OSU Today

Aug. 1-7, 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.

Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22′ turns 50 this fall (USA Today)

Biographer Tracy Daugherty, who teaches at Oregon State University, calls Heller’s debut novel “the bible of American black humor.” The classic has sold more than 10 million copies since 1961. (see also Australian Herald)

Antarctica: A ‘Scary’ source for rising seas (Discovery News)

Geoscientists from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Oregon State University, Corvallis, tested the prevailing thinking by analyzing ocean sediments deposited by glaciers melting from different, chemically distinct, regions in southern Greenland.(see also Enterprise Post)

EPA on OSU: Orange is powered by green (KVAL)

Oregon State University has become the second-largest purchaser of green power of any university in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 20 College & University list of  green power purchasers. (see also Oregon Live, KEZI, KLCC)

Beavers Without Borders program links team overseas (KGW)

Markus Wheaton can no longer go out to eat without wondering if his friends in Macedonia have enough to eat that night. Lance Mitchell is hoping the quality of water has improved since he was there. “Sometimes, he said, “they didn’t have running water at all.”

OSU team is creating vibrant new pigments that endure, safely (Gazette-Times)

Chemists at Oregon State University have discovered that the same crystal structure they identified two years ago to create what may be the world’s best blue pigment can also be used with different elements to create other colors, with significant potential in the paint and pigment industries. (see also OPB, R&D Magazine, Science Daily)

Antioxidants of interest to address infertility, erectile dysfunction (Health News)

A growing body of evidence suggests that antioxidants may have significant value in addressing infertility issues in both women and men, including erectile dysfunction, and researchers say that large, specific clinical studies are merited to determine how much they could help. The findings were made by Tory Hagen, in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and Francesco Visioli, lead author of the study at the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Spain. (see also Science Daily, Science a Go Go, Noticias de Salud)

OSU hires animal, range science head (East Oregonian)

Oregon State University has announced their selection of a new department head for the new animal and rangeland sciences department. John Killefer will be joining Oregon State’s faculty after serving as a professor of meat science and muscle biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (see also Capital Press)

New study shows broccoli and similar veg kill cancer cells (Chicago Tribune)

As if we need yet another reason to eat our broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, a new study has come out of Oregon State University indicating that the compound sulforaphane–found in the veg–can target cancer cells while leaving normal cells unaffected.

Five questions with John Becker-Blease (Democrat-Herald)

Stereotypes about gender affect investment decision-making, even among successful women, researchers (including Oregon State University’s John Becker-Blease) have concluded in a new study on how gender affects investing strategies. (see also Business NH)

Expanding campuses for Oregon higher education (Statesman Journal)

Some universities such as Oregon State University have added classroom space to accommodate increasing demand, while other institutions that don’t have the space or desire to grow will be harder to get into.

Blue Planet Prizes for science, activism (Science)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco is the winner of one of this year’s Blue Planet Prizes. Lubchenco, a marine ecologist on leave from Oregon State University, Corvallis, did ground-breaking research on the relationship between biodiversity and the health of ecosystems, the causes and consequences of climate change, and the economic benefits of preserving nature.

OSU student serves on state board of higher ed (Gazette-Times)

Farbodd Ganjifard was “not at all” interested in participating in student government when he came to Oregon State University in fall 2007. But that doesn’t mean Ganjifard was a slouch — he served in several leadership positions within his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, including president.

Ancient tides quite different than today (Science Codex)

“Scientists study past sea levels for a range of things, to learn about climate changes, geology, marine biology,” said David Hill, an associate professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. “In most of this research it was assumed that prehistoric tidal patterns were about the same as they are today. But they weren’t, and we need to do a better job of accounting for this.”

‘As You Like It’ opens Aug. 3 in the MU Quad (Gazette-Times)

Bard in the Quad returns for its sixth season at Oregon State University with Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “As You Like It.” Performances run Aug. 3-7 and 10-14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union quad.

Pacific Coast Trail ‘bad boy’ tells his unsparing tale (Oregonian)

Pathfinder by Ron Strickland, Oregon State University Press. Ron Strickland is the father of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail. He is a latter-day trailblazer, author and the paterfamilias of the nation’s newest national scenic trail.

New Benton 4-H leader brings experience (Gazette-Times)

With the Benton County Fair mere days away, life has been hectic for Carolyn Ashton, Oregon State University youth development extension agent and head of the Benton County 4-H program.

Long-lived deep-sea fishes imperiled by technology, over-fishing (Bio-Medicine)

Some of the fish species living at depths greater than 500 meters take decades to reach breeding maturity, so there are no quick-fix remedies available to replenish the population, said Selina Heppell, a fisheries biologist from Oregon State University.

Thousands of birds flocking to Malheur refuge (Oregonian)

“It is so amazing to see all the bird life,” said Daniel Roby,  a wildlife ecology professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “This year, you go out there and get a sense of what it was like in the good old days.”

OSU English prof finds Ze’ev’s essays delightful (Jewish Review)

Neil R. Davison is associate professor of modernist literature, Irish studies and Jewish cultural studies in the English Department at Oregon State University.

Time to clean up, purge storage spaces on campus (LIFE@OSU)

Space is tight around the OSU campus, and like a homeowner needing to purge the attic every few years, departments and colleges are being asked to take a serious look at what they’re hanging onto, and whether they really need to keep it.

