Public health experts say risk scant, thought ick factor high, after man urinates in Mt. Tabor Reservoir (Oregonian)
“When you have 38 million gallons of water, that’s a lot of water. When someone urinates in a reservoir, that’s like a cup,” said Anna Harding, a professor of public health and co-director of Oregon State University’s School of Biological and Population Health Sciences. “People who are upset about possibly drinking that water are not very well educated on how little impact that urine would make on the system.”
Patricia Muir, professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, reports that upwards of 62 percent of all planted acreage in the United States are treated with some kind of pesticide at least once a year, including 93 percent of row crops.
City Council, OSU to hold work session on campus master plan (Gazette-Times)
The Corvallis City Council will hold a special work session Monday night at the downtown fire station, 400 N.W. Harrison Blvd., to discuss the Oregon State University Campus Master Plan with university officials.
Forest HQ and lab at OSU become a case study for wood construction (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce)
The Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor’s Office and the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab now share a renovated building on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis. (subscription only)
OSU plans speeches, remembrances, drama for Holocaust Week (Gazette-Times)
Tom Segev, an Israeli historian and journalist, and Laureen Nussbaum, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, will appear at Oregon State University as part of Holocaust Memorial Week April 28 through May 2.
DIY, ‘maker’ expert to talk Monday at OSU (Gazette-Times)
Levy keeps extension office, experiment station open (Argus Observer)
Hoo Haa returns for Earth Day (Gazette-Times)
Stripe rust find puts resistance gene in question (Capital Press)
Researchers have found stripe rust on Kaseberg, an Oregon State University soft white wheat variety that has a stripe rust resistance gene. Further research will show whether it’s a new strain of stripe rust or the resistance gene is breaking down, OSU Extension cereal specialist Mike Flowers says.
Oregon State University will mark the 100th birthday of prize-winning novelist Bernard Malamud with a celebration and reading Thursday.
“There’s a general recognition that adverse events historically haven’t been reported consistently in the medical literature. And underreporting of these events is a major concern because it can distort how health care providers balance the benefits and harms of drugs and other medical interventions for their patients,” said Daniel Hartung, Pharm.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Oregon State University/OHSU College of Pharmacy and lead author of the study.
“The texture of a soil is its proportion of sand, silt and clay,” said James Cassidy, a soils instructor at Oregon State University. “Texture determines all kinds of things like drainage, aeration, the amount of water the soil can hold, erosion potential and even the amount of nutrients that can be stored.”
Spring brings bounty of new titles for book lovers (Seattle-Times)
“The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast” by Bonnie Henderson (Oregon State University Press). A Eugene, Ore., author tells the story of tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest and why a mammoth earthquake/tsunami (the last one was in 1700) is destined to repeat itself.
Handling frozen fish caused nearly half of all injuries aboard commercial freezer-trawlers and about a quarter of the injuries on freezer-longliner vessels operating off the coast of Alaska, new research from Oregon State University shows.
Gardeners, start your seedlings (Hillsboro Tribune)
When the first daffodils bloom to let us know spring is near, it is time to start vegetable seeds indoors or in the greenhouse. Cool-season crops such as lettuce, cabbage, kale and chard should have been started in late February and early March in western Oregon, said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
GMOs: A threat or a safety net? (Blue Mountain Eagle)
“Almost all of our food is pretty much controlled by big corporations,” said Steven Strauss, an agricultural biotechnology scientist and Oregon State University professor who is on Gov. John Kitzhaber’s task force on GMOs.
Hawaii club shows off Pacific Island cultures (Blue Mountain Eagle)
Anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 islands make up the Pacific Islands in the Pacific Ocean. To share and celebrate in the diverse cultures of those islands, more than 800 friends, family and OSU community members filled the court-level floor of Gill Coliseum to eat dinner and share in the aloha spirit.
Bighorn sheep dung is evidence of their historical presence on Mexican island (Arizona Daily Star)
The sheep dung that Wilder found in a shallow cave on Tiburón was not from those reintroduced herds. It was about 1,500 years old, according to DNA analysis done for the study by bighorn sheep expert Clinton Epps, of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
Student Affairs Director of Communications and Marketing: Division of Student Affairs Director of Communications & Marketing candidate open forums are scheduled for April 21 and 23. Schedules, profile and accommodation requests related to ability information is available at http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/candidate-interviews-communications-marketing-director.
