OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 16, 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.

‘The entire field of wearable body monitors is pretty exciting’ (KVAL)

Electrical engineers at Oregon State University have developed new technology to monitor medical vital signs, with sophisticated sensors so small and cheap they could fit onto a bandage, be manufactured in high volumes and cost less than a quarter. (see also The Engineer, Red Orbit, Science Newsline)

Corvallis firefighters battle house fire on Northwest Grant (Gazette-Times)

Three Oregon State University students, the residents of a north Corvallis rental house, escaped injury Thursday night after fire broke out.

OSU program for rural youth celebrates 25 years (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University program that helps rural youth go to college recently received a national award and celebrated its 25th birthday.

A tour of Oregon State University engineering (EDN Network)

While down in lovely Corvallis, Oregon, for “Dad’s Weekend” last week, I had the opportunity to tour the Oregon State University engineering labs in search of a Tektronix presence. And indeed I found one. OSU is a strong engineering institution that has a long history of providing talent to Tektronix just 1-½ hours away.

Linus Pauling Collection a gem of Oregon State University Valley Library (OregonLive)

Linus Pauling left Oregon State University (Oregon Agricultural College at the time) in 1922 for graduate study at Cal Tech.
He spent his entire working career in California, but always held Oregon dear in his heart.

OSU researcher studies perceptions of older consumers (Gazette-Times)

During her years of research into the capability of the elderly as consumers, an associate professor at Oregon State University discovered something she didn’t expect. (see also New England Cable News)

Ag stations experiment with funding from outside sources (Capital Press)

In 2008, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences administrators began considering asking farmers and ranchers to donate to the financially strapped agricultural experiment stations. Farmer support, the thought went, could help branch stations thrive, show lawmakers that farmers appreciate the stations, and, if the college was forced to shutter one or more of Oregon’s 12 stations, help determine which to close.

Dorm plans enhance COCC’s advancement (Bend Bulletin)

With planning also under way for a major expansion of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, it’s a welcome reminder of the vibrancy of higher education in Central Oregon. The growth not only brings vastly expanded opportunities for students, but also financial and intellectual benefits to the town and region.

Coos Bay council grapples with issue of turbines in town (The World)

‘The thing people are most concerned about is the visual impact,” said Ted Brekken, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Oregon State University. ‘If your neighbor puts up a 70-foot wind turbine, that is as high as a seven story building.”

DWFritz Automation sponsors Oregon State University robotics club (Robotics Tomorrow)

DWFritz Automation Inc., headquartered in Tualatin, Ore., today announced sponsorship of the Oregon State University Robotics Club, a student organized club of over 100 engineers and enthusiasts. The club is a part of the OSU College of Engineering, and their purpose is to enable the ambition and initiative of students to build robots for fun and competition, through a community of like-minded roboticists.

Oregon public universities set record for graduates (KTVZ)

Oregon’s public universities had a record number of graduates last school year. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/W3nrs2) there were more than 20,000 in 2011-2012, and the numbers could help the state ramp up to meet high goals set for 2025.

Climate change affects Oregon (News Register)

In Oregon, climate change is having an impact and can be expected to have more, according to climatologist Kathy Dello, associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Institute. She said increasing temperatures have affected plant distribution and snowpack levels, and impacts are clearly on the increase.


NEW! OSU Press Blog: Jessica Kibler, OSU Press George P. Griffis Publishing Intern, shares her experiences with University Presses on the OSU Press blog today. OSU Press has joined American University Presses (AAUP) colleagues around the country to highlight the week-long celebration with Fine Print*, a digital showcase of books and journals,  and a blog tour.

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

TAC Webinar: TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk, with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC) and Stevon Roberts (TAC). Every Friday morning we’ll check out technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Program segments include TAC News, Going Mobile, iPad apps, TAC Tech Tips and more. Nov. 16, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://is.gd/oEtIu0. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information.

NEW! Student Visa & Immigration 101 (for OSU Faculty and Staff): Are you curious about what international students go through in order to arrive in the U.S.? Do you want to be able to provide accurate information to them? Come find out about international students’ immigration processes and basic visa regulations. 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m.  (repeat) , Heckart Lodge, 2nd Floor Conference Room.

New child care site: Our Little Village at Dixon Recreation Center is the newest student fee funded drop-off child care site at OSU. An open house takes place Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Dixon on the lower level.

