OSU Today

Monday, March 4, 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.

Ice core data help solve a global warming mystery (Scientific American)

“The idea that there was a lag of CO2 behind temperature is something climate change skeptics pick on,” says Edward Brook of Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. “They say, ‘How could CO2 levels affect global temperature when you are telling me the temperature changed first?’” (see also Huffington Post)

OSU, Samaritan to partner on sports-medicine clinic (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University and Samaritan Health Services have entered into an agreement to develop a sports medicine facility on the OSU campus. (see also Portland Business Journal)

Deadly ‘sneaker waves’ are wintertime peril on California beaches (San Jose Mercury News)

While oceanographers tend to dispute the notion that killer waves are consistently rising out of the sea and dragging innocent strollers to a watery grave, even they are sometimes caught off guard by the unanticipated arrival of an extremely large wave. “I think it’s a pretty good description,” said Oregon State University oceanographer Robert Holman, referring to the phenomenon’s unusual name. “They lie well out of the statistical expectation of what the next wave should be.”

Julie Green’s “The Last Supper” depicts the final meals of death row inmates (Art Daily)

In conjunction with a series of city-wide events and the Eugene Opera’s production of “Dead Man Walking,” the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art displays Corvallis-based artist Julie Green’s “The Last Supper,” a selection of some 500 porcelain painted plates that illustrate the final meal requests of U.S. death row inmates. The exhibition is on view March 1 – April 7, 2013 in the Artist Project Space Gallery.

Astronaut talks Mars exploration at Oregon State University (Space Ref)

NASA astronaut Stanley Love will visit Corvallis, Ore., on Monday, March 4, to talk to engineering students about the difficulties of traveling to the red planet.

National Nutrition Month in the MU Quad (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club is celebrating National Nutrition Month this March with a two-day event in the Memorial Union Quad.

Drive Oregon Grants $179,926 toward EV growth (Hybrid Cars)

Grants of $4,926 and $5,000, respectively, will support research projects by Professor Robert Bass at Portland State University and Professor Julia Zhang at Oregon State University. These special grants are designed to match awards under the “Small Starts” grant program of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Center.

Pauling saw the connections in chemistry (Pilot)

He was accepted to Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) when he was 16, even though he did not have a high school diploma (he never took American History).

High flying fun (Argus Observer)

With only three meetings held so far, the newly formed 4-H Aerospace Club is still very much in its infancy and has a lot to offer area youths of nearly all ages who are interested in aviation. This new club is provided through an Oregon State University program, and it is the only 4-H Aerospace club in the state.

Pacific Northwest study shows nuanced streamflow response to changing climactic conditions (Summit Voice)

In other parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, the impacts will probably be more nuanced, with the biggest impacts on summer stream flows in basins fed by melting snow and ice in the high Cascades, according to study by scientists at Oregon State University.

Oregon coast March lecture focuses on erosion of beachfront communities (Beach Connection)

The lecture will happen in Cannon Beach at the Cannon Beach Library on March 7. Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with OSU and Sea Grant, will give the talk.

Heritage Mall goal: Fill ‘er up (Democrat-Herald)

Penson wants a warmer look inside the mall with conversational seating. To that end she has recruited the Oregon State University interior design class to rework common areas between stores as a spring project

News in brief (LIFE@OSU)

African art show, Winter choral concert and investment event featured.


RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Monday, March 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 Recreation Services lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

Webinar: MediaSpace 4.5, with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). MediaSpace is a cloud-based service allowing Oregon State users the ability to upload, convert, store and distribute their video without consuming large quantities of local resources. Learn how to use MediaSpace for your instructional digital media needs. Mon. Mar. 4, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here:http://bit.ly/Vqw2kb

“Dominant Discourses of the Climate Change Negotiations: Power, Culture, and the Search for Common Ground,” a talk by Gregg Walker, professor of speech communications at Oregon State University, on Monday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Autzen house, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

Plant science seminar series: Enhancing biological control in Western USA pear orchards. Speaker: Peter Shearer. Monday, March 4, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

NEW! Sending a manned mission to Mars: NASA astronaut Stanley Love will discuss the challenges of sending a manned mission to Mars in a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Monday in Oregon State University’s Milam Auditorium, Southwest 26th Street at Campus Way.

