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Monday, Nov. 25, 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.

The science of aging: Enjoying life after 100 (Herald Tribune)

“A lot of the research is exploratory,” said Carolyn Aldwin of Oregon State University. “We don’t yet know what’s going on. We’re just starting to learn what makes centenarians unique.”

The 20 Best College Towns in America (Business Insider)

#6. Oregon State University is located in this relatively small town of 85,000. Corvallis is the second-most accessible city on this list, with 18.8% of workers commuting by public transportation, biking, or walking.

UO sees ways to improve online education (Register-Guard)

Both UO and Oregon State University are on the verge of replacing their “learning management system” called Blackboard. Blackboard is a website where students log onto course Web pages, whether the courses are offered on campus or online.

Gearing up for 2025 (Register-Guard editorial)

The ability of OUS institutions, particularly the UO and Oregon State University, to compete for enrollment in a national and global marketplace speaks well of their programs and reputations.

Helicopters, UAV industry may help boost Bend Airport (Bend Bulletin)

Economic Development for Central Oregon joined Oregon State University in applying to bring one of those six sites to Oregon. A decision on the sites could come as early as next month.

Sons of Veterans commemorate 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address (Statesman Journal)

The event featured Steven Holgate, dressed as Lincoln, members of the Sons of Union Veterans dressed head-to-toe in Civil War-period garb and Oregon State University professor David Brauner.

10 steps to the perfect holiday party (Elle Canada)

Loop that tinsel and hang those wreaths—guests in your home are more likely to feel relaxed in a room full of curvy elements, concludes a study from Oregon State University. Partygoers will also rate the space more favourably because, according to research from the American National Academy of Sciences, gazing upon “curvilinear contour” activates the reward area of the brain.

MOOCs may be the future of online education (Register-Guard)

“There’s no doubt that change is a-coming,” said Kevin Ahern, who teaches biochemistry online at Oregon State University.

Gardening basics: Time to plant six spring-flowering bulbs (Oregonian)

You can put spring-flowering bulbs in the ground from September to December in western Oregon, said Barb Fick, horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Regional jail greenhouse earns state honor (The Dalles Chronicle)

Award-winning programs are not new for the local OSU Master Gardeners in Wasco County. In the last few years their efforts have been rewarded two other times by this prestigious honor. In 2011 they won the award for The DIG (The Dalles Imagination Garden), a community garden, located along the Riverfront Trail, and prior to that they received the recognition for a fourth grade learning program called Seeds-n-Soils enjoyed by Wasco County fourth grade students district-wide.

My first trip to the Faculty Senate, and boy did I have fun (Gazette-Times)

Blog post by James Day.

Balloon logging efforts haven’t taken off locally (Mail Tribune)

Skye, according to a few retired Southern Oregon-based timber-sale managers and a couple of distinguished professors at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, balloon logging has never made an appearance in Southern Oregon forests.

Pre-industrial rise in greenhouse gases had natural and anthroprogenic causes (Science Daily)

Lead author Logan Mitchell, who coordinated the research as a doctoral student at Oregon State University, said the “early anthropogenic hypothesis,” which spawned hundreds of scientific papers as well as books, cannot fully explain on its own the rising levels of atmospheric methane during the past 5,000 years, a time period known as the mid- to late-Holocene. That theory suggests that human activities such as rice agriculture were responsible for the increasing methane concentrations. (see also Environmental News Network)

Teacher-child interactions support kids’ development in different areas (Science Daily)

The study, by researchers at the University of Virginia, Oregon State University, and Clemson University, appears in the journal Child Development. It sheds light on a topic that’s been the focus of recent reforms in early childhood policy.

Sheriff: Serious injury crash caused by drugged driver (Gazette-Times)

An OSU student is in critical condition and a man is in jail on DUII (drugs) and other charges after the serious-injury crash yesterday on Highway 20 at Circle Boulevard.

OSU-Cascades sets open house on expansion plans (KTVZ)

As Oregon State University – Cascades plans for its expansion on Bend’s west side to meet local and state education and economic goals, the community is invited to participate in a series of quarterly open houses to be held throughout the greater Bend area over the next two years.

Sumner grad is an ‘Ironman’ (Bonney Lake Courier-Herald)

Currently, Foltz is an assistant coach for the Oregon State University women’s rowing team.

Forum to examine use of drone technology in agriculture (Capital Press)

Speakers at the forum include Oregon State University forestry engineering professor Michael Wing, who is part of OSU’s newly formed Unmanned Vehicle System Research Consortium. In an OSU news release earlier this year, Wing described the state as the perfect spot for UAV testing.

