OSU Today

Tuesday, March 12, 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.

OSU offering online beer classes (KGW)

Oregon State University is offering beer courses that include in-class lessons at the campus brewery in Corvallis. (see also Northwest Cable News, ABC News)

Can plants actually talk and hear? (Our Amazing Planet)

For some plants, these embolisms are deadly — as with human blood vessels — because the gas bubbles block the flow of water. The more air in the tubes, the harder it is for plants to pull in water, explains Katherine McCulloh, a plant ecophysiologist at Oregon State University.

Diet detective: New you can use (Reno Gazette)

Yes, it really can help to exercise for even a few minutes at a time as long as it adds up to at least 30 minutes per day, say researchers at Oregon State University.

Underriner takes helm at Providence (Portland Business Journal)

Providence has named longtime executive Dave Underriner as the new chief executive of its Oregon region, replacing Greg Van Pelt. A graduate of Oregon State University, Underriner began with Providence as an administrative intern in 1984


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.

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.

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 athttp://www.science.oregonstate.edu/Dean_Search

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Welcome Waggers therapy dogs at OSU’s Valley Library: Feeling stressed?  Relax with some dogs at the library! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to Valley Library’s Autzen Classroom, on the 2nd floor,  from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday 13 March and Thursday 14 March to visit dogs and people from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

NEW! Triad meeting: “Two Cultures, One Mission: Philosophy and Science.” At the March 14 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Michael Nelson, lead principle investigator at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, will talk about how a philosopher came to lead an environmental science program. Meets in MU 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.

NEW! PCOSW general meeting: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) welcomes all to a general meeting on Friday, March 15 at noon in Women’s Center. As a direct link to President Ray, PCOSW actively helps women on campus to succeed, creates awareness of women’s issues, and investigates and advocates against sexism and institutional sexism. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/home

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.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Dean of Science candidate: Stefi Baum – Director, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology. will speak on March 14, 11 a.m. to noon, LPSC 402. [Please note that this is the only forum not located in Kidder.]

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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! Be Well newsletter: Check out the Be Well weekly E-NEWSLETTER. Each edition has an easy healthy recipe, one minute exercise video, listings of health and wellness opportunities on campus and in the community, and links to articles and information to help faculty and staff be active, eat healthy, manage stress and be smoke-free. Subscribe to the Be Well newsletter today!

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!

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.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide administrative and program support to the Donor Relations/Stewardship and Events team and general administrative support for the Athletics Development team.     The OSU Foundation offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.    The starting annual for this position is $32,868.


Corvallis: Spring hasn’t actually started yet but it feels that way, especially as the afternoon forecast calls for sunshine and a high of 64. Tonight’s low will be 45.

Central Oregon: Today’s partly sunny skies will be a welcome break from snow and rain. Today’s high will be 59 with a low of 33 tonight.

Newport: There will be a slight chance of rain this morning, followed by cloudy skies. High today of 51 with a low of 46.

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