Earth Week – Promoting Justice Day: Monday Earth Week events include creating an Earth Justice Mural in the M.U. Quad at 6:30-9:30 a.m. and a “Years of Living Dangerously” Film Screening at 7-9 p.m. in Snell Hall International Forum. Learn more on the Earth Week website.
Mindfulness Meditation Mondays: The Mental Health Initiative is co-sponsoring Mindfulness Meditation Mondays through June 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Memorial Union Room 213). Guest facilitators will be John Edwards, Chair, School of Psychological Sciences; Dee Denver, Professor of Zoology, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing; Jim Gouveia, Emmy Woessner and Michele Ribeiro from Counseling and Psychological Services. This meditation time is part of the flourishing series that also hopes to create a contemplative community.
Move It Mondays: A group walk takes place every Monday during the academic year (excluding holidays), rain or shine! We meet at noon near the east entrance of Student Health Services (Plageman Building) and walk for 45 minutes on various routes near campus. On April 21 our guest will be Megan Brothers, the SSI Transportation Project Coordinator. We will be touring campus sustainable buildings and doing an optional campus clean up.
Dean of Veterinary Medicine candidates: The three finalists for the Dean position: will host campus forums in the next two weeks. They include Don Reynolds, Professor & Dean of Veterinary Medicine, University of Prince Edward Island; April 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Magruder 102. The forums will also be recorded and posted to the web for viewing by those who are not able to attend.
Food Science and Technology Seminar: Tom Shellhammer, OSU Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Challenging Brewing Dogma Regarding Hop Flavor in Beer” , Monday, April 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132.
Lecture and Micro Maker Faire. MAKE magazine editor and OSU alum Travis Good to talk on inventing, hacking, and fabricating on the DIY campus. Followed by a micro maker faire of 13 OSU and Corvallis groups. Monday, April 21, 5 to 7 p.m. LaSells Stewart. Free and open to all. For more information (541)760-8015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Corvallis Economic Development Commission: The EDC is holding a special meeting on campus. Jim Coonan, an entrepreneur and angel investor, and the new President and Executive Director of RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) will be presenting an overview and update of RAIN. Also, Mark Lieberman and John Turner, co-directors of the OSU Advantage Accelerator will be providing an update of their progress in moving technology concepts into business startups in Corvallis. Monday, April 21 from 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m in the ILLC bldg., room 155.
Linus Pauling Legacy Award: Zia Mian, a physicist with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, will receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award, sponsored by the OSU Libraries and Press. Mian will deliver a free public lecture at the Oregon History Society in Portland, on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 pm. For more information, please contact the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at 541-737-2075 or email@example.com.
NEW! Water Conservation Scavenger Hunt: Wednesday April 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., search the campus for examples of how the built environment affects water resources and try to win a Hydroflask! Instructions and clues will be available at the Fresh From the Faucet booth on the MU Quad at Tuesday’s Community Fair or visit http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/feature/20140411-osu-earth-week for information under ‘Water Conservation Scavenger Hunt’.
NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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.
NEW! Take your kids to campus: In conjunction with the national Take Your Sons and Daughters to work day, OSU is hosting Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on April 25. Bring your Kids to Campus Day is way to celebrate family, the importance of education and to highlight the myriad of family-friendly activities on campus. For more information and to register go to: oregonstate.edu/childcare/bring-your-kids-to-campus-day
NEW! Exploring Social Justice through Art Retreat: As an educator and artist, Claudia Ramirez Islas uses art as a medium to open dialogue about social justice issues that have impacted her life and the lives of many all over the world. The Exploring Social Justice through Art Retreat will provide a space for the OSU community to come together and share how we can advocate for ourselves and others through a social justice lens. April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. Spaces are limited, RSVP at http://bit.ly/1iB8rcS
Health Professions Fair: The Health Professions Fair connects students with admissions representatives from over 60 health professions schools in Oregon and across the country. This free event will be held Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Students from all majors, first-years through seniors, are welcome. For more information, visit the event website.
Native Plant Sale – Tuesday, April 22 in the MU Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come early for best selections. The CAS sponsored student organization OSU Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter will be holding its annual Native Plant Sale as a fundraiser for Avivara http://www.avivara.org/ non-profit organization working to improve the quality of, and access to, education in Guatemala. Great prices on a variety of NW native plants donated by local SevenOaks Native Nursery available at the Earth Day Community Fair OSU MANRRS Chapter booth.
