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Wednesday, March 13, 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.

Frosh moon 150: OSU student’s app a global hit (KVAL)

Chris Vanderschuere was just doing a little programming task to help a Beaverton, Ore., school teach facts about the moon. But his Moon application became much more than that. Vanderschuere, a freshman at Oregon State University, got about a million more downloads than he expected, from 150 countries.

The bottom line: Food fit for a king (Huffington Post)

A new study by scientists at Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests that abundant prey in the ocean is the most reliable predictor of the number of adult salmon that return to spawn in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Two years later: Are you tsunami ready? (Statesman Journal)

And Sunday, in Newport, a small town of about 10,000 people, a monument featuring a part of that dock was unveiled at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, where it will serve as a permanent reminder to never underestimate the power of the natural world. (see also Newport News-Times)

Blue Mountain timber: Top forester backs ambitious program of tree thinning, restoration (Oregonian)

According to Oregon State University extension agent Paul Oester of La Grande, fire-tolerant Ponderosas have been replaced by dense, unhealthy and explosively flammable stands of grand fir, Douglas fir and other tree species.

Master Gardeners get their hands dirty (Statesman Journal)

The Polk County Master Gardeners are coming in force this year with rakes, shovels, plants and boundless energy to rescue little Mountain Fir Park in Independence, and turn portions of it into a flowering and fruit-bearing garden.

Dems launch series of climate change speakers to fight GOP ‘climate deniers’ (The Hill)

Earlier in the day, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said on the floor that a new study from Harvard University and Oregon State University shows that the Earth is hotter now than it has been in the last 11,300 years. He said the use of engines and turbines over the last 100 years has caused more warming than in the last 100 centuries combined.

Tax deferral program for seniors eyed (Statesman Journal)

According to Oregon State University, which conducted a survey of program participants, the vast majority are low-income homeowners of 10 or more years.

Planting well-being (Democrat-Herald)

Older citizens looking for an activity that will help bolster whole-person health — physical and mental — might want to start by getting their hands dirty. That’s the message from Janice Gregg of the Oregon State University Extension Office in Linn County, who’s planning to teach a pair of classes this month on “Gardening for Healthy Aging.”


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Faculty Senate: The March 14 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2013/0314/. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The meeting will be webcast from http://live.oregonstate.edu/.

NEW! OSUDivest: A meeting open to all faculty on an initiative to divest OSU investments out of fossil fuel companies. Furman Hall 301, 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 15.

NEW! Activist art:  Come view an exhibition of activist art as created by students in the course: Global Perspectives on Women’s Health. This social activism project will address global concerns of women including maternal mortality, sex trafficking, and mental health. March 15, 2-5 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

NEW! Scholars’ Insights: a graduate student competition to communicate impact  Grad students present their thesis/scholarly work in three minutes to the general public and compete for cash awards.  Presented by the OSU Graduate School, Free admission.  Reception and awards at end of competition.  April 3, 1 to 5 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center.  For information, megan.ferris@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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

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. 15, 10-10:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/UhP8Zj

NEW! Dean of Science candidate: Brian Kay – Head, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois – Chicago, will speak on March 15, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

NEW! Webinar: What Happens After My Federal Job Application is Submitted? March 20, 10 to 11 am., Kidder 202. The federal application process does not end when you press submit on USAJOBS.gov. During this webinar, we will discuss what students and jobseekers can expect in the next stages of the application process. From essays to interviews to security clearances, Partnership staff and agency experts will discuss how to stand out after your resume has been submitted. This webinar is being recorded, more information at http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events.

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.]

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! Departmental Shredding Discount Week: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online March 18-22 will be processed at half our normal (15¢/lb.) fee. More info on Campus Recycling’s calendar.

NEW! NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – SNM program. NSF announces a third year of a program on collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/nsf-snm. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline to the Research Office: April 15.

NEW! Livestrong vote: The students of Camp Kesem at OSU would like you  to VOTE to help bring funding to OSU through the LIVESTRONG Community  Impact Project. Camp Kesem is a university-based summer  camp where college students fundraise and host camps, free of charge,  for children with a parent who has, or has had cancer. Vote now until the deadline, March 28: http://vote.livestrong.org/applicants/11-Oregon-State-University/

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way re-alignment project, please expect a handful of utilities potholed on Washington Way on March 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The north sidewalk, between 15th and 17th Street will be temporarily closed.  There will also be a temporary closure of the alleyway that should only affect Campus Operations crews.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to direct foot traffic.

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: Even though the sunshine didn’t make much of an appearance yesterday, spring flowers abound and it’s getting warmer out there. It will be mostly cloudy today with a remarkable high of 66. Tonight’s low will be 46. There’s a chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 61 and a low of 35. The sun returns again tomorrow.

Newport: There’s a chance of rain today with a high of 56 and a low of 48. Rain expected tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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