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Wednesday, June 4, 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.

Study: Hatcheries can disrupt steelhead trout’s ability to navigate using magnetic field (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“I would not go out and tell hatchery managers to pull out all the iron pipes and replace them with PVC or aluminum,” said lead author Nathan Putman, a researcher at Oregon State University at the time of the study who is now at NOAA Fisheries Service in Miami working on fish migration questions. “We know it has an effect. What is not clear is whether the fish can recalibrate their magnetic sense after leaving the hatchery, or whether they are confused for the rest of their lives. (see also Phys.Org, Yahoo News)

Oregon State more deserving than UO to be on elite list of best U.S. research universities, study says (Oregonian)

Oregon has just one member, the University of Oregon, in the elite private group that represents the greatest and most powerful research universities in the country, the Association of American Universities. But a new study argues that, based partly on its far-higher success in scoring research grants, Oregon State University is slightly more deserving than UO to be considered among the best of the best of powerhouse universities in the U.S.

Jacoby Ellsbury donates $1 million to help Oregon State baseball expand locker room (Oregonian)

“OSU Baseball has given me so much,” said Ellsbury, OSU’s career runs leader with 168. “I am thrilled I am able to help my alma mater carry on its proud tradition; and perhaps, this expansion will convince a few more Pacific Northwest recruits to wear OSU orange and black.”

Study: Blueberry leaf extract can add shelf life (Packer)

Blueberry leaves contain a substance that can be added to the fruit’s coating and extend its shelf life, according to an Oregon State University researcher. Food science and technology professor Yanyun Zhao, collaborating with Chinese scientists, found an edible coating containing blueberry leaf extracts helped delay decay and retain water, slowing deterioration. (see also Health News Digest)

Tracing Irish Great Hunger potato blight to Mexico will save billions (Irish Central)

Researchers from Oregon State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and five other institutions carried out genetic analyses. They found that the pathogen in question, Phytophthora infestans, hails from Toluca Valley in central Mexico and not the Andes as previously believed.

Don’t worry about that collapsing ice shelf, just book your beach week in Arizona (Grist)

According to a new Oregon State University study, the Antarctic ice shelf has melted before — at the end of the last ice age, for instance. Sure, that just happened to coincide with a mass extinction and a 50-foot rise in sea levels in just three and a half centuries, but you can relax, so long as your Miami Beach condo is on the seventh floor.

Dale Atkinson joins NuScale as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer (Yahoo Finance)

Atkinson holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University, a Masters in Engineering from Penn State University, an MBA from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the advanced management program from the Harvard Business School.

White House Policy Intern Tonga Hopoi (The What It Do)

To think of someone who has had tremendous influence in how I conduct myself as a Pacific Islander, I have to refer to lessons from Mr. Utoikamanu Fifita. He is well known and adoringly referred to as “Uncle Ika” in the Corvallis and Oregon State University (OSU) community. He and his family have lived in Corvallis, Oregon for over forty years. The night I won the student presidency, he told me that by this accomplishment I have done the unimaginable, I have lifted Tonga to the sun.

West Coast groundfish certified as sustainable (Washington Post)

Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, who oversaw many of the changes as chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the certification was recognition of substantial changes. (see also Seattle Times)

Four SAE student members among finalists for coveted F1 engineering role (SAE.org)

Volk, 22, from Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University this year with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a System Design Engineer for the Formula SAE team and has previously worked at Daimler Trucks as a Design Engineering intern in North America. (see also Auto 123)

Wheat growers negotiate with OSU over royalties (Capital Press)

The unexpected success of the Clearfield wheat varieties has growers asking Oregon State University to revise the distribution of royalties from plants it develops.Growers want more royalty earnings plowed back into wheat research within the College of Agricultural Sciences, instead of supporting OSU’s Office of Commercial and Corporate Development, or OCCD.

Name an OSU building (KEZI)

You can help name Oregon State University’s newest building and win a big prize in the process. OSU is taking suggestions to name a classroom building that will go up next to Austin Hall, the new business building. (see also Barometer editorial)

Commission wants to plan for OSU (Bend Bulletin)

Bend planning commissioners are concerned they have fallen behind on their review of city land-use rules to prepare for students to arrive at the expanding Oregon State University-Cascades campus.

Bill to boost economic opportunities in Hermiston, allow important research to continue, passes (Cascade Business News)

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a plan written by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) to place the 290 acres of land currently home to Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agriculture Research and Experiment Center (HAREC) fully under local control. The Hermiston Reversionary Lands Act (H.R. 3366) will allow important research to continue and provide flexibility for future economic development in the area.

Corvallis parking district plan passes (KEZI)

Parking around Oregon State University’s campus has been a controversial topic for years: neighbors have been speaking out, saying students, staff, and faculty are taking up their on-street parking. But on Monday night, the Corvallis City Council passed a new parking district plan that will restrict more drivers from parking around campus for free all day.

How organic farming naturally deters pests without chemicals (Epoch Times)

Inspired by a survey conducted by researchers at nearby Oregon State University, the research project to be funded with the grant will look at how organic growing methods such as crop rotation, biodiversity and utilizing insects rather than killing them with pesticides can actually help solve the problems that plague conventional agriculture.


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.

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

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. 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.

