OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 31, 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.

Oregon State University wins crucial grant to design, build ocean research vehicles (Oregonian)

Oregon State University has won a rare National Science Foundation grant to design and build three ocean research vessels, a victory that’s crucial to advancing the school’s top-tier oceanography program. (see also Sustainable Business Oregon, KLCC, EarthFix)

Top 20 College & University Green Power Users (EDCMag)

The Top 20 College & University list represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to nearly 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 178,000 average American homes annually. OSU came in at #7.

OSU to develop drone systems (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University plans to develop unmanned aerial systems to help fight forest fires, monitor the environment and aid law enforcement, the university announced

Academic gains, improved teacher relationships found among high risk kids in Head Start (Medical Xpress)

“These children tend to have unstable home lives, sometimes transitioning between different relatives, living with their grandma one month, and later with an aunt or other family member,” said lead author Shannon Lipscomb, an assistant professor of human development and family sciences at OSU-Cascades. (see also Science Newsline, KTVZ)

Active lifestyle minutes as good as workouts (About.Com)

I asked researcher Brad Cardinal, PhD. (OSU) whether his results showed that a lifestyle-activity goal such as 10,000 steps per day on your pedometer was as likely to produce positive health outcomes as focusing on longer workouts. (see also Wall Street Journal, MyHealthNewsDaily)

Food drive underway at OSU (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s annual month-long food drive events are kicking off this week with the first of dozens of creative activities, ranging from baked potato bars to Mardi Gras parties. This year’s theme is “Race to End Hunger,” and it runs Jan. 28-March 1.

What is your food eating? (My Health News Daily)

A recent Oregon State University study found that it may. Researchers fed 10 pregnant cows different amounts of flaxseed, up to 7 percent of their daily diet, to pinpoint the optimal amount needed to increase their milk’s omega-3 content.

The Great Stink Bug (Environmental News Network)

Oregon State University is studying how to use bug-on-bug warfare to stop this crop-damaging pest.

OSU honors award winners (LIFE@OSU)

List includes eminent professors, Excellence in Assessment Awards.

Beaver News announces new anchors (Barometer)

Beaver News staff held open-auditions to fill eight anchor positions on the program. After the auditions, Beaver News announced their newest anchors: Molly Jones, Anna Singer, Brooke Chrisler and Gabriella Morrongiello.

D.C. Brewery’s ‘Mr. Mayor’ beer is a nod to city politics (WTOP)

The brewery says “Mister Mayor” was brewed with marionberries then aged for seven months in Copper Fox Whiskey Barrels. It has 11.5 percent alcohol. They are not making the direct correlation between the brew and Councilmember Marion Barry.  Marionberries are a type of blackberry engineered in the 1950s by the Department of Agriculture and scientists at Oregon State University, the report says.


Library workshops: The Winter 2013 Grad Student and Faculty Workshop series is offering a workshop on Mendeley (Jan. 31). Register at http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops

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

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.

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.

NEW! My Trip to Hanoi: On Jan. 31, noon to 1:30 p.m. at Furman 303, Ken Winograd will share slides from his trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Food is provided. Bring canned food/ cash donations for the Food Drive. Raffle tickets for prizes from local businesses will be available to buy ($1 each, or 6 for $5).

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.

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! Innovation, Conservation and Design With Natural Resources: Insights from Scandinavia: Information session about this short-term study abroad offered in Summer 2013. Come learn about the program in Richardson Hall 107 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Pizza provided. More info: http://oregonabroad.ous.edu/countries/specialprograms/scandinavia.html.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Plant science seminar series: Toward seed sovereignty: The Open Source Seed Initiative and the future of public plant breeding. Speaker: Jack Kloppenburg. Monday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Plastics in agriculture seminar series: Plastics in Food Packaging. J. Antonio Torres, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University. Kidder Room 278, Feb. 6, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

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! News & Research Communications Mardi Gras Rummage Sale: Come by Kerr’s 4th Floor Lobby from Feb. 4-8, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. We’re selling books, music, movies, clothing, household goods and more. And with our Mardi Gras theme, we’ll also be selling Mardi Gras beads and masks!

NEW! OPAA Baked Potato Bar for Linn/Benton Food Share:  Very popular in the past, OPAA is once again offering a full baked potato bar lunch – including dessert – for $5 as a fundraising effort to support Linn-Benton Food Share.  Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Kerr 306 from 11:30  a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for good food and conversation, while also supporting a worthy local cause.

NEW! OSU Extension Linn County’s 12th Annual Soup Bar: Our fundraiser to benefit Linn Benton Food Share is on Fri, March 1, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. It’s $4 for a bowl with bread, beverage and cookies or $6 for a bottomless bowl, bread, beverage, and cookies. 104 4th Ave. SW, Albany. Contact Rosemary Weidman: rosemary.weidman@oregonstate.edu.

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Oregon’s Ag Progress: The Winter 2013 issue of OSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station’s Oregon’s Ag Progress magazine is now online, with stories that emphasize collaboration and discovery. View it at: oregonprogress.oregonstate.edu. A free printed version is available to interested citizens and stakeholders by calling 800-561-6719.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Austin Hall construction: As part of the excavation and site foundation development for the new College of Business Building, Austin Hall, please expect street congestion, noise and vibration associated with this project. Austin Hall will be located to the west of Fairbanks and the Women’s Building. Dates: Jan. 30-April 19.

Gilbert Hall: Due to the installation of a new steam valve to provide heating to Room 354, all steam services to Gilbert Hall will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect the entire building. Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.

Office Specialist 1 – The School of Arts and Communication intends to fill one full-time (1.0 FTE) OS 1 position from the Office Specialist 1 Pool.This position is located both the central offices of Music and Speech Communication. Posting #0010055. Closes Feb. 6.

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.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for an experienced and capable Assistant Director for Information Technology Services  to assist in the building of a “Best in Class” ITS department.   The OSU Foundation offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.  The annual salary range for this position is $75,000 – $85,000. 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 Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources

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: If “life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings,” (Jane Austen, “Mansfield Park”) take heart, the weekend is almost here. Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 51 and a low of 33. Fog may linger tonight and tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  It will be mostly sunny today with a high of 47 and a low of 28. Tomorrow will be similar.

Newport: After some morning fog it will be cloudy with a high of 52 and a low of 40. More fog and clouds expected tomorrow.

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