OSU Today

Wednesday, March 6, 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 public colleges face some of the nation’s most staggering financial straits (Oregonian)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray has led his university through years with layoffs, furloughs, pay freezes and painful tuition hikes. He’s not interested in being pitied and said OSU and other Oregon colleges were able to do smart belt-tightening to insulate students from what could have been worse effects. But, he said, the pattern of raising tuition and cutting spending must be reversed.

OR invasive species concern tied to tsunami debris (KGW)

Experts who studied debris from the Japanese tsunami that’s washed up on the Oregon Coast said the potential damage from invasive species may not be known for years. Oregon State University researchers have seen algae, barnacles, mussels, starfish, snails and other organisms that are found only in Asia. (see also KATU, NW Cable News, KVAL)

OSU to collect electronics for recycling (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University will be collecting film plastics, computers, monitors, computer accessories, TVs, small appliances, consumer electronics, phones and cell phones, and computer cords as part of RecycleMania.

Interview with Julie Green (KLCC)

A radio interview with the artist and OSU faculty member Julie Green.

Grant to aid Warm Springs community gardens (KTVZ)

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has two community gardens located in the heart of the reservation, operated by Indian Health Services and Oregon State University Extension.

Assembling the transcriptome of a noxious weed (Science Daily)

Pankaj Jaiswal, Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, Samuel Fox, a Postdoctoral Associate in Jaiswal’s laboratory, and colleagues assembled transcriptomes of a noxious weed, Brachypodium sylvaticum, or slender false brome. (see also Innovations Report)

“I’m a Duck who likes the new Beavers logo” (Statesman Journal)

The football uniforms are fantastic, and I love the nod to “Giant Killers” all-black with an orange stripe down the center of the helmet.


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 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.

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.

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar: Eli Meyer, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University, will present a seminar “2b-RAD, a cost-effective method for genome-wide SNP genotyping” on Wednesday, March 6,  3:30 p.m. in Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg 4001.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Winter choral concert: The School of Arts and Communication presents a winter choral concert featuring three Oregon State University choirs on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. Performing will be Glee, conducted by James Davidson; Bella Voce, conducted by Dr. Tina Bull and the OSU Meistersingers, conducted by Russ Christensen. Tickets are $10 each for general admission seating, available at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with their ID card.

NEW! Science Pub: Kathleen Dean Moore, OSU distinguished professor of philosophy, will discuss climate change as a moral crisis. Her presentation begins at 6 p.m., March 11 at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

Surviving Death Row. Hear testimonials from two exonerated men, Juan Melendez and Greg Wilhoit, who spent years on death row. Attorney Peter Fahy will also share his experience representing defendants in capital trials. LaSells Stewart Center, March 7, 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored in part by the School of Public Policy. For more information, see www.oadp.org.

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

Presentation on the inner thoughts of animals: Virginia Morell, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures, presentation and slide show. Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E auditorium. Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs. Click here for more information.

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.

Communicating Effectively with OSU International Students: Grammar and vocabulary choices make a difference for students with English as an Additional Language. Learn to identify students’ language levels, and practice shifting your language. This two-part series takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on March 11 and 13 in MU 208. Sponsored by: MU Inclusive Community Initiative and International Programs. For information or accommodations, contactrebecca.evans@oregonstate.edu.

Self-regulation seminar: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is holding a seminar and discussion on “The Importance of Self-Regulation for Learning” led by Megan McClelland.  This presentation will focus on the importance of self-regulation for learning and development throughout the lifespan. Tuesday March 12, 4 to 5 p.m. in Kidder 202, via Polycom to Cascades Campus Cascade Hall 112, and streaming at live.oregonstate.edu

Lectures and webinars 

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. Mar. 8, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhP7EK

NEW! TAC Webinar: What’s New in Blackboard in Spring 2013, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Three changes to Blackboard roll out in time for Spring term: new options to enable cross-listed and combined course sites; the Blackboard Mobile Learn app for smartphones and tablets, and SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism-prevention service. This webinar will give an overview of each change and what they may mean for you and your students. Fri. March 8; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/Wsh1yY

NEW! Lecture on happiness: Dan Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and a best-selling author on the subject of happiness, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, March 14. His free public lecture, “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You,” begins at 4:30 p.m. in Peavy Hall Room 130, located at 3100 Jefferson Way in Corvallis.

NEW! Weather forecasting lecture: Richard Anthes, an internationally recognized atmospheric scientist, author, educator & UCAR President from 1988-2012, will speak March 20, 4 p.m. on “Weather Forecasting over the Ages-From Folklore to Science,” in MU 109, followed by a 5 p.m. reception in the MU Lounge.

