OSU Today

Sept. 6-11, 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.

Hidden earthquake faults revealed at Mt. Hood (Oregonian)

“We don’t know where all the seismic faults exist in Oregon. We don’t know how often they cause earthquakes,” says Michael Olsen, an assistant professor of engineering at Oregon State University. (see also the Seattle Times, Bend Bulletin, The Olympian)

How wolves can help save the Canada lynx (OPB)

The return of wolves in some areas has reduced coyote populations by 50 percent. Researchers at Oregon State University say that could mean there will be more showshoe hares for the threatened Canada lynx to eat – a key to their recovery. (see also Register-Guard, Star-Tribune, Globe and Mail)

See the sea (New Yorker)

The National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative is working with the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, among others, to measure physical, chemical, geological, and biological elements in the oceans and on the seafloors.

The bright, hi-tech future of food preservation (Discover Magazine)

The result is food that is perfectly safe to eat, even raw. “I take raw hamburger, compress it, and then cook it just a little bit on the grill to make it look better on the outside,” says Antonio Torres, a food scientist at Oregon State University who also works with food compression.

McDougal will oversee OSU wave lab, other civil and construction engineering labs (LIFE@OSU)

William McDougal has been named director of CCE (Civil and Construction Engineering) Research Laboratories at the Oregon State University Hinsdale complex.

OSU expects 25,000 students this fall (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will most likely enroll about 25,000 students this fall, even higher than last fall’s record of 23,761. And, continuing another recent trend, many of these incoming students will have transferred to the university from community colleges.

Dress rehearsal for disaster (Gazette-Times)

About 60 people from at least 10 different agencies met at Oregon State University on Wednesday to make sure that their hazardous material response protocol works as well in practice as it does on paper. (see also KEZI)

OSU named gay-friendly campus (KOHD)

A new list ranks Oregon State University as one of the nation’s most gay-friendly campuses. (see also KEZI)

Linus Pauling’s many passions inspire artwork in new center (LIFE@OSU)

The artists were selected by a committee with ties to the Linus Pauling Science Center, to ensure that the artwork going into the new building was a good fit for the project. The work takes both literal inspiration from Pauling’s work in chemistry and nutrition, and more symbolic inspiration based on both his genius and creativity and his passion for peace.

Cancer prevention begins during pregnancy (Bio-Medicine)

A new study by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, done with laboratory mice, found that supplements of a key phytochemical found in certain vegetables provided a very high level of protection against leukemia and lymphoma in young animals, and also significantly protected against lung cancer during the rodent’s equivalent of middle age.

Grand opening of OSU’s Hallie Ford Center on Sept. 8 (KVAL)

A public grand opening will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, for the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University, marking the beginning of a collaborative research effort to support children and families in Oregon and around the world. (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon has some of the strictest guidelines for midwifery (Register-Guard)

An opinion piece by OSU’s Melissa Cheyney.

Making waves in energy production (Gazette-Times)

“Sustainable sources of energy are important to the world,” said Ron Adams, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. “Sun, waves, water and even nuclear power are great alternatives. Biomass is an opportunity. The challenge is developing the technology to make it affordable.”

City, university to sign memorandum of understanding (Gazette-Times)

A memorandum of understanding between Oregon State University and the city of Corvallis will be signed at next Tuesday’s city council meeting. (see also GT editorial)

Summer a busy time for Kodiak wildlife refuge (Deseret Times)

In the southern portion of Kodiak Island, Wheeler said the long hours of summer daylight have allowed graduate student James Lawonn of Oregon State University to continue his studies of the Kittlitz’s murrelet, a bird that is a candidate species for the federal Endangered Species List.

Innovative center nears completion at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Construction crews are busy putting in place the finishing touches to prepare the International Living-Learning Center for students to arrive at the end of September.

2011 Queen Mackenzie Beard (East Oregonian)

Outside of her time as the Round-Up queen, Beard is a merchandising management major at Oregon State University.