Speciesism – The Movie: Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. “Speciesism: The Movie” sets out to investigate, but that is only the beginning. The film will be followed by an interactive discussion with philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins, Corvallis animal activist Nettie Schwager, and Amy Whitfield, president of Vegans and Vegetarians at OSU. April 22, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium. Everyone who attends gets a free raffle ticket and the chance to win prizes.
Lectures and Webinars
NEW! “We Power Orange: Advocating with OSU-AAUP”: We invite everyone to participate in the next community conversation about ways that OSU-AAUP can be a more effective advocate for all faculty. On Wednesday, April 23, noon in Milam Hall 319, we will discuss ‘what is AAUP?’ and have a dialogue about advocacy goals at OSU. For more information: http://osuaaup.org/, Joseph Orosco, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! TAC Webinar: Sococo Virtual Office, with Steve Roberts (TAC) and Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Have you been looking for something a little different than the usual collaboration tools? In this session we will demonstrate how we use Sococo with its intuitive interface and rapid guest access for team collaboration. Wed., April 23, 10-11 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1h1dD6H.
NEW! Fisheries and wildlife seminar: John (Jack) C. Schmidt, Chief, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, USGS, Flagstaff, Ariz., will speak on “Big Science on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon – When is Enough Enough?” April 23, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.
NEW! Poor People Power: “The State, Social Provisions, and American Experiments in Democratic Engagement .” OSU’s Marisa Chappell will explore the history of the segmented U.S. welfare state and suggests some lessons offered in an era of welfare restructuring, including the opportunity to articulate alternative visions of citizenship.. April 23, 4 p.m., MU206: Asian/Pacific Room.
NEW! Recipe to Market, Brand and Market Planning Course: Victor Willis and Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education team up to teach students in the is month-long online course the ins and outs of successfully marketing and branding a product. The course will begin May 1 and run through the month. Please click here to register.
NEW! Open Textbook Workshop for OSU faculty: OSU Libraries and Press invite OSU faculty members to learn how open textbooks can benefit their students in the classroom and in the pocketbook. This two-hour workshop on May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. will introduce the concept of open textbooks and how to find and incorporate them into courses. Participants will write a brief review of one open textbook after the workshop for a $200 stipend. For more details and registration information, see: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/open-textbook-workshop
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Richard Corley, Systems Toxicology & Exposure Science, PNNL, will be presenting a seminar – “Every Breath You Take: Exposure Science and the Virtual Respiratory System”- at 2 p.m, April 22, in ALS 4001.
Speed Mock Interviews: Sign up on Beaver JobNet for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing! Bring resume. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Union, Room: 206. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.
Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees’ Executive and Audit Committee will meet Tuesday, April 22, 3- 4 p.m., in the President’s Conference Room, 650 Kerr. The only agenda item is consideration of proposed refinements to the legislative capital funding request for the 2015-17 Biennium resulting from input from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
Faculty Sessions with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register here https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/ for either April 30 from 1:30-3 p.m. or May 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
News for Employees
NEW! Call for proposals: DeLoach Work Scholarships for undergraduates. The University Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for summer and fall terms, 2014. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Other faculty who like to apply should contact the UHC. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 9. Information regarding awards and the application process is available at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/deloach-work-scholarship.
NEW! Recreational Sports Challenge Course: The Adventure Leadership Institute’s Challenge Course Program offers experimental-based activities designed to facilitate group and individual development. The Challenge Course uses a variety of problem solving initiatives as well as low and high course elements and obstacles to present challenges to engage groups and individual in a fun and supportive learning environment. Bring your group, team, club, or coworkers and we’ll create a program to best fit your specific needs and objectives. Learn more here
NEW! 2014 Commencement Human Interest Stories: In an attempt to personalize the Commencement Ceremony, President Ray has requested that we include 3-4 human interest stories of personal achievement of our graduating students in his Commencement address. There are many untold stories of personal achievement and great accomplishments of our students. We would love to share some of those stories during the ceremony. Please submit these stories no later than Monday, May 12, to Kelly Anderton (Provost’s Office) at Kelly.Anderton@oregonstate.edu Other inquires may be sent to Kavinda Arthenayake at Kavinda@oregonstate.edu.
NSF EarthScope National Office (ESNO) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF EarthScope National Office (ESNO) program. This solicitation calls for proposals to establish a community-based EarthScope National Office. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-esno. Information: Mary Phillips email@example.com. Deadline July 28.
NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Letters of Intent: The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program. The IRNC program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-irnc. Information: Mary Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline May 7.
