OSU Today

July 6-9, 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.

New theory on what killed the woolly mammoths (USA Today)

“In the case of the woolly mammoths and sabertooth tiger, the problems may have begun by adding a predator, in this case humans,” William Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University and lead author on the paper, said in a release.

The impact of the Gulf Coast disaster reaches Oregon (Willamette Live.com)

Stephen Brandt, an Oregon State University researcher, will head to the Gulf of Mexico as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) rapid response team. Brandt will study the impact of the oil spill on fish and other marine life.

Ships leave Oregon vulnerable to oil spills (Statesman Journal)

Oregon’s strong ocean currents make it particularly vulnerable to wide-spread damage even if a spill starts more than 20 miles off the coast, said Jack Barth, an Oregon State University professor of ocean currents.

Local funding for experiment station branches in keeping with ‘shared sacrifice’ tradition (East Oregonian)

An editorial piece by Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

Creator of “Powered by Orange” heads off (Gazette-Times)

Luanne Lawrence, the vice president of university advancement at Oregon State University and leader of the Powered by Orange campaign, will be leaving OSU this week to take a position at the University of South Carolina.

Rueck named OSU women’s basketball coach (My Central Oregon)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday that Scott Rueck will take over the women’s basketball program. (See also Oregonian, Gazette-Times and Newberg Graphic)

OSU prof inspires, inspired Jerusalem (Jewish Review)

Oregon State University art professor Shelley Jordon is spending a month in Jerusalem as part of a pilot program designed to inspire participating artists with that city’s culture while they leave their own mark on the ancient city.

How safe is your job? (Democrat Herald)

“We’ve got in the United States a high level of skill in our work force, with some very sophisticated technical areas, and for a number of years the rest of the world has been playing catch-up,” said John Morris, a management instructor in Oregon State University’s College of Business.

Study finds potential link between attempted suicide and later partner violence (Willamette Week)

Those who had tried suicide by age 17 or 18 were more than twice as likely to physically injure their romantic partners later in life than those who hadn’t, according to psychologists David Kerr of Oregon State University and Deborah Capaldi of the Social Learning Center.

4-year university considered in Central Oregon (KDRV)

Talks continue about bringing a four-year university to Central Oregon. The Higher Education Assessment Team for Central Oregon, HEAT, is discussing the possibility of starting a stand-alone university in Redmond or Bend.

Tunnels of cherries (Gazette-Times)

Hannah Westly, 18, is one of four workers who enjoy the perks of harvesting cherries this summer at Oregon State University’s research farm off Peoria Road. Tasting cherries is strongly encouraged.

Garden next door: A late bloomer (Gazette-Times)

While others might bring baked goods for their colleagues to enjoy, Nora Cohen, 65, treats her co-workers at the Oregon State University College of Education, where she’s an associate professor, to flower bouquets.

Oregon State University vet lab part of national consortium (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University has been approved for membership in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, a consortium of public ally-supported vet labs providing select animal disease testing.

Study probes role of key predators in ecosystem disruption (Gazette-Times)

“For decades, scientists have been debating the causes of this mass extinction, and the two theories with the most support are hunting pressures from the arrival of humans, and climate change,” said William Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University

Interview: Craig Robinson (Black Star News)

Currently, Craig Robinson, his kids and wife, Kelly, live in Oregon where he coaches Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team. Here, he discusses his autobiography, “A Game of Character,” and reflects about his career and about how his life has changed since his brother-in-law, Barack, became President. (See also Washington Informer)

OSU named ‘best-buy school’ (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University is named a “best-buy school” in the upcoming edition of “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2011.

Pollution continues to blight national parks (Live Science)

While scientists were aware that there were some pollutants in national parks, “it still seems surprising that such remote and supposedly pristine areas are not all that pristine,” said lead investigator of both studies Staci Simonich of Oregon State University.

Admit to making mistakes, commit to making changes (Morning Sentinel)

Empathy is necessity when working with students who are struggling,” said Eric Stoller, academic adviser and web coordinator at Oregon State University.

State agencies slash budgets as fiscal year starts (Capital Press)

The agencies and the OSU Extension Service, experiment station and the forest research laboratory are freezing some salaries and holding open vacancies to help meet the directive. “We are in a position where we can’t replace people when they leave,” said Bill Boggess, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences executive associate dean. “It limits our ability to fill even critical gaps.”

JumpstART presents student art gallery (Gazette-Times)

The JumpstART program at Oregon State University, a pre-college visual and performing arts program, will present a gallery of student work at its farewell reception at 7 p.m. Friday.