Oregon FFA moves to OSU (Capital Press)

Oregon FFA has moved its state office to Oregon State University, ending its long-time association with the Student Leadership Center and kindling what some say is a natural relationship.

Interview with Jane Lubchenco (C-SPAN)

An interview with NOAA Administrator and former OSU Professor Jane Lubchenco.

Stronger, more dangerous rip currents prompt beach warning (Seaside Signal)

“I worry about the little kids,” said Rob Holman, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. “It is a big beach and the kids can quickly find themselves in water that is too deep and in currents that are too strong and then they get into trouble.”

For the birds: Island sanctuary turns into killing ground (Wenatchee World)

“Right now I have to say: We really don’t know what next year is going to bring,” said Daniel Roby, an Oregon State University professor who has studied these birds for years.

Oregon couple to be on ‘Amazing Race’ (Oregonian)

Cathi is 62, a college instructor and retired high school principal, who teaches online courses for Oregon State University. Asked how her skills will help her win the race, Cathy says “I’m computer savvy, a good communicator and can work well with younger people.”

Experts: Watch for blight (Capital Press)

“It’s a totally different beast (than EFB), a bacterium rather than a fungus,” said Oregon State University assistant hazelnut breeder David Smith. “And it’s something that’s pretty ubiquitous, with certain environmental conditions making it problematic in certain years.”

Holiday weekend turns up the heat (Democrat-Herald)

Kathie Dello, director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, said the warming trend is one of the few the valley has seen this year. “I was wondering if we’d ever see a stretch of 90-degree weather,” she said. “August and July are usually pretty similar in temperatures. But not this year.”

Another log jam? (Mail Tribune)

“It was a natural choice,” said Donegan, pointing to Oregon State University’s top-rated Forestry School as just one example of the connection the state has with working forests.

Solar power to light up Oregon universities (Earth Techling)

The project, called Solar by Degrees, will eventually include all seven of the state’s campuses. Installations will begin this summer and fall at Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University. (see also IBTimesUK, Power Engineering)

OSU-Cascades offers exercise-sport science degree (KTVZ)

Beginning this fall, Oregon State University-Cascades will offer a bachelor’s degree program in exercise and sport science, and a leader for the program has been chosen, the school announced Wednesday.

Buzzworthy (Register-Guard)

Researchers at Oregon State University have been busy lately with separate studies about vegetables and vegetarians. (see also the Examiner, Perishable News)

Pine butterfly population higher than normal (East Oregonian)

One day recently, Silvia Rondon, Oregon State University extension entomologist, received 12 phone calls, mostly from curious homeowners regarding a small white butterfly. That would be the pine butterfly.

Trillium to be awarded grant from NSF (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

“We are also appreciative of the pioneering work done by the lab of Dr. Stephen Giovannoni at Oregon State University where this microorganism was first isolated and genetically sequenced.”

Tomato harvest is prime time for preserving flavors (Oregonian)

Not so, said Carolyn Raab, foods and nutrition specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service. She informed me that the other ingredients in the salsa, the jar size and the tomato consistency are just some of the factors that determine the heat processing time to produce a safe, shelf-stable product.

Southern Rocky Mountain pikas hold their own (LabSpaces)

The CU team used data from Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group to compile local climate information from 1908 to 2007 for the 69 historical pika sites in the Southern Rockies. The information produced estimates of monthly precipitation and minimum and maximum temperatures.

Northwest author series kicks off with Brian Doyle (Coast Weekend)

Until now best known for his essays, humor and nonfiction in 10 books, Doyle’s “Mink River” is the first original fiction work published by the Oregon State University Press


NEW! Webinar: “Clickers – From Qwizdom to TurningPoint,” with Darren Forrest (TAC).  Audience response systems, or clickers, provide a novel means of classroom interaction. OSU will be transitioning from Qwizdom clickers to TurningPoint clickers and this webinar will help clicker users switch to the new system. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 10 to 11 a.m. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.


