OSU Today

July 3-7, 2017

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.

Lawmakers propose to reduce tuition hikes at Oregon’s public universities (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University, which plan to raise in-state tuition by less than 5 percent, would not face any mandate from the state about how to spend their share of the new money.

OSU researchers make breakthrough discovery for treating gonorrhea (KEZI)

Researchers at Oregon State University made a breakthrough discovery that they said could help millions of people. Researchers said the treatment uses a compound that stops the infection-causing bacterium by interfering with an enzyme the microbe needs to live.

Rare sight: Blue whale lunge feeding in Monterey Bay (Earth Touch News)

Oregon State University marine biologist Dr Leigh Torres notes that bird’s-eye footage like this is extremely valuable for scientists. She and her team recently used aerial surveillance to study blue whales off the coast of New Zealand, and they too were able to capture feeding behaviour in action.

Feeling blue? Crayola seeks help naming its new crayon (KHQ)

The choices are: Dreams Come Blue, Bluetiful, Blue Moon Bliss, Reach for the Stars, and Star Spangled Blue.
Scientists at Oregon State University accidentally discovered the brilliant blue hue while experimenting with materials for use in electronics. (see also USA Today, Idaho Statesman, TIME)

Like it or not, broccoli is good for you (Baltimore Sun)

Emily Ho, a nutritional biochemist at Oregon State University, also has studied the health effects of sulforaphane. The results of the study are “definitely promising” even though “a more comprehensive study with a larger study group is needed, especially to tease out long-term safety and the sustainability of effects in patients,” said Ho, the director of Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health at Oregon State.

OSU Open Source Lab leader looks to further FOSS community outreach (TechTarget)

The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University is a bustling open source community, from the FOSS projects it hosts, including the Linux Master Kernel and Apache Web server, to the open source awareness it promotes through educational programs, such as a data center run by OSU computer science students.

Oregon State University offers total eclipse experience (KEZI)

Oregon State University is gearing up for a three day eclipse celebration with music, movies and a place to stay. OSU will be in the Path of Totality for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 and they’re offering a number of family friendly events.

Automation comes to the woods (Gazette-Times)

On Thursday afternoon, company owner Lee Miller led a tour sponsored by the Benton County chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and the Oregon State University Extension Service to demonstrate the technology in action.

J.K. Rowling’s greatest spell – becoming a billionaire by masquerading as a man (Morningstar)

 It’s no surprise that Rowling had to hide her gender, says Kelsy Kretschmer, assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts. Studies have shown that women fare much better in auditions for orchestras when the judges cannot see their gender and when students think they are being taught by a man, they evaluate them better. 

Sweeping plan would limit entry to 5 popular Oregon wilderness areas (KGW)

Both places were becoming crowded and struggling with overuse in the early 1990s, according to officials. In response, a limited entry system was installed that allows 20 groups into Pamelia per day, and 30 day hikers and 40 overnight visitors to Obsidian each day. The results have been positive, said Troy Hall, an Oregon State University professor who has tracked environmental conditions at Obsidian.

Juniper spread, cattle grazing interrelated to healthy riparian areas (Argus Observer)

Tim Deboodt, with Oregon State University, acknowledged that discussions about riparian areas may not on the surface include uplands, however there is an interrelationship, he said in his presentation Wednesday during a riparian management workshop in Vale.

Doolen takes helm of OSU College of Education (Gazette-Times)

Doolen, a professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, will continue to serve as dean of the Honors College and executive dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences, which includes the colleges of Liberal Arts, Science and Education, as well as the Honors College.

OSU veterinary students to treat neglected animals in Nicaragua (Gazette-Times)

A group of veterinary students from Oregon State University will travel to Nicaragua this summer to conduct six days of free clinics on a rural island that has no regular veterinary care.

Taking flight: 4-h camp lifts off (Gazette-Times)

The students built the airplanes as part of a lesson on flight and drones by Victor Villegas, an Oregon State University Extension Service employee.

Can bats solve mosquito problem? (Oregonian)

Overall, I’d say that trying out a bat house or two could be a good idea that would benefit both you and the bats. – Dana Sanchez, OSU Extension wildlife specialist

OSU’s submariner: Navy ROTC officer recalls life under the sea (Democrat-Herald)

 Reidy, a Salem native, has spent nearly two years as the executive officer of the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps at Oregon State University and he now lives in Corvallis with his family.

