OSU Today

Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 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.

Q&A with Oregon State President Ed Ray (Oregonian)

Ed Ray wears with pride a 2007 Oregon State baseball national championship ring, praises the character of football coach Mike Riley and highlights the gymnastics team’s recent high finishes. But Ray isn’t just a fan with access to great seats. The Oregon State president, in that job since 2003, holds one of the most influential positions in college sports.

Micro industry taps area potential (Gazette-Times)

One of the most successful products in the modern world — the inkjet printer — was developed in Corvallis by Hewlett-Packard engineers who found ways to move precisely measured volumes of ink through tiny nozzles. Now a whole new generation of products using similar principles of microfluidics is taking shape on HP’s Corvallis campus at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a joint research initiative of Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (See also Mail Tribune)

Students check into OSU biz courses on hospitality (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus is about to make Oregon more hospitable for those in the hospitality industry, thanks to two new programs.

DNA used to count dolphins (Sydney Morning Herald)

A two-year joint study by Auckland University and the Oregon State University began in February when 26 dolphins were sampled.

Has wheat peaked? (Science Now)

in 1984, a few scientists noticed that in the 10 previous years, the average yield improvement had slowed, indicating that genetic gain was potentially leveling off. Ever since, genetic gain has continued to steadily drop. To better quantify what was happening, Robert Graybosch, a geneticist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and C. James Patterson, a geneticist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, analyzed data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the last 50 years.

Oregon State physics class experiments in space design (Campus Technology)

Oregon State University is trying out a new type of classroom for its introductory physics courses, which typically have 75 to 100 students.

E-waste recycling impact worries scientists (KTVZ)

Much of the world’s electronic waste is being shipped to China for recycling, and the cottage industry that has sprung up there to recover usable materials from computers, cell phones, televisions and other goods may be creating significant health and environmental hazards, an Oregon State University researcher said Thursday. (See also UPI and Sify)

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus named Ski School (Skiing Magazine)

Proximity to the ski hill, a small student-to-faculty ratio and relatively low tuition costs are a big draw for students.

Qaddafi taps ‘fossil water’ to irrigate farms (Christian Science Monitor)

“For Libya this is pretty expensive water. It’s not as expensive as desalinated water, but to irrigate with it is probably not cost effective at the purest sense,” says Aaron Wolf, professor and chair of the department of geosciences at Oregon State University. “If the farmer had to pay the full cost of pumping and shipping the water to them, they wouldn’t break even on their agriculture, that’s why other countries aren’t doing it.”

Microproducts to hold open house (Gazette-Times)

The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute will celebrate the completion of a major expansion project with an open house Friday. The institute — a collaboration between Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — recently finished work on 12 new labs at its facility in Building 11 on the Corvallis campus of Hewlett-Packard Co.

Fighting global warming by saving British Columbia’s old growth forests (Huff Post)

In 1990 (Science, Feb 9) Professor Mark Harmon of Oregon State University and others found that the conversion of Pacific northwest old growth forests to young fast growing forests did not decrease atmospheric carbon as compared to old growth forests which capture and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

Exension’s Food safety hotline to stay open through October (KEZI)

The Oregon State University Extension office is closing its host office in Lane County, but its Food Safety/Preservation hotline is staying open — at least for now.

Light, circadian rhythms affect vast range of physiological, behavioral functions (Health News Digest)

“You have one factor, light exposure, to start with,” said Michael Freitag, an assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State University. “In just a few minutes, this turns on genetic mechanisms that influence everything from spore development to stress response, pigmentation, carbon metabolism, the cell cycle, nitrogen regulation, DNA repair and many other functions.”

OSU to hold large surplus sale (Gazette-Times)

Monday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 2, the OSUsed Store will open its doors to the public in a four-day sale to clear out its inventory.

Animals, too, need evacuation plan (News-Register)

A column by Raini Rippy, a Natural Resources/Small Farms instructor for OSU Extension Service in Douglas County.


The OSUsed Store is having a Summer Blowout Sale Monday through Thursday this week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Open to all customers, we will be featuring sizzling hot deals on computers, furniture, office supplies, electronics, bikes, household items, and much, much more! OSU Departments are welcome to shop any time 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as usual, but clearance prices are only offered Monday through Thursday. Our warehouse is located near the intersection of 13th St and A Ave at 644 SW 13th Street. For more information, please contact Surplus Property at Surplus@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-7347. View the flyer: http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/SummerBlowout.pdf


The OSU Women’s Center is pleased to have Bhagyalakshmi Neelwarne speak about professional women in India and the challenges they face. She will share her own experiences about growing up, being educated and working as a woman scientist in India. As a researcher working on natural products for health and wellness she will elaborate on ways to combat stress through nutrition. Her presentation will be followed by an open forum for questions and discussions. Neelwarne is a senior scientist and former president of Women’s Welfare Association in Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), India. She has done research in the Plant Cell Biotechnology Department for 17 years and her specialization is in natural compounds.  For most of her life Neelwarne has mentored other women to reach their full potential. In her role as the president of the Women’s Welfare Association, CFTRI she motivated women to educate themselves about women’s issues and organized many programs to raise awareness about various social issues in India. Neelwarne will be speaking at noon Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the OSU Women’s Center. Questions and comments can be relayed to womenscenter@oregonstate.edu.


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.


