OSU Today

Aug. 16-20, 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.

Oceanography: Dead in the water (Nature)

Officials at the government agency asked Francis Chan, a biogeochemist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, for help in discovering the cause of the disturbance as quickly as possible.

Gold turns sewage into electricity (London Times)

A research project at Oregon State University is working on technology that releases energy from bacteria by putting it in contact with precious metals.

All OSU business centers now fully operational (LIFE@OSU)

All seven Oregon State business centers are now open and fully operational, and staff at the newest centers are completing training on new roles and procedures.

The BP cover up (Mother Jones)

A reporter accompanies marine ecologist Kelly Benoit-Bird of Oregon State University on an expedition in Hawaii.

Hazelnuts: Not only for food, but fuel (ABC News)

The U.S. currently produces only about five percent of the world’s hazelnuts — and almost all of that comes from Oregon, an area of the U.S. with a climate ideal for tree growth. But a consortium of the Arbor Day Foundation and three universities — the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oregon State University and Rutgers University — thinks the U.S. can do better.

Teen sex not always bad for school performance (Associated Press)

The study dispels the notion that all teen sex is bad, said Marie Harvey, professor of public health at Oregon State University. (See also NewsTimes)

Todd to leave OSU Alumni Assn. for British Columbia (Office of the President)

OSU and University of British Columbia (UBC) officials announced on Friday that OSU Alumni Association Executive Director Jeff Todd has accepted an offer to lead the UBC Alumni Association. President Ray points to accomplishments under Todd’s leadership in this announcement shared with Alumni Association board members on Friday. Details on a search for Todd’s replacement are anticipated soon.

First wolf from Wenaha pack is captured (Statesman Journal)

Russ Morgan, the Fish and Wildlife wolf coordinator, and Allison Field, an Oregon State University student, take measurements during a capture-and-collar operation.

Best, brightest flock to campus (Gazette-Times)

Callum Read didn’t want to travel from Albuquerque, N.M., by car or plane to get to the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference. Instead, the 17-year-old New Mexico native decided to travel under his own power – by bike – to the international gathering that started Monday at Oregon State University

Signs mark farewell to OSU Extension in Lane County (KEZI)

OSU Extension Service volunteers are counting down the days until the program closes shop entirely. The volunteers put up signs Sunday, bidding farewell to 95-plus-years of service in the county.

Arctic rock sheds light on ancient Earth’s inner workings (LA Times)

“People that are making models of how the Earth’s interior behaves … have to consider now the possibility that this signature [of ancient mantle] isn’t completely obliterated. Some of it has survived,” said David Graham, an isotopic geochemist at Oregon State University who wrote a commentary on the paper in Nature. (See also National Geographic , Science Now and Discover, CBS)

The way the cookie crumbles (Gazette-Times)

Summer is still going strong, but school was in session for a group of teachers on the Oregon State University campus Tuesday. The lesson? The financial and environmental issues surrounding mining.

Seafood glowing in the dark? Don’t fret, OSU says (Gazette-Times)

Some Oregonians who recently purchased pink shrimp at the coast or at large retail stores have called Oregon State University’s Lincoln County Extension Office over the past few days to report a rather unusual trait. (see also KPTV, The Republic, Register-Guard)

Meet you – and all your 4-H projects – at the fair (Oregonian)

The OSU Extension Service, which works to promote agriculture, health and community throughout Oregon, runs the Clackamas County 4-H program.

Corvallis woman arrested for Oregon State thefts (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State Police have arrested a Corvallis woman on charges related to thefts at Oregon State University.

Campaign cannons fire volleys in Oregon’s governor’s race (Statesman Journal)

“Both campaigns, in some preliminary television ads and other things, are trying to stimulate attention,” said Bill Lunch, political-science chairman at Oregon State University.

Soccer with a dose of care (Democrat-Herald)

Along with the mobile screening unit and information tables from 20 groups, students and staff from Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy were on hand to administer pneumococcal and tetanus-diphtheria vaccinations.

Farmer pushes for relaxation on canola rules (Capital Press)

In a statement summarizing the experiments’ results, Russ Karow, head of OSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, wrote: “Given the potential risk, precaution suggests not allowing canola production at this time.”

Oregon State elects six new trustees (Gazette-Times)

Six new members have been elected to the Oregon State University Foundation Board of Trustees. The foundation is the nonprofit organization that raises private funds for Oregon State University.

Eat what you sow (Oregon City News)

Monica Mumper is an OSU Extension Service-trained master gardener and an OSU Extension Service-trained family food educator, and she preserves food as a hobby, making jam, fruit leather and pesto, among other things.

OSU’s Oak Creek Center plans field day (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University students and faculty will share information and ideas about vegetable gardening, urban chickens, annual trials, hedge-row trials, green towers, beekeeping and green roofs.