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! Oregon Wine Research Institute Seminar: The End of Farm Labor Abundance: J. Edward Taylor professor and Director, Rural Economics of the Americas and Pacific Rim at the University of California-Davis, will be giving a lecture on “The End of Farm Labor Abundance” He will speak on Wednesday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Kidder 202.

NEW! Spring 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Water Resources Engineering at Oregon State University: Jana Compton (Forest Ecologist, U.S. EPA Western Ecology Division) will speak on “Connecting Ecosystem Services and Biogeochemistry,” Wednesday, June 4, 4-5 p.m. in KEC 1001.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Chamber choir: The OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke, will hold the tenth annual President’s Concert on Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. This year-end performance is held in honor of OSU President Ed Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, to honor the couple for a choral leadership endowment fund which they helped to establish.This year’s concert is also dedicated to Beth Ray, who passed away in March.  Tickets are $10 in advance available online only at tickettomato.com, and $13 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with ID. The concert is also free for youth in grades K-12.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Thursday, June 5. The University will take public comment regarding the proposed repeal of its administrative rules.  Oregon Senate Bill 270 separated OSU from the Oregon University System and the State Board of Higher Education and created a separate OSU institutional Board of Trustees.  After July 1, 2014, OSU will have different authority .  As a result of this legislation, the University will need to repeal its Oregon Administrative Rules in Chapter 576 effective June 30, 2014.  OSU will reinstate as University standards or policies, as of July 1, 2014, the OARs that were repealed and that still apply after SB 270.  The reinstated policies or standards will be substantially identical to the repealed OARs.  For more information, including a list of rules to be repealed, contact: Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu. The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 206 and is open to the public.  For accommodations, please contact Beth Giddens at 541-737-2474 or beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk: Professional Development: Sally Garner from University of Oregon, NACADA Region 8 Chair, will be discussing how to put together a professional development plan (including hands on activities, resources and opportunities). Friday, June 6, 9:30 -11:30 a.m., Linus Pauling Science Center 402.

Department of Applied Economics Seminar Series. J. Edward Taylor (University of California-Davis) will present a talk entitled “Climate Change and Labor Markets in Rural Mexico: Evidence from Annual Fluctuations in Weather” on Thursday, June 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. in 216 Covell Hall.

News for Employees

NEW! Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 18 to submit the application for employees 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

NEW! Students – Volunteer for Fall International Student Orientation: We need volunteers to help new International Students adjust to campus the week of Sept. 22-26. Please sign up here to here to volunteer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1I5gQ6rknIr835wegud0Kse9Lb70dvGdLQCmKL9mAw-E/viewform

Beaver Champions sought: The Beaver Champion Award is given each year at University Day to an individual or individuals for outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The President’s office invites nominations for the 2014 Beaver Champion Award, which will be awarded on University Day. Please send your letter of nomination to President Edward Ray, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Administration Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.

Fall Move-In: UHDS Fall Move-in Promotion Opportunities for OSU-affiliated departments, student groups, and organizations – UHDS has revised our move-in promotional offerings this year to reflect OSU’s Strategic Goals of Healthy People, Healthy Economy and Healthy Planet. To participate this year your organization must follow the procedure listed under the “Fall 2014 Move-In Promotion” heading at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/marketing-and-promotion-uhds-facilities.  Please contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Recreational Sports Summer Term Memberships Available for Purchase: Summer is your time for health, wellness, and fun! Be well with Recreational Sports and purchase your summer term membership today! Summer term memberships are valid from date of purchase until Sep. 26. The cost is only $83 for faculty/staff (and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents) and $68 for students (and their spouse/domestic partner/dependents). Additionally, you may qualify for a $15/month wellness reimbursement! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a private tour and/or to receive more information!

Rec Sports Student Membership for the Summer: Are you a student who is in Corvallis for the summer but not taking classes? You may qualify for an Extended Student Membership. Extended Student Memberships are available for students who are enrolled in Spring Term classes and are paying full student incidental fees but will not be fee-paying students over the summer. Visit the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon to learn more. Extended Student Memberships are only $68, valid until Sept. 26.

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.

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

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/theory-institute-atomic-molecular-and-optical-physics Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu Deadline: Oct. 13.


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.

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.

Temporary Information Technology Consultant, Competency Level 1 – Information Services invites applications for a Temporary Information Technology Consultant position. Posting # 0012485. Closes June 9.

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.

Executive Support Specialist 2 – College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Executive Support Specialist 2. Posting #0012460. Closes June 16.

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 3 – OSU Libraries & Press invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Analyst Programmer 3 position.  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.

Public Service Communications Specialist – The department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Service Communications Specialist. Posting #0012479. Closes June 21.

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

Benton Place: For a BBQ event this Friday, portions of the parking along Benton Place, just south of Armory Lane, will be closed June 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jefferson Way and Waldo Place: As part of the Student Experience Center project, from June 16 – Sept. 22, Waldo Place (from Jefferson Way to Campus Way) and Jefferson Way (from Waldo Place to 26th Street) will be closed to traffic for street improvement work.  Detour signs will be in place to route traffic down Benton to Washington Way. Also the Library loading dock will be temporarily relocated to the east side of the building at the Fire Lane.

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.

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: Students are battling it out with their textbooks as they gear up for finals, but at least the warm, sunny afternoons make outdoor studying an option. Sunny and 79 today with a low of 45 tonight. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 77, low of 46. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 65, low of 50. Decreasing clouds tomorrow.

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

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