OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

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.

Getting settled (Gazette-Times)

OSU makes progress toward being more a part of community, aware of complaints.

Homecoming parade lights up Jefferson (Gazette-Times)

The 2012 Oregon State University Homecoming parade, organized by the OSU Alumni Association, began its route off campus — at Southwest Sixth Street and Southwest Jefferson Avenue. The theme this year of “All Fired Up” is in recognition not only of Beaver Nation’s annual reunion but of all the enthusiasm over the Beavers’ football team’s first undefeated (5-0) start since 1939.

Oregon State campus visit tips arrive in an avalanche of ideas (Oregonian)

These sound so good that I’m almost tempted to skip Eugene and head for Corvallis right now.

Animal and Rangeland Sciences building opens at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University officials and their honored guests unveiled the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences’ $3.5 million new building at a public ceremony on Friday.

Governor’s bees abandon hive (Statesman Journal)

“If the population of varroa mites was beyond what we call an economic threshold level then it definitely affects the health and survival of the bees,” said Ramesh Sagili, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture and honeybee researcher. (see also the Herald)

Tsunami debris impact at Seaside to play out on Japanese television (Seaside Signal)

Invasive species are new to them and they felt it was important to inform Japanese people about that,” said Sam Chan, an assistant professor with the Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program.

Oregon State biochem professor takes students through the sciences in song (The Republic)

The class is full of young students, many of them in the second week of their first year of college. They have many reasons to be nervous; their course work is among the most difficult at the university. But Ahern, a senior instructor of biophysics and biochemistry at Oregon State University, has found a way to calm jittery nerves.

The politics of place (Oregonian)

Budget cuts have also decreased the amount Oregon State University has to operate agricultural experiment stations. Growers have made up for the shortfall, Godfrey says, by pledging money to keep research projects going.

Highway 238 orchard is going bye-bye (Mail Tribune)

Philip VanBuskirk, regional administrator for the Oregon State University Extension Center, said the orchards are being pulled out because the owner couldn’t find anyone to manage them.

PGE Foundations awards $376K in grants (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University received $25,000 to fund 10 engineering scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year.


NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard: Learning Strategies, with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough. TACs interactive webinar covers some of the common issues and opportunities for students; including taking tests, posting and subscribing, submitting assignments, and getting help. Monday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please register for this webinar here. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information

The Sick Poor: “How do we define them and what should we do with them?” a lecture by OSU faculty member Gary Ferngren, will be held 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. Ferngren will trace how the sick poor have been defined and treated through history. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/

Recreational Sports Pac-12 Fitness Challenge: Did you take a walk today? Simple activities that are already a part of your daily routine can earn you prizes and help the beavers gain points for the week of Oct. 22 –28. Go to the pac12fitnesschallenge on Facebook to log points during that week! Oct. 22: Sports Conditioning, 4-5 p.m. (McAlexander Fieldhouse). Oct. 24: Beaver Bootcamp, 5:15-6:15p.m. (McAlexander Fieldhouse). Oct. 26, Singles Table Tennis Tournament, 5-10 p.m. (McAlexander Fieldhouse). Oct. 27: Zumba Party, noon to 1 p.m. (Dixon Lower Gym)

How to Find Hidden Jobs: Did you know that up to 80 percent of jobs are “Hidden Jobs”? Learn how to find and apply for them! Loni Hartman will present on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon in OSU Library: Willamette East & West. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Beavers Wanted: How to have Success at the Career Fair: Learn ways to attract the employer’s attention at the Career Fair! Doug Rice and Chris Staley will present on Oct. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the OSU Library: Willamette East & West Rooms. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: Google Apps, Teaching Tactics, with Jon Dorbolo and Samantha Egge. In this session learn ways in which educators, students, and researchers may gain value from selected Apps. Tuesday Oct. 23, 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Please register for this webinar here. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more general information.

NEW! 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.

NEW! TAC Webinar: IT for Professional Development, Professional Proficiencies, with Jon Dorbolo. In this session Jon surveys ways that Information Technology (IT) may help with your professional growth. Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Please register for this webinar here. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more general information.

