OSU Today

Friday, March 8, 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 researchers track temperatures back 11,300 years to gauge global warming (Wall Street Journal)

Oregon State University researcher Shaun Marcott and colleagues at OSU and Harvard University went a bit further back: 11,300 years. (see also Nature, NPR, New York Times)

Oregon Coast Aquarium loses one of its beloved sea otters (KATU)

The Aquarium’s founding veterinarian, the late Dr. Steven Brown, had performed this surgery before on livestock. He spent over a year consulting with sea otter experts across the globe to determine if this treatment would help Aialik before performing the surgery in collaboration with Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

OSU signs memorandum confirming partnership to help veterans (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University has signed the Department of Defense’s Memorandum of Understanding – known as DoD-MOU – which will offer military veterans and service members more streamlined admission, better access to services, and continued access to federal Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits at OSU. (see also Daily Barometer)

Newport scientists monitor tsunami debris (Seattle Times)

Scientists at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport are monitoring the possible spread of plant and animal life carried to the Northwest coast on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. (see also Oregonian)

Budgets soften cuts to services (Capital Press)

The Democrats’ budget also includes $5.7 million more for Oregon State University’s statewide public services than what Gov. John Kitzhaber recommended in his budget.

The Last Supper: ‘It humanized death row’ (KVAL)

For nearly a decade, artist Julie Green (OSU) has been painting the last meal request of those on death row who have been executed in the United States.

Happiness expert to talk at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

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.

Deep listening (Gazette-Times)

All the themes that have animated this year’s Between the Cracks music series seemingly converge in this Saturday’s concert, featuring Oregon State University pianists Angela Carlson and Becky Jeffers.

Italian scientists appeal earthquake manslaughter verdict (Fox News)

“The idea is ridiculous, to hold scientists responsible for public policy,” said Chris Goldfinger, a professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University, on the day of the verdict. “First, scientists have almost zero ability to predict earthquakes, and second, have no direct responsibility for public policy. Something has gone seriously wrong in the Italian legal system.”

Researchers make oysters safer to eat with improved purification method (Phys Org)

Oregon State University has improved an old method of making oysters safer to eat so that more bacteria are removed without sacrificing taste and texture.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Upcoming Events

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, contact rebecca.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

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.

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/

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Plastics in agriculture seminar series: The Politics of Plastics. Corvallis City Councilor Traber; Kris De Jong, Public Works Administrative Division Manager. Kidder Room 278, March 13, 4 to 4:50 p.m.

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

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

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

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

NEW! Faculty regalia: The deadline for ordering faculty rental regalia is April 15.  The order form is at osubeaverstore.com under the faculty heading.  If you have questions please contact Trish at trish@osubeaverstore.com or by phone, 737-0035.

NEW! Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2013: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2013 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390. Deadline: March 12.


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:

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 Department of VP for Research will begin review of applications in the University’s Office Specialist 1 pool on March 8.   Interested parties should apply no later than Friday March 15.

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.

Head Academic Advisor -The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Head Academic Advisor. Posting #0010354. Closes March 19for full consideration. Posting # 0010354. Closes April 2.

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: We may finally need to fish out our sunglasses. Today’s sunny skies will continue throughout the weekend, with morning clouds thrown in for good measure. The high today will be 56 with a low of 31.

Central Oregon:  There’s a lingering chance of snow today but the sun will soon come out, and it’s set to shine all weekend. High today of 42 with a low tonight of 22.

Newport: Morning frost followed up by sunshine, and that will repeat through the weekend. High today of 51 with a low of 35.

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