OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

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.

Wave of jumbo squids hits California (USA Today)

Selina Heppell, assistant professor in fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, performed research when the species invaded the Oregon coast in 2007. She was particularly interested when they suddenly vanished and then reappeared again.

Newport selected as home of Pacific Marine Energy Center (Lincoln City News Guard)

“This site selection builds on the global reputation of Oregon State University in both renewable energy research and marine science,” said Rick Spinrad, OSU vice president for research. “Future research results from this site will help ensure our state’s leadership in these critical areas.” (see also Earth Techling)

OSU hosts Be Bright event to promote bike safety (KVAL)

In an effort to encourage bike and pedestrian safety on campus and around Corvallis, Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis are inviting the public to the Memorial Union Quad on Thursday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a special  “Be Bright!” event.

OSU kicks off two-week MLK celebration (KLCC)

OSU’s Office of Equity and Inclusion Spokeswoman Roni Sue says this year’s theme focuses on what people may not know about the evolution of Dr. King’s career. She says early on he didn’t really consider global issues.

A look at the opening day of the 2013 Oregon State Legislature (Statesman Journal)

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, presented lawmakers with the book “Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State,” published by Oregon State University

Hopes for West Side grain economy revolve around barley (Capital Press)

Researchers at Washington State University and Oregon State University described their ongoing work at the Cascadia Grains Conference. “We’re breeding for color, for beta glucans, hulled or hull-less, kernel hardness, protein, starch type, test weight, yield, agronomics and disease resistance,” said Brigid Meints, a graduate student at OSU.

Oregon State brings smart sensors to accessible parking (Campus Technology)

Oregon State University has started using smart parking technology to provide automated, real-time data on the availability of accessible parking campuswide through mobile devices. (see also Daily Astorian, Ashland Daily Tidings, East Oregonian)


Workshop: Getting to Know Hitachi StarBoards, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn the basics of how the Hitachi Starboard electronic whiteboard system works. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the functionality of the board and introduce ideas of how it might be effectively utilized in the classroom. Tues. Jan 15, noon to 1 p.m. Location: SSC 138. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMKSm

RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Tuesday, Jan. 15 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.

Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. We’ll also show you options for managing large groups of students. Tues. Jan 15, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMLFP

NEW! Social construction of disability: Explore how the disability movement is tied to MLK’s message of human rights. Jan. 15, 2:30 to 4 P.M., 202A Kerr Admin.

OSU Libraries Winter Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series: Publishing Your Research (Jan. 15), Preparing Your IRB Submission (Jan. 16), and Intro to Data Management (Jan. 17). Register for these sessions (and additional offerings) at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Moral action on climate change: An interfaith pray-in for the climate will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 5 p.m. in front of the Benton County Courthouse. Sponsors include United Campus Ministry at Westminster House among other local faith groups.

NEW! New Day, Same Dream: Discuss how Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership style can apply to our generation. Jan. 15, 5 to 6 p.m., MU Journey Room.

NEW! OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Flat Screens for a Green World, by Doug Kesler, distinguished professor with the OSU department of chemistry. He will discuss how the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry is contributing to a clean and sustainable future. Jan. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bend McMenamins.

NEW! Martin and Music: This live stage production combines the spoken word with music and narrative. Jan. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

Faculty Chamber recital: L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Igor Stravinsky, narrated by Brad Townsend and conducted by Christopher Chapman. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., MU Lounge. Free

Upcoming Events

NEW! Managing difficult conversations; Resolving conflict without giving in: Learn to resolve disagreements while protecting your needs and the relationships that matter to you. Jan. 16, noon to 1 p.m., MU 109.

NEW! Webinar: Finding and Using Media, with Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). 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. Wed. Jan. 16, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMO4w

NEW! Classified meeting: The monthly SEIU Classified Workers meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Pan Afrikaan Room (MU 213) from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.   We will be updating those who attend on finances, CAPE, and current bargaining progress.  A light lunch will be provided.  All classified workers are invited to attend.  Bring a friend.

