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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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.

Washed-up dock stirs awareness in Oregon (Japan Times)

When that dock came in to our coast, there was so much traffic in this city” said Mark Farley, the visitor center manager at the science center, which is part of Oregon State University.

OSU professor warns against excess canola production (Capital Press)

An Oregon State University weed scientist said in a legislative hearing March 19 to expect an increase in disease and pest pressure if growers increase production of canola and other brassica seed crops in the Willamette Valley.

Natural resource industries tell their stories at the Capitol (Capital Press)

Pond said he and other blueberry commissioners lobbied lawmakers to fully fund the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon State University statewide public services and talked about individual bills of concern.

Julie Green: The Last Supper (Huffington Post)

In her quiet, forceful, beautiful way, Julie Green is trying to end the death penalty in this country. She paints, on ceramic plates, portraits of death-row inmates’ last meal requests. In the past decade, she’s done more than 500 plates, and she plans to do 50 a year until the death penalty is finally abolished.

From compost to cosmetics to cupcakes (Wine Spectator)

That was the thinking of Yanyun Zhao, a professor in Oregon State University’s department of food science and technology. She and other researchers there have been turning pomace into things like antioxidant-rich flour for baked goods, biodegradable containers and nutritious methods to preserve fruit, yogurt and salad dressing.

Researchers seek to reduce bycatch in groundfish trawling (Phys.org)

“Fishermen are really engaged in the research because they are concerned about getting shut down if the weight of the halibut bycatch approaches a certain threshold,” said Wakefield, who works out of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore. “The fishermen are not only engaged with the scientists, but they interact with each other and with the net-makers.

Study explores long-term water quality trends in near-pristine streams (Phys.org)

“Much of what we know about changes in stream water quality comes from studies where basins have been impacted by human activity,” said Alba Argerich, a postdoctoral research associate with Oregon State University and the study’s lead author. “Our work intentionally focused on relatively undisturbed streams, the very reference sites that serve as benchmarks for evaluating water quality trends.”

Housing dominates discussion as OSU-City recommendations move on (Gazette-Times)

Ultimately the committee forwarded all of the recommendations to the Corvallis City Council and Oregon State University leadership for further consideration, but the debate concerning one piece of the housing and livability pie occupied more than half of the meeting’s 129 minutes.

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center has new director (Newport News-Times)

Robert K. Cowen, a marine biologist and administrator from Miami, Fla., has been named director of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach.

Creative culture, savvy timing define Chicago marketing firm (Medill Reports)

Erin Gallagher, a professor of speech communication at Oregon State University, has done extensive research about the tradeoffs that come with developing strong friendships in the workplace. She sees many advantages to the culture embraced by companies such as Punchkick.


Webinar: What Happens After My Federal Job Application is Submitted? March 20, 10 to 11 am., Kidder 202. The federal application process does not end when you press submit on USAJOBS.gov. During this webinar, we will discuss what students and jobseekers can expect in the next stages of the application process. From essays to interviews to security clearances, Partnership staff and agency experts will discuss how to stand out after your resume has been submitted. This webinar is being recorded, more information at http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Yuanchao Wang, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, will present a seminar “Functional analysis of Phytophthora sojae RxLR effectors” on March 20 at 10 a.m. in LPSC 402.

Webinar: What Happens After My Federal Job Application is Submitted? March 20, 10 to 11 a.m., Kidder 202. The federal application process does not end when you press submit on USAJOBS.gov. During this webinar, we will discuss what students and jobseekers can expect in the next stages of the application process. This webinar is being recorded, more information at http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events.

Weather talk: “Demons and Butterflies: Weather predictions and predictability theory,” a talk by Richard Anthes of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Burt Hall, Room 193, on the Oregon State University campus.

Financial workshop: Deferred Compensation Basics (2 sessions available), March 20, 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m., MU JPLC Journey Room. Presenter:  Karen Blanton, Oregon Savings Growth Plan. This workshop provides basic information about the Oregon Savings Growth Plan (OSGP) and its investment options. Workshop is intended for employees exploring the plan, interested in enrolling in the plan, or seeking a refresher course on the plan. Additional information on the Plan is available at:  http://www.oregon.gov/PERS/OSGP

Afternoon 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 Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Advisor Coffee Talk: Terina McLachlain, OSU Natural Resources Ecampus Advisor, will leading a Professional Development session on Advising Online Students. In addition to this interactive presentation there will be time for questions and to mingle with your peers. March 20, noon to 1 p.m., Ballard Extension Hall, Room 200C.

