OSU Today

July 26-30, 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.

Towering northwest forests stand out in global map (Oregonian)

Nowhere on Earth can you find forests as tall and vast as those in the Pacific Northwest. They make Canada’s great boreal forests look like shrubs. Amazon rain forest trees are mere halflings by comparison. On a scale from one to 10, our forests go to 11. That’s strikingly clear in the first global-scale map charting the heights of the world’s forests. Michael Lefsky, a former Oregon State University scientist.

OSU Polk County Extension Service beats fund drought (Statesman Journal)

Marion and Polk County share one chairman, who expects to be busy this year.

Oregon can’t move money from roads (Oregonian)

At Oregon State University in Corvallis, construction is under way on the $12 million Hallie Ford Center, where researchers will focus on the long-term well-being of children and families. At the same time, Malina Newell in Keizer worries that state cuts to day care will threaten the immediate needs of her family.

Diversity lacking in engineering, architecture (Portland Business Journal)

OSU also has established a program in which “ambassadors” travel to high schools throughout the state to introduce students to engineering. OSU’s ambassadors also help out at 4-H camps, summer programs and Boys & Girls Clubs, said Ellen Momsen, the program’s director.

Research VP embraces change (Gazette-Times)

Building renovations have kept Rick Spinrad, Oregon State University’s new vice president for research, from dressing up his new office in Kerr Administration Building.

Fewer Latinos select four-year colleges (Education Week)

By attending Oregon State University rather than a community college, 21-year-old Doris Gonzalez Gomez has taken a step out of the norm for many Latinos to boost her prospects to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Israel trip provides insights into conflict (LIFE@OSU)

When President Ed Ray traveled to Israel in early July with a group of other university presidents, he was excited to talk with people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and learn more about the current political situation as well as to see places he’d only read about in history texts and the Bible.

Crossing America, celebrating freedom (LIFE@OSU)

Two recent Oregon State University graduates are cycling across the United States via in an effort to challenge assumptions about how Americans, and particularly women, travel.

Advance made toward communication, computing at ‘terahertz’ speed (Science Blog)

The new discovery, made by researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Iowa and Philipps University in Germany, has identified a way in which nanoscale devices based on gallium arsenide can respond to strong terahertz pulses for an extremely short period, controlling the electrical signal in a semiconductor. The research builds on previous findings for which OSU holds an issued patent. (See also Gazette-Times and IO9)

Finding friends, and ambiguity (Inside Higher Ed)

Michael Stoner, another of the consultants involved, said that the survey used Oregon State University as an example of the way colleges could use social media for a variety of specific goals, measure the results, and mix new media and old media strategies.

A hot season to build (Gazette-Times)

The biggest single driver in the current wave of building is Oregon State University. Counting projects begun before the start of the year, there is currently $168 million worth of new construction and renovation under way on campus.

Let Oregon’s universities make university decisions (Oregonian)

Oregonian editorial board speaks out.

Saints agree to terms with Sean Canfield (WAFB)

The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with quarterback Sean Canfield, their 2010 seventh-round draft choice, on a four-year contract. Canfield was the Saints’ final pick of April’s draft, being taken with the 239th overall selection out of Oregon State University.

Cactus grows in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

The gardens, two of which flank the driveway to Sackett Hall on Southwest Jefferson Way, were put in by OSU groundskeepers. The mini-landscapes include prickly pear, yucca, sedums and Chainlink cactus.

Funding secured, service again reaches out (Statesman Journal)

Now one question confronts the Oregon State University Polk County Extension Service: Where do we go from here?

Too many higher ed cooks in Bend (Bend Bulletin)

The state Board of Higher Education supposedly decided 10 years ago that Oregon State University, not the University of Oregon, should open a branch campus in Central Oregon. Only now, however, will OSU’s victory become final with the phaseout of UO courses and degree programs at OSU-Cascades in Bend.

Race and immigration law (Oregonian)

An op-ed piece by Jose-Antonio Orosco with the OSU philosophy department.

Nanotechnology coatings produce 20 times more electricity from sewage (Nano Werk)

Engineers at Oregon State University have made a significant advance toward producing electricity from sewage, by the use of new coatings on the anodes of microbial electrochemical cells that increased the electricity production about 20 times. (See also Meridian Institute)

Huge ocean blooms don’t wait for spring, study finds (Our Amazing Planet)

The findings challenge the conventional wisdom that phytoplankton growth in the temperate oceans is spurred by the heating of the surface of the ocean and the increased light during the spring, which would provide extra fuel for the growing creatures. This 50-year-old theory is outdated, said study researcher Michael Behrenfeld, a botanist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Return to Columbia Plateau puts OSU Press author at heart of research (First Peoples Blog)

It’s only been two weeks since Chad Hamill moved with his family from northern Arizona to eastern Washington, but in so many ways he’s been here for much longer. That’s because Hamill conducted fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation in the Columbia Plateau region, investigating traditional song as a catalyst for spiritual power among tribes of the interior Northwest, including the Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Spokane.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. hopes to open west Ann Arbor brewery in the fall (Ann Arbor.com)

Oliver Roberts, who won several awards in the Arbor Brewing Co. home brewing competition, studied fermentation science – one of only a few programs in the country – at Oregon State University. His goal is to have Wolverine Brewing be a learning and teaching brewery.

SWAT trains at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Dangling ropes signaled that there was something much more interesting than parking going on Wednesday morning at Oregon State University’s parking structure.

