OSU Today

Friday, June 12, 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.

OSU’s Class of 2015 tops 6,000 (Gazette-Times)

More than 6,000 students will receive diplomas from Oregon State University on Saturday, the largest graduating class in the university’s history. Some 6,038 graduates will receive 6,317 degrees, Registrar Rebecca Mathern announced.

Letter: OSU renews pledge to work with the community on new campus (Bend Bulletin)

A piece by Ed Ray and Becky Johnson.

Light-intensity exercise beneficial for older adults (Big News Network)

“You get a nice array of health benefits by doing five hours of light physical activity per week,” said co-author Brad Cardinal, professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. (see also Eurasia Review)

Where agriculture and forestry converge, conserve (Statesman Journal)

The workshop is presented in conjunction with conservation districts from Yamhill , Polk , North Santiam Watershed Council, Pudding River Watershed Council, Oregon State University and the USDA National Center for Agroforestry. Badege Bishaw, from OSU’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will be the featured speaker, while presentation topics range from forest farming to woody perennials for pollinator habitat and biodiversity to shitake mushroom logs.

OSU Campus Recycling collects donated goods during move-out (Gazette-Times)

And the morning’s collection was just the start: the first hour of three of the busiest days of the year for Oregon State University’s Campus Recycling, which has placed donation bins throughout OSU’s residence halls in hopes of diverting waste from landfills.

Experts warn of a ‘buggy year’ in Northwest (Capital Press)

High aphid numbers are especially concerning given that they spread potato virus Y, which has been found in abundance in Oregon commercial spud fields this year. “I have never seen this much PVY in commercial fields,” Oregon State University Extension entomologist Silvia Rondon said, adding cases are likely originating from tainted seed.

Scientists have made enough animal robots to fill a terrifying zoo (Quartz)

This robot, called ATRIAS and built by engineers at Oregon State University, was given the ostrich nickname based on its gait, which is somewhat similar to the large flightless bird’s. ATRIAS appears to be even more abused than Spot: its developers have kicked it repeatedly, and thrown dodgeballs at it for some reason.

Falling prices squeeze farmers’ bottom lines (Capital Press)

Bart Eleveld, an agricultural economist at Oregon State University, explained that big operations have become more efficient and expanded. “The small, one-family farm is sort of dying as a model for agriculture,” Eleveld said. “What we’re seeing are more of these super farms that are conglomerations of many small farms, oftentimes supporting more than one family.”

New OSU-city group to focus on parties, education (Gazette-Times)

Co-chairman Jonathan Stoll, community relations coordinator at OSU, suggested targeting alcohol, noise and trash because those were the key concerns that were discussed in the Collaboration Corvallis livability workgroup.

Pactomycin analogs offer new, gentler approach to cancer treatment (Oncology Nurse Advisor)

“A traditional view of chemotherapy is that you try to completely kill cancer cells and destroy tumors,” said author Arup Indra, an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Sometimes this is effective, sometimes not as much. An alternative approach is to cause rapid cell aging and induce premature senescence, which we believe could become a new frontier in cancer drug development.”

Homegrown summer reading list: Locals speak out (Corvallis Advocate)

OSU President Ed Ray says he intends to read In Pharaoh’s Army and Old School, both by Tobias Wolf, Washington by Ron Chernow, and When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys by Thomas Maier.

Koh to graduates: Stand for something, stay flexible (Gazette-Times)

Howard Koh has made commencement speeches before, so he understands that he might not have the full attention of the thousands of graduates and guests expected Saturday for commencement ceremonies at Oregon State University.

Vitamin E research ramps up (Nutritional Outlook)

Research out of Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute1 outlined some recent findings—most notably, vitamin E’s significance during fetal development and throughout the first years of life, the correlation between adequate intake and dementia later in life, and the difficulty of evaluating vitamin E adequacy through blood level measurements alone.

Growers hear OSU scientist discuss wheat from root to crown (Capital Press)

The latest developments on soil problems, diseases and varietal options attracted about five dozen wheat growers and others to Oregon State University’s Sherman County field day. Stephen Machado, a crop physiology and agronomy professor assigned to the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton, explained ways to increase soil pH and reduce acidity.

Behold the weird beauty of mold (Smithsonian Magazine)

Oregon State University researcher Sara Robinson told Engber that that in different parts of the country, mold and fungi takes on different hues. However, it’s not entirely clear why mold grows green in the Pacific Northwest and orange in the Amazon, he writes.

News in brief (LIFE@OSU)

Costume society, magnetic resonance instrument, NSF career award.

2005 CWS Team heads 2015 Hall of Fame class (OSU Beavers)

Two All-American student-athletes, a distinguished coach, two individuals who have a legacy of contributions to Oregon State University and a ground-breaking College World Series Team, highlight the 2015 OSU Sports Hall of Fame class, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Thursday.

New polymer could revolutionize texture, taste of dairy, non-dairy products (Food Dive)

Microbiologists at Oregon State University have discovered, following decades of research, a new polymer called Ropy 352, which can be used as a dairy thickener while adding probiotic properties. (see also Dairy Reporter)


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! Master’s defense: Sarah Calhoun, MS graduate student in Marine Resource Management, will defend her thesis: “Oregon’s Fishing Community Adapting to Change in Policy, Management, and Markets: Documenting Women’s Roles and Adaptive Capacity in an Evolving Industry”.  The defense will be held on Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in Burt 193.  Free and open to the public.

