OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 28, 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.

Lizard entombed with dragonfly head in mouth (Discovery)

Researchers have found what they are calling a “Halloween horror story” involving a headless dragonfly, a dead lizard and a battle frozen in time. “Dragonflies are still eaten by small lizards every day, it’s a routine predator/prey interaction,” said George Poinar, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University. (See also Scientific Computing)

Something new for your garden: Blue tomatoes (Christian Science Monitor)

There are other blue tomatoes in the pipeline, too. Oregon State University (OSU) created a blue, P20, that contains high levels of anthocyanin, which gives the tomato its blue color. The compound is what gives blueberries, for instance, their abundant cancer-fighting properties.

Public input sought on Oregon health recommendations (Statesman Journal)

Health Improvement Plan chairwoman Tammy Bray, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, will summarize the public input in front of the policy board with vice chairwoman Lila Wickham on Nov. 9.

Welfare reform failing poor single mothers (Miller-McCune)

For decades, says Marisa Chappell, the author and a historian at Oregon State University, welfare had been branded as “a destructive program that drove poor fathers away.”

Cutting down desert junipers to save precious water (OPB)

Scientists from Oregon State University had heard the ranchers’ tales but wondered if you could really measure the difference junipers make to the water supply.
Central to S&W’s stevia program is noted plant physiologist Clinton C. Shock, who has been consulting with S&W since 2009 on developing and refining the Company’s stevia research and breeding program.  Shock is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on stevia plants and was an early advocate of stevia’s farming potential in California. Shock is a Professor at Oregon State University.


Oregon is all about volunteers: more than one-third of Oregonians volunteer in their communities. At today’s noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Beth Fox, director of Linn-Benton RSVP and the Volunteer Center, will share opportunities that abound in Linn and Benton counties. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Archives is honoring Oregon Archives Month with food, historic films, and cheer today and tomorrow. Recipes featured in Extension publications and other archival sources will be available for sampling today from noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette East room in the Valley Library. You can peruse the recipes online here. Films from the Archives’ collections will be shown on Oct. 29 in the Archives Reference Room starting at 9 a.m. For more details, list of the cinematic selections are posted as a PDF on our Oregon Archives Month website, http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/2010OregonArchivesMonthEvents.html

The OSUsed Store is having a Fall Sale through Friday, Oct. 29, noon to 4 p.m. daily, at 644 SW 13th St. Clearance prices that will fall each day: 40 percent off Thursday, and 50 percent off Friday. Check your department mail and our front desk for a coupon for an additional 10 percent off. Sale prices apply storewide with the exception of spot bid and online sale items; spot bids close Friday at 2 p.m. Departments may shop Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as usual, but sale prices will only be offered during the listed Fall Sale hours. For more information, please view the event flyer or visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

The 2010 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Fall Social will be held today in the MU room 213, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join us for delicious food, great conversations & exciting door prizes. All are welcome. For information about the event or about OWN, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

A special presentation on the trials and triumphs of literary translation with John Felstiner, award-winning translator of Pablo Neruda, Paul Celan and others, will take place tonight at 5:30 p.m., in Hovland Hall room 104. A reception precedes the event at 5 p.m. Felstiner, from Stanford University, is the author of the prize-winning “Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew,””Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu,” and “Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems.”

Help OSU beat the Ducks by participating in the PAC 10 Fitness Challenge: Oct. 25 – 29. Register for the challenge online today at http://www.pac10challenge.org/. Open to all beaver fans! Participants get a t-shirt and the opportunity to win daily prizes. All you have to do is register as a Beaver and log your physical activity minutes for the week. Along with the challenge there will be free events to help get you active, http://oregonstate.edu/recsports. For questions contact Andrea Coryell, 541-737-4883.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. Oregon Field Guide will be doing a story on the Camp Creek Paired Watershed, an OSU Range Department research project that has been on-going since 1994. The purpose of the research project has been to document the effects of western Juniper removal on hydrology in central Oregon. John Buckhouse, Professor emeritus is the lead researcher. Partners include Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, other state and federal agencies, landowners, NGO’s, and many others.

Upcoming Events

Classes without Quizzes takes place Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center for Homecoming visitors. To register go to http://www.osualum.com.

The Homecoming Parade takes place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Parade route begins at 30th & Jefferson, proceeding down Jefferson, right on 15th and ends at the bonfire/pep rally site behind Callahan and McNary halls. The bonfire begins at 7 p.m.

The premiere performance of OSU’s new piano trio on Friday at noon in the MU lounge. Music a la Carte presents Rachelle McCabe, Jessica Lambert and Jason Duckles. They will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Minor, op 1, No. 3, and Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Minor, op 101.

News for Employees

NEW! Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards.  Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets.  Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card Orange Rewards account.

