OSU Today

Friday, May 30, 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.

Lyme disease bacteria older than the human race (Discovery News)

Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) studied four ticks found in the Dominican Republic, and the sap-trapped critters revealed a large grouping of cells that bear a close resemblance to Borrelia, a type of bacteria that to this day causes Lyme disease. (International Business Times,Houston Chronicle, e!Science News)

How Teddy Roosevelt helped save football (Washington Post)

Roosevelt, Miller said, played a big role behind the scenes. But Michael Oriard, a football cultural historian and retired American literature professor at Oregon State University, said in an interview that Roosevelt’s role in reforming the sport has become exaggerated over the year.

OSU students to give presentation on Corvallis energy savings program (Gazette-Times)

A group of Oregon State University graduate students will make a free presentation on Corvallis’ energy efficiency efforts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tunison Fire Station, 365 S.W. Tunison Ave.

OSU, community to honor life of Beth Ray on Monday (Gazette-Times)

The public is invited to a celebration of life event at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the LaSells Stewart Center in honor of Beth Phelps Ray, the wife of Oregon State University President Ed Ray. She died March 21 of lung cancer at the age of 67. (see also Daily Astorian, Daily Barometer)

Local Author’s Robot Apocalypse takes over the world (Portland Monthly)

A warning light switches on in the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University. A pair of three-foot-tall, disembodied legs come alive with a clank. ATRIAS, one of the world’s most advanced bipedal robots, takes a lap around the small, open classroom, moving with a powerful velociraptor-like gait. Onlooking robotics students and visitors stand well outside its path: the robot, the lab director has already warned, doesn’t know its own strength.

OSU students develop mobile app for transit riders (Gazette-Times)

Members of the Oregon State University Policy Analysis Lab and the OSU App Club held a 36-hour “hackathon” in April in which three new apps were developed.

Shrink your grocery budget by growing your food (Yahoo Finance)

Meanwhile, Gail Langellotto, statewide coordinator for the Oregon State University Master Gardener program, analyzed the findings of six reports on the subject. She found that gardens yield an average of 74 cents worth of produce per square foot planted. However, most of the studies she used were quite old – dating to the 1970s and ’80s – which could mean their results may not correlate to those of gardeners using newer seed hybrids and gardening methods. (see also MSN)

Do salmon fall in love at first smell? (KMTR)

New research out of Oregon State University shows wild salmon have an uncanny ability to pick out the perfect mate.

Eight foods to eat every day (MSN)

Heart-healthy canola oil (which is less expensive and milder tasting than olive oil) is rich in the antioxidant alphatocopherol, according to Maret Traber, PhD, of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Just 1 tablespoon contains 16% of the DV.

OSU Libraries, press get $100K estate gift (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Libraries and Press has received a $100,000 estate gift to endow the Library Undergraduate Research Award.

Boosting economic opportunities (Ag Info)

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a plan written by Rep. Greg Walden to place the 290 acres of land currently home to Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agriculture Research and Experiment Center fully under local control. Congressman Walden talks about the legislation.


Around The World: Today in Pangea NUTR 447 Class is taking you around the world, in Pangea, with dishes like German Bratwurst, West African Mafe Stew, Mexican fish Tacos and much more! For the full menu head over to Pangea’s Daily Specials.

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today and every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159.

Microwave Essential Oil Extraction: Bill Dean of OilExtech will discuss a novel extraction apparatus and how OilExtech has taken an idea from invention to commercialization. OilExtTech operates under an exclusive license from OSU and is the  newest tenant at OSU’s Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI, Building 11, Hewlett-Packard campus). Dean will speak on May 30 from noon – 1 p.m. in the MBI’s Metolius Room.

Video screening“Do the Math,” the video, Friday May 30, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 303. Attend this brown bag movie and discussion of the iconic climate change movie that blends the reporting of climate science and calls for political action. The video is a production of 350.org and narrated by Bill McKibben. 43 minutes. Sponsored by OSUDivest.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open every Friday, from 1-5:30 p.m.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

NEW! Disability Studies @ OSU: All OSU community members are invited to join in conversation about the emerging DS program. This week we will be reviewing drafts of proposals to the Provost Hiring Initiative. We’ll meet in Milam 306, Friday, May 30, 2-3:30 p.m.

