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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 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.

Dish by Dish, art of last meals (New York Times)

This month, 500 of her plates, the largest show of her work ever mounted, went on display in the Arts Center, a former Episcopal church in this college town south of Portland, where Professor Green is an associate professor of art at Oregon State University.

Second attack prompts warnings by police for caution (OSU News)

Law enforcement officials in Corvallis and at Oregon State University are urging students and local residents to use caution, especially at night, after a woman was assaulted and attacked Saturday (Jan. 26) off campus. (see also KVAL, OPB, LIFE@OSU)

Police sift through tips in campus attacks (Gazette-Times)

Corvallis investigators are following up on tips and continuing to ask for the public’s help in identifying the masked man who attacked a woman on Saturday north of Oregon State University and the man responsible for a similar Jan. 15 attack on campus less than a mile away. (see also KVAL)

Harvesting clean energy successes small and large (The Grist)

Everyone is speculating why the Beavs campus still has juice, but at my table is someone who I think will have the answer, Dave Sjoding, who directs the Northwest Clean Energy Applications Center.  Turns out Dave does, and for good reason.  He is one of the Northwest’s gurus on combined heat and power plants.  He tells me the OSU campus has a CHP unit that it just installed about three years ago.  We are lit by the campus microgrid.

A child with Down Syndrome keeps his place at the table (New York Times)

An opinion piece by OSU instructor George Estreich.

Scientist Tim Boyd struck dead by lightening during storm near Argyll, Scotland (Huffington Post)

Dr Boyd joined Sams in 2007 from Oregon State University in the US and was well-respected internationally for his expertise in Arctic oceanography.

OSU Charitable Fund Drive critical for local agencies (LIFE@OSU)

This year, donations are down more than 20 percent so far, with less than a week to go. Only 180 OSU employees have made a contribution.

Elephant seal inhales meal in the blink of an eye (Metro News Canada)

After looking at the clip, Juniper consulted marine mammal experts at both Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Oregon State University. Based on the depth of the camera and the shape of the critter’s nose, they identified the animal as a female elephant seal.

Emergency resources

·        For emergencies, call 911.
·        To provide information to law enforcement, call Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6924, or Oregon State Police/OSU Public Safety at 541-737-3010.
·        To arrange for a safe ride, call OSU Saferide’s request line at 541-737-5000.
·        The Sexual Assault Support Services program at OSU is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can be reached at 541-737-7604;
·        The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, or CARDV, is a Corvallis support facility open 24 hours a day; its phone number is 541-754-0110;
·        OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services department offers support and counseling to OSU students in all areas. It can be reached by calling 541-737-2131.


Support the Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program at OSU: Fundraiser at Pastini’s restaurant – 9th St. and Garfield, Corvallis –  Tuesday, Jan. 29. 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.

Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Slide Design, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning. Tues. Jan 29, 10-11 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNqXV

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.

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. Tues. Jan. 29, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNp6c

Harward 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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. 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.  Jan 30, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNvea

NEW! Science Watch Party: ScienceOnline2013Watch 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. Register at http://ehsc.science.oregonstate.edu/watchparty

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. Feb. 1, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNAOZ

NEW! Music a la Carte: The Tardis Ensemble. A 6-piece chamber ensemble. Noon, Feb. 1, MU Lounge.
The Tardis Ensemble. A 6-piece chamber ensemble. Noon, Feb. 1, MU Lounge.

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 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.

Oregon Master Naturalist Program: At the Jan. 31 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Jason O’Brien will discuss this new citizen science program offered by Oregon State University Extension. This week, Triad will meet in the Linus Pauling Science Center, room 402, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Patent vs. Publish and its effect on your career Webinar: The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) will host the free webinar on Feb. 21, noon to 1 p.m. Register online or join us in Gilbert 324! http://sustainablematerialschemistry.org/news-event/events/patent_webinar

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Africa Initiatives: Join the next Africa Initiatives Meeting, Tue., Feb. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in Heckart Lodge – 2nd Floor Conference Rm with speaker Todd Pugatch, Department of Economics, “Bumpy Rides: School to Work Transitions in South Africa.” View more information about the Africa Initiatives or, if you have questions, please contact Julie.walkin@oregonstate.edu.

