OSU Today

Sept. 12-18, 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.

More than 15 percent of Americans go hungry (Marketplace)

Mark Edwards is a sociology professor at Oregon State University. He says, “Even if you have people finding jobs, if those are not jobs that pay well, they may still remain food-insecure.” (see also KTVZ, Public News Service)

New Hallie Ford Research Center opens at OSU (KEZI)

Oregon State University is holding a grand opening for the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families Thursday. (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon’s universities work to educate students about alcohol abuse (The Lund Report)

Since 2000, Oregon State University has collaborated with Benton County’s Health Department to reduce underage drinking by doing educational outreach. The county and university also work with businesses on how to check for ID.

Professor makes waves to save lives (OPB)

Waves follow. Not big waves. They’re more like ripples moving away from a man-made metal island at the Hindsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University. (see also Gazette-Times)

Oregon green chemistry center wins $20 million grant (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A collaboration between two Oregon universities has paid off with a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop greener chemical processes. (see also LIFE@OSU, Portland Tribune)

Ron Adams lands new OSU research post (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University officials announced Tuesday that the college’s engineering school dean will lead new efforts to work with the private sector. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Deep-sea fish in deep trouble (Biology News Net)

“Because these fish grow slowly and live a long time, they can only sustain a very low rate of fishing,” says author Dr. Selina Heppell, a marine fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University. “On the high seas, it is impossible to control or even monitor the amount of fishing that is occurring. The effects on local populations can be devastating.” (see also International Business Times UK, Science Daily, Newsroom America)

New OSU web portal makes it easier for students, staff to locate online resources (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University has a multitude of resources for students and the sheer amount can be overwhelming – especially for those new to campus or the OSU web site. That’s why the myOSU portal was created, to help students, faculty and staff more easily locate and use web content they need on a regular basis.

Oregon gets offshore wind research grant (Sustainable Business Oregon)

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $43 million in funding for work and research related to offshore wind energy, including $600,000 to a research project based at Oregon State University.

Totally psyched for the full-rip nine (Outside)

Patrick Corcoran is a professional geographer in Astoria, Oregon, a misty fishing port where the Columbia River meets the ­Pacific Ocean. He’s a coastal natural-hazards specialist with Ore­gon Sea Grant, a marine version of an agri­cul­tural extension service affiliated with ­Oregon State University.

Rewarding hard work (Gazette-Times)

Launched 20 years ago within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the interdisciplinary science major provides tremendous research opportunities for undergraduates by requiring students to complete a thesis by graduation; this gives them the chance to work with faculty mentors on unique research and ultimately write and present their findings at their thesis defense.

Study reveals national forests can provide public health benefits (Environmental Protection)

Jeff Kline, a scientist with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University co-authors, Randall Rosenberger and Eric White, recently published their findings in the September issue of the Journal of Forestry. (see also Innovations Report, Science Daily)

OSU students face housing scramble (Gazette-Times)

This fall’s freshman class of Oregon State University will be about the same as last year, but if those students haven’t lined up on-campus housing, they’re facing stiff competition for off-campus rentals.

Whales swim into Science Pub talk (Gazette-Times)

David Mellinger, associate professor at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, will introduce some whales, whale songs and whale sounds and then look at questions that have arisen from research on marine mammal sounds.

Scientists use laser to study forest and human health in the Vernonia area (Chronicle)

Oregon State University associate professor of graphic information systems and spatial analysis, Michael Wing, lead the demonstration and explained how the laser, mounted off the ground as opposed to from a small plane, measures carbon volumes and biomass. (see also Portland Tribune)

Death of an albatross may lead to tighter rules (San Jose Mercury News)

The bird killed last April was the first short-tailed albatross on the West Coast known to have died from grabbing a baited hook trailed by a commercial fishing boat, said Rob Suryan, an Oregon State University researcher who leads the team responsible for saving the endangered albatross from extinction. (see also Modesto Bee)

In Oregon, last stand for solar? (Renewable Energy World)

Large-scale arrays are also being planned for Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University. The Oregon University System projects will have a combined capacity of 4.9 MW.

Driving while using a mobile phone may be dangerous (Bio-Medicine)

The cost of switching activities may be in terms of accuracy and response time, as efficiently switching over to a new task can be prevented by structural cognitive limitations, according to Oregon State University’s Assistant Professor of Psychology Mei-Ching Lien.

OSU to unveil trio of murals at new center (Democrat-Herald)

Three large murals will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, as part of a grand opening for the new Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University. (see also Oregonian)

OAN releases ‘systems approach’ model (Capital Press)

The 96-page manual was co-authored by Oregon State University plant pathologists John Griesbach and Jennifer Parke.

Studies track pollution at Samish Bay (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency and from Oregon State University said the microbial source tracking results they presented are just one tool that agencies and communities can use to improve water quality. (see also the Columbian)

A complicated case in “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

The road to that ruling, seen by some as a major encroachment on the free speech rights of students, is exhaustively and quite evenhandedly examined by Oregon State University political science professor James C. Foster in a new book that shares its title with Frederick’s banner.

Animal nature (Oregonian)

A discovery by Oregon State University zoologists might provide the sort of salvation struggling amphibian species need, if field studies confirm what they’ve found in the lab.

Albany couple recalls 9/11 (Democrat-Herald)

When Jeff Hino and DeLynn Anderson-Hino are asked where they were when they found out about 9/11, they often bring people to a halt when they respond that they were in Washington, D.C. “It feels like yesterday,” Anderson-Hino said. Hino, who works for the Oregon State University Extension Service, was visiting the city to attend a scientific conference. His wife tagged along to see the sights.