Beaver brand unveiled: Beaver Nation — including students, staff, faculty, alumni and fans — is invited to the revealing of the new Beaver brand, complete with uniforms, Mon., March 4 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, and is free of charge. Details on the exclusive first-look event here.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

NEW! MBA Information Session: Wed., March 6, 6-7 p.m, Bexell Hall, Room 103. Learn more about starting an MBA, the new tracks (Marketing, Wealth Management, Global Operations, and online/hybrid EMBA) and current MBA courses of study (Commercialization, Clean Technology, Research Thesis, A-MBA (Accountancy) and MBA/PharmD). Learn more about the programs online, email: OSUMBA@bus.oregonstate.edu   or call 541-737-5510.

NEW! Triad meeting: “OSU Commencement: Hosting the First Lady.” At the March 7 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Kavinda Arthenayake of Conference Services will discuss how he worked with the White House and others to bring the First Lady to OSU. Triad will meet in the MU, room 109A, 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.

Women in technology event: Oregon State University will participate in a national campaign called Sit With Me on March 5 in the Memorial Union quad, to recognize the role of women in creating new technology. At OSU, the event will include music, prizes, and a photo booth featuring the campaign’s red chair. Photos will be collected and displayed of prominent Oregon State administrators, athletic teams and alumni sitting in the red chair.

Nutrition month event: OSU’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club is celebrating National Nutrition Month this March with a two-day event in the Memorial Union Quad. From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 5-6, the event will feature games, prizes, free food, and tips on how to stay healthy from guests representing Bob’s Red Mill, First Alternative Co-op, Wild Squirrel Nut Butters, and Food@OSU.

Food From Home contest: Don’t miss this chance to taste delicious recipes submitted by nine finalists in UHDS’ Food From Home contest representing the south, east and west sides of campus. Vote for your favorite recipe at upcoming events: Southside Station @ Arnold tasting event5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5; McNary Dining Center tasting event, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6; and Marketplace West tasting event, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. See a listings of the featured recipes here.

Film Plastic and E-Waste Collection: Bring film plastics and unwanted electronics for free recycling to help OSU compete nationally in RecycleMania! OSU-owned and personal items welcome. Bring to the recycling warehouse (644 SW 13th St.) on Wednesday, March 6, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or the remaining weekdays March 7-13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More detailshere.

Investment Outlook: Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Vue in the Elements Building (517 SW 2nd Street). “Today’s Plan, Tomorrow’s Rewards: Investing, Taxation, and Charitable Giving in 2013,” presented by Ferguson Wellman Capital Management and the OSU Foundation. Wine and cheese reception prior to the discussion. Space is limited, registration required. To learn more visit http://campaignforosu.org/investing

Sustainable Living Clinic: OSU Extension Service Benton County, Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Volunteers are holding a sustainable living clinic March 7, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Benton County Sunset Building Lobby, 4077 SW Research Drive, Corvallis. Free and open to the public. More information: jody.einerson@oregonstate.edu 541-766-6311. Anyone looking for ways to save money & resources, improve health, and to help our community reduce greenhouse gas emissions should attend.

Electron Microscope open house: Come see all the capabilities at the OSU Electron Microscope Facility Open House on Friday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Linus Pauling Science Center room 145.   Samples from the biological, materials science, chemistry and physics disciplines will be in the SEM and TEM microscopes.  Come see our new images of OSU research and chat with Electron Facility personnel about your research needs.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Webinar: Beyond Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC).  This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports and more. Tues. Mar 5, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhOZ8c

NEW! Fish and wildlife seminar series: “Marine Lipids Research at Hatfield Marine Science Center: applications for fisheries, trophic ecology and aquaculture,” presented by Louise Copeman, OSU/CIMRS. March 6, 4 p.m., Nash Hall Room 206.

NEW! International Programs Speaker Series: Mehra Shirazi continues IP’s monthly series, Unique Journeys: Collaboration Beyond Borders. An assistant professor at OSU, Shirazi also received her PhD in Public Health from Oregon State, and discusses the driving force behind her work with global women’s health and health disparities. Come by Thursday, March 7 from noon to 1 p.m., in MU 109B. Light refreshments served.

