OSU Today

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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.

Why does mold come in so many different colors? (Popular Science)

The amazing diversity of colors produced by molds and other fungi can vary regionally, says Sara Robinson, a researcher at Oregon State University. Blues and greens are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, whereas oranges are more common in the Amazon. But the raison d’être of this rainbow of melanins, carotenoids, and other pigments isn’t always clear.

Land board opinion favors OSU-Cascades and the City of Bend (OPB)

Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has released a decision in favor of the plan for Oregon State University’s four-year campus in Bend. The plan had been approved by the City of Bend. (see also Portland Business JournalKBND, Bend Bulletin)

Spring rains, cherry crops and a geeky science solution (San Jose Mercury)

This year, some growers are trying a new product developed by an Oregon State University pharmacist and horticulturist. It’s a tasteless, odorless, elastic biofilm, 1-3 microns thick and similar to the filmlike coating on time-release medication. The film stretches as the cherry grows, protecting it from rain, like a tight-fitting parka. (see also Marin Independent)

Toy cars give children with disabilities the freedom to move (People Magazine)

Commercial wheelchairs for children under three can cost $30,000 and are often not covered by insurance policies, explains Sam Logan, an assistant professor at Oregon State University who established the program at the school, after it was originally founded at the University of Delaware. In the meantime, these children can suffer setbacks in cognitive, language and social development, he explains.

OSU finds another use for dairy — with probiotic potential (Dairy Herd Management)

Microbiologists at Oregon State University have discovered and helped patent and commercialize a new type of dairy or food thickener, which may add probiotic characteristics to the products in which it’s used. (see also Food & Drink International, News Medical, Food Ingredients First)

Researchers try onions to bring down cattle feed costs (Oregonian)

Oregon State University researchers are working with farmers in eastern Oregon and Washington to test out onion slurry on cattle during the winter. Onion slurry would utilize what often goes to waste from onion crops in the area, and it would provide another feed for cattle, when the cost of hay, alfalfa and corn for feed is high,according to the Argus Observer.

Gain Share ‘donnybrook’ resolved, sources say (Oregonian)

The deal will also free up revenue to increase base funding for Oregon State University’sStatewide Public Service Programs by $14 million, McCauley and Davis said.

Finding his place: Chinese student Jianchenyang “Will” Zhang transitions to life in America (Gazette-Times)

Having an English first name also made it a little easier to fit in when Zhang came to Corvallis in 2012 to enroll in the INTO program at Oregon State University. INTO University Partnerships Ltd. is a British company that forms joint ventures with universities in the United States and elsewhere to recruit foreign students and provide support services to help them succeed academically.

Faux Snakeskin and Power Suits (Terra)

Minjeong Kim’s hands-on experience guides her scholarly research into the mysteries of consumer behavior, from solitary online shopping to the all-too-common mob antics at Black Friday “door-buster” sales, when customers push, pepper-spray and even trample each other to save a few dollars on an advertised item.

Md. and Va. ranked among top states for teen drivers (WUSA9)

David S. Hurwitz, Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, said parents should be good driving role models for teens and display good driving behavior for all passengers.

Disease not likely cause of dead oaks (Record-Bee)

An estimated one million trees have died from SOD in California alone, and it’s also shown up in Oregon and Washington, as well as some parts of Europe, according Oregon State University researchers.

Police: Crimes increase on OSU during Finals Week (Gazette-Times)

While most Oregon State University students are focused on finals and moving out at the end of the week, local police are keeping an eye out on a likely increase in crime around campus. The Corvallis Police Department is cautioning students and residents in the area that the number of residential burglaries, vehicle thefts and bike thefts tends to increase at the end of the spring term, with many students preparing to move out.


OSU Beaver Store End of Term Sale: The usual “Ballroom Sale” is going on now at the OSU Beaver Store across from Gill Coliseum.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear.  Sale goes through Thursday, June 11.