Dixon RecCenter opens at noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday this week, allowing for staff training on electronic and emergency systems.  For complete operational hours, see http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/hours\.


LPI conference: The Linus Pauling Institute is holding a conference on Diet and Optimum Health on Sept. 13-16, attracting a range of experts in diet, nutrition, medicine and other fields from around the world. The professional conference will include the presentation of the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. More information is available at http://bit.ly/pG33CB


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.

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


NEW! Strike vote meeting: All classified members of SEIU are invited attend one of the sessions to vote on whether or not to strike. Thursday, Sept. 15, two sessions in the MU ballroom, noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. An evening session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the union offices in Adams Hall

Office and educational supply proposer presentations: Procurement and Contract Services and members of the Evaluation Committee invite you to attend Proposer presentations on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Production Room.  The contracts for office supplies will expire Dec. 31.  The three highest ranked Proposers for the new RFP have been selected to complete on-site presentations.  For information call Jodi Pitzer at 541-737-3301


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.


Student Hall Move-in: More than 4,000 students will move onto campus starting Sept. 18.

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/.

Upcoming Events

NEW! HHMI symposium: Students in OSU’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute will present their findings in the 13th annual HHMI Summer Symposium Sept.19-20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Talks will be held in ALS 4000 and 4001 and a complete schedule of them is available at the HHMI Web Site

University Day: Two sessions will be presented in the afternoon of University Day, “Universal Access:  Universal Success” and “Coming Soon to a Campus Near You”.  Join us for all the festivities, including the free lunch, or just come for these informational sessions scheduled for the LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.  More details available at the University Day website.

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 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.

News for Employees

NEW! Lab safety workshop: Environmental Health and Safety is offering Laboratory Safety Training on Sept. 21, from 10 to 11:50 am. Matt Philpott, OSU Biological Safety Officer, will present the class in Kelley Engineering Center (KEC) room 1001. The class covers basic laboratory safety topics and is geared for everyone who works (or has classes) in a lab. It is for new and experienced lab personnel. Pre-register by emailing kay.miller@oregonstate.edu (include name and OSU ID number).

NEW! Faculty Assessment Academy: The Faculty Assessment Academy promotes assessment activities in academic and academic support units as an ongoing institutional process that enhances student learning experiences for all undergraduate and graduate students. This will establish networks to support ongoing assessment at all levels. It takes place Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Willamette Room 115, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/faa2011/

NEW! Stop Tag/Bike Registration: OSU Public Safety will be doing Stop Tag/Bike Registrations on the following dates: Sept 25-27, Memorial Union 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sept 28-29, Memorial Union 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost for the Stop Tags is $12.00, Check or Money Order, payable to OSU Property Management. No Cash/Debit Cards. Bike Registration is free. Please bring your bike for verification.

NEW! Open House – OSU Benton County Extension Service: Come meet our faculty & staff and learn about our programs & volunteer opportunities in Gardening, Forestry, Small Farms, 4-H and youth, and Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards.  We will also have free nitrate well water & soil pH testing, select publications, and cake celebrating our 100th anniversary.  2 to 6 p.m., Sept. 20 at 1849 NW 9th St in Corvallis.  541-766-6750

NEW! Sustainability stewards: Are you into energy saving and sustainable living practices at home?  Become a Neighborhood Sustainability Steward!  Increase your knowledge, be part of a team, and give back to your community by joining the OSU Extension Service Benton County volunteer program: The Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards.  Course starts Oct. 18 and meets at 6 p.m. for eight consecutive Tuesdays. $50 covers all your materials. For more info contact Jody Einerson 541-766-6311 or  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/

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.

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

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

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.

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 permits: 2011-2012 annual permits are now available for purchase.  Permit application and payroll deduction forms can be obtained at our website at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/

Jefferson Way: Due to ADA improvements, Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed to all traffic but essential Memorial Union service deliveries from Langton Place to 26th Street.  Congestion should be anticipated on 26th Street, north and south of the Jefferson Way intersection as delivery trucks queue up on the east side of the street.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The area should reopen by 5 p.m. Sept. 16.

Pedestrian traffic: As students return to school the Corvallis Police Department would like to remind drivers of their responsibilities regarding pedestrians crossing the street in marked and unmarked crosswalks.  Drivers are required to stop, and remain stopped, for pedestrians in a cross walk when the pedestrian is proceeding in accordance with a traffic control device or crossing the roadway in a crosswalk.

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

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:

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking an Assistant Manager. Posting # 0007858. Closes Sept. 13.

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 Financial Aid Office is seeking an Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting # 0007996. Closes Sept. 26.

Faculty Research Assistant – Manager, Forest Genetics Programs, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.  F/T, 12-month, fixed-term.  Posting #0007939.Closes Sept. 27.

Academic Programs/Assessment/Accreditation invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director for Assessment position.  Posting #0007944.  For full consideration, apply by Sept. 30.

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

College of Business invites applicants for part-time, fixed-term instructors of Entrepreneurship and Business Quantitative Methods winter and spring terms.  Masters Degree required.  Apply to instructor pool posting # 0007284.


Corvallis: After a blistering weekend, clouds and temperatures in the mid 80s don’t seem so bad. And by the time the mid 70s rolls around midweek you might be reaching for your sweaters. Is fall really here? It’s too early to tell but we may be seeing the last of hot summer this year.

Central Oregon: This week’s temperatures will hover in the low 80s to mid 70s, with clear skies and lows in the 50s. It will be sunny and clear, and temperatures may dip slightly by the weekend.

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