Community colleges fear their state aid will be short (Portland Tribune)

A spokesman for Portland Community College said no official was available for comment before the start of the holiday period. The two “no” votes on the budget panel were from House Republican Leader Mike McLane of Powell Butte — he said the amounts for statewide services, including the Extension Service and provided by Oregon State University, were inadequate — and Rep. Duane Stark, R-Grants Pass.

Integrating control methods to tackle fire blight (Growing Produce)

Ken Johnson, Professor of Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, is working on non-antibiotic strategies for growers in California, Washington, and Oregon, thanks to a $476,000 USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative grant.

OMIC business partners revealed (The Chronicle)

The statement from the organization said OMIC R&D would provide economic, strategic, and technological solutions for its industry partners, bringing together the best talents and capabilities of manufacturing and three universities: Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), Oregon State University (OSU), and Portland State University (PSU). (see also Portland Business Journal, Oregon Business Magazine)

OSU’s food preservation and safety hotline opens July 10 (The World)

For answers to these and other questions about safely serving and preserving summer’s food bounty, you can talk to a Master Food Preserver from Oregon State University Extension. Call toll-free 1-800-354-7319 weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hotline opens July 10 and closes Oct. 13.

Know your weeds or risk hurting your garden (Oregonian)

Summer has arrived and so have the weeds to take over our gardens and make us tear our hair out in frustration. Ed Peachey, Oregon State University Extension Service weed specialist, can relate. He sees weeds everywhere and has plenty of advice to share. The first line of defense is identification.

New book from US university to help address “Wicked Problems” (Global Times)

Writing for a new book, just published by the Oregon State University Press, Robert Lackey, a fisheries biologist who has worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon State University (OSU), tackles the issue of wild salmon recovery in the US Pacific Northwest.


NEW! Heather Broughton – PhD Defense, Department of Integrative Biology: “Infectious Diseases of the Felidae: Parasite Communities from Miniature to Massive,” Monday, July 3, 9 a.m. in ASL 4001.


Fourth of July Holiday


Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come purchase your favorite Beaver Classic Cheeses. Take home some of our new flavors…Porter Soaked, Hard Cider Soaked or Pinot Soaked Cheddars. Or our newest Award Winner…Smoked Cheddar – American Cheese Society 3rd Place 2016. Fridays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Withycombe 159. We are at Farmers Market on Saturdays, sharing a booth with The Organic Growers Club. For more information robin.frojen@oregonstate.edu

OSUsed Store Public Sale: The OSUsed Store is closed for its weekly public sale Tuesday but open Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Golf benefit for Special Olympics: Registration is now open for the Reser-Austin Golf Classic benefiting Special Olympics Oregon. Hosted by Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Friday, July 7, 1 p.m. Register online at soor.org.


NEW! Special Olympics Games Ceremony: The Games Ceremony celebrates all 2,000+ athletes and their determination and success to make it to the Summer State Games. The Ceremony features the Parade of Athletes, with each of the 30 local programs getting to walk into Reser Stadium as a delegation and features several awards. The night is capped off by the lighting of the cauldron when the Flame of Hope is run into the stadium by a law enforcement officer and one Special Olympics Oregon athlete. Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m., Reser Stadium. For more information: http://www.soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?PID=186

Upcoming Events

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Academic Strategies Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, to hear an overview of the Office of Student Affairs’ mission, programs, and key metrics and to hear an update on the university’s upcoming accreditation review.  The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The MU Journey Room will also be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting. The agenda and meeting materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance. 

NEW! Community art show: The Annual Community Art Show is back again to celebrate its 12th year at the Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit runs from July 5 – 27 and participation is open to the general public.  The public is invited to a free reception on Tuesday, July 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., to celebrate the show’s opening and meet the artists. There will be complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! Financial Strategies for Women.  Designed for women (and people who like women) who want to take control of their finances: July 19, noon, MU 206. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*.  RSVP to Investmentseminars@mapscu.com

Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

Take Note 

NEW! Study participants needed – OSU researchers from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences are seeking children with disabilities and their family dogs for a research study that will test a new intervention to see if pairing the dog with the child can encourage increased physical activity. Families who are interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact CPHHS Assistant Professor Megan MacDonald at 541-737-3273 or Megan.MacDonald@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Parking Permit Sales Dates: July 18: Current annual commuter permit holders will be eligible to purchase 2017-18 permits in the same zone. Aug. 1: All current annual permit holders may purchase 2017-18 permits in any available commuter zone. Reserved and Dedicated spaces will be available for renewal. Sept. 1: 2017-18 annual permits will be available for sale to the full OSU community. Annual residence hall parking permits will be available. For more information: parking@oregonstate.edu, or by calling (541) 737-2583.