SBI undergraduate interns poster session will be held Sept. 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m, MU 109. This is a good opportunity to meet with the students
and learn about their research and experience with the SBI internship program. Twenty-eight undergraduate interns have been working on research
related to the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative with faculty members in the colleges of Agricultural Science, Engineering, Ocean and Atmospheric
Science, and Science. To RSVP or if you have questions,, please e-mail garrett.jones@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Your Family is invited to the Eighth Annual Kids Day for Conservation Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena in Corvallis.   Kids Day for Conservation is free and open to the public. Numerous organizations and businesses will conduct a wide variety of natural resource activities suitable for children of all ages.   KDC is designed to educate and help kids make a difference for conservation in their community. Build a bird house to take home, do a nature art project, explore a soil tunnel, or visit with the Sheriff’s rescue dogs.  Families will learn how to conserve energy and water, see how wildfires spread, and how to protect your family from them. Kids will have the opportunity to explore alternative energy sources including wind turbines and solar cells.  This is only a sample of all you can see and do at this annual family event. Food and drink will be available for purchase.  For more information, visit:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) 2010 program from interested 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/adbcr.html Complete NSF – ADBC guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10603/nsf10603.htm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Oct.11,  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! Call for New Student Welcome/Move-in Volunteers.   Please join UHDS in welcoming new students and their families as they arrive on campus Sunday, Sept. 19!  This is a once-in-a lifetime event for students and a unique chance to connect with them and share the experience that is Oregon State University.  Students often bring along their whole family so there are multiple chances to interact on many different levels with our growing student body.
UHDS will provide you an event t-shirt and a meal for 4 hours of your volunteer time.  We have morning and afternoon shifts in a variety of roles with a new traffic management plan this year to encourage a smooth flow of vehicles to and from campus.  Signup and details online at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/openingvolunteers or contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-5622 with any questions.

NEW! We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU.  The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos.  Nominations must  be received by Sept. 3. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award: http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

NEW! OSU Campus Recycling has created a new brochure to help you recycle on campus and take advantage of our services. The brochure can be downloaded from our website, along with educational signage, at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/resources.cfm

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 Nov. 2. Questions: Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu.

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! Oregon State University, Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications, is seeking to fill the position of Public Service Communications Specialist. The primary focus of this position is to contribute to the public service mission of the Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station by informing the public about research findings and playing an integral role in Extension’s work of helping people and communities apply new knowledge. This position is .75 FTE. Closes Sept. 4. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57096

NEW! The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Interim Director. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment (AD-CTLA) holds primary responsibility for developing and implementing core workshops and consulting services in support of OSU instructors. Closing date is Sept. 6. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 006154.

NEW! Academic Services for Student Athletes at Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term Academic Couselor for Athletes. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. The purpose of this entry level position is to advise student-athletes regarding their transition from high school or junior college to Oregon State University. Closing date is Sept. 12. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006160.

NEW! The OUS Study Abroad Program is seeking a full time Administrative Program Assistant for Oregon University System (OUS) International Programs at Oregon State University (OSU). The Administrative Assistant will join the Corvallis based team and will be responsible for the day-to-day support of Commonwealth, Ireland, and Tunisia programs and support for central activities to the OUS IP Director. Closing date is Sept. 13. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006140.

NEW! The International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Associate Provost. It is anticipated that this will be a two year appointment, with the possibility of a longer term appointment. The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) plays a key role in developing and implementing programs that further the university’s internationalization efforts and advance international education programs across the campus. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date is Sept. 30. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006147.

NEW! International Degree and Education Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Study Abroad Advisor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. The position is located in the International Degree and Education Abroad unit of International Programs and provides leadership for the promotion and administration of study abroad/exchange programs at Oregon State University. Closing date is Sept. 15. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006113.

NEW! Extended Campus is seeking a full time Research Analyst 4 position. This Research Analyst 4 is a key member of the Ecampus administrative leadership team and participates in decision-making about the future direction of the organization and about ongoing program development. Closing date is Sept. 17. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006122.

NEW! Oregon State University Extended Campus is seeking to fill the position of Enrollment Analyst (Research Analyst 4). The primary focus of this position is to develop qualitative and quantitative research designs to analyze data and trends in enrollment and student academic performance, and communicate results of analyses. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining information systems that provide accurate and reliable information to fulfill internal information needs, effectively manage growth, and develop student success strategies for Extended Campus programs. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57106

NEW! The Office of Business Affairs is seeking  applicants for a full-time limited duration Project Coordinator position.   The University is embarking on a series of projects implementing a  workflow management system (SCT Banner Workflow).  The Project  Coordinator will be responsible for planning, organizing, facilitating, and  monitoring process improvement initiatives identified by central  administrative departments. To view the  full job announcement and qualifications, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006141. Application  deadline Sept. 13. OSU is AA/EOE.

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.

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.

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.


Corvallis: Mother Nature must be trying to get us ready for fall with these late summer showers and cooler weather. At least the showers held off until the end of the weekend, and by Wednesday evening, summer weather will return. But remember, rain is a good thing.

Central Oregon: After a few drizzles early in the week look for the blue skies and some September sunshine to chase the clouds away. Temperatures should feel just right ranging from the low to high seventies throughout the week.   Football begins this Saturday in Texas against a tough TCU team, turn on the tube at 4:45 and root on our Beavers!

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