OSU Today

Friday, June 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.

Oregon higher ed has to have a future, sometime (Oregonian)

Considering the legislative record of Oregon universities, it’s almost a victory to say that in this session, higher education doesn’t seem to be getting battered any worse than other state efforts.

The cost of higher ed is about to go up (KGW)

The Oregon University System was expected to raise tuition rates for the state’s colleges by an average of 7.5 percent for full-time students. (See also Gazette-Times, Register Guard, NWCable News)

Mechanism discovered for health benefit of green tea (Health News)

One of the beneficial compounds found in green tea has a powerful ability to increase the number of “regulatory T cells” that play a key role in immune function and suppression of autoimmune disease, according to new research in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. (See also Daily News and Analysis)

Northwest Passages: Ellen Waterston (OPB Think Out Loud)

The author discusses her latest book, published by OSU Press.

Local hotels and businesses benefit from OSU hosting NCAA baseball regional (Gazette-Times)

For the first time since 2006, Corvallis is hosting an NCAA baseball regional tournament. Beginning today, four teams — Oregon State University, University of Arkansas-Little Rock; Creighton in Omaha, Neb., and the University of Georgia, Athens — will vie for a trip to a super-regional tournament.

Battle of the Bands hits campus (Gazette-Times)

Ten bands will compete in the Battle of the Bands, starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Oregon State University Memorial Union Quad. The performances are free. The winner will open the Flat Tail Music Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Forest harvest tax rates adopted (Capital Press)

The Oregon Forest Research Laboratory “came out as good as we possibly could have,” according to a top university official, after lawmakers on June 2 adopted forest products harvest tax rates. “A lot of people went the extra mile to help us get what we did,” said Hal Salwasser, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry.

Willamette Grad School of Education gets new dean (Statesman Journal)

Willamette President M. Lee Pelton announced today Julie Gess-Newsome will be dean of the school of education. Gess-Newsome has taught at Oregon State University, where she earned her doctorate in science education.

Eric Squires is Aloha’s most ardent advocate, fan and booster (Oregonian)

He joined Citizen Participation Organization 6 in 2003. The group, which is run by the Oregon State University Extension Service, was the only community group in Aloha.

American athletes are building houses in Macedonia (Vest)

A group of 15 athletes, students at Oregon State University that are part of the organization Beaver without Borders are going to Macedonia to volunteer in the construction of Habitat houses in Kumanovo. (Text in Macedonian)

OSU Libraries announces resident scholars for 2011 (LIFE@OSU)

The OSU Libraries Special Collections has named four individuals as Resident Scholars for the 2011-2012 academic year. Recipients hail from as far away as Maine and Brazil, and will be utilizing a wide array of resources as they conduct research in Special Collections.

Breasts hurt after workout (CNN)

You see, when we exercise, our breasts move not only up and down, according to a recent study at Oregon State University, but also side to side and forward and backward. This latter motion (backward and forward) simply isn’t reined in by most sports bras.

Community news executive Steve Clark leaves Pamplin for OSU (Oregonian)

Longtime community news executive Steve Clark is leaving the Portland Tribune and its associated newspapers this summer to become vice president for university relations and marketing at Oregon State University, his alma mater, the Tribune announced Wednesday.


Hug A Dog: Counseling and Psychological Services is sponsoring a pet therapy event from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Trysting Tree Lounge, Booth 2. CAPS will have a certified therapy dog available for students to interact with as a way to help manage stress and promote well being as part of “Stress Relief: Hug a Dog Today.”

Motor Pool lunch: Today is First Friday and lunch is planned for you at the University Motor Pool. They are barbequing hamburgers, garden burgers and hotdogs. Food provided for the first 100 people and probably more. All the food for this casual event provided by the staff and generous donors so bring a friend and drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

Science education brown bag: From noon to 1 p.m. in Owen 106, a Special NSF-Supported 2020 Vision Brown Bag Seminar, entitled “How to engage practitioners from across the learning landscape in the research enterprise: Deconstruction of the inquiry” will be presented by Eugene Matusov, Professor of Education at the University of Delaware.


President’s Concert: The OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke, will complete its performance season with the seventh annual President’s Concert on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. This year’s concert, titled “East meets West,” offers some of the music prepared for their recent China tour. Admission is $10.

Upcoming Events

Robot shuffleboard: A dozen robots will compete in a shuffleboard tournament against each other and human opponents in a tournament on June 6. The event is the culmination of an applied robotics class in the OSU College of Engineering. It will be in the Kelley Engineering Center atrium from noon until 2 p.m.

McCubbin reception: A farewell reception for Jeff McCubbin, HHS Executive Associate Dean for Graduate and Research Programs, takes place June 9 from 1 to 2:30 pm in Milam 119. He has been appointed the Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University, and leaves OSU in June. Please contact Michelle Mahana michelle.mahana@oregonstate.edu with questions.

