OSU Today

July 13-17, 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.

Sea levels have risen 20 feet with only slight warming (Discovery News)

The findings by Oregon State University researchers, which will be published this week in the journal Science, have scary implications, because climate models indicate that we may have even bigger temperature increases by 2100. While policy makers have discussed trying to limit temperature increases to 2 C, this study adds to the growing scientific consensus that even that wouldn’t be enough to prevent a future climate catastrophe. (see also Standard Daily, Deutsche Welle, Science World Report)

Oregon State researchers get $1.5 million grant to assist preschoolers who have experienced trauma (Oregonian)

Preschoolers who have been exposed to trauma may one day benefit from early learning supports developed as the result of a four-year, $1.5 million federal grant awarded to an Oregon State University-Cascades researcher.

The really big one (New Yorker)

But for Chris Goldfinger, a paleoseismologist at Oregon State University and one of the world’s leading experts on a little-known fault line, the main quake was itself a kind of foreshock: a preview of another earthquake still to come.

OSU gets state funding for new forest science center (Register-Guard)

The state Legislature has approved $29.7 million in state bonding to help fund the Oregon Forest Science Complex at Oregon State University. The project aims to boost economic growth and create jobs while also supporting development of environmentally friendly wood construction, OSU officials said Wednesday. (see also KLCC)

University presidents: Oregon budget will make higher education more affordable (OPB)

In a joint statement, Oregon’s seven university presidents said the budget “will have an immediate and direct impact on college affordability in Oregon.”

Oregon State University scientists plug into undersea circuitry to sense and analyze the mysteries of the ocean (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University then attached cables — with sensors that test the water column — and a half-dozen high tech buoys that produce an array of chemical, biological and mechanical information.

Oregon State University names new business college dean (Register-Guard)

An Arizona State University official has been named dean of the business college at Oregon State University. (see also Oregon Business, Gazette-Times)

New wood industry in Oregon, Washington gets boost from U.S. Department of Commerce (Oregonian)

Oregon exported almost $526 million in wood products in 2012, and officials hope to increase that by making the state a worldwide leader in CLT and other new wood products. Both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are investing in research, development and training programs based around timber technology.

Campus watch: The construction of OSU-Cascades (Bend Bulletin)

Construction continues to move forward at the OSU-Cascades campus site in Bend — next, crews expect to grade the site and place underground utilities, according to a university construction update.


In Central Oregon, landscape benefits from removing juniper trees (Capital Press)

“We were able to show a response in a month,” said Tim DeBoodt, with Oregon State University Extension in Crook County. According to a published account, juniper removal increased the late season spring flow by 225 percent and increased the time in which monitors detected groundwater by an average of 41 days.

Governor looks back on legislative session (Oregonian Editorial)

Smart, long-term investments, such as the National Center of Excellence for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, a partnership between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, support innovation that brings our natural resource economies into the 21st century.

Chemical bracelet detects toxic, banned substances (KGW)

For one week, Thomas and I both wore a special wristband developed by scientists at Oregon State University. It absorbed any chemicals in the environment we all came across. (see also Manufacturing Business Technology Northwest Cable News)

Earthquake researchers (Gazette-Times)

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, killing thousands of people and causing widespread devastation to buildings and infrastructure. The next day, Oregon State University researchers Ben Mason and Deepak Rayamajhi got calls asking them to travel to the country to study the earthquake’s damage.

Tech-led Oregon startup offers eco-friendly way to save water on farms (Portland Business Journal)

Try Eco LLC, founded by chairman and CEO Nick Fowler, is an early commercial stage company working with researchers at Oregon State University to perfect a starch-based soil amendment that acts like a sponge, holding water until needed by growing plants.

Alaskan shellfish hatcheries look to Pacific NW for countering ocean acidification (KTOO Public Media)

“The classic is at Whiskey Creek Hatchery on the Oregon coast,” says Evans. “The first hatchery to really start making these measurements with help from Burke Hales at Oregon State University.”

Hot weather stresses Oregon farmers (Think Out Loud)

Featuring Bill Buhrig, crop agent with OSU Malheur County Extension.

Corvallis company to produce chemical-detecting wristbands based on OSU technology (Register-Guard)

A Corvallis company is using technology developed at Oregon State University to help people understand what chemicals they are exposed to every day.