Soil science webinar: March 20 at 2 p.m., CBI’s soil scientist, Wendy Peterman, will lead a free webinar hosted by the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Peterman will present on tool development that managers in all watersheds of the Southern Rockies LCC can use to project the effects of climate change on soil vulnerability conditions and help resource managers develop appropriate strategies to mitigate negative climate impacts. http://consbio.org/newsroom/events/webinar-soil-vulnerability-future-climate-change-2

TAC Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Technology Across the Curriculum and the Office of Student Conduct have partnered on a plagiarism prevention training and support initiative for instructors and students. This webinar reviews the resources that are available, and demonstrates how SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention service, can be used by instructors as one way to help students identify unoriginal content in their writing. Weds. March 20; 2-2:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/WsijK8

Sigma Xi Lecture: Richard Anthes, Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, an internationally recognized atmospheric scientist, author, educator & UCAR President from 1988-2012, will speak March 20, 4 p.m. on “Weather Forecasting over the Ages-From Folklore to Science,” in MU 109, followed by a 5 p.m. reception in the MU Lounge.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Dr. Francis Martin, French National Institute for Agriculture Research, will present a seminar “Exploring the genome diversity of mycorrhizal fungi to understand the evolution and functioning of mutualistic symbioses” on Wednesday, March 20, at 4 p.m., in ALS 4001.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUDivest: A meeting open to all faculty, aimed at the divestment of OSU Foundation portfolio out of fossil fuel companies. Furman Hall 300, 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 22.

SEIU meeting: The monthly SEIU Classified Workers meeting will be held on Thursday, March  21, in the Pan Afrikaan Room (MU 213) from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be updating those who attend on finances, CAPE, and current bargaining progress.  A light lunch will be provided.  Note that classified worker meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Diet and Optimum Health Conference:  The Linus Pauling Institute invites you to the 7th biennial Diet and Optimum Health Conference, May 15-18.  Deadline March 31 to submit abstracts for poster presentation. Discounted registration for OSU faculty, staff & students.  Free Public Session Saturday, May 18: “Whole Food Approaches to Disease Prevention.” More information at http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/conf2013/index.html

OSU Ecampus Faculty Forum: Take part in a showcase of excellence in online education at the Ecampus Faculty Forum on April 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Engage with your OSU colleagues during interactive sessions and panels, in which faculty share innovative teaching methods and best practices in course development. Come see why OSU is a national leader in online education. The event at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center includes breakfast and lunch. RSVP by April 5.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Dr. Wayne Backes, Professor of Pharmacology, LSU Health Sciences Center –“ Organization of P450 System Enzymes in their Membrane Environment”  at noon on Friday, March 22, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Technology Across the Curriculum and the Office of Student Conduct have partnered on a plagiarism prevention training and support initiative for instructors and students. This webinar reviews the resources that are available, and demonstrates how SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention service, can be used by instructors as one way to help students identify unoriginal content in their writing. Fri. March 22; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WsivsM

Dean of Science candidate: Sastry Pantula – Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation will speak on  March 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

Climate Club Sandwich Lunch: Conversations Across Disciplines series will focus on how other disciplines study climate change, present the latest findings in climate change research and scholarship, and provide an opportunity to meet colleagues interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.  This session will feature Chris DalyHilary Boudet and Raymond Malewitz. March 21, noon to 1 p.m., StrandAg 348. RSVP’s appreciated: 541-737-5705

Ageism session: “Examining Ourselves: Uncovering Ageism & Adultism in Everyday Life,” an interactive, lunch and learn session exploring society’s construct to oppress and disempower our members who exist on both sides of the age continuum. Lunches are welcome! March 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206.   http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/73045/

TAC Webinar:  What’s New in Blackboard in Spring 2013, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Three changes to Blackboard roll out in time for Spring term: new options to enable cross-listed and combined course sites; the Blackboard Mobile Learn app for smartphones and tablets, and SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism-prevention service. This webinar will give an overview of each change and what they may mean for you and your students.  Thurs. March 21; 3-3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/Wsi81s

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar:  Dr. Francis Martin, French National Institute for Agriculture Research, will present a  PUBLIC lecture “The forest social network: how trees and fungi communicate in the forest” on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m in the Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.

Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on March 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Memorial Union (MU) 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.

News for Employees

NEW! PFLA awards: Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award.  Please consider submitting a nomination to recognize a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University. Additional award criteria is based on honoring a legacy of providing ongoing, strategic, and progressive leadership, administrative support and service among Professional Faculty and other OSU employees.   For complete selection and nomination information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/summary.html; application deadline is April 1.

NEW! Vet Med news: The latest edition of Animal Connection from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine features stories about a miniature horse with a big personality, a good Samaritan’s effort to save an Oregon war veteran’s assistance dog, and an elementary school’s bald eagle mascot.

NEW! Be Well newsletter: Check out the Be Well weekly E-NEWSLETTER. Each edition has an easy healthy recipe, one minute exercise video, listings of health and wellness opportunities on campus and in the community, and links to articles and information to help faculty and staff be active, eat healthy, manage stress and be smoke-free. Subscribe to the Be Well newsletter today!

Scholars’ Insights: a graduate student competition to communicate impact  Grad students present their thesis/scholarly work in three minutes to the general public and compete for cash awards.  Presented by the OSU Graduate School, Free admission.  Reception and awards at end of competition.  April 3, 2013, 1 p.m.-5 p.m, Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.  For information, megan.ferris@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Press books up for award: Two OSU Press books have been named as finalists for the 2012 Book of the Year Award by Foreward Reviews. “Wild Delicate Seconds” and “Walking Distance: Extraordinary hikes for ordinary people,” are both shortlisted for the award in adult nonfiction. For more information: https://botya.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2012/press-release/

Campus Creature Census – Register by April 15: The Spring Creek Project invites everyone to help us create an inspiring catalog of all the other-than-human creatures with whom we share the OSU campus. You’re invited to choose a plant or animal, and contribute a portrait in prose or poetry, visual art or photography, or a brief field guide-type entry. Submission guidelines are available online: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

Vanpool: A new vanpool from Salem to Corvallis is forming, traveling via Highway 99.  Several vanpools currently serve Corvallis from starting locations in Eugene and Salem.  Check out www.valleyvanpool.info or call 541-924-8480 for details.  The average price is $120-$140/month.  To explore transportation options and win prizes for the trips you already make by bike, teleworking, carpooling, etc., visit www.DriveLessConnect.com or oregonstate.edu/sustainability/transportation.

Outstanding faculty research mentors: The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks nominations of outstanding faculty research mentors for consideration for OSU’s 2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Complete applications are due April 12.  Information at http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ or contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Healthy Streets: The City of Corvallis has created a comprehensive City planning effort called the Healthy Streets Planning Initiative, which aims to treat storm water, develop alternative transportation routes, expand urban green space and improve community health. For more information, including upcoming events, survey results and goals, go here: http://www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1368

Women’s Center awards:  The OSU Women’s Center is inviting nominations for our 2013 OSU Women’s Center Student Awards to be held May 10. Please help us recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of scholarship, leadership, and service of one undergraduate and one graduate woman at Oregon State University. Please click on the link below for information on how to nominate someone and other information about the awards: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/2013-womens-center-student-awards

Traffic and Maintenance

GIlbert Hall: Due to emergency repairs to the building steam system all steam services to Gilbert Hall will be temporarily shut down March 20 while crews repair a steam leak in room 0022.  This will affect the entire building and all equipment utilizing steam.  Completion is unknown at this time.  We will follow up with a second notification when services have been restored.

Student lots: Student/Visitor lots open no permit required, March 25-April 5.

Motor pool, Magruder: Due to the grading of the Campus Way/West Motor Pool lot and the gravel area South of Magruder Hall these lots will be closed March 25-29.

Campus electrical shutdown: PP&L, our Electrical Utility provider, is scheduling an all-day electrical shutdown, to replace a failed electrical cable, on Sunday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This shutdown will affect the following buildings:  Moreland Hall, Langton, Snell Hall, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Waldo Hall, Kerr Administration Building, McNary Hall, Callahan Hall, Wilson Hall, Pharmacy, Joyce Collin Furman Hall, Strand Agricultural Hall, Fairbanks Hall, Women’s Center, Memorial Union. Core communications equipment in Kerr Administration is protected by backup generator and we expect no service interruption as a result of this electrical shutdown.

