OSU Today

Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

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.

New detector could speed nuclear cleanup (UPI)

U.S. researchers say they’ve developed a radiation detecting and measuring device that promises faster and cheaper cleanup of radioactively contaminated sites. Scientists at Oregon State University say hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on cleanup of major sites contaminated by radioactivity, primarily from the historic production of nuclear weapons during and after World War II. (See also Sify)

Stephen Giovannoni discovers deepest yet underground life (EarthSky)

Stephen Giovannoni is a microbiologist at Oregon State University. He is the lead researcher on the discovery of bacteria found deeper in the Earth ever found before.

OSU lab to benefit from $1.2 million grant (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s ties with CrisisCommons will deepen now that the global aid organization has landed a $1.2 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Wave of discovery: Harnessing the ocean’s power (NSF)

Capturing the power of ocean waves could become an important part of the world’s renewable energy portfolio. But capturing that clean energy is not just the vision of 21st century scientists. “There are patents going back to 1799,” says Annette von Jouanne, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Oregon State University, and a world leader in wave energy research.

Boom time for OSU (Democrat Herald)

You could make a spirited argument that the fastest-growing, most vibrant place in Oregon in 2010 might have been the campus of Oregon State University.

OSU professor describes why today’s youth takes a slower path to adulthood (Oregonian)

Today’s young people face a far different world with dramatically higher college sticker prices and an economy that offers slim pickings for those without credentials beyond a high school diploma. These changes complicate and slow their journey to those major markers of adulthood. Richard Settersten, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, describes and analyzes this shift in his book, “Not Quite Adults.” (See also Portland Monthly, National Journal, Salon, Leonard Lopate Show)

File under retired (Gazette-Times)

Before becoming head of special collections at Oregon State University in 1986, Clifford Mead wasn’t all that familiar with world-renowned scientist Linus Pauling. “I knew who he was, of course,” Mead said. “But I didn’t know a lot about the other work he did. He wasn’t only a chemist or peace activist.”

Holding our breath (Edible Portland)

A focus on crab fishers and OSU scientists working together to study dead zones. See page 36.

Future of the forest can sustain communities and trees says OSU’s Dean of Forestry (Oregonian)

The dean of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry holds a Biltmore  measuring stick to federal forest policy and calls out his readings:  Not sustainable, he declares. Not sustainable on an environmental, economic or social basis. Federal proposals to thin sections of the vast federal holdings, and produce some logging and mill jobs for Oregon’s poor rural communities is a step in the right direction, but too “timid,” Salwasser says.

Study shows marine reserves send fish far and wide (Deseret News)

Lead author Mark Christie of Oregon State University said they used DNA sampling on 1,073 yellow tang, a popular aquarium fish, off the Kona Coast of Hawaii in 2006 and found their offspring were as far as 114 miles away. Two fish in unprotected areas were genetically linked to parents inside protected areas. (see also Oregonian, Columbian)

Following ‘Flex’ the whale moving around the globe (OPB)

A western gray whale is putting on quite a show for scientists. They tagged him more than two months ago and now they can watch where he goes from the comfort of their offices at Oregon State University. “Flex” is the name they’ve given to the whale who’s already traveled more than 1300 miles. (See also Oregonian)

Energy projects receive grants (Democrat-Herald)

A solar array atop a new civic center in Independence and an Oregon State University research project on storing wind energy have won funding from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Strawberry shortcuts: Decode DNA to cut crop chemical use (KVAL)

Oregon State University researchers and U.S. Department of Agriculture plant biologists are sequencing the DNA genome in wild strawberries. (See also AOL Red Orbit)

‘No Small Potatoes’ tells how family recipe built fortune (Statesman Journal)

“No Small Potatoes” explores the personal story behind the family that gave Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium its name.

Selected OSU research projects (Gazette-Times)

A look back at some of OSU’s biggest projects in 2010.

Auto asphyxiation (Vancouver Voice)

The Godfather is almost too big a film to be contained in a 96-page book but that is what Jon Lewis has done in The Godfather.

Head of OSU Special Collections to retire (LIFE@OSU)

Clifford Mead, an expert on the life of one of Oregon State University’s most celebrated alumni, Linus Pauling, and the man responsible for the growth of OSU Libraries’ world-class collections, is retiring after 24 years at the university.

New holder of endowed chair at OSU seeks ‘citizen scientists’ (Creswell Chronicle)

The new holder of an endowed chair at Oregon State University designed to promote “watchable wildlife” wants to make a contribution to science that will long outlast the five years he will serve in the position.

The best books of 2010 (Oregonian)

Inclues “Mink River” by Brian Doyle (Oregon State University Press, $18.95 paperback, 318 pages)

Peace on Earth is at the heart of OSU doctoral candidate’s work (LIFE@OSU)

Linda is currently a student in the history of science Ph.D. program at Oregon State University. During her second year in the program, she designed and co-taught a course on nuclear history.

Calendar imagines future without sexism (LIFE@OSU)

It’s time to replace the 2010 calendar with something that will see you through another year. It’s the perfect time to invest in the new Oregon State University Women’s Center 18-month calendar, which features dozens of OSU community members and the proceeds of which support anti-sexism education through the Women’s Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! President Ray and Provost Randhawa meet with the faculty of each college annually in an “informal” group setting.  On Tuesday, Jan. 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the MU Journey Room, President Ray and Provost Randhawa will be meeting with the faculty of the College of Health and Human Sciences.  This meeting provides an opportunity for an open dialogue to share directly some of the key drivers and activities impacting OSU and higher education in Oregon, as well as some of our institution-level initiatives, HHS program opportunities and constraints.  All faculty within the College of Health and Human Sciences are invited to attend.