NEW! Science of Aging: At the Jan. 17 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Viviana Perez will discuss her research on protein integrity during the aging process. Triad meets in the MU, room 109A, 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! Webinar: PowerPoint in the Classroom, with Joni Tonn (TAC).  Learn researched techniques for PowerPoint that can strengthen your use of PowerPoint as an instructor.  Topics include: themes to keep in mind when preparing presentations, directing attention, teaching and displaying qualitative and quantitative data, and also includes time for specific questions. Jan. 17, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMOSa

NEW! Advisor Coffee Talk: Tracy Bentley-Townlin will be joining us to talk about Disability Access Services for Students. There will be time to ask her questions, share your experiences and mingle with your peers. We will provide coffee, tea and snacks. Jan. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Willamette East and West (Library).

NEW! We Have A Dream: A reader’s theater of peaceful heroes: A dramatic reading of speeches by Nobel Peace Prize winners. Jan. 17, 6 to 7:15 p.m., MU Journey Room.

NEW! Chinese Cultural Event: The Huaxia Orchestra Henan Museum and the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team will be making an appearance at OSU on Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the event is free.

NEW! Music a la Carte: OSU Trumpet Choir. Noon, Jan. 18, MU Lounge.

NEW! Webinar: TAC.FM, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC) & Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). Drop in on our Friday morning TAC Technology webinars. Each week we will take a look at technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Check out our program offerings, topics and show notes at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/tacfm. Fri. Jan. 18, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMRxa

NEW! “How to Compost in Your Department” Luncheon: Register for this free luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon to 1 p.m., to learn about the options you have to compost food scraps in your department. You can reduce waste during the national RecycleMania competition, and year-round! Campus Recycling can provide you with all the supplies you need to get started. Register here by Tuesday Jan. 22, 2 p.m., if you would like lunch provided.

NEW! Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers David Chin of ActionCoach presenting “5 Dysfunctions of a Team”. Learn about these five dysfunctions and how you can make your team more functional and cohesive Feb 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. $20 PFLA members/$40 non-PFLA members (includes lunch) CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/  for more information.

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: http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused.

Baccalaureate Core Review Workshop: Jan. 16, (1-3 p.m.) or Feb. 28 (2-4 p.m.) This is a how-to baccalaureate core assessment/category review workshop for those units/courses up for review in 2013 (Calendar: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/skills-calendar). Topics covered: the course review process, the updated Category Course Review Webform, guidance on what you can do this term and in upcoming terms to assess student learning in the Baccalaureate Core. Online registration: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/bacc-core-workshop-registration or contact Beverly Dirks at Beverly.Dirks@oregonstate.edu.

Webinar: Finding and Using Media, with Stevon Roberts (TAC/CTL). 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. Wed. Jan. 16, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMO4w

College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Jon DeVaan, Corporate Vice President, Windows Development, Microsoft will present “The Importance of Improving: The value of keeping an organization healthy, growing and competitive” on Jan. 16 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. DeVaan, an OSU alumnus, will share what he has learned throughout his career about the value of innovation. For more information, call 541-737-1109 or business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls

City of Corvallis’ Celebration for MLK Day: The Commission for MLK welcomes all to celebrate peace, nonviolence, and civility at the Majestic Theatre on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Larry Roper, OSU’s Vice Provost of Student Affairs, will speak and performances from Rainbow Dance Theatre,Fiesta Mexicana, 4-H Dance Club, and LBCC Chamber Choir are featured. Reception to follow. Free.

Bike and pedestrian visibility event: Stand out! Join Benny in the MU Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 and learn how to Be Bright on your commute to campus. Great giveaways! http://poweredbyorange.com/be-bright/

End-of-an-Era Celebration: After many years at the helm of Bing’s Café, Carol Lenz is moving to a part-time position at McNary Dining as a first step in her transition to retirement. Please join us on Friday, Jan. 18, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at McNary Dining Center as we congratulate her and share stories of her unique customer service style.