Touring northwest Oregon (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Nearby is the Hatfield Marine Science Center, operated by Oregon State University. Ever since we’d arrived on the coast, we’d seen signs warning that we were in a tsunami zone and directing us to the nearest high ground, just in case. After building a Lego house and sending a three-inch tidal wave crashing through it, I resolved to pay a little more attention to the signs.

Your idle computer could help scientists study the drought (KPCC)

The project, backed by climate researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Oxford, is hoping to tease out what role greenhouse gases and ocean temperatures play in creating dry spells like the one currently gripping California.

Oregon State hires Brenda Tracy as consultant to help with sexual-violence prevention (Oregonian)

OSU recently hired Tracy as a consultant. The registered nurse will work with university leaders on initiatives to prevent sexual violence and support its victims. Next week, Tracy will meet with officials to hammer out specifics of her new role.

Campus delays have cost OSU-Cascades millions (KTVZ)

Legal fees, escalation of construction costs and another year of renting Central Oregon Community College’s Cascades Hall total about $3.8 million, according to public records requested by KTVZ.

How Oregon’s legislative session impacts farmers (Capital Press)

House Bill 5024 provides an additional $14 million for Oregon State University agricultural research and extension programs, which represents the first major increase in funding in more than a decade. OSU’s original proposal would have funded 40 positions with an additional $16 million, so some needs will continue to be unfulfilled under HB 5024. Nonetheless, a university official referred to the bill as “a glass that’s 88 percent full.”

Mercury scrubbers at Oregon power plant lower other pollution, too (ELP)

Air pollution controls installed at an Oregon coal-fired power plant to curb mercury emissions are unexpectedly reducing another class of harmful emissions as well, an Oregon State University (OSU) study has found. (see also Phys.Org)

The best dog-gone study ever (Sci/Why)

It’s easy – all you have to do is wait for your dog to poop. Then stoop, scoop – and mail that poop to Oregon State University

Science says junk food might actually be making you a complete idiot (Elite Daily)

Put down that doughnut, Einstein. Researchers at Oregon State University say a diet high in fat and sugar leads to diminished “cognitive flexibility,” or the ability to adapt in changing situations.

Session bolsters OSU budget (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University got most of what it was looking for in state funding this legislative session, including a significant boost for the Extension Service and other statewide public service programs.

2 Towns Ciderhouse founders invest in farmers to expand U.S. cider palatte (Oregonian)

They learned the techniques on the fly. Takush studied the science of winemaking at Oregon State University, and the rest they learn by reading and talking to other makers

Oregon Ethiopian community organizes graduates’ day (EthioSport)

The keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. Badege Bishaw of Oregon State University. There will also be speeches by representatives of the 2015 graduating classes: Mariam Admasu from Oregon State University and Naod Berhanu Aynalem (Jesuit High School), who will be attending the University of Southern California (USC).

Meadowfoam co-op weathers international firm’s presence (Capital Press)

“There’s a lot of mythology around meadowfoam,” explained Oregon State University crop scientist Jennifer Kling. “Everybody wants to grow meadowfoam, but finding buyers is a real challenge.”

Highlights from the 2015 Whole Grain Summit (Food Navigator USA)

The 2010 Dietery Guidelines for Americans say half of our grains should be whole. So how are we doing? FoodNavigator-USA headed to Portland Oregon for the 2015 Whole Grain Summit – organized by Oregon State University and the Grains for Health Foundation – to find out.

Small-space farming: Espaliered fruit trees (Oregonian)

But don’t kid yourself into thinking espaliers are any easier than regular-sized trees, said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Treasure Valley group explores growing pumpkin seeds for snacks (Capital Press)

Economic development officials are teaming up with Oregon State University researchers to try to introduce a new crop — pumpkin seeds for the snack market — into the Treasure Valley.

Taste 100 blueberry varieties, tour fruit gene bank (Oregonian)

The Corvallis Repository is part of the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System, which includes about 30 facilities nationwide, and it works in collaboration with Oregon State University.

Awards and honors (LIFE@OSU)

Distinguished professor, new Pride Center director, student scholarships.


NEW! Zotero Workshops: Learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with Zotero (Intro and Intermediate/Advanced sessions) July 14. View all the offerings in the summer series at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu


OSUsed Store Midsummer Sales: Come by our public sales Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. and/or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th St where bookcases, desks, tables, chairs and books will be on clearance. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

OSU Chamber Music Workshop Summer Concert Series: Workshop Faculty Concert, Wednesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m., featuring Jason Duckles, Anthea Kreston, Jessica Lambert, Rachelle McCabe, Michael Palzewicz, Anne Ridlington, Noah Seitz, Abigail Stoughton. Music by Schubert, Dvorak, Telemann, more. Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis. $10 at the door.


