OSU Today

July 11-17, 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.

The war for Catch-22 (Vanity Fair)

In an adaptation from his Heller biography, OSU Professor Tracy Daugherty recalls the tortured eight-year genesis of Catch-22 and its ultimate triumph.

Cultivating a new urban trend (Portland Tribune)

Call it “Green Acres,” Portland style. On a two-acre parcel in Troutdale, a new Multnomah County program is teaching former computer engineers and other city slickers how to become farmers. Mulnomah County is partnering with Oregon State University Extension on the internship program, and using a curriculum pioneered by the University of California Santa Cruz farm program.

Keith Scribner and ‘The Oregon Experiment’ (OPB)

Corvallis author Keith Scribner’s new novel The Oregon Experiment starts not with a bang, but a sniff.

Her home-birth battle (Boston Globe)

Research shows that many of the women who choose home births do so because they want to avoid the ever increasing possibility that their labor will end in a caesarean delivery, says Melissa Cheyney, an Oregon State University medical anthropologist who studies midwifery (and is a licensed midwife as well)

OSU student center, two other construction projects delayed (Gazette-Times)

Oregon lawmakers adjourned without granting Oregon State University’s requests for capital bonds for three campus construction projects, but university officials said they’re optimistic they’ll be able to make their case for bonding approval at the start of the Legislature’s session in February.

Reducing fuel for wildfires not likely to be carbon offset (Register-Guard)

Research by Mark Harmon, a professor of forestry at Oregon State University, and his student Steve Mitchell found that because most trees do not actually burn up, severe fires generally release no more than 20 percent of the ecosystem’s carbon.

Big-name tech companies resume migration to Silicon Forest (Oregonian)

The graphics chip company’s founder and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is a graduate of Aloha High School and Oregon State University. Nvidia acquired its first Oregon site about 10 years ago, and added a second about when it bought an Oregon startup called Stexar about five years ago.

Young adults using credit to boost self-esteem (Fox Business)

Michelle Barnhart of Oregon State University co-wrote a study published online in April that found a startling correlation between bank loans and self-esteem. Researchers interviewed 27 white, middle-class consumers in 2006, well before the recession, and found that many of the young people they spoke with measured their self-worth by the types of loans that they were approved for.

Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson needs 20 stitches after shattering backboard in Macedonia (USA Today)

Several members of the Oregon State basketball team, including sophomore guard Roberto Nelson, have been spending their summer on a service trip to Macedonia. When the players have had some free time, they have been doing their best to get in some practice on the court by playing in pick-up games. In one recent such game a few weeks ago, Nelson and a teammate pulled off an off-the-backboard alley-oop. (see also ESPN, MSNBC, CBSSports)

Scientists are researching effect of wolves’ absence (The News: Mexico)

The ripples extend throughout what is now Olympic National Park, leading to a boom in elk populations, over-browsing of shrubs and trees, and erosion so severe it has altered the very nature of the rivers, says a team of Oregon State University biologists.

OSU breaks recycling record (Gazette-Times)

The thousands of Oregon State University students who moved out of their residence halls during finals week June 6 though 10 left behind thousands of pounds of clothing, furniture and other items, according to OSU officials. But instead of filling trash bins to overflowing, the annual OSU residence hall donation drive successfully collected 17,558 pounds of material for donation, far exceeding the 2010 record of 11,651 pounds. (See also LIFE@OSU and KVAL)

Elephant highways help ecosystems (Blue Earth Wire)

OSU researchers tracked elephants in Tanzania for a year and found that their ease of migration is vital for a healthy ecosystem.

Nassau Grouper starting to recover off Cayman Islands (Sport Diver)

“Nassau groupers form large aggregations to spawn,” said Scott Heppell, a fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University. “They are very predictable.

Seeing the fruit of their labors (Bend Bulletin)

For those who struggled mightily to create a meaningful higher education presence in Central Oregon, last week had to be especially rewarding.

New superintendent’s job feels like coming home (Gazette-Times)

Erin Prince, 48, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Oregon State University in 1984 and earned her Ph.D. in education from OSU in 2006. She and her husband, Rick, met while they were students at OSU. Their oldest daughter, Morgan, graduated in June from OSU.

Oregon businesses join with unusual allies to press for comprehensive immigration reform (Oregonian)

A 2008 study by Oregon State University economists commissioned by the Coalition for a Working Oregon found that a mandatory, federal verification system would cost Oregon 173,500 jobs in the “short term,” which Stone said was three to five years.

‘I owe, therefore I am’ – say many young adults (Fox Business)

Michelle Barnhart of Oregon State University believes that the way many Americans think about credit cards has become skewed.

