Cape Cod mystery: A surge of stranded sea turtles (New York Times)
“Cold-stunning events are really hard things to explain,” said Selina Heppell, an Oregon State University biologist who has been studying changes in the Kemp’s ridley population for 20 years. “They are caused by local conditions, such as sharp changes in temperature, but the role of currents and turtle behavior and condition prior to the events are not well understood.”
They call the game between them the Civil War, but Oregon State put aside its dislike of its in-state rivals to congratulate Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota who won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. (see also Oregonian,KOIN)
Oregon State University is one of 18 colleges across the United States without restrictive free-speech policies, according to a report released Saturday.
“We were ready to react to being the hungriest state,” says Mark Edwards, professor of sociology at Oregon State University. “In Oregon we have repeatedly been among the states who are most successful in getting eligible people enrolled in SNAP. So as a result, a program that are designed to help we re designed to help people feed their family was not only readily available but readily used.”
Local wineries say it’s a vintage year (Register-Guard)
“Harvesting in dry conditions really helps to promote ripeness and quality,” said Mark Chien, program coordinator for the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. “This doesn’t happen all that often.”
At 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oregon State introduced new head coach Gary Andersen to media at Valley Football Center. Below are the quick hits. Check back to OregonLive.com soon for a full recap. (see also OPB)
“Field Guide to Oregon Rivers,” by Tim Palmer, OSU Press, 319 pages.
Searching for solutions (Democrat Herald)
Results from the 2014 assessment show that 40.4 percent of OSU students in 2014 had engaged in binge drinking within the past two weeks. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a single sitting.
Each year, as Oregon State University students look to spend time with their families over the holiday break, local police prepare for a likely increase in crime on the vacant campus. The Corvallis Police Department is cautioning students and residents in the area that the number of residential burglaries, vehicle thefts and bike thefts tend to increase over the holiday break.
Chardonnay’s bright future (Register-Guard)
“There is increasing interest in producing premium tier chardonnay in the Willamette Valley,” said Patty Skinkis, a faculty member at the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University.
Their finals over, OSU students head home for the holidays (Gazette-Times)
After a week of caffeine-fueled study binges and filling out multiple-choice tests, Oregon State University students are on a holiday break.
Drought shrivels Eastern Oregon farm receipts (Herald & News)
Oregon State University cropping systems extension agent Bill Buhrig estimates about 15-20 percent of farm ground in the county was left idle this year as a result of the drought.
“We found that marine and terrestrial sources contributed about equally to the overall increase of nitrous oxide concentrations and generally evolved in parallel at the end of the last ice age,” said lead author Adrian Schilt, who did much of the work as a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University. Schilt then continued to work on the study at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern in Switzerland.
Try a different kind of tree this Christmas (Register-Guard)
Moved outside without the care they need, the beautiful, and not inexpensive, trees meant to go in the ground in winter, languish, fade to brown and eventually die. One alternative is to buy plants meant to stay in pots, said Al Shay, a horticulture instructor at Oregon State University.
Pokemon league (Gazette-Times)
“Pokémon is a huge franchise. There’s kids and adults now that love it because it has been around so long,” said Skalland, who is working on a doctorate in statistics at Oregon State University.
TAC Webinar: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). OSU will begin transitioning from Blackboard to Canvas starting Winter 2015. Join our webinar to learn what Canvas is about, and how instructors can begin to prepare for it this fall. Mon. Dec. 15, 11-11:50 a.m. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. You can find out more about Canvas and the migration here. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1v0zCWx
Forum: Finalists for the position of Associate Director of Global Diversity take place over the next week. Candidates will present their philosophy and program ideas on how they might build bridges, linkages and opportunities between multicultural and international programs at OSU. Candidate Christina Walsh speaks Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m. in MU 206 (Asian/Pacific American Room). Candidate Elaine Acacio speaks Dec. 15, 2-3 p.m. in MU 208 (La Raza Room). Candidate Jerry Garcia speaks Dec. 16, 2-3 p.m. in MU 206 (Asian/Pacific American Room).
