OSU Today

Monday, June 2, 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.

Yet another derelict skiff likely from Japanese tsunami washes to shore (Northwest Public Radio)

Oregon State University marine biologist John Chapman explains why he suspects this new boat is debris from the Japanese tsunami, like a dozen others this month.

OSU adds to solar power production (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has expanded its solar-power muscle to five sites statewide. The latest and biggest project is a 1,435-kilowatt array that just went online at Southwest 35th Street and Campus Way in a field that still will be used for sheep grazing. The new array will produce enough solar power to offset the use of 368 passenger vehicles or 197,000 gallons of gasoline per year, said Brandon Trelstad, sustainability coordinator at OSU.

‘The iceman was probably already in misery’ (KVAL) 

Lyme disease is a stealthy, often misdiagnosed disease that was only recognized about 40 years ago, but new discoveries of ticks fossilized in amber show that the bacteria which cause it may have been lurking around for 15 million years – long before any humans walked on Earth.  The findings were made by researchers from Oregon State University, who studied 15-20 million-year-old amber from the Dominican Republic that offer the oldest fossil evidence ever found of Borrelia, a type of spirochete-like bacteria that to this day causes Lyme disease. They were published in the journal Historical Biology. (see also Huffington PostYahoo News UKDaily Mail)

‘When good bridges go bad’ (Daily Astorian)

After listening to Christopher Higgins talk about failed bridges for more than an hour, audience members needed some assurance Thursday that bridges on the North Coast can hold up to everyday use and potential disaster. Higgins, a structural engineer and Oregon State University professor, could give no such comfort because he said each is uniquely different and would require actual analysis.

Soil care: Community gardens, green infrastructure, and soil contaminants boost dirt (Oregonian)

“The texture of a soil is its proportion of sand, silt and clay,” said James Cassidy, a soils instructor at Oregon State University. “Texture determines all kinds of things like drainage, aeration, the amount of water the soil can hold, erosion potential and even the amount of nutrients that can be stored.”

OSU football players read to Portland students (KGW)

Football players from Oregon State University were scoring points in Portland classrooms Friday by encouraging students to read during the summer. “Pick up a book two or three times a day, even if it’s just for a few minutes,” said defensive end Obum Gwacham.

Oregon State to name new residence hall after pioneering student (KVAL)

Oregon State University will name its new residence hall after William “Bill” Tebeau, a pioneering student who persevered through numerous challenges to become the first African American male to earn a degree from the university.

OSU College of Science names associate dean (Gazette-Times)

The College of Science at Oregon State University has named Douglas Keszler as associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Butterfly ‘eyespots’ add detail to the story of evolution (KVAL) 

The new Oregon State University research is providing a little more detail. The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, actually attempts to explain the existence of what scientists call “serial homologues,” or patterns in nature that are repetitive, serve a function and are so important they are often retained through millions of years and across vast numbers of species. (see also Science World Report)

University contributions go beyond classroom (Statesman Journal)

Editorial from the Grants Pass Daily Courier.

Event gives kids a taste of the outdoors (Gazette-Times)

“With all of the families and diversity (of activities), everyone can find something to do here,” Robin Galloway, a 4-H leader with Oregon State University Extension Service, said Saturday as she guided a family on a hike.

Purple tomatoes break the color curse (Toronto Star)

My other nod goes to purple tomatoes. I grew two kinds last year: Indigo Rose, a medium-sized variety developed by Oregon State University to be particularly high in anthocyanins, and Bumblebee Purple, a cherry type.

Researchers find Antarctic ice sheet less stable than previously assumed (Environmental Research Web)

“This is the first direct evidence that instabilities of the Antarctic ice sheet caused rapid sea level rise during the last glacial termination,” says co-author Peter Clark, professor at Oregon State University. (see also Scientific Computing)

Connecting with God and Mother Earth (Statesman Journal)

Both churches are using the cookbook “Simply in Season” as a guide. One of the two authors, Cathleen Hockman-Wert knows a thing or two about the food in the Willamette Valley. She lives in Corvallis and works for Oregon State University Foundation as a writer.

Revised parking plan to get airing in front of City Council (Gazette-Times)

His message resonated, with Ward 1 Councilor Penny York offering a simple and stark analysis. Noting that an Oregon State University student renting a house might receive two permits and a student renting an apartment might get none York asked, “where is the equity in that?” The next day Urban Services took another look at the allocation formula and decided to revert to basing it on the number of kitchens, the concept used in the three current parking districts.

Flowering currant perfect for small yards (Hillsboro Tribune)

If you don’t have much space to plant shrubs, you’ll want to keep an eye out for Oregon Snowflake, a new flowering currant developed by Oregon State University that is smaller than other currants.