OSUsed Store Afternoon Sale: We are open for our weekly public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We will have special houseware items from res. hall move-out. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Master’s presentation: Kate Marcille, MF candidate in Sustainable Forest Management, will present her project, ”Suppression Resource Allocation and Productivity on Large Wildland Fires”.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m. in 115 Richardson Hall.  Free and open to the public.

Art ExhibitOn display in Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center, Every Day Taste of Plein Air. The art exhibit runs from June 2 through July 17 and features 17 regional plein air artists. A paint out with the artists will take place on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Corvallis waterfront at Northwest 1st Street and Monroe Avenue. Art enthusiasts are also encouraged to join the public art reception in Giustina Gallery on June 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar will be available. Standard gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Special graduation events: A number of smaller graduation celebrations are being held on campus this week, including: Lavender Graduation, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, June 11, LaSells Stewart Center; Native Student Graduation Celebration, noon – 2 p.m., Friday, June 12, Eena Haws Longhouse; NROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Friday, June 12, LaSells Stewart Center; Si Se Pudo, 4-6 p.m., Friday, June 12, McAlexander Field House (tickets required); Black Graduation, 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 12, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center; College of Veterinary Medicine Awarding of Diplomas, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14, LaSells Stewart Center.

College of Business golf celebration in honor of Ilene Kleinsorge: The College of Business Dean, Ilene Kleinsorge has recently announced her retirement. In her honor Trysting Tree Golf Course is hosting a golf tournament Thursday, June 11, noon. Reception at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go to the Ilene Kleinsorge Endowment for Student Success. 18 holes of golf will be provided, with a short reception at the end. Golf and Reception $80. Reception only $30. For more information: http://www.golfwithilene.com/

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Master’s defense:  Alyson Wade, MS candidate in Wood Science, will defend her thesis, “Specialty and Niche Forest Products: Opportunities for Oregon’s Small Landowners”.  The defense will be held on Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! Master’s defense: Stacey Garrison, MS candidate in Water Resources Engineering, will defend her thesis: ” Determination of trade-offs among wetland ecosystem services in an agricultural landscape.”.  The defense will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 3 p.m. in Kearny, Room 311.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! Master’s presentation: Michael D. Berry, MF candidate in Sustainable Forest Management, will present his project, ” Assessing Spatial Distribution and Availability of Forest Biomass by Harvesting System in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.”  The presentation will be held on Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in 107 Richardson Hall.  Free and open to the public.

New Search Engine Optimization Essentials webinar. This session from OSU Professional and Continuing Education will focus on the increasing importance of mobile-friendly design AND high quality content. Join us from 9 – 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 11. Register now.

Search Engine Optimization online course launches June 15: Discover strategies to boost traffic to your website, engage your online audience, and measure success with this seven-week online course. Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing is the third course in the Digital Brand Management Certificate crafted in partnership with OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Register today at pace.oregonstate.edu/digitalcomm.

NCURA Webcast-Uniform Guidance: The Challenges of Implementation: The Offices of Sponsored Programs and Post Award Administration will present this NCURA webcast Wednesday, June 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in MU Horizon Room 49. The presentation will include a look at implementation half way through the first year with the Uniform Guidance, as well as a look forward to the major issues still under discussion. Interested faculty and staff should RSVP to Sponsored Programs at 7-4933 or Sponsored.Programs@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Advantage Accelerator Summer Cohort Begins July 2015: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is now accepting applications for the Summer 2015 cohort. By participating in a five-month immersive cohort program, the Advantage Accelerator enables OSU community members to take an idea and turn it into a successful startup. For program information, please contact a program representative at (541) 368-5206 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/accelerator.

