OSU Today

July 18-July 24, 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.

High levels of radiation turn up in Japanese beef (MSNBC)

“The message is ‘get your safety survey protocols together otherwise people will simply not buy from that area,’ ” says Kathryn Higley director of Oregon State University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. “It’s a matter of confidence.”

OHSU effort aims to reduce number of cesearean births (Oregonian)

“People talk about it like it’s getting their wisdom teeth out but then when you have one, there’s six weeks of recovery,” said Melissa Cheyney, an assistant professor of anthropology at Oregon State University and a practicing midwife.

Loss of top predators has far-reaching effects (Scientific American)

“These predators and processes ultimately protect humans. This isn’t just about them, it’s about us,” said William Ripple, a professor of forestry at Oregon State University and co-author of the report in the journal Science. (see also PBS News Hour, AFP, Register-Guard)

Inkjet printing solar panels (PBS)

“I think the key contribution we’ve made is using low-cost precursors [or starting materials] and we can print them and make them into useful compounds,” said chief investigator, Dr. Chih-hung Chang, a professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Our ink is a very low-cost salt.” (see also Gazette-Times)

OSU joins President’s interfaith effort (Oregon Live)

President Obama’s “Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” is drawing participation from leading campuses around the United States, and Oregon State University is among them. (see also Gazette-Times)

OSU student gets out just in time (Democrat-Herald)

Nick Sitts got out just in time – right after he heard that initial pop, said Hai Yue Han, co-captain of the Oregon State University Solar Vehicle Team, which constructed the vehicle from 2008 to 2010. (see also KEZI)

West Coast erosion: A glimpse of warming? (Idaho Statesman)

Researchers from USGS, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of California, Santa Cruz and Oregon State University, among others, supplied enough data for the 13-year period to profile the coast from San Diego to Seattle.

The Supreme Court and student rights (Alaska Public Radio)

Interview with James Foster,  Professor of Political Science, Oregon State University, author of “Bong Hits 4 Jesus: A Perfect Constitutional Storm in Alaska’s Capital“

Dig gives new insight into early Oregon (OPB)

On top of a large pile of rich soil, Oregon State University student Lyle Jenks holds a sieve. Inside it, there’s a mound of dirt.

Tie-dyed ocean? Don’t be alarmed. This is only a test (KVAL)

Oregon State University scientists and students on Thursday. July 14, will drop six samples of bright, fluorescent green dye into the ocean to learn more about near-shore water movement. (see also Oregonian)

Voodoo Vintners (Think Out Loud)

Wine writer Katherine Cole (OSU Press) says that the best wines, like the best books and movies, make her weep. When she noticed a few years ago that some of those tears were being shed for biodynamic wines, she decided she wanted to learn more about this agricultural philosophy. (see also Oregonian)

Covering a new beat (Gazette-Times)

Since 1975, Steve Clark has built a career as a newspaper reporter, editor and publisher. But now the veteran newsman has stepped away from print journalism and into a new role as vice president of university relations and marketing for Oregon State University. Monday was Clark’s first day on the job.

“The Oregon Experiment” by Keith Scribner (San Francisco Chronicle)

It is a deft fictioneer who can not only create unlikable characters, but make the reader care about them enough that the reader chases them to the end of the book to see what’s going to happen – are they going to wake up, get hammered by fate, rise to some epiphany? (see also The Source, Powell’s)

Top 20 fashion schools in USA (Fashionista)

OSU’s fashion program named one of the top in the nation. (see also Oregonian)

Campus building projects to drop off (Register-Guard)

Capital construction funds for the state’s seven public universities are down 66 percent over last biennium. The $260 million in bonding authority for the coming two years is a big step down from the $758 million approved for the 2009-11 biennium, and includes only one major new building — at Oregon State University.

Gearing up for a shutdown (East Oregonian)

Bruce Sorte, an Oregon State University community economist, estimates the total economic loss of all those jobs at more than $17 million.

Students pop cap on brewing bottleneck (Capital Press)

Students at Oregon State University have made brewing history by developing a machine that malts barley in quantities suitable for research and experimentation.

Stereotypes can affect how women ‘angels’ invest (Science Daily)

John Becker-Blease, of Oregon State University, and Jeff Sohl, of the University of New Hampshire , co-authored the study, which is out in the July issue of the journal Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice. (see also Tech Journal South, Innovations Report, Phys.Org)

Pesticides by the pound (Portland Tribune)

“In general, we have extremely safe food, with no measurable (pesticide) residues,” says Paul Jepson, director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University.

A tale of two markets (Gazette-Times)

As late as 1987, best as the research Landis has can document, Oregon had only about a dozen outdoor farmers’ markets. That number has since climbed to about 127 statewide, although the markets themselves vary so much they’re hard to categorize, said Larry Lev, a professor at Oregon State University and an economist with OSU Extension.

Noxious weeds making their way into Douglas County (KPIC)

On Thursday, the Oregon State University Extension Service took a tour of some of the areas of the county that are seeing a relatively new plant taking hold.

A quarter century later, methane deposits intrigue scientists, industry (Gazette-Times)

Erwin Suess was an oceanographer at Oregon State University when he and his colleagues found the seeps. He subsequently moved to GEOMAR, a marine research center in Germany, where he collaborated with colleagues at OSU on seep research for many years.

Growing interest in colored barley (Capital Press)

Interest in colored barleys is a growing trend, Patrick Hayes, of the Oregon State University Crop and Soil Science Department, said. Purple is the biggest seller so far, with the preferred variety named Karma.

Overseas English teachers plan to expose cultures (Gazette-Times)

Twenty-one English teachers from 19 different countries are planning to meet Wednesday evening at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library to give the community an opportunity to learn about different cultures through simple conversation.