NEW! Health and Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing helpful information sneaking more steps into your day, available online at https://www.saif.com/employer/sneak-more-steps-into-your-work-day.html. Did you know that you can access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/casc, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Grant opportunities: Oregon State University has an institutional subscription to GrantFowardAn excellent resource to search for funding opportunities.  Contact Research.Development@oregonstate.edu if you need assistance with creating a profile.   

NEW! Research development updates: The Office for Research Development emails a Weekly Update with information on Limited Submissions, Foundation, Featured Funding opportunities, and special Research Office announcements.   Click to Subscribe to the Research ListServ and receive the Weekly Update.Or email Research.Development@oregonstate.edu with your name and we will add you to the ListServ.

Special Olympics Oregon seeks volunteers: The Summer State Games are the state championship competitions in the sports of athletics (track & field), bocce, golf and softball for 2,000 athletes. The games will take place in Corvallis on July 8-9. Volunteers are needed as timers, scorekeepers, runners, announcers, fans and officials. There are generally two shifts each day – morning and afternoon. Each shift is 4-5 hours in length. No experience necessary. To volunteer go to www.soor.org

Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the President awards the Beaver Champion Award to an individual (or individuals) for outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. The President’s Office is seeking nominations for this award.  Please send nomination letters to Edward J. Ray, President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg. or to pres.office@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Washington Ave., Crop Science, Arnold Way: Due to parking lot maintenance, street maintenance and repairs the following lots will be closed or have partial closures: Washington Avenue Northwest Lot (#3202), Crop Science Building West Lot (#3332), and N. 27th St./Arnold Way Lot (#3311). The closure will be from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through July 7(View Map). The lots will reopened when the work is finished and the area is safe to enter.

Gill Coliseum: The eastern portion of the parking lot north of Gill Coliseum at the corner of Washington & 26th Street  (View Map) will be blocked from Monday June 19– July 31 due to construction on 26th Street. The steam will be shut down in Gill Coliseum from June 27 – July 31 due to the 26th Street steam line replacement project. This will affect all steam services, includes heat & hot water building wide.

Motor Pool lot: To facilitate the reconstruction and expansion of the gravel parking lot west of the Motor Pool along Campus Way, all parking stalls will be closed for the duration of the project within the lot, June 12 – Sept.  15. There will also be closures to the adjacent sidewalks and access aisles for limited duration.  The access aisle to the Radiation Center will remain open, or the project will accommodate special deliveries.  Clark Meat Lab access will be provided as coordinated with the building manager, with pedestrian paths communicated to the public in advance of events and for normal business.  General construction noise and dust will be present during the lot reconstruction.


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

NEW! The School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences seeks a Student driver and Tour Guide. The school is hiring two positions to work full time from July 12-25. The position involves overnight travel and camping throughout Oregon. Posting #P02425SE. Closes July 3.

NEW! Human Resources Consultant 2 (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) in Corvallis. Invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Salary, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 2 (Internal Employment Opportunity),  Posting # P01401UF. Closes July 3.

Education Program Assistant 1 – Oregon State University (OSU) Deschutes County Extension Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Education Program Assistant 2 (EPA2) located in Redmond, Oregon.  Posting # P01025CT.  Closes July 5.

NEW! Office Specialist 2 – Counseling and Psychological Services is recruiting for a 12-month, .5 FTE Office Specialist 2. This is an internal posting. Posting # P01041CT. Closes July 7.

NEW! Accounting Technician – The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) in Corvallis invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Accounting Technician, Posting # P01009CT. Closes July 7.

Director of Admissions and Recruitment/OSU-Cascades.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as the OSU-Cascades Director of Admissions and Recruitment.  The OSU-Cascades Director of Admissions and Recruitment will provide strategic and visionary leadership for undergraduate and graduate student recruiting, direct recruitment marketing, and oversee the office of recruitment. Posting #P01345UF.  Closes July 7.  

The Office of Admissions is seeking a Regional Admissions Advisor. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. This position is required to be based out of the individual’s home who must reside within specified boundaries in or near Portland or as approved. Posting #P01347UF. Closes July 7.