Free Outdoor Concert: Thursdays, July 16 at noon, featuring OSU Chamber Music Workshop student ensembles. Starker Arts Park Amphitheater, 4485 SW Country Club Drive.


Workshop Showcase Concert: Saturdays, July 18, noon. Final student ensembles concert for each week of the workshop. Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 SW Research Way, free.

OSUsed Store Midsummer Sales: Come by our public sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th St where bookcases, desks, tables, chairs and books will be on clearance. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Upcoming Events

Fermented Foods Class Series: Three class offered: Sauerkraut and Kimchi on July 27, Pickles & Vegetables on Aug. 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.

Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins Aug. 11.  WW Open House meetings will be held Tuesday Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam Hall Room 105.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, 541-737-3106.

Lectures and Webinars

 NEW! Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Through this program you will learn how to take care of yourself while caring for a relative or a friend whether you are helping a parent, spouse or friend who lives at home, in a nursing home or across the country. In this class, you will learn to reduce stress; improve communication; reduce guilt, anger and depression; make tough decisions; set goals and problem-solve; relax.  Every Wednesday, July 19-Sept. 23, 2-4:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center Weyerhauser Board Room. To register visit http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3IakDMzHz1yI7m5 and for questions contact robynn.pease@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Art submissions: Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center is accepting art submissions for the 10th Annual Community Art Show. Whether you’re a seasoned or novice artist, this is a great opportunity to show your creative side. Deadline to submit artwork is Thursday, July 16. Additional information about submission criteria can be found online, CLICK HERE

Cancer fundraiser: A “gofundme” account has been set up to support Raquel Ndzeidze in Facilities Services, who is battling a rare form of ovarian cancer. Raquel has undergone all the medical treatment available in the U.S. and is seeking to raise $65,000 for naturopathic treatments at a clinic in Mexico. The 2011 business graduate has worked at OSU for eight years, first in the College of Agricultural Sciences, then Facilities Services. Her gofundme account is at: http://www.gofundme.com/v86ey8z4c. Oregon State University does not endorse any specific crowd-funding effort nor does it endorse or sponsor any organizations, methods or needs described or sought by employees in this context.  OSU provides this employee hardship information to its employees so they can determine if they want to personally participate.

OUS is no more: After 83 years, the Oregon University System (OUS) Chancellor’s Office and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education completed their official business last Tuesday, June 30. All web traffic to OUS.edu will be redirected to an informational site with contacts and links for each institution, including OSU. Please note that all OUS information has been moved to other sites, and those seeking information will be redirected to new sites and/or contacts.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations Workshop: Environmental Science Applications: Sept. 24-25, Peavy Hall. The UAS Operations Workshop for environmental science applications offers practical information on UAS regulations, platforms, sensors, and software. A portion of the course will involve working with imagery from a UAS flight so that participants get experience with remote sensing applications in an applied exercise.To register: http://ais.forestry.oregonstate.edu/uasworkshops.

CPR: Commit to keeping our Beaver Nation safe and healthy by becoming certified in CPR, First Aid and AED and by preparing your home and office space with a first aid kit. Recreational Sports is excited to extend safety class offerings and first aid kit sales to students, Recreational Sports members and OSU Community. Learn more about the Recreational Sports Safety Program and make a commitment to supporting health, safety and well-being in our campus community. (Note: Recreational Sports Safety Classes Summer Schedule).

Tickets for veterans: Oregon State University athletics is offering veterans and active personnel of the United States Armed Forces an opportunity to enjoy the Friday, Sept. 4 season opener under new head coach Gary Andersen when the football team hosts the Weber State Wildcats at Reser Stadium. 3,000 reserved tickets have been set aside for veterans, active personnel and their families to enjoy the season opener (up to four tickets per member). Tickets are first come, first serve and can be reserved at 800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the Gill Coliseum Ticket Office (Room 107) or by ordering online. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (with extended hours until 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays in July and August).

Employees and dependents attending OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is July 17  to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Summer 2015.  Applications are to be submitted to your business center.  For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

Traffic and maintenance

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Remodel Project, a section of the parking lot will be closed starting July 13- Oct. 10. (View Map).

