johnson at Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin at the University of Washington. The two have a long track record in conservation.

10th annual Cattleman’s Workshop in La Grande (Ag Info)

On Saturday, January 11th at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in LaGrande, Oregon, is the 10th Annual Cattlemen’s Workshop. As anyone who has attended these informative seminars in the past knows, it is well worth a trip to LaGrande to participate. Director for Oregon State University Eastern Oregon Ag and Natural Resources Program Dr. Tim DelCurto shares more details.

Finding the right rootstock for balanced cherry production (Fresh Fruit Portal)

For cherry producers, Krymsk 5 and Krymsk 6 offer promising alternatives to achieve ideal output and quality, explained Oregon State University Extension professor Lynn Long.

Noted biologist, OSU scientist to discuss salmon recovery (Democrat-Herald)

Jim Lichatowich, a noted biologist and author, will discuss the fate of Pacific salmon during a presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Oregon State University. The free, public event begins at 7 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library on campus. (see also Statesman Journal)

Upcoming Events

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! Random Review: Gerald Krantz, OSU Professor Emeritus of Zoology will present an overview of the Aubrey-Maturin Napoleonic War novels by Patrick O’Brian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at noon Wednesday, Jan. 8.  Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. A sign language interpreter can be provided with 48 hours’ notice. Please call 766-6928.

NEW! OSU Divestment meeting:  OSUDivest is a group of students, faculty and staff committed to urging the OSU Foundation to divest its stock holdings in fossil fuel companies. They will meet Jan 9, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 300.

NEW! The Beth Ray Center for Academic Support:  Join us for the re-dedication of the Student Success Center on Jan. 13.  Reception opens at 4:30 with a program at 5 p.m.  Take a tour of the building, and learn more about how this facility is delivering personal academic assistance to OSU students.

NEW! Winter Gala: PFLA is excited to announce that the Winter Gala is rescheduled for Jan. 17,  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery .  OSU Catering will have a fbuffet of new and favorite menu items and the  popular silent auction will return with items for bid.   Proceeds from the silent auction help support professional development workshops.   RSVP to the Winter Gala by Jan. 10.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar:  What’s New in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough.  We are catching up with upgrades to Blackboard! An upgrade over Dec. 20-22 brings us to Service Pack 13. This webinar offers a tour of the new features and improvements in the calendar, assignment grading, tests, discussion boards, and more.  Tuesday Jan. 7, 10-10:50 a.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bxXIOM See highlights on the TAC web page: http://bit.ly/HVZfni  Questions? Contact lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

NEW! TAC Webinar:  What’s New in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough.  We are catching up with upgrades to Blackboard! An upgrade over December 20-22 brings us to Service Pack 13. This webinar offers a tour of the new features and improvements in the calendar, assignment grading, tests, discussion boards, and more. Wednesday Jan. 8, 3-3:50 pm. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bxXK9c See highlights on the TAC web page: http://bit.ly/HVZfni   Questions? Contact lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar:  John Stegeman, Director of Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health will be presenting a seminar – “Insights at the intersection of ortho-PCBs, orphan P450s, and orthologs of PXR in zebrafish.”  – at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in LPSC 125 .

NEW! “Google Apps for OSU: Calendar:” informational sessions, Jan 9 and Jan 13. Interested in learning more about the Google Calendar app and its essential functions? Want to know more about who’s using Google Calendar, the use of multiple calendars at OSU, resource calendars and ownership, and sharing and privacy in Calendar? Please register for one of our 50 minute in-person sessions in the Valley Library at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule.

NEW! WiN PubTalk: Shark Tank with Staff from the OSU Advantage Accelerator. 5 minute pitch. 5 minutes of advice. Live and in-person. Best ideas will automatically be a finalist for acceptance into the Advantage Accelerator. For more information or to apply to pitch visit www.willametteinnovators.com. Pitches will begin on Jan. 14, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Corvallis Sports Park. $10 Admission.

NEW! Master Recycler Class: Spots remain in the 2014 Master Recycler class, sponsored by Campus Recycling and offered free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “payback” what they learned through community service. The course will be on Tuesday nights Jan.14 through March 4 along with a couple field trips, and covers all aspects of waste reduction. More class info and registration is on Campus Recycling’s website.

