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Friday, Oct. 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.

OSU dedicates Tebeau Hall in honor of Salem engineer (Statesman Journal)

Scores of attendees turned out Thursday afternoon for the dedication of Oregon State University’s newest dormitory, William Tebeau Hall. The dedication honored the late William “Bill” Tebeau of Salem, a former highway department engineer, educator and family man. Tebeau, who called Salem home since 1956, was the first black man to graduate from OSU, which he did in 1948. (see also Daily Barometer)

President Ray addresses Faculty Senate (LIFE@OSU)

A copy of the speech presented to the OSU Faculty Senate on Oct. 9, 2014 by President Edward J. Ray.

Beaverton water purification startup nets $1.1 million from investors (Sustainable Business Oregon)

It is currently collaborating with Oregon State University to test LilyPad, thanks to ongoing support from Oregon BEST, which has made two investments in the firm. The latest, for $94,000, is supporting construction of a a testing facility at the OSU-Benton County Green Infrastructure Research Facility to evaluate the LilyPad system.

How the Northwest is working to mainstream green chemistry (Green Business)

There’s also groundbreaking molecular toxicology research lead by Dr. Robert Tanguay at Oregon State University related to the health effects of chemical mixtures. His lab is using zebra fish to evaluate the toxicity of thousands of chemicals used in consumer products, which could lead to green chemistry innovation.

OSU Buddhist scholar James Blumenthal dies at 47 (LIFE@OSU)

James Blumenthal, an associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, died Oct. 8 from complications after a long struggle with cancer. He was 47.

Humpback whales: The brawl to mate (Australian Geographic)

Although group size varies, the ­behaviour of the whales does not, says Professor Scott Baker of the Marine Mammal Institute, at Oregon State University. A founding member of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, Scott has studied humpbacks for more than 30 years, and has helped to chart typical aggressive behaviours of males in competitive groups –
some of which can result in serious injury or death.

Educated community no protection against a poor diet for children (Health News)

The findings, reported recently in the Journal of Extension by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, make it clear that nutritional deficiencies can be profound even in communities with a very knowledgeable population and easy access to high quality, affordable food.

How to live a long life (Woman’s Day)

Does the woman who had 15 items in the express lane stay with you all day? You might be shortening your life. A recent study found that how you react to the stress of even minor events (like a rude stranger) affects your health. “Always perceiving your problems as stressful creates adverse health effects,” says Carolyn Aldwin, PhD, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Oregon State University.

Robot snake can conquer hills and slopes (Mashable)

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University, and Zoo Atlanta tapped into the power of Mother Nature to solve a robotics problem. The team of researchers analyzed the sidewinder snake’s ability to quickly and efficiently climb sandy hills and slopes, hoping to mimic that ability in robotic snakes. (see also NBC News)

For women in the movement, a dual struggle (Daily Californian)

While many male activists gained experience from joining groups such as the Freedom Riders, who challenged Jim Crow laws by riding segregated buses in the South, the culture was less permissive about letting females set off alone, according to Oregon State University professor emeritus Jean Moule, a veteran of the movement. As a result, many came into FSM and other activist movements lacking the organizing skills gained from such participation, leaving them less prepared from the start and making it harder for their voices to be heard at meetings.

Getting hip to hip-hop (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University invites the public to delve into the impact of hip-hop on music and culture at a free Hip-Hop Festival from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Oct. 17.

Enormous whale washes up on Long Island beach (Tech Times)

“Pressure release is sometimes slow, and sometimes catastrophic,” says Bruce Mate, director of the marine biology institute at Oregon State University who has dealt with a lot of dead whales in his time. “The gas buildup is just a normal part of the degradation of tissue.”

As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar (Capital Press)

Oregon State University’s hazelnut program, funded by growers and headed by renowned breeder Shawn Mehlenbacher, developed a series of blight-resistant varieties that frankly saved the industry. Growers nursed their older orchards along with stringent pruning and spraying programs while the new trees, which take about four years to mature, settled in and began producing at commercial levels.

A hands-on lesson (Newport News-Times)

She wasn’t alone as more than 20 students from Sam Case’s second grade class headed to Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Wednesday afternoon to harvest the vegetables their predecessors planted last year with some help from Oregon State University master gardeners and parents.

Owners told to quarantine or kill cats that played with dead bat (Seattle-Times)

KVAL reports  an Oregon State University lab on Tuesday confirmed the bat had rabies. The cats are not vaccinated against the disease.

What’s going on with the calves? (Dairy Herd)

Researchers from Washington State University, Oregon State University, and Cornell University collaborated to survey 224 people who worked with calves on dairies in Arizona, Idaho, New York, Oregon and Washington.


