OSU Today

June 14-18, 2010

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 research could aid oil spill cleanup (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University announced Friday that research from its College of Pharmacy may be helpful in cleaning up the area around the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientist Xihou Yin worked with a team of researchers to identify a new strain of bacteria that could be helpful in breaking down the environmental pollutants resulting from oil spills. See also: Toronto Sun and more than 50 other articles.

Thousands of students graduate from Oregon State University (KEZI-TV)

Thousands of college students are getting their diplomas across the state of Oregon this weekend.  Many of them are in Corvallis today as the Beavers hold their 2010 commencement ceremonies. See also: Gazette-Times, Oregonian, KMTR, and Albany Democrat-Herald.

Youth suicide attempts may increase a man’s risk for domestic violence (Oregonian)

Some people think suicide attempts can show a general tendency toward “impulsive aggression,” a lack of control that could also lead to violence against others. Wondering about a link, scientists from Oregon State University and Eugene’s Oregon Social Learning Center looked at 153 men who grew up in high-crime neighborhoods around Eugene and their later partners.

Talking about sexual problems eases men’s anxiety (AARP Bulletin)

“Most people presume that men don’t talk about their problems and so they underestimate the importance of a man’s close relationships,” says Oregon State University gerontologist Alexis Walker, coauthor of a study that looked at how older couples deal with their anxiety about sexual concerns.

OSU researcher studies impact of Gulf oil spill (KGW)

Oregon State University researcher Stephen Brandt will be part of a team examining how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is affecting marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. See also: Gazette-Times, Northwest Cable News.

Insects inspire robot design (Live Science)

John Schmitt, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, is trying to develop legged robots that can easily run over the roughest surfaces. See also: Smart Planet

OSU’s Hatfield Science Center unveils new Octocam (Albany Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center this week unveiled its new OctoCam, streaming live video of the visitor center’s resident giant Pacific octopus to the world.

Burger Queen (Portland Business Journal)

Osmunson formed Chez Gourmet after Barbara Durrett, a Lake Oswego real estate agent and veggie burger skeptic, sampled one of her homemade vegetarian patties at a family birthday party. Osmunson worked with the Food Innovation Center in Portland to refine her recipes.

University teams test Mars Rovers in Utah desert (Popular Science)

On Saturday, June 5, in the remote southeast Utah desert, a team of engineering students from Oregon State University emerged as the champion of the fourth annual University Rover Challenge.


NEW! Melissa Cheyney, an assistant professor in OSU’s Department of Anthropology who is a medical anthropologist and licensed midwife, will discuss “‘The Politics and Science of Being Born: Location, Location, Location” in a Science Pub Corvallis presentation at 6 p.m. today at the Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis.


NEW! Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? Open House meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Rooms 322 A/B of Student Health Services, Plageman Student Health Center.  Meetings are not limited to OSU employees. Information: contact Kathi at 737-3106.

The June Science Pub Central Oregon takes place June 15 in Redmond. Lisbeth Goddik of OSU Food and Science Technology will speak on “The Cheese Stands Alone: The Science Behind Oregon’s Acclaimed Artisan Cheeses.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m., at Coyote Ranch in Redmond. Information: 541-737-2351.


NEW! The OSUsed Store is open Wednesday June 16 from 12-3. All items are offered in a garage sale format with no advanced preview.  Questions: contact surplus property at 541-737-7347 or visit the website at http://surplus.oregonstate.edu, 644 SW 13th St., Corvallis.


Jerry McGuire, MU Assistant Director, will be retiring after 24 years of service to OSU. Join his co-workers at a retirement celebration from 2:30 to 5 p.m., June 18 in the MU Lounge.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science will be hosting a Thank You/Farewell Reception for three departing faculty members from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the LaSells Stewart Center.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served. The departing faculty members are Jim Peterson, Oscar Riera-Lizarazu and Isabel Vales. While an RSVP is not required, it would be appreciated. Reply to Barb Reed at Barbara.J.Reed@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5854.


NEW! At 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, the River Gallery will host its annual spring celebration of poetry, music and art known as “Wild Writers Recite!” This year’s event will feature short readings by poets Carter McKenzie, Anita Sullivan, Chris Anderson of OSU, Donna Henderson, Jessica Lamb and Cecelia Hagen, with music performed by singer-songwriter Claudia Austin-Prevost. The River Gallery is located at 184 S. Main Street in Independence. A book-signing and open-mic reading will follow the featured performers. Admission and refreshments are free, though donations to support the work of the press will be welcomed.

