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Thursday, March 14, 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.

How ocean science saves money by hitching a ride (Boing Boing)

Juranek, now an assistant professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, spent time as a ship rider on four voyages during 2004 and 2005 that contributed to her thesis research.

Have natural gas cars finally arrived? (Discovery News)

A team at Oregon State University is hoping to make it easier to fill up with the same utility gas pipe used to heat homes. They are turning an existing diesel pickup truck into a vehicle that can compress its own natural gas with one of its six cylinders.

Mid-valley pope reaction: “There’s excitement all around” (Gazette-Times)

Amy Koehlinger, an assistant professor of history, philosophy and religion at Oregon State University, said that Catholics from Latin America have become more prominent in the church in the United States. (see also Statesman-Journal)

Researchers turning winemaking waste into fiber supplements, flowerpots (Phys.org)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered how to turn the pulp from crushed wine grapes into a natural food preservative, biodegradable packaging materials and a nutritional enhancement for baked goods. (see also Health News Digest)

Proposed pedestrian bridge over Ecola Creek goes nowhere (Daily Astorian)

An earlier study conducted by Oregon State University Professor Harry Yeh on how many people in Cannon Beach would survive a tsunami estimated that 579 people would choose to cross the current bridge to the north side. State geologists, however, have predicted the existing bridge would collapse in an earthquake.

Oysters safer to eat with improved purification method (The Fish Site)

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

Empty Bowls benefit at OSU Saturday (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will take up the fight against hunger this weekend with an Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Oregon House extends tax deferral payments (Statesman Journal)

A recent study by Oregon State University found that of 2,363 respondents to a mailing to participants, 85 percent had household incomes of $25,000 or less, 80 percent had lived in their homes at least 10 years, and 50 percent, 20 years or more.

Vitamin D may lower blood pressure in African Americans (Examiner)

Thursday’s breaking nutrition news from Oregon State University published on July 26, 2012 concludes that among older adults, especially being frail elderly with low levels of vitamin D can mean a much greater risk of death.


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.

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! Women veterans reception: A reception for women veterans will be held today, March 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Veteran’s Lounge in the Memorial Union. The event is being held to mark Veteran’s Month. For more information: veterans@oregonstate.edu

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

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 Thursday 14 March to visit dogs and people from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

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/.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Music à la Carte: Lark Celtic music. Jennifer Parke (fiddle), Beth Brown (cello), Bruce Marbin (guitar, bouzouki), and Colleen Kitchen (bodhran, pipes, whistle, piano, vocals). Noon, Friday, Mar. 15. MU Lounge. Free admission.

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.

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.]

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

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.

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.

Lectures and webinars 

NEW! Dean of Science candidate: Vince Remcho – Interim Dean, College of Science, Oregon State University will speak on March 18, 11 a.m. to noon, Kidder 202.

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

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Aging Conference: The 37th Annual Gerontology Conference will be held April 3-4 at OSU’s CH2M HILL Alumni Center. This two-day conference will feature workshops by leading geriatric professionals presenting current information on the theme of “Mindful Aging.” Speakers include Eric Tangalos of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Taren Sterry of New York Hospice Care, and Lawrence Scott Sherman of Oregon Health and Science University. For information and to register, go to http://osugero.org/

NEW! saTechOR Unconference 2013:  Don’t delay! There are less than 40 spots remaining at the 2013 Student Affairs Technology Unconference at Oregon State. This free conference will take place on Saturday, April 13, in the International Living-Learning Center.   There is also an optional welcome event, lecture and social event on the Friday eve of the unconference. All participants get a free T-shirt and meal card, but more importantly a day to network and share ideas around the intersection of Student Affairs and technology. Information and online registration: http://satechunconference.com/oregon/

NEW! Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): For employees attending other institutions:  Deadline is March 27 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Spring 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

NEW! Photo contest: Pi Alpha Xi, The Honor Society for Horticulture, is conducting a photocontest.  Submit a photo from one of four categories:  1) Plant or Flower Close Up, 2) Northwest Natural Beauty, 3) Oregon Landscape and Agriculture, and 4) OSU Spirit (sports, campus activities, campus life, etc.).  Open to everyone.  Each photo entry costs $5. Category winners will receive $10 and best in show will receive $50. To enter: http://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/content/photo-contest. Deadline April 10.

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.

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.

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!

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: After all that magical warm weather and sunbreaks, we’re finally back to a pattern of showers that will last the rest of the week. Today’s high will be 59 with a low of 45.

Central Oregon: It will be partly sunny today with a high of 65 and a low tonight of 36. More of the same tomorrow.

Newport: Rain is likely after 2 p.m. today and continues through the week. A high today of 50 with a low of 47.

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

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