Today

Accessibility Basics for Electronic Documents: Learn how to make documents accessible to people with disabilities. The session will focus on broad concepts, but also on specific related software features in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF). We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees who create and maintain documents on public OSU websites are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered on Nov. 25 and Dec. 5.

Student Teaching Application Meeting: Education Double Degree students planning to student teach during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to a free, informative application meeting on Monday, Nov. 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Furman 303.  Student teaching applications due April 1, 2014 with prior admission to the Provisional Level (Level 2).   http://education.oregonstate.edu/information-students

Zoology seminar: Camerron Crowder - OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Weis Lab), will speak on “Impacts of Temperature on the Reproductive Physiology of the Brooding Coral Pocillopora damicornis during different Phases of the Lunar Cycle: Insights From Transcriptomics” and Emily Hartfield-Kirk - OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Lytle Lab) will speak on “Genetic consequences of climate change in aquatic, arid-land populations,” Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

Prof. Shimon Weiss Analytical Chemistry Seminar: Voltage Sensing Inorganic Nanoparticles.  Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. in LPSC 402.  He will report on efforts to develop voltage sensing inorganic nanoparticles that self‐insert into the cell membrane and optically record, non‐invasively, action potential on the single particle level.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSUsed Store Thanksgiving Sale: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St, at which several receipts will be randomly printed with a voucher for a free pumpkin pie! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Accessibility Basics for Electronic Documents: Learn how to make documents accessible to people with disabilities. The session will focus on broad concepts, but also on specific related software features in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF). We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees who create and maintain documents on public OSU websites are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered on Nov. 25 and Dec. 5.

Beaver Strides presents Move It Mondays: Move It Mondays is a group walk that takes place every Monday during the academic year – rain or shine! We meet at the SE corner of Plageman Student Health Services at noon, and walk around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods until 12:45 p.m. Free and accommodates all walking speeds. On Nov. 25, Kathy Greaves, a senior instructor from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will join the group to answer questions.

Student Teaching Application Meeting: Education Double Degree students planning to student teach during the 2014-2015 academic year are invited to a free, informative application meeting on Monday, Nov. 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Furman 303.  Student teaching applications due April 1, 2014 with prior admission to the Provisional Level (Level 2).   http://education.oregonstate.edu/information-students

Zoology seminar: Camerron Crowder - OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Weis Lab), will speak on “Impacts of Temperature on the Reproductive Physiology of the Brooding Coral Pocillopora damicornis during different Phases of the Lunar Cycle: Insights From Transcriptomics” and Emily Hartfield-Kirk - OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Lytle Lab) will speak on “Genetic consequences of climate change in aquatic, arid-land populations,” Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.

Prof. Shimon Weiss Analytical Chemistry Seminar: Voltage Sensing Inorganic Nanoparticles.  Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. in LPSC 402.  He will report on efforts to develop voltage sensing inorganic nanoparticles that self‐insert into the cell membrane and optically record, non‐invasively, action potential on the single particle level.

Lectures and webinars

PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members:Current changes and updates! How does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the MU Board Room. Reserve your seat by calling Kirsten at (541) 714-4296, or by email at kallam@osufederal.com.

NEW! Pack a Snack discussion: Do you have weight loss goals?  Workout goals?  Are you trying to maintain your weight?  Learn from nutrition students about smart snacking and new strategies for healthier snacks. Nov. 26, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., McNary Dining Hall, Timberline Room. Free to students and staff.

NEW! Faculty forum on OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel companies: This one hour (brown bag) noon-time forum will examine the upcoming proposed resolution to the faculty related to the OSU Foundation divestment out of fossil fuel investments. The final two faculty forums will take place at noon Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 in Gilkey 109. The  resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate on Dec. 12.

Horticulture Seminar Series: Alex Stone, Professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on “Exploring Habitat Conservation in Willamette Valley Processed Vegetable Agroecosystems.” She will speak on Nov. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4000.

Diversity workshop: “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” registration is open.  This interactive day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Facilitated and sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders, Division of Student Affairs. Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MU 206. Pre-registration required:  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85402/.

News for Employees

NEW! Thanksgiving reminder: OSU Today will not be sent out Nov. 28-29. It will resume Dec. 2.  Additionally, OSU Today will switch to a Monday-only format on Dec. 16 and Dec. 30. There will be no OSU Today the week of Dec. 23-27. Normally daily issues will resume Jan.  6, 2014.