Call for entries: “A View from Rose Colored Glasses.” This All About Paper Show will be installed to compliment the “Simply RED Fiber Art Show.” All work must be primarily made with or on paper, including layers of paper, printing, painting or drawing on paper, sculpted paper, and paper adhered together. $20 per person for submission. 3 pieces per artist maximum – digital submission. Pieces must be less than 4’wide/ 50 lbs. All work must be matted, framed and/or ready to hang. A limited amount of free standing work will be accepted. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., April 18. Click here to apply.
The SHPR Digest, W14: On television, on the radio, and around the world, faculty and students across the School of History, Philosophy and Religion have had an unprecedented Winter quarter including international honors, new museum exhibits, multiple new books and publications, and more! Read our latest news, including our upcoming events schedule, in the SHPR Digest.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
Accountant 1 – Health Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012205. Closes April 21.
Experiential Learning Coordinator: The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Experiential Learning Coordinator. Posting #0012166. For full consideration, apply by April 21.
Health Educator-Sexual Violence Education & Prevention Coordinator –Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Health Educator position. Posting #0012155. Closes April 21.
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 22.
Office Specialist 2-Copyright Specialist: Printing and Mailing has an opening for one part-time, .50 FTE, Copyright Specialist position. Posting #0012228 Closes April 23.
Office Specialist 2 – College of Forestry: The Department of Wood Science & Engineering has a 1.0 FTE position available in the administrative office. If interested, apply to Posting #0012270 by April 27.
Development Engineer – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Development Engineer position. Posting #0012274. Closes April 27.
Medical Assistants, Student Health Services is hiring two (2) full-time, nine-month positions. Posting #0012237. Closes April 27.
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistants, Student Health Services is hiring two (2) full time, nine-month positions. Posting #0012232. Closes April 28.
Administrative Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Animal and Rangeland Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Manager position. Posting #0012198. Closes April 30.
OSU Alumni Association is seeking a Director of Alumni Career Services. Position description and application information at: www.osualum.com/jobs Apply by April 30.
Employee and Labor Relations Manager – Office of Human Resources (OHR) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Employee and Labor Relations Manager position. Posting #0012199. Closes April 30.
Education Project Assistant – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a part-time, (.30 FTE), EPA position located in Newport. Posting # 0012252. Closes April 30.
Outreach Program Coordinator – Klamath County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Klamath Falls. Posting # 0012269. Closes April 30.
The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ecohydrology. Posting #0012123. Closes May 1.
Education Program Assistant 2 – Wasco County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), EPA 2 position located in The Dalles. Posting # 0012265. Closes May 2.
Research Associate (Post Doc) – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for 1-2 part/full-time (0.50 – 1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) position(s). Posting #0012083. Closes May 3.
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. 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. Closes May 4.
Accountant 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Accountant 1. Posting #0012184. Closes May 9.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking an Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Posting #0012243. Closes May 11.
Health Educator– Student Health Services invites applications for a full time, 12 month Health Educator-Coordinator position. Posting #0012256. Closes May 13.
Manager of Intake, Retention, & Transition–Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Manager of Intake, Retention, & Transition position. Posting #0012251. Closes May 13.
Program Technician 2 – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. For full consideration, apply by April 30. Closes May 15.
Agronomy Instructor– The Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month agronomy instructor. Posting #0012271. Closes May 23.
Traffic and maintenance
Washington Way closure: The Washington Way closure will be extended west to 26th Street, April 15-29. For this time period, access to Washington Way from Benton Place, the adjacent parking lot, and 17th Street will be restricted. Additional information at Campus Closure, Shutdown, and Detour Notices. Local access to the NROTC and Dixon Drive will be available from 26th Street. The parking lot and parallel parking along Benton Place will remain open, with only minor parking closures to accommodate turnarounds at Washington Way.
Washington Way Closed Through August 2014: Starting Monday, March 31: Washington Way between 15th and Benton Place will be turned over to the City for the road construction portion of the Washington Way Realignment Project. Construction is expected to continue through August, and aside from brief openings for special situations, the City has decided to keep this section of Washington Way closed.
Monroe Weniger lot: Due to a staging area for the Weniger/Gilbert Hallway Ceiling replacement project, five spaces on the east side of the Monroe Weniger lot will be closed through May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Corvallis: We’re already nearing the end of an enchanted April, and showers are determinedly making way for May flowers. Chance of showers today, mainly after 11 a.m. High of 63, low of 44. Showers likely tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Scattered showers today, high of 63, low of 39. Rain tomorrow.
Newport: Showers likely today, high of 55, low of 44. Showers tomorrow.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/Email version