External Fees: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Monday, June 29, 2015. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the external fees before they become effective on July 1, 2015.  The proposed fees can be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk.  Comments should be directed to Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

Coffee Talks survey: The Advisor Coffee Talks Committee uses the summer months as preparation for the upcoming year. The ACT committee is dedicated to representation from all schools, colleges and departments. Please take the survey and share it with other faculty and staff. As we move into the summer months, the committee will commence conversations around beneficial professional developmental opportunities and conversations that can be had in our university community.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7S3WM32

Summer in Recreational Sports: Beginning Friday, June 12, Recreational Sports will operate with Summer Break Hours, which also means that youth access extends to all hours of operation and there is no limit to the number of guests you can sponsor in to Recreational Sports! Not a member? No problem! Sponsor yourself and your friends/family in to Recreational Sports for the day, at only $7/day each, or $3/day for youth. (Note: Must have OSU ID to sponsor in self and others). Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

Recreational Sports Closed Graduation Weekend: In honor of all OSU graduates, Recreational Sports will be closed Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, to allow for our employees to celebrate with friends and family. Congratulations, Beavers! We wish you a happy and healthy future!

The Source: “The Source” e-Newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences is now available:  http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2015/spring. In this issue, we highlight the diversity of our students and faculty in their many accomplishments as researchers, teachers, and ambassadors. Read about their work to improve human health, increase productivity, and develop new opportunities in Oregon and across the globe.

OSU Today: On June 15, OSU Today will switch to once-a-week publication on Mondays until the beginning of Fall Term. In order to have your event or item appear, you need to submit it by Thursday, 5 p.m. of the previous week (or earlier if you want it to appear more than once.) Submit items to osutoday@oregonstate.edu. Refer to this link for submission guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=6898

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Place: As part of the sidewalk project on the west side of Austin Hall, Sackett Place will be closed at Jefferson Way (View Map) beginning on June 15, 7 a.m., and running through June 19, 4 p.m. During this closure, the existing sidewalk will be demoed and a new sidewalk will be installed .

Sackett Place: As part of the Campus Steam Repairs project, the intersection at Sackett Place at Intramural Lane Section will be closed June 15-19, between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. This shutdown and excavation will be hard fenced and only affect the east lane of Sackett Place at the Intramural Lane intersection. Traffic will only be allowed to pass on an emergency basis and as needed for deliveries.

ALS Loading Dock: As part of the LInC project, improvements are being made to the ALS Loading Dock. Concrete will be poured in front of the ALS Loading Dock Friday, June 12th. This will shut down access for ALS at the south entrance to fill nitrogen, receive deliveries, and have garbage service for Friday and over the weekend of the 13 and 14 while the concrete is curing. Normal service to the loading dock can resume on Monday, June 15.

Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  In 2015 the shutdown, which will occur June 14-18,  will be extended an extra day to accommodate the replacement of a main turbine and three software upgrades.

26th Street: As part of the Moreland Hall project, there will be a partial street closure of the northbound lane at 26th Street and Jefferson Way on Tuesday, June 16, from 7-9 a.m. A crane will be in the street for the purpose of setting the hew air handler on the Moreland Hall roof. Flaggers and traffic control for this work will be provided at the location by the contractor.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

Oregon Sea Grant at is accepting applications for a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is located in Corvallis. Posting #0014890. Closes June 12.

Interim Director – Academic Affairs Administration invites applications for a part-time (0.3 FTE), 12-month, Interim Director position. Posting #0014835. Closes June 12.  This is an internal position.

Interim Director – Academic Affairs Administration invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, Interim Director position. Posting #0014833. Closes June 12.  This is an internal position.

The Oregon State University Alumni Association is searching for a Regional Network Director to lead and manage alumni activities and networks in the northwest and southern California. This position will be based in Portland. View the position description at www.osualum.com/jobs. Apply to osualum@oregonstate.edu with a resume and cover letter by June 12.

Program Coordinator – The School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science invites applications for a part-time, .50 FTE, Program Coordinator.  Posting #0014869 Closes June 12.

