OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 26, 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.

Beavers have Thanksgiving at White House (KGW)

The Oregon State University Beavers basketball team had dinner at the White House for Thanksgiving. Players were also able to spend some time on the White House basketball court before their meal.. (see also KPTV, KVAL, OSU Beavers)

Beyond the flu shot: 5 more flu fighters (ABC News)

“There’s a lot of evidence from research in the lab that there may be a reason to believe vitamin D could help fight off flu infection,” Gombart, an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, said in an interview. In the last few years, scientists have determined that in humans and in apes, vitamin D turns on the production of a protein called cathlecidin antimicrobial peptide, which as its name suggests, kills bacteria and viruses. It may be particularly effective in the lungs, Gombart said. (see also WHAS)

 Older consumers often viewed in a negative light (Consumer Affairs)

“Our society devalues old age in many ways, and this is particularly true in the United States, where individualism, self-reliance and independence are highly valued,” said Oregon State University researcher Michelle Barnhart. “Almost every stereotype we associate with being elderly is something negative, from being ‘crotchety’ and unwilling to change to being forgetful.” (see also News Tribune)

Desk Jockey (Mail Tribune)

“Your body truly craves physical activity,” says Brad Cardinal, an Oregon State University professor of social psychology of physical activity. “Anthropological records suggest the average human walked 12 miles a day” when we were hunting and gathering.

Universities fear fiscal cliff (Register-Guard)

The stakes are high for the University of Oregon and Oregon State University if the impending automatic, across-the-board cuts to the federal budget are not averted by Congress and President Obama. (see also OregonLive)

Big week for Oregon State/ city of Corvallis collaboration (Gazette-Times)

Another big week is coming for the OSU/city collaboration process. The three-year project to work on issues between Corvallis and Oregon State University includes two key meetings next week.

Fan attire means dollars for OSU, other schools (Statesman Journal)

Kalli Sherer wore an Oregon State University sweatshirt, T-shirt and scarf, along with orange beads, but that didn’t stop the 17-year-old from shopping for new gear at the OSU Beaver Store before Saturday’s Civil War game. The Tillamook High School senior, who plans on attending OSU, even knew she was getting Beaver clothing for Christmas — just like every year. (see also Mail Tribune)

Top colleges for Harry Potter fans (About.com)

What’s the best way to protect yourself from Dementors? If your answer involved a class with Remus Lupin or joining Dumbledoor’s Army, you might be interested to know that there is another way. Oregon State University’s class, “Finding your Patronus,” is a course designed to study leadership education through the characters of Harry Potter and help freshman get oriented to campus.

Pinot Noir is one of Oregon’s great and profitable blessings (Oregonian)

The state has been appropriately backing its wine growth with the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. Just as Oregon State has provided technical support to high-tech companies, it gives vital assistance to another local signature industry.

Three local experts give their take on obesity, sweeteners and the war on sugar (Statesman Journal)

Here, three local experts — an Oregon State University researcher, a Salem Health dietitian and a doctor from Mill City — give their take on sugar and its increasingly popular alternatives.

New book details influences of former Gov. Bob Straub (Statesman Journal)

 “Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon,” a biography of the former governor by Charles K. Johnson, has just been published by the Oregon State University Press.

Students work out for energy Civil War (Gazette-Times)

Their football teams won’t meet on the field until Saturday, but another high-intensity competition between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon already has wrapped up: Wednesday was the final day in the fourth annual Energy Civil War, a weeklong battle to see which university’s students could generate the most electricity.

Oregon fireflies only glow when young (Statesman Journal)

According to Mike Burgett, Oregon State University Extension emeritus professor of entomology, there are two species of fireflies in Oregon.

Ancient cultures offer food for thought (Statesman Journal)

I teach several classes at Oregon State University — landscape design, landscape maintenance and landscape construction — and I always start at the same point: examining the history of landscape design.


TAC Webinar: Blackboard Basics: Teaching Tactics – with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Nov. 26,  3-3:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UTCoHw.   Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information.

Repair Fair: If it’s broke, fix it. We’ll show you how Monday Nov. 26, 6 to 8 pm, at the Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th Street). Bring your broken items and questions; volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things. Save money, save natural resources. For a list of repair skills offered this month, visit our blog.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Red Dress Fashion Show: In honor of World AIDS Day, the event will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free admission. Find more info at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/76357.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. 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.

NEW! President’s Winter Coffee: Join us for holiday treats and gourmet coffee in the MU Lounge, Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 9:30 – 11 a.m., at the President’s Winter Coffee. Collections will be taken for the OSU Food Pantry

NEW! Book talk, signing:  Literary Northwest presents acclaimed essayist and new Oregon State University faculty member Elena Passarello, reading from her debut collection, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” on Friday, Nov. 30,  at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room on the OSU campus. A book signing will follow.

Qualtrics survey research tool training: The intuitive and powerful Qualtrics survey tool is now available to all faculty, staff, and students under a campus license agreement. Please join us for a user training webinar on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2-3 p.m. or Friday, Nov 30, 10-11 a.m. Participants can attend the session in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or view it in their offices. The webinar will be recorded. Register at: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5pgtCyaVuLfBrrD. OSU Qualtrics link – http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics

OSU Wind Ensemble Fall Concert: “…and the Mountains Rising Nowhere,” Conducted by Christopher Chapman. Featuring guest artist Jay Chen, trumpet, performing Reinhold Gliere’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Band.” Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. OSU Faculty, Staff, and Students admitted for free with valid ID card. General admission at the door, $10.

OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) Equipment Maintenance Management Services: PaCS has contracted with The Remi Group to provide a comprehensive approach to managing equipment maintenance: keep using your current vendors, consolidate your equipment maintenance contracts, AND save money. The company will host a presentation providing details and answering questions on Nov. 28 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in MU Room 213. For more information visit the PaCS Buy Orange website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/buyorange

MUPC Children’s Holiday Party: MUPC invites children ages 5-10 from the OSU Community to participate in a free, jungle-themed holiday party with games, crafts, and a live animal show in the MU on Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Registration is open now and will close Nov. 26. Register online at: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrensparty

Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on Nov. 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and on Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Memorial Union (MU) 211. Attendance is limited to 35. To reserve a space: sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu. This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2013.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: USGS’s Debbie Reusser & EPA’s Henry Lee will present “Predicting the relative vulnerability of near-coastal species to climate change using a rule based ecoinformatics approach” on Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Water, People & Institutions Seminar Series: Speaker Kelli Larson, of Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, will present “Social‐Ecological Dynamics in Residential Landscapes: Water Conservation,Tradeoffs and Complexities” on Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000.

NEW! Ecological Impact of Tsunami Debris from Japan: John Chapman of the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center will speak about the nature and potential ecological consequences of the debris that is arriving on our coast from last year’s Japanese earthquake-generated tsunami.  Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

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 on Nov. 27 and Session II on Nov. 29, each at 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Visit the Professional Development Website for more details and to register.

Horticulture seminar: Matthew Betts, associate professor with the OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will speak on “Hummingbird highways: Does tropical forest fragmentation limit pollination of ornithophilus herbs?” Nov. 27, 4 p.m., ALS 400

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/

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Nov. 28 – “Using Camera Trapping Techniques for Mammal Surveys and Monitoring.” Nicole Duplaix, Chair, IUCN/SSSC Otter Specialist Group, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU. 4 p.m., Nash Hall 032.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Attention all DAS Shuttle Users: Due to changes in SB242 and the new distribution model that was adopted, a form is being instituted to better enable OSU Printing and Mailing Services to keep this valuable service operating under optimal conditions. This form will be available on the Printing and Mailing Web site and at Printing and Mailing Services. As of Jan. 1 all packages being sent via DAS Shuttle will require the form be attached to them. Information: Judy Bankson, 737‐3979.

NEW! Blanket and pillow drive: OSU Extended Campus and The Valley Library have teamed up to collect blankets and pillows to donate to Community Outreach, Inc. Bring your new blankets and pillows of all types to the 4th floor reception desk in the Valley Library from Nov. 26 – Dec. 11 during office hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check donations made out to Community Outreach will also be accepted. Email beth.caudill@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Student Media’s Multimedia Competition: Students are invited to put their multimedia skills to the test as teams compete to cover a “breaking news” event. The competition is scheduled for Jan. 3-4 . Teams of 5-6 students will combine their skills in writing, video, audio, still photography and web publishing to tell a compelling story from a news scene. The winning team receives tickets to visit a live broadcast of a Portland Trailblazer game at the Rose Garden. Free and open to all OSU students. Sign up by Dec. 31. For more information, contact Bill Gross at bill.gross@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4860

Recreational Sports Winter Sales Begin: You can renew your membership and locker rental starting on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Recreation Services Desk, (541) 737-3736. The desk is open M-R 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club will be holding a Poinsettia sale Nov. 27 to Dec. 7. This year the Club is offering a preorder option for those who want to ensure their favorite variety’s availability. The varieties we are offering this year are ‘Red’, ‘Winter Blush’, and ‘Shimmer Surprise.’ Poinsettias will be sold for $15 each or 3 for $40. Burst’s chocolate bars will be available for $3. A pre-order form can be filled out by clicking here.

Holiday Cards and Calendars: Printing and Mailing services has customizable holiday cards and calendars available for all OSU faculty, staff and students. Customers can choose from a creative selection of ready-made designs or upload their own images and custom text. Ordering information and prices are available online through our Design Online module (requires one-time registration). For questions, please e-mail digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.


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

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.

OSU Printing and Mailing is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE) Marketing and Customer Service Manager. Posting #0009959. Closes Nov. 30.

Office Specialist 2 – The OSU Academic Success Center (OSU) is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. This position works directly with students and requires excellent customer service skills. Within the ASC, this position will work closely with Academic Coaching and University Exploratory Studies Program. 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.

Library Technician 2 – Oregon State University Libraries invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Library Technician 2 position. Posting #0009973. Closes Dec. 3.

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.

The Lane County Extension Office is recruiting to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, limited duration (1 year) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 for the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program in Lane County. This position requires travel. Posting #0009967. Closes Dec. 7.

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.

Office Specialist 2 – The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position.  Posting # 0009974.  Closing date is Dec. 11.

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.

Public Information Representative 1  – Web Communications is recruiting to fill one full-time position(1.0 FTE). The Public Info Representative 1: Web Editor position in the Web Communications office edits, curates and creates content for OSU’s home page and top tier websites. Posting #0009947. Closes Dec. 15.

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: Many of us are asking how it could already be the last week of fall term before finals, but here we are. This week has gotten off to a frosty, foggy start, and things won’t really warm up until mid week. The high today will be 48 with a low tonight of 34.

Central Oregon: We’ll have a bright but chilly day today with a high of 44 and a frosty low tonight of 23. Tomorrow will be clear and cold as well.

Newport: There will be increasing clouds today with a high of 54 and a low tonight of 40. Partly sunny skies should brighten the day tomorrow but rain is expected by mid week.

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