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Friday, Jan. 25, 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.

Business accelerator mini-boom continues (Oregon Business)

Oregon State University recently launched a Venture Accelerator with $380,000 from the OSU College of Business, Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, and the University Venture Development Fund.

PNNL, Oregon State get $2.8M from Department of Defense (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive up to $2.8 million from the federal government to develop an energy-efficient air chilling system that could be used by troops on the front lines. PNNL will partner with Oregon State University and Power Partners Inc. of Atlanta on the project.

How 11 baby otters were rescued from a smuggler’s suitcase (TakePart.com)

“The fact that they were found alive is kind of unusual,” said Nicole Duplaix, an ecologist at Oregon State University and the chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Otter Specialist Group. “Otters are very prone to overheating, whatever the species, and most of the time they are found dead,” she explained.

Respiratory infection strategy: Get a flu shot and get enough vitamin D (Health Canal)

As one of the worst flu seasons in recent years spreads its misery across the nation, experts in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University say that more people may want to get their blood levels of vitamin D checked. If too low, they could consider supplements to reach optimal levels of this “sunshine vitamin” that both laboratory and epidemiological studies suggest can help reduce respiratory infection.

Linn, Benton jobs offer study in contrast (Gazette-Times)

While both counties have lost manufacturing jobs in the Great Recession, Linn County’s losses have been steeper, O’Connor said. Benton County, meanwhile, has added quite a few jobs in state educational services as Oregon State University’s enrollment has spiked.

Cows that eat juniper risk losing calves (AgInfo.net)

Oregon State University Livestock and Range Extension Agent Cory Parsons says that similar to ponderosa pine needles, western juniper contains toxins that constrict the flow of oxygen to the fetus in the third trimester of a cow’s pregnancy.

As I See It: Pauling’s legacy also is one of peace, justice (Gazette-Times)

An opinion piece by Balz Frei, director and endowed chair of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University as well as a distinguished professor of biochemistry and biophysics.

Oregon offers free Advanced Placement prep (KTVZ)

OVSD serves over 250,000 students and teachers through Google Applications for Education and student learning applications hosted by Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab.

Yearbook memories may go out of print (Gazette-Times)

After more than 100 years, the future is uncertain for continued publication of Oregon State University’s yearbook.

Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products (AgWeb)

Dairy cows that are fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University.


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.

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. 25, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNeYu

NEW! Friday Cheese Sales: Students in Dept. of Food Science offer their Beaver Classic Cheese for sale every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wiegand Hall 108. See our video or order online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/foodsci

NEW! Water seminar:  Development of Regional Climate Scenarios and Their Application to the Willamette Water 2100 Project — Phil Mote, Director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.  Friday, Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m., Kidder 202 and via streaming:  http://live.oregonstate.edu

Music a la Carte: Trio de Bellezza of the Oregon Chamber Players. Ranging from Baroque to jazz. Noon, Jan. 25, MU Lounge.

Partnership for Safety and Justice: Jose Gutierrez, an OSU alum and current Youth Justice Policy Organizer, will discuss the Partnership for Safety and Justice. Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Qualtrics survey tool basic training: The powerful Qualtrics survey tool is available to faculty, staff, and students under a campus license agreement. A training webinar will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 1 to 2 p.m.. View the webinar in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or in your office. Please register at http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0GPk75lan3TweZT. OSU Qualtrics link –http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics

Webinar: Collaboration Tools Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Learn about Wikis, Blogs, Journals and Discussion Forums in Blackboard, how they work, and how to determine which ones might be the best option for your course. Fri. Jan 25, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNgzN

Inside Voices: An inside look at what prison is like from the prisoners themselves. Jan. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., MU 211.

Speech Communication Colloquium: Elizabeth Root will present her research titled “To Claim ‘Nappy-esque’ Hair: An Autoethnographic Exploration of White Racial Identity” on Friday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106.


Hmong OSU: A night of cultural celebration of the Hmong community will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 26, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A Hmong dinner will be provided for guests. Admission is free but limited to the first 290 people. For special accommodations, email vangsh@onid.orst.edu.


Corvallis Repertory Singers: British Invasion featuring the CRS Chamber Singers. 3 p.m., Jan. 27. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Tickets available at Grass Roots, Gracewinds, and other locations. Info: repsing.org.

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/

Upcoming Events

NEW! Webinar: PowerPoint Multimedia for Mac Users, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Learn how to handle multimedia using PowerPoint on your Mac. Mon. Jan. 28, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNkPZ

NEW! 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. Mon., Jan 28, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNvea

NEW! Celebrity Chef at Lunar New Year: On Thurs, Feb. 7. Food Network personality and acclaimed chef Jet Tila will be demonstrating his cooking technique and his recipes with time to meet with students, OSU staff and faculty and the general public. Marketplace West’s Ring of Fire, live cooking demonstrations: 12:30-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m. and meal service: 11-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Meal cost: $9 at the door.

Support the Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program at OSU: Fundraiser at Pastini’s restaurant – 9th St. and Garfield, Corvallis – on Monday, Jan. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 30. Mention “Linus Pauling Institute ” when ordering – 50 percent of net proceeds will go to the Healthy Youth Program to help local youth and families achieve optimum health through hands-on learning.