News for Employees

NEW! Central Web Services is hosting several Drupal Boot Camps on July 27- 29, August 17- 19, and September 20- 22. Drupal Boot Camps is a three-day intensive workshop incorporating all existing core Drupal 6 workshops.  In addition, two topics about using the OSU Brand Guidelines on the web, presented by staff from University Advancement’s Web Communications has been added. Register. Priority registration will be given to persons registering to attend the entire three-day camp. If you are requesting to attend for less than three days, please make your request via the help ticket system http://oregonstate.edu/cws/contact.

NEW! The next 13-week Weight Watchers At Work session begins on June 29.  If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. Providence carriers should call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. Kaiser Permanente members can call 866-301-3866 to get an access code. You will need your ID number from your Providence or Kaiser ID card.  Next you need to call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on June 29th.  For more information, contact Kathi at 737-3106.

NEW! Many copiers contain hard drives and store the data copied, scanned, or printed.  All copiers on campus are part of the Cost per Copy program provided by IKON and administered by Printing and Mailing Services.  Of the 450 convenience copiers on campus, 75 percent of them have hard drives. Commencing immediately Printing & Mailing will overwrite the hard drive before it leaves the OSU department.  The majority of the time this provides the level of security we need, however if you regularly scan, copy or print, student  or staff personal data your department may want to replace the hard drive in the copier.  This process can be facilitated by Printing and Mailing Services. Questions or concerns:  contact Cheryl Lyons at 737-4075 or Cheryl.lyons@oregonstate.edu

The LaSells Stewart Center is accepting artwork for the 2010, Fifth Annual Community Exhibit, which will be installed for viewing in July. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, June 30. This is a non-juried show, and is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Only one submission will be selected from each artist. Artists may deliver their art Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to the LaSells Stewart Center office. The Community Art Exhibit will be on display July 1 to July 31. A reception will take place on July 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information see www.oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

Your input is important! Transit and Parking Services (TAPS) is considering a change in the current parking permit display method. We are conducting a survey to gather information in order to guide the decision process. Additionally, by answering the questions in this survey, you will help TAPS determine the importance of some of our services to our customers. Please follow this link to take the survey: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3792 .

On Oct. 1, the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m. All currently recognized student organizations and OSU departments and programs can register now for free. Registration is available through the Corvallis Benton Chamber website at http://tinyurl.com/BvrCmtFair . Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at clubsandorgs@oregonstate.edu

Did you know that as an OSU Faculty/Staff member you are eligible to purchase up to two discounted season tickets for Football? For the 2010 season, the OSU Faculty / Staff discounted rate is $ 204 per season ticket. Depending upon where you would like your seats located, there may be an accompanying per seat donation to the BASF. Season Tickets are available at this time by visiting the Ticket Office in Legendary Gill Coliseum (Room 107), calling 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Locations will be assigned at the time of purchase. The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your OSU Staff ID number will be needed at the time you place your order.


INTO Oregon State University is recruiting for a Housing & Student Services Coordinator. The Housing & Student Services Coordinator works with the OSU University Housing and Dining Service to allocate suitable accommodation for all INTO OSU students and provide suitable support and guidance for any accommodation related issues. The housing assistant will also be responsible for managing homestay requests and arranging for transportation to and from the Portland International Airport for new INTO OSU students. In addition, the individual in this position will work with various Student Services programs including, but not limited to orientation, conversants and the coordination of social activities. INTO OSU offers a competitive salary and generous benefit package, salary commensurate with education and experience. The closing date for this posting is midnight on 6/20/2010. For information contact Rhonda Maillard, Human Resources Manager at 541-737-8899 or by email at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Academic Advisor, OSU’s College of Business (COB) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty.  The Academic Advisor assists undergraduate students with a full range of support including orientation, academic program planning and course selection, scholarship coordination, special event planning, career planning, and will work closely with the INTO OSU program which provides English language skills to international students wanting to be admitted to the OSU Business program.  To review the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for Posting #0005771.  Closing date is July 1.

Administrative Program Assistant, Procurement and Contract Services, OSU is seeking a full-time Assistant to focus on database and contract document management, website maintenance, administrative services and MWESB monitoring and reporting.  To review complete announcement qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005753. Job closes June 22.

