OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 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.

Researchers identify genetic basis of cardio, craniofacial birth defects (Science Codex)

Advances in regenerative medicine and developmental biology can now happen because we no longer require human embryos to generate stem cells,” said Chrissa Kioussi, a co-author on the study and associate professor in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. “The Nobel Prize this year was awarded to people who discovered how to make stem cells from adult biopsies.” (see also Science Daily)

Scientists work to enhance pear flavors (Capital Press)

Oregon State University professor David Sugar is working with University of California-Davis scientists on enhancing the flavors of pears by stimulating ripening. The result could be better pears earlier.

Healthy Life Civil War Challenge (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is facing off against the University of Oregon in a competition with some seriously high stakes. The PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge encourages Beavers and Ducks to be active, healthy and civic-minded.

OSU frat brothers join Leukemia fight (KGW)

Matt Fettig was forced to put the fun of his OSU fraternity days on hold when he learned in August he has leukemia. “One day I was a healthy 20-year-old kid living life and then I hear this news.”

OSU announces Excellence in Family Business award winners (Democrat-Herald)

Generations, LLC. and the Melvin Mark Companies of Portland, along with Fruithill, Inc., of Yamhill and Coelho Winery of Amity, will be recognized as winners at the 2012 Excellence in Family Business Awards at a ceremony Nov. 15 at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

Hurricane cancels OSU lectures (Gazette-Times)

Because the speakers were not able to travel to the West Coast, two planned lectures for Monday have been cancelled at Oregon State University.

Northwest books (Seattle Times)

Features “Voyage of a Summer Sun” by Robin Cody, Oregon State University Press.


Free Workshops at OSU Libraries: The OSU Libraries Fall 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series continues with free sessions on Data Management (Oct 30) and Web of Science (Nov 1). Register for these and upcoming sessions at: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions? Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Women’s rights guerrilla theater: Rumor has it some luminaries from the American woman suffrage movement will make an appearance in the Memorial Union quad on Tuesday and Wednesday between noon and 1 p.m. Stop by for a chance to hear some wise and passionate words about democracy and women’s rights.

Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on Oct. 30, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in MU 211. Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35. Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space. This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2012.

NEW! Films, Fans, and Adaptations: Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and Other Popular Fantasy Films: Maggie Parke, PhD candidate and International Officer at Bangor University, Wales and Head of Development for Elfin Productions, will talk about her work in the film industry and about education opportunities in the UK on Oct. 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the International Resource Center (West Wing Lounge) in the MU.

CANCELLED! Horticulture seminar: Matt Taylor, research horticulturist with Longwood Gardens-Pennsylvania, will speak on “Horticulture Research and Education Programs at Longwood Gardens,” Oct. 30, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

TAC Webinar: – Mind-Mapping for Learners (Students)| Learning Strategies, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC) and Jon Dorbolo (TAC). Learn what mind-mapping is and how you might utilize it to improve your understanding of the class curriculum. Oct. 30, 4 to 4:50 p.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=663. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

“The Bonneville Power Administration:” A free, public talk by Bill Drummond, deputy director of BPA, 4 p.m., Oct. 30. Drummond will discuss the agency’s history and the role that BPA’s electricity generation and transmission system play in the region. Held in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

CANCELLED! “Deadly Divas: Why Some Muslim Women Kill:” Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Analyst, writer, lecturer, and terrorism expert, Farhana Qazi – through a decade of research with potential bombers and women in conflict – will examine the relatively new trend of female suicide terrorism. Free and open to the public. Weniger Hall, Room 153, OSU campus. Info: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Music a la Carte: Nov. 2 – OSU Voice and Opera Showcase, Voice area students and faculty perform ensembles from operatic repertoire and preview a scene from the upcoming Opera Workshop event. Noon, MU Lounge

NEW! Forum on attendance system: An Open Forum is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, 9-10 a.m. in Memorial Union Journey Room to provide answers to questions about the new web-based time and attendance system, EmpCenter.  This Open Forum will focus on questions and issues from classified staff.  You can also attend the forum remotely.  It will be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu/.  Remote attendees will be able to ask questions using the chat feature.  The presentation will also be recorded and posted on the Time and Attendance Project Website.