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

Mental health event in the Quad: Interactive booths with information on mental health, free food, and prizes. Friday, Oct. 10, noon to 3 p.m. on the MU steps.

Music à la Carte: The “brown bag” concert series, Music à la Carte, takes place Fridays at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. The free, 45-minute concerts are held most Fridays during fall, winter, and spring terms. On Oct. 10, the guest is the Oregon Chamber Players Quartet.

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.

Consumer-Directed Advertising for Noninvasive Prenatal Tests: George Estreich (School of Writing, Literature and Film) will discuss the patterns and assumptions in consumer-directed advertising for the new noninvasive prenatal tests aimed at Down syndrome and other genetic conditions.  Friday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m., Milam 301, sponsored by Disability Studies @ OSU.

NEW! PINK Marketing Presentation: Public Relations Specialist Sara Gaul presents: “Campus & Event Marketing,” at 2 p.m., Oct. 10 in MU 206. PINK Apparel Campus Tour will be on the MU Quad 10 a.m.-4 p.m., introducing the 2014 clothing line with interactive activities, giveaways and clothing sales. Sponsored by Student Events & Activities. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by calling: 541-713-8368

Fireworks: Oregon State University is inviting students, faculty, staff and community members to Goss Stadium this Friday to celebrate being a part of “Beaver Nation” with free food, prizes and a fireworks show. The activities, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m., Oct. 10 at Goss Stadium (the baseball park) on campus.

Book reading: Visiting OSU faculty members Nick Dybek and Inara Verzemnieks will read at the Valley Library Rotunda on Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A and book signing. Dybek is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, a Maytag Fellowship, as well as a selection in “Granta New Voices.” Verzemnieks, a former reporter for “The Oregonian,” is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and the Richard J. Margolis Award of the Blue Mountain Center.


NEW! Beaver Store celebrates a century: The OSU Beaver Store is inviting the campus and Corvallis community to a street party at its campus store across from Gill Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to honor its 100th anniversary. There will be a brew fest with four local breweries, food trucks, and the OSU Race Car Simulator.  The party will continue inside with discounts throughout the store, giveaways, and birthday cake.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Rural World exhibit: Opening Monday, Oct. 13, “The Rural World” exhibit offers a glimpse into the rural endeavors such as beekeeping, orchard cultivation, kitchen gardening, producing dairy products and wool, and brewing. These activities have provided  sustenance since early times and formed the backbone of rural economies in Oregon.  On display from Oct. 13-March 20, 2015. OSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 5th floor of the Valley Library,  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

NEW! Pancake retirement: Cherri Pancake, Professor in Computer Science and Director of the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (NACSE), will be honored with a retirement party Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3 to 5 p.m.,  Kelley Engineering Center Fourth Floor Lounge.

NEW! Miss Representation Film Screening: Free screening of a film that explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., MU 208

Meditation Mob: Join us in a relaxing and rejuvenating guided meditation during a break between classes. Monday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Quad.

OSU District Plan Open Houses:  OSU is hosting two public open house events in October to provide updates on the OSU District Plan development with the community and to give community members an opportunity to share comments and concerns with OSU planning staff.  All are welcome to attend these no-cost Open Houses: Oct. 21, 4-7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center and Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., at Chintimini Senior and Community Center.  For more information, contact David Dodson at 541-737-8503 or visit the OSU District Plan Updates page.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Ag Ed/Ag Sci candidates: Candidates for the Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences Department Head will be presenting at forums on campus. Dexter B. Wakefield, Education Research Coordinator, Center for Urban and Multicultural Education, School of Education, Indiana University, will present Oct. 13, 4-5 p.m., Kidder 202. D. Barry Croom, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Agricultural and Extension Education, North Carolina State University, will present Oct. 14, 4 -5 p.m., Hallie Ford Center 115. Thomas J. Dormody, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, will present Oct. 17, 9-10 a.m., Hallie Ford Center 115. Receptions follow each presentation.

NEW! Adventure Leadership Institute’s Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder – Open to all: Learn the essential skills of wilderness first aid and being a first responder in the wilderness through Recreational Sports’ Adventure Leadership Institute courses. Wilderness First Aid is occurring on Oct. 25-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wilderness First Responder will occur Dec. 13 – 20 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. These courses are open to OSU students, Recreational Sports members and the general public. Learn more about the Adventure Leadership Institute here or check out the course schedules here.

Running effective meetings: Registration is still open for “Running Effective Meetings” and other workshops presented by the Center of Learning & Organizational Development. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 for details and to register.