Study: Trees suffer ‘drought’ in winter (UPI)

Scientists from Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service say their studies show freeze-thaw cycles in winter can disrupt water flow by causing air bubbles to form in the conductive xylem, the layer of transport tissue, of the region’s tall conifer trees, leaving them seriously stressed for water when they are practically standing in a lake of it. (see also OPB, Northwest Public Radio, Investors.com)

Study: Saving owls and salmon also stores carbon (Sacramento Bee)

Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University found that reducing timber production by more than 80 percent on national forests in western Washington, Oregon and Northern California since 1994 turned those forests into a carbon sink for the first time in decades. (see also EcoSeed, Daily Reporter, KONP)

Looking for a big payoff? (Miami Herald)

“People understand that the economy is largely based on consumer spending,” says Michelle Barnhart, a marketing professor at Oregon State University who studied middle class views on debt and found among them a link between spending and capitalism that’s similar to voting and democracy. “And to contribute, they feel a need to be good consumers.” (see also Lexington Herald, Sacramento Bee)

Kids turn up the heat in the kitchen (Gazette-Times)

Closed for the summer, Oregon State University’s Pangea Café typically appears dimly lit and silent to anyone passing by in the Memorial Union. The kitchen, however, is a different story.

Bill Lunch on David Wu’s resignation (KGW)

Joe Donlon chats with OPB political analyst and retired OSU Political Science professor Bill Lunch about David Wu’s resignation, and who might jump into the race to fill his seat.

Mitochondria share an ancestor with SAR11 (Science Daily)

A recent study by researchers at the University of Hawaii — Manoa (UHM) and the Oregon State University (OSU) provides strong evidence that mitochondria share a common evolutionary ancestor with a lineage of marine bacteria known as SAR11, arguably the most abundant group of microorganisms on Earth. (see also World Science, R&D Magazine)

Oregon colleges and universities go smoke-free (Oregonian)

The University of Oregon, Western Oregon University and Southern Oregon University plan to ban all tobacco, including chewing, on campus in fall 2012. Oregon State University will ban smoking at the same time. (see also NECN)

Lionfish a bigger threat than fish pots (Bermuda Sun)

Coral reef ecology expert Dr Mark Hixon of Oregon State University said that lionfish have the potential to become “the most disastrous marine invasion in history by drastically reducing the abundance of coral reef fishes and leaving behind a devastated ecosystem”.

Blazing a trail for a better bounty of Oregon berries (Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s research center is a branch of the College of Agricultural Sciences and includes laboratories, an office, nursery and fertile field crops that are quietly tucked away on 160 acres of Clackamas County owned land just south of Wilsonville’s Charbonneau neighborhood.

OSU’s design and human environment picked for top 20 list (Gazette-Times)

Fashion blog Fashionista recently ranked Oregon State University’s design and human environment program as one of the top 20 in the nation.

New tool available to assess impact of dams (Renewable Energy World)

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 Hydro World)


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.


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


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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Beaver documentary: The Beavers Without Borders program has produced a 70-minute documentary on their 2011 trip to Guatemala to build a house for a family in need. The premier will be Aug. 12 at the OSU Alumni Center in Corvallis and Aug. 13 at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. For tickets to any of these events: http://www.osubeavers.com/ot/beavers-without-borders.html

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! Dixon hours: Dixon RecCenter’s annual maintenance shut-down is slated for Aug. 20 – Sept. 5.  Alternate facilities will be available including pool, cardio, climbing, courts, and turf.  For summer hours or alternate hours during maintenance, visit  http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/hours. The Outdoor Recreation Center is open (limited hours) during this time.

NEW! Training: Are you involved in training OSU employees? You are invited to be part of a community of practice that comes together regularly to discuss topics such as online training, learning management systems, software skill development, delivery methods and more. If you are interested, e-mail Leigh Larkin of Training & Organizational Effectiveness at  leigh.larkin@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Research blog: Research Centers gather investigators from across campus to the cutting edge. See who leads the centers and institutes, and what they’re up to, in  the latest Vice President for Research blog posting.

NEW! NSF-STEP Letters of Intent: Request for Letters of Intent for the NSF-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Type 1 Program 2011. The program seeks to increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/step.html. Letters of Intent deadline to the Research Office is Monday, August 15, 2011. Contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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

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

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.

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 Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership currently has an opening for a fixed-term, part-time Assistant Professor, who will also provide leadership for the Community College Leadership Program during the coming year. Posting # 0007699. Closes Aug. 5.

Office Specialist 2 – Information Services-Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0007776. Closes Aug. 11.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst (Internal to OSU Employees Only) – Information Services-Telecommunication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst position. Posting # 0007768. Closes Aug. 5.

Director of Networking Services – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of Networking Services position. Posting # 0007763. Closes Aug. 12.

The Oregon University Systems is seeking applicants for Program Representative 1, full-time (1.0 FTE), classified position. Posting #0007745. Closes Aug. 20.

The Oregon University Systems is seeking applicants for Accountant 2, full-time (1.0 FTE), classified position. Posting #0007748. Closes Aug. 20.

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

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.

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 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: “In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams. Tired of the sunshine yet? Didn’t think so. We’ll have highs in the low to mid 80s all week, with a few clouds appearing but nothing serious enough to cool things down. Overnight lows will be in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Thunderstorms are on tap all week, with highs in the mid to high 80s, dropping to the 50s in the evening.

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