OSU Today

July 5-10, 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 help lead the new Pac-12 (OPB)

Helping to steer the conference through all the changes is Edward Ray.  He’s the President of Oregon State University, and was just named the Chairman of the Pac-12 CEO group.

OSU formally begins process to establish Oregon’s first accredited public health college (Oregon Live)

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has formally approved Oregon State University’s request to begin an accreditation process to become the first nationally accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences in the state of Oregon. (see also KLCC, Gazette-Times)

Solar panels you can make with an inkjet printer (San Francisco Chronicle)

Engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way for the first time to create successful solar devices with inkjet printing, in work that reduces raw material waste by 90 percent. More importantly, the “hit print” manufacturing method will bring the cost of solar energy cells way down. (see also BBC, Science Daily, UPI,)

No shelter from the economic storm (Globe and Mail)

“What we saw was that investors pulled back from higher-risk areas, but not necessarily those related to the country of origin [of the crisis],” says Dave Berger, co-author of the study and an assistant professor of finance at Oregon State University.

OSU names Larry Flick as Dean of College of Education (Education Views)

Larry Flick has been named dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University, succeeding Sam Stern, who is returning to his faculty position after a sabbatical. Flick is currently chair of the Department of Science and Math Education in the College of Science and associate dean for academic affairs with the College of Education. (See also KVAL, Gazette-Times, LIFE@OSU)

Caroline McGowan crowned Miss Oregon (Examiner)

Caroline attends Oregon State University, where she hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in new media communications.

Bill OK’d to loosen rules on colleges (Register-Guard)

The state’s public universities would gain more autonomy and have more control over their own finances under a bill passed Monday by the Oregon House. Senate Bill 242, approved on a 55-5 vote, would allow universities to hold onto the interest earned on student tuition, as well as use their own funds to buy property and build facilities without requiring legislative approval, among other changes.

Lawmakers OK new OSU-Cascades building (KTVZ)

Oregon lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that will help fund the purchase of a permanent building for Oregon State University-Cascades graduate programs. (see also KEZI, KOHD, My Central Oregon)

OSU names new program director for Sun Grant (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University has named John Talbott as the new director of the Western Region Sun Grant program, through which he will oversee Sun Grant operations in nine states and several Pacific islands. His appointment is effective immediately.

New book takes a look at anarchists, separatists and other Oregonians (KVAL)

Anarchism, secessionist groups, radical environmentalism, local food movements – all of these uniquely Oregon qualities provide the backdrop for a new novel set in a fictional Northwest town. Oregon State University author Keith Scribner’s new novel, “The Oregon Experiment,” looks at these issues, while also exploring political, social and personal questions that will resonate with readers from any locale. (See also AMNW)

Taken for granted (Science)

The Institutional Postdoctoral Research Associate program at the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) of Oregon State University, Corvallis, now entering its second year, awards a couple of highly competitive positions each year.

OSU student petitions Blazers to support anti-bullying campaign (KPTV)

An Oregon State University student has started an online petition to convince the Portland Trail Blazers to join a major anti-bullying campaign. (see also Just Out)

Ag dean highlights research (East Oregonian)

Global population, recruiting young agriculturists, human health and the Oregon State University budget were all issues addressed by the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Tuesday during the Chamber of Commerce “Business to Business” luncheon.

Fire brings communities together and increases trust in government (Science Daily)

In a survey done in seven states, researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions found that a large majority of people rated agency management of public forest lands as good or excellent. (see also KTVZ)

Rival athletes find common ground helping family (KVAL)

Beavers and Ducks put down mulch and sawdust in the backyard, constructed planter boxes and birdhouses and assembled a play structure for the child of the family who’s moving in.

Exotic, gluten-free grain grows in popularity (Oregonian)

Farmers in Oregon cultivate about 3,000 acres of teff for hay, said Rich Roseberg, an Oregon State University Extension agent in Klamath Falls. They grow another 1,000 acres for food grain, he estimated.