Lecture, seminars and symposiums

Summer Institute on Research Methodology for Faculty and Graduate Students: Alan C. Acock, University Distinguished Professor for Family Research, will be leading the Summer Institute July 12-15 in Autzen classroom, OSU Valley Library. Stata & Multilevel/Longitudinal Models using Stata July 12-13. Mplus and Longitudinal Modeling Using Mplus July 14-15. No background using Stata or Mplus is necessary.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today Summer Edition: Next week will be the last week OSU Today is published on a daily basis for the summer. Starting June 13, OSU Today will be published on Mondays only. Make sure to get your entries in as early as possible the previous week. For submission guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=6898

NEW! CAPS survey: Counseling and Psychological Services is seeking feedback regarding the Mind Spa. It takes approximately two minutes to complete: http://studentvoice.com/os/mindspasurveyspring2011

Archives celebrates Pride Month: In celebration of Pride Month the OSU University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the history of the Rainbow Continuum and the Pride Center. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog Post . Check out the Digital Collection in Flickr . Location: Third floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case.For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the University Archives.

Summer Science Workshops for K-12 Educators: The Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships Program (STEPs) at OSU will be offering free science workshops for K-12 educators on astronomy (Aug. 2-3), water sustainability (Aug. 15-17), and biotechnology
(Au. 22-23). Information http://steps.oregonstate.edu/calendar or contact Kari van Zee at 541-737-4517

Recsports: RecSports Summer Memberships are now available for purchase at $79 per person. Summer access starts immediately and lasts through Sept. 30, with two weeks of closure in late August. Youth access is extended to all hours of operation during summer break. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/

Traffic and maintenance

Bexell Hall: The elevator in Bexell Hall is experiencing intermittent failures and may affect service to all floors.  Intermittent services may possibly extend through June 9.

Weniger parking lot: Due to fencing and construction staging, the Monroe/Weniger Lot will be temporarily shutdown and is to be free of all vehicles.  The loading docks for both Gilbert Hall and Weniger Hall will remain open and accessible during this time. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on June 13 and should reopen at 5 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Benton Place: Due to NCAA Regional Baseball Playoffs the Benton Place parking lot will be closed through June 6.

Washington Way: Due to an Engineering Firm performing testing, the northeast parking lot on Washington Way, south of Wilson Hall and west of the childcare center, will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on June 13 and should reopen by 5 p.m. June 17.

Campus wide: Due to annual maintenance on the campus steam distribution system, Facilities Services will need to temporarily shut down all steam services to the campus from 6 p.m. June 12 to noon June 15. This will affect all hot water and heating services.


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

The Department of Microbiology seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Instructor. Posting # 0007311. Closes Aug. 1.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Trades Maintenance Worker 2. Posting #0007414.  Closes June 10.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0007413. Closes June 10.

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12‐month Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007375. Closes today.

INTO OSU invites applicants for a full-time Programmer Analyst/Data Administrator for its Academic Services department. For a full job description or further information, or to apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to into.hr@oregonstate.edu. Position closed Sunday.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Contracts Officer position. Posting# 0007394. Closing date June 6.

Oregon State University Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Training Development Manager position. Duties include but are not limited to; Development and Delivery of Training, Assessment of Training Needs, Organizational Development, Training Days Coordinator, and Training Administration. Posting # 0007423. Closing date June 8.

The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Accounting Manager position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting #0007432. Closes June 9.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0007205. For full consideration, apply by June 10.

Administrative Program Assistant– OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0007388. Closes June 10.

Head Advisor – International Degree & Education Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Head Advisor position. Posting # 0007229. Closes June 10.

OSU’s Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) is seeking a Coordinator of Events and Operations. This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007433. Closes June 15.

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

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks one, possibly two individuals with a background in lifescience and/or agricultural science to identify business opportunities, evaluate, and license disclosures from Oregon State University researchers. Posting # 0007437. Closes June 20.

Instructor — Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Instructor position. Posting #0006769. Closes June 24.

University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Online Marketing Specialist. Posting #0007369. Closes June 27.

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.

Instructor/Internship Coordinator — Human Development & Family Sciences in the College of Health & Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instructor/Internship Coordinator position. Posting #0007203. For full consideration application should be received by June 1; closes June 30.

Sea Grant Education Program Leader – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Sea Grant Education Program Leader position. Posting #0 0007439. Closes July 10.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Director of Development for Athletics. This position is located in the Portland Center office. For a complete job description and more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of the President’s Circle to join the Annual Giving Programs team. For more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a Director of Gift Accounting to join the Finance Department and will be responsible for managing the areas of gift processing and receipting. For more information go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/


Corvallis: Are you ready to do your happy dance? The sun is out, and it’s here to stay (mostly!). Today’s partly sunny skies and high of 72 will be followed  tomorrow by mostly sunny skies with a high of 83 followed by a high of 80 on Sunday. A word of warning — the National Weather Service points out that although it will be tempting to head to the rivers and lakes this weekend, they are unusually high because of recent rainfall, meaning the chances of drowning are increased, so use extreme caution.

Central Oregon: Finally, the weather we’ve been waiting for. Sunny skies and a high of 68 will bring us all out of doors, and tomorrow’s high of 76 will be even nicer. Even the chance of thunderstorms on Sunday won’t dampen our enthusiasm for the lovely weather.

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