OSU Today

Aug. 8-14, 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 lands $183.7M in federal awards (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University researchers brought in $183.7 million in federal awards for fiscal year 2011, which closed June 30. (see also KEZI, Oregon Live, Democrat-Herald)

OSU makes Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll (KEZI)

OSU is among 16 schools nationally to be placed on the Princeton Review’s Green Rating honor roll, and the only one in Oregon. (see also Gazette-Times, KVAL, Greenfield Daily Reporter,

Study: Ancient tides much more variable (UPI)

Researchers at Oregon State University say tides have changed dramatically over thousands of years because of ice ages, plate tectonics, land uplift, erosion and sedimentation. (see also KVAL, Yahoo news)

College 101 for non-native speakers (Chronicle of Higher Education)

James Gregory Friedman stands at the front of an Oregon State University classroom and writes two words on a white board: disposable income. “What does that mean?” he asks, looking expectantly at his students, who are mostly male, Asian, and, for the moment, silent. (for PDF of full article)

Among Gen X women, 40 is party time (USA Today)

Sociologist Richard Settersten Jr., a professor at the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University in Corvallis, attributes the attitude to societal changes such as marrying and having children at older ages. What used to happen in the 20s and 30s is moving into the 40s, he says.

Mark Hatfield dies at 89 (Los Angeles Times)

Mark O. Hatfield, whose 35 years as Oregon’s U.S. senator illuminated his conviction that Republicans could be God-fearing conservatives and also passionate advocates for ending wars and racial discrimination, has died. He was 89. Reagan’s administration in the 1980s, meanwhile, had fed a growing conservative shift within the Republican Party, no less in Oregon, and Hatfield, though still widely popular, began standing on shifting sands, said Bill Lunch, political science professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Small amount of warming can trigger collapse of ice shelves (Current)

“We don’t know whether or not water will warm enough to cause this type of phenomenon,” said Shaun Marcott, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author of the report. “But it would be a serious concern if it did, and this demonstrates that melting of this type has occurred before.” (US News & World Report, IBTimes, UK)

New education dean brings science to the table (Gazette-Times)

Larry Flick’s office in Oregon State University’s Weniger Hall has a line of filing cabinets covered in science-themed toys: Rubik’s Cubes, metal puzzles, magnetic spinners. A lowly windup robot fizzles shortly after only a few steps. “It really only goes in a circle,” the new dean of OSU’s College of Education said with a chuckle.

OSU, EDCO partner to test drones in C. Oregon (KTVZ)

Economic Development for Central Oregon and Oregon State University announced Wednesday they have signed an agreement to develop technologies related to unmanned aerial systems that will benefit OSU’s academic and research programs, particularly natural resource management. (see also Portland Business Journal, OPB )

Extending knowledge (Gazette-Times)

This story is first in a series marking the 100th anniversary of Oregon State University Extension Service. Look for stories during the month of August on the changing relationship between women and Extension, 4-H’s evolving efforts to reach out to Oregon youth and the future of Extension at OSU and nationwide.

In Congress debt debate, hard to hear hunger (Oregonian)

“Between 2005 and 2009, the growth in new SNAP cases was among people we don’t usually think of as ‘the poor,'” says Mark Edwards, a sociologist at Oregon State University. “The growth was mostly among households composed of more than one adult (most with children), among single-male households, and among people who had been working a full year during the year prior to when they began SNAP. So the profile of who receives SNAP has shifted considerably.”

Local author awaits verdict on latest work (Gazette-Times)

These are odd days for Corvallis writer Tracy Daugherty: His new book, “Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller,” hits bookstores Tuesday, and so this is the time when there’s not much he can do except keep an eye on the early reviews. (see also Oregonian)

What are the secrets to aging well? (Chicago Daily Herald)

“Yes, of course,” said Maret Traber, one of the nation’s lead researchers on vitamin E. A professor of nutrition at Oregon State University, she is also a principal investigator at the university’s Linus Pauling Institute, which investigates the role of vitamins and micronutrients in health and aging. She said vitamin E, working alone or in concert with other vitamins, is doing more for Jim than improving his appearance.

