OSU Today

Friday, June 13, 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.

Where will the world’s water conflicts erupt? (Popular Science)

As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources.

OSU researchers discover promising new therapy for Lou Gehrig’s disease (Portland Business Journal)

Researchers at Oregon State University have determined that a copper compound known of for decades may for the basis of a therapy for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. (see also Science 2.0Big News NetworkHealth Canal)

A good robot is hard to find, or build (Computerworld)

NASA officials and roboticists were disappointed, but not shocked, at the less-than-spectacular results at yesterday’s NASA robotics challenge — even though researchers from the likes of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Oregon State University had worked on the fully autonomous machines.

Found! Hidden ocean locked up deep within Earth’s mantle (Yahoo News)

Anna Kelbert, a geophysicist at Oregon State University who also wasn’t involved in the study, notes that scientists have previously used numerous approaches to look for evidence of Earth’s interior water reservoir, but this is the first time researchers have searched for clues of the reservoir by focusing on the potential water-induced melting at the bottom of the transition zone.

B.C. starfish are dissolving into goo (Maclean’s)

On June 4, an Oregon State University (OSU) team warned of an “epidemic of historic magnitude” that threatens to wipe out the state’s entire population of purple ochre sea stars: in the intertidal zone, which is covered by water at high tide and uncovered at low, between 30 to 50 per cent of the species has the disease. “We have no clue what’s causing this,” admitted OSU marine biologist Bruce Menge, not to mention how long it will go on. Sick sea stars appear deflated, like they’re “rotting away,” says Pete Raimondi of the University of California at Santa Cruz. “They start to curl up, and then jettison their arms,” Harley explains. “The arms crawl away from the body.”

Housing co-ops to close today…some students will keep concept going (Gazette-Times)

Today is the last go-round for the housing co-ops at Oregon State University. More than 200 students lived in the four co-ops — Avery, Azalea, Dixon and Oxford — clustered on the east end of the campus. The students are set to “check out” by noon today.

More work to be done preventing suicides (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon makes the top 10 state rankings not in education, nor wealth nor income. No, our badge of “honor” comes in this number: We have one of the highest suicide rates in the country. That’s a problem for two Bend women, Susan Keys and Cheryl Emerson. Keys, on the faculty of Oregon State University-Cascades, and Emerson, a mental health counselor in private practice, have spent far more time thinking about suicide than most of us ever will. And what they have to say about the subject is well worth listening to.

‘Greenland’s Glaciers’ to be shown at Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newports News Times)

“Greenland’s Glaciers,” a documentary film by Saskia Madlener, will premiere at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center on Wednesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium.

West Albany alum to sing national anthem at Oregon State graduation (Gazette-Times)

Melissa Simpson hasn’t had to time to get nervous, but she admits once the moment arrives, she might have a few butterflies. Simpson, a graduating senior at Oregon State University, will sing the national anthem at the school’s commencement ceremony for the 5,900-member Class of 2014 this Saturday. She also will lead graduates in the OSU alma mater.

Blaine Baker is the man in charge of keeping OSU’s botany and plant pathology building humming (Gazette-Times)

If an adventurous squirrel or a wayward tree limb leads to a power outage in Cordley Hall at Oregon State University, it’s more than a mere inconvenience — it’s an emergency. Blaine Baker gets a call.

Bird colony feasting on Columbia River fish supply (Yakima Herald Republic)

Salmon and steelhead make up 85 percent of the Goose Island terns’ diet, compared to 35 percent of the estuary terns’ diet, according to an Oregon State University study of the birds.

Black OSU grads to be honored at ceremony Friday (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Black Cultural Center and the Corvallis chapter of the NAACP are hosting a ceremony Friday evening for black OSU students who are graduating.

Oregon wave testing center files FERC license notice, scoping documents (Hydro World)

Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has filed a notice of intent to license and environmental scoping documents for the nation’s first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site.

Organic competition heats up (Capital Press)

Larry Lev, an agricultural economist at Oregon State University, points out that Walmart is just the latest global corporation to jump on the organic bandwagon.

College conducting area study (Clay County Times-Democrat)

A Clay County site is part of an extensive effort to study the Midcontinent Rift System, the 1,200 mile long geological rift in the center of North America, by a team of scientists from Oregon State University. Through the use of advanced equipment, the study will provide researchers with subsurface images of the Midcontinent Rift System. Locally, the group contacted Stephen Crancer of Rector in regards to setting up a survey system at his rural property, located northeast of Rector.

Class explores honeybee crisis (Willamette Live)

Those concerned about the drastic decline of honeybee populations can learn more as part of Straub Environmental Center’s Amateur Naturalist series. Ramesh Sagili (OSU) will present a lecture at the center on the evening of Thursday, June 19 with a follow-up field trip on Saturday, June 21.


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.

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

Video screening: “Do the Math,” the video, Friday June 13, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 303. Attend this brown bag movie and discussion of the iconic climate change movie that blends the reporting of climate science, calls for political action and divestment. The video is a production of 350.org and narrated by Bill McKibben. 43 minutes. Sponsored by OSUDivest.


Commencement: Oregon State University will hold its 145th commencement on Saturday, June 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium, graduating a record class of nearly 5,900 students.