Sale into Summer: Pangea Café in the Memorial Union is offering a discount on purchases this week as they prepare for their summer closure. On Friday, all purchases are 50 percent off. Pangea is open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

Meat lab: The Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store is open Friday, from noon-5:30 p.m. for Customer Appreciation Day. Today they’re offering tri-tip sandwiches, a bag of chips and a drink for $3 in addition to their normal products.  Located off of Campus Way, behind the Motor Pool, the meat lab offers a variety of meat products developed and crafted by OSU students. Products include fresh retail cuts, fresh and cooked sausages, hickory smoked bacon, jerky, and dry-cured products. For more information, including pricing and availability, call 541-737-1927.

Special graduation events: A number of smaller graduation celebrations are being held on campus this week, including: 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.

NEW! CLA Commencement Reception and Stick Sculpture Send-Off — Please join us on the west lawn of Gilkey Hall from 3-5 p.m. to celebrate our liberal arts graduates and their families, as well as bid farewell to our beloved stick sculpture, “Pomp and Circumstance.” All are welcome. Food will be served.

College of Science hosts reception to honor graduates: The College of Science is hosting an outdoor reception honoring science graduates and their families Friday, June 12 from 4:30 – 6 p.m., in an outdoor tent located in front of Kidder Hall. on the Valley Library Quad. To celebrate students’ success, the College will present each science graduate with a special gift.


Commencement: The OSU Class of 2015 will top 6,000 graduates for the first time in the university’s history – and many of the newest members of Beaver Nation will be on hand this Saturday, June 13, when OSU holds its 146th commencement. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Reser Stadium on campus. No tickets are required for the event, which also will be shown on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Science Communicators End-of-the-Year Mixer: June 16, 4– 5:30 p.m., Sky High Brewing. More information: http://conta.cc/1GvodGr

NEW! Drones, robots and underwater vehicles for research— Attend the Autonomous Systems @ OSU Event, June 30, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Research presentations, campus updates, industry and economic development panels relevant to unmanned systems that fly, crawl, and swim.  Information and registration at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/autonomoussystems/ Contact Ann Schmierer, 541-737-1180, for questions.

NEW! Fermented Foods Class Series: Three class offered: Sauerkraut and Kimchi on July 27, Pickles & Vegetables on August 3, Kombucha and Infused Vinegars on August 10. All classes are on a Monday evening from 6 – 8:30 p.m. $12 a class or $30 for the series. Sign-up and pay ahead of time to reserve your spot. Call Benton County Extension Service at 541-766-6750 to register.

Jim Byford retirement: Please join us as IT Infrastructure celebrates our friend and colleague Jim Byford’s retirement, following a combined 32 years of loyal service to OSU.  A reception to honor Jim is planned for Friday, June 19 from 2-4 p.m., in the Agriculture Production Room at the LaSells Stewart Center, OSU.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium: June 18, noon, Hallie Ford Center room 115. Chris Sullivan from CGRB will present. More information from the Superfund Research Center: http://bit.ly/1Jkyti0

NEW! Master’s Defense: Jorge Delgado, MS candidate in Sustainable Forest Management, will present his project, ”Using Acoustic Measurements and Inventory Data to Estimate Stiffness in Standing Douglas-Fir Trees.”  The presentation will be held on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m. in 313 Richardson Hall.  Free and open to the public.

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.

Assistant Director for Advocacy Open Forum and Presentations:  Student Health Services is hosting two candidates for Assistant Director for Advocacy search.  The person in this new position will develop and implement a vision and strategic plan, and will provide leadership in supporting survivors of sexual violence. The Advocacy Center is a collaboration between the Office of Equity & Inclusion, Counseling & Psychological Services, and Student Health Services to provide a comprehensive approach to support survivors of sexual violence. Danielle Fetty, University of Utah and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will give a presentation Monday, June 15, 10-11 a.m., in MU 213, with an open forum from 1-2 p.m., same room.

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

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!

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way West: On Monday June 15, 25 parking spaces will be shut down on Jefferson Way West, lot #3372 from 7: a.m. – 5 p.m. (View Map), for equipment delivery to the Hinsdale Wave Research Lab.

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.

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.

Oregon Sea Grant at is accepting applications for a full-time Grants/Contracts Technician. This position is located in Corvallis. Posting #0014890. Closes June 19.

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.

Oregon State University’s (OSU) Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital seeks a full time Animal Attendant for employment in the Small Animal Hospital. Review and apply to posting #0015062.  Closes June 22.

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.

Office Specialist 1 – The Lincoln County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (.80 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position. Posting #0015071. Closes June 24.

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.

Procurement Manager – Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management, a unit within Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Procurement Manager position Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0015061. Closes July 6.

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: Take your stacks of grading outdoors this weekend as it’s going to be sunny and beautiful. High today of 75, highs this weekend in the upper 70s to low 80s. Evening lows in the upper 40s. 

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 79, low of 40. Sunny all weekend, highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s.

Newport: Gradual clearing today, high of 60, low of 47. Mostly sunny this weekend, highs around 60, lows in the 40s.

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

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