OSU Today

Aug. 15-21, 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.

Undersea volcano eruption found off Oregon Coast (Fox 12)

Oregon State University scientists say they’ve discovered an eruption of an undersea volcano about 250 miles off the Oregon Coast. ( see also International Business Times, King 5, KOIN, BBC)

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)

OSU Extension plans consolidation (Democrat-Herald)

The OSU Extension Service plans to eliminate county staff chair positions throughout the state and hire multicounty supervisors. Linn County will be grouped with Benton, Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties.

Hatfield legacy lives in OSU leadership of marine sciences (Oregon Live)

The passing Sunday of former U.S. Senator and Oregon Governor Mark Hatfield prompted an outpouring of remembrances of the political legend and his contributions to the state, including Newport, where Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center bears his name.

Still no contract for OSU staff (Gazette-Times)

Bargaining between the Oregon University System and its classified employees broke down this week at Portland State University, and the union is willing to strike if no agreement can be reached by mid-September.

Calls for more stringent standards in wake of increasing storm damage (Homeland Security News)

“Modern building codes are not what we would call inadequate, but they are kind of a bare minimum,” said Rakesh Gupta, a professor of wood engineering and mechanics at Oregon State University, and one of the members of the NSF team that traveled to such sites as Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri — where a massive EF5 tornado in May killed more than 150 people and caused damage approaching $3 billion. (see also Buildings, Science Daily)

De Carolis continues to move forward battling Parkinson’s disease (Gazette-Times)

Bob De Carolis has come to grips with his fight with Parkinson’s disease. He plans not only to live a full life as Oregon State’s athletic director, but to help others understand what he’s going through.

OSU recruits former NFL assistant trainer (KEZI)

Oregon State University football has a new face to head its medical staff, and she came to OSU straight from the NFL. Ariko Iso is the newest member of OSU’s athletic medical staff. She’s the new head football athletic trainer, and she brings with her nine years of professional NFL experience.

Researchers track whales from remote lighthouse (KSTK)

A research team led by Oregon State University graduate student Michelle Fournet spent five weeks on the island this summer monitoring humpback whales. Fournet’s team is investigating how communications between individual whales influence their spacing across the Frederick Sound feeding grounds.

A thirst for salmon knowledge (The World)

Katherine Nordholm is researching salmon for the Coos Watershed Association, but she’s getting a sweet deal — Nordholm is a graduate student at Oregon State University, and CWA is paying for her schooling in exchange for her research.

Oregon’s public universities plan to go solar (OPB)

An ambitious solar project rolling out across Oregon college campuses next week would set one university on a path toward energy independence. The five megawatts planned for Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, and Eastern Oregon would create a bigger solar project than any currently operating in Oregon.

Oregon State Hillel blooms through pair’s efforts, ideas (Jewish Review)

The Hillel at Oregon State University is a bootstrapping, vibrant community of young Jewish students. At the helm are two passionate students, Sarah Saul and Layton Dessert.

Invasive tansy ragwort once again threatening Oregon (Western Farm Press)

A moderate La Niña event followed by a cool, wet spring has created a double-whammy in the state, according to Andrew Hulting, an Oregon State University Extension weed management specialist. (see also Register-Guard, KVAL, Oregonian)

PGE looks to giant cane for Boardman plant (Capital Press)

Hermiston-area growers question whether the benefits outweigh the drawbacks and are concerned over transferring thousands of food-producing acres to energy use. “Growers are concerned,” said Oregon State University agronomist Don Horneck. “This is the breadbasket of Oregon. You’re pushing out crops that literally feed the world.”

Monster quake: Are we next? (Discovery)

OSU expert among those featured.

OSU receives nuclear energy grant (KEZI)

Oregon State University (OSU) received a large research grant Tuesday from the United States Department of Energy. OSU was awarded $600,000 for a nuclear energy technology research project.

Books about wine for summer reading (New York Times)

In almost any discussion of wine these days, the subject of biodynamic viticulture is likely to come up. Yet nobody has sought to explain biodynamics and its history in plain, easy-to-understand language. Katherine Cole, a wine columnist in Portland, Ore., remedies that with her new book, “Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers” (Oregon State University Press, $19).

By any other name (The Rumpus)

I’ve heard it said that the best art makes you see the world in a new light, but before Keith Scribner’s terrific third book, The Oregon Experiment, I’d never read anything that literally made me smell the world differently.

Panel rules simplifying NCAA rule book (ESPN)

“I think there is a very strong sense among presidents and chancellors that we need to be very clear and very severe where infractions do exist and that we want to send a message about certain behaviors,” said Oregon State president Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee. “There needs to be very serious penalties for very serious violations.”