NEW! PFLA event: Join PFLA for a professional development opportunity. Presenter Karin Magnuson will explore personal values and how they impact our decisions and the way we work as well as identify concrete ways to build a vision from what we value. Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., MU Ballroom. Registration includes a buffet lunch. $20 PFLA members, $40 nonmembers. Register by Oct. 25: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla

NEW! Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: OSU Beaver Store invites all OSU Faculty & Staff to the annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night.  Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Call 541-737-4323 with questions.

The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Graduate Study: Learn how to choose and apply to graduate school. Sarah Rathbun will present on Tuesday Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to noon in the OSU Library: Willamette East & West Rooms. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

Interview 2 Win: This seminar will guide you through the interview process and prepare you for the road ahead! Len Holmes will present on Oct. 23 from noon to 1 p.m., in the OSU Library: Willamette East & West Rooms. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

External Review: All students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in a conversation with external reviewers who will be at OSU as part of the self-study of all university efforts related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Please attend the open session on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. Live stream/interaction will be available (live.oregonstate.edu). The self-study and appendices are available on the Office of Equity and Inclusion website: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/self-study-report.

Fall Career Fairs: University Wide Career Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Engineering Career Fair, Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. There will be more than 185 employers from various industries and graduate schools attending. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career.

Mentoring workshop: Sylvia Ann Hewlett, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, will lead an interactive workshop entitled “Roadmaps for Effective Mentoring” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Agricultural Production room at the LaSells Stewart Center. It will include lunch at noon. The program, which is open to the OSU community, will help to clarify best practices for overcoming barriers to women’s career advancement in a university setting.

Turning Conflict Into Opportunity: Meet the new Ombuds, Sue Theiss, to learn about her new office, skills to help you manage conflict, and the importance of being a good bystander to support women through moments of professional adversity. Sponsored by OSU Women’s Network and open to all. Nov. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Willamette Room, Valley Library. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/own/events

Harry Potter music event: On Sunday Oct. 28, costumed Muggles and Wizards alike should descend upon the LaSells Stewart Center for an afternoon of interactive fun, refreshments and music celebrating the Harry Potter books and movies. At 1 p.m., the lobby of LaSells will be transformed into Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and at 3 p.m., the Corvallis-OSU Symphony will perform music from the film in Austin Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. They are available at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music and online at http://cosusymphony.org

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker David King of OSU will present “Quantitative Forecasting of Climate Change Impacts at Wind Cave National Park” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! How to Ace Your Medical School Interview: Kevin Ahern, Senior Instructor of Biochemistry/Biophysics and a Pre-Med advisor will present a workshop for students aimed at helping them to improve their interview skills.  The event will occur on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

NEW! Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Wendy Pabich, of Water Futures Inc. will present “Taking on Water: Challenging the Inner Hypocrite” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Horticulture seminar: Sujaya Rao, professor of Crop and Soil Science, will speak on “A Contrary Perspective to Native Bee Declines in Agricultural Landscape,” on Oct. 23, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

Learn about Ocean Acidification and Coastal Hypoxia: Free, public event at Tillamook Bay Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Discussion panel includes OSU scientists from College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (Jack Barth, Burke Hales, and George Waldbusser) and College of Science (Francis Chan), and Alan Barton from Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery. Details at www.piscoweb.org/node/522

Understanding Long Term Care: Barb Koontz, Financial Advisor, CUSO Financial Services, L.P. and Diane Steeves, CLTC, Diane Steeves & Associates, present a “ Bring your Lunch and Learn” explaining LTC insurance and how it fits into retirement planning. Two workshops are Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 2 p.m., in MU Room 211. RSVP kallam@osufederal.com

The Future is Not the Past: The Role of History in a Changing Landscape,” Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Environmental historian Anita Guerrini will examine how the acknowledgement that most landscapes have long had human impacts has changed the focus of ecological restoration away from historical fidelity. Held at OSU’s Nash Hall, room 032. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/

Lecture on work-life for women: President of the Center for Work-Life Policy, economist and Columbia University professor Sylvia Ann Hewlett will give a lecture at OSU on Oct. 24, 7 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center. Her talk, “High-Octane Mentoring,” will focus on sponsorship and workplace flexibility as strategies to maximize career advancement for women. A reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 p.m. Free childcare will be provided at the LaSells Stewart Center.