25th Annual Yunker Physics Lecture: Eric Cornell, JILA, NIST & University of Colorado at Boulder, will speak about “Particle paleontology: looking for fossils from the early universe inside the electron”, Monday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. in 151 Weniger Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit: http://physics.oregonstate.edu.

OSU Center for the Humanities Film Lecture:  Jon Lewis, Center Research Fellow and faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss macabre mysteries of postwar Los Angeles and the restructuring of Hollywood cinema in Nothing Sadder Than the Truly Monstrous: The Black Dahlia Murder and Transition-era Hollywood on Monday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. A reception from 5-7 p.m. will follow.

Science Pub: Science and Buddhism might seem to have little in common, but they share surprising similarities. At the Oct. 13 Corvallis Science Pub, Dee Denver, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University, will explore the intersection of these two traditions. The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis.

Zotero, EndNote, and Data Management workshops at The Valley Library: The Fall Grad Student & Faculty Workshop Series kicks off on Oct. 13. Learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with Zotero (Oct. 13) or EndNote (Oct. 14). Thinking about your research data or developing your data management plan? Learn to manage it effectively and efficiently with Intro to Data Management (Oct. 14). View the full series offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Registration is open for Social Media, Mobile and Reputation Management StrategiesCourse four in the Digital Brand Management Certificate offered by the College of Writing, Literature and Film in partnership with Professional and Continuing Education, will teach techniques to leverage digital resources and engage audiences in support of organization and business objectives. Course begins Oct. 13, $475. Register now!

Save the Date for the 2014 State of the Coast Conference: Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. Sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, State of the Coast is the coastal conference for everyone. Program highlights include: informative talks on current marine science and policy issues, a student poster session, hands-on activities, and great Oregon coastal food. Plus a keynote address by award winning, bestselling author Paul Greenberg, who will talk about how it’s time to bring back local seafood in the U.S. Registration: $35 general / $25 student. For additional information: stateofthecoast.com

News for Employees

Employees and dependents attending OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is Oct. 24 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Fall 2014.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

Update voter registration information: In order to participate in the Nov. 4 General Election, voters must be registered by Oct. 14.  If you have moved since the last election you will need to re-register using your current address to ensure your ballot will reach you. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot. Voter registration cards are available from ASOSU in Snell Hall, the Memorial Union, and other campus locations. You can also register to vote online at the Oregon Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.org/.

Bike parking survey volunteers needed!  Ever needed to park your bike but there wasn’t a place in sight? Help the OSU Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee address bike parking issues on campus by surveying bike parking utilization on Oct. 14 and 15, or Oct. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. To thank participants, the Sustainability Office and Parking Services will provide volunteers a swag item.  See more or contact alaina.hawley@oregonstate.edu.

Dam Fit @ RecSports– Last Chance to Register: Get motivated, get strong, get results. Your last chance to register for the Fall Dam Fit program is Friday, Oct. 10. Dam Fit is small-group, interval training incorporating strength, agility and cardio. Open to all fitness levels, this fitness program will progress you toward your personal fitness and wellness goals. Learn more here and register at the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon by Friday! Contact Erika Hanselman-Green with questions.

OSU athletics supports breast cancer awareness: Oregon State Athletics is proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in the spirit of the cause is offering 1,000 free tickets for families (limit of 4) touched by any form of cancer for the Thurs., Oct. 16 home football game vs. Utah. The outreach is part of the department’s new “BeaversSalute” program. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis and available through the OSU Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS and referencing “BeaversSalute families touched by cancer.”

PCOSW Scholarship Applications: Applications for PCOSW scholarships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, or PCOSW, provides funding to women faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development or research opportunities, as well as individuals conducting research related to women’s issues. Scholarships range from $500 to $1000 and are awarded during fall, winter, and spring terms; the deadline is Friday of Week 5 with notification in Week 7. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/awards-and-scholarships

Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. FTE will not be split among units. This choice will determine Senate representation. Contact Vickie Nunnemaker at vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu by noon, Oct. 17 with your selection. Provide your name, the units you are split between, and the unit with which you prefer to be apportioned; Indicate ‘Split Appointment’ in the subject line.


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

The Oregon State University Foundation (OSUF) has three openings for experienced higher education major gift officers.  These positions will join existing fundraising teams in the College of Engineering, the College of Business and in Athletics.  Please note: the positions for the College of Engineering and for Athletics are located in the Foundation’s Portland office; the position for the College of Business could be located in either Corvallis or Portland. If you are interested in advancing your career in an organization that is making a difference, please complete the Foundation’s job application, and send it with your cover letter and resume to Patricia Kenney, Sr. Director of Human Resources, osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu

Student Services Transfer Manager: The Office of Enrollment Management invites applicants for a full-time Administrator 3 – Student Services position.  Posting #0013041. Closes Oct. 10.