NEW! MUPC Children’s Holiday Party:  MUPC invites children ages 5-10 from the OSU Community to participate in a free, jungle-themed holiday party with games, crafts, and a live animal show in the MU on Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.  Snacks will be provided.  Registration is open now and will close Nov. 26.  Register online at: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrensparty

Halloween Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St and draw from the “cauldron” for a chance to get 25, 50 or 75 percent off one item! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/special-sale .

Retirement celebration: Richard Davis, an Information Technology Consultant, will be celebrated at a retirement party at 2:30 – 4 p.m., Oct. 31, Memorial Union, Room 109. He has worked with both Student Health Services and with the Community Network. He is retiring and moving to New Zealand to be a bit closer to his children and grandchildren.

Oregon and the Morrill Act: At the Nov. 1 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Peg Herring, editor of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress, will discuss OSU’s land grant legacy and its impact on the state. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Karin Magnuson presenting “Tend your Garden – Grow Your Possibilities”. We can get caught up with working hard & meeting everyone’s expectations we forget to take the time to stop, breathe, and reflect on what our efforts mean. Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

4Cs groundbreaking: A ceremonial groundbreaking celebration for the new Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez takes place Nov. 1, 4 p.m., at 691 S.W. 26th St.

Suffrage event: “Woman Citizen: Past, Present, and Future: A Symposium to Commemorate the Centennial of Woman Suffrage in Oregon, 1912-2012.” Nov 1-2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event brings scholars, elected officials, activists, and community organizers together to explore women’s roles as citizens and women’s political impact in the local, state, and national arenas. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. Info: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/womancitizen/

Magic Barrel: Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, environmental essayist and OSU Distinguished Professor Kathleen Dean Moore and OSU author Marjorie Sandor will join other writers Nov. 2 at the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis to read brief selections from their poetry, fiction and essays for the 19th annual Magic Barrel (www.magicbarrel.org). All proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.; readings begin at 7 p.m.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Women’s Research & Resource Symposium: 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Oct. 31 in the MU ballroom. The symposium offers opportunities for students, staff & faculty to share their own research and learn about all the exemplary research that is being done at OSU around the topic of gender equity. The symposium will also feature tables and information about various offices and initiatives on/off campus that support the advancement of women and gender equity.

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Julie B. Herbstman, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Serviced, Mailman School of Public Heath, Columbia University, will present a seminar – “Before your first breath: How prenatal exposure to air pollution influences child health”  at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

NEW! “Research to Commercialization” seminar series: The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute  and OSU’s Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development are co-sponsors of a three-part seminar series on the commercialization resources, networks and facilities available to transform innovative research at OSU into real-world products and services. All of the seminars are from noon to 1 p.m. Nov.1: US Patent & Trademark Office Commercialization. Resources. Nov. 16: Legal Aspects of Research Commercialization. Nov. 30: The Entrepreneur’s Role in Research Commercialization.

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Andy Gray of USFS will present “Changes in carbon storage on forest lands in the Pacific Northwest” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Sally Duncan, of OSU’s School of Public Policy will present “Public Utilities and Corporations: the next love story?” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Oct. 31 – “Conservation and Restoration of the Willamette River: The Ecological and Social Challenges for Our River.” Stan Gregory, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU. 4 p.m., Nash Hall 032.

Aging lecture: Judith Horstman, a nationally-recognized science journalist, will present a lecture on The Healthy Aging Brain on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction & Engineering Auditorium.

Wildland fire lecture: Stephen J. Pyne, an environmental historian known for his work on wildland fires, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Undergraduate research: How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research – Kevin Ahern, Director for Undergraduate Research will present a workshop for students aimed at helping them to get involved in undergraduate research. The event will occur on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Weniger 151.

