OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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.

Searching the Olympic Forest for the elusive marten (OPB EarthFix)

Photographs of martens provided by OSU’s Katie Moriarty.

OSU bike safety event draws hundreds (Gazette-Times)

Nearly 600 people, most of them Oregon State University students, turned out Thursday during the three-hour “Be Bright, Be Seen” bike safety giveaway in the Memorial Union Quad.

Dance and poetry add magic to annual MLK Peace Breakfast (LIFE@OSU)

Poetry, history and hula dance marked the 31st annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at this year’s MLK Peace Breakfast, held in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Obama inaugural colored by Oregon State (OregonLive)

About a yard behind the swearing-in was the president’s brother-in-law, Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson, wrapped in a vivid orange-and-black muffler, a rare trip up the color spectrum in an inaugural stand packed with blue suits and blue ties.  Robinson also wore an orange tie.

OSU science professor teaches in song, limerick (KVAL)

Kevin Ahern, a biochemistry instructor and director of undergraduate research at Oregon State University, doesn’t consider it disruptive to break out in song during class. On the contrary, the songs become the subject matter on Tuesdays, when he teaches the class “Sing a Song of Science” to a dozen honors students. (see also Austin American Statesman, KPIC, Bend Bulletin)

State may shift funding focus for universities (Mail Tribune)

While SOU received $209,000, most Oregon universities, which enroll more students and usually award more degrees, received proportionately more. Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, which both enroll about 25,000 students were awarded $764,000 and $616,000, respectively.

A day of service (Gazette-Times)

Despite temperatures in the 20s, a group of 30 Oregon State University students were all smiles Saturday morning. Armed with rakes and wheelbarrows, they collected and hauled leaves from the Corvallis Rose Garden near the entrance to Avery Park.

Corvallis police search for attacker (KEZI)

Police officers in Corvallis are still searching for the man accused of attacking a young woman while walking through Oregon State University’s campus Tuesday night.

Engineering a fast train (Register Guard)

Two of the Oregon Passenger Rail Project’s primary goals are to serve the cities in the valley with the highest populations and support “multimodal” connections, such as train-to-airport or train-to-light rail or bus system. With a population of 55,000, Corvallis is the 10th-largest city in the state. It includes the highly mobile population of 26,000 Oregon State University students.

From English to Russian (Entertainer)

For 17 years the Oregon State University/Corvallis Russian Troupe has staged Russian-language plays. The troupe consists of mostly OSU staff and students, as well as some members of the local Russian community.

Blueberries and bees essential partners (Western Farm Press)

Oregon State University aims to see if creating more foraging habitat for bumblebees will increase the pollination and yield of blueberries bushes, which mostly depend on bees to turn their blossoms into berries.

PMEC home of wave energy test site (Domestic Fuel)

The project will be hosted by the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) and run by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) based at Oregon State University.

OSU wrestler ready for the bright lights of WWE (KPTV)

Former OSU heavyweight Clayton Jack competed for the college from 2009-2012. He has now signed a three-year contract with the WWE and will begin training in Tampa, FL, Jan. 24, according to Oregon State.

Oregon State bass club third at regional tournament (Statesman Journal)

Zach MacDonald and Ryan Sparks of the Oregon State University Bass Fishing Club took third place Saturday during kickoff event in the FLW College Fishing Western Conference three-tournament series.

Award to Atiyeh Oriental Rugs (Jozan Magazine)

The Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University’s College of Business has awarded Atiyeh Oriental Rugs with the 2012 Dean’s Award for Leadership in Family Business.

Anchorage hosts 2013 Alaska Marine Science Symposium (KTUU)

Monday’s keynote speaker, Jessica Miller from Oregon State University, talked about invasive species that come with debris from the Japanese tsunami. She focused on a large floating dock that washed up on a beach in central Oregon, which scientists say brought with it at least a dozen species not native to the state.

