OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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.

Patrol targets campus traffic (Gazette-Times)

Each year, when fall term arrives and Oregon State University bicycle-riding students head back to class, the instances of collisions and near-misses around campus increase, according to Oregon State Police Campus Commander Lt. Steve Mitchell. (see also KVAL, LIFE@OSU)

Japan’s nuclear dilemma: What to do with all that waste? (Christian Science Monitor)

Oregon State University radioecologist Kathryn Higley says soil type, chemistry, and geology all come into play when it comes to water contamination. “The key feature is to keep water, critters, and plants out. Water will leach it; critters will spread it around,” she says. (see also Yahoo News)

Senior Hunger: Frail elderly at higher risk for food insufficiency (Huffington Post)

Imagine an older woman who lives up the street who has trouble getting around physically, says Oregon State University researcher Ellen Smit. “She may be at risk for food insufficiency — hunger — just because she has trouble getting around. (see also Science Newsline, Health News Digest)

Top 50 Innovators (2012 Yearbook from the Center for Digital Education and Converge)

OSU’s Jon Dorbolo has been named a top education innovator. (see page 16)

Meet the dynamic ‘Beaver Chicks’ (College of Education)

They call themselves the Dynamic Beaver Chicks.  They are four recent graduates of the entirely online K-12 School-based Master’s program in Mathematics Education. These graduates are proudly applying the knowledge attained through their studies at Oregon State University in a variety of educational settings throughout the world.

Bad news for salmon: Streams warmer and lower (KMTR)

Researchers from Oregon State University, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey cited other research indicating climate change is behind the convergence, producing lower snowpacks in winter and earlier snowmelt in spring. (see also KSNT, Washington Examiner, Idaho Press-Tribune)

Spring snow pack in Arctic disappearing fast, Environment Canada warns (The Guardian)

A study by Oregon State University published last week blamed the declining mountain snow pack for dwindling meadows in the Pacific Northwest. Harold Zald, one of the lead authors, said even a few more weeks of growing season in alpine meadows can result in trees taking hold. (see also IBTimesUK)

OSU campus looking colorful in autumn glory (OregonLive)

The Oregon State University campus in Corvallis looks awesome in autumn. Probably awesome at other times of the year, too.

Oregon straw eyed as camel feed (Capital Press)

Oregon State University researchers worked with Japanese researchers in feeding trials in the 1990s and discovered that endophyte levels above 2,000 parts per billion cause problems in cattle. Cattle, they found, can safety consume endophyte at levels below 2,000 ppb.

Obama has edge in student newspaper presidential election endorsements (Huffington Post)

A review of college newspaper endorsement editorials reveals overwhelming support for the sitting president’s reelection effort, including the Daily Barometer at Oregon State University.


NEW! Bike registration: The Department of Public Safety will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. for bicycle registration, STOP Tag Computer Registration, and offering advice on Safety, the OSU Emergency Notification System, and Protecting your Personal Property. Located on the East Side of the Beaver Store (outside), or, if the weather is inclement, inside the Memorial Union Mezzanine.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Art reception: “Oregon Water Ways: The Rich Abundance from Streams to Ocean” is the latest display at Giustina Gallery in the La Sells Stewart Center. An art reception takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 7.

NEW!  TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center | Teaching Tactics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. Nov. 7, 10 to 10:50 a.m.. Register here: http://bit.ly/UmdIr1. For more information http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Finding and Using Media: Teaching Tactics, with Steve Roberts (TAC) and Jon Dorbolo (TAC). In this session Steve and Jon explore the principles of instructional uses of media as well as methods for finding, assessing, and deploying assets in your courses. Nov. 8, 3 to 3:50 p.m.. Register here: http://bit.ly/UmeSme.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! TAC Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Design | Teaching Tactics, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve slide design/creation skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Nov. 8, 10 to  10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/Umei8e.  For more information http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! 2012 LL Stewart Scholars Lecture: “Raising the Bar: Professional Development for Oregon’s Parenting Educators,” presented by Stewart Faculty Scholars Awardee, Sally Bowman. Nov. 8, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Hallie E. Ford Center, room 115. Bowman is the core director of Parenting and Family Life in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

NEW! Veteran’s Day event: Friday’s Veteran’s Day commemoration will begin with an ROTC joint Air Force and Navy activity featuring Lt. Col Andrew Poorman as the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. This will also include a reading of the names of Oregon’s POW/MIAs, a 21-gun salute and a military flyover, weather permitting. A reception will follow inside the Memorial Union, Room 109.

NEW! Benefits workshops: Wellness, Financial & Retirement providers will be on the OSU campus during Training Days 2012 on Nov. 13-14, offering a variety of workshops. They include ones on PERS, FMLA, finances and risk. For a complete description of the workshops offered, please visit the Business Services Training Days website at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/
For questions, please call Employee Benefits at 541-737-2805 or email at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

NEW! NPMR and HyperNiche Workshop: Learn how to analyze data with complex interactions using Non-parametric Multiplicative Regression (NPMR) and the HyperNiche software package. A two-day workshop will be offered at OSU Nov. 15-16. Information on the workshop can be found here: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~lintzh/NPMRworkshop.html E-mail Heather Lintz to register for the workshop: hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu

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

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.

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.

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

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Joy Drive: OSU Childcare and Family Resources is looking for faculty and staff interested in sponsoring student families in need with gifts for the 2012 holiday season, and for student families who would live to receive presents this year. To participate, contact Arielle at nontraditional.affairs@oregonstate.edu or Amy at amy.luhn@oregonstate.edu. Sponsors should indicate the size of the family they’d like to sponsor. Please respond before Nov. 14.

NEW! OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PACS) – Request for Customer Feedback: PaCS has extended the date for its online survey through Nov. 16.  Please take a moment to provide feedback on your experience with PaCS. 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 Link , Contracts Survey Link, Procurement Survey Link.

NEW! Career services newsletter: The November edition is ready: http://www.scoop.it/t/november-2012-newsletter. Share with students.

NEW! Faculty senate: The Nov. 8 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/1108/. Action Items include approval of the Apportionment Table and Candidate Slate, a Category I Proposal to Rename Air Force Studies to the Department of Aerospace Studies, and Proposed Revisions to the Post-Tenure Review Guidelines. Special Reports include an Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) Review Committee Update and Youth Program Safety Policies and Criminal History Checks. Additionally, Provost Randhawa and Budget and Fiscal Planning Director Bloomer will discuss the 2012-2013 budget.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Training Program is recruiting for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. To apply to posting, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, click on “Search OSU Jobs” select Classified and then Office Specialist 2 Pool. The deadline to apply for this position is Nov. 9.

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.

Cook 2 – University Housing & Dining Services invites application for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 10-month, Cook 2 position.  Posting #0009897. Closes Nov. 13.

Office Specialist 2.  Full-time position in OSU’s Business Affairs/ID Center. Posting #0009892. Closes Nov. 14.

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: It’s election day, so most of us will be glued to the news, which is fine since the weather outside won’t be that appealing, There’s a chance of rain today with a high of 63. Tonight’s low will be 44. Highs will be dropping to the low 50s by the end of the week with snow in the mountain passes.

Central Oregon: Today it’s expected to be sunny with a high of 72, but rain showers begin tonight. There’s a chance of showers Wednesday as well, but snow may begin to fall by Thursday.


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