OSU Today

June 22-26, 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.

Putting a price on nature (NOVA)

Natural capital is a catch-all concept that covers everything from crop pollination by bees to the water-cleansing properties of wetlands. Consider a coastal mangrove forest, for example, says Jane Lubchenco, professor of marine studies at Oregon State University and one of the editors of the collection. “A lot of people think of mangrove forests as dirty, mosquito-infested places that might as well be converted into something useful,” she says, but in fact mangroves provide many unrecognized benefits.

Todd Stansbury returning to Oregon State as new AD, effective Aug. 1 (ESPN)

Todd Stansbury has been named Oregon State’s athletic director, the school said Thursday. (see also Fox Sports, Oregonian, Yahoo Sports)

New NASA data shows how the world is running out of water (Washington Post)

“This has really been our first chance to see how these large reservoirs change over time,” said Gordon Grant, a research hydrologist at Oregon State University, who was not involved in the studies.

OSU-Cascades to start building Westside campus (KTVZ)

Oregon State University announced Thursday it will begin construction of its disputed new OSU-Cascades Westside campus as soon as required permits are issued by the city of Bend – a process that is expected to take place within the next two weeks – despite foes’ plan for further appeals. (see also OPBGazette-Times, KSL)

How elephant tusks, dung and DNA research can help preserve the species (Christian Science Monitor)

In 2010, for instance, a team led by Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University in Newport, Ore., published the results of an analysis of sashimi samples taken from restaurants in Santa Monica, Calif., and in Seoul, South Korea. The team found that the samples contained meat from three species of whale protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

Food, national security intertwined, experts say (Capital Press)

In an uncertain, dangerous world, a strong agricultural system is increasingly seen as a matter of national security. Stephen Machado has seen it happen, and bitterness flashes across his face when he’s asked about it. Just for an instant, because he is a scientist. Zimbabwe was Southern Africa’s breadbasket, with its network of small farms providing corn, soybeans, nuts and many other crops to neighboring countries. “We fed everybody,” said Machado, an agronomist at Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton.

Bend company’s engine research motoring ahead (Bend Bulletin)

Onboard Dynamics was founded in October 2013 as a spinoff of research that Hagen was conducting already at Oregon State University-Cascades, research that continues on campus today. He said the company’s focus was initially on proving that compressed natural gas from households could work commercially.

Is threadcasting the future for wearable tech? (Portland Business Journal)

In conjunction with Oregon State University, Modern Edge released a research paper on “threadcasting,” a trend that Modern Edge believes will take wearable technology beyond connected eyeglasses and fitness devices to apparel-based technologies that interplay seamlessly with the realm of social media and wireless communication.

Algae blooms can travel in running water, OSU researchers say (Oregonian)

Toxic blue-green algae blooms can travel through rivers and all the way to the ocean, Oregon State University researchers say — and that phenomenon could possibly explain mysterious otter deaths in California. (see also Register-Guard)

CDC to consider routine recommendation of meningoccocal vaccine (Lund Report)

If the CDC does make such a recommendation, it would allow OHSU to participate with other public health experts at Oregon’s 53 colleges and universities, said Tammy Bray, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

OSU Press last standing in Oregon (Corvallis Advocate)

The Oregon State University Press survived a fire which destroyed most of its assets, including the only remaining copies of many of their books. They’ve also survived a cultural climate in which every other university press in Oregon has had to shut down. They’re not only surviving, they are actively expanding their range, producing and promoting books which they feel are important for Oregonians to see, but which commercial publishers might not handle.

Video driving education for next generation of learners (Education Drive)

Raul Burriel started seeing series of short video uploads by Oregon State University faculty years before the term “flipped classroom” started trending, along with the pedagogical technique. Now, nearly half of respondents in a new survey about the state of video in education by video platform provider Kaltura agree that the flipped model will become the norm in classroom instruction.

