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Thursday, March 20, 2014

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.

Efficiency, the doctor will see you now (Portland Tribune)

Technology, says Javier Calvo-Amodio, can make us all more efficient, at least those of us who haven’t lost our jobs to it. But only if we control it rather than let it control us. For instance, not letting it make us do what we haven’t been trained to do, like booking our own airline reservations. Calvo-Amodio, an assistant professor at Oregon State University who studies systems and engineering management, says in many cases we have no choice.

Groups fund UAS research funds in precision ag, forestry (Ag Professional)

New funding from Oregon BEST and the Portland Development Commission(PDC) to a startup company working with Oregon State University could help Oregon become a national leader in the development and use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) ­ or drones in precision agriculture and forestry applications.

Oregon college students face limited opportunity to win Oregon Opportunity grants (Oregonian)

Tim Nesbitt, chairman of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission and an architect of state-funded financial aid for low- and moderate-income Oregonians, recently decried the low level of funding for those Oregon Opportunity Grants. At $50 million a year, he said, the grants are “underfunded and oversubscribed.” In other words, there are too many applicants who are entitled to the money and too little of the money to go around.

History of hops and brewing chronicled in new OSU archive (Albany Tribune)

Oregon is at the epicenter of a thriving craft-brew industry, and Oregon State University is helping shape the movement – from creating new barley varieties, to offering courses for home brewers, to its growing fermentation science program, which has a Pilot Plant Brewhouse where student brewers create new beers.

Bighorn sheep went extinct on desert island in Gulf of California, study finds (Science Codex)

This determination was later confirmed by conservation geneticists at Oregon State University, who used specialized techniques to extract and sequence mitochondrial DNA from the ancient sheep pellets. The ancient sequences differed substantially from other large herbivores that might have been present. Further, the DNA sequences were not identical to the modern bighorn populations on Tiburón Island, giving confidence to the researchers’ claim that the sequences do not derive from modern use of the cave by introduced bighorn sheep. (see also Science Daily, Science Blog)

Winning OSU solar car team preps for new challenges (The Corvallis Advocate)

At OSU, there is a team that is dedicated to helping engineering students with hands-on experience using mechanical design, composites and solar-energy: the OSU Solar Vehicle Team.

OSUsed Store sells surplus goods (KEZI)

Are you in the market for a TV or computer but don’t want to pay full price? You may be after you learning about theOSUsed Store.

Oregon grass, legume seed production bounced back in 2012-2013 (Capital Press)

Oregon’s grass and legume seed industry continued its recovery in 2012-13, reaching a value of nearly $462 million, according to a report from Oregon State University.

ILX explore the viability and cost of large dam building projects (Digital Journal)

Julia Jones, a hydrologist at Oregon State University, said: “It all depends on who’s at the table. There has been a lot of controversy for half a century or more about the larger context in which these projects are constructed – that is, who loses their livelihoods, who gains from the construction of the dam and the environmental benefits and costs.”

Jane Austen, ‘Game Theorist?’ Try ‘Subversive sitcom scribe’ (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb.

Surveyed coast professionals see climate change (The Corvallis Advocate)

Climate change is a widely debated topic, though a recent survey indicates some coastal communities believe it’s happening in their own backyards. That’s one major discovery the Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University noticed in its project research.

White House internship inspires Milika (Matangi Online)

Milika has been studying at Oregon State University and is among a group of young people who entered internships at the White House early this year.

Da dum, da dum (The Entertainer)

“In some classifications, a piano is considered a percussion instrument since it’s a hammer that hits strings,” said Dr. Robert Brudvig, assistant professor of percussion studies at Oregon State University. “Pretty much anything that you hit — the triangle, tambourine.”

Two meetings tonight on OSU (Bend Bulletin)

Two meetings tonight will take up the proposed expansion of the Oregon State University-Cascades Campus in Bend.

