OSU Today

Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 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.

Study: Permanent evolution is slow process (UPI)

Although evolution can sometimes be a rapid process, the changes that endure and become permanent tend to take a long time, researchers at Oregon State University said. (see also Science 360, Science Codex, Truth Dive)

Undersea cable laid for ‘transformative’ ocean observatory (OPB)

This summer, Oregon State University scientists and engineers are also on the water, testing instrument packages and buoys that will connect in part to the fiber optic network. (see also NSF, EP)

Earthquake hotspots in the U.S. (Christian Post)

The U.S. Geological Survey’s data shows that earthquakes rarely strike the U.S. East Coast and are generally less severe when they do. “There are lots of other earthquakes that may happen first,” said marine geologist Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU alum becomes first female general in the Guard (Gazette-Times)

When she joined the Army in 1986, Julie Bentz had no idea that one day she would break a gender barrier.

Numbers up for gay friendly colleges (The Advocate)

Campus Pride’s 2011 LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index has given 33 schools from around the nation its highest rating this year, nearly double the number of schools from last year. Among those ranked highest is Oregon State University.

Amphibian disease research yields weapon (UPI)

Zoologists at Oregon State University say the tiny zooplankton, called Daphnia magna, could provide a desperately needed tool for biological control of the deadly fungus, whose impact one researcher has called “the most spectacular loss of vertebrate biodiversity due to disease in recorded history.” (see also IBT, Environmental News Service)

Study: Students skimp on fruits, vegetables (Portland Tribune)

The study by Oregon State University, published July 18 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, found that of the 582 undergraduates surveyed a majority ate less than one serving of vegetables or fruit each day, far from the recommended five to 10 daily servings. (see also Esquire, News Day)

Humanities front and center (Oregon Humanities)

OSU–Cascades professors mobilize to offer American Studies major.

Northwest wine industry funds research (Wines & Vines)

The wine industry raised more than $2 million for the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences worked with those funds to make better use of the college’s dwindling allocation of state funding.

Simple game can boost learning (Early Years)

Megan McClelland, an associate professor in human development and family sciences at OSU, and her colleagues have spent years probing the importance of self-regulation in children.

Is it too late to change big-time college sports? (Oregonian)

“People see benefit in breaking the rules to get a competitive advantage,” says Oregon State University President Ed Ray, “and if they get away with it, it’s no big deal. We’ve got to change the calculus of the risk and reward structure.”

Barnum & Bailey for the 21st century (Register-Guard)

The circus offered students from the Oregon State University Veterinary School of Medicine a chance to attend an animal care seminar Thursday, where, among other things, they could see what the pachyderms eat every day. (see also KEZI)

OSU leaders strive to be voice for students (Gazette-Times)

Milikaleakona Hopoi and Sokho Eath don’t have a plan to lower tuition at Oregon State University or add more student parking spots on campus. In fact, as the newest leaders of the Associated Students of Oregon State University, they said their plan is simple: “It’s just making the student government the students’ voice,” Hopoi said.

Why do people become vegans/vegetarians? All of the above (Health News)

“There is no single reason why people choose to become vegans or vegetarians,” said Peter Cheeke, a professor emeritus of animal sciences at Oregon State University, who launched the survey. “In many cases, their reasons are multi-faceted. But if there was a single reason cited by most people, it was the idea of becoming healthier.”

Beavers Without Borders tells uplifting tale (KTVZ)

This weekend in Bend, there’s a chance to see how some Oregon State University student athletes have made a difference in a positive way thousands of miles away.

Ag building at OSU will need repair (Gazette-Times)

A Monday fire and subsequent activation of an overhead sprinkler system caused little damage to the Agriculture and Life Science Building at Oregon State University, a building official said Wednesday. However, some repairs will be needed.

Dragonfly field guide shows where to find the beautiful insects (Oregonian)

After two stories stories about dragonflies and damselflies — one on how to attract them, another about their lives —  I got several heads up about a book of that very subject. It’s called “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide” by Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon (Oregon State University Press; paperback $24.95, 304 pages).

The case of the pedaling professor (Electric Bike Report)

Professor John Luna recently retired from Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he taught agricultural ecology and sustainable farming, concentrating on vegetable growing.  Luna lives about ten miles outside of Corvallis.

OSU Extension Service looks to the future (Gazette-Times)

When the dust settled at the last state legislative session in late June, Oregon State University Extension Service ended up with an 11 percent cut in state funding after Oregon’s statewide public service programs lost $8 million of their proposed 2011-13 biennium budget, leaving them with a total of just more than $38 million.