Even light activity can boost seniors’ health (Philly.com)

Moderate-intensity physical activity has been shown to be good for your health. But, this study suggests that seniors should also be encouraged to engage in lower-intensity activity whenever they can, study lead author Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor of exercise science and health promotion at the University of Mississippi, suggested in a news release from Oregon State University. Loprinzi was at Oregon State University at the time of the study. (see also Health)

El Nino may stymie skiers again (Bend Bulletin)

The effects of El Niño in the Northwest could mean another poor skiing year in Central Oregon, said Phil Mote, director of Oregon Climate Services at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

5 illnesses you can give your pet (NewsMax)

“It’s reasonable to assume there are many more cases of this than we know about, and we want to learn more,” said Christine Loehr, an associate professor in the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

OSU to move Head Start classroom to Adams Elementary (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon Head Start pre-kindergarten program will be entering the Corvallis School District next year, the district announced at Monday’s school board meeting. Superintendent Erin Prince said the district will have a morning and afternoon pre-kindergarten class, which will both serve 20 kids, at Adams Elementary School. The classes will start this fall through a partnership with Oregon State University, which already offers the state-funded preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds through its Child Development Center.

Fragile trees causing some problems for city (Philomath Express)

Workman said the city is working with Al Shay, an Oregon State University horticulture professor who is helping with a master plan for a tree-replacement program. The scope of the project also includes Philomath City Park, where a lot of old ash trees are found.

West Coast flies to the rescue of East Coast hemlock forests (Entomology Today)

“That is as good as we could have hoped for at this point,” said Darrell Ross, from Oregon State University. “It remains to be seen whether they will survive and if their populations will grow to densities that significantly impact the hemlock woolly adelgid populations and, ultimately, the survival of hemlocks. We probably won’t have answers to those questions for a year or two.” (see also Washington Post)

Researchers target glyphosate-resistant kochia weeds (Capital Press)

A field trial at Oregon State University’s Ontario research station set up to determine the best treatment method to control resistant kochia weeds is being coordinated by OSU weed scientist Joel Felix and University of Idaho weed scientist Don Morishita.

This is the year to grow big, beautiful tomatoes (Lake Oswego Review)

Nothing drives Oregon vegetable gardeners to distraction like the elusive quest for a ripe crop of tomatoes. There’s the fickle weather to consider, diseases to battle and insects to thwart. “Everyone wants to grow tomatoes,” said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “It’s a universal food people tend to like.”

Disease hitting boxwood shrubs in Oregon gardens (Statesman Journal)

Boxwood blight, which first showed up in nurseries in Oregon in 2011, is making inroads in the Portland area, according to Jay W. Pscheidt, a plant pathology specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Oregon marks pollinator week without a mass bee kill (Statesman Journal)

HB 3360 funds a bee health diagnostic facility at Oregon State University. The Joint Ways and Means natural resources subcommittee heard testimony on the bill last week. (see also Portland Tribune)

Father’s Day 2015: What psychologically happens to men after they become a father (Medical Daily)

Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) assessed more than 200 at-risk boys starting at age 12 through age 31, measuring for men’s crime, tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use over the 19-year study period. When controlling for the aging process, “fatherhood was an independent factor in predicting decreases in crime, alcohol and tobacco use,” said David Kerr, lead study author and assistant professor of psychology at OSU, in a press release.

The Crossing (Terra)

Ray Malewitz, assistant professor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film at Oregon State University, will take you on an intellectual romp that careens from crime-scene forensics to IKEA hackers, from the Sokal hoax to mad-cow disease, from “salvagepunks” to the Adventures of Tintin.

Leaf rust found in Willamette Valley (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers recently notified growers that leaf rust has been found in several research plots and grower fields in the northern and southern regions of the Willamette Valley.

Sudden oak death is still spreading, still a threat (Jefferson Public Radio)

In Oregon, only Curry county in the extreme Southwest corner of the state,  has been infected. The disease has never jumped over the coastal range. It has also never been successfully treated. Dr. Everett Hansen is a retired forest pathologist from Oregon State University.