Oregon Women in Higher Education’s 33rd annual conference
: Jan. 25 in OSU’s MU Ballroom with keynote speaker Robin Holmes, UO Vice President of Student Affairs. Registration is $50 for students and $125 for faculty/staff. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) has scholarships available for OSU students, staff and faculty who are in need of funding. For more information about scholarships, contact Michelle Mahana at michelle.mahana@oregonstate.edu.

The 2013 Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Jan. 31 and Feb.1 at PSU. OHESC is a platform to facilitate information sharing, networking, and collaboration related to innovative sustainability practices and research among Oregon’s higher education institutions. OSU, PSU and the OUS Chancellor’s Office are lead sponsors. Take part in the effort to maximize our collective potential. Register here or contact brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu for more information.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m., MU 208. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment regarding a proposed rule change to Division 5: Time, Matter and Place Rule for Speech Activities. Specifically, Section 35, concerning administrative interpretation of rules, and section 40, allowing for authorized exceptions, will be repealed to make the rule consistent with legal requirements and University practice. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules: Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu

Lectures and seminars

“Top predator extinctions in arid-land streams:” Do classic ecological principles hold under extreme environmental conditions?” Fisheries & Wildlife seminar presented by Kate Boersma, OSU’s Department of Zoology, at 4 p.m. Jan. 16, in in room 032 of Nash Hall.

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Snow Shuttle: Join RecSports on our Snow Shuttle  which takes you to Mt. Bachelor! The first shuttle will leave Jan. 21, 6 a.m. and return the same day around 7:30 p.m. For more information or to sign-up, contact the Adventure Leadership Institute , (541) 737-4254. Register today. Don’t have equipment? Rent skis from us.

NEW! Humanities Fellowships: The Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications from OSU faculty members interested in 2013-14 Fellowships for the resident research program. Each year the Center brings together scholars engaged in any humanities-related research to pursue research and writing in an environment designed to be stimulating as well as protected from the usual daily demands of academic life. Applications due by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. For information, check the Center’s website: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/.

NEW! Library Undergraduate Research Award: We encourage all faculty to nominate their outstanding students for these two annual $1000 awards.  To be eligible, students must have written their papers or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2012 calendar year. The application deadline is Jan. 31. View the eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application requirements at http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/undergrad-research. For additional information contact Cheryl Middleton, Associate University Librarian (Cheryl.Middleton@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8527).

NEW! KBVR seeks students to feature: The hosts of Inspiration Dissemination are seeking students to feature on the program over the next two terms. The program highlights student research, and encourages young students to pursue a career of science and research. Inspiration Dissemination takes place on Sunday nights at 7 p.m. and can be streamed on www.kbvr.com/listen or listened to on 88.7fm. For more information: InspirationDissemination@gmail.com

Giving Circle: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting grant applications to be awarded in May 2013. The applications are due by Thursday, Jan. 17. To review the proposal guidelines and application form please visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/annualgiving/womens/apply_grant.htm. Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

Welcoming Diversity…Valuing the Differences Among Us: Feb. 15 workshop. This day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute community building model. A series of interactive exercises and conversations will assist participants in identifying and understanding the impact of oppression and oppressive behaviors on themselves and others. Pre-registration required. Full details, learning outcomes, and workshop description: http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/campus-coalition-builders-workshop-and-event-descriptions.

URSA-ENGAGE: The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty willing to serve as mentors for undergraduate researchers in a new research program called URSA-ENGAGE. Information for Faculty and Faculty Application: http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/. Contact: Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu. Deadline for Faculty Research Project Proposal Application: Jan. 18.

