OSU Today

Aug. 23-27, 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.

Global warming side-effect: More truffles (KTVZ)

James Trappe, a faculty member in OSU’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, has been at the task for 55 years now, has co-written three books on truffles in the past three years, and still is learning more about their complex value to forest ecosystems.

Oregon State, Cornell launch new hospitality program (OPB News)

Oregon State University is partnering with Cornell University to launch a new course all about hospitality. It’s aimed at the region’s service industries like hotels, restaurants and resorts.

Oregon’s mysterious dead zone confounds scientists (Discovery News)

Francis Chan of Oregon State University first observed the dead zone in July 2002. Compared to the normal 5 to 8 milliliters of oxygen per liter of water found along the coast, Chan and his team measured less than 1.43 milliliters per liter — way too low for most animals to survive.

Back to school shoppers help Texas Instruments add profits (Wall Street Journal)

“It’s a chicken and egg thing,” said Tom Dick, a mathematics professor at Oregon State University.

New park on Portland’s south Waterfront (KGW)

“It is very exciting to be working with the state and PSU and Oregon State (University) on a true life sciences collaborative building for the waterfront which will have a significant research component in it,” said OSHU Development VP Mark Williams.

A bitter harvest for wood products (Register Guard)

“It’s so unprecedented that many people in the industry don’t know how to think about it. They don’t know how to plan. There’s not much certainty in the future,” said Norm Johnson, a forestry professor at Oregon State University.

Dispatcher has key role in state’s wildfire response team (Statesman Journal)

For most of the year, Alex Walker is a graphic design major at Oregon State University in Corvallis. But during the summer, Walker becomes a key player in Oregon’s wildfire response team.

Nonfiction review: Mexicanos in Oregon (Oregonian)

In Oregon, the Mexicano experience has been less discriminatory than in some other parts of the country. “Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives” seeks to shed light on all facets of that experience. Authors Erlinda V. Gonzales-Berry (Oregon State University) and Marcela Mendoza mix individual interviews with academic research to show why migrants have come to Oregon and how they have adapted and contributed to the cultural life of the state.

Researcher finds wide language gap among Oregon Latinos (El Hispanic News)

A new Oregon State University study of Oregon’s Latino residents shows that while first and second generation immigrants from Mexico or other Spanish speaking countries maintain a Spanish speaking dominance, English is dominant by the third generation.

Surviving Extension Service program to move (KEZI)

The only Oregon State University Extension Service program that currently has a secure future in Lane County begins its move to its new location Friday, August 20.

Does taking supplements really help as we get older? (WNDU)

Just in case you still think too many vitamins won’t hurt you, think about this: an Oregon State University study showed too much vitamin A can cause brain swelling in some cases.

LCC tie may extend Extension( Register Guard)

Lane County Extension — the food, farms, flowers and families service with the unusual name — is near to extending its life in the community, at least in part.

Victimized children involved with disasters more likely to have mental health issues (Health Digest)

An OSU researcher found that children who had experienced such victimization on top of exposure to disaster had more anxiety, depression, and aggression than children who only experienced a disaster.

Iconic bovine at OSU vet program dies (Gazette-Times)

A “fistulated” cow that was part of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University died last week. (See also Oregonian)

Wheat geneticists call for new techniques to boost yields (Bakery and Snacks. com)

Researchers from Oregon State University used US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data to estimate that the average increase in winter wheat yield in the Great Plains region has been about 1.1 percent per annum.

OSU to hold sessions on degree program (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus will hold information sessions for its master of arts program in teaching.

Zumwalt prairie undergoes changes (Oregonian)

The conservancy partners with Oregon State University to research grazing’s impacts on birds, soils, butterflies and spiders.

Scientist urges “four culture” partnerships on climate change communication (Big Think)

One of co-authors of the article and an organizer of the Four Cultures summit in Oregon was Mark Hixon, professor of Marine Conservation Biology at Oregon State University.

Oregon schools up their cool factor (Willamette Week)

Oregon State University ranks first out of the five Oregon schools on the list, coming in at 24th out of 162.


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.

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.


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.


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. For more information see http://mbi-online.org/

News for Employees

NEW! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 6; an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Full description and application instructions of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative are available at:  http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/introduction.aspx. Deadline is November 2, 2010. Questions: Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held on Sept. 14 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building.  The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins on September 28th.  If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized.  If you have Providence you may call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. If you have Kaiser you may call 866-301-3866 to get a WW access code. You will need your ID number from your Providence or Kaiser ID card.  Next you need to call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Sept. 28.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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.

Central Web Services is hosting Drupal Boot Camps 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.

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 Extended Campus is seeking an Instructional Design Specialist to join our Course Development and Training team. This position provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of courses; hands-on instructional design support for faculty developing courses and interactive learning modules; and consulting support to maintain a future-oriented vision for development. For full position announcement or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57056 Closing date: Sept. 9.

NEW! Accounting Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University. F/T starting at $2138/monthly plus benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006095. Closing date: Aug. 26. OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is recruiting for a Financial Aid Advisor and the closing date is August 30. For complete position details, please visit jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57082.

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.

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

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 should end by 7 p.m. Sept. 15.

Kearney Hall: The auditorium (room 112) of Kearney will be closed on Aug. 25. It is scheduled to reopen after 5 p.m.

Cordley Hall: The west parking lot of Cordley Hall will be temporarily shut down on Aug. 26.

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.

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: It’s already the last full week of August, and fall term is right around the corner. So take the advice of these perky siblings and enjoy the sunshine days while they last! After a warm Monday, temperatures will climb to the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday, before dropping back into the 70s with the possibility of showers by the weekend.

Central Oregon: More High Desert sun is expected shine on Central Oregon throughout the week. The hottest day should be Wednesday coming in at a scorching 89 degrees. Fall may feel like it is right around the corner with highs dropping off to as low as 71 degrees on Sunday and lows reaching 36 degrees tonight.  “The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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