OSU Today

Aug. 22-28, 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.

College students get low grade in eating fruits and vegetables (LA Times)

“We are not teaching youth how to be self-sustaining,” said study co-author Brad Cardinal in a news release. Cardinal, professor of exercise and sport science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, added, “Home economics and nutrition classes have all but disappeared from our schools in the K-12 system.” (see also Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News, Globe and Mail)

Book on “The Daily Show” examines way rhetoric is used (Oregon Live)

Trischa Goodnow, professor of speech communication at Oregon State University, edited the volume that analyzes the nature of “The Daily Show,” a satirical show hosted by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central that features real newsmakers. (KVAL)

Mid-valley farmers reap bounty of wheat (Gazette-Times)

“There’s a historic level of wheat this year,” said Mark Mellbye, a field crop specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “In the Willamette Valley as a whole, there’s over 200,000 acres – maybe 220 (thousand).” (see also Bend Bulletin, The Republic, KEZI)

Football analysis leads to advance in artificial intelligence (Science Daily)

Computer scientists in the field of artificial intelligence have made an important advance that blends computer vision, machine learning and automated planning, and created a new system that may improve everything from factory efficiency to airport operation or nursing care. And it’s based on watching the Oregon State University Beavers play football. (see also Science 2.0, KVAL, KEZI)

OSU Dean of Students embarks on a journey around the world (Oregon Live)

As a college student, Mamta Accapadi always imagined traveling around the world with the Semester at Sea program, but timing and finances never worked in her favor. When she became the Dean of Students at Oregon State University, it seemed like the dream would never be a reality. (see also LIFE@OSU)

OUS to break ground on Oregon’s largest solar project (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The first phase of the project, to be completed by the end of the year, will install large ground-mounted solar arrays at OIT, Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State University. (see also Oregonian, Register-Guard, KEZI)

From OSU researcher to NOAA administrator (Democrat-Herald)

Not so many years ago, Jane Lubchenco could often be found on a Yaquina Bay dock at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, pulling together gear in the quiet, early morning hours for a research cruise into the choppy Pacific waters off Oregon’s coast. (see also Statesman-Journal)

A look at OSU’s Open Source Lab (Linux)

Likewise, those of us in the open source community depend heavily on Oregon State University’s Open Source Labs (OSUOSL), but may not even realize just how much. Thanks to one of the final talks at LinuxCon by Lance Albertson, it’s much clearer now just how important OSUOSL is.

Parasite loads an underlying cause of salmon mortality (Science Daily)

The study was done by researchers from Oregon State University and other agencies, and concluded that heavy loads of parasites can affect salmon growth, weight, size, immune function, saltwater adaptation, swimming stamina, activity level, ability to migrate and other issues. (Enterprise Post News, KPIC)

MABEL is now world’s fastest two-legged robot with knees (Phys.Org)

“We envision some extraordinary potential applications for legged robot research: exoskeletons that enable wheelchair-bound people to walk again or that give rescuers super-human abilities, and powered prosthetic limbs that behave like their biological counterparts,” said developer Hurst, who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. (see also Wired, Engineer Live, R@D Magazine)

Oregon University System may top 100,000 students (KVAL)

More than half the additional 1,000 or so students expected at Oregon State University will be transfer students, said Kate Peterson, assistant provost for enrollment management. (see also Ashland Daily Tidings, Bend Bulletin)

OPB to debut OSU-linked film (Gazette-Times)

“Anita’s Journey,” a hand-painted, stop-motion animation film about a young girl’s experience hiding from the Nazis during World War II, will make its debut between 10 and 11 p.m. Wednesday on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Sports bras provide more support as designers focus on athletic women (Washington Post)

“Breasts are made up of mostly soft, elastic tissues and don’t have much in the way of firm internal support structures to keep them from stretching and bouncing during exercise,” says LaJean Lawson, who has conducted sports bra research at the biomechanics lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis for more than 25 years.

Researchers study idea that trauma, grief can beget strength (Wichita Eagle)

One take-home message is that people are tougher than we may think. “What comes out of all of this research … is that, as a species, we deal really well with stress,” said Carolyn Aldwin, an Oregon State University adult-development expert.

