OSU Today

June. 20-26, 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.

OSU President Ed Ray to lead Pac-12 Executive Group (Oregonian)

When the Pac 10 formally expands next month to the Pac 12, that won’t be the only new development for the conference: Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray will also take over as chair of the Pac 12 CEO Executive Group beginning July 1. (See also Portland Business Journal, KMTR)

OSU attracts more Portland-area high achievers for third year (Oregon Live)

For the third consecutive year, an Oregonian survey of Portland-area high school valedictorians and other “top academic achievers” shows that more will be attending Oregon State University this year than any other college or university.

Ultrawideband gets humans one step closer to ‘tricorder’ (CNet)

The tricorder, that handheld geological, biological, and meteorological device of general awesomeness from the Star Trek universe, has spawned several real-life iterations boasting such uses as the detection of ulcers and deadly gases. So in May, the X Prize Foundation announced that, alongside Qualcomm, it would award a $10 million Tricorder X Prize to the person who develops a mobile device that can diagnose a broad range of common health ailments as well as–or better than–a panel of board-certified physicians. A team at Oregon State University in Corvallis is now one step closer to what remains a pretty tall order. (See also KVAL, Medical News Today, Health News, Tech Eye)

OSU building ‘like a house of cards’ undergoes renovation (Daily Journal of Commerce)

In 2002, Oregon State University’s Education Hall was slated for demolition. The building had suffered a fire and a series of poor renovations in its 100 years, and its fate was seemingly sealed.

OSU K9 research may aid human cancer treatment (KEZI)

A dog diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer is beating the odds.  He’s alive today, thanks to some breakthrough cancer research by Oregon State University veterinarians.

OSU engineers recycle exhaust for cars (KGW)

Engineers at Oregon State University have come up with a way to recycle exhaust and use it to help power cars. Drivers hope that will help cut down on their trips to the gas station. (See also NWCableNews)

On East Sand Island, terns feast on endangered salmon (Oregonian)

“The birds have become a significant mortality factor on endangered salmon and steelhead,” says Dan Roby, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist at Oregon State University who leads research on cormorants and terns in Oregon, Washington and California.

Linus Pauling Institute participates in relay to raise awareness, funds (LIFE@OSU)

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University studies the roles and functions of vitamins and essential minerals and other dietary factors in health and disease. Its mission is to help people achieve a healthy and productive life. And what better way to model that mission than by walking that talk.

Oregon State University student named to serve on State Board of Higher Education (Oregonian)

Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Farbodd Ganjifard, a cultural anthropology major at OSU, to serve on the 12-member board, which also includes two faculty members and eight members of the public. (see also Oregon Live and Oregonian)

Portland draining reservoir after man urinates in it (CNN)

Is that worth it when the urine involved is really a drop in the bucket? Scientifically, no, said Dave Stone, an assistant professor of toxicology at Oregon State University, who spoke to The Oregonian newspaper about the, er, leak. (See also Oregonian)

Study: Coastal mountains affect oceans (KOHD)

If you ever wondered why the Atlantic Ocean is much saltier than the Pacific Ocean, we now have answers. Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Hamburg published a study saying global mountain ranges and the Antarctic ice sheet appear to be the cause.

OSU names Helen Diggs as Attending Veterinarian (LIFE@OSU)

Helen Diggs, a nationally recognized leader in veterinary medicine and animal welfare, has accepted the appointment as Attending Veterinarian for Oregon State University, and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center. (see also Gazette-Times)

Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows SDK (CNET)

Anoop Gupta expects those capabilities to unleash developer creativity and gin up a bevy of new apps for PCs. The company invited teams from several universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, and Oregon State University, to its Redmond campus yesterday for a “code camp” to see what programs they could create in 24 hours.

Late snow good news for skiers or sign of climate change (Huffington Post)

This level of snowpack decline has not occurred before, researchers are now able to say, scientist Philip Mote of Oregon State University said.