An Evening with Gary Snyder: Friday, Oct 26. at 7:30 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Snyder has worked to articulate the relationship of humans to the whole of nature. His work has influenced many of the most dramatic literary and cultural movements of the last 50 years. Whiteside Theatre, 361 Madison Avenue. To reserve your free tickets for ‘An Evening with Gary Snyder,’ visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278853

Coastal conference: Registration is open for the 2012 Heceta Head Coastal Conference, Oct. 26-27 at the Florence Events Center, Florence OR. Co-sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, the conference brings current ocean science and policy to Oregonians. Attendees include university scientists, ocean policy agency staff, politicians, students, and the general public. Featured speakers include Oregon’s First Lady, Cylvia Hayes and the research of Bruce Mate, director and endowed chair of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute. To register: http://www.hecetaheadconference.org/.

News for Employees

NEW! Interactive Technologies Enhance Fruit Fly Research Presentation: Staff from the Spotted Wing Drosophila Project reached out to Technology Across the Curriculum to help the Project optimize a Spanish-language research review and protect agricultural interests across North America. The resulting technical presentation, which married an audience-appropriate pedagogy with interactive technology, was a resounding success. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/is/swd-tac-presentation-technology.

Leadership training: Training & Organizational Effectiveness invites you to apply for the 11th annual “Journey Into Leadership” program. Up to 40 participants from all positional levels of OSU will be selected for this multi-series program, funded for OSU employees by the Office of Human Resources. Apply by Nov. 15. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership for details and to apply.

Travel Agencies and Policy Forum and Survey: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to participate in an open forum discussing performance of the contracted travel agencies (Teel’s and Azumano) and of OSU travel policy.  The forum will be on Oct. 29 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the MU Journey Room.  The forum will also be streamed at: http://live.oregonstate.edu/   Feedback may also be submitted via a brief survey is available here until Oct. 31. https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=5202

Recreational Sports: Last Day for Payroll Deduction—Friday, Nov. 2 is the last day to sign up for payroll deduction for your membership. Payroll deduction breaks down the annual or 9-month membership costs into seven equal payments that will be deducted from your paycheck from November through May. Contact Recreation Services for more information at (541) 737-3736. The forms can be found on our website http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/payroll-deduction.

OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi nominations: Membership applications from faculty and students are invited for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Applications submitted by Dec. 21 to Barbara M. Reed, reedbm@hort.oregonstate.edu will have their initiation fees and first year of membership paid by a special grant. Students may apply as associate members. Faculty with several research publications or patents will be initiated as full members. Qualifications and application forms may be found at http://www.sigmaxi.org/member/join/index.shtml.

Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: Non-tenured faculty with split appointments between two units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Faculty Senate purposes. Faculty who do not choose will be placed in an apportionment unit by the Faculty Senate Office. Contact Vickie Nunnemaker by noon Oct. 22 to indicate your choice. Provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned.

Faculty Senate Elections – Declining Senator Election: All currently employed academic, research and professional faculty are eligible to be elected to a Senator position and represent faculty in their respective apportionment unit. To decline being placed on the ballot, please access the form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/vote/decline/comment.php no later than Nov. 1. All faculty are eligible to participate in the two below elections this fall.
1) Faculty Senate President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senator.
2) Faculty Senators.


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

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0009777. Closes Oct. 22.

Chief Startup Officer. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with executive experience in at least two startup companies to facilitate the development and growth of new companies based on OSU research. Posting# 0009709. Closes Oct. 22.

The Benton County office of OSU Extension Service is recruiting for one full-time Office Assistant 2 position. To apply to posting, please visit Posting 0009808. Posting closes Oct. 23.

This recruitment is for one part-time (approximately 13 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences located in the Jackson County Extension office in Central Point. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year (with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. Posting #0009797. Closes Oct. 23.

The OSU Child Development Center will begin review of applications in the University’s Early Childhood Associate Teacher pool on Oct. 25. Posting #0009190. Closes Oct. 24.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC). EESC is the educational media support unit for the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Posting # 0009779. Closes Oct. 24.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications from internal candidates only for the professional faculty position of Faculty & Course Development Specialist, Posting #0009785. Closes Oct. 26.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 32 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) and Agriculture Department. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year (with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. This position will be located at the Warm Springs Extension office. Posting # 0009833. Closes Oct. 26.

CAMP Academic Counselor – The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Academic Counselor position. Posting #0009789. Closes Oct. 26.