NEW! Webinar: “Using Turning Technologies’ Tools for Exams, Attendance, and More,” Michael S. LaPointe, Associate Professor of Biology, Indiana University Northwest. This session addressed how clickers are used to track attendance and facilitate exams in multiple discussion sections. Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to noon.  Online Webinar. To register and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.  For more information: kevinowens@turningtechnologies.com, 1-866-746-3015.

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


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! Webinar: “Clickers – From Qwizdom to TurningPoint,” with Darren Forrest (TAC).  Audience response systems, or clickers, provide a novel means of classroom interaction. OSU will be transitioning from Qwizdom clickers to TurningPoint clickers and this webinar is designed to help clicker users switch to the new system. Sept. 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Fiber art: The Fabric and Fiber Art reception in the Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center takes place Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition takes place Sept. 1-29 in the gallery. For more information see: oregonstate.edu/lasells

Upcoming Events

NEW! New employee breakfast: Provost Sabah Randhawa invites all new employees to a welcome breakfast and conversation about being a part of the OSU community on University Day, Sept. 22, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. Employees who have joined the University over the past year are encouraged to attend the breakfast and then proceed to other University Day activities. Registration for the breakfast by Sept. 19 is required.

NEW! Webinar: “Clickers – From Qwizdom to TurningPoint,” with Darren Forrest (TAC).  Audience response systems, or clickers, provide a novel means of classroom interaction. OSU will be transitioning from Qwizdom clickers to TurningPoint clickers and this webinar is designed to help clicker users switch to the new system. Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Sept. 16, 1:30 -2:30 p.m. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

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.

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.

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! Research agenda: Hot off the press! The unique,  comprehensive Research Agenda is intended to guide the OSU research enterprise into an ever more  productive role  in service to knowledge and society. Please read it at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/2011/08/29/presenting-the-osu-research-agenda/

NEW! Superfund research: Do you want to learn more about the NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program on campus? We are now active on Facebook and Twitter. Please join us to keep current of our activities and learn more about environmental health. See our web site for the social network links: http://oregonstate.edu/superfund/

NEW! TIAA CREFF: A TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor will be on campus for individual consultations in October.  TIAA-CREF can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs. The sessions will be held Oct. 4-6. To reserve a time to meet with a TIAA-CREF representative, 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. To serve in this role, search advocates must complete a two-part workshop series. Workshops for this academic year can be found on the OSU Professional Development website—the Search Advocate series is at the end of the list: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php

NEW! Centro Cultural exhibit: In Celebration of Latino/a Heritage Month the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view an exhibit documenting OSU’s Association of Latin American Students and the Centro Cultural César Chávez. The exhibit can be found on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case and will be up through September. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives blog post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández , Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

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

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.

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 Facilities Services Department is seeking an Administrative Program Specialist for their Sustainability department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Job posting #0007912. Closes Sept. 7.

The Facilities Services Department is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator for their accounting team. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Job posting #0007911. Closes Sept. 7.

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.

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 Accountant 2. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Job posting #0007926. Closes Sept. 9.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a General Maintenance Mechanic Posting #0007925.  Closes Sept. 14.

Office Specialist 2 – College of Business invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting #0007940.  Closes Sept. 16.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a Coordinator for Leadership Development and Community Involvement, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position.  Posting #0007920.  Closes Sept. 19.

Analyst Programmer – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0007928. Closes Sept 19.

The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Professor (Assessment Librarian), tenure track position. Posting #0007950. Closes Oct. 9.

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

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for an Administrative Assistant for Development. To review a full description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

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: After a much cooler start to September last week, we’re back in the heat again, as temperatures hover in the low 90s and the sun continues to shine. Looks like a cooler fall is still a ways off, which is fair enough, considering how late summer started for us this year, so get out and dance while the sun still shines.

Central Oregon: For once, we’ll have cooler summer weather than the valley as temperatures hover in the mid 80s throughout the week. Sunshine and clear nights will prevail as September makes a warm entrance.

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