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.

Mindfulness Meditation Mondays: The Mental Health Initiative is co-sponsoring Mindfulness Meditation Mondays through June 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Memorial Union Room 213).  Guest facilitators will be John Edwards, Chair, School of Psychological Sciences; Dee Denver, Professor of Zoology, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing; Jim Gouveia, Emmy Woessner and Michele Ribeiro from Counseling and Psychological Services.  This meditation time is part of the flourishing series that also hopes to create a contemplative community.

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

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.

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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Steve Harvey Show: OSU faculty research assistant Shawn O’Neil and his fiancee Katie Drueen will appear on the Steve Harvey Show Tuesday, June 3, 2 p.m., on KMTR as part of a makeover episode. For more information: http://steveharveytv.com

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

NEW! OSU 2014 Graphic Design Senior Shows! Please join us on Wednesday, June 4 in Milam Hall, room 215 from 9 -11 a.m. for the Senior Thesis Review and in Portland for the Senior Portfolio Show on Friday, June 6 at Blue Sky Gallery from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Both events are free. OSUGD Senior Shows 2014

NEW! Senior art exhibit: “So Long, Suckers,” an exhibit featuring the artwork of graduating seniors, will be on display in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University from June 2 through June 13. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. Exhibit awards, including the President’s Award for Excellence in Art, the Provost’s Purchase Award and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Purchase Award will be announced at the event, which is free and open to the public.

NEW! One-act festival: OSU Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival will run June 4 through June 8 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. The festival includes ten one-act plays featuring an eclectic mix of comedy and drama directed by advanced directing students. The plays will be presented in two panels. Panel A runs June 4 and June 6 at 7:30 p.m., and June 7 at 2 p.m. Panel B will run June 5 and June 7 at 7:30 p.m., and June 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for youths and students, and $4 for OSU students. For information or to purchase tickets, 541-737-2784 or http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

NEW! Weight Watchers Information: A 13-week series of WW begins July 1.  WW Open House meetings will be held June 17, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam room 105.  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, call 541-737-3106

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

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Final Climate Club Brownbag Lunch: “The Politics of Climate Change in Washington DC: ‘Debates’ about the science, confusion about the impacts, and other headaches” featuring Johannes Loschnigg. Tuesday, June 3, noon to 1 p.m., MU Journey Room. Bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, dessert provided.  RSVP:  541-737-5705

NEW! MBA Program Information Session: The College of Business is offering an MBA Program Information Session on Wednesday, June 4 from noon- 1p.m. in the Memorial Union, Rm. 221. Learn about the new tracks offered, and how an MBA can help your career. Bring a brownbag lunch; beverages provided. Contact 541-737-5510 or osumba@oregonstate.edu with questions or to RSVP. http://www.business.oregonstate.edu/mba

NEW! Fisheries and wildlife seminar: Kyle J. Hartman, Professor and Assistant Director, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV will speak on “Threatened Salmonids in Mongolia: Challenges in Understanding Potential Impacts of Climate Change in Remote Areas,” June 4, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! Student Affairs – Director of Career Services Candidates Open Forums: Three candidates will speak on the topic: “What is your vision for a cutting edge Career Service office at OSU”.  1.  Leslye Erickson, June 12, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Furman 202.  2.  Patrick Antony, June 23, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Furman 101.  3. Greg Flores, June 25, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Furman 101. There will be a question and answer period following the candidates’ presentations.  Resumes and an evaluation form will be available.

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! Recipe to Market, Development and Production Course: Victor Willis and Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education team up to teach students in they month-long online course about the ingredients sourcing and production of food products. The course will begin July 1 and run through the month. Please click here to register.

NEW! The Spin on Research: A note from Rick Spinrad: Fair Winds and Following Seas

NEW! National Science Foundation- Theory Institute in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF-Theory Institute in AMO Physics Program. The Institute will be a center to advance theoretical AMO physics and lead in motivating and explaining new experimental work in AMO and other areas of science. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-tiamop. Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: Oct. 13.

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.

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 13 at 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.


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.

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.

Academic Wage –Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  academic wage-salaried, anticipated to last for three months Posting #0012462. Closes June 8.

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.

SageCon Program Manager – The Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) Program Manager. Posting #0012475. Closes June 11.

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.

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.

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: “It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes, And pleasant scents the noses.” ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis. Mostly sunny today with a high of 77 and a low of 48. Chance of drizzle tonight and tomorrow, followed by gradual clearing.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with a high of 80 and a low of 46. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of drizzle today, high of 62, low of 51. Chance of drizzle tomorrow.

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

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