Today

Departmental Shredding Discount Week: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online this week, March 17-21, will be charged at 50 percent off our normal (15¢/lb.) rate. See important submission instructions here.

Upcoming Events

Do the Math: A film screening of “Do the Math,” will take place Friday, March 21, noon to 1 p.m., Furman 303. Attend this brown bag movie and discussion of a climate change movie that blends the reporting of climate science and calls for political action. The video is a production of 350.org and narrated by Bill McKibben. 43 minutes. Sponsored by OSUDivest.

Letures and Webinars

NEW! AgSquared workshop: Learn about how to use AgSquared’s online software toolkit to easily gather the information you need to better manage your farm and make both day-to-day and strategic farming decisions. Drew Katz, AgSquared’s Director of User Support and Farmer Engagement, will train you in how to get started with AgSquared. March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milne Computing Center Room 201. Register here - $10/person. Lunch will be provided.

NEW! Chemical biology lecture: Weihong Tan, University of Florida, will be presenting a seminar on Monday, March 31, entitled “The Foundation of Molecular Medicine: A Chemical Biology Approach” in LPSC 402 at 4 p.m.

Professional Faculty Job Grouping and Compensation Program Training:  Managing Pay Within a Grade.  Friday, March 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Hallie Ford Center, Room 115.   Pre-registration is not required, but space is limited to supervisors/managers of professional faculty positions; the training will be live streamed, recorded and available on http://hr.oregonstate.edu/job-category.

Climate Club Brownbag LunchBraiding Disciplines third lecture of the series will be held on Friday, March 21, noon to 1 p.m, in the OSU Native American Longhouse and will feature professor of geography, Julia Jones and director of the OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), Sally Duncan.  They will address climate change effects on hydrology, land use, and the intertwined roles of science, communications, and social acceptance of resource management.  Snacks provided, BYO Lunch.  RSVP 541-737-5705.

Digital brand strategies: On April 7, Professional and Continuing Education is launching Digital Brand Strategies, the first course of the Strategic Approach to Digital Brand Management Certificate. Leading experts from Adidas, Wieden+Kennedy, and REI will help you construct your brand’s story in technology-rich environments.  All courses are online and $475. OSU students, staff and faculty qualify for 10% off the course price.

OSU Advantage: Do you want to expand the impact of your research through partnerships with industry or by helping launch a new company?  Learn what the OSU Advantage can do to help you on April 8 at 4:30 in the Memorial Union.  Learn about matching funds for new industry research projects and about the University Venture Development Fund.  The presentation will be followed by a networking reception.  RSVP required by April 1 to RSVP@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: “Bibliographic Management Tools Adoption and Use,” by Hannah Rempel, Instruction and Science Librarian, and Margaret Mellinger, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian, both at OSU Libraries. EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley? How do users choose a particular bibliographic management tool and what makes them stick with it? Hannah and Margaret will discuss the results of their study on this topic, a research methodology that can be used to gain a window into researchers’ workflows, and a model for understanding how users adopt productivity technologies.  Friday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.

News for Employees

NEW! RecycleMania update: OSU may be trailing UO in the recycling civil war (see results here), but we still have this week and next to take the lead! You can help by recycling unneeded winter term or other archived papers and emptying your deskside recycle bin, all before Friday of spring break (March 28). Learn more about RecycleMania here.

OSU Today for Spring Break: OSU Today will be published on Monday only next week, and will resume daily issues on March 31. Deadline for inclusion in the March 24-28 issue is noon Friday, March 21.

Professional Faculty heroes: Do you know someone who’s a hero here at OSU because of the extra effort that they put forth or the extra moment they take to make your day pleasant?  Here’s a great way to celebrate them.  Professional Faculty Leadership Association is always seeking nominations for “Our Heroes” awards.  Neither you or the nominated individual need to be members.   Build up your karma bank by celebrating the heroes that help us every day.

