OSU Today

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 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.

Jane Austen and zombies: Old novels, new insights (Huffington Post)

OSU associate professor of English Evan Gottlieb writes about why old novels are still relevant, and don’t need demon hunters and vampire slayers to make them interesting.

Saving the ocean: Scourge of the lionfish (PBS)

OSU’s Mark Hixon is featured on this PBS series.

Getting in shape at work is easier than you think (Yahoo News)

“This is a more natural way to exercise, just to walk more and move around a bit more,” said Brad Cardinal, study co-author and an professor of social psychology of physical activity and co-director of the sport and exercise psychology program at Oregon State University. (see also Pacific Standard, Red Orbit, The Examiner)

New OSU consortium on unmanned aerial sensing (KTVZ)

Oregon State University said Tuesday it is forming a consortium with industry, academia and government to develop a new era of unmanned aerial systems for remote sensing, to perform tasks that range from environmental monitoring to fighting forest fires, protecting crops or aiding law enforcement.

Responding to fears about sexual violence (LIFE@OSU)

Carrie Giese, coordinator for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education at OSU, said that two recent assaults on or near campus has not only had a potentially triggering effect on people who have previously experienced sexual violence, but has caused fear and concern among those who worry that they or their loved ones could also be attacked. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Experts: Clarity, trust key in crisis (The Advocate)

Part of that discussion centered on how risk from pollution can be calculated and the findings relayed to people during and after a disaster. That includes not only taking air, water and soil samples, but also trying to determine if there’s a way that people could be exposed to whatever is found, said Kim Anderson, Oregon State University professor of environmental and molecular toxicology.

Corvallis driveway attacker gets sketched (KOIN)

Authorities are releasing a composite sketch of the man involved in the second of two similar attacks on females near the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Ore.

More cuts could be on the horizon for Central Oregon bus service (OPB)

Becky Johnson is the Vice-President of OSU Cascades. She says OSU already has an partnership with the transit system in Corvallis. And she’s interested exploring the possibility of something similar, should the plans come though for a 4-year campus in Bend.

OSU Small Farms Conference offers support (Hood River News)

Experienced and newer farmers will share their wisdom at the Oregon Small Farms Conference at Oregon State University on March 2.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ray speech: Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray will provide discuss the university’s accomplishments and future – and announce new gifts and initiatives – during a presentation Jan. 31 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave. Ray will announce major gifts in engineering and the humanities.

NEW! CUBA: From Revolution to Globalization: Students have a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba through a study program in summer 2013. OSU professor of Sociology Dwaine Plaza will present an information session on this program this Thursday Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. in Fairbanks 305. More info: http://oregonabroad.ous.edu/countries/specialprograms/cuba.html

NEW! Poetry reading: Pacific Northwest poet Karen Holmberg will read from her most recent collection of poetry, “Axis Mundi,” on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library on the Oregon State University campus, with a book signing to follow. She directs the master of fine arts program at OSU.

NEW! OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: Come by our public sale Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon at 644 SW 13th St. We have sales every first Saturday of the month in addition to our Wednesday sales. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Recreational Sports free Battleground Boot Camp: This hardcore workout event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. in McAlexander Fieldhouse. The first 75 people to attend will get a T-shirt. There will be a live DJ, giveaways, and snacks.

NEW! RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour  of RecSports facilities Monday, Feb. 4 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.

NEW! Student webinar:”Landing Your Dream Federal Job or Internship,” Feb. 5, 11a.m. to noon, Valley Library, Willamette East & West Rooms, 3rd Floor. This webinar is for students interested in finding and applying for federal internships and jobs, as well as those advisors looking for more information about federal opportunities to share with their students.Questions: please contact jennifer.busick@oregonstate.edu

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Lectures and seminars

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.

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.

Food drive events

NEW! Second Annual Prettiest Pet Contest: Is your pet the cutest? Enter the Prettiest Pet contest to benefit the Food Drive. Submit a photo & $1 entry fee at 300 Kerr Admin Bldg.; entries accepted Jan. 28 through March 1. Vote for your fave by donating from Feb. 4 through March 1; the pet with the most donations wins. Email jessica.king@oregonstate.edu.

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! General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2013: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2013 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Feb. 4.

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.

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).

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.

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:

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.

Construction Manager:  Campus Operations invites applicants for a full-time Construction Manager position.  The individual in this position will oversee construction administration and support planning, design and construction on capital and non-capital projects.  Posting #0010199  Closes Feb. 10.

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.

The Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position.  This will be a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month position with a primary focus  in the discipline of Agricultural Business Management. The position will begin on Sept. 15. Posting #023550. For full consideration, please submit applications by Feb. 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.

Occupational Safety Officer–  The Environmental Health and Safety unit of Campus Operations is recruiting for a full-time, Professional Faculty position to manage the statewide Occupational Safety Program, assist departments in the implementation of the OSU Safety Management Program, and perform as the backup for the statewide Environmental Protection Compliance Program. Posting #0010157. Closes Feb. 22.

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: “My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’ ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.” — Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.” After a slight chance of rain today, we’ll be moving into dry, cloudy days until next week. Today’s high will be 49 with a low tonight of 38.

Central Oregon: After a slight chance of rain today we’ll move into sunny weather for awhile. Today’s high will be 49 with a low tonight of 30.

Newport: Rain should end by this evening with clearer days ahead. High of 48, low of 42.

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