Plastics in agriculture seminar series: Plastics in Agricultural Irrigation and Water Management Systems. Craig Nelson, Nelson, V.P. for Engineering Nelson Irrigation. Kidder Room 278, Jan. 30, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

Fish and wildlife seminar series: “At the Nexus of Ecological and Social Values: can science help pinpoint conservation obligations across ownerships on forest lands in Oregon?” Presented by Cindy Deacon Williams, Oregon Board of Forestry. Jan. 30, 4 p.m., Nash Hall Room 206.

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

NEW! Soup, Glorious Soup: Join the Foreign Languages Department in Kidder 210 every Wed. during the Food Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for soup, soup, soup!!!! Bring a monetary donation and/or packaged food to donate to Linn-Benton Food Share if you can!  Automatic payroll donations are the best way to give to this important cause! Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Chili feed: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences 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! Traveling exhibit on immigration comes to OSU: Borderless Stories documents the lives of immigrants in Rural Oregon. The exhibit will be hosted in various locations in Corvallis throughout the month of February. It will appear in the OSU Valley Library, Main Floor, from Feb. 18-28.

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! OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) – 2012 Survey Results: Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) is pleased to share the results of our 2012 Customer Satisfaction Survey.  Please see the PaCS Newsfeed story at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/businessservices/2013/01/28/2012-survey-results/ and click on the “PaCS Survey Results” link to access the results.

NEW! OSU student research funding: The Office of Undergraduate Research is soliciting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts (URSA) program’s URSA-ENGAGE undergraduate research program from OSU students to do research with OSU professors in almost every college.  Eligibility: OSU students in their first or second year, or transfer students in their first year at OSU.  Funding covers either spring (up to $1000) or spring and fall terms (up to $1500). Opportunity descriptions and applications http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/. Questions: Kevin Ahern aherk@onid.orst.edu. Deadline: Feb. 11, 5 p.m.

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.

NSF – Next-Generation National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Letters of Intent: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – NG NNIN program. The NSF has announced an open competition to establish a NG NNIN for Fiscal Years 2014-2018. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-ng-nnin. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Submission deadline: Feb. 11.

Housing for interns and visiting scholars: UHDS Residential Conferences is offering housing for OSU interns and scholars this summer in Halsell Hall. Halsell offers furnished suite-style rooms with single- or double-occupancy bedrooms sharing a common area with kitchenette and 1.5 bathrooms. We are taking reservations directly from interns and scholars via our website: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/scholar-housing. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at (541) 737-9195 or uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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.

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.

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.  Currently we are 21 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.


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

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.

Procurement Contract Officer: Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applicants for a full-time Procurement Contract Officer, Professional Faculty position. The individual in this position will be responsible for all aspects of procurement contract management, but with a focus on federally funded acquisitions. Posting #: 0010197 Closes Feb. 5.

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 College of Education is seeking to hire a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Head Advisor-Recruiting Specialist. Posting #0010190. Closing date Feb. 7.

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 Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Manager of Reporting.  For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.  Closes Feb. 25.

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

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for an experienced and capable Foundation Services Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for Gift Planning. If you are interested in advancing your career in an organization that is making a difference, please complete the Foundation’s job application and send your cover letter and resume to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator. The OSU Foundation makes hiring decisions on the basis of merit and ability, and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.   All positions will be open until filled.


Corvallis: “I have been open and sincere when I ought to have been reserved, spiritless, dull and deceitful. Had I talked only of the weather and the roads, and had I spoken only once in ten minutes, this reproach would have been spared.” – Sense & Sensibility. Rain today, mainly before 10 a.m., with a high of 46 and a low tonight of 43. A chance of rain continues tomorrow.

Central Oregon: A chance of snow starts our morning out, but as temperatures rise by 10 a.m., it will be replaced with rain, which will continue through tomorrow. Today’s high will be 42 with a low of 27.

Newport: Rain continues today, with a high of 47 and a low of 44. Rain tapers off by tomorrow.

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