RecSports – Sponsor Friends & Family During Break: During Spring Break, Recreational Sports suspends the limit for sponsoring guests. That means that you can sponsor in as many guests as you would like for $6/day each! Bringing a large group? Call ahead and let us know you’re coming (541-737-3748).

Parking plan: To find out more details on the OSU parking plan, and to provide feedback on the plan, to  http://parking.oregonstate.edu/ and click on “Zonal Parking Information” or watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1cZgthI

PROMISE sponsors sought: Applications are currently being sought for PROMISE sponsors. PROMISE is a 10-week developmental internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience and mentoring in the state, local government agencies, and university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students. The program runs June 23 – Aug. 29.  The internship project is a limited-duration project of a professional, managerial, or technical nature. The project must occupy the full 10-week internship period at 40 hours per week. The cost of the internship salary and other personnel expenses is $4,300. OSU departments and programs may request that up to half of the total cost be subsidized by the PROMISE program; the balance will be charged to the departmental index. For information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise

Summer Research Internships at Branch Experiment Stations. The Branch Experiment Stations (BES) for the College of Agricultural Sciences are pleased to announce 10-week experiential learning opportunities for any Oregon State University undergraduate students.  The Branch Experiment Stations are off-campus research facilities located across Oregon assisting stakeholders to address the critical issues specific to that locale.  Successful applicants will be provided $6,000 to offset expenses.  Applications and potential projects are posted at the following website http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/students/bes-internship/projects . Deadline is 5 p.m., March 21.

Recreational Sports Memberships & Lockers – Expire Friday, March 28: Prior to taking off for spring break, don’t forget to renew your membership and/or locker. Winter term/half term memberships and winter term lockers expire Friday, March 28. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back. Renew at the Recreation Services Desk inside of Dixon’s West Entry and contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

Summer internships:  Regional Approaches to Climate Change- Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) is focused on improving the long-term sustainability of agriculture within the PNW region and is offering $500/wk undergraduate internships.   Internships will go from 9 June – 8 Aug. for the UI and WSU and 16 June – Aug. 15 for OSU. The application can be found at the following link:  https://www.reacchpna.org/blog/reacch-summer-internship-applications-now-being-accepted/.

Jobs

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

Science Lab Preparator, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. P/T. This position will support and assist with the laboratory teaching program for the Department of Chemistry. Preferred candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or related field. Posting #0012050. Closes March 20.

Program Technician 2 – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. Closes March 21.

Temporary Public Information AssistantThe University Honors College invites applications for a part-time (.49) Temporary Public Information Assistant position. Posting # 0012044.  Closes March 23.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy,  seeks a .50 FTE hourly Specialist 1 -Pharmacist (“Staff Pharmacist”): Posting #0012074. Closes March 24.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a 1.0 FTE salaried Administrator 3 -Pharmacy (“Pharmacist-in-charge”): Posting # 0012075. Closes March 24.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an hourly pay of $12 per hour, plus a full benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To apply for this position, please submit ONE Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to the link listed https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11162802 Closes March 24.

Administrative Program Assistant–Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012055. Closes March 26.

Accountant 2 –The Oregon University System invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 positions in their Treasury Operations Department. Posting #0012076. Closes March 26.

A full-time Project Coordinator position is being sought for the Memorial Union. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 9 months from the appointment begin date. Posting #0012108. Closes March 27.

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting # 0012095. Closes March 28.

Oregon State University’s Educational Opportunities Program is seeking an Academic Engagement Coordinator to bring culturally-relevant academic support to each of the Cultural Centers.  Posting #0012061. Closes March 28.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Analyst Programmer.  The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an annual salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 (depending on experience), and a full benefit package including medical, dental, life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To review the full position description and qualifications please see the link listed.  https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11059722 For full consideration please apply by March 17. Closes March 31.

Office Specialist 2  – Josephine County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0012077. Closes April 15, with a full-consideration date of March 31.

Department Head - The Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as head of the department.  Posting #0011837.  Closes March 31.

