OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 19, 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.

Oregon State campus squeaks past Oregon campus (OregonLive)

I have made my call. Oregon State University’s campus beats the University of Oregon campus by a whisker. Do beavers even have whiskers? Did I get it right?

Oregon State engineers design tiny, inexpensive chip to monitor vital signs (Oregonian)

Now, electrical engineering students and faculty at Oregon State University hope to give such gizmos a run for their money. They’ve developed, are patenting and planning to take to market technology that can monitor vital signs with sensors so miniscule and inexpensive they could fit on a small adhesive bandage, cost less than 25 cents and be disposable. (see also KPIC, California Science and Technology News)

Memorial Union meets student needs on campus (OregonLive)

The white dome and twin rows of columns make Memorial Union stand out on the Oregon State University campus.

New childcare site gives student parents workout time (Gazette-Times)

For many student parents, problems with finding a reliable babysitter can be a barrier to working out at the gym. This was a concern that Oregon State University’s office of Childcare and Family Resources and the Student/Parent Advisory Board addressed when they opened the second Our Little Village, a drop-off child care site, at Dixon Recreation Center.

Proposed timber sales strive for ‘ecological logging’ (KVAL)

Can public land managers ramp up the timber harvest just a bit, improve conditions for wildlife and avoid acres upon acres of clearcuts? A professor from Oregon State University thinks he’s found a compromise. “This is different than the old days, let me tell you,” said Norm Johnson, a forestry professor who advocates what he calls “ecological forestry.”

College of Education students teach math and science to elementary students (LIFE@OSU)

Under the watchful eye of Oregon State University student Vanessa Robinson, a Lincoln School student carefully combined tape, a plastic spoon and some small sticks to make his unique version of a catapult. Robinson’s eyes widened as she saw his technique.

Fever in the forest (Earth Island Journal)

Following the dogma that Swiss needle cast was not a problem in North America, researchers began looking for other causes. “Swiss needle cast does not kill trees, it just slows growth,” says Jeff Stone, a plant pathologist and professor at Oregon State University. The conventional wisdom was wrong. Stone and his colleagues eventually concluded that the pathogen that had always been present at low levels in the Pacific Northwest had turned into a full-blown disease outbreak. The fungus, which slowly strangles trees, is, according to Stone, now present in half a million hectares of Oregon’s stands of Douglas fir, 160,000 hectares of which are severely affected.

Medical research foundation honors top three Oregon scientists (Lund Report)

The Discovery Award was presented to Oregon State University’s Joseph Beckman, Ph.D., for distinguished achievements in neuroscience. As OSU’s Ava Helen Pauling Chair at the Linus Pauling Institute, director of the Environmental Health Sciences Center and professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Beckman has shed light on the role of oxidative stress in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Zinc deficiency may threaten seniors (Dr. Weil.com)

The animal studies performed at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences showed that age-related zinc deficiencies can lead to immune system decline and contribute to the inflammation that underlies cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes.

Study finds slot machine players don’t fit stereotypes (Democrat-Herald)

In fact, co-author Sandy Chen, of Oregon State University-Cascades, and her colleagues found that the most common profile of a slot machine enthusiast was a female homeowner, between the ages of 55 and 60, with at least some college education and an annual household income of more than $55,000.

Commander’s House back at site of old fort (Daily News)

Oregon State University archaeologist David Brauner has been working on the Fort Hoskins site since the 1970s. He says the next step is research for restoring the building to its original state.

OSU Food Safety hotline offers answers to turkey questions from cooks (KLCC)

This week, home cooks are wrestling turkeys, rolling out pie dough and peeling potatoes for the Thanksgiving meal. Oregon State University’s extension service has a hotline available to answer all your food safety questions.

Coos Bay considers urban wind turbines (KMTR)

An Oregon State University expert tells the paper that urban settings aren’t generally favorable for turbines: both wind speed and elevation are low. (see also OregonLive, KVAL)

Touring the Oregon State campus (OregonLive)

Oregon State pleases with historic buildings, landscape design.