Music a la Carte: Nov. 16 – Sunghee Kim, concert pianist from Korea performs Mozart, Chopin, Brahms and Liszt. Noon, MU Lounge.

PCOSW general meeting: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) welcomes all to a general meeting on Nov. 16 at noon in the Women’s Center. As a direct link with President Ray, PCOSW actively helps women on campus to succeed, creates awareness of women’s issues, and investigates and advocates against sexism and institutional sexism.

“Research to Commercialization” seminar series: The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute and OSU’s Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development are co-sponsors of a 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. Upcoming seminars are Nov. 16: Legal Aspects of Research Commercialization and Nov. 30: The Entrepreneur’s Role in Research Commercialization.

TAC Webinar: Finding and Using Media: Teaching Tactics, with Steve Roberts (TAC) and Jon Dorbolo (TAC). Audio, visual, and interactive media are widely available and may enhance many educational experiences. In this session Steve and Jon explore the principles of instructional uses of media as well as methods for finding, assessing, and deploying such assets in your courses. Nov. 16, 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://is.gd/T1FjTk. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more.

Speech Communication Colloquium: Erin Gallagher will present current research titled “Introducing New Employees to the Workplace: The Effects of Task Interdependence on Veteran Employee Uncertainty and Information Seeking” on Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106.

NEW! International Degree Program: Come learn about OSU’s unique double-degree program in International Studies.  Designed to work with any undergraduate major, you will develop advanced language skills, increased cultural competency and conduct your own individualized study with the aid of OSU faculty. 3-4:30 p.m., Heckart Lodge, 2nd Floor Conference Room.

NEW! Game Night Hosted by ISOSU: Game Night is a fun way to start the weekend with some fun activities. Come play games with students from all over! We’ll have American board games, as well as games from different countries! So come on down, have some fun, enjoy good food, and learn some new games from around the world. 6-7:30 p.m., Memorial Union, International Resource Center.

Author event celebrates publication of new book on Governor Bob Straub: OSU Libraries and Press welcome Charles K. Johnson for a special conversation about his new book, “Standing at the Water’s Edge.” Brent Walth, Managing Editor of Willamette Week and author of the biography of another Oregon governor, Tom McCall, will interview Johnson and lead a discussion. Books will be available for signing and purchase. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 100—please RSVP to Carolyn.Tix@oregonstate.edu. Nov. 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Valley Library Rotunda.

Opera: The OSU Opera Workshop and Friends of OSU Opera will present “Delight, Despair, and Dessert!” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Corvallis High School theater, 1400 NW Buchanan St. The event features voice students from Oregon State University, performing scenes from opera and musical theatre. Proceeds will go to the OSU Foundation’s Opera Excellence Fund and Friends of OSU Opera. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students and children at the door. Desserts served at intermission. For more information: friendsofosuopera.com or oregonstate.edu/cla/music.

Oedipus the King: The OSU Theatre will kick off its 2012-13 season with Sophocles’ epic tragedy, “Oedipus, The King.” Performances will take place Nov. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Nov. 18, on the main stage of OSU’s Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way. Prices are $12 for general audiences, $10 for seniors, $8 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets for “Oedipus, The King” are available by calling the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre


McAlexander closed: On Nov. 17, McAlexander Fieldhouse will be closed all day due to a rental for the Oregon Student of Color Conference.


OSU symphony: “Vive la France!”is the theme for the fall concert presented by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street. Tickets are $18, $25, and $30 in advance, available at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music, and online at cosusymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20, $27 and $32. OSU students free with student ID. For more information: cosusymphony.org

Upcoming Events

Civil War pep rally: The inaugural “Paint the State” Pep Rally will take place Nov. 19 at Parker Plaza at Reser Stadium. The event begins at 7 p.m. with special appearances from head coach Mike Riley, current Beaver players, the OSU Marching Band, Benny Beaver and the cheer team. The first 250 people to arrive will receive a free gift.

AOP Luncheon Topic: Volunteerism and Community Services! Crystal Kelly from CARDV will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from noon to 1 pm at the West Dining Hall East Conference Room. Open to all. Please join us to learn of different opportunities to serve our communities or find services. Questions, please contact Laura.Frye@oregonstate.edu.

