OSU Today

Wednesday, June 11, 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.

Technology using microwave heating may impact electronics manufacture (Science Codex)

Engineers at Oregon State University have successfully shown that a continuous flow reactor can produce high-quality nanoparticles by using microwave-assisted heating – essentially the same forces that heat up leftover food with such efficiency. (see also Microwave Engineering EuropeIndustrial Info Financials)

Antarctic ice as old as 120,000 years (IOL)

Christo Buizert, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author of a paper in a recent issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explained that the oldest ice found in drilled cores is about 800,000 years old.

Oregon State prepares for 2014 graduation (KMTR)

Students will don caps and gowns Saturday for the 145th Oregon State University commencement.

Top three college engineering teams take inventions to AbilityOne Design Challenge in Washington, D.C. (Digital Journal)

Oregon State University, Ohio University, and Weber State University will present their inventions at the annual nationwide design contest that encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to break through barriers in the workplace.

UO plans own banking operation (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University, meanwhile, is taking over the OUS internal bank and is operating it as a shared service for the rest of Oregon’s public universities.

The passing of a pioneer (Gazette-Times)

When you pick out your Christmas tree this December, think about Hal Schudel. Perhaps more than any other individual, Schudel is responsible for the rise of the modern U.S. Christmas tree industry, a billion-dollar enterprise that produces 25 million to 30 million trees annually, employs about 100,000 people and has its own trade association. After the war he moved with his wife and young son to Corvallis, where he earned a doctorate at Oregon State College and started teaching horticulture. He also started a landscaping business, Oregon Turf and Chemical Co., but still needed a way to make money in the off-season to support his growing family.

Autonomous robots to battle for $1.5 million NASA prize (Space.com)

New teams entering the competition are: Cephal of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Formicarum of Worcester, Massachusetts; the West Virginia University Mountaineers of Morgantown; the Oregon State University Mars Rover Team of Corvallis; the Retrievers of Schenectady, New York; RPI Rock Raiders of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; Stellar Automation Systems of Marietta, Georgia; Sourcerors of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Lunambotics of Mexico City, Mexico.

Droves of Western tent caterpillars setting up camp in Columbia County (The Daily News)

This year’s population in Columbia County has been one of the highest in the last two decades, according to Chip Bubl of Oregon State University Extension Service. No similar outbreak has been reported on the Washington side of the Columbia, but they’re so thick in Oregon that one caller to the OSU office described filling five-gallon buckets full of caterpillars by cleaning the gutters.

Idaho-Oregon onion crop off to a good start (Capital Press)

There haven’t been any insect or disease problems right off the bat,” said Stuart Reitz, an Oregon State University cropping systems extension agent.

Post-Fukushima radiation levels near US shores continue to increase (Voice of Russia)

According to Delvin Neville, a graduate research assistant at OSU, these trace levels are too small to be a realistic concern. “A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas, or sleeping next to your spouse for 40 nights from the natural potassium-40 in their body,” said Mr. Neville.

OSU’s food preservation and safety hotline opens July 14 (Hood River News)

The Oregon State University Extension Service’s food preservation and safety hotline will help Oregonians safely can and preserve their garden’s abundance again this summer.

Older men who take cholesterol-lowering drugs don’t exercise enough (Yahoo Health)

David Lee, an assistant professor in the Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy and the lead author of the study, said in a press statement that physical activity in older adults helps to maintain a proper weight, physical strength and function, as well as prevents cardiovascular disease. (see also Healthline, Nature World News)


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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees’ Executive and Audit Committee will be meeting on Friday, June 20, from 1-3 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room, 650 Kerr.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: This month we will be hosting a “Research Round-table” featuring six OSU librarians who will be sharing short project updates. Topics include tidbits from Special Collections, Ecampus, 3D printing and more. There is sure to be something for everyone at this month’s seminar! Friday, June 13, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.

Interim Vice President for Research: Campus forums are being held with the candidates for Interim Vice President for Research. 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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today Summer Schedule: Starting June 16, OSU Today will be published on a weekly basis each Monday. In order to have your event posted it must be submitted to osutoday@oregonstate.edu by Friday, noon of the previous week. Daily publication will resume at the beginning of fall term.

NEW! Xpress Stop Summer Hours: You can Print Mail and More all summer long from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.  Summer hours begin on June 16.  We are located in MU 109.

NEW! July 4 home stay: Interested in sharing July 4 with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their 4th of July festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Tuesday, June 24 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Tuesday, July 1.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

Education Program Assistant 1   – Coos County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Myrtle Point.  Posting # 0012527. Closes June 26.

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.

Oregon State University Libraries and Press (OSULP) seeks an innovative, collaborative and service oriented leader for the position of the Head of the Library Experience and Access Department (LEAD). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month tenure-track faculty position. Posting #0012512. Closes June 30.

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.

Temporary Analyst Programmer – Competency Level 3. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, temporary (approximately 6 months) appointment as an Analyst Programmer – Competency Level 3 in the OSU Library. Posting #0012309. Closes July 10.

Traffic and maintenance

Fireworks: The Corvallis Knights will be holding a fireworks event on campus June 14, 9:45 to 11:30 p.m.

Advance notice – Annual steam shutdown: The annual steam shutdown for maintenance will begin June 15, 6 p.m. The goal is to start bringing the system back up on June 18, noon, with full operation anticipated by 4 p.m.

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: Finals week is swiftly drawing to a close, with miles of summer ahead. Sunny today with a high of 80, overnight low of 51. Chance of showers and cooler tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 77, some smoke still in the air. Low of 46 tonight. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 60, low of 52. Showers tomorrow.

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

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