OSU Today

Monday, March 11, 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.

A sea change for US oceanography (Science)

Since 1996, oceanographer Kipp Shearman has relied on a duo known around the lab as Bob and Jane to measure chlorophyll and other environmental parameters in the ocean off the Oregon coast. Roaming the sea for 3 to 5 weeks at a time, the pair never complains and comes up for air just every 6 hours. They’re 2-meter-long automated submersibles called gliders, and the reams of data they’ve collected have allowed Shearman’s team at Oregon State University, Corvallis, to make novel insights into changing marine ecosystems.

Recent heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years (TIME Magazine)

The decade of 1900 to 1910 was one of the coolest in the past 11,300 years — cooler than 95 percent of the other years, the marine fossil data suggest. Yet 100 years later, the decade of 2000 to 2010 was one of the warmest, said study lead author Shaun Marcott of Oregon State University. (see also ABC News, Scientific American, The Time UK )

A tribe’s favorite son comes up big (LA Times)

Oregon State’s 6-7, 295-pound senior Joe Burton improbably found a way off the Soboba reservation through basketball and his family’s perseverance.

Study finds sexual health services for rural Latino men could be improved (Lund Report)

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.

Oregon State offers online beer class (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has created online and on-site short courses for both professional and hobby brewers who want to refine their technical skills.

Library staff advocate for open access policies nationally (LIFE@OSU)

Among library faculty and staff at Oregon State University, there is a strong dedication to the idea of open access, of making as much academic research available to as broad an audience as possible

First female general in Oregon Army National Guard cherishes time with her family (Statesman Journal)

Bentz graduated from Oregon State University in 1986 and received an Army ROTC commission as a second lieutenant, with a military occupational specialty of nuclear medical science officer.

Despite rain, National Nutrition Month event shines (LIFE@OSU)

The Nutrition and Dietetics Club teamed up with Be Well on March 5-6 for a two-day event in the Memorial Union Quad on campus. It featured games, prizes, free food, and tips on how to stay healthy from guests including Bob’s Red Mill, First Alternative Co-op, Wild Squirrel Nut Butters, and Food@OSU.

Grain growers look for new pest (Prairie Star)

Dick Smiley thinks the problem is bigger than those estimates. He is a plant pathologist at Oregon State University who has been studying cereal cyst nematode (CNN) since the mid-1980s. He started studying the pest because he thought it was being overlooked and was likely associated with fungal diseases he was also researching.

Food preservation class might change your life (The Dalles Chronicle)

The Master Food Preserver (MFP) Program has been around since the 1980s. In its 30-year history, the program has trained many hundreds of volunteers, who each year contribute more than 20,000 hours of service around Oregon.

Is blue the hot new hue for cool roofs? (EarthTechling)

Well, we may no longer be limited to building a boring (and blinding) sea of white-roofed buildings, according to research from Oregon State University (OSU). A recent article from Fast Company’s Co.Exist website described how a rich, deep blue may be the new hot color to keep our buildings cool.


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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Dean of Science candidate: Eric Triplett – Chair, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, will give a presentation March 12, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202. Information regarding the Dean of Science search and our candidates is available at http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/Dean_Search

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. 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. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! OSUDivest: A meeting open to all faculty on an initiative to divest OSU investments out of fossil fuel companies. Furman Hall 301, 1045 a.m. Friday, March 15.

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.

Lectures and webinars 

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.  Weds. March 13; noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/WshmB

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. Thurs. March 14; 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/Wshtx1

NEW! Salmon talk: “Celebrating Diversity: Sustaining Pacific Salmon in a Changing World” by Dan Bottom, fisheries biologist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center at HMSC. March 13. Doors open at 5:30 pm; presentation begins at 6 pm. , Rogue Ale’s South Beach waterfront location, Brewers on the Bay, Newport, in the downstairs Board Room.

NEW! Plant science seminar series: Pollination ecology in Cascade subalpine meadows: mind-blowing vistas, gorgeous flowers, fascinating bugs and really basic ecological questions. Speaker: Andy Moldenke. Thursday, March 14, 4 p.m., ALS 4001.

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

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.

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., LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public. 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.

News for Employees

NEW! RecSports Spring Term Memberships on sale: Spring Term RecSports Memberships are on currently on sale! Memberships are valid through June 28. Faculty, Staff, Domestic Partners, Spouses and Dependents pay only $83 (and $68 for Student Affiliates/Dependents). Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information!

NEW! Faculty Assessment Travel Grants: The Office of APAA announces grant funding for travel to learn about assessment methods that can be imported for use at OSU for the purpose of improving assessing student achievement of learning outcomes. Additional details can be obtained at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/assessment/home.  Contact Bill Bogley, Director of Academic Programs, Assessment & Accreditation, with questions – 7-7463, bill.bogley@oregonstate.edu. Proposal deadline:  There is a rolling proposal deadline. Proposals will be accepted until June 15.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

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 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 North Willamette Research and Extension Center’s plant pathology program is seeking an Education Program Assistant 2. Duties include planning and delivering bilingual (Spanish/English) extension seminars/workshops to nursery industry.  Conducting applied research related to plant health, disease and pest management in nursery systems.  Position #0010272 Closes March 25.

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: “It’s spring fever… You don’t quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so.” – Mark Twain. We’ll have a cloudy, but rain-free afternoon, with a high of 59 and a low tonight of 43. More gray skies tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today and tomorrow, with a high of 55 and a low of 33.

Newport: There’s a slight chance of rain today, but mainly it will be gray and cloudy with a high of 50 and a low tonight of 43.

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