The voodoo bug hits Oregon vintners (Crosscut)

Biodynamic winemaking, long established in Burgundy, has made the leap to Oregon, bringing with it ancient agricultural practices. Katherine Cole’s new book, Voodoo Vintners (OSU Press), explores a world of grapes grown with the help of moon cycles, manure-packed cow horns, and lactating bovines.

Dreaded pest a virtual no-show (Capital Press)

Trap counts have been low, one to five flies per week, in commercial berry farms but higher, 15 to 20, in home gardens from Medford to the Willamette Valley, said Vaughn Walton, Oregon State University entomologist in Corvallis.

Veterinarians check in Benton County fair animals (KEZI)

Oregon State University faculty, along with veterinary students, have to inspect each animal.  And that gives the students hands-on experience. (see also Gazette-Times)

Expanding minds (Gazette-Times)

Middle-school students played the roles of chemists and engineers Tuesday afternoon at Oregon State University. Their mission? Build model cars powered by fuel cells and race them against other cars.

New OSU liberal arts dean named (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts has named a Spanish professor to lead its second associate dean position.

Preventative health: Bones and balance (Register Guard)

Cindy O’Brien (www.strongbonesstrongbody.com), a certified personal trainer in Eugene, leads exercise classes endorsed by the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Oregon State University’s Better Bones & Balance program.

Facebook reveals its data center secrets (IT World)

As part of the company’s Open Compute Project, Facebook officials released specifications for the data center’s custom-built rack-mounted servers, which they said weigh less and use more-efficient power systems than most others do. The company also disclosed its methods for cooling racks of servers without air conditioning. The technical details are posted on the OpenCompute.org website hosted by Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab.

Oregon State turns to webcam for proctoring tests (Campus News)

Students who live farther afield or who can’t take tests during standard university hours may struggle to find a testing center that meets the standards set by their school. Oregon State University has begun recommending a proctoring service that caters specifically to this latter group of test-takers

Well preserved (Register-Guard)

To learn how to can tuna themselves, Al and David called Lane County’s resident tuna canning expert and family friend, Dale Dowe. Dowe, who has been a certified Master Food Preserver with the Lane County Oregon State University Extension Service for 11 years, has been teaching the science of canning tuna for almost that long.

Big predators: Key to the ecosystem (Seattle Times)

Researchers at Oregon State University found everything from elk populations and vegetation in the park was effected by the loss of wolves, hunted to extinction in the park.

Student surpasses all the odds (Gazette-Times)

Jonathon Hoover hasn’t had an easy life. But he would never lead you to believe so. Hoover, a 20-year-old with cerebral palsy, is a constant presence on the Oregon State University campus, often found in company with members of the OSU men’s basketball team. (see also Oregon Live)

Anarchy amid Oregon’s sights and scents (Statesman Journal)

When Keith Scribner, an associate professor of English at Oregon State University, arrived in the Mid-Valley in 2000, he was overwhelmed by the smell of mint fields. He captured that memory for the opening of his latest novel, “The Oregon Experiment.”


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.


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

Summer concert: This week’s Summer Session concert takes place at noon in the MU brick mall and features Opus 7. 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. 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.


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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Corbett Retirement Reception: After more than 30 years of service to Oregon State University, Jim Corbett is retiring. Jim’s farewell reception will be held on Aug. 16 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Valley Library’s Willamette Rooms and will include substantial hors d’oeuvres.

NEW! Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture Field Day: Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OCCUH) is located on 35th Street, across the street from the OSU Foundation. Come out and see the annual flower trials, vegetable production systems, permaculture site, hedge rows, and many other sustainable landscape practices for the home and commercial landscape.

NEW! University Day: Mark your calendar for Sept. 22.  Keynote address by comedian and veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald, prizes, a great lunch (go to the website to vote for your favorite entrée), meet up with your friends at the Expo (registration is open if your department would like to participate).  All this and more will be waiting for you at this year’s event.