NEW! Oregon State University Recreational Sports is currently recruiting for 4 Custodian and 1 Custodial Services Coordinator position. The primary purpose of this position is to provide a clean, safe and welcoming environment in all Recsports facilities and contribute to the successful delivery of programs and services through seamless integration of exemplary custodial services. For more information or to apply please follow these links: Custodian https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/45197 Custodial Services Coordinator https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/45240 Positions close July 9.

NEW! Certified Veterinary Technician: The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool for a limited duration, full time,  Small Animal Intensive Care Unit Float Technician.  This position will work variable shifts:  days, evenings, overnights and weekends. Posting # P00671CT. Full consideration July 10.  Additional applicants will be considered until the position is filled.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) invites applications for a Graduate Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position, Posting # P01373UF. Closes July 10. 

The Office of University Relations and Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Fixed-Term Social Media Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Assistant Vice President. Posting #P01386UF. Full consideration date, July 11. Closes July 18.

NEW! Laboratory Assistant, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Laboratory Assistant, the starting at $2147/monthly + benefits.. Posting # P01039CT. Closes July 12.

The Office of Pre-College Programs is seeking a GEAR UP School Liaison. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Project Director. Posting #P01361UF. Closes July 12. 

Internship & Employment Coordinator/OSU-Cascades.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as Internship & Employment Coordinator.  The Internship & Employment Coordinator further develops existing relationships and builds new relationships with local and regional employers and community agencies with the intent to expand career-type employment and internship opportunities for OSU-Cascades students and alumni.  Posting # P01394UF.  Full consideration date July 13. Closes July 20. 

NEW! Education Project Assistant This recruitment will be used to fill a part-time .40 FTE, 9 month limited duration Education Project Assistant position with the Extension Family and Community Health program in Douglas County. Posting # P01044CT. Closes July 14.

Associate Director of Enrollment Services/OSU-Cascades.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as Associate Director of Enrollment Services.  The Associate Director of Enrollment Services provides direction and leadership for the operations of the Enrollment Services Office at OSU-Cascades.  Posting #P01387UF.  Full consideration date is July 14. Closes July 21. 

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is seeking a Financial Aid Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE),12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Provost. Posting #P01364UF. Closes July 15.

NEW! Temporary Bio Science Research Tech 1-Hood River.  This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, Temporary Science Research Tech 1 for entomology research.  This position is located in Hood River, Oregon.  Posting # P01037CT.  The full consideration date is July 16.  Closes July 30.

NEW! Job and Internship Developer – The Career Development Center in Corvallis. Invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Salary, 12-month Job and Internship Developer,  Posting #P01402UF. Full consideration date July 17. Closes July 24.

NEW! Instructor – Outdoor Products.  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month Outdoor Products Instructor position.  The successful candidate will develop an innovative Outdoor Products degree program offered at OSU-Cascades.  Posting # P01405UF.  Full consideration July 21. Closes July 28.

NEW! Student Success Counselor – OSU Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Student Success Counselor to develop and enhance relationships with students, staff, and faculty to support student enrollment, persistence, and success in Ecampus distance degree programs. This position will work with students throughout the student cycle (i.e. admission through graduation) by implementing systems and processes to address student success and retention in distance programs and courses. Posting #P01396UF. Closes July 23.

NEW! Assistant to the School Director — The College of Liberal Arts School of History, Philosophy, and Religion invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #P01415UF Closes July 23. 

Treasury Manager – The University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Treasury Manager, Post # P01383UF. Full consideration date July 31. Closes Sept. 30.  

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – The University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 2, Post # P00977CT. Full consideration date July 31. Closes Sept. 30. 

The OSU Alumni Association has an opening for a student position on the membership team.  This is a year-round position starting in the fall. This is a part-time student position working 10 – 20 hours per week at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Lean more about the position at OSUFoundation.org – About – Careers – Student Job Openings.   Current OSU students can apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Christi Kasten, Sr. Associate Executive Director by email at christi.kasten@oregonstate.edu.

Education Project Assistant – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Education Project Assistant.  Posting #P00924CT. Position open until filled.

Education Project Assistant – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Education Project Assistant (Spanish required).  Posting #P00925CT. Position open until filled.


Corvallis: “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too. ~ W. Somerset Maugham. Sunny all week, highs in the 80s, lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny all week with highs in the 90s and lows in the mid 50s.

Newport: Mostly sunny all week, 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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