The color of controversy (Science News)

Ultimately, the future of food dyes may not rest with scientists or government regulators, but with consumers, says Ron Wrolstad, an agricultural chemist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Expanded outreach (Gazette-Times)

Paralleling 4-H’s administrator, Oregon State University Extension, Fiesta Mexicana exemplifies how Oregon’s 4-H has adapted over the years to serve a much more diverse population of young people.

Fertile terrain (Coos Bay World)

In 1983, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Science reached across the legendary divide between hard science and liberal art. Baldly stated, the college felt a need to “enlighten and inform.”

Red wolf comeback in NC helps other animals thrive (The Sun News)

After the wolves were gone from the Rocky Mountains, the trees disappeared, and soil eroded near streams, said Bill Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University.

Marine microbes not much help degrading ocean-floating plastics (Microbe Magazine)

“Despite increases in plastic production, the best data available do not indicate measurable increases in plastic debris in the Atlantic,” says oceanographer Angelicque E. White of Oregon State University.

New device supplements GPS (Democrat-Herald)

Students at Oregon State University have designed a device to track individuals in an indoor space, creating a system that can function where conventional GPS technology doesn’t work.

Is the resveratrol in that red wine working for you? (EmpowHER)

Preliminary studies reviewed by the Linus Pauling at Institute at Oregon State University have shown that trans-resveratrol is absorbed more efficiently by the body, but more studies are needed to evaluate the bioavailability of these interesting polyphenols in humans.

Terns take turn for worst (Chinook Observer)

The research is a collaborative project between Oregon State University, Real Time Research Inc., and the USGS-Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Started in the late 1990s, the work aims to assess the impact of avian predation on recovery of ESA-listed salmonids.

Analyzing culture with Google books: Is it social science? (Miller-McCune)

An opinion piece by OSU’s Anita Guerrini.

First lady, daughter pay Oregon visit (Register-Guard)

While local authorities kept mum, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama confirmed Monday that the first lady is in the Willamette Valley this week to visit her brother, Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson. (see also KGW, Gazette-Times)

Oregon State hires chief of new animal/rangeland sciences department (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Oregon State University has hired an alumnus who is a meat scientist at the University of Illinois to head up its upcoming animal and rangeland sciences department.

Oregon artisan cheesemakers win big north of the border (Sys-Con)

“Oregon’s cheeses are of superb quality. We are fortunate to have cheesemakers who are very talented and they focus on producing quality products,” said Lisbeth Goddik, Oregon State University Dairy Processing Specialist. “In addition, the cheesemakers work with great quality milk. National statistics continue to demonstrate that some of the best milk in the nation comes from Oregon’s dairy farms.”

Cereal cyst nematodes rising problem in NW, researchers say (Capital Press)

Oregon State University professor of plant pathology Richard Smiley said the nematode is already widespread, to the point where only crop management can lessen its impact.

At our best (Gazette-Times)

Two Oregon State University faculty members from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife have been named fellows of the Wildlife Society.

OSU hires new admissions office director (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University announced Thursday that Noah Buckley has been named director of the office of admissions.

Farmers Markets, Buying Clubs and Farm Stands (Living Culture)

This video features OSU’s Larry Lev.

Holy sheet! Ask Umbra on printers (Daily Grind)

Oregon State University engineers just figured out a way to print solar cells using inkjet printers — and the process cuts down on waste by 90 percent. (Granted, we can’t print our own solar panels at home yet, but still.)


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. Registration for Session 2 is going on through Aug. 15. Visit  http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup to sign up.

Choir concert: OSU Summer Choir presents “A Concert fit for Royalty.” They will perform Mozart’s Mass in C Major, “The Coronation Mass” and more. 7:30 p.m., Aug. 15, first United Methodist Church. Admission is $5 at the door, free w/ ID for OSU students.


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.


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

OSU MBA Program Lunch & Learn for OSU Employees: Aug. 17 from noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union 109B.  Join us for lunch while you learn more about the MBA program and the flexibility to learn around your work schedule.  Please RSVP by Aug. 16 to 541-737-5510 or osumba@bus.oregonstate.edu .


Classified Employees: August General Meeting. “Still no contract,” well in part anyway.  Find out where we stand with our contract and how our negotiation team has been treated.  Room 208 in the MU, noon to 1 p.m.,  Thursday, Aug. 18. Bring a work mate and come wearing purple.  Don’t forget to vote on the Higher Ed and DAS part of the contract, as you should have received your ballot in the mail by now.


