OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 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.

Researchers battle parasite-driven frog deformities (PBS)

Andrew Blaustein, an ecologist at Oregon State University, said environmental factors are driving the spread of parasite infections.

OSU Extension surviving in Lane County (Capital Press)

Jessie Russell, garden and landscape manager for King Estates Winery, recently found a worm she couldn’t identify in the estate’s apple orchard. Russell called Ross Penhallegon, the lone full-time Oregon State University extension agent for Lane County.

Campus area sees spike in car vandalism (Gazette-Times)

For the past few weeks, Trenton Wagner has walked out to his car, parked at an Oregon State University parking lot, only to find that it has been keyed.

Stress can shorten your life, an OSU study finds (Oregonian)

A large, multi-year study from Oregon State University suggests that men who minimize stress, who are married, and who drink alcohol in moderation may live longer than guys who don’t enjoy that happy trifecta.

Renown artist installs stickwork structure at OSU (KLCC)

A whimsical, windblown sculpture has risen on the campus of Oregon State University. The installation is more ephemeral than most museum pieces. It straddles realms, from art to forestry, carpentry to ecology. It’s a simple, yet intricately-woven structure, fashioned from local, unprocessed wood.

Teach-in to discuss Occupy Wall Street (Gazette-Times)

A discussion on the meaning and implications of the Occupy Wall Street movement is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Oregon State University’s Strand Agricultural Hall room 109. The public event is free.

Beverly Law joins Picarro’s Scientific Advisory Board (KSWT)

Picarro, the world’s leading provider of instruments for carbon and water cycle measurements, announced today the addition of Professor Beverly Law to the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Law serves as the lead investigator on several key measurement and modeling research initiatives examining variations in terrestrial carbon sources and sinks resulting from climate changes and other disturbances such as wildfires and land use policies. She is currently a professor of Global Change Forest Science in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. (see also Sacramento Bee)

Professor IDs oldest cicada fossil (WLWT)

A fossil of the oldest definitive cicada to be discovered was described by Dr. George Poinar, Jr., professor of zoology at Oregon State University and Dr. Gene Kritsky, professor of biology, at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

Want to ward off colds this season? Start with your fridge (Globe & Mail)

A study published last month by researchers from Oregon State University revealed that myrosinase is also missing from most supplements of cruciferous vegetable blends. Without this enzyme, the study revealed that the body absorbs substantially less isothiocyanates and indoles.

Non-native crayfish invade Oregon waters (KLCC)

Crayfish populations are important in measuring the health of our streams and rivers. Sam Chan is an associate professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Oregon State University.

Forest biofuel projects could increase West Coast carbon emissions (LA Times)

“Most people assume that wood bioenergy will be carbon-neutral, because the forest re-grows and there’s also the chance of protecting forests from carbon emissions due to wildfire,” said Tara Hudiburg, the paper’s lead author and an Oregon State University doctoral student in the College of Forestry.

Volcano in Bolivia is ‘inflating with astonishing speed’ (Huffington Post)

According to Shan de Silva, an Oregon State University professor studying the volcano, the 43 mile-wide disc of expanding land around Uturuncu is “one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth.”

The 10 most sexually healthy colleges (Huffington Post)

For the second year running, Columbia University is the most sexually healthy college in the nation, according to a set of rankings from Trojan. OSU was No. 5.

Author John Larison to read from new novel (Democrat-Herald)

Fiction writer and Oregon State University faculty member John Larison will read from his new novel, “Holding Lies,” on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda of the Valley Library on the OSU campus.

25 best cities for independent businesses (Washington Post)

Corvallis comes in at #20.


Earthquake workshop: OSU, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Corvallis Fire Department present a free day-long workshop on local earthquake hazards and construction techniques for earthquake safety. It will be held on Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. Homeowners, contractors and business owners are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 541-766-6864.

Flu Shots at Student Health Center for Students/Faculty/Staff : Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $26 (cash, check, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu. The clinic will be held downstairs in Plageman, Room 115. Please enter via the southeast entrance to the building.

Great Pumpkin Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St for holiday treats and 20-50 percent off specially-marked items. Get a promotional code for an extra 10 percent off on our website. While departments may shop any weekday (except Wednesday mornings), personal purchases must be made during public sales.

Tour of McDonald Rare Book Collection: Trevor Sandgathe of OSU Special Collections and Archives will offer a peek at OSU’s oldest and rarest volumes in this tour of the Library’s fascinating McDonald Rare Book Collection, which includes cuneiform tablets, incunabula, and fine bindings. Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Special Collections in the Valley Library.

German culture: David Luft, the Horning Endowed Professor of Science and Humanities at OSU, will speak on the relationship between German culture in the 18th century and the emergence of a modern Czech culture. His lecture begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is part of the 2011-12 Horning Lecture Series, which is focused on modern European intellectual history.

Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping,” with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4 to 4:50 p.m. For information visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars

Death With Dignity documentary: An award-winning documentary about Oregon’s death with dignity law will screen at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Oct. 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The free public event begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

International Forest Film Festival: Now through January, in celebration of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests 2011. Films will be shown every other week, all of which are free and open to the public. Opening night will feature “Of Forests and Men,” commissioned by the United Nations to kick off Forests 2011, and “The Queen of Trees,” winner of the best in festival award. They will be shown Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107.

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Taste of the ‘Chives” Recipe Showcase: OSU Special Collections and Archives will offer a chance to sample various dishes from recipes featured in OSU-related publications, drawing upon sources of international recipes dating from 1928 to 2008. Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Library’s Willamette Room (3rd floor). Want to prepare a recipe for this event? Check the blog.

NEW! Women’s soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer plays #1 Stanford on Friday,  Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Kick Cancer Match and Cal on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. Wear pink Friday to show support for breast cancer awareness. Games are played at the Paul Lorenz Soccer Complex off Western Blvd. Admission is free, however, we do collect canned food items for Community Outreach.

NEW! Coast conference: Ocean and coastal researchers from OSU and elsewhere will present and discuss a wide range of topics at the seventh annual Heceta Head Coastal Conference in Florence Oct. 28-29. The conference, co-sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant at OSU, is one of the few Oregon coast science conferences intended for the public. More information and conference registration are online at   http://www.hecetaheadconference.org/

NEW! Open house: Printing & Mailing Services invites you to our annual Halloween Open House, Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for fun and games while touring the facility at 100 Cascade Hall.  Enjoyprizes and food from our vendors: BASF, the OSU Bookstore, West Coast Paper, Papa’s Pizza, Qdoba, Jimmy John’s, and many more.

NEW! Documentary: Invisible Children is showing the documentary “Tony.” on Nov. 1, 7 p.m., show start at 7:30. MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public. 
A Ugandan war survivor will be on hand to answer questions after the film.

Career Fair: All Campus Career Fair, Oct. 26. Engineering Career Fair, Oct. 27. Join us for the all-campus career fair in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs-events

Canine Cancer: Experimental treatments for dogs point the way to new therapies for people. At the Oct. 27 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Stuart Helfand of the College of Veterinary Medicine will discuss new approaches in treating hemangiosarcoma, a deadly form of canine cancer. Triad meets noon to 1 p.m. in MU 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Open Access talk: As part of Open Access Week, OSU Libraries will host a talk by MacKenzie Smith, Science Fellow at the Creative Commons, on the impact of Open Access and research data. Her talk is entitled, “Open Access to Research Data: the Next Frontier.” Her talk will highlight this event on Oct. 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the OSU Libraries 2nd floor Main Rotunda. For live streaming visit: http://live.oregonstate.edu/

Occupy Corvallis teach-in: Members of Occupy Corvallis and Occupy Portland will join Oregon State University faculty on Thursday, Oct.27 at 4 p.m. in Strand Agricultural Hall (STAG) 109 for a teach-in to analyze and discuss the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The event is free and open to the public.

Play auditions: Auditions for the play, “The Sugar Wife,” will be held on Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 in the Lab Theatre at OSU. The auditions will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and again on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The play will be performed March 1-3 and March 9-11. Auditions are open to all. Scripts are available in the OSU Theatre office in Withycombe Hall on campus. For information contact the play’s director, Charlotte Headrick, cheadrick@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4918.

Online Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC) Friday, Oct. 28, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Topics and guests will vary, and we will announce them on our web site. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

New Zealand poet laureate: Brian Turner, renowned poet and prose writer, and the 2003 poet laureate of New Zealand, will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 28, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda.

Online Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC), Friday, Oct. 28 2:30-3:30 p.m. Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. For more information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Halloween With Harry Potter: A concert by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra takes place at LaSells Stewart Center on Sunday, Oct. 30. At 3 p.m. the orchestra will perform music from the first three Harry Potter movies. Beginning at 1 p.m., those with tickets to the concert are invited to come to the lobby of LaSells Stewart Center for a pre-concert, “Diagon Alley” themed, interactive community business fair. All tickets are $10 available online at cosusymphony.org and at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music and the door prior to the concert. Doors and box office open at 1 p.m.

Entrepreneur talk: Bert Sperling, Founder and President, Sperling’s Best Places and the Entrepreneur in Residence, will speak on “Create Your Own Brand and Control Your Destiny” Nov. 1, noon to 1:20 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center. Sperling is an internationally recognized expert who will discuss how his accidental path is relevant for anyone seeking success in today’s challenging economy.

