OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 5, 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.

Mountain meadows dwindling in the Pacific Northwest (Earth Fix)

“We worry a lot about the loss of old-growth forests, but have overlooked declines in our meadows, which are also areas of conservation concern,” said Harold Zald, a research associate in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and lead author of this study. (see also Northwest Public Radio, Phys.Org, Science Blog)

Hurricane Sandy will be dwarfed by an earthquake (Daily Beast)

“It’ll be like having three or four Katrinas, at once, spread up and down the coast,” says Chris Goldfinger, director of the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Lab at Oregon State University. Adds Robert Yeats, author of the book Living With Earthquakes in California and a professor emeritus of geoscience at OSU: “We could see hundreds of thousands of people killed.” (see also OregonLive)

Oregon Suffrage movement coalesced around milk safety (OPB)

Floyd Bodyfelt is professor Emeritus of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University. He credits a veterinarian named David Mack, who was appointed milk inspector in 1909.

Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez looks forward to new home (LIFE@OSU)

Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, an OSU student cultural center, is slated for demolition, and a new student center will rise in its place.

The battle of Rainbow Ridge (Gazette-Times)

Ecological forestry is the brainchild of two prominent forestry professors, Norm Johnson of Oregon State University and the University of Washington’s Jerry Franklin. Both were among the original architects of the Northwest Forest Plan, a 1994 Clinton administration compromise aimed at breaking the political gridlock that was paralyzing timber harvests on public lands.

Climate change jeopardizing fish in the Pacific Northwest (Oregonian)

Almost on cue Thursday was a news release from Oregon State University citing a recent study highlighting a warning that high temperatures and low summer flows are jeopardizing aquatic life (i.e., largely fish) in Northwest streams.

Running for the right to serve (Gazette-Times)

The roundtable was held on the second and final day of activities for a symposium at Oregon State University, “Woman Citizen: Past, Present and Future,” to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon. In addition to Roberts, the panel featured state Rep. Sara Gelser, Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning, state Sen. Jackie Winters and Delores Pigsley, chair of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. About 25 people attended.

More children obese in rural areas (Herald & News)

Children living in rural areas are at a 20 to 50 percent higher risk of being overweight or obese, and researchers at the Oregon State University Extension Service are about to launch a three-year program to find out why and figure out ways to change it.

University food banks are gaining customers (Spokesman Review)

That’s the primary reason students at Oregon State University, and at least six other Oregon colleges, have agreed to open similar pantries for students, said Clare Cady, human services resource center coordinator at OSU.

Higher Desert Education (Central Oregon Magazine)

A band of believers leads OSU-Cascades to a four-year campus future.

New facility expands animal science research at Oregon State University (Progressive Dairy)

On Oct. 19, Oregon State University dedicated a new teaching and research facility for animal sciences to serve increased student enrollment in the field and to delve into new research.

Nutritionist offers shopping tips, gift certificates (Gazette-Times)

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, in cooperation with the Corvallis Grocery Outlet, is hosting free guided grocery store tours for low-income families to teach participants how to develop healthful shopping habits while on a budget.

Corvallis cyclist dies after collision (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University student was killed Saturday morning after she lost control of her bicycle and was struck by a car coming the other way, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

OSU honors Fruithill Inc. with Family Business Award (Natural Resources Report)

Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program has announced the winners of the 2012 Excellence in Family Business Awards. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony November 15 at the Governor Hotel in Portland.


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.

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! Risk management webinar: 9 to 10 a.m.: Webinar: ‘Courageous Risks in Higher Education – Everyone is a Risk Manager’  Free registration for this webinar can be completed here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/630199295

NEW! Risk management discussion: 10-11:30 a.m.: OSU Risk Management is holding a Meet & Greet function in the Memorial Union Main Lounge, with a discussion with Mark McCambridge, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and a presentation by Patrick Hughes, Chief Risk Officer.

TAC Webinar: Clicker Pedagogies: Teaching Tactics, with Jon Dorbolo (TAC). Gain an overview of the motives, methods, benefits, costs, and strategies of using a response system (clickers) in your class. In this session Jon focuses on the why and how of educating with clickers. For help with Turning hardware and software, contact TAC. Nov. 5, 2 to 2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UmcqfI. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Beyond Blackboard Basics | Teaching Tactics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Nov. 5, 3 to 3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/Umd6Bz. For more information http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Reusable bag & logo contest informational meeting: The School of Design and Human Environment is partnering with the Corvallis Bring Your Bag Team to sponsor a reusable bag and logo design contest. To learn how to participate, attend an informational meeting on Nov. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Milam 123 or visit www.bringyourbagcoalition.com

NEW! Jen de-Vries Celebration of Life: Friends and colleagues are invited to gather in memory of Jen de-Vries at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in the MU Lounge.  Jen was the Associate Director for Business and Facility Operations with the Department of Recreational Sports, until she lost her battle with cancer on Sept. 16.  Additional details are available at http://celebratejen.com

NEW! Spiritual Wellness Week Service Projects, Nov. 8-10: These projects are an opportunity for people from varied backgrounds and belief systems to engage in interfaith dialogue while serving others in our community. Choose from four different projects from Nov 8-10. The Spiritual Wellness Week service projects are being put on in collaboration by Spiritual Life @ OSU, Healthy Campus Initiatives, and the Center for Civic Engagement. For more information and to register see: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/spiritual-wellness-week-service-projects.

OSU’s Africa Initiative: Join us this Wed., Nov. 7, noon to 12:50 p.m. in Heckart Lodge – 2nd Floor conference room for our first meeting of the academic year. Topics will include the People-to-People Projects with Gondar, Ethiopia; the Oregon-Gabon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development; and Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS), Nigeria MOU. For more information, contact Julie Walkin at 541-737-6419.