OSUsed Store is open July 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., offering you a chance to buy great used equipment. Special features include: desks, chairs, computers, lab equipment, and more. Items are sold in a garage sale format with no advanced preview. Located at 644 SW 13th St.. If you have questions call 541-737-7347 or visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

The Wednesday Noon Concert Series takes place on the MU brick mall on the east side of the Quad (or MU Lounge, weather permitting). The July 7 musical performers are the Maharimbas.


The search committee for the Student Health Services Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator has invited three candidates to visit OSU for on-campus interviews.  Open forums for the candidates will be held at 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 8 in MU 211; and 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 9 in MU 211. Participation is welcome.


The LaSells Stewart Center is hosting Fifth Annual Community Exhibit. 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

News for Employees

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2010-11 release for Winter term 2011 or Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Aug. 16. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The latest issue of Synergies, the magazine for the College of Health and Human Sciences, is online. Check it out here: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program Centers (STEP Centers) 2010 from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/stepsctr.html. Complete NSF – STEP Centers guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10569/nsf10569.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, July 12 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8390.


NEW! The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an administrative assistant to manage office and administrative functions for the associate director for operations and board relations.  For position description, please see www.osualum.com/jobs.  Position open until filled.

NEW! The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an energetic, independent sponsorship and ad sales professional with lots of initiative to get our newly re-energized programs up and running. For full description, please see www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled, apply by July 23 for full consideration.

NEW! Grants and Contracts Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center, F/T, 12-month classified.  To review posting 0005736 go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing date is July 11.  OSU is an AA/EOE

NEW! Oregon State University Business and Engineering Business Center is recruiting for an Accounting Technician. Full-time, 1.0 FTE, classified position. For further information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, posting #0005883. Close date is July 15. OSU is an AAEOE.

Administrative Program Specialist, Office of Risk Management, Oregon State University. OSU is seeking a full-time Specialist to focus on Insurance Compliance and Project & Program Development. For complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005783. Closes July 6. OSU is AA/EOE.

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. Closes July 6.

OSU Extended Campus is accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant (Course Coordinator) position, salary range of $2293-$3250/month. The Course Coordinator is responsible for maintaining accurate information about Ecampus courses, acquiring that information through multiple venues. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56718. Closes: July 7.

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.  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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! The following parking lot and road closures will take place July 16-18 due to da Vinci Days events.
July 16:
All day – Campus Way parking lot between 14th and 11th
Noon to 11 p.m. — 11th St between Monroe Ave. and Jackson Ave. and Madison Avenue – 11th Street – 7th Street Closed
From 4:30 to 8 p.m.  (for Electrathon Race) —
Jefferson Avenue – 15th Street to  26th Street (closing access to the Central Campus Metered lot & Education Hall lot)
14th/15th Street- Monroe Avenue to Washington Avenue (closing access to Kerr Admin & 15th lot, Shops Area lot, Washington Avenue lots will be accessible from 11th Street)
Campus Way- Waldo Place to 15th Street (closing access to the Pioneer Place lots)
Washington Way- 15th Street to 17th Street (closing access to Benton Place lot east of Coleman Field & Waldo lot between Waldo Hall & Snell Hall & parking on Armoire Lane)
Benton Place-Washington Way to Jefferson Way – (closing access to Benton Place & Kerr Admin and Jefferson lot)
Waldo Place – Closed from Jefferson Way to Campus Way (closing access to Valley Library loading dock)
July 17:
6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Reser Stadium Parking Lot closed for Electrathon Race
All day — Madison Avenue – 11th Street – 7th Street Closed
July 18:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. —  11th Street – Monroe Ave. to Jefferson Ave.
Campus Way – 11th Street to 15th Street
Madison Avenue – 11th Street – 7th Street Closed
Due to road closures, please plan accordingly when leaving the campus on July 16. More information about 2010 daVinci Days activities and program details can be found at www.davinci-days.org

30th Street & Campus Way/Jefferson Way & Sackett Place: Due to construction associated with the LPSC Project, 30th Street & Campus Way and Jefferson Way & Sackett Place will experience heavy construction related traffic through Aug. 30. Be advised to use extreme caution when traveling in both directions of Campus Way and near Nash Hall.


Corvallis: Henry James was known to intone: “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Don’t get jaded by day after day of beauty, because we have a week of warm, sunny afternoons ahead of us as highs reach the mid 90s by the middle of the week. Store up each one so that you can recall them fondly next winter.

Central Oregon: “May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!” ~Daniel Webster. Hopefully everyone had a fun and festive Fourth of July and was able to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and awe inspiring fireworks. It looks like this week is going to be even hotter with temperatures reaching as high as 91 degrees!  Mother Nature may put on her own firework show with possible thunderstorms late in the week, so keep your eyes on the sky Central Oregon.

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