8 top fragrant flowers for scented summer nights (Oregonian)

Some flowers fragrant at night only open their blossoms after the sun starts to go down. Many of these evolved to be white in order to attract night-flying moths that feed on their nectar, explained Heather Stovennull, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. Others – no matter the color – release or increase their scent after hours seemingly just for human enjoyment.

Garden out of control? Simplify (Philadelphia Tribune)

“Eliminate some of that mowing and weeding,” said Brooke Edmunds, an Oregon State University extension horticulturist. “Plant using lawn mixes that work even if they’re not as frequently mowed. Use perennials more than annuals. Use things that don’t grow as quickly and wind up becoming just another chore.”

Terri Fiez, former head of engineering and computer science at OSU, lands top job at CU Boulder (Oregonian)

Terri Fiez, onetime head of Oregon State University’s engineering and computer science program, has landed a new job as vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Agave bloom (Gazette-Times)

Cook, a senior instructor in geography at Oregon State University, said he planted the agave in the front yard of his Corvallis home in 2000, after an agave he’d brought from El Paso, Texas, sprouted a second plant from its roots. He’s unsure what variety of agave it is, but it’s one of the few he’s found that can survive a winter outdoors in Corvallis.

Scientists accidentally discover brilliant new blue pigment (Paint & Coatings Industry)

A brilliant new blue pigment – discovered serendipitously by Oregon State University chemists in 2009 – is now reaching the marketplace, where it will be used in a wide range of coatings and plastics.

Talented Oregon student journalists gather for High School Journalism Institute 2015 (Oregonian)

The annual High School Journalism Institute hosted by Oregonian Median Group and Oregon State University has reached hundreds of aspiring young journalists from Oregon and southwest Washington.


NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Departmental Seminar: Stefan Scholz, Professor, Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology, Helmhotz Centre for Environmental Toxicology, Leipzig, Germany, will present his seminar “Use of mechanistic information to improve prediction of acute and chronic fish toxicity with zebrafish embryos”- at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 22, in LPSC 402.


 OSUsed Store Afternoon Sale: We are open for our weekly public sale Wednesday, noon- 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.

NEW! Candy Pierson-Charlton Retirement from INTO OSU: Please join us in the first floor of the ILLC on Wednesday, June 24 to celebrate the retirement of our friend and colleague Candy Pierson-Charlton. A reception is planned from 2:30-5 p.m.


NEW! Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Demo Day: The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis is holding a “Demo Day” on Thursday, June 25, to introduce the latest emerging group of startup companies from its program. The Demo Day event will begin with a celebration and include an award presentation and seven-minute presentations by the graduates, which include a medical facility, three new high-tech companies and a consumer support service. It will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater, 115 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.Free but pre-registration is required and available online at http://bit.ly/1GZ2veg.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Wilderness First Aid: Register Now: Enroll in Wilderness First Aid, a two day class June 27-28. Wilderness First Aid is an introduction to managing medical emergencies in a back country setting.  Participants will learn techniques ranging from basic life support, to soft tissue injury management, to proper splinting and immobilization, and long term patient care with minimal resources. Contact the Adventure Leadership Institute for more information.

NEW! PhD defense:  Marcia Vasquez-Sandoval, PhD candidate in Wood Science, will defend her dissertation, “Life Cycle Assessment of Biomass for Generation of Energy: Case Studies of Poplar Management in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.A.”.  The defense will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.

News for Employees

NEW! Beaver Champion: The President’s Office is seeking nominations for the Beaver Champion Award. Deadline is Friday. Aug. 15. The Beaver Champion Award is presented at University Day to an individual or individuals for outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested and performance of the highest quality. Send nomination letters to: Edward J. Ray, President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg., or e-mail pres.office@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Info for Faculty with Federal Research Grants: Federal agencies with research and development budgets of more than $100 million are now required to develop plans for providing public access to grant-funded data. Many agencies have begun publishing their implementation plans. For info about these plans and related services offered by the library, see the library webpage or contact Andrea Wirth, Michael Boock, Amanda Whitmire or Erin Clark at the Valley Library.