Oregon Civil War 2012: It’s all about the rivalry (Oregonian)

As the 2012 Civil War game between Oregon State University and University of Oregon approaches, Beavers and Ducks fans sound off about the game, the mascots, and the schools’ colors.

Corvallis author Kathleen Dean Moore offers writer’s workshop (Gazette-Times)

Award-winning Corvallis author Kathleen Dean Moore will offer tips for aspiring nature writers Monday at the next meeting of Writers on the River.


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. 19 noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here:  http://bit.ly/Qjiz0N.  Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/webinars for more information.

NEW! TAC Webinar: IT for Professional Development | Professional Proficiencies, with Jon Dorbolo (TAC).  Academic advancement in your discipline and institution are facilitated by research, collaboration, networking, communication, and presence.  In this session Jon surveys ways that Information Technology (IT) may help with your professional growth. Nov  19, 2 -2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/QjiNVG.   Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/webinars for more information.

NEW! “Giving Thanks Around the World:” A Harvest Celebration featuring harvest celebrations of Germany and the Philippines.  We will be giving thanks, having fun, learning about social justice issues, enjoying a traditional American dinner including Filipino and German dishes, and meeting and sharing with international and domestic students. There are 400 seats and this event is first come/ first seated.  The “fee” will be a canned or dry food donation for the OSU Food Pantry. Nov. 19, MU Ballroom, 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: Using Social Media in the Classroom | Teaching Tactics, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.) permeates many aspects of our daily lives, so why not the classroom as well? This webinar touches on the use of social media in higher education today and offers some ideas of how you might utilize it in your own classes. Nov 20,  10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/QjiREX. Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/webinars for more information.

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.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker John Bailey, of OSU, will present “A framework for evaluating the impact of climate change of northern spotted owl habitat in dry forest types” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project Open Forum: During this time attendees will hear an update on the program milestones, in addition to time for questions and feedback.  Pre-registration is not required. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall.

NEW! Intercultural conflict workshop: Sue Theiss, OSU Ombuds, will be presenting “Managing Intercultural Conflict: Understanding Oppression and Adapting to Difference.”  along with Roni Sue.  Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Fireside Room at Linn Benton Community College’s Calapooia Center, Albany.  The session will address how intercultural development affects the way we manage conflict, concepts of oppression, conflict dynamics including active listening and managing anger, and a model to use for conflict assessment and difficult discussions.  Free to OSU employees. To register: 541-766-6081.

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

NEW! College Algebra redesign workshop: The OSU Dept. of Mathematics is addressing the challenge of improving student learning outcomes and engagement in this course by piloting a new approach that incorporates small-group work and increased use of interactive technology.  In this workshop, Scott Peterson, currently teaching the redesigned section of MTH 111, will describe and demonstrate the new approach, will model activities from the course, and will discuss assessment and implementation. Wed., Nov. 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Milam 215. Register at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/75878/

News for Employees

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

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


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

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.

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.

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 Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and successful fundraiser to work in partnership with the OSUAA as Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of OSUAA Annual Giving Programs.  This position will be based in the OSU Foundation’s Corvallis, Oregon office.  Submit a cover letter, resume, and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources at osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu.

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.


Corvallis: Hope you packed your rain boots because we could have two inches of rain by the end of the day, not to mention strong winds. There’s a flood watch in effect for the area. Pull fallen leaves away from storm drains and watch out for large standing puddles during your commute. Today’s high will be 61 with a low tonight of 50.

Central Oregon: There’s a chance of rain today but the biggest weather event will be strong winds, gusting up to 55 mph. Today’s high will be 52 with a low of 43.

Newport: Batten down the hatches because heavy rain and gusts of wind up to 85 mph will make for a very stormy Monday. There’s a high surf advisory and a flood watch as well. Today’s high will be 59 with a low of 52.


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