Healthy Life challenge: OSU is currently being out-pledged by UO in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge. The challenge ends Monday, Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced at this year’s Civil War game. So far UO leads 63 percent to 37 percent. Last year OSU won the challenge. To participate: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1367036/Healthy-Life-Civil-War-Challenge-2013

First-Year Experience Initiative website: The first-year experience initiative leadership is pleased to announce the launch of the FYE website. The website is designed to provide faculty and staff with information on the various focus areas of this initiative and share the research and data that motivates this work. The FYE leadership will update this website as different components of the initiative are implemented and assessed.

Healthy Thanksgiving, from Recreational Sports: Stay active and healthy during the holidays and purchase a Half Term Membership to Recreational Sports for only $41/$34, valid until Jan. 3, 2014! Use our indoor track, cardio and weight equipment, courts, pools and more! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

Call for Nominations: Two community awards recognized yearly at the Peace Breakfast: The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walks the Talk;” and the Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominations are due by Dec. 6, 5 p.m.  To find out more information visit: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/community-awards

Register for Winter Intergroup Dialogue: Intergroup Dialogues are 9-week sustained learning communities carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict and community. Participants will engage in the analysis and understanding of issues of diversity and social justice, as well as build practical skills to communicate across difference. Skills acquired through our program have multidisciplinary applications and are employable in diverse environments and among diverse populations. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1. To register, visit the http://oregonstate.edu/oei/igd

Turkey sale: The OSU Meat Science Club is selling smoked turkeys. Prices are $3.99/lb for wholes, and $4.25/lb for halves. Turkey weighs anywhere from 10-20 lbs, and are on average ~14 lbs after being smoked and cooked. You may request a specific size. Pick-up dates for the turkeys will be Nov. 22, and November 25-27 at the Clark Meat Science Center’s retail store, from 1-5:30 p.m. For more information, or to order a turkey, email Nathan.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

STEM Academy AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for 6th-12th grade girls. Middle School Club meets Tuesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25. High School Club meets Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 26. Topics will include physics, K’NEX engineering challenge, anatomy, computing, information evaluation & visualization, and chemistry. Undergraduate women studying science at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register, http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Cost is $75. Scholarships available.

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed starting Nov. 14 and will run through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

Washington Ave. lot closure: Due to the installation of telecom conduits for the new resident hall, various parking spaces located in the Washington Ave lot will be closed Nov. 6-27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jobs

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

Communications Specialist – Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invite applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), communications specialist and science writer to support the communications activities of Climate Impacts Research Consortium.  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu   Posting # 0011585. For full consideration apply by Nov. 25.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Posting #0011564.  Closes Nov. 25.

Advisor-Academic – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011555. Full Consideration Date, Nov. 25; closes Dec 2.

Human Resources Consultant 1 (Internal to OSU Employees Only) The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0011592. Closes Nov. 27.

Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees position. Posting # 0011535. Closes Nov 30.

Human Resources TechnicianThe Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Technician position. Posting # 0011602.  Closes Dec. 1.

News and Research Writer – University Relations and Marketing – News and Research Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term News and Research Writer position. Posting #0011589. Closes Dec. 1.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Linn County Extension office invites applications for a part time, 0.40 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position, located in Mill City. Posting # 0011615. Closes Dec. 2.

Accountant 1 – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011613. Closes Dec. 2.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Agricultural Science and Marine Science Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources Consultant 1.  Posting # 0011551.  Closes Dec. 2.

Grants and Contracts Coordinator – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants and Contracts Coordinator position. Posting #0011610. Closes Dec. 3.

Executive Assistant to the Dean – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position.  https://jobs.oregonstate.edu  Posting #0011618.  For full consideration apply by Dec. 3.

Assistant to the School Director – School of Public Policy invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011596. Closes Dec. 6.

Accountant 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011622. Closes Dec. 9.

OSU is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Position 1 – Organizational Change: This scholar’s focus will be to research the project’s attempt to secure wider organizational change. Position 2 – Student Gains: This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with a priority submission deadline of Dec. 1. Full announcement attached and can be found at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/postdocs-announcement.

Weather

Corvallis: “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” – J.K. Rowling. Sunny today with a high of 47 and a low of 26. Clouds begin moving in tomorrow as temperatures slowly rise.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 56 and a low of 28. Sunny again tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 58 and a low of 42. Windy tomorrow.

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

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