Stripe rust enters home stretch (Capital Press)

Mike Flowers, Oregon State University cereal specialist, expects some yield and quality losses due to rust. He estimated that roughly 1 million acres of wheat in Oregon was sprayed.

Walla Walla Valley helps Oregon wine industry grow (TriCity Herald)

In fact, Seven Hills, at 180 acres, sold grapes to 25 wineries in 2010. SeVein will bring another 150 acres of grapes onto the Northwest market. Norm McKibben, an Oregon State University graduate, said he’s seen more cooperation between the two states in recent years.

Oregon officials eye stinkbugs (Hermiston Herald)

“Currently no specimens of brown marmorated stink bug have been found in Hermiston,” Alex Murphy of OSU Hermiston Agriculture Research and Extension facility said. “One was found as close as Arlington.”

Just enough water for your lawn (Gazette-Times)

Overwatering a lawn can lead to negative effects such as excess leaf growth, nutrient leaching, shallow rooting and disease, according to Rob Golembiewski, Oregon State University Extension horticulturist. “Under-watering can cause just as many problems, such as loss of color and density, reduced vigor, wear damage and disease,” he said.

New Western Region Sun Grant director named (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State  University has named John Talbott as the new director of the Western Region Sun Grant Program.

Diabetics with foot pain sought (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University researchers are looking for diabetics with foot pain to participate in a new study aimed at reducing diabetic neuropathic foot pain.

Attention Public Employees:

The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.


Move It Monday: Beaver Strides Summer Session group walks 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.


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


NEW! All Classified Employees: As there is still no contract, the SEIU bargaining team will be bargaining at OSU on July 21-22. Meet with them at noon on July 21 in the La Stewart Building area to hear the latest news.  A light lunch is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear purple to support the bargaining team.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Celebration for Lanz: Lieutenant Jeff Lanz has been re-assigned to the Office of Professional Standards at OSP’s Headquaters in Salem after more than six years at the University Area Command. A celebration for Lanz will be held at noon, July 27 in the Wells Fargo Room at the LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Dakan Retirement Reception: A farewell reception is planned for Shay Dakan on Aug. 2 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the University Club Room at the Hilton Garden Inn. Shay retired from service on June 1 after providing leadership and technical expertise throughout her 50+ year career, including collaborations at both PSU and OSU within the areas of Telecommunications, Conference Services, Network Services, and the Open Source Lab.  To RSVP email judy.ivey@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Shakespeare comedy: Bard in the Quad returns with Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Performances run at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-7 and 10-14 in the MU quad. Outdoor performance; no seating is provided. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general, $10 for students/ seniors, and $7 for OSU students. They are available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/ or 541-737-2784.

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! Summer workshops: Give yourself some time to learn how to use Zotero (July 19 & July 21), Mendeley (July 20), EndNote X5 (July 20 & July 21) or EndNote Web (July 19 & July 20) to make formatting all those references for your next paper or article so much easier.  Morning or afternoon times available for most sessions. All sessions will be held in Valley 2082 (Autzen classroom). For registration and complete session descriptions, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656 For information email: hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Happy 100th birthday to OSU Extension Services: Extension turns 100 on July 24, and to celebrate the OSU Archives invites you to view their newly launched on-line exhibit Oregon State University Extension Service: 100 Years of Putting Knowledge to Work.  The exhibit is curated by Laura Cray a graduate student in History of Science at OSU.  More information can be found on the OSU Archives Blog or by visiting the University Archives.

NEW! Synergies: The latest edition of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences blog, Synergies, is now available.

NEW! The Source: The Summer edition of The Source, paperless newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences, has just been published.

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

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.

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

Sackett Hall: Due to the installation of a new parking lot at the Linus Pauling Institute Building, six service spots/stalls on the northeast corner of Sackett Hall will be closed.  ADA spaces will not be affected and will remain open. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. July 19 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 19.

OSU Parking Garage: OSP SWAT will be conducting training exercises on the OSU main campus on Aug. 16-17.  The parking garage will be used, as well as several other locations for this training.

Richardson Hall: Due to the replacement of a steam line on the building steam system, industrial & domestic hot water services to Richardson Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all heating and equipment using steam & hot water in all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. July 19 and end by 4 p.m. Aug. 16. The lower parking lot also will be shut down during repairs.

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:

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for two temporary positions as an International Admissions Assistant. The admissions assistant helps administer the student admissions and enrollment processes. Position closes July 24. For information email into.hr@oregonstate.edu.

Facilities Services seeking applicants for an Assistant Director of Environmental Health & Safety, full-time (1.0 FTE), unclassified position. Posting #0007700.  Applications should arrive by Aug. 2.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Academic Support Manager. The Academic Support Manager manages and plans academic administration services for academic staff and students. For information email intohr@oregonstate.edu. Position closes July 24.

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Cash Manager/Banking Operation Supervisor.  For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.

Warehouse Coordinator – College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences. Posting #0007635. Closing date: July 22.

The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) is seeking applicants for a limited duration Accounting Technician, full-time, expected to last approximately 8 months. Posting #0007685.  Closes July 27.

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.

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.

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/


Corvallis: Thunderstorms? Rain showers? Since when is July monsoon season in Oregon? We’ll have a very mixed bag of weather this week as the weather goes from showers to sun back to rain, with the hope of a nicer weekend ahead. Highs will range from the high to mid 70s, making it muggy as well, with a chance of summer returning by Friday.

Central Oregon: The early part of the week starts off with a rumble as thunderstorms are expected in the area, but unlike the Valley we’ll see the showers disappear by midweek, replaced with sunny skies and unseasonably pleasant weather hovering in the mid to high 70s.

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