JumpstART to new skills (Gazette-Times)

Rather than spend their Sunday afternoon relaxing in the sun, a group of about 30 students gathered in the parking lot behind Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Hall to learn how to do a fairly complicated and multiple-step sculpture technique: plaster casting.

Spotted owl recovery plan recommends preserving old forests and doing away with new invaders (Oregonian)

Forsman and fellow owl scientist Bob Anthony, a retired fish and wildlife professor at Oregon State University, say success is uncertain because of the barred owl, which migrated from the east and was first documented in the Northwest in the 1970s. It’s larger, more aggressive, favors the same habitat and is a less picky eater than the spotted owl.

Animal nature (Oregonian)

Give large, charismatic species such as African elephants protected corridors through which to move and other large mammals benefit, too, a new study led by an Oregon State University wildlife ecologist shows.

‘A wildfire on private property can have severe financial consequences’ (KVAL)

Straight answers to difficult questions are in a new 41-page publication from Oregon State University Extension Service, “Reducing Fire Risk on Your Forest Property.”

OSU Extension tour to visit food share (Statesman-Journal)

The Oregon State University Extension Services’ statewide Orange Tour will make a stop at Marion-Polk Food Share today.

Northwest imprints (Gazette-Times)

Julia and Truen Pence are newcomers to the Northwest, having been in Corvallis for about three years. But they’ve captured the region’s maverick, do-it-yourself spirit in their stylish, wearable creations. Truen was hired to do Web and graphic design for university relations and marketing at Oregon State University.

Clover crop brings new income to Oregon farmers (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Crimson clover, a common cover crop, has nitrogen-producing qualities that make it a potential boon to both the environment and farmers, Oregon State University researchers want growers to know.

From Enterprise to Macedonia, Krista Stangel seems always to be on the move (La Grande Observer)

The biggest move she may have made is a trip with Beavers Without Borders to Macedonia. Stangel is on a 15-day trip to Macedonia to work with Habitat for Humanity. In a promotional video for the Beavers Without Borders’ Macedonia trip, Stangel was one of the students explaining the trip before departure.

OHSU unveils diversity wall (Oregonian)

Jean Richardson, who graduated from Oregon State University in 1949 with a degree in civil engineering, and paved the way for women in a field largely dominated by men. She went on to own her own company and became the first woman to head maintenance engineering for the City of Portland.

Legislative mapmakers reach an agreement on Oregon Congressional Districts (Statesman Journal)

The 5th district will lose Oregon State University to the 4th, but otherwise, its boundaries will be shifted only slightly in the compromise plan that is based largely on the existing map.


Summer noon concert: This week’s Summer Session concert takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the MU brick mall and features The Aesthetic Junkies. Concerts are free and move indoors to the MU lounge during inclement weather. For a complete listing of weekly performers and details about the event, please visit the Summer Session website, http://summer.oregonstate.edu/concerts.

Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store: We’re open for our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. All furniture is 50 percent off this week. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

Weight Watchers Information: The next Weight Watchers 13-week session begins July 12. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

News for Employees

NEW! Reach out to new students: University Housing and Dining Services is pleased to provide a free promotional opportunity for OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups.  As in past years, UHDS is prepared to accept posters and fliers for placement in UHDS residence halls and cooperative houses prior to student resident arrival this fall.  Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-5622 for important details.  Firm deadline for materials is Sept. 9.

NEW! OSU Libraries Summer Workshop Week: Break out of your summer routine AND treat yourself to new research skills. Learn how to use Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote X5 or EndNote Web. Check out the OSU Libraries Summer Workshop series for Grad Students and Faculty running from July 19-21. Morning or afternoon times are available for most sessions. All workshops will be held in Valley 2082 (Autzen classroom).  For registration and complete session descriptions, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 Questions: hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive: The results are in for this year: nearly 18,000 lbs of material was donated by students – 1.5 times as much as in 2010! Material went to nonprofit organizations and kept material out of the landfill. Thank you to our volunteers, Campus Recycling and UHDS staff, and our student residents who made it all possible. For more details on what we collected, who received it, photos and more, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/moveout.cfm.