News for Employees

NEW! Family Friendly Lounge: Find yourself needing somewhere to hang out for a while having your kid in tow? Check out the new Family Friendly Lounge in the MU. It is on the second floor in Room 209. Inside you will find: a couch, kid-sized furniture, books and activities, and computers (free printing if you bring paper).

NEW! OSU directory: The 2013-14 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, kami.hammerschmith@oregonstate.edu, or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

NEW! Long Term Research Rooms: Apply for a long-term (6 to 12 months) research room at the Valley Library.  Doctoral candidates and faculty members engaged in special projects may apply.  Applications (available here) will be considered based on project merits and specific need for library space and materials.  The application deadline is Feb. 14 and decisions will be made Feb. 28.  Please complete and return to the library circulation desk, or return by email to lori.hilterbrand@oregonstate.edu.

Staff Art Show:  Currently on display in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria, and up through Jan. 27, this exhibit showcases the creativity of your co-workers!  For more information about the show, or to be made aware of next year’s call for artists, contact University Events.  The 4th annual Staff Art Show is co-sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals and the Professional Faculty Leadership Association.

General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2014 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: Feb. 3.

Honors College course proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/course-proposals.  For more information: tara.williams@oregonstate.edu  or 541-737-6412.  Deadline is Jan. 27, 2014.

Print, Mail, and More in Memorial Union Room 109 (first floor) – An extension of OSU Printing and Mailing Services, the XPress Stop provides an array of mailing services, including FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Quick print/copy services are also offered, giving customers the option of waiting while their job is produced or dropping it off and picking it up later that day. Additional services include notary, passport photos, faxing, and a Kodak Kiosk. For more information, please contact ari.grossman-naples@oregonstate.edu.


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

 Medical Aide – Veterinary Teaching Hospital – Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has 3 immediate openings for Medical Aide in the large and small animal reception areas. Experience working with large or small animals preferred. Posting 0011650. Closes Jan. 6.

Core Lab Technician– The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Core Lab Technician position. Posting #0011765. Closes Jan. 6.

Bioinformatics Trainer Analyst– The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, Bioinformatics Trainer Analyst position. Posting #0011766. Closes Jan. 6.

Assistant Director of Operations and Communications – Admissions  Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0011691. Closes Jan. 7.

Science Storekeeper, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Science Storekeeper position. Posting # 0011778.  Closes Jan. 9.

Office Specialist 2 – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position as Administrative Office Coordinator. Posting #0011754. Closes Jan. 10.

Research Program Coordinator-Environmental and Molecular Toxicology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Research Program Coordinator.  Posting # 0011733. Closes Jan. 10.

Office Specialist 2 – Division of International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011716. Closes Jan. 12.

Fiscal Coordinator 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0011760, closes on Jan. 14.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Lane County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .75 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene. Posting # 0011747. Closes Jan. 15.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Lane County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .46 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Eugene. Posting # 0011748. Closes Jan. 15.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Klamath County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .46 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Klamath Falls. Posting # 0011782. Closes Jan. 15.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Douglas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, limited duration, .45 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0011745. Closes Jan. 15.

Manager of Access Services – Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Access Services position. Posting #0011712. Closes Jan. 16.

Sponsored Student Programs Manager – International Student Advising and Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Sponsored Student Programs Manager position. Posting #0011735. Closes Jan. 17 (full consideration), Jan. 31.

Assistant Director – The Office of Institutional Research is recruiting for a full-time, 12 month, fixed term Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Requires at least 4 years of experience as a senior analyst in an institutional research office. Posting # 0011576. Closes Jan. 31.

Director of the School of Arts & Communications – College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of the School of Arts & Communications.  Posting #0011676.  For full consideration, apply by Feb. 7.


Corvallis: Happy New Year! We had a lovely dry weekend but there’s rain ahead for most of the week. We’re starting Monday with temperatures below freezing but things will quickly warm up. High today of 45, low tonight of 35. Chance of rain after 5 p.m.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today and chance of rain tonight. High of 40, low of 34. Chance of rain again tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today and through the week. High today of 50, low of 39.

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

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