OSU Today

Monday, May 9, 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.

Study finds folks cozy up to curvy furniture (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

People react more positively to, and prefer to socialize in, spaces filled with curvy forms and shapes, as opposed to rectangles, according to a new study from Oregon State University.

Science Pub tackles invasive species (Gazette-Times)

At the May 9 edition of Corvallis Science Pub, Oregon State University’s Sam Chan will describe how the state gears up for invasive species – and the surprising new places from which these nonnatives originate.

Report: Forest plan lacking (Statesman Journal)

A group of scientists is expressing concern about a plan to boost timber production in the northwestern corner of Oregon, saying the state’s strategy for protecting wildlife is not based on the best available science. The Oregon Board of Forestry commissioned the report, which was produced by a team of Oregon State University scientists and others.

Space station beaming images to Oregon lab (Oregon Travel Daily)

Images of Earth’s coastal region are being beamed straight into a lab at Corvallis, Oregon’s Oregon State University, helping scientists monitor a variety of events in that ecosystem from a brand new vantage point, including things like plankton blooms or even oil spills.

Statins may pose risks for dialysis patients (Health Canal)

A new analysis of kidney dialysis patients by an Oregon State University researcher suggests they may not be good candidates for statins, a widely used class of drugs for lowering high cholesterol.

OSU receives weath of records on historic Oregon farms (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University has been selected to host the records and database of the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, which contains century and sesquicentennial farm and ranch applications.

Oregon researchers test drone for agricultural use (My San Antonio)

Pilot Heather Stoven, an Oregon State University research assistant who learned to fly the machine three days ago, flips a switch and takes a series of photographs of the trees below. (See also Ashland Daily Tidings)

Oregon State student engineers design a barley malter (Oregonian)

A group of Oregon State University engineering students didn’t wait to graduate before endowing their alma mater: For their senior project, they designed and built an innovative barley malter that allows OSU to now teach every step of brewing, from barley field and hop yard to bottling line.

‘It Gets Better’ co-creater to keynote Pride Week at OSU (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Dan Savage, co-creator of a campaign called “It Gets Better,” which is designed to address the epidemic of gay teen suicides, will speak at Oregon State University on Monday night as the keynote speaker for OSU’s Pride Week celebration.

Carbon sequestration estimates increase (Western Farmer-Stockman)

A research group, including an Oregon State University researcher,  concludes that forests and other terrestrial ecosystems in the lower 48 states can sequester up to 40 percent of the nation’s fossil fuel carbon emissions, a larger amount that previously estimated, unless a drought or other major disturbance occurs.

Wash. woman rides horse across US for cancer (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Tracy Delp will be accompanied by her riding partner Dan Shanafelt, 23, whom she met some years back while working for a central Cascades outfitting company.  Shanafelt, of Renton, a forestry management student at Oregon State University, also has been touched by cancer, which claimed the lives of both his grandmothers.


Spring blood drive: Everyone is asked to participate in the OSU Spring blood drive – either as a blood donor or as a program volunteer. The drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9-12 in the MU Ballroom. To schedule your appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS or sign up at www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code OSU. To volunteer, to go http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/11623456321431780105

Research integrity candidate: The Research Office invites campus to attend the Director of the Office of Research Integrity candidate Eric Allen’s Open Forum, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in MU 213.

Biological & Ecological Engineering lecture: Venkat Sridhar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Boise State University, will give a seminar on “Climate Change Impacts, Water Sustainability and Irrigation Feedbacks in the Pacific Northwest ” from 2 to 3 pm in Gilmore Hall Room 234.

Cuba and American foreign policy: Center for the Humanities Spring Lecture: “The Curious Case of Cuba in American Foreign Policy,” by David Bernell, Center Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Public Policy, OSU, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

Math/ecology seminars: Two Mathematical Biology/Ecology Seminars have been jointly sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the IGERT Ecosystem Informatics program. John Mayberry, University of the Pacific will present “Evolving Predator-Prey Systems” at 4 p.m. in room 350 Kidder Hall. Cheryl Schultz, Washington State University, will present “Response of butterflies to structural and resource boundaries” on May 10 at 10 a.m. in room 203 Wilkinson Hall.

Coffee Hour: International Students of Oregon State University are hosting their biweekly coffee hour, from 4-6 p.m. in the IRC, off the main lounge in the Memorial Union. Everyone welcome.

Dan Savage: Sex columnist Dan Savage will speak at Oregon State University on Monday night as the keynote speaker for OSU’s Pride Week celebration. Savage’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Persons with OSU ID will be admitted beginning at 6:30 pm.; all others will be admitted beginning at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free.

