OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 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.

Ancient redwoods, giant sequoias to be ‘archived’ on Oregon coast (OregonLive)

Relocating trees to forestall global warming is being examined by many scientists, says Glenn Howe, a forest genetics professor at Oregon State University.

Health and longevity podcast (LifeTalk Radio)

Featuring the Linus Pauling Institute’s focus on micronutrients and supplements.

How society misunderstands the elderly (US News & World Report)

How does the world view the swelling ranks of the elderly? In a recent Oregon State study, it was not all good news. “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,” says Oregon State University researcher Michelle Barnhart in a statement.

Potato commission funds endowed chair (Capital Press)

The Oregon Potato Commission has provided Oregon State University Foundation a $168,000 check as part of a commitment of $500,000 to help fund an endowed professorship.

Wearable microchip monitors vital signs (Edit Hot)

The microchip was created by electrical engineers at Oregon State University and is ready for clinical trials while a patent is currently being processed.

Fruithill honored as top family business (Capital Press)

Fruithill Inc., of Yamhill, Ore., has been honored by the Oregon State University Austin Family Business Program for excellence in family business.

Volunteers needed to collect precipitation data (KLCC)

The Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University is looking for volunteers to collect weather data.


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.

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

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

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: Collaboration in Blackboard Teaching Tactics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Learn about wikis, blogs, journals and discussion forums in Blackboard. See how Blackboard’s collaboration tools work, and how to determine which ones might be the best option for your course. Nov. 28, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here http://bit.ly/UTCIGv.  Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information.

NEW! Musician’s Holiday: At the Nov. 29 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mike Curtis, former member of the OSU Music Dept. faculty, will perform and discuss his approach to composition. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Student Recovery Community: The Division of Student Affairs invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to learn more about initial work on supporting the student recovery community at Oregon State. An information session will be held Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. in MU 206. For more details contact robert.reff@oregonstate.edu or visit http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/recovery.

NEW! Music a la Carte: Nov. 30: Special Seasonal Program, The University Chorale and the Corvallis Community Choir, conducted by OSU grad students and David Servias. NOTE: This concert is at the First United Methodist Church at 11th & Monroe in Corvallis. Noon.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! “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. Nov. 30: The Entrepreneur’s Role in Research Commercialization.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2012 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31, 2013. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your  personalized form to 2012 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Sequestration, Thelma and Louise . . .  and Peanut Butter?: The Vice President for Research offers a view from the fiscal cliff. Please see The Spin on Research

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.

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:

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.

INTO OSU has an immediate need for a System Integration Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU, and to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. Salary $75k to $85K per year, plus full benefit package. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

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: Another cold and foggy mountain morning has greeted us, but sunshine is expected by afternoon. Enjoy its brief warmth, as rain returns tonight. Several storms are headed our way, bringing wet, windy weather for the rest of the week. Today’s high will be 51 with a low tonight of 40.

Central Oregon: Patchy fog should clear by 10 a.m., and partly sunny skies will keep the afternoon bright. Showers will start out light tomorrow, but steady rain is likely by Thursday. Today’s high is 44 with a low of 28.

Newport: As the fog rolls away, clouds will replace it as the first of several storm systems start making their way inland. The rain and wind will be light at first but stronger as the week progresses. High of 56 and low of 45.

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