NEW! In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8 p.m. on election day: Tuesday, Nov. 2. Postmarks do not count. If you are mailing your ballot, do so by Friday, Oct. 29. There is a ballot drop site on the OSU Campus:  OSU Valley Library, Mon – Thu 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Fri 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to midnight. In Benton County there are also 24-hour ballot drop boxes at the Benton County Courthouse on the Fifth Street Side, and across the street at 180 NW Fifth Street, as well as at the Wells Fargo Bank, 2543 N.W. Kings Blvd. For more information about other ballot drop sites in Benton County: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/dropsites.php If your ballot is from another county, you may drop it off at ANY ballot box, as long as you do so no later than 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

NEW! OSU International Education Week 2010: Striving for a Sustainable Future, is celebrated Nov. 15 – 19.   IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State.  It celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world.  All  colleges, departments, student groups and individuals are invited to submit events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU.  For information on planning and registering your event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/planning.

Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? Up to 40 OSU faculty and staff will be selected for the 7-series program, “Journey Into Leadership” facilitated by OSU Training and Organizational Effectiveness. This program is unique in that it does NOT provide you with a concrete series of steps to become a “leader.” Rather, it is designed around the notion that effective leaderships originates from within one’s self. For details about this series, including session descriptions and testimonials from fellow OSU colleagues visit the program’s web site. Applications are accepted until November 15. (No cost to OSU faculty and staff.)

The annual OSU Joy Drive is taking place now. Last year, due to the overwhelming kindness of OSU departments, 22 student families, including 36 children were able to enjoy the holiday season. Together, with the help and aid of the OSU community, Childcare and Family Resources would again like to provide student families in need with gifts for the 2010 holiday season. To make this year’s Joy Drive another success, we would like to invite you to sponsor a family. Your willingness to support the Joy Drive will bring happiness to many student families. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Joy Drive please indicate the number of families you are willing to sponsor and the size of the families, and please reply no later than Nov. 8. We will inform you of the family that you will be sponsoring during the week of Nov. 15. If you have any questions please contact Childcare and Family Resources at 541-737-4906 or olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu.

The Faculty Senate is preparing for fall officer and senator elections. All faculty, other than continuing Senators, are eligible to be elected as a Senator to represent their apportionment group. If you wish to decline nomination to be elected to a Senator position, please send a message to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include ‘Decline’ in the subject line. Your name will not appear on the nomination ballot, but you will still be eligible to vote on the senator nomination and election ballots. If declining nomination, please respond to this message by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. There is no need to respond if you are not declining nomination.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Winter and/or Spring Term(s) 2010-11. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 1. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. You can develop your skill in resolving conflict by participating in the workshop “Understanding Conflict and Moving to Resolution” facilitated by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, scheduled for Nov. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. When opposition and differences are viewed as an opportunity for growth and change, the potential for a positive outcome is great. A focus of this program is to discuss strategies to bring about favorable resolution to conflict. No cost to OSU faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/registration_add.php?sess_id=1346 to register.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond (NEB) 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/nano.html. Complete NSF – NEB guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10614/nsf10614.htm. Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Nov. 1 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.


The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006461. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is building on existing strengths in the core disciplines of public health and human sciences by hiring 10 – 17 new tenure track faculty (assistant or associate professor rank, full-time, 9-month) to establish an accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS). Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in public health as reflected by academic training, research, teaching and service. Expertise and research strengths that align with the College’s developing centers and institutes – Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Institute of Public Health Practice and Applied Human Development are preferred. To see specific position announcements, job descriptions, and requirements, and to apply, go to:
Assistant/Associate Professors – Health Policy: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57400
Assistant/Associate Professors – Environmental & Occupational Health/Safety: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57402
Assistant/Associate Professors – Epidemiology: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57416

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for an Employee Benefits Analyst. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0006429. Closing date: Oct. 30. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006414. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for the position of Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Reporting to the Foundation’s Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Donor Relations, this position collaborates closely with University partners in Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Athletics to achieve the institution’s goal for Integrated Marketing Communications. To view attributes of the ideal candidate and a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/.

Assistant/Associate Professor — College of Education, Oregon State University, F/T, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership with specific emphasis in the Community College Leadership Program. The Community College Leadership Program prepares individuals for administrative leadership roles in community and technical college settings. To review posting & apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0005366. Closing date: Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Traffic and maintenance

Waldo Hall: Please be aware of contractors installing new interior windows on the conference rooms at Waldo Hall.  You may experience added noise associated with this installation. This work will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 6 p.m.

Wilson Hall: Due to the Homecoming Bonfire, the gravel parking lot south of Wilson Hall (bordered by Adams Avenue, 14th Street, Washington Avenue, and 13th Street) will be temporarily shutdown. All vehicles must vacate this lot by 8:00 a.m. on the 29th. Vehicles left in this area after 8 a.m. may be towed. This shutdown is necessary for crews to prepare for the bonfire and provide clean-up afterwards. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct 29 and should end by 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.


Corvallis: Occasional rain will mainly be a pain today, with a high near 54. Rain gets more intense as the evening wears on, as the low dips to 44. Tomorrow rain will taper off by afternoon, but is sticking around for the weekend.

Central Oregon: It appears the snow is going to stay away for awhile, making way for plenty of rain. Expect mostly cloudy skies today with a high around 51 degrees and potential high speed wind gusts. It might rain all through the night but it shouldn’t get cold enough to freeze over as the low should only reach 36.

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