Art finds a place alongside science at New Mexico research station (High Country News)

One writing program at Oregon’s H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest plans to collect a long-term artistic dataset for the next two centuries. Participants interact with scientists and the landscape, and their work — essays, poems and photo essays — is archived at Oregon State University.


Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2013 Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series continues with sessions on The Literature Review (1/22, 1/23), Exploring the ICPSR Datasets (Jan. 22), and Intro/Advanced Zotero (Jan. 24). Register for these sessions (and additional offerings) at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Sign the pledge: Reaffirm your support for non-violent social change. Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MU Trysting Tree Lounge.

Webinar: Powerpoint Multimedia II, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). In this second part of the series we will look at how to convert older PPT presentations to the current version. We’ll examine other techniques to compress and optimize your presentation for presentation and distribution. Tues. Jan. 22, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhMYJf

NEW! Climate Club Sandwich Lunch: Conversations Across Disciplines series will focus on how other disciplines study climate change, present the latest findings in climate change research and scholarship, and provide an opportunity to meet colleagues interested in interdisciplinary collaboration.  The first will feature OSU professors Philip Mote, Denise Lach, Michael P. Nelson. Jan. 22, noon to 1 p.m., StrandAg 348. BYO lunch.

CL@SE Winter Social: The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites OSU faculty interested in Latino-related research to its first Winter Social event to enjoy a drink and hors d’oeuvres on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Come engage in conversations with colleagues with similar research interests and learn more about our work.

Socratic debate: “The Socratic Club at OSU is sponsoring a debate, “Does Morality Require God?” on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Milam Auditorium. Speakers are Michael Gurney of Multnomah University and Austin Dacey, philosopher and writer. The debate is free and open to the public. A live stream will be available for viewing at http://live.oregonstate.edu/

Candlelight vigil: Meet at the Black Cultural Center for a candlelight walk to the Memorial Union steps. Jan. 22, 7 to 11 p.m. Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Webinar: Beyond Blackboard Basics, 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. Wed. Jan 23, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhN0AK

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

NEW! Webinar: Introduction to Mind-Mapping, 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. Wed. Jan 23, 3-4 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhN1Vh

NEW! Plastics in agriculture seminar series: Plastics in Horticultural Cropping Systems.  Rich Regan, Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State University. Kidder Room 278, Jan. 23, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

NEW! Dialogue on Class: A discussion on how class intersects with other parts of our identities and how it affects our connections with each other. Jan. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: Defining a R{evolution}ary Agenda: Results of a year-long OSU equity study. Jan. 24, noon to 1 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

NEW! Winter Shelter for the Homeless: At the Jan. 24 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Aleita Hass-Holcombe of the Corvallis Homeless Coalition will discuss arrangements for men, women and families for the winter. This week, Triad will meet in the LaSells Stewart Center 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! International film festival: 2013 Crossroads International Film Festival will  held in Darkside Cinema.  For complete schedule for the shows starting Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m., visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/

“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.

Teaching and Learning Symposium: OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning invites you to the first full-day Teaching and Learning Symposium. Session topics range from “Getting Your Students to Do the Reading” and the “Pedagogy of Hope” to the teaching and assessing of critical thinking. See a full schedule of events and session descriptions, then sign up for one workshop—or two—or even all the day’s events. Jan. 30, 9 a.m – 3:30 p.m. in the MU. Learn more and register Here: http://bit.ly/U29SY4

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Plant science seminar series: Restoration of the ponderosa pine ecotype through cooperation among private forest owners on hazardous fuel reduction. Speaker: Paige Fischer. Thursday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m., Richardson 313.

NEW! Wave Rider: Oregon’s Role in Ocean Renewable Energy: Belinda Batten of the OSU Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) will discuss ocean renewable energy and what role the NNMREC is playing in this field. 7 p.m., Jan. 31, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Iain Cheeseman, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will present a seminar “Generating a dynamic kinetochore-microtubule interface” on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

Fish and wildlife seminar series: “Use of genomics to detect and understand the spread of introgression from introduced rainbow trout into native westslope cutthroat trout,” presented by Fred Allendorf, Regents Professor Emeritus, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana. Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Nash Hall Room 206.