Director of Academic Programs, INTO OSU – The OSU Division of International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of Academic Programs, INTO OSU position. This is an OSU position, reporting to the Vice Provost for International Programs and with day-to-day collaboration with the INTO OSU Executive Director. The position resides in the INTO OSU Center. Posting #0014815. Closes for full consideration June 12. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Care and Conduct Coordinator.  This position is designed to address issues of student safety, well-being, and success.  The Care and Conduct Coordinator works closely with the INTO OSU Academic Team, OSU and UHDS Conduct offices, and the INTO OSU Student Services Team.  For more information:https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17425792 . Apply by June 14.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for a Residential Experience Coordinator.  This position is designed to ensure delivery of superior residence life experience for INTO OSU students living on campus by working closely with OSU University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), INTO OSU internal departments, and others. To coordinate, advise, and grow the Global Village living-learning community in the International Living-Learning Center (ILLC) through partnerships with UHDS, OSU academic partners, INTO OSU internal departments, and others: For more information please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17425742 Apply by June 14.

Property Specialist 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a full-time, 10-month, Property Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0014960.  Closing date is June 15.

Senior Program Manager– Oregon State University (OSU) The office of the Vice President for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Senior Program Manager  position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Interim Vice President for Research.  Posting closes June 15.

Academic Success Coordinator – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Success Coordinator position. Posting #0014800. Closes June 15.

The Oregon Sea Grant is seeking a Communications Manager. This is a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0014770. Closes June 15.

Associate Program Manager – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Program Manager position. Posting #0014612. Closes June 15.

The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Associate Dean. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0014729. For full consideration, apply by June 15. Closes June 30.

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor- Forest Harvesting- The Dept. of Forest Engineering Resources & Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Forest Harvesting. Posting #0014131. Final closing date June 15.

Administrative Assistant To – The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Manager position.  Posting #0014894.  Closes: June 17.

Carpenter – Facilities Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Carpenter position. Posting #0007130. Closes June 18.

The Oregon State University Alumni Association is searching for an Administrative Assistant for Alumni Programs to assist the association’s program team with events and activities designed to engage alumni and friends of OSU. This position is based in Corvallis. A complete job description is available at www.osualum.com/jobs . Apply to osualum@oregonstate.edu with a resume and cover letter by June 19.

Equipment Systems Specialist  – Information Services, Academic Technologies invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), Equipment Systems Specialist (Competency Level 2) position. Posting # 0014896. Closes June 19.

Assessment Librarian – The Oregon State University Libraries & Press (OSULP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Posting #0014842. Closes June 20.

Assistant to Associate Dean College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time Assist. to the Assoc. Dean. Posting #0014703. For full consideration apply by June 15. Closing date, July 1.

Assistant ProfessorViticulturist Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor located in Central Point, OR. Posting # 0014286. Closes June 20.

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking a Research and Scholars Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting# 0014895. Closes June 25.

The School of Arts and Communication in CLA invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Consultant-Academic Advisor in the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts areas. Posting #0015028. Closes June 26.

Cook 1 – Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), seasonal (March – November), Cook 1 position. Posting #0014695. Closes June 26.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Wasco County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, Education Program Assistant 2.  Posting #0014921.  Closes: June 26.

Special Assistant to the Executive Director – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Special Assistant to the Executive Director position. Posting # 0014879. Closes June 28.

University Housing and Dining Services seeks an Assignments and Room Management Coordinator. The ARMC provides programmatic leadership to and manages the Assignments and Room Management Program as well as well as represents the department at numerous Campus Visit and Orientation Programs. This position a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #14993. Closes July 5.

Women’s Leadership Director College of Business invites applications for a, 9-month, .50 FTE Women’s Leadership Director position. Posting #0014939. Closes July 10.

Department Head, Fisheries and Wildlife – College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a tenured administrator position as Department Head, Fisheries and Wildlife.  Appointment includes indefinite tenure on a 9-month basis at 1.00 FTE at the rank of associate or full professor within Fisheries and Wildlife.  Posting #0014684. Full consideration Aug. 31.  Closes Sept. 30.

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0013984. Closes Dec. 31, 2015.

Advanced Practice Clinician- NP/PA– Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant. Posting #0013622. Open until filled.


Corvallis: “Wisteria woke me this morning, And there was all June in the garden; I felt them, early, warning Lest I miss any part of the day.” ~ Ann McGough. Sunny today with a high of 82 and a low of 49. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 83, low of 47. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 60, low of 50. Cloudy with gradual clearing tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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