OSU Libraries Winter Break Workshops, Dec. 15-16: The Winter Break Workshops are open for registration! It is always a good time to manage your research sources with a citation manger or start working on a data management plan. Or perhaps you need to focus on your next research survey, this time with all the bells and whistles. Once the the project is wrapped up, it is time to figure out the impact of your work. Use the Winter Break Workshops to get started: http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu
SciComm meeting: OSU SciComm group is having a holiday mixer this month instead of a brown-bag session. Spend some time with other colleagues who have a passion for science communication at Sky High Brewing, Dec. 16: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. All welcome: Students, Faculty, Staff. More info: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/2014/12/winter-holiday-mixer/
OSU Advantage Accelerator Free Public Seminar: Investors, Searching for Funds & Due Diligence. Mike Brown, Managing Director Operations at Infortal Worldwide and local entrepreneur, will be giving an interactive discussion on searching for Funds and Due Diligence. This discussion will emphasize the basics of Due Diligence (mind set – from the point of view of the investor and the entrepreneur), and provide Excel templates (General to Specific market segments) to be used by the Entrepreneur to help guide the process. Limit 10. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 200 SW Fourth St., Suite 201 More information
TAC Workshop: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). In this workshop we will cover the basic course layout and tools in Canvas, and provide hands-on help to instructors on adding course content and setting up assignments, tests and the grade book. We support working with migrated content, course templates, and building sites “from scratch.” Wed. Dec. 17, 10-11:50 a.m. Location: Bexell 120. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. You can find out more about Canvas and the migration here. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1vwnZIQ.
OSUsed Store End of Year Clearance Sales: Many items will be 75% off at the public sales this Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.
Brown Bag MBA Info Session: Learn more about how earning an MBA will allow your students to combine their technical knowledge with a solid understanding of business fundamentals and enhance their career options. With new tracks (Wealth Management, Business Analytics, Global Operations, Market Research and Executive Leadership) there are several opportunities for students to receive their graduate business education. Wed. Dec. 17, noon to 1 p.m. in Austin Hall 390. Beverages provided. RSVP appreciated but not required: OSUMBA@oregonstate.edu.
TAC Workshop: Countdown to Canvas, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). In this workshop we will cover the basic course layout and tools in Canvas, and provide hands-on help to instructors on adding course content and setting up assignments, tests and the grade book. We support working with migrated content, course templates, and building sites “from scratch.” Thurs. Dec. 18, 9-10:50 a.m. Location: Bexell 120. Questions? Contact Lynn Greenough of Technology Across the Curriculum. You can find out more about Canvas and the migration here. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1CnjwH9.
Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159.
Printing and Mailing Services: Our Cascade Hall and the XPress Stop locations will be closed for lunch on Friday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please contact Kiara Goldtrap (Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu) with any questions.
Retirement Reception for Terri Allen: Please join OSU Libraries & Press in celebrating Terri Allen’s retirement and her 29 years of service to OSU at a reception at the Valley Library on Friday, Dec. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. The reception will be in Staff Lounge on the 3rd floor of The Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Question? Please contact Uta.Hussong-Christian@oregonstate.edu.
Lectures and Webinars
Supervisor training: Registration is open for the Feb. 10 and 11, “Core Curriculum for OSU Supervisors and Managers” course. If you are a new or experienced supervisor and have not taken this course, it will make your work easier with collective bargaining information, policies, procedures and helpful resources. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=3.
News for Employees
NEW! Recreational Sports Winter Memberships: Winter Term memberships are available for purchase for only $83 for faculty/staff/affiliates/dependents. You may qualify for a $15/month wellness reimbursement! Also, Fall Term memberships and lockers will expire Friday, Jan. 2, prior to the start of Winter Term. Please be prepared to renew your membership and/or locker on or before Jan. 2. Please note: If we clean out your expired locker, you will be charged $5 to retrieve your items. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.
NEW! Outdoor Gear Rental from Recreational Sports: As winter weather approaches, rent all the gear you need to enjoy the wintery outdoors from Recreational Sports. The ALI Gear Rental Shop is open to all students, Recreational Sports members and the OSU community to rent outdoor gear. Students and Recreational Sports members receive a discounted rate on rentals. Additionally, if you need your skis/snowboard tuned up or waxed, the ski shop is your one stop shop for preparing your gear for the mountain! Visit the Adventure Leadership Institute in Dixon for more information or contact the ALI directly.
NEW! Winter Break @ Recreational Sports – Bing yourself & guests! Did you know? All OSU community members can sponsor themselves into Recreational Sports for only $7/day. Additionally, you can sponsor an unlimited number of guests into Recreational Sports for $7/day each. Consider entertaining family and friends over the break at Recreational Sports. From basketball to swimming and rock climbing to racquetball, we’ve got plenty of ways to keep you and your active and having fun.