Lectures and seminars

Horticulture seminar: Nik Wiman, postdoc with OSU Hermiston Experiment Station, will speak on “Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Oregon: Current research and outlook for specialty crops,” on Nov. 20, 4 p.m., ALS 4000

News for Employees

NEW! Team Liberation Human Relations Facilitator Training: OSU’s student group Team Liberation will be hosting its biannual Human Relations Training Dec. 10-13. Information regarding training and applications are available at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/teamliberation/training. Applications are due by Nov. 19.

RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Nov. 20 at 12:10 p.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.

Recreational Sports Thanksgiving Hours: All Recreational Sports facilities are closed for Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22-23. Facilities will be on break hours (open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.) on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Blackboard survey: The Blackboard Steering Committee is gathering data on if and how faculty, instructors and GTA’s use Blackboard. Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey so far!Whether you use Blackboard on a daily basis, or not at all, your input is very valuable to us: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9WTXI6hdjUSlO9n. The survey will be open until end of day Wednesday, Nov. 21. A separate survey is in the works for students. Questions? lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

Multicultural exhibit: In collaboration with the Oregon Multicultural Archives, the students of the course TCE 408H “Sundown Towns in Oregon” have curated a display reflecting on their research process and showcasing their findings. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library in the display case across from the main elevators and will be up through mid-December. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

Building Community through Diversity: An introduction to the NCBI model, Nov. 30, 9 to 11:30 a.m., MU 206. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to this annual presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the principles and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute’s award-winning community-building model. Everyone welcome. Pre-registration appreciated https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2748&cmd=survey. Contact jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu for needs related to accessibility.


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

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, 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.

Office Specialist 2 – The Department of Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0009902. Closes Nov. 17.

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.

Business and Engineering Business Center invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0009904. Closes Nov. 25, with a full-consideration closing date of 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.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Operating Systems – Network Analyst, competency level 1, position for Enterprise Computing Services. Information Services shares and supports the University’s overall mission by assisting all areas of the university in extending their programs, teaching, research and communication throughout the world. Posting # 0009920. Closes Nov. 20.

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.

Office Specialist 2 – Seed Certification is seeking applicants for a part-time (.75 FTE) Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting #0009950.  Closes Nov. 22..

Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, for the Graduate School. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (2 years) from the appointment begin date. Posting # 0009906. Closes Nov. 22.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, position for the Graduate School. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (2 years) from the appointment begin date. The position will primarily provide programming support for the creation of graduate administrative software to be developed on the Salesforce platform. Posting # 0009906. Closes Nov. 22.

The Department of Financial Aid/Scholarship invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting # 0009915. Closes Nov. 23.

Peer Education Coordinator – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Peer Education Coordinator position. Posting #0009955. Closes Nov. 25.

Information Systems Manager – The Department of Financial Aid/Scholarship invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, Information Systems Manager position. Posting #0009919. Closes Nov. 26.

Business Analyst. Full-time position in OSU’s Business Affairs. Posting #0009924. Closes Nov. 26.

Executive Assistant to the Oregon State University Librarian – This position is a full time, 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0009910. Closes Nov. 26.

This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. The 4-H Youth Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term 4-H Program Coordinator position in Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost of Outreach and Extensions . This position is located in Ontario, OR. Posting #0009942. Closes Nov. 27.

Teaching and Engagement Department Head – The University Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant/Associate Professor position. Posting #0009911. Closes Nov. 27.

Office Specialist 2 – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0009954. Closes Nov. 30.

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.

Purchasing Analyst 1 – Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS), invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Purchasing Analyst 1 position. Posting #0009937. Closes Dec. 3.

Training Associate -The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position.  Posting #0009951. Closes Dec. 7.

Director of Technology Support Services – The Office of Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director of Technology Support Services. Posting #0009946. Closes Dec. 12.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Wilkinson Hall: The Women’s restroom in room 244 will be closed for renovations from 8 a.m., Nov. 21 through 5 p.m., Dec. 21.

Nash Hall: The elevator is currently under repair and is being worked on this morning.


Corvallis:  Well it really tis Autumn, and the rains are returning. Today there’s a chance of showers, with rain likely through the weekend. Today’s high will be 56 with a low of 48. Heavy rains could arrive by Monday.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers will lead to the possibility of snow and rain this weekend. Today’s high will be 49 with a low of 36. Nighttime temps will drop to freezing on Saturday and Sunday.

Newport:  Rain and temperatures in the low 50s will be steady all weekend, with wind gusts up to 26 mph today and as high as 55 mph on Saturday.


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