The tides are a changing (Earth Sky)

In 2011, scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Toronto, Tulane University and the University of Leeds completed a research project that details how tides have changed along the east coast of North America over the past 10,000 years.

Corps of Engineers to build island in Malheur Lake (Oregonian)

A growing number of eagles, falcons and owls constantly flushed terns off their nests this year, allowing gulls to swoop in and eat their eggs. Because of that, Oregon State University researchers reported that the tern colony produced no chicks this season.

“Holding Lies” (MidCurrent)

John Larison is a guide, river steward, and English instructor, who studied under the wing of Ted Lesson at Oregon State University. His work has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Rod and Reel, and American Angler.

Pet arthritis: No cure but meds can help (Town Talk)

While arthritis in dogs and cats is not curable, it is treatable, and pet owners should experiment with medicines, therapies and lifestyle changes until they find an approach that eases the pain and inflammation, said Dr. Wendy Baltzer, a veterinarian, surgeon and director of the Small Animal Rehabilitation Center at Oregon State University. (see also The Telegraph)

OSU forestry professor honored by Society of American Foresters (Gazette-Times)

Steven Strauss, a distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, has received the Barrington-Moore Memorial Award from the Society of American Foresters.

The new face of grief (Monterey Herald)

“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.

Unemployment rates vary across the state (OPB)

Bend’s unemployment rate is 12.6 percent while 130 miles to the west in Corvallis, unemployment is about half that — at 6.5 percent. Employment Department economist Pat O’Connor says Corvallis has Oregon State University — and that makes the town fairly stable financially.

Oregon loses $35 million a year to college student failure (Oregonian)

About 40 percent of students who enter Oregon’s colleges and universities drop out before earning a degree, and that failure costs the state about $35 million in lost income and taxes, according to a report released today by the American Institutes for Research.

July shift wipes out more than 1,000 jobs (Gazette-Times)

Another other big factor was Oregon State University, which falls into the state government category. OSU had been up about 840 jobs over the year, but that increase dropped to about 200 jobs last month, O’Connor said.

Green nanotechnology vision now a roadmap for development (Nano Werk)

Three of the five co-authors are from Oregon. They include Skip Rung, director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), and Robert Tanguay, professor of molecular toxicology at Oregon State University. The other two co-authors were Robert Peoples, director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, and Kira Matus of the London School of Economics.

The dying off of large mammals and predators is hurting the environment (WBTV)

Large predators have a much greater impact on many ecological processes than previously understood and their decline could severely impact the Earth’s ecosystems, according to a recent study from researchers at Oregon State University in conjunction with 21 other scientific and educational institutions in six countries.

OSU honors top master gardeners (Oregonian)

Tam Martin has been named statewide Master Gardener of the Year for her work with the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener program

Unclear if disease is killing sockeye (Metro Vancouver)

Dr. Michael Kent, a professor and microbiologist at Oregon State University, said scientists are sometimes ordered to redirect their own limited resources “to the disease of the day that has become popular in the media.” (see also Montreal Gazette)


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.


Biohazard drill: A large-scale bio-hazard emergency response drill will take place on campus this Wednesday, Aug. 31. The drill, which will last most of the day, will include law enforcement, fire departments, hazard response units, uniformed Oregon National Guard members and others, and will alter some campus pedestrian and automobile traffic. Sackett Place and Intramural Way will be closed to foot and most vehicle traffic in the morning and afternoon of Aug. 31, and the Campus Way bike path (where the covered bridge is located) will have higher-than-usual vehicle traffic in the morning. The drill has been organized by OSU’s Environmental Health & Safety office as a way to coordinate responses among the different agencies and departments and be equipped to handle hazardous scenarios if they should arise.

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


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Hallie Ford opening: A public grand opening will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at OSU. The public program begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by public tours of the building, which is located at the corner of 26th and Campus Way. Refreshments will be served.

NEW! CGRB Public Lecture: The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing presents a Public Lecture featuring Richard “Ed” Green of UC Santa Cruz. He will be presenting a talk entitled “Recent Human Evolution as Revealed by Ancient Hominin Genomes”. Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Free.

NEW! 2011 CGRB Fall Conference: The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing presents the annual Fall Conference. Featuring: presentations from the OSU community and several high-profile external speakers and a poster session. Sept. 18-19. To register, or for more information, visit http://conference.cgrb.oregonstate.edu/.  $20 before Sept. 9.

