OSU Today

June 30-July 4, 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.

OSU gains state’s first accredited school of public health (Lund Report)

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences was granted accreditation today, making it the first school of public health in Oregon to earn that recognition. (see also Gazette-TimesSalem NewsDigital Journal)

Greenland Ice Sheet may face tipping point, Oregon State study indicates (Oregonian)

Using sediment core evidence taken from the sea floor off Greenland’s coast, the team of researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison were able to estimate the extent of the Greenland Ice Sheet during an interglacial period 400,000 years ago, when global sea levels were much higher than today. (see also Yahoo News UKInternational Business TimesNew Scientist)

OSU grant allows researchers to continue fight against ‘hidden killer’ (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University researchers have won grants that will help them study the treatment and prevention of sepsis. (see also Nanowerk, MedGadget, Bio-Medicine)

Better doctors and dentists: Huge new science building shared by Portland State, OHSU and OSU will overhaul science, medical training (Oregonian)

The largest academic building in Oregon will swing its doors open  Thursday, and officials predict it will dramatically improve the way doctors and other medical professionals are trained in Oregon. It will also upgrade science education for thousands of Portland State University undergraduates. (see also OPBPortland TribuneKGW, NW Cable News)

Scientists scramble to find out why sea stars are wasting away (Seattle Times)

Bruce Menge, professor of marine biology at Oregon State University, Corvallis, said while Oregon was unscathed last year, sea stars are taking a beating there now, with up to 80 percent of some populations wiped out. “It is kind of a frantic time for us,” Menge said. “ Scientists love these kinds of mysteries, but it is a heart wrenching thing to see this kind of die-off.”

Mass bee die-offs continuing in Oregon (Statesman Journal)

State agriculture officials, the Oregon State Beekeepers Association, the Xerces Society and scientists from Oregon State University all are involved in investigating the deaths.

OSU discovers possible ALS breakthrough (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University are helping create what could become a breakthrough for people suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Soon a drug to treat antibiotic resistant T.B. (Business Standard)

“We believe these findings are an important new avenue toward treatment of multi-drug-resistant TB,” said Taifo Mahmud, professor at Oregon State University in the US. (see also Infection Control Today, Siasat Daily, The Health Site)

Oregon State taps experienced hand to run research efforts (Portland Business Journal)

Ron Adams, who’s spent the last three years as executive associate vice president for research at Oregon State, will become the interim VP of research at OSU. Adams is the former dean of OSU’s engineering school.

Ranchers, researchers test European dog breeds against wolves (Bend Bulletin)

The dogs arrive as puppies and are soon exposed to the livestock they’ll be protecting, said Randy Mills, livestock agent for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Pendleton. “With all guard dogs this is an important stage,” he said. “It’s that bond that creates (with the livestock) that protective behavior later on in life.”

Can playing with Barbie limit girls’ career choices? (Think Out Loud)

But in a study released in March, Oregon State University researcher Aurora Sherman found that playing with Barbies might actually limit the number and type of careers girls see for themselves in the future.

Artisan cheese startups face six-digit costs, OSU study finds (Prairie Star)

Aspiring artisan cheese makers should be prepared to shell out at least $250,000 to set up operations, according to an Oregon State University study. (see also Capital Press, Food Manufacturing, Portland Tribune)

Vitamins on trial (Nature)

Subtle differences may be hard to detect and have long latency periods. These limitations and considerations add up “in a way that causes trials to be heavily stacked against showing any benefit”, says biochemist Balz Frei, director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis. (see also Scientific American)

OSU makes final hire to address livability issues (Gazette-Times)

Jonathan Stoll’s position at Oregon State University is so new they haven’t nailed down what to call it yet. Community relations director, community outreach town and gown, Corvallis community outreach director. All three appear in university documents. (see also Register-GuardOPBKSL)

Food Innovation Center event nourishes dreams (Capital Press)

If chatty banter makes for a successful business, Suzi Buchanan is all set. During a trade show at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center Tuesday, Buchanan described herself as “principal popologist” of her fledgling business, Humdinger Kettle Korn.

Crowds gather to toast Larry Roper on his last week as vice provost of Student Affairs (LIFE@OSU)

Hundreds turned out to celebrate the legacy of Larry Roper, vice provost for Student Affairs, as he returns to a faculty position after 19 years in his administrative role.

What’s new with novels? (Huffington Post)

OSU’s Evan Gottlieb explores the past and present of the novel.

U.K. researchers call for more teacher power to improve education (Science)

Such a change addresses a problem facing all industrialized nations, says Martin Storksdieck, who stepped down this month as director of the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Science Education to lead the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University, Corvallis. “The A-level system leaves out a lot of people,” he says, not just students pursuing non-STEM degrees but also the larger public.

States encourage bilingualism with diploma seals (Yahoo News)

Corvallis High School graduates who earned the seal this year have the same level of language proficiency as Spanish majors who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a university Spanish program, said Ron Mize, a professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University. (see also Houston Chronicle, KATU)

For more OSU headlines:  http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=27349


Givigliano retirement: A  retirement reception in honor of Torri Givigliano will be held June 30, 3 to 4p.m., Cordley 3030. Givigliano has given 21 years service to OSU, including nine years in Zoology/Integrative Biology.


Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.


Holiday: Fourth of July

Upcoming Events

NEW! North Porch Café Opening: MU Retail Food Service would like to announce the opening of our newest location North Porch Café on July 9. We will be serving a menu with an Asian fusion flair. To find out more about North Porch Café visit us at mu.oregonstate.edu/murfs/northporch, you can also check out The Story Behind North Porch on our blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mufood/2014/06/27/story-behind-north-porch-cafe/

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Italian cooking lessons: A benefit for the Master Food Preserver program of OSU Extension Service-Lane County is planned, featuring the skills of chef Rosa Mariotti.  Chef Mariotti, who teaches at LCC, will lead a Cook-It-Yourself Italian lunch on Saturday, July 12 at the Community of Christ Church, 1485 Gilham Road, Eugene, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu will feature hand-made pasta with Scarpetta sauce, chicken alla Mugnaio, a salad, Italian grissoni with homemade butter, and shortbread cookies with mascarpone and gooseberry sauce for dessert. Pre-registration is required, $65 per person and the class is limited to 15. For information, 541-344-4885.  Register at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/announcements/food-preservation-baking-classes.

STEM Workshops for Educators: Offered by OSU research faculty. Free. Lunch provided. Limited funds available to support lodging costs for  participants more than 80 miles away. July 31-Aug. 1: Explorations in Nanotechnology for 6-12th Grade Educators. Aug. 11-12: Climate Change and Ocean Acidification. Aug. 14-15: Biological Motions through the Lens-An Advanced Light Microscopy Workshop. To register or for more information, email Kari van Zee, Program  Coordinator STEPs, at vanzeek@science.oregonstate.edu; 541-737-1773.

News for Employees

NEW! MU Retail food hours: MU Retail Food Service is open during the summer and looking forward to serving you. Ava’s Café 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Bites 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Dixon Café 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; E.Cafe 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Java II 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; JavaStop 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; NorthPorch Café – (Opening July 9) 10:30  a.m. to 4 p.m.; Panda 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; ToGo’s 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.To keep up on hours for the summer head to http://mu.oregonstate.edu/memorial-union-retail-food-services

NEW! Summer Faculty Staff Fitness classes are underway: Classes are filling up quick! If you have not already signed up, be sure to sign up TODAY to save your spot in a class (Online Registration Here, please disregard “Fall 2013”; all classes listed are for Summer Term). We also have a couple Summer flex passes available, hurry in to get yours today (must sign up in office)! Also don’t forget to renew your locker by Monday, June 30, the last day for renewals. Locker renewals can also be done online with the receipt forwarded to Cody.Carson@oreognstate.edu. Questions, please call 7-3222.

NEW! NIOSH soliciting applications: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Institutes of Health- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (UO1) program. NIOSH is soliciting applications to conduct agricultural injury and disease research. While emphasis will be placed on proposals in the areas of forestry/logging, vulnerable populations and research to practice efforts, any application associated with occupational safety and health concerns in this work sector will be accepted. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nih-affshr. Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline:July 28.

NEW! NSF CCE STEM: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation- Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) program. This program funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ccestem. Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Dec. 22.

NEW! NSF ADVANCE: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers – Institutional Transformation Catalyst (ADVANCE IT Catalyst) and Institutional Transformation (ADVANCE IT) programs. The goals of this program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-advanceitcatalyst and  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-advanceit. Information: Mary Phillips- mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: IT Catalyst: Aug. 10, 2015. IT: Sept. 7, 2015.

Recreational Sports – Outdoor Gear Rental & Bike Shop: Planning a wilderness adventure, weekend getaway or a Corvallis stay-cation? The Adventure Leadership Institute’s Outdoor Equipment Rental Shop is prepared to support your needs. Swing by the ALI Mondays – Fridays, noon – 6 p.m. to rent gear for all of your adventure needs.

Join OSU Summer Choir: OSU Summer Choir begins rehearsals on Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at Benton Hall on the OSU campus. Rehearsals will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., also in Benton Hall. The choir will rehearse a diverse repertoire and conclude with a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at the First United Methodist Church. Students may register for credit and community members may participate for a $25 fee. For more information go to singorange.com/summer-choir.

*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


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

Faculty Research Assistant. The Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position in the laboratory of Professor Bruce Geller.  This research position requires working with research animals (mice) and human pathogenic bacteria, and testing experimental antibiotics. Posting # 0012476. Closes June 30.

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.

Fiscal Coordinator 2–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 2 position, Internal Employment Opportunity. Posting #0012585. Closes July 2.

Laboratory Assistant, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Laboratory Assistant, the starting at $2014/monthly + benefits. This position will support and assist with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. Posting # 0012609. Closes July 2.

Office Assistant – Wallowa County Extension office, invites applications for a part-time, intermittent, (.10 FTE)  Office Assistant position located in Enterprise.  Posting # 0012615. Closes July 2.

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 July 6.

Student Experience Learning Coordinator – College of Agricultural Sciences Administration, Office of Academic Programs invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month coordinator position.  Posting #0012572.  Closes July 7.