News for Employees

NEW! Reception for John Maul: A reception to honor John Maul, former Director of the School of Arts and Communication, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the C&E Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center.  Maul passed away from a long illness late last year. John’s wife, Kay Campbell, is hosting the reception. Attendees are invited to write a remembrance of John to be included in a book of tributes. Use 8.5” x 11” paper for inclusion in the book and forward your page to the attention of Loril Chandler, 106 Fairbanks Hall, no later than Feb. 13.

NEW! Science Watch Party: ScienceOnline2013 Watch Party at OSU will be held on Jan 31, Feb. 1, and Feb. 4 in Kidder Hall 202. The sessions will be interesting to science writers and journalists; web communicators; outreach specialists; and scientists and students with an interest in outreach, blogging, and social media. Each hour-long session is followed by our own 20-minute discussion. It is free and open to all. Refreshments provided. Registration is required. Registration link and details at http://ehsc.science.oregonstate.edu/watchparty

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.

NEW! NSF – IGERT Request for Letters of Intent: The Research Office is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/integrative-graduate-education-and-research-traineeship-nsf-igert-program. Information: Debbie Delmore. Research Office submission deadline: March 1.

NEW! Drive Less Connect: Save money on your commute, win prizes for biking, and more: Check out Drive Less Connect (www.DriveLessConnect.com), a free program to find carpool / vanpool matches for your trips to campus. Also, track your trips by bike, walking, bus, etc. to win great prizes like gift cards to Starbucks and American Dream Pizza. To learn more about Drive Less Connect at OSU, visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/rideshare.

Manager training: OSU managers and supervisors are invited to attend a 2-Day Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors program (http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/core), scheduled for March 11 and 12 (8-5 daily). The session is sponsored by Training & Organizational Effectiveness and is free. Up to 16 hours of prerequisite online training is required, so sign up early.Register by email to Leigh Larkin at leigh.larkin@oregonstate.edu before Feb. 15.

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Spring 2012-13 Solicitation (Fall, Winter or Spring 2013-14 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 18.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2012-13. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission Deadline: Feb. 25.

Buy Orange Contracts: PaCS has recently put in place new contracts on furniture, flooring, and industrial supplies. Furniture has grown from 2 to 28 manufacturers, flooring has grown from 1 to 12 manufacturers, and Grainger was recently added for industrial supplies. Visit the Procurement and Contract Services’ Buy Orange website at: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/buyorange for information on these contracts, ordering procedures, price discounts, and vendor contact information. For additional information, contact James Figgins at 541-737-6995 or James.Figgins@oregonstate.edu


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

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.

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.

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.

The Department of Horticulture is recruiting for a full-time Department Head faculty position. The individual in this position will be appointed at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor with tenure. Posting #0009980. Closes Jan. 31.

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.

The School of Psychological Science invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. Posting #0010153. For full consideration apply by Jan. 30. Closes Feb. 6.

The Oregon University System, Treasury Operations Division, is seeking a full-time Treasury Operations Coordinator. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/. Closes Feb. 11.

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.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a .75 FTE 12-month, or full-time 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position. Posting #0010127. For full consideration by Feb. 28. Closes Mar. 30.

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


Corvallis: Just as the freezing fog finally leaves us, we’re bracing for something even worse, a night of potential freezing rain. Today’s high will be 37 with a low tonight of 31. The icy conditions should turn to rain by 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Clouds will increase today and there’s a chance of snow by tonight. High of 54 and a low tonight of 27. A mix of rain and snow possible tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog will turn to rain by this afternoon. High of 52, low of 40. Rain tomorrow.

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