Science Pub: At tonight’s Corvallis Science Pub, Oregon State University’s Sam Chan will describe how the state gears up for invasive species – and the surprising new places from which these non-natives originate. Corvallis Science Pub begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in downtown Corvallis.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Disability expert: Dr. Richard Pimentel, a Vietnam vet whose life story is told in the movie “The Music Within” is coming to OSU on May 13, 6 p.m. MU 109. Richard is one of the leading experts in the nation on overcoming educational attitudinal barriers, creating jobs for people with disabilities, attitude change, and workplace diversity. Facebook: http://on.fb.me/kFAKNu

NEW! Food and society: Deborah Pearsall, a professor at the University of Missouri, will deliver the lecture, “Food and Society at Real Alto, a Prehistoric Community in SW Coastal Ecuador,” on Thursday, May 12, in the MU Journey Room. The free public event begins at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history

NEW! Research Poster Session – May 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Women’s Building Lobby – The College of Health and Human Sciences invites all  students, faculty, and staff to the Undergraduate Research Award Program Poster Session. Student posters will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and students will attend their posters from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

NEW! Film director: Austin Fellows Program presents Kelley Baker, Independent Film Director, Sound Editor, and Author, May 11, 7 to 8 p.m., in the theater room at Weatherford College. The event includes a film screening and a Q&A. RSVP to Carol Hahn, 541-713-8040

Yoga practice: Spring term, practice yoga at the OSU Women’s Center every Tuesday morning. Relax, re-energize, and re-connect with the body’s great wisdom and health in a supportive and welcoming environment. No experience necessary. Come as you are! May 10 and May 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at the Women’s Center.

MUvies Special Screening: “Some Days Are Better Than Others,” screening on May 10, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. Question and answer reception with OSU alum and star of the film Renee Roman Nose and director of the film Matt McCormick, 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Parent Lunch and Learn: Personal Safety for your Kids on May 11, noon to 1 p.m. in the MU 213- Parents bring your lunch and learn more about personal safety for you kids. Learn signs of abuse, ways to prevent abuse, and ways to communicate with your kids. For more information contact Childcare and Family Resources at olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4906.

LGBT Faculty/Staff Kneads Assessment: May 11, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Crop Science Room 026. Learn artisan-style bread baking techniques and build your network with Beth Wasylow, Counseling & Psychological Services and Andrew Ross, Associate Professor in Crop and Food Science. Register by 5 p.m., May 6 at Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu. Fee: $5 and you get to keep the bread.

News for Employees

NEW! Family Friendly Faculty Award: The Childcare & Family Resources Office is accepting nominations for The Family Friendly Faculty Award. The award is for faculty or staff that has provided exemplary support to an OSU student with children. The nomination should include nominee’s name and department, and examples of ways they have helped families be successful at OSU. Nominations are due to olv.assistant@oregonstate.edu or delivered to the Childcare & Family Resources office before May 18.

EndNote, Zotero workshops: Valley Library Graduate Student and Faculty Workshops take place May 10-11. Sign up for the Basic EndNote workshop May 10 or the Intro or Advanced Zotero workshops May 11.  Find full session descriptions, times and room locations online. Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

NEW! Compost in your department: Campus Recycling is now offering several new options for OSU departments and buildings to collect material for composting. Check out the options, frequently asked questions and how to sign up at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/deptcompost.cfm or contact us at Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5398.

Saturday Academy summer camps: Saturday Academy is offering a variety of camps, including those for younger and older students. Camps include Introduction to Lego Robotics, Engineering, Video Game Design, Health Nutrition & Environment, Science Quest, Science & Art and Forensic Science CSI. Please visit our website (http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu) for more information, Scholarships available to all students who qualify. All Albany Mill City Public School students pay no more than half-price.

Traffic and Maintenance

Moreland Hall Lot/ 26th Street: Due to the Native American Long House ground breaking ceremony, the Moreland Hall Parking Lot #3264 and 26th Street just south of Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed. Expect traffic delays and detours in that vicinity. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. Date: May 11, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ag Life Sciences: Due to necessary roof construction, loading dock access on the south side of ALS will be temporarily blocked until 11 a.m. today.  Also affected will be a service vehicle parking space in that area.


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

The College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a Sponsored Research Program Administrator. Posting #0007323.  Closes June 15.

Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center is seeking applicants for a Payroll Coordinator , full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007334.  Closes May 20.

Counseling and Psychological Services is recruiting for multiple positions, including: Generalist Psychologists or Social Workers posting #0007324, Psychologist-Assessment Specialist posting #0007321; and Case Manager, posting # 0007319. Closes May 27.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0007220. Closes May 13.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor. Posting #0007018. For full consideration, apply by May 15.

The University Administrative Business Center is recruiting for an Accountant 2 position. Posting # 0007265. Closes May 15.

Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs – The College of Engineering invites applications for an Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs. Posting #0007218. Closes May 15.

OSU seeks applications for Dean of the College of Education. This is anticipated to be a two year appointment with the possibility of a longer term appointment. Posting # 0007275. Closes May 16.

Accounting Technician: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business invites applicants for a full time, 12 month, classified Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007300. Closes May 18.

The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), classified Office Specialist 2. Posting # 0007310.  Closes May 18.

Graphic Artist 1– University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Graphic Artist 1 position. Posting # 0007255. Closes May 27.

Information Delivery Analyst – Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Delivery Analyst position. Posting #0007243. Closes June 16.

The University Library is recruiting for a full time, 12-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor. Posting #0007278. For full consideration apply by June 3. Closes June 30.


Corvallis: After a temperamental weekend weather-wise, we’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of showers, which should make way for sunshine and warm weather tomorrow, but more rain is on the way for the rest of the week. Today’s high will be 61 with a low tonight of 41.

Central Oregon: We’ll have sunny skies and highs in the 50s today, with overnight lows around 30. Tomorrow we may see temperatures in the high 60s.

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