OSU Today

Sept. 13-17, 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.


The Corvallis Fire Department will burn two mock residence hall rooms set up in a trailer on the Oregon State University campus this Monday, Sept. 13, as part of a fire safety education program coordinated by the department and OSU. Attending will be members of the residential education staff with University Housing and Dining Services, which oversees the 3,900 students who live in campus housing at OSU. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on the east side of McNary Hall, located at 11th and Jefferson Streets.

As taxpayer support declines, private giving keeps Oregon universities afloat (Oregonian)

President Ed Ray talks about creating a more sustainable and appropriate balance between funding sources.

The future of Oregon: State needs synergy of politics, industry, education (Oregonian)

Jim Francesconi, vice president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, talks about the future of education and industry.

Oregon universities, companies harvest $850 million in grants (Oregonian)

Thanks to research at nearby Oregon State University, Michael Baker and 38 workers are putting final touches on a portable kidney dialysis machine poised to improve lives and reap millions in sales.

Contraceptives work better if both partners agree on use (LA Times)

Researchers from Oregon State University questioned 435 couples in Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. The young women in the study were ages 18 to 25.

Why home births are worth considering (Huffington Post)

An opinion piece by Melissa Cheyney, OSU assistant professor of medical anthropology and reproductive health.

Oregon hospices uneasy dealing with physician-assisted suicide (LA Times)

According to the authors of a study, from Oregon State University, hospice workers found both moral and legal reasons to steer clear of the law.

OSU Vet med college gets $1 million gift from Corvallis man (Gazette-Times)

A long-time Oregonian whose love of animals and science first connected him with Oregon State University is giving $1 million to OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine to support programs that focus on the interface between human and animal health. (See also KMTR)

A step toward fulfilling SOWA’s promise (Oregonian)

When construction on the “life sciences collaborative complex” begins in the winter of 2011, the promise of the area will step significantly closer to fulfillment. When finished, the expansion will accommodate not just OHSU programs, but also programs operated by Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University.

Glacier Bay park gets new leader (Juneau Empire)

A scientist and 14-year Alaska resident has been named superintendent of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, one of the state’s leading tourist attractions and ecological marvels. Susan Boudreau is a graduate of Oregon State University, and has a bachelor’s degree in forest management and a masters in ecosystem ecology.

Sisters Co. with world’s biggest film crane honored (KTVZ)

A Sisters business that builds the world’s largest film cranes was honored Thursday by Oregon State University.

OSU researcher studying Collier glacier’s shrinkage (OPB)

The Collier Glacier in the central Oregon Cascades has shrunk by at least twenty percent in the last three decades. That’s an estimate from an Oregon State University graduate student who is monitoring the glacier.

Vitamins the topic for Science Pub (Gazette-Times)

Science Pub Corvallis will begin its fall season at 6 p.m. Monday with the latest research on vitamin D and vitamin E — two vital micronutrients.

It’s raining and it’s growing (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon Rain Garden Guide is produced by Oregon Sea Grant at OSU. An increasing number of Oregonians are disconnecting downspouts, building rain collection barrels and planting rain gardens to harvest water from their businesses, schools and front yards, according to co-author Robert Emanuel, an Oregon Sea Grant Extension specialist.

Parents should prepare young children for school now, OSU researchers say (My Central Oregon)

Oregon State University researchers said a record number of children are being expelled from preschool, limiting their chance of success when they enter a full-day classroom. (See also LIFE@OSU)

OSU names interim head of alumni group (Gazette-Times)

Christi Kasten has been named interim executive director of the Oregon State University Alumni Association and director of the OSU Office of Alumni Relations.

The economics of nanobrewing (Oregon Business)

Patrick Emerson, associate professor in the department of economics at OSU, talks about brewing commercially on a very small brewing system.

Patching up wounded puppies (Ivanhoe)

At the Oregon State University, they teach that rehabilitation is just as important as surgery, and have found that sometimes surgery can be avoided with rehab.

Fire dept to burn mock OSU dorm rooms (Gazette-Times)

If people walking in the vicinity of Oregon State University today see flames on campus, chances are there is no need for alarm: The Corvallis Fire Department plans to burn two mock residence hall rooms set up in a trailer on the Oregon State University campus this afternoon as part of its annual fire safety education program coordinated by the department and OSU.


Science Pub Corvallis will begin its fall season with the latest research on these two micronutrients. Oregon State University researchers Adrian Gombart and Maret Traber will discuss their work on vitamins D and E respectively, beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.


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.


The Valley Library will be closed for an annual in-service day for faculty and staff during intersession Sept. 15. Although the library will not be open the main entrance on first and second floors will be unlocked for access to the outer lobby, ATM, phones and Java II. For more information please contact Kerrie.Cook@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4633.

The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Sept. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. The store offers many items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), bicycles, vehicles, sporting goods, household items, and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon p.m. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu


All classified staff are invited to a light BBQ at the SEIU September General meeting.  Come to the garden area by the Pharmacy building from 11-1:30 a.m.on Thursday, Sept. 16 and visit.  Seven of the eight candidates running for SEIU state-wide offices will be available for you to meet.  Come with questions.  See our new “Powering Orange T-shirts and sign up for the 083 Marching Band. Bring a friend.