News for Employees

NEW! Call for proposals: Oregon State University’s 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference on Sex Trafficking in the United States: Researching Vulnerable Populations, is seeking submissions that examine issues of trafficking of ethnic minority women and rural women in the US . The conference takes place Feb. 16-18, 2012, at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/sextrafficking2012/

NEW! Spin on Research: What happens to all those Facilities and Administration (also known as F&A, overhead, and indirect costs) dollars faculty bring in via grants and contracts? Fielding this age-old question, Rich Holdren reveals all, at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/researchupdate/ You’re welcome to chime in on the subject.

Student Affairs: Student Affairs Fall OSU Perspective on line. October contents include: New Student News, Division of Student Affairs Receives Commendation from the NW Commission on Colleges and Universities, Compliance Assist, Student Affairs Assessment Council, Sanderson Named Teagle Assessment Scholar, Who’s New in Research, Evaluation and Planning, New Office Name–New Duties.

Faculty Senator retirement: Senators whose terms extend beyond Dec. 31, but who are retiring at the end of fall term are no longer eligible to serve as a senator. Those on committees and councils should also check on their status. Contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu so a replacement can be identified to complete the remainder of your term.

Training Days: Finance and Administration is sponsoring Training Days, Nov. 9-10. Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU. For more information : http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays You must register by Nov. 4 to attend this event.

Travel Awards: The Graduate School is pleased to announce new centrally administered travel awards for students presenting their scholarly or creative work at prestigious national and international conferences. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit nominations for these awards. Click http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/GraduateSchoolTravelAwards.pdf about the awards and application process.

NSF – Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – NCN program. The program provides an opportunity to compete to reconfigure the NCN. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ncn.htm Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 11. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.ed

Outreach award: University Outreach and Engagement is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Award winners receive $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter from the nominator demonstrating how the individual or team has provided outstanding contributions in the following categories: Service, Strategic Impact, Program Support, Innovation, Diversity. Letters of nomination must be received by Oct. 28.

Traffic and maintenance

Campus security alert: There has been a recent rash of vehicles being vandalized on campus by being “keyed” (scratched deliberately with the tip of a key). One suspect has been arrested for two of the reported eight occurrences. The university community is being asked to be especially watchful for any suspicious activity around parking areas where seemingly “out of place subjects” appear to be hanging out and about for no legitimate purpose. Please contact the Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center at (541) 737-3010 if you observe any unusual activity.

Women’s Building: Due to hole drilling in the Womens Bldg Field, the sidewalk and walkway on the north side of the building will be temporarily closed. This is necessary for construction crews to drill holes for sample testing. This drilling should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics invites in house applicants for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0008232. Closes Oct. 28.

Fiscal Coordinator 1: College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a Fiscal Coordinator 1 for the Ocean Observatories Initiative. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Job posting #0008227. Closes Oct. 28.

Media Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Equipment Systems Specialist (Competency level 2) position. Posting # 0008100. Closes Oct. 30.

Digital Media Coordinator– Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Digital Media Coordinator position. Posting #0008034. Closes Oct. 30.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. This is an internal position open to current OSU employees only. Posting #0008220. New closing date Nov. 1.

Undergraduate Research Coordinator (Internal to OSU Employees Only)– Academic Success & Engagement invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 9-month, fixed term Undergraduate Research Coordinator position. Posting # 0008205. Closes Nov 1.

The Institute of Natural Resources invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Explorer Program Manager position in the Oregon Explorer Program. Posting # 0008119. Closes Nov. 1.

The Facilities Services Department, is seeking two Trades Maintenance Workers 2 for their Campus Maintenance department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008244. Closes Nov. 1.

The Facilities Services Department, is seeking a Grounds Maintenance 2 for their Landscape department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008242. Closes Nov. 4.

OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator position. Posting # 0008218. Closes Nov 6.

Director of College Forests: The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time Director of College Forests, a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #0008152. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 6.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month fixed term Veteran Services Advisor. Posting #0008134. Closes Nov. 6.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, tenure-track Associate University Librarian position. Posting #0007879. Closes Nov. 7.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Administrative Program Specialist. Posting 0008235. Closes on Nov. 11.

Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. 0.30 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #00088204. Closes Nov. 12.

The University Library is inviting applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor Data Management Librarian position. Posting #0008089. Closes Nov. 30.


Corvallis:  You may have found yourself scrambling to find the ice scraper this morning, as frost descended on the Midvalley. Some chilly fog kept things looking mystical this morning, but afternoon clearing will warm things up to a rather chilly 56. Tonight’s low will be 36.

Central Oregon: I hope everyone who went to see Dr. Jamison speak last night wore warm clothes since it was a very chilly 16 degress. Today we’ll see increasing clouds, with a high near 53 low near 23. South wind between 3 and 9 mph.




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