OSU named one of the best in the west (LIFE@OSU)

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 Art professor Shelley Jordon’s short film, “Family History,” will be featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s television program “Oregon Lens” on Aug. 17, 10 p.m.


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.

On Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m., the League of Women Voters and friends of the Women’s Center will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment by marching from 460 S.W. Jefferson to the Benton County Courthouse. At the Courthouse, the mayor of Corvallis, Charlie Tomlinson, will make a proclamation about women and voting. Please join us and either dress as your favorite 19th century suffragette or as a 21st century voter. Hats and signs are requested! Those wanting to join in can meet at the Women’s Center by 2:45 p.m. to walk downtown.

News for Employees

NEW! Promote your program in the Portland OSU Rally at Pioneer Square, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a booth at a first of its kind OSU event in Portland.  It’s your chance to reach out to new students, alumni and their families. Informational booths are available for rent at $100. You provide signage, hand outs or giveaways of your choice.  This is a chance to reach out to new and current students, alumni and their families. Speakers for the event include Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi and Coach Mike Riley. If you’re interested in reserving a spot contact Cathy Marshall at the Portland office of the OSU Alumni Association, 503-553-3431.

NEW! After working on campus for 26 years Shirley Campbell is retiring!  Please join the celebration and help wish her all the best in her retirement. There will be cake reception on the lawn of the Radiation Center (corner of 35th and Jefferson) Aug. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Please feel free to bring a personalized message to be included in a memory book.  If you cannot attend but wish to send messages or cards please send to: Dina Pope, 100 Radiation Center, Corvallis Or 97331.

NEW! Central Web Services is hosting several Drupal Boot Camps on  Aug. 17- 19, and Sept. 20- 22. Drupal Boot Camps is a three-day intensive workshop incorporating all existing core Drupal 6 workshops. In addition, two topics about using the OSU Brand Guidelines on the web, presented by staff from University Advancement’s Web Communications has been added. Register. Priority registration will be given to persons registering to attend the entire three-day camp. If you are requesting to attend for less than three days, please make your request via the help ticket system http://oregonstate.edu/cws/contact.

NEW! The Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture will have a public field day Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oregon State University students and faculty will share information and ideas about vegetable gardening, urban chickens, annual trials, hedge-row trials, green towers, beekeeping and green roofs. The Oak Creek Center is on the edge of the OSU campus on the northeast corner of 35th Street and Western Boulevard.

NEW! The public is invited to attend the open house of the newly completed laboratory of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute. It takes place Aug. 27. Tours are noon to 1 p.m., and a presentation takes place at 1 p.m. the lab is located in Building 11 on the Hewlett-Packard campus.

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 Monday, 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

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.

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.

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)

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! OSU, Health and Human Sciences seeks two undergraduate academic advisors. F/T, 12 months.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0006064. Closing Date:  Aug. 26.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! Office Specialist 2 – College of Engineering, Undergraduate Programs Office at Oregon State University, this is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position.  The OS2 position works with and supports the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering in providing services to undergraduate students in the College.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see:  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006076, closing date Aug. 27.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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.

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

Jefferson Way: Due to road work the eastbound lane of Jefferson Way, between Weatherford Place and 26th Street will be temporarily closed to allow for repairs.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 17 and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 18.

Gilfillan Auditorium: Due to the removal of the ADA ramp and stairs, the east ADA entrance (from 26th St.) will be temporarily restricted to emergency egress only.  All personnel are asked to use alternate entries and exits on the west, south and north sides of Gilfillan Auditorium.  This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 and the entry way should reopen by 7 p.m. Sept. 15.

26th Street: Due to road work 26th Street  between Orchard Ave and Monroe Street will be temporarily closed to allow for repairs.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 and should be completed by 5 p.m. Aug. 18.

Campus wide: There will be generator system testing in several buildings on campus for the two weeks. During this time period, building occupants may be aware of the sound of a diesel engine running for approximately 2 – 2.5 hours per generator test. This shutdown is necessary to perform the annual load testing on building auxiliary generators. The shutdown will take place through 5 p.m., Aug. 23.

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: That brief chilly, cloudy spell sure disappeared quickly. We’re in for a blazing hot day Monday with a high near 93, and the rest of the week you’ll be able to fill your pockets full of sunshine as highs stay in the low 90s to the 80s.

Central Oregon: This week is coming out blazing with a high of 95 degrees today and 96 tomorrow. After a slight chance of thunderstorms, look for the weather to start cooling down a bit into the low 80’s. In case you haven’t gotten outside for your favorite summer activities, now’s your chance, don’t miss it. With the end of summer approaching there is one thing to look forward to; football season …Go Beavs!

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