Dexter Lake’s algae being studied (Register-Guard)

The city is taking part in a two-year $120,000 study funded by the state and being carried out by Oregon State University to analyze the DNA of the algae to “determine if it is a variety which actually produces the harmful toxins,” City Administrator Charles Spies said.

Oregon, NW will vie for piece of $510m biofuel funding (Sustainable Business Oregon)

John Talbott, director of the Sun Grant Western Regional Center at Oregon State University, said his organizations has had ongoing contact with the Department of Defense.

Cities see slight growth in population (Statesman Journal)

“Although Stayton is considered a small city by national standards, it’s really still an urban place by Census definitions because it’s in a metropolitan county,” said Bruce Weber, director of the rural studies program at Oregon State University.

Something in the water (Boston.com)

Around 2005, amid the grim accumulation of reports on the totality of meth’s destruction, Jennifer Field began to think about how she might help. Field is an environmental chemist at Oregon State University, and Oregon had become one of those meth-ravaged states: One-third of all drug-treatment admissions were for meth, according to a Department of Justice study.

Getting wellness (The World)

The Bee Well program focuses on physical fitness, smoking cessation and nutrition for the program’s clients, who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Classes are taught through the Oregon State University Extension Service, and will eventually be taught in house, Annaloro said.

OSU awards COSI, Jason Smith (Madras Pioneer)

Oregon State University’s Orange Tour, staffed by three OSU representatives, traveled the state June 22-30, and presented several businesses and individuals with Community Impact Awards.

Robbed of memory (Register-Guard)

He has crossed Southwest 14th Street on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, but where to go from here?

Ocean wave power projects seek solid footing on West Coast (Sign On San Diego)

The Department of Energy has helped fund a renewable marine energy research center shared by Oregon State University and the University of Washington. Classes are taught through the Oregon State University Extension Service, and will eventually be taught in house, Annaloro said.

State SWAT team trains (Gazette-Times)

About 30 SWAT members from across the state convened at OSU to practice their repelling, building clearing and tactical action plans.

Pack your pickles (and peppers) today (WestLinn Tidings)

Our friends at OSU Extension Service sent a news release reminding us that you can pickle more than just cucumbers. Get creative – pickle your favorite summer bounty.

Oregon-grown bread makes a splash (Capital Press)

Coberly said she planted the hard red wheat before learning from Oregon State University extension agents that hard reds don’t grow well in the cold, wet Willamette valley. By that time, it was too late, she said. The wheat was already growing.

Animal nature (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University professor and a senior research associate have devised an online tool that uses interactive pattern-recognition technology to help researchers and others identify moth and butterfly species.

Sow salad greens for the fall (Oregon Live)

Seeds planted in August or early September will put greens on the table throughout fall and even during the winter in warmer areas of Oregon, the OSU Extension says.

Throw a curveball (The Standard: Hong Kong)

“Curvilinear forms create warmth,” said Sibel Dazkir, an Oregon State University doctoral student in design and human environment who did the study, which was published in the journal Environment and Behavior. “They’re associated with organic forms found in nature.”

OSU, EDCO partners in agreement (Madras Pioneer)

Economic Development for Central Oregon and Oregon State University 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.

Long-time farms feted at fair (Capital Press)

Partners in the program include the Oregon Farm Bureau, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation and Oregon State University Libraries.

Two local students earn scholarships (Oregon Live)

Two Oregon State University students from the local area are among the six students who received scholarships through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Multicultural Scholars Program.


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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Candidate forum: The Research Office invites the campus community to attend the Open Forum for Felicia Gentile, candidate for the Director of the Office of Research Integrity on  Sept. 1 from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. in MU 211.

NEW! Subsurface Biosphere Initiative Intern Poster Session: Sept. 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m., MU 109. This is a good opportunity to meet with the students and learn about their research and experience with the SBI internship program. Undergraduate interns have been working with faculty members in the colleges of Agricultural Science, Engineering, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Pharmacy, and Science. For more information: sbi@oregonstate.edu.