Wildland fire symposium: Stephen J. Payne will be part of the symposium, “Words on Fire: Toward a New Language of Wildland Fire,” which will explore the contributions that insights from the humanities might make to the way society views wild fires. The symposium is on Friday, Nov. 2, with a series of presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107 on the OSU campus. See the Spring Creek website for the full schedule and more information about the speakers: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/. Space is limited. RSVP to Charles.Goodrich@oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! Healthy Life Civil War challenge: Sign-up for the 5-2-1-0 in 30 day Challenge: 5 -Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day; 2 -Cut recreational screen time to two hours or less a day; 1 -Be physically active for at least one hour every day; 0 -Eliminate sweetened drinks. Register at http://healthylifechallenge.org/Pledge/. Register by Nov. 21 and be entered to win an iPad.

NEW! Sustainability training: Submit sustainability questions and find answers at Training Days. Campus Recycling and the OSU Sustainability Office are collecting common questions about sustainability at OSU for their session at Training Days 2012.  The session, Sustainability for Campus Communicators will cover current and upcoming hot topics and accomplishments and how they can be useful in your marketing and communications work at OSU. Submit questions on the blog post  and register for Training Days.

OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PACS) – Request for Customer Feedback: PaCS invites customers to provide feedback through a brief online survey. There are three survey links below, one for each section of PaCS. If you’ve worked with multiple sections, please fill out a survey for each section. Construction Contracting Survey , Contracts Survey, Procurement Survey. Available until Nov. 9.

Mandatory PEBB Open Enrollment & 2013 HEM Health Assessment: Deadline, Oct. 31. To participate in Open Enrollment: Online at https://pebb.benefits.oregon.gov/members/. Use these tips if you forgot your password for the benefit system: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/PEBB/Pages/2013benefits/Password.aspx. Paper Forms – download: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/PEBB/forms.shtml Submit paper forms to Employee Benefits by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.


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

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.

Disability Access Services is seeking applicants for a Disability Access Advisor, full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term position. This position will work with students, provide leadership for the documentation review team, assist with assessment and provide leadership on DAS retention process and programs. Posting #0009791. Closes Nov. 2.

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.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking a Student Engagement Coordinator to oversee social programming and student engagement within the INTO OSU center, and facilitate international student integration at OSU. Please use the following link for more information or to apply: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=4270992. Position closes Nov. 4 at midnight.

Oregon State University Extension Service is seeking an Extension 4-H Program Coordinator located in La Grande, OR. This is a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0009846. Closes Nov. 5.

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.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a facilities and events supervisor for the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, www.osualum.com/jobs. For full consideration send resume to: osualum@oregonstate.edu by Nov. 6. Please include the position title in the subject line.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position for the Extended Campus at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # 0009847. Closes Nov. 9.

Management Analyst 1 – The VP for Research Office/Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, classified Management Analyst 1 position. Posting #0009870. Closes Nov. 11.

Faculty Research Assistant – The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society is recruiting for a part-time .30 FTE position. Posting #0009823. Closes Nov. 12.

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.

Adaptive Technology Program Manager– Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Adaptive Technology Program Manager position. Posting #0009841. Closes Nov. 18.

The Extended Campus invites applications for two full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term Student Success Counselor positions. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # 0009869 Closes Nov. 19.

The Division of Finance and Administration invites applicants for the Director of Shared Services position.  The Director provides overall leadership and management for OSU’s shared services units, including the direction of business operations and strategic planning for Business Centers. Posting #0009865.  Closes Nov. 21.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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: Our thoughts are with those on the East Coast who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Here, we’re dealing with a few showers and mild temperatures. After a relatively dry  and warm morning commute, occasional rain will take place today, with a high of 64. Rain continues tonight with a low of 55.

Central Oregon: There’s a chance of rain today as temperatures reach 69, and the low drops to 40 tonight. Tomorrow the sun returns for a brief visit.


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