Upcoming Events

Weight Watchers Information: A 13-week series of WW begins July 1.  WW Open House meetings will be held June 17, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam room 105.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, call 541-737-3106.

PFLA Networking: PFLA, AOP and Triad members and guests are welcome to a networking event Thursday, June 19, 5 p.m., Fernwood Circle Guesthouse, 1110 NW Fernwood Circle, Corvallis for a short tour, beverage and light snack. For info: http://www.fernwoodcircle.com/ RSVP by June 16 to: Deb.weitzman@oregonstate.edu

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.

Lectures and Webinars

Qualtrics Training Day: A Qualtrics Trainer will be on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20 to offer a workshop on using Qualtrics effectively. The workshop is full but it will be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu and then posted on Media Space at a later date. View the training schedule. Contact Stefanie Buck, stefanie.buck@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

News for Employees

NEW! *Save the Dates* Summer Library Workshops Scheduled for Grad Students and Faculty: Summer is the perfect season to take some time for personal learning…about scholarly impact/altmetrics, data management, 3-D printing, Qualtrics survey software, open access policies, and citation management. Check out the July and August workshop descriptions and register today; we’ll save you a seat. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Printing and Mailing Cascade Hall Summer Hours:  Our Cascade Hall location is moving to summer hours starting June 23.  We will be open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for all of your printing and mailing needs.

Community partners for Mexican teachers: Seeking educators at all levels as “Community Partners” for 30 Mexican teachers coming for English Teacher Training at INTO OSU, July 16-Aug. 14.  Meet with a teacher for a couple of hours each week of their stay, at times and places you choose together, for conversation, a walk, coffee, a snack.  Contact Kathleen Rochester, INTO OSU Special Programs Coordinator at 541-737-5678, or kathleen.rochester@oregonstate.edu

Open educational resources RFP: Open Oregon State is a new initiative from OSU Extended Campus that creates open educational resources (OERs). To support this initiative, Open Oregon State is accepting proposals to create OER modules, and we will provide funding of up to $2,000 to foster faculty participation in working with our development team to design and produce modules. The current RFP ends July 7. Details: open.oregonstate.edu/opportunities.

Host a Mexican English teacher for a half day, July 20.  INTO OSU will be providing English Teacher Training for 30 teachers from all over Mexico, July 16-Aug. 14.  You can show our community spirit by hosting for a half day on July 20, a visit to your home and a meal.  It’s all very flexible –  whatever you might be doing anyway on a summer Sunday in Corvallis or nearby.  Contact Kathleen Rochester, INTO OSU Special Programs Coordinator at 541-737-5678, or kathleen.rochester@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.

Education Program Assistant 2   – Extension Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), invites applications for a part-time, (.40 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 2 position located in St. Helens.  Posting # 0012541. Closes June 17.

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.

Department of Integrative Biology seeks candidates for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term, 12-month Faculty Research Assistant.  This position conducts genetics research in Michael Blouin’s lab (http://people.oregonstate.edu/~blouinm/). Responsibilities include basic molecular biology procedures, working with large databases, working with students, and ordering and managing supplies. Posting # 0012523.  For full consideration, apply by June 23.

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.

Reservations and Events Coordinator: The OSU Alumni Association is recruiting for a reservations and events coordinator for the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to: osualum@oregonstate.edu or OSU Alumni Association, 204 CH2M HILL Alumni Center, Corvallis OR 97331 by June 30.  View position description at www.osualum.com/jobs

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.

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 July 18.

Traffic and maintenance

Commencement: 145th Annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 14. To accommodate processional routes and large numbers of guests and graduates, the following roads and parking lots will be closed on Saturday.   (View Shuttle Map) (View Parking Map) (View Processional Route Map)  Note: Additional information and maps are available on the Commencement Website and Commencement Closures sites.

Move Out: To accommodate the 4300 students moving out of the halls and coops we are going to have some parking and traffic changes on the Westside of campus similar to previous years that will be in place through Friday, June 13. The two changes are:  “One Way” running West on Intramural Way – signs will be placed so that Intramural Way runs as a “One Way” going West on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to allow students and parents to parking on the south side of Weatherford and the Quad for loading of their vehicles. Please not that this traffic change does NOT impact the parking spots behind West Hall.  “One Way” running South on Sackett Place Between Linus Pauling and Jefferson Street – signs will be placed so that Sackett Place between Linus Pauling and Jefferson Street runs as a “One Way” going South on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to allow students and parents to parking on the east side of Sackett for loading of their vehicles.

Commencement Parking and Campus Construction:  Congratulations Class of 2014!  Capital Planning and Development and Transit and Parking Services are establishing pedestrian routes to help people get around campus construction for Commencement, including two temporary pedestrian pathways that will cross 15th St. construction for those who park in the lots across from Kerr.  Signs will be in place to direct people to these pathways and to the free shuttle service stops.  Parking and Shuttle Maps

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: “There should be a children’s song ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” – Jim Gaffigan. Happy Father’s Day weekend. Showers today, high of 65, low of 47. Partly sunny Saturday, chance of showers Sunday.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today, high of 59, low of 36. Partly sunny through the weekend.

Newport: Chance of showers, high of 56, low of 48. Slight chance of showers through the weekend.

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

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