Faculty Internationalization grants: The Division of International Programs is pleased to announce the launch of the Faculty Internationalization Grants, a re-designed and expanded version of the IP Faculty Grants.Grants of up to $2,500 are available to OSU faculty to help promote international research, partnership, and collaboration.

Beaver Strides: Sign up for Beaver Strides now through Friday, Jan. 25. Register online for this FREE walking program for all OSU students, faculty and staff. Attention PEBB members: Beaver Strides qualifies as a HEM activity! http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/beaverstrides

Campaign for OSU: OSU’s campaign finished strong in 2012 with $19.9 million in gifts in December, bringing the total to $887.9 million toward the $1 billion goal. Learn more here: http://campaignforosu.org/campaignupdate/2012/dec/

Faculty development: Applications for the L.L. Steward Faculty Development Fund provide faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Beginning this year, up to two grants for $4,000 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Academic advising-related proposals are welcome. Applications/guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/pp/ctla-files/docs/ll-stewart-app.pdf. Information, Jeanna Towns at jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu

Calling all female-identified artists: The 2013 OSU Women’s Center Art Exhibit will be featured in the Memorial Union Concourse Feb. 4 to March 7. Please consider displaying your art at the exhibit. Please write to womenscenter@oregonstate.edu to let us know when you would like to drop your art off or if you need more information.


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

Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applicants for a full-time, Purchasing Analyst 3- Construction Contracting position. Posting #0010102. Closes Jan. 18.

Banquet Manager, OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services. Filling one F/T Professional Faculty position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Salary range of $38,000 – $43,000 and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Posting #0010092. Closes Jan. 18.

Manager for Campus ID Center. F/T position in OSU’s Office of Business Affairs. Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree and five years of supervisory experience. Posting # 0010113. Closes Jan. 21.

Program Rep 1- Insurance Specialist – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Insurance Coordinator- Program Representative 1. Posting #0010140. Closes Jan. 28.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Library Technician 1 position for the Library at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # 0010131. Closes Jan. 25.

The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Analyst position. Posting #0009924:  Closes Jan. 28.

Systems Development Engineer-Business Solutions Group-The College of Business is recruiting for a full-time, 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #0010042. Closes Jan. 31.

Instructor – The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term Instructor for the Forestry Field School. Posting #0010016. For full consideration by Jan. 15. Closes Jan. 31.

Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructional Design Specialist position. The Instructional Design Specialist is a professional faculty member who provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of learning modules; hands-on instructional design support for faculty developing courses interactive learning modules; and consulting support to maintain a future-oriented vision for development. Posting # 0010130. Closes Feb. 3.

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.

INTO OSU is recruiting for Human Resources Manager. Primary duties include performing generalist duties in a human resource manager role, with additional office administrative tasks. Salary is $50,000 to $55,000 plus benefits. Position is open until filled. For a full description and/or immediate consideration, reply to the link https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=5018712

Traffic and Maintenance

Cordley Hall Parking: A portion of the parking lot west of Cordley Hall will be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 14-19 to accommodate staging for the crane associated with the new elevator project.

26th Street at Reser Stadium: Due to the installation of a new water valve on 26th Street by the City of Corvallis Public Works the South bound land of 26th street adjacent to Reser Stadium will experience congestion as crews work in the street. South bound lanes will remain open for normal traffic flow. City crew will be placing traffic control and signage to guide traffic. Southern parts of Reser Stadium will experience temporary loss of domestic water while crews install a new valve. The work will take place Jan. 15, 8 a.m. to noon.


Corvallis: Cold is a relative term, and the fact that it’s already above freezing already makes some feel a bit warmer. The high today will be 39, and tonight’s low will be 29. Tomorrow it may get up to 41. There’s a stagnant air warning in effect, increasing the likelihood of pollution in some areas.

Central Oregon: Today will be sunny with a high of 41, and a low of 18. Tomorrow will be more of the same.

Newport: Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 46 and tonight’s low will be 36. Tomorrow highs will reach 51.

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