Education Program Assistant 1  – Jackson County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013108. Closes Oct. 10.

Education Program Assistant 2  – Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 2 position located in Tillamook.  Posting # 0013089. Closes Oct. 10.

Accountant 1 – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Accountant 1.  Posting #0013116.  Closes Oct. 12.

Fiscal Coordinator 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for Business Affairs. Posting #0012944. Closes Oct. 13.

Fiscal Coordinator 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University. Posting #0013066. Closes Oct. 13.

Office Specialist 2 – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0013104. Closes Oct. 13.

Applications Access Manager – Information Services  invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Applications Access Manager position. Posting # 0013068. Closes Oct. 13.

Information Technology Consultant, Competency Level 2 – Information Services – Community Network invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0013134. Closes Oct 16.

The School of Language, Culture, and Society is seeking a Oregon State ADVANCE Project Manager. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.. Posting #0013095. Closes Oct. 17.

The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Acquisitions & Collections Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian and OSU Press Director. Posting #0013075. Closes Oct. 18.

Marketing Manager –Professional & Continuing Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Marketing Manager, Posting #0013123. Closes Oct. 19.

Medical Aide – The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications to fill 2 full-time (1.0 FTE),12 month, limited duration Medical Aide positions in the large animal reception of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Apply to posting # 0013154. Closes Oct. 20.

Accountant 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time, .50 FTE (approximately 20 hours per week) Accountant 2 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013133. Closes Oct. 20.

Maintenance Laborer Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Maintenance Laborer Coordinator position.  Posting #0013166. Closes Oct. 22.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Campus Public Safety Dispatcher.  This is a permanent full time position.  Posting #0013177. Closes Oct. 22.

The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Digital Applications Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian. Posting #0013037. Closes Oct. 22.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE), limited duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0013168. Closes Oct. 31.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE),  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Astoria.  Posting # 0013172. Closes Oct. 31.

Outreach Program Coordinator (Farm Manager) – Jackson County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.49 FTE),  Farm Manager position located in Central Point.  Posting # 0013139. Closes Oct. 31.

The OSU Alumni Association is recruiting for an Early Engagement Director. Apply by Oct. 31. Application instructions and position description are posted at: www.osualum.com/jobs

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Forest Regeneration. This position has two components: a 12-month, 0.75 FTE tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor appointment and a 12-month, 0.25 FTE appointment as Director of the Vegetation Management Research Cooperative. Posting #0012861.  Closes Oct. 31.

Public Info Representative 2–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Public Info Representative 2, Posting #0013175. Closes Nov. 1.

Head of Mathematics – The Mathematics Department requests applications for a Head of Mathematics position, posting # 0011757. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 15.

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film  invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will teach five undergraduate and graduate courses, on a trimester system, in global (non-western) related film electives and film theory. Posting #0013155. Closes Jan. 30, 2015.

Traffic and maintenance

Benton Place: As part of the Beaver Nation Fire Works Grand Finale, the southern half of the Benton Place Parking Lot will be closed Friday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Congestion: An open house program takes place Oct. 10 in LaSells Stewart Center and CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.  OSU Fall Preview will host more than 800 prospective students and their families. Due to this, there will be an increase in vehicles and foot-traffic during campus tours.

Sidewalk Closure at Washington and 15th Street Intersection: Sidewalks along 15th Street were ordered to remain barricaded closed until the railroad has completed installation of the railroad signal arm crossing gates, which the railroad expects to be completed by November.  Pedestrians traveling east-west are encouraged to use the new sidewalks and crosswalks. Those traveling north-south should use the detour in place toward 17th Street. For your continued safety, please only use approved railroad crossings. Encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution around this and all construction sites.  Do not cross barricades and restricted areas.

30th to Western: As part of the construction of a southbound turn lane,  30th Street from Western Blvd approximately 300 feet north will be closed Sept. 25 – Oct. 15. All buildings and parking lots between Western Blvd and Washington Way will remain accessible from the north.


Corvallis: “For every fog in October, a snow in the winter.” – Old Farmer’s Almanac. Some heavy fog starts the morning out, followed by some sunshine later this afternoon. High of 72, low of 51. Slight chance of rain tonight and tomorrow. Partly sunny Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 74, low of 45. Sunny through the weekend.

Newport: Chance of drizzle and some fog, otherwise cloudy. High of 62, low of 53. Chance of rain Saturday, cloudy Sunday.

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

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