NEW! Retirement Celebration for Nora Ross: Please join us on May 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility to help celebrate Nora’s 30 years of service to Oregon State University.

Frontiers in Applied Economics Seminar Series. Sheila Olmstead (University of Texas at Austin) presents “Damming the Commons: An Empirical Analysis of International Cooperation and Conflict in Dam Placement”. Friday, May 30, 3:30-5 p.m. in 019 Milam Hall.

School of Psychological Science Spring Colloquium Series: Victoria Braun will speak on “Common and Differential Effects of Meditation Styles on Interpersonal Conflict Coping and Prosocial Construct Activation,” May 30, from 4-5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.

Spring concerts: The MUPC will hold its annual spring concerts, Battle of the Bands and Dam Jam on May 30, and May 31, respectively in the MU Quad. Battle of the Bands showcases 10 OSU student bands competing for cash prizes, with the winning band opening for the Dam Jam concert the following night. Battle of the Bands begins at 4:30 p.m. on May 30. The opening band for this year’s event is an all OSU professor band named B2K and the Delicious Spoon. The Dam Jam concert takes place Saturday, May 31, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and music beginning at 8 p.m.

Choir concert: The Oregon State University men’s and women’s choirs present their final concert of the school year on Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. Performing will be Bella Voce, directed by Tina Bull and the OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russ Christensen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at tickettomato.com. OSU students and youth through age 18 will be admitted for free.

Ballroom dance: The Oregon State University Ballroom Dance Company ( formerly Cool Shoes), will perform their award-winning showcase “Swingin’ Ballroom,” Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, 7:30 p.m.  at Corvallis High School Auditorium, 1555 SW 35th St.  Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door the nights of the performances. For more information contact Cathy Dark at 541-737-5929.


Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day:  The OSU College Forests and OSU Extension Service, Benton/Linn County, are hosting the second annual Get Outdoors Day event at Peavy Arboretum north of Corvallis.  This event will take place on Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of National Get Outdoors Day,  to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.  This event is free to the public and will feature a variety of hands-on activities including free fishing for youth 13 and under and guided hikes for people of all ages.  For more information: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: iBooks for Class Projects, with Carmel Finley, Michael Jager, Jon Dorbolo.  Apple ibook Author is a powerful platform for creating digital books so that your students can show what they know.  This webinar focuses on techniques for constructing class assignments with digital books as the student outcomes. June 3, 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1iiXI8R

Everyone Matters @ OSU Advocate Awards Ceremony: Everyone Matters @ OSU and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are awarding staff and faculty who exemplify the principles of Inclusivity, Equity, and Diversity. All faculty, staff, and students welcome to attend the Everyone Matters @ OSU Advocate Awards Pinning Ceremony: June 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., MU Quad. facebook.com/EveryoneMattersAtOsu #EveryoneMattersOSU

Global Health: Learn more about global health and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ new Center for Global Health at the center’s inaugural symposium. The event will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5-6 on the OSU campus. See http://health.oregonstate.edu/global-health/symposium for more information about the symposium and to learn how to register. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Beth Phelps Ray – A Celebration of Life:  OSU students, faculty and staff, Corvallis community, alumni and friends are all welcome to attend this celebratory, musical event on Monday, June 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center.  Learn more about the life of Beth at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2014/celebrating-the-life-of-first-lady-beth-ray/

Electronic Research Administration vendor demos: The Research Office is seeking input on vendor demonstrations for different electronic Research Administration systems to assist with the processing of submissions and reviews related to research compliance, environmental health and safety compliance. Tech Software, June 2, 9-11 a.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115; A-Tune, June 3, 2-4 p.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115; iMedris, June 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Kidder, Room 274; Huron, June 4, 3-5 p.m. in Kidder, Room 274; Topaz, June 5, 8-10 a.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115; Key Solutions, June 5, 3-5 p.m. in Hallie Ford, Room 115.