NEW! Ray Jenski, intellectual property attorney, will be speaking on the topic of intellectual property as part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s “Building Your Killer Business Plan” series. He will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 4 in Kelley Engineering Center room 1001. Jenski will consider the barbed wire element in a discussion of the intellectual property rights in patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets and their usefulness in keeping the unique intangible assets of a business safe and productive. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop or call 541-713-8044.

NEW! Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch at Oregon State University go on sale starting Jan. 5 in the Memorial Union Business Office. Tickets are $10 for non-students, $6 for students. Children age 5 and under are free.  The brunch takes place at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 17 in the MU Ballroom.

NEW! You are invited to bring your lunch to the next PFLA meeting Wednesday, Jan. 5, noon to 1 p.m., in MU 211. The guest speaker will be Chris Klemm presenting “The Austin Entrepreneurship Story: 2004-2010.”

NEW! On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Oregon State University – Cascades hospitality management professor Sandy Chen will look more closely at the senior travel market in an “It’s in the Bag” lecture called “This Ain’t No Leisurely Bus Tour.” “It’s in the Bag” lectures take place on the OSU- Cascades campus and are free. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking.  For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

NEW! The new Oregon Wine Research Institute serves one of the state’s fastest growing industries. At the Jan. 6 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, institute director Neil Shay will discuss his observations and share some of his own wine-making experience. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Newcomers are welcome and pay $10 for lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

NEW! Rick Settersten , author of the new book, “Not Quite Adults,” will shatter stereotypes of young people during his talk on Monday, Jan. 10, at Science Pub Corvallis. The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, is free and open to the public.

Joy Asbury, a Fiscal Coordinator in the University Administrative Business Center, retired from OSU at the end of December. Joy began her 30 year career at OSU in 1980 at the College of Forestry. Her second position at OSU was with the Department of Microbiology where she worked for sixteen years. Prior to the formation of the business centers Joy worked in the Executive Support Unit for six years as a Fiscal Analyst. To celebrate with Joy and honor her years of service, a reception will be held on Jan. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 104.

The Natural Resources program at Oregon State University – Cascades invites the public to a panel discussion to learn the pros and cons of the City of Bend’s Surface Water Project on Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. The discussion will take place in Cascades Hall on College Way.

News for Employees

NEW! In the last year, President Ray has met with small faculty groups to discuss issues of importance. A number of reocurring themes emerged from these meetings, and the President and his staff have assembled a response to some of the most frequently raised topics: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/sites/default/files/osu-today/group.pdf

NEW! The 2010-11 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379 or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

NEW! The West Coast Sea Grant Programs are issuing a Request for Regional Social Science Research Proposals. The Oregon, Washington, California and University of Southern California Sea Grant Programs are jointly interested in coordinated research efforts that bring together researchers from across the region to address specific social science issues of regional priority. Subject to the availability of funding, the four West Coast Sea Grant programs will make a total of $700,000 available collectively at the regional level over two years to fund projects. In addition, the National Sea Grant Office may augment available state program funds. Given these funding limits, we anticipate being able to fund between two and four regional projects for the 2012-2014 biennium. Projects will be selected though an open, competitive peer-review process. For more information see: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/west-coast-social-science-rfp.html or contact Oregon Sea Grant director Stephen Brandt.

Want to teach an Honors Course? This is the annual University Honors College Call for Coursework for the 2011-2012 academic year. The UHC seeks course proposals from OSU tenure/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course; or you can propose something new.  Innovation is encouraged and participatory learning is the norm. The Honors experience features interactions with OSU’s most accomplished and dedicated group of undergraduates. Designation as a member of the University Honors College Faculty awaits those who teach UHC courses or serve as a faculty mentor for an Honors thesis. Please join your colleagues who report that the Honors experience exemplifies the reason that they went into higher education.  Inquires are welcome. Submit a proposal on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/online-course-proposal or email Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu for further information.  The deadline for course proposal submission for the 2011-12 school year is Jan. 14.

The Oregon Sea Grant Program invites preliminary proposals for research on important marine and coastal issues from researchers who are affiliated with any institution of higher education. Proposals will be entered into a highly competitive review and selection process. Proposed work may begin on either Feb. 1, 2012, or Feb. 1, 2013. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting a proposal are found on the Webnibus online submission system http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/webnibus.html. Preliminary proposals due by 5 p.m., Feb. 4, 2011. For more details see: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/rfpcall.html


Administrative Program Assistant – The College of Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant in the Undergraduate Programs Office.  For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006700, for full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 9, 2011, closing date is Jan. 23.  OSU is an AA/EOE

Oregon State University’s Division of Earth Systems Science invites applications for an Assistant Professor. This is a 0.75 FTE, 12-month or 1.0 FTE, 9-month tenure-track position (at the discretion of the Department Head). Though this tenure track position will be offered at 0.75 FTE, the incumbent is authorized and encouraged to increase his/her working FTE up to 1.0 by securing other sources of funding for the additional 0.25 FTE. The Division seeks an individual to develop vigorous research, teaching, and outreach programs focused on earth systems modeling, specifically terrestrial biophysics-biogeochemistry modeling at multiple scales that incorporates spatial and in situ observations. To view posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs by Jan. 31, 2011. Posting #0006556

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 #0006461. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Systems Biology. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006512. For full consideration, please apply by Jan. 15, 2011. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and maintenance

Free parking: Student and visitor parking lots are open for free use now through Jan. 7, 2011 on campus.


Corvallis: “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” –  Jean-Paul Sartre. Today will be  sunny with a high of 39 and a crisp overnight low of 25. Freezing fog could make tomorrow morning’s commute a bit slick.

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