OSU Today

Thursday, March 7, 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.

Who needs philosophy? Colleges defend the humanities despite high costs, dim job prospects (TIME)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray flinched when a stranger confronted him to say his daughter had just graduated from the school with a degree in philosophy.

Tsunami triggers invasion concerns (Nature)

When a 165-tonne block of concrete and steel crashed into the central Oregon coast last June, Jessica Miller was shocked to find that the structure — a dock that had washed across the Pacific from Misawa, Japan — was teeming with life after 15 months at sea. “It was surreal,” says Miller, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. (see also Inquisitor)

Fukushima cleanup continues, many areas restored (Gazette-Times)

But through sustained and well-managed cleanup efforts in many other areas, enormous progress has been made in the past two years, said Kathryn Higley, professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University.

Best college towns, 2013 (Huffington Post)

OSU ranked #5 by AIER.

House honors Oregon’s first female general (Statesman Journal)

Brig. Gen. Bentz, who grew up near Jordan and entered military service with an ROTC commission from Oregon State University, now works in Washington, D.C., as director of Strategic Capabilities Policy on the National Security Staff within the Executive Office of the President.

Local OSU students innovate with mobile apps (Portland Tribune)

Although he came to Oregon State University for chemistry, the lure of being able to create something fun he could share with the world changed Herrington’s direction in life.

Study finds sexual health services could be improved for rural Latino men (Science Codex)

Researchers at Oregon State University conducted interviews with young Latino men from rural backgrounds and asked them questions related to sexual health and use of sexual health services. The results are published in the March issue of the American Journal of Men’s Health. (see also BioMedicine)

 Calcium supplements might mean increased risk for heart attacks (Statesman Journal)

To play it safe, try meeting calcium needs throughout your life through dietary sources such as those highlighted by Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center.

Glass art installation a collaborative effort at the MU Craft Center (LIFE@OSU)

While the piece doesn’t have a name, it has a special meaning to the students and staff of the Memorial Union Craft Center at Oregon State University.

New Japanese dock exhibit unveiled Sunday (Newport News-Times)

A new exhibit featuring a portion of a dock that washed ashore on Newport’s Agate Beach more than a year after the devastating March 2011 Tohoku, Japan, earthquake and tsunami will open this Sunday at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.


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 weekdays March 7-13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details here.

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.

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

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.

NEW! Red Room Series: Thollem McDonas (U.S.) Solo Piano, March 7, 7 p.m. $5. Interzone Cafe: 1563 NW Monroe Ave. Supported by the OSU music department.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Art reception:  The 4th annual “Cultural Connections Exhibit: The Many Faces of Africa” features work from 60 artists from all over Oregon as well as artifacts from three private collections and is a collaboration between Giustina Gallery, Pegasus Frame Studio and Gallery and Clark Studio and Gallery.  A reception takes place from 6:30 to 9 pm. March 8, at the LaSells Stewart Center. For the night of the reception, there will be additional artifacts on display as well.

NEW! Clothing Swap: Want a new wardrobe?  Want to get rid of that sweater that doesn’t fit? Come to the Women’s Center Clothing Swap Monday through Thursday, March 11-14 at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Friday, March 15 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Clothing may be dropped off any time through March 15. More: 737-3186.

NEW! Ageism session: “Examining Ourselves: Uncovering Ageism & Adultism in Everyday Life,” an interactive, lunch and learn session exploring society’s construct to oppress and disempower our members who exist on both sides of the age continuum. Lunches are welcome! March 21, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206.   http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/73045/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! Science Lecture: “Animal Welfare: Can Technology and Ethics Coexist?” UC Davis professor Joy Mench explores animal welfare from scientific, ethical, and marketplace perspectives. This lecture is for students and faculty interested in more technical aspects of the ethics of animal technology. At noon, March 13, 106 Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, Campus Way and 35th Street. For more info visit oregonstate.edu/orb

NEW! Food For Thought Lecture: “Technology and food marketing in the age of animal welfare” UC Davis professor Joy Mench explores animal welfare from scientific, ethical, and marketplace perspectives. Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m. For more info visit oregonstate.edu/orb

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Street and Parking Lot Closure: Sunday March 10, the OSU Cycling Club will be hosting a bicycle race along Jefferson/14th/Campus Way/11th. Vehicles parked on these streets and parking lots within race course risk towing, please have cars removed by 9 p.m. Saturday March 9. Streets and parking lots reopen 4 p.m. March 10. Map of course: http://goo.gl/maps/DUYlQ


Washington Ave. NE parking lot closure: Due to the construction of a new resident hall the Washington Ave NE lot will be permanently closed starting March 25.

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 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 Manager – The Department of Wood Science and Engineering in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Manager. Posting #0010346. Closes March 18.

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 Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Public Safety Dispatcher. This is a permanent full time position.Posting #0010340. Closes April 5.

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: A cold but gloriously sunny morning greeted us today, but rain showers are still possible before 4 p.m. Luckily any lingering rain will be gone by tomorrow and we have a weekend of sunny adventures ahead. High today of 52 with a low of 32.

Central Oregon:  Partly sunny with a chance of snow showers today and tonight. Slight chance of showers tomorrow, otherwise clear. High today of 44, low of 21.

Newport: Chance of showers today with some sunshine, leading into three days of sunshine and pleasant weather. High today of 49, low of 35.

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