OSU Today

Tuesday, June 10, 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.

Men who use statins may need to exercise through the muscle pain and fatigue (Health.com)

The researchers, from Oregon State University found that men who took statins were less likely to exercise as they grew older. Using data from the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study, they looked at how much exercise 3,039 men reported getting and compared it to statin use over the course of seven years. At the beginning of the study, 727 men were statin users. At follow-up, 1,467 men remained without using statins, and 845 men began using them during the course of the study. (see also US News & World Report, News Tonight Africa, Web MD)

Even healthy corals have viruses (NSF)

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), microbiologist Rebecca Vega-Thurber and her team at Oregon State University collect coral samples during diving expeditions and analyze the DNA in order to learn more about the role of viruses in the biology of coral.

Life on the Mississippi, now (On Earth)

A study by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oxford concluded that the drought likely resulted from random weather variation rather than climate change. But a Stanford University study, published simultaneously, said such summer heat waves are four times as likely to occur today as in the preindustrial era.

Chelsea Clinton at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (CSPAN)

OSU graduate student Elba Moise introduces and interviews Chelsea Clinton.

City Club discusses economic vitality of region (Gazette-Times)

Skip Rung, the president and executive director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, trumpeted the rising influence of startups based on Oregon State University research.

Threat to critical waterways reveals a US-Canada divide (Canada.com)

Guillermo Giannico, a fisheries specialist at Oregon State University who did his PhD on juvenile coho in Langley, has documented 15 species of fish that depend on small streams flowing through farmland. Meandering streams with streamside vegetation and buffers from active farming are most productive for fish, while “torpedo ditches” lacking complexity are the least productive.

Mystery sea stars ‘goo’ disease spreads to Oregon (Discovery)

“The percentages we saw last week, they were as high as 40 to 60 percent of the population that’s showing signs of wasting,” said Bruce Menge, a marine biologist at Oregon State University, who is studying the wasting disease in Oregon.


Interim Vice President for Research: Campus forums are being held with the three candidates for Interim Vice President for Research. George R. “Rich” Holdren, Jr., Associate Vice President for Research,  June 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU 208. Ron Adams, Executive Associate Vice President for Research, June 10, 4 – 5 p.m., MU 213. Brenda McComb, Dean of the Graduate School, June 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU 208. These meetings are open to anyone in the university community, and will include a brief presentation by the candidate, followed by plenty of time for Q&A.

PCOSW End of the Year Reception: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is hosting a reception Tuesday June 10, noon-1:30 p.m. 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

Upcoming Events

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

World Cup Opening Match Event:  2014 FIFA World Cup – Bringing Brazil to Corvallis. Thursday, June 12. Join friends and fans and watch the opening match Brazil vs Croatia. Club Level of Reser Stadium. Doors open at 12:00. Kick-off at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. Food & drink available for purchase.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Beaver Store End of Term Sale: The usual “Ballroom Sale” is going on now at the OSU Beaver Store across from Gill Coliseum.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear.  Sale goes through Saturday, June 14.

NEW! Recreational Sports – Summertime Activities: RecSports has a lot going on this summer to help you get and stay active! Our summer memberships are currently available for purchase, including Extended Student Memberships for students staying in Corvallis over the summer. We transition to our summer break hours June 13 and we’ve got a full schedule of Fit Pass classes for you! Don’t forget about intramural leagues and tournaments – available to all members. Email Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, to learn how Recreational Sports can support your summer wellness experience!

NEW! Search Advocate full-day workshop now available: Be prepared to work with search committees on the 2014-15 Provost’s Initiative searches–or any other searches—by completing this workshop covering strategies to enhance validity, fairness, and diversity in the search process.  Instead of requiring the typical two-workshop series (totaling ten hours), this summer we are streamlining the workshop to a single day ( 8 a.m.-5 p.m., breakfast and lunch included).  Register at the OSU Professional Development website http://oregonstate.edu/training/index.php for either July 9 OR July 10.  Questions?  Contact Anne Gillies anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-0865.

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

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


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.

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.

Interim Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement – Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement position. Posting #0012505. Closes June 19.  This is an internal position.

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.

Office Specialist 2   – Morrow County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE)  Office Specialist 2 position located in Irrigon.  Posting # 0012519. Closes June 22.

Accountant 1–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012517. Closes June 23.

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.

Academic Coaching Program Coordinator – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Coaching Program Coordinator position. Posting #0012522. Closes June 30.

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

Kerr Lot: Six parking spaces in the Kerr Admin Jefferson Lot will be closed Tuesday, June 10, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a General Council’s meeting.

Washington Way realignment: As part of the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement project, the City will be closing 15th Street to all traffic between Western Blvd and ‘A’ Avenue, to allow the contractor to install a new 24” valve on the existing water mainline.  This will take place June 10-11, and may extend into June 12.  15th Street will be reopened to local traffic only following this scheduled work.  Access from ‘A’ Avenue to 15th Street will remain open to businesses, residences and OSU.  Business access signs will be relocated to either 16th or 14th Streets during this period of closure.  Sidewalk and pedestrian access will remain open.

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: One more week and it will be all about hot fun in the summer time. Today will be sunny with a high of 78 and a low of 49. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with patchy smoke. High near 77 and low of 40. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny and breezy, high of 60, low of 50. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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

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