NEW! News from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences: Watch as children with disabilities gain new freedom with modified ride-on cars, hear from students about why they are the future of public health, read how an MPH student hopes to improve public health in Haiti, find out what students learn while studying Human Development and Family Sciences and more in Synergies. http://bit.ly/1yHDYAb
OSU Press sale: OSU Press is having a holiday sale, with 30% off selected titles when purchased on our website. The sale runs through Dec. 31. To take advantage of the discount, customers must enter the promo code 14HOLIDAY at checkout. A list of sale books is available here: http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/2014-holiday-sale
Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 31 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2014-5. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction
OSU Directories are here: The 2014-15 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.
External and Course Fees: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Dec. 31, 2014. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the external and course fees before they become effective on Jan. 1, 2015. The proposed fees can be reviewed at the Valley Library circulation desk. Comments should be directed to Beth Giddens at email@example.com.
Chinook Book offers Corvallis coupons to OSU community members: Portland-based Chinook Book is once again offering coupons to “green” Corvallis merchants. Coupons for the OSU community are available in the downloadable app and accessible via your oregonstate.edu email address. Chinook Book uses a set of standards and criteria that include third party certification and surveys to select merchants that include aspects of sustainability in their business. Learn how to access OSU-specific offers.
International holiday home stay: Interested in sharing hosting an international student for the holidays? The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their Hanukkah, Christmas Eve or Day, or New Year’s Eve or Day festivities with international students. Applications are currently available at https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_1yTjGUsntSs1cu9. Hosting application deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. Hosts will be informed of student placement as soon as students have been matched (no later than 2 days prior to hosting). If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program: Join the Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program. Attend an 8-week course to increase your knowledge of energy savings and sustainable living practices in your own home. Course topics include climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable gardening and landscaping, ecosystems and habitats, outreach and volunteering. The course meets Monday evenings starting Jan. 26, 2015. Cost is $20 and includes field trip transportation. Register at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/812 (closes Jan. 12). For more information, 541-766-6311 or email@example.com.
Printing and Mailing Services Winter Break Hours: Winter hours will begin on Dec. 15 and will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be open Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-noon. Please contact Kiara Goldtrap with any questions at Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.
XPress Stop Winter Break Hours: There is still time to get holiday cards printed and packages shipped! Winter hours will begin on Dec. 15 and will be 8 a.m-5 p.m. We will be closed on Dec. 24. Please contact Kiara Goldtrap with any questions at Kiara.Goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.
Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2014 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Fall 2014 solicitation: preference to equipment that provides new or significantly expanded capabilities. NOTE: the program guidelines and application have been revised: http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/research-equipment-reserve-fund. Information: Debbie Delmore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Dec. 15.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
Career Services Assistant Director – The Office of Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Assistant Director position. Posting # 0013387. Closes for full consideration Dec. 15.
Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.80 FTE), FCH Program Coordinator position located in Myrtle Point. Posting # 0013386. Closes Dec. 15.
Analyst Programmer: OSU Specialized Admin Services has an opening for one full-time, 1.0 FTE, Analyst Programmer, Competency Level 3 (Senior Developer) to assist in supporting IT initiatives for groups with Finance and Administration at Oregon State University. Posting #0013331. Closes Dec. 15.
Assistant Professor – The School of Arts and Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Media and Rhetoric position. Posting #0013327. Closes Dec. 15.
This recruitment will be used to fill three full-time Program Representative 1 positions for Extended Campus at Oregon State University (OSU). Internal employment opportunity. Posting#0013434. Closes Dec. 19.
Management Analyst 3: OSU Capital Planning and Development has an opening for one full-time, 1.0 FTE, Management Analyst 3. This position designs, plans, and coordinates or conducts analytical management studies of program policies, organizational structures and budgetary, operational, or other administrative systems and provides consultation on legislative or administrative issues, program planning, fiscal, and/or human resource management. Posting #0013410. Closes Dec. 19.
Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Posting # 0013371. Closes for full consideration Dec 19.
Faculty Support Coordinator – The Center for Teaching and Learning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Support Coordinator position. Posting #0013374. Closes Dec. 22.
OSU’s Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term Lead Marketing Project Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013436. Closes Dec. 23.
The Office of the Vice President for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Senior Grant and Contract Officer position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice President. Posting #0013372. Closes Dec. 24.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a full-time University Development Project Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0013420. Closes Dec. 29.
Education Program Assistant 1– Union County Extension invites applications for a part-time, (.15 FTE), Intermittent, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande. Posting # 0013421. Closes Dec. 29.
Accountant 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 2 position for Research- Office of Post Award Administration at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013427. Closes Dec. 29.
Instrument Technician 1- Mechanical – The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instrument Technician 1- Mechanical position. Posting #0013367. Closes Dec. 29.