The University Honors College invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month fixed-term Executive Assistant to the Dean. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include: Experience and demonstrated skill in engaging with students and community members; a Bachelor’s degree; a commitment to exceptional customer service; excellent public speaking, written and interpersonal skills; strong computer and organizational skills; and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. To review the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0005721. Closing Date: June 24.

Help is needed to teach computer classes in Owen Hall’s computer lab during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The students are 54 middle school campers, in groups of 27 for the classes. You will present lessons and answer student questions. Topics include: internet safety, powerpoint, and excel basics for creating charts. Classes are two hours long, once a day, weekdays Aug. 3-12. There will be adult counselors in the classroom at all times to assist. Pay is $300. E-mail a resume, or contact Robin Galloway, camp director, at 541-967-3871 or robin.galloway@oregonstate.edu. This position will remain open until filled.

Purchasing Analyst 3, Procurement & Contract Services, Oregon State University. OSU is seeking a full-time Purchasing Analyst to focus on contract administration, procurement activities and applying and interpreting laws, rules and policies. For complete announcement and to apply, go to posting number 0005723 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date June 22. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Facilities Services is seeking a Campus Planner. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Planning Department of Facilities Services. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Position closes June 15. Posting #0005705.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. The application deadline for this position has been moved back to June 15 due to the busy time of year. This appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. The Associate Dean will provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the College. Serving as a key team member, the Associate Dean will assist the Dean in all matters related to the management and direction of the UHC. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment reporting to the Dean of the University Honors College. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. For further details or to apply, visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/. Posting number 0005680. Questions may be directed to Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6404.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Gift Planning Associate. Located in Portland and reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, this position will coordinate the daily operations of the gift planning programs and will provide programmatic and administrative assistance and support to the Gift Planning staff and to Development Officers working on planned gifts. To review a full job description, salary range and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/. This position will be open until filled. The OSU Foundation makes hiring decisions on the basis of merit and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

NEW! The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide primary support to the Sr. Director for Advancement Services, and to the staff in this department. This position also maintains the Relationship Management module in an enterprise database for the Research, Discovery and Relationship Management unit. http://osufoundation.org/employment

NEW! The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to join the Special Events team. Reporting to the Director of Special Events, this position provides general administrative and program support to the Special Events team in planning, implementing and evaluating Foundation-sponsored events. For complete job descriptions and how to apply instructions visit our website at http://osufoundation.org/employment

Traffic and Maintenance

Memorial Place: Due to sidewalk and parking lot adjustments for ADA parking, the Memorial Place parking lot (between Gilkey & Milam Hall) will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles until June 30.  It is recommended to use the adjacent lots next to Weniger Hall (east side) and Kelley Engineering (north side).

Richardson Hall: Due to repair of an air handler, the building’s air supply will be shut down at 7 a.m. June 14 and is expected to be restored by 5 p.m. June 15.

Jefferson Way: Facilities Services will be resurfacing and striping Jefferson Way between the Kerr Administration Building and 26th Street. This work is scheduled to begin June 14 and conclude June 18—weather permitting. In order to do the work Jefferson Way, between the Kerr Administration Building and 26th Street will be closed to all vehicular and bicycle traffic. Adjacent north and south sidewalks will remain open to pedestrian traffic.

Campus: Due to construction associated with the ADA Path of Travel Improvements Project, existing concrete in numerous locations throughout campus will be removed and replaced. This work will affect numerous sidewalks, streets and parking lots throughout campus. Signage and traffic control will be in place to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic as needed. Work should be complete by June 30.

Milam Hall: Both the men’s and women’s restrooms on the second floor of Milam will be temporarily shutdown for ADA compliance renovations. The shutdown will end by 5 p.m. July 2. On June 14, the first floor restrooms will also be closed.


Corvallis: After sunny skies today, expect the rain to return Tuesday and Wednesday. A mixture of clouds and sun and highs in the mid-70s for the rest of the week.

Central Oregon:

“Summer time and the living is easy…” What a beautiful weekend! This week, expect temperatures ranging in the low 60’s to mid 70’s with slight chances of showers throughout the week. Temperatures may drop as low as 32 early in the week, so consider this fair warning in case it gets a little chilly overnight.

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