Arnold Way: As part of the parking lot maintenance program, the N 27th St. and Arnold Way  Parking Lot (#3311) will be closed for re-tarring from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 13-14. One half of the lot will be available at all times for parking.  Signs will be posted.

Cascade Hall: As part of the Cascade Hall INTO Renovation Project, the B Lot and ADA parking lot between Adams Hall and Cascade Hall will be shut down in order to renovate the ADA ramps and parking spots July 13-Aug. 7. Additionally, the bike path/walkway between the North side of Cascade and the Railroad tracks will be closed to bikes and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the specified time (View Map).

Johnson Hall: As part of the Johnson Hall Project utility work, there will be fencing and digging at the Bates Hall hot tap location (View Map) beginning on July 2-27. The digging may cause some disruptive noise and minimal dust.

Strand: As part of the Strand Hall Renovation Project, the Brick mall NW of Strand will be fenced and closed (View Map) July 6 – Aug. 17. The newly fenced area is cross-hatched in blue on the map. The concrete walkway on the west side of the paved area will be kept open (indicated in red on the map), but will be restricted, with some areas only 3’ wide.

Child Care Center: As part of the Child Care Center Roof Replacement Project, 7 parking spots on 13th between Adams and Washington will be closed July 6 – Aug. 3.  Additionally, three parking spots in the Child Care Center parking lot will be used for staging (View Map) during this same time.


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

Student Health Services invites applications for a part-time (.5 FTE) consultant, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC level II or above).  Posting http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/about-shs/jobs.  Open until filled.

Administrative Program Assistant – INTO OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0015228. Closes July 13.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #015187.  Closes July 13.

Outreach Program Coordinator – The Outreach & Engagement program invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), fixed-term, Outreach Program Coordinator. Posting #0015248. Closes July 13.

Information Technology Consultant – The Enrollment Management Information Technology department invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant position. Posting # 0015175. Closes July 13.

Human Resources Consultant 1, Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University.  F/T 1.0 FTE 12-month position, salary range is $40,000 to $45,000 + benefits. Posting #0015320.  Closes July 15.

Web Group Manager/Administrator – College  of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12 month Web Group Manager position. Posting # 0015113. Closes July 15.

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.

Faculty Research Assistant- The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a full-time 1.0, 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Closes July 16.

Regional Admissions Advisor – The Office of Admissions invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Regional Admissions Advisor position. Posting # 0015310. Closes July 16.

College Alumni Relations Director – The OSU Department of Alumni Relations invites applications for an Alumni Relations Director for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Posting #0015199. For full consideration, apply by July 17. Closes July 27.

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.

Custodial Services Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Custodial Services Coordinator. Posting # 0015328. Closes July 19.

Extended Campus is seeking an Instructional Design Specialist 2. This is a full-time(1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0015292. Closes July 19.

Library Technician 3 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) Library Technician 3 (Reference and Building Services Assistant) position for the Valley Library at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0015362. Closes July 20.

Associate University Librarian – Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure track Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication. Posting #0015257. For full consideration, please apply by July 20. Closes July 31.

EPA 1 – The Union County Extension SNAP-Ed department invites applications for a part-time (.61 FTE), Education Program Assistant 1 position. Posting #0015356. Closes July 24.

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.

Finance Director – The OSU Alumni Association invites applications for a Finance Director. View position description at www.osualum.com/jobs. Apply with a cover letter and resume to osualum.com@oregonstate.edu by July 25 for full consideration. Open until filled.

Executive Assistant – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration/Controller. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0015413. Closes July 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.  Closes July 30.

Associate or Full Professor-The Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center invites applicants for an Administrator with Leadership and Program.  Posting #0015284, Closes Aug. 31.

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.  Closes July 31.

Research Associate (Post-doc) – The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station located at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (post-doc).  This position is located in Newport.  Posting # 0015313. Closes Aug. 4.

Library Technician 3 – OSU Libraries & Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Library Technician 3 (Reference & Building Services Assistant) position. Posting #0015362. Closes Aug. 5.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – The Douglas County Extension Office ForrestryOff Campus department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Practice) position. Posting #0015350. Closes Aug. 5.

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:  “O summer day beside the joyous sea! O summer day so wonderful and white,” ~ Longfellow. The week will start out cloudy, becoming sunny again by the weekend. Highs in the low 80s, lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny after a cloudy start, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Cloudy with some sunshine, highs in the mid 60s, lows in the 50s.

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

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