Assistant Professor (practice)– Oregon State University Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice, full-time, (fixed-term, 1.0 FTE), position located in Baker City. Posting # 0013404. Closes Dec. 30.
The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Forest Economics. Posting #0013255. Closes Dec. 31.
Assistant Professor of Dual Language Bilingual Education and Cultural/Linguistic Diversity – The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position focused on Spanish/English Dual Language Bilingual Education. This position is part of the Provost Hiring Initiative for Advancing Student Success through the Lens of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. Posting # 0013336. Closes for full consideration Dec. 31.
INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Executive Director. The Executive Director will provide dynamic, consistent and motivational leadership to develop the INTO OSU Center such that it reflects the goals and values of Oregon State University and INTO University Partnerships and promotes the delivery of a world-class student and stakeholder experience. For more information or to apply, please visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14824712 Please apply by Jan. 5, 2015.
The Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Information Systems Analyst position in the Business Intelligence Center. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013448. Closes Jan. 7.
The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Library Communications Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian and OSU Press Director. Posting #0013435. Closes Jan. 8.
Orientation Coordinator – New Student Programs & Family Outreach invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Orientation Coordinator position. Posting # 0013412. Closes for full consideration Jan. 8.
Learning and Engagement Associate – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Learning and Engagement Associate position. Posting # 0013422. Closes Jan. 9.
Grants/Contracts Coordinator-Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) position as Grants/Contracts Coordinator. Posting #0013452. Closes Jan. 11, 2015.
Academic Wage International Program Advisor – The Vice Provost for International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Wage International Program Advisor position. Posting #0013407. Closes Jan. 11.
Faculty Research Assistant -The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing department invites applications for a part-time (.8 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013456. Closes Jan. 15.
Professor – The Department of Statistics invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Professor position. Posting #0013299. Closes Jan. 15.
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Research Associate position. Posting #0013306. Closing date is Jan. 15, 2015.
Research Program Consultant- The VP for Research invites applications for a full-time ( 1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Position #0013433. Closes Jan. 22, 2015
Assistant Professor – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure track, Assistant Professor of Applied Genomics and Bioinformatics position. Posting #0013285. Closes Jan. 25, 2015.
The School of Writing, Literature, and Film invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will teach five undergraduate and graduate courses, on a trimester system, in global (non-western) related film electives and film theory. Posting #0013155. Closes Jan. 30, 2015.
The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for two tenure-track, 9-month, full-time (1.00 FTE) faculty positions (Assistant Professor rank) in the area of Complex Systems in the Life or Environmental Sciences. Posting #0013430. Closes Feb. 6, 2015.
Vice President for Research – The Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Vice President for Research. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are confidential and should be directed to Sharon Tanabe or Emy Peña at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates – (562) 360-1612; email@example.com (Code: OSU VPR). Closes Feb. 20, 2015.
Senior Institutional Research Analyst – Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Senior Institutional Research Analyst position. Posting #0013220. Closes Feb. 28, 2015.
The OSU Foundation invites applications for the position of Investment Accountant. This position plays a key role in the Foundation’s management of all investment-related assets. Interested candidates can submit a Foundation application, along with your cover letter and resume to Patricia L. Kenney, Sr. Director, Human Resources.
Traffic and maintenance
Goss Stadium: As part of the Goss Stadium Expansion project, 6 parking spaces in the Coleman Field East Parking Lot (View Map) will be closed until further notice.
Crane: As part of the OSU LInC (Classroom Building) project, ), the tower crane will be disassembled and parts demobilized from campus during the week of Dec. 15-19. Additional flaggers have been planned at strategic spots to help trucks navigate the construction site and campus streets. Please see the traffic plan map attached for more details. Trucking will be routed via the fire lane at Austin Hall.
Winter Break Parking: From Dec. 15, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015 OSU permits will be required for parking, but you may park in any zone on campus. During winter break, parking lot usage typically drops dramatically. Also, Beaver Bus shuttle operations will be limited to one bus on the West route, so cross-zonal parking will help commuters access campus. This will also help accommodate several maintenance tasks scheduled in parking lots during this time. Parking Services staff will be monitoring lot usage around campus to ensure that this temporary change does not have a negative impact on the zonal parking system.
Corvallis: Winter is coming, and fall is finishing on a cold, wet note. Rain and showers throughout the week. Highs in the upper 40s, lows in the upper 30s.
Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow. Highs in the upper 30s, lows in the upper 20s.
Newport: Rain and showers. Highs in the upper 40s, lows in the low 40s.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/Email version