Washington Ave. NE parking lot closure: Due to the construction of a new resident hall the Washington Ave NE lot will be permanently closed late April.


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

Office Specialist 2– Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2- Contraceptive Care Program/Insurance and Billing. Posting #0010384. Closes March 20.

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center’s plant pathology program is seeking an Education Program Assistant 2. Duties include planning and delivering bilingual (Spanish/English) extension seminars/workshops to nursery industry.  Conducting applied research related to plant health, disease and pest management in nursery systems.  Position #0010272 Closes March 25.

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division invites applications for an Accountant 1 position.  This position is full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month appointment.  Closes March 25.  Posting #0010278.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. This position will serve Malheur County. Malheur County is located in the southeastern portion of Oregon and almost 10,000 square miles of primarily rangeland.  This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. Posting # 0010312. Posting closes March 26.

Purchasing Analyst 2- Construction Contracting:  Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Purchasing Analyst 2- Construction Contracting position.  Posting #: 0010415. Closes March 27.

International Student Advisor – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Student Advisor position. Posting #0010370. Closes March 28.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for two full-time, 10 month, Food Service Worker 2 positions.  Posting # 0010388.  Closing date is Mar 28.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a .75 FTE 12-month, or full-time 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position. Posting #0010127. For full consideration by Feb. 28. Closes Mar. 30.

Oregon State University Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is recruiting for a full time, tenure track, 9-month faculty position Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Posting #0010252. Closes April 1.

Head Academic Advisor -The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Head Academic Advisor. Posting #0010354. Closes March 19 for full consideration. Posting # 0010354. Closes April 2.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Public Safety Dispatcher. This is a permanent full time position.Posting #0010340. Closes April 5.

The Department of Teacher and Counselor Education, College of Education invites applications for a Counselor Educator to teach in their graduate program in Counselor Education at Oregon State University – Cascades located in Bend, Oregon.   This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting # 0010412. Closes April 8.

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning seeks a full-time Director. The Center was established in 2012 with a mission to conduct research and development that leads to enhanced understanding of the processes that underlie how individuals become lifelong STEM learners and practitioners. Position # 0010269. Closes April 14.

The Austin Family Business Program in the College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 12-month, Manager position. Posting #0010405. For full consideration by Apr. 5th. Closes Apr. 15.

The OSU Malheur County Extension Service Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the South East Regional Administrator.  Posting # 0010383. Closes April 17.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide administrative and program support to the Donor Relations/Stewardship and Events team and general administrative support for the Athletics Development team.     The OSU Foundation offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.    The starting annual for this position is $32,868.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Arabic Language and Sponsored Student Advisor. This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Arabic-speaking students and government sponsored students. The Arabic Language Advisor works on cross-cultural education and information sharing in Arabic for lower level English speakers. As Sponsored Student Advisor, this position is also responsible for maintaining productive relationships with sponsors and effective record-keeping and reporting for sponsored students.  This position works closely with INTO OSU, OSU and UHDS departments to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU Center and at the University. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144102.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Chinese Language Advisor. This position is designed to address issues of cultural adjustment, well-being, and success for Chinese-speaking students. The Chinese Language Advisor works on cross-cultural education, information sharing in Chinese for lower-level English speakers and programming. This position works closely with INTO OSU, OSU and UHDS departments to identify and respond to student needs and enhance services in the INTO OSU Center and at the University. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144092.

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Academic Support Enrollment Specialist.  This position provides service and support for academic staff and students, maintains official records, and implements administrative policies. Handles problems and non-routine situations by determining the approach or action to take and interprets guidelines, procedures, policies and practices. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=6144062


Corvallis: It may be miserable, cold and wet out there, but today is the first day of Spring, and we’ll have to make the most of it. The high will be 52 today with a low tonight of 35. A chance of showers continues tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain is likely today with a chance of snow overnight. The high will be 45 with a low tonight of 22.

Newport: Showers today and tomorrow, with a high of 49 and a low of 38.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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