Web Strategist & Digital Communication Specialist –Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Web Strategist & Digital Communication Specialist, Posting #0012623. Closes July 7.

Program Technician 2 – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Program Technician 2. Posting #0012581. For full consideration apply by July 7. Closing date July 31.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is currently recruiting for a Learning Center Assistant Coordinator.  This position will oversee the daily operations of the Learning Center alongside the Learning Center and Testing Coordinator. This position will work with the Learning Center and Testing Coordinator, Program Managers, Academic Programs Director and INTO OSU academic management team to provide an effective and developing Learning Center for use by students and  teaching staff within the parameters of the agreed educational, commercial and recruitment targets. Please see the attached link to review the full position description and qualifications. https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=12786442 Please apply by July 10.

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.

Department Head – College of Agricultural Sciences Department of Agricultural Education & General Agriculture invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, tenured administrator Department Head position.  Posting #0012500 Closes July 11.

Outreach Program Coordinator (Internal Employment Opportunity) – 4-H Youth Development in Lane County Extension Office, invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE)  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Eugene.  Posting # 0012624. Closes July 11.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is currently recruiting for an Academic Support Assistant Manager.  This position assists in overseeing the Academic Support unit which provides advanced service and coordination support for academic staff and students. Working under the direction of the Academic Support Manager, this position initiates and coordinates administrative assignments in support of academic operations: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=12786782 Apply by July 13.

Sustainability Double Degree Program Advisor – College of Agricultural Sciences Administration, Office of Academic Programs invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month program advisor position. Posting #0012608 Closes July 13.

Marine Technician, Faculty Research Assistant – College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Marine Technician. Posting #0012645. For full consideration apply by July 14. Closes Aug. 4.

Operating Systems/Network Analyst 2– Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, Hatfield Marine Science Center, invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Network Analyst 2 position.  Posting #0012661.  Closes July 14.

Network Operations Center Lead Engineer– Information Services invites applications for a Network Operations Center Lead Engineer position. Posting # 0012619. Closes July 17.

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.

University Shared Services Enterprise Information Technology Manager – University Shared Services Enterprise invites applications for an Information Technology Manager position. Posting # 0012619. Closes  July 19.

Associate Dean-The College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month,  Associate Dean position. Posting #0012641.  For full consideration please apply by July 30. Closes Aug. 11.

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine – OSU invites applications for the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Posting # 0012628. Closes for full consideration Sept. 1.

Traffic and maintenance

Fire alarms: Starting Monday June 30, Western State Fire Protection will be on campus performing fire system testing.  This will last through Thursday, July 3.  This will be an audible test, alarm bells will sound for a brief period of time.  Buildings include Kelley Engineering Center, Burt, Wilkinson/Gilfillan, Gleeson, Shepard, Owen, Reser East, Nypro, Energy Center, Hindsale, Reed & Heckart Lodge and Hallie Ford.

Benton Place: As part of the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement project, the contractor will begin final grading and preparation for the base lift of paving next week. This will require the closure of Benton Place near the job site. The closure will be in effect from Tuesday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 15. Traffic will detour from Washington Way to 17th Street, and a sign will be posted on Benton Place at Jefferson Avenue.

Gilbert Hall parking lot: For repairs associated with inclement weather damage, Gilbert Hall Parking Lot #3222 (Between Gilbert and Weniger) will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m., June 30 for crane staging to lift coils onto the roof.

Fireworks: The Corvallis Knights will be holding a fireworks event on campus July 2, 9:45 to 11:30 p.m.

ALS: As part of the ALS North Entrance Modifications project, the north entry/exit of ALS will be closed through July 11. Please use the west entrance/exit while construction is in progress.

Milne: As part of the Restroom ADA Upgrades project, the bathrooms in Milne will be closed through September.

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.

Washington Way/ 15th: As part of the Washington Way Realignment/15th Street Improvement Project, 15th Street will be closed between Western Blvd. and the railroad tracks. Work will begin June 18 on 15th Street south of the railroad tracks to complete road, sidewalk, and utility improvements all the way south to Western Blvd.  A secondary staging area will be utilized by the contractor between 15th and 16th Streets, south of A Avenue.  15th Street from Western to the railroad will be closed effective June 18 – September.  This closure will close the intersection of A Ave and 15th. 11th Street remains the primary detour route. Sidewalks south of the railroad will remain open as long as feasible.  Some sidewalk and utility improvements will require walkway closures. Washington Way and 15th Street’s north phase is scheduled to open to all northbound and westbound traffic in August 2014.


Corvallis: Happy Independence Day! After last week’s brief flirtation with Spring rains, summer is returning for the first week of July. It will be sunny all week with highs peaking Tuesday near 95, and then cooling off into the upper 70s by the Fourth. Lows hovering around 55.

Central Oregon: Sunny with highs in the low 80s and lows in the 50s. Slight chance of thunderstorms midweek.

Newport: Sunny early in the week highs up to 80. Cloudy midweek and cooler, with highs in the 60s. Partly cloudy by the Fourth. Lows in the mid 50s.

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

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