Noche de Gala: Empowering Cultural Identity” event in MU Ballroom, Friday, June 6, includes dinner, entertainment and awards 6-8 p.m. (ticket required) and a dance from 9 p.m.-midnight (no ticket required). Formal attire recommended. Free tickets now available in MU 103.  Co-hosted by MASA, MEChA, Kalmekak and CASA Latina/o de OSU, sponsored by SEAC, funded by Educational Activities. Contact: Esmeralda Flores florese@onid.oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and Webinars

Literature and Disability Studies Lecture: Professor Allison Hobgood (Willamette University) will present the talk “Poetry, Prosthesis, and Queer-Crip Intercourses in the English Renaissance” on Monday, June 2, from 4-5 p.m. in the MU Journey Room as part of the School of Writing, Literature, and Film’s Critical Questions Lecture Series.

Campus Climate Survey Preliminary Results: Learn about preliminary employee survey findings, plans for ongoing assessment, and plans for designing and implementing strategies on Wednesday, June 4, from 9-10:30 a.m. in Kidder 202 (this session will be streamed live and recorded). Both the recorded session and survey results will be available at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/climate-assessment Accommodation requests related to a disability can be made at 541-737-3556 or oei@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Extended Deadline for Proposals! Faculty Funding Opportunity: Academic Affairs is offering compensation and course development support during Fall 2014 for redesign of established undergraduate classroom courses as hybrid courses to be offered in Spring or Summer 2015. These funds are in support of participation in a hybrid faculty learning community and course redesign. Academic Affairs will allocate $2,000 per course to each participating faculty member. Proposals are due June 12. See Request for Proposals; contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu if you have questions.

Association of Oregon Recyclers Conference: The 36th annual AOR Conference & Trade Show held June 19-21 at the LaSells Stewart Center will feature workshops, tours, and networking opportunities with waste reduction experts. Register by this Friday, May 30 for the early bird rate. OSU students and staff may take advantage of the AOR member rate. See the agenda and details online.

Everyone Matters @ OSU Advocate Awards: Everyone Matters @ OSU and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are accepting nominations for the Everyone Matters  @ OSU Advocates Award. Nominate staff or faculty who exemplify the principles of Inclusivity, Equity, and Diversity. Pinning ceremony: June 2, 11 a.m.-12:30pm – MU Quad. Nominate here: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_bdRWAIumm6b5QBD by May 28. facebook.com/EveryoneMattersAtOsu #EveryoneMattersOSU

24/7 – Yes We Can: You asked for it, so let’s give it a try!  The Valley Library will be open 24/7 for dead and finals week spring term.  We will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 and we won’t close our doors again until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13at the end of finals week.  If you like it, if you need it, if you want it, come on in and USE IT.  We’ll be here for you.

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 9 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee


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

AmeriCorps member position: OSU Extension Service – Marion County is seeking a Mentor Development and Youth Retention Project Coordinator through the VISTA AmeriCorps program. For information: vista@oregoncampuscompact.org.

Agronomy Instructor– The Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month agronomy instructor. Posting #0012271. Closes May 30.

Health Educator-Nutritionist– Student Health Services invites applications for a full time, 12 month Health Educator-Nutritionist.  Posting #0012340. Closes May 30.

IACUC Coordinator – The Office of VP for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term IACUC Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President for Research. Posting #0012388. Closes May 30.

Associate Director for Federal Relations – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director for Federal Relations position. Posting # 0012326. Closes for full consideration May 30.

Administrative Assistant – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Assistant position. Posting # 0012319. Closes May 31.

Office Specialist 2- The Department of Integrative Biology invites applications for a full time, 12 month OS2 position. Posting #0012424. For full consideration, apply by June 1.

Accountant 1 – Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012403. Closes June 1.

Public Info Representative 1–Professional & Continuing Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Public Info Representative 1. Posting #0012396. Closes June 1.

Coordinator of TOUR Program–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Coordinator of TOUR Program. Posting #0012383. Closes June 1.

Advisor – The College of Engineering invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advisor positions. Posting #0012377. Closes June 2.

Financial Aid Advisor–Financial Aid and Scholarship invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Financial Aid Advisor. Posting #0012391. Closes June 2.

Interim Vice President for Research (Internal Employment Opportunity) – OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Interim Vice President for Research. Posting # 0012428. Closes June 3.

Coordinator – Communications and Marketing The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term Cereal Variety Outreach Coordinator.  Posting #0012365.  Closes June 6.

Office Specialist 2 – International Student Advising and Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012376. Closes June 6.

