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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 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.

NCAA overhauls its enforcement rules (New York Times)

Ed Ray, the president of Oregon State and the chairman of the working group that created the proposals, said the new rules would clarify the penalties for offenses, perhaps prompting potential offenders who do a “risk-reward” calculation to think twice before a misstep. (see also ESPN, USA Today, Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State’s new cheese plant aims to break the rind (NPR)

It’s football season at Oregon State University, and that means tailgating, grilling, and … cheese? When we think of Oregon, we don’t necessarily think of cheese — maybe a nice Pinot Noir, but not cheese. But this fall, Oregon State University’s new cheese plant rolled out its first batch of product: a specialty alpine cheese (like Swiss, Comte or Gruyere) dubbed by the students “Beaver Classic.” It’s a mild cheese, with nutty flavors like caramelized onions. (see also KOSU)

Eastern Oregon ranchers work to hang onto cattle herds in wake of summer wildfires (Oregonian)

Ranchers want to hang on because cattle populations are low nationally and beef prices are likely to rise, said David W. Bohnert, a range scientist with Oregon State University’s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center near Burns.

Test links Canada quake to Oregon fault (Northwest Cable News)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a link between last weekend’s earthquake in British Columbia and a fault line off the Oregon Coast. (see also KGW)

Oregon State schedules open house at Wave Research Laboratory (OregonLive)

A rare visitor opportunity takes places this Saturday on the Oregon State University campus when the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory holds an open house.

Environmental historian speaks on wildland fires (Democrat-Herald)

Stephen J. Pyne, an environmental historian known for his work on wildland fires, will give a free lecture at Oregon State University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Gilfillan Auditorium.

OSU instructor sings to his biochemistry class (KVAL)

A profile of OSU’s Kevin Ahern.

Liquid gold (Register-Guard)

Nellie Oehler, of the Oregon State University Extension Service, says she had an old cider press but no grinder until her husband installed a new garbage disposal in a former saw table. We “cut the apples up in pieces and shove them down the garbage disposal while it is running, and it grinds the apples really fine into a bucket,” says Oehler, who uses a wooden mallet to push the apples down the disposal.

Researcher Hazen to deliver Condon Lecture (Gazette-Times)

Robert Hazen, a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory, is scheduled to present the 2012 Thomas Condon Lecture on Thursday at Oregon State University.


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! Halloween Open House: Come join the fun at Printing and Mailing’s Great Pumpkin Carnival! Stop by on Oct. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and enjoy scrumptious food, fun games and fantastic prizes while touring our facilities.  For questions, please contact digital.printing@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4941.

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.

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 .

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.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Yanming Di, Department of Statistics, Oregon State University, will present a seminar “Statistical methods for gene mapping with pedigree data: linkage, association and identity-by-descent (IBD)” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! CN orientation: Community Network (CN) is offering our one-hour orientation session for all new CN customers.  We will present information about our support structure, the services we offer and how to get help. The session will be Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Valley Library Willamette Classroom (3rd floor).

NEW! The Red Room Improvised Music Series Presents: Michael Coolen, Electronics and Piano. Interzone Cafe, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. 1563 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. All ages, $5.

NEW! TAC Webinar: TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk, with hosts Mark Dinsmore (TAC) and Steve Roberts (TAC). Every Friday morning throughout the term we will check out technologies of interest to faculty and staff at OSU. Program segments include TAC News, Going Mobile, iPad apps, TAC Tech Tips and more. Nov. 2, 10 to 10:50 a.m.  Register here: http://bit.ly/Pwlu5S .  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars

NEW! Flying Club Open House: Corvallis Airport, Sunday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come talk to members, see our aircraft and learn about the Oregon State Flying Club first hand.  OSU & LBCC students, alumni, staff & families are eligible for membership.   Visit:  flying.oregonstate.edu

NEW! OSU Polo Team Home Matches: The OSU Horse Polo Team is hosting  University of Idaho Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4. Games will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. This event is free and will be held at 24400 Maxfield Creek Road, Philomath, OR 97370. Visit  https://www.facebook.com/oregonstatepolo for more information.

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour  of RecSports facilities Nov. 5 at 8:15 a.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the RecServices lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

NEW! Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn about how to make your websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. Register on the Professional Development website. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Sessions offered on Nov. 8 and Dec. 10.

NEW! The World on a Plate: A Global Photographic Feast: Wed., Nov. 14, 7 pm, LaSells Stewart – Austin Auditorium. A fast-paced slide lecture examining the implications of the modern diet for our personal health and for our planet. Featuring images from What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets; Hungry Planet: What the World Eats; and Man Eating Bugs: The Art & Science of Eating Insects. For more information, contact Julie Walkin at 541.737.6419 or visit oregonstate.edu/international/iew.

Free Workshop at OSU Libraries: The OSU Libraries Fall 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series continues with a free session Web of Science, Nov 1. Register for these and upcoming sessions at: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions? Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

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/

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Condon Lecture: Robert Hazen, a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory, will give the 2012 Thomas Condon Lecture on Thursday. The lecture, which is designed for a nonspecialist audience, is titled “Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins.” It is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! AOP Fall Conference: “The Art of Communication” presented by Frank Bernieri and Sarah Stebbins on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Willamette Room East Valley Library.  This event is free to AOP members & $15 for non-members to join. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Charlene.Wilkinson@oregonstate.edu or Laurie.Leriche@oregonstate.edu.

CANCELLED! 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 .

“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.

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! Call for Applications: Winter Break 2012 DPD Graduate Student Seminar Applications for The Winter Break 2012 Difference, Power and Discrimination (DPD) Graduate Student Seminar are now available.  The seminar will run Dec 10-Dec 14,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  Applications are due on Nov 30.  Information and the application for the DPD seminar are available here: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/dpd/winter-graduate-student-seminar

Mandatory PEBB Open Enrollment & 2013 HEM Health Assessment: Deadline, TODAY!! 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. And don’t forget step two, the HEM assessment. Go to your provider page, either Kaiser or Providence, to complete it.

Call to artists:  Nov. 16 is the deadline to submit your work for the 3rd Annual Staff Art Exhibit.  Show us your creativity!  Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit including seeing images of last year’s submissions.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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. 9.

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time, Temporary Psychologist or Counselor position. The preferred start date is Dec. 15 but can be negotiated to start no later than Jan. 3, 2013. A 40 hour work week is preferred with a minimum of 20 hour work week required. For the full announcement please go to http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/job-openings. Application materials can be submitted to beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu. This position is open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is looking for a Gift Accounting Specialist  This position is responsible for performing all functions related to gift processing, including data entry, banking, and receipting. To be considered for this job opportunity, please send cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s application electronically to Fran Judy,  Senior Human Resources Coordinator.

Traffic and Maintenance

A Street: Due to a ground breaking ceremony for the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, “A” Street at the Alumni Center will be temporarily closed.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic.  Also affected will be the parking lot entrance and ADA parking. The shutdown will begin at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and should end by 6 p.m.

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: All those frolicking Trick-or-Treaters are going to get pretty soggy tonight, as we may have up to half-an-inch of rain this Halloween. But at least it won’t be too cold, with a high of 59 and a low of 50. Showers continue tomorrow.

Central Oregon: There’s a slight chance of rain today, with more likely tonight and showers into Thursday. Today’s high will be 72 with a low tonight of 39, so bundle up those little monsters.


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