OSU Today

Monday, Feb. 1, 2010

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.

Cockroaches inspire creation of running robots (US News & World Report)

Cockroaches are capable of instinctive muscle action that doesn’t require reflex control. For the most part, they don’t have to think about running–they just do it. Researchers at Oregon State University are trying to apply what they are learning from the bodies of these tiny insects to create running robots that can effortlessly cover rough ground.

Blue whales are singing in a lower key (LA Times)

David Mellinger, a marine mammal bio-acoustician at Oregon State University, said that, whatever the reason, the finding “is astonishing.” It recalled to him the first time he heard a blue whale sing.

Pacific Ocean threatens to gobble up Oregon beach towns (Oregonian)

Scientists with Oregon State University and the state Geology and Mineral Industries Department believe that not only is the sea level rising, but they have recently determined that maximum wave heights — those mammoth waves that occur offshore during the winter months — have risen dramatically from a previously estimated 33 feet to as much as 46 feet.

Women’s films light up the night (Democrat-Herald)

The keynote speaker is Shelley Jordan, a professor of fine arts at Oregon State University. Jordan’s animated painting, “Family History,” will be screened at the festival.

Film series explores turning back time on acidic tide (Willamette Live)

Ocean acidification – the increase in carbon levels throughout the worlds ocean – is the topic of “A Sea Change,” the February film in the Salem Progressive Film Series. Hales and George Waldbusser, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s college of oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

Yakamas pin higher hopes on higher education (Tri-City Herald)

Jonathan Tallman, a  Yakama Nation forestry program paid his tuition when he attended Oregon State University to get a bachelor’s degree in resource management. Tallman intends to use what he’s learned in college to help the tribe manage its timber program.

Mural takes shape at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Plenty of painting took place last weekend at an Oregon State University building. But while brushes and drop cloths might be common sights in studio art classrooms, artists last weekend were working in Kelley Engineering.

The heart of the matter (Willamette Live)

In Marion and surrounding counties, Oregon State University extension faculty member Holly Berry, works within schools and families to educate about nutrition.

OSU: Measures’ passage means no cuts (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray said Oregon’s two tax measures, passed Jan. 26 by voters, mean the school will make no cuts to its colleges in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Nuclear power needs to be part of energy solution (Statesman Journal)

John C. Ringle, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at OSU, wrote this opinion piece.

Real-life Far Side entomologist combats tiny invaders (Oregonian)

James LeBonte earned entomology degrees at Oregon State University and has worked two stints at the ag department, including the past 13 years.

Portland TV personality Barbara Angell dies (KATU)

Barbara Angell put her Oregon State University home economics degree to use hosting the “What’s Cooking?” show back in the 1950s.

NOAA to review moving research fleet to Newport (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday it will take another look at the decision to move its research fleet from Seattle to the central Oregon Coast after a competing port raised questions about the potential for flooding.

OSU study revises forest fire carbon estimate (KTVZ)

Oregon State University researchers say the state’s forest fires may play less of a role than thought in contributing to climate change. (See also Oregonian)


Move it Monday with Beaver Strides. Join other students, faculty and staff for group walks around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods during the lunch hour. They meet at noon at Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance and walk for approximately 45 minutes. Participate as part of the Power Up Challenge!

Women’s Mental Health Series: Gender Identity Development with Michele Ribeiro in the Women’s Center at noon.

Zoology Graduate Student Invited Speaker Marc Cadotte, Assistant Professor – Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto-Scarborough and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, will speak  on “Why evolutionary history matters for ecology and conservation.” The seminar takes place at 3:30 p.m. in 4001 ALS.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: Three part 2010 Career Workshop Series. Feb 3 (Job searching) March 4 (Writing your application materials) and April 1 (Ins and Outs of Interviewing). This event is free and open to all.The series takes place in the Willamette Industries Seminar rooms, 3rd floor-Valley Library, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for each session. RSVPs appreciated. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Scientists are making significant advances in biotechnology for health, agriculture and forestry, but the field faces social controversy and regulatory constraints. Steve Strauss, director of OSU’s Outreach in Biotechnology program, will address these issues at the Feb. 4 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club in MU 109. Guests can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