Coordinator of Career and Major Decision Making — The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator of Career and Major Decision Making position. Posting # 0012419.  Closes June 7.

Assistant Director of Admissions, Marketing, & Programs (Internal Employment Opportunity) –Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Admissions, Marketing, & Programs. Posting #0012429. Closes June 9.

Assistant Director–Financial Aid and Scholarship invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director. Posting #0012393. Closes June 9.

Administrative Program Assistant – The Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, Temporary Classified, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012420. Closes June 10.

Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards–Student Conduct invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of SCCS. Posting #0012350. Closes June 11.

Education Program Assistant 1   – OSU Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.65 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Dallas.  Posting # 0012433. Closes June 14.

Education Program Assistant 1   – OSU Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Hood River.  Posting # 0012434. Closes June 15.

International Program Advisor – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Program Advisor position. Posting #0012379. Closes June 15.

Information Technology Communications Manager – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Information Technology Communications Manager position. Posting # 0012435. Closes June 16.

Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment –Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment. Posting #0012425. Closes June 16.

Analyst Programmer – OSU full-time. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3, position in the OSU Library. Posting #0012458. Closes June 20.

Vice Provost for International Programs (Internal Employment Opportunity for OSU and OUS) – OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Vice Provost for International Programs. Posting # 0012442. Closes  Jun 20.

Export Control and International Compliance Officer – OSU full-time. The Vice President of Research Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President. Posting #0012431. Closes June 27.

Traffic and maintenance

Memorial Place: As part of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) construction project, the north end of SW Memorial Place will be closed June 11-14, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the installation of BCC’s storm system tie-in to existing manhole in SW Memorial Place.

Jefferson Way: For the Battle of the Bands and Dam Jam events, 26th Street between Jefferson and Campus Way will be closed May 30-31, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Washington Way: Access to Washington Way from Benton Place and 17th Street have be reestablished, which includes a new accessible ramp at the north end of the 17th Street crosswalk.  These reconnections can provide alternate routes around the 15th Street closure.

Park Terrace East Lot: For the OSU Nutrition On the Run 5k fun run/walk event, the Park Terrace East Lot will be closed June 1, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Goss Stadium: As part of hosting NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional games, the lot directly east of Goss Stadium (between Armory Lane and Washington Way) is scheduled to be closed May 29 – June 2,  between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.  Only cars with NCAA issued parking permits will be allowed, and all others will be removed at owners expense.  All other lots around Goss Stadium will have attendants two hours before each game. Please note that valid OSU permit holders who are NOT attending the tournament will be allowed access without paying the Athletics fee. Based on the Regional results, a second tournament will be held June 5 – 9, and the same setup will take place.

Jefferson Way: As part of the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center project, several parking spaces along Jefferson Way near Fairbanks Hall will be closed from May 27 – Aug. 3. If these spaces become available sooner, we will open them up as soon as possible.

30th Street: As part of the Samaritan Sports Medicine Facility project, a one-lane closure along 30th Street between Oak Creek Bridge and the south entrance to Reser parking lot (between Western Blvd. and Washington Way) is scheduled for May 29 – 30. All drives and parking lots between Western Blvd. and Washington Way will be accessible during the lane closure. On June 2, both lanes of 30th Street will be closed between Oak Creek Bridge and the south entrance to Reser parking lot.  Magruder and Reser parking lots will be accessible from the north, i.e. Washington Way.  Oak Creek Building and CEOAS Storage Buildings will be accessible from the south, i.e. Western Blvd.

Weniger and Gilbert building access: Due to a delay in obtaining permits from the City, the start of renovation work was delayed, so this closure has been extended to June 30. Please expect limited access to certain areas of Weniger and Gilbert Halls at different times, depending on where work is occurring.  The ceilings and ceiling mounted lighting will be replaced in the corridors of both buildings and several offices and labs on the second floor of Weniger.  Demolition in corridors will be done either in the evenings or on weekends, but installation will be done during normal hours.  In addition, the floors will be replaced.


Corvallis: Here comes June, and it’s going to be a pretty one. Sunny today with a high of 78, and a low of 50. Sunny and the high 70s through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 79, low of 43. Sunny and warm through the weekend.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 67, low of 52. Partly sunny tomorrow and a slight chance of showers Sunday before more clearing arrives.

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

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