News for Employees

NEW! Graduate certificate in university teaching: Applications are now being accepted for the new Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. This 18-credit certificate will provide advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to graduate students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education or other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. It is designed to be completed within two years and may be done in conjunction with a concurrent graduate degree or as a standalone certificate. Additional information is available here: http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/gccut. Deadline for priority consideration is April 1.

NEW! Family Members at other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is March 18 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Spring 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee


Breaking some china: The Vice President for Research offers a view on Research Culture. Please see The Spin on Research

Free showings of “Chasing Ice:” Paul Turner of Darkside Cinema and the producers of the movie “Chasing Ice” are sponsoring free showings of the film for OSU students on the following schedule: March 4,5,6,7 at 3 p.m., and March 8, 9 a.m. Students need to get coupons from an internet site, http://bit.ly/CI-comps, using the password “OSU”.  Clicking on Corvallis, they will be asked to select a show time and will get their coupons (for printing out) via email.

Intergroup Dialogue: The Office of Equity & Inclusion, Intercultural Student Services and University Housing and Dining Services, are proud to announce the launch of Intergroup Dialogue, an intercultural learning initiative designed for the faculty and staff of Oregon State University. Intergroup Dialogues are 9-week sustained learning communities carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict, and community. Priority deadline for registration is: Friday, March 8, 2013. For more information, or to register visit: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/igd

Traffic and Maintenance

East Green House Lot Closure: Due to landscape work six spaces located on the south side of the parking lot adjacent to the East Green Houses will experience intermittent closures from March 4 through March 18.


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

Office Specialist 2 – The Department of Horticulture invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0010282. Closes March 4.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on Feb. 26.  Interested parties should apply to posting #0009494 no later than March 6.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Student Success Counselor position. Posting # 0010291. Closes March 6.

The OSU Seed Laboratory is hiring a supervisor of the Germination Unit.  The position requires a minimum of BS in plant related sciences or equivalent experience in the germination testing area. Posting # 0010300. Closes March 7.

Academic advisor – Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. Posting #0010293. Closes March 8.

INTO OSU has openings for 2 Admissions Assistants.  These are full-time temporary positions that are expected to last through Oct. 31, 2013.  For complete job announcement and application requirements, please email dawn.cagley@oregonstate.edu.  Closes March 8.

The Graduate School Invites applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer – competency level 3.  Posting # 0010314. Closes March 10.

The Linus Pauling Institute is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 32 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 2 position. Posting number 0010318 closing on March 14.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term,  Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Posting # 0010279. Closes March 15.

Advisor-Academic E-Campus position working with the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife at Oregon State University, full-time (1.0 FTE) 12 month, fixed term.  Posting # 0010283.  Closes March 18.

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division invites applications for an Accountant 1 position.  This position is full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month appointment.  Closes March 25.  Posting #0010278.

The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University. This position will serve Malheur County. Malheur County is located in the southeastern portion of Oregon and almost 10,000 square miles of primarily rangeland.  This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. Posting # 0010312. Posting closes March 26.

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.

Oregon State University Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is recruiting for a full time, tenure track, 9-month faculty position Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Posting #0010252. Closes April 1.

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning seeks a full-time Director. The Center was established in 2012 with a mission to conduct research and development that leads to enhanced understanding of the processes that underlie how individuals become lifelong STEM learners and practitioners. Position # 0010269. Closes April 14.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and successful major gift fundraiser to lead its efforts to significantly increase the level of philanthropic support for Oregon State University Athletics from private donors through the development of a comprehensive major, annual and regional gifts program. View a complete job description and how to apply information for the position of Director of Development for Athletics.

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

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for an experienced and capable Foundation Services CoordinatorIf 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: Today is the day when daffodils bloom, Which children pick to fill the room, Today is the day when grasses green, When leaves burst forth for spring to be seen.“-  Robert McCracken. Sunny skies will eventually be replaced by clouds as this week’s rain storms start heading our direction. The high today will be 56. Rain is likely tonight as the low dips to 38.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 51 and a chance of rain and snow tonight as the low hits 22.

Newport: Increasing clouds and rain expected by tonight. A high of 51 today and a low tonight of 42.

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