The Portland OSU Rally at Pioneer Square, takes place Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speakers for the event include Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi and Coach Mike Riley.

News for Employees

NEW! University Day, Sept. 23. Join in the celebration at University Day 2010 on Sept. 23 at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit the expo to learn more about other departments across campus and resources both for you and for students. Meet friends from across campus — and make some new ones — at the free lunch.  Get inspired about the coming academic year from our keynote speaker, Jillian Kinzie from the National Survey of Student Engagement, at 10:30. And join us in congratulating the outstanding people receiving this year’s awards.  For a full schedule of activities:  http://oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/schedule

NEW! The Fifth Aquatic Animal Models for Human Disease conference takes place Sept. 20-22 at the LaSells Stewart Center. The conference provides investigators with a unique opportunity to exchange scientific information, identify research tools and opportunities and encourage enhancement of the utility for aquatic models for studies of human disease. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/aamhd2010/

Student lots are open no permit required through Friday, Oct 8. Car in the Jar! Stop by TAPS and guess how cars are in the jar for your chance to win an annual parking permit for the 2010-2011 year! The 2010-2011 parking permits are now available for purchase. For easy access to obtain a staff application and payroll deduction please access our website at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/staff_pkg.html

On Oct.1, the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m. All currently recognized student organizations and OSU departments and programs can register now for free. Registration is available through the Corvallis Benton Chamber website at http://tinyurl.com/BvrCmtFair Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at student.orgs@oregonstate.edu

Graduate Admissions – International Student Recruitment survey. The goal of this survey is to better understand the needs and preferences of OSU’s graduate programs of study with respect to international student recruitment. Based on the results, we hope to more accurately project and facilitate growth (if desired) and more accurately convey to prospective international students and other interested parties the competitiveness or capacity issues that exist within each of OSU’s graduate programs. Questions: Julie Walkin, 541.737.2697. Deadline for submission: Fri., Sept. 17.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


NEW! Accountant 1, Office of Post Award Administration. OSU is recruiting for 2 Accountant 1’s. Salary range: $2960-$4306/mthly +benefits. For the complete announcement and to apply, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006212: Closing Date: Sept. 20. OSU is an AA/EOE.

NEW! Academic Services for Student Athletes at Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term Academic Counselor for Athletes. The purpose of this position will be to advise student-athletes regarding their transition from high school or junior college to Oregon State University. This position will act as liaison between the academic counselors and all academic and student support units on campus. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006227, closing date Sept. 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Event Coordinator-MECOP/CECOP, College of Engineering, Oregon State University, this is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006196, full consideration date Sept. 17, closing date Sept. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University has an immediate need for an International Admissions Assistant. The purpose of this position is to manage the student admissions and enrollment processes in an effective and efficient manner. The employee in this position will answer the phone, direct inquiries as appropriate, and also greet students, applicants and others that come to the INTO OSU Admissions office. The Assistant will also process applications from initial inquiry through to enrollment within the agreed timescales and admissions procedures. Two or more years of academic or administrative support are preferred. Experience at an institution of higher education, an interest in other nationalities and cultures, understanding of international student needs, and use of a Student Information System, preferably BANNER is a plus. This is a full-time, six month position with the potential of continued employment. Please send resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu

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.

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.

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

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

Campus: During the week of Sept. 12-17, quarterly fire alarm testing is scheduled to take place. The testing will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and should conclude by 2 a.m., Sept. 17.

Covell Hall: Due to sidewalk removal and replacement for improved ADA access the Covell Hall north entrance will be temporarily closed to all but emergency egress during interior ramp improvements. All personnel are asked to use alternate entries and exits at the east, south and west sides of the building. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 13 and should conclude by 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Campus Way: Due to electrical construction related to the Linus Pauling Science Center, the intersection of 30th St. and Campus Way will be closed to east-west traffic.  Entry from 35th St. to the Motor Pool & Crop Science parking lot and the Greenhouses along Campus Way will be open to traffic.  Traffic on the north and south bound sides of 30th St. will not be affected. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to direct traffic flow. This work will begin at 6 a.m. on Sept. 13 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

Memorial Union, west side: Due to parking lot repairs, the ADA parking lot on the west side of the Memorial Union will be temporarily closed. This shutdown is necessary to eliminate the abrupt edge from the parking lot to the roadway. This shutdown will end by 8 a.m., Sept. 16.

Linus Pauling Science Center: Due to continued roofing construction on the Linus Pauling Science Center, a tar odor may be detected throughout the area due to shifting winds. This work will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 7 and should end by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24.

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: We had a brief flirtation with fall rain last week, but for the first half of this week, we’re back to sunshine and temperatures near 80 again. But while we may be getting in line for the sunshine now, clouds roll in later in the week and the chance of rain returns.

Central Oregon: The Roman philosopher Seneca said “Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.” We’ll be seeing plenty of life in the sky this week as thunderstorms are expected throughout the week, with a chance of accompanying showers. Highs will be in the the mid 70s with lows in the 40s.

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