OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 29, 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.

A hard landing for OSU if U.S. goes off fiscal cliff (Gazette-Times)

The financial impact on Oregon State University of this so-called “fiscal cliff” would be a steep drop in revenue. OSU stands to lose $15.2 million in research funds out of its annual total of $183 million, according to a report issued by the school’s Government Relations Office. The university also would lose about $1.5 million from its work study program and Extension Service functions.

Analysis of conflicting fish oil studies finds that Omega-3 fatty acids still matter (Bioscience Technology Online)

A recent analysis done by scientists in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, published in the Journal of Lipid Research, has sorted through many of these competing findings, and it helps to explain why so many of the studies seem to arrive at differing conclusions. (see also Science Daily, Health News Report, Toronto Telegraph)

USDA sequences wheat genome (Capital Press)

Having the complete genome sequenced could reduce the time required to breed a new winter wheat variety to eight or nine years, Oregon State University wheat breeder Bob Zemetra said. The process currently takes 10 to 12 years.

OSU research head speaks to chamber (Democrat-Herald)

The general impression of research at Oregon State University is that it centers on agriculture, but it is much more diverse than that, according to Richard Spinrad.

Troubled waters: Farmers and scientists work together to save oysters (Grist)

Such collaboration between scientists and shellfish industry innovators to study, and, ideally, minimize the damage caused by ocean acidification has already taken place at Whiskey Creek with scientists from Oregon State University and will likely be replicated all along the western coastline, said Tessa Hill, lead scientist on the Hog Island partnership.

OSU: Training for urban farmers (Natural Resource Report)

Oregon State University is accepting applications for its eight-month training program in the Portland area for aspiring urban farmers.

OSU vice president of gifts selected (Democrat-Herald)

Jeff Comfort, executive director of principal and planned gifts at Georgetown University, has been named the vice president of principal gifts and gift planning at the Oregon State University Foundation, effective Jan. 1.

How climate change could affect entire forest ecosystem (Science Daily)

The scientists received help from NASA and NOAA in collecting information. “We used satellite data to map the spatial distribution of cloud cover across the western portion of Santa Cruz Island,” said senior author Christopher J. Still, formerly an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara, now at Oregon State University.

A new focus for extension agent (Argus Observer)

Barbara Brody, Oregon State University Extension, has taken on a new assignment, in a new location, and while it is not entirely different from what she did previously, her new position allows her to pursue her passion for teaching as well as opening 4-H programs to new people.

Oregon Potato Commission funds OSU professor (Herald & News)

In the face of reduced funding to Oregon State University and the OSU Extension Service, the Oregon Potato Commission is taking on the mandate to fund a professor dedicated to potatoes.


TAC Webinar: – Introduction to Mind-Mapping | Teaching Tactics, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn what mind-mapping is and how you might utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Nov. 29, 9-9:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UTCXBc. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Monday, Dec. 3 at 8:15 a.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.

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.

The 32nd Annual Holiday Marketplace: A festive arts fair with over seventy Oregon artisans plus musical performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 30th and Saturday, Dec. 1, 
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Support Oregon talent and buy local; Fine arts, handmade crafts and specialty foods will be featured. A free event/open to the public. 

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 and Android apps, TAC Tech Tips and more. Nov. 30, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UTDJ18. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops for more information.

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.

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.

Oregon State Glee presents the second annual Sing Off: Featuring OSU Glee, Outspoken, Divine, Wilsonville High School’s Soul’d Out and Covallis High School’s Spartacappella. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. $10 General Admission, $5 students and youth.

Holiday Concert featuring the Corvallis-OSU Symphony and Oregon State University Choirs: Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Program includes Vivaldi Concerto, op. 3, No. 10 in B minor, Vaughan Williams’ “Dona nobis pacem,” holiday favorites, a sing-along and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” Several faculty conductors and student and faculty soloists will be featured. Reserved and general admission seats available. OSU students free with ID card. Tickets available at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music, and online at http://cosusymphony.org

Collaboration that Works: This training highlights strategies and tools individuals and groups can use to make their collaborative efforts efficient and effective. Open to natural resource and agriculture agency individuals who engage in collaborative planning. Keynote – Connie Hatfield, Hatfield’s High Desert Ranch in Brothers, Ore. Dec. 6-7, LaSells Stewart Center. Fee $200. Registration required http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/2012Collaboration_that_WORKS/

Phil Histand retirement celebration: Phil Histand is retiring from Student Health Services after 23 years. A celebration in his honor takes place Dec. 19, 3 to 5 p.m., MU 109.

Lectures and seminars

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Lecture: Rani Borkar, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Development Group, will speak about the new era of computing with the advent of mobile devices in a free lecture on Nov. 30. Her talk will be held in room 1001 of the Kelley Engineering Building from noon to 1 p.m.

“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.

News for Employees

NEW! Salem to Corvallis Vanpool in Operation: OSU employees commuting from Salem are invited to join a vanpool that accommodates an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. work schedule from Monday – Friday.  Monthly fee: $135.  For more information contact Tom Court (tom.court@oregonstate.edu).

NEW! Recreational Sports Winter Break: Winter Break hours will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 7 until Sunday, Jan. 6. All RecSports facilities will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, and Jan. 1  for the holidays. The guest limit will be suspended, so bring a few friends to work out with! Family access will be extended to all operating hours during the break. For more information, view our hours page.

NEW! Recreational Sports Winter Sales: Beat the lines in January and purchase your 9-month membership today! A 9-month membership will last until Sept. 27, 2013. A Winter Term membership will last until April 5, 2013. Contact Recreation Services for more information, (541) 737-3736.

NEW! MLK award nominations sought: The Office of Equity and Inclusion is accepting nominations for the Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks Awards, which are presented by President Ray at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast. These awards honor OSU community members who exemplify the work of Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks, including a dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. King, building bridges across cultures, and showing courage in promoting diversity. The deadline is Dec. 7, 5 p.m. For details: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/community-awards

Business attire donations: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) Chapter is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our annual Career Wardrobe event, Feb. 7, in the MU Ballroom. The event helps OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Donation drop off locations are 137 Strand Agriculture Hall (Stag) and Career Services B008 Kerr. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center located at 538 SW 6th Ave. For more information: contact Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2999.

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.

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.


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

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator position. The Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator provides mental health case management, coordination and support for OSU students. Posting # 0009960. Closes Dec. 14.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Cordley Hall: Due to an elevator replacement, the west elevator in Cordley hall will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3 and reopening on March 18, 2013.

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: Those of you who attended yesterday’s annual President’s Winter Coffee might still be suffering from a cookie hangover today, but nothing staves off rainy day blues like gingerbread. Rain and gusty winds are on tap today with a high of 52 and a low of 49. More of the same through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Rainy and breezy with a high of 45 and a low of 38.

Newport: Heavy rain and wind gusts up to 55 mph. High of 54, low of 48.

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