International Programs Speaker Series: Mehra Shirazi continues IP’s monthly series, Unique Journeys: Collaboration Beyond BordersAn 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.

TAC Webinar: What’s New in Blackboard in Spring 2013, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Three changes to Blackboard roll out in time for Spring term: new options to enable cross-listed and combined course sites; the Blackboard Mobile Learn app for smartphones and tablets, and SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism-prevention service. This webinar will give an overview of each change and what they may mean for you and your students. Thurs. March 7; 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WsgKMu

Workshop: Getting to Know Hitachi StarBoards, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn the basics of how the Hitachi Starboard electronic whiteboard system works. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the functionality of the board and introduce ideas of how it might be effectively utilized in the classroom. Thur. Mar 7, 3-4 p.m. Location: SSC 138. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhOZVD

Symposium: “Thinking About Animals Thinking,” presentations and panel discussion. What are the implications or consequences of the analogues between animal and human behaviors:  i.e., what can we infer about animal thoughts and feelings from animal behaviors? What does that suggest about our relationships with these creatures, and perhaps nature in general? Friday, March 8, 3-5 p.m. Memorial Union Journey Room, OSU.

Winter term symposium: The Center for Teaching and Learning has announced that registration is open for the second Winter Term Symposium to be held March 11, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the MU.  Sessions on MOOCs, critical thinking, getting students to participate, problem-based learning, characteristics of effective hybrid courses, and more! For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/new-teaching-and-learning-symposium-2

Winter Hybrid Learning Community Showcase:  Tuesday, March 12, 2 to 3:15 pm, Milam 215. Learn more about hybrid (“blended”) learning at OSU.  This term’s faculty learning community participants, who are redesigning 4xx/5xx “slash” courses, will present design approaches and selected elements from their planned hybrid courses.  Register by March 7 at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/winter-hybrid-learning-community-showcase to reserve a seat.  For more info, contact cub.kahn@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

Career Services March 2013 Newsletter: Read about the monthly happenings in Career Services. Also, learn about all our services and read interesting articles. http://www.scoop.it/t/march-2013-newsletter

2nd Annual Prettiest Pet Contest Winners:  After a very heated race, the votes have been tallied!  1st: Precious, pampered by Donetta Sheffold; 2nd: Bosco, nurtured by Lynette Hawthorne; 3rd: Owen, entertained by Belinda Barnes; 4th: Finley, cuddled by Julie Kurtz. We’d also like to recognize a department who displayed great team effort:  Nancy, Sue, Mark, Cinda, Alyssa, & Tia of Network Services! Thanks to all participants & spectators for your generous donations to the OSU Food Drive.

Women’s History Month Display: “Woman Citizen: Past, Present, & Future” is a new student-curated exhibit in the Valley Library that shares their experience with historical research for a fall 2012 “Women and Politics in American History” class. Linking their research process to the creation of a history curriculum for high school students, the exhibit focuses on the history of women’s peace movement, women’s suffrage, and Title IX. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library in the display case across from the main elevators and will be up through the end of April. Read more about the class and project in the Speaking of History blog post. For more information about this display and our collections, contact Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Instruction & Outreach Archivist, or visit the Special Collections & Archives web site.

2013 AOP Scholarship: The OSU Association of Office Professionals will award one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2013-14 academic year.  For qualifications and application, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/aop.  All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.  A completed application, three current letters of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by April 1,  to Cindy Alexis, Arts & Sciences Business Center, 2042 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, or by e-mail to cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu.

Urban green space course:  The graduate-student-only course FS 599 – Topics in Urban Green Space (CRN 59905) will focus on issues and questions associated with green/natural spaces in urban settings. Topics to be discussed will include types of urban green spaces, individual and community benefits, as well as urban ecology and urban forestry topics. Class is held Spring Term, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Peavy 224. Class limited to 10. For information: Josh Baur, 737-6561, joshua.baur@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Fulbright Program for Faculty and Professionals Workshop: Mar. 12, MU Journey Room, noon to 2 p.m. Hear from alumni as they share their recent Fulbright Scholar experiences. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries, get Advice on selecting countries for your application & making contacts abroad, explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars, get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application.  Rsvp by Mar. 8.

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

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:

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.

Office Specialist 2– Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2- Medical Insurance and Billing. Posting #0010338. Closes March 18.

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.


Corvallis: We’d like some freedom from all this rain, but it hasn’t arrived quite yet. Rain most of the day today with a high of 48 and a low of 37. Rain continues tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Rain and snow continue, with a possible snow accumulation of one to two inches. A high today of 43 with a low of 25.

Newport:  Showers and a possible thunderstorm today, with a high of 46 and a low of 38.

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