Manager of Financial Reporting (Internal Employment Opportunity for OSU and OUS)–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Financial Reporting position. Posting #0012117. Closes April 2.

Office Specialist 1  – Coos County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position located in Myrtle Point.  Posting # 0012116. Closes April 2.

Administrative Program Assistant–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012007. Closing date extended to April 2.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Fiscal Coordinator 1.  Posting #0012058.  Closes April 4.

Associate Director of Diversity Development –  Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month Associate Director of Diversity Development. Posting #0012068. Closes April 4.

Associate Dean (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Graduate School invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month,  Associate Dean position. This is a one-year tenured administrator appointment with reappointment possible.  Posting #0011995. Full Consideration March 17, closes April 7.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Economics. Posting #0012071. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Management. Posting #0012069. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

Career Services Director–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Career Services Director position. Posting #0012073. Closes April 10..

Senior Auditor– The Office of Audit Services  invites applications for three full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Senior Auditor positions. Posting # 0012048. Closes for full consideration April 11.

Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services has one opening for a full-time, twelve-month, fixed-term position.  Posting #0009220.Closes April 12.

Chemist 3, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chemist 3 position. Posting # 0012086.  Full consideration date April 13. Open until filled.

Institutional Compliance Director– OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Institutional Compliance Director position. Posting #0012001. Closes April 14.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Digital Communications Specialist to join its Communications & Stewardship team. The position is first and foremost a writer, with 80% of work time focused on researching, writing, and editing and 20% devoted to the technical production and publishing of electronic content. To view the complete job description

Traffic and maintenance

Washington Way closure: As part of the Shop Demolition/Washington Way Realignment project, Washington Way will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 15th to Benton Place.  The contractor will be excavating and abandoning utilities within the roadway.

Campus power outage: A power outage to remove and replace old cable will take place Saturday, March 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buildings affected by outage include: Fairbanks, Moreland, Memorial Union, Langton, Waldo, Strand, Snell, McAlexander, Kerr, Gladys Valley, Pharmacy, Benton Annex, Furman, McNary, Callahan and Wilson.

Waldo Place and Valley Library: Due to construction related to the Student Experience Center, Waldo Place and the Valley Library loading dock will be closed during Spring Break.

OSU Black Cultural Center construction field office: Starting March 24, Anderson Construction will be staging their construction trailer in the SE corner of SW Park Terrace Place & Monroe Ave.  This will allow contractors to be adjacent west of the Black Cultural Center project site. Temporary power and fencing will be installed next week.

Strand Ag Vacuum Truck:  A large vacuum truck is being used to remove soil from within the Strand Ag basement to allow our general contractor to build the additional foundation footings that are needed for the seismic upgrade.  Vacuuming was stopped during finals week, due to the noise involved, but it will resume during spring break. Vacuum Schedule: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/cpd/sites/default/files/strand_vac_truck_schedule.pdf

Sidewalk closure: Due to the installation of new water and power lines, the south sidewalk of Strand Ag will be closed from March 24 – Oct. 17 to accommodate for site work.

26th Street closure: Due to tree maintenance being done, intermittent traffic lane and sidewalk closures will occur March 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This will also affect the ADA parking spaces and the services spaces  on the west side of the MU Quad.  Flaggers will permit transit and emergency vehicles through the area.

Waldo Place/Valley Library Loading Dock: Due to construction on the Student Experience Center, Waldo Place and the Valley Library loading dock will be closed March 22-30, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ralph Miller Drive closure: Due to landscape/hardscape improvements being made on the south side of Gill Coliseum, parking along the north side of Ralph Miller Drive will be closed March 5- May 23. Also, portions of parking along the west side of Gill Coliseum will be closed at times to accommodate additional work.

Weather

Corvallis:  Welcome to Spring! Partly sunny today with a high of 55 and a low of 31. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Sunny today with a high of 46 and a low of 21. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 51, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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