A growing year (The Dalles Chronicle)

OSU extension agent reports excitement from wheat fields of Wasco and Sherman counties.

Collection of writings goes with the flow (Kitsap Sun)

This collection of essays and profiles, published by Oregon State University Press, spans nearly 30 years and many of those experiences


OSU Surplus is holding a Department Only sale in Education Hall (west entrance) July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items include desks, chairs, book shelves and more. Buyers must have department index numbers in order to make purchases. For more information call 541-737-7341.


OSUsed Store is open noon to 3 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 28 musical performers are The Dimes.


News for Employees

NEW! The Student Credit Hour Reports for Academic Year 2009-10 are now available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/ir/stucredithours.html . The reports include summary tables of OSU’s student credit hours by academic unit and course level for each term in academic year 2009-10.

NEW! Welcome to the July 2010 issue of The Source.  This paperless issue is full of news and stories about the people and programs of the College of Agricultural Sciences.  The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon’s principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide.

NEW! The 14th Biennial  Congress of the International Society for Animal Clinical Pathology takes place from July 25-29, at the LaSells Stewart Ctr.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/isacp2010/

NEW! Oregon State University Extension of Linn and Benton Counties welcomes residents to attend Food Preservation classes this summer, starting July 28. There will be a variety of classes in Corvallis and Albany covering the preservation of fruits, pickles, vegetables, meat, fish, and tomatoes.  The classes will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on various nights throughout the summer in both Corvallis and Albany.  Corvallis classes will be held at the First Alternative Co-op’s South Store; Albany classes will be held at the Linn County Extension Office.  For more information, visit http://bit.ly/c6NGUV or call the OSU Extension Service of Benton County at 541-766-6750

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – EarthScope National Office (ESNO) 2010 program 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/enso.htm. Complete NSF – ESNO guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10576/nsf10576.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Aug. 9, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Bard in the Quad, Oregon State University’s popular outdoor summer Shakespeare program, returns for its fifth season with “Macbeth.” One of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies, “Macbeth” will run Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Memorial Union quad. Tickets prices are $14 general admission, $10 students/seniors, $7 for OSU students and are available online at www.bardinthequad.org or through the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Materials Research Centers and Teams (MRCT) 2010 program 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/mrct.htm. Complete NSF – MRCT guidelines may be accessed at:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10568/nsf10568.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is July 26 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.


NEW! Faculty Research Assistant in Silviculture/Forest Ecology, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. For review of the full position announcement, or to apply: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and posting #0005928.  For additional information, contact Dr. Klaus Puettmann (tel. 541-737-8974, email klaus.puettmann@oregonstate.edu). For questions regarding the application process, email Jeannette Harper at jeannette.harper@oregonstate.edu or phone 541-737-6554. Position closes Aug. 1.

NEW! Regional Network Director. The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks for the Oregon State Alumni Association. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director of Programs. See position description at www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled.

NEW! Oregon State University Business Services is recruiting for an Accountant 1 position. Part-time, approx. 32 hours/week, classified position. For further information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, posting #0005961. Closing date is July 30. OSU is an AAEOE.

NEW! The Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning invites applications for a full-time Exec Assistant/Office Manager.  Duties include scheduling and coordination of meetings, maintenance of filing systems including confidential budget and planning files, phone and email (calendar) support, assisting in budget planning process, maintenance of website, and serving as telephone coordinator and PCard custodian.  Provides support for PowerPoint presentations, graphs and charts, as well as spreadsheet and database analyses.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0005970.  Closes July 30

The Oregon State University Foundation, with offices in Corvallis, Oregon and Portland, Oregon, has a position opening for Assistant/Associate Director of Development for Oregon State University’s College of Business. The position location could be in Portland or Corvallis, depending on qualifications of the finalist. Job title and compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the finalist. For more information see http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Research Analyst to join the Advancement Services team. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research, Discovery and Relationship Management, this position provides support to major gift fundraising activities of the Foundation and the University by compiling and analyzing comprehensive background information on individuals and organizations for use in advancing prospective donors’ relationships with the institution. For a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: Due to the construction of two new parking lots between 11th St. and 13th St. at Washington Way, sidewalks, street parking and existing parking lots will be temporarily closed. Expect traffic delays and detours in that vicinity. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 26 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 24.

McAlexander Field House: Due to construction staging on the west side of McAlexander Fieldhouse, parking spaces south of the reserved parking spaces will be closed. The reserved parking spaces will remain open. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 26 and should reopen by 5 p.m. Jan. 3, 2011.

McNary: Due to construction staging, approximately 20 parking spaces in the McNary Hall east parking lot will be closed. This area is to be free of all vehicles. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on July 22 and should end by 5 p.m. July 27.

Linus Pauling Science Center: Due to roofing construction on the Linus Pauling Science Center, a strong odor may be detected throughout the area.  This work is necessary to tar the roof on the new LPSC. This work began July 22 and should end by by 5 p.m. Aug. 20.

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: “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” ~John Dryden. Some days, the weather is so great you just want to spontaneously bust out some dance moves. Don’t hold back, it’s a perfectly reasonable response to this long stretch of sunshine. Despite a few clouds, it will be plenty warm this week with highs in the low 80s, and overnight lows hovering around 54.

Central Oregon: The combination of hot temperatures, dry fuel sources and a few days of expected thunderstorms means Central Oregon folks need to keep an eye out for fires this week. Highs will be in the 90s, dropping to the high 80s mid week, with lows in the 50s. The thunderstorms should exit by Wednesday, and with it, any chance of rain.

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