OSU Today

Friday, June 6, 2014

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Fall of the wild: The trapped wolves of Isle Royale (Al Jazeera America)

Michael Nelson, professor of environmental philosophy and ethics at Oregon State University, says it’s time to start thinking more critically about the wilderness ethic. He has studied the writing and correspondences of the founders of the wilderness movement, including ecologists Aldo Leopold and Olaus Murie.

Hatcheries may be wrecking fishes’ sense of direction (Wired)

The earth’s magnetic field runs in long, arcing contours from the north to south pole. The closer it gets to the poles, the stronger the magnetic pull. “The earth’s magnetic field varies in a predictable way. It has a couple components that are useful for telling an animal where it is,” says Nathan Putman, an OSU fisheries biologist at the Oregon Research Hatchery Center, and the lead researcher on the new study. (see also Latin Post)

Mets select Michael Conforto, Oregon State outfielder, with 10th pick in the MLB draft (New Jersey.com)

Conforto is an outfielder from Oregon State University. He was ranked the eighth best player in the draft by Keith Law of ESPN. Law said he has very good plate disciple but is “a high-floor pick but without a huge ceiling because he’s limited to left field.”

Research could lead to new cancer assay, aid both dogs and humans (Health Canal)

Veterinary researchers at Oregon State University have identified a unique group of proteins that indicate the presence of transitional cell carcinoma – the most common cause of bladder cancer – and may lead to a new assay which could better diagnose this disease in both dogs and humans.

Some medications may diminish effects of others (Newsday)

A new study from Oregon State University and Yale University School of Medicine looked at several medications commonly prescribed to older adults. The conclusion: “Medications that are used for one condition could adversely affect another condition,” says David Lee, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy and one of the study’s researchers.

Lyme disease’s possible bacterial predecessor found in ancient tick (Scientific American)

“This is the first evidence of spirochetes in a fossil tick prior to Homo,” says George Poinar, Jr., a paleoentomologist and parasitologist at Oregon State University, and author of the new paper. Although Lyme disease did not exist back then, the spirochetes in the fossil tick probably contributed to the genetic diversity of the 12 or more species of Borrelia that cause Lyme and similar diseases today, he says. (see also Nature)

Sea star disease hits hard on the Oregon Coast (OPB)

A disease that has already struck sea stars, also known as starfish, in Washington and California has begun to devastate Oregon’s coastal ecosystem. Over the past few weeks, scientists have seen sea star wasting syndrome spread to 30 – 50 percent of the coast’s ochre sea star population, and experts believe that the species may be heading to local extinction. (see also Huffington Post)

Chemistry is Awesome’ event seeks to change stereotype (Gazette-Times)

The front of the invitation was dominated by a golden seal, complete with an eagle against a black background, with the letters “CIA” stamped across it. In this case, CIA stood for “Chemistry is Awesome,” and the black business-card-sized document was an invitation to a party planned for 500 guests Wednesday at Oregon State University and hosted by its chemistry department.

Leaf extract can extend shelf life of blueberries, says expert (Horticulture Week)

An Oregon State University researcher isolated a substance in blueberry leaves that can be used to coat the berries, extending their shelf life and boosting their antioxidant levels.

The Sustainability Revolution (Rural Connections)

Viviane Simon-Brown, Forestry Extension emeritus, provided the issue’s theme concept — Extension’s Role in Sustainability, co-edited the publication, and wrote one of the lead articles.

Spreadsheet-based calculator helps organic farmers use fertilizer more efficiently (Phys. Org)

A new online tool from the Oregon State University Extension Service does the math so that small-scale  can figure that out more precisely. Nick Andrews, an instructor with the OSU Extension Service’s small farms program, helped develop the free, spreadsheet-based tool, which is called the Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator, at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/calculator.

Pollinator pleasers (Statesman Journal)

“Floral abundance is one of the strongest ways to promote bee diversity in gardens,” said Gail Langellotto, the statewide coordinator for the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Master Gardener program. “Also, bees forage better for nectar and pollen in warm, sunny spots.”


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 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.

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.

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

Climate change film: Do the Math, the video, Friday June 6, noon to 1 p.m, 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! PCOSW End of the Year Reception: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is hosting a reception Tuesday June 10, noon-1:30pm in the Linus Pauling Center Room 402. Please join us to learn more about the work of PCOSW, how you can become involved, and to meet with Faculty/Staff and students who have received funding for research on women’s issues and professional development opportunities. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Natalia Fernandez natalia.fernandez@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Celebrate the opening of Life Science building: All OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to the opening of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on Thursday, June 26, from 2-6 p.m. in Portland. Located at 2730 S.W. Moody Ave., the building is a collaborative effort of Oregon Health & Science University, OSU and Portland State, and OSU will house part of its College of Pharmacy in the new 650,000-square-foot, $295 million complex. Parking is limited and use of the Portland Streetcar is recommended. Go here for travel directions and a map.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Soccer Day Camp: Sign-up today. OSU Soccer Day Camp will be held Monday, June 16 through Thursday, June 19 in the Merrit Truax Indoor Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Camp is open to girls and boys entering grades 1 – 6. Cost is $95 including a camp t-shirt. Registration is open for girls under www.osuwomenssoccercamps.com and boys under www.osumenssoccercamp.com.

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

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:“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” –  L. M. Montgomery. Sunny today, high of 81, low of 48. Sunny and around 80 all weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny and 79. Repeat through the weekend. Lows in the mid 40s.

Newport: Sunny and 63 today. Partly sunny and 64 on Saturday and Sunday. Lows hovering around 50.

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

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