Rust resistance key to organic wheat survival (Capital Press)

Oregon State University wheat breeder Mike Flowers said most organic growers were hit by the stripe rust “pretty hard,” but losses vary depending on the variety of wheat they grew. He said loss of quality and yield will be an issue.

Studies show trust is building over wildland management (Gazette-Times)

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

Bioenergy grant program names new director (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University has named the new director for the Western Region Sun Grant program, a network of universities researching bioenergy research. (see also Oregonian)

Solar power cells produced via inkjet tech (International Business Times UK)

Engineers at the Oregon State University (OSU) have found a way to create successful CIGS – chalcopyrite – solar devices with inkjet technology which will reduce raw material by 90 percent by creating precise patterning on the substrates and lower cost of solar cell production. The cells should be high performing, ultra-low cost, rapidly produced and extremely thin. (See also Blue Earth Wire)

Wrestling hay (Gazette-Times)

Scott Sakaguchi was among a group of Oregon State University wrestlers who went out to Nellie Oehler’s farm on the corner of 53rd Street and West Hills Road on Wednesday afternoon to brave the heat and dust to help gather hay for storage.

OSU students from China visit Bandon (Bandon Western World)

Graduate students from Oregon State University took a break following end of year exams with a trip to Bandon the weekend of June 10. More than 20 international students from China, Thailand and Indonesia enjoyed guided beach walks, coastal cuisine and Bandon’s small town hospitality.

Miniscule speed traps (American Scientist)

For the first time, this effect in molecules has been experimentally observed, as chemist T. Darrah Thomas of Oregon State University and a team of international colleagues reported in the May 13 issue of Physical Review Letters.


New! Move It Monday: Beaver Strides Summer Session group walks start Monday, July 11 and run through Sept. 12. Striders should meet at the SE entrance of Student Health Services (Plageman Building: PSHC on the campus map) at noon. The groups will leave around 12:05 and walk for 45 – 50 minutes. There two pace groups, so every level is welcome. You do not need to be registered for Beaver Strides to participate.


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


Summer noon concert: This week’s Summer Session concert takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the MU brick mall and features Painted Grey. 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.

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.

Culture, Face to Face: On July 13, from 7-9 p.m. in the meeting room of the Corvallis Public Library, 21 English teachers from 19 countries around the world will present their cultures and talk to the public in a “marketplace” for international communication called “Culture, Face to Face.”  This year’s participants come from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Yemen, Jordan, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, El Salvador, Egypt, Uruguay, Thailand, Philippines, Mauritania, Venezuela, Ukraine, Guatemala and Mozambique.


Farewell reception for Connie Atchley:  A farewell reception for Connie Atchley will be held on Friday, July 15 at 228 Milne Computer Center from 3 to 5 p.m.  Cake, coffee & tea will be provided.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Jazz concert: Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents Multi Grammy Winner Billy Childs and Steve Wilson Aug. 19, 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25 adults, $10 students ages 8 to 18 or college students with ID. Tickets available in advance at:  Gracewinds Music, Rice’s Pharmacy, Grass Roots Books & Music, and online at TicketsOregon.com. More information at CorvallisPiano.org

BBQ with the Beavs: Begins July 28 at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 the Beavers are at Alton Baker Park, Eugene at 5 p.m., followed Aug. 12 at the Valley Football Center parking lot following the 2 p.m. practice. The final event is Aug. 26 at the Boys & Girls Club in Albany at 5 p.m.  Each event is $17. To register: https://osufoundation.org/events/basf/index.shtml

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty release time: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) 2011-12 release for academic year Winter 2012 or Spring 2012. Applications are due in the Research Office by Aug. 15. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office web site: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm., For more information, call 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Summer-Light Blog, Champions Revealed: In a previous posting of The Spin on Research,  Rick  Spinrad invited the OSU c0mmunity to reflect on their personal “champions” of their fields, and to comment about his, which were pictured. The new posting reveals their  identities and accomplishments. http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/07/06/revealed-champions-of-science/

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Women’s Building: Due to pavement maintenance and parking lot re-striping, the Women’s Building parking lot will be temporarily shutdown.  This area needs to be free of all vehicles during this shutdown. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. July 13 and should end by 5 p.m.

da Vinci Days: 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:

Office Specialist 2: Office of Business Affairs, Student Debt Management, F/T, $2138-2960/month + benefits.  Internal to OSU employees only. Posting # 0007669. Closes July 14.

Analyst Programmer: The OSU University Library seeks a full-time Analyst Programmer to work on the OSU Libraries and Press web programming initiatives. Posting #0007553. Closes July 22.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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: After a simply perfect July weekend, we’ll be experiencing a little summer cloud cover and a chance of rain to keep us humble. Highs will be a bit lower than average as they range in the low to mid 70s, nothing too toasty but still pleasant. There’s a chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday before sunny skies and warmer temperatures return.

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