Eye on health: Children and dirt (WRCB)

“Look, if you’re ok having your little boy play in the dirt, you should be okay having your little girl go and play out in the dirt as well,” says Sharon Clough, Philosopher at Oregon State University.

The Oregon Experiment by Keith Scribner (Three Guys One Book)

We often think of fringe culture as being not just the demographical exception, but als0 peripheral or experimental – edgy. The setting for Keith Scribner’s novel The Oregon Experiment, out in mid-June from Knopf, challenges these conceptions. Scanlon and Naomi Pratt, transplants from New York, arrive in the fictional Douglas, Oregon. Douglas is a town where the counter-culture of anarchists, secessionists, and neo-hippy single moms has become the norm, and mainstream is the new weird.

In Willamette Valley, race to save Fender’s blue butterfly (Oregonian)

In 1989, Oregon State University biologist Paul Hammond stunned the Oregon butterfly community when he officially rediscovered the Fender’s blue butterfly.

Tiny fly can cause big problems for Oregon’s farms and gardens (Register-Guard)

“It’s a more exotic type of vinegar fly,” said an entomologist and assistant professor of research and extension at Oregon State University, Amy Dreves. (see also Ashland Daily Tidings)

Regards to Rural conference June 24-25 (KVAL)

A conference at Oregon State University on June 24-25 will examine how to strengthen the economic and social vibrancy of rural communities. (see also Gazette-Times)

A valiant effort to save Mother Nature’s habitat (The Sierra Vista Herald)

Kate Boersman, an aquatic insect specialist studying for her Ph.D. at Oregon State University, has been to the station every summer for the past four years. The fire was a disappointing blockade to her continued research.

Project helps blueberries climb (Capital Press)

As odd as it seems, blueberries do grow on trees. But the wild fruit has little if any commercial value. Oregon State University berry crops extension agent Wei Yang, who works at the university’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center near Aurora, is out to change all that.

Oregon spring looked like November (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service are Oregon State University, says 2011 has been “off by about a month. April, she says, was like a typical March in terms of temperatures and precipitation.

OSU Extension offers free advice online (Gazette-Times)

Want to find out what bug is eating your tomato plants? Need to get your backyard soil tested? Interested in turning your homemade jam into a marketable product? Answers to such questions are available from the Oregon State University Extension Service’s new online help center, called “Ask an Expert,” at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/extension-ask-an-expert. (See also KEZI)

Two local students graduate from OSU vet school (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University awarded diplomas to its graduating class on June 12 in a special ceremony at the LaSells Stewart Center. This was the college’s 29th graduating class. It included 49 students – two from Tillamook County – who received doctor of veterinary medicine degrees.

Grant will help kids eat healthier (KBND)

A new grant is aimed as changing school meals in the Jefferson County and Culver School Districts to offer more nutritious meals that students will prefer. The $25,000 grant will bring together Oregon State University researchers and the Extension Services plus local county health departments.

Sound engineer Roger Nichols dies (Telegraph.uk)

Roger Nichols, who has died aged 66, was an American sound engineer and inventor best known for his work with the jazz-rock group Steely Dan, with whom he produced some of the highest fidelity recordings ever made. After graduating in Nuclear Physics at Oregon State University, Nichols worked at the San Onofre nuclear power plant as a nuclear operator from 1965 to 1968.

High school journalism institute starts at OSU (Oregonian)

14 Oregon high school journalists from diverse backgrounds have gathered at Oregon State University today for what will be a fun but grueling eight days at the High School Journalism Institute.

OSU fisheries chair named to head state commission (Democrat-Herald)

Dan Edge, head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University in Corvallis, has been named chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Free concert series starts June 22 at OSU (Gazette-Times)

School may be out, but music’s in session at Oregon State University’s free weekly concerts scheduled each Wednesday, June 22 through Aug. 10.


