OSU Today

July 25-31, 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.

Balancing books and babies (CNN)

With government dollars dwindling, centers are extra grateful for any money from student fees. At Oregon State University, students pay $8 a year to support child care services.

Simon Says, Do Better at School (Toronto Star)

The study published in June in the journal Psychological Assessment was co-authored by Megan McClelland, an associate professor of human development and family science at Oregon State University. (see also Mercator, eScience News)

Why we blunder when we buy (Chicago Tribune)

“How did America, a country once so indelibly marked with Puritan principles of self-discipline and thrift, become a nation so awash in personal debt?” ask the study’s authors, Lisa Penaloza, of EDHEC in France, and Michelle Barnhart, of Oregon State University. (see also the Olympian)

Countries are building dams at an amazing pace right now (KVAL)

The Integrative Dam Assessment Modeling tool, or IDAM, uses an interdisciplinary approach to simultaneously evaluate the distribution of biophysical, socio-economic and geopolitical impacts of dams, according to one of the model’s creators, Bryan Tilt, an associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University. (see also International Water Power and Dam Construction, Brighter Energy)

OSU names Knowles as executive director of business school (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday the naming of OSU alumna and Portland business leader Pam Knowles as the new executive director for industry relations for the College of Business.

The case for large predators (Oregonian)

Twenty-four researchers, including William Ripple, a professor of forestry at Oregon State University, found the decline of predators such as lions, wolves and sharks is much greater than previously understood and affects habitat loss, pollution, wildfire, climate, invasive species and the spread of disease. (see also Terra Daily)

Northwest forest plans aided carbon sequestration (Portland Tribune)

According to a new study by Oregon State University researchers and the Pacific Northwest Research Station, stemming the cut of old-growth forest reduced carbon emissions, helping to counter the greenhouse effect. (see also Science Daily)

Economist working to make wind pay (East Oregonian)

The court invited Oregon State University extension economist Bruce Sorte to speak on wind and other issues, such as how to generate jobs in rural towns. Sorte is putting together a study of how wind projects affect farmers and the rural economy.

OSU takes Obama up on interfaith challenge (Oregon Faith Report)

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. OSU will send three delegates to the White House in early August for the initiative’s national kick-off event. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Oregon university spinoffs (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University is adding staffers in its office as well. And state leaders continue to provide cash, as opposed to lip service, to programs that encourage universities to commercial research.

The anarchist next door (Daily Beast)

While researching his new novel, ‘The Oregon Experiment,’ author Keith Scribner of Oregon State University was surprised to discover that many anarchists in America are perfectly average—as American as apple pie.

Students learn physics at OSU’s Precollege Programs Camp (KEZI)

Each of the students have been chosen to be a part of OSU’s Precollege Programs for Talented and Gifted Youth, a two-week camp-like class aimed at getting them to think outside the box.

Outdoor adventure: Champoeg finds (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University students, led by professor David Brauner, are conducting an archaeological dig of the remains of Robert Newell’s farmstead at Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Variety sustains filbert crop (Oregonian)

Oregon State University scientists have been breeding varieties for resistance with the intention of selecting trees with complete immunity, in time.

Cure sought again for ‘sick’ LCC building (Register-Guard)

David Sillars, a professor in Oregon State University’s construction engineering program, said sick building problems began to emerge as energy efficiency became more important and buildings became more airtight. That leaves them more vulnerable to mold or bacterial growth, especially if water is able to penetrate unseen through parts of the building envelope

Unusual volcanism in the central Andes (Big Think)

Today we have another guest post on Eruptions, this time by Morgan Salisbury, a Ph.D. candidate at Oregon State University. He will be taking you to look at some of the volcanism in the Central Andes of South America

Sorte praises Morrow County (Hermiston Herald)

Bruce Sorte, an Oregon State University economist, painted a rosy picture for Morrow County’s economic standing, saying the county is well ahead of its neighbors in terms of keeping pace with the state economy as a whole.

Researchers quest for gold (Bellingham Herald)

Robert Tanguay, a professor of environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University, agreed. “Since these studies were conducted outside the animal, more research is needed to determine if environmentally relevant exposures to engineered nanoparticles would pose a significant risk to the mammalian reproductive system,” he said.

Pear harvest late, but could be large (Mail Tribune)

“I believe we’re not at the latest ever, but we’re projecting within a few dates of the latest ever,” said Oregon State University horticulturist David Sugar, of the Southern Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.

Grasshopper infestation highest in 20 years (Capital Press)

Before this year, Oregon State University Extension entomologist Silvia Rondon had never seen more than an isolated grasshopper in her sticky traps at the Hermiston Research and Extension Center.

In Oregon, even in summer, rain happens (Register-Guard)

Ross Penhallegon, a Lane County agent for the Oregon State University Extension Service, said most crops haven’t been particularly hurt, just delayed. Strawberries, which seemed most vulnerable to the cool spring and early summer, actually had one of their better years. (see also the Associated Press, Oregonian)

Oregon Department of Forestry begins implementing state forest plans (Oregonian)

The plans came under fire earlier this year after an independent review by Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources said they focused exclusively on timber production and failed to incorporate the best science.

CO2 injection hits the Northwest (Boise Weekly)

According to work by Oregon State University professor John Antle, results from the Big Sky project show CO2 emissions in the region could be sequestered at a cost in the range of $40 to $50 a metric ton in a measurement called carbon dioxide equivalents.

Climate change and invasive species are seminar topic (Statesman Journal)

Global climate change and its potential effect on the spread of invasive species is the topic Thursday during the weekly free seminar series at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.


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 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.


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

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.

Upcoming Events

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

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! Campus Freight has relocated: As of July 11, Campus Freight moved from Property Services to Cascade Hall (601 SW 17th St.). Please update your default shipping location for large freight orders (over 150 lbs) to this new address for orders to be received after this date. For questions, please call Judy Bankson at 541-737-3979.

NEW! Farm art exhibit: Local artist and illustrator Rebecca Waterhouse is showcasing her exhibit, “Ladies in the Fields” at the OSU Extension Service of Benton County. It  features portraits of local women farmers. The exhibit runs through mid-August, at 1849 NW 9th Street, Corvallis.  To learn more, visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton

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.

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

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

Traffic and maintenance

Goss Stadium parking lot: Due to the Corvallis Knights fireworks show, the parking lot east of Goss Stadium and parking along Benton Place will be temporarily shutdown. All vehicles should be removed from these spaces by 5 p.m. July 26. This shutdown will begin at 5 p.m. July 26 and should end by 11 p.m.

Washington Way track: Due to resurfacing the track around the Student Legacy Park, the track and the south sidewalk running along Washington Way will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m.Aug. 1 and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

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 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 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:

Human Resources Consultant 2 – Business and Engineering Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position.  Posting #0007751.  Closes Aug. 4.

The OSU Foundation is seeking applicants for Beaver Athletic Student Fund Regional Director. For a job description see http://osufoundation.org/employment/.

INTO Oregon State University is recruiting for a Student Services Housing & Orientation Assistant. This new position will close on July 29. For additional information, contact Rhonda Maillard at 78899 or email into.hr@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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 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/.


Corvallis: After last week’s sudden reversion to spring, we returned to summer this weekend. Today, however, morning showers and cloudy skies will keep things cooled down, but partly sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s will brighten up the rest of the week, and next weekend looks like another warm one.

Central Oregon: Now this is more like it. Sunshine and highs in the mid 70s to low 80s will warm things up and keep us feeling like it’s actually July.

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