OSU Conference Services is seeking a full-time Marketing Manager for a fast paced/growing conferences office to promote OSU as a Conference Destination. Position #0009751. Closes Oct. 26.

The Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty and Course Development Specialist position. This is an internal search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting # 0009785. Closes Oct. 26.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant in our International Admissions Office. This classified OSU position will primarily serve to evaluate post-secondary transfer courses for advanced credit at OSU and will also serve to support the broader transcript evaluation efforts of the office, working alongside our other undergraduate transcript evaluators. Posting #0009811. Closes Oct. 28.

The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) off campus is recruiting for one part-time (approximately 30 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) at Oregon State University. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year (with the possibility of up to 2 years) from the appointment begin date. This position is located in Hillsboro. Posting # 0009795 to apply. Closes Oct. 28.

Outreach and Industry Relations Coordinator – The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking an Outreach and Industry Relations Coordinator for its Construction Engineering program. Posting # 0009787. For full consideration, apply by Oct. 30.

Faculty Research Assistant in marine toxicology and biology with COMES (Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station), OSU, Newport, OR. Position opening is full-time, fixed-term and requires BS in biology, marine science, oceanography or related field. Posting # 0009830. Closes Oct. 31.

Technical Services Coordinator, College of Engineering Information Technology. Position is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0009814. Closes Oct. 31.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. The role of the Associate Dean is to help provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the University Honors College. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment. Posting # 0009640. Closing date is Oct. 31.

INTO OSU is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant in our International Admissions Office. This classified OSU position will make daily decisions regarding OSU and INTO OSU undergraduate admissions standards as they relate to admission to Oregon State University programs. Posting #0009806. Closes Nov. 1.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Curry County Office. This position will be located in Gold Beach, Oregon. Posting # 0009834. Closes Nov. 2.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician position. Posting #0009818. Closes Nov. 5.

The Research Office invites applications for one part-time (.20 FTE), 12 month Director of the Office of Research Integrity. This position is open to regular status OSU employees only. The Director has a critical role for overseeing the compliance programs and for coordinating activities of the compliance groups broadly across campus. Posting #0009802. Closes Nov. 5.

This recruitment is for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term Assistant Professor (Extension) position in Field Crops and Watershed Management and will be assigned to Malheur County. The appointment period is up to one year. This appointment will be reviewed for possible conversion to a fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Professor of Practice) position after the first year. This position is located in Ontario. Posting # 0009786. Closes Nov. 14.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare. Posting # 0009737. Closes Nov. 16.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, Associate Dean of Healthy People. The Associate Dean will lead the division through a period of rapid enrollment growth, significant campus transition, and disruptive change in the way higher education is delivered. The anticipated start date for this position is the summer of 2013. Posting #0009794. Closes Nov. 30.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty position. The individual in this position will develop and lead a hospitality management program to be offered at OSU-Cascades. Posting #0009798. Full consideration Nov. 30. Closes Feb. 15, 2013.

INTO OSU invites applications for the position of Manager, International Admissions and Academic Support. The Manager of International Admissions and Academic Support is responsible for the oversight and direction of the enrollment process including initial inquiry and application for students to all programs handled by the OSU Office of International Admissions and the matriculation, enrollment and progression from all INTO OSU-administered programs. For immediate consideration, please contact Rhonda Maillard at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to the Power Grid Upgrade Project, Jefferson Way between 26th & 30th Street will experience congestion, delays, parking closure & one way traffic. The east bound lane will remain open, only the west bound lane & parking will be closed. Oct. 8, close the first 8 parking spaces on Jefferson & 30th. Oct. 15, extend the closure to Sackett Way. Oct. 22, extend the closure to 26th.

Gilbert Addition: Due to renovations, restrooms 2 and 3 in Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shut down. Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. This closure should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Dearborn: Due to renovations, rooms 106A and the adjoining room 107 in Dearborn Hall are going to be renovated to create two new ADA restrooms. Room 0001A will be used by the contractor to install new plumbing for the restrooms. Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. Demolition will occur Oct. 3 and there will be noise throughout the day. The room closures will end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.


Corvallis: “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronte. Showers and more showers are ahead of us. Today’s high will be 49 with a low of 37. Tomorrow should be a touch warmer and a tad drier.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow are likely today and throughout the week. Today’s high will be 43 with a low tonight of 26.

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