Weight Watchers Information: Weight Watchers Open House meetings will be held on June 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm in the Upper Classroom at Dixon Rec Center. The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins July 5. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

Central Oregon Science Pub: Bill Ripple, OSU College of Forestry, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society will speak June 21 at the Bend McMenamins on “The Ecology of Fear: The Role of Large Predators in Environmental Harmony.” Ripple has pioneered research in the role of large predators in a natural environment with groundbreaking studies in Yellowstone, Olympic, Yosemite, Wind Cave, and Zion national parks. Doors open at 5:30. Science Pubs are free, but reservations are required by 5 p.m. May 20. To make a reservation, call 541-322-3100 or e-mail info@osucascades.edu.


Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

Summer concert: This week’s Summer Session concert takes place at noon in the MU brick mall and features Norman. Concerts are free and move indoors to the MU lounge during inclement weather.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Extension: OSU extension agents, along with professionals from 8 additional agencies and private ranches, have teamed up to organize the first High Desert Youth Range Camp this Sunday through Thursday, June 19-23 at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range 40 miles west of Burns, OR. 18 students from Oregon and Idaho will attend the 5-day camp. For more information, contact ryan.steineckert@oregonstate.edu

Ayres/Roberts Retirement Reception: A farewell reception is planned for Bill Ayres and Marty Roberts on June 30 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in MU 109-B Schille Room. Bill has provided technical expertise for OSU for a total of 40 years, beginning as a graduate student and now retiring from Network Services.  Marty’s career at OSU spans 31 years, and she retires from the College of Forestry.  Please contact Judy Ivey judy.ivey@oregonstaate.edu with questions.

News for Employees

NEW! Leadership Corvallis: Applicants are being sought for the Leadership Corvallis program. Supervisors can nominate candidates or you can self-nominate: http://www.leadershipcorvallis.com. The coming year’s theme is “The Most Beautiful College Town in the Pacific Northwest.”

NEW! Canada Suspends Postal Mail Service: The Canadian Postal Service is temporarily not accepting US sent mail due to a worker strike. The shutdown will prevent all mail from entering into Canada needing to be delivered that is sorted at the closed urban processing facilities. There was not an anticipated timeframe for the closure. If you have international mail (letters/parcels) being sent to Canada, please check with Printing & Mailing Services (7-4941) if you have any questions. Alternative methods of delivery can be discussed.

NEW! Diversity summit: The Division of Student Affairs at Oregon State University presents OSU’s 2nd diversity summit, themed “[c.a.r.e.] harmonize our voices, transform our world,” on Nov, 2-3, in the in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Submit a presentation proposal to :  http://bit.ly/osucarediversitysummit on topics of identity, culture, consciousness, justice and engagement. Deadline is July 15. For more information, Kim.McAloney@oregonstate.edu or Eric.Hansen@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Research update: The Spin on Research provides behind-the-scenes views. In the latest posting, VP Rick Spinrad talks about his recent visits with Federal Agencies in D.C. – and what OSU researchers might do to up their success rates. Subscribe to receive notice of new postings.

NEW! Humanistic scholarship: The Horning Endowment in the Humanities is calling for applications to fund faculty proposals that address the criteria of the Horning Endowment to both improve and extend the teaching of humanities to the sciences and other disciplines at OSU and to extend humanistic knowledge in ways that will demonstrate the importance of the liberal arts to the sciences.  CLA faculty can apply at www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history.

NEW! Director of Lab Animal Resource Center: Helen Diggs has been named OSU’s Attending Veterinarian and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center, effective Sept. 14. She will have ultimate responsibility for care of animals in research and teaching. She will oversee evaluation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International and activation of the Linus Pauling Science Center’s animal facility, and will serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

NEW! Summer choir: Registration for OSU Summer Choir will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 25, with rehearsal following at 7 p.m., and continuing on subsequent Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Benton Hall room 202. OSU students may register for credit and community members may participate for a $20 fee. Solo opportunities will be available. A final concert will take place Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

NEW! Space Station: Want to view the International Space Station with the naked eye? You can do so this week. Check out times for Corvallis.

