OSU Today

Friday, Feb. 1, 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.

OSU announces gifts totaling $25 Million (OPB)

Oregon State University announced a handful of gifts Thursday totaling $25 million. An anonymous donor has committed $5 million toward the performing and digital arts. The bulk of the other $20 million comes from Peter and Rosalie Johnson and anonymous donors.  That money will go toward a new engineering research facility. (see also Portland Business Journal, Statesman Journal, Oregonian, LIFE@OSU)

 Ag regains cachet as colleges grow (Capital Press)

Fall enrollment at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences increased nearly 42 percent, from 1,151 to 1,630 during about the same period.

America’s most innovative cities (24/7 Wall Street)

#4: Corvallis, Oregon, has one of the most educated populations in the country. It has the fourth-highest proportion of adults with a bachelor’s degree at 48.5%, compared to the U.S. average of 28.5%. The region’s productivity has exploded in the past two decades, increasing by an average of 2.6% each year between 1980 and 2010. Corvallis is built around Oregon State University, which is one of its largest employers.

Wepster hazelnut ready for confection market (Western Farm Press)

Oregon State University has developed a new high-yielding, blight-resistant hazelnut for the baking and chocolate industries. (see also AgraNet)

Bits of activity add up (Oregonian)

Add up those short bouts of activity — taking stairs instead of the escalator, chopping produce instead of buying pre-chopped, pushing a lawn mower instead of riding atop one — and they might be just as beneficial to your health as a regular exerciser’s routine at the gym. So says new research out of Oregon State University and Bellarmine University. (see also Environmental News Network)

NOAA report highlights coastal climate risks (Sustainable Business Oregon)

A researcher from Oregon State University contributed to the report, coauthoring a chapter specifically related to changes in wave height and behavior.

Minding Nemo (Science)

Pet fish face a rough ride when shipped from their home waters to aquariums around the world. To stave off infection, antibiotic use is widespread in the ornamental fish industry. But the practice is proving increasingly ineffective and contributes to antibiotic resistance in these ornamental fish, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Fish Diseases.


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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Webinar: PowerPoint Multimedia for Mac Users, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Learn how to handle multimedia using PowerPoint on your Mac. Mon. Feb. 4, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhNBT2

NEW! Recycled Fashion Show:  OSU Fashion Organization presents the annual “Runway Rubbish” fashion show.  Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the MU Ballroom.  Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m.  Free admission.  Donations accepted.

NEW! Meet with Ed Ray: The Faculty Senate invites all faculty (academic, research and professional) to participate in a small group session with President Ray on Feb. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for faculty to share their concerns, suggestions and experiences. To register for this session, please access the form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/sml_grp_ses2013/

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: “Beyond Local and Organic: Future Directions for Sustainable Food Systems,” by Jack Kloppenburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A public talk on Monday, Feb. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Library Faculty Seminar Series: Doing Oral History at OSU: A Tale of Three Time Zones, Feb. 15. Chris Petersen talks about his work doing oral history, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 15, Williamette Industries Seminar Rooms (3622) Valley Library. Contact Uta Hussong-Christian, uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu, with any questions.

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.

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! Flower Power: Email JoLynn.OHearn@oregonstate.edu to be added to the order site for Gift Wrap, Dahlias, Freesias, Tiger Lilies, Anemones, Peonies and Black Gladiolus. 50% of the profit goes to Linn Benton Food Share. Brought to you by OSU Libraries/ E-Campus/ Outreach & Engagement.

NEW! See’s Candies: Email JoLynn.OHearn@oregonstate.edu to order from the Spring Candies Selection. 25%-50% profit goes to Linn Benton Food Share.  Brought to you by OSU Libraries/ E-Campus/ Outreach & Engagement.

NEW! Raffle for prizes: Enchanted Forest passes, Bi-Mart Gift Certificate, Animal Crackers Gift Card, and more!  Come to the 4th floor Administration Desk in The Valley Library to buy your $1 raffle tickets. Brought to you by OSU Libraries/ E-Campus/ Outreach & Engagement. For more information contact JoLynn.Ohearn@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Izzy’s Coupon books for $5: Come buy coupon books at the 4th Floor Reception Desk in The Valley Library! Brought to you by OSU Libraries/ E-Campus/ Outreach & Engagement. Questions? Contact JoLynn.Ohearn@oregonstate.edu.

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!

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.

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! Agritourism summit: OSU Extension Service, Travel Oregon, and partners will be hosting the second of its two part Oregon Agritourism Summit “Getting to Yes.” Part II will focus specifically on public policy and regulatory issue discussions.  This summit is for policy makers, economic development, agriculture and community organizations, and agri-business owners. The daylong event will take place at the LaSells Stewart Center, March 1 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration is required.  Lunch is included with the $35 registration.  Register at: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/oregonagritourismsummit or contact OSU Extension Service Benton County at (541) 766-3556.  Registration deadline is Feb. 25.

NEW! Weight Watchers at OSU:  Another 13 week session of WW begins Feb 19. WW Open House meetings will be held on Feb 12, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322.  The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  The next 13-week session begins Feb. 19. Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website, required by PEBB.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session.  For more information, contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

Primary Care Physician – Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Physician. Posting #0010206. Closes Feb. 18.

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: “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” – Jane Austen, “Emma”. Thick fog is giving the valley an eerie cast this morning, but it should roll out by mid morning. Otherwise we can expect a cloudy weekend with the possibility of a little clearing, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: A bright, sunny weekend lies ahead, with highs in the 50s and lows in the mid 20s. Rain isn’t expected until Tuesday.

Newport: After a sunny and pleasant Friday, we’ll have fog and drizzle over the weekend, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s.

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