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! Policy on Information Technology Accessibility: OSU commits to ensuring equal access to all University programs, services and activities provided through information technology (IT). The policy pertains to website and web-based content accessibility, including multimedia and electronic documents. To read the policy statement in its entirety, please visit the newly redesigned Accessibility at OSU website. The policy, adopted Aug. 22, will take effect on Feb. 22.

NEW! Accessibility Basics for the Web: To support the campus community in meeting the obligations of the Policy on IT Accessibility, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is offering introductory sessions specifically focused on website accessibility.  To register, please visit OSU’s Professional Development site .

NEW! T.V. experiment: The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research group at OSU is conducting an experiment in interactive television and needs assistance. Participants between the ages of 18 to 65 will be paid $10 to watch t.v. and assess cutting edge input devices for future interactive television technologies. Participants are required to bring a partner. The study will take place between Aug. 20 and Sept. 2 during flexible hours. To participate, contact Carlos Jensen via remoteuserstudy@gmail.com

NEW! Manager training: For OSU supervisors and managers committed to doing their best, Training and Organizational Effectiveness offers the Core Curriculum program for Managers and Supervisors. Upcoming sessions are Oct. 10-11. This course includes up to 16 hours of prerequisite online training programs that must be completed before attending the classroom training. Early registration is recommended–registration will close on Sept. 15. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=274 for the course description and to register.

NEW! NSF – Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – ADBC program. The program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/adbcr.html. Deadline to the Research Office: Sept. 19. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Leadership award: Nominations are being sought for Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award recognizes an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by Sept. 3.

NEW! The Spin on Research: A voice on the phone, an address on the other side of cyberspace. Who is this “Research Office” anyway? Our newest Spin on Research SummerLight blog puts faces to the names, names to the positions, positions to the services. Come visit: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/08/17/faces-of-the-research-office

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

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.

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.

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

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 The price through Sept. 6 is $50. For more information contact Chrissy Lucas at (541) 766-3556 or Chrissy.Lucas@oregonstate.edu.

Dixon hours: Dixon RecCenter’s annual maintenance shut-down is taking place through 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

Campus wide: Due to moving phone and data lines to accommodate the ADA ramp project at Weniger Hall, all Clock Services to the buildings listed below will be temporarily shut down for approximately eight hours on Aug. 22. It may take until the following day for all the clocks to restore. The shutdown will begin at 5 a.m. and should end by 1 p.m. Burt Hall, Cordley Hall, Rogers Hall, Gilbert Addition, Kidder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Nash Hall, Weniger Hall, Wilkinson Hall/Gilfillan Auditorium.

Campus Way and Memorial Place: Due to ADA side walk improvements all four corners of the intersection at Campus Way and Memorial Place and adjacent street crossings will be temporarily closed.  Please use alternate street crossings – east, west, north and south of the intersection.  The intersection should reopen by 5 p.m. Aug., 25.

Campus Way and Pioneer Place: Due to ADA improvements, a portion of the parking lot at the intersection of Campus Way and Pioneer Place will be temporarily closed.  The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 24 and should end by 6 p.m. Sept. 2.

Weniger Hall: Due to moving phone and data lines to accommodate the ADA ramp project at Weniger Hall, all Data Services to the building will be temporarily shut down for approximately eight hours on Aug. 23. The shutdown will begin at 5 a.m. Aug. 23 and should end by 1 p.m. Telephone services will likewise be shutdown Aug. 22 from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

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.

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 University Library invites applicants for two full-time Library Technician 2 positions. Posting #0007865. Closes Aug. 25

The Arts & Sciences Business Center (ASBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Accountant 2.  Posting #0007850. Closes Aug. 31.

Analyst Programmer – International Student Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer position. Posting #0007838. Closes Sept 5.

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.

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

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.

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

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: “Whilst August yet wears her golden crown, ripening fields lush- bright with promise; Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.” –  Michelle L. Thieme. Mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to high 80s will keep us in a summery mood all week. Nights will be partly cloudy with lows dipping into the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: We’ll be staying in the mid 80s, even as summer wanes. Sunshine and maybe a few thunderstorms will be the norm this week, with overnight lows in the 40s and 50s.

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