NEW! High school journalists: High school journalists attending a camp at OSU will be posting about their experiences in a blog from June 18-25: http://blog.oregonlive.com/teen/index.html

Beaver Fair registration: Registration for the Beaver Community Fair is now open. More than 200 booths representing OSU departments & student organizations, Corvallis agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations will fill the Memorial Union Quad on Sept. 30 from noon to 4 p.m., making visible the opportunity to connect with services, products and involvement opportunities on campus and around the area. For more information and to register your student organization, visit us online at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/studentorgs/bcf

Meet international teachers: In July, INTO OSU will host English teachers from around the world. Teachers from 25 countries will spend two weeks in Corvallis studying U.S. culture and sharing their experiences. You can participate two ways: Become a dinner host on July 10, 5:15 p.m., or become a conversation partner, July 7 and July 12 (both days required), 7 to 9 p.m. To participate, send an e-mail to Carolyn Bonoff at Carolyn.Bonoff@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Student/visitor lots: Parking is free in student/visitor lots through June 24.

Parking, west side of campus: June 24 there will be increased parking and traffic on the west side of campus due to the summer conference group football checking in. Some parking has been changed for the day including a stretch of staff parking from the entrance to the Fairbanks lot West to where the student parking begins will be “30 Minute Loading Zone” space until 5 p.m. There will also be a “One Way” running West on Intramural Way until 5 p.m.

26th Street and Jefferson Way: Due to the installation of a new Welcome Kiosk sign the east-west and north-south sidewalk will be temporarily closed to pedestrian traffic at the northwest corner of 26th  Street & Jefferson Way. This will temporarily impact the north-south ADA paths of travel on the west side of 26th Street.  Alternative routes will remain open on the east side of 26th Street.The side walk should reopen by 5 p.m. June 23.

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. The lot should reopen at 5 p.m. on Sept. 23.


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

Accounting Technician – Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position.  Posting #0007538.  Closes July 4.

Facilities Services Department, is seeking experienced Cogeneration Engineers to fill three positions in OSU’s new Energy Center. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0007509. Closes June 27.

Acounting Technician, Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), $2,138/monthly + benefits. Posting #0007531. Closes June 28.

Outreach and Retention Coordinator – The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Outreach and Retention Coordinator position. Posting # 0007523. Closes July 1.

Instructional Technologies Specialist – Media Services, Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructional Technology Specialist position. Posting #0007522. Closes July 4.

The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full time Scheduling Coordinator. Posting #0007513. Closes June 22.

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.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Procurement Analyst 3 position. Posting # 0007403. Closes June 20.

The Office of Admissions invites applications for 2 full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Admissions Advisor positions. Posting #0007455. Closes June 21.

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 Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (ESGP) is now recruiting for a 9-month, 0.25 FTE fixed term Associate Director to assist the Director in carrying out all aspects of graduate education in ESGP. Posting #0007500. Closes: June 30.

The Graduate School is seeking applicants for a tenured faculty, 12-month, 0.49 FTE fixed term Director of Postdoctoral Programs and Liaison with the Research Office position. This is an internal search. Posting # 0007501. Closes: June 30.

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.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society seeks a post doctoral research associate for the AmeriFlux Network. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting # 0007427. 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 Department of Microbiology seeks a full-time (1.0 FTE) Instructor. Posting # 0007311. Closes Aug. 1.

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: Today started out gray and misty, but by this afternoon we’ll have downright summery skies on the last day of Spring, with a high of 79. It will be mostly sunny this week, with highs ranging from 80 to 71, and lows in the 50s overnight. There might be a slight chance of showers by the weekend.

Central Oregon: Welcome back sunny skies and warm weather. With highs in the 80s to near 90 this week, the damp should finally leave our bones. Lows overnight will be in the 40s.

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