NEW! Research Blog – Summer Light entry: Who  do you consider “champions” in your field? In the latest  Spin on Research (link to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/06/27/champions-of-science/, see if you recognize the faces of Rick Spinrad’s inspirations, and tell about people you  have been inspired by – and why.

NEW! OSU artifacts: The OSU University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit of OSU artifacts. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog Post.  Check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Exhibit co-curated by OSU University Archives Student Workers Kelsey Ockert and Ingrid Ockert. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández , Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the University Archives. The OSU Libraries’ University Archives is the repository for records that document OSU’s history.

NEW! Canadian mail returns: The United States Postal Service is again accepting mail addressed to Canada.  Because of the previous strike, customers should be aware that their mail may take longer than normal to reach its destination. To guarantee on-time delivery, use Global Express Guaranteed (GXG).  GXG is available online through Click-N-Ship at www.usps.com or at retail locations.

NEW! REU-in-a-Box: NCWIT’s “REU-in-a-Box: Expanding the Pool of Computing Researchers” is now available for download at www.ncwit.org/reubox. This national resource, written by a team of authors including OSU EECS Prof. Margaret Burnett, provides guidance, examples, and templates to faculty interested in offering research experiences to undergraduate students.

Beaver Strides: Summer session Beaver Strides is a free physical activity program for all OSU students, faculty and staff. Participants will track their physical activity minutes along with their consumption of fruits, vegetables, water and participation in other healthy habits and turn them in to earn prizes. Sessions take place July 4-Aug. 12 and Aug. 15-Sept. 23. Registration for Session 1 ends July 1. Visit http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup to sign up.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

The following parking lot and road closures will take place July 15-17 due to da Vinci Days events.
Parking lot closures:
July 14-17: Jefferson Street Visitor lot: a few parking spaces will be closed due to festival grounds setup
July 15- July 17: Jefferson Street & Campus Way East parking lots closed starting at 5 p.m. July 15 through 5 p.m. July 17, McNary lot closed for ADA parking ONLY
July 16 – July 17: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reser Stadium SW area closed for Electathorn Race
Road closures:
July 15 –July 17: Campus Way between 14th & 11th Streets and 11th Street between Jefferson & Monroe Streets
For more information: www.davinci-days.org

Arnold Street: Due to construction related to the Student Success Center Project, the northern half of Arnold Street will be closed to thru traffic. The ADA parking for the Alumni Center will remain open. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. July 14.

Bloss Hall: Due to construction related to the INTO Construction Project, the sidewalk between 16th Street and the entrance to Bloss Hall, as well as the entrance to Bloss Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown should end by Aug. 1

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:

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: July 31.

Oregon State University’s Facilities Services Department is seeking an ADA Construction Manager for their Campus Planning and Development department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0007651. Closes July 15.

Accountant 2. Office of Business Affairs, Payroll, F/T + benefits.  Posting #0007655. Closes July 17.

University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Homestay Program Coordinator. This position is a year-round (12-month) 1.0 FTE unclassified position. Posting #0007643. Closes July 15

The University Administrative Business Center (UABC) invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Finance Coordinator position. Posting #0007634. Closes July 13.

Oregon State University is seeking a Peace Corps Campus Representative for the 2011-2012 academic year.  20 hours/week during the academic year, excluding winter and spring break, beginning Sept. 12. Salary : $15 per hour. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career/osu-peace-corps-campus-representative-job-description

Public Information Representative 2 – College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Relations and Marketing position. Posting # 0007604. Closes July 18.

Oregon State University Business Services invites applications for a 3/4 time (.75 FTE), 12-month Online Sales Supervisor position. Posting # 0007616. Closes July 11.

Payroll Administrative Assistant, Office of Business Affairs, Payroll Office, F/T + benefits. Posting #: 0007593  Closes July 7.

Human Resources Consultant 1 -Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0007588. Closes July 18.

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: July 8.

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.

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 July 13.

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: At last it’s July, and a lovely one at that! We’ll have sunny skies and warm temperatures all week, ranging from 86 today to the high 70s to low 80s all week.

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