OSU Today

Aug. 2-6, 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.

Bald eagle comeback pressures coastal sea birds (OPB)

Oregon State University biologist Rob Suryan monitors a seabird stronghold from a perch high atop the Yaquina Head lighthouse. He gets a fantastic overhead view — and an earful — from the murre colony on the rocks below. (See also KVAL and KEZI)

Toxicologists warn that waters that look clear of oil can be deceiving (USA Today)

Chemist Kim Anderson of Oregon State University in Corvallis heads a team tracking how much of the worst toxins in the oil — organic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — have been dumped in the water by the spill. They’ll be measured at four sites off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Acidification threatens wide swath of sea life (Seattle-Times)

It’s not clear if corrosive water is the sole culprit or an accomplice. “We don’t yet know, exactly, which characteristic of this water is affecting shellfish,” said Oregon State University professor Chris Langdon.

Warming of oceans will reduce and rearrange marine life (Wired)

“One of the most important aspects of the new paper is that they’ve come up with the same answer but from a different approach than we saw from space,” said marine botanist Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University. (See also Wall Street Journal)

Study of Oregon Latinos finds language gap (KTVZ)

A new OSU study of Oregon’s Latino residents shows that while first- and second-generation immigrants from Mexico or other Spanish-speaking countries maintain a Spanish-speaking dominance, English is dominant by the third generation.

Giving new students a fresh START (LIFE@OSU)

A friendly interchange took place earlier this month between two incoming Oregon State freshmen who found each other through the Facebook group “Oregon State University: New students.”

Resource guide extends beyond OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will launch the electronic Multicultural Resource Guide in late September, the first streamlined listing of local businesses and organizations serving underrepresented students, staff, faculty and Corvallis residents.

OSU doubles scientific contracts, grants (My Central Oregon)

Oregon State University said Thursday its researchers attracted more than $275 million in scientific contracts and grants in during the 2009-2010 school year. (See also Gazette-Times )

Top high school students to gather at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Nearly 300 high-achieving, civic-minded high school students from around the world will convene Aug. 9-13 at Oregon State University for the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference. (See also Education News)

New wheat variety topples longtime Oregon favorite (Capital Press)

In Oregon, Oregon State University Clearfield variety ORCF 101 surpassed Stephens as the leading variety, a title Stephens held since 1979.

OSU student conducts Pacific lamprey study at Winchester Dam (News Register)

At the bottom of the North Umpqua River lurks the Pacific lamprey, a fish rarely seen because of its declining population. But Ralph Lampman is diving into the species’ mysterious world at the Winchester Dam to learn more.

Onion growers learn about sweet test kit (Capital Press)

An Oregon State University scientist has developed a test kit that can dramatically shrink the cost and turn-around time for onion producers to learn if onions qualify as “sweet.”

OSU engineers turn waste into energy (KGW)

You’ve heard about solar, wind, even wave power. But now engineers at Oregon State University have found a practical way to generate electricity from human waste. (See also KMTR)

Salem inmates, OSU football players, pair for charity project (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University football players and prison inmates worked together this weekend to fill backpacks with school supplies for children of inmates.

Oregon farmers press forward on organic seeds (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A handful of Oregon farmers are teaming up with Oregon State University as part of a nationwide effort to broaden the availability of organic seeds.

OSU seeks more logging, less impact (Gazette-Times)

Benton County forestland will be at the heart of new research by forestry students and researchers at Oregon State University. They have developed a management proposal for some public forest lands in the central Oregon Coast Range intended to both allow more logging and preserve key environmental safeguards – as well as providing more revenue to Oregon counties.

Open house reveals experiments (Capital Press)

Fruit growers everywhere have run into a big problem in the form of the spotted wing drosophila. The tiny fruit fly has prompted a multi-state, multi-agency and multi-discipline research project, according to Peter Shearer, the Mid Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center superintendent.

Poems from the heart, sweetly Tweeted (LIFE@OSU)

Poetry may not be something Eric Dickey will ever make a living at, but it’s something that makes him feel alive. No matter how distracted he is by work duties or family obligations, he manages to find a creative outlet, even if it’s only 140 characters.

Paul Brothers and Joy Selig elected into Hall of Fame (OSU Beavers)

The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum has announced its 2010 class of inductees. According to Mike Rose, executive director, the Hall of Fame will induct 8 new members to join over 325 prior inductees.

Cherries don’t meet market demand (The Dalles Chronicle)

An overall average crop size consists of 25,000 tons, said horticulturist Lynn Long, of the OSU Extension Service. Since growers are still picking cherries in some areas, Long doesn’t yet have solid numbers on tonnage. But the crop is smaller than usual but “still in the ballpark,” he said.

Milwaukie High School grads find American dream despite tough odds (Oregonian)

Nathan Gamble, a Milwaukie valedictorian and student president at Oregon State University, worked 10 years for Cyber Dialogue, an Internet company based in New York City.

Understanding the changing planet (UO News)

Alexander In a summary report, Murphy and his committee colleagues — including Dawn J. Wright of Oregon State University and Victoria Lawson of the University of Washington, Seattle — wrote that the goals identified “have a strong likelihood of achieving significant and demonstrable results in the next 5–10 years”


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 Aug. 4 musical performers are True North.

Please join us in the Reading Room of the Valley Library Special Collections Aug. 4, at 1 p.m. for a public  talk by Pauling Resident Scholar Julia Bursten: “How Pauling Bent the Double-Bond.”  Bursten, a doctoral student in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh,  will examine how Pauling’s structural approach to bonding in the 1930s influenced his later arguments in favor of the bent equivalent (banana) bond structure of double bonds, as opposed to the pi-bond approach which continues to be  prevalent today.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! This month’s Synergies, the monthly magazine for the College of Health and Human Sciences, is now available at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/.

NEW! Corvallis BBQ with the Beavs takes place Aug. 13, 4:30 p.m., in Valley Football Center’s parking lot. Join OSU coaches and staff for a barbecue as they kick off fall sports. Come early to watch football practice starting at 2 p.m. Cost for person:$15. To register go to: https://osufoundation.org/events/basf/index.shtml?eventid=13

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.

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.

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.


NEW! Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time Office Manager for the OSU Extension Service in Tillamook County. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006013. Closing date: Aug. 13.

NEW! Oregon State University’s Information Services Community Network is seeking to fill one full-time and one limited duration Information Technology Consultant positions to provide support to users of computer technology at OSU. Duties include direct user support at the desktop, including installing, supporting, and troubleshooting desktop operating systems and applications, and user training.  For a full position announcement go to:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ . Closing date Aug. 11. Salary: $2782 – $4921 monthly plus an excellent benefits package. OSU is an AA/EEO employer.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking a Marketing Communications Director. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006006. Closing date Aug. 9.

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.

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

Intramural Way will be closed from Sackett Place to 30th Street for a short period of time on Monday, Aug. 2 to remove a tree due to hazard assessment. The road will be closed at intervals from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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  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 should end by 5 p.m. Jan. 3, 2011.

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 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: “Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen, The hey-day of the year, With robes that gleam with sunny sheen, Sweet August doth appear.” – R. Combe Miller. It feels like the livin’ is easy at this time of the year, as this amazing rendition of the classic Gershwin song will attest. Highs remain in the mid 80s with overnight lows hovering around 55. 

Central Oregon: Wow, it’s August already? Time sure does fly when you’re having sun. There’s plenty more where that came from with seven more beautiful days of sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high eighties.  Can it get any better than this? Have some more fun and enjoy the sun! As Steve Martin said, “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

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