OSU Today

Aug. 9-13, 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.

Environment’s rebound from oil spill clouded by unknowns (USA Today)

” ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ — I worry about that,” says environmental toxicologist Kim Anderson of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “I worry people will stop caring.”

A man who doesn’t want his work to go up in smoke (New York Times)

The former Oregon State University professor has a doctorate in economics, specializing in risk management and decisionmaking in forestry. With the Forest Service he has routinely applied his tools of the trade to weigh relative risks and manage trade-offs, wearing a number of hats.

Lucky student doesn’t overlook 4-leaf clovers (Talk of the Nation)

Summer Praetorius, a PhD candidate in oceanography at Oregon State, talks with Ari Daniel Shapiro about her amazing ability to find 4-leaf clovers.

Faraway current set off Mauna Kea glacier (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

“These connections are pretty remarkable — a current pattern in the North Atlantic affecting glacier development thousands of miles away in the Hawaiian Islands,” said Oregon State University professor Peter Clark, one of the study’s authors. (See also Science 360)

An ocean on the slide could hurt us badly (Oregonian)

Editorial board piece looks at Michael Berenfeld’s work.

Genetically modified crop on the loose (Scientific American)

“The big concern is traits that would increase invasiveness or weediness, traits such as drought tolerance, salt tolerance, heat or cold tolerance” says weed scientist Carol Mallory-Smith of Oregon State University.

Oregon State named one of best in ‘Best in West’ (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University has been named one of the best colleges in the West by the education services company The Princeton Review. OSU is among 120 colleges recommended as “Best in the West” by the 2011 Best Colleges: Region By Region.

OSU spinoffs land VC windfall (Portland Business Journal)

The difficult economy hasn’t slowed the performance of Oregon State University startups. In the fiscal year ended June 30, OSU spinoffs created 90 jobs in the state and generated $2.67 million in revenue for the university.

OSU a partner in new $2.2 million center for wood-based materials (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University announced Tuesday it was chosen along with Virginia Tech to lead a new $2.2 million National Science Foundation-funded research center focused on environmentally friendly wood-based composite materials.

OSU students travel to Honduras to provide aid (LIFE@OSU)

A team of Oregon State students traveled to Honduras in June to help residents with medical aid and water projects.

Candidate’s platform: Jobs. Experience: NBA (New York Times)

“He’s tried to focus attention on a classic Republican approach, which is to say he’s proposing tax cuts, and cutting taxes is always popular,” said Bill Lunch, the chairman of the political science department at Oregon State University and the political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Study finds key to past eruptions on Mount Hood (OPB)

Adam Kent is a geologist with Oregon State University. He says by looking at rocks he’s found that there are two types of magma under Mt. Hood. (See also Discovery, Science 360, Phys.org and R&D)

Oregon State students develop new plan for forests (Deseret News)

Oregon State University forestry students say they have come up with a plan that would increase logging, protect old growth, end clear-cutting, allow forests to naturally regenerate, diversify stands for the benefit of more species and even reimburse the counties where the forests are located for the ecological services such as carbon storage that the forests provide. (See also Register-Guard, Oregonian, Daily News)

The most gay-friendly colleges (Huffington Post)

Campus Pride, a non-profit devoted to creating safer communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students, recently released its 2010 Climate Index of gay-friendly colleges, which includes Oregon State. (See also KVAL, Willamette Week, Gazette-Times, Oregonian, LIFE@OSU)

OSU studies rising coastal ocean acidity (KGW)

A team of Oregon State University scientists set out Tuesday on the research vessel Wecoma to study coastal ocean acidity and its effects on marine life.

Fruit fly invaders (Register-Guard)

Jackie Getty, 73, is a Master Gardener with the Oregon State University Extension Service. So she was aware that the spotted wing drosophila — an Asian fruit fly with an appetite for fresh fruit — had been spotted in Lane County last fall and was expected to return en masse this summer. (Statesman Journal)

OSU to host top international students (Gazette-Times)

Nearly 300 high-achieving, civic-minded high school students from 10 nations will convene Aug. 9 through 13 at Oregon State University for the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference.