NEW! News from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences: Students are at the heart of all we do in the CPHHS. Learn more in this special student edition of Synergies about the many accomplishments our students have achieved in the past few months – and how they plan to change the world. Highlights include a commencement video and student success stories, undergraduate research, community outreach and more.  http://bit.ly/1CfCFv3

NEW! Craft Center: OSU Craft Center summer term membership and class registrations begins June 22. Sign up for summer creative fun….learn a new skill or further develop those you have. The Craft Center is a well equipped arts facility located in the new Student Experience Center. Membership is open to all adults. Open seven days  a week. For more information stop by the Craft Center  or visit the website. http://mu.oregonstate.edu/craft-center

NEW! Rent Outdoor Gear from the Adventure Leadership Institute: The sunshine has arrived and it’s time to rent all the gear you need to enjoy the great outdoors from Recreational Sports. The ALI Gear Rental Shop is open to all students, Recreational Sports members and the OSU community for outdoor gear rental. Additionally, if you need your bike tuned up, the bike shop is your one stop shop for preparing your bike for the road or trails! Visit the ALI in Dixon for more information.

ID Center Memorial Union relocation: On July 1-2, the ID Center will be relocating to its new location in the Memorial Union—room 103, next to JavaStop.  The office will be closed for regular business during the move, but we will continue monitoring email throughout the move and will respond to requests and inquiries.  The office will be open for regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the new location starting Monday, July 6.

Summer Hours:  Printing and Mailing Services is now on Summer hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  This will effect both the Research Way and XPress Stop Location.  If you have any questions, please contact Kiara Goldtrap at 7-9062 or Kiara.goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

Update to OSU Standard: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-005 Time, Manner and Place Rules for Speech Activities through the end of business on June 23, 2015. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the standard before they become effective on July 1, 2015.  Copies of the proposed updates may be obtained from Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.  Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 23,  and should be directed to the same email address.

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


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

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.

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.

Counselor – Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term,  Counselor position. Re-appointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0015070. Closes June 25.

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.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process.This is a full-time position, paying $12 per hour, and a full benefit package.  For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=17695632. Apply by June 30.

Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a part-time (.40 FTE), 12 month, fixed term, Project Coordinator/Faculty Research Assistant (FRA). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0015081.  For full consideration please apply by June 30. Closes July 30.

Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, fixed term, Faculty Researcher (FRA) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0015076. For full consideration apply by June 30. Closes July 31.

Assistant to Associate Dean – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time Assist. to the Assoc. Dean. Posting #0014703. Closes July 1.

Office Specialist 2 – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0015085. Closes July 2.

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.

Finance Coordinator – The Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Finance Coordinator position. Posting # 0015160. Closes July 6.

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.

Regional Admissions Advisor – The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Regional Admissions Advisor position. Posting # 0015092. Closes July 7.

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.

Outreach & Capacity Building Coordinator – The AquaFish Innovation Lab at Oregon State University invites applications for an Outreach & Capacity Building Coordinator. This Faculty Research Assistant position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position, and will support the outreach, research, training, gender integration, and capacity building duties of the AquaFish Innovation Lab. Posting #0015111. Closes July 15.

Administrator – Fiscal & Faculty – The Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) in Newport invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrator – Fiscal & Faculty position. Posting #0015115.  Closes July 17.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term, Associate Provost & Associate Director of OSU Extension Service. Posting #0014988.  Full consideration date: July 24.

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: “The cowslips tall her pensioners be: In their gold coats spots you see; Those be rubies, fairy favours, In those freckles live their savours:” ~ Midsummer NIght’s Dream. Mostly sunny this week, highs climbing into the mid 80s and lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny with highs heading to the upper 80s by week’s end. Highs in the 50s.

Newport: Partly to mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the lower 50s.

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

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