NEW! God Talk in the Public Presidency: Through a comparison of the landmark 1960 JFK speech and the 2008 Romney speech, Professors Courtney Campbell and Amy Koehlinger will explore questions of religious liberty, the separation of church and state, and the role of religious discourse in presidential settings.    Jan. 30,  2 p.m., MU, LaRaza Room.

Qualtrics survey tool advanced training: An advanced Qualtrics training webinar will be shown on Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or you can view it in your office. Please register at http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0GPk75lan3TweZT.

Linn Benton Opera Guild Preview Lecture: Tosca by Puccini, presented by Angela Carlson. 7:45 p.m., Jan. 29, Benton Hall Room 303. Members and students free. Info: 541-757-8949.

Library workshops: The Winter 2013 Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series has a busy two days with sessions on EndNote Web (Jan. 30), the Web of Science database (Jan. 30), Basic/Advanced EndNote (Jan. 30) and Mendeley (Jan. 31). Register for these sessions (and additional offerings) at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops

Lunch & Learn: OSU graduate student Amy Thomson and Westminster House campus minister, Timothy Stover will facilitate a discussion about religious diversity. Questions or accommodation requests related to ability should be directed to jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu. Lunches are welcome, no registration is required, but seating at the Women’s Center will be limited. Jan. 31, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Film talk: “Some Origins of Film Noir in Weimar Cinema and German Exile,” a talk by Jan-Christopher Horak as part of OSU’s Critical Questions Lecture Series, on Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in Owen Hall, room 103, on the OSU campus. Horak is the director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and a professor in the Critical Studies program in the film school at UCLA. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/wlf/critical

Plant science seminar series: Snow is good, worms are bad: Climate change and invasive species in the northern hardwood forest. Speaker: Peter Groffman. Monday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

Harvard Endowment Lecture Series: Ecological Homogenization of Urban America, by Peter M. Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY. Jan. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.

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.

Food drive events

Chili feed: The Agricultural Science and Marine Science Business Center will be hosting a Chili Feed Jan. 31 from 11:30 am-1:30 p.m., in Hovland Hall, Room 9 , in support of Linn Benton Food Share.  Homemade chili and cornbread for a $2 donation per bowl, or all you can eat for $5, or a donation of the equivalent in canned food.

News for Employees

NEW! Deadline Extended—Faculty Funding Opportunity:  Apply by Feb. 6 to participate in the Spring 2013 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community.  Funding from Center for Teaching and Learning of $3,000 per course available to instructors to participate in learning community and redesign an existing on-campus course in hybrid format.  Download request for proposals at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.  Questions? Contact Cub.Kahn@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2803.

NEW! 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 Feb. 11 and Session II on Feb. 13, each at 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Visit the Professional Development Website for more details and to register.

Workshop – NSF – IGERT: The Graduate School and Research Office are hosting a workshop featuring Richard Boone, NSF Program Manager for IGERT. The workshop will include a presentation by Boone on NSFs expectations for IGERTs and tips on how to meet those expectations. Advanced registration is requested, but not required. Email Barbara Bond at barbara.bond@oregonstate.edu to register or for more information. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9-11:30 a.m., MU Journey Room.

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

CL@SE Summer Stipends for Engaged Research: The Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Research Stipends for Engaged Research. These are specifically intended to support OSU faculty collaborative, community-engaged research projects. Two awards of up to $3,000 will be granted. Application deadline is Feb. 22, noon. More information can be found on the CL@SE website or by contacting Daniel López-Cevallos at Daniel.Lopez-Cevallos@oregonstate.edu.

The Source: Welcome to the Winter 2013 issue of The Source, a paperless e-newsletter containing many fascinating stories about the faculty, staff, students and programs of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/january

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.

Honors College courses: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2013-2014 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/current/courses/proposals. For information, toni.doolen@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5974. Deadline is Jan. 28.

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.As of Jan. 22, 163 OSU employees have contributed $85,874. Currently we are 24 percent behind last year’s total contributions of $113,393. We encourage you to make your contribution before the fund drive ends.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.

Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Feb. 1 to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Winter 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee


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.

Administrative program specialist: Diversity Development, a unit of Intercultural Student Services is recruiting for a full time, 12 month, Classified, Administrative Program Specialist with web expertise to join the Cultural Centers (Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, and Native American Cultural Center). Job posting #0010152. Closes Jan. 29.

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.

University Housing & Dining Services is hiring Resident Directors for 2013-14. Posting #0009924: This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, live-on position with apartment and meal plan. Posting#0009991. Deadline for full consideration has been extended to Feb. 4.

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.

Associate Director Design & Construction – Campus Operations is accepting applications for a full- time Professional Faculty position. The individual in this position will be responsible for decision making affecting the Campus Planning, Design and Construction, and Construction Contracts units. Posting #0010148. Closes Feb. 8.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The VP for Research Office/Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, classified, Fiscal Coordinator 1, position. Posting #0010156. Closes Feb. 8.

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: We are firmly back in rain territory as we barrel toward February. Today’s high will be 47 with a low tonight of 40. Showers are expected all weekend with highs in the mid 40s and lows dropping to the upper 30s.

Central Oregon: Today’s rain will likely turn to rain and snow over the weekend. Friday’s high will be 48, but Saturday will only rise to 39. By Saturday night things will turn to straight up snow.

Newport: Rain showers are expected all weekend long, with highs in the 40s and lows in the upper 30s.

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