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.

An Evening of Traditional Korean Dance:  Fri., Nov. 9, LaSells Stewart, 7 p.m. As a kick-off to International Education Week (Nov. 12-16), Dankook University’s Dance Troupe will perform a series of traditional Korean dances with colorful costumes, music and backdrops. Free. For more information, view the poster  or contact Julie Walkin at 541-737-6419.

International Education Week: A celebration of international education takes place Nov. 12-16 at OSU. Highlights of the week include “The World on a Plate: A Global Photographic Feast” with authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio and “Crossing Borders: Video and Discussion” which follows a group of U.S. American and Moroccan students. In all, the week will include 25 events sponsored by 17 campus and community organizations. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew or Julie Walkin.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., MU 206 to receive public comment on proposed rule changes regarding fees; the faculty mediator for grievances; student immunizations and background checks for critical or security-sensitive applicants, employees and volunteers. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules, contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu. Please direct requests for accommodations related to disability to Beth Giddens by Dec. 10.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker Denise Lach, of OSU, will present “Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change in Complex Socio-ecological Systems” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker William Jaeger, of OSU’s Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, will present “Water scarcity in hydro‐economic models: Comparing Willamette Water 2100 and the Klamath” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Nov. 7 – “Acoustic monitoring of marine megafauna,” David Mellinger CIMRS Bioacoustics Laboratory, HMSC, and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU. http://www.bioacoustics.us/ 4 p.m., Nash Hall 032.

NEW! How to Ace Your Medical School Interview (Part 2): Kevin Ahern, Senior Instructor of Biochemistry/Biophysics will present a workshop for students aimed at helping them to excel in their medical school interviews.  The event will occur on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Weniger 116.

Horticulture seminar: Louisa Hooven, research associate with the OSU Department of Horticulture, will speak on “Sublethal Effects of Pesticides on Honey Bees,” on Nov. 6, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

2012 Campbell Lecture: “What Public Health Has to Say About Improving Children’s Development,” presented by Margaret O’Brien Caughy, Sc.D. The lecture will take place Nov. 7, noon in room 115 of the Hallie Ford Center. Livestream:

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.

Hatfield candidate talk: Marie Colton, candidate for the Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, will present an open forum discussing her vision for the Hatfield Marine Science Center and her experience on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon at the HMSC Library Seminar room in Newport. The open forum is open to the public and will be streamed live at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/video/live.html\

News for Employees

NEW! Police operation: On Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, from 1 to 4 p.m., Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety will conduct a saturation operation on Jefferson Street in front of the Kerr Administration Building, on Campus Way near the Memorial Union. They will be stopping bikes, cars and pedestrians who violate traffic laws.

NEW! Non-perishable food drive: Nov. 5-21. Boxes will be placed at the MU info desk, Library, Dixon, Kerr, Main Squeeze, EBGBs, Cascadia Market, and on-campus residence halls. All donations will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter  and Community Outreach. Most needed items include: Canned vegetables/meats/fruits dry, cereals, granola bars, peanut butter, Pop Tarts, pancake mix, cooking oil, individual drinks, and jelly. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/hha 

NEW! Drive less: The City of Corvallis is providing additional incentives to use alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle in November.  Track your transportation methods Nov. 5-16 using Drive Less Connect to win great prizes and explore your transportation options.  Calendaring is easy, free and enters you to win gift cards to local businesses.  There will be four drawings between Nov. 5 and Nov. 16 with multiple awards each time. For more information Nicholas.Snowhill@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2012: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390. Deadline for submission: Nov. 12.

Search Advocate Workshop: Learn how to work with OSU search committees to enhance the quality of search and selection efforts. This two-part workshop provides theory, research, and strategies that can help search committees test their thinking, address complex process concerns, improve search validity and fairness, promote diversity, and address potential bias risks. Participants who complete Sessions I and II will be eligible to serve as advocates on OSU search committees. Session I will be held Nov. 27 and Session II Nov. 29, each at 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit the Professional Development Website for more details and to register.

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall 2012-13 Solicitation (Spring 2013 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Nov. 12.

Leadership program: Are you ready to embark on a journey to discover your leadership potential? 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.


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

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.

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 Nov. 9.

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.

The OSU Child Development Center is recruiting for one full-time Early Childhood Associate Teacher pool position. Posting #0009190. For full consideration please apply no later than Nov. 11.

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 College of Business is seeking applicants for a F/T, 12-month professional faculty position of Director in the Close to the Customer (C2C) Program, Posting #0009891.  Closes Nov. 15.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0009885. Closes Nov. 30, 30, with full-consideration closing date of Nov. 16.

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 Josephine County 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, 4-H Program Coordinator position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and Regional Administrator. This position is located in Grants Pass. Posting #0009893. Closes Nov. 20. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.

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.

The OSU Foundation is seeking an Assistant Director, Information Technology Services (ITS). The ideal candidate for this position brings a comprehensive knowledge of programming techniques and protocols, relational databases, and data structures, values and understands the need for documentation at multiple level. Submit a cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney , Senior Director, Human Resources.

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

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: “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…” After a gorgeous Sunday that felt more like May than November, we’ve got one more spring-like day before the rains return. After the fog clears this morning we’ll see more sunshine and a high of 68. Tomorrow there’s a chance of rain and a high of 60.

Central Oregon: Sunny skies and highs in the 60s will stay for today and tomorrow before November remembers its reputation and rains return. There’s a chance of snow by week’s end so enjoy it while you can.


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