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! Marine Animal Adaptations Camp: Saturday Academy at OSU. For students entering 6th-9th grades. Aug. 15-19, from 1-4 p.m., on the OSU Campus. Please contact Saturday Academy (541-737-8139) or visit the Saturday Academy website (http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu) for more information.

NEW! NSF – PIRE Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF-Partnerships for International Research and Education 2011 program. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pire.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Sept. 12. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! NSF – ADVANCE Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF–ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers program. The program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/advance.html . Submission deadline to the Research Office: Aug. 29. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! NSF – GeoEd Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – Geoscience Education program. The program seeks to increase public understanding of Earth system science and foster recruitment, training and retention of a diverse and skilled geosciences workforce for the future. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/geoed.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Sept. 6. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

UHDS fliers: 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.  To participate, please contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-5622 for important details.  Firm deadline for materials is Sept. 9.

Reminder Environmental Chemistry: The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is accepting applications for the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry. Applications should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Deadline: Aug. 25. If you have any questions, contact Martha Coleman at martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or (541)737-6961.

NEW! Scientific integrity: Prestigious leaders gathered in D.C. recently to discuss scientific integrity.  OSU’s Vice President for Research has a review and call for your thoughts at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Generator testing: Please be advised that there will be generator system testing in the following buildings during a 2 week time period:  Adams Hall, Cascade Hall, Parking Structure, Gill Coliseum, Reser Stadium, Magruder Hall, LARC, Dryden, Radiation Center, EH&S Annex, Crop and Soil Science, Ag & Life Sciences, Kelley Engineering, Valley Library, Kerr Administration Building, Heat Plant, Dearborn Hall, Burt Hall, Nash Hall & Salmon Disease Lab.  During this time period, building occupants may be aware of the sound of a diesel engine running for approximately 2 – 2.5 hours per generator test. This testing will not affect the building electrical services. The testing will run between 6 a.m. Aug. 8 through 5 p.m. Aug 22.

Jefferson Street, Ninth Street, Monroe: The City has begun reconstructing Ninth Street between Jefferson and Monroe Avenues. The project will be complete by mid-October. Travel on Jefferson Avenue between 8 and 11 Streets will be restricted to west bound only;
9th Street will be closed to all traffic between Jefferson and Jackson Avenues; Traffic on Monroe Avenue may experience congestion and delays at 9th Street, and no turning will be allowed from Monroe Avenue to 9th Street. As construction is completed, streets and intersections will be placed back into service.

Lot next to tennis pavilion: The small parking lot on the east side of the Indoor Tennis Pavilion will be closed to accommodate the contractor that will be resurfacing the outdoor track around Student Legacy Park.  The lot should reopen by 5 p.m. Aug. 30.

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 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:

OSU is seeking an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance & Administration. Posting #0007769 . Closes Aug. 15.

The Office of Post Award Administration is looking for an Accountant I. This is a full-time fixed term position. Posting #0007764. Closes Aug. 15.

SEVIS Coordinator/International Advisor – International Student and Faculty Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, SEVIS Coordinator/International Advisor position. Posting # 0007796. Closes Aug. 21.

Analyst Programmer – OSU Libraries & Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer position. Posting #0007553. Closes Aug. 19.

Oregon State University, College of Pharmacy is seeking applicants for a full-time Administrative Program Specialist position to work with/support the Director of Alumni Relations & Professional Development to engage students and stakeholders. Posting #0007766.  Closes Aug. 10.

The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center is seeking applicants for a Financial Coordinator, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0007759. Closes Aug. 12.

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.

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/.

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: “How sociable the garden was. We ate and talked in given light. The children put their toys to grass all the warm wakeful August night,” — Thomas Gunn. Cool mornings and warm afternoons will be the hallmark of this week’s weather pattern, but by the weekend those morning clouds should disappear. Highs will be in the high 70s to low 80s with overnight lows around 52 to 54 all week.

Central Oregon: After a chance of thunderstorms today the skies should clear as temperatures rise to the mid to high 80s all week, with overnight lows hovering around 45.

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