NEW! Diet and health conference: The sixth conference on Diet and Optimum Health will be held Sept. 13-16, on the OSU campus for the first time. Sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute and the Oxygen Club of California, a range of experts will speak on such topics as vitamin E, immune function, cardiovascular disease and others. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/pG33CB

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! OSU Today for Labor Day: OSU Today will be sent out Tuesday, Sept. 6, due to the Monday holiday.

NEW! Bike Commute Challenge: The 2011 Bike Commute Challenge kicks off in September. From Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, ride your bike to work and reap rewards, while helping OSU beat other universities. Participants who ride at least seven days are eligible to receive 10 percent discounts on bike gear and parts from participating local bike dealers. Find out how it works at http://www.bikecommutechallenge.com

NEW! Library closure: The Valley Library will be closed for an annual in-service day for faculty and staff during intersession, Wednesday, Sept. 14. Although the library will not be open the main entrance on first and second floors will be unlocked for access to the outer lobby, ATM, phones and Java II. For more information please contact Kerrie.Cook@oregonstate.edu, or 541-737-4633.

NEW! Student Hall Move-in: More than 4,000 students will move onto campus starting Sept. 18.  OSU faculty and staff are invited to partner with UHDS and others to welcome students to OSU.  With flexible 3-hour shifts, Welcome Volunteers will provide information and assistance at Reser Stadium, residence halls and loading zones.  Each volunteer will receive an $8 UHDS meal card. To volunteer go to https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/form/openingvolunteer.  For information contact Dave Warneking, at dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5622.

NEW! INTO OSU is moving: Starting Sept. 2, INTO OSU will begin the process of moving from Heckart and Reed Lodges to the new International Living-Learning Center.  Moving will continue through Sept. 16. After the move is complete, INTO OSU offices and staff will no longer occupy Reed and Heckart Lodges.  Please direct all INTO OSU students to the ILLC at 1701 SW Western Blvd.  For questions, contact the front desk at 541-737-2464 or for general inquiries, e-mail INTO@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Research blog: How did  early-morning kayaking lead to a federal facility? What do  fledging birds, bulrushes, and the Ozone-Layer Sleuth have in common?  Please see the recent Spin on Research SummerLight blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/08/24/noaa-and-the-creek-personal-views/

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! General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2011: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Fall 2011 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Complete program Oct. 17. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

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

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! Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Exploration: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 8 an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Deadline: Nov. 17. Full description: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/introduction.aspx If you have questions contact: Martha Coleman, Director of OSU Foundation Relations at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961.

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.

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 .

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.

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

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.

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

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

Parking lots: Free parking in student/visitor lots only now through Oct 7.

Campus Way: Due to ADA improvements, Campus Way will be temporarily closed between 26th Street and Waldo Place as well as between intersections of the Pioneer Place Loop. The parking lot between Milam Hall and Gilkey Hall will be temporarily closed during the Campus Way street closure. The traffic flow on Pioneer Place will be temporarily reversed from west to east. Parking between Benton Hall and Benton Annex will remain open for normal use.  Pioneer Place can be accessed from Waldo Place. Portions of the Pioneer Place parking lot will also be temporarily closed. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7  a.m. Aug. 29 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 6.

Nash Hall: Due to construction related to the new parking lot at the Linus Pauling Institute, the roadway access at the SW corner of Nash Hall will be closed. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 29 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept 12.

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 is inviting applications for an Associate Librarian, tenure track position.  Posting #0007879. Closes Oct. 10.

INTO OSU is seeking an executive assistant to provide high-level confidential administrative support to the OSU Academic Programs and International Admissions Directors, and the INTO OSU Center Director. Salary $32k to $40k per year plus complete benefit package. Position closes Sept 8.  Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to into.hr@oregonstate.edu.

The Facilities Services Department is seeking an experienced Accounting Technician. Job posting #0007891. Closes Sept. 2.

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

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.

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

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


Corvallis: It’s a such a pretty world today, with a cool morning followed by sunshine and a high of 81. Clouds rolling in will make things a lot cooler this week, keeping temperatures in the mid to high 70s with a slight chance of rain, a nice break from last week’s heat wave. Sunny skies will return by the end of the week.

Central Oregon: What’s this? The end of August and it’s in the 70s? While skies will stay sunny, a cooling pattern will keep things pleasant before it warms back up this weekend.

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