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

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Equity and Inclusion: By now you may have heard about the Office of Equity and Inclusion.  This new name represents a university initiative to integrate the work of three formerly separate offices: Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Community and Diversity, and Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity.  Though the name is different, staff are working to provide as many of the same services as possible during this year of transition.  To inform the integration of equity and inclusion efforts, Angelo Gomez will be leading a year-long self-study process that will involve full engagement from the OSU community.  To learn more about the self-study process, contact people, available services, and upcoming lunchtime forums, please visit the Equity and Inclusion website: http://oregonstate.edu/oei

NEW! Summer construction: Facilities Services has been working hard at developing a method to inform the campus when this summer’s construction work impacts streets and sidewalks. The following website will provide a weekly update, listing all of the sidewalk and street work that will be happening. To subscribe to the RSS feed, or to bookmark the website where notices will be announced, visit their Street and Sidewalk Notices website. Visit the Facilities Services website to learn more about all of the 2011 Summer Construction.

NEW! Theater fundraiser: OSU faculty members Brad Townsend (Director of OSU Athletic Bands), Chris Chapman (Director of OSU Bands), Bob Brudvig (Director of Percussion) and Charlotte Headrick (long time University Theatre director) are all involved with A Grand Night for Singing, a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue which is being produced as a fundraiser for the Majestic Theatre.   The production plays August 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m., and 21, 28 at 2:30 p.m.

NEW! TIAA-CREF: A TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor will be on campus for individual consultations in September.  TIAA-CREF can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs. The sessions will be held Sept. 7 & 8. To reserve a time to meet with a TIAA-CREF representative, please call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601. Room locations and times will be provided at the time your reservation is made.

NEW! Search Advocate workshops: OSU Search Advocates collaborate with faculty search committees to enhance the quality of university search and selection efforts.  Information and registration for the Search Advocate 2-part Workshop Series (next offered Sept. 19-20) is available at the OSU Professional Development website—the Search Advocate series is at the end of the list:  http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php

NEW! Natural resources school: OSU Extension’s Natural Resource School will be held Sept. 17 in Peavy Hall. It is a day of classes focused on small scale farming, woodland stewardship and rural living.  Classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a list of sessions and to register: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/nrschool Early bird registration continues through Aug. 19 at $40. The price through Sept. 6 is $50. For more information contact Chrissy Lucas at (541) 766-3556 or Chrissy.Lucas@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Milam Hall: Due to ADA side walk improvements the north-south sidewalk east of Milam Hall will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary to bring the OSU campus into ADA compliance. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 15 and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

26th and Campus Way: Due to ADA side walk improvements the north-south and east-west access at the southwest corner of 26th Street and Campus Way will be temporarily closed. Alternative east-west routes and north-south routes will remain open on the north and south sides at 26th Street and Campus Way.  The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 15 and should end by 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

Heat Plant: Oregon State Police will be conducting onsite training at the Heat Plant. Please be aware that this is just a training.  Signage and officers will be in place to advise campus. Training will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 16 and will conclude at 4 p.m. Aug. 17.

Campus Way: Due to the staging of a crane, the roadway and sidewalk located at Campus Way between 26th Street and Memorial Place will be temporarily shut-down.  The shutdown is necessary to install HVAC units on the roof of Milam Hall. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 19 and should end by 9 a.m.

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 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:

Operations Management – College of Business invites applicants for a part-time, fixed-term instructor of Operations Management winter term.  Apply to instructor pool.  Posting # 0007284

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for an Operations Manager for Residential Conferences and Building Services, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting #0007832.  Closes Aug 31.

Assistant Director MRM — College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. Position is responsible for management decisions and daily operations of the Marine Resource Management program. P/T, 0.50 FTE. Posting #0007815. Closes Sept. 7.

The office of Pre-College programs is accepting applications to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0007825. Closes Aug. 31.

The Graduate School is accepting applications to fill one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position at Oregon State University. Posting #0007828. Closes Aug. 22.

Recreational Sports is seeking applicants for an Office Specialist 2 – Rentals and Scheduling Specialist, full-time (1.0 FTE). Posting #0007824. Closes Aug. 26.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications for the position of Summer Session Director. The position is full-time and benefits eligible. Posting #0007816. Closes Aug. 28.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications for the position of Pre-Admission Advisor. The position is full-time and benefits eligible. Posting #0007818. Closes Aug. 28.

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.

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

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.

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.

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: Wait, is that, can that be a chance of showers outside? Weren’t we supposed to be through with all that for awhile? Well, no need to sing the blues. Things will warm up and brighten up by Tuesday, with sun and highs in the mid 0s all week.

Central Oregon: There might be a thunderstorm or two Monday with a high of 77 but things will warm back up to the 80s soon enough, and sunny skies will keep reminding us it’s summer.

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