OSU Today

Thursday, June 5, 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.

 Sea star disease growing on Oregon coast(ABC News)

Just in the past two weeks, the incidence of sea star wasting syndrome has exploded along the Oregon Coast and created an epidemic of historic magnitude, one that threatens to decimate Oregon’s entire population of purple ochre sea stars. (see also Statesman Journal, Portland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle)

OSU field days spotlight soil health (Capital Press)

Oregon State University offers research field days June 10 in Pendleton, Ore., and June 11 in Moro, Ore. Some research presentations spotlight the importance of soil matter and soil health, says OSU Extension soil scientist Don Wysocki.

Boy scientist in Manayuck discovers sweetener that kills fruit flies (Philly.com)

The fruit flies in the study were of the species Drosophila melanogaster, which is widely used in lab studies. It is not a huge problem for farmers because it goes after fruit that is damaged or rotting, said Peter Shearer, an entomology professor at Oregon State University.

Coal-line stand (Willamette Week)

Richard Clinton, a professor emeritus of political science at Oregon State University, is a leader in the state’s divestment movement. He understands the arguments of divestment critics. “We know it’s largely symbolic, but the issue will get coverage and it will be more talked about,” Clinton says.

Metal at hatcheries confuses migratory fish (Portland Tribune)

Iron rebar and steel pipes interfere with the magnetic field around young steelhead trout, confusing their map sense critical to migration, according to a study by Oregon State University researchers published this week in the journal Biology Letters. (see also Red Orbit)

Landscape care when it’s hot and dry: Water strategically (Oregonian)

“Summer drought is normal in the Willamette Valley, so that will be an issue every year,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “If there are a greater number of days in which the temperature exceeds 90 degrees, the stress on plants increases.”

Put your best foot forward: Why walking is good for you (The Guardian)

And there’s even more good news: 30 minutes of brisk walking over five days could help you sleep easy, according to research by Oregon State University. A study by the university showed that walking helped participants sleep better and feel more alert during the day.

Ellsbury donates $1 million to OSU baseball (Mail Tribune)

New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has donated $1 million to help Oregon State baseball expand its locker room facilities, according to an athletic department news release. (see also Oregonian, Register-Guard, Statesman Journal)

GMO ban could snare conventionally bred crops (Capital Press)

“A lot of conventional crops are bred using pretty radical techniques,” said Steve Strauss, an Oregon State University forestry professor who specializes in biotechnology.

Dogs pick up direction from human voices (USA Today)

The results support the idea that socialization is key, agrees cognitive psychologist Monique Udell of Oregon State University. But she says she doesn’t think the study helps confirm that dogs are genetically tuned to follow every twitch of the human face, every syllable of human speech. Perhaps dogs are simply superior at reading communicative cues of all kinds, not just those of humans, Udell says.

Tillamook 4-H club looks to help teens reach goals (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

Head, heart, hands and health. They’re the four H’s that 4-H bases its club off of. In the United States, there are over six million members, and in Oregon alone, the number of people participating is in the thousands. Tillamook has its own 4-H club, as the Oregon State University Extension Service helps to mold the young into contributing, productive, self-directed members of society, according to their pamphlet.

Casualties of a smarter planet (Daily Advocate)

Toxic Town: IBM, Pollution, and Industrial Risks, a book by OSU anthropology professor Peter Little, gives the sordid details of IBM’s first home.

A living historical record (Daily Astorian)

OSU Oral History Project highlights university’s past in honor of upcoming sesquicentennial.

Finley Elementary Ecology Club raises funds for animal charity (KGNS TV Laredo Texas)

When Oregon State University student Karla Garcia decided to conduct a fundraiser for the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF), she set off a wave of support at her home-town Finley elementary school.

Woman arrested for car theft (KEZI)

An Albany woman is behind bars after police say she stole a car from the Oregon State University campus.


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.

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.

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.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.

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.

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! Climate change film: Do the Math, the video, Friday June 6, noon to one pm, Furman 303. Attend this brown bag viewing and discussion of a  climate change movie that blends the reporting of climate science, calls for political action and fossil fuel divestment. The video is a production of 350.org and narrated by Bill McKibben. 43 minutes. Sponsored by OSUDivest.

NEW! Reception for Barbara Melton:  Join the Office of the General Counsel in wishing Barbara Melton a happy retirement after 17 years of service at OSU.  Monday, June 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m., MU 206.

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Science Pub: Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which today protects nearly 110 million acres in the United States. At the June 9 Corvallis Science Pub, Cristina Eisenberg, an Oregon State University conservation biologist, will discuss why intact wilderness areas matter more today than they did in 1964. The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. in the Majestic Theater, 115 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Call for 2014 Commencement volunteers: More than 60 volunteers are needed to serve as information specialists and assist guests during this year’s Commencement ceremony on June 14. Commencement volunteers play an important service and public relations role, including providing directions and programs, assisting in finding seats, answering questions and being an OSU ambassador.  Attendance at one mandatory training session will be required prior to the commencement ceremony (to be held on June 12 or June 13).  Most volunteers will be needed from 8 to 11:30 a.m.  Please register online here

NEW! Animal Connection: Read Animal Connection, an online newsletter from the College of Veterinary Medicine, that features stories about animals being saved at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital, including a canine cancer case that brought together many disciplines to provide state-of-the-art treatment, and a little falcon that lived to fly again thanks to the TLC of good citizens and a skilled surgeon.

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

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.


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   – Curry County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Gold Beach.  Posting # 0012486. Closes June 15.

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.

Coordinator-Outreach Program   – OSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development, invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Outreach Program Coordinator position located at Warm Spring Reservation.  Posting # 0012487. Closes June 18.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for a Chinese Language & Culture Advisor This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Chinese speaking students. The Chinese Language & Culture Advisor works on cross-cultural education, information sharing in Chinese for lower level English speakers and programming.  https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=12434112 For full consideration apply by June 18.

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.

Manager of Undergraduate Curricula & Advising – The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Manager of Undergraduate Curricula and Advising. Posting # 0012446. Closes June 30.

Traffic and maintenance

Cascade Hall/ Adams: As part of the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement Project, Northwest Natural will be performing work under the multi-use path just north of Cascade Hall on June 5. This work will likely produce gas odors in the general vicinity.

Bloss West Lot: For a Golden Jubilee 2014 event, the Bloss West Lot will be closed June 6-7,  from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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: With finals on their way, the campus is gearing up for summer. And so is the weather. Sunny today with a high of 77 and a low of 48. Sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 77, low of 43. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 65, low of 47. Cloudy tonight, 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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