NEW! On Feb. 3-4, the OSU Women’s Center and Justice and Leadership in Community (JLC) student leaders will co-sponsor a conference on identity diversity and how we can bring those identities together to advocate for social change. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/intersecting-identities

The Oregon State University Extension Service has opened registration for its 10th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference on Feb. 27 in Corvallis. http://beginningfarmers.org/oregon-small-farms-conference-february-27th-in-corvalis/

Pre-Retirement Program, Feb. 3, OSU Foundation Board Room, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. When people think about retirement, money often comes to mind first, but some of the greatest rewards and challenges are social, physical, and personal. This session will stimulate your thinking about these important aspects of your life – now and in the future. This event is organized by Clara Pratt, Peter Bloome and the OSURA Member Services Committee

Technology Support Services (TSS) is once again offering an orientation session for all new Community Network customers. We will be presenting information about our support structure, the many services we offer and where to find help. The session will be Feb. 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library East Willamette Seminar Room. http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/locations/map/willametteRooms.jpg

The Western Poultry Scholarship and Research Foundation will be honoring Thomas F. Savage of the Department of Animal Sciences for his many years of selfless service to OSU student scholars on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. in Withycombe 117. The formal program will start at 10:20 a.m.

Dennis Lynn, instructor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University- Cascades Campus, will speak on “Six Qualities of a Strong Family,” from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at OSU-Cascades as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118.

News for Employees

NEW! February is Food Drive Month and the OSU Food Drive starts today! Our community needs donations now more than ever.  100% of  your donation to the OSU Food Drive goes directly to OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry and Linn Benton Food Share.  From July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009 Linn Benton Food Share distributed 4,775,578 pounds of food – and 485,000 pounds of that food was donate through the OSU Food Drive!  Find out how easy it is to donate by asking your department’s food drive coordinator or visit: oregonstate.edu/ua/events/food-drive.  Contact Kate Sanders (kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu) for more information.

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2010-11 Bayley Graduate Fellowship and the 2010-11 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship. The Bayley Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $4,000. Meritorious domestic and international degree-seeking graduate students may be eligible. The Yerex Fellowship will provide an annual stipend of approximately $12,000. Eligibility is limited to meritorious graduate students who are pursuing study in a scientific or technological field and who are US citizens or permanent residents. International graduate students are not elegible. Deadline is Feb. 5. For details see http://oregonstate.eud/dept/grad_school/current/fellowships.html

NEW! The latest issue of Synergies online is up at and Tammy Bray is celebrating the passion, hard work, ingenuity, and integrity of student in the College of Health and Human Sciences.  http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/

Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are offering a postgraduate Natural Resources Fellowship with a Marine Habitat Focus. Applications are due March 1. For more information see http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/fellows.html

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri.htm

NSF – MRI program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10529/nsf10529.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Feb. 26 and should be sent electrically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Charitable Fund Drive Update

Thanks, OSU! A grand total of 243 OSU employees have donated a total of $123,954 to the Charitable Fund Drive this year. Congratulations!


The Oregon State University Foundation has a position open for an Administrative Assistant in Development.   This position provides general clerical and administrative assistance and support to an assigned team of Development Officers.  To review a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to  http://osufoundation.org/employment

Office Specialist 2: The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a part-time (5 hours a day) .625 FTE, 9-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Posting #0005212. For consideration apply by Feb. 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Library Technician I – Circulation, Instruction & User Services, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, mornings and weekend hours, $1854-2484/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005229 Closing Date: Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Feb. 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute seeks to hire a Faculty Research Assistant to support the development of a microchannel atomizer. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. To review job posting and apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0005183, closing date 02/05/10. For full consideration apply by Feb. 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants/ Contracts Tech in the department of Botany & Plant Pathology. This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005193. Closing date is Feb. 4. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University. The position involves reporting directly to and working closely with the Director of Foundation Relations, the Foundation Relations Coordinator will provide support for and assist in the administration and coordination of all activities of the Foundation Relations program. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. This accountability also involves the management and development of the academic support team. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE


It was such a gorgeous Sunday that every yard debris can in Corvallis is probably filled to the brim this morning. Rain may be driving us back indoors but as evidenced yesterday, Spring is almost here. Rain continues through the day with a high of 49 and an overnight low of 40. There’s a chance of showers tomorrow.

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