The planet’s poor need sustainable expansion (Oregonian)

This op/ed piece was written by Patrick Emerson, an associate professor of economics at Oregon State University.

Universities use for-profits to teach, support foreign students (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State entered into the partnership with INTO with the goal of doubling its international student enrollment, which had declined after September 11. As other institutions look to raise their international student enrollment, an increasing number are saying they can’t do it on their own.

Apiculturist conference attracts industry leaders (Capital Press)

This meeting will feature the latest information on bee losses and how beekeepers large and small are seeking to mitigate against continuing losses,” said Dewey Caron, the society’s president and event organizer. Caron is also a University of Delaware entomology professor emeritus and an affiliate Oregon State University horticulture professor.

Separating myth from fact about your core strength (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University study showed that it would take 27.4 years to burn a pound of fat doing 100 sit-ups per day.

Eagles’ rebound puts pressure on Oregon’s most common seabird (Register-Guard)

Ever since the start of the common murre’s nesting season at Yaquina Head in May, Oregon State University graduate student Amanda Gladics has trudged out to the viewing platforms beneath the lighthouse three times a week, digital camera and scope in hand, to snap photographs of the state’s most populous seabird — eating.


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. 11 musical performers are Painted Grey.

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. 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.


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

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

NEW! University Housing and Dining Services is ready to accept welcome materials to be placed in student residence halls!  As in previous years, we are able to put fliers and welcome materials in residence halls prior to student arrival. This opportunity is limited to OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups.  To participate, please contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-5622 for important details.  Deadline for welcome materials is Sept. 7.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) 2010 program from interest 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/pfi.html. Complete NSF – PFI guidelines may be accessed at:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10581 Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Aug. 30 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! OSU is planning a Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program designed to connect second year and transfer students with faculty/staff from across campus, to create a support network, and to provide a cross-cultural educational experience. They are recruiting students, faculty and staff willing to participate. Participation would include attending a one-day training in September, a kick-off dinner during the first week of classes and meeting regularly with a mentor/mentee during the course of the 2010-2011 academic year. There will also be professional development opportunities, check-ins, and fun events that mentors and mentees will be encouraged to participate in each term. Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the ISS office (A150 Kerr) or the SHS Health Promotion Office (Room 310 of Student Health Services). Electronic copies of applications may also be emailed to Miguel Santiago: santiagm@onid.orst.edu. For more information, please contact Malinda Shell (malinda.shell@oregonstate.edu; 737-2776) or Gustavo Martinez-Padilla (Gustavo.Martinez-Padilla@oregonstate.edu; 737-9031)

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2011. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Complete Pew Scholars program description may be found at: www.pewscholars.org Nomination submission deadline to the Research Office is Sept. 13 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! Buyer 2, Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) at OSU. F/T, $2595/monthly to $3,746/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0006065. Closing Date: Aug. 26. OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! OSU is looking for a Training Specialist to act as the overall training resource person for Business Affairs to provide assessment, planning, development, delivery, evaluation, and administration of training functions.  This is a full-time fixed term position. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  See Posting #0002445- 006059. Closes Aug. 30. OSU is AA/EOE.

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.

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.

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

30th Street: Due to the installation of a new water main, the north bound lane on 30th St. between Washington Way and Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown.  This shutdown will be in affect during business hours only. Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to guide traffic.  Temporary delays should be expected. This shutdown will end by 5 p.m. Aug. 13.

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.

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: After weeks of sunshine, these gray skies are positively baffling. But this week we’ll be seeing a lot more gray and a lot less blue, as cloudy days and showers are expected mid week. At least it might give us gardeners a break from watering for a few days if we’re lucky. The sun returns Thursday, as do temperatures in the mid 80s. 

Central Oregon: As if our firefighters weren’t already feeling overwhelmed, the smoke may continue to fill the sky with slight chances of thunderstorms this week.  Temperatures should range from the low to high 80’s with the hottest days expected this weekend. According to Mark Twain, “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

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